The Voice of the Gem City

News August 20, 2020


The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County has reported 12 new COVID-19 cases with 4  transfers into our county.  These bring our overall total at 1,640 cases.  For the new cases reported today, all 16  of the infections are community-acquired and none reported direct contact with a known case.


Flagler County reported eight cases on Tuesday bringing their total number of cases to 1,181.


St. Johns County reported 15 cases on Tuesday bringing their total to 4,033.


Only you can help stop the spread of this virus! It can be done by keeping at least six feet between you and others, by avoiding crowds and wearing a face mask and by frequently washing your hands with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. It can also be prevented by staying home if you are sick. Speaking of testing those who were tested in the drive by testing at the Putnam County Fairgrounds last Sunday and on Tuesday are already getting their results.


The Flagler County school district Tuesday announced it will start fall sports on Sept. 5, two weeks after the start of the fall semester. The district had postponed all fall sports indefinitely on July 22 as covid-19 cases were still surging in the county. Cases have declined in the past few days, relative to the July surge.

Fall sports include football, bowling, golf, swimming, cross country, and volleyball.

“Flagler Schools has had a successful pre-season of conditioning for our fall sports, with our teams adhering to a phase-in approach to returning our teams to the field or gym,” a district statement issued this afternoon said. “The announcement by the Florida High School Athletic Association okaying August 24th as a start date for high school athletic practices has prompted a number of questions about plans for Flagler-Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School.”


Pooh Bear Williams on Aug. 16 resigned as coach for Crescent City Jr. Sr. High. He’s taking a job in private sector. Principal of Crescent City Jr/Sr High Dr John Shelby said tht Williams is a great example of what they expect of their students,, graduate from high school with a plan for your future, begin a career and give back to the South Putnam Community.  Shelby said Pooh Bear will continue to be an active member of the South Putnam Community.  Assistant coach Sean Delaney will be taking over the head coaching position.


Flagler County Clerk of Court Tom Bexley had to lay off personnel and ask the county commission for an emergency appropriation as a consequence of covid-related retrenchment. After outlining the effects of covid-19 on his office–the $600,000 in lost revenue, the reduction from 62 jobs to 54, including four actual layoffs, the lingering uncertainties–he asked for a $250,000 emergency appropriation out of the county’s general fund budget, itself already strained and operating on low reserves.

“This does not reinstate the people that I’ve lost. This keeps me from cutting further,” Bexley told commissioners. Commissioners approved the $250,000.




Looks like we have some serious storms in our area through the rest of the evening and they will be here for a while. If you have to be on the road while the rain is here, make sure you have HEADLIGHTS ON, WIPERS ON, HAZARDS OFF!

Those flashing lights are for when you are STANDING STILL, not driving in hazardous conditions. If the rain is too much for you, please pull over to a safe location and wait for a break before driving again.



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