The Voice of the Gem City

News September 13, 2021

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

A touch of fall may really be in the air. At least it makes for more comfortable football weather. In Putnam County on Friday, Palatka Junior-Senior High School beat the Weeki Wachee High School Hornets. No truth to the rumor the mermaids cheer for them. Interlachen Jr.-Sr. High and Crescent City Jr.-Sr. High met Friday with Crescent City Raiders pulling out a last minute victory 27-21.

Putnam County Commissioners hold a special workshop today beginning at 11 a.m. They’re beginning the process of redistricting based on 2020 Census figures. 

St. Augustine City Commission will be presenting the first George Gardner Award tonight. It’s named in tribute to the late former mayor who was instrumental in organizing the Neighborhood Council of St. Augustine which presents the award. St. Augustine Public Works Director Reuben Franklin is the first recipient. The commission also will be looking at the proposed Sebastian Inland Harbor Planned Unit Development that could mean a massive influx of people and major changes to King Street. On Wednesday a public information workshop to discuss King Street ownership, development and design will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Alcazar Room in City Hall. The city is talking about taking over ownership of King Street from Florida Department of Transportation.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reports an investigation in allegations of fraud against the longtime owner of Flagler Tax Service continues, with 57 individuals now  claiming they were defrauded. Many are finding their taxes allegedly have not been filed or money paid to IRS. Two weeks ago the Flagler and Volusia Sheriff’s Offices and IRS raided the office of Bob Newsholme with some 12 complaints filed. Flagler detectives expect more complaints to surface and ask clients who used Flagler Tax Service and have gotten a notice of late filing from the IRS to make a formal report to them at 386-313-4911.

Complaints about dirt bike and ATV users illegally driving on public roadways have Palatka Police on the lookout. Two individuals have been arrested and police are still looking for Kederick Brooks for fleeing or eluding the police. The riders have been spotted around Palatka including South 15th Street, Weaver Road and State Road 19, driving recklessly.

Daughters of the American Revolution nationwide kick off Constitution Week Friday to celebrate the 234th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution which was signed Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia in what is now known as Independence Hall. In Palatka the William Bartram Chapter DAR holds a celebration beginning Friday at 3:30 p.m. on the steps of First Presbyterian Church on Second Street. At 4 p.m. churches will begin ringing bells and residents are encouraged to take part.

On Tuesday in St. Augustine the historic Waterworks Building reopens to the public. An open house is set for 3-5 p.m. and self-guided tours will be available. A limited-capacity appreciation program set for 5:30 p.m. is at capacity. The building is on San Marco Avenue near the main public library.

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