Havana Merchants Association (HMA) President Terri Paul coordinated a town meeting with Havana Town Manager Howard McKinnon and other community leaders last Monday, November 14th at Town Hall. A large crowd of business owners and shopkeepers attended to talk about the potential of seeking Main Street America status for Havana.
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Karl Blischke, Director of Strategic Business Development, Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), and Julie Dennis, Staff Director, gave the county commission an overview of their operations in Gadsden County.
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The Town of Havana plans to survey a random sample of its electric customers in December to understand their opinions on solar energy.
The purpose of the survey is to determine if enough customers support the idea of solar energy for the city, even if it would require customers to pay a little more for electricity due to the higher cost of solar generation, compared to other forms of generating electricity.
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This is a Thanksgiving more fraught than most. Many families are divided over the election, not slightly – very. Old friends no longer speak to each other. We’re not used to this, but it’s not new. Americans take their politics seriously and in the past, blood has been shed between erstwhile friends over matters of politics. Congressmen have beaten each other insensible. Being a sore loser and an ungracious winner are as American as the pumpkin pie we’ll be enjoying on Thursday.
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10 YEARS AGO
A painting by Havana artist John Metcalfe was selected as Best in Show at the Gadsden Arts Center’s 18th Annual Art in Gadsden Exhibition. The painting, titled “Moonbeam,” conveyed a mood of tranquility and provided the viewer with a moment of escape, said Metcalfe, who was delighted to be selected for the highest honor in the show by Dr. Jerry Draper, retired Dean of Visual Arts and Dance at Florida State University. [Full Story »]
Loyd Roberts, 81, passed away at 9:50 p.m. on November 20, 2016 at TMH with his family at this side.
Loyd was born August 19, 1935, in Cookville, Tennessee. After graduating from high school he joined the United States Army where he rose to the rank of sargeant. Because of Loyd’s love of cooking he quickly became the battalion Mess Sgt. He was in the same battalion as Elvis Presley who was among the men who were served through his mess hall.
Loyd left the Army and eventually started a career with Sunbeam Bread.
That led him to buy the Tallahassee Arnold Bread and Hostess pastry franchise.
In the mid-1980s he bought the Pepperidge Farm Cookie and Biscuit franchise which he owned until he retired in 2001.
Loyd enjoyed fishing and cattle farming in his retirement.
He was a Mason and for years belonged to the Quincy Lions Club and was very active raising money in both organizations. He also participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Tallahassee with his daughter Tammy Roberts Raker.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Emily Joyce Andrews Roberts, who he married in Live Oak, Florida on Sept 23, 1960; his children, Garry Paul Roberts, Quincy, Florida, and Tammy Roberts Raker (Randall), Bainbridge, Georgia; one grandson, Joshua Roberts; two great-grandsons, Joshua Roberts, Jr. and Garry Roberts, Jr.; a great-granddaughter due in February; one step-grandson, Jason Raker; one sister, Sue Brewington, Lebanon, Tennessee; as well as Emily’s numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Preceding Loyd in death were his brothers, Albert Roberts and Top Roberts; a sister, Fannie Roberts Brown; and his parents, Lily Mae and Jodie Roberts.
Services will be held Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Tallahassee National Cemetery (Veterans) located at 5155 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, at 1 PM.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home is in charge of the service.
Lamar Thomas, Jr., 86, passed away Friday, November 17, 2016. He was born September 28, 1930 to the late Lamar and Rosa Thomas in Havana, Florida. Lamar served in the U.S. Army, received special recognition and was honorably discharged.
A viewing will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7775 Tallahassee Highway, Attapulgus, Georgia 39815. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, 6745 Fairbanks Ferry Road, Havana (Concord), Florida.
Chandlers Funeral Home will conduct the service (229-465-3828 or 850-556-4026). “A family owned business founded on God’s grace … growing on reputation and service.”