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Scott’s River of Green Swells as He Asks for $130 Million for Everglades and South Florida

| January 22, 2014

The proposal comes a day after Scott announced he would recommend $55 million to restore and maintain the state’s natural springs, boosting money for the water bodies in Central and North Florida by $45 million from the current year.

California Sharply Improves Regulatory Oversight of Assisted-Living Facilities

| January 22, 2014

The wide-ranging array of proposed regulations would mandate annual inspections of the facilities and increase the size of financial penalties that the state can levy for failures in care. The proposals would also step up mandatory training for assisted living employees, require facilities to employ registered nurses in some instances and demand that California post inspection results online for the public to review.

Eulogy For a Tornado: Palm Coast Memorializes December Twister in Numbers and Kudos

| January 22, 2014

With a dramatic video narrated by Mayor Jon Netts and a line-up of presenters, the Palm Coast City Council heard and watched a recap of the December tornado that ripped through the city’s B, C and F Sections, with nearly final costs to property owners and to the city’s bottom line.

Cindy Moore and Jill Espinosa Earn School District’s Top Honors for 2013

| January 20, 2014

Cindy Moore, a testing coordinator and secretary at Flagler Palm Coast High School, was named the 2014 Employee of the Year, and Jill Espinosa, a kindergarten teacher at Belle Terre Elementary, was the Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent Application Window Closes With Just 20 Applicants, Several of Whom Are Already Disqualified

| January 18, 2014

It is an unusually low number for superintendent postings across the state, but not a surprising one considering the circumstances in Flagler, where Jacob Oliva is a heavy favorite, his front-runner status broadly publicized. All the applications are included.

Deputies Looking For Suspect in Car Break-In at Anytime Fitness

| January 17, 2014

Flagler County Detectives are looking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who broke into a parked car outside of Anytime Fitness located at 260 Cypress Edge Drive in Palm Coast just before noon on Thursday.

Another Florida Goon With a Gun, the End of the Internet, Your Richer, Happier Friends: The Live Wire

| January 15, 2014

Why retired cops are as dangerous as anyone with a gun, why the free Internet as we knew it may be over, Why your friends really are richer, happier and more popular than you, plus the smashing of Sigmund Freud, Dostoevsky’s doodles and Susan Sontag’s return from the dead.

With 3 Days To Go, Flagler Superintendent Job Draws Just 13 Applicants and Fewer Serious Contenders

| January 14, 2014

Candidates may have been turned off by the school board loudly and repeatedly telegraphing its favoritism for Assistant Superintendent Jacob Oliva, with the job posting straddling the holidays and the abbreviated search process likely not helping. The applications are published in full.

Inaugural Flagler Film Festival Draws Mixed Crowds and Promise Over 3 Days in Palm Coast

| January 13, 2014

The first Flagler Film festival was held at the Hilton Garden Inn from Friday through Sunday, packing dozens of screenings of films from around the world and ending with an award ceremony late Sunday evening, and the promise of a second festival next year.

Flagler Film Festival Featuring 4 Local Productions Among Dozens from Around the World

| January 11, 2014

The inaugural Flagler Film Festival is scheduled for Jan. 10-12 at Palm Coast’s Hilton Garden Inn. Fourteen of the 46 submissions originated in Florida. Four from Flagler filmmakers were ultimately selected, including a horror flick filmed in Flagler Beach.

Wallace Weeks, 90, Retired Manager of Flagler Farms, Dies

| January 1, 2014

Wallace Weeks, 90, of Bunnell and retired manager of Flagler Farms, passed away Monday, December 30, 2013.

Obamacare Dilemma:
High Deductibles vs. “Huge Fear”

| December 26, 2013

Going without insurance “is like gambling,” says a 43-year-old social worker. But the high deductibles of Affordable Care Act plans make them a hard sell, as the plans sold on the exchange are not as generous as employer-sponsored insurance.

Fuel Truck Explodes in Collision With Another Truck on I-95, Killing One; I-95 Shut Down North of Palm Coast Parkway

| December 24, 2013

A wreck involving two tractor trailers and resulting in at least one fatality shut down I-95 in both directions in Palm Coast at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. Southbound lanes reopened at 7, but northbound lanes will remain closed as the roadbed has been destroyed by the fire.

Lt. Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov and the AK-47: Half an Obituary

| December 23, 2013

Lt. Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47, the world’s most popular machine gun among soldiers, mercenaries and militiamen, died on Dec. 23. A brief history of the AK-47.

Theodore Moore Arrest Video

| December 20, 2013

Bunnell police, Case # 2013CF370

Theodore Moore Arrest

SBA Officials, Not FEMA, Touring Palm Coast Damage to Assess Residents’ Eligibility For Loans

| December 19, 2013

Federal officials are in Palm Coast today to assess the damage of last Saturday’s tornado, but they are not with FEMA, as the city previously said. Rather, they are officials with the Small Business Administration, assessing whether residents may qualify for loan assistance.

