Most people at some point in their lives have a tragedy strike, usually when one is least expecting an impending disaster. Unfortunately for many, they are totally unprepared for such a tragedy. In my line of work I see some of these ‘up close and personal,’ as the saying goes, as even more often do those in law enforcement, firefighters, and other emergency responders.
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It comes as no surprise that when Florida is stacked up against the other states, the education picture isn’t all that sunny. Glowing stories about rising FCAT scores, etc. conceal the fact that Florida’s kids do not do as well as they should; indeed, in many key metrics compared to kids from elsewhere, Florida scrapes close to the bottom nationally.
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10 YEARS AGO
Just like the week before, emergency management leaders were gathered at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located inside the W.A. Woodham Justice Center in Quincy, on Tuesday to make emergency plans just in case Hurricane Ivan decided to head our way. And although Ivan seemed to be taking a more northwesterly course toward Mobile, businesses were taking no chances. In Havana, Harvey’s boarded up after the hurricane’s course was still uncertain with one model showing a St. Marks landfall. [Full Story »]
(Press Release from U. S. Department of Justice, Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney, Northern District of Florida's office)
TALLAHASSEE – James Corder, 54, a former captain with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, has been indicted on charges of violating the civil rights of an arrestee, obstruction of justice, and making false statements in a federal investigation. The indictment was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
The five-count indictment alleges that on July 25, 2013, Corder deprived an arrestee of his constitutional right to due process of law by stealing approximately $1,785 belonging to the arrestee. The indictment also alleges that Corder made false and misleading statements concerning the theft to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
If convicted, Corder faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice, five years in prison for making false statements in a federal investigation, and one year in prison for deprivation of civil rights. Trial is scheduled for November 10, 2014, before United States District Judge Mark E. Walker.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Rhew-Miller
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mr. Alvin Lee White was born on July 1, 1956 in Marianna, FL to the late Calvin & Lorine White. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shaetha White and brother, Douglas Lee White.
Alvin graduated from Sneads High School in Sneads, FL and later moved to Sarasota, Florida where he established several lifelong friendships and received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He was a fun, loving and vibrant man who enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and fishing. He was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration at the Tampa International Airport where he worked as an Information Technology Specialist. He also was the owner of a local Barbecue business where he enjoyed serving the community of Manatee County. Brother Alvin was a member of the First Baptist Church of Progress Village in Tampa, FL.
He leaves to cherish his most precious memories one son, Terrance White, Tallahassee, FL; one step-daughter, Da’sha Bradley (Derrick) Sarasota, FL; Fiance, Ms. Tishen Carter, Tampa, FL; one brother, Calbert Lee White (Theresa, friend), Bradenton, FL; two half brothers: Stanley Boykins, Sneads, FL and Byran Boykins (Lautrica) Sneads, FL; a God-son, Vincent Wooten, Sneads, FL,; four step-grandchildren: Derrick,Jr., Ellison, Sariah and Makaylah Bradley, Tampa, FL; four uncles, two aunts and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and loving friends.
Mr. White transitioned on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Services were held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (CT) at Sneads Community Holiness Church in Sneads, FL. Crawford & Moultry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James T. “Jim” Earnest, Jr., 69, passed away on September 11, 2014, at home surrounded by his wife and daughters in Tallahassee. He was born March 1, 1945, and grew up in Quincy, FL. He graduated from Quincy High, Florida State University and served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the State of Florida and owned and operated Mr. Earnest Pecan Shop.
Jim loved God and his family and was a man of great kindness and integrity. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Rogers Earnest; daughters (and sons-in-law), Laura Beagle (Gavin), Sarah Davis (Yorke), Mary Frascona (Mason) and Lynn Planas; sister, Carolyn White of Greensboro; five grandchildren and numerous extended family members.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 14, 6-8 p.m. and memorial service will be held Monday, September 15, 10 a.m. Both will be held at Bevis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Kelly Barber of Bevis Funeral home, 850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com, is assisting the family with their arrangements.
In a 4-1 vote the Gadsden County commission approved a special plan that allows Capital Regional Medical Center, operation manager of the emergency room at the Gadsden Memorial Campus (GMC), to receive additional Medicaid funds.
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The Midway city commission honored Fire Chief Kent Pridemore at their monthly meeting on September 4 for a recent special act of courage. City Manager Dot Inman Johnson said Pridemore is an outstanding public servant who is a state- and nationally-certified Firefighter 2 and Instructor, and Instructor for live fire.
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Quincy native Jeremy Morris was named to the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Friday, September 5th during a ceremony at the University Center in Tallahassee. Morris was also recognized during a pre-game event on Saturday, September 6th at the first FSU home football game of the season.
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