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Visitors are headed into Putnam County for the 15th annual Palatka Bluegrass Festival that begins today at Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch. Located about 12 miles south of Palatka on State Road 19, the Ranch hosts the festival that continues through Saturday and features a couple of dozen name bluegrass performers Squad.
A crash this morning at 7 a.m. in Palatka tied up traffic at U.S. 17 North and St. Johns Avenue. Florida Highway Patrol is working the accident that reportedly involved injuries.
This morning in Fruit Cove a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputy was involved in a crash with injuries in a school zone in St. Johns County. The officer’s marked JSO car and another vehicle collided on Race Track Road near Durbin Creek. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Drivers faced delays in the area which includes Julington Creek Elementary and Fruit Cove Middle schools.
An agreement to help revitalize downtown Palatka has been reached between the private group 1 Putnam and advisor Quint Studer’s Vibrant Community Partners. Total payment is for $30,000 and includes funding from the city of Palatka, Putnam County Commission, businesses and individuals. Studer was involved in a revitalization effort in Pensacola.
A 13-year-old at Buddy Taylor Middle School in Flagler County has been charged after allegedly making threats on Xbox Live about plans to shoot up the school. The teen made the threats Wednesday while playing on the video gaming system. Another student reported the threat and the 13-year-old is charged with a false report concerning the use of a firearm in a deadly manner. That’s a felony. The threat came one day before the first anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland that left 17 dead.
The statute of limitations has run out in a case stemming from molestation of a teen girl and a former St. Johns County deputy won’t be prosecuted. The state attorney’s office said it won’t file charges against Jeffrey Cook, who allegedly molested a teen girl from 2004 to 2010. Cook was fired after his arrest last month.
St. Johns County is booming and with it has come a series of construction site thefts in three areas. Thirty-one reports of construction site burglaries and thefts have been reported in the past six months, according to the sheriff’s office. Copper wiring, air conditioner units and appliances are among targets.
One Book One Putnam is urging people to get those dogs barking at a free dance featuring 50s-60s-70s music at Beef O’Brady’s Saturday. It’s part of the One Book One Putnam read that features Because of Winn-Dixie. The book features a dog named Winn Dixie.
Welaka Springfest is coming up Friday and Saturday as the south Putnam town holds its 21st annual celebration of the season. A cake and pie contest, chili cook-off, yard sale, music, crafts and games will be going on both days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Welaka Town Hall on Fourth Street.
Flagler County Clerk of Court Tom Bexley is making Valentine’s Day special holding the second annual Valentine’s Day mass wedding at the courthouse in Bunnell. Last year 16 couples were married and five other couples renewed their vows during the ceremony.
This is Marcia Lane, Your Roving Reporter, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.