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YMCA May Return to Flagler As School District Considers Leasing Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

| March 3, 2015

YMCA May Return to Flagler As School District Considers Leasing Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

Facing a deficit that will exceed $200,000, the school district's Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club may find its savior in the Volusia Flagler

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7 Flagler Schools Share $668,000 in Bonus Dollars for Improving or Keeping High Grades

| March 3, 2015

7 Flagler Schools Share $668,000 in Bonus Dollars for Improving or Keeping High Grades

The money rewards schools that either maintain A or B grades or improve significantly toward such grades. It is one of the reasons

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Correctly Anticipating State Problems, Flagler Delayed School Testing Until Thursday

| March 3, 2015

Correctly Anticipating State Problems, Flagler Delayed School Testing Until Thursday

Rarely in the spotlight, Shawn Schmidli, the Flagler school district's assessment director, anticipated that state-issued computer tests would have problems, and delayed Flagler's

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Flagler Commission Signals More Culture Support Ahead as It Approves FBI Art Cop Grant For League

| March 3, 2015

Flagler Commission Signals More Culture Support Ahead as It Approves FBI Art Cop Grant For League

Flagler County government has never had a grants program for the arts, aside from its Tourist Development Council grants. Now, Administrator Craig Coffey is

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School District’s Broadest Uniform Policy Survey: Tepid Support and No Effect on Discipline or Grades

| March 2, 2015

School District’s Broadest Uniform Policy Survey: Tepid Support and No Effect on Discipline or Grades

The survey of more than 2,000 students, parents and faculty was prompted by a student leader's push to loosen the policy, which has had

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Road Rage on Belle Terre, Car Break-in at Cracker Barrel, Illegal Brass Knuckles and Drinking

| March 2, 2015

Road Rage on Belle Terre, Car Break-in at Cracker Barrel, Illegal Brass Knuckles and Drinking

Weekend criminal activity in Palm Coast and Bunnell included a young mother and her children in their car being assaulted on Belle Terre Parkway,

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Flagler Commissioner Ericksen Returns After Two Surgeries, Weeks Away and Bagel Therapy

| March 2, 2015

Flagler Commissioner Ericksen Returns After Two Surgeries, Weeks Away and Bagel Therapy

Flagler County Commissioner Charlie Ericksen spent his 72nd birthday under a surgeon's knife to relieve a brain bleed, and two days later was again

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Attention Homeowners: Now’s The Deadline For Homestead Exemption Applications

| March 2, 2015

Attention Homeowners: Now’s The Deadline For Homestead Exemption Applications

Today is the deadline to file for a Homestead Exemption in Flagler County. If you miss the deadline, the Flagler County Property Appraiser’s office

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Palm Coast Watering Restrictions for Daylight Saving Time

| March 1, 2015

Palm Coast Watering Restrictions for Daylight Saving Time

Watering restrictions during Daylight Saving Time begin March 8 and run through Nov. 1 in 2015. Here's the landscape irrigation policy for Palm Coast,

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Good Samaritan Act Leads to Charges of Forgery, Grand Theft, Assault and a Stand-Off

| February 27, 2015

Good Samaritan Act Leads to Charges of Forgery, Grand Theft, Assault and a Stand-Off

John Sole, a 31-year-old resident of Paul Lane in Palm Coast with a brief but recurring history of trouble with the law, became allegedly

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To Replace Manager Bruce Campbell, Flagler Beach Returns to Old Playbook: Doing Nothing

| February 27, 2015

To Replace Manager Bruce Campbell, Flagler Beach Returns to Old Playbook: Doing Nothing

Like his predecessor, who was an interim manager of Flagler Beach for five years before he decisively quit, Bruce Campbell is finding it difficult

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Flagler Youth Orchestra Performs Strings Around the World Concert at Auditorium Monday

| February 27, 2015

Flagler Youth Orchestra Performs Strings Around the World Concert at Auditorium Monday

The FYO presents an evening of music featuring compositions from five continents and a dozen cultures in the second of its 10th year anniversary

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Florida & Beyond, and All Opinions

Citing “Florida Exceptionalism,” Gov. Scott Calls for Tax Cuts and Education Spending in State of the State

| March 3, 2015

Citing “Florida Exceptionalism,” Gov. Scott Calls for Tax Cuts and Education Spending in State of the State

Gov. Rick Scott used the annual State of the State address Tuesday to try to reinvigorate his legislative agenda after a difficult opening to his second term.

