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  • County inks deal with HCA for hospital

    Gadsden County commissioners voted 3-1 to lease Gadsden Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America Tuesday morning. The vote paves the way to open the hospital by the June 21 deadline.

    County Commissioner Gene Morgan was out on a medical emergency and Commissioner Brenda Holt voted against the lease agreement.

    The agreement will allow HCA, under Capitol Regional Medical Center, to operate the hospital and provide in-county medical services for the first time since the hospital closed Nov. 5, 2005.

  • Gretna pulls the plug on ADAGE

    Gretna Mayor Anthony Baker announced March 16 that the city will take no further action on ADAGE’s proposal to build a biomass facility in the city.

    Gretna city officials announced March 15 that they had decided to defer making a decision on the ADAGE biomass plant for 6 months, giving them more time to “study this matter in greater detail.”

  • Student petitions county for ban on sale of flavored tobacco products in county

    Calvre'Ona Davis, a sixth grade student at Havana Middle School, was the center of attention during the March 16 meeting of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners.

    Davis had requested a place on the agenda to request approval for a resolution to ban the sale and marketing of flavored tobacco products in the county.

    She told commissioners that as a part of the county’s Students Working Against Tobacco program, she wants to improve the health of local residents.

  • School board votes to foot half of gas bill with Chattahoochee

    Gadsden County School Board members voted unanimously last week to pay half of a $21,724.96 natural gas bill, an action they previously voted against.

    “I’ve looked at it and if it was litigated, it would be about $20,000 to do so. And we may win, we may lose,” said Isaac Simmons, board chairman.

    “It’s a shame that government agencies in the same district have to settle this in court,” said board member Judge Helms.

  • The county successfully renegotiated a $10 million short-term loan with Capital City Bank for the hospital construction and renovation into a $10 million long-term loan with BB&T Bank. The loan comes to maturity in 2030 and has a 20-year fixed term rate of 5.03 percent. Capital City Bank will be repaid $987,351 for advancing the short-term loan. Another $160,000 will be needed to remodel the pharmacy but Craig McMillan, chairman of the board of directors of Gadsden Hospital Inc., said the funds are available.

  • Funeral held for student who died after crash

    More than 1,000 family members and friends of De'Sherrime "Dee Dee" Murray, 17,  paid their last respects March 14 at West Gadsden High School gymnasium.

    Others, including many elected officials, were there to show support for the family. Murray died at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital – the same hospital where she was born in 1992 – one day after  the school bus she and 48 other students were riding from school crashed into a tree on Lincoln Street, south of Chattahoochee.

  • Criminal charges filed against deputy in gas theft case

    When other law enforcement officers from three different agencies noticed in 2008 that Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Deputy Anthony Brown was filling containers in the trunk of his patrol car with gasoline they reported the incident to Sheriff Morris Young.

    Young immediately initiated an internal investigation.

  • Residents still left with questions after summit

    Last week’s Gretna Bioenergy Plant Summit left many local residents angry and still looking for answers.

  • Local student makes history by winning governor’s essay contest

    Louis “Tre” Zanders III is proud of the fact that his grandfather, Louis Zanders Sr. - who shares his name - has made history as the first black Florida Department of Transportation officer in the state.

    And now Louis Senior can be extra-proud of Louis III – Tre was recently named the winner of the Governor’s Student Essay Contest as part of the state’s celebration of Black History Month – and he is the first Gadsden County student to do so, etching his own place in history.

  • Gadsden County Boys and Girls Clubs to remain open

    The two Gadsden County Boys and Girls Clubs are not affected by the closing, from March 8 to April 2, of 10 Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend in Tallahassee. The clubs in Havana and Chattahoochee will remain open and hours of operation will remain the same.