Local News

  • Agencies to work on reducing infant mortality, increase quality of life

    The only way to reduce infant mortality, according to Gadsden County Health Department Administrator Marlon Hunter,  is for all agencies that address quality of life issues to come together to work for the common goal.

    Hunter was addressing representatives from several agencies that focus on health during the first meeting of the Gadsden Community Health Action Team Sept. 15. The team will ultimately become the Gadsden County Health Coalition, according to Hunter.

  • RFM students remember Sept. 11

    The Anchor Club of Robert F. Munroe Day School held a memorial service around the flagpole Sept. 11. 

    Club president Erin Sampson, daughter of Joel and Whitney Sampson, welcomed the student body and special guests, reminding everyone of the importance of remembering those who lost their lives on that day 8 years ago.  

  • Swine Flu vaccine could be available sooner

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Sunday that the nation’s first round of Swine Flu shots could begin as early as the first week of October.

    Sebelius said she “feels sure” the vaccine will be made available early enough to “beat the peak” of the expected flu season, and early doses are still expected to be prioritized for medical first responders, pregnant women and other high-risk groups.

  • GCSO finds marijuana growing

    Citizens continue to call the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office with tips on neighbors who are suspected to be growing or selling drugs. Last week was no exception when tips led narcotics and vice officers to the  home of Randy Rowe on Smithtown Road, about 12 miles west of Quincy, near Chattahoochee.

    Investigators arrested Rowe at home on Sept. 1 after finding marijuana growing a few feet from his home, according to GCSO Lt. Jim Corder.

  • County to seek lobbyist to protect state hospital

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners held the first of two public hearings Monday night but it was unclear whether the meeting had been properly advertised as a public hearing.

    County Administrator Johnny Williams said he thought the meeting was advertised but couldn't be sure because Betty Miller, the administrative assistant who usually places ads, is out of the office on sick leave. However, the meeting continued with five items on the agenda for discussion.

    Those items added another $85,000 to the budget. The money will come from reserves which total $450,000.

  • Midway man charged with arson, attempted murder

    The State Fire Marshal's Office arrested 26-year-old Christopher T. Knight of Midway and charged him with five counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson of a dwelling  Monday.

    The charges stem from fires set Sept. 9 and 10. He is in the Leon County Jail, pending return to Gadsden County.

  • Gadsden County contributes more than $165,000 to Big Bend United Way

    Millie Smith, United Way of the Big Bend's campaign manager for Gadsden County, said the people of Gadsden County came through this year with contributions. Donations totaling $165,400.44 were raised from Gadsden County contributors this year and that amount was divided among  31 agencies which offer a myriad of services to the citizens of the county.

  • City employees to get performance bonus in January

    Following a round of budget workshops, Quincy city commissioners were ready to pass the  budget on first reading Sept. 16 but not before an extensive discussion on how and when city employees would receive a one-time bonus.

    Jack McLean, city manager, initially requested a 2.25 percent bonus for all employees to be given in January 2010 at a cost of $174,000. He also requested that the city pick up the taxes, which would total approximately $48,000.

  • Local officials urge residents to use caution this flu season

    A recent White House report stated that from 30 percent to half of the country’s population could contract the H1N1 Swine Flu, and between 30,000 and 90,000 people could die during this year’s cold and flu season. That’s in addition to the more than 30,000 that die each year from regular flu viruses.

    In the months since Swine Flu first began to make headlines, more than 1 million Americans have become sick with the virus, and more than 500 have died. Worldwide, it has killed nearly 2,000.

  • Plane crash in Quincy leaves pilot dead, one injured

    One Quincy man has died and another is in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition after the  1947 Piper Cub airplane they were riding in crashed shortly after take-off from the Quincy-Gadsden Airport around 3:30 p.m Monday afternoon.

    Richard Brewer, the 64-year-old pilot, died around 6:50 p.m. at the hospital and passenger Justin Placilla was in the Intensive Care Unit Tuesday morning. There was no further information available on his condition.