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Archive for: October, 2010

Cultural Development Richer Than Economic: How to Grow Palm Coast Into a City With Soul

| October 31, 2010

There’s more to a city than commerce, argues Hollingsworth Gallery’s JJ Graham in a column. Without cultural development and the youthful force that makes it possible, Palm Coast would be a city without soul.

Daviana’s Excellent Adventure: Halloween Bash Fills Carts and Kitty for the Hungry

| October 31, 2010

Little Miss Flagler Daviana Campbell raised $900 and filled four shopping carts full of canned goods for a local food pantry through a Halloween dance that drew some 300 participants.

Dracula Brings Fangs, Foes and a Costume Contest to the Flagler Auditorium

| October 30, 2010

If Stephenie Meyer could turn teen sighs and stares into a 2,000-page epic, why not make a ballet of Bram Stoker’s Dracula? Gainsville’s Dance Alive National Ballet brings that production to the Flagler Auditorium for a Halloween special.

Lowe’s Ups Drywall Settlement to $100,000 Per Victim, Closing Gap With Lawyer Payouts

| October 30, 2010

The home-improvement Lowe’s chain had previously offered no more than $4,500 in cash and gift cards to victims whose health or homes were hurt by defective drywalls bought from Lowe’s stores, and much more to lawyers. The new agreement evens out the potential payments.

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| October 29, 2010

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Marineland’s John Hankinson Appointed Director of Obama’s Gulf Recovery Task Force

| October 29, 2010

John Hankinson, chairman of Florida Audubon, has an environmental consulting office in Marineland and was the Southern Region’s EPA administrator during the Clinton administration.

Feared Weapon Never Made It Onto Indian Trails Campus; School Has Normal Friday

| October 29, 2010

A report of a student planning to bring a weapon to Indian Trails Middle School surfaced Thursday evening. The school administration and law enforcement intervened, the family of the student cooperated, and the weapon never appeared.

Citing Vague Fears, School District Suppresses Stage Production of To Kill a Mockingbird

| October 28, 2010

Students and faculty had no issues with the production’s use of the word “nigger,” as in the book and the movie. A Palm Coast city councilman and other unnamed “community members” did, leading FPC Principal and Superintendent Janet Valentine to censor the play.

Stalemated Flagler Beach Opts for Bruce Campbell As Acting Manager Beginning Jan. 2

| October 28, 2010

In yet another raucous meeting, the Flagler Beach city commission couldn’t muster the votes to hire Bruce Campbell outright, so it settled for hiring him as acting manager beginning in January.

Campaign Notes: Dwyer Backs Craig, Sword and Fischer Vie for Teachers’ Attention

| October 28, 2010

Craig and Horrox in the circuit court race and Sword and Fischer in the school board race make their final pitches with radio appearances and a television ad from Sword, while others continue to press for the ballot measure on continuing the .25-mill school tax.

7-Year-Old Nate Truelove, Old Kings Wreck Victim, Is Going Home

| October 27, 2010

Nate’s rehabilitation at Brooks Rehab in Jacksonville did not produce the desired results. He is still mostly unresponsive, though awake. His family hopes that back home in DeLand, he will begin to progress better.

Florida State Intervenes As More Soldiers Die from Risky Behavior than Combat

| October 27, 2010

In 2009, more soldiers died from suicide and high-risk behavior than in combat. The Pentagon is drafting Florida State to fight the epidemic.

Bowing to Pressure, Transportation Department Scraps Plans for a Weigh Station on U.S. 1

| October 27, 2010

Every local government had opposed a proposed $11 million weigh station that would have taken up the median of U.S. 1 at Royal Palms Parkway, at the intersection of Palm Coast and Bunnell. Opposition worked.

A Halloween Concert of Myth and Poetry and a Neanderthal Friend-Raiser: Culture Worth the Miles

| October 27, 2010

The Orlando Philharmonic’s Halloween concert, Edward Gorey at the Orlando Museum of Art, ‘Girls Night: The Musical,’ and the Neanderthal Ball friend-raiser at the Orlando Science Center, plus plenty more.

