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Archive for: March, 2011

Volusia Schools Joining Flagler in Protecting LGBT Sexual Identity Against Bullying

| March 31, 2011

The policy change in Volusia was prompted by the case of an 8-year-old Deltona girl being raised as a boy. It follows on the heels of a similar move in Flagler County to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) students.

Flagler Palm Coast YMCA Closing After 9 Years At Florida Hospital; Stand-Alone Y a Goal

| March 31, 2011

The Palm Coast-Flagler Family YMCA was losing $50,000 a year for the past three years despite a membership of 900. The location was constraining. Local organizers hope to launch plans for a stand-alone Y in the future.

Palm Coast’s Rock n Ribfest Returns: Racing Pigs, Raging Bands, Roaring Fireworks

| March 31, 2011

Mickey Thomas and Starship are headlining after a half dozen local bands in the daylong event at Palm Coast’s Central Park on April 9, beginning at noon. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the door.

Happy Anniversary: News-Journal Owner Wants News Crew Selling Subscriptions & Ads

| March 31, 2011

At the 1-year mark of his ownership, News-Journal publisher Michael Redding is offering $25 to staffers who secure a 3-month subscription, $40 to those who get 6-month deal, and $50 to those who land $100 in advertising. Newsroom staffers are “insulted.”

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 31

| March 31, 2011

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Flagler Reads Together, FlaglerLive is serializing Huckleberry Finn, this year’s book. Here’s Chapter 31: Ominous Plans; News from Jim; Old Recollections; A Sheep Story; Valuable Information; With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations.

2,000 Flagler Customers Without Power Late Wednesday Evening; FPL Calls for Patience

| March 30, 2011

Up to 11,000 customers had been without power at one point in Flagler County following a storm that whipped winds of up to 70 miles per hour. Volusia, Brevard and Seminole were also severely hit.

Parental Report Cards: Florida Lawmaker Wants Teachers Grading Your Parenting Skills

| March 30, 2011

Kelli Stargel, Republican of Lakeland, thinks parents should be graded on their child’s preparedness as one way to address parental involvement and student underachievement. The proposal leaves economic and social issues mute.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy Diego Morales Jailed on DUI and Charge

| March 30, 2011

The arrest of the eight-year member of the sheriff’s office, by the Florida Highway Patrol, stem from an accident in December. Deputy Morales posted $500 bond on the two charges and is on paid leave.

Civil War Recreations, a Pie Festival, Art, Cocktails and a One Act Fest: Culture Worth the Miles

| March 30, 2011

‘First Thursday’ at the Orlando Museum of Art, Jon Didier at the Maitland Art Center’s Culture and Cocktails gathering (April 8), Tab Benoit and other New Orleans musicians at the Plaza Theater, a pie festival, and more.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 30

| March 30, 2011

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Flagler Reads Together, FlaglerLive is serializing Huckleberry Finn, this year’s book. Here’s Chapter 30: The King Went for Him; A Royal Row; Powerful Mellow; With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations.

Downed Trees and Powerlines in Wake of Violent Storm That Shook Flagler Wednesday

| March 30, 2011

The tornado watch on until 8 p.m. was upgraded to a warning until 4:45 p.m. in northern Flagler County. That means a tornado is either imminent or has been spotted in the affected region.

Timely Boost: Feed Flagler Nets 2 Pantries $7,680, Enough to Buy 40 Tons of Food

| March 30, 2011

The money is what’s left, after expenses, of Feed Flagler’s fund-raising that provided 2,000 free meals at 10 locations the day before Thanksgiving. It’s timely help as pantries begin to run dry.

Tornado Warning for Northern Flagler County Until 4:45 p.m., Watch until 8 p.m. Wednesday

| March 30, 2011

Some 33 North Florida counties, including Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia, are under the tornado watch advisory as a large swirl of sever storms moves from the Panhandle across the northern portion of the state.

July 4th Twice Over Again As Flagler Beach And Palm Coast Will Each Launch Fireworks

| March 30, 2011

The Tourist Development Council would grant each city $15,000. Flagler Beach will have the July 4 display this time, while Palm Coast will launch on July 3rd, at Town Center. Last year, they did it in reverse.

Circuit Judge Julianne Piggotte, in Daytona Beach, Retiring After 21 Years

| March 29, 2011

Piggotte has been a judge since 1990, and was chief judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, which includes Flagler County, from 2003 to 2005.

