The Voice of the Gem City

News 8/21/2020

With the Putnam County schools opening on Monday there will be two familiar faces missing in the Crescent City schools.  49 year old Kimberly Miller taught at Middleton Burney Elementary and Miller Middle School as well as Mellon Elementary.  Miller died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  And 47 year old Elias Ramirez was the dean of students at Miller Middle School and previously taught at Miller Middle and Middleton Burney Elementary.  He died from complications from COVID 19.


Schools in Putnam County start on Monday with a combination of virtual and brick and motor schools.  Masks, distancing and an assortment of precautions will be in place.  If you have questions, you should contact your child’s school. Those riding the busses will be required to wear masks and hand sanitizer will be given to each student as they enter and again when they leave the bus.  Students will be loaded from the back moving forward and then empty the bus from the front to back to keep students from passing each other going in and out of the bus. Speaking of busses there is a shortage of drivers.  The District needs 18 more drivers.


The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County has reported 27  new COVID-19 cases with  2  transfers into our county.  These bring our overall total at 1,669 cases.  For the new cases reported today, all of the infections are community-acquired and none reported direct contact with a known case.


The question of if the confederate statue on the Putnam County courthouse lawn should be relocated has been addressed by two the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Bar Association in preparation for the Tuesday Board of County Commision workshop meeting.  Both groups said they will be suggesting the preservation and relocation of the statue. Chamber Chairman Charlie Douglas said it is a matter is a business and economic issue saying if the monument remains in place Putnam County could be considered a racial battleground and impact survival of the small businesses.


A machete was the weapon of choice for 43 year old Raymond Davidson after he allegedly attacked and threatened to kill a man in a van. Davidson was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability and one count of burglary after Davidson broke a van’s windshield and the driver’s side windows with a machete about midnight.  The men in the van said they gave Davidson $50 to buy marijuana but when he came back he demanded more money and threatened to kill them if they did not.


Businesses are booming with the addition of two new restaurants and the anticipation that Marshalls will be coming to the old K Mart location.  Five Below will be located right next to Marshalls.  Captain D’s opened earlier this week with lines of customers waiting to try it out.  FireHouse Subs will be opening soon ….The projected date is Wednesday August 26th.


Two tropical storms are looming and are expected to become hurricanes and headed to the Gulf at this time.  Just something to watch for next week.  Otherwise it looks like a 60 and 70 percent chance of rain day and night all weekend long and 90% on Monday for the start of school….oh and the heat index isn’t helping either with the heat index hitting 102 today and 105 for Saturday. Must be summer in Florida.


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