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  • County approves $40.6M budget

    The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners adopted the budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 of $40,673,162 after weeks of wrangling. Interim County Manager Arthur Lawson said the approved budget shows the BOCC is continuing its efforts to maintain the most “fiscally responsible budget possible with the least impact to the taxpayers.”

  • Medical technologist takes fast action after she feels lump

    As a medical technologist, Geraldine Evans has always been interested in almost anything medical and is constantly reading about health care.

    “I found the first lump in my breast when I was 14 years old, and it turned out not to be cancerous,” she said.

    But 20 years ago when she found another one during a self breast examination, the news wasn’t so good.

    She told her local physician, Dr. Perry Cattau, who sent her immediately to Dr. Richard Zorn in Tallahassee for further evaluation. Following Zorn’s examination, Evans said she said to him, “Just tell me it’s not.”

  • Quincy garbage fee up

    Times Editor
    The City of Quincy’s budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 is a little less than $30 million, which is less than the previous year. Of that amount, approximately $7.9 million will be used to operate the general government.
    There will be no increase in property taxes, and the millage rate will remain the same as the past fiscal year.
    There will be an increase in garbage and sewage up to $29.13 monthly, but that rate is locked in for the next five years.

  • Quincy woman now 16-years cancer-free

    Occasionally Erma Wilford feels the need to tell her story. Usually when she’s in church and wants others to know what she describes as “the goodness of the Lord.”

    Wilford’s story is that she has been a breast cancer survivor for 16 years. The Attapulgus, Ga., native who now lives in Quincy and works at the Florida Institute of Public Safety recalls that throughout her ordeal, she was never afraid or nervous.

    “The Lord had showed me what the outcome was going to be, so I had no reason to be afraid,” she said.

  • Murder trial ahead

    Jury selection got under way Oct. 1 in the first-degree murder trial of Marvin Cannon. Cannon, now 33, is also charged with attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

    He is accused of stabbing 58-year-old Zachariah Morgan approximately 35 times on Christmas Eve 2010. He is also accused of stabbing Morgan’s friend Sean Neel, now 45, in the neck in a failed robbery attempt.

    The incident took place off Flat Creek Road in the western part of the county around 3 p.m. Morgan and Neel lived in the Cypress Community in Jackson County and had come to Quincy to buy corn for deer feed.

  • Cutting edge careers

    The barbering and cosmetology program at Gadsden Technical Institute in Quincy is all about classroom learning — and practice, practice, practice.

    For the students who successfully complete the 1,200-hour course, all that hard work could lead to an exciting and rewarding career.

    As she worked at sewing extensions into 29-year-old Shayla James’ braided hair, Subrina Thomas, 26, of Quincy, said she has known since sixth grade she one day wanted to own her own hair salon. Though her work background is mostly in daycare, she has done hair as a hobby for years.

  • All hazards event ready for anything

    Without the resources of larger counties, what do rural counties in do in case of any hazard?

    “The first thing you have to do is be prepared. That’s why Gadsden County is hosting this first Rural County Summit. It’s designed for use to listen to the experts and get to know people from other counties that are similar tours, then we want to establish partnerships so that we can talk about our needs and how to get and share resources,” said Major Shawn Wood, director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management.

  • Man convicted in Midway shooting

    A Gadsden County jury found 21-year-old Cortez Hatten guilty of manslaughter. It took less than three hours Sept. 20 for the jury to return the verdict in the shooting death of Kenneth Moran.

    Hatten was originally charged with five felonies: count 1, second-degree murder; counts two and three, attempted second-degree murder; count four, aggravated assault with a firearm; and count five, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was found not guilty of counts two and four.

  • Gov. comes to Quincy to talk, listen

    Times Managing Editor
    Gov. Rick Scott paid an after-hours visit Friday to Gadsden Magnet Elementary School in Quincy, meeting with a few teachers, students, administrators and parents as part of his “listening tour” at a number of schools statewide. The tour included stops in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Madeira Beach and Tallahassee.
    Pam Stewart, interim education commissioner for the state, also sat in on the roundtable-style discussion.