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In Walton, One Confederate Flag Replaces Another as “Compromise” Is Termed a Cop-Out

| July 28, 2015

The Panhandle’s Walton County Commission today voted 4-0 to replace the Confederate battle flag with the first flag of the Confederacy, the Stars and Bars, on government grounds, eliciting applause from some and ridicule from others.

Genesis Was Wrong: Man’s Dominion Over Animals Is Stewardship, Not Ownership

| July 28, 2015

Pope Francis has now rejected mainstream Christian view, insisting that being created in God’s image doesn’t mean dominion over the earth or absolute domination over other creatures.

17-Year-Old Shot on Lewisdale Lane in Palm Coast Amid Murky Circumstances

| July 28, 2015

A 17-year-old man was shot in the stomach at 3:50 p.m. at the intersection of Lewisdale Lane and Lewis Drive in Palm Coast. Flagler County Fire Flight, the emergency helicopter, flew the victim to Shands hospital in Jacksonville, taking off around 4:20 p.m.

Palm Coast Council Member Bill McGuire Wants End to City Funding of School Deputy

| July 28, 2015

Palm Coast pays for one of the six school deputies on Flagler’s 11 campuses. McGuire wants the school district to pick up that cost, but he drew little support from fellow-council members.

Sheriff Seeking Help Locating 16-Year-Old Lawrence Evans, Missing Since July 23

| July 28, 2015

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Lawrence Bennie Evans, 16, of Bunker View Drive in Palm Coast. Evans has a history of running away. He was last seen on July 23.

Tuesday Briefing: Nominate Your Veteran of the Year, Black on Trump, and Those Dull Tax Hearings

| July 28, 2015

The county is looking for nominations for Veteran of the Year, tax rate hearings begin today with the school board, Lewis Black gives Donald Trump the kick in the toupee he needs, from back in 2012.

Flagler Live-Blogs Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 6: Skinny Dipping Sins

| July 27, 2015

In Chapter 6 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout and Henry take a dip in the waters off Finch Landing, fully clothed, but no one believes they stayed modest.

County and Bunnell Join Schools and Palm Coast’s Higher Taxes, Flagler Beach Holds Line

| July 27, 2015

The tax increases are generating almost no opposition, in large part because they are tied to benefits taxpayers can see: raises for teachers and cops, additions of firefighters (three this year at the county, three more next year), restoring reserves decimated during the recession, and so on.

Whistleblower Suit Against Sheriff Proceeds as Judge Rejects Latest Attempt to Dismiss It

| July 27, 2015

Circuit Judge Michael Orfinger this morning ordered the whistleblower lawsuit to go forward, putting the case on track for trial next year, in the thick of Manfre’s re-election campaign.

Palm Coast Motorcyclist Willie French, 41, Trauma-Evacuated After Wreck on Belle Terre

| July 27, 2015

Motorcyclist Willie E. French Jr., a 41-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s R-Section, was trauma-evacuated early this morning after he collided with a car at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and Whipporwill Drive.

In Flagler Sheriff’s Race, It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again As Fleming and Pollinger Join Forces Against Manfre

| July 27, 2015

The flagler sheriff’s race will feature a familiar cast of characters as Don Fleming again will challenge Jim Manfre, this time with ex-candidate John Pollinger at Fleming’s side.

At Olustee State Park, Confederacy Wins One As Plan For Union Monument Is In Retreat

| July 27, 2015

Florida’s Olustee Battlefield State Park, site of the Civil War’s largest battle in the state, was to have a Union monument until opponents revived an old conflict.

Monday Briefing: Sheriff’s Budget, Bunnell and County Tax Rates, and Cheating Ethically

| July 27, 2015

The County Commission and Bunnell’s city commission today set their proposed tax rates, and the county reviews the budgets of constitutional officers including a big increase submitted by the sheriff.

Barack Obama Stands Up to the Warmongers

| July 26, 2015

The US is not a partisan in the Shia-Sunni struggle. If anything, the US confronts mainly Sunni terrorism, funded from Saudi Arabia, not Shia terrorism backed by Iran.

Flagler Live-Blogs Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 5: Days Of Her Lives

| July 24, 2015

In Chapter 5 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout flashes back to childhood as she skates on a date with Henry.

Old Battle Brews As Land Owner Snags Flagler Beach Offer to Make Old Golf Course Whole

| July 24, 2015

Instead of selling a 2.9-acre parcel to the city to fill in the old Ocean Palm Golf Club, the parcel owner rejected the city’s offer and asserted it will seek a zoning change, reviving a 25-year legal battle over the land at the south end of town.