For Palm Coast, Community Centers Are “Pie in the Sky” But City Hall Hovers Closer

| March 29, 2011

The city council says there’s no money for ambitious, long-range plans for community centers it discussed on Tuesday, although at previous meetings it never disputed the availability of $10 million for a new city hall.

15-Year-Old Faces Charges Over a .40-Caliber Gun at Indian Trails Middle School Campus

| March 29, 2011

The gun never made it into the school building, nor was it found during school hours. But Travis Williams was already serving a 10-day suspension from school when he allegedly walked with the gun on school property.

Gov. Scott Vows to End “Oxycontin Express,” Yet Legislature Weakens Pill Mill Regulations

| March 29, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott gave no details on his assault on the “Oxycontin Express,” and a Senate committee approved eliminating a ban on doctors dispensing more than a three-day supply of drugs to patients who pay with cash or credit cards.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 29

| March 29, 2011

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Flagler Reads Together, FlaglerLive is serializing Huckleberry Finn, this year’s book. Here’s Chapter 29: Contested Relationship; The King Explains the Loss; A Question of Handwriting; Digging up the Corpse; Huck Escapes; With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations.

From Teacher Merit Pay to Charter School Expansion: Legislature Marches On

| March 28, 2011

Like the swiftly-approved teacher merit pay reforms, the push to expand charter schools, including expanding preferential admittance, has the strong backing of Gov. Rick Scott, and continues to revamp education.

Flagler Firefighters Battling 2-Day, 300-Acre Brush Fire on Old Brick Road

| March 28, 2011

The fire started Saturday, at the same time that firefighters were responding to the plane crash and ensuing brush fire at the Flagler County airport. The brush fire was 30 percent contained by Monday afternoon.

As the School District Agonizes Over Cuts, Imagine Prepares to Almost Double in Size

| March 28, 2011

Imagine School at Town Center is expanding to accommodate 910 students even as the rest of the district’s enrollment stalls and its budgets are being slashed. A video report of Imagine’s expansion plans.

Yes, Stetson Kennedy Is Still Alive: Labor and Civil Rights Legend at Stetson Wednesday

| March 28, 2011

Stetson Kennedy, who unmasked the Ku Klux Klan after infiltrating it and remains a prominent voice for unions, labor and civil rights, gives a free lecture at Stetson University. He is 94.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 28

| March 28, 2011

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Flagler Reads Together, FlaglerLive is serializing Huckleberry Finn, this year’s book. Here’s Chapter 28: The Trip to England; “The Brute!”; Mary Jane Decides to Leave; Huck Parting with Mary Jane; Mumps; The Opposition Line; With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 27

| March 27, 2011

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Flagler Reads Together, FlaglerLive is serializing Huckleberry Finn, this year’s book. Here’s Chapter 27: The Funeral; Satisfying Curiosity; Suspicious of Huck; Quick Sales and Small; With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations.

Blue Skies, Wild Bill: Wings Over Flagler Bids Fallen Pilot Farewell

| March 27, 2011

Wild Bill Walker, a veteran of Alabama’s Red Thunder Air Show Team, was 58 when his plane crashed Saturday. Fellow pilots paid tribute to him today at the Wings Over Flagler air show, which ended on a sober, sunny roar of flights into the blue.

Video: The Crash Scene Shortly After the Yak-52 Went Down at Wings Over Flagler

| March 27, 2011

This video from the crash scene at the Flagler/Palm Coast Wings Over Flagler air show was provided by Robert Kilroy, and taken within an hour of the accident.

Palm Coast’s Shaklyia Chess, 16-Year-Old FPC Student, Killed in Wreck South of Bunnell

| March 27, 2011

Shaklyia Chess was a 16-year-old junior at Flagler Palm Coast High School. She was driving south late Saturday night on US1 when she lost control of her car.

Flagler Reads Together: Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 26

| March 26, 2011

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Flagler Reads Together, FlaglerLive is serializing Huckleberry Finn, this year’s book. Here’s Chapter 26: A Pious King; The King’s Clergy; She Asked His Pardon; Hiding in the Room; Huck Takes the Money; With E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations.

Single-Engine Yak 52 Crashes at Wings Over Flagler; One Pilot Is Dead; Tribute on Sunday

| March 26, 2011

The Yak 52 went down at 4:27 p.m. while in the middle of a maneuver with another plane. The pilot was killed.

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