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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.

  • Crash claims the life of a toddler

    A driver and another passenger are in serious condition following a Monday night accident on Interstate 10 in Gadsden County that claimed the life of a 3-year-old child.

    According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Crystal King was driving the four-door Audi east on I-10 ahead of a tractor trailer, driven by Carlton D. Finuff of Havana.

  • Half-a-million write-off tabled by city for now

    A decision on whether the city of Quincy will write off over a half million dollars in delinquent utility bills has been tabled for 6 months. In March, staff recommended the write-offs as an option to for resolving the balances on the city's books.

  • Quincyfest a rousing success, says organizers

    Once the Friday night deluge gave way to clear and sunny skies Saturday afternoon, hundreds of people came to enjoy the barbecue and blues at Quincyfest 2010.

    "We were disappointed in the Community Fiesta but there was absolutely nothing we could do about the weather. We were keeping an eye on the weather all week and we felt good about the 10 percent forecast for Friday but that was not to be. Saturday was a different story and came back fantastic," said Cal Lutz, Quincyfest committee chairman.

  • Shooting at liquor store lands Gretna man in jail

    Gretna resident Earl Brundidge Jr. is in the Gadsden County Jail charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to information released by the Quincy Police Department, Brundidge, 39, is accused of shooting 26-year-old Caleb Carlisle, 26, of Attapulgus, Ga. twice in the stomach at Welco Liquors on May 3 with a .22 caliber handgun.

    A press release stated that Brundidge had exchanged words with Carlisle and left the area.

  • New sign, equipment in place at hospital

    The sign has gone up, equipment is being delivered daily, job applications have been taken and the countdown is on for the opening of the Gadsden County rural emergency room that will provide around-the-clock health care for citizens. The target date to open is June 1.

    Eugene Lamb, chairman of the county commissioners, had nothing but praise for fellow board members, the legal team and county staff who "worked diligently" to get the facility open on time.

  • Midway Fire Department closed, reopened amidst controversy

    Update: 4;18 p.m. May 11

    The Midway Fire Department was closed briefly last week amidst a heated debate between City Manager Agatha Muse Salters and firefighters, following comments posted on the Web site of a local television station.