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Today's News

  • Senate passes bill for hospital extension; now it’s Crist’s turn

    The Florida Senate passed the bill Monday that would give Gadsden County a 12-month extension on the Gadsden Community Hospital license. The extension will become effective when Gov. Charlie Crist signs it.

    Mike Glazer, attorney for the is Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors, said the news is wonderful but there is a lot of work to do.

    "It's still 8 to 12 months before operations. You need to get senior management in place and get with the medical community to find out what they need," Glazer said.

  • Remembering young lives lost too soon

    A ceremony to remember Shanesia Cox and Chris Grande was held in Chattahoochee last Friday. The program featured performances by members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, to which Cox and Grande belonged. Trees were planted in honor of both and in celebration of Arbor Day. Cox was hit and killed by a drunk driver in December 2007, while Grande died earlier this year from cryptococcal meningitis. Shown is Cox’s mother and sister.

  • Quincy businessman, educator dead at 80

    UPDATE: Funeral services will be held May 5 at 11 a.m. at New Bethel AME Church. Visitation is May 4 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Betsey Funeral Home in Quincy.

    Sam Betsey Jr., a former educator and businessman, died Monday afternoon at his home.

    Betsey, 80, owned and operated Betsey Funeral Home, along with his wife Gertrude, in Quincy for 46 years.

    "He was some kind of gentleman. He was kind and smart and he helped so many people. Young men and women may have become better by knowing Sam Betsey," said Robert Bryant, longtime friend and former coworker.

  • Historian seeks help of local residents

    Ramsey Summerford was one of over 5,000 child laborers that were photographed by social activist Lewis Hine from 1908 to 1917. Nearly all of the photos are posted on the Library of Congress Web site. Hine’s pioneering work in photojournalism was instrumental in helping to get state and federal child labor laws passed.

  • Residents speak out on utility price hike

    I think they should look for another source like GA Supply. Even if there is a larger up front cost, in the long run it would be better. Maybe they could look at Tallahassee and see where they're getting their energy from and see if we can use it. I don't think raising the rate for the citizens is fair.

    Sam Palmer

    Quincy

    As a resident of the city of Quincy and county of Gadsden, I oppose any form of increase in the city utilities usage. Many residents including myself are experiencing a dramatic increase in my public utility bill without an rate increase.  

  • Munroe finishes season with 19 wins

    Mike Troblstrup had just watched his Robert F. Munroe Day School baseball team lose its final regular season game to Wakulla County 10-0 Friday night.

    The 1A Bobcats scheduled the tougher 3A War Eagles in a tune-up for upcoming district play.

    Ryan Smith and Shay Barwick pitched the shutout and Barwick had a pair of two-run doubles.

  • Munroe tennis team earns post-season

    The Class A District 2 tennis districts for were held last week at Maclay School and the Munroe team finished in  second place. 

    Runner-up Coach Carolyn Summerford  and her team of six headed to South Walton Beach to take on the very strong District 1 champions at  South Walton High. 

    Finishing second in a tough district in a sport that only has two classifications is no small feat. 

  • Softball action heads into district play

    District softball tournaments are this week and baseball the next.  Munroe (9-9) will host the girls Class A District 3 tournament as the second seed. 

    Aucilla, undefeated in district play, is the top seed and John Paul II is the last seed. The Lady Cats and John Paul II played on Tuesday of this week with the winner squaring off on  Thursday against Aucilla.  

  • Red Birds shut out Jackson Co. Jays 12-0

    Jamie Holcomb and Pat Jones combined for shutout pitching and the bats were alive in Sneads Sunday, as the Chattahoochee Red Birds slammed the Jackson County Jays 12-0.

    Holcomb struck out seven and allowed only one hit in four innings of work while Jones hurled three innings of hitless ball with five strikeouts.

    Chattahoochee got home runs from Ben Young and Holcomb, who wound up with three RBIs on the day.

    Austin Riano, Demetric Miller, Parker Herd and Jones also had run-scoring hits.

  • EGHS’ Bell, Gee head to state in track

    Torriah Bell and Dontrioius Gee qualified in jumping events and will represent East Gadsden High School in the State 2A track meet in Orlando Saturday.

    Bell, a freshman, had a long jump of 17-1 3/4 to gain fourth place in the girls long jump Region 1 event Friday at Godby.

    Gee, a senior, was second in the boys long jump with a leap of 22-9.

    Both athletes are capable of having high place finishes in the state.