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After Victim Testifies of Being Raped, James McDevitt Is Sentenced To 40 Years in Prison

| May 29, 2015

After Victim Testifies of Being Raped, James McDevitt Is Sentenced To 40 Years in Prison

James McDevitt, the 23-year-old man who pleaded guilty to raping a woman in Flagler Beach in June 2013, was sentenced today to 40 years

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Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Brandt Is Crime Stoppers’ Flagler Officer of the Year

| May 29, 2015

Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Brandt Is Crime Stoppers’ Flagler Officer of the Year

Steve Brandt, an 21-year veteran of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office promoted just two weeks ago to Commander, was named just days later Flagler

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Sheriff’s Office Puts Up Reward in Search for George Contos, 58, Who Disappeared in Suspicious Circumstances May 9

| May 29, 2015

Sheriff’s Office Puts Up Reward in Search for George Contos, 58, Who Disappeared in Suspicious Circumstances May 9

George Contos, a 58-year-old Bunnell resident and a diabetic with a prosthetic leg, went missing on May 9. His car has been recovered. The

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Behind Friday’s McDevitt Sentencing For Rape, the 911 Call That Told a Harrowing Story

| May 28, 2015

Behind Friday’s McDevitt Sentencing For Rape, the 911 Call That Told a Harrowing Story

Published here for the first time, the 9-minute 911 call from Rob Tier described what Tier, a Flagler Beach pastor, at one point termed

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Palm Coast Wants Protection From Extortionist Lawsuits Over Public Record Requests

| May 28, 2015

Palm Coast Wants Protection From Extortionist Lawsuits Over Public Record Requests

Palm Coast and the Florida League of Cities are seeking a change in law that would protect local governments from opportunistic groups more individuals

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Fight at Matanzas High School Sends a 15-Year-Old Student to the Hospital

| May 28, 2015

Fight at Matanzas High School Sends a 15-Year-Old Student to the Hospital

Charges are pending against a 14-year-old Matanzas High School student after he allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old boy who was making fun of him and

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In Split Decision, Sheriff’s Sergeant Fired 2 Years Ago Ordered Reinstated, With 9 Months’ Back Pay

| May 27, 2015

In Split Decision, Sheriff’s Sergeant Fired 2 Years Ago Ordered Reinstated, With 9 Months’ Back Pay

Sheriff Manfre fired Sgt. Chris Ragazzo 2 years ago for accessing police databases for personal business. An arbitrator today ruled the firing was disproportionate

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Island Grille Restaurant Opens in Flagler Beach, Resurrecting Blue in Silver Mist

| May 27, 2015

Island Grille Restaurant Opens in Flagler Beach, Resurrecting Blue in Silver Mist

The Island Grille opened May 27 where Blue Restaurant used to be, with chef Gary Maresca back in the kitchen and a team of

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Ratty Old Kings Road Will Be Resurfaced South of Palm Coast Parkway, Among Other Streets

| May 27, 2015

Ratty Old Kings Road Will Be Resurfaced South of Palm Coast Parkway, Among Other Streets

The resurfacing of Old Kings Road means that a projected list of three dozen Palm Coast streets was scaled back to two dozen, to

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Palm Coast Man Faces Charges of “Branding” 11-Year-Old Boy With Burning Metal Object

| May 26, 2015

Palm Coast Man Faces Charges of “Branding” 11-Year-Old Boy With Burning Metal Object

Charles Swindell, 45, who faces child abuse and assault charges, had been on probation for threatening to burn his mother's house--and her. His father

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Palm Coast Council Members Cautiously Discuss Their Low Salaries, But No Raise Yet

| May 26, 2015

Palm Coast Council Members Cautiously Discuss Their Low Salaries, But No Raise Yet

Palm Coast council members earn the same as Bunnell commission members: $9,600 a year, even though Palm Coast has 30 times the population of

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15 Years After Palm Coast Double Murder, David Snelgrove Is Back in Court, Contesting Death Sentence

| May 26, 2015

15 Years After Palm Coast Double Murder, David Snelgrove Is Back in Court, Contesting Death Sentence

Snelgrove has twice been sentenced to death for for the murders of Glyn Fowler, 84, and his wife, Vivian, 79, in their Bannbury Lane

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Weekend Briefing: Growing Energy at Belle Terre, McDevitt Rape Sentencing, Spying in Orange County Schools

| May 29, 2015

Weekend Briefing: Growing Energy at Belle Terre, McDevitt Rape Sentencing, Spying in Orange County Schools

Teacher of the Year Ed Wolff showcases the Growing Energy garden at Belle Terre Elementary, Orange County public schools begin tracking students' social media wholesale, James McDevitt is sentenced in court Friday morning for

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With Florida Overdue for a Hit, Hurricane Season Begins on a Tide of Pessimism

| May 28, 2015

With Florida Overdue for a Hit, Hurricane Season Begins on a Tide of Pessimism

NOAA predicts a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with between six to 11 tropical storms, but Florida's insurance officials say the state's nine straight hurricane-free seasons can;t last much longer.

