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Archive for: January, 2011

’03 FPC Grads Brandon Anderson and Jonathan Alter Win Half-Marathon and 5K

| January 23, 2011

Some 346 runners finished the two races, Palm Coast’s first half-marathon, with temperatures around 37 degrees at the start: just right for runners.

Palm Coast Half-Marathon Results By Division, Jan. 23, 2011

| January 23, 2011

Palm Coast Half-Marathon Results By Division and overall winners (183 finishers, including 102 women and 81 men. Average time: 2:05:22).

Palm Coast 5K Results By Division, Jan. 23, 2011

| January 23, 2011

Palm Coast 5K Results By division and overall winners, Jan. 23, 2011. (165 finishers, including 104 women and 61 men. Average time: 39:43).

What’s All the Fuss About? A Gallery of Provocative Art From 3 Local Shows

| January 22, 2011

The art of Beth Garren, JJ Graham, Peter Cerreta and others at three local galleries provokes strong emotions, favorable and not so favorable. Here’s a sample of their work to whet your appetite for more before the shows’ close at month’s end.

Sock Hops, Narcotic Nostalgia and Interracial Kisses: “Hairspray” Rocks the Flagler Playhouse

| January 21, 2011

In “Hairspray,” gaudiness and 1962 have never been so much fun. The Flagler Playhouse is reviving the 2002 Broadway musical with a cast of 45 and a parade of showstopping kitsch.

Arbor Day Memorial: A Redcedar Rises in Town Center, a Gift from Palm Coast’s Garden Club

| January 21, 2011

Palm Coast’s Garden Club memorialized seven of its late members in an Arbor Day ceremony at Town Center Friday, featuring its southern redcedar gift to the city. The tree will become a focal point of Christmas-tree lighting ceremonies.

Reality Check: The GOP’s Straw-Stuffing Health Care Repeal

| January 21, 2011

If repealing health care without presenting an alternative is the best thing the new GOP majority can do in an economic crisis, pack up your worries about 2012 right now and congratulate Obama for his second term.

Flagler Unemployment Seesaws to 15.7%, Florida’s Rate Unchanged at 12%

| January 21, 2011

Both Flagler’s and Florida’s unemployment rates have been stuck within the same range for more than a year, with no signs of breaking the trend. Flagler’s numbers again show a decline in the labor force.

The Southern Redcedar, or “Sand-Cedar”

| January 21, 2011

The Southern Redcedar: a brief definition and description of the hardy tree found in mid-to-northern Florida and the coastal South, with images.

RV Smash-Up Closes I-95 Just North of Flagler and Triggers Another Chain Wreck

| January 21, 2011

Two related crashes several miles apart in the southbound lanes of I-95 closed the interstate for several hours Thursday afternoon and early evening. There were no major injuries.

Bunnell’s Central Commerce Park Finally Breaks Ground, With an Order of Wendy’s

| January 20, 2011

A new Wendy’s restaurant in April will be the first business at Flagler Central Commerce Park in Bunnell, a 1 million square foot commercial development seven years in the works. So far, no other business has signed up.

Mica and Scott Derailing High-Speed and Jacksonville-Bunnell-Miami Rail Lines

| January 20, 2011

Despite billions in federal subsidies, John Mica’s and Florida’s governor are effectively killing two major rail projects, including one that would have run through Flagler, by shifting the financial burden to non-existent private interests.

Ballroom Dancing’s Homage to Glee–and Arts Education–at the Flagler Auditorium

| January 19, 2011

Charlotte Marten met up with Jim and Suzanne Carter of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio at City Market Place to talk about Saturday’s “Big Stage Ballroom” show and fund-raiser at the Flagler Auditorium.

Top Cops, Public Defender, Commissioners Pick Bulic as the Next Medical Examiner

| January 19, 2011

Flagler, St. Johns and Putnam have been without a medical examiner–one of government’s least visible, most important positions–since Jan. 1. A high-powered committee is making its recommendation for a new examiner today following interviews of five candidates.

