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Feed Flagler’s 364-Day Blinders: Why Isn’t a Portion of Old Courthouse Considered as Homeless Shelter?

| November 21, 2014

It must be Thanksgiving because as with the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims seem more interested in clobbering the poor than feeding them.

Election Supervisor Kimberle Weeks Caps Final Canvassing Session With Hit List Frown Song

| November 20, 2014

Kimberle Weeks once again indicted a slew of local officials on evidence largely fictional while portraying herself as voters’ last great hope as she responded to the county’s latest request for an state intervention.

Even As Lawsuit Gets in the Way, Sheriff and Union Agree that “Substantial” Raises Are Due

| November 19, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies and other employees have been without a serious raise in five years and the sheriff and union are at a negotiating impasse, but both sides are attempting to reach agreement on a small prize: a 1 percent raise the county commission pledged employees this year.

Growing Concern at Supervisor of Elections Offices Across Florida: Aging Equipment

| November 19, 2014

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said he will meet next month with local supervisors of election in Orlando to determine which counties are most in need of new equipment before the 2016 elections. Flagler is likely to be among those.

New, Younger Faces Sworn In at Palm Coast Council, Same Old at County Commission

| November 18, 2014

The swearing-in ceremonies were a study in contrast, if not a reflection of the election’s paradoxes as Palm Coast showed its desire for change and the county commission stayed the same.

Some Skepticism Aside, County Broadens Old Courthouse Panel’s Mission: Find Tenants

| November 17, 2014

The county commission Monday evening voted 4-1 to give the courthouse committee until the end of March to find tenants who can pay their way and end the county’s $6,000-a-month subsidy of the building.

Renovate and Lease Old Courthouse But Don’t Sell or Demolish, Committee Recommends

| November 14, 2014

An advisory committee’s much-awaited findings recommend that county government continue to carry the maintenance costs of the old courthouse until it is able to renovate and rent it to non-profits or office-type concerns.

Flagler Briefly Pauses On 100th Anniversary Year of the War that Led to Veterans Day

| November 11, 2014

The commemoration of Veterans Day this morning in Bunnell featured a Florida Army National Guard commander who traced the conflict-ridden history of the day since its inception at the end of World War I.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elections Supervisor Weeks Suspends Canvassing Business for Radio Gig, Stunning Fellow Board Members

| October 24, 2014

Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Week suspended a Canvassing Board meeting Friday to do a radio interview, without telling fellow-board members, who had other commitments, that that was the reason.

Raising Issues of Accuracy, Canvassing Board Rejects Elections Supervisor Weeks’s Minutes in Latest Strains

| October 22, 2014

It was a striking vote of no-confidence in the veracity of Weeks’s version of events that Canvassing Board Chair Melissa Moore-Stens made even more striking by including disclaimers on each set of minutes, stressing that they are not the official minutes of the board, but Weeks’s own.

Denise Calderwood, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 20, 2014

Independent Denise Calderwood is challenging Republican incumbent Nate McLaughlin in the District 4 race for Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 4 election. All registered Flagler County and and municipal residents may cast ballot in the race.

Howard Holley, Flagler County Commission Candidates: The Live Interview

| October 20, 2014

Howard Holley is an Independent candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 4 election, challenging incumbent Republican Frank Meeker. All registered voters may cast a ballot in this race.

Canvassing Board Rejects Weeks Attempt to Remove Hadeed as Attorney in Latest Clashes

| October 17, 2014

Another Canvassing Board meeting that should have been routine turned into a three-hour test of wills between Supervisor Kimberle Weeks and the two other members of the board, while Weeks’s issues with Palm Coast remain unresolved.

In Chamber’s Straw Poll, Shipley and Nobile Win Palm Coast, Incumbents Win all County and State Offices and Pot Loses

| October 16, 2014

There were few surprises in a straw poll of 124 participants conducted by the Flagler Chamber of Commerce at a political forum and at Creekside Festival in the last few days, but the sample is too small to be indicative of more than hints.

Thrasher’s FSU Contract: $430,000 a Year for Five Years. Special Election Cost: $1 Million.

| October 15, 2014

The Flagler County Commission is not relishing a special election, as it means contending with a supplemental budget request from Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks, whose relationship with the commission–among other local government agencies–is at an all-time low.

A1A Pride Votes 7-3 to Reject Salamander Plan for 198-Room Hotel at Hammock Beach

| October 9, 2014

Today’s vote is only advisory ahead of action before the county’s planning board and the County Commission. But A1A’s membership represents a powerful constituency in the Hammock, as its previous displays of political muscle indicate.

Pink Army’s Cancer-Whipping Flags Rise Over Flagler as Awareness Campaign Broadens

| October 6, 2014

At a flag-raising ceremony this morning, elected officials and Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison spoke of cancer’s toll and improvements in life expectancy thanks to awareness and early detection.

County Road 305 Culvert Replacements Will Not Be Completed Until 2015

| October 5, 2014

One culvert has been delayed by heavy rains and won’t be finished until October, two more won’t be done until January 2015, the county administration said.

FDLE Serves Search Warrant as Supervisor of Elections Weeks Is Now Formally Under Investigation

| October 3, 2014

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents this morning served a search warrant at Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks’s office. Agents were there several hours today.

FDLE Looking Into Alleged Secret Taping and Sunshine Violation by Elections Supervisor

| September 29, 2014

It’s the first step to an investigation of Kimberle Weeks, if laws are found to have been broken. It takes place on the heels of withering criticism of Weeks’s methods and questions by the county commission chairman about the integrity of the elections she is supervising.

County Calls Supervisor of Elections Kim Weeks’s Taping of a Conversation “Illegal”

| September 29, 2014

County Administrator Craig Coffey says Weeks’s secret recording of a conversation between the county attorney and a county commissioner on Aug. 25 was illegal, so was its distribution, though nothing in the recording speaks ill of either men in the conversation.

Supervisor of Elections’ Husband Duane Weeks in Threatening Altercation With Flagler Commissioner Meeker

| September 25, 2014

The brief confrontation, which entailed Duane Weeks at one point inviting Frank Meeker outside, took place before an NAACP meeting where Sheriff Manfre was to address the fallout from the racial events in Ferguson, Mo.

John Thrasher Is Named FSU’s Next President, Opening Big Void in Flagler’s Legislative Pull; Hutson Considering Run

| September 23, 2014

For Flagler County, Thrasher’s move is the second major blow to the county’s political pull, after losing John Mica in Congress to redistricting two years ago. Flagler had specific needs that may now go unfilled in Tallahassee.

Tenacity Charlie: County Commissioner Ericksen, 71, Completes 24,902-Mile Bike Trek, Equivalent to Circling the Equator

| September 19, 2014

Charlie Ericksen’s odometer turned the last mile early this morning after six years or 2,263 days, biking an average of 77 miles a week around Flagler and Palm Coast, despite three tips to the hospital along the way and many more repairs for his bike.

Commission Chairman Questions Election’s Integrity in Broad Criticism of Supervisor Kim Weeks’ Methods

| September 16, 2014

George Hanns unleashed an unusually blunt and broad critique of Weeks at the end of a county commission meeting and went as far as questioning whether it was time to involve the state Division of Elections “about some of the things that are transpiring.”

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