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Organized Thieves With Taste for Champagne Target 3 Publix Stores in Palm Coast

| September 27, 2016

Three times in a single day last week, thieves working in concert struck at three different Palm Coast Publix stores to steal wines and champagnes. They’ve been getting away with plenty of both, in one case stealing nearly $3,000 worth of bottles.

Sally’s Safe Haven at Year 2: Where Children Traumatized by a Violent Parent Can Still Visit

| September 19, 2016

Sally’s Safe Haven in Bunnell, which has served almost 100 families so far, allows supervised visits for parents otherwise restricted from seeing their child. The haven is underwritten by a federal grant and run by the county and the the Children’s Home Society.

Another Unrealistic Trump Policy Proposal: Billions of Dollars for Homeschool Vouchers

| September 18, 2016

Trump recently proposed billions in spending to allow the nation’s poorest students to leave public schools and enroll elsewhere, including by using homeschooling. Except the plan won’t work for the poorest students.

Palm Coast and Flagler County Compete on Soccer Fields Over Frank Meeker’s Memory

| September 13, 2016

The late County Commissioner Frank Meeker, who died in July, had also served on the Palm Coast City Council, so both governments will have separate memorials to his memory on soccer fields at opposite ends of town.

Florida Hospitals in Flagler and Volusia Anchor 3-Year Project to Improve Lung Cancer Care

| September 13, 2016

The ACCC Optimal Care Coordination Model for Lung Cancer Patients on Medicaid project will work to reduce barriers to care by developing a care coordination model to leverage effective partnerships among cancer programs and practices, community organizations, patients, and primary care and specialty providers.

In 3-1 Vote, County Enacts Special Taxing Districts for Two Hammock Subdivisions to Drain Flooding

| September 12, 2016

Flagler County government is rolling out a long-awaited plan to contain drainage problems in Marineland Acres and the Malacompra Basin, with a new annual tax on property owners to help pay for the improvements. Some residents welcome the plan, others see it as costly and as jeopardizing the beachfront atmosphere.

Justice Perry Will Retire, Giving Gov. Scott 1st Chance to Appoint a Conservative to High Court

| September 12, 2016

Perry is among five jurists who make up a liberal-leaning majority of the seven-member court, which has drawn the wrath of the Republican governor and the GOP-dominated Legislature.

Why I Stand For The National Anthem

| September 10, 2016

There is outrage on the anniversary of 9/11: the outrage should be directed at those who have taken for granted the liberty and privilege of being a professional athlete by showing disrespect to our National Anthem by way of protest.

A Rape in Palm Coast, a Shooting in Flagler Beach, Yet Sheriff’s Office Suppresses All But Trickle of Information

| September 7, 2016

In a 24-hour span on Sept. 6, a woman reported twice being raped and a man reported being shot in separate incidents, both ending up at Florida Hospital Flagler, yet the sheriff’s office is suppressing all but a trickle of information on either case.

Heralding Brief Majority of Beards, Robert Cuff Is Sworn In as Palm Coast’s Newest Councilman

| September 6, 2016

Robert Cuff–the cerebral, witty and long-time Palm Coast resident and ITT man–took his seat at the city council this evening after winning his election last week. He takes up where Bill McGuire resigned.

That Dramatic Drop in Teen Births? Credit Easier Access to Contraceptives, Not Less Sex

| September 6, 2016

The drop was especially steep for younger girls: in births to girls 17 or younger in Flagler, the drop went from 12 such births per 1,000 in the early 90s to 3.8 in 2013-15, and four in Florida.

America’s Other Doping Problem: Drugging Up the Elderly in Hospitals

| September 2, 2016

An increasing number of elderly patients are on multiple medications, raising chances of dangerous drug interactions. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don’t communicate, and hospital doctors add to the list of drugs, sometimes unnecessarily or unsuitably.

One Solar Amendment Passed, Backers and Opponents of November Measure Square Off

| September 1, 2016

The November proposal is more controversial than the one voters approved Tuesday, drawing opposition from groups such as the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy that argue the measure is intended to benefit utilities.

Flagler’s Primary Results: Shocks, Coronations and Probabilities

| August 31, 2016

There were one or two shocks in the Flagler primary election results, not least of them another dismal turnout, but for the most part the numebrs produced expected winners and losers. Here’s a full analysis.

Election Day Briefing: It’s Primary Day, Tyler Harrison’s Status, Palm Coast Tax Rate, 10,000 Syrians, Vaping

| August 30, 2016

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Palm Coast City Council will decide where to set next year’s property tax rate, the United States gets its 10,000th Syrian refugee, vaping is as bad as smoking.

