The Voice of the Gem City

November 13, 2019

MARY ANN CLARK, WHOSE LEADERSHIP, TENACITY, AND LOVE FOR HER COMMUNITY FOUNDED, FOSTERED OR SHAPED MANY OF FLAGLER COUNTY’S CORNERSTONE CIVIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS OVER THE PAST FOUR DECADES, DIED MONDAY SHE WAS 91 YEARS OLD. THERE WERE FEW ORGANIZATIONS CLARK WAS INVOLVED IN THAT SHE DID NOT LEAD, OR FOUND.

FRIENDS DESCRIBED HER AS “VERY UNASSUMING, AND INCREDIBLY HUMBLE.”

 

 

THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD ON TUESDAY APPROVED MOVING FORWARD WITH CONTRACTS FOR TWO AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS THAT WILL REDUCE WATER USE BY 1.41 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY AND REDUCE NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS LOADING TO THE ST. JOHNS RIVER IN THE TRI COUNTY AGRICULTURAL AREA OF PUTNAM, ST. JOHNS AND FLAGLER COUNTIES.

THE TWO PROJECTS WILL REDUCE WATER USE AND ARE ANTICIPATED TO REDUCE TOTAL NITROGEN LOADING TO THE ST. JOHNS RIVER. FARMS SELECTED TO RECEIVE TCAA WATER MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP FUNDS ARE:

  • MARINELAND AQUAPONICS, IN PUTNAM COUNTY, WILL RECEIVE $250,000 FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF AN AQUAPONICS CLOSED-CIRCULATION PROJECT.
  • C.P. WESLEY SMITH, IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY, WILL RECEIVE $222,734 FOR CONVERSION FROM TRADITIONAL SEEPAGE IRRIGATION TO SUB-IRRIGATION DRAIN TILE.

 

 

 

AFTER A DRY SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER BROUGHT RAIN ACROSS MOST OF THE 18 COUNTIES OF THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, KEEPING GROUNDWATER LEVELS IN THE FLORIDAN AQUIFER HIGH.

  • MOST OF THE DISTRICT RECEIVED AVERAGE OR ABOVE-AVERAGE RAINFALL IN OCTOBER,
  • PUTNAM, CLAY, BAKER AND ALACHUA COUNTIES ALL RECEIVED BETWEEN 3.5 AND 4 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH.
  • DISTRICTWIDE, THE CUMULATIVE RAINFALL TOTAL OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS IS 50.6 INCHES, JUST BELOW THE LONG-TERM AVERAGE OF 51 INCHES.

 

ST JOHNS COUNTY DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A COMPLAINT OF SUSPICIOUS PERSONS REMOVING ITEMS FROM A PROPERTY, AND PLACING THEM IN A TRUCK. THE DEPUTIES DISCOVERED TWO MEN ON THE PROPERTY AND A WHITE TRUCK WITH ITEMS INSIDE. WHEN ASKED, THE MEN STATED THEY WERE CLEANING THE PROPERTY FOR THE OWNER AS ONE DEPUTY SPOKE WITH THE SUBJECTS, ANOTHER RAN THE TAG AND VIN ON THE TRUCK. THE TRUCK CAME BACK AS A STOLEN VEHICLE  AND THEY WERE ARRESTED.

 

 

DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A RETAIL STORE WHERE AN EMPLOYEE WAS SUSPECTED OF TAKING MONEY FROM A CASH REGISTER OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL DAYS. THE SUSPECT STATED THAT HE HAD REMOVED MONEY IN VARIOUS INCREMENTS DURING 14 SEPARATE EVENTS, IN THE AMOUNT OF $990

 

 

ST JOHNS COUNTY DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE REPORT OF A THEFT, WHICH OCCURRED WHEN A CASHIER TOOK THE PROCEEDS OF THE BUSINESS AND WALKED OUT. WITH APPROXIMATELY $9000, CASH, A STORE PHONE, A TABLET, AND A CHECKBOOK. THE SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE ST JOHNS COUNTY JAIL.

 

DETECTIVES HAVE COMPLETED AN INVESTIGATION STEMMING FROM AN AGGRAVATED BATTERY AND ARMED ROBBERY, WHICH OCCURRED IN APRIL. THE CALL INITIALLY BEGAN WHEN A MALE VICTIM ENTERED FLAGLER HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS FACIAL INJURIES SUSTAINED FROM BEING BATTERED BY SEVERAL SUBJECTS. A LEAD HELPED DETECTIVES IDENTIFY THE SUBJECTS, THE SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS, ALEC JAMES LECOMPTE, 22; RICHARD WILLIAM HORTON, 20 CHADWICK BRYAN TATUM, 28, AND ANTHONY DALE HOWELL, JR., 19, ALL OF ST. AUGUSTINE.

 

 

A MAN AND WOMAN ARE FACING CHARGES OF CHILD NEGLECT AFTER A CHILD IN A SOILED DIAPER WAS FOUND WANDERING A HEAVILY TRAVELED ROAD IN ST. AUGUSTINE, ACCORDING TO THE ST. JOHNS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

INVESTIGATORS DETERMINED THE CHILD HAD WANDERED NEARLY 150 YARDS FROM HER HOME BEFORE A GOOD SAMARITAN FOUND HER SUNDAY ON ANDORA STREET AND CALLED AUTHORITIES. IT’S UNCLEAR HOW LONG THE CHILD HAD BEEN IN THE STREET, BUT THE REPORT FROM THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID IT TOOK DEPUTES 30 MINUTES TO LOCATE THE GIRL’S PARENTS.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED CANDICE HINDS, 36, AND WILLIAM SMITH, 31. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THEY APPEARED TO BE INTOXICATED.

 

OCTOBER IS MANUFACTURING MONTH AND EACH YEAR, THE FIRST COAST MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION CONNECTS LOCAL SCHOOLS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT MANUFACTURERS IN OUR REGION. THIS YEAR, FROM PALATKA HIGH SCHOOL, INTERLACHEN HIGH SCHOOL, AND CRESCENT CITY HIGH SCHOOL VISITED VAC-CON IN GREEN COVE SPRINGS.

THEY ALSO LEARNED HOW THE TRUCKS ARE CREATED, DESIGNED, AND THEN SOLD ALL OVER THE WORLD.

 

 

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