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J. Marie Battenhouse, 19, Is Killed in I-95 Crash; Former Matanzas Student Is 20th Death on Flagler Roads This Year

| May 28, 2017

J. Marie Battenhouse, 19, Is Killed in I-95 Crash; Former Matanzas Student Is 20th Death on Flagler Roads This Year

Jirawadee Marie Battenhouse, a 19-year-old resident of Palm Coast's C Section, died early Saturday morning (May 27) as a result of her injuries, hours

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3 Flagler Jail Deputies Quit While Under Investigation for Sexual and Other Misconduct

| May 26, 2017

3 Flagler Jail Deputies Quit While Under Investigation for Sexual and Other Misconduct

No charges will be filed against Bradley Gilyard, Julio Vazquez and Jonathon Vitale, who resigned before facing disciplinary action that may have included getting

20 comments / Read More »

Palm Coast Woman Facing Murder Charge in Death of Her Husband Is Found Dead

| May 26, 2017

Palm Coast Woman Facing Murder Charge in Death of Her Husband Is Found Dead

Jan E. Sochalski was facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of her husband Henry last May. She was accused of suffocating him

7 comments / Read More »

Bunnell’s PFC Jonathan Nat Spicer, A Conscientious Objector, To Be Honored On Memorial Day

| May 26, 2017

Bunnell’s PFC Jonathan Nat Spicer, A Conscientious Objector, To Be Honored On Memorial Day

It isn't often that a conscientious objector who refused to carry a rifle in the thick of battle is the decorated hero to be

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In Flagler and Palm Coast, Hate Crimes Are a Rarity Even as State and National Stats Soar

| May 25, 2017

In Flagler and Palm Coast, Hate Crimes Are a Rarity Even as State and National Stats Soar

Officials and experts cite many reasons why reported hate crimes are rare: there may be more harmony locally, but also more subjectivity, under-reporting and

11 comments / Read More »

Gallery Openings: Palm Coast Modern Artist Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk Looks for ‘Secrets’

| May 25, 2017

Gallery Openings: Palm Coast Modern Artist Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk Looks for ‘Secrets’

Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk found herself almost a refugee in 1981, with nothing but her art work, when she was in New York and martial law

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The Live Interview
Six Questions For James Tager, Superintendent

| May 25, 2017

<i>The Live Interview</i><br> Six Questions For James Tager, Superintendent

James Tager, who begins as Superintendent June 1, answers questions about his temperament, open government, transgender rights, zero tolerance and other issues.

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Flagler Beach Pier Cleared for July 4 Fireworks, Which Will Go Off Even If Burn Ban Persists

| May 24, 2017

Flagler Beach Pier Cleared for July 4 Fireworks, Which Will Go Off Even If Burn Ban Persists

Flagler County Fire Chief has cleared the July 4 fireworks for takeoff while an engineering firm certified the Flagler Beach pier's safety for the

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Palm Coast Man Faces Felony for Interfering in Custody of Missing Girl, 17

| May 24, 2017

Palm Coast Man Faces Felony for Interfering in Custody of Missing Girl, 17

Christopher McMurphy faces a 3rd-degree felony charge following accusations that he interfered with the custody of a 17-year-old girl reported missing on May 21.

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Sheriff’s “Taxi-Patrol Car” Cautions Against Drunk Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend

| May 24, 2017

Sheriff’s “Taxi-Patrol Car” Cautions Against Drunk Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend

More than 400 deaths and 47,000 injuries are projected on U.S. roads over the Memorial Day weekend, prompting police agencies to heighten awareness campaigns.

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Sheriff’s Request for 15 New Deputies Adds to Budget “Challenges” as Local Governments Begin to Haggle

| May 23, 2017

Sheriff’s Request for 15 New Deputies Adds to Budget “Challenges” as Local Governments Begin to Haggle

Sheriff Rick Staly wants 10 new deputies from the county and five from Palm Coast. County government is facing $9 million in "challenges" as

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Bowlers Raise $2,200 for Domestic Violence Shelter as Government Demurs on Funding Request

| May 23, 2017

Bowlers Raise $2,200 for Domestic Violence Shelter as Government Demurs on Funding Request

An official for the Family Life Center asking for a budget increase was told "we'll see" by the County Commission, but a Palm Coast

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Florida & Beyond, and All Opinions

Tuesday Briefing: Mid-90s Today, Charter Review (Again), Street Lighting, Power, Education and Religion, Last Day for Teachers

| May 30, 2017

Tuesday Briefing: Mid-90s Today, Charter Review (Again), Street Lighting, Power, Education and Religion, Last Day for Teachers

The Palm Coast Council again talks charter review and finally takes on street-lighting in earnest, it's the last day for schoolteachers, temperatures will rise to the mid-90s, Robert Caro on power.

