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Today's News

  • City gets stimulus funds for fire station

    The city of Quincy has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to construct a new fire station. Fire Chief Howard Smith said he received a letter Sept. 24 from Sen. Bill Nelson, congratulating the city on the award.

    The new station will be constructed in the city's business park on Joe Adams Road. Smith said he applied for the grant, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus package) because a new fire department met the criteria.

  • Volunteers honored for service

    They joke that they are the best paid group of people in Gadsden County  because they work for free. What they lack in money is made up by the  satisfaction they derive from helping others. The volunteers of Mother Care Network Inc. were honored Sept. 28 with a dinner and praise for what they have given to the community.

  • Everything...and I mean everything...should have warning labels

    I fell victim to a nasty sinus infection last week. I think it had been coming on for several days, as I’d been sniffly and sneezy for a while, along with a few other symptoms, including a headache and achy joints.

    But I quickly made my way to the doctor, and got a Z-Pack, which is a fast way to get over anything that ails you.

  • A shadow is a very good thing

    Last week a young man from Florida A&M University called me. He said he was a journalism student and was interested in a career shadowing experience. My first thought was that I was busy Thursday with a trial, my regular work and a lecture at the art center. I did not want to be a babysitter for someone who, when they found out that journalists make no money, would run for a higher paying job.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    When is the last time you “sold yourself short?”  If you’re not familiar with that particular phrase, when is the last time you may have talked yourself out of doing something, because for one reason or another, you didn’t think you were up to the task at hand? 

  • Judge clears educator

    Administrative law judge Lisa Nelson recently ruled that I, as former principal of Carter-Parramore Academy, was justified in using pepper spray during two altercations at the school in 2007. The Florida Department of Education had sought to revoke my certification as an educator.

    However, after an evidentiary hearing, the judged ruled that I did what any reasonable person should have done to protect himself, his staff and students from two dangerous situations. Nelson confirmed that I had violated no laws and was not guilty of violating any of the rules of the FDOE.

  • Just no reason for it

    In my opinion, there is no legitimate reason for county EMS director Brian Beasley to suffer suspension for doing an excellent job. Almost every week, Brian is on TV bringing in  grants to Gadsden County. Unlike the US Army, whose mission is to kill, Beasley's job is to save lives.

    If an ambulance reaches a citizen's residence late, it's not Beasley's fault.

    Beasley does not need to be home, but rather on the job so that he can continue to be instrumental in saving lives.

    Bobby Jamison

    Gadsden County

  • Former hospital employee questions billing affect

    I worked with the Gadsden County hospital when it was moved from what is now the Gadsden County Sheriff's Offices. In the 2 years I worked with the hospital, my hours were cut twice from 40 hours per week to 20 hours a week. This was in the mid-1980s. The hospital didn't make enough money then and hasn't since that time.

    On April 26, 2007, I had an occasion whereby I had to use the services of the Urgent Care. I have Medicare and a supplement insurance that pays what Medicare doesn't.

  • Jail population climbs, but still lower than previous year

    On Sept. 28 there were 182 inmates in the Gadsden County Jail – the facility was built to house 150. Still, 182 is low when compared to more than 250 on most days in 2008.

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young said he is constantly working with judges, the state attorney and the public defender to reduce the jail population. He invited Michael Elchenko II from iSECUREtrac, a company that makes and sells ankle tracking devices, to demonstrate how the devices work and if they would be a viable option for the county.

  • Bobcats fail to hold on to lead against St. Joe

    Another humid night at Corry Field found the home-standing Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe falling to the visiting Fighting Flashes of St. Joseph Academy, 55-14.  

    The Bobcats drew first blood as quarterback Dustin Watson connected with Dustin Blake for an 80-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter.  St. Joseph came right back and scored twice to take a 14-7 lead.