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  • 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.  

  • Area students to participate in canned food drive

    Jerome Maples, Gadsden County School District student school board member and West Gadsden High School senior, has organized a canned food drive for all district schools.

    “It’s to replenish the organizations that provide food to those who need it, especially this time of year,” Maples said. “I feel sure that with the economy, the will be a lot of families who will need the help.”

  • Source of malnourished horse being investigated

    A horse abandoned at the Gadsden County Animal Shelter on Oct. 10 has been named Horse A while authorities try to sort out what happened to the malnourished animal.

    "The vet said this is a clear case of neglect and cruelty. This is one of the worse cases he has seen," said County Administrator Johnny Williams. He said the county will investigate how the animal came to be in that condition and turn the findings over to the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office or the state attorney.

  • Vet report shows mare was victim of neglect

    The final veterinary report on “Horse A,” the mare abandoned at the Gadsden County Animal Shelter, has been submitted to Johnny Williams, Gadsden County administrator, who said the results are unsettling.

    "The final results are that there is no disease that could have caused what happened to the animal. It has been determined that it is a case of neglect and possibly cruelty to animals," Williams said after receiving the report.

  • Swine flu shots are here

    The Gadsden County Health Department has received H1N1 in the mist (intranasal) and injection  for 2009 and currently has 700 doses.

    The health department will offer the vaccine free of charge to those in the first priority group (see below) at walk-in clinic at 278 LaSalle Leffall Drive in Quincy Oct. 24-25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The live intranasal vaccine is approved for use in healthy (no high risk medical conditions), non-pregnant persons ages 2 through 49 and at this time will only be offered to those in the first priority group.