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  • Hospital board says construction going well; but questions over funding still haunt

    There was good news and there was bad news at the Gadsden Community Hospital Board of Directors meeting last Monday night.

    The good news is that construction and renovations at the hospital are going well. Clyde Collins, inspector for the county, stopped short of saying that progress on the physical structure is ahead of schedule.

    "We're installing ceilings, the generator is due by Friday, the sheetrock has been done, we're finishing the painting and the roofer should be ready to get start finishing by Monday," Collins said.

  • Should Urgent Care remain open?

    Gadsden County commissioners bought a little time for the cash-strapped Urgent Care Center during a special meeting Monday night.

    Commissioners Doug Croley and Gene Morgan wanted to close the facility for a week, while Corey Fleming, center administrator, meets with the Gadsden County Health Department to determine the best option.

    “We may have to close it. There is no other choice," said commission Chairman Eugene Lamb last week.

    Commissioners determined Monday night to keep it open until April 7 to allow for discussion.

  • Urgent Care administrators, officials look at ways to cut budget

    "I have been working at the Urgent Care since it opened. More than 95 percent of the patients go home happy. Every 3 or 4 days we have to send a patient to Tallahassee. If you can't keep the Urgent Care open, how are you going to keep a hospital open?" asked an emotional Chookiert Emko, M.D.

    Before Emko returned to his seat, Commissioner Doug Croley asked him if he had any ideas for getting paying patients to use the facility.

    "At this point we can cut to 5 or 6 hours a day and do whatever it takes to keep it open," he said.

  • Police chief warns of check scams

    Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson is warning citizens that they should not let their guard down when it comes to check scams.

    "People are still trying to cash those checks that are coming in the mail. I want to make sure our citizens are aware that if they have not played the lottery, they are not winning a lottery and that it is unlikely that someone in a foreign country has left them a lot of money. If they have any doubt, we want them to bring the check to the police station and, whatever they do, don't deposit it in the bank," Richardson said.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrests

    • Tauvus Black: VOP/Possession of cocaine

    • Martha Grace Register: Theft by taking

    • Jerame Gunter Durden: Possesion of a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription

    • Timothy Hutchinson: Burglary of a dwelling

    • Markeith Watson: Felony/battery/VOP

  • GTI awarded $50,000 AT&T grant

    Gadsden Technical Institute’s faculty and students applauded and grinned from ear to ear as AT&T executives presented a check for $50,000 to the school for technology improvements to its programs today.

    Written as a 20/20 grant in 2008, the awaded funds will improve, enhance and update GTI’s existing technology for secondary and post-secondary career and technical education programs.

  • Billions in stimulus dollars available to states for education

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that $44 billion in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days. The first round of funding will help avert hundreds of thousands of estimated teacher layoffs in schools and school districts while driving crucial education improvements, reforms and results for students.

  • Crist, Sink unveil Sunshine spending Web site to help track taxpayer dollars

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced Tuesday a new Web site that will allow Floridians to track how state government spends their taxpayer dollars: www.MyFlo-ridaCFO.com/SunshineSpending.

    The launch of the Sunshine Spending Web site comes during Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of Florida’s dedication to making state and local government more accessible to the public.

  • Contractor considers options for SR 267 asphalt operation

    Chuck Roberts of C.W. Roberts Contracting Inc. has 30 days to decide whether he will request the Gadsden Couny Planning and Zoning Commission hear his request for a variance or whether he will shut down his operation on State Road 267.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Report

    • Anthony Swatts: VOP/ Forgery/Uttering-Utter Forged

    • Richard Jackson: FTA-FOE Arraignment/ROWOV

    • Devontiah Jones: Violation of Community Control

    • Pedrico Starr: Warranty Arrest

    • Jonathan Heard: Open warrant on FTA/DWSLR

    • Shawonda Davis: Violation of Injuction

    • Lamar Ray: Charge of possession of concealed firearm, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of burglary tools

    • Ezra Stuckey: Violation of community control