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Bring Florida History Alive on this Holiday Weekend

Robert Billinger’s "Hitler's Soldiers in the Sunshine State: German POWs in Florida" offers a glimpse of the state’s role in housing prisoners. Palatka’s Joseph Stillwell was one of the more important American generals in World War II, leading forces ...

Tournament action beginning to heat up

A total of 443 teams launched Saturday morning on the St. Johns River at Palatka, and following the long take-off ...
But the Wolfson wasn't the only very large fishing contest in North Florida on Saturday. The Columbia Sportswear Jacksonville Kayak ...

Hunting in Florida: Top Spots for Hunting in the Sunshine State

If you are new to Florida, visiting or just looking for a good hunt, then look no further than Roberts Ranch. Palatka is less than an hour’s drive east of Gainesville and the ranch offers three-day guided hunts that include wild hogs, turkey, and ...

Thursday Briefing: A Science Expo at Belle Terre Elementary, Tracking Employees 24/7, Death Penalty’s Death in Nebraska

Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison and School Superintendent ...
(10 a.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.) U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican running for president, is expected to speak to the Palm Beach County Tea Party.

Shortelle may be heading to St. Johns water district

The St. Johns District covers 18 counties in Northeastern and Central Florida with headquarters in Palatka. Shortelle has been Suwannee’s executive director since 2012 after leaving the state Department of Environmental Protection where she was director ...

Gov. Rick Scott appoints Palatka woman to Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Helen Keller National Center in 201, hs been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Her appointment, effective April 7, runs through July 31, 2016.

Look Dad, I'm on my own two feet! Proud father films nine-month-old daughter crawling but gets a surprise when she STANDS for the first time

but you don't often manage to capture a baby's new moves on camera. One proud father, Wesley Lawrence, from East Palatka, Florida, was that man. Not only did he get to witness his daughter's first crawl-to-standing manoeuvre with his own eyes ...

Babe Ruth Stayed Here: Palatka residents share stories of Sultan of Swat's stays

PALATKA | Don Cameron was 9 years old in 1941 when he saved ...
Admission was 40 cents, and because Florida was still segregated, there was a colored section with tickets for a quarter. The River Street home has been owned by Len Freeman and his wife ...

Linda Small Albertie

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Downtown Development Anchors Palatka Revitalization

On a November night in 1884, residents of Palatka, Florida, witnessed what The Palatka Herald called “the most eventful occasion in the history of Palatka and perhaps the most destructive that will ever visit it again.” A fire broke out and ...

Blue Crab Festival

May 22, 2015 through May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day Weekend) 210 St Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177 The Memorial Day holiday is in remembrance and commemoration of members of the United States Military wh…

Best amp; Worst Towns to Live in Florida came out with their list of the best places to live in Florida. Guess what town ranked 1?  You got it - Sarasota  Top 20 Towns to Live in Florida According to Sarasota …

Reality Check For 5/20/15: Sam Smith Vocal Cord Surgery, Worst Places To Live In Florida, NFL Moves Extra Point

Looks like Sam Smith’s vocal cord surgery was a success!!  He went to the same doctor that Adele did, Dr. Zeitels! Dr. Zeitels expects Sam to make a full recovery. The surgery is forcing him to not sp…

Single Family Residential for $37,000 in Palatka, FL

Single Family Residential for $37,000 in Palatka, FL. Click here for more info, map and virtual tour

Things to do in Florida May 22, 23, 24, 25, 2015

Here are a few Memorial Day weekend things to do in Florida May 22, 23, 24, 25, 2015 starting with Fort Lauderdale's Great American Beach Party! Along with paying tribute to our armed forces, they off…

on the mural trail ...
Palatka 2015

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.the   latest  muralin  June  2014depicting  a  local  jazz bandpopular in the 1920's th…

Carpenter Palatka (FL) – Palatka Carpenters

Carpenter Palatka (FL) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Palatka (FL). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Palatka, Florida work with, builds and fixes items and structures made …

23 women and men arrested in Putnam County Methamphetamine bust

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — Twenty-three people were arrested after a two-month drug investigation in Putnam County. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit, the Street Crimes Unit and the Metham…

Florida Gators in the NFL Draft: The best picks ever by NFC teams

With the NFL draft continuing tonight, we go team-by-team in search of the greatest Gators selected by each NFC squad. Through 2014, 327 Florida Gators according to the UF media guide have been draft…

1 dead, 6 injured in Palatka two

First Coast News1 dead, 6 injured in Palatka two-car crashFirst Coast NewsOne person was killed and six others, including four children, were injured in a two-car crash in Putnam County on US-17 at N.…


PALATKA FLORIDA: the March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth

The March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth below the recent trend, coming on the heels of February’s strong report. The unemployment rate was stable, broader measures of unemployment fell, and hourly earnings continued their rise. A range of factors including the weather and the global economic slowdown have affected economic data for the first quarter. The President has been clear that he will continue to push for policies including investments in infrastructure and relief from the sequester that would help ensure the strong underlying longer-term trends persist.


1. The private sector has added 12.1 million jobs over 61 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 126,000 in March, driven by a 129,000 increase in private-sector employment. This particular month’s job gains were below the recent trend, as job growth in a number of industries slowed somewhat (see point 5). Over the past twelve months, the private sector has added 3.1 million jobs, nearly the highest year-over-year growth in the recovery so far.

