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Today's News

  • Ag commissioner warns residents to be cautious with fire

    Floridians throughout the Big Bend are being asked to avoid outdoor burning, according to a press release from Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson.

    Bronson has also asked residents to check with their local forestry office to determine if a local fire ban is in effect.

  • Time's running out for Florida lawmakers to revise spending plan and get stimulus dollars

    Lawmakers in Florida have only a couple of weeks to pass a revised spending plan in order to make sure the state can get federal stimulus dollars appropriated by Congress into the hands of local people.

    State Senate Ways and Means Chairman J.D. Alexander said last week the Legislature would start drafting budget bills as soon as possible to identify wastewater and road projects in line for stimulus money. Lawmakers must also act soon to plug in federal funds intended to shore up the Medicaid state-federal health insurance program for the poor.

  • County request called ‘insult’ by Quincy officials

    Quincy city commissioners met Tuesday night to discuss whether the county wants to renew its fire contract and for how long, and whether the size of response areas would be increased, a topic of much discussion in recent weeks between city and county officials. A narrow vote at the end of the discussion, 3-2, determined the outcome.

    The county sent a contract to the city requesting a 60-day extension and, after an hour of discussion, the extension was approved.

  • Legislation in process to assist in reopening hospital

    The hospital in Gadsden County needs money to reopen, and two area legislators are trying to give the hospital more time to raise money.

    “I have a bill to give them an extension for another year to get the hospital open,” said Sen. Al Lawson, D-Quincy.

    Lawson filed SB 1926 which, if passed, would allow “a health care provider to extend the inactive period beyond 12 months and renew the inactive designation under certain circumstances.”

    Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, filed a similar bill (HB 0873) in the House.

  • 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.