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Assisted Suicide In Your Back Yard:
More Prevalent Than You Think

| May 23, 2015

People don’t talk about it, but assisted suicide happens in states where it’s not legal. Just over 3 percent of U.S. doctors said they have written a prescription for life-ending medication, and almost 5 percent reported giving a patient a lethal injection.

Kimberle Weeks Secret Recordings Tapped Into Her Personal Life, Including a Funeral Director

| May 22, 2015

FDLE investigation details revealed today show Weeks, the former Flagler elections supervisor, obsessively recording officials, at least one reporter, and others in her personal life, and editing the results.

R.J. Larizza Says No Charges Against Sheriff’s Deputy in Second Fatal Shooting in 2 Years

| May 22, 2015

State Attorney R.J. Larizza said today no charges will be filed against Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy Joel Hernandez, who shot and killed a man who was allegedly reaching for a gun while sitting in his car at a towing yard in Daytona Beach in September 2014.

Flagler Unemployment, Down to 6.1%, Continues Sharp Recovery Over Last 12 Months

| May 22, 2015

There were in fact 87 fewer Flagler residents with jobs in April than in March, though the number of Flagler residents on the unemployment rolls also declined, by 219, to 2,616.

Milissa Holland, Now a Republican, Files to Run for Palm Coast Mayor to Succeed Netts

| May 21, 2015

Milissa Holland, the two-time Flagler County Commissioner who narrowly lost a bid for the state House in 2012, filed today to run for Palm Coast mayor in 2016.

Reagan Republican Richter Sends Sexually Offensive Email to Local Media, and Warning to FlaglerLive

| May 21, 2015

Mark Richter, a member of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies of Flagler County, narrowly lost in the Republican primary for Flagler County Commission in 2014.

Disappearance of Bunnell’s George Contos, 58, Missing Since May 7, Now Termed Suspicious

| May 20, 2015

George Contos, a 58-year-old Bunnell resident and a diabetic with a prosthetic leg, went missing on May 7. His car has been recovered. The disappearance is now considered suspicious, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Crime Rate Falls to Historic Low in Flagler, Mirroring State and National Trend

| May 20, 2015

Flagler’s crime rate is 40 percent lower than Florida’s, and in 2014 it was 29 percent lower than its peak in 2007. Bunnell continues to account for a disproportionate number of arrests.

Meeting in Bunnell, State Board of Education Urges Lawmakers to Preserve Historic Increase in Per-Student Funding

| May 20, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott warned last week that a planned $261 per student funding increase from the current year was in jeopardy if the Legislature does not resolve an impasse over health care funding.

In a Victory for Students, Divided School Board Relaxes High School Dress Code Substantially

| May 19, 2015

Starting in fall, students in high school can wear school t-shirts, club shirts or team jerseys, as well as plaid and striped collared shirts. The policy does not change existing rules for middle and elementary school students. The board voted 3-2 to adopt the new policy.

Flagler Beach Confrontation Sends Man to Hospital and Splash Car Wash Owner to Jail

| May 19, 2015

The fight at the he Shell gas station on State Road 100 in Flagler Beach sent Ricardo Mercado of Palm Coast to jail on an aggravated assault charge, and Roman Miroshnik to the hospital.

Missing Key Ingredient—“People”—Charter Review Storm Evaporates as Quickly as It Came

| May 19, 2015

Few people showed up at today’s Palm Coast council meeting and fewer still spoke on the charter-review proposal by Council member Steven Nobile, appearing to end the matter.

2 Hospitalized, 6 Dogs Rescued From House Fire in Palm Coast’s LL Section

| May 19, 2015

A father and his young daughter, about 5 years old, were hospitalized for smoke inhalation this morning after a fire in the garage at 6 Llach Court in Palm Coast inundated the house with smoke, but was contained before spreading further.

Lawmakers Preparing A Disastrous Overhaul of Florida High School Athletics Ahead

| May 18, 2015

Not a high school in the state of Florida sees anything but disaster in proposed legislation that would overhaul the Florida High School Athletic Association, for good reason, argues Nancy Smith.

