The Voice of the Gem City

News June 3, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Students — and teachers — are excited today. In Putnam County it’s the last day of school for both with students getting an early release again today. In St. Johns County students got out Thursday, teachers follow today. Flagler County finished last week. 

Graduation ceremonies continue in Putnam with Palatka Jr.-Sr. High School seniors walking at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Palatka at 8 p.m. tonight. On Saturday seniors from Q.I. Roberts Jr.-St. High graduate at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Putnam graduations can be watched on Live Stream Link available on individual school websites or the Putnam School District site.

A Flagler County inmate has a new charge added to his rap sheet. Kwentel Moultrie is now charged with assaulting another inmate, a third-degree felony. Control of the tv remote led to the charge. Moultrie complained another inmate was playing the television too loud and tried to take the remote from Oleg Walker, 29. Walker resisted, words were exchanged and then Moultrie grabbed Walker’s glasses off his face, scratching his eye and taking the glasses to his cell. He later returned them and finally took possession of the remote after threatening to break the glasses. Moultrie has a variety of other charges already from separate incidents including a first-degree felony charge for rape and a life-felony murder charge.

If you’re looking for ways to entertain your children over the summer, don’t forget public libraries which hold summer programs and not just about reading. Putnam County Library System kicks off their summer events with the theme Oceans of Possibilities beginning Tuesday. Reading time for toddlers, weekly arts and crafts sessions for older kids and even a paper airplane flight school are part of this year’s offerings. Programs are offered on various days in Palatka, Crescent City, Interlachen, Bostwick and Melrose libraries. To find out more, go to or the libraries’ Facebook page. St. Johns County is offering an online summer reading program featuring READsquared. Online Challenge. In addition, the main library and branches are holding some classes on site. Go to Flagler County kicks off their summer reading program this Saturday with a Magic Show with Mark Allen beginning at 10 a.m. at the Flagler County Library.

On Saturday the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office holds their second Cops, Kids and Kayaks Day on Lake Stella in Crescent City. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the lake will be open for swimming with lifeguards on site, fishing opportunities, bounce houses, kayaking, Marine 1 and a chance to get to spend time with deputies. Several food vendors will be on site selling food.

Tonight is first Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine as art galleries in the downtown area stay open from 5-9 p.m. A free Art Walk Recital is set for 6 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica. St. Augustine Art Association is holding their annual honors show today. At St. Augustine Amphitheatre tonight is Barenaked Ladies’ Last Summer on Earth Tour. On Saturday and Sunday it’s a festival of funky music with Fool’s Paradise at the Amphitheatre.

Don’t forget this Saturday and Sunday license-free fishing days are underway, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This weekend is for saltwater fishing whether from shore or boating includes activities such as crabbing, lobstering and scalloping. Next weekend the license-free days apply to freshwater fishing. Here’s great chance to try fishing for the first time or take a friend or family member fishing. 

Summer is definitely here. Not because of the hot temperatures but because County Line, the produce stand on the Putnam-St. Johns County line, is getting ready to put up the “Shut” sign. Now in its 56th season, the stand is closing within the next couple of days and won’t reopen until November, just before Thanksgiving. Better hurry if you want a chance to buy some of their silver queen corn.

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