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Hearing to Decide Fate of Salamander’s 198-Room Hotel in the Hammock Set for Monday

| January 28, 2015

But the county administration has asked for a delay in a hearing, originally scheduled for the same day, on a proposed short-term ordinance that has also divided the Hammock community.

For Flagler and Palm Coast Officials, Mandatory Ethics Class Puts Primer on Common Sense

| January 28, 2015

The session produced discussion, questions and derision that revealed the gulf between what the law requires and what officials tend to know, with lacking agreement on what even common sense might mean.

State Ethics Panel Ratifies $2,500 Fine on Flagler Commissioner Revels Over 2 Violations

| January 28, 2015

The Florida Commission on Ethics Friday unanimously approved a $2,500 fine on Flagler County Commissioner Barbara Revels over two violations of the state ethics law, stemming from Revels’s role in the county’s purchase of the old Memorial hospital in Bunnell.

For Black Students in Flagler Schools, Some Progress But “Systemic Bias” and Startling Disparities Persist

| January 27, 2015

Amir Whittaker, a staff attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, presented a report card on the school district’s treatment of black students, acknowledging some progress but pointing out enduring racism, especially in suspensions.

Flagler’s 911 System Goes Dark For 24 Minutes Tuesday as Back-Up Also Fails, Missing 10 Calls

| January 27, 2015

Flagler County’s 911 system failed at 11:30 Tuesday morning and the back-up didn’t kick-in as technicians were working on a major upgrade of the system at the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

Ray Peter Takes Over for Joe Roy at Palm Coast’s Business Assistance Center

| January 27, 2015

Raymond Peter, 68, a consultant and certified business analyst at the Palm Coast office, takes over region’s management of the Florida Small Business Development Center at UCF. Roy remains in a diminished capacity.

An Election For Republicans Only That Will Likely Decide Flagler’s House and Senate Seats

| January 27, 2015

The election is nevertheless likely to decide Flagler’s representation in both chambers of the Legislature, as the winners are facing relatively weak candidates in the April 7 general election.

70-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Critical After His Car Overturns Into Ditch on Belle Terre

| January 26, 2015

Victor Jesus Ortiz, 70, of Palm Coast, was in critical condition Monday evening after he lost control of his car, swerved, and overturned in shallow ditch on Belle Terre Parkway, just south of the Palm Coast Fire Department’s Station 25.

Edmon Welch Found Guilty of Home Invasion and Battery on 88 Year Old, Faces Life in Prison

| January 26, 2015

A jury on Friday found Edmon N. Welch guilty of the home invasion and battery on Ray Mercer in August 2013. An accomplice Jody Medders, is already serving five years in prison.

For Palm Coast, Florida Park Drive’s Heavy Traffic Is an Old Bane Without Ready Solutions

| January 26, 2015

Residents along Florida Park Drive have complained year after year about the heavy traffic, the noise and the pollution, but Palm Coast officials say there’s little they can do legally to alleviate an old ITT mistake.

Palm Coast’s Holland Park Closing For Rest of the Year For Major Reconstruction

| January 26, 2015

the $4.28 million project will take 15 months and will result in better lit courts, a bigger playground, new restrooms, a refurbished dog park, a new loop road to exit the park and a perimeter trail, among other improvements.

FBI Agents Interview 2 Palm Coast Employees In Inquiry Over Tony Capela Issues

| January 23, 2015

Palm Coast officials downplayed a 90-minute interview by two FBI agents of a public works division manager Wednesday and a briefer interview with the public works director, saying it’s related to settled matters in connection with ex-streets superintendent Tony Capela.

Second Armed Robbery in 2 Days Hits Palm Coast Store, This Time at 7-11 Near Starbucks

| January 23, 2015

Thursday evening’s robbery took place at the Mobil station and 7-11 convenience store on Palm Coast Parkway, near Starbucks and Old Kings Road. No one was hurt. The robber escaped with about $94 in cash.

11 Deputies, Several of Them Military Veterans, Join Flagler Sheriff’s Office

| January 23, 2015

The 10 men and one woman, all starting at $33,012 a year, include a retired police chief, four veterans of the U.S. military, and several deputies with college degrees.

Flagler Youth Orchestra Returns to United Methodist Church’s Concert Series Saturday

| January 23, 2015

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s 30-piece Harmony ensemble return for their annual performance in the Palm Coast United Methodist Church’s Concert Series Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m.