On Parking Mire, Flagler Beach Commission Piles Confusion On Top of Indecision

| May 18, 2015

After a proposal to put the question of paid parking to a referendum failed, the Flagler Beach City Commission had trouble giving its administration direction on what to do next.

At Matanzas Woods Parkway Interchange Groundbreaking, Praise For the Overdue

| May 18, 2015

Most groundbreakings aren’t worth the PR, because that’s all they are: a chance for the shovel hogs to get their picture in the news, let their flesh be pressed and their egos stroked.
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But Flagler County and Palm Coast have earned this one. And when Flagler County Chairman Frank Meeker said of the […]

Flagler Commissioners Formalize Opposition to Fracking and Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas

| May 18, 2015

A pair of resolutions put Flagler government on record opposing the Obama administration’s allowance for seismic testing for oil and gas offshore, and opposing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Florida.

Florida Leads Nation in Boating Accidents With 70 Deaths; Coast Guard Releases Safety App

| May 17, 2015

Features of the app include state boating information, a safety equipment checklist, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, float plans, and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.

Adam W. Ryone, 43, Is Killed on SR100 In One of 4 Flagler Wrecks in Less Than 24 Hours

| May 16, 2015

Adam Wade Ryone, 43, who lived on Mahogany Boulevard in Daytona North, was killed on his motorcycle when a woman rear-ended him in a moment of inattention on State Road 100 Saturday afternoon.

Suicide Standoff Shuts Down Portion of Florida Park Drive and Brings Out Swat

| May 16, 2015

A standoff on Florida Park Drive shut down a segment of the road in the heart of Palm Coast shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday evening as the SWAT team was called out and residents from Foster Lane to Forest Hill Drive were ordered to stay indoors.

Online Voter Registration in Florida Is Now Law, Over Resistance By Gov. Scott and Detzner

| May 16, 2015

Florida must now develop an online voter registration system by October 2017, joining 20 other states that already provide the service. Gov. Scott was reluctant to sign the measure into law.

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.

Angered By Injunction, a Palm Coast Man, 25, Is Accused of Attacking His 72-Year-Old Grandmother

| May 15, 2015

David Harris, 25, of Palm Coast’s L Section, is being held on $95,000 bond after allegedly attacking his grandmother and threatening her with a knife. He was angered by an injunction she’d taken out against him that same day.

As Mom Struggles to Recover From Burns, Community Rallies Around a Family Made Homeless

| May 14, 2015

As Jessica Johnson, mom to three young children, remains in intensive care, Flagler Beach has rallied around her family to raise money and collect furniture and toys.

City of Palm Coast Employee Arrested on Charges of Impersonating Cop and Using Blue Light

| May 14, 2015

Shaun Eric Fuller, a computer specialist with Palm Coast government, was arrested at city offices at City Marketplace in mid-afternoon Tuesday on charges of impersonating a police officer and using a blue light on his dashboard to pull over vehicles.

Florida Issues “Open Season” Bear-Hunting Rules as Humane Society Calls For Delay

| May 13, 2015

Opponents of the proposed hunt have argued the state should consider relocating problem bears and that people need to be held more responsible for leaving out unsecured food and trash that attracts bears.

Rash of Assaults Helps Boost Jail Population; Burning Wick House Again Scene of a Bizarre Incident

| May 13, 2015

The Flagler County jail population reached 160, higher than it’s been for most of the past four years, with a rash of domestic and other assaults contributing. A B-Section house that’s been a focus of trouble lately again drew police attention over the weekend.

Gov. Scott Threatens to Delay Tax Cuts and Education Funding Hike Over Budget Standoff

| May 12, 2015

A roughly $261 per student increase from the current year is at stake, as is a a $690 million tax-cut package, if a health care-fueled budget impasse continues in the Legislature.

Steven Nobile Thrust For Broad Charter Review Has Rest of Palm Coast Council on Defensive

| May 12, 2015

A push for a charter review by Palm Coast City Council member Steven Nobile provoked an at-times heated discussion at council today as members largely opposed the notion absent a more defined public drive for changing the city’s equivalent of a constitution.

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