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Panic: On the Prospect of a Trump Presidency

| September 23, 2016

“I spent the past year making fun of Trump and taking it for granted that Hillary Clinton would demolish him. I didn’t take into account her fabulous skills for self-destruction or the country’s ripeness for mass delusion.”

A 3-Year-Old Boy Attending Roma Court Academy Wanders Into Traffic as Staff Is Oblivious

| September 23, 2016

Staff at Roma Court Academy had no idea the boy had wandered off the property until a Chinese delivery driver and another driver saw him in traffic on Palm Coast Parkway.

In a Telling Surprise, Cops and 5 Public-Sector Unions Endorse Staly for Sheriff Over Jones

| September 23, 2016

It is actually an endorsement from all six county public sector unions, so Staly is now backed by cops, teachers, school service employees, county and Palm Coast firefighters, and Palm Coast’s blue-collar workers, representing in all a block of 2,000 employees and many more family members, friends and neighbors.

Vote-By-Mail Requests Already Set Records In Flagler; Big Lead For Republicans

| September 23, 2016

With some voting already under way, upwards of 12,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been requested from the Flagler elections supervisor, and more than 2 million have been requested statewide.

Bright Futures Scholarships Could Expand to Summer to Speed Up Graduation Rates

| September 23, 2016

Only 44 percent of students graduated in four years at 11 state universities. Summer scholarships would encourage more students to attend summer classes, increasing the chances they can graduate more quickly.

3 Hurt, 1 Critical in Two-Vehicle Collision on Belle Terre Near Wadsworth Elementary

| September 22, 2016

The wreck involved a black Ford pick-up truck owned by Del Castillo Home and Lawn Service, the Palm Coast-based lawn and pest-control company, and a white BMW 335i driven by a Palm Coast resident.

Ex-Palm Coast Staples Employee Arrested For Armed Robbery and Assault at the Store

| September 22, 2016

27-year-old Brandon Hubbert had worked at the Palm Coast Staples a few years ago and allegedly used that experience to hide in the store until after closing time last September then assault a supervisor and rob him of about $1,500.

Lory Yazurlo, Owner of Defunct Pig Sanctuary, Is Killed In Van Fire on John Anderson Highway

| September 22, 2016

Lory Yazurlo, the 53-year-old owner of what was once a sprawling, 20-acre pig sanctuary in western Flagler, was killed early this morning as her van caught fire on John Anderson Highway, not far from her mother’s house. A paraplegic, Yazurlo was in the van, unable to get out.

Mindful of Orlando Massacre, FDLE Seeks to Extend Federal Terrorism Crimes to State Laws

| September 21, 2016

Intent on preventing another mass nightclub shooting or a repeat of incidents this past weekend in New York and New Jersey, Florida’s top cop wants to bulk up the state’s anti-terrorism efforts.

Divided Over Car Sale at FPC that “Violated” Pact and Precedent, School Board Mulls Next Step

| September 21, 2016

Two school board members charge that an agreement signed with the district on the use of FPC was violated when a car “show” turned into a major car sale, but the board is unclear over what to do next.

Pam Bondi Is Shocked, Shocked Over Claim That Trump Donation Influenced Her Decisions

| September 20, 2016

In a contentious session with reporters, Bondi said she had no regret about Trump’s $25,000 donation and refuted claims that it had influenced her decisions to dismiss allegations that Floridians had been bilked by Trump University.

Mercy Lives: 24-Year-Old Horse Pulled Out of Septic Tank in 2 1/2-Hour Rescue in Mondex

| September 20, 2016

A dozen agencies and veterinarians were mobilized to rescue Mercy, a 24-year-old horse that fell in a septic tank Tuesday morning, managing the rescue after two and a half hours of efforts.

Local Authorities Converge on Areas of Concern as Travel-Related Zika Cases Are Declared in Palm Coast

| September 20, 2016

Mosquito Control officials have been focusing on mosquito hot spots in Palm Coast’s P Section and visited other properties of concern as county officials prepare a county-wide meeting next week to address the local response.

Florida Universities Seeking $14.5 Million Extra To Meet Spiking Demand for Mental Health

| September 19, 2016

Universities saw a 48 percent increase in demands for counseling and other mental health services, and an increase in emergency or crisis visits, involving issues like severe depression, acute anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

Mother Arrested at Bus Stop in Violent Confrontation With Deputies as Children Watch

| September 19, 2016

Deputies resorted to force, taking down Tyisha Davis, 36, as she allegedly refused to let a school bus continue its route after she was told her son had been in a fight.

