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My Daughter, the Graduate

| May 31, 2012

I have covered an endless number of graduations in my career. Tonight, for the first time, my child–my daughter–was among the graduates. There was only one way to cover this one: in the first person.

Five Questions for Wansley Walters, Head of Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice

| May 31, 2012

Before becoming secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Wansley Walters directed the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department, considered a national model for saving money while reducing the juvenile arrest rate. She’s the first woman to lead DJJ.

Seeking “Closure,” Ex-Bunnell Commissioner Flynt Will Pay $2,500 Fine on Ethics Violations

| May 31, 2012

The ethics case against Jimmy Flynt was filed by Bunnell City Commissioner Elbert Tucker when Flynt was still a commissioner, in late 2010. Flynt admitted to three violations of law and now looks forward to possibly running for the commission again.

Paul Miller, Who Shot and Killed His Neighbor, Makes Bail, Dismaying Victim’s Family

| May 30, 2012

Paul Miller, 65, of Flagler Beach, posted $300,000 bond on Tuesday after spending 10 weeks in jail on a second degree murder charge following the killing of Dana Mulhall as the two argued over Miller’s barking dogs on March 14.

Despite Warnings of Corruption, Palm Coast Council Approves Meeker’s Job “Posse” Scheme

| May 30, 2012

In a victory for Frank Meeker, the city will pay job “recruiters” $1,000 for being instrumental in expanding or relocating out-of-county business to Palm Coast, but many of the defining criteria remain vague and fraught with what the city terms unintended consequences.

Julia Roberts, a Cancer Patient at Florida Hospital Flagler, Marries Sweetheart of 17 Years

| May 30, 2012

Palm Coast resident Julia Roberts was admitted at Florida Hospital Flagler on May 4. On May 22, in her hospital room, she was married to Terry Adolph after hospital staff took care of vritually all the arrangements.

Flalger County Lifts Burn Ban, For Now

| May 30, 2012

The burn ban was in effect since April 16, but tropical storm Beryl and more rain in the forecast led Flagler Fire Chief Don Petito to let the ban lapse on Memorial Day.

Hero Whiplash: Abusing Soldiers, Misusing Honor

| May 29, 2012

When it comes to talking about the troops who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, hero is the most overused word, while those who have sent them to Iraq and Afghanistan let themselves off the hook, argues Mary Jo Melone.

Florida Supreme Court Is Asked To Decide What Constitutes a Life Sentence for a Juvenile

| May 29, 2012

An appeals court today ruled that a 70-year prison sentence for Shimeek Gridine of Jacksonville, for an armed robbery and attempted murder committed when he was 14, doesn’t amount to lidfe in prison, but the 1st District Court of Appeal asked the Supreme Court to hear the case.

Palm Coast Resident Is Baker Acted Then Jailed On Charges of Strangling and Maiming Kittens

| May 29, 2012

Angel Roman, a 28-year-old Palm Coast resident, has been in and out of jail for the past two years and suffers from several mental illnesses, people who know him told deputies. He’d been Baker Acted before his latest jailing.

Stand-Off on Cedar Street in the Mondex Ends After Man Shoots Himself and Surrenders

| May 29, 2012

Henry Brock broke through a bedroom window where his brother was asleep with Henry’s ex-girlfriend. An assault ensued, then Henry apparently shot himself to keep from going to jail. It didn’t work.

Cup Cakes Get Their Day in Court as Palm Coast Agrees to a Hearing on Home Bakeries

| May 29, 2012

A split Palm Coast City Council has been wrestling with a proposal to allow small home-based commercial bakery operations, as long as the bakeries don’t sell products from the home. Food safety has been a hang-up.

Ritchey Dauphin, 18, Who Drowned on Memorial Day in Daytona, Is Found in Ormond

| May 29, 2012

Flagler County rescuers were asked to scour the beaches and the surf late Monday after a 19-year-old man was believed to have drowned in Daytona Beach late Monday afternoon. Flagler rescuers were called out because of the force of the current, which could have dragged the victim quite far north.

Flagler 911: A Bi-Polar Bulldog Attacks Her Owners, and Quirky Car Thieves

| May 28, 2012

A 3-year-old bulldog attacks and bloodies her elderly owners, who are forced to lock themselves in their bedroom; a gun and its hollow-point ammunition is stolen from a car on Osprey Lane and mysteriously returned a few hours later. A car burglar leaves Altoids for a calling card. And more from the streets of Palm Coast and Flagler.

When Elderly Is an Offensive Term

| May 28, 2012

The elderly are simultaneously the country’s most powerful single demographic and its least respected. But if the elderly don’t want to be infantilized, if they don’t want to be referred to as the elderly, it may be time to means-test the term and the literal benefits it entails.

