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  • Quincy woman arrested for nonprofit theft

    A 54-year-old Quincy woman, Julia Jackson, was arrested and charged with grand theft by misappropriating funds from a nonprofit organization. The organization is the Gadsden County daycare on Fourth Street in Quincy.

    Jackson, who was director at the center, is alleged to have taken money by transferring some funds electronically into her personal account.

  • Tallahassee mayor ready to fight opposition to Talquin Dam spillway project

    Gadsden County has not joined Leon, Wakulla, Liberty and Franklin counties challenging the Northwest Florida Management District and the city of Tallahassee concerning the city's Corn Hydrolelectric Facility Spillway Modification Project. The counties had requested an administative hearing  on the construction permit. The facility is a Tallahassee operated facility but is located on the Gadsden County side of Lake Talquin.

  • No election in Quincy; Gretna, Chattahoochee gear up for faceoffs

    The city of Quincy will have no municipal election April 27. The two incumbents for city commission, Angela Sapp and Finley Cook, are unopposed.

    Gretna has two seats and Chattahoochee has three contested seats. In Gretna, Clarence Jackson is opposing incumbent John E. Smith for Seat 1, and Jeff McNealy has challenged Willie C. Fagg for Seat 3.

    In Chattahoochee, Annette Bates is challenging Catherine Harvey in District 1, Susan Blume is opposing John N. Neely in District 3, and James Glass is going up against incumbent Jerry Wynn for the at-large seat.

  • Census Bureau warns locals about ‘fakes’

    Officials from the U.S. Census Bureau are warning local residents: don’t be fooled when it comes to fake census forms or contact from individuals claiming to be census workers.

    If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a census worker, and that person requests information such as user names, passwords, or Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, do not surrender your information.

  • Gadsden under tornado watch until 7 p.m.

    Update 2:55 p.m.

    A tornado was spotted in Quincy about 20 miles west of Tallahassee, according to The National Weather Service. Details as they become available.

     

    The National Weather Service has issued Tornado Watch 65 in effect until 7 p.m. EDT /6 p.m. CDT/ this evening for the following areas:

    In Alabama this watch includes four counties

    In southeast Alabama

    Dale

    Geneva

    Henry

    Houston

    In Florida this watch includes 13 counties

    In North Florida

  • FHP reviews bus tape; it's reportedly blank

    UPDATE: March 11, 1:38 p.m.   

    Florida Highway Patrol investigators have reviewed the security tape from the school bus that crashed Monday, according to published reports - and the tape is blank.

    We are working to verify this information and will provide information as soon as possible.

    UPDATE: 9:22 a.m., March 10

  • Criminal investigation launched after allegations by EMS employees

    Gadsden County Sheriff Young said a criminal investigation has been launched into allegations made by employees at Emergency Management Services.

    The official investigation began March 8 at 4 p.m. when a meeting was held that included County Administrator Johnny Williams, Personnel Director Arthur Lawson, county commission Chairman Eugene Lamb and two investigators from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bus driver suspended with pay

    Gadsden County School District officials held a press conference March 12 to announce that Tim Kelly, 40, the driver of the school bus that crashed March 8, has been suspended with pay after failing to report a ticket he received March 1.

    The ticket was for speeding while operating a school bus and transporting students.

  • 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.”