Sally’s Safe Haven at Year 2: Where Children Traumatized by a Violent Parent Can Still Visit

| September 19, 2016

Sally’s Safe Haven in Bunnell, which has served almost 100 families so far, allows supervised visits for parents otherwise restricted from seeing their child. The haven is underwritten by a federal grant and run by the county and the the Children’s Home Society.

Everyone Else Ready for Trial, Man Accused of Child Rape Asks, and Gets, Delay and New Lawyer

| September 19, 2016

John J. Schenone, 33, of Palm Coast, accused of raping the 11-year-old daughter of his then-girlfriend, claimed his court-appointed lawyer had a conflict of interest with another molester she is defending, and was granted a new lawyer and court date.

Another Unrealistic Trump Policy Proposal: Billions of Dollars for Homeschool Vouchers

| September 18, 2016

Trump recently proposed billions in spending to allow the nation’s poorest students to leave public schools and enroll elsewhere, including by using homeschooling. Except the plan won’t work for the poorest students.

Peter Cerreta, Mischievous Artist Whose Gifts Never Cease to Unwrap: At Salvo

| September 17, 2016

At 84, Peter Ceretta continues to create works of art that are fresh, whimsical, poignant, mischievous, daring, slightly cubist in execution, youthful in their exploration of color and form, ageless in their immediacy.

Flagler Youth Center Director Cheryl Massaro Appointed to Federal Juvenile Justice Board That Advises Congress and the President

| September 16, 2016

Cheryl Massaro, for 11 years the director of the Flagler Youth Center, has served on the local and state juvenile justice advisory boards, and will now be responsible for representing Florida and other states for two years on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.

Florida’s GOP Sen. Keith Perry Defends Himself After Hitting Another Man Over Campaign Sign

| September 16, 2016

Perry, a contractor first elected to the House in 2010, is going up against former state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, for the open Senate District 8 seat. Smith is also a former Florida Democratic Party chairman and a former state attorney in the Gainesville area.

Flagler’s Unemployment Back Down to 5.4% After Brief Rise, Florida’s at 4.7% for 4th Month

| September 16, 2016

When Florida’s under-employed and discouraged workers are included, the state’s unemployment rate zooms up to 10.6 percent, higher than the national rate of 9.6 percent.

Giving Charm a Chance, City Rep’s 6th Season Opens With “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

| September 16, 2016

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” the musical opening at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre Friday, was written not by Schulz but by Clark Gesner, who of course based his “average day in the life of Charlie Brown” on the beloved comic strip characters.

10-Year-Old Girl Made Up Story of Man Suspiciously Photographing Children at F-Section Bus Stop

| September 15, 2016

The 10-year-old girl’s report that a man was following her in an SUV and taking pictures and video of her at her bus stop touched off alerts, fears and an investigation, which concluded with the girl’s story being held to be false.

Flagler Residents Get 2-Week Amnesty From 40% Collection Fee on Traffic and Court Fines

| September 15, 2016

Residents can save–for example– $82.40 on a $206 speeding ticket that’s gone to collection with the two-week amnesty, starting Sept. 19 and running through Sept. 30. There are no plans to renew the amnesty in the future.

Gov. Scott’s Office of Open Government Barricades Itself

| September 15, 2016

Florida once had one of the toughest sunshine laws in the country, and people were proud of that. But it’s no longer the case. Transparency has given way to talk–and barricades.

Eliminating Florida’s No-Fault Auto Insurance System Could Save $81 a Year Per Car

| September 14, 2016

The findings in a $125,000 study come as critics contend the 2012 reform attempt has failed to meet expectations and that bodily-injury coverage, which most motorists in Florida already have, should be a replacement for no-fault coverage.

In Latest Delay, Flagler’s Civil Citation Proposal for Pot Users Will Wait Until Late November

| September 14, 2016

Though recommended for approval in Flagler County by a key law enforcement, judicial and government panel, the de-criminalization proposal and judicial panel, the proposal will wait until after the election because of expected changes at the county commission and on the Palm Coast City Council.

Palm Coast and Flagler County Compete on Soccer Fields Over Frank Meeker’s Memory

| September 13, 2016

The late County Commissioner Frank Meeker, who died in July, had also served on the Palm Coast City Council, so both governments will have separate memorials to his memory on soccer fields at opposite ends of town.

In Florida, Citrus Nears Oblivion as Disease and Development Squeeze it to Economy’s Margins

| September 13, 2016

The citrus industry lost 4 percent of its grove land, 21,275 acres, over the past year. Citrus greening disease, which is deadly to the crop, has infected nearly all of Florida’s commercial citrus groves.

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