The Voice of the Gem City

News April 6, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Flagler County Fair and Youth Show doesn’t have a midway and carnival rides this year, but they do have lots of 4-H and FFA members showing and selling livestock. The Wether, Heifer and Steer Show is tonight at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Bunnell. Thursday is the swine show and Friday the animal sale begins at 6:30 p.m. An extra sweet part — a silent auction dessert auction.

The City of St. Augustine Beach is asking residents how to spend $3.5 million they’ve received from the American Rescue Plan Act. A survey is online. Deadline to submits April 15.

Palatka City Commission and the Putnam County Commission meet Thursday for a joint session to discuss a variety of mutual interest issues. Palatka commissioners will hold a special meeting at 4:45 p.m. at the County Complex on Crill Avenue to vote on  who will be hired to oversee promotion and production of the Blue Crab Festival. Palatka commissioners have pulled $75,000 out of general revenue reserves to pay for the event that occurs Memorial Day Weekend, less than eight weeks away. They plan to ask the county to come up with another $75,000. 

Also set for discussion at the meeting beginning at 5 p.m. at the county commission chambers on Crill will be animal control, Better Place Plan, noise ordinance, creation of an urban service boundary, an update on the Putnam County Business Park, septic to sewer program, simulated gaming, status of joint projects and St. Johns Avenue. Time is allowed for the public to speak before the issues are discussed by officials. 

A 25-year-old Palm Coast man faces charges of felony cruelty to animals and tampering with physical evidence after he allegedly shot his dog, locked it in a kennel and dug a large hole in the backyard. Deputies went to the Seminole Woods neighborhood in Palm Coast Monday evening in response to numerous calls about gunfire and crying dogs. Residents of the house claimed there were only two dogs although a third was found later with at least one gunshot wound to the snout. Jamier Lee-Bright allegedly said he woke from a nap as his 24-year-old girlfriend yelled the dog was biting her, grabbed the dog and took him outside where he shot him. He drug the dog, a medium male brindle shepherd/terrier mix named Rocky, back inside to lock him in his kennel before beginning a clean up. The girlfriend did not sustain any injuries from the dog, according to a report. The dog was taken to Flagler Animal Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Sheriff Rick Staly said he was glad the dog was doing wel,adding said of Lee-Bright: “This is a sick and twisted individual to try and reprimand an animal and leave it to die.”

Race for Palatka’s mayor is heating up. LaTonya Johns has filed her intent to run for the may/commissioner post, according to Charles Overturf III, Putnam supervisor of elections. Johns, who’s an Ashley Drive mailing address, makes the fifth person to sign up. Mayor Terrell Hill has filed to seek re-election.

A Flagler County Sheriff’s Office detective is being credited with helping to save the lives of two children during a fiery two-car crash on Interstate 94 North Monday. The crash around 9:14 p.m. involved two SUVs and occurred when one SUV stopped in traffic and was rear-ended by the other. The SUV driven by a 33-year-old woman went off the road and caught fire. Det. Adam Gossett, who had been out having dinner with his family, was first to arrive at the wreck where two children were still inside. Gossett and the father each grabbed a child, moving them to safety. A 7-year-old boy was airlifted by UF Health’s TrauamOne helicopter in critical condition. An 8-year-old girl had serious injuries from the accident.

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