A piece of old, rusted pipe and torn asphalt are piled on Laurel Street in Palatka as Public Works employees perform a drainage construction project earlier this month. More downtown roadwork is planned this year when the city begins repairs and improvements along St. Johns Avenue.

The Road Ahead

Downtown Palatka business owners want to know what lies in the road ahead. Literally. As the city prepares to ramp up a $2.65 million project repairing and repaving St. Johns Avenue, those who make their living with downtown stores have some…

A New Vision


The first decade of the 21st Century was cruel to Putnam County when the 2008 recession hit. Businesses closed, people moved away and the county became one of the state’s poorest.

Still Playing


It’s hard to miss if you’re driving down St. Johns Avenue. There’s the yellow Soundgarden sign for the music store. On the wall in the alley to your right as you enter the store is the peace wall.

Palatka's Better Half


The Palatka High School boys basketball team literally had a Charles Dickens tale of two halves.

The first half was the worst of times, and by the second half, it was the best of times.