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  • 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.

  • Quincy city commissioners give IT one more shot

    During a report on the status of Quincy's Information Technology Department Jack McLean, city manager, predicted that the enterprise section of the department would finish the year in the black while the government section would finish in the red.

    He said that in the next fiscal year, he's predicting the enterprise section will be able to completely take care of the losing government section.

    But McLeans's forecast wasn't what some commissioners wanted to hear.

  • Man charged with sexual assault on juvenile gets 30 years

    Christopher G. Martin, 46, was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week after he was found guilty on one count each of sexual assault on a juvenile and lewdness.

    Lt. Larry Gilyard of the Quincy Police Department, who made the initial arrest on June 16, 2008, called the sentence a victory for law enforcement.

    "We hope the days when these type of criminals getting off with 2 or 3 years are gone. The Quincy Police Department will not tolerate sexual abuse on our children. We're going to arrest them and make sure they are held accountable," he said.

  • Swine flu case numbers climb statewide

    The Florida Department of Health announced today that Okaloosa County now has a probable case of swine flu, and the cases in Miami-Dade now total four.

    According to the release, there are now 22 probable cases throughout the sate. Alachua, Flagler, Lee, Indian River, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Seminole and Clay counties all have one case each, while Broward County has three. Hillsborough County has six probable cases.

    Florida still has only two confirmed cases, two in Lee County. Broward, Orange and Pinellas each have one confirmed case.

  • Jail population drops for first time in nearly a year

    For the first time in almost a year, the inmate population at the Gadsden County Jail is less than 200.

    "Judge Kathleen Dekker has done a tremendous job. She wants to get our population down to 150," said Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young.

  • No swine flu in Florida, but state warns residents to be cautious

    While no cases have been identified in Florida at this time, cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are an undetermined number of cases in Mexico reaching into the hundreds.

  • It's official: Gadsden County has an administrator

    Johnny Williams was officially hired as Gadsden County administrator Monday night after a majority of the Gadsden County commissioners ratified a letter to Williams from Eugene Lamb, commission chairman, during a special meeting.

    But Williams' salary, originally set at $100,000 annually, will be an item on the May 5 agenda for discussion. Williams’ moving expenses of $4,700 will also be discussed.

  • New admin recommends paying Ajax for work at hospital

    Johnny Williams, Gadsden County administrator, said Monday that he will recommend payment of $586,138.90 to Ajax Construction for the work completed at Gadsden Community Hospital. He said he is in the process of working out a payment plan.

    "We're going to have to take a little from here and a little from there until we can pay it all," Williams said.

  • Senate passes bill for hospital extension; now it’s Crist’s turn

    The Florida Senate passed the bill Monday that would give Gadsden County a 12-month extension on the Gadsden Community Hospital license. The extension will become effective when Gov. Charlie Crist signs it.

    Mike Glazer, attorney for the is Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors, said the news is wonderful but there is a lot of work to do.

    "It's still 8 to 12 months before operations. You need to get senior management in place and get with the medical community to find out what they need," Glazer said.