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Gate Gas and Aldi Grocery Will Rise at Corner of SR100 and Belle Terre, Ending Political Signs

| April 19, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council approved a redrawing of the property into six lots, three of which are under contract, with two projected for non-fast-food restaurants in the future.

County Approves Big Spending on Tourism Office Staff and Rigs and Hints at Raising Tax

| April 19, 2016

County government absorbed the tourism office last fall and is spending big on it, raising staff pay, expanding staff, buying $300,000 worth of equipment and talking about raising the 4 percent sales tax supplement on short-term rentals to 5 percent.

“Go Forward!” Flagler Beach Tells County, Clearing Way for $900,000 Design of Beach-Erosion Project

| April 18, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission endorsed the county’s decision to give up on federal dollars and instead spend county and state dollars on the first phase of what will amount to a hugely expensive, $44 million beach-protection project over the next 50 years.

Step-Father Accused of Child Abuse After Boy Throws Burrito at Him

| April 18, 2016

Peter Adelstein of Palm Coast was disciplining his step-son for not cleaning up after lunch when he allegedly grabbed the boy by the neck and dared him to “try me.”

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Neat Reprimanded Over Errors in Cocaine Seizure That Affected Case

| April 18, 2016

Had Christopher Demon Lang’s lawyer not noticed that the cocaine amounts he was charged with possessing were higher than those found in his home, he could have faced a much stiffer prison sentence.

Deputy Responsible for False Arrest of Dakota Ward Is Suspended For 3 Days as Investigation Concludes

| April 15, 2016

James Gore, a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy who two weeks ago was disciplined in an unrelated matter, was suspended for three days without pay and charged with “unsatisfactory or incompetent performance” as a result of his investigation that led to the false arrest of an 18-year-old Bunnell resident late last month.

Father Accused of Smacking and Suffocating 9-Year-Old Son For Talking Back During Chores

| April 15, 2016

Joshua Stevens, 31, a resident of Prospect Lane in Palm Coast, allegedly struck his child five times and closed his nose and mouth when the child talked back while mopping the floor.

Flagler’s Unemployment Ticks Down to New Post-Recession Low of 5.3% as Employment Surges

| April 15, 2016

In March, strong job growth continued in Flagler County with a gain of 396 for a two-month gain of 868 jobs–numbers not seen since before the Great Recession. Florida’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent.

Ethics Commission Unanimously Approves $6,200 Fine Against Sheriff Manfre, and Public Censure

| April 15, 2016

State ethics commissioners voted without discussion to impose the fine and censure. Manfre has vowed to keep fighting the charges dating back to the early part of his tenure in 2013.

Palm Coast Man, 23, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Two Teen Girls at Long Creek Preserve

| April 14, 2016

Christopher Hollinger, 23, of 43 Forsythe Lane, is at the Flagler County Jail on $270,000 bond on accusations of statutory rape and other charges stemming from an alleged March 15 incident.

Nurse Assistants at Grand Oaks Rehab Strike for $15/hr Wage in Echo of National Movement

| April 14, 2016

Workers at Grand Oaks Rehab Center in Palm Coast, most on poverty wages, walked out for 24 hours, though they’d given the facility almost two weeks’ notice and replacements ensured no residents lacked care.

Pot-Possession Decriminalization Could Advance in Flagler As Part of Broader Civil Citation Program

| April 14, 2016

Not just the possession of small amounts of pot, but such offenses as battery and criminal mischief could be de-criminalized and shifted to civil citations in an approach that will be studied by a newly formed committee.

Survey Puts Homeless Total in Flagler-Palm Coast at 104, But Undercount Likely

| April 13, 2016

The 2016 census of the homeless population in Flagler-Palm Coast was a dramatic decline from 2015, but also very likely an under-count. The majority of homeless people who have no shelter at all are in Palm Coast.

For 2nd Time in 2 Months, County’s Emergency Communications Falter, and Agencies Chafe

| April 13, 2016

A problem at a tower on John Anderson Highway hampered sheriff’s deputies’ ability to communicate for an hour Monday evening. The county is describing the issue as minor while Palm Coast and the sheriff’s office see it as more emblematic of a recurring problem.

Anna Pehota’s Defense Takes Fresh Turn Down Memory Lapse in Husband’s Killing

| April 13, 2016

An unexpected statement by Pehota, 76, who faces a 2nd degree murder charge, that she doesn’t remember her interrogation opened the way for a defense on psychological grounds, and a request for a delay in her trial, initially scheduled for next week.

