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  • City electric bills will drop

         Quincy's city manager, Jack McLean, said 2011 will be a very good year for the citizens.

        "Beginning in January customers should see a 12-14 percent decrease in the electric part of their utility bills," he said.

        The percentage was calculated by taking the averages of randomly selected utility bills and calculating them using the Florida Municipal Power Agency charges that would have been charged to customers had the city been using FMPA costs.

  • Midway fires city manager

    By a narrow margin, 4-3, the Midway city council voted to terminate the services of Agatha Muse-Salters during the Sept. 2 regular monthly meeting. Muse-Salter's firing had been called for, mainly by former volunteer firefighters, since but seemed to have picked up steam in recent weeks.

  • Officer charged with sexual battery

    A part time Gretna police officer, who is a 15-year veteran with the Florida Department of Corrections is in the Leon County Jail charged with sexual battery by a custodial authority.

     Bond for Levander Eric Barkley, 39, has been set at $100,000 bond and, if he posts bond, he must wear a GPS ankle monitor and surrender all of his weapons, personal and professional. For the past 15 years Barkley worked at Apalachee Correctional Institution in Jackson County and had reached the rank of sergeant. For the past six months he was a part-time officer with the City of Gretna.

  • Unemployment rate steady in Gadsden County

    While the state saw a slight uptick in its jobless rat for July, Gadsden County held steady at 10.3 percent.

    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2010 is 11.5 percent, up

    marginally by 0.1 percentage point over the previous month.

    This represents 1,055,000 jobless out of

    a labor force of 9,214,000. The June unemployment rate for Florida was 11.4 percent.

    Florida’s total nonagricultural employment in July 2010 is 7,238,800, representing an increase of 5,700

  • El Salvador natives get TPS info

    Before the sun rose last Friday morning natives from El Salvador who now live Gadsden and surrounding counties were starting to line up outside the Migrant Education Office on West King Street. They, and more than 300 others throughout the day, were waiting for the opportunity to talk with one of six representatives from the El Salvadoran Consulate in Miami.

  • Youth curfew moves forward in Quincy

    The Quincy Youth Protection Ordinance that has been labeled a curfew passed on first reading by  a 3-2 vote.

        "The purpose of the ordinance is intended to protect minors from victimization and criminal activity and to promote parental control and responsibility for minor children and in doing so contribute to the growth and development of minors to enter into adulthood without a criminal or arrest record," stated part of the ordinance.

  • More allegations surface in EMS investigation

    The investigation in reference to several criminal allegations brought forward by the Gadsden County Emergency Medical Service employees also contains a section on allegations of hostile and intimidating environment.

  • Primary election on Tuesday

    Voters who don't want to wait until the primary election can still cast their ballots early as the opportunity continues through Saturday Aug. 21.

        The locations are:

        • Supervisor of Elections Office

         16 S. madison Street

          Quincy

        • Chattahoochee Public Library

          300 Maple St.

          Chattahoochee

        • Havana Public Library

  • EMS investigation reveals lurid charges

    The investigation into allegations brought by Gadsden County Emergency Medical Services has been completed and County Administrator Johnny Williams said the 600-page document took several months to generate and it will take him several months to break it down and decide what, if anything, to do about the report.

       "If it's a personnel matter I will handle it and if it's a criminal matter, I will turn it over to the state's attorney," he said.

  • Jail repairs remain an issue

     A public hearing to approve a resolution to execute an amendment for the repair of Frank Smith Road was pulled from the county commission agenda because the problem had been solved. The item was removed when Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas determined that the funds were available in the county's Public Works Capital Improvement Fund and in the public works reserves.