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What Florida’s Republicans Can Teach Its Diminishing Democrats

| May 28, 2015

What Florida’s Republicans Can Teach Its Diminishing Democrats

The GOP's brilliance lay in its rebooted website's recognition that most voters are sick and tired of political parties, platforms, issues and agendas. So instead, it focuses on action, action, action, argues Daniel Tilson.

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Thursday Briefing: FPC Graduates, FCC Wants Broadband for the Poor, FAO Schwartz Closes

| May 28, 2015

Thursday Briefing: FPC Graduates, FCC Wants Broadband for the Poor, FAO Schwartz Closes

FPC's graduation is at the Ocean Center tonight at 7 p.m., NOAA predicts six to 11 named storms this hurricane season, and how the GOP is miscalculating in Florida.

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Forget Its Cause. Fighting Global Warming Is Good For Your Health. Period.

| May 27, 2015

Forget Its Cause. Fighting Global Warming Is Good For Your Health. Period.

Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore, with the prevention of disastrous climate change tied to immediate health benefits and health cost savings from

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Proposals: Scrap Hospital Regulatory Process, Give Some Nurses More Power to Prescribe Drugs

| May 27, 2015

Proposals: Scrap Hospital Regulatory Process, Give Some Nurses More Power to Prescribe Drugs

House Republicans filed six bills Wednesday that delve into hot-button issues such as getting rid of a regulatory process for new or expanded hospitals and allowing advanced-registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe controlled

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Wednesday Briefing: Salvo’s JJ and Petra Call It a Match, Construction Updates, Nebraska Kills Death

| May 27, 2015

Wednesday Briefing: Salvo’s JJ and Petra Call It a Match, Construction Updates, Nebraska Kills Death

Salvo Art's JJ Graham capped a show opening with a wedding proposal, Flagler schools' mentor program marks 10 years, the Nebraska Legislature may override a veto and end the death penalty.

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Senate Leaders Propose Compromise in Budget Impasse, Gov. Scott and House Reject It

| May 26, 2015

Senate Leaders Propose Compromise in Budget Impasse, Gov. Scott and House Reject It

Scott and House Republicans have repeatedly said they have no interest in using Medicaid expansion funds from Obamacare to close a $2.2 billion budget gap and insure more Floridians.

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Tuesday Briefing: Murderer David Snelgrove Back in Flagler, De Niro’s Warning to Graduating Actors, Paving Old Kings

| May 26, 2015

Tuesday Briefing: Murderer David Snelgrove Back in Flagler, De Niro’s Warning to Graduating Actors, Paving Old Kings

Murderer David Snelgrove, sentenced in the double-murder in Flagler in 2000 of two elderly people, is back in court before Judge Walsh today. Rober De Niro tells it like it is to graduating actors.

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Assisted Suicide In Your Back Yard: More Prevalent Than You Think

| May 23, 2015

Assisted Suicide In Your Back Yard: More Prevalent Than You Think

People don’t talk about it, but assisted suicide happens in states where it's not legal. Just over 3 percent of U.S. doctors said they have written a prescription for life-ending medication, and almost 5 percent

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R.J. Larizza Says No Charges Against Sheriff’s Deputy in Second Fatal Shooting in 2 Years

| May 22, 2015

R.J. Larizza Says No Charges Against Sheriff’s Deputy in Second Fatal Shooting in 2 Years

State Attorney R.J. Larizza said today no charges will be filed against Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy Joel Hernandez, who shot and killed a man who was allegedly reaching for a gun while sitting in his

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Weekend Briefing: Memorial Day Commemorations, Losing Iraq, Gay Eire, Keurig Horrors, Teens Fly

| May 22, 2015

Weekend Briefing: Memorial Day Commemorations, Losing Iraq, Gay Eire, Keurig Horrors, Teens Fly

Memorial Day commemorations in Palm Coast, Flagler and Flagler Beach on Monday, Ireland votes on gay marriage, ISIS clobbers Ramadi, Milan Kundera raises questions.

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Culture The Bunnell Festival Rises Phoenix-Like From Its Spuds to Celebrate Flagler’s Earthy Culture

The Bunnell Festival Rises Phoenix-Like From Its Spuds to Celebrate Flagler’s Earthy Culture

The Bunnell Festival revives what used to be the Potato Festival with a broader emphasis on Flagler's agricultural and industrial heritage as it takes over the grounds at City Hall Saturday, May 16.

