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  • Tip leads to pot bust in Quincy

    Acting on an anonymous tip, Quincy police officers confiscated marijuana plants worth approximately $1,500 Friday morning. Marcus Baker, 34, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, cultivating marijuana and maintaining a drug house at his Lowe Street home.

    "He was growing the plants in seedling pots inside the house on a window sill, possibly getting them ready to transplant them into the soil," said Inv. Clarence Pearson.

    Baker has been arrested in the past on marijuana charges, according to Sgt. Robert Mixon.

  • Asphalt recycling plant told to close its doors

    C.W. Roberts was given 18 months by the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners to close his asphalt recycling plant on State Road 267 last Tuesday. In April, commissioners gave Roberts 30 days to decide whether he would request a special exemption or close the facility.

    Roberts asked Tuesday night for a 5-year extension, which would allow him to continue operating under a special use permit while pursuing a comprehensive land use change.

  • Commissioners vote to pay Ajax what’s due

    "We owe the man. They've done the work and we have to pay them," said Gadsden County Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb, when the discussion of paying Ajax Construction began Tuesday night during the regular meeting of county commissioners.

    The vote was unanimous to pay the company.

  • BOCC considers daytime meeting

    Beginning in June, Gadsden County commissioners will meet during the day for the first time in many years. Commissioners voted Tuesday night, during the regular meeting, to convene on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The third Tuesday meetings will begin at 9 a.m.

    "A day meeting will give citizens more time for input. Department heads will be able to spend more time with their families at night," said Eugene Lamb, commission chairman, when making the recommendation.

  • FAMU cuts ribbon on Animal Healthcare Complex in Quincy

    Florida A & M University officially opened its Animal Healthcare Complex Tuesday with a ribbon cutting at the facility on State Road 267, north of Quincy, in the St. John Community.

    "The future of this country will rely on facilities like this one to keep us from getting pests and diseases that can destroy our food supply," said Charles Bronson, Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture.

    He was among almost 100 people attending the ceremony for the $1.2 million complex that is one of 14 four-year universities that offer studies in veterinary technology.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Log

    • Antonio Perry: Aggravated assault with firearm

    • John Oneal: Criminal Mischief, 1 count FS.806.13

    • Ricky Garland: Violation of parole/Driving with license suspended or revoked

    • James Doster: Failure to appear/Driving with license suspended or revoked

    • Ryan Breenan: Possession 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of public housing

  • Q&A released by DOH on swine flu

    The Florida Department has released the following questions and answers on swine flu.

    Is there swine flu in Florida?

    At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Florida. (4.28.09)

    What is Florida doing to protect me from swine flu?

    We have epidemiologist or “disease detectives” at the County Health Departments and in Tallahassee. There is a detailed plan in place to respond to influenza outbreaks. Florida has a strong system to identify potential influenza cases.

  • Gadsden fourth graders take top FCAT writing spot for second year in a row

    Fourth grade students in Gadsden County rejoice: You are once again No. 1 in the Big Bend.

    Gadsden County’s fourth graders earned the highest writing scores in the Big Bend area for the second year in a row on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and more than half of the county’s schools posted record highs. The students were also ranked fifth highest in the state.

    “Again, our entire community has something we can be very proud of,” said Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James.

  • School board approves budget cuts that include job loss but no school closings

    Gadsden County School Board members unanimously voted to implement the general fund recommendations as presented by Superintendent Reginald James during last week’s board meeting.

    The list did not include any school closings, as had been previously discussed during board workshops.

    The recommendations were, along with the amount of savings to the general fund:

    • Eliminate 20 positions to maximize class size and cut costs (savings of $800,000)

    • Remove behavior specialist positions from general fund (savings of $283,000)

  • State surgeon general declares public health emergency

    UPDATED MAY 4:

    Florida has five confirmed cases of swine flu, according to a press release received today from the Florida Department of Health. Two cases are confirmed in Lee County, one in Broward, one in Orange and one in Pinellas.

    The cases termed "probable" in Alachua, Lee, Indian River, Okeechobee and Clay counties, as well as two cases in Palm Beach and three in Miami-Dade, are still in the process of being confirmed.

     

    UPDATED MAY 3: