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Feed Flagler, in Its 6th Year, Launches Food Drive and Free Thanksgiving Meals Plan

| November 9, 2014

Feed Flagler, the community-wide effort to provide meals for the needy (or anyone who requests one) at Thanksgiving, is off to its 6th year, with renewed emphasis on food collection for families.

Sheriff Manfre Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Unpaid Wages, Jeopardizing Raise for Troops

| November 8, 2014

Four ex-deputies have sued Sheriff Jim Manfre in federal court over briefings they were forced to attend without being paid, causing the Sheriff to shelve a 1 percent raise previously due the agency’s employees.

A Play Palm Coast Can Identify With: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” at CRT

| November 8, 2014

Nurse Ratched and Mac Murphy duel in an asylum in a war of wills between an authoritarian hag and a master of insubordination, for a good cause: it’s City Repertory Theatre’s interpretation of the Ken Kesey classic.

UF and FSU Get New Presidents, Flagler Loses Sen. Thrasher, Special Election Next

| November 7, 2014

The Board of Governors unanimously ratified Thrasher’s and Kent Fuchs’s appointments. Thrasher’s resignation is expected to set off a feeding frenzy in a special election for what may turn into a Senate seat and two House seats.

Flagler Beach Settles With Ex-Flagler Beach Firefighters, Retracting Firing and Paying $80,000 to Each

| November 6, 2014

Ex-Flagler Beach firefighters Jake Bissonnette and Shane Wood wrote resignation letters to replace their firing orders, but they will not be returning to work for the fire department.

Gail Wadsworth Will Not Seek to Resume Family Dynasty in Florida Legislature–For Now

| November 6, 2014

Despite getting ready to retire in two years and having three Wadsworths behind her who served in Tallahassee, Gail Wadsworth said the timing is not right for her to run in the special election soon to be announced for either a House or Senate seat representing Flagler.

From Washington to Palm Coast City Council, Elections Herald Less Change Than Advertised

| November 5, 2014

Tuesday’s election looked more revolutionary than it was, as political dynamics changed very little, even at the Palm Coast City Council, where two seats turned over, and even more so at the school board and the county commission, where change may be imperceptible.

Street Fight Escalates in South Bunnell, Drawing 15 Sheriff’s Units and City Police

| November 4, 2014

A fight that began between students at a bus stop then drew in parents and escalated to include some 20 people and more than 100 “spectators” drew a large police response in South Bunnell late Tuesday afternoon into evening, and led to three injuries, though none were serious, police said.

Commission Incumbents Meeker and McLaughlin Win, McDonald Beats Fischer for School Board, Shipley and Nobile Win Palm Coast; Scott Wins, Pot Busts

| November 4, 2014

With 21,000 votes in–early vote tallies and absentee ballots–County Commission incumbents Frank Meeker and Nate McLaughlin have taken commanding leads against challengers Howard Holley and Denise Calderwood, with Meeker polling 58 percent and McLaughlin close to 60 percent.

Even as Election Culminates, Supervisor Weeks Finds a New Target: Commission Chairman George Hanns

| November 4, 2014

In her latest attempts to recast the Flagler Canvassing Board, Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks tried to have County Commission Chairman Gorge Hanns removed and raised issues with the appointment of alternate and Commissioner Barbara Revels.

Motorcyclist Richard K. Taylor of Palm Coast Killed in Head-On Collision With Pick-Up Truck on SR11

| November 4, 2014

Palm Coast’s Richard K. Taylor was killed this morning on State Road 11 when DeLand driver E. Gonzalez attempted to pass a car in his pick-up truck and ran head-on into Taylor’s motorcycle.

Flagler GOP Chief Dave Sullivan Plans to Run for Hutson’s House Seat in Special Election

| November 4, 2014

Dave Sullivan, chairman of the Flagler County Republican Executive Committee, said he will make a run for the seat to ensure that it has a chance to be filled by someone from Flagler.

Old Kings’ “Leader In Me” Program: Corporate Indoctrination Posing as Character Education

| November 3, 2014

Old Kings Elementary implemented FranklinCovey’s “Leader in Me” program with little oversight or proof of its effectiveness, through a $68,000 grant. Carmen Sanford, an Old Kings parent, sees too many similarities with Iron Curtain-era indoctrination.

Two Deputies Save a Deer That May Have Been Hanging From a Fence for Hours

| November 3, 2014

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Agricultural and Ranch Deputy Steve Williams and Sergeant Mike Lutz saved a deer hanging by its hind leg on a 6-foot fence at 26 Winchester Road.

Flagler Gives Initial Approval to Vacation Rental Regulations and Pledges Revisions

| November 3, 2014

Some Hammock property owners applauded the Flagler County Commission’s proposed rules for short-term rental properties, others excoriated them for being too draconian. The commission will consider a revised proposal in late November or December.

