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  • County law enforcement to get slice of recovery pie

    President Barack Obama announced last week the release of $2 billion in Recovery Act 2009 funding allocations for state and local law enforcement assistance through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program – and Gadsden County will be getting a slice of the pie.

  • City commissioners question utility bills

    Quincy City Commission-er Derrick Elias wasn't in the mood to hear what he called "rhetoric” Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the city commission. Elias said something is wrong and that his own bill this month "threw him for a loop."

  • Chief hits streets to provide info on regulations

    Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson went door to door last Thursday morning in the Sunset Acres neighborhood to place door hangers and talk with residents about the stepped up implementation of the city of Quincy's animal nuisance ordinance. The bright, yellow hangers provided compliance information for homeowners.

    Donn James and his wife, Sue, were working in their yard on Wallace Drive when Richardson stopped to talk about the the door hanger. James said the number of stray dogs and cats has decreased recently and he thanked police officers for enforcing the ordinance.

  • 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.