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“We Are Trayvon Martin”: Two Moms Mobilize 125 Protesters in Spirited Palm Coast March

| March 31, 2012

Saying the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford could have happened to themselves or their own children, protesters in hoodies, brandishing skittles, iced tea and signs marched and chanted for more than an hour along Belle Terre Parkway Thursday evening.

From Depression to Mere Recession Flagler Unemployment Falls to 12.7%

| March 30, 2012

Flagler’s improving numbers also show a net increase of nearly 800 people with jobs, reversing previous months’ declines in both the labor force and actual employment. Florida’s unemployment rate also fell, to 9.4 percent.

Flagler Clerk Gail Wadsworth Tries a Hail Mary As Courts Take Yet Another Budget Hit

| March 29, 2012

The $31 million statewide budget cut in clerks of court’s budgets translates to a loss of $90,000 to Flagler County’s court system, and up to three jobs, adding to successive cuts going back to 2008 that Clerk Gail Wadsworth calls unsustainable.

Seriously Sit-Com: A Play in High “Art” at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre

| March 29, 2012

Three friends. A white painting. And the mayhem it causes. The latest play at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre, opening Friday (at Hollingsworth gallery) is a provocative comedy that’s been translated in 35 languages since its premier in Paris in 1994.

Attention Flagler Political Candidates: These 5 Politicians Have Something to Teach You

| March 29, 2012

The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informational political candidate panel discussion on April 18 with seasoned politicians who will share their insights and answer campaign-related questions.

Post-Trayvon, Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Won’t Be Repealed But May Be Revised

| March 29, 2012

As the 2005 Stand Your Ground law has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed Trayvon Martin, veteran lawmakers haven’t been able to agree even on what the measure allows but point to a need for clarification.

Facing $1.6 Million in New Cuts, Flagler School District Is Looking for “Big Ideas”

| March 28, 2012

Flagler school board members don’t want to go through what they did last year, nickel-and-diming small programs, so they’re looking at offering students and parents morte “school choice,” revamping the district’s health insurance, offering early retirement and other “big ideas.”

Scott Signs a Series of Tax Cut Bills, Including Expansion of Corporate Tax Exemption

| March 28, 2012

While supporters insisted that the legislation signed Wednesday will help provide a better business climate, they were quick to say that a variety of factors were at work in the economy, and it would be difficult to accurately figure out how many jobs the measures might create.

Rites of Spring: Flagler’s Jobs Council Retreats to Princess Place for Goal-Setting With CEO

| March 28, 2012

For the third time in three years, an economic development effort gets under way to “to lead Flagler County out of the dismal economic landscape” of the last few years, hoping, this time, to make a mark.

Obama Surges Ahead of Romney and Santorum in Florida and Ohio in Latest Polls

| March 28, 2012

In head-to-head contests, Obama is beating Romney and Santorum in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, three swing states that the GOP cannot lose if it hopes to win back the White House in November.

What Does a Black Father Say to His Son?

| March 27, 2012

In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, everyone has been talking about mothers having the talk with their sons. But I haven’t heard enough about us — fathers, black men — having that conversation with our sons, writes Andrew Skerritt.

From the Archives: Palm Coast’s Masonic Cemetery, Where a Cherished Glen Harbors Family Albums

| March 27, 2012

The Masonic cemetery is Palm Coast’s oldest human landmark and the most noble monument to the region’s ancestry, forgotten relics of Indian haunts aside. But it’s been at the margins of care.

Desecration By Neglect: Palm Coast’s Masonic Cemetery Decaying Again 2 Years After Lift

| March 27, 2012

A vandalized grave and exposed casket. Crosses thrown about. Piles of garbage: Palm Coast’s historic black Masonic Cemetery, refurbished with the city’s help just two years ago, is sinking into neglect again, with no help in sight.

In a Blow to the County, Palm Coast Explores Switch from Sales Tax to New Utility Taxes

| March 27, 2012

The Palm Coast City Council is exploring dropping a half-cent sales tax surcharge it’s been levying with the county for 10 years, and adopting instead new utility taxes without need for voter approval or splitting revenue with the county.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Loses as U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Take Appeals of Florida Cases

| March 27, 2012

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was forced to pay tens of millions of dollars to the families of dead smokers, part of a flood of tobacco litigation moving through Florida’s courts, and the first of their kind to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tea Party’s Medicare Beneficiaries Honk Up Palm Coast Against Federal Health Mandate

| March 26, 2012

Some 50 to 60 Flagler tea party activists clumped around a Palm Coast intersection Monday, protesting “Obamacare” in a distinctly less impressive display of numbers or passions than in previous rallies.

