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To Combat Bullying, Middle School Student Wants Gay-Straight Alliance, But Officials Balk

| January 23, 2013

As Flagler County schools continues to grapple with bullying through various forums, middle school student Bayli Silberstein in Leesburg sees a Gay-Straight-Alliance club at her school as one measure against bullying–but school officials have so far resisted, in sharp contrast with their admission of other clubs, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Tax on Guns and Ammo Would Pay for Florida’s “Safe Schools Trust Fund”

| January 23, 2013

Tax collected on the sale of ammunition and guns would go into a “Safe Schools Trust Fund,” to pay for additional guidance services and school safety measures under legislation filed in the House.

Lowe Family Brings Rain of Children and All-But-Kitchen-Sink Music to Flagler Auditorium

| January 23, 2013

The Lowe Family’s six children and accompanists, at the Flagler Auditorium Thursday evening, make it a point to dare every musical genre, every instrument, every move, all wrapped in feel-good flags.

An Epidemic of American Anger In Search of Stoicism

| January 22, 2013

From Angry Birds to the Angry Whopper, road rage and mass murderers, we’re in an age of anger that appears driven by frustrated expectations and imagined grievances.

With Stern Words on Process, Flagler School Board Ratifies Private Hire of Cop at Old Kings

| January 22, 2013

Board members Sue Dickinson and Colleen Conklin raised issues with the preferential message the private-pay guard at Old Kings Elementary may send to other schools, and the way the decision was made without the board’s knowledge. Three board members had no issue with the process. All five welcomed the check.

Red-Light Cameras on Palm Coast Parkway Used to Arrest Hit-and-Run Suspect

| January 22, 2013

The arrest is the latest indication of the sheriff’s office stepped-up use of Palm Coast’s traffic cameras, which are increasing from 10 to more than 50, and blanketing all the city’s major and medium intersections.

Palm Coast Cited Among Florida Cities Most Vulnerable to Climate Change in Latest Review

| January 22, 2013

The federal National Climate Assessment just released names Palm Coast among four Florida cities vulnerable to sea level rises and other vulnerabilities to climate change. Flagler County has no comprehensive initiative locally to frame long-term climate-change policy collectively.

Obama II

| January 21, 2013

Far from a dud, as these second inaugurals tend to be, Obama’s today was bracing in its realism, and hopeful, ironically, for having finally shed the imagery of hope for hope’s sake, replacing it with an agenda for equality, little heard of since the days of the New Deal and the Great Society.

Parent at Old Kings Elementary Hires Full-Time Armed Guard at Her $12,000 Expense

| January 21, 2013

Laura Lauria put up $12,000 just for the first two months’ cost of a full-time sheriff’s deputy at Old Kings, an arrangement carried out without the school board’s knowledge and outside normal policy and legal oversight, though school and sheriff’s officials welcome it–with caveats.

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| January 21, 2013

Skilled and compassionate attorneys are available to discuss your case in one of our three offices in Daytona Beach, DeLand and Flagler Palm Coast. Call today at 866-258-6700 to get valuable legal advice from a car accident attorney, criminal law attorney, immigration attorney or divorce and family law attorney.

The Thanks and Reverence We Owe Undocumented Immigrants

| January 20, 2013

We’ve admitted that these immigrants aren’t going away. Let’s admit our co-dependence, let’s restore their dignity, and America’s, and admit that illegal immigration is as American as apple pie, if not as American as empanadas.

Car and Semi Tangle on I-95 and Dive Down 30-Foot Ravine in Sunday Morning Wreck

| January 20, 2013

I-95 just north of the Old Dixie Highway exit was the scene of a spectacular crash at dawn Sunday, as a semi truck and a Lincoln Town Car collided, then jointly swerved off the highway and down a 30-foot ravine, into a retention pond, seriously injuring the truck driver.

57 Republicans Who Voted for Bush’s Katrina Aid Voted Against Obama’s Sandy Aid

| January 20, 2013

When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Congress passed two relief bills almost unanimously. But when it comes to Hurricane Sandy,179 Republicans and one Democrat opposed aid. Signal differences are the occupant in the White House and the states getting help.

After Abuse at Girls’ Lock-Up, Promises of More Oversight from Florida’s Juvenile Justice

| January 19, 2013

In the wake of allegations of abuse by staffers at a girls’ lockup in Milton, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is tightening its oversight of private residential facilities – adding interviews with youths and a partnership with the non-profit Annie E. Casey Foundation to its monitoring procedures.

Preliminary Report on Plane Crash Adds Little New as Homeowner’s Trauma Endures

| January 18, 2013

The federal investigation into the plane crash that killed 3 and demolished a house in Seminole Woods revealed that the plane’s oil pressure was zero just before the crash. Susan Crockett, the home owner, said Friday that she had no plans to return to that neighborhood, and described her traumas since the crash.

