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Flagler Schools Quietly Dropped Controversial “Social Sentinel” Surveillance to Pilot More Targeted Alert System

| August 22, 2019

Flagler Schools Quietly Dropped Controversial “Social Sentinel” Surveillance to Pilot More Targeted Alert System

The Flagler school district dropped the $18,000-a-year Social Sentinel surveillance system in April and replaced it with an entirely different approach, called CrisisGo, a

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Opioid-Related Deaths Decline By 34% in Flagler’s 3-County District in 1st Part of 2018

| August 22, 2019

Opioid-Related Deaths Decline By 34% in Flagler’s 3-County District in 1st Part of 2018

The decline is far more pronounced in the Flagler region than in the state, strongly suggesting that the introduction of front-line life-saving measures, combined

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Christian Prayer at Flagler School Board Breaks 5-Decade Precedent, Without Most Board Members’ Consent

| August 21, 2019

Christian Prayer at Flagler School Board Breaks 5-Decade Precedent, Without Most Board Members’ Consent

School Board Chair Janet McDonald's decision to start Tuesday's meeting with a prayer by a pastor had not been approved by the board nor

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Divided School Board Stops Short of Killing Voluntary HPV Vaccine to 6th Graders

| August 21, 2019

Divided School Board Stops Short of Killing Voluntary HPV Vaccine to 6th Graders

The Flagler Health Department wants to offer free, voluntary HPV vaccines to 6th graders in Flagler schools, but three school board members are unwilling

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Head-On Crash on Old Kings and SR100 Sends 2 Adults and Infant to Hospital

| August 21, 2019

Head-On Crash on Old Kings and SR100 Sends 2 Adults and Infant to Hospital

A head-on crash at the intersection of Old Kings Road and State Road 100 in Palm Coast this morning sent two adults and an

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Andy Dance Will Resign School Board Seat He’s Held Since 2008 and Run for County Commission

| August 20, 2019

Andy Dance Will Resign School Board Seat He’s Held Since 2008 and Run for County Commission

School Board member Andy Dance announce he'll resign his seat in 2020 in a run for Flagler County Commission Charlie Ericksen's seat, which Ericksen

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40 Warrants, 23 Arrests in Latest Drug Sweep Across Flagler, This Time With Pleas For Treatment

| August 20, 2019

40 Warrants,  23 Arrests in Latest Drug Sweep Across Flagler, This Time With Pleas For Treatment

The warrants target almost exclusively Flagler and Palm Coast residents, one of them a Waste Pro employee alleged to have been selling heroin while

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A Fence Goes Up at Palm Coast’s Dog Park as Owners Take Sides On Caution Over Danger of Algae

| August 20, 2019

A Fence Goes Up at Palm Coast’s Dog Park as Owners Take Sides On Caution Over Danger of Algae

A temporary fence has reduced Palm Coast's dog park at Holland Park to a quarter its size as city officials test a retention pond

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Palm Coast Makes Candidates’ Campaign Finance Reports Accessible Electronically

| August 20, 2019

Palm Coast Makes Candidates’ Campaign Finance Reports Accessible Electronically

Palm Coast candidates for office's campaign finance reports will finally be accessible to the public through the web, free of charge, through the Flagler

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Flagler Unemployment at 4% as Labor Force Continues Steady Growth

| August 19, 2019

Flagler Unemployment at 4% as Labor Force Continues Steady Growth

The Flagler-Palm Coast labor force grew by more than 200 people in July, to 48,631, while the number of people with jobs grew by

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Last Month He Was Throwing Rocks at Cars. Now He’s Accused of Threatening a Woman With an Ax.

| August 19, 2019

Last Month He Was Throwing Rocks at Cars. Now He’s Accused of Threatening a Woman With an Ax.

Richard Russell, a resident of Pershing lane in palm Coast, was arrested for the second time in a month and the fifth time since

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Disciplined Twice, Sued For Defamation, Trespassed, Arrested 5 Times, Builder Now Wants to Be on Contractor Review Board

| August 19, 2019

Disciplined Twice, Sued For Defamation, Trespassed, Arrested 5 Times, Builder Now Wants to Be on Contractor Review Board

Dan Priotti, a general contractor in Palm Coast, is seeking an appointment to the Contractor Review Board months after his licenses were suspended (and

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Weekend Briefing: Surf for Autism, Hammock Harbor, Rick Shaefer’s Refugees, Farmers’ Markets

| August 23, 2019

Weekend Briefing: Surf for Autism, Hammock Harbor, Rick Shaefer’s Refugees, Farmers’ Markets

Surf for Autism is slated for Saturday in Flagler Beach, the Scenic A1A Pride Committee gets a look at the revised Hammock Harbor redevelopment proposal, Rick Shaefer opens an exhibit.

