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Citing Racism, Ex-Manager Armando Martinez Files Discrimination Charge Against Bunnell

| September 30, 2014

Armando Martinez charges that when Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker spoke of not wanting another manager from Miami, he was discriminating against Martinez’s Cuban heritage. Tucker says he was merely opposing hiring another big-city manager.

More Land For Pops as City Embraces Partnership With Palm Coast Arts Foundation

| September 30, 2014

The city has agreed to lease the foundation–which is set to raise its first physical structure–even more land than it had before in Town Center and increasing the arts group’s space by about a third, and doubling the length of the $1-year-lease to 10 years.

Sheriff Don Eslinger, “Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot” Chief, Defines Opposition to Amendment 2

| September 30, 2014

Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger has been leading the campaign against Amendment 2, the proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. He calls it “flawed.”

Palm Coast Man Accused of Kicking and Killing Playful Puppy For Interrupting Masturbation

| September 29, 2014

Wesley Jackson, 28, who has a history of abuse and criminal charges, was at his girlfriend’s empty house trying to pleasure himself at the computer when Little Man, the puppy, kept jumping on his leg, trying to be playful. It was the dog’s last leap.

56 Homes Report Damage in Latest Flooding Totals as Rain Resumes; Graham Swamp Overflows

| September 29, 2014

After 36 hours of calm, the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory, in effect until 1:30 p.m., and a flood watch through this evening for Palm Coast, Bunnell, Flagler Beach and the rest of Flagler County, with rain aggravating flood-prone conditions from the weekend.

FDLE Looking Into Alleged Secret Taping and Sunshine Violation by Elections Supervisor

| September 29, 2014

It’s the first step to an investigation of Kimberle Weeks, if laws are found to have been broken. It takes place on the heels of withering criticism of Weeks’s methods and questions by the county commission chairman about the integrity of the elections she is supervising.

Nursing Home Surveillance: Should You Be Able to Spy On Your Grandma’s Caretakers?

| September 29, 2014

Illinois may be about to join at least four other states that have laws or regulations allowing residents to maintain cameras in nursing home patients’ rooms. Florida is not among them.

More Secrecy, Harsher Punishment for Pregnant-Women Beaters, Parasailing Regulations: 32 New Laws Go In Effect

| September 28, 2014

A number of the new Florida laws going in effect Wednesday involve public-records exemptions, including one to allow some university boards to meet in private to discuss donors and research funding.

15 Inches of Rain In Heart of Palm Coast; B-Section Pounded; Wastewater Systems Strained

| September 27, 2014

15 inches of rainfall had been reported at Palm Coast Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway by 9:35 this morning, with the third flood warning issued in 18 hours, valid through 1:15 p.m.

Palm Coast Flooding Closes a Few Streets in B and W Sections; Damage Minimal So Far; Flood Warning Extended

| September 26, 2014

Damage has been minimal and no injuries related to flooding have been reported, though lightning struck a house and triggered a house fire–the location has not been specified–and a person was struck by lightning.

“You Are the Shining Stars,” Flagler’s Drug Court Graduates Are Told at Inspirational Ceremony

| September 26, 2014

Five graduates joined today the 101 who have graduated from Flagler County Drug Court at a ceremony before Judge J. David Walsh, where emotions, celebrations and relief gripped much of the full house.

Palm Coast Sets Special Meeting Tuesday to Consider Tax Breaks for Palm Harbor Shopping Center’s Redevelopment

| September 26, 2014

The unusual special meeting is set to two proposed measures: a tax-break package valued at $52,000 for the Palm Harbor shopping center redevelopment, and a $900,000 purchase of 21 vehicles for the city’s fleet.

Consultants’ Cost in FSU Presidential Search That Led to Thrasher Anyway: $160,000

| September 26, 2014

The controversial and at-times muddled search for a new president of Florida State University includes an expected tab of about $160,000 for consultants.

Flagler Beach Commissioner Settle’s Attempt To Boot Kim Carney Off Chairmanship Fails

| September 25, 2014

Some two dozen people roundly criticized and at times ridiculed Flagler Beach city commissioners’ bickering in their attempt to remove Carney Thursday evening, calling on the commission to talk and get along more appropriately.

Flagler Beach Retreats From Clumsy Attempt To Regulate Farmers’ Market, But It Isn’t Over

| September 25, 2014

Flagler Beach Farmers’ Market owner Zoee Forehand was stunned by an imprecise city proposal to impose new regulations on the market. Thursday, the city commission agreed to step back and let the owners, their attorney and the city attorney draft a proposal together.

