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Archive for: May, 2010

Rachael Kopec Withdraws from School Board Race

| May 31, 2010

Kopec says she was not ready for the glare, the politics and the time commitment away from her family.

FPC Does ESPN: Sports’ Video Year in Review

| May 31, 2010

Three FPC students distilled a year’s worth of 19 school sports into a 30-minute highlight video. Here it is.

Raven Sword Wins Florida Bar Pro Bono Award

| May 31, 2010

Raven Sword, a lawyer with the Rice & Rose law firm, won the Florida Bar Pro Bono Award for the Seventh Judicial Circuit which includes Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

Ego and Egoer

| May 31, 2010

Two of Volusia’s giant egos, Daytona State’s Kent Sharples and ICI Homes’ Mori Hosseini, have turned the college board into their own little Khe Sanh. The NJ puts in some worthy war reporting.

Graduations from God to America

| May 30, 2010

Graduation speeches are part of the American habit of reinvention. They should be provocative and revealing, even if we don’t all agree with the message.

Emerson: The American Scholar

| May 29, 2010

Emerson’s “American Scholar,” a graduation speech to Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa, redefined the way Americans saw themselves–as intellectual individuals on their own terms. Take a second look in this season of commencements.

Pryor to Class of 2010: “Take Your Chance, Make Your Choice, Make Your Move”

| May 29, 2010

Citing William Jennings Bryan, Robert Frost and David Wilcox, Matanzas High School Principal Chris Pryor mixed anecdotes and metaphor in his last words of advice to the Class of 2010.

Matanzas’ 318 Senior Pirates Sail Past Commencement

| May 29, 2010

A first for hundreds, and end for a few: The 2010 graduation ceremony in St. Augustine was a blend of heat, Frost and overwhelming emotions.

Photo Gallery: Matanzas High School Class of 2010

| May 29, 2010

A 38-image gallery of Matanzas’s third graduating class, with the full David Sequence.

Mentors

| May 28, 2010

Marking successes over struggles, 54 students and 30 mentors were honored at the 3rd annual African American Mentor Program’s banquet Friday.

Ten Things You Should Know About the $70.4 Billion Budget Crist Is About To Sign

| May 28, 2010

Undermining Bright Futures, imposing ultrasounds on pregnant women, studying school funding, favoring bikers, and more curiosities from the state budget.

Old Courthouse Plans Collapse; Holland Charges County Administrator “Railroaded” Her

| May 27, 2010

A meeting on what to do with the old Flagler County Courthouse turned into a bitter clash between Commissioner Milissa Holland and County Administrator Craig Coffey.

3rd Grade FCAT Scores Well Above State Average; 11% Fail; Charter School Lags

| May 27, 2010

The district’s overall score dropped 3 points in reading and improved one point in math. Heritage Academy is a drag.

Table: Complete 2010 FCAT Scores By School, Flagler 3rd Graders

| May 27, 2010

School-by-school achievements in math and reading by proficiency level, including 2009 comparisons.

Who has Dibs on This Old Thing?
(Hint: Sheriff Not Too Interested)

| May 27, 2010

Three years on, the Flagler County Commission is still trying to decide what to do with the old courthouse, with Bunnell and the Sheriff at the top of the list of possibilities.

Florida Legislature’s Spending Misleadingly Labeled as Pork

| May 26, 2010

Most of the spending called “pork” (or “turkeys” by Florida TaxWatch is of immediate and necessary benefit to senior health, care for the poor and transportation.

Youth Orchestra’s 200 Take a Bow in Year’s Final Concert

| May 26, 2010

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s musicians, under the new direction of Caren Umbarger, dedicate the final concert to Superintendent Bill Delbrugge.

Loner Palm Coast Drips Desal to Fraction of Original Plan; Water Costs Would Rise Sharply

| May 26, 2010

The city is reducing its desal ambitions to a sixth the original size, but 1,000 gallons would cost five to six times more than current water.

Crime Reports, May 24-30

| May 26, 2010

A suicide thwarted, a home health aid accused of having sticky fingers, a mom unaware that her teens are stealing while she shops, and more.

What You Should Know Before You Buy Your Usher, Rihanna and Bieber Tickets in Daytona

| May 26, 2010

Manuel Bornia, head of Daytona’s International Festival, has a growing trail of exaggerations, self-promotion, and outright inventions to his credit–on other people’s dime.

Bloody Head and Assault Charge Following Bowling Alley Fight

| May 26, 2010

A verbal scuffle degenerated into a physical and bloody assault early the morning of May 26 at the bowling alley bar in Palm Coast.

Palm Coast Council Strains to Live Within Its Means at Goal-Setting

| May 25, 2010

The flush years over, the council is looking to set measurable goals that don’t cost too much money but still provide services residents are looking for.

Night-Stick, Taser and Punches in Foot-Chase Through P Section

| May 25, 2010

Following a traffic stop, a sheriff’s deputy chased after Anthony Capitola on foot through the P section before subduing him with Taser shots.

Bunnell Approves Bypass Study as Part of Broader City Planning

| May 25, 2010

Looking to capitalize on developers’ dollars funding the study, the Bunnell City Commission approved a broader look at the city’s road needs in the future.

FPC Commencement Stirs Tassels and Circumstance at Daytona’s Ocean Center

| May 24, 2010

Anthony DeAugustino, Taylor Tofal and Brandon Dean headline Flagler Palm Coast High School’s Class of 2010’s commencement.

Revenue Crunch Not Yet Sobering
Palm Coast City Council’s Ambitions

| May 24, 2010

Palm Coast’s flush years are over, yet City Manager Jim Landon and the council are still high on a new city hall and a water desalination plant.

Provincialism and Its Confessors

| May 24, 2010

If Flagler news falls in the forest and there’s no one there to pulp it into newsprint, has it really happened? Further tales and tails from the provinces of journalism.

From Times Square to Jacksonville:
When Terrorism Is a Double-Standard

| May 23, 2010

When the target of terrorism is recognizably American, it’s a national crisis. When the target of terrorism is a mosque in Jacksonville, nobody cares. Why is that?

Monique Forte, Rising Star at Stetson’s
Business School, Dies at 43

| May 22, 2010

Monique Forte had just been awarded Stetson’s 2010 McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching, and skydived with her graduating students. She was 43.

How Flagler County Is Preparing for the BP Oil Slick–If It Hits (And What You Need to Know)

| May 21, 2010

Flagler County’s emergency response to the oil slick hitting Flagler Beaches is similar to hurricane preparation. It’s happening now.

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