Trayvon Martin Ripples: Attorneys Take On Profiling As NRA Defends Stand Your Ground

| March 26, 2012

A group of Tallahassee criminal defense lawyers called Roundtable for Justice is moving to shed more light on racial profiling in Florida while the NRA’s lead lobbyist on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law defends the measure.

Free Teddy Bear Picnic at Palm Coast Community Center April 2

| March 26, 2012

Two, three and four year old children are invited to listen to stories, play games and share crafts with their favorite stuffed friends at a free Teddy Bear Picnic April 2.

Obamacare’s Days In Court: A Primer

| March 26, 2012

It’s the Super Bowl of Supreme Court cases with consequences for all: the three days of arguments over the constitutionality of Obama’s health care reform begin today. Here’s a clear-eyed explanation of what it’s about and likely outcomes. It’s the Super Bowl of Supreme Court cases: the three days of arguments over the constitutionality of Obama’s health care reform begin today. Here’s a clear-eyed explanation of what it’s about and likely outcomes.

Stonehenge Justices: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Stuffy Ban on TV Cameras and Live Audio

| March 25, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ban on television cameras or live audio feed for its arguments, including this week’s on the health law, is absurd. The justices opposition to cameras rests on shabby reasoning and stuffed up conceits.

Jumping for His Late Brother and Wounded Warriors, George Hanns Flies Air Show’s Flag

| March 25, 2012

George Hanns, a Flagler county commissioner for the past 16 years, deployed the flag from thousands of feet up to open this year’s Wings Over Flagler as he jumped for his brother, who died at Christmas, and other veterans.

Murder as Self-Defense: Florida’s Gun Zealots on a Rampage

| March 25, 2012

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was touted as protection for the innocent. It has instead led to killings during heated arguments and cases of mistaken identity, argues Susan Clary, with George Zimmerman’s shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin the latest example.

Fernando Chavez, Biker Hurt March 16 in A1A Crash in Flagler Beach, Dies

| March 25, 2012

In the fifth Bike Week accident on Flagler roads, a biker speeding south on A1A in Flagler Beach struck a car this afternoon and was evacuated by air in critical condition.

Before You Next Feast on Seafood

| March 24, 2012

Does it really matter what fish we eat? Yes, says Frank Gromling, if health and overfishing are concerns. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch programs helps consumers and restaurants figure out how to do their part in preserving fishing stocks.

Palm Coast Code Enforcement Officer Tries Beating DUI Charge By Citing Ex-Cop Status

| March 23, 2012

Stephen Tilley, a Palm Coast Code Enforcement officer, pleaded with a Florida Highway Patrol trooper about his ex-cop status to get out of a DUI charge, but failed when he was arrested in Pinellas County after driving while drinking from a bottle of Jim Beam.

“If I had a Son, He’d Look Like Trayvon”: Obama Speaks Out, FPC Students Protest

| March 23, 2012

President Obama called the killing of Trayvon Miller a tragedy and addressed it in personal terms Friday as Gov. Rick Scott appointed an outside prosecutor Thursday night to investigate the shooting.

The Monster Has Landed: C-130 Lumbers In For Weekend’s Wings Over Flagler Show

| March 23, 2012

The Hercules C-130 will be a main attraction at Wings Over Flagler, the annual air show at the Flagler County Airport on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, this year commemorating the life of William Wild Bill Walker, who crashed and died while performing at the show last year.

Amid Fury Over Trayvon Martin’s Killing and Stand Your Ground Law, Police Chief Resigns

| March 22, 2012

Unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s killing in Sanford by a crime watch volunteer who hasn’t been charged led to the “temporary” resignation of Sanford police chief Bill Lee Jr. today and calls to Gov. Rick Scott to appoint an independent prosecutor.

Allen Whetsell, Craig Funeral’s GM, Latest Of 4 GOP Candidates Vying to Oust Weeks

| March 22, 2012

Democrats are not fielding a candidate to challenge fellow-Democrat and Supervisor of Elections incumbent Kimberle Weeks as Allen Whetsell becomes the fourth candidate in the Republican primary for that seat.

Honoring Philip Cardillo, Slain in 1972, Retired Officers Form New FOP Lodge in Flagler

| March 22, 2012

A group of retired police officers in Palm Coast and Flagler County from various departments across the country gathered to form Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #171 in Flagler. They named the new lodge in honor of Philip Cardillo, killed on duty in new York in 1972.

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