The Voice of the Gem City

News May 12, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

A resident at a nursing home in Palm Coast is dead and another resident has been charged with second-degree murder, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. The 77-year-old woman was found beaten in the room of Cliff Mody, 72. Mody admitted to killing the woman, according to staff. The two were residents in the locked memory care unit of Gold Choice Assisted Living & Memory Care facility on North Old Kings Road. The woman’s body was found around 2 a.m. by staff who called the Sheriff’s Office. Mody was later booked into the Flagler County jail without bond.

A accident with injuries this morning on State Road 19 South in Putnam County is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The wreck at 1349 South SR 19 involving two cars and a semi happened south of Westbury Corner and was called in at 7:05 a.m.

Rip currents and a high surf advisory are in effect along the coast in northeast Florida from Nassau to Flagler counties, according to the National Weather Service. The high surf advisory is in place until 11 p.m. tonight with the rip current warning continuing through the night. Some access points are closed including A Street, Vilano and Porpoise Point in St. Johns and four-wheel drive is advised to go on the beach.

An update on the former Jenkins Middle School gym, Jenkins Middle School property and the former Booker Field, now Pop Lloyd Sports Complex are on tonight’s Palatka City Commission agenda. That’s in addition to a second and final reading on a brownfield designation for the former Florida Furniture Industries and Wilson Cypress mill on River Street, and direction regarding a request from Family Life Center for $35,000 to repair the pool there and open it to the public.

Friday it’s all thing agriculture at St. Johns River State College where a free daylong Putnam County Agriculture Summit is set from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agripreneurs will have a chance to connect with local established farmers, hear panels and presentations, meet vendors and taste some homegrown taters during the summit in Palatka.

In St. Augustine it’s all things historical this weekend as about a dozen groups and historic sites come together for the St. Augustine History Festival. Colonial medical practices, lectures, scavenger hunts, duels and Drake’s Raid are part of the weekend. A history passport helps maneuver the events. You can go online to pick up one at

This is also a theatrical week with FPC Thespians Troupe 5023 opening Singing’ In The Rain tonight at Flagler Auditorium. The Flagler Palm Coast High School production runs today through Saturday and features the Broadway stage musical taken from the 1952 movie musical. Tickets are available at the door or online at In Palatka tonight begins the second weekend of the muderous comedy Francine’s Will at the Scarlett-Hill Theatre in the Larimer Arts Center at 216 Reid St. And in St. Augustine A Classic Theatre offers the play The Immigrant Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the newly restored St. Augustine Water Works building at 184 San Marco Ave. 

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