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Supreme Court Denies Gregory’s Death-Penalty Appeal for 2007 Murders in Flagler Beach

| June 30, 2013

William Gregory, now 30, was sentenced to death in 2011, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Skyler Dawn Meekins, then 17, and her boyfriend Daniel Arthur Dyer, then 22, as they slept, and Skyler’s 1-year-old daughter was in a nearby room.

For Self-Insured, Higher Premiums Ahead But Better Coverage and Lower Out of Pocket Costs

| June 30, 2013

Whether individuals will be better or worse off under those rules depends on their age, health status, where they live – and perhaps most important, whether they end up needing substantial medical care in the coming year. Generally speaking, those who are younger and healthier may pay more than they would have, while older and sicker people are likely to be better off.

The Agonizing Over, Gov. Scott Signs Bill to Restrict Gun Buying from Mentally Ill

| June 29, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott defended his support for the Second Amendment as he signed a narrowly-focused firearms bill into law Friday, making it harder for the mentally ill to buy guns. The bill (HB 1355) blocks firearms purchases by some people who voluntarily admit themselves for mental-health treatment.

Tristan Kaphan, Inspiration to a World, Earns His “Angel Wings” Days After 1st Birthday

| June 29, 2013

Tristan Brayden Kaphan, the Palm Coast boy born with half a heart a little over a year ago, and who had since developed a world of a following as his parents eloquently documented his struggles and triumphs on Facebook, including a heart transplant when he was three and a half months old, died today.

Second Home Invasion Involving an Older Victim in 2 Days Leads to Arrest of 2 Suspects

| June 29, 2013

Two men are at the Flagler County jail this morning in connection with a home invasion that took place before 2 a.m. on North Anderson Street Saturday. It’s not clear if the suspects have a connection to the home invasion in Bunnell the previous night.

Assailants Beat Disabled Man and Rob Him of Four Firearms in Espanola Home Invasion

| June 28, 2013

Richard Allen Pettit, a 60-year-old resident of 164 Espanola Road in Bunnell, says that as he was watching television Thursday night, four men entered his house, pulled him out of his wheelchair, threw him to the ground, beat him and robbed him of four firearms and cash.

Sheriff Says Conversation With Flagler Beach Manager on Key Police Changes “Never Happened”

| June 27, 2013

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell told his city commission last week that Sheriff Manfre and Bunnell City Manager Armando Martinez had no problems with Campbell’s proposal to eliminate the police and fire chiefs’ positions. Martinez and Manfre dispute that, with Manfre sternly saying that he never had a conversation about the changes with Campbell.

Florida Supreme Court Rules Against Geico Auto Insurer in Unusual Victory for Consumers

| June 27, 2013

In a blow to the insurance industry, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-2 that Geico could not require a woman to give a statement under oath as a condition of receiving injury benefits after an auto accident.

Wreck on Palm Harbor Parkway Sends 5 to Hospital, Including 3 Children and 83-Year-Old

| June 27, 2013

Just as authorities were alerted to a wreck and chlorine spill at Old Kings Road and SR 100, a violent wreck involving two cars took place at the opposite end of town, along Palm Harbor Parkway, closing a segment of that road. The wreck sent five people to Florida Hospital Flagler, including three children and an 83-year-old man. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Chlorine Spill From Pool Equipment Trailer Briefly Closes All Roads Around Old Kings Rd.

| June 27, 2013

A spill involving up to 10 gallons of chlorine at Old Kings Road and State Road 100 in Palm Coast briefly closed all access to that intersection. The spill was the result of a crash involving a trailer pulling pool equipment, The crash occurred at around 4:45 p.m.

Emergency Lawsuit Charges Law Fast-Tracking Death Row Inmates Is Unconstitutional

| June 27, 2013

The suit alleges that the law, which goes in effect July 1, would violate the separation of powers by imposing obligations on lawyers that conflict with judicially-determined rules, and that it would alter the court’s authority to govern capital post-conviction litigation and would violate due process and equal protection.

Florida GOP Rallies Around Marriage Inequality as LGBT Community Mobilizes

| June 26, 2013

Though Floridians rejected gay marriage in a 2008 vote, Florida LGBT activists, fired up by Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings favoring same-sex unions, said they have no intention of leaving matters as they stand.

Dick Cheney as America’s Wiretap of the Unconscionable

| June 26, 2013

He is the hemorrhoid that defies Preparation H., but why in the name of Dan Quayle does anyone give a damn about what Dick Cheney has to say about anything? Cheney’s credibility is so low, Steve Robinson argues, that branding him a liar would represent a promotion.

In Biggest Victory for Gay Rights Yet, Supreme Court Declares Marriage Act Unconstitutional

| June 26, 2013

The United States Supreme Court today declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The court’s 5-4 decision is the biggest victory for gay rights to date and adds to a tide of states legalizing gay mariage.