Supervisor of Elections’ Husband Duane Weeks in Threatening Altercation With Flagler Commissioner Meeker

| September 25, 2014

The brief confrontation, which entailed Duane Weeks at one point inviting Frank Meeker outside, took place before an NAACP meeting where Sheriff Manfre was to address the fallout from the racial events in Ferguson, Mo.

Gangs’ Links to Crooked Guards, Targeted Killing, Money Laundering: Details Emerge in Florida Prison Crisis

| September 25, 2014

Two former prison sergeants are awaiting trial after being accused of ordering an inmate to be killed to protect the guards’ role as kingpins of an institution-wide gang operation.

73-Year-Old Man Robbed at Best Western Off Old Kings Road; Detectives Seek Help

| September 25, 2014

Debary residents Herman and Judith Reimers, 73 and 71, were staying at the Best Western off of Old Kings Road on Sept. 22, when an alleged assailant claiming to be a TV repairman went with Herman to his room and robbed him of his wallet.

Meet Tim Morgan, the Man Behind John Morgan’s Push for Medical Marijuana

| September 24, 2014

Tim Morgan, John Morgan’s younger brother, suffered a severe spinal cord injury as a lifeguard while trying to save someone, and suffered excruciating pain. Marijuana helped him. His brother has devoted himself to legalizing pot for others with medical needs.

Palm Coast’s Jessica Dow Nash, 31, Critical After Crashing Into FHP Troopers’ Cruisers

| September 24, 2014

Jessica Dow Nash, a 31-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s F Section, crashed into a BMW and an FHP patrol car as FHP was investigating another crash early this morning just north of the Flagler-St. Johns County line.

Pit Bull Tased Then Euthanized After Attacking 3 People in P-Section; 3rd Incident in 3 Days

| September 24, 2014

In an incident that culminated in a third attack caught on video, the pit bull was briefly neutralized with a Taser dart before an animal control officer removed the dog from the scene and three people were hospitalized.

In Sharp Turnaround, Scott Now Ahead Of Crist, With or Without Wyllie in the Race

| September 24, 2014

The momentum has shifted in Rick Scott’s favor as Crist’s 10-point advantage six months ago has been erased, with money more than Wyllie appearing to be making the biggest difference.

John Thrasher Is Named FSU’s Next President, Opening Big Void in Flagler’s Legislative Pull; Hutson Considering Run

| September 23, 2014

For Flagler County, Thrasher’s move is the second major blow to the county’s political pull, after losing John Mica in Congress to redistricting two years ago. Flagler had specific needs that may now go unfilled in Tallahassee.

After Flagrant Dog Attack, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Cole Appeals for More Responsibility From Pet Owners

| September 23, 2014

Cmdr. Steve Cole, attacked and injured by a dog Monday as he jogged along Matanzas Woods Parkway, says the consequences could have been far worse had the dog attacked a child, an elderly person or a woman, all of whom are always on trails.

Facebook “Relationship” Status Between Man, 21, and 15-Year-Old Palm Coast Girl, Leads to Statutory Rape Charge

| September 23, 2014

Tavarez Calloway met the girl at the Flagler County Fair then was allowed to move in when he had no other place to go, as long as the cpouple did not date, according to what a parent told police.

FSU Coddles Jameis Winston Again, Undercutting Its Own Anti-Sexual Violence Campaign

| September 22, 2014

Just as FSU has ramped up its kNOw MORE anti-sexual violence campaign, Winston unleashed a misogynistic, vile, expletive punctuated public outburst. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner and star quarterback was benched just one game.

John Thrasher, Minus Academic Credentials, Moves to Final Step in FSU Presidential Search

| September 22, 2014

The action came despite opposition to Thrasher from faculty and students expressing concern about the school’s reputation and the need for the next leader to have stellar academic credentials.

In a First for Flagler Schools, Student-Staffed VyStar Bank Branch Opens at Matanzas, Heralding Era of Business Partnerships

| September 22, 2014

The opening of a nearly full-service VyStar Credit Union branch at Matanzas is part of a class, and part of the school’s–and the district’s–flagship programs, intended to bridge school and careers with hands-on opportunities.

Domestic Violence: Challenges Go Beyond A Brute’s Fists or White, Middle-Class Women

| September 22, 2014

Because the movement to help battered women largely has been driven by white, middle-class women, the attention has generally been on generic domestic violence, with absent attention to the nuances of race and class.

Department of Corrections Fires 32 More, Including 3 Guards Involved In Gassing Death of Inmate

| September 20, 2014

All of the workers fired were on administrative leave pending a review launched earlier this summer. The housecleaning is part of the secretary’s attempt to salvage the reputation of the beleaguered agency in the wake of reports of widespread abuse and corruption, whistleblower complaints and federal investigations surrounding prisoner deaths.

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