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Firefighter John Keppler Jr. Is Flagler’s Only Line-of-Duty Death. Florida and U.S. Honor Him. Flagler Does Not.

| March 16, 2015

Even as John Keppler Jr., who died in 2002, is being honored Tuesday in Tallahassee, Flagler County refuses to recognize his line-of-duty death–a recognition Keppler has received from two state memorials and one national memorial.

Claiming He Wasn’t Driving, Man Is Arrested For DUI After Injuring Biker in a Wreck

| March 16, 2015

The wreck, which resulted in a head injury for a biker, took place outside the White Eagle Lounge, when witnesses told police Raymond Albinger, 54, jumped out of the truck he was driving and threw out a cooler from the bed of the truck into the bushes.

Flagler Sheriff Warns of Phone Scammers Impersonating Deputies

| March 14, 2015

The scam involves an individual posing as a sheriff’s lieutenant and claiming to victims that they have to pay up for missing a grand jury appointment.

We Don’t Oppose Sea Ray. We Oppose Pollutants and Debasing Flagler Beach’s Quality of Life.

| March 13, 2015

Two Flagler Beach residents lay out the case against Sea Ray’s proposed land use change to accommodate a parking lot, a change opponents say paves the way for more pollution without compelling the company to take stronger toxic-emission control measures.

Citing Taxes, Palm Coast Says County Owes City a Fire Truck to Help Mend Aging Fleet

| March 12, 2015

The council heard an unusual proposal from council member Jason DeLorenzo that would reopen old wounds with the county as Palm Coast looks to simultaneously replace three fire engines that have more than 30 years’ service.

Two Bikers Trauma-Evacuated After Wreck in Downtown Bunnell Shuts Down U.S. 1

| March 12, 2015

A man and a woman, neither wearing helmets, were evacuated to Halifax hospital’s trauma unit with head injuries after the single-bike wreck at U.S. 1 and East Booe Street at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Two More Jewelry Heists Reported,
Again in Hammock and Grand Haven

| March 12, 2015

The burglaries bring the total to six since last week, all of them targeting jewelry and relatively older home owners in the two distinctly higher scale areas.

Suspect Eludes SWAT Team and Other Cops After Night Stand-Off in Seminole Woods

| March 12, 2015

The serving of a warrant for Sean Monti’s arrest on 9 Squash Blossom Trail late Sunday night turned into a stand-off involving various units of the Sheriff’s Office and the SWAT team, which eventually searched the house and found the suspect had vanished.

Angered By Messy House, Palm Coast Man Is Jailed on Child Abuse and Battery Charges

| March 11, 2015

Tyrone Patterson, 37, of Riverview Place in Palm Coast, has been jailed before on battery charges. He is accused of battering his girlfriend and two of four children in the household.

Bill Banning Red-Light Camera Tickets for Right-Turn on Red Sails Through House Panel

| March 11, 2015

The proposal and one like it in the Senate would further complicate Palm Coast’s troubled red-light camera program and its relationship with ATS, the private company running the local scheme. Right-turn on red tickets generate the majority of revenue.

Before Going Golden, Girls Have Their Middle Age at Flagler Playhouse’s “Dixie Swim Club”

| March 11, 2015

“The Dixie Swim Club,” now playing at the Flagler Playhouse, makes more demands on funny bones than cerebral cortexes as it explores what makes women tick and men wonder about women.

Palm Coasters Rate Their Town: Great Bedroom, Terrible Workplace, Measly Shopping

| March 10, 2015

Palm Coast residents love their government services even as they attack them in a broad survey, but they also find work opportunities dismal and shopping and cultural opportunities not much better.

Palm Coast Would End Its Red-Light Camera Program With ATS in Two Years

| March 10, 2015

The city would also reduce all operating cameras from 43 to just five. But it would also see its revenue per camera drop, from the current $700 per month to $350 per month. The city’s revenue from the cameras would drop from $361,000 to $21,000.

Flagler’s 911 Call Center Briefly Evacuated When Exit Sign Causes Minor Fire

| March 9, 2015

911 service was never interrupted, officials said at the scene, as three dispatchers were sent to the center’s back-up operation at the Sheriff’s Office Operation Center on Justice Lane.

2 Maintenance Workers in Critical Condition After Vehicle Strikes Them in Palm Coast’s Town Center

| March 9, 2015

One worker is suffered “life-threatening” injuries, the other is in critical condition, an FHP spokesman said, as both were taken to a trauma unit at Halifax hospital.

