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  • House fire under investigation

    A house fire of undetermined cause nearly destroyed a home on East Jefferson Street a few blocks from Quincy's central business district early this afternoon.

    Fire Chief Howard Smith said the fire started around 1 p.m. and that no one was living in the home at the time of the fire. Also, utilities to the structure had been disconnected.

    Homeowner Casey Washington said the house was filled with items that he planned to take to the flea market in Tallahassee. His plan, he said, was to sell the items in the house to raise money to remodel the house.

  • DOH identifies Bradford County resident with peanut butter-related salmonella illness

    The Florida Department of Health today identified a single case of Salmonella Typhimuirium in a resident of Bradford County. The sample from this resident matched the DNA fingerprint of the nationwide peanut outbreak.

    The patient was briefly hospitalized, but has since been discharged. It is not known at this time which product this person consumed that caused their illness. The investigation is ongoing. The department is continuing its surveillance efforts to identify any further cases that may be linked to this outbreak.

  • Elderly man found dead after mobile home fire

    A 74-year-old Quincy man, Eddie Gurley, died this morning from apparent smoke inhalation after his mobile home caught fire. The home is located just north of Quincy.

    Around 10 a.m., Fire Chief Howard Smith said a phone call alerted firefighters that someone could possibly still be in the home.

    "When we arrived the house was not fully involved so we were able to get in and check. When we found Mr. Gurley, he was already dead," Smith said.

  • Boyd votes to prohibit release of rescue funds

    Citing the lack of accountability and oversight in the implementation of the financial rescue package, Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) today voted to prohibit the release of the remaining rescue funds through the Troubled Assets Relief Program, which became law last October. Under the TARP legislation, the U.S. Treasury Department was provided $350 billion last fall to stabilize the financial industry, and the remaining $350 billion would only be provided after Congressional authorization.

  • City phone numbers changed

    If you want to contact anyone at Quincy City Hall, the new number is 681-0200.

    The city of Quincy's telephone system is almost complete. The staff, said John Thomas, information technology director, has addressed all of the technical problems. The information technology department began designing the system in October of last year.

  • City, county still debating over new fire contract

    There is still no fire contract between Gadsden County and the city of Quincy beyond March and Tuesday night, during the regular meeting of the city commissioners, two officials made it clear that if there is no contract they don't want the fire engines to roll beyond the stipulated 5-mile radius.

  • County’s representatives take a look at what’s needed, what’s available

    In anticipation of economic stimulus funds, Gadsden County officials presented the first draft of its package to the Legislative Delegation last Thursday evening. Sen. Al Lawson, along with representatives Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Alan Williams, listened as Gadsden County Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb outlined the proposed infrastructure projects the county needs funded.

    "If funding is available, we are requesting that you do whatever you can to help us," Lamb said.

  • Job fair offers help to local displaced workers

    Each morning, instead of going to his job at Quincy Farms, Ronald Anderson gets up at the usual 6:30 a.m. and heads to his kitchen. He'd rather be going out to work but instead he prepares breakfast for his wife before she goes to work.

    "That's the hardest part for me, watching my wife go to work every day. I clean the house and I've been looking for work, in Leon County, at Florida State Hospital and all over Gadsden County, but I haven't had any luck," Anderson said.

  • Coalition works to help local residents in need

    Overcast skies and a few light sprinkles Saturday only energized some members of the newly-formed Gadsden County Coalition for Change as they spent a big part of the day boxing and delivering non-perishable food items to organizations that feed Quincy's hungry. Most of the 20 members of the organization worked in the campaign of President Barack Obama and supported his ideas of community service.

  • Did you go to Obama's inauguration?

    A historic event took place Jan. 20 as America’s first African-American president was sworn in.

    People from all over the country  flocked to Washington, D.C. for the event, even some local folks from right here in Gadsden County.

    If you went to the inauguration, we’d like to hear from you. We’d like to include your memories and commentary in an upcoming edition of the Times. We’d also like to publish some of your photos in both our print and online editions.