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

| February 28, 2015

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.

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

| February 27, 2015

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 violent with his mother after she could not cash fraudulent checks.

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

| February 27, 2015

Like his predecessor, who was an interim manager of Flagler Beach for five years before he decisively quit, Bruce Campbell is finding it difficult to walk away from the job, and the city commission is not making it easy for him.

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

| February 27, 2015

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.

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

| February 27, 2015

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.

From Harry Potter to Indian Trails Complex, Quidditch Tournament Snitches In on Brooms

| February 27, 2015

Quidditch doesn’t exist. At least not officially. But for two days at Indian Trails, the United States Quidditch South Regional Tournament will feature 14 teams from four states competing in the game Harry Potter made famous, and that’s now played on thousands of college and university campuses.

Palm Coast Will Borrow $30 Million to Build New Sewer Plant, Pledging No Rate Increase For 5 Years

| February 26, 2015

The new plant would be financed with a 20-year loan at less than 1 percent interest, and the city’s total debt load would rise to around $200 million. It also depends on steady growth in coming years.

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

| February 26, 2015

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 as the “Thunderdome.”

Palm Coast Man, 19, Charged With Raping 11-Year-Old Girl He Met on Facebook

| February 26, 2015

Karl Westgate, a 19-year-old resident of Palm Coast who became a father two months ago, faces a capital rape charge and other charges of possessing child pornography after exchanging nude pictures of himself and the girl with her.

Father Jailed on Felony Child Abuse After 15-Year-Old Films Beating and Abuse on Mac

| February 26, 2015

Anthony Schneider, 42, of Royal Leaf Lane in Palm Coast, represents the fourth arrest of a parent or guardian in Palm Coast this month over charges of violently abusing a child.

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

| February 26, 2015

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 subsidies. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case next week.

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

| February 25, 2015

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.

Rudy Giuliani Loses It

| February 25, 2015

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 open to suggestions.”

Edmon Welch Sentenced to Life in Prison For Home Invasion and Battery on 88 Year Old

| February 25, 2015

A jury had found Edmon N. Welch guilty of the home invasion and battery on Ray Mercer in August 2013. An accomplice Jody Medders, is already serving five years in prison.

Armed Car-Jacking in Bunnell Ends in Volusia With Arrest of Four Flagler Teens

| February 25, 2015

All four suspects are from Palm Coast and Bunnell, the youngest being 15. They were arrested after a pursuit involving four police agencies and Volusia County’s Air One helicopter.

Days Before 11th Grade Language Test, Gov. Scott Issues Executive Order Suspending It

| February 24, 2015

Union officials had pushed for suspending the entire school-accountability testing system for a year. The education commissioner wants a few more tests curtailed, but the bulk of the system would remain in place.

Palm Coast May Reduce Red-Light Cameras to 5, But Won’t Scrap Program For Fear of ATS

| February 24, 2015

Fearful of a lawsuit from ATS, its red-light camera provider. the Palm Coast City Council says it would reduce the cameras from 43 to five, but not eliminate them, even if it means ending all its revenue from the cameras but preserving that of ATS.

Flagler Jail Inmates Charged With Lewdness For Masturbating During GED Class

| February 24, 2015

James Simmons, a 40-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s P-Section, is facing a series of felonies in other incidents, and now faces an additional third-degree felony.

County Attorney Al Hadeed Responds to “Extreme Allegations” in Ex-Supervisor Weeks’s Florida Bar Complaint

| February 24, 2015

The Florida Bar complaint against Hadeed by Kimberle Weeks, never made public until the county administration released it Monday, was part of a series of similar maneuvers Weeks and an ally filed with the state ethics commission and the state elections commission.

Dustin Sims of Flagler Palm Coast High School Named Florida’s Assistant Principal Of the Year

| February 23, 2015

For the first time in recent memory–and possibly in the district’s history–a Flagler County educator has won his category’s top honor in Florida.

As FAA Issues Rules, New Palm Coast Drone Company Beguiles Realtors and Others

| February 23, 2015

CAVU Aerial Photography, a drone company in Palm Coast since August, has been showing Realtors, communications companies and others the many uses of drone technology, which is expected to boom with the FAA’s new, more permissive rules.

Special Election’s Final Four: Cox, Hutson, Morley and Renner in Tuesday Forum

| February 23, 2015

This time the forum, at the Realtors building on SR100, will feature audience questions. All four candidates are scheduled to appear at the 6 p.m. event.

2015 Legislative Session: 10 Issues To Watch

| February 23, 2015

Starting March 3, and for 60 days, the House and Senate will grapple with hot-button issues ranging from standardized testing in public schools to reforming the troubled prison system, plus the one must-pass bill of the session: a roughly $77 billion state budget.

FPC’s Dustin Sims Is One of Three Finalist For State Assistant Principal of the Year

| February 23, 2015

The Assistant Principal of the Year receives a cash prize of $2,500 and a weekend resort stay at the Walt Disney World Resort and theme park admission also courtesy of Disney Youth Programs.

When Your Armed Neighbor Comes
Knocking: Guns and Muslims in Chapel Hill

| February 22, 2015

What kind of country do we live in, where it’s legal for a man to bring a weapon to a noise complaint? Or a parking dispute? Mitchell Zimmerman confronts the Chapel Hill killings of three Muslims.

Cyclist Susan Lantz, 62, of St. Augustine, Is Killed on A1A in Collision With a Car

| February 22, 2015

Susan Lantz, a 62-year-old resident of St. Augustine, was killed Sunday morning (Feb. 22) as she rode her bicycle on State Road A1A just north of Crescent Beach, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Florida Ports Want Government Help Luring Shipping From New York, Georgia and Texas

| February 21, 2015

The Florida Ports Council calls for lawmakers to create an advertising effort to attract shipping, import-distribution centers as well as export-oriented manufacturing companies to Florida.

Lily Sara, Humanitarian and Founder of
La Voix de La Femme Libanaise, 1929-2014

| February 21, 2015

Lily Sara, one of Lebanon’s leading humanitarians and founder of La Voix de La Femme Libanaise–the Voice of the Lebanese Woman–died in Beirut on Dec. 10, 2014. Testimonies and eulogies were offered on Dec. 13.

From His Flagler Beach Home Base: Ray Black Jr.’s Road to NASCAR’s Truck Series

| February 20, 2015

Ray Black Jr., competing tonight in NASCAR’s Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, tells of his joujrney from Alabama to Flagler Beach, and the wisdom in not wrecking.

After Just One Arrest in 4 Years on Prostitution-Related Charges, Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest 4 in 48 Hours

| February 20, 2015

Flagler sheriff’s detectives Wednesday and Thursday arrested two men for soliciting sex, a woman for prostituting herself, and a man for pimping another woman, to a group of men who turned out to be undercover detectives.

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