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Heroin Overdoses Spike After Florida
Cracks Down on Prescription Pill Abuse

| January 26, 2015

Five years ago, Florida was the prescription drug capital of the U.S. Seven people died every day from overdoses. The state cracked down, but this year, heroin overdose deaths are expected to be double those number four years before.

No Surprise: Florida’s Economic Development Agency Wants Tax Subsidies for Daytona Speedway, Jaguars and 2 Other Sports Venues

| January 25, 2015

Daytona International Speedway is seeking $3 million a year for 30 years to subsidize its operations, the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars have asked for $1 million a year for three decades.

FBI Agents Interview 2 Palm Coast Employees In Inquiry Over Tony Capela Issues

| January 23, 2015

Palm Coast officials downplayed a 90-minute interview by two FBI agents of a public works division manager Wednesday and a briefer interview with the public works director, saying it’s related to settled matters in connection with ex-streets superintendent Tony Capela.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to 7.6%, Lowest Since April 2008, as State and Nation Improve

| January 23, 2015

Flagler County’s better numbers in December are clouded by the fact that they are not do to healthier job creation, but rather to a decreasing in the county’s labor force.

Second Armed Robbery in 2 Days Hits Palm Coast Store, This Time at 7-11 Near Starbucks

| January 23, 2015

Thursday evening’s robbery took place at the Mobil station and 7-11 convenience store on Palm Coast Parkway, near Starbucks and Old Kings Road. No one was hurt. The robber escaped with about $94 in cash.

11 Deputies, Several of Them Military Veterans, Join Flagler Sheriff’s Office

| January 23, 2015

The 10 men and one woman, all starting at $33,012 a year, include a retired police chief, four veterans of the U.S. military, and several deputies with college degrees.

Flagler Youth Orchestra Returns to United Methodist Church’s Concert Series Saturday

| January 23, 2015

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s 30-piece Harmony ensemble return for their annual performance in the Palm Coast United Methodist Church’s Concert Series Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m.

Isolating Scott, Florida Cabinet May Seek Investigation of FDLE Chief’s Abrupt Exit

| January 23, 2015

Longtime Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey left his job abruptly in December. The departure touched off a controversy this month after Bailey disclosed that he was forced out of the job and made potentially damaging allegations about the actions of Scott and the governor’s aides.

Publix at Palm Coast’s Town Center Is Target of an Armed Robbery Wednesday Evening

| January 22, 2015

The Publix store at Palm Coast’s Town Center was robbed late Wednesday evening by a man claiming to be dying of AIDS and feared to be armed. No one was injured, but the robber got away and has not been located.

Teen Who Twice Fled Home Returns; Stepfather Opts to Drop Charge Against Him

| January 22, 2015

Dawson Blaine King, a 15-year-old resident of 47 Westmount Lane in Palm Coast who’d gone missing on Jan. 15, was brought home only to get into a fight with his parents and run away again late Tuesday night.

Last of Seven Bridges on County Road 305 Is Completed and Re-Opens to Traffic

| January 22, 2015

Construction began on the bridge June 23, 2014. The total cost of construction is approximately $2.5 million paid for by a State Department of Transportation grant.

Rick Scott’s Firing of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey Unravels Political Motives

| January 22, 2015

The firing of a police commissioner because he would not allow his agency to be politicized sends the worst possible message to FDLE and the entire law enforcement community, writes Dan Gelber.

Spirited Proposal to Relax Dress Code in Flagler Schools Meets More Resistance Than Reason From Board

| January 21, 2015

Michael Manning, the student representative on the school board, is proposing to extend Friday’s more relaxed dress code to all days of the week, and he doesn’t fear challenging board members’ claims along the way.

8 Weeks After FSU Shooting, House Panel Approves Concealed Guns on Florida Campuses

| January 21, 2015

Currently, people are banned from carrying such weapons at Florida colleges and universities, with the exception of stun guns or similar devices. Data show that 246,632 Floridians between the ages of 21 and 35 have concealed carry permits.

Supreme Court May Invalidate Fair Housing Provision Cities Use to Combat Segregation

| January 21, 2015

The Supreme Court has been weakening many civil rights protections for decades. It appears on the verge of gutting the Fair Housing Act. It hears arguments in a case today that will be decided by the end of June.

