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In a First, Blind High School Student Is Matanzas-FPC Football Game’s Radio Commentator

| August 26, 2016

Trent Ferguson, 18, a student at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, will be the color commentator on WNZF Radio of the Matanzas-FPC match at 7 p.m. Friday, a unique experiment for the radio station that may not end there.

Palm Coast Data Parent Posts $10.4 Million Loss, Biggest Since 2009 as Revenue Drops

| August 26, 2016

The losses bode poorly for Palm Coast Data, which at one point a decade ago was the city’s largest private employer. Its parent company’s revenue is now almost synonymous with its own, and it’s a fifth of what it was 10 years ago.

Publix Campaign Politics

| August 23, 2016

Publix contributed at least $306,000 from Aug. 1 to Aug. 12, the latest information posted on the state Division of Elections website. Of that amount, $250,000 went to Florida Chamber of Commerce political committees.

Despite $1.65 Billion Profit in 2015, FPL Seeks 23% Rate Increase Over Next Three Years

| August 22, 2016

The proposal would increase the monthly base rate for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from $57 to about $70 by 2020. The Public Service Commission would have to approve.

Long-Time Jeweler Robert Zetrouer Sentenced to 25 Years for Raping Child He Blamed

| August 19, 2016

Palm Coast Jeweler Robert Zetrouer, 65, blamed the 13-year-old girl he raped and claimed he assaulted her only to prepare her for boys: that evidence was revealed today just before he was sentenced to what amounts to a life sentence in prison.

Citizens Insurance May See 6.8% Rate Hike as Water-Damage Claims Spike

| August 18, 2016

In Flagler County, 2 percent of all insured properties were insured by Citizens, or $265.7 million worth of property. That’s less than the 5 percent of properties insured statewide by Citizens.

Hikers, Campers, and the Limits of Leave No Trace

| August 18, 2016

Leave No Trace seems to extend only to the easily visible: trash, toilet paper, bodily functions, and so forth. Anything you can’t see with the naked eye — like sweat, detergent, sunblock, mosquito repellent, pesticides, and other chemicals — seems to get a pass.

Florida Elections Officials Seek to Assure Voters That Machines Are Safe From Hacking

| August 10, 2016

Florida elections officials are pushing back on suggestions that this year’s voting results could be hacked or otherwise threatened by a cyberattack.

Business Briefs: McFarland and Sprague at Grand Living, Ecker at Parkside, McEnaney at Real Living Palm West

| August 9, 2016

Susan McFarland and Karen Sprague have joined Grand Living Realty, Randy Ecker earned his real estate broker’s license, Kathy McEnaney has joined Real Living Palm West Home Realty.

Back to Eden Café, Specializing in Vegetarian and Raw Foods, Re-Opens in Downtown Flagler Beach

| August 9, 2016

Back to Eden Café in Flagler Beach, the organic, vegan, vegetarian, and raw living foods restaurant, has re-opened, manager Maria Serrano said. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinners downtown at at 210 S. Central Ave.

What Slowdown? Jobs Surge to 255,000 in July, Wages Jump, Unemployment at 4.9%

| August 5, 2016

June and July’s numbers have surged again, with 292,000 new jobs in June and 255,000 in July, bringing the year’s total to 1.3 million new jobs, and keeping the unemployment rate at 4.9 percent.

Gov. Scott Says Florida Still a “Safe State” as Zika Travel Advisories Begin to Target the State

| August 4, 2016

A big concern for Florida is the frequency of travel between the state and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, where more than 4,500 cases have been reported, nearly all contracted through mosquitoes.

Tiffany Edwards Returns to Flagler Chamber as Events and Marketing Director

| August 4, 2016

Edwards’ chief responsibilities will include planning, executing and marketing special events, securing event sponsors and developing new programs as determined by the Chamber board.

The American Dream, Canada-Bound

| July 31, 2016

Our country has historically prided itself on being a socially mobile society, where your ability is more important than the race or class you’re born into. Not anymore. If you forgot to be born into a wealthy family, you’re better off today living in Canada or Northern Europe.

Floridians Have Cut Landlines in Half Since 2011

| July 29, 2016

Florida residents and businesses are continuing to get rid of traditional telephone landlines as they rely on wireless phones and internet technology, according to a state report.