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In Fear of ATS: The Palm Coast City
Council’s Red-Light Camera Delusions

| March 1, 2015

In Fear of ATS: The Palm Coast City <br />Council’s Red-Light Camera Delusions

After coming close to suspending its red-light camera [program, the Palm Coast City Council has retreated, again exposing a willingness to do its camera vendor's bidding before looking after its residents' interests.

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Shackling Juveniles: Despite 2009 Court Decision, Practice Continues Away From Courtroom

| March 1, 2015

Shackling Juveniles: Despite 2009 Court Decision, Practice Continues Away From Courtroom

Florida's Supreme Court found shackling juveniles "repugnant, degrading, humiliating, and contrary to the stated primary purposes of the juvenile justice system" in a 2009 decision barring the practice in courtrooms, but shackling carries on elsewhere.

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The State of the State Floridians Should Hear

| March 1, 2015

The State of the State Floridians Should Hear

With 3.2 million Florida households struggling every month to stretch paychecks to cover basic necessities, former Florida Sen. Dan Gelber outlines a State of the State Floridians swill not hear when the governor opens

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Why Almost 1 in 4 Floridian Driver Has No Car Insurance: Poverty

| February 28, 2015

Why Almost 1 in 4 Floridian Driver Has No Car Insurance: Poverty

Florida’s poverty rate is 17 percent and 23.8 of its motorists are uninsured. Uninsured drivers face stiff fines in many states, but some that have such penalties on the books often fail to enforce them.

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Bi-Partisan Lawmakers Looking to Expunge Criminal Records of Non-Violent Juveniles

| February 27, 2015

Bi-Partisan Lawmakers Looking to Expunge Criminal Records of Non-Violent Juveniles

An Orlando Senator is sponsoring a bill that would allow the expunging of records for minors who commit nonviolent misdemeanors and go on to complete diversion programs.

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Emergency Grants of Up to $600 Available to Flagler Seniors For Home Energy Assistance

| February 27, 2015

Emergency Grants of Up to $600 Available to Flagler Seniors For Home Energy Assistance

Eligibility is determined by income (gross household income must be below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines), and at least one member of the household must be at least 60 years old.

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Net Neutrality: If History Is Any Guide, The Battle Is Far From Over

| February 27, 2015

Net Neutrality: If History Is Any Guide, The Battle Is Far From Over

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to approve new rules that effectively barred Internet companies from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others.

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Pot. Beer Wars. Gambling. Even Pension Reform. Sen. Rob Bradley Says Bring ‘Em On

| February 26, 2015

Pot. Beer Wars. Gambling. Even Pension Reform. Sen. Rob Bradley Says Bring ‘Em On

Many of this Florida legislative session's thorniest issues --- and more --- rest in the hands of Sen. Rob Bradley, a laid-back junior legislator and chairman of a committee dubbed by Senate President Andy Gardiner

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1.6 Million Floridians, 6,000 in Flagler, May Lose Health Subsidies: Supreme Court Decides

| February 26, 2015

1.6 Million Floridians, 6,000 in Flagler, May Lose Health Subsidies: Supreme Court Decides

Subsidies may be lost for 90 percent of ACA participants if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that residents of states like Florida, which have no health marketplace of their own, may not qualify for federal

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Gov. Rick Scott Heading Back to Paris Air Show in Hopes of Attracting Aerospace Jobs

| February 25, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott Heading Back to Paris Air Show in Hopes of Attracting Aerospace Jobs

In 2013, the every-other-year air show drew more than 315,000 visitors, 2,215 international exhibitors and delegations from 102 different countries. The effectiveness of Scott's trips, however, remains suspect to some.

