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Kevin Clayton’s Death in Friday’s
West Flagler Fire Is Ruled a Suicide

| December 1, 2015

A medical examiner’s autopsy confirmed that Kevin Clayton’s death in a Nov. 28 fire at 40 Kentucky Avenue in western Flagler County was a suicide. No foul play is suspected.

Elections Commission Tosses 3 More Claims Against Flagler Officials as County Fires Back

| December 1, 2015

The Florida Elections Commission voted to dismiss three elections complaints against Flagler Commissioners Frank Meeker and Nate McLaughlin as the county administration filed another petition to seek attorneys’ fees in related complaints.

Palm Coast Ties Emergency Communications System to Recent Crash–Falsely, County Says

| November 24, 2015

City Manager Jim Landon says he’s concerned about maintenance of the countywide 800 mhz communications system, suggesting it could crash as parts of the sheriff’s computer system recently did–an inaccurate suggestion that deflects from other problems, the county retorts.

Palm Coast Wants Changes to County-Controlled Ambulance Services in the City

| November 24, 2015

The city wants to reduce the need for fire trucks and ambulances doubling up on EMS calls, and to lower overall costs. The county has its own ideas. The two sides will meet administratively to hash out possibilities.

The Live Profile
Jim Guines, Smokin’ Shock to the System and Now 83, Will Be Celebrated Sunday

| November 20, 2015

Jim Guines, the forceful and unpredictable member of the Flagler County School Board for 11 years until 2007, will be at the center of a community tribute Sunday at Flagler Palm Coast High School, at 3 p.m.

Palm Coast Seeks to Bail on County-Wide Communications System It joined in 2009 in Latest Clash With Flagler

| November 19, 2015

Palm Coast and Flagler County governments are trading accusations of violating a 2009 agreement over the critical 800 mhz system as Palm Coast quit contributing its share of dollars to it and the county charges that the city is inventing an issue without a problem.

Nutrition Supplement Firm Will Expand Into Ex-Palm Coast Data Building, With 50 Jobs

| November 19, 2015

Designs for Health, a nutritional supplement and vitamins company, will get a $25,000 county subsidy to expand from Hargrove Grade to Commerce Boulevard in exchange for 50 jobs and a $3 million investment in the old Palm Coast Data building complex.

Not All Speech Is Free: County Slams McDonald for Legal Fees Over “Knowingly False” Claims

| November 17, 2015

Dennis McDonald, the Ronald Reagan Assembly member and frequent critic of government, said he’ll “absolutely” contest the county’s move on First Amendment grounds.

Sheriff Rethinks Joint IT Operations With County Amid Discord Over Computer Failure

| November 17, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to “transition” from the merger with the county’s IT operations less than two years after he and the county approved it as a signal of cooperation and efficiency.

Sheriff Reveals Breadth of Computer Failure and Safety Lapses, and Sharply Blames County

| November 13, 2015

Sheriff Manfre, in a terse letter to County Administrator Craig Coffey, says the failure was one of several, it jeopardized officer safety and may have wiped out 20 months of critical data, and he asks for answers.

Flagler Beach Hires Larry Newsom as City Manager, From a County 70 Times Larger

| November 13, 2015

Larry Newsom, hired by a 5-0 vote Thursday night, had been assistant and interim manager in Escambia County, with a population of 350,000. Flagler Beach’s population is 5,000.

On Marineland’s 75th Anniversary, Celebration of More Than Dolphins or a Storied Past

| November 12, 2015

Marineland’s 75th anniversary celebrates past, present and future, highlighting the town’s continued ecological and cultural importance beyond dolphin adventures, which nevertheless play a large role in the town’s identity.

A Judge and “Citizen Soldier” Honors Veterans as Children Discover 265th Air Defense Artillery

| November 11, 2015

The Veterans Day ceremony in Bunnell featured Judge J. David Walsh, an airman in Vietnam, and the newly arrived hardware and men of the 265th Air Defense Artillery brigade, now at the Flagler County Airport.

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 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.

Ethics Commission Tosses Complaints Against County Attorney Hadeed and Commissioner McLaughlin

| October 28, 2015

The complaints were filed by John Ruffalo and Dennis McDonald, members of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies, the radical-right organization devoted to upending the local governing establishment where and when it can.

Hanns, “Vindicated” by State Ruling His Removal From Election Board Improper, Declares for 7th Term

| October 27, 2015

Then Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks orchestrated George Hanns’s removal from the canvassing board in November, an act the state Elections Commission found improper.

Jordan Marie Rineer, 25, Is Killed in Single-Car Wreck on US1, Tyler Dutton Survives

| October 27, 2015

Jordan Marie Rineer, a former Flagler resident who’d moved to Lancaster, Pa., was visiting family and had gone to Daytona with Tyler Dutton Monday night. She was ejected and died at the U.S. 1 scene.

Palm Coast Woman Charged in DUI Manslaughter Was Stopped Moments Before the Crash, and Released

| October 23, 2015

Rebecca Lawless, 26, charged in the death of Diane Upton, had been stopped by a deputy shortly before at another location and allowed to leave even though she was determined to be drunk.

Spartan Extreme Race Re-Sets for Flagler: New Location, Same Lack of Transparency

| October 22, 2015

While the Spartan race appears set at a private ranch in Flagler next March, again, serious questions of transparency and patronage are undermining tiourism chief Matt Dunn’s latest approach.

Conflict Concerns Raised Over Tourism’s Matt Dunn Moonlighting at His Own Agency

| October 19, 2015

Flagler government tourism chief Matt Dunn, an $82,000-a-year employee, owns a company that offers services similar to those he provides the county, raising questions of conflicts of interest.

County Administrator’s and Attorney’s Contracts May Renew Through 2019 Without Discussion

| October 19, 2015

Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey’s contract renewal does not appear on this evening’s county commission agenda, and is set to renew automatically absent a decision by one of the commissioners to discuss the contract. The same standard applies to County Attorney Al Hadeed’s contract.

Unemployment Falls to 6% in Flagler and to Lowest Level in 7 Years in Florida

| October 16, 2015

The unemployment rolls shrank by some 150 people in Flagler, bringing the total number of people out of work to 2,569. The labor force grew by about 150, but it remains lower than it was a year ago.

1-Acre Brush Fire Off SR 100 Mobilizes Division of Forestry and Flagler Fire Flight

| October 14, 2015

A 1-acre brush fire broke out just after 4 this afternoon in an area difficult to reach for firefighters, just south of the Winn Dixie shopping center on State Road 100, and some 75 feet eastt of I-95.

Wednesday Briefing: Hammock’s Husband-Murderer Wants No Defense, FPC vs. Matanzas

| October 14, 2015

Anna Pehota, 75, who murdered her husband in September at their Hammock trailer, wants to plead guilty and be done with it, Matanzas and FPC meet for a volleyball showdown.

Gail Wadsworth: Florida’s Court Clerks Spotlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month

| October 13, 2015

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were more than 106,000 cases of domestic violence reported in Florida last year. While this statistic is alarming enough, the numbers only continue to increase when factoring in the countless incidents of domestic violence that go unreported by victims.



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