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Gov. Rick Scott Making Campaign Stop at Grace’s Deli on Sept. 9

| September 2, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott will be making his sixth trip to Flagler County in three years when he makes a brief campaign stop at Grace’s Place at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9, bringing yet more attention to a restaurant that was in the national eye a few months ago.

2 Shots Fired at Florida Park Drive and Flynn Way in Altercation Between Occupants of Two Cars

| August 31, 2014

Information is sketchy–the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says it won’t release the report because it’s the weekend–but sheriff’s spokespersons confirmed Sunday that two shots were fired early Sunday morning during an altercation involving occupants of two vehicles at Florida Park Drive and Flynn say.

2 Men Electrocuted By Power Line in Attempt To Plant Flagpole at Cloverdale Ct. Home

| August 30, 2014

The men struck a 13,000-volt power line as they were attempting to plant a long flagpole–bearing an American flag and an Italian flag–down a plastic bracing pipe right under the neighborhood’s power line.

Palm Coast Council, in 4-0 Vote, Sides With Its Manager Against Firefighters Union in Contract Dispute

| August 29, 2014

The Palm Coast City Council sided with its Manager Jim Landon’s recommendation to reject union positions on a collective bargaining agreement in contention for three years.

Flagler Beach Rejects Commissioner Carney’s Proposal to Put $600,000 Fire Truck Buy on Hold

| August 28, 2014

When Commissioner made a motion to pull the $600,000 truck buy proposal out of the budget this year and “think about what we’re doing,” the rest of the commission snubbed her during a contentious, at times anger-tinged meeting.

The End of Flagler Beach’s Blue Restaurant: A Loss Beyond Mahi Mahi Almondine

| August 28, 2014

In her first interview since the announcement of the closure of Blue at the Topaz, Kelli O’Reilly describes the financial and other difficulties of keeping the business going, and many others reacted to the loss and its meaning.

The Palm Coast City Council as Labor Tribunal: Firefighters Union and Administration Face Off

| August 28, 2014

Palm Coast firefighters and the city administration reached an impasse in December after more than three years of negotiations over a contract, leaving it to the city council on Friday to settle the dispute in an unusual hearing.

Palm Coast Pitches New Management at Loss-Plagued Palm Harbor Golf Club, But Revenue Riddle Remains

| August 27, 2014

City council members did not get clear answers from the administration about the financial and quality difference that a change in management would bring to Palm Harbor Golf Club, while users of the club have mounted a small movement to keep the current management.

Skeptical Judge Grants Delay in “Watchdog” Suit Against County Over Old Hospital Buy

| August 27, 2014

A suit by a group that calls itself the Flagler Palm Coast Watchdogs, raising a conflict of interest issue with a county commissioner during the Memorial Hospital buy last year, does not belong in circuit court, the county argues.

Andy Dance Wins, McLaughlin, Meeker and Tucker Survive, Fischer and Both Palm Coast Races Headed for November Run-Offs

| August 26, 2014

Full results for the 2014 primary election in Flagler County and in statewide races relevant to the county, with the latest updates.

Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon Handed Wrong Ballot in Early Voting, Raising Questions About Election’s Integrity

| August 25, 2014

Two of the three ballots handed City Manager Jim Landon, his stepdaughter and his wife Friday did not include Palm Coast City Council races, echoing a similar report by another voter, prompting discussions by the county Canvassing Board about better ensuring the integrity of the vote. But Supervisor Weeks put that responsibility squarely on voters.

Flagler Leads 20 North and Central Florida Counties in Early Voting Turnout With Double Average Rate

| August 25, 2014

Flagler County’s comparatively high turnout took place despite the county’s and city’s prohibition on campaign signs, suggesting that the election supervisor’s claim that the prohibition would discourage voters was not accurate.

