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  • Two die in crash, three hurt

    Two people were killed and three injured early Sunday afternoon when two SUVs collided on Pat Thomas Parkway (267), south of Interstate 10. Teresa Hemanes, 54, a passenger in the green vehicle and Geroge Synder,  54, the driver and only person in the white vehicle died at the scene.

        Three others in the green vehicle, Clyde Fletcher, 52, Kristina Mendoza, 34, and a 8-year-old girl whose name was not released, were hospitalized and are listed in fair to serious condition. All of the victims are from Quincy.

  • Hospital exceeds county's expectations

    It's been a month since Capital Regional Medical Center Gadsden Memorial Campus opened its door for business. And all expectations have been exceeded in a good way, said assistant county attorney Michael Glazer, in an oral report to the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners during their regular meeting on July 6.

         "We been averaging 45 to 50 patients per day which is about double what we expected and a lot of them are covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid," he said.

  • Crash claims 8-year-old Quincy boy

    A early morning car crash on July 2 claimed the life of 8-year-old Jovaunte' D. Cunningham of Quincy.

        He was the passenger in a car driven by his 15-year-old half brother, Johndarius Cunningham.

        According to published reports, Johndarius was driving a 1998 four-door Lincoln around 1 a.m. on State Road 159, just north of Dupont Road near Midway. For an unknown reason he lost control of the vehicle, swerved off the roadway and onto the shoulder of the road, hitting a utility pole, breaking it in half.

  • School District lays off 49 workers

    Faced with a $1.3 million budget deficit, the Gadsden County School District has cut 49 positions, approximately 5 percent of its workers.

    Superintendent Reginald James confirmed the layoffs this week, which span a variety of positions.

    "We have no real recourse other they to try and reduce personal," said James. "There is no way we can make up the gap in the budget without doing this, there is no other way to do it."

    Salaries and benefits make up about 80 percent of all district expenses.

  • Celebrate 4th of July with fireworks in Quincy and more

    This year the July 4th holiday falls on Sunday. Some cities will celebrate Saturday while others will hold true to the tradition and celebrate Sunday.

      Most will feature with live entertainment, fun and games for all ages and various contests designed to make everyone laugh. Everyone, however, will be reminded that reason for the celebration is to celebrate the freedom shared by citizens and the independence of this nation.

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  • Plenty of patients: Hospital opens in Quincy

        The Gadsden Memorial Campus of Capital Regional Medical Center opened for business at 7 a.m. Monday. The first patient arrived for service about an hour later. Officials projected early on that the rural health care facility would see about 20 patients per day.  Before noon 20 patients had already come through the door.

        Rosetta Martin brought a family member in for service mid-morning.

  • Midway firefighters say city manager violated charter

    Midway volunteer firefighters presented their petition with more than 200 signatures to reinstate suspended firefighters to the Midway City Council Monday night. The petition also calls for the removal of City Manager Agatha Muse-Salters and Interim Fire Chief Chris Lance.

  • Gretna elections end in upsets; recount to be conducted

    The face of Gretna's city commission has changed. When all of the votes were counted, Clarence Jackson had defeated incumbent John E. Smith Jr. for Seat 1, 275-119, and Jeff McNealy had defeated incumbent Willie C. Fagg, 195-193.

    In Gretna, 36.24 percent of those eligible to vote went to the polls.

    "This race is so close, we will have a recount," said Shirley Green Knight, Gadsden County’s supervisor of elections.

  • Holt resigns from county commission seat

    County Commissioner Brenda Holt resigned her position on the Board of County Commissioners, effective April 30. Holt is in the state's Deferred Retirement Option Program and must sit out 30 days before returning to work.

    In order to participate in the DROP, a person must have 30 years of service, be 62 years of age or be vested in the state retirement system, which is 6 years.