Gadsden County

Tom and Billy Dean
Lynn Hatter

Ken Burns’ recent PBS series on the history of country music was a profound experience for millions of viewers. One of those viewers was Billy Dean, the Quincy native who achieved country music stardom and has now returned to his North Florida roots.

A roadway near the Florida-Georgia line in Gadsden County collapsed early Wednesday morning sending two people to Tallahassee memorial hospital with injuries.

Gadsden County Considers Tax Exemption Change

Jun 3, 2019

Gadsden County Commissioners will discuss updating the county’s tax exemption ordinance for new businesses. That's coming on at their meeting Tuesday.

Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Hurricane Michael was more than 100 days ago, but it’s still fresh on the mind of North Florida residents. House District 8’s Democratic Representative Ramon Alexander says that’s most of what he’s been hearing when he speaks to his constituents. Blaise Gainey sat down with the representative following a Gadsden County meeting.

A woman with brown skin, her natural hair pulled back, smiling wide with purple lipstick
Courtesy Gadsden County

Gadsden County’s interim County Administrator Dee Jackson has been signed on to the post full-time. Jackson is the first woman to hold the job in Gadsden’s 200-year history.

A tree knocked down a powerline during the storm
Robbie Gaffney

More than 150,000 people are without power in the Florida panhandle after Hurricane Michael. Officials say recovery efforts are expected to extend well into November.

West Gadsden Historical Society, Inc.

Gadsden County is asking adults 80 years and older to come forward and share stories about their life for an oral history project.

Courtesy Ronte Harris

The president of Gadsden County’s teachers union is taking issue with one district school’s practice of booting new and veteran teachers. He says even the county’s Teacher of the Year did not have her contract renewed.


In wake of the recent shooting at a Texas Church, Gadsden County’s sheriff office is working on putting together some training for local churches.

A small town in Gadsden County is touting the outcome of a grant to improve water quality.

TCC Offers Scholarships To Gadsden County Students

Jun 8, 2017
Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee Community College is hoping to form a relationship with Gadsden County students and families through a new scholarship program. 

MGN Online

Florida juvenile justice officials want to expand truancy prevention efforts for some North Florida kids. Meredith Stanfield is the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s Legislative Affairs Director.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Final recommendations on a memorial for the unclaimed remains uncovered on the Dozier School for Boy grounds are now heading to the Florida Legislature. But, during the final meeting of the panel tasked with making those suggestions, tensions were pretty high.

Florida Department of Corrections

A North Florida man is scheduled to die Thursday for the murders of his wife and stepdaughter more than 20 years ago.

At around 6 p.m., Chadwick Banks is expected to be executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke.

The 43-year-old is convicted of first killing his wife as well as then raping and murdering his 10-year-old stepdaughter in 1992 in their Gadsden County home.

Last week, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously rejected his appeal and denied Banks’ stay of execution request.

Gadsden County's Future is Looking Sunny

Sep 26, 2012

Gadsden County residents have a bright future ahead of them.  National Solar Power President James Scrivener updated the area’s chamber of commerce during a meeting Wednesday. He said thinks he can supply solar energy to the North Florida area by 2014.  Residents of the county approved a tax incentive program, giving National Solar the go ahead to develop solar power harvesting sites.  Scrivener said solar energy will reduce pollution, and create jobs for Gadsden County. 

Mosquitos A Health Risk In Fla. Panhandle

Sep 13, 2012

Mosquitos are making people and animals in the Florida Panhandle sick. A new case of West Nile Virus in Gadsden Co. and three Leon Co. horses with a deadly mosquito-borne illness have health officials reminding everyone to protect themselves against getting bitten.The horses have contracted the usually fatal Eastern Equine Encephalitis, which can also infect people.Even though the weather’s been a tiny bit cooler and drier lately, Leon Co.

 Officials said Carmelo Quijada  died of “self inflicted injuries” Sunday.

Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ulysses Jenkins said Quijada was being treated for depression, but was not on suicide watch.

“We received information that there was some physical ailments that caused him to act out in certain ways, but we can’t pinpoint that that was the reason why he did what he did to get in jail or that caused him to do what he did while he was in jail,”  Jenkins said.