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Flagler’s Poverty Gap: Boosting Food Stamps Enrollment–and More Accurate Numbers

| November 30, 2010

While the Mobile Benefits Program is well-meaning and necessary–a few million dollars in food assistance are going unclaimed in Flagler–the inaccurate numbers backing up the initiative undermine the program’s credibility.

Dismantled or Reorganized, It May Be the End of the Department of Health As We Know It

| November 30, 2010

The state Department of Health is facing a reorganization–and possibly a dismantling–that may affect the way local departments of health are run, and the diseases they keep track of.

Palm Coast’s Secret Deal With Solar Company: Long Tax Holiday and Other Perks for 180 Jobs

| November 30, 2010

Dubbed “Project Iceman,” the deal calls for at least a $49 million investment and average wages of $34,500, though the fine print reveals exclusive perks and secrecy provisions that prevent public scrutiny of the deal’s implementation.

Bucking Long-Range Goals, Palm Coast Again Scales Back Cultural Arts Grants Funding

| November 29, 2010

Palm Coast is planning to award just $20,000 in cultural grants to 11 organizations this year, half the budget of three years ago, though the city is increasing the dollars and city resources it’s spending on its own special events.

Josh D. Crews, 1976-2010

| November 28, 2010

First Baptist Church on Saturday (Nov. 27) overflowed with emotions, remembrances and people at a service for Joshua Crews, the Flagler County native, one-time owner and long-time bartender at Woody’s BBQ who died when his car rolled on U.S. 1 on Nov. 21. He was 34.

In Praise of Wikileaks: Undressing The Scams and Shams of Government Secrecy

| November 28, 2010

With rare exceptions, it’s never been true that secrecy protects national security or interests. Rather, secrecy damages both, often with costly, lethal consequences. That’s why Wikileaks is an indispensable service to democracy.

Cadillac and Kia in Morning Smash-Up on Northbound I-95 Back Up Traffic for 2 Miles

| November 28, 2010

The 8:10 wreck at mile marker 295 on I-95 northbound shut down two of the three lanes and backed up traffic past the Matanzas Parkway overpass. There were injuries, but no fatality. The two vehicles were removed 90 minutes later.

Wrongful Foreclosure: What You Need To Know

| November 27, 2010

Banks and foreclosure defense attorneys disagree on whether errors in the process have caused wrongful foreclosures — but their definitions of what constitutes a “wrongful foreclosure” differ.

Eleanor Roosevelt: If I Were a Republican Today

| November 27, 2010

In a 1950 piece for Cosmopolitan that could have been written today, Eleanor Roosevelt sees through the vacuous sloganeering of the Republican opposition, though she’s not much kinder to Democrats.

3,338 Days: U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan Is Now Longer Than Soviet Union’s

| November 27, 2010

A photo gallery of the human and inhuman side of a conflict that’s worse than Vietnam in many ways, and is damaging American strategic and financial interests–with no end in sight. The only clear winner: al-Qaeda.

The Anti-Black Friday: In Flagler Beach, Small Business Saturday Rings Up Authenticity

| November 26, 2010

Carol Fisher isn’t interested in the madness of Black Friday. In a column, she invites you to experience the more authentically American tradition of small, heartbeat businesses that are the life transfusions of local economies.

A Little Frankenstein to Brighten the Holiday Season: Culture Worth the Miles

| November 26, 2010

You want culture? Free culture? You’ve got it: Winter Park’s Central Park offers the annual Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concerts Nov. 28; on Dec. 2, it’s the Bach Festival Choir singing to the illumination of the Morse Museum’s Tiffany windows. Plus Frankenstein and much more.

Terry Kilcoyne, 71-Year-Old Salvage Owner, Killed When His Truck Overturns on I-95

| November 26, 2010

Kilcoyne was traveling with a passenger on I-95 just north of the Flagler-St.Johns county line. She suffered minor injuries. None of the four people in the Durango that Kilcoyne’s truck hit when his tire shredded was injured.

Story of a Rescue: How 12-Year-Old Barak Ordonez Made It Out of the Bulow Marshes

| November 26, 2010

Looking for a shortcut to outrace his brothers during a hike deep in Bulow Plantation, 12-year-old Barak ended up lost 15 miles inside the marshy, park until a helicopter airlifted him out.

2,000 Meals and More: Feed Flagler Feasts As County Breaks Thanksgiving Bread As One

| November 24, 2010

Feed Flagler exceeded its goal of serving some 2,000 Thanksgiving meals as 10 locations around the county turned into community feasts Wednesday, hundreds of families went home with a week’s supply of food, and food pantries stocked up.