Marijuana Use Barely Up, Synthetic Drug Use Sharply Down, Along With Other Narcotics

| December 18, 2013

The use of synthetic marijuana products and bath salts dropped sharply in 2013 among students in middle and high school as students increasingly see the products as dangerous, according to the most authoritative annual drug and alcohol survey, with marijuana use up slightly but most other drugs showing declines.

What Is an Interlocal Agreement?

| December 17, 2013

An interlocal agreement is a written contract between local government agencies such as a city, a county, a school board or a constitutional office. Any time a public service involves the joint operations and budgets of two or more local government agencies, an interlocal agreement must be drawn up and approved by all sides.

Flagler-Palm Coast’s Only Indoor Flea Market
At Hansen’s Furniture
200 N. State Street, US1, Bunnell
(386) 437-4755

| December 17, 2013

Hansen’s Furniture, on US 1 in Bunnell, has added another new feature with an indoor flea market. Vendors are quickly signing up for these 6-days-a-week indoor spaces. In January, Hansen’s outdoor flea market, operated on Saturdays, will begin its third year.

That Ruckus Rattling Your Windows Is the Navy’s Routine Bombing of Florida

| December 16, 2013

The Navy has is conducting bombing runs Monday and Tuesday on 5,760 acres of the Pinecastle Impact Range in the Ocala National Forest. In cool weather, sounds travel farther, and may be rattling windows in Palm Coast and Flagler County.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1939

| December 16, 2013

President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date of Thanksgiving in 1939, moving it up a week, to accommodate merchants and business still reeling from the Depression. The full text of FDR’s proclamation issued on October 31, 1939.

Palm Coast’s B-Section Residents Awake to Tornado’s Wreckage; Severe Damage Is Limited; City Ready to Help

| December 15, 2013

Residents of Palm Coast’s B-Section awoke Sunday to a morning soggy with the wreckage of Saturday night’s tornado. One resident, who was hosting a birthday party for her 12-year-old son, compared the tornado to “a front on steroids.”

Longing For Stormin’ Norman: How Obama’s Smugness Is Crippling His Leadership

| December 12, 2013

There are leaders out there. The Obama administration administration has let us down by failing to find them. As a result, the task Barack Obama has left himself is to convince us that the Affordable Care Act is a winner, not a clunker.

Florida Sentencing Guidelines

| December 10, 2013

Overview of Florida’s sentencing policies, guidelines, first, second and third degree felonies, life sentences.

School Board Honors John Winston, Tireless Advocate of Flagler’s African-American Mentor Program

| December 6, 2013

At 76, John Winston has continued to be the leading force behind the Flagler school district’s African-American Mentor Program, which pairs young boys and men in need of solid direction with adults who take on the role of father figures. Winston is himself the patriarch of a family of seven children and three dozen grandchildren.

Unemployment Falls to 7%, Lowest Level in 5 Years, as Economy Adds 203,000 Jobs

| December 6, 2013

The national unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in November, the lowest level since December 2008, when it was 6.8 percent. The economy added 203,000 jobs over the month, continuing relatively strong growth since summer despite the 17-day government shut-down in October.

Medical Marijuana Tangles Up Florida Supreme Court Justices In Weeds of Words

| December 5, 2013

The idea of medical marijuana technically isn’t at issue in the case. Instead, Attorney General Pam Bondi, legislative leaders and medical, law enforcement and business groups argue that the ballot title and summary that would appear on the ballot could deceive voters about the scope of the amendment.

School Enrollment Stabilizes But Remains Below Last Year’s, With Decreases Projected

| December 4, 2013

As of the end of November, the district had 12,794 students. The good news is that the district saw enrollment rise for the past two months, but the number is still 100 students below last November’s, with projected declines of 1 to 2 percent between January and May, which may have ripple effects on the economy.

Bunnell’s Burden: A Photo Gallery of the Old Flagler County Courthouse and Annex

| November 26, 2013

A 50-image photo gallery provides the first comprehensive inside look at the conditions of the old Flagler County Courthouse and annex, which Bunnell acquired at no cost on Nov. 26. But the city is now responsible for all repair and maintenance costs of both attached structures. The costs will be heavy.

Vagina Monologues Dressed Up: Nora Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre

| November 22, 2013

Ever since god allegedly turned Adam’s rib into a companion of the opposite sex, men have struggled to understand women. You can’t blame them: men are not only the weaker sex. They’re also the dumber. In comes Nora Ephron’s “Love, Loss and What I wore” to help them out this weekend at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre.

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