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23 lb. and a Gun: 2nd Pot House in Three Years Is Busted on Palm Coast’s Wheatfield Drive

| November 11, 2015

Ex-FPC football player Daniel Epler, 21, was arrested after 23 pounds of pot, $9,000 in cash and a Cobra handgun were found in his bedroom at a duplex on Wheatfield Drive in Palm Coast.

Palm Coast Will Study Raising Town Center’s Crawl-Paced Speed Limits On Some Streets

| November 10, 2015

Palm Coast drivers have been complaining of Town Center’s low speed limits for years. It took council members eight days of actually having to drive those streets to ask for a more “rational” change.

Palm Coast Mayor and Flagler Sheriff Will Marshal Holiday Boat Parade

| November 10, 2015

The 13th annual Palm Coast Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. with the traditional festival of lights on the water to mark the beginning of the winter holidays (assuming you didn’t start your celebration immediately after Labor Day). 

At Sevyn, Bunnell’s Newest Night Club, A Playlist of Art, Music, Billiards and BBQ

| November 10, 2015

At Sevyn, the new nightclub at the Palm Coast-Bunnell line on State Road 100, live jazz, live blues, open mic nights, Latin music dancing and R&B all mix night after night with art, pool tables and chef Dan Testa’s delights.

Bunnell Thanks Its Surprisingly Departing Manager Then Hurries to Shop For One Before Christmas

| November 9, 2015

Commissioners dismissed an attempt to delay a broader search for an applicant and give internal candidates a chance, saying internal applicants can send in their resumes just like everyone else.

Deputies’ Dispatching System Edging Back to Life, But Some Sheriff’s Data May Be Lost

| November 9, 2015

The CAD system went offline on Oct. 29 and had been only fitfully operational since after a server failure that may have erased significant data with it. CAD was offline again this morning, but was working this afternoon.

County’s Closest Likeness to Homeless Shelter Scales Back Services and Access to Grounds

| November 9, 2015

For eight years First United Methodist Church in Bunnell had been an unofficial day shelter for the homeless. The church’s new leadership is changing that as finances and a different philosophy is compelling a more restrictive approach.

In Flagler Beach, City Manager’s Choice is Down to “Old Shoe” and “Shiny New Pair”

| November 6, 2015

Flagler Beach commissioners have zeroed in on Joe Gerrity and Larry Newsom as their next city manager, but haven’t mustered the super-majority they need to offer the job to either.

Two Injured in SUV Rollover on I-95; Pet Rat “Sweetie” Is Spared

| November 6, 2015

The male driver of the wreck was seriously injured, and initially thought to have sustained life-threatening injuries, but that was later changed to “serious” rather than critical injuries.

Flagler Schools’ 1-to-1 Laptop Initiative Termed a Success, But Replacement Costs at $100,000 a Year

| November 6, 2015

With almost 8,000 student computers in circulation, the Flagler district spent $194,000 on replacements and repairs in two years, well below projections, as the program spreads to middle and elementary schools.

17-Year-Old Girl Faces Felony Assault Charge For Pointing Toy Rifle at Belle Terre Drivers

| November 5, 2015

Matanzas High School student Noelle Tirado told cops she knew she and her friends would be pulled over. The toy rifle’s orange tip had been blacked out.

Suspect Blames “Weed” for Reckless High-Speed Pursuit on Wrong Side of U.S. 1

| November 5, 2015

Johnny Jones, 25, had been arrested in May for a dangerous pursuit, and was arrested again Monday after taking FHP troopers from Bunnell to Volusia, speeding 4 miles on the wrong side of U.S. 1 before his apprehension by a K-9 in the woods.

To Raise the Roof for Palm Coast Arts Foundation, A Bimbo Is “Born Yesterday”

| November 5, 2015

Annie Gaybis as the sweet but ditzy Billie Dawn is at the heart of Garson Kanin’s 1946 Broadway play, “Born Yesterday,” staged for one night only as a fund-raiser for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s Raise the Roof Campaign, on Nov. 13 in Marineland.

From Woody’s to Bull Creek to Island Grille, and Now Pit Stop Pizza for West Side

| November 5, 2015

In Pit Stop Pizza Woody’s Joe Rizzo and Chris Zwirn have partnered with Trevor Tucker to give Flagler’s west side its first pizza delivery business, making it the fourth restaurant Rizzo and partners are running in the county, employing between 70 and 100.

For 4th Time in 7 Weeks, a Student is Struck by Vehicle in Palm Coast; Safety Panel Meets

| November 4, 2015

Buddy Taylor Middle School student Maxim Bystrov, 13, was on his bicycle when an elderly driver violated his right of way at Belle Terre and Pritchard Tuesday, injuring the boy. Wednesday, the new traffic safety committee met.