Monday Briefing: Last Day to Vote by Mail, Bunnell Budget, HPV Vaccine, Chomsky, Unambiguously Great Guitar Duo

| August 29, 2016

You can still pick up a vote-by-mail ballot today, Bunnell wraps up its budget workshops, the HPV vaccine protects against cancer but not enough parents are vaccinating their children, João Luiz e Douglas Lora guitar duo.

Does Diversifying Police Forces
Reduce Tensions? Not Necessarily.

| August 28, 2016

Beyond diversity, hiring officers who know and understand the community, asking officers to build better relationships with neighborhoods they serve, reducing officers’ use of aggressive arrest tactics and increasing officer training is shown to be more effective than changing the color of the ranks.

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.

Weekend Briefing: Early Voting Through Saturday, I Have a Dream Sunday, St. Thomas Episcopal Festival

| August 26, 2016

Friday and Saturday are the last days for early voting, Sunday marks the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington and MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech, family faith and fun festival at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Nasty, Brutish and Shrill: Flagler Sheriff’s Race Tests Edge of the Believable as Attacks Multiply

| August 25, 2016

Rick Staly, one of six GOP candidates for sheriff, launched attacks on Don Fleming and Jim Manfre but reserved particular wrath for John Lamb, though claims in the shape of a smoking gun turn out to be more gossipy than substantive.

Thursday Briefing: A Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy’s Memorial, School Strategy, 33,000 Gun Deaths, Phone Pacing

| August 25, 2016

The name of Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Homer Brooks, who died in 1965, is added to the sheriff’s memorial today, early voting continues, what to do about gun deaths.

Wednesday Briefing: More Early Voting, Hosseini’s ICI Homes Lands in Town Center, Cops Like SUVs, Messing With Muslims

| August 24, 2016

An arresting statement by Judge Foxman at a sentencing, keep voting, ICI homes places parcels under contract in Town Center, Black Lives Matter still, how New York cops regularly violate rules in investigations of Muslim groups.

For Bunnell’s Tucker, Sharp Loss on Firehouse Consolidation Signals Return to Minority

| August 23, 2016

Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker’s proposal to fold the Bunnell Fire Department into the county and shift savings to the city’s police department was rebuked Monday, and Tucker’s role on the commission appears to return to where it had been years ago: as a dissenter.

Tuesday Briefing: Youth Orchestra Recruiting, Zaire Roberts Sentencing, Solar’s Amendment 4, Shield Laws

| August 23, 2016

The Flagler Youth Orchestra recruits at Wadsworth and Belle Terre Elementaries with its quartet, Zaire Roberts is sentenced for the shooting of Phillip Haire in 2015, a primer on shield laws for journalists.

Monday Briefing: Future of Bunnell’s Fire Department, Stamps and Coins, Bad Bail, Good Burkinis, Mozart’s 27th

| August 22, 2016

Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker tries again to convince his colleagues to let Flagler County absorb the Bunnell Volunteer Fire Department, the burkini is making waves, FPL tries for another rate hike.

Un-American Activities

| August 20, 2016

Before Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” there was Extreme Vetter Pat McCarran, the Nevada Senator whose name graces some of America’s most xeonopbic, repressive and largely unconstitutional laws. Trump is channeling him.

Weekend Briefing: Shock of Syria Again, Kim Weeks in Court, Surfers for Autism, Lochte’s Lie, Trump’s Health

| August 19, 2016

Ex-elections supervisor Kim Weeks is in court for a pre-trial again, Robert Zetrouer, accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, is expected to be sentenced, the 7th annual Surfing for Autism day is Saturday, reading between the lines of Trump’s health.

Judge Allows European Village Shooter Daniel Noble to Seek Help in Indiana Pending Trial

| August 18, 2016

Daniel Noble, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, brandished an assault weapon and fired two shots at European Village before being wrestled to the ground in 2014. He’s been in treatment since, awaiting trial on assault charges.

Thomas Dougherty, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 18, 2016

Thomas Dougherty is the only NPA candidate for Flagler County Sheriff in the Nov. 8th general elections. He’ll face the winners the the Republican and Democratic primaries, but his self-funded run is limited.

Thursday Briefing: Bears Among Us, Schools’ Town Hall, Breitbart’s Trump, Golf Club Costs

| August 18, 2016

Early voting continues, a Fish and Wildlife bear specialist offers a primer on how to deal with bears in Palm Coast, spotting bullshit, Breitbart takes over Donald Trump, Fire Station 25 provides car seat checks.

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