News Ticker

Oct. 24 – Roving reporter

This news bulletin is brought to you in conjunction with NATKIM Radio. Listen to WPLK (800 AM), WIYD (1260 AM) and WPLK FM (98.3 FM).

A push is on to reduce the number of required active shooter drills in Florida schools.  Currently drills are supposed to take place once a month. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission is making the recommendation to go to six times a year. In part parents feel the safety act requirement is too traumatic on children. School districts throughout the state including Putnam. St. Johns and Flagler counties are continuing to beef up security including more fencing and lighting, initiating visitor management systems and student ID badges. The new requirements went into effect after shootings at the south Florida school last year.

Palatka City Commissioners are scheduled to authorize execution of a contract with William Shanahan for the city manager post at tonight’s commission meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Also on the agenda the monthly salute to area students.


Flagler County expected to be welcoming a new company in the southern portion of the county. Now however they’ve had word Discovery World Furniture won’t be coming. In September Flagler County’s economic development department announce the company planned to build a 250,000 square foot warehouse on U.S. 1 and bring in 50 jobs and a $2.5 million yearly payroll.

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has made the finals for a K9 grant from a biohazard and crime scene cleanup company. K9s  Thor and Patriot are in the running for a grant but they need votes in order to be top dogs. You can go to

Marion County is seeking the public’s help in investigating human remains found in the Ocala National Forest on Sunday. Hunters found the remains in a shallow grave in the 8800 block of Southeast Forest Road 5. Marion authorities haven’t released information on the individual found. If you can help call Detective Travis O’Cull at 352-732-9111.

St. Augustine Beach is celebrating its 60th birthday this week . Theme is A Step Back in Time. A display of pictures, documents and artifacts is set up at City Hall. On Friday an open house is going on at City Hall until 7 p.m. Cake and drinks will be served. Stop by and take a trivia test to find out how knowledgeable you are about the town.

Residents in St. Augustine Beach will have a chance to find out more about an ad valorem trash assessment, the budge, e-scooters and environmental concerns Oct. 29.  The town hall meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. The meeting had to be rescheduled because of Hurricane Dorian.

Georgie Hall Terwillegar, who made business look effortless, has died. People knew her as the petite lady with the big personality. Born in Grandin and valedictorian of her Melrose High School class, she graduated from Florida State University in 1944 with a business administration degree she put to good use. After her father’s death in 1968 she took over ownership of WWPF radio, Hall Tumlin Chevrolet in Bunnell and timber operations in Putnam, Clay, Bradford and Alachua counties. She helped son Ronnie build up WIYD FM radio that signed on in 1972 in Palatka, turning over ownership to him in 1975 and turning over timber operations to son Reggie in 1990. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palatka. Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.




About Anne Heymen (146 Articles)
Retired after 49 years in major media publication, Anne spends her time as Contributing Editor to PluggedIn whenever her two cats allow her some time to herself.

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