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Feb. 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 nor’easter last week left Flagler Beach officials upset after two new dune walkovers didn’t make it through the storm. The walkovers at North 21st and North 22nd streets at the north end of Flagler Beach are now unusable. They’re among the Florida Department’s $22.4 million in projects along State Road A1A in Flagler necessitated by hurricanes over the past couple of years. This comes as the City of Flagler Beach is getting ready to let out for bids of its own for more walkovers.


Shrove Tuesday is tomorrow. In New Orleans they’ll be celebrating Fat Tuesday at Mardi Gras. Closer to home a number of churches are holding pancake dinners. It’s become a tradition for All Saints Anglican Church at 1250 State Road 19 South in Palatka. This year’s pancake dinner is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Adults $5, Children $2. Pancakes are associated with the day before the beginning of Lent since they use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar, and Lent is traditionally a time of fasting. Ash Wednesday follows and in the Christian tradition the 40 days leading up to Easter.

St. Augustine City Commission meets tonight and includes a charter update ordinance proposal. Specifically it clarifies the chain of command during a state of emergency. Proper order – city manager to police chief. Also to be considered is an ordinance modifying the number of members on the Entry Corridor Review Committee from five to three. Seems they’re having trouble getting people to volunteer for the committee.

Trivia wasn’t so trivial when it came to raising money for the Putnam First Cancer Fund at Saturday’s trivia contest. The event raised $7,575 for the non-profit that spends about 97 percent of its funding on helping Putnam people with cancer. A couple of hundred people took part in the trivia contest with Wolf Pack taking the top award.

A Palm Coast man died Saturday night in a three-vehicle wreck in Ormond Beach. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. Brian McCracken, 42, was in the passenger seat of a 2009 Dodge driven by Micahel Riquele who was stopped at the light at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Broadway Avenue. In the lane next to him was a 2014 Nissan driven by Tinyka Reese, 57, of St. Augustine. A 2019 Toyota Camry driven by Sean Higgins, 33, of Jacksonville was headed north on U.S. 1 but didn’t stop as he approached the signal and plowed into the rear of Riquele’s Dodge and then Reese’s Dodge. McCracken died, Riquele went to Halifax hospital with serious injuries. Reese was not injured. Higgins had minor injuries.

Flagler Youth Orchestra performs its winter concert of the season tonight at 7 p.m. at Flagler Auditorium in Palm Coast. The suite-themed program including classical music features five orchestras with more than 350 string musicians including public, private and homeschooled students.

The St. Augustine man who trapped more than 4,000 alligators during his lifetime and was one of the first licensed alligator hunters in Florida, has died. Rufus (Bubba) Stratton, 92, was a man who remembered the early days of Palm Valley and had become a legend during his 30 years with the St. Augustine Fire Department . His gator catching skills began early when as a young boy he would go with his father to catch small gators, selling them to an alligator fund for $1 a foot. When he retired in 2003 he was believed to be the oldest active trapper in Florida and known as being utterly fearless

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.



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