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Media and Orlando Go to Court Over City’s Censoring of Massacre’s 911 Calls

| June 23, 2016

The city of Orlando wants the court to help determine how to handle the unreleased portions of 911 emergency communications involving the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub.

Jarrod Molnar Is FWC’s 2016 Boating Officer of the Year

| June 23, 2016

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized Officer Jarrod Molnar as its 2016 Boating Officer of the Year during the Commission meeting in Eastpoint.

On World Giraffe Day, Jacksonville Zoo Announces Birth of 39th Giraffe On Its Grounds

| June 21, 2016

The Father, Duke, is famous for being the sire of 15 other little ones at the Jacksonville Zoo. The male Reticulated giraffe calf was born in the early hours of June 12.

Sen. Bill Nelson Named to Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Hall of Fame

| June 21, 2016

Nelson is among 10 Florida conservationists who will be recognized for their achievements. Conservation award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s board of directors based on their accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and native habitats.

A Homestead Exemption in Two States? Supreme Court Asked To Rule on Legality

| June 20, 2016

Pointing to a “far-reaching impact” of the case, attorneys for a Broward County woman are asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case that involves a married couple having homestead tax exemptions in two states.

Dangerous Heat Advisory Issued For Friday Afternoon, Followed by Severe Thunderstorms

| June 17, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a dangerous heat advisory for northeast Florida, including Palm Coast and Flagler County, starting this afternoon and into early evening, as temperatures combined with high humidity will result in a heat index of 105 to 100 in parts of Florida, and up to 104 in Palm Coast.

Obama in Orlando Thursday to Meet With Families of Massacre’s Victims

| June 15, 2016

President Barack Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday to meet with families of victims of the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history. An announcement Wednesday from the White House did not provide a detailed schedule for the visit.

Palm Coast’s Coastal Cloud Gets Quarterly JaxUSA Leadership Award

| June 15, 2016

Coastal Cloud, a Flagler County-based technology company, was awarded the second quarter JAXUSA Industry Leader Award on June 6, the company announced today. The award was presented to Coastal Cloud co-founders Tim and Sara Hale during a lunch at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

Life Without Parole For Thomas Prins, Sentenced for Murder of Crystal Caralea Pifer, 28

| June 15, 2016

Thomas Anthony Prins was sentenced to life in prison today for the murder of Crystal Caralea Pifer, 28, of Daytona Beach in August 2015. The sentencing was delayed after Prins had fainted on hearing the guilty verdict last week.

Flagler County Children’s Librarian Theresa Owen Retiring After 26 Years

| June 14, 2016

Theresa Owen began her career with Flagler County in 1990 when the Library was located at the Palm Harbor Shopping Village storefront, now known as Island Walk.

St. Johns Water Management District Transfers Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County

| June 14, 2016

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board voted to donate the 947-acre Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County with a conservation easement to protect its conservation values and to comply with the mitigation permit requirements.

Equality Florida Raises $3.65 Million, Disney Donates $1 Million for Orlando Victims

| June 14, 2016

Bolstered by money from some of Central Florida’s biggest corporate players, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Tuesday announced formation of the OneFlorida Fund to help victims and family members in the aftermath of the mass shooting early Sunday at the Pulse nightclub.

Ex-Deputy Guilty on 14 Counts of False Imprisonment Could Still Get Retirement Pay

| June 8, 2016

Jonathan Bleiweiss had been accused of intimidating undocumented immigrants into performing sex acts. He entered a plea deal that spared him a designation as a sexual offender.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Provides Food Cards for Veterans

| June 8, 2016

The Palm Coast church presented 28 gift cards to Flagler County Veterans Services Officer Sal Rutigliano for distribution to veterans who could use some extra assistance.

Veterans’ Graves Draped in Flags in Espanola Cemetery Ceremony

| June 8, 2016

American Legion Post #115 received assistance from the Flagler Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution during the placement of American flags on the graves of Veterans at the Espanola Cemetery.