Palm Coast City Hall Journey Ends With Inauguration of a New Day on Lake Avenue

| November 4, 2015

Ex-Mayor Jim Canfield and current Mayor Jon Netts bookended the story of Palm Coast’s 15-year journey to a City Hall of its own in a grand opening ceremony that drew throngs of residents and plenty of cheers.

Shocking Commissioners, Bunnell Manager Larry Williams Resigns, Saying His Job is Done

| November 3, 2015

Two years after he was hired , Larry Williams announced his resignation effective in 60 days, saying he’d accomplished all he wanted to and that he’d lost the adrenaline rush even though the city and the commission are working smoothly.

In Muted Appearance at Sheriff’s Opening, Gov. Scott Speaks of Unappreciated Police

| November 3, 2015

Scott, his energy more Carsonesque than usual was as if upstaged by the pride and eagerness of local officials reveling in the new operations center and framing the occasion in touching personal stories.

“Catastrophic Failure” in Sheriff’s Computer System Jeopardizing Records and Stalling Data

| November 3, 2015

Friday afternoon the server that runs the sheriff’s office’s computer assisted dispatching and stores massive amounts of data ran out of space and crashed. It is not expected to be back in full operation any time soon.

Citing “Blasphemy,” “Libel” and “Smears,” County Will Seek Legal Fees From Attackers

| November 2, 2015

In an extraordinary move, county government approved County Attorney Hadeed’s request to pursue John Ruffalo and Dennis McDonald for fees resulting from the two men’s invalidated ethics commission complaints.

Two Sisters and a Solar-Electric Boat, on a 9-Day Journey for a Cause on ICW, Dock in Palm Coast

| November 2, 2015

Nancy and Paula Frainetti are spending nine days aboard a solar-aided electric boat from Miami to Jacksonville to raise awareness and money for breast cancer–and for electric boating.

Businesses Rebel Against Plan to Shift Overdue Utility Bills from Tenants to Landlords

| November 2, 2015

A rebellion among business owners in Bunnell stopped the city cold from implementing a controversial and unusual plan that would have allowed the city to shift the responsibility for utility bills from tenants to landlords.

Embry-Riddle To Offer 5% Tuition Break for Florida Students as University Marks 90th Year

| November 1, 2015

Tuition at Embry-Riddle this year is $33,318. With room, board and books, the cost rises to $45,100, according to the university’s estimates. The 5 percent break, a saving of $1,600, applies only to tuition.

Body Found at Flagler County Park Believed To Be Elderly Man Missing Since Monday

| October 30, 2015

Richard J. Paquin, 73, went Missing Monday in St. Augustine. His car was found near a bathroom at the River-to-Sea Preserve in Flagler County, near a bathroom where the body of an elderly man, already decomposing, was found this afternoon.

In Flagler Cigar Company, Palm Coast’s Humidor Lights Up Bouquet of Ambitions

| October 30, 2015

Flagler County as an East Coast Ybor City? Humidor owners Ky Ekinci, Mark Woods, Sim Taing and Neil Paisani marked the 10th year of their European Village store by rolling out a line of half a dozen cigars with their own imprint, and their eyes set on national distribution.

Sgt. Van Buren, Cited for Bravery in Suicide-by-Cop Attempt, Among 3 Honored

| October 30, 2015

Flagler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Van Buren was named Deputy of the Quarter for his bravery and conflict-resolution skills during a tense encounter with an armed woman in September. Detention Deputy Justin Bailey and Executive Assistant Sheri Gopie were also honored.

From a Speeding Stop to an Accusation of Rioting at Flagler Jail: Dustin Singleton’s Spiral

| October 29, 2015

Dustin Singleton, 35, was accused of inciting a riot at the Flagler County Jail Tuesday, a 2nd degree felony, after he refused orders to go to his bunk. He was serving 30 days on a misdemeanor probation violation over a minor pot possession.

Gov. Scott, Back in Flagler for 7th Time, Will Open Sheriff’s New Operations Center Tuesday

| October 29, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott will mark the grand opening of the $5 million Sheriff’s Operations Center in downtown Bunnell, with numerous local elected officials at his side. He last visited Flagler more than a year ago, during a campaign stop.

When Slick Adults Become Brawling Children: Reza’s “God of Carnage” Whacks City Rep

| October 29, 2015

Two sophisticated couples become more like savage when they try to sort out their children’s fight in Yasmine Reza’s play, at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre starting Friday and through Nov. 8.

For Flagler’s NAACP, More Trust Than Fear of Local Police as Body Cams Clip On

| October 28, 2015

Flagler NAACP members were mostly reassured by use-of-force evidence that, according to the Sheriff’s Office, has declined in Palm Coast, thanks in large part to police body cameras.



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