St. Johns County Extends Burn Ban Through Mid-April

| January 19, 2011

The St. Johns County Commission extended the burn ban through April 18 as little persistent rain is expected in the region. Flagler County’s burn ban is in effect, but doesn’t yet stretch that long.

City Council in Dog House Over Holland Park

| January 19, 2011

Though it has $10 million to build a city hall, Palm Coast claims poverty when it comes to improving Holland Park, the city’s busiest. Residents aren’t happy.

Oh Hell! To Choose Love By Another’s Eyes: Culture Worth the Miles

| January 18, 2011

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, “Five Course Love,” a manatee festival in Orange City, the Best of Broadway, and more.

Call 911: Flagler’s Emergency Dispatch Center Briefly Disabled When Extinguishers Misfire

| January 18, 2011

No one was hurt, and 911 dispatching was interrupted at most for two minutes, but the 911 call center had to be evacuated Tuesday morning, and for at least 24 hours.

Doctors Are Coming, Loads of Them, But Should Public Dollars Defray Conference Costs?

| January 18, 2011

The 5th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference will bring some 300 physicians to Hammock Beach Resort in April. Flagler County’s Tourist Development Council is ready to approve a $10,000 public-dollar subsidy.

Right Whale Alert: Mother and Calf
Off Flagler Coast Today

| January 18, 2011

A mother right whale and her calf are gliding south along Flagler’s coastline today. They were seen of Jungle Hut Road in the Hammock this morning.

A Night at the Homeless Shelter: From the Eyes of a Volunteer

| January 18, 2011

Charlie Ericksen Jr., a volunteer at Flagler County’s homeless shelter–The Sheltering Tree–describes the refuge on a recent cold night.

Cops Swarm on Alleged Car Robber Near John’s Towing in Bunnell (Updated)

| January 17, 2011

A man and a young woman of about 18 were pulled out of a white pick-up truck and handcuffed, and some eight Sheriff’s Office cars were at the scene for more than an hour Monday afternoon.

John Locke: A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689)

| January 17, 2011

John Locke: A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689), religious and otherwise.

Right Whales Soar Off Flagler’s Coast, But Two Beached Pilot Whales Die in Marineland

| January 16, 2011

The week brought rich sightings of right whales along the Flagler County coastline. But on Thursday, two seriously ill pilot whales beached in Marineland and died. Videos of both events from whale watcher Christine Sullivan.

WNZF’s David Ayres Hanging Up on “Open Lines” to Make Room for Rush and Beck Live

| January 14, 2011

After hosting “Open Lines” for two years, and with Rush Limbaugh coming on, WNZF General manager David Ayres is shuffling the station’s lineup. He’ll host a weekly Saturday show.

Palm Coast Data Lays Off 31 More As Another Major Customer Plans to End Its Contract

| January 14, 2011

A principal shareholder of Palm Coast Data parent Amrep Corp. and customer of Palm Coast Data is ending its association with both. The company is nowhere near its 2008 pledge to hire 700 more employees locally.

FPC Briefly Locked Down After Feared Robbery in Target Shopping Center Lot

| January 14, 2011

Flagler Palm Coast High School was locked down for a few minutes in early afternoon today following false reports of a robbery in the Target shopping center nearby.

These Dorks’ Fun Begins After They Get Hit By a Bus: “Forever Plaid” At Flagler Auditorium

| January 14, 2011

“Forever Plaid” is a musical tribute to the 1950s, to innocence, to lovable dorkiness and to four-part harmonies. The show has been pleasing audiences for more than 20 years across most continents.

Kimberly Turner, 2011 Employee of the Year: Bunnell Elementary

| January 13, 2011

Kimberly Turner, 2011 Employee of the Year: Bunnell Elementary

Kathy Summerlot, 2011 Employee of the Year: Matanzas High School

| January 13, 2011

I feel privileged every day when I drive onto the campus at Matanzas High School.
Ten years ago when my family moved to Palm Coast from Atlanta, Georgia,
I was not completely sold on Flagler County. However, I quickly began volunteering at both of my sons’ schools and learned to love the area and its people. About [...]

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