Palm Coast’s Reilly Opelka, 17, Picked as Wild Card For Main Draw of Men’s Futures Tourney

| January 21, 2015

Reilly Opelka’s pick marks the first time in at least four years that a Palm Coast resident was selected by USTA as the Main Draw Wild Card for the tournament played in the city.

Seeking $500 Million Cut, Scott Asks for Lower Taxes on Cell Phone, Satellite and Cable Bills

| January 20, 2015

The governor’s office said it would save about $43 a year for a family that spends $100 a month on cell-phone and cable services, though spending on such services varies widely by household.

Candles and Prayers Flicker in Memorial For Elisa Homen, Victim of Jan. 9 School Bus Crash

| January 20, 2015

Some 50 people, including her nearly 4-year-old son and her fiancee, gathered for a memorial to Elisa Marie Homen, the 22-year-old recent Palm Coast resident who was fatally injured in a collision with a school bus on Whiteview Parkway on Jan. 9.

Flagler Schools’ Classroom to Careers Symposium Showcases Business’ Growing Presence on Campuses

| January 20, 2015

The first Flagler County education symposium featured the spread of flagship programs that merge private or non-profit businesses with classroom projects, from banking to journalism to medicine.

Florida Prison Ban on Beards Violates Muslim Inmates’ Religious Rights, Supreme Court Rules

| January 20, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Florida and six other states could not ban inmates from growing beards for religious reasons. The case originated in Arkansas.

Sheriff’s K-9 Units Sniff 2 Drug Busts; Unusual Heroin Arrest Echoes National Crisis

| January 20, 2015

Two Palm Coast residents arrested in separate traffic stops were arrested on numerous drug-trafficking charges, including, in one case, heroin trafficking, which reflects the rise in the use of the drug nationally.

Palm Coast’s Pink Army Run Raises $13,152 for Florida Hospital Flagler’s Breast Cancer Fund

| January 20, 2015

After an event that drew upwards of 1,000 runners, a record, Palm Coast’s Pink Army Run last October netted $13,152, money that will help defray the cost of mammograms and other breast-cancer diagnoses or treatments.

Missing From Salamander Hotel Proposal: Community Consensus and Respect for Past Agreements

| January 19, 2015

Chris Goodfellow, a resident of the Hammock, argues that Salamander Hotels’ proposed 198-room re-development requires a precedent-setting change the county commission should avoid absent clearer consensus from the Hammock community.

Palm Coast Fire Department Unveils New $360,000 Truck and Logo on Jan. 27

| January 19, 2015

The public can see Palm Coast’s new fire truck and its new logo on Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Marketplace parking lot.

Photography Traces an Evolution From Minor to Major Key at Flagler County Art League

| January 19, 2015

In a sign of the art form’s evolving seriousness in Palm Coast, the Flagler County Art League’s annual juried photography show drew 90 entries, 10 of which did not make the exhibit.

Tuesday Evening Memorial Set for Elisa Homen, Victim of School Bus Crash on Whiteview

| January 19, 2015

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Elisa Marie Homen, the 22-year-old Palm Coast resident who succumbed to her injuries four days after a collision with a school bus on Whiteview Parkway on Jan. 9.

American Sniper: For North Miami Beach Police Chief, Targeting Blacks Isn’t Profiling

| January 19, 2015

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015, Florida is still making national news over racism. Thank you for that, Police Chief J. Scott Dennis, writes Nancy Smith.

“We Cannot Walk Alone…
We Cannot Turn Back”

| January 19, 2015

Full text and video of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” a brief history of the origins and battles of the Martin Luther King federal holiday, and of the Martin Luther King monument at the Washington Mall.

Legal Aid For Poorer Floridians Diminishing, Commission Starts Work on Seeking Fair Fix

| January 18, 2015

With Gov. Scott opposed to moire funding, the 27-member Florida’s Commission on Access to Civil Justice will have to figure out how to provide additional funding for civil legal aid without simply asking for money from state legislators.

When Bigots Hide Behind Religious Freedom

| January 16, 2015

Kelvin Cochran, the former Atlanta fire chief, and his supporters, are using the veil of religious freedom to justify homophobic and bigoted views that have no place in the workplace.

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