The Voice of the Gem City

February 19, 2019

This is Marcia Lane, your Roving Reporter.

Putnam County School Board will be talking about discipline at a 1 p.m. workshop today. It’s a conversation board members have sought several times. Regular board meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Crescent City High School’s Weightlifting team will be on hand. In Flagler County the school board is holding a workshop on school safety at 1 p.m. The district has had to deal with several students arrested for making threats.

Melrose Fire Station was among agencies involved in a mutual aid assist in Bradford County Monday afternoon. A boater dived in to save his girlfriend’s dog that had fallen off the boat while in Little Lake Santa Fe. The man did no resurface. The dog’s body was found and later around 6 p.m. a man’s body was recovered. Officials have not confirmed if it is that of James Eddie Curtis Jr., 22.

Five teenagers were injured Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck near the Flagler-Volusia county line. All were taken to area hospitals including one teen with life-threatening injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A pickup struck a pole at Airport Road and Hunters Ridge Boulevard. The wreck is under investigation by FHP.

Former St. Johns County assistant administrator Jerry Cameron is the choice of the Flagler County Commission to serve as interim administrator for Flagler County. Cameron who has been a community consultant and for 10 years was with St. Johns County, was one of 16 applicants who were originally in the running By Monday morning that had dropped to two. Cameron will fill in for former administrator Craig Coffey who resigned last month following ongoing tensions with the commission.

In St. Johns County, an apartment project on the boards for some 10 years is moving forward. The 256 multi-family unit development will be at State Road 207 and Lightsey Road. First phase of construction for Brisa at St. Augustine is expected to open in 2020.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Jeremy William Drescher for questioning in the theft of a red, single-axle, utility trailer from Precision Fleet Services on Feb. 14. Drescher was last see in in the area of Tropic Lane in Palatka. Contact the Sheriff’s Office or CrimeStoppers of NE Florida.

Town of Welaka is readying for 2019 elections. Voting day is March 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting will not be available.

Don’t forget San Mateo Presbyterian Church holds its Third Thursday Dinner this Thursday. Food is served from 4:30 p.m. until it sells out. This week they’ll be cooking up fried chicken. Get there early.

Look upward tonight and you’ll see the biggest super moon of the year. The moon will be its closest to earth and is what’s known as a super snow moon. It’s coming just in time for a super storm across the nation.

Proud times for Palm Coast, Grand Haven and the Palm Coast Tennis Center. Reilly Opelka, who began playing tennis there as a kid, on Sunday in Uniondale, N.Y., won his first ATP championship. The 6-foot 11-inch Opelka won five times in six days. The 21-year-old, whose parents still live in Palm Coast, is now ranked No. 56 in world of tennis. He moved up some 200 spots.

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