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Rudy Giuliani Loses It

| February 25, 2015

Rudy Giuliani Loses It

Donald Kaul has been trying to make up his mind about Rudy Giuliani: "I can’t decide whether he’s a nutball or a sleazeball," he writes. "For now I’m going with a sleazy nutball, but I’m

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Arts in Palm Coast & Flagler Flagler Commission Signals More Culture Support Ahead as It Approves FBI Art Cop Grant For League

Flagler Commission Signals More Culture Support Ahead as It Approves FBI Art Cop Grant For League

Flagler County government has never had a grants program for the arts, aside from its Tourist Development Council grants. Now, Administrator Craig Coffey is suggesting the county begin such a program.

Mar 3, 2015 / More »
Flagler 911 Road Rage on Belle Terre, Car Break-in at Cracker Barrel, Illegal Brass Knuckles and Drinking

Road Rage on Belle Terre, Car Break-in at Cracker Barrel, Illegal Brass Knuckles and Drinking

Weekend criminal activity in Palm Coast and Bunnell included a young mother and her children in their car being assaulted on Belle Terre Parkway, an underage drinking party at the Holiday Inn and

Mar 2, 2015 / More »
Rights & Liberties Bi-Partisan Lawmakers Looking to Expunge Criminal Records of Non-Violent Juveniles

Bi-Partisan Lawmakers Looking to Expunge Criminal Records of Non-Violent Juveniles

An Orlando Senator is sponsoring a bill that would allow the expunging of records for minors who commit nonviolent misdemeanors and go on to complete diversion programs.

Feb 27, 2015 / More »
The Live Wire Attention Homeowners: Now’s The Deadline For Homestead Exemption Applications

Attention Homeowners: Now’s The Deadline For Homestead Exemption Applications

Today is the deadline to file for a Homestead Exemption in Flagler County. If you miss the deadline, the Flagler County Property Appraiser’s office may be able to work with you within a

Mar 2, 2015 / More »
Pierre Tristam In Fear of ATS: The Palm Coast City <br />Council’s Red-Light Camera Delusions

In Fear of ATS: The Palm Coast City
Council’s Red-Light Camera Delusions

After coming close to suspending its red-light camera [program, the Palm Coast City Council has retreated, again exposing a willingness to do its camera vendor's bidding before looking after its residents' interests.

Mar 1, 2015 / 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 The State of the State Floridians Should Hear

The State of the State Floridians Should Hear

With 3.2 million Florida households struggling every month to stretch paychecks to cover basic necessities, former Florida Sen. Dan Gelber outlines a State of the State Floridians swill not hear when the

Mar 1, 2015 / More »
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YMCA May Return to Flagler As School District Considers Leasing Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club »

YMCA May Return to Flagler As School District Considers Leasing Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

Facing a deficit that will exceed $200,000, the school district's Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club may find its savior in the Volusia Flagler YMCA, which has been in discussions with the school administration over a potential lease arrangement of the health facility.

Mar 3 2015 / 2 comments / Read More »

7 Flagler Schools Share $668,000 in Bonus Dollars for Improving or Keeping High Grades »

7 Flagler Schools Share $668,000 in Bonus Dollars for Improving or Keeping High Grades

The money rewards schools that either maintain A or B grades or improve significantly toward such grades. It is one of the reasons Florida's high-stakes testing has been facing criticism, as student testing is directly tied to monetary consequences.

Mar 3 2015 / No comment / Read More »

Correctly Anticipating State Problems, Flagler Delayed School Testing Until Thursday »

Correctly Anticipating State Problems, Flagler Delayed School Testing Until Thursday

Rarely in the spotlight, Shawn Schmidli, the Flagler school district's assessment director, anticipated that state-issued computer tests would have problems, and delayed Flagler's testing until Thursday.

Mar 3 2015 / No comment / Read More »
The Live Wire

Attention Homeowners: Now’s The Deadline For Homestead Exemption Applications »

Attention Homeowners: Now’s The Deadline For Homestead Exemption ApplicationsToday is the deadline to file for a Homestead Exemption in Flagler County. If you miss the deadline, the Flagler County Property Appraiser’s office may

Mar 2 2015 / No comment / Read More »
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