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  • County hires, loses new administrator

    UPDATED 4:45 p.m. MARCH 26

    Gadsden County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eugene Lamb said today that negotiations with Jeffery Naftal, who commissioners voted 3-2 March 24 to hire as county administrator, had fallen through.

    Naftal, former city manager for Juno Beach until 2008, was one of five candidates considered for the position out of 100 applicants.

  • Funds to operate Urgent Care scarce

    "You are basically out of money to run the Urgent Care (at Gadsden Community Hospital)," Gadsden County Clerk of Court Nicholas Thomas wrote in a memo to county commissioners last week.

    In the memo, Thomas said there is only $145,897 left in the fund that operates the facility, and that might not be a true picture of the financial outlook because of outstanding bills, including insurance, utilities and computer services. Once those are paid, the fund could be broke.

  • Schrenker ordered to pay up for financial bilking

    According to Indystar.com, Marcus Schrenker, the Indiana financial adviser who allegedly attempted to fake his own death by crashing his plane in Milton, has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and restitution.

    Schrenker is also accused of defrauding clients. The article reported there was overwhelming evidence that Schrenker had “forged signatures on annuity applications, failed to tell clients about early withdrawal penalties and doctored documents and lied to cover up his wrongdoing.”

  • School board seeking make major budget cuts...got ideas?

    The Gadsden County School Board and Superintendent Reginald James have been charged with finding ways to cut an already tight budget – and cuts could be as high as $6 million to $8 million.

    A committee was formed to make suggestions for cuts, and those strategies were presented last week during two workshops. On the table for discussion were items such as school closings, job loss and transportation cutbacks.

    The superintendent will consider those suggestions, along with those of board members, as he works to develop his recommendations.

  • Trash dumping costs county a cool million each year

    You name it and county employees, whose job it is to keep our rural roads clean and pristine, have picked it up.

    "Our guys have picked up everything from mobile homes that have been torn apart, boats, car motors, used tires, shingles, trees, stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers and all kinds of household garbage," said Robert Presnell, Gadsden County Public Works Director.

  • Hospital must pay city of Quincy before the doors can open

    Before the city of Quincy will turn the lights and gas on at the hospital, a deposit of $57,485.84 will be required, according to a letter sent to Craig McMillan, chairman of the Gadsden Community Hospital Board of Directors. The letter was sent by Ann Sherman, Quincy's director of customer service.

  • Tornado watch issued for Gadsden County

    The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern Gadsden County early this morning, and severe thunderstorms and heavy rain is expected through tomorrow night. A tornado watch has also been issued until noon for Gadsden, Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington counties.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the storms could pack some strong and damaging winds, along with hail. Isolated tornadoes are possible across the Panhandle.

  • County on notice: Pay up or no fire services

    After more than an hour of discussing the city-county fire contract, Jack McLean, Quincy city manager, was instructed to put the county on notice that if there is no signed contract by April 15 and if the $108,000 the county owes the city is not paid, fire service to the county will be discontinued.

  • County considers closing Urgent Care Center

    Gadsden County commissioners will likely have to call a special meeting early next week to determine how long the Urgent Care Center will remain open, Arthur Lawson, the county's purchasing director, said Thursday.

    “We may have to close it, there is no other choice," said commission Chairman Eugene Lamb.

    In a memo marked "urgent" to Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas, Interim County Administrator Bud Parmer and county commissioners, along with Finance Director Connie McLendon, said the balance in the Urgent Care fund is $40,840.09 as of March 23.

  • Road closed in Gadsden County due to flooding

    Florida Highway Patrol has issued a statement that it has closed Highway 12 in Gadsden County, between Concorde Road and Leon County, due to flooding.

    The statement did not indicate how long the road will be closed.