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  • Sales tax break on school supplies and related merchandise

    Action by the state government will take some of the bite out of back to school shopping.

    For a couple of days this month, buyers of school supplies and some related merchandise will not have to pay sales tax.

    This will be the first Back to School Sales Tax Holiday since 2007. It starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, and ends at midnight Sunday, Aug. 15. Gadsden County public school students return to the classroom on Aug.23.

  • City votes to switch power providers

        Jack McLean, city manager, said he has delivered on his promise to look for a power provider that would save citizens money. While the rates of purchase may remain the same, the cost of delivering power (fuel adjustment charge) may be lower, he said.

        And it could mean the end of Quincy's relationship with Progress Energy.

  • Early voting starts Aug. 9

    In less than two weeks voters who don't want to wait until the primary election day can begin casting heir ballots by voting early. Or, they can request now to have a absentee ballot sent to their place of residence.

        Aug. 9 through Aug. 21 are early voting dates. The locations are:

        • Supervisor of Elections Office

         16 S. Madison Street

          Quincy

        • Chattahoochee Public Library

          300 Maple Street

  • Gadsden County suicide rate soars

    Since January of this year 27 Gadsden County residents have attempted suicide and 12 have been successful. The problem has Sheriff Morris Young searching for answers and looking for help anywhere he can find it.

        "That's too many people for a county our size, it could become epidemic. At the rate we're going we may have 25 deaths by suicide by the end of the year," he said.

         By comparison, according to state data, Gadsden County only recorded six suicides in 2008.

  • Historic church marks milestone

    It sits on the corner of Duval and Clark streets in Quincy, almost a stone's throw from the courthouse steps. It is on the city's historic registry and is featured as a place of interest in the city's publication called "On The Trail in Historic Quincy."

  • FCAT math scores don't add up

    Upon publication of the 2010 FCAT results last month several school districts, including Gadsden immediately saw results that raised red flags. As a result nearly every Florida school district has requested further evaluation, specifically as it relates to the learning gains of the 25 percent lowest performing students throughout the state.

  • 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.