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Thursday Briefing: Heat Index to 102, Tiger Bay Wine Tasting, Transgender Inmate Case, FYO Recruits

| August 22, 2019

Thursday Briefing: Heat Index to 102, Tiger Bay Wine Tasting, Transgender Inmate Case, FYO Recruits

The Flagler Tiger Club hosts a community wine tasting, Gary Ray Bowles is scheduled to be executed, the Flagler Youth Orchestra performs in elementary schools, the case of a transgender inmate is heard in court.

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HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know

| August 21, 2019

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know

The complete Centers for Disease Control's Vaccine Information Statement regarding the HPV vaccine to prevent prevents infection with human papillomavirus.

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Wednesday Briefing: Technical Review, Tourism, Planning, Contractor Review and Navy Bombing

| August 21, 2019

Wednesday Briefing: Technical Review, Tourism, Planning, Contractor Review and Navy Bombing

A day of workhorse meetings including Flagler's tourist development council and its technical review committee, the Palm Coast Planning Board and other routines.

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House Democrats Seek Special Session On Gun Violence, But GOP Set to Quash It

| August 20, 2019

House Democrats Seek Special Session On Gun Violence, But GOP Set to Quash It

House Democrats on Tuesday said they’ve submitted letters from 41 representatives, more than the required 20 percent of the chamber’s 120 members, to demand that Secretary of State Laurel Lee poll all 160 legislators on

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Tuesday Briefing: Building in Palm Coast, School Vaccination Protocols, Stormwater, Food Truck Tuesday

| August 20, 2019

Tuesday Briefing: Building in Palm Coast, School Vaccination Protocols, Stormwater, Food Truck Tuesday

Palm Coast government hosts a forum on its building department, the school board talks vaccination, Food Truck Tuesday in Central Park, the Flagler Youth Orchestra recruits.

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5 Ways The Economy Is Stacked Against Young People

| August 19, 2019

5 Ways The Economy Is Stacked Against Young People

Stagnant wages, out of control student debt, rising costs of necessities, unaffordable housing: they're all among the reasons why the rules are rigged against young people trying to make it on their own.

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State Economists Warn of Slowing Economy, as DeSantis Says State Is Prepared for Recession

| August 19, 2019

State Economists Warn of Slowing Economy, as DeSantis Says State Is Prepared for Recession

DeSantis’ outlook was more restrained than that of White House officials, when they were asked about the national economy while making the rounds on Sunday morning news programs.

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Among Hurdles For Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting The Drug To Treat It

| August 19, 2019

Among Hurdles For Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting The Drug To Treat It

Among the barriers to buprenorphine access: too few medical providers are certified to write the prescriptions. But pharmacists are also a part of the problem. Because they fill the prescriptions, pharmacists are the gatekeepers

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Monday Briefing: Contractor Review Board Appointments, More Money for Fireworks, Employees of the Quarter

| August 19, 2019

Monday Briefing: Contractor Review Board Appointments, More Money for Fireworks, Employees of the Quarter

The County Commission makes appointments to the Contractor Review Board, with a controversial applicant in the mix, the cost of July 4 fireworks is going up to $25,000, the sheriff names winners of quarterly

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Stop Criminalizing Children in the Name of School Security

| August 18, 2019

Stop Criminalizing Children in the Name of School Security

The rash of zero-tolerance felony arrests of children that the Flagler school district experienced last year unjustly makes examples of adolescents in the name of a security establishment focusing on the wrong threats across the

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Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids

| August 18, 2019

Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids

Four states, not including Florida, allow people with an opioid addiction to qualify for a medical marijuana card. Many physicians say it's a bad idea, with marijuana unproven either to manage pain or kick an

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Culture Florida Film Academy’s International Student Film Festival in St. Augustine Sept. 14-15

Florida Film Academy’s International Student Film Festival in St. Augustine Sept. 14-15

Florida Film Academy is hosting its inaugural International Student Film Festival on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 at Corazon Cinema and Café in downtown St. Augustine with showings from 12:30 p.m.

