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Judge Raul Zambrano Sentences Kentrell Johnson to Death For FSU Student Vincent Binder’s Murder

| September 16, 2014

Vincent Binder’s mutilated body was found in a St. Augustine field in April 2010, weeks after he was murdered by three convicts escaped from a Louisiana prison. Two were sentenced to death, one to life in prison.

Gamble Rogers Rec Area Will Keep Its Name as Flagler Beach Concedes: “Not Worth the Fight”

| September 16, 2014

The Flagler Beach City Commission and the County Commission both retreated from a push to remove Gamble Rogers’s name from the Flagler Beach recreation area following a series of setbacks and a public backlash against the idea.

Kimble Medley Appointed to Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board, 3 Others Reappointed

| September 16, 2014

Neil Copeland, Robert Branin and Gerry Chagnon, who had previously been an alternate, were re-appointed to the powerful board. Kenneth Klinkenberg, a former member, was appointed an alternate in City Council votes this morning.

Thrasher Almost Walks Out As He Is Heckled and Grilled By FSU Students and Staff

| September 16, 2014

During on-campus forums that are part of the presidential selection process, students and faculty often expressed a lack of trust in Thrasher, long considered the front runner for the FSU presidency.

Republican Optimism Grows as Scott Closes Gap with Crist

| September 15, 2014

More Republicans than Democrats cast ballots in last month’s primary elections, and Scott — facing a couple of token opponents — only fell about 6,000 votes short of matching the combined total votes for Crist and another Democratic candidate, former Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich.

Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Enrollment Approaches 400 as 10th Anniversary Season Begins

| September 15, 2014

The Flagler Youth Orchestra drew a record number of students as it began its 10th season today with bi-weekly classes at Indian Trails Middle School, a testament to the school district’s sustained support of its broadest, most successful afterschool arts program.

Weekend Violence: An Arrest Over Child Abuse, Another From a Baseball-Bat Assault

| September 15, 2014

Jolynn Martin, 29, of Bunnell, was arrested following a violent argument with two adults, one of whom was holding a 2-year-old girl, who allegedly got punched. Martin Wright, 54, of Bunnell, was arrested for allegedly taking a baseball bat to another man’s head in an argument.

Flagler Celebrating 2nd Annual Arts in Education Week From Stage to Frames to Slams

| September 15, 2014

More than a dozen arts and culture events put the focus this week on arts in education in Flagler and Palm Coast, including theater, art shows, a poetry slam and a costume gala.

Assault Weapons Don’t Kill People.
Handguns Kill People.

| September 15, 2014

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do. Yet Democrats and anti-gun advocates keep focusing on renewing the defunct assault-weapons ban.

For or Against Medical Marijuana, Seven Ex-Supreme Court Justices Explain Why They Oppose Amendment 2

| September 14, 2014

Amendment 2, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected – regardless of one’s position on the issue of medical marijuana, seven ex-Florida Supreme Court justices argue.

Ken Yarborough, 53, of Palm Coast, Is Killed In Single-Car Wreck at I-95 Exit Overnight

| September 14, 2014

Kenneth E. Yarborough, 53, of Palm Coast, was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima with passenger Omayra Rodriguez Jarrett, 31, who was seriously injured as the car struck trees and ended in a retention pond.

Nature Scapes Is Now Home to a Bird Sanctuary in the Late Marylou Baiata’s Memory

| September 13, 2014

Local bird expert Trudy Tappan helped started the Baiata Bird Sanctuary after the death of long-time owner Marylou Baiata in July. Her son has since taken over Nature Scapes, which now also includes on its grounds the new Hollingsworth Gallery and other features.

Continuing Brutality in Florida Prisons: 11 Guards Arrested Following Inmate Abuse

| September 13, 2014

On Wednesday, five prison guards were arrested for allegedly stomping on a handcuffed and shackled inmate at the Northwest Florida Reception Center last month. A sixth — a captain — was also charged with taking part in the attack and lying about it.

Sheriff’s Office Seeking Help Identifying Thieves Scheming With Credit Cards at Kangaroo Stores

| September 12, 2014

The suspects entered various Kangaroo Express stores and requested to purchase a $500 prepaid Visa credit card at each location.

Elections Supervisor Weeks Scuttles Latest Attempt to Resolve Elections Conflicts in Heated Meeting

| September 12, 2014

A Canvassing Board meeting Friday devolved into a partisan and often heated debate, but no resolution, as many conflicts that have framed Kimberle Weeks’s supervision of the last election remain unresolved ahead of November’s election.

Fuego Del Mar Restaurant Owner Again Draws Commissioner McGrew’s Wrath in Battle Over Entertainment Permits

| September 12, 2014

For the second time in 15 months, McGrew publicly let loose a torrent of venom against Nick Kimball, questioning his word, his neighborliness, his business habits, even his “good faith” in a 90-minute hearing where one of Kimball’s permit requests was approved, another denied.

