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Three Weeks After Winning House Seat From Flagler, Paul Renner Begins Re-Election Bid

| April 28, 2015

The GOP’s Paul Renner, whose house seat represents Flagler County, won election to his first public office exactly three weeks ago, outspending his combined opponents 33-to-1. On Tuesday, he filed for re-election.

Responsible Gun Owner? Then Break-Up With the NRA and Its Irresponsible Distortions.

| April 27, 2015

By spreading ignorance to block common-sense gun control measures, the NRA scares generally well-meaning folks into throwing money at gun makers for “protection” that never comes.

Florida House Approves Some Fracking Regulations, But Critics Find Them Shallow

| April 27, 2015

Merely asking oil and gas companies what chemicals they’re injecting during fracking creates the appearance of government scrutiny, critics say, at the expense of the state’s groundwater at a time when lawmakers are looking to implement new water policies.

19-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Accused of Raping Underage Girl Passed Out at a Party

| April 27, 2015

William Demetrious Kitts, a resident of Pine Ash Lane in Palm Coast, is accused of raping a girl who’d become heavily intoxicated at a U-Section party on April 17, and had passed out in a bedroom.

Off-Duty Deputy Witnesses Armed Robbery at Palm Coast CVS, But Suspect Gets Away

| April 27, 2015

An off-duty Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy was standing in line for the cashier behind a man at the Palm Coast CVS on Palm Coast Parkway Sunday afternoon when the man, claiming he had a gun, asked the clerk to put all the money in a bag.

As Pro-Choice Republicans See It: Abortion Decisions Don’t Belong on a Legislative Agenda

| April 26, 2015

Doctors and patients, not politicians, should determine the course of medical treatment, even when the treatment is abortion, writes Nancy Smith, a card-carrying member of the Republican Majority for Choice.

Xanax In Song: In “Committed,” Depression Turns Musical on City Rep’s Stage, Starring FPC

| April 25, 2015

“Committed,” the new play at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre,has never been staged outside of New York, features music and lyrics by 2003 FPC graduate Andrew David Sotomayor and a cast repleted with FPC connections.

House and Senate Far Apart on Budget as Health Care For Poor Becomes Bargaining Chip

| April 25, 2015

The Florida House had made a significant concession to the Senate on hospital funding — but said it would only follow through if the upper chamber dropped insistence on using Medicaid expansion dollars to help lower-income Floridians purchase private insurance.

Double-Hit and Run Wreck Involves 5 Vehicles, 6 Injuries on I-95 in Palm Coast Overnight

| April 25, 2015

The individual who triggered the 5-vehicle wreck ran off on foot, and the last driver to strike a car kept driving north as I-95 was shut down for over two hours early Saturday morning at the weigh scales in Palm Coast.

Three Encounters with Hillary

| April 24, 2015

In three encounters with Hillary Clinton between 2004 and 2012, Bernard-Henri Lévy sees emotion and composure, the reflexes of an impeccable stateswoman and someone, he predicts, he will be addressing as Madam President next time they meet.

Florida Senate Votes 26-13 For Abortion Waiting period, Sending Bill to Gov. Scott

| April 24, 2015

Lawmakers earlier this week approved adding exceptions for victims of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking to the bill. However, those victims could only get waivers of the 24-hour waiting period if they can produce police reports, restraining orders, medical records or other documentation.

As Palm Coast Groans Over Its Anemic Golf Course, Flagler Beach Wants One Of Its Own

| April 24, 2015

the Flagler Beach City Commission will look to buy the last 3 acres within the old Ocean Palm Golf Club at the south end of town and look to return the whole parcel to a golf operation through a lease with a private company, assuming one can shoulder the task.

Specious and Speculative: State Elections Office Tosses Out Kim Weeks Cases Against 3 Flagler Commissioners

| April 24, 2015

Though she resigned, Kimberle Weeks continues to pursue elections, ethics and Florida bar cases against county commissioners and the county attorney, though the cases are starting to get tossed out for being legally speculative and specious.

A Palm Coast Woman Is Accused of Fabricating Theft By 2 Black Men at Walmart

| April 24, 2015

Magdaline Scott, a 38-year-old resident of Berkshire Lane in Palm Coast, claimed ina videotaped statement she gave police that she’d been ripped off of her backpack at Walmart Wednesday evening, and accused two black men she’d made up. The bag had never been stolen.

The Inappropriate Commissioner Kim Carney

| April 23, 2015

Flagler Beach Commission Chairman Marshall Shupe apologized to residents tonight on behalf of the commission for vile remarks Commissioner Kim Carney had made in the context of a rape case involving a friend of hers. FlaglerLive editor Pierre Tristam explains the background, which involves this site.