Publix at Palm Coast’s Town Center Is Target of an Armed Robbery Wednesday Evening

| January 22, 2015

The Publix store at Palm Coast’s Town Center was robbed late Wednesday evening by a man claiming to be dying of AIDS and feared to be armed. No one was injured, but the robber got away and has not been located.

Teen Who Twice Fled Home Returns; Stepfather Opts to Drop Charge Against Him

| January 22, 2015

Dawson Blaine King, a 15-year-old resident of 47 Westmount Lane in Palm Coast who’d gone missing on Jan. 15, was brought home only to get into a fight with his parents and run away again late Tuesday night.

Last of Seven Bridges on County Road 305 Is Completed and Re-Opens to Traffic

| January 22, 2015

Construction began on the bridge June 23, 2014. The total cost of construction is approximately $2.5 million paid for by a State Department of Transportation grant.

Spirited Proposal to Relax Dress Code in Flagler Schools Meets More Resistance Than Reason From Board

| January 21, 2015

Michael Manning, the student representative on the school board, is proposing to extend Friday’s more relaxed dress code to all days of the week, and he doesn’t fear challenging board members’ claims along the way.

Palm Coast’s Reilly Opelka, 17, Picked as Wild Card For Main Draw of Men’s Futures Tourney

| January 21, 2015

Reilly Opelka’s pick marks the first time in at least four years that a Palm Coast resident was selected by USTA as the Main Draw Wild Card for the tournament played in the city.

Candles and Prayers Flicker in Memorial For Elisa Homen, Victim of Jan. 9 School Bus Crash

| January 20, 2015

Some 50 people, including her nearly 4-year-old son and her fiancee, gathered for a memorial to Elisa Marie Homen, the 22-year-old recent Palm Coast resident who was fatally injured in a collision with a school bus on Whiteview Parkway on Jan. 9.

Flagler Schools’ Classroom to Careers Symposium Showcases Business’ Growing Presence on Campuses

| January 20, 2015

The first Flagler County education symposium featured the spread of flagship programs that merge private or non-profit businesses with classroom projects, from banking to journalism to medicine.

Sheriff’s K-9 Units Sniff 2 Drug Busts; Unusual Heroin Arrest Echoes National Crisis

| January 20, 2015

Two Palm Coast residents arrested in separate traffic stops were arrested on numerous drug-trafficking charges, including, in one case, heroin trafficking, which reflects the rise in the use of the drug nationally.

Palm Coast’s Pink Army Run Raises $13,152 for Florida Hospital Flagler’s Breast Cancer Fund

| January 20, 2015

After an event that drew upwards of 1,000 runners, a record, Palm Coast’s Pink Army Run last October netted $13,152, money that will help defray the cost of mammograms and other breast-cancer diagnoses or treatments.

Palm Coast Fire Department Unveils New $360,000 Truck and Logo on Jan. 27

| January 19, 2015

The public can see Palm Coast’s new fire truck and its new logo on Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Marketplace parking lot.

Photography Traces an Evolution From Minor to Major Key at Flagler County Art League

| January 19, 2015

In a sign of the art form’s evolving seriousness in Palm Coast, the Flagler County Art League’s annual juried photography show drew 90 entries, 10 of which did not make the exhibit.

Tuesday Evening Memorial Set for Elisa Homen, Victim of School Bus Crash on Whiteview

| January 19, 2015

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Elisa Marie Homen, the 22-year-old Palm Coast resident who succumbed to her injuries four days after a collision with a school bus on Whiteview Parkway on Jan. 9.

At Salvo Art Project:
Jan Geyer, Artist of the Year

| January 16, 2015

In Palm Coast less than three years, artist Jan Geyer has made her impact on the local arts community through her own studio at City Marketplace and her associations with Hollingsworth-Salvo Art Project and the Flagler County Art League.

Death Becomes Them: In CRT’s “Grace and Glory,” An Odd Couple Does Hospice (and Velveeta)

| January 15, 2015

In Tom Ziegler’s “Grace and Glorie,” opening at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre Friday, two women are brought together in an unlikely friendship as one prepares the other for death.

Facing $236,000 Deficit, School Board Rethinks Belle Terre Swim Club and Adult Education

| January 15, 2015

Membership at the Belle Terre Swim and Racque Club is down almost by half in two years, maintenance is wanting, and patrons like the Palm Coast Synchro Belles are complaining of poor conditions, prompting the School Board to rethink how it can keep it and Community Education going.

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