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  • FAMU cuts ribbon on Animal Healthcare Complex in Quincy

    Florida A & M University officially opened its Animal Healthcare Complex Tuesday with a ribbon cutting at the facility on State Road 267, north of Quincy, in the St. John Community.

    "The future of this country will rely on facilities like this one to keep us from getting pests and diseases that can destroy our food supply," said Charles Bronson, Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture.

    He was among almost 100 people attending the ceremony for the $1.2 million complex that is one of 14 four-year universities that offer studies in veterinary technology.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Log

    • Antonio Perry: Aggravated assault with firearm

    • John Oneal: Criminal Mischief, 1 count FS.806.13

    • Ricky Garland: Violation of parole/Driving with license suspended or revoked

    • James Doster: Failure to appear/Driving with license suspended or revoked

    • Ryan Breenan: Possession 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of public housing

  • Q&A released by DOH on swine flu

    The Florida Department has released the following questions and answers on swine flu.

    Is there swine flu in Florida?

    At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Florida. (4.28.09)

    What is Florida doing to protect me from swine flu?

    We have epidemiologist or “disease detectives” at the County Health Departments and in Tallahassee. There is a detailed plan in place to respond to influenza outbreaks. Florida has a strong system to identify potential influenza cases.

  • Gadsden fourth graders take top FCAT writing spot for second year in a row

    Fourth grade students in Gadsden County rejoice: You are once again No. 1 in the Big Bend.

    Gadsden County’s fourth graders earned the highest writing scores in the Big Bend area for the second year in a row on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and more than half of the county’s schools posted record highs. The students were also ranked fifth highest in the state.

    “Again, our entire community has something we can be very proud of,” said Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James.

  • School board approves budget cuts that include job loss but no school closings

    Gadsden County School Board members unanimously voted to implement the general fund recommendations as presented by Superintendent Reginald James during last week’s board meeting.

    The list did not include any school closings, as had been previously discussed during board workshops.

    The recommendations were, along with the amount of savings to the general fund:

    • Eliminate 20 positions to maximize class size and cut costs (savings of $800,000)

    • Remove behavior specialist positions from general fund (savings of $283,000)

  • State surgeon general declares public health emergency

    UPDATED MAY 4:

    Florida has five confirmed cases of swine flu, according to a press release received today from the Florida Department of Health. Two cases are confirmed in Lee County, one in Broward, one in Orange and one in Pinellas.

    The cases termed "probable" in Alachua, Lee, Indian River, Okeechobee and Clay counties, as well as two cases in Palm Beach and three in Miami-Dade, are still in the process of being confirmed.

     

    UPDATED MAY 3:

  • Slow down or you'll pay

    "If people don't slow down, they are going to pay, really pay," said Officer Tara Bryant of the Quincy Police Department.

    Bryant said the new fines were the result of legislative initiatives that have trickled down to the county level.

    Here is the new fee schedule:

    • Move Over Act (failure to change move over when approaching an emergency vehicle) $116 or $146.

    • Moving Infraction/Child Restraint: $147

    • Non-moving (no seatbelt): $96

    Speeding Violations:

    • 1 to 9 miles over the limit: $112

  • Sheriff’s office pulls plant theft operation up by the roots

    A 24-year-old Gretna man, Torian Derell Daniels, has been arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft. Daniels was arrested without incident at a relative's home Wednesday afternoon in Gretna.

    "We had several complaints from Imperial Nurseries about missing plants and flowers. Our investigation led to Mr. Daniels," said Inv. Brian Faison of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

  • Quincy mayor elected for second term

    Andy Gay said he was humbled by the confidence his fellow Quincy city commissioners placed in him by nominating and unanimously electing him mayor of Quincy for a second term. But, he announced before accepting the post, he had no intention of running for mayor again.

    "We faced difficult challenges last year. We started by firing a city manager and hiring a city manager. The city is healing its financial wounds and we're getting our energy provider (Progress Energy) paid on time," Gay said.

  • Midway elects new council member, retains one

    After the votes were counted in the Midway city elections last Tuesday, Charles "Chuck" Willis will retain his seat and David Lee Knight will be the city's newest council member.

    Willis defeated political newcomer Sammie "Sam" Stevens soundly with 63.64 percent of the vote to Stevens' 36.36 percent. With 407 votes cast, Willis got 259 to Stevens' 148. He will continue to represent District 4.