Today's News

  • Negotiations to begin with HCA on hospital operation

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 29 to allow exclusive negotiations with Hospital Corporation of America regarding the reopening and operation of Gadsden Memorial Hospital. HCA operates more than 40 hospitals in Florida – the nearest is Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee.

  • City, county negotiate county-wide fire contract

    If Quincy city commissioners agree, fire protection will be extended county-wide for the next 5 years at an annual cost of $405,000. Under the new proposed fire contract between Quincy and the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, the city has the option to revisit the contract in 3 years.

  • Unemployment up in Gadsden although lower than state rate

    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August is 10.7 percent, according to a press release from the Agency for Workforce Innovation – higher than the 9.3 percent reported in Gadsden County.

    The unemployment rate in Gadsden County in July was 9.9 percent, considerably higher than the 6.7 percent reported in August 2008.

  • Mosquitoes are effective...no matter how small

    I posted a comment on my Facebook page the other day that started me thinking...the comment is: If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    I’m sure we’ve all been in that predicament. You’re in bed, trying to get to sleep, and you hear that familiar, high-pitched whine...and you know you are not alone. Funny how the thought of just that tiny mosquito can overtake your need for sleep.

    But that’s just it...that tiny mosquito is not too small to be effective.

  • We've got to stop violence among teens

    Last week a 13-year-old girl was choked by her boyfriend, who is 16, because she looked at another boy. I am told that incidents like this one occur almost daily. The girl said she didn't want anything to happen to him.

    During a meeting a week ago, I had the opportunity to talk with some young ladies about things that bother them most. The youngest in the group was 15 and her concerns were for the safety of her friends. Their boyfriends, she said, hit them when they "get out of line."

  • Along Twin Ponds Road (Oct. 8 Issue)

    “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place” has never been more true for me than it has the past few weeks. Those words also make up most of the byline of Along Twin Ponds Road, “Surely the Presence of the Lord Is in This ’Space’.”  It was Lanny Wolfe who wrote that wonderful song and who also made a beautiful recording of it with his Lanny Wolfe Trio.

    What seems to keep me going lately is the constant realization that the Lord’s presence is indeed with me, no matter where I am or what I’m doing.

  • Parent tired of bullying

    Is the bully law being enforced in the public schools of Gadsden County? In my opinion as a parent, no!

    My son, a sixth grader in the county school district, has not felt safe in the schools he has attended. As a fourth grader at Stewart Street Elementary, he was bullied on a daily basis by some male students in the same  grade. According to my son, there were no teachers supervising the halls when he was called names, pushed and threatened.

  • Need urgent care more

    On the evening of  Sept. 23, I needed medical care. I went to the Gadsden County Urgent Care. I was taken care of by a competent, courteous staff. I was treated and back home within  an hour, including travel time.

    We need a facility like this more than a hospital. The community would be wise to support this needed care center.

    Fred Miller



  • Get involved to reduce tobacco use by minors

    The No. 1 preventable cause of death in America is tobacco use.  On Sept. 22, an effort by the United States Food and Drug Administration was made to protect America’s young.  A ban on candy and fruit flavored cigarettes was authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  

    According to the act, it is against the law for any cigarette sold in the United States to have a flavor consisting of natural, artificial, herb or spice.  

  • Local educators share cancer survival stories

    Anyone who watched NFL football Sunday had to notice that all of the players and coaches were wearing something pink. From caps to shoes and gloves, professional football players were showing their support for breast cancer awareness and survivors.

    Sallie Farmer of Quincy didn't watch any football last weekend but she is grateful for the support. Farmer is a 5-year breast cancer survivor and credits much of her recovery to the advances in research and the educational  programs by the American Cancer Society.