Oceanside Co-Owner Lulgjuraj Joins Mealy And Settle in Flagler Beach Commission Race

| January 18, 2013

Flagler Beach City Commission incumbents Jane Mealy and Steve Settle are being challenged by John Lulgjuraj, owner of Flagler Beach’s Oceanside Grill, in the March 5 election. Two of the three candidates will win.

In a Calculated Shift, Gov. Scott Wants Early Voting Days Decided by Local Supervisors

| January 18, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott two years ago signed a law restricting early voting days to eight. His shift back to allow up to 14 days would give local supervisors more choice, but could also be an unfunded mandate: if supervisors don’t have the money to expand voting days, they’ll take the political blame for not doing so.

Unemployment Rates in Flagler and Florida Improve Even as 15,300 Fewer Have Jobs

| January 18, 2013

Unemployment in December fell to 8 percent in Florida and 11.2 percent in Flagler County, lowest in four years, yet Florida lost more than 15,000 jobs, and Flagler lost 76, as the weak recovery combines with harsher rules discouraging workers from seeking unemployment benefits or staying in the labor force.

Let’s Holster Incendiary Rhetoric and Get Flagler Started on Meaningful Gun Talk

| January 18, 2013

Flagler County must have an honest, open dialogue about the place of guns in our community, Milissa Holland argues, but to do so the extremists on both sides must be willing to calm down and let reason facilitate the dialogue.

Public Schools Are No Place for Bible-Thumping–Or Any Other Thumping

| January 17, 2013

The World Changers of Florida, Inc. is giving Bibles to students at several dozen high Florida schools. It’s wrong. Students of all faiths and traditions attend public schools and they deserve to be respected. We interfere with an already stressful time by making some of them feel like outsiders.

Colleen Newman of Belle Terre Elementary And Sue McVeigh Are School District Champs

| January 17, 2013

First-grade teacher Colleen Newman of Belle Terre Elementary is the Teacher of the Year, Sue McVeigh, a parent specialist in the district’s Exceptional Student Education administration, is the employee of the year.

Public Employees Lose as Florida Supreme Court Upholds 3% Pension Dip

| January 17, 2013

Last Updated: 12:55 p.m.
The Florida Supreme Court, in a much-anticipated but very divided 4-3 ruling, today sided with the Legislature, and against public employees, by upholding a 2011 law that requires all public employees to contribute 3 percent of their pay to the Florida Retirement System, a pension fund.

In a majority opinion by Justice Labarga, [...]

Trayvon Martin’s Mother Calls for Repeal Of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

| January 17, 2013

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, said the Stand Your Ground law protected her son’s killer, George Zimmerman, who pursued Martin before a violent confrontation when Zimmerman shot the 17-year-old boy.

Bunnell Mayor Robinson Coasting to Re-Election Unopposed; 3 Vie for 2 Other Seats

| January 16, 2013

As in 2010, Mayor Catherine Robinson is facing no opposition, with Friday’s qualifying deadline fast approaching. Commission incumbents Elbert Tucker and Daisy Henry have qualified, with just one additional candidate, Bill Baxley, in the mix.

Bill Filed to Repeal Florida Prohibition On Doctors Asking Patients About Guns

| January 16, 2013

Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, filed the measure (SB 314) to repeal the 2011 “Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act,” which isn’t currently being enforced because a federal judge threw it out in July. The state, however, is appealing that ruling.

How the Word ‘Retarded’ Hurts The Developmentally Disabled

| January 15, 2013

Americans with developmental disabilities still remain second-class citizens in the eyes of the law and our fellow human beings. There is no greater symbolic gesture of the ridicule they endure than the accepted use of the word “retarded” in day-to-day speech.

Only Mild Opposition as Palm Coast Council Prepares to Raise Utility Rates 22% in 3 Years

| January 15, 2013

To avert a crisis with its creditors, Palm Coast will raise water and sewer rates 22 percent over the next three years, beginning with an 8 percent increase this March. Residents’ rates are increasing to ensure that the city’s debts can be paid.

Trouble on Matanzas and Rymfire School Buses, A Fight at Palm Coast’s Homeless Camp: Flagler 911

| January 15, 2013

Allegations of a racist assault on a Matanzas school bus, a fight at the homeless camp along Palm Coast Parkway, a 3-year-old girl is attacked by a Humane Society pit bull mix at PetSmart, the Mondex is the scene of an angry, bloodied couple’s arrest, and more from the blotter since the new year.

Senate Committee Approves Drone Ban in Florida Skies, With Some Police Exceptions

| January 15, 2013

The ban on unmanned drones used by police in Florida would include exceptions for use with a search warrant or in certain cases, as when a child in danger. The measure (SB 92) was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

16-Year-Old Matanzas High Student Accused Of Raping 14-Year-Old in School Stairwell

| January 15, 2013

D’Shawn Hosang, who was on probation for burglaries in July, was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl Monday morning after both students had secured hall passes while the rest of the school was in second period.

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