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Flagler 911 Sheriff’s Office Puts Up Reward in Search for George Contos, 58, Who Disappeared in Suspicious Circumstances May 9

Sheriff’s Office Puts Up Reward in Search for George Contos, 58, Who Disappeared in Suspicious Circumstances May 9

George Contos, a 58-year-old Bunnell resident and a diabetic with a prosthetic leg, went missing on May 9. His car has been recovered. The disappearance is now considered suspicious, a sheriff's spokesman said.

May 29, 2015 / More »
Rights & Liberties Palm Coast Wants Protection From Extortionist Lawsuits Over Public Record Requests

Palm Coast Wants Protection From Extortionist Lawsuits Over Public Record Requests

Palm Coast and the Florida League of Cities are seeking a change in law that would protect local governments from opportunistic groups more individuals who sue governments and companies over public record violations.

May 28, 2015 / More »
The Live Wire Steven Nobile Thrust For Broad Charter Review Has Rest of Palm Coast Council on Defensive

Steven Nobile Thrust For Broad Charter Review Has Rest of Palm Coast Council on Defensive

A push for a charter review by Palm Coast City Council member Steven Nobile provoked an at-times heated discussion at council today as members largely opposed the notion absent a more defined public

May 12, 2015 / More »
Pierre Tristam Flagler Beach Doesn’t Have a Parking Problem. It Has a Big Government Problem.

Flagler Beach Doesn’t Have a Parking Problem. It Has a Big Government Problem.

If Flagler Beach adopts paid parking, it'll invite a problem as onerous as Palm Coast's red-light cameras, damaging its reputation, needlessly hurting its businesses and alienating its closest and most loyal visitors.

May 29, 2015 / More »
Nancy Smith Lawmakers Preparing A Disastrous Overhaul of Florida High School Athletics Ahead

Lawmakers Preparing A Disastrous Overhaul of Florida High School Athletics Ahead

Not a high school in the state of Florida sees anything but disaster in proposed legislation that would overhaul the Florida High School Athletic Association, for good reason, argues Nancy Smith.

May 18, 2015 / More »
Project Syndicate Forget Its Cause. Fighting Global Warming Is Good For Your Health. Period.

Forget Its Cause. Fighting Global Warming Is Good For Your Health. Period.

Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore, with the prevention of disastrous climate change tied to immediate health benefits and health cost

May 27, 2015 / More »
Guest Columns What Florida’s Republicans Can Teach Its Diminishing Democrats

What Florida’s Republicans Can Teach Its Diminishing Democrats

The GOP's brilliance lay in its rebooted website's recognition that most voters are sick and tired of political parties, platforms, issues and agendas. So instead, it focuses on action, action, action, argues Daniel

May 28, 2015 / More »
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After Victim Testifies of Being Raped, James McDevitt Is Sentenced To 40 Years in Prison »

After Victim Testifies of Being Raped, James McDevitt Is Sentenced To 40 Years in Prison

James McDevitt, the 23-year-old man who pleaded guilty to raping a woman in Flagler Beach in June 2013, was sentenced today to 40 years in prison Friday. He will be on probation for 20years, and will be branded a sexual predator for the rest of

May 29 2015 / 7 comments / Read More »

Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Brandt Is Crime Stoppers’ Flagler Officer of the Year »

Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Brandt Is Crime Stoppers’ Flagler Officer of the Year

Steve Brandt, an 21-year veteran of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office promoted just two weeks ago to Commander, was named just days later Flagler County Officer of the Year by Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida.

May 29 2015 / 2 comments / Read More »

Sheriff’s Office Puts Up Reward in Search for George Contos, 58, Who Disappeared in Suspicious Circumstances May 9 »

Sheriff’s Office Puts Up Reward in Search for George Contos, 58, Who Disappeared in Suspicious Circumstances May 9

George Contos, a 58-year-old Bunnell resident and a diabetic with a prosthetic leg, went missing on May 9. His car has been recovered. The disappearance is now considered suspicious, a sheriff's spokesman said.

May 29 2015 / 5 comments / Read More »
The Live Wire

Steven Nobile Thrust For Broad Charter Review Has Rest of Palm Coast Council on Defensive »

Steven Nobile Thrust For Broad Charter Review Has Rest of Palm Coast Council on DefensiveA push for a charter review by Palm Coast City Council member Steven Nobile provoked an at-times heated discussion at council today as members largely

May 12 2015 / 47 comments / Read More »
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