The Voice of the Gem City

News October 4, 2021

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Dangerous weekend for pedestrians in St. Johns and Flagler counties. 
On Sunday a 32-year-old St. Augustine man was struck by an SUV on U.S. 1 near Bartola Genovar Road around 5 a.m., according to Florida Highway Patrol. The pedestrian was airlifted to Orange Park Medical Center with critical injuries. A Nissan SUV driven by a 62-year-old man was headed north on U.S. 1 when it struck the pedestrian who was crossing the road. No word if any charges will be filed.
On Saturday night a 55-year-old Bunnell woman walking in the left lane of State Road 100 near Interstate 95 was hit by a vehicle heading east, according to Florida Highway Patrol. A 23-year-old woman driving on 100 struck the Bunnell woman who was thrown onto the grass median by the collision. The pedestrian had serious injuries and was taken to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach.

If you’re driving on St. Johns Avenue in Palatka today the major roadway is blocked again from Moseley Avenue to Husson Avenue and traffic is being detoured. Work on utility poles is ongoing.

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday people in St. Johns County were running and walking as they took part in two separate events. At TPC Sawgrass more than 700 people turned out for The Donna Foundation 5K Saturday. Meanwhile, in St. Augustine’s downtown hundreds more were taking part in the annual Pink Up the Pace 5K Walk/Run. In Palatka the month-long Pink Out Putnam was flocking flamingos on the lawn of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka. For a donation, homes and businesses can be flocked with pink flamingos or pinked out with decorations. Call Mindy at 386-649-9783.

Palatka Mayor Terrell Hill is expected to go before the Putnam County School District Tuesday at their 3:30 meeting looking at getting Jenkins Middle School for the city. At a recent Palatka City Commission meeting Hill told fellow commissioners he wants to see the school, which was deactivated this year, become the government complex for the city. Earlier this year for $10 he got the Jenkins gym and offices which once housed the Northside Neighborhood Facility. On Friday the city held a giveaway of items from the facility. So far the amount put aside for this year and next to repair and maintain the facility is $370,000. 

Florida Department of Health in Putnam County reports free coronavirus vaccinations are available at Five Oaks Rest Home, 611 Old Welaka Road in Welaka today until 3 p.m. No appointment is needed.

A reminder: Beginning today, St. Augustine Beach is no longer picking up recyclable goods at curbside. They do have a dumpster at City Hall to which people can bring recyclables. 

Sarajean McDaniel, executive director for Leadership in Putnam County schools and 2020 Florida Principal of the Year, won’t soon forget Saturday’s Florida State University game. She and other educators of the year for the state were honored on the field for their continued dedication to Florida’s children. An added perk: FSU beat Syracuse Orange 33 to 30, their first win of the season. 

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