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  • 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.

  • Just a stove pot hat and a handful of seeds...

    Second grade students at Robert F. Munroe Day School celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with many fun activities. They made applesauce and stove pot hats, read a story about his life and created apple tree artwork using finger paint. Mrs. Mathers’ class had an “applicious” good time learning about Johnny Appleseed.

  • Fire claims home in Greensboro

    A fire claimed the home of a Greensboro woman Sept. 16.

    Greensboro volunteer firefighters were called to a mobile home located at 660 Lonnie Clark Rd. in Greensboro at 1:36 p.m. The home was quickly engulfed in flames, and the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen, according to the incident report.

    Bertha Daniels, who had lived in the home, said she left the house at approximately 10 a.m. that morning, and had not cooked or noticed any electrical problems.

  • Accident claims life of Quincy man

    Walter Lowe, 26, of Quincy, was killed Sept. 15 at Quincy Joist where he had been employed since 2007 as a painter on the girder and longspan line.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, Lowe was loading a large stack of steel beams onto a flatbed trailer when the beams became loose. While the report stated that no one witnessed the accident, it was indicated that one of the beams fell down and hit Lowe in the mid-section of his body, pushing him against a brick wall behind the loading area.

  • Robberies on the rise in Quincy

    According to reports from the Quincy Police Department, there have been 24 reported robberies in Quincy since Aug. 1.

    On Sept. 16 at 11 p.m., an employee at Kelly's Jr. No. 9 on West Jefferson Street in Quincy walked up to the front door to lock it. At the same time, a man appeared on the other side of the door, pointing a pearl-handled revolver at the clerk and ordering him to not lock the door. The clerk opened the door and two men entered the store and grabbed the cash register. The man with the gun said he needed more money and ordered the clerk to open the safe.

  • Agencies to work on reducing infant mortality, increase quality of life

    The only way to reduce infant mortality, according to Gadsden County Health Department Administrator Marlon Hunter,  is for all agencies that address quality of life issues to come together to work for the common goal.

    Hunter was addressing representatives from several agencies that focus on health during the first meeting of the Gadsden Community Health Action Team Sept. 15. The team will ultimately become the Gadsden County Health Coalition, according to Hunter.

  • RFM students remember Sept. 11

    The Anchor Club of Robert F. Munroe Day School held a memorial service around the flagpole Sept. 11. 

    Club president Erin Sampson, daughter of Joel and Whitney Sampson, welcomed the student body and special guests, reminding everyone of the importance of remembering those who lost their lives on that day 8 years ago.  

  • Swine Flu vaccine could be available sooner

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Sunday that the nation’s first round of Swine Flu shots could begin as early as the first week of October.

    Sebelius said she “feels sure” the vaccine will be made available early enough to “beat the peak” of the expected flu season, and early doses are still expected to be prioritized for medical first responders, pregnant women and other high-risk groups.