At Palm Coast’s Heroes Park, a Unique Monument May Rise in Memory of Victims of PTSD

| April 23, 2015

The “Healing of the wounded spirit” monument may be a first in the nation, honoring suicide and traumatic brain injury victims who served in the military but whose deaths are not included in the official tally of war casualties.

Crime Down 20% in Two Years, Jail Population Isn’t: Sheriff Strains to Explain Paradox

| April 23, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre touted Flagler County as one of the safest places in Florida and said the fact should be marketed to prospective businesses, but was less clear about the relationship between falling crime and a still-high jail population, or the county’s need for nearly tripling its jail beds.

In Tallahassee, Lawmakers’ Power-Tripped Rudeness Toward the Public Is a Daily Cringe

| April 22, 2015

Committee chairmen having to assert their authority ad nauseum, forbidding members of the public from overstaying their welcome at the podium: it’s offensive to people who drive sometimes hundreds of miles to be heard for two or three minutes, writes Nancy Smith.

Don’t Call It Flagler County Airport Anymore: Commission Opts For Executive Name Change

| April 22, 2015

Flagler County Airport is now Flagler Executive Airport, the fifth name the facility has had in its more than 70 years as the Flagler County Commission quietly approved the switch Monday.

Florida House Passes 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period, Adding to Increasing Curbs

| April 22, 2015

The 24-year-old sponsor of the measure claims it “empowers” women, while opponents charged that it does the opposite, banning abortions for 24 hours.

4-Vehicle Wreck Involving Chlorine and Acids Shuts Down U.S. 1 Northbound in Bunnell

| April 22, 2015

A four-vehicle wreck involving a pick-up truck that was carrying pool chemicals shut down both northbound lanes of U.S. 1 in Bunnell at 8:30 this morning. There were no injuries, but chemicals spilled, requiring the scene to be turned into a hazardous material scene.

Derelict Matanzas Golf Course Overrun By More Questions Than Answers, Angering Residents

| April 21, 2015

The Matanzas gold course has been in disuse for almost a decade, it is overgrown and badly kept. The city is stepping up code enforcement, but also pledging to convene a discussion between property owners and gonvernent agencies, including the mysterious owners of the golf course.

Despite Pleading With State For Earlier Start Date, School Board Now Opts Against It

| April 21, 2015

After lobbying the state to let it start school on Aug. 10 instead of Aug. 24, the Flagler school board on Tuesday stuck with the Aug. 24 date even though a new law would have allowed the district to move up the calendar.

The Inspired Mic: Two Years of Coaxing Out Flagler’s Talent, Six Minutes at a Time

| April 20, 2015

The three-hour monthly open-mic event at Leroy’s 19th Hole in Palm Coast features vets, comics, poets, undefinable performers and occasional magic, all under the emceeing choreography of author Michael Ray King.

Gov. Scott Ends Worker Drug-Testing Crusade, Restricting Tests to Limited Job Classes

| April 20, 2015

Monday’s agreement, which still requires court approval, identified more than 100 job classes that Scott can test for drug or alcohol use. Workers in most of the positions deal with vulnerable children or adults, handle heavy equipment or are already required to undergo medical tests for other reasons.

Three Hurt in 3 Bizarre Shootings in 32 Hours in Palm Coast and Bunnell This Weekend

| April 20, 2015

Three unrelated shootings, once of them authorities described as an attempted murder, left three people injured and involved three police agencies, including in one case the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, though no arrests have been made.

Google Glass In The ER: Health Care Moves A Step Closer To Cheaper Telemedicine

| April 20, 2015

For a fraction of the cost of current telemedicine technology, Google Glass may give patients and doctors quicker, more accurate referrals to specialists, improving efficiency and care.

Rev. Beth Gardner, Leading Voice For Flagler’s Homeless, Is Leaving Bunnell’s Methodist Church After 15 Years

| April 19, 2015

Rev. Gardner, who will lead a parish in Lakeland starting in July, transformed the church into the county’s most progressive advocate for the homeless, housing a cold-weather shelter and keeping awareness about homelessness on the forefront of county and city agendas.

Enough Abuse: Close Seaworld

| April 18, 2015

Nothing justifies Seaworld’s confinement of killer whales and Seaworld’s abusive treatment of the animals by way of exploitative shows and inhumane conditions. To treat orcas that way for human entertainment should elicit repugnance, not the buying of $75 tickets.

Gov. Bizarre: Scott Suing Federal Government Over One Pot of Money Even As He Rejects Another

| April 18, 2015

The lawsuit plays into a heated battle over a Senate plan to use $2.8 billion in Medicaid expansion funding to help lower-income Floridians purchase private health insurance. But the House and Scott — who once favored straight-up Medicaid expansion — oppose that idea.

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