12 Years in a Row: FPC Marching Band Bulldogs and Starlets Straight Superior Again

| November 1, 2014

John Seth’s marching band at Flagler Palm Coast High School earned the highest rating possible in all categories by earning Straight Superior ratings for the 12th year in a row. Video included.

Vaulting from Hollingsworth to Salvo Art: JJ Graham Opens Gallery of Revelations in Bunnell

| October 31, 2014

With the opening of the Salvo Art Project gallery Saturday evening on the grounds of Nature Scapes in Bunnell–the reincarnation of Hollingsworth Gallery in Palm Coast–JJ Graham is creating an artists’ colony devoted to expressionist art in a space at once immense and intimate.

“Would You Like To Die Today?” Woman Tells Friend as She Crashes Jaguar on I-95 Near Palm Coast Parkway

| October 31, 2014

Lorita Glica, 50, of Palm Coast, was jailed on aggravated assault and other charges after allegedly intentionally driving her Jaguar into the trees on I-95 moments after she told a friend traveling wit her, and with whom she was having an argument: “Would you like to die today?”

Sheriff’s Office, In Echo of 2001 Violation, Keeps Secret the Hospitalization of Murder Suspect at FHF

| October 31, 2014

For two days, a murder suspect was under arrest in Flagler County but not at the jail. The Sheriff’s Office would not disclose his whereabouts–a dungeon-like disappearance that no law allows or protects.

Cyclist Seriously Hurt on Belle Terre, Then 3 Cars Crash in Opposite Direction at Ponce de Leon

| October 31, 2014

Belle Terre Parkway from Rymfire Drive north was shut down after 5:45 this morning after a car struck a cyclist about 75 yards north of the intersection with Ponce de Leon Drive. An unrelated three-car wreck then took place across the road.

Miscounts Stretch Marathon Canvassing Board Meeting to 16 Hours, Ending After Midnight

| October 30, 2014

Aside from Supervisor Kimberle Weeks hiring a stenographer without the Canvassing Board’s authorization, the meeting Thursday was dominated by attempts to reconcile a four-ballot difference.

“Epic Moment in Palm Coast’s History” as New City Hall Breaks Ground at Town Center

| October 30, 2014

Mayor Jon Netts celebrated the occasion in words that richly threaded Palm Coast’s nomadic years to Wednesday’s moment, turning symbolism into masonry as he spoke of the building representing unity, diversity and energy.

Flagler Detention Deputy of the Year Twice Reprimanded for Sexual Improprieties With Inmates in Last 2 Years

| October 29, 2014

Deputy Randy Stephen Vickers was disciplined in May for having a relationship with a repeat offender and inmate and two years ago for asking an inmate, jokingly, if she’d like to be sexually assaulted.

From Heroes to Suspects and Back Again: All Charges Dropped For European Village Saviors

| October 29, 2014

The three young Palm Coast residents who stopped an Uzi-yielding assailant at European Village in March spent the next six months fighting bogus charges that they’d provoked a fight at Finn’s bar in Flagler Beach. All charges have been dropped.

Palm Coast Broods as Ruling Declares Key Step in Red-Light Camera Ticketing Illegal

| October 28, 2014

You may be better off not paying your red-light camera ticket in light of a court decision declaring issuance of those tickets illegal. Palm Coast is studying the ruling as its cameras continue to flash.

As Bunnell Cancels Christmas and Potato Festival, Private Group Aims to Save Both

| October 28, 2014

Bunnell cancelled all special events to close a $1 million deficit, and the Flagler Chamber is unable to run the annual Potato Festival, but Mari Molina of Flagler Cats says she is organizing a group of private concerns and volunteers to take over the festival and re-name it the Bunnell Agricultural Festival.

Jared Parkey, Flagler Firefighter Shot in Road Rage Incident, Sentenced to 2 Years’ Probation

| October 28, 2014

Jared Parkey was twice shot on U.S. 1 by ex-Flagler Beach cop Nathaniel Juratovac last year. Juratovac is serving a 4-year prison sentence. Parkey had faced a felony charge and prison time before his plea.

Ex-Felon Accused of Bludgeoning Wife to Death in St. Pete Arrested in Palm Coast

| October 28, 2014

A blue Chevy Cavalier that police agencies across the state had been placed on alert for was found in the parking lot of the bowling alley on Old Kings Road in Palm Coast before dawn. The car owner had fled following a murder in St. Petersburg this morning.

“I Know I Should Have Died on US 1”: Jack Howell Survives Another Bike Crash

| October 27, 2014

Teens-in-Flight chief Jack Howell, the retired Marine Colonel, was riding at 60 mph in the annual Frank Celico fund-raising ride Saturday when a tire on his motorcycle blew, sending him scraping against the highway.

Please Don’t Take a Seat: Flagler Schools Start Adapting to Stand-Up Desks in Fitness Push

| October 27, 2014

A new trend is emerging at Flagler schools. It’s now all about “active learning,” a teaching style aimed at promoting better health and academic performance. At Belle Terre Elementary, that means adjustable standing desks.

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