Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals could soon become one under plans to merge.
Essex: More Success For Jade Etherington
Chelmsford-born Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell became the first Britons to win four medals at one Winter Paralympics by taking a third Sochi silver in the super combined this morning (Friday 14 March).
Visually-impaired skier Etherington and guide Powell, who is from Basildon, safely negotiated the super-G stage of the event to earn Great Britain their fifth medal of the Games.
The duo were all but guaranteed another podium place going into the run.
With only three pairs left in the competition following the opening slalom segment on Tuesday, they lay second and knew they only had to finish to claim a medal.
They were brave enough to risk throwing it away by going for gold, but the 3.12 seconds they had to make up on Russia's Aleksandra Frantceva proved too tough an ask - only just, though, with the home favourite taking the title by 0.63secs.
Etherington and Powell finished in a combined time of 2:28.38, well clear of American bronze medal winner Danelle Umstead.
Their silver followed second-placed finishes in the slalom and the downhill events and bronze in the super-G. Etherington and Powell have one more event to come, the giant slalom on Sunday, which will give them a chance to write another piece of history.
No Briton has won five Winter Paralympic medals.
Two fairground workers have pleaded not guilty to charges they face over the death of a school girl on a bouncy castle in Essex.
An aircraft hangar has been damaged in a blaze at Southend Airport.
Residents and businesses are being encouraged to tell Essex County Council whether they can access superfast broadband.
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