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Video: From Trayvon Martin to Crist Re-Rising, Florida’s Top 10 Stories of 2012

| December 19, 2012

The News Service of Florida’s David Royse speaks with Florida Cable Television’s Steve Wilkerson about the state’s biggest stories of the year–from election flubs to the Trayvon Martin shooting to Hispanic voter registration to the return of Charlie Crist.

Palm Coast Approves Surtax Tool as It Looks To Recoup Old Kings Road Widening Costs

| December 18, 2012

The Palm Coast City Council, still looking to repay the $6.2 million it cost to widen Old Kings Road, laid out plans to create a special taxing district next year that would levy a property surtax on property owners long the southern portion of Old Kings.

Abuse of Girls at Milton Detention Facility Exposes Flaws in Florida’s Juvenile Justice

| December 18, 2012

The Florida juvenile prison for girls got a 100 percent satisfactory rating from the state a year ago, though two staffers have been accused of abusing girls there, and one was caught on video.

Floridians Pick New License Plate Design, With a Nod to Africa

| December 18, 2012

After three weeks of online voting for the new Florida license plate, the design with the solid green bars and the artistic orange forming the ‘O” in the word Florida is the most popular. A total of 50,124 votes were cast in the online contest.

Three Blazes in 2 Days Prompt Flagler-Palm Coast Fire Chiefs to Highlight Holiday Safety

| December 18, 2012

Firefighters battled three residential fires in two days this weekend—two in Palm Coast, one in Flagler Beach—though in every case firefighters got to the scene fast enough to limit the damage. The county’s three fire chiefs spoke of the need for heightened safety vigilance around the holidays.

Details Emerge in Saturday’s Shooting Death As Gordon’s Family Disputes Police Version

| December 17, 2012

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office released a report detailing the events that led to a deputy’s shooting death of Troy Gordon on Brownstone Lane Sunday evening, but Gordon’s grandmother is disputing earlier reports that Gordon had been threatening to her, or damaging her house.

Flagler Humane Society Lands Big Grant to Offer Free Sterilization for Pit Bulls and Mixes

| December 17, 2012

The Flagler Humane Society has landed an $83,000 grant through PetSmart Charities that will enable the society to offer free spay and neutering, microchips and rabies vaccination to 850 pit bull and pit bull mix dogs belonging to any Flagler County residents.

Doyle Conner, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Over Four Decades, Dies at 83

| December 17, 2012

Doyle Conner, who was elected to the Legislature while still a college student, became the youngest House speaker in Florida history and then spent three decades as state agriculture commissioner, died Sunday, December 16 at a nursing home in Monticello, near Tallahassee.

The Soft-Core Terrorism
Of Florida’s Gun Worship

| December 16, 2012

Florida’s gun-worship is part of a lethal, juvenile romance for guns and a national disease that doesn’t hesitate to lock and load the words “gun” and “hobby” in the same chamber while vilifying those who’d imply a connection with the consequences.

Deputy Shoots and Kills 32-Year-Old Wielding Machete in One Hand and Bible in the Other

| December 15, 2012

A Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed a young man on Brownstone Lane in Palm Coast around 4:45 this afternoon as the man was wielding a Bible in one hand and a machete in the other, and had become violent toward his family.

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Florida’s New Gay Lawmakers: Pride For LGBT Community, Perspective in Tallahassee

| December 15, 2012

With the election of Resp. Joel Saunders of Orlando and David Richardson of Miami, Florida was one of seven states to break the straight barrier in legislatures. Nationwide, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender candidates were elected to the U.S. Senate and House, and dozens to state legislatures.

Sheriff Fleming Restores to Full Rank Deputy Accused of Skimming Time, as Others Dissent

| December 14, 2012

An internal investigation of Sgt. Jamie Roster, based on testimonies from men he supervised, had found him to have falsified time sheets for more than $8,000. The settlement between Fleming and the PBA means Roster will serve a one-day suspension without pay and be returned to full Sergeant duty in charge of the men who’d reported on him.

Palm Coast City Truck Collides With Faith Driving School Car on Red Mill, Injuring One

| December 14, 2012

A Palm Coast pick-up truck belonging to the city’s public works department collided with a Toyota Corolla belonging to Faith Driving School on Red Mill Drive in Palm Coast, injuring at least one person, who was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler.

Title IX Lets Girls Be Both Quarterback and Homecoming Queen

| December 13, 2012

Erin DiMeglio made history as the first female in Florida to play quarterback in a varsity high school game, and was elected South Plantation High’s homecoming queen. That wouldn’t have happened without Title IX, the landmark legislation assuring females the same opportunities as boys at both the high school and college levels.

As Flagler Beach Asks for Hand-Outs, A Commissioner Asks for Employee Raises

| December 13, 2012

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Marshall Shupe proposed a mid-year raise or a $500 bonus for employees. Three commissioners rejected the idea, citing process and timing, including the recent lay-off of some employees. They could have also cited Flagler Beach’s hat-in-hand requests for money from the county'[s tourism council and from Palm Coast.

