Local News

  • Hospital projected to lose $700,000 first 3-5 years

    Michael Glazer, the Gadsden Hospital Inc. attorney who has been taken the lead in navigating the county through the opening of Gadsden Memorial Hospital, told the Board of County Commissioners during their regular Jan. 19 meeting "a lot is happening."

    He said Healthcare Corporation of America, which has signed a letter of intent to operate the hospital, has a list of projections for the hospital for the next 3 to 5 years, including an estimated $700,000 to $800,000 loss with an additional $4.8 to $6.7 million in write-offs, charity and bad debts.

  • ADAGE to donate $350,000 to Gretna; officials mum on specific use of funds

    Officials from ADAGE, the company behind the proposed biomass facility in Gretna, were on hand during last week’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day in Gretna.

    Robert Parrett, director of business development, told attendees the company will remain “transparent,” and promised that not only will Gretna reap the monetary benefits of the facility, but so will the school district.

  • Midway fire department receives donation of fire truck

    The city of Midway received a belated Christmas gift Jan. 24 when they brought home a fire engine valued at $63,000, donated by Manatee County.

    "We felt like it was Christmas. We've needed another fire engine for so long and with the budget we have, we just couldn't afford it. We searched for financing and funding and then finally we prayed and our prayers were answered," said Agatha Muse-Salters, Midway city manager.

  • School board hears concerns regarding biomass plant

    James Maloy, president of the Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County, along with Dr. Ronald Saff, a Tallahassee allergist, spoke to the Gadsden County School Board Tuesday night regarding the proposed biomass facility in Gretna, as well as the Quincy incinerator at Byrd Landfill.

    Maloy  and the group’s members have spoken out against both facilities, citing environmental and health concerns.

  • Gretna Elementary student takes top honors in district spelling bee

    Can you spell “cajolery?”

    Gretna Elementary School student Semaj Forehand can – and his ability to do so won him the top spot Jan. 8 in the Gadsden County School District Spelling Bee (Junior Division). Forehand is in the fifth grade.

    Fifth grade students dominated the competition, as second place was claimed by Andreyana Whitaker, a fifth grade student at Havana Middle School, while Xym’Aryah Wiggins, a fifth grader at St. John Elementary, took third place.

  • Local students, school staff challenged in 'Two Quarters, One World' campaign for Haitians

    School children in Gadsden County said they were touched by the devastation they’ve seen on television following the earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12.

    “I would be sad if that happened to me and I had nothing,” said Stewart Street Elementary student Talia Hall.

  • City approves SEPA increase

    City of Quincy officials approved, on first reading, the Southeastern Power Administration-increased wholesale power rate change to customers of the Jim Woodruff Dam Project, of which Quincy is a member, by 72 percent.

    The effective date of the increase was Sept. 2009, since Quincy is one of six preferred customers for the project that is impacted by the increase.

    Several months ago city commissioners directed staff to prepare an ordinance that would lower cost adjustment as the SEPA increase is passed along to the customers.

  • Purse snatched outside tax office

    Gadsden County resident Lisa Duprey was robbed Jan. 11 as she attempted to enter the Tax Collector's Office on South Calhoun Street in Quincy.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, Duprey parked and got out of her truck with the purse on her wrist. When she leaned into the truck to retrieve her vehicle registration from the center console, she felt her purse being snatched from her wrist.

  • Anonymous tip leads to arrest of Quincy men

    An anonymous tip led Quincy police officers to a home on South Shadow Street and the arrest of two Quincy men.  

    Benny Mason, 28, has been charged with one count each of burglary of a dwelling and criminal mischief. Ed Paris, 30, has been charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, the tipster saw two men kick in the back door in and called police. Officers arrived at the home a few minutes after the call was made at approximately 9:30 p.m.

  • Times launches new ‘voice’ for readers, community

    People in Gadsden County will soon have a new outlet for speaking their minds – and it will have everyone talking.

    “The Buzz” is a new feature in The Gadsden County Times that allows anyone to call in and speak out about any topic. Callers are restricted to one minute to record, and comments will be edited for length, libel, personal or political attacks and good taste. Calls can be made any time.