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From The Herald Archives: June 14, 2018


Gadsden County students have done it again.
Preliminary FCAT scores were released Tuesday and according to School Superintendent Reginald James, scores looked real good.

“There are no failing elementary schools and we do not anticipate there will be any “F” schools this year,” James said about the first look at FCAT scores by the district.

The good news comes on the heels of gains in math, reading and writing scores already released by the State Department of Education.
After an overall review of the district’s FCAT raw scores it appears that students made progress in every grade except fifth grade reading.


For two years a 48-year-old woman near Gretna allegedly was padlocked by her boyfriend inside a mobile home during the day without a key, a telephone to call for help in case of emergency, or air conditioning. The boyfriend was arrested by the sheriff’s department and the woman and her three grandchildren rescued after they were found locked in the mobile home.

After serving for only a few days, Quincy Police Chief Robert Barkley was fired. In an unsuccessful effort, Quincy commissioners Wilson Hinson and Don Chesser tried to have Barkley and former City Manager Ken Cowan reinstated. Hinson’s motion lost by a 3-2 vote.


An open house was held for the new Cecil V. Butler health clinic in Havana. The ceremony was hosted by the county commission, HRS and the architectural firm of Clemons, Rutherford & Associates.

Following approval by the Havana Town Council, after a recommendation by Town Manager Cecil Trippe, Police Chief Phil Fusilier, and Street Superintendent Charlie Boney, seven intersections in town were selected for “All-Way” or “Four-Way” stop signs.


After more than 32 years of dedicated service to their customers, Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Dudley and Mr. George McEwen sold the Havana Publishing Company to Nick Bert of Havana and Jim Bonn of Bainbridge, GA.

Johnson Walker of Havana was spending a little more time following his retirement from the landscaping job he held at Tallahassee Community College for the past 10 years. In a ceremony at the college, Walker was praised by co-workers and staff. “If there was anything he could do to help you, he’d do it,” said one fellow employee.


The Lake Talquin problem of Chironomid midges, otherwise known as “blind mosquitoes,” was discussed by the county commission and officials of the Game and Fish Commission. An initial cost of $7,000 was estimated to equip a boat to spray toward the shoreline.

The Rannie Forehands announced the re-opening of the Havana Truck Terminal Diner and planned special live, string band, entertainment and all-you-can-eat chicken and catfish specials to celebrate the occasion.


Edwin Baur, Gadsden’s Clerk of the Circuit Court, was elected 1st Vice-president of the State Association of Court Clerks of Florida at the group’s state meeting held in Tampa.

The Havana Wrappers stopped the Quincy Smokers 2-0 in league play as Havana pitcher Jimmy Warner fanned 10 and walked one. Quincy pitcher Alex McMillan, who struck out seven and walked one, took the loss. Both pitchers gave up four singles.


Buryl Higdon, chairman of the Gadsden County Hospital Board, announced the appointment of Mrs. Mary Stevens Kemp, a native of Altha, Florida, as Nursing Superintendent to succeed Mrs. Daisy Harrison, who resigned.

In a special meeting, the Chattahoochee City Council elected Sam P. Anderson as mayor to serve during the unexpired term of Charles L. Moore, who died. Anderson owned a real estate and general insurance business and had lived in Chattahoochee for 20 years.

The Herald announced the public showing of the new 1949 Ford which “reveals a radical departure from traditional Ford styling and engineering.”