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Today's News

  • City of Chattachoochee, school board square off over gas bill

    School board members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to not pay half of a $21,724.96 natural gas bill as requested by the city of Chattahoochee.

    The board requested the city of Chattahoochee cut off the gas meter at the old Chattahoochee High School and “red tag” it in April 2007. Sometime afterward, the meter was turned on again and remained on, undetected, until the meter was removed recently and the gas line plugged.

  • Did county overpay attorneys?

    Eugene Lamb, chairman of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, has asked the county's administrator to look into the amount of money the county paid the law firm of Williams, Wilson & Sexton between 2005 and 2009 and determine if the county was over charged.

  • City to continue pursuit of permit to reopen incinerator

    Quincy city commissioners will continue to pursue a license from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to reopen the air curtain incinerator at Byrd Landfill. The vote was unanimous during the Jan. 26 regular meeting. The city receives an average of 220 tons of yard trash and land clearing debris into the landfill each year.

    Opponents think the city should find alternatives before seeking a permit.

    James Maloy, president of Gadsden County Concerned Citizens, told commissioners that he opposes incinerators at both state and local levels.

  • The Buzz

    • I don't understand what all the fuss is about with the biomass place in Gretna. It means jobs. And we need jobs in this county.

    • I've been reading about the biomass plant and I don't understand why the county or the city (of Gretna) didn't hold public meetings before so the public would be better informed. Didn't they think we'd care? I don't want to breathe all that stuff and I don't want my kids breathing it either.

  • I see dead dust bunnies

    Our office is mostly populated with women, therefore we are prone to some subject matter during our “hen parties” that you might not find in more diverse offices.

    The other day, we were discussing our mothers, and the funny things they say and do, and I recounted the story of how I once (only once) told my mother that I could tell her eyesight wasn’t what it once was because I could see dust in her house. She quickly told me to get up off my “duff” and grab a dust rag and have at it.

  • When the time comes, send me a professional

    My niece, Monica, sent me a photo of her son going up for a rebound during a recent basketball game. I looked at the picture and memories of him  as a little boy came flooding back. I remember anxiously sitting by the telephone waiting for his birth and driving down to Fort Lauderdale to see him a few weeks after his arrival.

  • Feb. 4 Letters to the editor

    Hospital boondoggle

    Am I the only one in the county  that sees where this hospital boondoggle is heading?

    • At least $150,000 a year for the first 5 years in losses.

    • Plus more than $1 million a year – every year – in projected losses.

    In addition, the commissioners want to rob the half-cent sales tax trust fund to buy furniture. I have no idea what the operating costs are going to be.

    If there are no funds to buy furniture, how are they (we) going to find more than $1 million a year to throw down that rat-hole

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    “Lookmarge@ a Happy Life”  is the title of the next book I’m planning to read.  It promises to be one of the most exciting and enjoyable books I’ll ever read because I know the author, and I have an autographed copy.

    Marge Miller Petitmermet is the author and subject of the aforementioned book.  She is married to Ernest “Ernie”  Petitmermet and has been for the last 68 years.  They were married the year that I was born.  Imagine!

  • Munroe closes season with win, EGHS defeats West Gadsden

    The last week of regular season for girls basketball ended on a positive note for only one county team. 

    After losing to Maclay in a close one earlier in the week, Robert F. Munroe Day School’s Lady Bobcats defeated Poplar Springs for the second time to close out their season.  East Gadsden High School defeated West Gadsden High mid-week but then lost to a Port St. Joe team that won 19 games this season.  West Gadsden dropped its last two final games to Aucilla Christian and East Gadsden, thus wrapping up the 2009-10 regular season of girls basketball.

  • Church News

    • St. Joseph MB church will host a 100 Men in Black, Women in White service Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. with guest speaker, Rev. Herbert Thomas Sr. The event is sponsored by the Silver Star Lodge No. 61. Dinner will be served following the service.