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Awakening from the Trump Nightmare

| May 27, 2017

Awakening from the Trump Nightmare

Forget impeachment. It ain't going to happen, not when 19 Senate Republicans would have to join Democrats to pull it off. But public opinion is a different matter, argues Bernard-Henri Lévy.

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Only One Flagler Project Lands on Tax Watch’s $178 Million In Budget Turkeys

| May 26, 2017

Only One Flagler Project Lands on Tax Watch’s $178 Million In Budget Turkeys

TaxWatch flagged 111 budget items as turkeys, among them a Bunnell road project, though the organization stresses that it isn't making a value judgment.

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Prohibition-Era Liquor Wall Stays in Place as Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill to Deregulate Stores

| May 25, 2017

Prohibition-Era Liquor Wall Stays in Place as Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill to Deregulate Stores

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Publix win, Target, Costco and Walmart lose, as Gov. Scott, opposing deregulation, signs his first veto of the year.

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Home Rule: Palm Beach District Challenges Constitutionality of Charter School Law

| May 25, 2017

Home Rule: Palm Beach District Challenges Constitutionality of Charter School Law

It's a first step in asking the Florida Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a law that allows the State Board of Education to overturn local denials of charter-school applications.

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Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| May 25, 2017

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders' crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff's deputies and archive.

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The Coming Assault on America’s National Monuments

| May 25, 2017

The Coming Assault on America’s National Monuments

President Trump is on track to throw away part of our national heritage, remove some national monument protections to make way for mining corporations and other extractive industries to operate there.

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High Court Denies Challenge to Florida’s New Unanimous Jury Requirement in Death Cases

| May 24, 2017

High Court Denies Challenge to Florida’s New Unanimous Jury Requirement in Death Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision cements a state law enacted this year that requires unanimous jury recommendations for the death penalty to be considered in capital cases.

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Funnel Cloud Reported Just North of Marineland; Severe Storm Watch Until 11 PM

| May 24, 2017

Funnel Cloud Reported Just North of Marineland; Severe Storm Watch Until 11 PM

A small, brief funnel cloud touched down over the Intracoastal just north of Marineland this morning, scampered over A1A then dissolved over the ocean.

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No Coal Resurgence Here: FPL Seeks to Shut Down Dirty-Energy Plant in Jacksonville

| May 23, 2017

No Coal Resurgence Here: FPL Seeks to Shut Down Dirty-Energy Plant in Jacksonville

FPL says shutting down the coal-fired plant will save customers money and have environmental benefits, including a reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions.

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Go Ahead, Gov. Scott, Veto This Bad Education Bill in Good Conscience

| May 23, 2017

Go Ahead, Gov. Scott, Veto This Bad Education Bill in Good Conscience

Gov. Scott has said he wants to sign only bills that are good for Florida families. This one is not. Its process was particularly dishonest -- something even committed conservatives should disown when they look

1 comment / Read More »

Time Is Running Out For “Repeal and Replace” As Scandal and Summer Loom

| May 22, 2017

Time Is Running Out For “Repeal and Replace” As Scandal and Summer Loom

Budget procedures, the fact that half the states' legislatures have already adjourned is making it almost impossible for Congress to fit repeal of the Affordable Health Act just yet.

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Culture Gallery Openings: Palm Coast Modern Artist Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk Looks for ‘Secrets’

Gallery Openings: Palm Coast Modern Artist Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk Looks for ‘Secrets’

Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk found herself almost a refugee in 1981, with nothing but her art work, when she was in New York and martial law was declared in her native Poland.

