The Voice of the Gem City

LOCAL NEWS 8/5/2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

A 36-year-old Palatka man died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning in St. Johns County. Florida Highway Patrol said the accident took place on State Road 207 near Floyd Road.The pickup truck was headed south on 207 when it crossed the median into the northbound lane and hit the embankment and then the tree line. The man died at the scene from injuries despite efforts by St. Johns Fire Rescue. 

Work on the South 14th and 15th streets drainage project in Palatka continues. City official say work crews are completing the road base and begin installing curbs today. Once that’s complete the crew will asphalt the road, install driveways and replace old or damaged sidewalks. Target week is August 22. A reminder not to park on the roadway during business hours and the temporary road closures will continue. Work on the St. Johns Avenue pipe project continues. The roadway from Moseley to Husson Avenue is closed with drivers detouring through normally quiet residential neighborhoods.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office joined with the U.S. Marshals Office Thursday to arrest a 41-year-old Maryland man wanted on several charges including rape and assault. Shawn Patrick Scott was arrested during a high-risk traffic stop on State Road 100 near Interstate 95 around 12:04 p.m. The agencies had learned Scott was hiding in a house in the Seminole Woods area. He’s wanted in Anne Arundel County, Md., on charges including first-degree assault, second-degree assault, second-degree rape and third-degree sex offense. Flagler Sheriff’s Office said Scott had a criminal history in Maryland dating back to 1999 that included attempted second-degree murder, burglary, false imprisonment, property destruction and theft.

Many people in the area knew Nolan Richard as a road deputy and later prison transport officer with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. In more recent years his What’s Going On In Palatka Fl., site was a community staple with more than 10,000 followers. It was one of five Facebook sites he maintained including one where he taught others the Cherokee language. His love of the area came naturally, born in St. Augustine he was a lifelong resident of Putnam. His mother, the late JoAnn Jones, was the live-in docent at the Bronson-Mulholland House for several years. Services for Richard, who died Tuesday, will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka.

Welaka is pulling out all the stops as it says good-bye to their summer gatherings. Tonight it’s Fireworks and Food Trucks Friday at Jefferson Smith Memorial Park on Elm Street from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free kids games, bounce house and lots of food trucks will be on hand. At 9 p.m. the action moves across the road to the riverfront and a fireworks show. Mayor Jamie Watts says the $10,000 show is the first fireworks display sponsored by the town government. He credits Welaka Events chair Courtney DeSouza and her committee with making the summertime series a success and bringing in people from Jacksonville and Flagler. Officials are expecting about 2,500 to 3,000 people on the beginning of what is the last weekend before students return to school on Wednesday.

In St. Augustine it’s First Friday Art Walk plus the free monthly organ  recital at the Cathedral Basilica. You can stroll from gallery to gallery downtown and on Anastasia Island from 5-9 p.m. Rick Springfield and Men at Work are appearing tonight at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. 

In Palatka Saturday morning Habitat for Humanity continues its Veterans Village build at 8 a.m. at 1603 Westover Drive. Georgia-Pacific volunteers last work got the walls up, this week volunteers are needed to put up trusses and sheeting on the walls. Work continues until noon and you get lunch and a free t-shirt. Plus a good feeling from giving your time to help a vet.

Palatka Art League continues their monthly Artisan Gift Boutique this Saturday with a fall and Halloween-themed decor at the historic Tilghman House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The house is at 324 Reid St.

On Saturday night enjoy the latest offering with the Arts Council of Greater Palatka Inc.’s Live Jazz Series. The E.K.R. Trio with Buffalo Munn will play at the Larimer Arts Center, 216 Reid St.,from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and refreshments are available.

On a sad and happy note. Gina Gillman and husband Rob are headed to Mexico. (That’s the sad note.) The couple came to Palatka a couple of years ago and have made it their own. Now they’re headed to Mexico in a couple of weeks, but she swears they’ll be returning as often as possible in the next three years. (That’s the happy note.)You may have enjoyed her wonderful cooking at a couple of spots in Putnam including her own Gina’s restaurant. Her life has already been an adventure including playing pro golf, cooking aboard yachts and having parents who worked in the circus. Her dad was a lion tamer, she swears. Cat Sidney, we hear, is firmly protesting the move. 

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