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Palm Coast Water and Sewer Rates Set to Rise Up to 22% Over the Next Three Years

| October 31, 2012

The Palm Coast City Council prides itself on keeping property taxes low, but its array of fees continue to increase steeply, as will utility rates if the council approves a debt refinancing plan that would let the city borrow another $15 million for utility improvements, even though growth in the city has slowed to a drip.

Blaze at Woodstone Lane House With Troubled History Termed “Absolutely” Suspicious

| October 31, 2012

A fire that broke out late Tuesday night at 20 Woodstone Lane in Palm Coast is the latest in a series of incidents that have involved homeowners Harold and Karen Pizzetta since September.

Obama Clings to Smallest Lead in Florida, But His Ohio Margin May Make Florida Irrelevant

| October 31, 2012

The latest Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News poll–one of the more reliable polls tracking the swing-state electorate–shows President Obama again in the lead in Florida. A larger lead in Ohio may make Florida irrelevant to Obama’s path to 270 electoral votes.

In Startling Confrontations, DeLorenzo Takes On Palm Coast’s Jim Landon–and Impact Fees

| October 30, 2012

Palm Coast City Council member Jason DeLorenzo on Tuesday questioned the veracity of City Manager Jim Landon’s numbers and his “backroom” style while making the case for a two-year moratorium for impact fees on new construction in the city in a rare, direct and sustained public challenge to the assuming city manager.

Pilates in the Park Raises Awareness and Money Locally

| October 30, 2012

With more than 100 people in attendance, the third annual Pilates in the Park raised awareness and funds to help with screening mammograms, diagnostic studies and education.

Party Spin Kicks In as 1.9 Million Floridians Have Already Cast Early Voting Ballots

| October 30, 2012

Democratic voters accounted for 39.5 percent of the absentee returns, with voters affiliated with other parties and NPAs making up the remainder. In early voting, the roles reverse. Democrats made up 49.1 percent of the more than 528,000 voters who cast ballots over the weekend. Republicans made up 28.6 percent.

Three Men Stabbed at Hammock Community Center Party; No One Is Talking

| October 29, 2012

The Halloween party took place at the Hammock Community Center on Malacompra Road Friday night and broke up after a big fight early Saturday morning, but the victims would not speak, and most witnesses had scattered before cops were able to investigate. The investigation is ongoing.

Another Feather in Bird’s Cap as Fire Flight Rescues 2 Mud Muckers Lost Overnight

| October 29, 2012

Wayne Oley, 30, and Brigett Madorma, 24, lost their ATV in the wilds of Mud Muckers’s 19,000 acres Sunday night, and were lost after that, until Fire Flight spotted them Monday morning, shivering from a cold night but otherwise fine.

Crossing Out Amendment 8: Public Money Does Not Belong in Religious Schools

| October 29, 2012

Religious groups have no rights to public money when it comes to funding private schools, precisely because religious indoctrination is part and parcel of the mission of those schools, and taxpayers should not have to pay for that, argues Cary McMullen.

William Merrill, Who Shot and Killed His Wife With an AK-47, Is Sentenced to 25 Years

| October 29, 2012

William Carson Merrill, who shot his wife with an AK-47 in their Palm Coast home in February as she gave their daughter a bath and he played with the assault rifle, faced a maximum of 30 years for manslaughter–almost what Judge Raul Zambrano handed down in a full courtroom Monday afternoon.

County Line Bar in The Mondex Burns in Mysterious Morning Fire; No Injuries

| October 29, 2012

The County Line Bar in Daytona North, or the Mondex, went up in flames Monday morning just after 11 a.m. for unknown reasons. The fire was still burning at noon.

More Charter Schools, and Debit Cards to Teachers, as Scott Unveils Education Agenda

| October 29, 2012

The most controversial element of Scott’s plan could potentially prove to be measures to increase the role of charter schools, removing enrollment caps on existing charter schools and allowing school districts to operate their own charter schools.

Republican Presumptions Aside, Florida Is Not a One-Party State Yet

| October 28, 2012

Florida is dominated by Republicans, but to argue against the election of a Democrat to the Florida House–as the GOP’s Travis Hutson is arguing in his bid against Milissa Holland–is a reflection of the arrogance of a majority party that considers minorities, if not democracy, irrelevant, and that assumes that once a majority, always a majority.

Free Morgan: A Killer Whale’s Punishing Captivity Gets Its Day in Court

| October 28, 2012

In June 2010, Morgan, an orca, or killer whale, was captured from the North Atlantic and rehabilitated, but instead of being returned to the wild, was sent to an amusement park. A judge may decide its fate on Nov. 1.

Flagler’s First Day of Early Voting Brings Out 2,172, But Turnout May Be Lower Than in 2008

| October 27, 2012

The voting line snaked around at the Flagler County Public Library for most of the first day of early voting, but with one fewer voting location, four fewer days and diminished enthusiasm, it’ll take a greater surge of voting to top the 2008 tallies.