Night Waves Smash 50-ft Fishing Vessel To Shore Just North of Flagler Beach

| October 26, 2010

The two fishermen on board the 50-year-old “Satisfaction,” registered to a company in Port Orange, swam safely to shore around 1:30 a.m., and their catch was salvaged.

Holland Walks Out on Palm Coast Council As It “Rewrites History” Over Annexation

| October 26, 2010

Commissioner Milissa Holland had enough once Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon took credit for bringing in the National Guard to a Flagler County airport site, which is at the heart of an annexation controversy.

Election Primer: Amendment 4, “Hometown Democracy” and Sprawling Misinformation

| October 25, 2010

Amendment 4, Florida’s so-called “Hometown Democracy” amendment, is an attempt to give voters a voice in major local development initiatives. It’s also rife in misinformation.

FPC’s Top Student Makes the Case
For the .25-Mill School Tax Referendum

| October 25, 2010

Kyle Russell, the top-ranked senior at Flagler Palm Coast High School, argues that students need every competitive advantage they can get if they’re to have a chance against others in the state and the nation.

Jail Riot, Diving Accident, Hostages and Wrecks Jam Flagler’s Paramedic Competition

| October 25, 2010

Organized by the Flagler County Fire Department, the nearly 24-hour paramedic competition put 10 teams through 10 scenarios across the county in grueling, unpredictable drills.

How Republicans Became America’s Arabs

| October 24, 2010

That’s the strength behind the Republican No, as it is behind the Arab No, the Islamist No in particular: it appeals to some mythical, mass-marketable golden age. No proof necessary.

Leveraging Little Miss Flagler Into a Halloween Campaign to Feed the Hungry, and More

| October 24, 2010

Daviana Campbell, the 11-year-old winner of Little Miss Flagler 2010, is throwing a 5th and 6th grade Halloween dance Oct. 29 to raise money and food for the hungry. That’s just for starters.

With Verve and Survivors, Bunnell Pinks Up In 4-Mile Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

| October 23, 2010

Bunnell’s first annual “Going the Extra Mile” walk for breast cancer awareness Saturday morning drew some 160 people and raised $2,500.

Education Foundation’s 20th Anniversary: Video and Photo Gallery

| October 23, 2010

Watch a video celebrating 20 years of the Flagler County Education Foundation, and a vanity photo gallery of the evening’s celebrations at the Hammock Duns Club. In color, too.

Singing Its Signal Achievements, Flagler Education Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

| October 23, 2010

The gala dinner at the Hammock Dunes Club drew a sold-out audience of 175, and was highlighted by testimonials about the foundation’s works and rousing performances by Amy Fulmer’s Formality Ensemble.

Builders on Amendment 4: Bad for Jobs, Economic Growth and Democracy

| October 22, 2010

Charles Rinek, president of the Flagler Home Builders Association, outlines the many reasons why Amendment 4 — the so-called “Hometown Democracy” amendment — will undermine the state’s economy and democratic process.

Palm Coast Is Fighting Firefighters’ Union on Forming a Single Bargaining Unit

| October 22, 2010

The hearing Friday will decide whether lieutenants and rank and file firefighters can form a single bargaining unit, which the city–which objects to unionization–is opposing.

September Unemployment Almost Unchanged: 16.3% in Flagler, 11.9% in Florida

| October 22, 2010

With 1.1 million people out of work, unemployment in Florida inched up by a decimal point, and down by a decimal point in Flagler. Some 11,100 jobs were lost in the state in September.

John Mica’s Politbureau: How the Chamber Endorses While Pretending Not to Endorse

| October 22, 2010

Flagler County’s Whigs and wigged coupled and clapped at the Palm Coast Yacht Club as John Mica accepted tributes and dispensed charismatic prepositions on his way to a 10th term in Congress.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” Launches Flagler Playhouse’s 32nd Season

| October 21, 2010

The play and the movie of the “rock opera” were charged up with controversy in 1971 and 1973. These days, “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a nostalgic bath of 70s music and only quaint hints of subversion.

Election Primer: Class-Size Amendment 8 Is a Reasonably Multi-Edged Sword

| October 21, 2010

With the class-size amendment — Amendment 8 — approving it would save money and give schools some flexibility, but it would let the Legislature off the hook on its financial commitment to education.

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