First in Firearms: One Million Concealed Gun Permits in Florida, Doubling Since 2007

| December 13, 2012

The number of concealed weapons license holders will top 5 percent of Florida’s 19.1 million residents in a state that is number one nationally in licenses issued.

BOLO: Christmas With a Deputy Will Light Up Target With 100 Children Friday Evening

| December 13, 2012

Don’t panic: more than 60 cop cars with lights flashing and sirens blaring will take 100 children, with $150 gift certificate each, to Target at Town Center Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

15 Flagler County Rotarians Receive President’s Service Award, Highest Volunteer Honor

| December 13, 2012

The Rotary Club of Flagler County is not exactly Obama country, but 15 of its 70 members (all past presidents) were surprised Wednesday evening when they received the presidential award, presented to those who’ve logged more than 4,000 volunteer hours in their community.

Tony Bennett, Friend of School Vouchers, Foe of Unions, is Florida’s New Education Chief

| December 12, 2012

Before losing a reelection bid as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, Tony Bennett was boasting of introducing a voucher program and limiting collective bargaining to pay and benefits. Bennett also favors national common core standards, which are coming to Florida.

SWAT Team and Fire Flight Deliver: 20-Year-Old Is Caught at 3:25 p.m. on John Anderson Hwy

| December 12, 2012

Three unrelated wrecks at US1 and Palm Coast Parkway kept emergency authorities busy, while at 8:30 the county’s two high schools and Daytona State went on lockdown following comments on Facebook school authorities were concerned about.

How Legal Weed Might Wash in Florida

| December 11, 2012

Full marijuana legalization is coming, eventually. But if you’re planning to go into the marijuana business, Bill Cotterell argues, you might want to ask Joe Camel what happens a few years down the road.

Conflict Over Hammock Vacation Rentals Dominates Legislative Meeting, To Little End

| December 11, 2012

Florida House freshman Travis Hutson and John Thrasher, both Republicans and the sum total of Flagler County’s legislative delegation, listened to almost two hours of direct lobbying and appeal from local leaders and residents Tuesday evening in Bunnell, but distanced themselves from the evening’s most contentious issue: vacation rentals.

Palm Coast Approves 46% Stormwater Fee Increase, But Permanent Solution Still Elusive

| December 11, 2012

The Palm Coast City Council is looking for ways to pay for a $7.5 million a year stormwater infrastructure. Residents’ stormwater fee will go up from $8 to $11.65 a month, while the council has until February to find a permanent solution that may push some fees even higher.

Calling It “Grinching,” 3 Palm Coast Teens Vandalize Through F Section Ornaments

| December 11, 2012

Zachary Jacobs, Matthew Leslie Smith and James Joseph Rumph (the fourth), all 17, now facing felony charges for allegedly rampaging through Palm Coast’s F Section early Sunday morning, stealing Christmas ornaments, damaging mailboxes and smashing one car’s rear window.

Obamacare or Bust: U.S. Tells Florida to Either Expand Medicaid or Lose Out on Billions

| December 11, 2012

Under Obamacare the federal government would pay 100 percent of the cost of the expanded eligibility from 2014 through 2016. Florida and other states questioned whether the federal government also would cover the full costs for a partial Medicaid expansion. The Obama administration said no.

Civil Citations for Non-Violent Offenses Can Reduce Jail Needs, Court Costs, and Undue Arrests

| December 10, 2012

Even with no criminal intent, we can easily be caught breaking a law. Until now, law enforcement officers in Florida have had only two choices in these circumstances: let you go or arrest you. Civil citations are the smarter alternative, argues Mark Flynn, CEO of the Florida Smart Justice Alliance.

Flagler County Escapes Damage from Severe Storms; Tornado Reportedly Strikes South Volusia

| December 10, 2012

Unfounded rumors of tornadoes aside, Flagler County sustained only some strong winds for a brief period as strong storms surged through the area late Monday afternoon, and less than 1 inch of rain, says Troy Harper, Flagler’s emergency management director. No actual tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down.

Carrabba’s Opens In Palm Coast, Edging the City’s Economic Center of Gravity a Little North

| December 10, 2012

Palm Coast’s Carrabba’s, the Italian restaurant, will add some local 82 jobs and further solidify economic growth along Cypress Edge Drive, while Town Center continues to wait for its equivalent day in the sun.

Florida Hospital Flagler CEO David Ottati in Awe of EMS Response at Trauma Wreck Scene

| December 10, 2012

Florida Hospital Flagler CEO David Ottati witnessed the wreck of motorcyclist Brian Davis on john Anderson Highway Friday night, called 911, assisted the victim, then was in awe of Flagler County Fire Rescue’s paramedics at work as he’d never seen them beyond the hospital.

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