2. Real aggregate weekly earnings have risen nearly 5 percent over the last twelve months. Real aggregate earnings track the purchasing power of total wages and salaries paid to U.S. private-sector employees, reflecting the combined effects of rising employment, rising wages, and a longer workweek. Aggregate earnings are nearly 7 percent above their pre-crisis peak. Indeed, they have recovered nearly twice their losses during the recession. Year-over-year aggregate earnings growth trended about 2-3 percent at an annual rate in recent years, but has risen to 5 percent year-over-year in recent months as hourly earnings have begun to rise (see point 3).


3. Over the past twelve months, rising real hourly earnings accounted for nearly half the increase in real aggregate weekly earnings. The large contribution of rising hourly earnings is a recent trend. Aggregate earnings reached a trough in December 2009, and over the following year-and-a-half, real hourly wages declined. The aggregate earnings increase during that early period was driven by a combination of rising employment and a longer workweek. Over the next three years, both hourly earnings and the workweek were largely stable, with rising employment accounting for 80 percent of the growth in aggregate earnings. Real wage growth over the past year has been a major contributor to the speed-up in aggregate earnings, due to both rising nominal wages and slowing consumer price growth as oil prices have declined. While the recent progress is encouraging, there is more work to do to ensure that real earnings growth is sustained and shared with a broad range of American families.


4. The overall share of jobs held by women rose from an average of 48.5 percent in 2001-2007 to 49.3 percent in March 2015. This 0.8 percentage point increase masks substantial variation within industries. Female workers shifted out of smaller industries like financial activities and information services where the female share declined by 3.1 and 3.7 percentage points, respectively and into higher-employment industries like retail trade. Women’s share of employment also increased somewhat in the government sector, where 57 percent of workers are female. Accordingly, women were disproportionately affected by the cuts to government employment that occurred between 2010 and 2013, but they have also disproportionately benefited from net job growth in this sector since mid-2013.


5. Job growth in a number of industries fell below recent trends in March. Looking over the 61-month streak of private-sector job growth, March was an especially weak month for mining and logging (-11,000), manufacturing (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (+13,000), and construction (-1,000). The weakness in mining and logging is likely attributable in large part to the recent decline in oil prices. March was a stronger than usual month in retail trade (+26,000) and health care and social assistance (+30,000). Across the 17 industries shown below, the correlation between the most recent one-month percent change and the average percent change over the last twelve months rose to 0.51 from 0.13 last month, remaining somewhat below the average correlation over the past two years.


As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data as they become available.



People help people. Gods do not help people

HealthDay news image Organ transplants have saved more than two million years of life in the United States over a period of 25 years, new research shows.But fewer than half the people who needed a transplant in this period they received, according to a report in the online edition of the January 28 issue of the journalSurgery JAMA ."The critical shortage of donors continues to affect this field. Just 47.9 percent of patients on the waiting list during the 25 years of the study underwent a transplant. The need is increasing, and therefore the Organ donation should increase, "wrote Dr. Abbas Rana, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues. The researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 530,000 people receiving organ transplants between 1987 and 2012, and nearly 580,000 people who signed up for the waiting list but never received a transplant. In that period, transplants saved 2.2 million life years, with an average of just over four years saved for each person who received a transplant from a living body, the study authors noted in a news release from the journal . The number of years saved by type of organ transplant life were: kidney, 1.3 million years; liver, more than 460,000; heart, almost 270,000; lung, about 65,000: pancreas and kidney, nearly 80,000; pancreas, just under 15,000, and intestines, around 4,500. One expert noted the relevance of the findings. "This study highlights the importance of organ donation, and shows that solid organ transplants save lives. One organ donor can have an impact on up to 50 lives," said Dr. Kareem Abu-Elmagd, director of the Center for transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "The field of transplantation continues to seek ways to save more lives," said Abu-Elmagd. "For example, the program of ex vivo perfusion of organs of the Cleveland Clinic has been studying perfusion technology to better preserve organs donated." Powered by infusion, a machine pumps oxygen and nutrients to the donated enriched to prevent damage or deterioration of the body prior to transplant into a patient waiting, according to the Cleveland Clinic organ solution. Baylor researchers suggested a direct solution. "We call for greater support of transplantation and solid organ donation, valuable efforts have an impressive record of achievements and tremendous potential to do even more good for humanity in the future," concluded the authors. HealthDay, translated by HispaniCare

SOURCES: Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, Ph.D., director, Cleveland Clinic´s Transplant Center, Ohio; JAMA Surgery , news release, Jan. 28, 2015


Protect Your Business in PALATKA FLORIDA from Spring Weather Threats

This winter has been particularly harsh for businesses in the northeast and parts of the southern U.S., as record snowfalls and frigid temperatures forced many companies to close their doors for several days.

Many parts of the country are bracing for possible spring floods that may follow when the snow melts. Meanwhile, April through June is the peak time for tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Southeast, Midwest, the Gulf States and the South Central region are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous windstorms.

Now is a good time to make a plan to protect your clients, customers and your business for the threats caused by spring storms and floods. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks. These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners.

The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit

WHAT: “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” - A presentation from Agility CEO Bob Boyd, followed by a question and answer session.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2 –3 p.m. EDT

Space is limited. Register at

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