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  • Horseshoe Lounge won't reopen following vote by commissioners

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners denied a variance request Oct. 6 by Yogi Patel to reopen the former Horseshoe Lounge as a drive-thru package store during the regular commission meeting.

    Patel told commissioners that no walk-up customers, no drinking on premises and no loitering would be allowed. The business, he said, would be open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 9 p.m. and only occupy 1,500 square feet.

  • 'Cat fighting' and Chocolate News: Commissioners go toe-to-toe

    Gadsden County commissioner Sherrie Taylor expressed her disappointment in the actions of fellow commissioner Brenda Holt during the Oct. 6 regular meeting of the commissioners.

    "It's a sad day when one commissioner attacks other commissioners in public with untruths and misinformation. We have so much that we need to do and we need to do it together. Commissioner Holt has taken several shots at me and I have taken them," Taylor said.

  • Students, community leaders participate in Read for the Record

    They sat, legs crossed, eyes wide, waiting for their guest to begin. The book was opened, the pages were turned, and through a guest reader, children all over Gadsden County were filled with wonder as they heard a story about a very hungry little bug.

  • Recovery slow for shooting victim, gunman

    Terrell Collier, 32, remains in the intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after he was shot Oct. 6 around 3 p.m. by his stepfather, Willie Ankcroum. No charges have been filed against Ankcroum, pending a decision from the state attorney.

    "We're going to give this one to the state attorney's office because he's saying that he was afraid for his life. If that's true, this could fall under the new law in Florida called the 'Castle Doctrine' law," said Lt. Larry Gilyard of the Quincy Police Department.

  • Havana couple killed

    UPDATE: A viewing is planned for 6 to 9 tonight at Bevis Funeral Home, with services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fellowship Baptist Church in Tallahassee. Burial will be at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. A fund has been set up for their daughter. Contributions may be made to The Emily Joyner Trust, c/o Barbara Estes, Capital City Bank, 102 S. Main St., Havana, FL 32333.

    A Havana couple was killed  Oct. 9, just south of Havana near the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and County Road 159.

  • Tourist Development Council violates Sunshine Law with no previous meeting notices

    The Gadsden County Tourist Development Council, partnered with the county’s chamber of commerce, has developed a strategic plan for promoting tourism in the county – and violated Sunshine Law along the way.

    The plan will be presented to the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners early next month, and was developed during recent TDC meetings that included representatives from the chamber and the TDC’s marketing committee.

  • 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.