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Welcome Home, Bunnell: City Celebrates
Its New Digs After Five Years’ Squatting

| October 22, 2014

The four-building, $600,000 Bunnell City Hall complex has more space than the city knows what to do with, but acquired at a tenth the price it might have had to pay had it moved into the old county courthouse.

2 Women Killed, 2 Seriously Hurt in 3-Vehicle Crash Termed “Horrific” on SR100 and CR305

| October 20, 2014

The third wreck involving fatalities in six days was triggered by a vehicle rear-ending another, and causing it to crash head-on into an oncoming car.

Denise Calderwood, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 20, 2014

Independent Denise Calderwood is challenging Republican incumbent Nate McLaughlin in the District 4 race for Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 4 election. All registered Flagler County and and municipal residents may cast ballot in the race.

Howard Holley, Flagler County Commission Candidates: The Live Interview

| October 20, 2014

Howard Holley is an Independent candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 4 election, challenging incumbent Republican Frank Meeker. All registered voters may cast a ballot in this race.

Diane Upton of Palm Coast Is Killed, Kalyn Upton and Child Seriously Hurt in 2-Vehicle Wreck on SR100 Near Target

| October 18, 2014

Rebecca Lawless, 24, of Palm Coast, ran a red light and slammed into Diane Upton’s car at Landing Boulevard and SR100 in Palm Coast, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Man Dies in Early-Morning Fire
On Westmayer Place in Flagler Beach

| October 18, 2014

The double-wide trailer on Westmayer Place, a dirt road off of A1A at the north end of town, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene. It was the first death in a house fire in Flagler County since an elderly woman died at her home in Palm Coast almost two years ago.

Olvis Harville, Biker Critically Injured in 1 of 2 Biketoberfest Wrecks on US 1 Wednesday, Dies

| October 18, 2014

Olvis Harville, 65, was riding with a friend on U.S. 1 at CR304 when he crashed into his friend and was ejected. He died two days later.

Pit Bull Mix Attacks 76-Year-Old Woman in Her F-Section Backyard and Tries to Drag Her Away

| October 17, 2014

A 76-year-old resident of Forrest Hill Drive in Palm Coast was hospitalized after a neighbor’s large pit bull mix attacked and attempted to drag her back to its own yard Thursday afternoon.

Canvassing Board Rejects Weeks Attempt to Remove Hadeed as Attorney in Latest Clashes

| October 17, 2014

Another Canvassing Board meeting that should have been routine turned into a three-hour test of wills between Supervisor Kimberle Weeks and the two other members of the board, while Weeks’s issues with Palm Coast remain unresolved.

Flagler Posts Biggest Single-Month Unemployment Drop Since Recession, to 8.4%, as 474 Residents Gain Jobs

| October 17, 2014

Flagler County still has the second-highest unemployment rate in the state, but September was a banner month for the county’s economic health in almost every regard.

Family-Owned Beutlich Pharmaceuticals Bringing 25 to 30 Jobs to Flagler by January

| October 16, 2014

Beutlich Pharmaceuticals, a family-owned pharmaceutical company based in Waukegan, Ill., is moving to a 20,000 square-foot warehouse in Bunnell, where it expects to hire 25 to 30 people. The company will operate locally by January 2015.

In Chamber’s Straw Poll, Shipley and Nobile Win Palm Coast, Incumbents Win all County and State Offices and Pot Loses

| October 16, 2014

There were few surprises in a straw poll of 124 participants conducted by the Flagler Chamber of Commerce at a political forum and at Creekside Festival in the last few days, but the sample is too small to be indicative of more than hints.

Despite Big Economic Impact, Flagler Beach Mostly Snubs Groundbreaking to Double Gamble Rogers Park’s Camping Sites

| October 16, 2014

There were more top state and county officials than Flagler Beach officials at today’s groudbreaking at Gamble Rogers State Park, an echo of the city’s failed attempt to change the name of the recreation area back to Flagler Beach last month.

Thrasher’s FSU Contract: $430,000 a Year for Five Years. Special Election Cost: $1 Million.

| October 15, 2014

The Flagler County Commission is not relishing a special election, as it means contending with a supplemental budget request from Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks, whose relationship with the commission–among other local government agencies–is at an all-time low.

A Community Bids Former Deputy Joe Delarosby Farewell, Mixing Anger With Remembrance

| October 14, 2014

Services for Joseph Delarosby, the sheriff’s deputy edged into retirement 7 weeks before he killed himself on Oct. 7, included a stunning public rebuke of Sheriff Manfre by Delarosby’s father.

