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  • 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.

  • Remembering young lives lost too soon

    A ceremony to remember Shanesia Cox and Chris Grande was held in Chattahoochee last Friday. The program featured performances by members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, to which Cox and Grande belonged. Trees were planted in honor of both and in celebration of Arbor Day. Cox was hit and killed by a drunk driver in December 2007, while Grande died earlier this year from cryptococcal meningitis. Shown is Cox’s mother and sister.

  • Quincy businessman, educator dead at 80

    UPDATE: Funeral services will be held May 5 at 11 a.m. at New Bethel AME Church. Visitation is May 4 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Betsey Funeral Home in Quincy.

    Sam Betsey Jr., a former educator and businessman, died Monday afternoon at his home.

    Betsey, 80, owned and operated Betsey Funeral Home, along with his wife Gertrude, in Quincy for 46 years.

    "He was some kind of gentleman. He was kind and smart and he helped so many people. Young men and women may have become better by knowing Sam Betsey," said Robert Bryant, longtime friend and former coworker.

  • Workshop provides opportunity, hope for local Hispanic students considering college

    Simon Silva told his life story in Quincy Saturday as the keynote speaker for the Dreams to Reality Scholarship Workshop. Silva is an artist, author and motivational speaker who has traveled nationwide, speaking and encouraging Latino students to take control of their lives.

  • East Gadsden Relay for Life wraps with $46,000; more donations hopefully on the way by August

    The 18-hour East Gadsden County Relay For Life in Quincy to raise money for the American Cancer Society was a big success, according to Angie Carter, Relay coordinator.

    "We had more participants this year than we had in the past. At one time there were about 500 people at the track either walking or sitting in their campsites," Carter said.

  • DOH continues to monitor for cases of swine flu

    The Florida Department of Health continues enhanced surveillance and outreach to physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals. The surveillance system, consisting of sentinel physicians reporting influenza activity, DOH laboratories receiving specimens from physicians and hospitals and our ability to monitor emergency room cases and over-the-counter drug sales is fully operational. A response plan has been activated and state officials ready to respond to any confirmed cases of swine flu.