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Herculean Effort More Than Doubles Memberships at Belle Terre Swim Club, Dimming Talk of Closure

| January 25, 2016

The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club’s supporters have managed to increase memberships to more than 300 and close an $80,000 budget gap ahead of a Feb. 2 deadline when the school board will decide the club’s fate.

Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Palm Coast Home Invasion, Accomplice Pleads for Mercy

| January 25, 2016

Daniel Hall was sentenced today to six years in prison and 10 years’ probation for the August 2014 assault and burglary at an older woman’s home as his accomplice, Carisa Hall, has been pleading with the court to lessen her sentence.

Doug Williams, Immigration and Criminal Law Attorney, Joins Chiumento Selis Dwyer as Partner

| January 25, 2016

Chiumento Selis Dwyer, the Palm Coast law firm, announced that attorney Douglas Scott Williams, better known as Doug, has joined the firm as a partner.

Sheriff Manfre Proposes De-Criminalizing Pot Possession; County Officials and State Attorney Open to Idea

| January 22, 2016

Following in the steps of three Florida counties and some 20 states, Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to replace criminal penalties for small amounts of pot with civil fines. State Attorney R.J. Larizza and county officials are willing to explore the new approach.

Flagler Beach Shock: Settle Opts Out of Commission, So Mealy and Belhumeur Are Elected

| January 22, 2016

In a minor shock in Flagler Beach, Commissioner Steve Settle opted not to file for re-election, automatically resulting in the election of Rick Belhumeur and the re-election of Jane Mealy at 5 p.m. Friday.

Ethics Commission Rejects Flagler’s Pitch to Recover Fees from Frivolous Complaints

| January 22, 2016

The state ethics commission found too thin Flagler’s argument to recover fees from frivolous complaints by John Ruffalo and Dennis McDonald against County Attorney Al Hadeed and County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin.

Flagler’s Unemployment Rate Falls to New Post-Recession Low of 5.5%, Florida at 5%

| January 22, 2016

Flagler County’s rate is vastly improved since even a year ago, when it stood at 6.9 percent. There were 487,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9.7 million.

For One Rookie Deputy, 2 Totaled Patrol Cars and 2 Internal Investigations in 13 Months

| January 21, 2016

A just-completed internal investigation found Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Kuleski had been speeding and imprudent when he crashed and totaled his patrol car on White View Parkway in September. It was the latest in a series of issues for the rookie deputy.

Two Young Women’s Suicides, In Close Proximity, Stun and Mobilize Community

| January 21, 2016

Lindsay Brockhaus, 20, killed herself on Tuesday, a month after her friend Cora Ann Engel, 18, committed suicide by the same method, two years almost to the day after Dalton Coxwell, also a Matanzas High student, had killed himself the same way.

Bunnell Elementary’s Sean Gilliam Is Flagler County’s Champion, Buoyant Speller

| January 21, 2016

Sean Gilliam, a sixth grader at Bunnell Elementary, correctly spelled the word buoyancy to defeat 16 competitors. Fifth grader Grayson Ronk of Wadsworth Elementary School was the runner­up.

Family Life Center Welcomes Board Members Maria Scarol and Sallie Brinkley

| January 21, 2016

The Family Life Center announced this week that Maria Scarol and Sallie Brinkley have joined the Family Life board of directors.

Fire Demolishes Family Home in Western Flagler After French Fries Are Left Unattended

| January 20, 2016

A house belonging to Caprice and Stephan Williams and their two teen-age sons at 5881 Logwood Lane in Bunnell was consumed by flames Saturday after Caprice briefly left the stove unattended to help a neighbor.

As County Has Yet to Pick a Site, Flagler Library Construction May Not Start Before 2018

| January 20, 2016

The Flagler County Commission has been talking about a library expansion for going on three years, but it may be five years before a new branch is actually built as various factors have yet to fall in place.

Ex-Cop Larry Jones Will Challenge Sheriff Manfre for Democratic Nomination

| January 19, 2016

Larry Jones, who retired from the sheriff’s office in 2014, is the nionth candidate for sheriff in this year’s election, but only the second on the Democratic side.

Two Pit Bulls Shot Dead After Attacking And Killing Pony; Duane Weeks Cited

| January 19, 2016

Two pit bulls in the care of Duane Weeks savaged a neighbor’s pony and killed it before the neighbor shot the two dogs. Weeks agreed to $1,000 in restitution and was cited for letting his animals run loose.

