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  • G*STARS to lose money to seniors

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night during a special meeting to take $60,000 from G*STARS, a summer youth employment program, to bail out the Senior Citizens Center. The program will still have $15,000 left to use for the program, which is administered by Tallahassee Community College.

  • Quincy city leaders bring ‘hot topic’ to the table to discuss with county

    Quincy city commissioners want to sit down and talk with the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners about a hot issue: fire.

    The issue of fire protection for the county and the agreement it has with the city of Quincy is a little off kilter, according to some commissioners. The majority of the calls for fire service are outside the city limits and some, about 5 percent, are outside of the 5-mile service area.

    Commissioners Keith Dowdell and Finley Cook agreed that the county should be paying more than the $435,000 they currently pay annually.

  • City to cut delinquent businesses off ASAP

    Quincy city manager Jack McLean said delinquent business accounts are costing the city dollars it needs to meet its obligations. McLean decided recently that he needed to get the attention of businesses that have past due accounts.

    "When our residential customers don't pay their utility bills we have to interrupt their service. Unfortunately, we're going to have to do the same thing with some of our business accounts," McLean said.

  • GCSO nabs more than 100

    It won't be such a happy holiday for the 133 people arrested during Operation Seasons Greetings, an annual criminal roundup during which law enforcement agencies team up with parole and probation officials to track down and arrest some of the county's most wanted.

    This year was a bumper crop and Lt. Jim Corder of the Narcotics and Vice Unit of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office said he doesn't ever remember making this many arrests in such a short time.

  • Single bid submitted for hospital construction

    Only one company submitted a bid Dec. 19 to renovate and construct Gadsden Community Hospital, according to Interim County Manager Bud Parmer.

    Childress Construction Company, the company that was awarded the bid first in October, was the only company that showed interest. The bidded $8,453,720 for the job. Parmer said the next step is to have the architect, Bill Rutherford, look the bid over and determine if it meets all of the specifications.

  • Quincy restaurant robbed Monday night

    Quincy police are looking for two men who robbed the night manager of Captain D's restaurant at gunpoint and took an undisclosed amount of money late Monday night.

    According to Investigator Clarence Pearson of the Quincy Police Department, two men, dressed in black from head to toe, waited outside the restaurant. When the manager and two other employees walked outside at 10:45 p.m., one of the men pointed the gun at the manager and ordered him to give him the pouch containing the night deposit.

  • Superintendent first recipient of youth foundation award

    Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James was honored last week as the first recipient of the Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation Meritorious Service Award, presented at Chipola College in Marianna.

    The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of educational services such as mentoring, counseling, motivational seminars, trips to post-secondary institutions and financial support to a diverse student population that is committed to pursue secondary education or training, whether academic, vocational or technical.

  • Clerk paints dim picture of county’s finances

    "I would describe the financial status of the county as fragile. You have to be careful or it will break," said Gadsden County Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas during a special called meeting last week.

    Thomas and all constitutional officers were invited to the meeting to address Gadsden County commissioners on what they see as the immediate financial future of the county. He presented a detailed financial update, he said, in response to questions posed to him by individual commissioners.

  • Gretna, Havana clubs nixed

    Bleak financial predictions have become a reality for the Boys & Girls Clubs planned for Havana and Gretna and both are facing a combined $150,000 cut in operating funds for at least a year. The funding for these two clubs will be revisited when the county has a clearer financial picture.

    The Quincy and Chattahoochee clubs, at $75,000 each for operations, are safe.

  • Senior center open amidst issues

    The Gadsden Senior Citizens Center is still serving seniors and all programs will continue to operate uninterrupted, according to Janice Wise, executive director of the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida Inc.

    Two weeks ago the president and vice-president of the center’s board of directors resigned. Last Thursday morning, Executive Director Laverne Demous and another top official, Erica Cooper, were terminated.

    Wise and several people from the agency’s headquarters in Tallahassee have stepped in to run the center temporarily.