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Southwest Palm Coast Tops Rainfall Totals With 5”, But No Flooding Issues This Time

| November 26, 2014

Palm Coast and Flagler County weathered the latest front of very heavy rain well from Tuesday to Wednesday as up to 5 inches of rain fell in parts of the city and the county, but with no reported flooding or water damage.

Sheriff Jim Manfre Faces $1,500 Fine in Ethics Violation as Report Details Travel, Gift and Spending Lapses

| November 25, 2014

The Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that Sheriff Jim Manfre violated ethics laws on three counts, but in an agreement, Manfre conceded to one violation and got two other charges dismissed.

Palm Coast Suspends Part of Red-Light Camera Enforcement, But $158 Fines Still Being Issued

| November 25, 2014

While still issuing $158 fines for red-light violations, Palm Coast is for now no longer pursuing drivers who refuse to pay, so those drivers will not get the steeper $264 traffic citation. But those citations may be issued pending the outcome of a court case.

Flagler Fish Company Marks Year 9 With Sea Bounty By Way of A.J. Neste

| November 24, 2014

To celebrate its ninth year, Flagler Fish Company unveiled a new website lavished with the work of A.J. Neste, the award-winning photographer.

For Shane Kitchens, Left in 30-Day Coma After Collision on A1A, a Painful Roll Back

| November 21, 2014

Shane Kitchens, the 37-year-old Flagler Beach business owner, was crossing A1A in August when a motorcycle struck him as if he wasn’t there. This is the story of his recovery since.

1-Year-Old Child of Bankrupt Company Buys News-Journal and Halifax Media for $280 Million

| November 21, 2014

New York-based New Media Investment Group bought the Daytona Beach News Journal and Halifax Media’s three dozen newspapers for $280 million in cash today. New Media is a publicly traded company that owns 402 small to mid-size community publications.

Election Supervisor Kimberle Weeks Caps Final Canvassing Session With Hit List Frown Song

| November 20, 2014

Kimberle Weeks once again indicted a slew of local officials on evidence largely fictional while portraying herself as voters’ last great hope as she responded to the county’s latest request for an state intervention.

Howard Holley Will Run for Flagler’s House Seat Against Paul Renner, Sullivan, O’Brien Teetering Out

| November 20, 2014

The special election to fill Travis Hutson’s Florida House seat in District 24, made up mostly of Flagler County, is turning into a combination of musical chairs band feeding frenzy.

Flagler Education Foundation Awards 17 Mini Grants totaling $16,000 to District Teachers

| November 20, 2014

The 17 teachers were selected from 30 applicants based on criteria that included innovation, impact, replication, the number of students involved and project documentation.

Even As Lawsuit Gets in the Way, Sheriff and Union Agree that “Substantial” Raises Are Due

| November 19, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies and other employees have been without a serious raise in five years and the sheriff and union are at a negotiating impasse, but both sides are attempting to reach agreement on a small prize: a 1 percent raise the county commission pledged employees this year.

A Man Is Killed in Wreck at US1 and SR100 Following Traffic Stop by Police

| November 18, 2014

A man who was apparently evading police was killed after striking three vehicles at the intersection of State Road 100 and U.S. 1 in Bunnell this afternoon.

New, Younger Faces Sworn In at Palm Coast Council, Same Old at County Commission

| November 18, 2014

The swearing-in ceremonies were a study in contrast, if not a reflection of the election’s paradoxes as Palm Coast showed its desire for change and the county commission stayed the same.

Some Skepticism Aside, County Broadens Old Courthouse Panel’s Mission: Find Tenants

| November 17, 2014

The county commission Monday evening voted 4-1 to give the courthouse committee until the end of March to find tenants who can pay their way and end the county’s $6,000-a-month subsidy of the building.

Ex-Felon Re-Arrested for Domestic Assault After Chasing After a Woman in Front of a Cop

| November 17, 2014

Brian Spencer, a 36-year-old ex-felon released less than two years ago from state prison after serving sentence for domestic battery by strangulation, was arrested again as he chased a woman on a Palm Coast street in the middle of the night–in front of a cop.

Derek Hankerson Will Not Run in Special Election for Travis Hutson’s Seat After All

| November 17, 2014

Derek Hankerson, who challenged John Thrasher in the Republican primary form Florida Senate last August, sent in the following letter today explaining why he has decided not to run again in the coming special election for either Senate or House.

