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Today's News

  • Elementary schools shine; high schools struggle

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades Thursday and for the second time in the district’s history, four of Gadsden County’s school received A’s. Overall, 85 percent of the schools received passing grades.

  • County to go to court to tap into hospital trust fund

    Michael Glazer, attorney for the Gadsden Hospital Board Inc., asked for and was given permission to go to court in an attempt to get $4.8 million from the hospital trust fund. The money, if granted, will be used to open the hospital and purchase equipment.

    Glazer also asked Gadsden County commissioners to approve a three-member committee that will advise the trustee, Capital City Bank, on investments using the trust fund.

  • County officials urge residents to keep their cool

    Maj. Shawn Wood, director of emergency management, together with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, is advising people to stay inside and keep a cool as possible.

    "The temperatures we're now experiencing are dangerous for the elderly and the very young. Families and neighbors should not assume that old people are OK," he said.

    Wood said there haven't been any calls to his office complaining of the heat or heat related problems but summer began June 21 and July and August are typically the hottest months for the county.

  • County to receive stimulus money for home weatherization

    Dorothy Inman-Johnson, executive director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency Inc., told the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners last week that the county will receive between $1.5 and $2 million from a stimulus package to weatherize homes between 2009 and 2012.

    "This is major stimulus money and the program is intended to lower energy bills by making homes more energy efficient and create jobs," Inman-Johnson said.

  • No foul play in death of Quincy woman

    Quincy police said there is no foul play in the death of 34-year-old Christy Ingram on June 17.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, Ingram was found unresponsive around noon in the bed at her home, located at 316 E. Jefferson St. in Quincy. Paramedics were called and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Tags, title fees to increase more than 50 percent

    The price of automobile tags and title fees will increase more than 50 percent as of Sept. 1. Dale Summerford, tax collector, said the 2009 Florida Legislature established a law to raise the fees.

    "The Legislature had a huge hole to plug in their budget in these economic times. But in defense of the Legislature, Florida has some of the lowest tag fees around. We are somewhere around 48th or 49th in the country," he said.

  • Hospice introduces new program

    The "Five Wishes" has been introduced in Gadsden County by Big Bend Hospice in an attempt to help people make crucial decisions concerning their lives.

    "It' s better that people make their own decisions about how they want their affairs to be carried out. If they haven't made a decision, the courts will make it for them. By writing down what you want you take the burden off family members and often relieve friction," said Diane Tomasi, community relations director for Big Bend Hospice.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    How many times in the past few days, weeks or even months, has your day been made brighter because someone took the time to greet you or flash a warm smile first thing in the morning?

    I know that most of you work or are going to school and really are not in a position or location for such an even to occur or may not even have a chance to greet family members in a loving manner.

    Last week on my way to Twin Ponds Road, which is usually around 6 a.m., one of my female neighbors bid me a good morning.  She shared that she enjoyed reading my column.

  • Church Briefs

    • Thomas Memorial Baptist Church announces the Personal Fitness Challenge, a six-week program for children who have completed grades three through six. The challenge will be Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. July 5-Aug. 10. Sessions will be held in the TMBC Recreation Center, 1111 West Washington St., Quincy.

  • Starr, Adams to be wed July 18

    Suzi Starr and Tim Adams, both of Greensboro, will be married at 7 p.m. July 18 at the W.T. Neal Civic Center in Blountstown.

    The bride-elect is a licensed practical nurse and business owner.

    The groom-elect is the manager of a liquid fertilizer plant in Mt. Pleasant.

    A reception will follow.

    After a honeymoon in Seagrove, the couple will make their home in Greensboro.

    No invitations will be sent and all family and friends are invited.