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  • Negotiations underway for new hospital operator

    Gadsden Hospital Inc., the board of directors for Gadsden Memorial Hospital, voted unanimously Monday afternoon to recommend that negotiations begin immediately with Hospital Corporation of America to operate the hospital when it reopens.

    Hospital Corporation of American is the largest owner of hospitals in the nation and operates Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee.

  • Negotiations to begin with HCA on hospital operation

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 29 to allow exclusive negotiations with Hospital Corporation of America regarding the reopening and operation of Gadsden Memorial Hospital. HCA operates more than 40 hospitals in Florida – the nearest is Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee.

  • City, county negotiate county-wide fire contract

    If Quincy city commissioners agree, fire protection will be extended county-wide for the next 5 years at an annual cost of $405,000. Under the new proposed fire contract between Quincy and the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, the city has the option to revisit the contract in 3 years.

  • Unemployment up in Gadsden although lower than state rate

    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August is 10.7 percent, according to a press release from the Agency for Workforce Innovation – higher than the 9.3 percent reported in Gadsden County.

    The unemployment rate in Gadsden County in July was 9.9 percent, considerably higher than the 6.7 percent reported in August 2008.

  • Trio arrested in copper tubing theft near Greensboro

    Three people were caught at the scene while attempting to take copper tubing from Big Bend Jai Alai Fronton on Flat Creek Road near Greensboro Sept. 25.

    Arrested and charged with burglary were Norman McCallister, 25, of Panacea; Timothy Hamilton II, 24, of Chattahoochee; and Chastity Freeman, 24, of Tallahassee.

  • Search for man ends in discovery of body

    The body of 43-year-old Ferris Goodson Jr. of Chattahoochee was found Sept. 27 around 11:25 a.m. in Mosquito Creek, about 500 yards behind his home in the Crawfish Island community.

    Chattoochee Police Chief Van Pullen said Goodson's family reported him missing Friday evening at approximately 6 p.m. but no one at the time knew which direction he might have taken.

  • Quincy employees get bonus of $1,200 each

    Quincy city commissioners, at the suggestion of Commissioner Keith Dowdell, voted to give up $1,200 of their salaries so that city employees can have a one-time bonus of $1,200 each.

    City Manager Jack McLean proposed that the city pick up the taxes on the $1,200 so that employees would get the entire amount and not have to pay taxes. An additional $6,000 is needed to pay the taxes on the bonuses.

  • No decision yet in Quincy lawsuit

    No decision will be made in the case of Miles Womack vs. the city of Quincy before 60 days, although both sides finished testimony Sept. 24.

    Womack is suing the city because he was never notified that the city was no longer using Interlocken Lakes, owned by Womack, as a backup to the water system. The city agreed in 1998 to use the lakes because of the poor quality of the city's drinking water at the time.

  • City gets stimulus funds for fire station

    The city of Quincy has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to construct a new fire station. Fire Chief Howard Smith said he received a letter Sept. 24 from Sen. Bill Nelson, congratulating the city on the award.

    The new station will be constructed in the city's business park on Joe Adams Road. Smith said he applied for the grant, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus package) because a new fire department met the criteria.

  • Jail population climbs, but still lower than previous year

    On Sept. 28 there were 182 inmates in the Gadsden County Jail – the facility was built to house 150. Still, 182 is low when compared to more than 250 on most days in 2008.

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young said he is constantly working with judges, the state attorney and the public defender to reduce the jail population. He invited Michael Elchenko II from iSECUREtrac, a company that makes and sells ankle tracking devices, to demonstrate how the devices work and if they would be a viable option for the county.