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  • State confirms 69 cases of swine flu

    UPDATE: MAY 15, 9:56 A.M.

    The DOH confirmed this morning that there are now 69 cases of swine flu. The new cases are in St. Johns County (58-year-old male and 65-year-old female), Broward (1-year-old male) and Miami-Dade (42-year-old male). There are no new probable cases.

    UPDATE: MAY 14, 12:39 P.M.

  • Boyd announces more than $1.9 million in stimulus funds for Gadsden schools

    U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) announced today that Gadsden County schools will receive $1,903,463 in federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

     

    This federal funding is part of an investment of nearly $1.8 billion that was released to the state of Florida by the U.S. Department of Education this week. Gadsden County will use this funding to support teaching jobs and preserve needed programs at area schools.

     

  • Quincy city officials OK alcohol sales on Sunday

    The Quincy city commission voted Tuesday night to pass an ordinance, on first reading, that would allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday. The ordinance would also limit the location of package stores to U.S. Highway 90 and State Road 267. Current liquor store owners would be given 5 years to relocate.

    Jack McLean, city manager, said the liquor stores affected are located in South Adams, Crawford and Flagler streets. He said the ordinance is also an attempt to get liquor stores and establishments that sell alcohol out of neighborhoods.

  • Teacher arrested after altercation

    Rasheen Edwards, a teacher at Dick Howser House, was arrested on battery charges and given a notice to appear Thursday after she and another teacher, Starla Lumpkin, were involved in a fight at the center, located on East Crawford Street.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, the incident occurred about 7:15 a.m. on May 13 in a portable classroom behind the main building at the center for children with special needs.

  • Richardson announces candidacy on Facebook

    Former State Rep. Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee, will run for the District 6 Florida Senate seat next year, according to a message posted on his Facebook profile page.

  • Expert tells city to take a “very active” role in SEPA rate increase

    For more than 2 years Quincy residents and city commissioners questioned the amount of money generated from electricity, whether the money was enough to operate profitably and if meter readings were accurate.

    To get answers, electric consultant Lloyd D. Shank Jr., of Power Services, Engineering & Management Services, was hired.

    Shank presented his comprehensive report to the city commission last Tuesday night.

  • Superintendent pleased with third graders' performance on FCAT

    The community can continue to smile about the progress students are making in Gadsden County schools. Following the recent release of fourth grade writing scores that proved to be the best in the Big Bend, the district’s third graders promised to not be far behind.

    In fact, third graders district wide gained in both math and reading. The reading gains were the most impressive, with Gadsden County students gaining 7 percent from 53 percent passing in 2008 to 60 percent of third graders performing at or above grade level this year.

  • School board budget committee presents strategies; list includes school closings, job cuts

    Gadsden County School Board members met Tuesday night to hear from a committee formed to develop strategies to cut an already very slimmed down district budget. The budget has been cut $5 million during the past 18 months, and is facing an additional possible $6 million to $8 million in cuts in the coming months.

  • Proposed utilities increase angers Quincy residents

    A proposed utilities increase has some Quincy residents seeing red.

    Southeastern Power Administration, the source of part of Quincy’s utilities, has advised City Manager Jack McLean of a proposed new rate schedule, effective Sept. 20, if it is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    The new schedule is designed to replace wholesale power rate schedules for a 5-year period, with a 70 percent increase, according to McLean.

  • Boys & Girls Club to close in Quincy; what's your take on it?

    Gadsden County Commissioners voted earlier this week in favor of closing the Boys & Girls Club in Quincy and moving it to Havana.

    The new club will be housed at Havana Elementary School, which will provide more space for more children to attend. The old club facility is a converted warehouse in Quincy.

    Local residents have expressed mixed opinions about the move. What are your thoughts?

    We want to hear from you. E-mail us at editor@gadcotimes.com, bring in your comments to our office at 15 South Madison St. in Quincy, or fax it to 627-7191.