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Flagler Film Festival, the Sequel: Zombies and Star Power Flick In Jan. 9-11

| December 19, 2014

Flagler Film Festival, the Sequel: Zombies and Star Power Flick In Jan. 9-11

The second edition of the Flagler Film Festival, at Palm Coast's Hilton Garden Inn Jan. 9-11, features Florida-themed and Palm Coast based productions among

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Four Palm Coast Employees Pull Off Poetic Doe Rescue Trapped in Grand Haven Pond

| December 19, 2014

Four Palm Coast Employees Pull Off Poetic Doe Rescue Trapped in Grand Haven Pond

In Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon's words (happy-face emoticon not included), "Santa will have all his reindeer this year," thanks to four city

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Unemployment in Flagler Falls to 8.1%, But Labor Force and Employment Rolls Shrink

| December 19, 2014

Unemployment in Flagler Falls to 8.1%, But Labor Force and Employment Rolls Shrink

Flagler County's unemployment rate continued to improve in November, falling to 8.2 percent, the fourth successive monthly improvement and the lowest rate since the

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Mulling Nuisances, Palm Coast Putters Closer to Trap, Neuter and Release of Feral Cats

| December 18, 2014

Mulling Nuisances, Palm Coast Putters Closer to Trap, Neuter and Release of Feral Cats

With two new supporters of TNR on the council, Palm Coast is slowly moving toward adoption of a trap and release system that still

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As Compliance Replaces Controversy, Sheriff Cautions of 2 DUI Checkpoints in Palm Coast

| December 18, 2014

As Compliance Replaces Controversy, Sheriff Cautions of 2 DUI Checkpoints in Palm Coast

The checkpoints, which must follow strict guidelines, will be located at Palm Coast Pkwy NW and Frontage Road as well as State Road 100, East

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Firing a “Sponge Grenade,” Flagler Deputies Defuse a Would-Be Suicide-By-Gun After Hours of Negotiations

| December 17, 2014

Firing a “Sponge Grenade,” Flagler Deputies Defuse a Would-Be Suicide-By-Gun After Hours of Negotiations

Flagler deputies after hours of negotiations near the Palm Harbor overpass in Palm Coast Wednesday morning stopped a man from killing himself with a

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Shirley Nethery, 77, Dies After Mistakenly Driving Her Car Down a Hammock Boat Ramp

| December 17, 2014

Shirley Nethery, 77, Dies After Mistakenly Driving Her Car Down a Hammock Boat Ramp

Shirley Nethery, a 77-year-old resident and former president of Surfside Estates in Beverley Beach, died Tuesday evening after driving her car down a boat

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White Elephant No More: County Approves 5-Year Lease of Costly Ginn Hangar in Deal With New Company

| December 16, 2014

White Elephant No More: County Approves 5-Year Lease of Costly Ginn Hangar in Deal With New Company

Delta Engineering of New Catle, Del., expanding in Flagler with 10 to 30 high-paying jobs, will fill the old Ginn building that had left

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In Unusual Vote, Flagler Commission Acknowledges Ethics and Elections Complaints Against All Its Members

| December 16, 2014

In Unusual Vote, Flagler Commission Acknowledges Ethics and Elections Complaints Against All Its Members

County and Canvassing Board Attorney Al Hadeed, who was also served with complaints, asked for the vote to assert three points that framed the

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Ethics Commission Rejects Settlement With Sheriff Manfre, Reopening Case on All Charges

| December 16, 2014

Ethics Commission Rejects Settlement With Sheriff Manfre, Reopening Case on All Charges

Manfre’s practices and claims of innocence until cautioned otherwise came under withering criticism by several members of the commission, who voted 7-2 to further

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Divided Flagler Commission Awards Administrator Coffey 5% Raise This Year, With More All But Promised

| December 15, 2014

Divided Flagler Commission Awards Administrator Coffey 5% Raise This Year, With More All But Promised

The Flagler County Commission didn't go for the 10 percent raise Coffey (or, it is claimed, his staff) was asking for, but he still

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In 4-1 Vote, County Seals Agreement to Build Tourist-Ready Cottages at Princess Preserve

| December 15, 2014

In 4-1 Vote, County Seals Agreement to Build Tourist-Ready Cottages at Princess Preserve

An initial plan to build three cottages in partnership with a state conservation agency would expand to an additional 10 cottages at the River-to-Sea

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Gay Marriage Begins in Florida Jan. 6 as U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bondi’s Plea For Stay

| December 20, 2014

Gay Marriage Begins in Florida Jan. 6 as U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bondi’s Plea For Stay

It's no longer a maybe, an if or a pending: clerks of court in Florida must begin issuing gay-marriage licenses on Jan. 6 as the U.S. Supreme Court Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam

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Florida Republicans Go Cuba Libre On Obama’s Decision to End Hostilities With Havana

| December 18, 2014

Florida Republicans Go <i>Cuba Libre</i> On Obama’s Decision to End Hostilities With Havana

The future of America's dealings with the island nation 90 miles away remains a sensitive issue in the state as even Democrats greeted Obama's opening with caution.