Blame The Victim, Sports Fans: It’s Going To Be An Exciting Season for Misogyny

| September 11, 2014

Following video showing Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancee, there were scores of comments along the lines of “She slapped him! He had every right to hit her,” and the bizarre “Don’t start a fight you don’t intend to finish!” Diane Roberts isn’t taking it.

Amendment 1: GOP Raising Objections to Sensitive Lands Conservation Funding Measure

| September 11, 2014

The proposed “Water and Land Conservation” amendment would earmark 33 percent of the state’s documentary-stamp tax revenues — fees paid when real estate is sold — for 20 years. The money would go to buy conservation lands, protect areas vital to the water supply and restore natural systems that have been degraded, such as the Everglades.

Daytona State College Adds $500 Scholarship Drawing to Fall Open Houses and Kicks Off Accelerated Semesters

| September 11, 2014

A Fall Open House will be held at each of Daytona State College’s five campuses, including Palm Coast, and two instructional sites. And the college’s “mini-mester” makes for accelerated program completion

Everybody Needs a Little Raciness: City Rep Theatre Launches 4th Season With Joyful, Raunchy “Avenue Q”

| September 11, 2014

Nominated for six Tony awards and winner of three, “Avenue Q,” for the first time in Palm Coast, is a hilarious send-up of Seasame Street by way of hard-edged themes–racism, porn, suckiness–featuring puppets and songs. It’s all laughs.

3rd Palm Coast International Festival Set for Oct. 4 at Town Center

| September 11, 2014

Celebrate Palm Coast’s diverse cultural heritage – through food, wine, beer, entertainment and art – at the third annual Palm Coast International Festival, scheduled from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Central Park in Town Center.

34-Year-Old Worker Injured on Palm Coast Parkway 6-Laning Project as Circular Saw Jumps

| September 11, 2014

Jackie Wilcox, a 34-year-old employee of R. A. Scott Construction Company, was hospitalized Wednesday morning after he was struck in the face by a circular saw while working on cutting a large metal pipe. Wilcox, a resident of Daytona Beach, was in shock after the incident but the injury was non-life-threatening.

Sgt. Frank Celico’s Name Added to Memorial In 9/11 Commemoration at Heroes Park

| September 11, 2014

During the early morning ceremony at Heroes Park, Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts spoke of the Callery pear tree that survived the attacks of 9/11 at Ground Zero and has come to symbolize resilience and rebirth at the site.

Family Insurance Premiums Rise Modestly For 3rd Year, But Still Approach $17,000

| September 11, 2014

While both critics and supporters of the Affordable Care Act are likely to find fodder for their positions, the report portrays 2014 as a relatively stable year for employer coverage, with little change in the type of plans offered or their costs.

Obama’s Poisonous ISIS Moment and
The Snare of Remote-Controlled War

| September 10, 2014

It’s not enough to be fighting a losing war in Afghanistan and another against “terror” in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and wherever else Obama wants to play centurion to the world. Expanding the war to Syria is a grave error whose unintended consequences will add to 13 years’ worth of American setbacks in the Middle East.

Fish and Wildlife Proposing to Allow Silencers on Hunting Rifles and Pistols

| September 10, 2014

While critics said muzzling rifle shots could increase the risk of people being struck by wayward bullets or cause people to wander unaware into hunting areas, backers of the proposal said such concerns are unfounded.

Flagler Deputy Sees Man Choking a Woman After Pulling Him Over For Erratic Driving

| September 10, 2014

Sheriff’s Cmdr. Paul Bovino noticed William Murphy fighting with a woman as they drove north on U.S. 1 Tuesday evening, and pulled him over, only to then see Murphy allegedly escalate the confrontation.

Moving Minds, a Virtual Web Consultancy, Projects 50-Job Expansion in Flagler

| September 10, 2014

Moving Minds, originally D.C.-based, is looking to have a physical office in Flagler and hire 50 people over the next three to five years. The announcement by the county’s economic development council today was one of three potential job producers in the pipeline.

Flagler’s Constitutional Officers, With Combined Salaries of $1 Million, Get 0.4% Bump

| September 10, 2014

When the $140,406 in salaries to city elected officials is added to the figure, the combined total, for elected officials in Flagler County, stands at $1.13 million for the coming year, not including benefits.

Tin Man Veto: Gov. Rick Scott’s 4-Year War on Legal Aid for the Poor

| September 9, 2014

Owing to Scott, Florida is one of only four states that don’t spare a penny either from appropriations or earmarked court fees for legal aid. New York provides $56.8 million. Even in Texas there’s $6.26 for every estimated person in need.

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