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Today's News

  • Hospital projected to lose $700,000 first 3-5 years

    Michael Glazer, the Gadsden Hospital Inc. attorney who has been taken the lead in navigating the county through the opening of Gadsden Memorial Hospital, told the Board of County Commissioners during their regular Jan. 19 meeting "a lot is happening."

    He said Healthcare Corporation of America, which has signed a letter of intent to operate the hospital, has a list of projections for the hospital for the next 3 to 5 years, including an estimated $700,000 to $800,000 loss with an additional $4.8 to $6.7 million in write-offs, charity and bad debts.

  • ADAGE to donate $350,000 to Gretna; officials mum on specific use of funds

    Officials from ADAGE, the company behind the proposed biomass facility in Gretna, were on hand during last week’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day in Gretna.

    Robert Parrett, director of business development, told attendees the company will remain “transparent,” and promised that not only will Gretna reap the monetary benefits of the facility, but so will the school district.

  • Midway fire department receives donation of fire truck

    The city of Midway received a belated Christmas gift Jan. 24 when they brought home a fire engine valued at $63,000, donated by Manatee County.

    "We felt like it was Christmas. We've needed another fire engine for so long and with the budget we have, we just couldn't afford it. We searched for financing and funding and then finally we prayed and our prayers were answered," said Agatha Muse-Salters, Midway city manager.

  • You can learn a lot from a mud puddle

    The other day I was standing at my kitchen window, watching it rain. And I was enjoying it. I love rainy days...when I don't have to go anywhere. I love to sit on the porch, with a good book, and just listen to the rain fall. I even like the sound of people driving through the puddles.

    As I stood there, I began to look at the puddles in my yard. There was one particularly large one, and I watched as raindrops landed in it. Each raindrop seem to ripple only so far. None of the ripples from any drops made it all the way to the edge of the puddle.

    This got me to thinking.

  • Where's my justice?

    On May 5, 2009, while I was at work, a young man decided he wanted to kick in my front door. Once inside, he ransacked my bedroom and took jewelry. The jewelry, including my deceased mother's ring, was sold for a pittance and quickly melted down at a local establishment.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    It was a particularly cold winter morning in December. I had some free time and was determined to get out of the house for awhile.  I would go out into the woods along Pleasant Street.   I loved the peace and solitude that the woods afforded me.

  • Letters to the Editor: Jan. 28 Edition

    A big thank you to Sheriff Morris Young, his department and Lt. Corder of Gadsden County for the way they stepped up to help the homeless during the recent cold weather crisis.  This was a very compassionate act which they provided when they saw the need. 

    I am so proud of Gadsden County and the way this department represented us.  It's good to live in a county where people help people.  Acts like this are what makes America the great country that we are. 

    Margie Sims

    Quincy

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  • Tourney brings fisherman to area despite poor fishing conditions

    Seven inches of rain two days before the 10th annual Crappie USA Tournament at Lake Talquin Jan. 23 led to fewer participants in tournament than in years past. In 2009, more than 50 boats entered the tournament, while only 28 entered this year.

    "It was a combination of the economy and bad weather. I entered this year but because the fishing is so poor, I didn't even bring my boat out," said Ed Allen, a Lake Talquin resident.

    A cold and misty morning gave way to a beautiful afternoon in time for the 3 p.m. weigh-in. More than $4,200 was the payout this year.

  • Munroe, WGHS take wins, EGHS drops two

    Gadsden County basketball teams continue to hover around average as West Gadsden High School won one, Robert F. Munroe Day School split and East Gadsden High dropped two tough district games.

    This week marks the last week of regular season girls basketball and district seedings are already set for the tournaments that tip off next week.

    The Munroe Lady Cats picked up one district win but lost the one they really needed last week.  The Lady Cats survived both a slow start and the loss of leading scorer, Beth Summerford, to defeate John Paul II 45-20. 

  • 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.