The Voice of the Gem City

LOCAL NEWS 12/23/2021

GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka gave second graders at Moseley Elementary School a special gift this year. Members donated 112 books during their Christmas party last week. That means every second grader at Moseley will be getting a book.

City of Palm Coast hosted their second annual Holiday Light Fight this year with residents able to submit photos of their decorated yards. Top winners included:

Best Community Display: Biltwell Place

Brightest House: 11 Biltwell Place

Most Interesting: 15 Slumberland Path

Best Theme: 3 Fairmont Lane

Best in Show: 100 Bellaire Drive

Winners received lawn signs and you can visit houses by using the city’s interactive online map. Don’t forget Rotary Club’s Fantasy Lights are on until 9 p.m. each night includes dozens of large animated light displays, festive live and broadcast holiday music, holiday snacks and beverages.

Coconut Barrel LLC in St. Augustine is expanding to a second location come February 2022. Coconut Barrel “The Artisan Market” opened July 2018 on U.S. 1 South with 100 artisans and by 2019 expanded to more than 9,000 square feet with more than 200 artisans The second location is at35 San Marco Avenue, says owner Kori Smith.

A woman who crashed into the woods on Interstate 95 in Palm Coast was arrested for child neglect and fentanyl possession Tuesday. Shelby Vise, 27, was driving a Toyota on 95 when the wreck occurred. In addition to the misdemeanors she was arrested for driving under the influence and resisting an officer, both of which are felonies.  Last year she was arrested on three felony counts of child neglect in Volusia, charges that were later reduced to a misdemeanor. This time Vise was found in the front seat of the vehicle, unresponsive. Fentanyl was found I the car Her son was strapped to a car set in the back and appeared uninjured. The child was turned over to a friend of Vise’s and she was taken to jail.

If you’re looking for a special Christmas gift or stocking stuffer, don’t forget about SAFE. The animal rescue operation in St. Johns and Putnam counties is offering up Groovy new T’s shirts. Tye dyed or t’s are available at their resale shop on 1250 County Road A1A in St. Augustine. Even better, adopt a cat or dog from SAFE. You’ll be glad you did.

And today is the final day of the Palatka Art Leagues Holiday House with eight rooms of the work and creations of local artist and craftspeople.  However if you waited until the last minute to get one of the annual Christmas ornaments…you waited too long.  They are sold out.  The holiday House is located across from the City dock in Palatka and closes tonight at 5pm

The Putnam County Sheriff’s office spread holiday cheer to seven teenagers selected thru the guardian ad leitum program which advocates for at risk children.  The Sheriff’s office raised $700 to take the teens shopping and take them to lunch.  The Sheriffs officer has also delivered 400 toys to local children this year also

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