10 YEARS AGO
Quincy city commissioners okayed another year contract with city manager Earl Banks, but the vote was not unanimous. Commissioner Sherrie Taylor had several concerns that she said prevented her from voting in favor of Banks. One was the lack of economic development. “There are five new businesses in Midway,” she said, “but none are willing to come to Quincy. We are going to have to do a better job.” [Full Story »]
Today, as I write this, I want to say that Rick and I are most grateful for the many people who shared sorrow and love when both of my parents passed away recently. My heart is full with the love and compassion that many people we care for shared. They went out of their way to make our tragedy easier. Thank you! [Full Story »]
The New York Times has been running a series of eye-opening articles about the state of the nation. I recently did a piece on their study of the effects of the Affordable Care Act and how dramatically it affected our area in terms of people who now have health insurance who previously did not.
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10 YEARS AGO
County commissioners gave permission to Bostick Temple to move into a church building on its St. Hebron property and begin operations without following county development codes. The vote allowed the church to begin operations without building an on-site holding pond or paving the parking lot. Instead of paving, the lot would be covered in gravel. Commissioner Sterling Watson opposed the move saying it was unfair after other churches were required to pave their parking areas. [Full Story »]
As we start the new year, I ask for only one thing: For 2015 to be a much better year, both in health and prosperity for all. Rick and I have endured health problems ourselves, and the deaths of both my mom and dad within 35 days of each other. I can’t remember another time in my life that I’ve had to face each day on this incredible autopilot.
I now know what Rick faced late last year and early this year, having to make snap decisions on the fly to save my life. Transfusions, other urgencies that I’m very grateful to him and our incredible Thomasville doctors, Jason Griffin and Craig Wolff team that worked. I’m still here. With his Corpsman training and Bethesda Naval Hospital years, he understood a lot about what was going on.
I was totally unprepared when mom lay dying for some of the decisions I had to make. Nothing worked. Neither did things go well for my dad. Now we enter a new year, and I’ve made only one resolution: ‘Smile more and worry less.’ If life lets me. [Full Story »]
10 YEARS AGO
County commissioners hired Tallahassee attorney Thornton Williams to be the interim county attorney, replacing Hal Richmond, who resigned after a meeting where county manager Howard McKinnon was fired. Richmond had been county attorney for 13 years. Commissioners already knew Williams because he led a successful lawsuit against the county brought by Metropolitan Church. Williams said he would work equally as hard for the county as he had against the county during that suit. [Full Story »]