Stacy Culotta, Who’d Sought Suicide-by-Cop, Pleads to 36 Months’ Probation

| January 19, 2016

Stacy Culotta is the 36-year-old Palm Coast P-Section woman who last September was at the center of an attempted suicide-by-cop. She’ll serve probation and forfeit all weapons but serve no jail time.

Vandalism Blamed for Emptying Plantation Bay’s Water Supply, Leaving Customers Dry

| January 18, 2016

The 1,600-odd customers of the Flagler County-owned Plantation Bay water utility woke up to dry faucets today as vandals were believed to have emptied the subdivision’s water tanks overnight.

At Salvo Art Project:
Rachel Thompson, Artist of the Year

| January 15, 2016

“I am just art, I am art, I was born that way,” Thompson says. An opening reception sponsored by the Gargiulo Art Foundation at Salvo Art Gallery marks Thompson’s Artist of the Year honor Saturday.

Palm Coast’s $9 Million Scam at Taxpayers’ Expense

| January 15, 2016

Since 2008, Palm Coast government has wasted over $9 million in taxpayer money to subsidize its privately run, money-losing golf and tennis operations, which serve a small group of people. It’s been a colossal scam perpetrated on taxpayers.

In City Rep’s “Working,” A Job Becomes a Musical

| January 15, 2016

“Working,” the musical based on Studs Terkel’s 1974 best-selling book on the American workplace, takes the stage at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre Jan. 15 through 24.

Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy and SWAT Member Jonathon Duenas Escapes Blazing Patrol Car on CR35

| January 14, 2016

Deputy Jonathon Duenas was driving on CR 35 (off of SR 100), on the Westside of the county when a fire started in his patrol car’s trunk and quickly engulfed the vehicle. Duenas escaped with minor injuries.

Worrisome Numbers for Black Students Behind Flagler School District’s “Touting” of Graduation Rates

| January 14, 2016

The graduation rate for black students has taken a nosedive, with just 63.3 percent of black students are graduating, down 4.6% in 3 years. The numbers are especially bad at Flagler Palm Coast High School.

Couple on Palm Coast Parkway Threatened With Handgun in Apparent Road Rage Incident

| January 14, 2016

A 61-year-old Palm Coast resident and his wife were allegedly threatened with a gun in the culmination of an apparent road rage incident on Palm Coast Parkway Monday. Aggravated assault and battery charges are pending, but the perpetrator got away.

Bunnell Mayor Robinson Again Re-Elected Unopposed; 3 Vie for 2 Commission Seats

| January 14, 2016

Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson was reelected without opposition for the third straight time. Incumbents Elbert Tucker and Bill Baxley will be joined by Jan Reeger for the March 15 contest. Two of the three will win election.

Flagler School District Earns Apple’s Distinguished Program Award

| January 14, 2016

Flagler Schools was recently named as a Distinguished Program by Apple for the Digital Learning Movement in place across all district schools. Representatives from the company were at the last School Board meeting on Jan. 5 to make the announcement.

Flagler Film Festival, Drawing on Works Near and Far, Flicks On For 3rd Year Friday

| January 13, 2016

The Flagler Film Festival’s third edition features 47 films from 150 submissions this year, and starts Friday at Palm Coast’s Hilton Garden Inn, running through Sunday.

Kim Weeks (No, Not That One) Is Flagler’s Teacher of the Year, DeAndre Harris Takes Employee Honor

| January 13, 2016

Kim Weeks is a media specialist at Old Kings Elementary School for 11 years, DeAndre Harris is a paraprofessional at Indian Trails Middle School where he works with Exceptional Student Education (ESE).

Jacqueline Costa, 49, Is Struck and Killed By an SUV on Mahogany Blvd. in The Mondex

| January 12, 2016

Jacqueline Costa, a 49-year-old resident of western Flagler County, was struck and killed this evening as she was crossing Mahogany Blvd. near her home in the Mondex.

Flagler County Revises Vacation-Rental Rules as Lawmakers Propose Yet More Changes

| January 12, 2016

The county commission’s authority is limited but it plans to stiffen fines against vacation-rental rule violators. Lawmakers meanwhile, catching on to the controversy, may revert more regulatory authority to local governments.

Five New Flagler County Fire Rescue Firefighters Complete Orientation as Department Grows

| January 12, 2016

New firefighters – Thomas Cope, Cory Sattar, Michael Beaulieu and Andy Thomas, all hired in December, along with Marianne Huston, who was hired in September – were put through their paces last week, the first full week of the new year.

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