Today's News

  • Schools superintendent presents suggestions for budget savings

    It was standing room only at the Gadsden County School Board workshop last Tuesday night, and parents and teachers present expressed concerns regarding rumored school closings and job loss.

  • EGHS on lock-down; rumor of unidentified person with gun threatens school

    UPDATE 3:20 P.M.:

    A 16-year-old East Gadsden High School student was arrested this morning and charged with possession of a firearm on a school campus and possession of a concealed weapon. The weapon was found in the student's backpack, but he had not taken it out.

    Forty-five students were sent home as a precaution.

    The student brought the weapon to school on the heels of a rumored possible fight that involved the student's cousin. By noon, all the students were back in class, but many parents did come and take their children home.

  • Quincy Relay for Life set to begin Friday night

    The East Gadsden Chapter of the American Cancer Society will sponsor the annual Relay For Life Friday and Saturday at the track field on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

    The event begins Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. with a reception for survivors and ends Saturday at noon with the presentation of awards.

    At 6 p.m. Friday night, the first lap for cancer survivors and caregivers will be led by the honorary chairperson, 17-year-old Amber Hill, a student at Tallahassee Community College.

  • County hires, loses new administrator

    UPDATED 4:45 p.m. MARCH 26

    Gadsden County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eugene Lamb said today that negotiations with Jeffery Naftal, who commissioners voted 3-2 March 24 to hire as county administrator, had fallen through.

    Naftal, former city manager for Juno Beach until 2008, was one of five candidates considered for the position out of 100 applicants.

  • Funds to operate Urgent Care scarce

    "You are basically out of money to run the Urgent Care (at Gadsden Community Hospital)," Gadsden County Clerk of Court Nicholas Thomas wrote in a memo to county commissioners last week.

    In the memo, Thomas said there is only $145,897 left in the fund that operates the facility, and that might not be a true picture of the financial outlook because of outstanding bills, including insurance, utilities and computer services. Once those are paid, the fund could be broke.

  • Schrenker ordered to pay up for financial bilking

    According to Indystar.com, Marcus Schrenker, the Indiana financial adviser who allegedly attempted to fake his own death by crashing his plane in Milton, has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and restitution.

    Schrenker is also accused of defrauding clients. The article reported there was overwhelming evidence that Schrenker had “forged signatures on annuity applications, failed to tell clients about early withdrawal penalties and doctored documents and lied to cover up his wrongdoing.”

  • School board seeking make major budget cuts...got ideas?

    The Gadsden County School Board and Superintendent Reginald James have been charged with finding ways to cut an already tight budget – and cuts could be as high as $6 million to $8 million.

    A committee was formed to make suggestions for cuts, and those strategies were presented last week during two workshops. On the table for discussion were items such as school closings, job loss and transportation cutbacks.

    The superintendent will consider those suggestions, along with those of board members, as he works to develop his recommendations.

  • Trash dumping costs county a cool million each year

    You name it and county employees, whose job it is to keep our rural roads clean and pristine, have picked it up.

    "Our guys have picked up everything from mobile homes that have been torn apart, boats, car motors, used tires, shingles, trees, stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers and all kinds of household garbage," said Robert Presnell, Gadsden County Public Works Director.

  • Hospital must pay city of Quincy before the doors can open

    Before the city of Quincy will turn the lights and gas on at the hospital, a deposit of $57,485.84 will be required, according to a letter sent to Craig McMillan, chairman of the Gadsden Community Hospital Board of Directors. The letter was sent by Ann Sherman, Quincy's director of customer service.

  • Tornado watch issued for Gadsden County

    The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern Gadsden County early this morning, and severe thunderstorms and heavy rain is expected through tomorrow night. A tornado watch has also been issued until noon for Gadsden, Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington counties.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the storms could pack some strong and damaging winds, along with hail. Isolated tornadoes are possible across the Panhandle.