The Voice of the Gem City

nNews July 12, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

One teenager is dead and another seriously injured after a single-vehicle wreck Monday on State Road 207 in Putnam County, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. A 19-year-old male lost control of a Toyota 4Runner he was driving north on 207 and went off the roadway to the left and into the median. The vehicle overturned and rolled several times. The three occupants in the vehicle were ejected. The driver died and a 17-year-old girl passenger was seriously injured. She was wearing a seatbelt, FHP reports. Injuries to the third individual are not known. The accident occurred on 207 between Rector Road and 207A. A trauma alert brought out nine units.

This morning Florida Highway Patrol responded to a hit-and-run crash at U.S. 17 South and State Road 207 in East Palatka. The call came in at 8:22 a.m. and the crash is under investigation.

All Saints Anglican Church on State Road 19 South in Palatka is welcoming a new pastor this Sunday. Father Paul Beutell leads his first official Sunday at the church on July 17 at the 11 a.m. service. Father Beutell has been in pastoral ministry fro 27 years and has served parishes in Ohio, Virginia and Georgia He’s a certified Peer Recovery Specialist and will be serving in a volunteer capacity to the recovery community in Palatka. He and his wife, Cyndi, are living temporarily in Welaka while their permanent home is built in Interlachen.

Flagler County commission has given the go-ahead to a Kolter Homes Development that will mean 1,200 homes on 612 acres at the southend of Old Kings Road. Flagler’s planning board turned it down and a number of current residents of Eagle Lakes have opposed it, citing issues ranging from no written conditions from the developer for the Planned Unit Development to lack of a traffic study. The development is an expansion of Eagle Lakes, although the new section is being called Radiance. 

Final analysis shows St. Johns County schools once again leading the state on the Florida Standards Assessment test scores. Once again ranking an A district, St. Johns has placed top since 2010. St. Johns County students had the highest scores in the state with 73 percent in language arts, 75 percent in science combined, social studies (history and civics), 87.5 percent. In math they were at 78 percent, give for highest score with Nassau County.

Mark your calendar, American Legion Bert Hodge Post 45 is holding a rib sale this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Hitchcock’s Supermarket in East Palatka. Cost is $20 per slab. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45 will also be holding a bank sale. Money goes to support local veterans.

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