10 YEARS AGO
A midday armed robbery in Havana on May 9 resulted in the injury of one man and the theft of an undisclosed amount of money, the Havana Police Department reported. Two local juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were arrested on armed robbery charges. According to the victim’s statement to police, two males approached him offering to cut grass.
The juveniles left, then returned and confronted the victim. One hit the victim in the head with a piece of steel pipe. As the victim staggered back, the second juvenile punched him in the face, then took the money from his pocket.
20 YEARS AGO
Morris Thomas of Midway was named the Red Cross Volunteer of the Year. Thomas, former Midway Police Chief and a leader of a Red Cross Disaster Action Team, had been a volunteer with the Capital Area Chapter for six years and called “a pillar of strength and dependability.”
Residents living near a proposed sewer treatment plant on Dupont Road in Midway breathed a sigh of relief. Talquin Electric Cooperative, the developer proposing the 350,000-gallon-a-day facility, informed the county it was not going to pursue the project at that location.
30 YEARS AGO
Those announcing for office in the Havana Herald were Louise Blackburn, for re-election to the county commission, district 1; Jonell Bates, for election to the county commission, district 5; and George Reynolds, for election to circuit judge in the Second Judicial Circuit.
Gion Enzor, the daughter of Calvin and Blondell Enzor of Havana, was selected by Track Florida in conjunction with International Sports Tours to participate in the Summer ‘88 Scandinavian Track Tour. Enzor competed in Norway, Sweden and Denmark during the 17-day tour.
40 YEARS AGO
Four hundred pounds of marijuana seed was burned at the Quincy dump by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Department. The bags of seed were found in a ditch along Rich Bay Road near Havana. Lt. Joel Broome speculated that someone was heading to his garden plot when he took the curve too fast and lost the seed.
Jimmy “Tank” Woodward and Dale Summerford pitched Robert F. Munroe to the Class A state baseball championship tournament in Tampa where they would face Jacksonville University Christian. The team batting average was an exceptional .323 with Ty Diamond, Ralph Perkins, Joe Shelby and Woodward hitting .400 or better.
50 YEARS AGO
Miss Mary Lelia Gilbert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gilbert of Quincy, was awarded the Gadsden County University of Florida Alumni Association’s scholarship of $375 at its annual banquet held in Quincy.
A phone call from US Congressman Don Fuqua informed the Herald that Havana would receive city mail delivery service starting July 2. “I am deeply pleased that postal officials have approved this service for Havana as a forward step for better mail service in your city,” the Congressman said.
60 YEARS AGO
A simple and impressive service marked the opening and dedication of a new Prayer Room at the Gadsden County Hospital. The room, number 316, was located on the third floor and was provided for prayer and quiet meditation. Rev. Ralph McCaskill, Presbyterian minister of Gretna, presided over the dedication service.
Havana PTA past president Mrs. J.W. Sapp installed the following new officers during the PTA’s May meeting: Mrs. Fred Shelfer, President; Mrs. Bill Miller, Vice President; Mrs. Melvin Jowers, Secretary; and Mrs. Luke Blackburn, Treasurer.
70 YEARS AGO
The Havana Super Market, a new grocery and meat market formally opened its doors to the buying public. Located where the old A&P store used to be next to the Post Office, the new market, managed by Harris Spence, was completely rearranged, restocked and a meat market and frozen food locker added.
Lloyd B. Greer, formerly with the Ellinor Motor Company of Valdosta, GA, took over the managership of the Havana Motor Company. Greer said he was impressed with the friendliness of Havana and looked forward to making his home here.
From The Herald Archives