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Today's News

  • Gadsden County under flood watch

    UPDATED 4:25 P.M.

    County Road 12 from Leon County into Havana is now flooded at Fairbanks Ferry, where the Ochlockonee River has blocked entry. The guardrail has submerged as the river's waters surged over the two-lane road.

    Flooding from the river near Bloxham has also become a concern, and the flood warning issued earlier has been extended until Monday morning.

  • Local residents report flooding

    The Gadsden County Times is seeking citizen journalists to report flooding throughout the county.

    If you live in an area that has experienced flooding due to the recent rain, give us a call at 627-7649 or e-mail us at editor@gadcotimes.com. We are seeking information on how much rain has actually been recorded in various areas throughout the county, so if you have a rain gauge, your help is especially needed.

    And if you have photos of flooding in your area, please e-mail them to us as well. We'll publish them online and in our print edition.

  • Injunction granted on Waste Pro

    A temporary injunction against Waste Pro of Florida, the company that serves Quincy, and one of its employees, Joel Thornton, was granted earlier this week by Circuit Judge Sanders Sauls in Wakulla County. The injunction was filed by Emerald Waste Services, which has served parts of Gadsden, Wakulla and Franklin counties for the past 6 months.

  • Hospital board says construction going well; but questions over funding still haunt

    There was good news and there was bad news at the Gadsden Community Hospital Board of Directors meeting last Monday night.

    The good news is that construction and renovations at the hospital are going well. Clyde Collins, inspector for the county, stopped short of saying that progress on the physical structure is ahead of schedule.

    "We're installing ceilings, the generator is due by Friday, the sheetrock has been done, we're finishing the painting and the roofer should be ready to get start finishing by Monday," Collins said.

  • Should Urgent Care remain open?

    Gadsden County commissioners bought a little time for the cash-strapped Urgent Care Center during a special meeting Monday night.

    Commissioners Doug Croley and Gene Morgan wanted to close the facility for a week, while Corey Fleming, center administrator, meets with the Gadsden County Health Department to determine the best option.

    “We may have to close it. There is no other choice," said commission Chairman Eugene Lamb last week.

    Commissioners determined Monday night to keep it open until April 7 to allow for discussion.

  • 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.