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Today's News

  • Q&A released by DOH on swine flu

    The Florida Department has released the following questions and answers on swine flu.

    Is there swine flu in Florida?

    At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Florida. (4.28.09)

    What is Florida doing to protect me from swine flu?

    We have epidemiologist or “disease detectives” at the County Health Departments and in Tallahassee. There is a detailed plan in place to respond to influenza outbreaks. Florida has a strong system to identify potential influenza cases.

  • Gadsden fourth graders take top FCAT writing spot for second year in a row

    Fourth grade students in Gadsden County rejoice: You are once again No. 1 in the Big Bend.

    Gadsden County’s fourth graders earned the highest writing scores in the Big Bend area for the second year in a row on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and more than half of the county’s schools posted record highs. The students were also ranked fifth highest in the state.

    “Again, our entire community has something we can be very proud of,” said Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James.

  • School board approves budget cuts that include job loss but no school closings

    Gadsden County School Board members unanimously voted to implement the general fund recommendations as presented by Superintendent Reginald James during last week’s board meeting.

    The list did not include any school closings, as had been previously discussed during board workshops.

    The recommendations were, along with the amount of savings to the general fund:

    • Eliminate 20 positions to maximize class size and cut costs (savings of $800,000)

    • Remove behavior specialist positions from general fund (savings of $283,000)

  • State surgeon general declares public health emergency

    UPDATED MAY 4:

    Florida has five confirmed cases of swine flu, according to a press release received today from the Florida Department of Health. Two cases are confirmed in Lee County, one in Broward, one in Orange and one in Pinellas.

    The cases termed "probable" in Alachua, Lee, Indian River, Okeechobee and Clay counties, as well as two cases in Palm Beach and three in Miami-Dade, are still in the process of being confirmed.

     

    UPDATED MAY 3:

  • Slow down or you'll pay

    "If people don't slow down, they are going to pay, really pay," said Officer Tara Bryant of the Quincy Police Department.

    Bryant said the new fines were the result of legislative initiatives that have trickled down to the county level.

    Here is the new fee schedule:

    • Move Over Act (failure to change move over when approaching an emergency vehicle) $116 or $146.

    • Moving Infraction/Child Restraint: $147

    • Non-moving (no seatbelt): $96

    Speeding Violations:

    • 1 to 9 miles over the limit: $112

  • Sheriff’s office pulls plant theft operation up by the roots

    A 24-year-old Gretna man, Torian Derell Daniels, has been arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft. Daniels was arrested without incident at a relative's home Wednesday afternoon in Gretna.

    "We had several complaints from Imperial Nurseries about missing plants and flowers. Our investigation led to Mr. Daniels," said Inv. Brian Faison of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

  • Quincy mayor elected for second term

    Andy Gay said he was humbled by the confidence his fellow Quincy city commissioners placed in him by nominating and unanimously electing him mayor of Quincy for a second term. But, he announced before accepting the post, he had no intention of running for mayor again.

    "We faced difficult challenges last year. We started by firing a city manager and hiring a city manager. The city is healing its financial wounds and we're getting our energy provider (Progress Energy) paid on time," Gay said.

  • Midway elects new council member, retains one

    After the votes were counted in the Midway city elections last Tuesday, Charles "Chuck" Willis will retain his seat and David Lee Knight will be the city's newest council member.

    Willis defeated political newcomer Sammie "Sam" Stevens soundly with 63.64 percent of the vote to Stevens' 36.36 percent. With 407 votes cast, Willis got 259 to Stevens' 148. He will continue to represent District 4.

  • Quincy city commissioners give IT one more shot

    During a report on the status of Quincy's Information Technology Department Jack McLean, city manager, predicted that the enterprise section of the department would finish the year in the black while the government section would finish in the red.

    He said that in the next fiscal year, he's predicting the enterprise section will be able to completely take care of the losing government section.

    But McLeans's forecast wasn't what some commissioners wanted to hear.

  • Quincyfest, Community Fiesta draw crowds by the hundreds

    Thousands attended this year's Community Fiesta and Quincyfest 2009 Friday night and Saturday.

    On Friday night, nearly 1,000 people attended the feista that featured music, dancing and international foods.

    "I love this. I want to try everything," said Leo Sam, who came from Tallahassee after he heard a television commercial earlier in the week.

    Priscilla Vidal, who organized the fiesta for the first time, said she thought everything went well.

    "People are telling me that they like the music, the entertainment and the food," she said.