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  • Budget forecast grim, says county officials

    During a budget workshop for the 2009-10 fiscal year last week, the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners got news they expected to hear but weren't happy about.

    "Everything is down," said Rick Hoffman, county senior analyst for the Office of Management and Budget.

    The county's 2008-9 budget was $36 million but due to state cuts, according to Hoffman, it appears that another $500,000 in revenue will not be coming from the state of Florida.

  • Chattahoochee fireworks draw thousands

    As many as 4,000 people were expected for the Fourth of July celebration at the Chattahoochee Landing Saturday. Gospel music started at 4 p.m. with 87-year-old Frances Goodson of Greensboro on the keyboard. To get into the spirit of the holiday, Goodson, whose hair is white, striped it with red and blue food coloring on either side.

    "This is our 13th year and every year it gets bigger and bigger. I don't know where all of these folks come from but we're glad they come,"  said Lee Garner, Chattahoochee city manager.

  • Elementary schools shine; high schools struggle

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades Thursday and for the second time in the district’s history, four of Gadsden County’s school received A’s. Overall, 85 percent of the schools received passing grades.

  • County to go to court to tap into hospital trust fund

    Michael Glazer, attorney for the Gadsden Hospital Board Inc., asked for and was given permission to go to court in an attempt to get $4.8 million from the hospital trust fund. The money, if granted, will be used to open the hospital and purchase equipment.

    Glazer also asked Gadsden County commissioners to approve a three-member committee that will advise the trustee, Capital City Bank, on investments using the trust fund.

  • County officials urge residents to keep their cool

    Maj. Shawn Wood, director of emergency management, together with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, is advising people to stay inside and keep a cool as possible.

    "The temperatures we're now experiencing are dangerous for the elderly and the very young. Families and neighbors should not assume that old people are OK," he said.

    Wood said there haven't been any calls to his office complaining of the heat or heat related problems but summer began June 21 and July and August are typically the hottest months for the county.

  • County to receive stimulus money for home weatherization

    Dorothy Inman-Johnson, executive director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency Inc., told the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners last week that the county will receive between $1.5 and $2 million from a stimulus package to weatherize homes between 2009 and 2012.

    "This is major stimulus money and the program is intended to lower energy bills by making homes more energy efficient and create jobs," Inman-Johnson said.

  • No foul play in death of Quincy woman

    Quincy police said there is no foul play in the death of 34-year-old Christy Ingram on June 17.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, Ingram was found unresponsive around noon in the bed at her home, located at 316 E. Jefferson St. in Quincy. Paramedics were called and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Tags, title fees to increase more than 50 percent

    The price of automobile tags and title fees will increase more than 50 percent as of Sept. 1. Dale Summerford, tax collector, said the 2009 Florida Legislature established a law to raise the fees.

    "The Legislature had a huge hole to plug in their budget in these economic times. But in defense of the Legislature, Florida has some of the lowest tag fees around. We are somewhere around 48th or 49th in the country," he said.

  • Hospice introduces new program

    The "Five Wishes" has been introduced in Gadsden County by Big Bend Hospice in an attempt to help people make crucial decisions concerning their lives.

    "It' s better that people make their own decisions about how they want their affairs to be carried out. If they haven't made a decision, the courts will make it for them. By writing down what you want you take the burden off family members and often relieve friction," said Diane Tomasi, community relations director for Big Bend Hospice.

  • Arrest brings to end string of robberies in Havana, says LEO

    Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Investigator Brian Faison said he believes the arrest last week of 21-year-old Anthony Resnard Youmas may have brought an end to the recent string of Havana-area burglaries.

    "We were averaging two, maybe three burglaries per day. Since his arrest we haven't had any," Faison said.