The Voice of the Gem City

APRIL 5, 2019

Area fire departments battled a fire southeast of Melrose on Baden Powell Road and West Virginia Street in Putnam County Wednesday. At fire destroyed at least five acres and the cause is incendiary. No structures were treated. Florida Forest Service crews helped improve containment lines.

Florida National Guard holds a change of command ceremony at Camp Blanding this Saturday with Maj. Gen. James Effect assuming command from Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun. It’s also a retirement ceremony for Calhoun who has served more than 36 years. Four of those years were as Adjutant General. of Florida and Commander of the Florida National Guard. The Commander is based at the State Headquarters in St. Augustine.
Flagler County government’s tourism director Matt Dunn has been put on administrative leave. A complaint has been filed by the county administrator’s office and an investigation will be conducted. The affair apparently stems from a whistleblower’s complaint. Dunn has headed up the tourism office for five years.

Flagler County holds a household hazardous waste collection day this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Take items such as batteries, light bulbs, electronics, paint and tires to the BUnnell Coquina City Hall.

Saturday is the 12th Annual Turtle Fest in Flagler Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Park. Free admission to the event which is the major fundraiser for the Flagler Turtle Patrol.
Two women were struck and killed by a train Wednesday night after one woman fell onto the tracks and another attempted to save her, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
Christine Holmes Griggs, 46, and Jacqueline Marie McCleary, 55, both of St. Augustine, were hit around 6:30 p.m. at the train tracks near U.S. 1 and Lewis Speedway. According to Chuck Mulligan, with the Sheriff’s Office, witnesses told investigators that two women were walking away from Avenue A and attempting to cross the tracks.

Flagler County Fair continues through Sunday at fairgrounds in Bunnell. Opening today and continuing through Sunday at the fair will be the Rock n Rib Fest.

St. Augustine’s annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival celebrates delicious barbecue, music and good times, with live entertainment and chefs competing for the best BBQ. The 2019 festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 5 through 7, 2019, at Francis Field.

A Classic Theatre presents the international hit play by Richard Alfiere, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, with three performances at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center in St. Augustine on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 5, 6, and 7, 2019. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:00 p.m.

The Florida Agricultural Museum presents the Pellicer Creek Raid battle reenactment on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019. This annual event gives visitors a chance to see what military life was like in 1864. The historic demonstrations take place over two days and include Civil War battle reenactments and military parades, as well as an authentic re-creation of a Civil War encampment.

St. Ambrose Catholic Church Spring Fest is Sunday at the church in Elkton.

In Crescent City the 41st Catfish Festival opens today and runs through Saturday. A parade is set for Saturday.

In Florahome the community is celebrating with a Spring Festival at Palmetto Park on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

At St. James United Methodist Church in Palatka the annual Fire Sale has expanded to two days at the church at 400 Reid Street. Organizers say they have more than 10,000 items. The sale is Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rib sale is also Saturday.

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