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Today's News

  • Commissioners nix televised meetings

    Saying that it would save taxpayers much-needed funds, Gadsden County commissioners voted to terminate videotaping services of its meetings. Southerland Enterprises, the company that had been taping and airing the meetings, was paid $650 for each meeting.

    "This is...not a necessity. I don't believe 50 to 60 percent of the people who live in the county actually get the meetings. I know I don't get it down at the lake. And a lot of this is (commissioners’ comments) are just playing to the TV," said Ed Allen, who spoke in support of discontinuing the service.

  • ADAGE reps answer questions about plant

    In a meeting last week with Stephen Simmons, vice president of business development for ADAGE, and Erin VanSickle, of Capital Energy Communications, the Times had the opportunity to ask some pointed questions regarding the proposed biomass facility in Gretna.

  • After all these years, she’s still ‘keeping an eye’ on him

    If ever any proof was needed that a couple that plays together stays together, it can be found in the relationship between Bob and Nell Hollingsworth. The pair meet one night in 1949 when a traveling skating rink stopped in Quincy. He was actually walking Nell's friend, Mary Catherine, home from a night of skating.

    "For several years I dated Bob's best friend and he dated my best friend and we would double date. She asked me to keep an eye on him. He was quite the ladies man and I did," Nell said with a wink.

  • The Buzz

    • I attended the meeting Saturday in Gretna, and was not surprised to find no one from ADAGE was present. They claim to want to be open and honest, but yet we don't see them at meetings like this, when it's a perfect opportunity to answer our questions and concerns.

    • I don't see anything wrong with the biomass plant. I think it'll be fine. I grew up with a wood-burning stove for heat, and I'm just fine. No one in my family has any problems from it.

  • Letters to the Editor: Feb. 11 Edition

    Beware of

    carpetbaggers

    The carpetbaggers are here in the name ADAGE, Duke Power and Areva. ADAGE is probably a contraction of the word advantage. They came here to take advantage of us for their own benefit, their huge profits. They came here because they think we are poor, lazy (apathetic) and ignorant. Now I am insulted.

    They think we are too poor to fight them but I am not poor alongside other citizens who oppose this dangerous plant in our county.

  • Lavin, Kidd to marry March 6

    Carol Lavin of Old Town, along with Annelle Soponis of Reading, Pa. and Gwynn Kidd of Quincy, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Allison Sandy Lavin and David Mento Kidd.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ester C. Lavin of Reisterstown, Md., and is a graduate of Dixie County High School and Florida State University, where she double-majored in business management and human resource management. She is employed with Ideal Image as a guest service consultant.

  • Robbery is motive in Havana shooting

    Update

    Twenty-five-year-old Gretna resident Freddie Fluker was shot and killed Monday night around 10:20 p.m. on Mitchell Road in the Richbay Community near Havana. Norman Davis Jr., 25, of Quincy, was shot in the stomach and taken to an area hospital. His wound, according to Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, is not life-threatening.

    "We got a call about gunshots heard in the area about 10:20. When we arrived on the scene, we found the two males suffering from gunshots. Fluker was pronounced dead at the scene," Corder said.

  • Local residents protest high utility bills

    Men, women and children began assembling on the sidewalk in front of city hall Feb. 9 just before the start of the 6 p.m. regular meeting. Carrying signs and chanting, group members were protesting what they called "excessively high" utility bills.

    "We're asking you to take whatever methods you have to reduce fees. The bills are higher than our rent or mortgage. Utility bills are causing people to go bankrupt," spokeswoman Janice Francis told the Quincy City Commission.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Have you dined recently with a friend, spouse, or family member, perhaps to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

    How many of you spent most of that time looking at that person across the table or next to you and had a conversation?

    No?  Was it because you were too busy texting someone or speaking to someone on your cell phone?  

    And you, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, why are you seated across from one another on Valentines Day, of all days, in this romantic establishment hiding behind your newspaper?

  • February 18 Issue Letters to the Editor

    Citizens of Gadsden County should be thankful for the efforts of the Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County to raise awareness about the proposed ADAGE biomass facility in Gretna. I attended the county commission meeting and the meeting in Gretna where citizens indicated their concerns about he health and sewer capacity issues of such a plant. Just as troubling was the manner in which the elected leaders proceeded to give either active or tacit approval and, apparently, promised tax abatements, for an enterprise about which there are still many questions.