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Today's News

  • Lady Panthers fall to Sneads, Jags set to play Jan. 6

    In limited basketball action last week because of exams and early release for the Christmas holidays, West Gadsden lost to Sneads by a 56-46 score. Sneads led 34-23 at the half.

    The Panthers did manage a small run in the fourth quarter outscoring the Pirates 10-8. West Gadsden did have three players in double figures but got scoring from only five players. Kayla Streeter led all scorers with 17 points. Cydavia Warner scored 13 points and Lakendra Crittendon added 10. Bridae White hauled down 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and Streeter had four steals.

  • Clerk paints dim picture of county’s finances

    "I would describe the financial status of the county as fragile. You have to be careful or it will break," said Gadsden County Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas during a special called meeting last week.

    Thomas and all constitutional officers were invited to the meeting to address Gadsden County commissioners on what they see as the immediate financial future of the county. He presented a detailed financial update, he said, in response to questions posed to him by individual commissioners.

  • Gretna, Havana clubs nixed

    Bleak financial predictions have become a reality for the Boys & Girls Clubs planned for Havana and Gretna and both are facing a combined $150,000 cut in operating funds for at least a year. The funding for these two clubs will be revisited when the county has a clearer financial picture.

    The Quincy and Chattahoochee clubs, at $75,000 each for operations, are safe.

  • Senior center open amidst issues

    The Gadsden Senior Citizens Center is still serving seniors and all programs will continue to operate uninterrupted, according to Janice Wise, executive director of the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida Inc.

    Two weeks ago the president and vice-president of the center’s board of directors resigned. Last Thursday morning, Executive Director Laverne Demous and another top official, Erica Cooper, were terminated.

    Wise and several people from the agency’s headquarters in Tallahassee have stepped in to run the center temporarily.

  • Work set to begin after Urgent Care move

    The Urgent Care Center at Gadsden Community Hospital has moved to the western wing of the hospital so that renovations can begin on the former emergency room in preparation for the reopening of the hospital by June 21, 2009.

    The move was necessary because of the extensive work that will be required.

    A large red and white sign now directs those in need of services to the parking area and the new entrance, which is closer to the first driveway, heading east.

  • Gadsden Arts Center honors donors, volunteers

    The Gadsden Arts Center was the setting recently as center director Grace Maloy and staff held its annual appreciation reception for donors and volunteers.

    Maloy thanked everyone who played a part in the center’s successes in 2008 and singled out those who went above and beyond the call of duty. Following a brief slide presentation on the accomplishments of the year, she recognized each recipient and presented them with a print of the 2008 Regional Art Exhibit commemoration poster, a cut paper creation, by Art In Gadsden founder Beth Appleton.

  • My letter to the jolliest of elves

    I spent quite a bit of time toward the end of last week typing letters to Santa from local kids, along with our newest Times family member, Kayla. We both enjoyed the letters, particularly the way the children worded them and what they asked for.

  • Commissioners consider dumping county lobbyist due to budget

    Whether or not the county's lobbyists, Chris Doolin & Associates, are worth the $50,000 they are paid annually was on the table Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners.

  • Local doc invites public to drive on over

    My wife Sandra and I would like to invite everyone to come by and enjoy our Christmas light display again this year. We have had several people ask if we were going to have the display again this year.

    In our opinion, when financial times are as rough as they are now, we need to keep our holiday traditions alive. Our light display is one tradition that brings smiles to everyone. So please come by and see it.

  • Reader outraged by commissioners’ decision

    I don’t interfere with nor attend the Gadsden County commissioners meetings on a regular basis. But since there was so much hoopla about opening the hospital, I decided to attend their meeting out of concern and curiosity, to see and hear what the commissioners had to say.

    I was not impressed and only impressed by one commissioner’s determination, Brenda Holt, to open a 25-bed facility for the people of Gadsden County.