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  • Everyone has to jump on board for hospital to work, say city, county officials

    Construction on Gadsden Memorial Hospital is complete, according to Clyde Collins, construction manager, but the building cannot be released for occupancy until it is furnished.

    Collins was asked to give a construction report to the Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors on Monday. But although the building is complete, nothing more can happen until it is furnished. The Agency on Health Care Administration cannot complete its final inspections and release the building until this is accomplished.

  • Motorist hits house, flees scene; tips by neighbors lead to arrest

    The front skirting of Bertha Hughes' home at 425 Cleveland St. in Quincy was damaged  Sunday around 5 p.m. when a late model Ford Mustang driven by Charles Jenkins, 42,  plowed into it. After hitting the house, Jenkins left the scene of the accident. Witnesses told police where he had gone and officers arrested him a few blocks away on Hardin Street. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and having no driver’s license. Jenkins failed the field sobriety test and  police records indicate he refused to take the breathalyzer test.

  • Officials await results on ID of body in car

    An automobile crash claimed the life of one person early Aug. 19 in Chattahoochee.

    A spokesman with the Chattahoochee Police Department confirmed that the crash occurred around 4 a.m. on Maple Street. The identity of an individual in the car has not been confirmed because the body was too badly burned. DNA testing will be used to confirm the identity of the victim, which could take up to a week.

  • Local girl fights cause concern for police

    Investigator Clarence Pearson of the Quincy Police Department said a recent increase in violence among girls has law enforcement officers worried. Hardly a weekend goes by that young girls are not involved in some kind of verbal or physical altercation.

    "They are fighting all over the place. Most of them are middle school girls and they are really trying to hurt each other," he said.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Report

    • Doug Adam Harrison: Possession of methamphetamine; possession of  marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

    • Joshua Phillips: VOP/Traffic in stolen property

    • Antwan Vickers: VOP/Battery on LEO and ROWV

    • Michael Douglas: VOP/Possession of cocaine

    • Reginald Hawkins: VOP/PWBC

    • John Patrick Ladanza: VOP/DUI and grand theft motor vehicle

    • Kendricque Montez Dennard: Grand theft

  • Chattahoochee restaurant cited 12 times for critical violations

    A Chattahoochee restaurant was cited for a dozen critical violations by a health inspector from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. All restaurants in the Gadsden County community passed inspection.

  • Investigators rule death a traffic homicide

    The Florida Highway Patrol and the Gretna Police Department are trying to piece together what happened the morning of Aug. 5 that left 17-year-old Quanterrius Deonte Bush dead on U.S. 90, a few miles west of Quincy.

    A report released by FHP stated that Bush was struck by an unknown vehicle and that his body was found in the eastbound lane around 4 a.m. A passing motorist notified FHP that a body was in the road at the intersection of Betty Boo Lane and Highway 90, according a Gretna police officer.

  • COPS program to begin soon in Midway

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young said last week that community participation helps when it comes to creating a safe environment. That is why, he said, he has started a program that will utilize volunteers to assist in controlling, reducing and preventing crime in the county.

    He heard about the program and its success in rural areas while attending a meeting of sheriffs from throughout the nation recently.

  • BOCC keeps 2008 millage rate

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners passed a 2009 millage rate of 8.9064 on Aug. 3, the same as in 2008. Commissioner Brenda Holt was unsuccessful in her attempt to convince fellow commissioners to raise the rate to the maximum  of 10 mills, saying the board could always lower it but could not raise it.

  • Croley touts intermodal transport to benefit county

    The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 annual community conference was held at Amelia Island Plantation Aug. 7-9 and gave special attention to economic development within the four-county Metropolitan Statistical Area of Tallahassee.  The Tallahassee MSA includes Gadsden County and its several municipalities.