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On a Mission From God: Blues Brothers Tribute Friday at the Flagler Auditorium

| November 18, 2010

It’s Jake and Elwood all over again Friday evening as Bluzmen recreate the great Blues Brothers band that featured Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in a romp through blues, R&B, jazz and those dance moves with no likeness.

Graduation Rates: FPC Falls to 83.5%, Matanzas Soars to 90.4%, Both Beat State’s 79%

| November 18, 2010

It’s Matanzas High School’s best graduation rate to date, helping the district increase its overall graduation rate by either state or federal standards.

44 Florida Doctors With Troubled Past On Big Pharma Payroll To Promote Drugs

| November 18, 2010

Pharmaceutical companies are not only buying off doctors’ loyalties and PR. They’re doing so without paying attention to morally and medically questionable doctors, including 44 in Florida.

20 Years On, With $1.17 Million Pay-off, County Approves Hunter’s Ridge Megadevelopment

| November 18, 2010

The 3-2 vote clears the way for yet another development, this one for 2,302 houses and 600,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space, in a county facing a potential for 40,000 new homes despite a depressed real estate industry.

Delbrugge’s Letter to Flagler, Part II: How Egypt Compares And What Matters Most

| November 17, 2010

The former school superintendent reflects on life in Egypt by deflating myths about the difference between private and public schools, comparing his in Egypt with Flagler’s school district, and speaking about what matters most in life.

Flagler Health Department Downplays Worries As First Cholera Case Is Confirmed in Florida

| November 17, 2010

The disease, carried from travelers from Haiti, is dangerous and can be deadly, but its chances of spreading in the United States are next to nil, treatment is simple, and recovery swift–when it’s caught in time.

Music Boxes, Puppets, and Highwaymen Artists: Culture Worth the Miles

| November 17, 2010

An exhibit of music boxes at the Orlando Science Center, the 6th Annual Orlando Puppet Festival, Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer” at the Mad Cow Theatre, the Highwaymen’s African-American art, and more.

Bill Delbrugge’s Letter to Flagler, Part I: America’s Place In the World–And Yours

| November 16, 2010

In the first of two parts, Delbrugge recaps life in Egypt, America’s image abroad, and all the things Americans take for granted–but shouldn’t, including the importance of local government and civic engagement.

As Superintendent and School Board Now Urge Play’s Revival, Focus Shifts to Drama Teacher

| November 16, 2010

Scripts of the Mockingbird controversy are being furiously re-written as the school district shifts to backing the play, but vague accusations and ugly slanders are now being directed at the Ed Koczergo, the drama teacher.

9 Counts of Burglary, 8 Counts of Mischief and More for 3 Men

| November 16, 2010

The three young men are accused of breaking into several cars at Westwind Contracting on U.S. 1 and at at McCharacters in St. Joe Plaza.

Dogged Duo: Nate McLaughlin and Milissa Holland Take Their County Commission Oath

| November 16, 2010

Put on your helmets: A county commission already stocked with personalities that wear their convictions on their sleeves welcomed Nate McLaughlin Monday. He fills a seat that had been a virtual non-entity for the past four years.

All 400 Sanctuary Pigs To Be Gassed in a Truck and Delivered to Starke for Cremation

| November 15, 2010

The pigs are corralled into a truck, and gassed while the truck is on its way to Starke, where they’re off-loaded into a crematorium. Lory Yazurlo tried but failed to get a stay of execution for the pigs she’s cared for since 1995.

Tale of Two Recommendations: Valentine “Completely” Supports Staging of Mockingbird

| November 15, 2010

The appeals committee’s original recommendation was re-written to more clearly reflect Mockingbird as an “appropriate” play to be staged by Flagler County school students.

Mockingbird‘s Fate Still Hanging as Appeals Panel, Endorsing the Work, Punts on the Play

| November 15, 2010

A majority of the committee clearly wanted the play staged. But it’s recommendation goes no further than declaring Mockingbird “appropriate” for instruction–a matter never in doubt.

Live Recap: Mockingbird Appeals Committee’s Minute-By-Minute Deliberations

| November 15, 2010

The nine-member appeals committee, meeting this morning at Matanzas High School, will recommend a fate for “To Kill a Mockingbird”–whether FPC’s students will stage it or not, and how. It’s up to Superintedent Valentine to make the final decision.