Case Closed: Flagler Beach Commission Votes 4-1 to Buy $600,000 “Quint” Fire Truck

| October 14, 2014

There was debating, pleading, occasional shouting and plenty of sniping, but in the end a conclusion foretold months ago was ratified with a 4-1 vote as the Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday night opted to buy a nearly $600,000 fire truck called a “quint.”

Pop Warner Football Smackdown: Games Over, Fights Erupt at FPC—Between “Adults”

| October 13, 2014

Tensions escalated into fights and brawls that sent three people to the hospital after a Pop Warner football game between Flagler and Daytona Beach Saturday at FPC, even though the game involved children ages 5 to 7, and was not scored.

Investigated for Stalking, Man Is Accused of Raping 15-Year-Old Palm Coast Girl in Her Home

| October 13, 2014

James Russell Brink, 25, is being held at the Flagler County jail on $100,000 bond and is accused of traveling from Virginia to have sex with a 15-year-old Palm Coast girl he’d previously been accused of stalking in New York.

Flagler Beach Mayor Calls Special Meeting on Fire Truck Only To Be Outmaneuvered With Planned Vote

| October 13, 2014

Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher wanted a meeting to further investigate what she considers a dubious $600,000 fire truck buy. Instead, she got a meeting where the commission may finally vote to go ahead with the purchase this evening.

Sheriff’s Ex-Finance Director Sues, Claiming She Was Forced Out After Flagging “Inappropriate” Spending

| October 13, 2014

Ex-finance director Linda Bolante’s lawsuit focuses on dining and entertainment expenses Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre had to pay back after charging an agency credit card, following which, according to Bolante, she was forced to resign. The Sheriff’s Office “vigorously disputes” the claim that the two occurrences were related.

Indian Trails 7th Grader Shelby Anton, Winner of Statewide Essay Contest, Is Palm Coast Mayor for a Day

| October 12, 2014

Indian Trails 7th grader Shelby Anton took first place in Florida, out of some 1,500 entrants, in a Florida League of Cities contest that had her spend a day as a mayor, including chairing a city council meeting on Oct. 7.

“Thank You for Using Your Legs to Show Us What’s In Your Hearts,” Palm Coast Mayor Tells Pink Army

| October 12, 2014

This morning’s 5K Pink Army run for breast cancer awareness drew hundreds of runners, walkers and strollers of all ages and sizes who thronged Town Center just after dawn, for the cause.

“Barefoot in the Park” Inaugurates Flagler Playhouse’s New Season, and Renovated Digs

| October 11, 2014

Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” opens a new season for a Flagler Playhouse that benefited from a $150,000 state grant and used it to improve its stage’s wing space, provide better rest rooms and storage space.

Bruce Campbell Resigns As Flagler Beach City Manager

| October 10, 2014

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell on Friday told his staff he was resigning after three years on the job. He did not give any reasons.

A1A Pride Votes 7-3 to Reject Salamander Plan for 198-Room Hotel at Hammock Beach

| October 9, 2014

Today’s vote is only advisory ahead of action before the county’s planning board and the County Commission. But A1A’s membership represents a powerful constituency in the Hammock, as its previous displays of political muscle indicate.

“A Fitting Conclusion”: Family Speaks of Pilot Ray Miller’s Life of Adventure Before Crash

| October 9, 2014

Raymond Miller, the 77-year-old Palm Coast resident who crashed his plane in Pellicer Creek last week, had retired from the CIA but had never ended a life of globe-trotting adventure in which his age was a mere number. His family said his last flight was a fitting way to end a life.

Joseph Delarosby, Recently Retired Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy, Takes His Life at Palm Coast’s Heroes Park

| October 7, 2014

Joseph Delarosby, who’d served nearly 20 years as a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy and bailiff, committed suicide this morning at Heroes Park in Palm Coast. He had retired from the force only recently.

Florida Hospital Flagler To See Medicare Payments Reduced 0.37% Per Patient, one of 148 Penalized in State

| October 7, 2014

The penalty is intended to jolt hospitals to pay attention to what happens to their patients after they leave and reduce the rate of readmission of Medicare patients.

Robbery at Palm Coast Target Pharmacy Leads to Chase and Arrest at Integra Woods

| October 6, 2014

Michael Shudy, 34, of Palm Coast, was arrested on two robbery charges and a count of fleeing and eluding police after ordering a store clerk at Target’s pharmacy to hand over methadone.

Richard Mathews, Accused of Mercy Killing in Mother’s Death, Sentenced to Two Years

| October 6, 2014

Mary Shaw Mathews, 88, was found to have died by strangulation and over-medication on Feb. 21 at her Palm Coast home. Her son Richard told detectives that she had asked him to end her life as she had been suffering and declining fast. Today’s outcome reflected a judicial system grappling with the gray area between mercy killing, which is not allowed by law, and a form of induced death.

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