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  • Commissioners nix televised meetings

    Saying that it would save taxpayers much-needed funds, Gadsden County commissioners voted to terminate videotaping services of its meetings. Southerland Enterprises, the company that had been taping and airing the meetings, was paid $650 for each meeting.

    "This is...not a necessity. I don't believe 50 to 60 percent of the people who live in the county actually get the meetings. I know I don't get it down at the lake. And a lot of this is (commissioners’ comments) are just playing to the TV," said Ed Allen, who spoke in support of discontinuing the service.

  • ADAGE reps answer questions about plant

    In a meeting last week with Stephen Simmons, vice president of business development for ADAGE, and Erin VanSickle, of Capital Energy Communications, the Times had the opportunity to ask some pointed questions regarding the proposed biomass facility in Gretna.

  • Robbery is motive in Havana shooting

    Update

    Twenty-five-year-old Gretna resident Freddie Fluker was shot and killed Monday night around 10:20 p.m. on Mitchell Road in the Richbay Community near Havana. Norman Davis Jr., 25, of Quincy, was shot in the stomach and taken to an area hospital. His wound, according to Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, is not life-threatening.

    "We got a call about gunshots heard in the area about 10:20. When we arrived on the scene, we found the two males suffering from gunshots. Fluker was pronounced dead at the scene," Corder said.

  • Local residents protest high utility bills

    Men, women and children began assembling on the sidewalk in front of city hall Feb. 9 just before the start of the 6 p.m. regular meeting. Carrying signs and chanting, group members were protesting what they called "excessively high" utility bills.

    "We're asking you to take whatever methods you have to reduce fees. The bills are higher than our rent or mortgage. Utility bills are causing people to go bankrupt," spokeswoman Janice Francis told the Quincy City Commission.

  • National campaign launched to end federal aid for biomass

    A national coalition of 48 citizen and environmental groups, including Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County, today launched a nationwide campaign to end federal financing for biomass incinerators being called “green energy.”   

  • Opposing sides square off on biomass issue at county commission meeting

    There was standing room only during the Feb. 2 meeting of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners. Most of those attending were either for or against a proposed biomass plant in Gretna.

  • Investigators close in on theft ring

    Gadsden County Sheriff's Office investigators began rounding up and questioning people this week they believe may have been involved in a theft ring that targeted the Havana home of a dead man. Inv. Brian Faison said the thefts were reported by the caretaker of the estate of Wilton Hall, who died 2 years ago.

    "They took just about everything you could take out of a four-bedroom house and garage," Faison said.

  • Students give above and beyond to aid Haitians

    “Usually I’m begging for money. I was promised $3,000, but for you all to collect this much money, well, this is just wonderful,” said Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross representative Debara Jump. “You should be commended.”

    Jump was speaking to a group of students gathered at the Gadsden County School District Office today for a very special purpose – to donate to help the Haitian people.

  • Quincy submits app for incinerator

    The city of Quincy has submitted an application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to begin operating an incinerator at Byrd Landfill on Selman Road. But opponents of the incinerator don't want it in Quincy because they feel it is a hazard to public health and that two incinerators (including the proposed Gretna plant) in Gadsden County are not welcome.

    Comparisons to the proposed biomass plant in Gretna, said Quincy city manager Jack McLean, are false.

  • City of Chattachoochee, school board square off over gas bill

    School board members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to not pay half of a $21,724.96 natural gas bill as requested by the city of Chattahoochee.

    The board requested the city of Chattahoochee cut off the gas meter at the old Chattahoochee High School and “red tag” it in April 2007. Sometime afterward, the meter was turned on again and remained on, undetected, until the meter was removed recently and the gas line plugged.