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Vote-By-Mail Requests Already Set Records In Flagler; Big Lead For Republicans

| September 23, 2016

With some voting already under way, upwards of 12,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been requested from the Flagler elections supervisor, and more than 2 million have been requested statewide.

Lory Yazurlo, Owner of Defunct Pig Sanctuary, Is Killed In Van Fire on John Anderson Highway

| September 22, 2016

Lory Yazurlo, the 53-year-old owner of what was once a sprawling, 20-acre pig sanctuary in western Flagler, was killed early this morning as her van caught fire on John Anderson Highway, not far from her mother’s house. A paraplegic, Yazurlo was in the van, unable to get out.

Mercy Lives: 24-Year-Old Horse Pulled Out of Septic Tank in 2 1/2-Hour Rescue in Mondex

| September 20, 2016

A dozen agencies and veterinarians were mobilized to rescue Mercy, a 24-year-old horse that fell in a septic tank Tuesday morning, managing the rescue after two and a half hours of efforts.

Local Authorities Converge on Areas of Concern as Travel-Related Zika Cases Are Declared in Palm Coast

| September 20, 2016

Mosquito Control officials have been focusing on mosquito hot spots in Palm Coast’s P Section and visited other properties of concern as county officials prepare a county-wide meeting next week to address the local response.

Sally’s Safe Haven at Year 2: Where Children Traumatized by a Violent Parent Can Still Visit

| September 19, 2016

Sally’s Safe Haven in Bunnell, which has served almost 100 families so far, allows supervised visits for parents otherwise restricted from seeing their child. The haven is underwritten by a federal grant and run by the county and the the Children’s Home Society.

Flagler Youth Center Director Cheryl Massaro Appointed to Federal Juvenile Justice Board That Advises Congress and the President

| September 16, 2016

Cheryl Massaro, for 11 years the director of the Flagler Youth Center, has served on the local and state juvenile justice advisory boards, and will now be responsible for representing Florida and other states for two years on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.

Flagler’s Unemployment Back Down to 5.4% After Brief Rise, Florida’s at 4.7% for 4th Month

| September 16, 2016

When Florida’s under-employed and discouraged workers are included, the state’s unemployment rate zooms up to 10.6 percent, higher than the national rate of 9.6 percent.

Flagler Residents Get 2-Week Amnesty From 40% Collection Fee on Traffic and Court Fines

| September 15, 2016

Residents can save–for example– $82.40 on a $206 speeding ticket that’s gone to collection with the two-week amnesty, starting Sept. 19 and running through Sept. 30. There are no plans to renew the amnesty in the future.

In Latest Delay, Flagler’s Civil Citation Proposal for Pot Users Will Wait Until Late November

| September 14, 2016

Though recommended for approval in Flagler County by a key law enforcement, judicial and government panel, the de-criminalization proposal and judicial panel, the proposal will wait until after the election because of expected changes at the county commission and on the Palm Coast City Council.

Palm Coast and Flagler County Compete on Soccer Fields Over Frank Meeker’s Memory

| September 13, 2016

The late County Commissioner Frank Meeker, who died in July, had also served on the Palm Coast City Council, so both governments will have separate memorials to his memory on soccer fields at opposite ends of town.

Ethics Commission Sends Flagler Petition for Attorneys’ Fees to Administrative Law Judge

| September 9, 2016

Former Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks filed two of the five complaints, Mark Richter Jr. also filed two, and Dennis McDonald filed the fifth complaint. None attended the ethics commission hearing in Tallahassee this morning.

Flagler County Library Director Holly Albanese Elected to Northeast Florida Library Information Network Board

| September 6, 2016

Albanese has been been instrumental in significantly increasing library revenue through the library’s passport-issuance service, which she started. She is also keeping a planned expansion of the library–through a new building in Bunnell and an expanded one in palm Coast–on the county commission’s agenda.

Flagler’s Combustible Reagan Republicans Disband as GOP Realigns Back to “Sensible”

| September 6, 2016

The Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies of Flagler County, the firebrand group whose members spent the last five years shaking up local governments—complaining, criticizing, suing and in several cases, winning elections—has disbanded.

1st Hurricane Hits Florida in 11 Years; Flagler Spared, Tropical Storm Warning Cancelled

| September 2, 2016

Hurricane Hermine was mostly a non-event in Flagler County, with limited rain and a bit of wind. Most government offices remained open Friday. The story was uglier in Florida’s Big Bend, where the hurricane made landfall.

Flagler’s Primary Results: Shocks, Coronations and Probabilities

| August 31, 2016

There were one or two shocks in the Flagler primary election results, not least of them another dismal turnout, but for the most part the numebrs produced expected winners and losers. Here’s a full analysis.