State Ethics Commission Finds Sheriff Manfre in Violation on 3 Counts in 6-1 Vote; He Doubles Down

| July 24, 2015

Meeting in Tallahassee this morning, the Florida Ethics Commission voted 6-1 to find probable cause that Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre violated the state’s ethics laws on three counts. The case now goes to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution.

SUV Overturns in T-Bone Wreck at Whiteview and U.S. 1, But Only Minor Injury

| July 24, 2015

A Nissan SUV overturned after it was t-boned at the intersection of Whiteview Parkway and U.S. 1 in Palm Coast shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, resulting in one minor injury to the driver of the car that struck the SUV.

Weekend Briefing: Sheriff Manfre v. Ethics Commission, Credit Card Thief Sought, A Marineland Engagement

| July 24, 2015

Sheriff Manfre’s case goes before the Florida Ethics Commission this morning, the sheriff’s office is seeking the public’s help finding a credit card thief caught on video, a donation drive for the family victimized by a May fire in Palm Coast.

Flagler Live-Blogs Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 4: Maycomb Delta

| July 23, 2015

In Chapter 4 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout and Henry have a date after Lee gives us a brief history of Maycomb, in words almost identical to those used in Mockingbird.

Florida Supreme Court Refuses to Lift Stay on Execution of Jerry Correll, Who Contested Lethal Injection

| July 23, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision turned down AG Pam Bondi’s request to let Gov. Scott set an executuon date, and ordered a hearing on Correll’s assertion that the drug poses a heightened risk to him because of his alleged brain damage and history of drug use.

Hobby Lobby, Brass Tap Beer Bar, Moe’s Grill and 500 Jobs: Island Walk Is 84% Full

| July 23, 2015

The developers of Island Walk, the once and future shopping center previously known as Palm Harbor in the heart of Palm Coast, have secured long-term leases with enough retailers to fill 84 percent of its space when it begins opening in phases in 2016.

Within 5 Hours, Two Shoplifting Incidents at Walmart Escalate Into Felonies With Assaults

| July 23, 2015

Walmart in Palm Coast was the scene of two separate and apparently unrelated incidents that started as shoplifting and turned into aggravated assault in one case, and grand theft auto, reckless driving and fleeing cops in another. Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies made an arrest in the first case. They are still searching for the suspect in the second case.

Palm Coast Back-Pats Its Grim Luck: Red-Light Camera Suit Dismissed After Plaintiff’s Death

| July 23, 2015

Palm Coast’s decision not to settle a lawsuit against it had looked like a mistake once the Supreme Court ruled red-light cameras illegal, until the plaintiff died and was not replaced on the lawsuit, allowing the city to slither out of the it.

Thursday Briefing: Bull Creek Restaurant Celebrates Year 1, Flagler Beach Still Disputes Sea Ray Lot

| July 23, 2015

It’s a weekend celebration at Bull Creek Fish Camp, it’s continuing opposition to Sea Ray’s parking lot plans at the Flagler Beach City Commission, and Christian Thieleman conducts the complete first symphony by Beethoven.

Reporter Kicked Out: When Public Officials Abuse Florida’s Sunshine Law, With Lawmakers’ Blessing

| July 22, 2015

A “health district” run by public officials closes a public meeting under a bogus exemption to the Sunshine law, and gets a blank check to secretly talk about whatever it wishes, though it affects public policy.

Walmart And Other Big Energy Users Want Out of Florida’s Conservation Program, Claiming They Can Do Better

| July 22, 2015

Opponents say such a one-sided proposal would shift costs to small businesses and residential customers and jeopardize the viability of the 35-year-old conservation program.

Flagler-Palm Coast Score Most “Fantastic” Month of Home Sales Since Recession

| July 22, 2015

The 247 homes sold in June reduced the county’s supply to just five months’ worth, tilting the market to sellers’ advantage, while prices saw a healthy rise as well.

School District Likely to Close Belle Terre Swim and Racquet to the Public in September

| July 22, 2015

The Flagler County School Board, which runs the facility, may close it to the public as early as September as its losses this year totaled $137,000.

Wednesday Briefing: Vehicle Burglaries Rash, Godspell Auditions, Breakfast With Lawmakers

| July 22, 2015

Vehicle burglaries at Flagler beaches has the sheriff’s office again urging motorists to take basic precautions, City Repertory Theatre auditions for “Godspell,” the campaign against Planned Parenthood.

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