FPL Volunteers Power Vast Make-Over at Juvenile Justice Council’s Community Garden in Bunnell

| March 7, 2015

Florida Power and Light’s “Power to Care Group” on Thursday helped rebuild the community garden in four hours–a project garden overseeers had expected would take a year.

Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit Shifts From Harleys To BMWs For $115,000

| March 7, 2015

The 110-horesepower, 1200-cc motorcycle is a model especially modified for police use. Residents and visitors can expect to see the BMW motorcycles throughout Flagler County beginning this weekend.

Vacation Rental Company Sues Flagler County Two Weeks After Regulations Are Approved

| March 6, 2015

Steven Milo, head of Vacation Rental Pros, sued the Flagler County Commission, an eight-count action that alleges property, privacy and equal protection rights violations.

Rash of Palm Coast Burglaries Targets Elderly and Jewelry in Sea Colony and Grand Haven

| March 6, 2015

In one case, a couple was burglarized of $50,000 worth of jewelry, with three other cases’ value adding up to more than $12,000. The thefts take place during relatively brief absences of the homeowners.

13-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Threatening To “Kill Everyone” At Calvary Christian Academy

| March 6, 2015

Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach, with some 60 to 70 students from Flagler County, was disrupted Wednesday by the girl’s threats, made in Instagram.

Buoyed by Turn-Around, County Approves $2.75 Million Loan To Buy 3 Buildings at Airport

| March 5, 2015

Flagler County government is vastly expanding its role as a landlord as it approves buying three buildings totaling 58,000 square feet at the county airport in hopes of generating more cash for the airport operation.

Bill Forbidding Local Government Protection for Transgenders In Public Bathrooms Advances

| March 5, 2015

A bill by Florida Rep. Frank Artiles that would overturn local government ordinances protecting transgender use of single-sex bathrooms passed 8-3 on a party-line vote Wednesday after an impassioned discussion in a House subcommittee.

Major Layoffs Hit News-Journal and Ex-Halifax Chain 3 Months After GateHouse Takes Over

| March 4, 2015

Four newsroom employees lost their job and seven employees lost theirs in advertising. The Flagler Bureau, down to three reporters, is about to lose another as Natalie Kronicks leaves to join the Flagler County government’s communications office, coordinating marketing efforts.

Remembrance Rescue Project’s 9/11 Memorial Firetruck in Palm Coast This Week

| March 4, 2015

The Remembrance Rescue Project combines the parts of two firetrucks that were at Ground Zero the day of the attacks on the Twin Towers in Manhattan.

13-Year-Old Indian Trails Boy Arrested on Knife Charge at School and Tied to Stolen Gun

| March 4, 2015

A 13-year-old Indian Trails Middle School student, on probation over a drug charge, was arrested Tuesday on a felony weapons possession charge for taking a knife to school after authorities discovered he had allegedly given a stolen .380 Glock 42 to a friend.

YMCA May Return to Flagler As School District Considers Leasing Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

| March 3, 2015

Facing a deficit that will exceed $200,000, the school district’s Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club may find its savior in the Volusia Flagler YMCA, which has been in discussions with the school administration over a potential lease arrangement of the health facility.

7 Flagler Schools Share $668,000 in Bonus Dollars for Improving or Keeping High Grades

| March 3, 2015

The money rewards schools that either maintain A or B grades or improve significantly toward such grades. It is one of the reasons Florida’s high-stakes testing has been facing criticism, as student testing is directly tied to monetary consequences.

Correctly Anticipating State Problems, Flagler Delayed School Testing Until Thursday

| March 3, 2015

Rarely in the spotlight, Shawn Schmidli, the Flagler school district’s assessment director, anticipated that state-issued computer tests would have problems, and delayed Flagler’s testing until Thursday.

Flagler Commission Signals More Culture Support Ahead as It Approves FBI Art Cop Grant For League

| March 3, 2015

Flagler County government has never had a grants program for the arts, aside from its Tourist Development Council grants. Now, Administrator Craig Coffey is suggesting the county begin such a program.

School District’s Broadest Uniform Policy Survey: Tepid Support and No Effect on Discipline or Grades

| March 2, 2015

The survey of more than 2,000 students, parents and faculty was prompted by a student leader’s push to loosen the policy, which has had no effect on improving discipline or grades.

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