Holland Is Palm Coast’s New Mayor, Lenhart Wins Supervisor, Conklin Wins School Board, Manfre Is Out, Staly Beats Lamb

| August 30, 2016

Primary election results for Flagler County races including school board, sheriff, county commission, Palm Coast City Council, supervisor of elections, judges, and state congressional races.

Capping 2 Weeks of Record-Breaking Early Voting, Final Day of Primary Ends at 7pm

| August 30, 2016

Some 18 percent of registered voters had already cast a ballot in early voting or by mail by the time polls opened at 7 this morning. But that means 82 percent of registered voters had not cast a ballot. Go vote.

In a First, Blind High School Student Is Matanzas-FPC Football Game’s Radio Commentator

| August 26, 2016

Trent Ferguson, 18, a student at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, will be the color commentator on WNZF Radio of the Matanzas-FPC match at 7 p.m. Friday, a unique experiment for the radio station that may not end there.

51 Years Later, Honor Is Resurrected for Flagler Sheriff Homer Brooks’s Line-of-Duty Death

| August 25, 2016

Homer Brooks was first elected Flagler County Sheriff in 1956. A News-Journal reporter, Tony Holt, uncovered the circumstances of his death in 1965, leading the sheriff’s office to add Brooks’s name to the list of Flagler cops who died in the line of duty and honor Brooks today.

State Ethics Commission Will Hear Flagler’s Claim to Recoup Fees From Serial Complainers

| August 24, 2016

It’s an unusual case: county government is seeking to recoup money spent to defend against the ethics cases filed against county commissioners and the county attorney by Kim Weeks, Mark Richter Jr. and Dennis McDonald.

“A Very Good Save”: Firefighters Beat Back Wildfire Within Inches of a House in Seminole Woods

| August 24, 2016

The fire had burned into the eaves of the house at 7 Sellner Place when firefighters arrived, positioned themselves between it and the house, and beat it back this afternoon. The fire burned the entire neighboring, empty lot.

For Bunnell’s Tucker, Sharp Loss on Firehouse Consolidation Signals Return to Minority

| August 23, 2016

Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker’s proposal to fold the Bunnell Fire Department into the county and shift savings to the city’s police department was rebuked Monday, and Tucker’s role on the commission appears to return to where it had been years ago: as a dissenter.

Al Jones, Former County Commissioner
and Breakfast Club Impresario, Dies at 87

| August 22, 2016

Al Jones was one of the most influential non-elected politicians and GOP officials in Flagler County for 25 years as his monthly breakfast became the essential stopping point for most of those hoping to be—or to remain—politicians.

Attorneys For Kimberle Weeks Will Seek to Dismiss All Felony Charges in Latest Maneuver

| August 19, 2016

In the latest pre-trial in the case of Kimberle Weeks, who faces nine felony counts over allegedly secret recordings, her lawyer said he’d be seeking a dismissal of all charges, but that motion won’t be heard until the end of November.

Thomas Dougherty, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 18, 2016

Thomas Dougherty is the only NPA candidate for Flagler County Sheriff in the Nov. 8th general elections. He’ll face the winners the the Republican and Democratic primaries, but his self-funded run is limited.

Flagler Veterans Court Pitch Framed in Crude Attack on Court System by DeSantis Envoy

| August 17, 2016

Randall Stapleford, a part-time staffer for Rep. Ron DeSantis, questioned the veracity of a Flagler County judge and leveled repeated attacks at Chief Judge Terence Perkins for allegedly delaying information related to a potential veterans court during a Flagler County Commission workshop Monday.

Sophie Zabas, 1942-2016: Commissioner George Hanns Mourns His Inspiration

| August 17, 2016

Sophie Zabas, who died Friday of cancer at age 74, was Commissioner George Hanns’s companion of 23 years. Visitations are Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.

Donald O’Brien, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 16, 2016

Donald O’Brien is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 3. His opponents in the Aug. 30 Republican primary is Denise Calderwood. The winner will face Democrat incumbent George Hanns in the Nov. 8 general election.

Zika Virus In Flagler: Preparations In Place But Response Limited to Education and Prevention

| August 16, 2016

The Flagler County Health Department says it’s prepared for an outbreak of Zika virus in the county, which has so far been spared, but the focus is on the only thing officials can do: education, elimination of standing water where possible, and limited travel for pregnant women.

Denise Calderwood, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 15, 2016

Denise Calderwood is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 3. Her opponents in the Aug. 30 Republican primary is Donald O’Brien. The winner will face Democrat incumbent George Hanns in the Nov. 8 general election.

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