3 Wrecks That Left 2 Dead and 1 Severely Hurt Result in Light Fines, Stunning Survivors

| June 26, 2013

Cyclist Frederick Martinez and driver Eduardo Luis Pacheco were both killed in separate wrecks on State Road 100 this year, and cyclist Terrance Conley was severely injured on palm Coast Parkway. The men responsible, including a Flagler sheriff’s deputy, were sentenced today to $500 fines in two cases, and a $1,000 fine in the deputy’s case, but they face no community service hours or suspension of driving privileges.

Floridians’ Consumer Confidence Hits Post-Recession High as Personal Finances Improve

| June 26, 2013

Stock market gains for the first part of June played a role, while perceptions of current buying conditions are at a post-recession high of 93. The last time it reached this level was April of 2007 when it was 97. Four of the five overall components that make up the index rose while one stayed the same.

July 6 Palm Coast Splash N Dash: Free Swimming and Running Event for 5 to 15 Year Olds

| June 26, 2013

Register now for the Splash N Dash Aquathlon, a free, non-competitive swimming and running event for children 5 to 15, to be held beginning at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Belle Terre Park and Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool in Palm Coast.

Palm Coast Sours on Traffic Cameras, Calling Fines “Outrageous,” “Overkill” and “Unfriendly”

| June 25, 2013

In a surprising and radical shift, Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon used harsh words to describe the city’s red-light camera program, saying that while the system makes intersections safer, its harsh punishments are out of proportion with the crime, and Palm Coast’s drivers–and the city’s image–are suffering as a result. But he is less clear on how to improve the system, which he does not want dismantled.

Big Sugar Goes to Work for Scott as Reelection Team Hauls $700K While Governor Does Paris

| June 25, 2013

The “Let’s Get to Work” political committee posted $695,447 in contributions from 91 sources during the time Scott was highlighting the state to foreign aviation interests as part of Enterprise Florida’s June 14 to June 21 trade mission to the Paris Air Show.

Christopher Munson Accused of Strong-Arm Robbery at Flagler Beach 7-Eleven

| June 25, 2013

The 7-11 store clerk rushed Christopher Munson when Munson pulled out a gun that turned out to be plastic. The two men fought and the clerk held Munson down in the parking lot until police arrived. The incident took place early Tuesday morning.

Voting Rights Act Sapped as Fractured Supreme Court Defies Near-Unanimous Congress

| June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, declared key parts of the Voting Rights Act invalid even though the U.S. Senate had passed the act unanimously in 2006, and the House of Representatives had passed it 390-33.

Morning-After Victory on Women’s Reproductive Rights, But Testosterone Policies Persist

| June 24, 2013

Reproductive rights advocates are celebrating the Obama administration’s surrender on the morning-after pill, empowering all women to make their own decisions regarding their own bodies. It’s about damn time, argues Kathleen Joyce, but she warns: don’t let your guard down just yet.

Aiming to Break GOP Stanglehold on State Offices, Democrats Look Beyond Scott in 2014

| June 24, 2013

Aside from Scott, the state GOP also counts among its elected officials U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio; Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Rubio will not be on the ballot in 2014, but all three Cabinet officers will go before voters along with Scott.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Legality of Bunnell’s Government Prayers, Via Greece

| June 24, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case from Greece, N.Y., where government meetings are started with distinctly Christian prayers, as they are at Bunnell City Commission meetings. The case is being taken to the court by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

Covington Lane Homicide Victim Identified as Dennie Cayton, 60; He Was Stabbed

| June 24, 2013

60-year-old Dennie Keith Cayton’s badly decomposed body was found on Jan. 11 in marshes behind the house at 16 Covington Lane in Palm Coast. He had been stabbed to death. While police suspected his identity early on, his body was not positively identified until after a bone examination at the University of Florida.

Homelessness in Flagler Persists, But Minor Conflicts Cloud Accomplishments and Services

| June 24, 2013

It’s not that there isn’t a homelessness problem in Flagler and Bunnell, but while numerous and at times generous services are being provided, minor conflicts targeting some homeless people in Bunnell are disproportionately affecting the debate, and draining attention from what’s being done to help.

Armed Robber in Iron Man Mask Targets Palm Coast’s Wells Fargo Bank and Flees North (Video)

| June 23, 2013

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reports that a black male, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, entered the Wells Fargo bank, brandished a handgun and demanded money. He was described as wearing a tan jump suit, an Ironman Mask, tan boots, gloves and a red and black backpack.

Paula Deen’s South Begs a Question: What’s Wrong With Us?

| June 23, 2013

The issue is not only whether Paula Deen has sincerely evolved in her attitudes, but also whether the country has, writes Steve Robinson, who is willing to cut Deen more slack here than he would give those rallying to her defense.

2013 Little Miss Flagler County Pageant Contestants, Age 8-11

| June 23, 2013

A complete, click-through chart and photo gallery of the 6 Miss Junior Flagler County 2013 Contestants, Ages 8-11.

2013 Miss Junior Flagler County Pageant Contestants
Ages 12-15

| June 23, 2013

A complete, click-through chart and photo gallery of the 6 Miss Junior Flagler County 2013 Contestants, Ages 12-15.

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