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  • Legislation in process to assist in reopening hospital

    The hospital in Gadsden County needs money to reopen, and two area legislators are trying to give the hospital more time to raise money.

    “I have a bill to give them an extension for another year to get the hospital open,” said Sen. Al Lawson, D-Quincy.

    Lawson filed SB 1926 which, if passed, would allow “a health care provider to extend the inactive period beyond 12 months and renew the inactive designation under certain circumstances.”

    Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, filed a similar bill (HB 0873) in the House.

  • TMH backs out of support agreement on hospital

    Tallahassee Memorial Hospital has put Gadsden County on notice that it will discontinue consulting on the facility by June of this year.

    In a letter dated Feb. 23, sent to Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors Chairman Craig McMillan, Jason Moore, TMH vice president, said the services will be discontinued.

    "I was very surprised. I met with Mr. Moore and Mr. (Mark) O'Bryan a few days before and they expressed to me that they wanted to change some provisions of the contract, but I had no idea they wanted to back away from the hospital," McMillan said.

  • City seeks to recoup losses from failed businesses

    Just how much of a deposit will the county be required to pay to have utilities turned on when the hospital is finished in June? There was no definitive answer, but the Quincy City Commission is looking seriously at how to insure they get at least part of the money owed them when businesses file bankruptcy. When the hospital closed in November 2005, the city of Quincy was owed more than $100,000 in past-due bills.

  • Boyd honored with IFAS Hall of Fame award

    Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) has been presented with the Hall of Fame award by the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agriculture Science North Florida Research and Education Center for his 12 years of service to the advancement of science and agriculture in North Florida.

    The award was presented by NFREC Director, Dr. Nick Comerford, last week at the Quincy NFREC. Boyd was in Quincy for his forum on HAZMAT issues for local farmers.

  • Boy wakes, save family from fire

    April Williams is grateful to her 4-year-old son, Thomas Williams, for saving the family from what could have been a disaster Sunday night. A fire ignited in the wiring in the hood above the stove at the family’s home and began to burn. Williams said Thomas woke her and the family when he started running up and down the hall yelling for her to "Get up! The house is on fire!" Williams was able to extinguish the fire before the Quincy Fire Department arrived. The house, at 133 Pine Tree Lane in the Friendship Community, sustained minor damage to kitchen cabinets.

  • School board members question ‘green’ school proposal

    The Gadsden County School Board was presented with the idea of building a “green” school in Havana during its meeting last week – and the idea became a subject of debate amongst board members.

    A green school has a “significant portion of green and sustainable actual building materials and systems that incorporate high energy efficiency and water conservation measures.” This type of building will use 33 percent less energy, save 32 percent more water and reduce solid waste by 74 percent. On average, green schools save $100,000 per year.

  • Fire deemed ‘example’ of poor fire service

    A mobile home fire in Midway last Thursday morning was a "perfect example" of how an all-county volunteer fire department will not work, Quincy Fire Chief Howard Smith told the Quincy City Commission during a special workshop Thursday night.

    Smith said it took Quincy fire fighters about eight minutes to arrive at the mobile home, owned by Cassandra Moore, in the 200 block of Buckskin Circle. There were volunteer firefighters on the scene but no efforts had been made to contain the fire, he said.

  • Black History parade set for this weekend

    The 27th annual Black History Parade and Festival will be held Saturday in downtown Quincy.

    Parade organizer Anthony Powell said there won't be any changes from last year’s format. The parade, which features marching bands, floats, walking units and civic organizations, will begin at 11 a.m., with lineup at 10 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Stewart Street.

    Any individual or groups that want to participate in the parade can preregister or register on site.The is no cost to participate in the parade.

  • Sheriff gets less than half of funds requested

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young didn't get the $500,000 he asked for during a county commission workshop last week, but commissioners did vote to give him $200,000. The money will be used to help the sheriff meet some of the operating costs at the jail that he says have caused his law enforcement budget to fall short.

    "I've talked to the sheriff and he's fine with this. This is what we're doing and what we can afford. He knows the fiscal constraints this county is under," said Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb.

  • Local leaders await word on how much, if any, federal stimulus dollars will wind up in Gadsden County

    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.