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  • NOAA issues Atlantic hurricane season outlook, encourages preparedness

    NOAA forecasters say a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. However, as with any season, the need to prepare for the possibility of a storm striking near you is essential.

    “Today, more than 35 million Americans live in regions most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “Timely and accurate warnings of severe weather help save lives and property. Public awareness and public preparedness are the best defenses against a hurricane.”

  • Gadsden students make steady gains on FCAT

    More mathematicians are in the making in Gadsden County and there are FCAT scores in to prove it.

    FCAT scores show that Gadsden County students continue to make gains on the yearly administered high stakes testing. More importantly, more children are scoring at or above the state average and many schools are seeing the highest achievement levels since the inception of the high stakes test. Scores reflect that students in grades 4-10 are showing steady growth in reading and math.

  • Reader's Choice winners announced

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    Accountant/CPA

    Max Clark

    Apartments

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    Appliances

    Stewarts

    Attorneys

    I. Criminal:

    Garcia

    II. Estate Planning

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    III. Family

    Valarie Janard

    Automotive

    I. Body Repair

    TNT Dodge

    II . Detailing

    Murphy Mobile Detail

    III. New Car

    TNT Dodge

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  • Crist signs bill to give county another year to reopen hospital

    According to published reports, Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill this morning that gives Gadsden County another year to reopen the Gadsden Community Hospital.

    Crist signed House Bill 873, sponsored by Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, as Gadsden County officials looked on. The bill allows rural hospitals that have held inactive licenses for at least 20 months to get a 12-month license extension. The bill, tailored for Gadsden, requires hospitals to make progress toward reopening.

     

  • DOE releases third grade FCAT results

    The percent of Florida third graders performing at or above grade level in math reached its highest point to date according to Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results released today. The results build on the state’s long-term progress in math where the percentage of third graders performing at or above grade level has increased 26 percentage points in only 9 years. Additionally, black and Hispanic third graders continue to close the math achievement gap with their White counterparts.

  • Havana swears in council members

    Havana council members Olive Collins and David Norman are sworn in for another term of office by town clerk Sheila Evans. Vernell Ross was voted mayor, while current mayor, T.J. Davis, will assume the position of mayor pro tem, formerly held by Ross.

  • Signed bill buys county another year

    It's been a lean year for counties and cities in Florida given the $6 billion slash in the state budget, according to Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, who is pleased overall with the funding that came to Gadsden County.

    "It was a good year. It was an opportunity for me to learn the process, the budget and the rules of the process. It was important to build relationships with Democrats and Republicans for the future," Williams said.

  • New attorney hired

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday night hired the Tallahassee law firm of Ausley and McMullen as legal representatives of the county. Deborah Minnis will be the attorney of record. Michael Glazer will be the deputy county attorney.

    "I'm a little leery going forward and I have concerns about a conflict of interest. I didn't support the process on how we got here," said Commissioner Sherrie Taylor."

  • Ribbon cut Tuesday on new complex

    The $1.4 million annex to the Guy Race Judicial Complex has been completed. The ribbon cutting was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., with judicial dignitaries and public officials joining in the celebration.

    "I want to thank each of you for the part you played in making this a reality," said Eugene Lamb, chairman of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners.

    The expansion resulted from a request by Chief Judge Charles A. Francis and the public defender's office for more space.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Log

    • Gregory Dupont: Burglary, grand theft

    • Wesley McGriff: VOP/Flee, elude law with lights and sirens

    • Peter Damico: VOP/Possession of controlled substance (cocaine) and VOP/Possession of cocaine

    • Howard Gary: Vehicle grand theft, battery

    • Judson Dean Peetz: Possession of controlled substance

    • James Moore: VOP/Grand theft

    • Bryan Davis: VOP/Grand theft

    • Torian Daniels: VOP/Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon