Today at the Editor’s glance: The Flagler County Commission is holding a redistricting workshop at 1 p.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. The workshop and redistricting are required following the decennial census. The commission’s five commissioners are elected and serve at large, but are required to be elected from five different districts. Those district’s boundaries may be redrawn in accordance with the latest population figures, ensuring that the districts are demographically as even as possible. The Bunnell City Commission meets this evening at 7 p.m. at its leaky City Hall. The commission is expected to approve its budget and next year’s tax rate, a steep 23 percent increase. Robin Tyler is expected to be reappointed to a three-year term on the city’s Planning Zoning & Appeals Board. Delories Hall, Kenneth Gordon and Joy Allen have requested to be reappointed to the Code Enforcement Board. The full agenda is here. In court: Chief Judge James R. Clayton late last week announced the resumption of in-person jury trials in Flagler and Putnam counties after a brief suspension. This comes after review and discussion of relevant public health metrics associated with covid. In-person jury trials are now being conducted throughout the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Absent resolutions or further continuances, several trials are on Circuit Judge Terence Perkins’s docket, including that of Joshua Charles Carver, a 34-year-old Putnam man accused of a hit-and-run involving the death of Jonathon Raymond Rogers, 29. The charge is a first-degree felony. Also on the docket is the trial of Tessie Lynn White, the 29-year-old B-Section woman facing a felony charge of child neglect following the discovery that her 2-year-old son was wandering the streets of the B-Section, unsupervised, in February. See: “Mother Arrested for Child Neglect After Toddler Wanders Streets of B-Section Alone for an Hour.” Free English Classes: Grace Presbyterian Church is offering Free English Classes. Anyone who would like to learn English as a second language is welcome. Students will learn to speak, read and write English in a friendly community. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are available. Instruction is free. Students only need to buy their books. Registration will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight in person at the church, 1225 Royal Palms Pkwy, Palm Coast. Students can also enroll throughout the semester on any Monday evening.
Health Department’s Covid Testing and Vaccination Schedule and Information through Sept. 25:
Priority will be given to any students, faculty and school staff of public or private schools in Flagler County, followed by the general public, who should schedule testing appointments by calling 386-437-7350 ext. 0.
Monday, September 27 8AM to 10AM
Tuesday, September 28 8AM to 10AM
Wednesday, September 29 CLOSED
Thursday, September 30 8AM to 10AM
Friday, October 1 8AM to 10AM
Please consider the following when testing with DOH-Flagler.
* Testing should take place at least 3 to 5 days after exposure. Testing sooner than this may result in false negatives.
* This is NOT a drive-through test site. You will park and walk into the Cattleman’s Hall where testing takes place.
* Wear a mask inside the testing facility. Should you test positive, you may be asked to exit the facility and wait for the rest of your party outside to avoid transmission.
* DOH staff continue to work extended hours to keep up with the contact tracing and case investigation. We appreciate your ongoing patience. It may take time for DOH to reach individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Take initiative to isolate for at least ten days and encourage close contacts to watch for symptoms.
* If you are identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive, you may not hear from the health department if resources are not available.
* If you have been vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose) you will not need to quarantine if you do not have symptoms.
* If you have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible.
* Students will need to quarantine at least four days after the date of exposure.
Monoclonal Antibody Treatments are now available in Flagler County at Daytona State College’s Palm Coast Campus. Monoclonal Antibody Treatments (MAB) for COVID-19 can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death among high-risk individuals. Individuals 12 years and older who are high-risk, that have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, are eligible for this treatment. Treatment is free.
Vaccinations continue to be offered at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd on Mondays from 3:30 to 6:00PM. Appointments are preferred; Walk-ins are welcome. The health department is awaiting guidance for the administration of booster doses. CVS, Walgreens, Publix and Walmart are offering boosters to immunocompromised individuals.
The Live Calendar is a compendium of local and regional political, civic and cultural events. You can input your own calendar events directly onto the site as you wish them to appear (pending approval of course). To include your event in the Live Calendar, please fill out this form.
Separation Chat: Open Discussion
The Circle of Light A Course in Miracles Study Group
Weekly Chess Club for Teens, Ages 9-18, at the Flagler County Public Library
Flagler County Drug Court Convenes
Uncouth: Open Mic Night
For the full calendar, go here.
“Man is not willingly a political animal. The human male associates with his fellows less by desire than by habit, imitation, and the compulsion of circumstance; he does not love society so much as he fears solitude. He combines with other men because isolation endangers him, and because there are many things that can be done better together than alone; in his heart he is a solitary individual, pitted heroically against the world. If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous.”
–Will Durant, “Our Oriental Heritage” (1934).
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