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  • City up on utilities after more than a decade of delinquency

    After more than 10 years of delinquent payments to Quincy utility provider Progress Energy, the city is current, according to City Manager Jack McLean. For the past two years the city has been as much as 120 to 150 days behind.

    "I am proud to say that we have caught up, but it has been a cooperative effort. We did not rob Peter to pay Paul, but we tackled it inch by inch," McLean said. Theresa Moore, finance director, has done an outstanding job helping to manage the cash flow, McLean added.

  • Homeowners warned: Look out for meter reader safety

    Ann Sherman, city of Quincy customer service director, says that meter readers face danger each time they attempt to read meters at some homes. During a Jan. 8 meeting with meter readers, Sherman learned obstacles created by homeowners are slowing up accuracy and "interfere with the performance of their (readers) duties."

    In addition to trying to read through glass that has become opaque with age, readers have been chased by vicious dogs and have been reduced to crawling through and under overgrown shrubbery to gain access to meters.

  • Major peanut butter jar brands not affected by recall

    On behalf of Florida’s peanut farmers, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation reminds consumers that the peanut butter/peanut butter paste recall does not apply to most major brands of jar peanut butter. The recall applies to a limited amount of food products containing peanut butter or peanut butter paste.

  • Airport targeted for grant funds from FAA

    Rep. Allen Boyd announced last week that the Quincy Municipal Airport will receive $126,573 from the Federal Aviation Administration. This means that by the end of February, more aircraft could be housed at the facility.

    Workers were busy contructing the hangar Monday afternoon.

    "This hangar will completely house aircraft," said Bo Rollins, site superintendent with Cathey Construction. The hangar project should be complete by the end of February, according to Rollins.

  • West Gadsden student dead after bout with meningitis

    A tenth grade student at West Gadsden High School died Sunday after being hospitalized with cryptococcal meningitis.

    Sixteen-year-old Christopher Grande was hospitalized with the illness, according to Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James.  Grande was infected with cryptococcal meningitis, a form of meningitis that is not spread from person to person and does not require the treatment of close contacts, according to a press release from the Gadsden County Health Department. The illness is acquired by inhaling airborne fungal spores.

  • West Gadsden student dead after bout with meningitis

    A tenth grade student at West Gadsden High School died Sunday after being hospitalized with meningitis, less than one month prior to his 17th birthday.

    Christopher Grande was infected with cryptococcal meningitis, a form of meningitis that is not spread from person to person and does not require the treatment of close contacts, according to a press release from the Gadsden County Health Department. The illness is acquired by inhaling airborne fungal spores.

  • Father charged in death of infant

    Kearse Raeshon Bradham, 19, of Midway, was arrested last Friday and charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, Keyoine Bradham.

  • County school district to cut at least 50 jobs

    Waiting for help for Florida’s education budget? Don’t hold your breath.

    The state’s leaders were counting on more than $3 billion from a federal stimulus package to provide relief for an already wheezing statewide budget, but the state may not qualify for the funds because the Legislature has cut the budget too much. Florida’s elected officials are scrambling in Washington, hoping to get a waiver in the Senate stimulus bill that will allow Florida to qualify for the much-needed money for education.

  • Gadsden County School District names Teacher of the Year

    Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James surprised the 2009-10 Teacher of the Year, Latonya Rollinson, with a bouquet of flowers and balloons last week at her school, Havana Elementary. She is shown at left with her school’s principal, Hilda Jackson, and the superintendent. Rookie Teacher of the Year is Kesandra Harris, below left, who teaches at Stewart Street Elementary School. Rounding out this year’s best of the best is Gregory Williams, named School-related Employee of the Year. He is employed at Carter-Parramore Academy.

  • Trial to begin next week

    The first-degree murder trial of Hernandez L. Daniels, 39, gets underway in Gadsden County Circuit Court next week. Lopez and another man, Fernando Taylor, are accused of murdering Constance Dupont of Havana in 2006.

    Dupont was shot to death in her downtown Havana apartment after she was suspected of being a confidential informant. Daniels is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison on drug charges.

    It took more than two years to bring charges in the murder case against the two men.