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House Fire Claims a Life On
Kentucky Avenue in West Flagler

| November 28, 2015

A fire that broke out around 8:30 this evening at 40 Kentucky Avenue in western Flagler County’s St. Johns Park area claimed one life and consumed the house.

Hurricane Season Ends as Florida Escapes Direct Hit For 10th Straight Year

| November 28, 2015

The current streak is made even more remarkable since Florida, with its 1,260 miles of coastline, has accounted for about 40 percent of hurricane landfalls on U.S. shores in that recorded time period, according to the National Weather Service.

Man Found Dead and Bloodied Outside Drain Street House: Police Investigating Homicide

| November 27, 2015

John Robert Stubbs, a 46-year-old resident of Hymon Circle in Bunnell, was found dead outside a house in Bunnell this morning, soaked in blood. City Manager Larry Williams described it as “what appears to be a homicide.”

Ex-Deputy Ruddell, Who Filed Wage Suit Against Manfre, Arrested in 3-County Pursuit

| November 27, 2015

Daniel Ruddell, an ex-deputy who in February won a wage dispute with Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, was arrested in St. Johns County Thursday night after an alleged robbery in Daytona Beach and a pursuit through Volusia and Flagler counties that ended in a wreck on I-95.

Alan Thicke Giftwraps Kenny Rogers’ Toy Shoppe Musical at Flagler Auditorium Sunday

| November 26, 2015

Thicke, the Canadian-born actor, TV theme song composer and talk show host known for his role as the dad on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” is starring in the touring musical about a toy shop threatened with closure.

Felony Charges for 20-Year-Old Palm Coast Man for Throwing Eggs and Potato at Cops

| November 25, 2015

Anthony Fennick, 20, faces four felony counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, among other charges, after he was arrested during an investigation of a suspicious incident on Richardson Drive.

Florida Picks 5 Nurseries to Grow and Distribute Medical Marijuana for Select Patients

| November 25, 2015

Parents of children with severe epilepsy pushed for a 2014 law to legalize the purportedly non-euphoric marijuana — low in THC, high in CBD — as it can end or dramatically reduce life-threatening seizures.

Shirley Chisholm, “Part of the Heritage of Palm Coast,” Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

| November 24, 2015

Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president, retired to Palm Coast in 1991. She received the posthumous medal from President Obama today as an awareness campaign about her life and impact on Palm Coast grows locally.

Palm Coast Ties Emergency Communications System to Recent Crash–Falsely, County Says

| November 24, 2015

City Manager Jim Landon says he’s concerned about maintenance of the countywide 800 mhz communications system, suggesting it could crash as parts of the sheriff’s computer system recently did–an inaccurate suggestion that deflects from other problems, the county retorts.

Palm Coast Wants Changes to County-Controlled Ambulance Services in the City

| November 24, 2015

The city wants to reduce the need for fire trucks and ambulances doubling up on EMS calls, and to lower overall costs. The county has its own ideas. The two sides will meet administratively to hash out possibilities.

Scott’s $79.3 Billion Budget Proposal Draws Criticism for Gimmickry and $250 Million Fund

| November 23, 2015

The budget would cut taxes $1 billion, create a business fund and raise per-student funding but would still be $1,284 per student below the 2006, inflation-adjusted level.

Bunnell Woman Accused of Aggravated Manslaughter in Death of Her Disabled Uncle

| November 23, 2015

Holly Norris, a 34-year-old Bunnell woman with a long list of criminal charges and penalties over the past 10 years, was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of her uncle, John Satanoski, two years ago.

The Politics of Resentment: Why Poorer Areas Are Increasingly Voting Republican

| November 23, 2015

A political puzzle: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net. The reason: the poor don’t vote.

Conservatives Should Be Leading the Charge to Accept Syrian Refugees. We Have No Choice.

| November 21, 2015

Doesn’t American exceptionalism demand that we lead where others have neither the will nor the courage? We have no choice. America gives sanctuary to those fleeing persecution, argues Nancy Smith. This is what we do and who we are. We’re the good guys.

Traffic Tickets as a Sleigh to Christmas Come True: Yes Virginia, There’s Santa Cop

| November 20, 2015

The Flagler Beach Police Department is issuing “toy waivers“ with warning citations for certain offenses to help Christmas Come True, Nadine King’s annual fund-raiser for poorer children that’s considerably short of its $40,000 goal this year.

