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  • House passes bill to extend time line for Gadsden hospital

    House Bill 873, which authorizes the state Agency for Health Care Administration to extend the inactive license for 12 months to Gadsden County Hospital, passed in the Florida House of Representatives last Thursday. The bill, introduced by Rep. Alan Williams, passed by a vote of 114-1 and is now in the Senate and, if it passes there, will be sent to Gov. Charlie Crist for his signature.

  • County adopts procedures for property disrepair, debris

    Gadsden County has adopted guidelines that will be used to abate nuisances that are both structural and non-structural.

    Howard Douglas, director of growth management, said the intent is to inform the public of the consequences they face when their property constitutes a nuisance to the community or neighbors.

  • County admin not 'official' yet

    Officially, Gadsden County still does not have a county administrator.

    A letter of understanding for the employment of Johnny Williams was not on the agenda for the regular April 21 meeting and therefore the item could not be voted on. A special meeting has been scheduled for April 27 at 6 p.m. to approve the letter.

    Eugene Lamb, commission chairman, said after the meeting it was his "oversight" that the issue was not on the agenda.

    "We'll straighten this all out Monday," he said.

  • County hires Alabama resident as new administrator

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners voted (3-2) during the regular meeting Tuesday night to offer the position of county administrator to Johnny D. Williams of Northport, Ala.

    "I have talked to people who know him and I would like to recommend that we hire Mr. Johnny Williams as our county administrator, unless you have someone else and you can get three votes," said commission chairman Eugene Lamb. Commissioners Doug Croley and Gene Morgan supported Lamb's recommendation.

  • Havana Relay teams seek to raise $45,000 for the cure

    The Havana Relay for Life is set for April 17 and 18, and will kick off with the opening of the track at Havana Community Park at 3:30 p.m. April 17.

    At 4 p.m., the Relay committee and Survivor tents will open, music will begin and walkers can begin walking on the track. Survivor registration begins in the Survivor tent at 4:30.

    Monster trucks and antique cars will take center stage at 5 p.m., and face painters will be on hand to provide some color to the faces of children of all ages.

  • Clerk of Courts office faces layoffs

    State-mandated budget cuts have caused layoffs in the Gadsden County Clerk of Courts office.

    Nicholas Thomas, county clerk of courts, was notified last month by John Dew, executive director of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation, that his certified budget expenditures had been cut.

    "Specifically, your certified approved budget expenditures have been decreased by 15.16 percent. Your ABE has been modified from $1,434, 218 to $1,216,778.96," Dew wrote.

  • City, county reach fire agreement

    The city of Quincy and the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners have struck an agreement for fire service.

    The agreement is to continue providing the current fire service under the gap contract for the next 5 months when the fiscal year runs out on Sept. 1.

    After that, the service will be evaluated again by the commission.

    "I've talked with firefighters in recent months and they have expressed concerns about the city of Quincy and they have offered another option," said Commissioner Gene Morgan.

  • Urgent Care to close June 22

    Gadsden County's Urgent Care Center will remain open, with modifications, through June 21 when the hospital is due to open its doors. But whether the hospital opens or not, the Urgent Care Center will close its doors on June 22.

    That recommendation was made following a committee meeting last week with representatives from the county's staff, Gadsden County Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas, Urgent Care Administrator Corey Fleming and the Gadsden County Health Department.

  • County considers dipping into endowment to furnish hospital

    Eugene Lamb, chairman of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, is optimistic that the Legislature will grant an extension to complete hospital renovations.

    "The House subcommittee passed on the extension two weeks ago and last week the Senate passed it. It looks like we'll be getting that extension for 12 months," Lamb said during a regular board meeting last Tuesday night.

  • Storms may have contaminated area wells; check yours to be sure

    Last week when more than 12 inches of rain drenched the county, the telephone at the environmental health section of the Gadsden County Health Department hardly stopped ringing.