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  • Telecommunications system continues to operate in the red; commissioners debate status

    "I've been hearing this hype and hoopla for the past six years and nothing has changed," said Quincy City Commissioner Finley Cook about the city's telecommunications department during Tuesday night's regular commission meeting. A financial report showed that the city, which serves 338 customers, is losing about $5,000 per month.

    "We have a system is not working. We need a plan to stop spending the citizens’ money on telecommunications. We have to reduce the expenditures of this city," Cook said.

  • Community watch programs could have prevented burglaries

    Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson said last week a simple thing like a Neighborhood Crime Watch program could have prevented the recent burglary of two homes and the attempted burglary of another, The crimes, he said, occurred within minutes of each other.

    "The homeowner, on his way to work, saw someone who appeared to be trying to break into his neighbor's house but wasn't sure. Instead of calling us, he called an off-duty officer," Richardson said.

  • USDA begins distribution of stimulus dollars

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced March 9 that the United States Department of Agriculture has started to receive and distribute the first of $28 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

  • Local leaders still await word on what funding county will receive from fed's stimulus package

    While county leadership awaits word on whether Gadsden County will receive any federal stimulus package funding and, if so, how much, governors throughout the country have expressed optimism that the package President Barack Obama has signed will provide some much-needed relief for states.

    State leaders are saying that the money will prevent further budget cuts and unemployment rate increases.

  • Mom seeks to help local family after loss of son

    A local mom is following her heart when it comes to helping the family of her son’s deceased best friend.

    Allison Sanchez said her son, Jorge, is having difficulty dealing with the death of his best friend, Christopher Grande, who died Feb. 1 after a bout with cryptococcal meningitis. A student at West Gadsden High School, Grande had been sick for some time, but was expected to get better. His mother had even met with Sylvia Jackson, WGHS principal, to set up a home study program so that Grande could keep up with his school work while he recovered.

  • Former Gadsden undersheriff appointed in Okaloosa County

    Former undersheriff of Gadsden County and former Quincy Police Chief Ed Spooner was named interim sheriff of Okaloosa County Friday morning by Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Spooner's appointment came after Charles Morris, sheriff of Okaloosa County, was arrested in Las Vegas on federal theft, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges. The 58-year-old Spooner was to begin work in Okaloosa County immediately.

  • Officer saves baby's life

    Quincy Police Department Sgt. Troy Gilyard was on street patrol Monday afternoon around 5:30 when he received a call that a baby was not breathing on Betlinet Drive in Quincy.

    "I was in the area when I heard the call. I was the first one on the scene," he said.

    When Gilyard got out of his vehicle, Tommasena Godwin rushed out of her home with her 1-year-old infant in her hands. Gilyard said she was frantic and screaming that the child wasn't breathing.

  • Hospital debate continues

    "I can tell you where the problem is. It's always going to be money. Even with the new performance, we'll be losing over $600,000 a year," Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors Chairman Craig McMillan told Gadsden County commissioners Tuesday night during the commission’s regular meeting, speaking of the Gadsden Community Hospital and the ever-rising costs attached with opening it.

  • Escapee caught after days on the loose

    Eighteen-year-old Roy Jones Jr. was picked up Monday night by law enforcement officers while he was walking alone on Highway 12 in Quincy.

    Jones jumped out of a transport van on the way back to the county jail last Friday afternoon. He offered no resistance during his arrest Monday night.

    Despite the use of tracking dogs, officers on foot, a helicopter circling most of the day and taped calls to all citizens in the city, Jones managed to elude officers for more than three days.

  • Schrenker says plane crash was 'accident'

    Marcus Schrenker, the Indiana financial adviser who was arrested in January for parachuting from his airplane while it was left on autopilot, has sent a four-page letter to state officials, his family and media outlets throughout the country proclaiming his innocence.