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The Bunnell Festival Rises Phoenix-Like From Its Spuds to Celebrate Flagler’s Earthy Culture

| May 15, 2015

The Bunnell Festival revives what used to be the Potato Festival with a broader emphasis on Flagler’s agricultural and industrial heritage as it takes over the grounds at City Hall Saturday, May 16.

We’ve Been Flocked! All Flamboyance For Future Problem Solvers’ Fundraiser

| May 15, 2015

It was fabulous to wake up to a flock of pink flamingos on our lawn, part of a fund-raiser for Flagler County’s Future Problem Solvers, who head for international competition in Iowa in June.

At Rymfire Elementary, A Medical Lab Radiates School’s Health, Fitness and Science Flagship

| May 13, 2015

Rymfire Elemetary teamed up with Florida Hospital Flagler and the Education Foundation to develop a student-centered medical lab as part of the school’s health-centered flagship program, and showcased it to acclaim Tuesday evening.

Flagler County Assist REACT Marks 30 Years of Emergency and Public Service

| May 11, 2015

Flagler County Assist REACT started in the days when CB radios were the surest means of communications during emergencies, and has adapted in the age of cell phones to new roles and responsibilities.

How Health Care Blew Up the 2015 Session

| May 9, 2015

Dramatic miscalculations and eagerness for showdown over health care derailed Florida lawmakers’ plans in the 2015 legislative session–impulses they must guard against if the special session is to go more smoothly.

Early Morning Flagler Beach Fire Levels One House, Guts Another, 5 Hospitalized, 2 Critical

| May 8, 2015

Last Updated: 12:23 p.m.
A fire that started around 2 this morning in a wooden house built on stilts at 208 Ocean Palm Drive leveled the house and spread to the house next door at 210, gutting it. The five occupants of the wooden house managed to get out but were all hospitalized, two of them, […]

Grand Jury Indicts Ex-Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks on 12 Felony Counts Over Secret Recordings

| May 6, 2015

A grand jury that convened Tuesday indicted Kimberle Weeks, the former Flagler County Supervisor of Elections on 12 felony counts of illegal interception and disclosure of oral communication, following a six-month investigation into allegations by county officials that she secretly and illegally recorded their conversations.

Hurricane, Terrorism, Evacuations: In Flagler Emergencies, These Are The People Who Hold Your Fate In Their Hands

| May 5, 2015

The Flagler County Executive Policy Group is the most powerful local government panel you’ve never heard of, and its members make all key decisions in natural or man-made emergencies. They practiced this morning.

Palm Coast’s Tennis Phenom Reilly Opelka, 17, Goes Pro After Catching Agent’s Eye

| May 4, 2015

Reilly Opelka, 17, caught the eye of an agent at Palm Coast’s Men’s Futures Tournament in January, and got an offer. He turned pro a week ago, skipping college for the tour.

Marketing 2 Go Celebrates 5 Years in New Digs at City Place in Palm Coast

| May 4, 2015

Marketing 2 Go owner Cindy Dalecki took her new-media company from one employee to six and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting attended by some 200 people at City Place.

The Florida Legislature MessedUp. Ten Big Issues At Impasse and Beyond.

| May 3, 2015

Lawmakers will come back sometime in May or June for a special session to negotiate and pass a budget. But with the 60-day regular session formally ending Friday, here is where 10 major issues stand.

It’s the Living Standards, Stupid: Britain’s Silent Election and Its Lesson For Democracies

| May 2, 2015

As in the US, too many voters do not feel better off despite high growth and lower unemployment because average incomes have barely begun to rise, following seven painful years.

Teen Missing Since April 24 Is Found, But Stories Conflict Over What led Him to Leave

| May 1, 2015

Rodney Fudge Jr., 15, says his father forced him to leave on April 24, while his step-mother claims that was not the case. Rodney had been staying at various friends’ houses.

Effective Altruism: The Meaning of Giving to Combine Head and Heart

| April 30, 2015

The Effective Altruism movement consists of people who give to feel good and to do good, combining the head and the heart. Their aim is to do the most good they can with the resources that they are willing to set aside for that purpose.

662 Spaces Would Convert to Paid Parking in Flagler Beach in Panel’s Vast, Costly Proposal

| April 29, 2015

Flagler Beach’s Ad Hoc Parking Committee, at work two years, will submit its recommendations Thursday to a special meeting of the city commission, with a focus on two options that call for paid parking either in city lots or throughout premium areas of the city, including A1A.