May 25, 2017 / More »
Flagler 911 J. Marie Battenhouse, 19, Is Killed in I-95 Crash; Former Matanzas Student Is 20th Death on Flagler Roads This Year

J. Marie Battenhouse, 19, Is Killed in I-95 Crash; Former Matanzas Student Is 20th Death on Flagler Roads This Year

Jirawadee Marie Battenhouse, a 19-year-old resident of Palm Coast's C Section, died early Saturday morning (May 27) as a result of her injuries, hours after a two-vehicle crash on I-95 near Palm Coast

May 28, 2017 / More »
Rights & Liberties In Flagler and Palm Coast, Hate Crimes Are a Rarity Even as State and National Stats Soar

In Flagler and Palm Coast, Hate Crimes Are a Rarity Even as State and National Stats Soar

Officials and experts cite many reasons why reported hate crimes are rare: there may be more harmony locally, but also more subjectivity, under-reporting and lack of awareness when hate crimes are committed.

May 25, 2017 / More »
The Live Wire Weekend Briefing: Flagler Beach Pirates, Hope to Help Dance Against Cancer, Kayaking, Introduction to Bull

Weekend Briefing: Flagler Beach Pirates, Hope to Help Dance Against Cancer, Kayaking, Introduction to Bull

Pirates take Flagler Beach, FPC Starlets take the stage, fitness with Palm Coast's mayor, Choral Arts Society's May concert, a college course introduction to bullshit, learning about the coming eclipse.

May 19, 2017 / More »
Pierre Tristam Whiplash

Whiplash

Donald Trump is rewriting the rules of politics, of time and of the English language, but the resulting explosions are as false a dawn as those of nuclear blasts.

May 21, 2017 / More »
Nancy Smith Go Ahead, Gov. Scott, Veto This Bad Education Bill in Good Conscience

Go Ahead, Gov. Scott, Veto This Bad Education Bill in Good Conscience

Gov. Scott has said he wants to sign only bills that are good for Florida families. This one is not. Its process was particularly dishonest -- something even committed conservatives should disown when

May 23, 2017 / More »
Project Syndicate Awakening from the Trump Nightmare

Awakening from the Trump Nightmare

Forget impeachment. It ain't going to happen, not when 19 Senate Republicans would have to join Democrats to pull it off. But public opinion is a different matter, argues Bernard-Henri Lévy.

May 27, 2017 / More »
Guest Columns The Coming Assault on America’s National Monuments

The Coming Assault on America’s National Monuments

President Trump is on track to throw away part of our national heritage, remove some national monument protections to make way for mining corporations and other extractive industries to operate there.

May 25, 2017 / More »
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Flagler, Palm Coast & Other Local News

J. Marie Battenhouse, 19, Is Killed in I-95 Crash; Former Matanzas Student Is 20th Death on Flagler Roads This Year »

J. Marie Battenhouse, 19, Is Killed in I-95 Crash; Former Matanzas Student Is 20th Death on Flagler Roads This Year

Jirawadee Marie Battenhouse, a 19-year-old resident of Palm Coast's C Section, died early Saturday morning (May 27) as a result of her injuries, hours after a two-vehicle crash on I-95 near Palm Coast Parkway.

May 28 2017 / 17 comments / Read More »

3 Flagler Jail Deputies Quit While Under Investigation for Sexual and Other Misconduct »

3 Flagler Jail Deputies Quit While Under Investigation for Sexual and Other Misconduct

No charges will be filed against Bradley Gilyard, Julio Vazquez and Jonathon Vitale, who resigned before facing disciplinary action that may have included getting fired.

May 26 2017 / 20 comments / Read More »

Palm Coast Woman Facing Murder Charge in Death of Her Husband Is Found Dead »

Palm Coast Woman Facing Murder Charge in Death of Her Husband Is Found Dead

Jan E. Sochalski was facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of her husband Henry last May. She was accused of suffocating him in his hospital bed.

May 26 2017 / 7 comments / Read More »
The Live Wire

Weekend Briefing: Flagler Beach Pirates, Hope to Help Dance Against Cancer, Kayaking, Introduction to Bull »

Weekend Briefing: Flagler Beach Pirates, Hope to Help Dance Against Cancer, Kayaking, Introduction to BullPirates take Flagler Beach, FPC Starlets take the stage, fitness with Palm Coast's mayor, Choral Arts Society's May concert, a college course introduction to bullshit,

May 19 2017 / 1 comment / Read More »
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