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  • 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.

  • Did county overpay attorneys?

    Eugene Lamb, chairman of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, has asked the county's administrator to look into the amount of money the county paid the law firm of Williams, Wilson & Sexton between 2005 and 2009 and determine if the county was over charged.

  • City to continue pursuit of permit to reopen incinerator

    Quincy city commissioners will continue to pursue a license from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to reopen the air curtain incinerator at Byrd Landfill. The vote was unanimous during the Jan. 26 regular meeting. The city receives an average of 220 tons of yard trash and land clearing debris into the landfill each year.

    Opponents think the city should find alternatives before seeking a permit.

    James Maloy, president of Gadsden County Concerned Citizens, told commissioners that he opposes incinerators at both state and local levels.

  • Meeting to be held on Gretna biomass facility; public invited to attend, ask questions

    James Maloy, president of the Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County, along with Dr. Ronald Saff, a Tallahassee allergist, spoke to the Gadsden County School Board last week regarding the proposed biomass facility in Gretna, as well as the Quincy incinerator at Byrd Landfill.

    Maloy  and the group’s members have spoken out against both facilities, citing environmental and health concerns.

  • Hospital projected to lose $700,000 first 3-5 years

    Michael Glazer, the Gadsden Hospital Inc. attorney who has been taken the lead in navigating the county through the opening of Gadsden Memorial Hospital, told the Board of County Commissioners during their regular Jan. 19 meeting "a lot is happening."

    He said Healthcare Corporation of America, which has signed a letter of intent to operate the hospital, has a list of projections for the hospital for the next 3 to 5 years, including an estimated $700,000 to $800,000 loss with an additional $4.8 to $6.7 million in write-offs, charity and bad debts.

  • ADAGE to donate $350,000 to Gretna; officials mum on specific use of funds

    Officials from ADAGE, the company behind the proposed biomass facility in Gretna, were on hand during last week’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day in Gretna.

    Robert Parrett, director of business development, told attendees the company will remain “transparent,” and promised that not only will Gretna reap the monetary benefits of the facility, but so will the school district.

  • Midway fire department receives donation of fire truck

    The city of Midway received a belated Christmas gift Jan. 24 when they brought home a fire engine valued at $63,000, donated by Manatee County.

    "We felt like it was Christmas. We've needed another fire engine for so long and with the budget we have, we just couldn't afford it. We searched for financing and funding and then finally we prayed and our prayers were answered," said Agatha Muse-Salters, Midway city manager.