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What White People Don’t See

| December 17, 2014

What White People Don’t See

Whether it's police dealing with suspects or Sony executives referring to President Obama, what they see first isn't the human being, but the color, and usually in the basest terms, argues Steve Robinson.

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Florida Clerks Told To Deny Licenses Even When Federal Court Order Granting Gay Marriage Kicks in

| December 17, 2014

Florida Clerks Told To Deny Licenses Even When Federal Court Order Granting Gay Marriage Kicks in

Lawyers for the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers have advised county officials statewide not to issue marriage licenses "until a binding order is issued by a court of proper jurisdiction" and warned the clerks that

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In Boon for Florida, Obama Will Normalize Full Diplomatic Relations With Cuba After 53 Years of Cold War

| December 17, 2014

In Boon for Florida, Obama Will Normalize Full Diplomatic Relations With Cuba After 53 Years of Cold War

The two nations will open embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C., 53 years and 10 presidents after Dwight Eisenhower, citing "self-respect," closed the American Embassy in the Cuban capital on Jan. 3, 1961.

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Drawing Mixed Response, Jeb Bush Says He Will “Actively Explore” Running For President in 2016

| December 16, 2014

Drawing Mixed Response, Jeb Bush Says He Will “Actively Explore” Running For President in 2016

Bush, 61, made the announcement a day after giving a commencement address at the University of South Carolina --- a state that plays a major role in Republican primaries. If he ultimately decides to run,

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With 22 Days To Go Before Gay Wedding Bells, Pam Bondi Asks Court To Object

| December 15, 2014

With 22 Days To Go Before Gay Wedding Bells, Pam Bondi Asks Court To Object

Bondi's request to the U.S. Supreme Court comes less than two weeks after a federal appeals court rejected her effort to at least temporarily extend the gay-marriage prohibition in Florida.

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With 800,000 Floridians in Health Insurance Limbo, Hopes Return for Medicaid Expansion

| December 15, 2014

With 800,000 Floridians in Health Insurance Limbo, Hopes Return for Medicaid Expansion

A coalition of businesses groups, local officials and healthcare industry representatives has rolled out a plan to insure nearly one million low-income Floridians who fall in the so-called Medicaid coverage gap.

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Craft Beer Growlers’ Day Finally Approaching in Florida, But Small Brewers Are Leery

| December 13, 2014

Craft Beer Growlers’ Day Finally Approaching in Florida, But Small Brewers Are Leery

Proposals to end the state's prohibition on 64-ounce containers known as "growlers" have been blocked in recent years by large beer distributors claiming a need to protect the state's Depression-era three-tier regulation system.

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Yes, We’re Cops. And We’re Human Beings. But We Won’t Be Your Victims.

| December 12, 2014

Yes, We’re Cops. And We’re Human Beings. But We Won’t Be Your Victims.

In an impassioned response to acute criticism leveled at police after events in Ferguson and Staten Island, Jonathan Dopp, a sheriff's deputy in Flagler County, presents law enforcement's unapologetic perspective.

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Ferguson Events and FSU Shooting Trigger Florida’s Third-Busiest Gun Shopping Day Ever

| December 11, 2014

Ferguson Events and FSU Shooting Trigger Florida’s Third-Busiest Gun Shopping Day Ever

The Nov. 28 purchases trailed only the sales for two days in December 2012, which came after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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Florida’s Minimum Wage Going Up to $8.05 as Obama’s Push For $10.10 Remains Elusive

| December 10, 2014

Florida’s Minimum Wage Going Up to $8.05 as Obama’s Push For $10.10 Remains Elusive

A Democratic bill in the Florida Legislature would seek the $10,10 threshold, but its chances of passing are slim to none. Business groups like the Florida Chamber of Commerce have argued against such proposals.