How Obama’s Support of Gay Marriage Could Lose Him Florida Come November

| May 28, 2012

With debate and votes taking place around the state and polls showing a growing acceptance, the issue of same-sex marriage and domestic partner rights will likely be among a host of second tier issues that could determine which presidential candidate takes Florida.

Tropical Storm Beryl: Weather Event Over, Memorial Day Brightens Up

| May 28, 2012

Be cautious, but Beryl is no bear, and it may prove to have more benefits than drawbacks despite dampening Memorial Day plans and grills, at least for Flagler County, which may see heavy rain but may also be spared the rougher edges of the storm.

70 Homes and Counting as Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Project in New Orleans Builds On

| May 26, 2012

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which builds affordable homes in new Orleans’s deva In many cases, the private sector can move faster and better than government agencies. In my opinion, that is the record of Brad Pitt’s vision and action in New Orleans.

Composer Don McCullough Is the New
Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus

| May 26, 2012

Donald McCullough is the celebrated choral director and composer of the Holocaust Cantata, and for over a decade the director of the the Master Chorale of Washington at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

A Florida Senator’s Facebook Addiction

| May 25, 2012

Florida Sen. Paula Dockery has had her adventures–and misadventures–on Facebook and Twitter. “For those of you who haven’t joined the world of social media,” she writes, “you are missing out on being connected in this less personal but oddly more personal world.”

Like Son, Like Father: Pianist Xavier Ryan Is Flagler County’s Youth Entertainer of the Year

| May 25, 2012

The 2012 Spotlight on Flagler Youth Entertainers of the Year in the junior division were Amanda Lee Pikowski, Eric Dangerfield and Kali Nina Cobb. Adam Prior and Felicity Furtado took 2nd and 3rd in the senior division of a talent show that raised about $800 for the Carver Center.

Be Prepared: 9 to 15 Tropical Storms or Hurricanes Predicted Beginning June 1

| May 25, 2012

NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms, four to eight of them strengthening to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes. Be prepared.

Flagler Third Graders Rank 19th in Reading, 23rd in Math, in Latest FCAT Batch

| May 24, 2012

Out of 988 students who took the test in Flagler County, 130, or 13 percent, scored only a 1 on a scale of 5, and will be held back, absent improvements in summer reading school, which the district offers free.

Meeker Resigning Palm Coast Council to Run for Holland’s County Seat as Jockeying Begins

| May 24, 2012

A regular partisan election in line with the coming primary and general will be held for Milissa Holland’s now-open seat on the Flagler County Commission, with two candidates already vying for it. The Palm Coast City Council may appoint a replacement for Meeker come November, depending on a legal reading of the city charter.

Trey McMillin, 8th Grader at Buddy Taylor, Wins 1st Place in Statewide Essay Contest on Americanism

| May 24, 2012

Trey McMillin, a 13-year-old 8th grader at Buddy Taylor Middle School, is the first student from Flagler County to win the statewide Elks essay competition.

Florida Audubon Asks for Beachgoers’ Help This Memorial Day Weekend

| May 24, 2012

This Memorial Day Weekend, Audubon is reminding Floridians to take care with Florida’s original “beach babies,” rare and declining species of waterbirds that nest on Florida’s beaches and mangrove islands.

FCAT Flack: Gov. Rick Scott Grades Up PR

| May 24, 2012

As the Florida Department of Education tries to handle the fallout of the collapse in FCAT writing scores, the office of Gov. Rick Scott has been intimately involved in efforts to roll out the test scores, according to staff emails.

Upset That Trey Corbett Had Cut Him Off at the Gym, 65-Year-Old Defaces His Campaign Sign

| May 23, 2012

Steven Paskewich was apparently upset that Trey Corbett, a candidate for Flagler County Supervisor of Elections, allegedly cut him off at the weight machine at Thriv, the Palm Coast fitness center–a machine Corbett says he doesn’t use. So Paskewich defaced three Corbett signs with mild obscenities–and was arrested.

Philip Reynolds and Nathan Hockenberry Are Flagler Sheriff’s Top Cops of the Year

| May 23, 2012

Sgt. Philip Reynolds was named Deputy of the Year in the road patrol division and Nathan Hockenberry was named the Corrections Deputy of the Year for 2012 at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

Life in Prison for Sex Offender Who Invaded 15-Year-Old Girl’s Bedroom and Assaulted Her

| May 23, 2012

Freddie Felder of Hastings in St. Johns County climbed through the bedroom window of a 15-year-old girl and raped her in 2010. He’d served three stints in prison previously, and was a previously registered sex offender.

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