Trevor Tucker, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2014

Trevor Tucker is one of eight candidates in three races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 26 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Andy Dance, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 24, 2014

Andy Dance is running in District 1 for Flagler County School Board and facing Maria Barbosa in the Aug. 26 primary election. All Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

John Fischer, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 24, 2014

John Fischer, the incumbent in District 2 of the Flagler County School Board, faces three challengers. He has refused to amnswer any questions about his candidacy.

Maria Barbosa, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 24, 2014

Maria Barbosa is challenging incumbent Andy Dance in District 1 for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 26 primary election. She is one of eight candidates in three races for the school board. All Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Dennis McDonald, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 24, 2014

Dennis McDonald is a candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Aug. 26 Republican primary, in which only registered Republicans may cast a ballot.

Anne-Marie Shaffer, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Anne-Marie Shaffer is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Joel Rosen, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Joel Rosen is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Steven Nobile, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Steven Nobile is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races, one of three challenging incumbent Bill Lewis. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Bill Lewis, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Bill Lewis is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races, and the incumbent in District 4. He faces three challengers. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Sheriff’s Deputies Never Wrote an Incident Report After Fatally Shooting Palm Coast Man

| August 22, 2014

Details of the December 2012 fatal shooting of 32-year-old Troy Gordon on Brownstone Lane in Palm Coast, at a time when Don Fleming was still sheriff, emerged in a court case today that revealed how a union could trump sheriff’s policy even in grave shooting incidents.

“Derelict” Sheriff! Call In a Judge! Accuse Palm Coast of Larceny! Elections Supervisor Weeks Goes Unhinged.

| August 21, 2014

Though there’s been no issues with voting other than a very low turnout, Supervisor Kimberle Weeks has again fomented a major dispute out of minor, if any, problems, and frustrated the highest officials in a half dozen local government agencies and boards, going as far as implying that Sheriff Manfre should be arrested.

Jury Rejects “Sexsomnia” Claim and Convicts Flagler Man of Molesting 7-Year-Old Girl

| August 20, 2014

Caleb Ruh, a 29-year-old Flagler County man accused two years ago of molesting a 7-year-old girl in his care, claimed he was asleep at the time. He faces life in prison when sentenmced on Sept. 29.

Ex-Verdego Employee Accused of Defrauding Customers and Company Van Theft

| August 20, 2014

Travis Heidinger, a 40-year-old resident of 5 Llanes Place in Palm Coast, was booked at the Flagler County jail Tuesday on four counts of grand theft after an investigation concluded he’d defrauded at least customers and Verdego and stolen company property.

Illness Sidelines Bill Lewis from Palm Coast Council and Re-Election Bid, Favoring Challengers

| August 20, 2014

Bill Lewis, 83, has been battling shingles for more than a month and been a no-show at the council or on the campaign, opening the way for three challengers in the Palm Coast City Council race for District 4.

When a County Commissioner Calls The Supervisor of Elections A “Bitch”

| August 19, 2014

In a conversation with a reporter Monday, Flagler County Commissioner Frank Meeker referred to Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks as a “bitch” in what he termed a slip of the tongue, quickly apologizing afterward.

Xanax, Beer and a Louisville Slugger: Mondex Man Accused of Battering Woman Over Drugs

| August 18, 2014

Richard Spear, a 50-year-old resident of Daytona North is accused of battering a 30-year-old woman and threatening her and her ex-boyfriend, and smashing the ex-boyfriend’s car with a baseball bat.

650 Names, or 13% of Flagler Beach Population, On Petition Opposing $600,000 Fire Truck

| August 15, 2014

The 65-page petition, published here in full for public examination, has not been authenticated by the city, but would, if verified, pose a serious challenge to a majority of commissioners still intent on buying the fire truck.

Fearing Ambush, Cops and Medics “Stage” Before Responding to Reported Shooting in Bunnell

| August 15, 2014

The incident took place just after midnight Thursday in South Bunnell: 911 got several calls about an alleged shooting and a victim who’d been injured, but threats against police on social media led to precautions against an ambush.

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