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Archive for: August, 2010

When Not Voting Is The Loudest Vote

| August 24, 2010

Voting is neither a virtue nor a responsibility. It is a neutral civil right. Not voting is a right of equal weight, a choice as defensible as the choice to vote. Both are exercises in freedom.

Uzi Is As Art Does: The Week’s Cultural Ammunition in Orlando and DeLand

| August 24, 2010

Three new exhibits at Stetson University; Charles Turzak’s WPA prints and murals on exhibit at Winter Park’s Polasek Museum; a little Uzi art at the Neon Forest Art Gallery, and more.

Bunnell Will Ask Sheriff to Bid for Law Enforcement Services in the City

| August 23, 2010

A severe budget crunch, but also a severe State Attorney’s report on the city’s police department, bring back an old idea.

Commission Money Race: Mori Hosseini and Other Developers Bankrolling Abbott’s Bid

| August 23, 2010

Volusia, St. Johns and Jacksonville development firms account for all but about $1,000 of Bob Abbott’s campaign funds. Nate McLaughlin’s are more grass roots based.

School’s Back. So Are Walking Children in a Town Short of Sidewalks. Watch Where You Drive.

| August 23, 2010

Two years ago, 270 children younger than 14 were killed while walking by a road. School’s resumption calls for care, especially in Palm Coast, where sidewalks are lacking.

The Money Race: Five Flagler School Board Candidates Raise a Combined $32,900

| August 23, 2010

District 5 candidate Raven Sword is the fund-raising leader when candidates’ own money is excluded. She also drew the largest number of contributors by far, with 130.

Scoring 7, FPC’s Rowan Littlefield Didn’t Just Conquer the World. He Conquered Pigdom.

| August 23, 2010

Littlefield’s perfect 7 in his IB biology exam, scored on a global standard, marks the first 7 for any Flagler County student in any of the IB’s science disciplines.

The Live Q&A: School Board Candidates In Their Own Words (and Occasional Evasions)

| August 22, 2010

The FlaglerLive Q&A was designed to draw candidates away from campaign generalities and cliches and to compel clearly stated positions on a dozen relevant issues.

Raven Sword, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2010

Raven Sword, an attorney, is running from District 5 with the backing of former school board member Jim Guines.

Peter Peligian, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2010

Peter Peligian, running from District 5, a retailer, cagey on two serious, previous issues, remained cagey in his interview.

John Fischer, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2010

John Fischer, running from District 5, is a Knights of Columbus field agent whom Evie Schellenberger defeated when he challenger her four years ago.

Trevor Tucker, School Board District 3 Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2010

Trevor Tucker is running from District 3 against Marc Ray. Tucker was appointed in January to fill the seat once occupied by the late Peter Palmer.

Marc Ray, School Board District 3 Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2010

Marc Ray is an executive at the Hammock Dunes Club. He’s challenging incumbent Trevor Tucker.

Bill Delbrugge in Egypt: Beyond the Camel, A Discovery of Challenges and Serenity

| August 21, 2010

In his first interview since leaving Flagler County in July, former Superintendent Bill Delbrugge describes his new old world in Egypt–the challenges, the revelations, the peace of it all.

Unemployment Resumes Climb in Flagler and Florida as Economy Fails to Strengthen

| August 20, 2010

Flagler County’s unemployment rate went up to 15.6 percent (from 15.4 percent), and Florida’s went up to 11.5 percent, raising fears of a double-dip recession.

Is Fox News a Terrorist Command Center? Stewart Asks, and Answers

| August 20, 2010

A couple of clips attempt to set Rupert Murdoch and other American mullahs straight on their opposition to the so-called Ground Zero mosque.

State Troopers Will Surge Drunk-Driving Patrols Through Labor Day

| August 20, 2010

The highway patrol will be out in full force between Aug. 20 and Sept. 6, hunting drunk drivers.

Aerial View of Florida Hospital Flagler Campus, 2010

| August 20, 2010

Large aerial view of Florida Hospital Flagler campus and property line, 2010.

More Beds, More Buildings, More Doctors: Hospital Campus Plans for Doubling Capacity

| August 20, 2010

The 100-acre campus along SR100 will eventually have a new hospital tower to accommodate an extra 100 beds, several additional buildings and, soon, a trail system.

Palm Coast Administrative Report on Florida Hospital Flagler’s Rezoning Application

| August 20, 2010

Palm Coast Community Development Department’s staff report for Florida Hospital Flagler’s rezoning application, August 2010.

Palm Coast Liquors Up on Hypocrisy Ahead of ABC Store’s Opening (and 10 New Jobs)

| August 19, 2010

The November opening of Flagler County’s first ABC liquor store, a 10,000-square-foot facility, is drawing flack for its location despite its promise of 10 new jobs, choice booze and discounts.

Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project Is on Firm Legal Ground

| August 19, 2010

Whatever its detractors say, the project to build a 15-story Islamic center, including a mosque, near Ground Zero has the law, including a particular GOP law, unquestionably on its side.

Florida’s High School Students Near Bottom in College Readiness; Flagler’s Do Worse

| August 19, 2010

The college readiness scores, trending downward for the state and for Flagler, undermine the state’s contention that it is improving education on a nationally competitive level.

$15 Million Short, Federal Insurance Fund Takes Over News-Journal’s Pension Plan

| August 19, 2010

A federal judge ruled against adequately funding News-Journal retirees’ pension plan, ordering instead that $40 million in cash and other values should go to Cox, the newspaper’s former minority owner.

McDermott Self-Evaluates After His First School Board Meeting

| August 18, 2010

The Flagler County School Board’s newest student representative reflects on his first evening with the elected, and makes a pitch to fellow-students.

More Trouble for Flynt: Sheriff Ends Tow Ties Permanently; Bank Sues for $50,000

| August 18, 2010

Legal troubles aside, the sheriff’s decision worsens the Bunnell city commissioner’s financial straits–as does a law suit over a $50,00 debt.

In Split Vote, Tourism Council Approves Raising Bed Tax to 4% For More Marketing

| August 18, 2010

The additional 1 percent would raise an extra $275,000 to $300,000, which the council wants to spend on more advertising for Flagler. Several council members objected, setting up a possible battle at the County Commission.

Back from the Brink, Florida Hospital and United Healthcare Reassure Flagler Clients

| August 18, 2010

For people who need to go to the hospital or its affiliates, nothing changes–until the fine print is made clearer: rates are almost certain to increase.

Veteran Problem Solver Ryan McDermott Joins School Board as Student Representative

| August 17, 2010

Never shy, McDermott, a 17-year-old senior at Flagler Palm Coast High School, will represent the district’s 13,000 students on the board.

Stetson University and Flagler College Rank Well, Florida Does Not in Higher Ed Survey

| August 17, 2010

Regional successes aside, Florida’s flagship universities did poorly when ranked against other national public and private universities.

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