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Archive for: December, 2012

110 Pot Plants Removed from Grow House on Fleming Ct., 4th Palm Coast Bust in 10 Months

| December 31, 2012

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Shaune Lawrence of 5 Fleming Court in Palm Coast earlier today on marijuana cultivation charges, after he reported his house was being robbed.

Losing “Protection”
In Florida’s Environmental Agency

| December 31, 2012

Some of the state’s strongest protectors of our natural resources were recently expelled from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Fifty-eight of the most knowledgeable and long-serving employees were let go in order to fulfill the governor’s promise/threat of less regulation.

City Thuggery: Florida Supreme Court Should Ban Red-Light Spy-and-Snap Traffic Cameras

| December 30, 2012

Florida’s new law legalizing red-light cameras ensures that state coffers are on the take. But it does not address the fundamental problems with spy-and-snap cameras. There are innumerable reasons to ban them. There’s only one reason to keep them, and it’s a slimy one: money.

What’s So Bad About the Deficit, Anyway? A Primer on the Nation’s Fiscal Bluffs

| December 30, 2012

As Washington tries to hash out a deal, we’ve taken a step back to break down the numbers behind our deficit — how it grew so big, why it is actually shrinking and whether a deal can bring it under control.

FHP Looking for Red Trail Blazer in Hit-and-Run that Killed Sean Lynn Ryan Saturday

| December 30, 2012

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for a red Chevrolet Trail Blazer with extensive damage, involved in the hit-and-run that claimed the life of Sean Lynn Ryan, a 24-year-old resident of Palm Coast, early Saturday. The public’s help is requested.

Florida’s Year in Review: New Districts, New Voting Problems, Renewed Economic Hope

| December 29, 2012

The biggest stories of 2012 ended up being an election and redistricting. A third ongoing story also pervaded the year’s news: The economy continued its long, slow rise from the ashes of the recession, and by year’s end the rebound – while facing the possible stomach-punch of a fiscal cliff setback – appeared to be solid.

Oh, What a Night: The Hit Men Behind Frankie Valli Take the Auditorium, Minus Frankie

| December 28, 2012

The Hit Men bill themselves as the original stars of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and are behind such hits as “Oh, What a Night,” “Who Loves You,” and “Swearin’ to God.”

Red-Light Cameras’ Legality and Other Florida Supreme Court Cases to Watch in 2013

| December 28, 2012

Leaving behind months of political turbulence, the Florida Supreme Court in 2013 could decide a series of high-profile cases dealing with issues such as Palm Coast’s red-light cameras, the state pension system and medical-malpractice lawsuits.

Florida’s Own Fiscal Cliff: Gov. Scott Pleads With Obama to Help Avert a Strike at Seaports

| December 27, 2012

Barring an agreement between longshoremen and shippers, Gov. Rick Scott and executives of Florida’s largest ports urged President Barack Obama to use his authority to keep containerized cargo moving while talks continue, saying any interruption would have a ripple effect throughout Florida and across the country.

Milissa Holland Live: Former Commissioner Launches WNZF Show and FlaglerLive Column

| December 27, 2012

Milissa Holland Live begins airing Fridays at 10 a.m. on WNZF on Jan. 9, and Holland’s FlaglerLive column begins running on Jan. 2 (every Wednesday) as the ex-commissioner aims to foster serious and sustained conversations on the most important state and local issues of the day.

Graham Swamp Again at Center of Allegations of Lewd Acts, This Time Targeting 15 Year Old

| December 26, 2012

A 15-year-old boy reported to a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy that as he was walking the path around the pond at Graham Swamp, a man twice his age exposed himself then pulled the juvenile’s pants and underwear down, and touched his genitals. The man was arrested.

Amend the Second Amendment

| December 26, 2012

If we want to transform American society for generations to come, tinkering with our existing patchwork quilt of federal, state, and municipal laws dealing with firearms is a waste of time. The only transformational vehicle for meaningful action, writes Angel Castillo, is to change the Constitution.

Bill McBride, Centrist Democrat Who Challenged Jeb Bush in 2002, Is Dead at 67

| December 24, 2012

Bill McBride, a powerful lawyer who unsuccessfully tried to unseat then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002 and later watched his wife, Alex Sink, also run for governor, has died. He was 67.

When Flagler’s Firefighters Are A Lot More Than First Responders

| December 23, 2012

When the author’s father died at an assisted living facility in Palm Coast two years ago, paramedics had to be called in to take care of his aunt’s panic attack. What followed illustrates our first responders’ routine and largely unheralded heroism.

Bogus Democracy: How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

| December 23, 2012

A million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. That advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Redistricting and secret money were key to the disparity.

