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Today's News

  • TMH backs out of support agreement on hospital

    Tallahassee Memorial Hospital has put Gadsden County on notice that it will discontinue consulting on the facility by June of this year.

    In a letter dated Feb. 23, sent to Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors Chairman Craig McMillan, Jason Moore, TMH vice president, said the services will be discontinued.

    "I was very surprised. I met with Mr. Moore and Mr. (Mark) O'Bryan a few days before and they expressed to me that they wanted to change some provisions of the contract, but I had no idea they wanted to back away from the hospital," McMillan said.

  • City seeks to recoup losses from failed businesses

    Just how much of a deposit will the county be required to pay to have utilities turned on when the hospital is finished in June? There was no definitive answer, but the Quincy City Commission is looking seriously at how to insure they get at least part of the money owed them when businesses file bankruptcy. When the hospital closed in November 2005, the city of Quincy was owed more than $100,000 in past-due bills.

  • Boyd honored with IFAS Hall of Fame award

    Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) has been presented with the Hall of Fame award by the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agriculture Science North Florida Research and Education Center for his 12 years of service to the advancement of science and agriculture in North Florida.

    The award was presented by NFREC Director, Dr. Nick Comerford, last week at the Quincy NFREC. Boyd was in Quincy for his forum on HAZMAT issues for local farmers.

  • Boy wakes, save family from fire

    April Williams is grateful to her 4-year-old son, Thomas Williams, for saving the family from what could have been a disaster Sunday night. A fire ignited in the wiring in the hood above the stove at the family’s home and began to burn. Williams said Thomas woke her and the family when he started running up and down the hall yelling for her to "Get up! The house is on fire!" Williams was able to extinguish the fire before the Quincy Fire Department arrived. The house, at 133 Pine Tree Lane in the Friendship Community, sustained minor damage to kitchen cabinets.

  • School board members question ‘green’ school proposal

    The Gadsden County School Board was presented with the idea of building a “green” school in Havana during its meeting last week – and the idea became a subject of debate amongst board members.

    A green school has a “significant portion of green and sustainable actual building materials and systems that incorporate high energy efficiency and water conservation measures.” This type of building will use 33 percent less energy, save 32 percent more water and reduce solid waste by 74 percent. On average, green schools save $100,000 per year.

  • Visitor sings praises of local hotel owner

    I am an engineer from Pflugerville, Texas. I am writing you a note, so you can see the impact of one of your community leaders at one of your hotels out in Quincy.

  • Fire deemed ‘example’ of poor fire service

    A mobile home fire in Midway last Thursday morning was a "perfect example" of how an all-county volunteer fire department will not work, Quincy Fire Chief Howard Smith told the Quincy City Commission during a special workshop Thursday night.

    Smith said it took Quincy fire fighters about eight minutes to arrive at the mobile home, owned by Cassandra Moore, in the 200 block of Buckskin Circle. There were volunteer firefighters on the scene but no efforts had been made to contain the fire, he said.

  • EGHS on 3-game win streak

    East Gadsden High School lost a Tuesday game to Hamilton County before the Jaguars went on a three-game win spree against county foes in county baseball play last week.

    The loss against Hamilton County in Jasper was by a 10-7 score.

    "We hit pretty well in the game," East Gadsden coach Randall Estelle said. "But our pitching and defense hurt."

    The Jaguars’ Montez Fryson, Cameron Jackson and Davorick Ford had two hits each for their team in a nine-hit attack.

  • Local students take wins at district history fair

    The Gadsden County winners in the District History Fair 2009 were announced at last week’s school board meeting.

    The first place winners in the Group Performance (Junior) category for their entry, “Individual in History: Barack Obama,” were Landus Anderson, Christopher Pillers and Malik Thomas. Taking second place in the category for their entry, “The First Black President: Barack Obama,” were Nadja Conner, Selena Ellis and Trinity Burgess.

  • Girls softball action sees wins

    The Robert F. Munroe Lady Cats softball team moved to an even 3-3 on the season at the conclusion of last week, winning one and losing one. 

    On Thursday night Maclay ruled the Lady Cats 12-2.  Maclay scored five runs in an error-filled third inning and then pushed six more across in the fifth and sixth innings. 

    Haleigh Corbally got the loss on the mound.  The freshman stuck out four and walked five. Corbally did help her cause from the plate getting two hits and three RBIs. Mary Jane Milam and Spenser Morris each had a hit with an RBI.