This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.
Get ready for a weather change today if you’re in Putnam, Flagler or St. Johns counties. A nor-easter is expected to blow in and with it will come chillier weather and rain, according to weather forecasts.
A new high school in St. Johns County is going to mean student population changes at seven other schools. Although High School HHH won’t open until the 2021-22 school year the St. Johns County School District is already setting up town hall meetings to discuss potential attendance zoning changes. The meetings will be Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach and Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns. The new school will impact attendance zones and students at Nease High School, Bartram Trail High School, Creekside High School, Liberty Pines Academy, Mill Creek Academy, Pacetti Bay Middle School, and Switzerland Point Middle School. The new school will go at the intersection of St. Johns Parkway and International Golf Parkway.
A suspect wanted for allegedly shooting at a driver on U.S. 1 last month has been arrested in Daytona Beach. Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reported DeVantell Cooper, 27, of Daytona Beach and Bunnell, was arrested after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Daytona Beach Police Department and their SWAT team followed up on a tip received by Flagler County. On Jan. 12 a driver headed north on U.S. 1 in Bunnell reported being tailgated by a Nissan Altima that pulled alongside and eventually fired two shots into the side of the vehicle. An investigation led to Cooper who was out on a court-ordered release following a drug charges. No bond has been set on the latest charges.
A Bunnell resident is in jail on five felonies tied in with a domestic violence assault incident. Jerard Moore, 38, and his ex-girlfriend had split up and she told him to leave their house and their children although she said he could return to visit if she was there. The situation deteriorated with Moore allegedly threatening to kill his ex. Deputies located Moore at a residence with a new girlfriend and deputies set up a perimeter. They were eventually able to resolve the standoff peacefully.
St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Palatka holds their annual flea market extravaganza Friday and Saturday. The sale is at the fellowship hall at Oak and Fifth streets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. In addition to great bargains, the sale offers lots of food items to keep your strength up while you shop.
Tonight don’t miss San Mateo First Presbyterian Church’s fish fry. The $8 dinner begins at 4 p.m. and you can eat in or take out. The church is on State Road 100.
Putnam County’s Exceptional Student Education program honored three of their program administrative assistants at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. Brandy Majeski from Moseley Elementary School, Holly Savel from Crescent City High School and Stacy Montgomery from Browning-Pearce Elementary were saluted.
A $700,000 drainage improvement project is underway on Nix Boat Yard Road off U.S. 1 in St. Augustine. Florida Department of Transportation reports access to the roadway will be intermittent while crews complete work through Friday. RJP Enterprise Inc. expects the project to reduce flooding in the area should be completed by late March.
In Ocala National Forest a hiker spotted a snake of many colors. Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institution identified the reptile as a rainbow snake, the first of its species to be seen in Marion County since 1969. Biologists with the institution speculate the four-foot snake may have been put on the move due to the recent drawdown at Rodman Reservoir n Putnam County. The snake is not venomous and is seldom seen. It is highly aquatic, likes to burrow near creeks, lakes and marshes and specializes in eating eels, thus earning the nickname “eel moccasin”.