For Needy Children’s Christmas, Flagler Fire Fighters’ Union Answers the Call of the Year

| December 22, 2012

Kyle Lockwood, a firefighter-paramedic with Flagler County Fire Rescue, organized a gift drive for 42 of the county’s neediest children and, with colleagues, delivered the gifts to children and their families Friday in the courthouse parking lot.

Time to Get Serious About
Mental Health in Florida

| December 21, 2012

Florida ranks near dead last nationally in the level of expenditures for front-end community-based mental health services. Let’s not be penny wise and pound foolish when so many precious lives are at risk, argues Paula Dockery.

Flagler Schools Considering Public Color-Coded Emergency System to Signal Lockdowns

| December 21, 2012

Before the Newtown massacre but after a close call with a student who threatened to attack a school last week, Flagler school and sheriff’s officials met to devise a system that would let people know in real time when a school, college or day care center was in lockdown.

Sharps Liquor at Flagler Plaza Is Robbed for the 3rd Time in Since October 2011

| December 21, 2012

Sharps Liquor in the Flagler Plaza shopping center in Palm Coast was robbed at 11:17 Friday morning, again with a firearm involved, and on a busy shopping day. No one was hurt.

Matanzas High School Is an A School Again, FPC Maintains B, Heritage Gets 3rd F in a Row

| December 21, 2012

The much-anticipated high school grades are in, with Matanzas High School getting the second A in seven years, after three years as a B school, and FPC maintaining its B for the third straight year. Now-closed Heritage, a charter, got what would have been the third successive F.

Florida Unemployment Falls Sharply to 8.1%, But Flagler’s Edges Back Up to 11.4%

| December 21, 2012

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped sharply in November, to 8.1 percent, from 8.5 percent last month–and 10.1 percent a year ago–but Flagler County’s unemployment rate rose a decimal point, to 11.4 percent.

Palm Coast Cyclist Kyle Forgie, 17, Critical After Hit-and-Run as FHP Asks for Leads

| December 21, 2012

Authorities are searching for a driver responsible for a hit-and-run collision on Palm Coast Parkway that left 17-year-old bicyclist Kyle Forgie of Palm Coast in critical condition Thursday evening.

Flagler Braces For A Few Strong Storms and Winds; Homeless Shelter Open Friday and Saturday

| December 20, 2012

The National Weather Service and Flagler County Skywarn have issued alerts about possibly severe weather and damaging winds Thursday evening as a line of storms moves rapidly through the area, ahead of a cold front. The Cold Weather Shelter is opening its doors this weekend.

Education Department Shrugs Off Major Errors in Florida’s Science FCAT Test Guidelines

| December 20, 2012

Scientist Robert Krampf’s analysis of FCAT science test guidelines to be a collection of poorly written examples, multiple-choice questions where one or more of the wrong responses were actually scientifically correct answers, and definitions that ranged from misleading to totally wrong. State officials seemed unconcerned.

When the End of the World Is Art’s Excuse to Remake It in Rapture’s Image

| December 20, 2012

“I Decided Not to End the World,” an exhibit that opens at Hollingsworth Gallery Friday, marks the alleged end of the world (according to the Maya calendar) by remaking it anew with the art work of children, adults and students, curated by JJ Graham.

That New Year Resolution to Exercise? Your Local State Park Wants You.

| December 20, 2012

Rangers at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and Faver-Dykes State Park are organizing guided walking tours on New Year’s Day for those who have resolved to exercise more.

Polls: Scott Tanks, Gay Marriage Gains, Pot Wilts, Alternate College Costs Rejected

| December 20, 2012

Even a majority of Republicans want an alternative to Rick Scott in 2014. Overwhelming majorities reject charging lower college tuition for science majors, and gay marriage makes a 10-point gain in latest Quinnipiac polls.

A Rare, 26-Foot Right Whale Is Discovered Dead Just South of Varn Park

| December 19, 2012

A 26-foot right whale that had been dead more than a day was discovered south of Varn Park Wednesday morning. Federal and state authorities will conduct a necropsy before attempting to bury the whale in place.

In Florida, an NRA-Dominated Legislature Steers Clear Of Gun-Control Conversation

| December 19, 2012

The tragic mass killing at a Connecticut school last week has produced a stream of ideas on gun control and school safety at the national level — but reaction in Florida has been muted, at least in the form of concrete legislation.

Fight at Town Center McDonald’s, Car Shot in Bunnell, But Connection Uncertain

| December 19, 2012

The fight at McDonald’s followed a 55-46 loss by FPC’s basketball team to Palatka, at FPC, and reportedly involved students from both schools. A car shot up with bullets was later found in Bunnell.

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