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Today's News

  • Urgent Care administrators, officials look at ways to cut budget

    "I have been working at the Urgent Care since it opened. More than 95 percent of the patients go home happy. Every 3 or 4 days we have to send a patient to Tallahassee. If you can't keep the Urgent Care open, how are you going to keep a hospital open?" asked an emotional Chookiert Emko, M.D.

    Before Emko returned to his seat, Commissioner Doug Croley asked him if he had any ideas for getting paying patients to use the facility.

    "At this point we can cut to 5 or 6 hours a day and do whatever it takes to keep it open," he said.

  • Just as you must tend a flower, you must tend Gadsden County

    Waiting out the storms this weekend, I decided to start a planter of flowers for my office window.

    One thing about seeing something grow is you'll have to work all the aspects together to produce the blooms. The soil requires preparation and handling, and the plants need tending.

    How similar these basics are to the organizations that tend to growth in Gadsden County.

    Our chamber and its members tirelessly work the soil of Gadsden County and tends to all aspects of growth, in order to see us bloom.

  • Police chief warns of check scams

    Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson is warning citizens that they should not let their guard down when it comes to check scams.

    "People are still trying to cash those checks that are coming in the mail. I want to make sure our citizens are aware that if they have not played the lottery, they are not winning a lottery and that it is unlikely that someone in a foreign country has left them a lot of money. If they have any doubt, we want them to bring the check to the police station and, whatever they do, don't deposit it in the bank," Richardson said.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrests

    • Tauvus Black: VOP/Possession of cocaine

    • Martha Grace Register: Theft by taking

    • Jerame Gunter Durden: Possesion of a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription

    • Timothy Hutchinson: Burglary of a dwelling

    • Markeith Watson: Felony/battery/VOP

  • In like a lion, out like a lamb...fishing only going to get better

    After three weeks of nearly ideal fishing weather, the past week was just the reverse. March "came in like a lion and went out like a lamb” with high winds and heavy rains (much needed I might add). The fishing on Lake Talquin came to a halt. There was not one single person I talked to who was brave enough to even try to fish after Tuesday of this past week.

  • Local fighters strut their stuff in the ring

    Small town entertainment takes various forms from square dancing to community theater to car shows. Saturday night at Quincy's livestock pavilion, the entertainment was confined to a boxing ring.

    About 200 area spectators braved wind and rain to attend the Best of the Best IV, which was sponsored by USA Boxing, the Quincy Fighting Tigers Gym and Gadsden County Tourist Development.

  • Spring has sprung - along with the urge to garden

    “As soon as there is a little sign of warmth, people start getting antsy. They want to work in the yard and they are ready to plant," said Alex Bolques, a horticulturist with Gadsden County Cooperative Extension Service.

    He said there are different categories property owners should consider when deciding how to plant. First, there is the public landscape that people see when they pass a home or that which is readily seen by public traffic.

  • ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ the name of the game at rally this month

    Every 1.3 minutes, it is estimated that a woman in the United States is raped, and one out of every four women will become a victim of sexual assault during her lifetime.

    "It's these very statistics that we have to get out into the open," said Debra Lloyd, local coordinator for Refuge House, a counseling service and shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • GTI awarded $50,000 AT&T grant

    Gadsden Technical Institute’s faculty and students applauded and grinned from ear to ear as AT&T executives presented a check for $50,000 to the school for technology improvements to its programs today.

    Written as a 20/20 grant in 2008, the awaded funds will improve, enhance and update GTI’s existing technology for secondary and post-secondary career and technical education programs.

  • Billions in stimulus dollars available to states for education

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that $44 billion in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days. The first round of funding will help avert hundreds of thousands of estimated teacher layoffs in schools and school districts while driving crucial education improvements, reforms and results for students.