Ghost Election: Obama, Romney and The Future of the U.S. Supreme Court

| October 27, 2012

The next president could very well appoint one or two new justices. And who steps down among the justices first could also depend on who’s elected. Here’s a guide to the election and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Atack vs Moore-Stens: An Attorney’s Evaluation Of the County Judge Race, and a Response

| October 26, 2012

In the Flagler County Court Judge election, Paul Guntharp, a Palm Coast attorney, evaluates the candidacies of Craig Atack and Melissa Moore-Stens, and Atack replies.

Your Guide to the 11 Proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 6 Ballot

| October 26, 2012

Complete guide and analysis of the 11 proposed Florida constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot, with links to summaries, pros and cons.

Hutson and DeSantis Are No-Shows as Holland and Beaven Stress Flagler’s Voice

| October 25, 2012

Travis Hutson and Ron DeSantis did not attend Flagler’s broadest political forum of the season–it was broadcast live on WNZF–Wednesday, giving opponents Milissa Holland and Heather Beaven free rein to speak of the voice they’d give Flagler County if elected. County judge candidates Melissa Moore Stens and Craig Atack, and Senate candidates John Thrasher and Kathleen Trued, were also at the forum.

Florida Chamber, Countering GOP Allies, Opposing Ban on Cuba-Syria Contracting

| October 25, 2012

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is asking a federal appeals court to continue blocking a new law that would prevent state and local governments from contracting with firms that have business links to Cuba or Syria. A a Miami federal judge ruled in June that the law likely violates the U.S. Constitution.

Abby Romaine: The Live Interview
Flagler County Commission, District 2

| October 24, 2012

Abby Romaine is an Independent candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 6 election, facing Frank Meeker in the District 2 race. All registered Flagler County voters get to cast a ballot in this race.

Frank Meeker: the Live Interview
Flagler County Commission, District 2

| October 24, 2012

Frank Meeker, a Republican, is a candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 6 election, facing Independent Abby Romaine in the District 2 race. All registered Flagler County voters get to cast a ballot in this race.

Hurricane Sandy: Flagler May Get Lashed By Winds and Rip Currents But Little More

| October 24, 2012

Hurricane Sandy became the 10th hurricane of the season Wednesday as it approached Jamaica and Cuba, but Flagler will only feel side effects from its tropical-storm winds, at most 25 to 35 mph, this weekend.

Palm Coast Man Arrested Over Facebook Bomb Threat at Buddy Taylor Middle School

| October 24, 2012

Benjamin Perrine, a 44-year-old resident of 1 Plumtree Place in Palm Coast, was upset about his lost dog and neighbors calling in noise complaints. A bomb-sniffing unit went through Buddy Taylor this morning as a precaution. No bombs were found, and school was not interrupted.

Fourth Car-vs-Bike Wreck in 5 Days as Motor Scooter Is Struck on U.S. 1 South

| October 24, 2012

James Ternullo, 51, of Green Cove Springs was riding on a slow-speed motor scooter when he was struck on U.S. 1 South Wednesday morning by a Honda whose drivers hadn’t seen the scooter. Ternullo was taken to Halifax hospital’s trauma unit and U.S. 1’s north lanes were briefly shut down in the area of the wreck.

Flagler Votes: Candidate Forum Tonight at Knights of Columbus

| October 24, 2012

Candidates in seven local races have been invited and will be heard over the two evenings at the Knights of Columbus hall on Old Kings Road, answering questions prepared by the Chamber of Commerce, the Flagler County Association of Realtors and the Flagler Home Builders Association.

Smacked by Local Tax Collectors, State Retreats on License Plate Revamp, for Now

| October 23, 2012

Florida highway safety officials are putting on hold for at least a short time a plan to redesign state license plates, and to privatize their distribution, following objections from tax collectors.

Herb Whitaker: The Live Interview
Flagler County Commission, District 5

| October 23, 2012

Realtor Herb Whitaker, a Republican, is a candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 6 election, facing Democrat and five-term incumbent George Hanns in the District 5 race. All registered Flagler County voters get to cast a ballot in this race.

George Hanns: The Live Interview
Flagler County Commission, District 5

| October 23, 2012

Five-term incumbent Democrat George Hanns is a candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 6 election, facing Republican Herb Whitaker in the District 5 race. All registered Flagler County voters get to cast a ballot in this race.

Ronald Reagan Assembly Attack on Frank Meeker, Over Hatch Act, Declared Groundless

| October 23, 2012

The federal Hatch Act prohibits candidates for office from holding jobs that are federally funded. County Commission Candidate Frank meeker’s job at the St. Johns River Water Management District does not violate the act, as local Republican opponents claimed in August.

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