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  • Couple's hunger for seafood leads them to open their own place

    Every time Reginald and Denise Cunningham went out for seafood, as much as three times per week, they had to leave town. The two said when they traveled throughout South Georgia and North Florida in search of good seafood, they invariably saw people in restaurants they knew from Gadsden County.

    "We had been thinking about opening a business and since we weren't the only people in search of good seafood, we settled on opening this restaurant," said Denise.

  • Green files ethics complaint against superintendent; school chief calls complaint 'meritless'

    Former Gadsden County School District employee Willie C. Green has filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Superintendent Reginald James, alleging James violated “school board policy, Florida law and the rules of ethical conduct.”

  • Urgent Care remains open with county staff in place

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners were clear when they told staff they didn't want the Urgent Care Center to close after Tallahassee Memorial Hospital pulled out last week. County administrator Johnny Williams and his staff came up with a solution that is working and could also save the county money.

    Two months ago, thinking that the hospital and emergency room would be ready for occupancy and losing about $5,000 per month at the Urgent Care Center, commissioners voted to close the center as of June 21, the hospital's scheduled reopening date.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Report

    • Danny Ray Parker: Improper exhibition of firearm, assault

    • O.C. Akins: Burglary

    • Cassandra Anita Green: VOP/Forgery/Uttering

    • James Baker: VOP/Sale of cocaine

    • Justin Wright: Domestic aggravated assault with a gun

    • Ashley Wright: Domestic aggravated assault with a gun

    • David Leon Barkley: VOP/Burglary of occupied dwelling

    • Margaraet Harrison: Aggravated battery

  • Budget forecast grim, says county officials

    During a budget workshop for the 2009-10 fiscal year last week, the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners got news they expected to hear but weren't happy about.

    "Everything is down," said Rick Hoffman, county senior analyst for the Office of Management and Budget.

    The county's 2008-9 budget was $36 million but due to state cuts, according to Hoffman, it appears that another $500,000 in revenue will not be coming from the state of Florida.

  • Chattahoochee fireworks draw thousands

    As many as 4,000 people were expected for the Fourth of July celebration at the Chattahoochee Landing Saturday. Gospel music started at 4 p.m. with 87-year-old Frances Goodson of Greensboro on the keyboard. To get into the spirit of the holiday, Goodson, whose hair is white, striped it with red and blue food coloring on either side.

    "This is our 13th year and every year it gets bigger and bigger. I don't know where all of these folks come from but we're glad they come,"  said Lee Garner, Chattahoochee city manager.

  • Elementary schools shine; high schools struggle

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades Thursday and for the second time in the district’s history, four of Gadsden County’s school received A’s. Overall, 85 percent of the schools received passing grades.

  • County to go to court to tap into hospital trust fund

    Michael Glazer, attorney for the Gadsden Hospital Board Inc., asked for and was given permission to go to court in an attempt to get $4.8 million from the hospital trust fund. The money, if granted, will be used to open the hospital and purchase equipment.

    Glazer also asked Gadsden County commissioners to approve a three-member committee that will advise the trustee, Capital City Bank, on investments using the trust fund.

  • County officials urge residents to keep their cool

    Maj. Shawn Wood, director of emergency management, together with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, is advising people to stay inside and keep a cool as possible.

    "The temperatures we're now experiencing are dangerous for the elderly and the very young. Families and neighbors should not assume that old people are OK," he said.

    Wood said there haven't been any calls to his office complaining of the heat or heat related problems but summer began June 21 and July and August are typically the hottest months for the county.

  • County to receive stimulus money for home weatherization

    Dorothy Inman-Johnson, executive director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency Inc., told the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners last week that the county will receive between $1.5 and $2 million from a stimulus package to weatherize homes between 2009 and 2012.

    "This is major stimulus money and the program is intended to lower energy bills by making homes more energy efficient and create jobs," Inman-Johnson said.