Tornado Watch Cancelled for Flagler-Palm Coast, Schools Cancel Outdoor Activities, Games and Practices

| November 17, 2014

A broad band of severe weather is bearing down on Flagler County and Palm Coast, where a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued until 3 p.m., and a tornado watch will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

A Mother of 3 Is Shot in the Mondex in Murky Circumstances; Husband Jailed on Child Neglect Charges

| November 16, 2014

The victim, Tiffany Norman, has three young children, none older than 8 or 9. Circumstances of the shooting are murky: her husband or companion, Jonathan Canales, 27, has allegedly told police that Norman shot herself, but that remains unconfirmed.

Last Food Truck Tuesday of 2014 On Nov. 18, With Focus on Bike Safety

| November 15, 2014

This edition of Food Truck Tuesday in Palm Coast’s Town Center includes Barnwood BBQ, Big Island Bowls, Caketeer, ChiPhi, El Cactus Azul, It’s All Greek To Me, Kona Dog, Mayan Grill and Monsta Lobsta.

Louis Prinzo, Responsible for Death of Lane Burnsed and Meredith Smith in ’12, Is Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

| November 14, 2014

Lane Burnsed, 18, and Meredith Smith, 17, were killed on July 26, 2012 in a 3-car wreck on I-95 triggered by Louis Prinzo.

Renovate and Lease Old Courthouse But Don’t Sell or Demolish, Committee Recommends

| November 14, 2014

An advisory committee’s much-awaited findings recommend that county government continue to carry the maintenance costs of the old courthouse until it is able to renovate and rent it to non-profits or office-type concerns.

Preparedness Before Hype: Flagler Emergency Responders Form Team With Ebola in Mind

| November 13, 2014

An “incident management team” was created to respond to any infectious disease emergency in Flagler, with Emergency Management, Florida Hospital Flagler and the the Health Department leading the response, should one ever be necessary.

Demolition Set for Old Palm Harbor Center, As Is Competitive Rebirth of Island Walk

| November 13, 2014

A huge segment of the old Palm Harbor Shopping Center is about to go under the wrecking ball as part of the $41 million redevelopment of the site, which will take over a year, though Publix will remain open there throughout, and move into a much larger store by the end of 2015.

Two Pit Bulls Attack and Injure 10-Year-Old Autistic Boy in Palm Coast’s Z-Section

| November 12, 2014

A 10-year-old autistic boy was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon with dog bites to both legs after he was chased and bitten by two pit bulls from his neighbors’ house on Zonal Court in Palm Coast.

Road Rage Bleeds Into Racial Confrontation On Belle Terre Parkway, and 3 Arrests

| November 12, 2014

Samantha Smith, 25, Zachary Parsley, 22, and Tyler Parsley, 23, face assault charges after confronting four young black men, allegedly fighting and threatening to kill them and repeatedly calling them niggers.

Palm Coast Data Wins Back Saturday Evening Post Account But Loses All American Crafts

| November 12, 2014

Winning back the Saturday Evening Post account’s three magazines helps offset yet another loss for Palm Coast Data as All American Crafts, which published 11 niche magazines, stopped all publishing in August and declared bankruptcy, with $7.5 million in debts.

Dave Sullivan Won’t Give Way to Trevor Tucker in Race for House as Hankerson Joins It; Democrats Are No-Shows

| November 11, 2014

Flagler School Board member Trevor Tucker said he was seriously thinking of running for an open Florida House seat in the Jan. 27 primary, but only if REC Chairman Dave Sullivan chose not to run, as Tucker doesn’t want to split the vote., Sullivan says he’s in it to stay.

Flagler Briefly Pauses On 100th Anniversary Year of the War that Led to Veterans Day

| November 11, 2014

The commemoration of Veterans Day this morning in Bunnell featured a Florida Army National Guard commander who traced the conflict-ridden history of the day since its inception at the end of World War I.

Flagler School Board Makes Small Inroad for Some Employees’ Same-Sex Rights, But Other Agencies Dodge the Issue

| November 10, 2014

The Flagler County School Board’s bereavement leave for same-sex couples formally acknowledges such unions, but only for support personnel, while teachers and employees of other government agencies still have no such rights.

Parents in Mourning Will Install Angel of Hope Statue at Craig Flagler Palms

| November 10, 2014

An Angel of Hope inspired by the famed book by Richard Paul Evans and dedicated to families and friends grieving the loss of a child will go up on land donated by Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home, Memorial Gardens and Crematory. The funeral home also donated a base for the statue.

P-Section Confrontation: She Drives Her Car Into Him. He Shoots the Car. Both Arrested.

| November 9, 2014

Kurt Benjamin, 27, of 31 Poinsettia Lane, and Twila Woods, 30, of nearby Point Pleasant Lane, were both jailed on aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charges Sunday morning.

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