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Arts in Palm Coast & Flagler Between Nature Scapes, Salvo Project and the Flagler Youth Orchestra, a Daylong Convergence of Art, Music and Green

Between Nature Scapes, Salvo Project and the Flagler Youth Orchestra, a Daylong Convergence of Art, Music and Green

Salvo Art gallery and Nature Scapes will be host to a day-and-evening-long celebration of art, music and trees all of Saturday, with performances by the Flagler Youth Orchestra to go along with an

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Flagler 911 Four Palm Coast Employees Pull Off Poetic Doe Rescue Trapped in Grand Haven Pond

Four Palm Coast Employees Pull Off Poetic Doe Rescue Trapped in Grand Haven Pond

In Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon's words (happy-face emoticon not included), "Santa will have all his reindeer this year," thanks to four city employees who saved a doe from drowning in a

Dec 19, 2014 / More »
Rights & Liberties Gay Marriage Begins in Florida Jan. 6 as U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bondi’s Plea For Stay

Gay Marriage Begins in Florida Jan. 6 as U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bondi’s Plea For Stay

It's no longer a maybe, an if or a pending: clerks of court in Florida must begin issuing gay-marriage licenses on Jan. 6 as the U.S. Supreme Court Friday evening denied Florida Attorney

Dec 20, 2014 / More »
The Live Wire Palm Coast Inaugurates 3-Day Birds of a Feather Fest With “The Big Year”‘s Greg Miller Headlining

Palm Coast Inaugurates 3-Day Birds of a Feather Fest With “The Big Year”‘s Greg Miller Headlining

The inaugural and broad-spanned three-day Birds of a Feather Fest is scheduled for Feb. 6-8, 2015, offering a weekend of birding, workshops, presentations, kayak trips and family activities.

Dec 11, 2014 / More »
Pierre Tristam Cops Get Away With Murder Because They Know They Can. It’s America In Black and White.

Cops Get Away With Murder Because They Know They Can. It’s America In Black and White.

Resisting arrest is a cop's license to kill: In retrospect there was little doubt that grand juries in Missouri and New York would let off the cops responsible for the killing of two

Dec 7, 2014 / More »
Jo Ann Nahirny PERT: Why Flagler Students Are Forced to Take the Stupidest Test You’ve Never Heard Of

PERT: Why Flagler Students Are Forced to Take the Stupidest Test You’ve Never Heard Of

Why are a slew of high achievers at Matanzas High School and FPC who have already succeeded in various courses having to take the so-called Post Secondary Educational Readiness Test on top

May 14, 2014 / More »
Steve Robinson What White People Don’t See

What White People Don’t See

Whether it's police dealing with suspects or Sony executives referring to President Obama, what they see first isn't the human being, but the color, and usually in the basest terms, argues Steve Robinson.

Dec 17, 2014 / More »
Guest Columns Common Sore: <br />Jeb Bush’s Education Problem

Common Sore:
Jeb Bush’s Education Problem

The Republican Party’s tea bag wing is unforgiving – so far – over his embrace of the Common Core standards even though the federal government has had almost nothing to do with them.

Dec 18, 2014 / More »
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Flagler, Palm Coast & Other Local News

Flagler Film Festival, the Sequel: Zombies and Star Power Flick In Jan. 9-11 »

Flagler Film Festival, the Sequel: Zombies and Star Power Flick In Jan. 9-11

The second edition of the Flagler Film Festival, at Palm Coast's Hilton Garden Inn Jan. 9-11, features Florida-themed and Palm Coast based productions among numerous entries from around the world.

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Four Palm Coast Employees Pull Off Poetic Doe Rescue Trapped in Grand Haven Pond »

Four Palm Coast Employees Pull Off Poetic Doe Rescue Trapped in Grand Haven Pond

In Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon's words (happy-face emoticon not included), "Santa will have all his reindeer this year," thanks to four city employees who saved a doe from drowning in a coldish pond at Grand Haven Wednesday morning.

Dec 19 2014 / 8 comments / Read More »

Unemployment in Flagler Falls to 8.1%, But Labor Force and Employment Rolls Shrink »

Unemployment in Flagler Falls to 8.1%, But Labor Force and Employment Rolls Shrink

Flagler County's unemployment rate continued to improve in November, falling to 8.2 percent, the fourth successive monthly improvement and the lowest rate since the Great Recession as Florida's rate, too, fell in November, matching the national rate of 5.8 percent.

Dec 19 2014 / 4 comments / Read More »
The Live Wire

Palm Coast Inaugurates 3-Day Birds of a Feather Fest With “The Big Year”‘s Greg Miller Headlining »

Palm Coast Inaugurates 3-Day Birds of a Feather Fest With “The Big Year”‘s Greg Miller HeadliningThe inaugural and broad-spanned three-day Birds of a Feather Fest is scheduled for Feb. 6-8, 2015, offering a weekend of birding, workshops, presentations, kayak trips

Dec 11 2014 / No comment / Read More »
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