Purple Heart Monument at Palm Coast’s Heroes Park Is Slammed Over in an Act of Vandalism

| November 24, 2010

The Purple Heart monument–a heavy, granite stone weighing a few tons–was dedicated less than two months ago at the city park along Palm Coast Parkway. A sheriff’s investigation is ongoing, with few clues.

Why I Left The Flagler County Art League: It’s like IBM vs. Apple

| November 24, 2010

“Staunch conservative Businessmen vs. Creative Young Men working out of their garage” is how Weldon Ryan, the art league’s ex-president, describes the tension that led to his resignation.

Flagler Fireflight Recovers 12 Year Old
Lost for 3 Hours in Bulow Plantation Ruins

| November 23, 2010

The 12-year-old Palm Coast boy was lost for less than three hours in the state park, between 4:50 and 7:50 p.m., when he was picked up unharmed by the Fireflight and flown back to his parents.

Feed Flagler Ingredients: 100 Turkeys, 450 lb. of Ham, 170 Pies, and 2,000 Guests Wednesday

| November 23, 2010

The kitchen at Buddy Taylor Middle School was a feast’s brew as Hammock Dunes Club’s chef and other volunteers were wrist-deep in preparation for Wednesday’s feasts for 2,000 in 10 locations around Flagler County.

Ending 8 Years of Extortion, Bunnell Quietly Invites Drivers to Get Their Money Back

| November 23, 2010

From 2002 to May 2008, Bunnell charged owners a $350 “administrative fee” for impounding their vehicles, even when there were no legal grounds to impound the cars. The burden is now on vehicle owners to get their money back.

Shooting in Bunnell at South Church and MLK: Oxycontin Deal Gone Bad

| November 22, 2010

Bunnell Police Chief Arthur Jones said a man was shot in the chest and airlifted to a hospital around 9 p.m. Monday. It was a drug deal gone bad–over Oxycontin, the pain pill.

Don’t Call Them Pill Mills: Palm Coast’s Pain Management Practices Recoil at Bad Rap

| November 22, 2010

When Flagler Sheriff Don Fleming described three local pain management practices as “pill mills,” their doctors and practitioners were stunned and explained: Pill mills are a problem. Pain management clinics are not.

Former School Board Member and Realtor Eddie Herrera Jailed On a Battery Charge

| November 22, 2010

Eddie Herrera served eight years on the school board, two as chairman. The Realtor’s fight with acupuncturist Scott Beat, with Herrera’s daughter in the car nearby, was over an accusation of infidelity.

Armed Robber Takes Hundreds of Oxycodone Pills from Winn Dixie Pharmacy on SR 100

| November 22, 2010

The robber, who used yellow gloves at the Winn Dixie pharmacy, handed the pharmacist a note just before noon Sunday, demanding the pills. He walked out the front door and drove off in a dark vehicle.

Video: Gobble Trot in Central Park Raises Dollars and Turkeys for the Needy

| November 21, 2010

Local residents with a spring in their step gathered Saturday morning at Palm Coast’s Central Park for the First Annual Gobble Trot Benefit walk to help provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.

Josh Crews, Long-Time Woody’s Bartender and Manager, Killed in Sunday Morning Wreck

| November 21, 2010

Josh Crews was 34 and had been a fixture behind Woody’s bar in Palm Coast and St. Augustine since 2005, and had once owned the restaurant with his brother Matt when it first opened in 1998.

Why Flagler Beach Blocked Disabled Veterans’ Request For a Penny-Ante Gambling Hall

| November 20, 2010

Unless they were willing to risk changing the character of the town, city commissioners had little choice but to block an attempt to open what would have been a penny-ante gambling hall at the DAV property.

Is Anybody Normal?

| November 20, 2010

Sanity is not the natural condition of the human mind, Bertrand Russell argued in this 1934 column, but a product of social life. It is a form of politeness, generated by the pressure of other personalities, which makes us know that we are not omnipotent.

Feed Flagler Raises $13,000 and Tons of Food Ahead of Wednesday’s 2,000 Free Dinners

| November 19, 2010

Ahead of next Wednesday’s community-wide celebration, featuring 2000 free Thanksgiving dinners at 10 sites, Team Feed Flagler’s success is the talk of the county–and a blueprint for Flagler’s grass-roots battle against hunger.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to 15.5%, But County Labor Force Shrinks By 1.5%

| November 19, 2010

Flagler County’s unemployment fell only because the labor force is shrinking faster than jobs. But the county still lost jobs in September, and Palm Coast still tops the state’s metropolitan unemployment rates.

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