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  • Gadsden County shows decline in number of jobless

    The U.S. Department of Labor has released employment and unemployment estimates for September 2010 with some encouraging figures for Gadsden County.
    The county's unemployment rate for September came in at 10.6 percent, down a half of percent from the August 2010 jobless rate of 11.1 percent.
    But the latest figures still represent a full point increase in the county's unemployment rate over August 2009.
    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2010 is 11.9

  • Alex Sink stops in quincy

    There was standing room only at the Historic Society building when Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Alex Sink, brought her campaign to Quincy. With less than a month to go to the Nov. 4 General Election, Sink talked about the need for Democrats to  vote. Elected officials from the surrounding counties of Liberty, Wakulla, Calhoun and Jackson counties also attended the reception.
        Sen. Al Lawson, in introducing Sink, said the election was historic because it is the first time the state has had the opportunity to elect a female governor.

  • District needs voter support to shift funds

    The bottom item on the election ballot is a top priority for local schools.
    The Gadsden County School Board has a referendum on the November ballot that could free up some funds, which will have a positive impact in the classroom.
    And it is the last item on a lengthy list of amendments seeking voter attention on the two-sided ballot.
    According to Superintendent Reginald James, the referendum basically asks the residents of Gadsden County to give the school board the authority to utilize 0.25 of the dollars allocated to the district for capital outlay.

  • Whistle-blower case continues

     Circuit Judge John C. Cooper denied, Monday afternoon, a motion to dismiss the whistle-blower case of former Gadsden County public works director Robert Presnell. At issue was whether or not Presnell filed his complaint with the appropriate entity.

  • Blues Fest success!

           The Oktoberfest weekend was a success. Almost 7,000 people packed the Courthouse Square and downtown Quincy for two nights of music, food and fun. Friday night approximately 1,700 came out to hear Minor  Seven, a Tallahassee based music group that specialize in neo-soul, R & B, jazz, raggae and blues. Adrian Morris, the band’s featured vocalist, brought the crowd to their feet when he crooned “Let’s Get It On” by the late Marvin Gay.

  • City cuts budget

    When the Quincy city commission passed a millage rate of 4.0 it left a shortfall in of $120,000 in the current budget.
        Commissioners then set about that amount so that the budget would be balanced.
    Saying that this was a tough year and painful cuts has to be made, the commission made the following cuts:
        •$80,000 from the recreation department which will eliminate one position, the after school recreation program, travel for non-competitive sports, a health initiative, beautification program and the weekend movies.

  • New prison management meets public

         There are 1,520 female inmates housed at the Gadsden Correctional Institution in Gretna. On Aug. 1, Management Training Corporation took over the day-to-day operations of the facility. The man in charge is Sergio Molina, a 25-years veteran in corrections.

  • Domestic violence

        Domestic Violence isn't confined to adults anymore. Two years ago, a national survey of teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 17 revealed that 44 percent said they knew someone their age who had been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
       Here are some telltale signs of what are usually early warning signs that something is wrong in a teen dating relationship if the person:

  • Domestic violence an epidemic

          Editor's Note: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The first victim in this article will not be identified.
          One day, she said, he came in from work and she had prepared a pot of meatballs and spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. She thought he would like it but he didn't.

  • Family escapes house fire unharmed


    by ALICE DU PONT
    Times Editor
          
       A fire later Monday night has left a Quincy family homeless. Bridgette Frances' home on Arlington Circle in Osceola Park was a total loss. Frances and her two children, ages 5 and 14, were able to get out of the home unharmed.