The Voice of the Gem City

News September 20, 2021

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.


Expect to see more law enforcement at Interlachen Junior-Senior High School today after a written threat was received. While the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the threat does not appear to be credible, it is being investigated. In a release, parents were warned they would see more law enforcement during the morning drop-off time and a “law enforcement presence that will continue throughout the day as we continue to investigate this unverified threat.” The Sheriff’s Office is asking parents and guardians to remind students the consequences of writing a threat about a school campus, which is considered a second-degree felony. If you have information about the threat, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477.

Everything costs more these days. St. Johns County School District knows it after approving a $1 billion budget. Millage rate did drop. Today a citizens advisory committee is meeting to talk about a proposed half-cent sales tax. That meeting, which will be virtual, is at 4 p.m. and can be viewed online or listened to via phone.


An ATV accident at Hog Waller Mud Bog south of Palatka Saturday afternoon sent one woman to the hospital with serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The 27-year-old Orlando woman was a passenger in an ATV that was heading along a dirt trail around 1:30 p.m. when the driver made a sharp U-turn to the left and the vehicle overturned. The woman was taken by air to an area hospital, the other passenger and the driver suffered minor injuries, said FHP. 


Fruitland Peninsula Historical Society in Crescent City holds a Zoom meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. offering a tour of their new headquarters at the former Miller Middle School. The archives are named in honor of the late Putnam County historian Margary Neal Jones Nelson, who had a wonderful way with stories and research.


A Flagler County circuit judge last week ruled against a Flagler Beach environmental group fighting  development of 825 acres off John Anderson Highway in unincorporated Flagler County. Palm Coast Intracoastal, the developers, have faced an uphill battle since their 2019 proposal for a much larger development. The scaled down version to be known as The Gardens is still a 335-to-445 home development basically next to Flagler Beach. The environmental group, known as Preserve Flagler Beach, now has 30 days to file an appeal of Circuit Judge Terence Perkins’ ruling.


Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to beware of puppy scams throughout the county. They report receiving a couple of dozen complaints. In recent cases, victims are responding to ads on sites like Craigslist and social media platforms. When victims show an interest in a puppy and put down a deposit, the alleged seller disappears. Among ways to spot a possible scam — the seller uses email solely and not the telephone, untraditional payment methods such as wiring money or paying in gift cards are sought and the price is too good to be true.


In between the humidity, you may notice a hint of fall in the area. It officially starts this Wednesday and several traditional fall events are on the calendar. Many were cancelled last year due to coronavirus. On Friday and Saturday in Palatka, the Putnam County Historical Society hosts the annual Occupation of Palatka 1864. The event involves a number of re-enactors, both soldiers and civilians, who offer a slice of what life was like in the area during the Civil War. On Friday, hundreds of school children will walk through the open-air encampments and the Bronson-Mulholland House at 100 Madison Street.  On Saturday the event is open to the pubic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Hastings the Rotary Club of Hastings hosts Hello Fall! Supper Truck Saturday & Main Street Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Florahome in Putnam is planning a fall heritage festival on Oct. 16. However, if you’re waiting for a taste of Minorcan Clam Chowder you’ll have to wait a little longer. St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Elkton has canceled their fall festival although they plan to be back in the spring.

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