Palm Coast Gets 5.4 Inches of Rain as Colin’s Tropical Braids Lash Flagler

| June 7, 2016

For Flagler County, the weather service reports total rainfall in Palm Coast of 5.44 inches, though amounts may vary depending on locations.

Florida Hospital Flagler’s Medical Staff Awards $3,000 in Scholarships to 4 Students

| June 6, 2016

Meredith Wills, Amanda Hok, Summer Wilcox and Vincent Launh each got $750. The John M. Canakaris, MD award, which honors a high school student that has volunteered within the community to help the underprivileged and less fortunate, was awarded to Matanzas’s Launh.

Access Flagler First, County’s Outreach for the Poor, Celebrates 5 Years

| June 6, 2016

Commission Chair Barbara Revels, along with commissioners Frank Meeker and Charlie Ericksen attended the celebration on behalf of the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners.

Alligator Stops Traffic to Cross at Cypress Edge Drive

| June 6, 2016

The gator, more than 5 feet long, was sitting by the crosswalk then suddenly scampered across the road, using the white-striped crosswalk as if it had been trained to do so.

Florida Hospital Flagler Donates $5,000 to School District’s Flagship Programs

| June 1, 2016

The $5,000 donation went to the Flagler County Education Foundation to support a variety of Flagship programs in the district, especially Rymfire Elementary’s health sciences program.

M & M Fence Company Owner Sought on Grand Theft Charges

| June 1, 2016

Luis Michael Maldonado Sr., owner of M & M Fence Company of St. Augustine, is wanted on grand theft charges after cashing customers’ checks without doing the contracted work.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Asks Rubio To Run for Senate

| May 31, 2016

McConnell’s comments on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” came after reports during the past week that Rubio is being pressured to run for re-election this fall.

Holland Park Renovation Advancing But Not Making Up Time

| May 31, 2016

The city has started invoking the liquidated damages provision of the contract against Tumbleson White Construction Inc. of Gainesville. “We are trying to hit them in the pocketbook at this point,” the city manager said.

Dangerous Rip Currents Expected As Tropical Depression #2 Approaches S.C. Coast

| May 28, 2016

Elevated onshore flow and building surf will create an elevated rip current risk along the coast today through Memorial Day as Tropical Depression #2 tracks toward the South Carolina coast, the National Weather Service cautions.

Golden Lion’s Key Lime Tartar Sauce Yields $2,800 in Latest Donations to Needy

| May 26, 2016

The Bunnell Food Pantry, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Halifax Urban Ministries of Daytona Beach were the beneficiaries of the third distribution of proceeds from Golden Lion’s sauce.

Kenneth Kirkland II Faces Life in Prison for Daytona Car-Jacking and Armed Robbery

| May 26, 2016

Kenneth Jerome Kirkland, II, was convicted late Wednesday (May 25) by a jury of three men and three women on charges of carjacking with a firearm, grand theft, and principal to robbery with a firearm. He faces a life sentence at a sentencing hearing to be set at a later date. The jury deliberated two hours.

Sen. Travis Hutson Qualifies By Petition for His 4th Election in 4 Years

| May 25, 2016

Sen. Travis Hutson so far faces just one opponent, Democrat Curtis Ceballos of Palm Coast, though qualifying does not end until June 24.

Retired Deputy Edward Lueck Gets 15 Years in Prison Over Child Sex Assaults

| May 24, 2016

The victim was 5 years old at the time of the crimes, and was a neighbor of Lueck’s, who is a 69-year-old retired Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy.

Palm Coast City Employees Get Free Screenings From Florida Hospital Flagler

| May 24, 2016

Florida Hospital Flagler provided free health screenings to 80 City of Palm Coast employees. The screenings included blood pressure, pulse oxygen, carbon monoxide, body mass index (BMI), diabetes testing and musculoskeletal assessment.

NRA Pressuring Gov. Scott to Block Rep. Charles McBurney’s Bench Bid

| May 24, 2016

McBurney, R-Jacksonville, angered Second Amendment advocates during this year’s legislative session when his committee did not move forward with a measure tied to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.



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