What It Takes to Get New Retailers to Palm Coast: Behind a $135,000 Matchmaking Deal

| November 20, 2015

Palm Coast signed a three-year, $135,000 contract with Texas-based Buxton, a retail recruiter, in hopes of filling storefronts and empty commercial lots. The approach has its mix of skeptics and cheerleaders.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to 5.9%, an 8-Year Low; Job Growth at 23.7% Since 2007

| November 20, 2015

The number of people with jobs in Flagler has grown by 23.7 percent since 2007, even though the population has grown by just 13.6 percent, pointing to a relatively robust recovery.

The Live Profile
Jim Guines, Smokin’ Shock to the System and Now 83, Will Be Celebrated Sunday

| November 20, 2015

Jim Guines, the forceful and unpredictable member of the Flagler County School Board for 11 years until 2007, will be at the center of a community tribute Sunday at Flagler Palm Coast High School, at 3 p.m.

America’s Responsibility for Enabling ISIS, And How to End Blowback Terrorism

| November 19, 2015

More wars – especially CIA-backed, Western-led wars – will solve nothing. By contrast, a surge of investment in education and sustainable development is the real key to building a more stable future for the Middle East and the world, argues Jeffrey Sachs.

Crime Rises 2.4% in Flagler in Mid-Year Report, First Increase Since 2009

| November 19, 2015

A spike in burglaries and larcenies sent Flagler County’s overall crime rate up 2.4 percent in the first six months of 2015, in contrast with crime in Florida as a whole, where it has fallen 2.2 percent.

Palm Coast Seeks to Bail on County-Wide Communications System It joined in 2009 in Latest Clash With Flagler

| November 19, 2015

Palm Coast and Flagler County governments are trading accusations of violating a 2009 agreement over the critical 800 mhz system as Palm Coast quit contributing its share of dollars to it and the county charges that the city is inventing an issue without a problem.

Measure Allowing Guns on Florida College Campuses Heads for Likely House Passage

| November 19, 2015

But the fate of the NRA-supported gun measure, vehemently opposed by university officials, still hangs in the Senate, where passage is less certain.

Nutrition Supplement Firm Will Expand Into Ex-Palm Coast Data Building, With 50 Jobs

| November 19, 2015

Designs for Health, a nutritional supplement and vitamins company, will get a $25,000 county subsidy to expand from Hargrove Grade to Commerce Boulevard in exchange for 50 jobs and a $3 million investment in the old Palm Coast Data building complex.

Palm Coast Moves to Restrict Bottle Clubs, Speakeasies that Skirt Booze Regulations

| November 18, 2015

There are no bottle clubs in Palm Coast or Flagler County. Palm Coast wants to keep it that way after businesses complained of a place possibly opening at City Market Place.

No Longer State of the Art, Flagler Auditorium Seeks School Board Support for Improvements

| November 18, 2015

A joint meeting between the school board and the auditorium board revealed a wish-list of costly needs that would require the district to shift dollars and priorities toward the auditorium. First, school board members want more clarity on those needs.

In Rare Defeat for NRA in Florida, Lawmakers Kill Broader Stand Your Ground Measure

| November 17, 2015

A National Rifle Association-backed measure that could have made it easier legally for people to claim self-defense in shooting incidents failed to get through its first House committee on Tuesday.

School Board Member’s Home Among 4 Targeted for Burglaries in Central Palm Coast

| November 17, 2015

Flagler County School Board member Janet McDonald’s house was among the four residences targeted in the B, C and Palm Harbor sections of Palm Coast on Nov. 6.

Not All Speech Is Free: County Slams McDonald for Legal Fees Over “Knowingly False” Claims

| November 17, 2015

Dennis McDonald, the Ronald Reagan Assembly member and frequent critic of government, said he’ll “absolutely” contest the county’s move on First Amendment grounds.

Sheriff Rethinks Joint IT Operations With County Amid Discord Over Computer Failure

| November 17, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to “transition” from the merger with the county’s IT operations less than two years after he and the county approved it as a signal of cooperation and efficiency.

Setting Special Meeting, Bunnell May Haggle Over Next Manager’s Pay and Qualifications

| November 16, 2015

There is some division within the Bunnell commission over the qualifications of the next manager and whether to appoint an interim meanwhile, risking the commission’s hard-won cohesion of the past year.



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