Florida Hospital Will Install Infrared Palm Scan To Improve Patient Identification

| July 29, 2016

The PatientSecure device uses infrared light to painlessly scan the palm, then links the unique biometric trait to each patient’s electronic health record. It’s the latest effort to combat identity theft.

Republicans’ Women Problem

| July 27, 2016

Long before Donald Trump the Republican Party has been relentlessly pushing policies aimed at curtailing women’s reproductive rights, economic freedom, access to health care, and autonomy.

Amazon to Open 1,500-Job Fulfillment Center in Jacksonville, 3rd in Florida

| July 27, 2016

A day after announcing the opening of a 750,000 square-foot shipping center in Romeoville, Ill., Amazon today announced it would open a slightly larger fulfillment center in Jacksonville, employing some 1,500 people. It will be the third Amazon center in Florida. Centers in Lakeland and Ruskin employ a combined 3,000 people.

Forest Grove Drive Access to Old Kings Road North Closes Permanently

| July 25, 2016

This permanent road closure is the final step in the recent construction of the Old Kings Road extension on the west side of Forest Grove and the Palm Harbor Parkway extension on its east side.

Goodbye News-Journal

| July 24, 2016

Rick de Yampert, the former arts writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, explains why he cancelled his newspaper subscription for the first time in 43 years.

6 People Rescued From Tugboat on Fire in Ocean Off Marineland

| July 22, 2016

It was not the first recent problem for the Thomas Dann tugboat. Two fireballs were seen from shore, indications of explosions. Its crew was picked up by a fishing vessel, though Flagler County Fire Rescue’s Marine Unit was set to carry out the rescue.

Pyrrhic Vanishing: Democrats Unite, But What Happened To Medicare For All?

| July 18, 2016

Most health policy analysts — including those who are sympathetic to the idea — say moving from the current U.S. public-private hybrid health system to one fully funded by the government in one step is basically impossible. And that’s making a huge assumption that it could get through Congress.

In Debt, Flagler Chamber of Commerce Seeking to Sell Building But Stay Put as Tenant

| July 12, 2016

As debts have caught up with the organization, members of the Flagler Chamber of Commerce and Affiliates this afternoon learned that the chamber is seeking to sell the 10,000 square foot building it has owned, occupied and leased to other tenants since 2006.

Obama Renews Call for Public Option in Health Law to Compete With Private Insurers

| July 11, 2016

Before the public option was dropped in 2010 many liberals hoped — and conservatives feared — that having the government provide insurance alongside private companies would be a step toward a full government-run system.

Latest Florida Newspaper Layoffs Claim Lloyd Dunkelberger of Tallahassee and Recount Fame

| July 11, 2016

Following the latest round of reporter layoffs, they will be replaced, if at all, by younger, cheaper bodies who have not necessarily been taught the difference between putting bylines on news releases and honest reporting, writes Florence Snyder.

Chris Sousa, 21, Matanzas Graduate and Driven Entrepreneur, Struck and Killed by Car in Ormond Beach

| July 10, 2016

Chris Sousa, a Palm Coast resident of Island Estates and a 2013 graduate of Matanzas High School, was killed early this morning as he walked when a vehicle struck him in Ormond Beach.

Economy Returns to Form With 287,000 New Jobs in June, Erasing Previous Month’s Retreat

| July 8, 2016

The national economy in June added 287,000 jobs, its best performance in eight months and a sharp reversal from May’s slumber, when just 11,000 jobs were created–the worst monthly performance since the end of the Great Recession seven years ago.

Don’t Be Fooled: FPL Knocks Off 34-Cent Nukes Charge Only to Prepare for 22.6% Base-Rate Increase

| July 7, 2016

Typical customers will see a 34 cent a month decrease, but FPL is preparing to ask for a huge base-rate increase of 22.6 percent over three years, which will make the savings from the nuclear charge irrelevant.

52 Burglaries Strike Palm Coast’s Major Hotels Overnight, Including Hammock Beach Resort

| July 7, 2016

Some 52 vehicles were targeted in burglaries at four Palm Coast hotels overnight, with smashed windows and stolen belongings in what appears to have been an organized spree.

Chain Restaurants Hurt the Economy, Pollute, And Pay Poverty Wages. Eat Local Instead.

| July 5, 2016

It’s time for big chains to strengthen local economies by keeping food purchases local and ending worker exploitation. But they don’t. Meanwhile, writes Anna Meyer, look for locally owned restaurants that source local and support raising the minimum wage for all workers.

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