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  • Lack of available ambulances keeps couple in crashed car more than an hour

    Gadsden County’s ambulances were busier than usual Nov. 17. Between trips to Tallahassee and one out of operations because of a flat tire, the four remaining vehicles were stretched to the limit.

    Lois Taylor, 63, suffered a severe asthma attack, according to her son Thomas, at approximately 3:40 p.m., and his sister dialed 911. He said that shortly after he arrived at his mother's home at 802 West Jefferson Street, she was in distress and having difficulty breathing.

  • TDC vote nixed

    The Gadsden County Tourist Council’s vote to advertise its meetings only in a Chattahoochee newspaper won’t fly – according to County Administrator Johnny Williams.

    TDC members voted unanimously Nov. 16 to advertise their meetings in the Twin City News, a publication which serves  Chattahoochee and Sneads and has a circulation of about 2,200. The move was made, TDC member Jim Kellum said, based on a lower cost of advertising with that publication.

  • Ribbon cutting held at new Chattahoochee Dental Clinic

    The ribbon has been cut and the doors are open at the new Chattahoochee Dental Clinic, part of the Gadsden County Health Department’s efforts to bring dental care to residents in western Gadsden County.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 4 at the new location, 680 Maple St. The facility will also be used by senior citizens in Chattahoochee.

  • "Sensei Barnie" gets a little help from his friends

    A man who has given so much to so many now needs a little help himself.

    Barnie Ross, also known as “Sensei Barnie” by the kids he coaches at Havana’s Alpha UpKudo Karate, underwent knee replacement surgery and is doing well in rehabilitation, according to Anne Radke, owner of the karate facility.

  • TDC strategic plan put on hold

    The strategic plan presented by the Gadsden County Tourist Development Council to the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners has been put on hold for the time being.

    The 72-page document was presented by TDC members Hement Patel and Jeff Dubree, who gave a PowerPoint presentation briefly outlining the plan’s main points.

  • Ida expected to bring lots of rain locally

    Gadsden County can expect from 3 to 5 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Ida as it makes landfall early Nov. 10 near Mobile, Ala.

    "The storm is actually going to hit further west that we thought. It looks like we ducked this one. But we need to be mindful of flooding because our rivers and creeks are pretty well saturated. A lot of the rain is going to be north of us in Alabama and northern Georgia which mean we going to see the rivers rise even higher in about a week," said Emergency Management Director Maj. Shawn Wood.

  • Farm employees beg governor: Help us

    If Florida Prime Mushrooms Inc., formerly Quincy Farms, closes because management cannot secure a loan to keep production going, 200 jobs could be lost. That's why approximately 25 employees and their families were trying to attract attention to their plight between noon and 1 p.m. Nov. 9.

    "We want to work. We've cut everywhere we can. Management has been trying for 9 months to get a loan from the bank. The banks are getting the money from the federal government but they're not making it available," said Les States, a veteran company employee.

  • Champion comes home, receives key to city

    International Boxing Federation Light Heavyweight Champion of the World and Quincy native Tavoris Cloud came home Oct. 30 to receive the key to the city and to be formally congratulated by city officials and the community. "Every time you get in the ring, the city of Quincy is standing in your corner," said Mayor Andy Gay before presenting the key. Gay, left, and commissioner Angela Sapp, right, congratulated Cloud on his latest victory and urged him to continue setting an example for Gadsden County students.

  • Quincy only small city in state to get ARRA grant for Smart Grid

    Jack McLean, Quincy city manager, could hardly contain himself Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the board of city commissioners.

    "I have some really good news. We were informed that we will receive $2.47 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill, for Smart Grid technology. We are one of the few small cities in the nation to get the grant and the only small city in Florida to get it," McLean said.

  • Health council speaks out for first time; says citizens were well informed on tax vote

    A recent comment by a Gadsden County commissioner has caused the previously mum Gadsden Community Health Council to speak out.

    According to Max Martinez, executive director for the council, and Sherry VanLandingham, council chair, a commissioner was quoted in another local newspaper saying the community has been misled when it comes to the half-cent sales tax.