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  • Helping hands, hearts

    Less than a week after Hurricane Irma ripped through South Florida, members of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Quincy spent Saturday collecting items for families in Immokalee affected by the storm.  As soon as they began unloading one vehicle, another pulled up.  By that afternoon, a semi tractor-trailer was filled to the maximum capacity with food, water,Although Huapilla is a student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, she is also a migrant farmer.  So are her parents.

  • Suspect nabbed in pool hall murder, robbery

    A Gretna man is in jail after being arrested in connection with an armed robbery and murder in Chattahoochee.
    According to a statement issued by Chattahoochee Police Department, three men entered Tata’s Pool Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 13, two of whom had their faces covered.  Two were armed with handguns, and the other with an AK-47-style rifle.
    When they entered, six people were inside.  Two were playing pool.  Three were at a card table, and one was sweeping.  Authorities say they ordered everyone to get down on the floor.

  • Gadsden County evacuation shelters open tomorrow

    With Hurricane Irma threatening the Big Bend region, the Gadsden County Commissioner announced on Saturday that shelters will open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sep. 10.  The Gadsden County School Board and Big Bend Transit will provide bus transportation to the shelters tomorrow morning.  If you need transportation to the shelter, please be at one of the following location by 9 a.m.

    Havana:

    • Old Elementary School

    • Harvey’s

    Quincy:

    • Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot

  • Midway’s new city manager gets four-year contract

    Many Midway citizens who attended Midway City Council’s meeting this past Thursday expressed outraged after council members voted to approve City Manager Leslie Steele’s four-year contract.

  • Irma brings wind, rain, evacuees

     Last week, as Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Gadsden County’s Emergency Management geared up early to get locals prepared.
    Emergency Management Director Maj. Shawn Wood urged citizens to go ahead and fill up their cars with gas even though Irma was almost a week away from Gadsden County, if she even showed up.
    Meteorologists were uncertain of Irma’s projected path.  At first the hurricane was predicted to hit Miami and head up Florida’s east coast into Jacksonville, Georgia and South Carolina.

  • Remember medications in disaster situations

    In the event of a flood, you may need to evacuate your home and access to regular health and medical services may be temporarily limited. To ensure you are able to continue taking your medications under such circumstances, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) recommends you be prepared and plan now by taking the following measures:

    o Per Executive Order No. 17-235, as it relates to Hurricane Irma, residents are now able to filled prescriptions early. This Executive order is to ensure that residents have enough medications to last through this hurricane.

  • Gadsden's emergency management office calls for volunteers

     Local officials met again today at the Sheriff’s office to get an update on Hurricane Irma. Gadsden County Emergency Management Director Maj. Shawn Wood said if Irma stays on the current path, the Gadsden County area may have an atmosphere similar to when Hurricane Hermine hit last year. He said with Irma’s low barometric pressure, there is a possibility of the area getting 85 mph winds, as well as tornados.

  • Gadsden County offices close early Friday

    Due to the threat posed by Hurricane Irma, Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners Office closed Friday at 2:30 pm and will remain closed until Tuesday, September 12.

     

  • Gadsden County announces state of emergency

    The Gadsden CountyCommission has declared Gadsden County to be in a state of emergency. Emergency operations are now being managed by the Division of Emergency Management. Please stay tuned for information as it comes available.

  • Diabetes Disaster Preparedness

    From a press release