County commissioners heard a request from County Administrator Robert Presnell and Emergency Medical Service Director Tommy Baker concerning the possible purchase of the former Thomas Motor Cars lot east of Quincy as a facility to house the county’s ambulance service.
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On Thursday, August 15, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center arrested Midway City Manager Auburn Ford, 53, of Havana, for violating his probation after law enforcement agents found a firearm in his city-issued vehicle. Ford is on felony probation with the Florida Department of Corrections until July 2014.
Agents found the firearm while executing a search warrant at Ford’s home. The search warrant was part of a separate on-going investigation by FDLE and the FBI.
Ford was arrested without incident at his home and booked into the Gadsden County Jail.
In a separate news release from the Midway Police Department (MPD), the MPD assured residents of Midway that public safety services will not be affected by recent events which occurred Thursday at City Hall. Both the fire and police departments will continue to provide 24 hour coverage to its citizens.
The Midway Police Department continues to remind citizens to “Help Us, Help You.”
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Midway dedicates new fire station
The city of Midway cut the ribbon for its newest gem, a brand new fire station, last Thursday morning
EGHS has new principal
East Gadsden High School has a new principal. Melvin Roberts has taken over the reins of the county’s largest high school.
Tree crushes house
Part of an eight-foot-wide live oak tree fell on a house at 3845 Florida-Georgia Highway (US 27) late last Thursday, leaving huge holes and torn siding in its wake.
Public schools open Monday, August 19
Bus routes on page 15, 16, 17
EMS looks at old car lot
County commissioners heard a request from County Administrator Robert Presnell and Emergency Medical Service Director Tommy Baker concerning the possible purchase of the former Thomas Motor Cars lot
Dooner qualifies for US Senior Amateur
Local golfer Michael Dooner has qualified to play in the U.S. Senior Amateur golf tournament next month in North Carolina.
Seymour helps team to gold medal
Landon Seymour, son of Darren and Angel Seymour of Havana, played in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Gold Medal Games in Orlando at the Houston Astros minor league complex.
Deanie Mae Parker, 53, died Saturday, August 3, 2013 in Thomasville, GA. Funeral services will be 1:00PM, EST. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church (Glade) with burial at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church cemetery, Havana, FL. The family will receive friends for viewing from 3:00PM to 7:00PM Friday, August 16, 2013 at Reed & Hall Mortuary, 116 West Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL (850) 627-5700.
She is survived by four sisters: Lavern Derico, Dorothy Parker, Ethel Parker of Havana, and Shirley Parker of Tallahassee, along with many sorrowing nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Midway says no to adult entertainment
During a four hour meeting last Thursday, Midway’s city council members heard from citizens who politely waited their turn to tell the board that, for the most part, they wanted the city to steer clear of sexually-oriented businesses, period.
Gun safety: Havana police giving out gun locks
The Havana Police Department would like to remind everyone that safe storage of your firearm is your responsibility.
Three arrested by SO for drugs
Three people, Juan Carlos Williams, 47, Lazelle Davis, 32, and Travis Jermaine Herring, 30, have been arrested by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force.
13-year-old charged for taking car to Tallahassee
On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at approximately 3:54 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol was involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Leon County. The vehicle, a 2000 Nissan Altima, was reported stolen out of Quincy.
• Dodgers defeat Camilla
• High school football underway
High school football practice underway
Monday marked the opening day of high school football for the state.
Ralph Lee Perkins, 90, of Quincy went peacefully to be with the Lord, August 4, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Ralph was a life-long resident of Quincy and moved to Tallahassee in 1998. He graduated from Greensboro High School and attended FSU. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and loved the Lord with all his heart. During his life, he grew tobacco for King Edward Tobacco Co, Plant Manager for Swisher International and a farmer. He was a little league baseball coach, Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and trained as a Rear Tail Gunner in the B-24 during WW II. Ralph served as the Chairman of the Gadsden County Commission. His love and devotion to his late wife, Rachel of 64 years, children, family and friends were his greatest gifts. The sparkle in his eye and compassion will always be remembered.
Ralph is survived by his three children, Lee Rich (Wally) of Bradenton, FL; Peggy Auman (Ray) of Thomasville, GA; Ralph M. Perkins (Cheryl) of Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Sybill Johnson (Paul) of Sarasota; Sacha Gelfer of Eugene, OR: Landon Perkins of Tallahassee; Sarah Margaret and Emily Auman; Vicki Register, Vanessa Shivers, Greg Rich; great grandchildren, Carter and Connor Johnson, Ryan Register, Lindsey Mimbs, Amber and Timmy Tice, Dillon Rich; great-great grandsons, Bryson and Levi Mimbs and Alex Tice; sister, Ann Davis; and brothers, Pete and Billy Perkins of Quincy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel G. Perkins; brothers, Jack and Malcolm Perkins; and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Perkins.
Ralph’s unwavering strength of faith, love of family and jovial spirit will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Big Bend Hospice Tallahassee, FL or Tidewell Hospice, Sarasota, FL.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Centenary United Methodist Church in Quincy, Florida. Family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time in the Church Parlor. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 S. Jackson St., Quincy, FL, (850) 627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.
“This is one of our district’s shining efforts,” Gadsden School Superintendent Reginald James said of the recent 2013 state school grade report. “It is one that everyone in the community can be proud of.”
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