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Today's News

  • 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.

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  • Time to collapse: The Christmas rush is over

    Now that Christmas is finally here, I thought a new twist on an old favorite might be appropriate...enjoy!

    “Twas the Night After Christmas”

    Twas the night after Christmas and all through the place,

    Any creature that stirred fell flat on her face.

    We'd ripped open the treasures and ransacked the stockings,

    The amount of goodies we ate was really quite shocking.

    No one knew how St. Nick got in while we dozed,

    For the doors were all locked and the chimney was closed.

  • Thankful for lessons from Hispanic family

    My job takes me to unexpected places more often than not. Tuesday was one of those times. I was looking for a Christmas feature and decided that an article on the Mexican celebration and how it differs from the American celebration might be interesting.

    I asked a Mexican woman I knew, Priscilla Vidal, if she would help me find a family to interview. I wanted a typical family that would be willing to talk candidly with me.

    Priscilla found a family and accompanied me to the humble little trailer the family shares in Greensboro.

  • I'll just do the best I can

    The new year invariably makes me think of the year that is going out. I'm reminded of things, personally and professionally, that I wish I had done differently or I wish I had not done at all. I can't dwell on those things because I can't bring those events back.

  • You just can't put a bow on some things

    Another new year is upon us, and I can’t believe that 2008 is already done. It was a year of change for me, since I changed jobs and moved to Gadsden County. But I’m glad I made the move. I’m beginning to feel like it’s home.

  • No ugly girls wanted

    It’s a new year. My first wife still likes me. We’ve got a brand-new president. Gas prices are down. I’ve got new running shoes. My boys are healthy. The economy is so bad that it can only go up from here...

    I don’t believe I have been this excited about a new year since 1963.

  • If you want to be in the know, you have to go

    There are people who just won't pay attention. For whatever reason, things that affect their lives are ignored until it's too late.

    I can't count the number of times citizens have shown up at county commission meetings wanting to subdivide property, change zoning or change the face of their property, whether it's a half acre or 3,000 acres.