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Local News

  • 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.

  • Local docs still iffy on health care quality

    Gadsden County medical professionals met last week with members of the Gadsden Hospital Inc. board, the first time such a meeting has taken place in more than a year.

    Physicians attending the meeting expressed concern that the new facility, Gadsden Community Hospital, would be able to provide quality health care for their patients.

  • Havana council approves retirement village

    Havana Town Council members voted unanimously last week to move forward with the development of a more than 350- acre retirement village.

    The developer’s agreement meets Florida Department of Community Affairs requirements, and includes verbiage that the town of Havana will provide sewer and water services to the site.

    The agreement also guarantees adequate connections so as to cover the town’s extension during the first 10 years of the property’s operation.

  • Residents be warned: Check, lottery scams are on the rise locally

    A few months ago a local mother of five got a letter in the mail announcing that she had been selected as a lottery winner. The check enclosed was for about $7,500.

  • House fire under investigation

    A house fire of undetermined cause nearly destroyed a home on East Jefferson Street a few blocks from Quincy's central business district early this afternoon.

    Fire Chief Howard Smith said the fire started around 1 p.m. and that no one was living in the home at the time of the fire. Also, utilities to the structure had been disconnected.

    Homeowner Casey Washington said the house was filled with items that he planned to take to the flea market in Tallahassee. His plan, he said, was to sell the items in the house to raise money to remodel the house.

  • DOH identifies Bradford County resident with peanut butter-related salmonella illness

    The Florida Department of Health today identified a single case of Salmonella Typhimuirium in a resident of Bradford County. The sample from this resident matched the DNA fingerprint of the nationwide peanut outbreak.

    The patient was briefly hospitalized, but has since been discharged. It is not known at this time which product this person consumed that caused their illness. The investigation is ongoing. The department is continuing its surveillance efforts to identify any further cases that may be linked to this outbreak.

  • Elderly man found dead after mobile home fire

    A 74-year-old Quincy man, Eddie Gurley, died this morning from apparent smoke inhalation after his mobile home caught fire. The home is located just north of Quincy.

    Around 10 a.m., Fire Chief Howard Smith said a phone call alerted firefighters that someone could possibly still be in the home.

    "When we arrived the house was not fully involved so we were able to get in and check. When we found Mr. Gurley, he was already dead," Smith said.

  • Boyd votes to prohibit release of rescue funds

    Citing the lack of accountability and oversight in the implementation of the financial rescue package, Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) today voted to prohibit the release of the remaining rescue funds through the Troubled Assets Relief Program, which became law last October. Under the TARP legislation, the U.S. Treasury Department was provided $350 billion last fall to stabilize the financial industry, and the remaining $350 billion would only be provided after Congressional authorization.

  • City phone numbers changed

    If you want to contact anyone at Quincy City Hall, the new number is 681-0200.

    The city of Quincy's telephone system is almost complete. The staff, said John Thomas, information technology director, has addressed all of the technical problems. The information technology department began designing the system in October of last year.

  • City, county still debating over new fire contract

    There is still no fire contract between Gadsden County and the city of Quincy beyond March and Tuesday night, during the regular meeting of the city commissioners, two officials made it clear that if there is no contract they don't want the fire engines to roll beyond the stipulated 5-mile radius.