Hear Us Roar, Older Residents Tell Palm Coast Council as They Clamor for a Senior Center

| April 12, 2016

But the Palm Coast City Council is cool to the idea of a dedicated senior center: it has an active community center on Palm Coast Parkway and is ramping up uses of its new city hall’s community wing.

New Partnership Will Expand Grand Haven Realty Beyond the Gates

| April 12, 2016

Grand Haven Realty announced today a new partnership between company president Jim Cullis and Lindsay Dolamore, the 2016 President of the Flagler County Association of Realtors.

Costlier and Behind Schedule, Holland Park Renovation Swings For Another $50,000

| April 12, 2016

Holland Park’s $4.7 million renovation was to be completed by now. Instead, completion is not expected until late June and the council said it would approve another $50,000 in unexpected expenses.

Demolition Devours Another Chunk of Old Palm Coast as Backhoes Blitz ITT Building

| April 11, 2016

The massive building at 1 Corporate Drive had been ITT headquarters in Palm Coast’s nascent days then office and classroom space for the school district’s adult education programs. The building had its uses but was never a good investment for the district.

Car Rear-Ends Wadsworth-Bound School Bus With 19 Students on Board in P Section

| April 11, 2016

A car rear-ended the Elk school bus at 8:15 this morning at Pine Grove Drive and Pittman Drive in Palm Coast. The driver of the car was injured, but none of the 19 students aboard the bus nor the driver were injured, a school district spokesperson said.

Cycle Flagler, Flagler Beach Rotary’s Annual Tour, Returns May 1 With Circuits of 16 to 100 Miles

| April 11, 2016

The Rotary Club of Flagler Beach’s Cycle Flagler is back. The 2016 edition is scheduled for May 1, starting with 6 a.m. registration at the Flagler County Airport, one of the event’s hosts.

Weekend Briefing: Relay for Life in Palm Coast, Right Whales Talk, Rockin’ County Fair, Twitter’s Perv Park

| April 9, 2016

Relay for Life in Palm Coast’s Central Park Friday and Saturday, the fair and Rock n Ribfest continue, Frank Gromling talks whales, how Twitter has turned into a park for pervs.

Gateway Drug Bunk: No, Smoking Pot Doesn’t Lead to Harder Drugs

| April 8, 2016

Smoke pot and be merry. Cops’ and politicians’ claims that pot is a gateway drug is baseless fear-mongering intended to stop the legalization of marijuana. But it’s time to dispense with the lie once and for all.

Palm Coast Man Who Shot Wife With AK-47 Continues to Fight His 25-Year Sentence

| April 8, 2016

William Carson Merrill shot and killed his wife as he played with the assault rifle in their home four years ago. He is battling in court for a new trial, arguing that he tendered an involuntary plea to the manslaughter charge.

Rookies Hutson and Renner Sum Up Legislative Session as Veterans of Policy and Reforms

| April 7, 2016

First-year Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner, whose districts include all of Flagler, spoke at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning in a celebration of of the session they just completed, and promises to keep cutting taxes and reducing government regulation.

Same Accusations, Different Day: Palm Coast Man and Woman Jailed Again on Violent Assaults

| April 7, 2016

Shane Hefner and Shannon Cronin have four battery or aggravated battery charges between them in the last three years, three of those charges in the last three weeks.

Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison Leaving For Volusia; Ron Jimenez, a Physician, Takes Over

| April 7, 2016

FHF CEO Ken Mattison was reassigned to head the transition of Bert Fish Medical Center’s 112-bed hospital in New Smyrna Beach into the Adventist system. Dr. Ron Jimenez will have his first posting as a hospital CEO.

Upset Over Daughter’s Nude Pictures, Mother Is Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse

| April 6, 2016

Virginia Jennelle of Palm Coast allegedly gashed her daughter’s forehead with a broomstick and poured food all over her to make her unpresentable and keep her from running away.

Flagler County Fair 2016: Rock n’ Rib Fest and Nova Rex’s Metallic High Hair Among Peaks

| April 6, 2016

The Flagler County Fair begins today through Sunday and this year folds in Rock ‘n Ribfest, the annual rock music festival that will feature several bands. including Nova Rex and Restless Heart.

After Reaping 69 Awards at State Competition, Flagler’s Problem Solvers Go International

| April 6, 2016

Students from four Flagler County schools collected dozens of awards and many were invited to international competition in Michigan in June, but that means fund-raising is intensifying to get them there.

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