In Her Own Words, Please: A Friend of
Harper Lee’s Pleads the Case Against Censors

| November 15, 2010

Jack Cowardin, the St. Augustine novelist, has been corresponding with Harper Lee for years. His take on the controversy over the staging of the play by FPC’s Drama Club: Let it go on unmolested by political correctness.

Flagler Sends Out Last Call for
Firefighter Paramedic Ranse Jones, 1975-2010

| November 14, 2010

Some 300 people said goodbye to Ransford Jones, the Flagler County Firefighter-Paramedic who died this week after six months in a coma, in a moving ceremony of tributes and symbolism on Marineland’s boardwalk Sunday afternoon.

Protected: 1946 Ercoupe 415C plane for Sale or Share

| November 14, 2010

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Starry Saturday: Theater, Art, Grit and Glitz from Bunnell to Palm Coast

| November 14, 2010

Staring with FPC’s courageous thespians, the visual and performing arts had a fabulous Saturday in Flagler, with two gallery openings and two local theater productions. That’s what the county’s unbound cultural scene should be about.

Offshoring War: How Obama—and Those Moments of Silence—Insult Military Sacrifice

| November 13, 2010

When a president sends soldiers to die in a war that long ago ceased having a claim to being just or to being won, those Americans are no longer being sacrificed by their nation. They’re being murdered. The complicity is national.

Improved Art League Goes On With the Show, Without Its President: Weldon Ryan Resigns

| November 13, 2010

As president, Weldon Ryan convinced the art league to move to City Market Place, winning the league more visibility and members. He resigns after just four months at the helm.

The National Coalition Against Censorship’s Letter to Janet Valentine

| November 12, 2010

“We urge you to encourage student creativity and civic engagement, and to teach students the skills to discuss opposing views respectfully,” the NCAC writes. “We urge you to allow the students to perform the play.”

National Coalition Against Censorship Urges Valentine To Reverse Mockingbird Decision

| November 12, 2010

The strongly-worded letter from a coalition representing 50 organizations of actors, writers, educators and clerics calls on Superintendent Valentine to enrich the conversation on race and culture, not restrict it.

Bruce Campbell Still Waiting for Official Word That He’s To Be Flagler Beach’s Acting Manager

| November 12, 2010

The Flagler Beach City Commission appointed Bruce Campbell acting manager beginning Jan. 2. He hasn’t officially been told in writing. But being an employee already, he wasn’t necessarily supposed to be told.

County Endorses Federal Recommendation To Kill All 400 Pigs at Yazurlo’s Sanctuary

| November 12, 2010

Federal and state authorities could only recommend that the pigs be killed. The county made the final decision, though the county commission has yet to formally address the issue, and a time and place for the operation have not been set.

Sheriff Calls for 1-Year Pill-Mill Freeze in Flagler Through County and City Ordinances

| November 11, 2010

Citing three pill mills already in Flagler County, Sheriff Fleming is asking the county commission and the cities to adopt ordinances stopping pill mills until the state strengthens its regulations.

Mockingbird Appeals Committee’s Challenge: Loyalty to “Protocol” vs. Free Expression

| November 11, 2010

Interviews with appeals committee members reveal a divide between instinctive revulsion of censorship and hesitancy over second-guessing a principal’s decision even as the facts of the case continue to be muddled by unspecified generalities.

Court Orders County to Take Over Custody and Fate of 400 Swine in Bunnell Pig Sanctuary

| November 10, 2010

Lory Yazurlo appears to have lost an eight-year battle to keep caring for unwanted pigs on her 20-acre farm, though government officials point to degraded conditions harmful to animals and public health, and Yazurlo’s refusal to comply with age-old care plans.

What Is the Flagler County Art League?

| November 10, 2010

Since its founding by Bob Scheibel in 1979, the Flagler County Art League has provided a forum for Flagler-Palm Coast artists to showcase their work and engage the community.

Shapiro: In the End, It’s the Profanity of Censorship Against the Sacredness of Learning

| November 10, 2010

In a column on the Mockingbird controversy at FPC, Rabbi Merill Shapiro argues that whatever the merits of administrative issues, “the profanity of censorship,” in the end, “has no place in our community.”

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