Flagler Beach Parking History: Two Decades of Inaction

| April 29, 2015

A chronological look at Flagler Beach’s history of parking initiatives–paid parking, metered proposals, buying lots and other ideas, most of which faltered.

How George W. Bush and Benjamin Netanyahu Helped Iran Win the Middle East

| April 28, 2015

Bush’s wars in the Middle East left Iran as the most influential actor in Iraq, while Netanyahu’s vulgarity and stupidity have fundamentally misunderstood the Iran challenge of regional mastery.

Your Guide to Summer Camps and Activities In Flagler Schools and Palm Coast

| April 27, 2015

Flagler County Schools and Palm Coast Parks and Recreation offer summer camps and activities in June and July, including breakfast and lunch at school camps. Here’s a complete guide.

Monday Briefing: Last Day For Carver Center Auction, Your YouTube Arrest, More Brian Williams Trouble

| April 27, 2015

The Carver Center auction closes at 7 p.m. tonight, make your last bids. The Florida House talks surveillance drones. The downside of police body cameras.

Three Encounters with Hillary

| April 24, 2015

In three encounters with Hillary Clinton between 2004 and 2012, Bernard-Henri Lévy sees emotion and composure, the reflexes of an impeccable stateswoman and someone, he predicts, he will be addressing as Madam President next time they meet.

Tuesday Briefing: School Administrators’ Pay, Google’s Mobile Switch, and Abortion Waiting Periods

| April 21, 2015

The Flagler County School Board is in day-long meetings and will be part of this evening’s senior scholarship awards banquet at FPC and the Auditorium. Stetson offers Handel’s Messiah. Another black man dies in police custody.

Proposal Allowing Concealed Guns in Schools, Largely Opposed By Flagler Board, Dies

| April 16, 2015

Bills that would lead to guns at schools have traditionally faced an uphill challenge in the Senate, which is more moderate on such issues than the House.

You May Soon Shoot Black Bears: FWC Will Set One Week in October For Hunting

| April 16, 2015

Hunting up to 200 black bears in Flagler and other parts of Florida would be allowed as part of a management plan as the state’s bear population of 2,500 is in increasing contact with its human population of nearly 20 million.

Last Patrol: Undersheriff Rick Staly Looks Back On 40 Years as a “Cop’s Cop,” and Forward

| April 14, 2015

Undersheriff Rick Staly, who retires this week, took his last road patrol last Friday, an unusually quiet evening he spent driving and reflecting on his career and how law enforcement has changed since his first days as a cop in 1974.

Upon Further Review: Inside the Police Failure to Stop Darren Sharper’s Rape Spree

| April 11, 2015

Nine women reported being raped or drugged by Sharper to four different agencies before NFL safety Darren Sharper’s capture. His Sharper’s rampage of druggings and rapes could have been prevented, according to a two-month investigation by ProPublica and The New Orleans Advocate.

As Rideshare Apps Like Uber Build Up Fares, Florida Senate Taps Insurance Requirements

| April 11, 2015

As taxi and limo services call for stricter regulations on growing “transportation network companies,” the Senate has expanded an insurance measure to include a requirement for around-the-clock coverage on the vehicles of app-connected rideshare drivers.

Draft Lease With YMCA at Belle Terre Racquet Club May Be Ready in May, But First, a Trial

| April 10, 2015

The Flagler schoolo administration has made steady progress toward a lease agreement with the YMCA to take over the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, but a negligence lawsuit hanging over the club since 2012 may be heading for trial at the end of May or in early June.

As Sheriff Defends Cops’ Body Cams, Public Defender Warns Of Untenable New Work Load

| April 8, 2015

Public Defender James Purdy agrees with Sheriff Manfre that cops’ body cams are a valuable addition, but he says neither his nor the state attorney’s office have the manpower required to review the data being generated by the cameras, and the Legislature isntt about to provide more money or attorneys to help.

In Reversal, Scott Opposes Expanding Poor’s Health Insurance and Opens $2.2 Billion Budget Hole

| April 6, 2015

Scott’s opposition means Florida would again forego $47 billion in federal aid over the next 10 years while fewer poor Floridians would have health coverage–and the state’s budget would lose $2.2 billion in current aid that federal officials will no longer provide to the state under its existing medicaid system, which falls short of federal standards.

Job Creation Slows to 126,000, Unemployment Rate Stays at 5.5%

| April 3, 2015

Several factors have slowed the economy in the first quarter: harsh winter conditions, recession in Europe and a surging dollar, which hurts exports. Even lower oil prices, which have benefited consumers at the pump, have crimped investment in the energy sector, reducing job expansion there.

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