Aug 10, 2019 / More »
Flagler 911 40 Warrants,  23 Arrests in Latest Drug Sweep Across Flagler, This Time With Pleas For Treatment

40 Warrants, 23 Arrests in Latest Drug Sweep Across Flagler, This Time With Pleas For Treatment

The warrants target almost exclusively Flagler and Palm Coast residents, one of them a Waste Pro employee alleged to have been selling heroin while on the job on his route.

Aug 20, 2019 / More »
Calendar: Coming Days The Live Calendar: Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys’ Complete List of Events

The Live Calendar: Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys’ Complete List of Events

Palm Coast Flagler and the region's most comprehensive calendar of political, cultural, civic, social and entertainment events for coming days, near and far.

Aug 17, 2019 / More »
News Briefs Weekend Briefing: Surf for Autism, Hammock Harbor, Rick Shaefer’s Refugees, Farmers’ Markets

Weekend Briefing: Surf for Autism, Hammock Harbor, Rick Shaefer’s Refugees, Farmers’ Markets

Surf for Autism is slated for Saturday in Flagler Beach, the Scenic A1A Pride Committee gets a look at the revised Hammock Harbor redevelopment proposal, Rick Shaefer opens an exhibit.

Aug 23, 2019 / More »
Pierre Tristam Stop Criminalizing Children in the Name of School Security

Stop Criminalizing Children in the Name of School Security

The rash of zero-tolerance felony arrests of children that the Flagler school district experienced last year unjustly makes examples of adolescents in the name of a security establishment focusing on the wrong threats

Aug 18, 2019 / More »
Nancy Smith Immigration, the Democrats’ 2020 Waterloo

Immigration, the Democrats’ 2020 Waterloo

In this Democratic Party, argues Nancy Smith, moderates have been purged, conservative Democrats are nonexistent, and the party's leaders seem intent on turning it into a party of hard socialism as quickly as

Jul 29, 2019 / More »
Books “The Eagle Has Landed”: Flagler Reads Together Marks 50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing, All Month

“The Eagle Has Landed”: Flagler Reads Together Marks 50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing, All Month

Flagler Reads Together features free programs about space flight and the historic mission of Apollo 11, focusing on Jeffrey Smith's "The Eagle Has Landed" and other aspects of the moon landing 50 years

Mar 1, 2019 / More »
Guest Columns For Parents’ Peace of Mind, It’s Time for Video and Audio Monitoring of Flagler’s Special Education Classrooms

For Parents’ Peace of Mind, It’s Time for Video and Audio Monitoring of Flagler’s Special Education Classrooms

An incident at Belle Terre Elementary School last school-year illustrates the need for more objective, independent oversight of what goes on in special education classrooms, where students may not have a voice of

Aug 8, 2019 / More »
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Flagler, Palm Coast & Other Local News

Flagler Schools Quietly Dropped Controversial “Social Sentinel” Surveillance to Pilot More Targeted Alert System »

Flagler Schools Quietly Dropped Controversial “Social Sentinel” Surveillance to Pilot More Targeted Alert System

The Flagler school district dropped the $18,000-a-year Social Sentinel surveillance system in April and replaced it with an entirely different approach, called CrisisGo, a crisis-management system accessible to faculty, staff and students.

Aug 22 2019 / No comment / Read More »

Opioid-Related Deaths Decline By 34% in Flagler’s 3-County District in 1st Part of 2018 »

Opioid-Related Deaths Decline By 34% in Flagler’s 3-County District in 1st Part of 2018

The decline is far more pronounced in the Flagler region than in the state, strongly suggesting that the introduction of front-line life-saving measures, combined with stricter state rules on prescription drugs, is having an effect. 

Aug 22 2019 / 3 comments / Read More »

Christian Prayer at Flagler School Board Breaks 5-Decade Precedent, Without Most Board Members’ Consent »

Christian Prayer at Flagler School Board Breaks 5-Decade Precedent, Without Most Board Members’ Consent

School Board Chair Janet McDonald's decision to start Tuesday's meeting with a prayer by a pastor had not been approved by the board nor placed on the agenda, a violation of board procedures and a break with a nearly 50-year precedent.

Aug 21 2019 / 46 comments / Read More »
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Sheriff’s National Night Out for Crime Prevention Tuesday Evening at FPC »

Sheriff’s National Night Out for Crime Prevention Tuesday Evening at FPCThe Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting National Night Out at Flagler Palm Coast High School Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.,

Aug 4 2019 / No comment / Read More »
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