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Today's News

  • FHP reviews bus tape; it's reportedly blank

    UPDATE: March 11, 1:38 p.m.   

    Florida Highway Patrol investigators have reviewed the security tape from the school bus that crashed Monday, according to published reports - and the tape is blank.

    We are working to verify this information and will provide information as soon as possible.

    UPDATE: 9:22 a.m., March 10

  • Criminal investigation launched after allegations by EMS employees

    Gadsden County Sheriff Young said a criminal investigation has been launched into allegations made by employees at Emergency Management Services.

    The official investigation began March 8 at 4 p.m. when a meeting was held that included County Administrator Johnny Williams, Personnel Director Arthur Lawson, county commission Chairman Eugene Lamb and two investigators from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Local athletes strut their stuff in the Gadsden County Special Olympics

    Gadsden County’s Special Olympics was held last Wednesday at East Gadsden High School, featuring events such as the assisted walk, walk, wheelchair, assisted wheelchair, assisted running, running, 100-meter wheelchair, running long  jump, standing long jump, tennis ball throw and softball throw.

    The winners were:

    • 10-meter assisted walk: Chamel Williams, first place.

    • 10-meter walk: Luis Becerra took first place with a time of 12.0; Robert Huff also won first place with a time of 17.4.

  • School-related Employee of the Year: With a little love, every child can learn

    Marilyn Basford, a paraprofessional at Gadsden Elementary Magnet School and the Gadsden County School-Related Employee of the Year, blushes a little when she’s congratulated for winning the honor. She’s quick to tell you...she just loves children.

    A native of Jacksonville, Basford moved to Chattahoochee in 1972. She worked at Chattahoochee Elementary for 19 years before coming to GEMS, and has worked with Gadsden County children for 27 years.

  • Bus driver suspended with pay

    Gadsden County School District officials held a press conference March 12 to announce that Tim Kelly, 40, the driver of the school bus that crashed March 8, has been suspended with pay after failing to report a ticket he received March 1.

    The ticket was for speeding while operating a school bus and transporting students.

  • County inks deal with HCA for hospital

    Gadsden County commissioners voted 3-1 to lease Gadsden Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America Tuesday morning. The vote paves the way to open the hospital by the June 21 deadline.

    County Commissioner Gene Morgan was out on a medical emergency and Commissioner Brenda Holt voted against the lease agreement.

    The agreement will allow HCA, under Capitol Regional Medical Center, to operate the hospital and provide in-county medical services for the first time since the hospital closed Nov. 5, 2005.

  • Gretna pulls the plug on ADAGE

    Gretna Mayor Anthony Baker announced March 16 that the city will take no further action on ADAGE’s proposal to build a biomass facility in the city.

    Gretna city officials announced March 15 that they had decided to defer making a decision on the ADAGE biomass plant for 6 months, giving them more time to “study this matter in greater detail.”

  • Student petitions county for ban on sale of flavored tobacco products in county

    Calvre'Ona Davis, a sixth grade student at Havana Middle School, was the center of attention during the March 16 meeting of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners.

    Davis had requested a place on the agenda to request approval for a resolution to ban the sale and marketing of flavored tobacco products in the county.

    She told commissioners that as a part of the county’s Students Working Against Tobacco program, she wants to improve the health of local residents.

  • School board votes to foot half of gas bill with Chattahoochee

    Gadsden County School Board members voted unanimously last week to pay half of a $21,724.96 natural gas bill, an action they previously voted against.

    “I’ve looked at it and if it was litigated, it would be about $20,000 to do so. And we may win, we may lose,” said Isaac Simmons, board chairman.

    “It’s a shame that government agencies in the same district have to settle this in court,” said board member Judge Helms.

  • Homemade dresses and boiled eggs...favorite Easter memories

    One of my favorite childhood memories was Easter Sunday morning. I loved getting  up and finding that the Easter Bunny had come. My brothers and I always got baskets full of treats, including the typical chocolate bunny that you should always begin eating by biting off the ears.