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  • GCSO finds marijuana growing

    Citizens continue to call the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office with tips on neighbors who are suspected to be growing or selling drugs. Last week was no exception when tips led narcotics and vice officers to the  home of Randy Rowe on Smithtown Road, about 12 miles west of Quincy, near Chattahoochee.

    Investigators arrested Rowe at home on Sept. 1 after finding marijuana growing a few feet from his home, according to GCSO Lt. Jim Corder.

  • County to seek lobbyist to protect state hospital

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners held the first of two public hearings Monday night but it was unclear whether the meeting had been properly advertised as a public hearing.

    County Administrator Johnny Williams said he thought the meeting was advertised but couldn't be sure because Betty Miller, the administrative assistant who usually places ads, is out of the office on sick leave. However, the meeting continued with five items on the agenda for discussion.

    Those items added another $85,000 to the budget. The money will come from reserves which total $450,000.

  • Midway man charged with arson, attempted murder

    The State Fire Marshal's Office arrested 26-year-old Christopher T. Knight of Midway and charged him with five counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson of a dwelling  Monday.

    The charges stem from fires set Sept. 9 and 10. He is in the Leon County Jail, pending return to Gadsden County.

  • Gadsden County contributes more than $165,000 to Big Bend United Way

    Millie Smith, United Way of the Big Bend's campaign manager for Gadsden County, said the people of Gadsden County came through this year with contributions. Donations totaling $165,400.44 were raised from Gadsden County contributors this year and that amount was divided among  31 agencies which offer a myriad of services to the citizens of the county.

  • City employees to get performance bonus in January

    Following a round of budget workshops, Quincy city commissioners were ready to pass the  budget on first reading Sept. 16 but not before an extensive discussion on how and when city employees would receive a one-time bonus.

    Jack McLean, city manager, initially requested a 2.25 percent bonus for all employees to be given in January 2010 at a cost of $174,000. He also requested that the city pick up the taxes, which would total approximately $48,000.

  • Local officials urge residents to use caution this flu season

    A recent White House report stated that from 30 percent to half of the country’s population could contract the H1N1 Swine Flu, and between 30,000 and 90,000 people could die during this year’s cold and flu season. That’s in addition to the more than 30,000 that die each year from regular flu viruses.

    In the months since Swine Flu first began to make headlines, more than 1 million Americans have become sick with the virus, and more than 500 have died. Worldwide, it has killed nearly 2,000.

  • Plane crash in Quincy leaves pilot dead, one injured

    One Quincy man has died and another is in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition after the  1947 Piper Cub airplane they were riding in crashed shortly after take-off from the Quincy-Gadsden Airport around 3:30 p.m Monday afternoon.

    Richard Brewer, the 64-year-old pilot, died around 6:50 p.m. at the hospital and passenger Justin Placilla was in the Intensive Care Unit Tuesday morning. There was no further information available on his condition.

  • Quincy man dead after hit and run

    James Edward Seymour, 54, of Quincy, was killed Monday night as he crossed the street near the intersection of West Jefferson and Key streets. Kenneth Nealy, 26, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

    The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Nealy returned to the scene about an hour later and talked with city of Quincy police officers and the Florida Highway Patrol before he was taken into custody. The investigation is continuing and no further information was available.

  • GCSO deputies find 45 pot plants at three sites

    Acting on tips, deputies from the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office have confiscated 45  marijuana plants and 4 pounds of marijuana since Aug. 24 in three separate incidents.

    Seven plants with an estimated street value of $7,000 were found on the back porch of a private home a few miles south of Quincy on Sept. 1. An arrest is pending.

    The plants had heavy buds, which indicated they had been pruned often and were well cared for when found, according to GCSO Lt. Jim Corder.

  • Parents upset with district, daycare owner after son dropped off, left alone

    The parents of a 4-year-old boy who was dropped off by a school bus at a closed daycare center are upset with the center and the school district.

    Bennie Mason and Tammy McWhite, parents of Bakaile Mason, said he was left standing outside the Gadsden County Day Care Services Inc., located at 911 Fourth St. in Quincy, on Aug. 28.