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5 Years in Prison for Rebecca Lawless in
DUI Death of Diane Upton in SR100 Crash

| January 19, 2017

The five-year sentence is less than half the minimum required by law, but the judge agreed to the plea because Upton’s family, showing mercy, did not want Lawless more severely punished.

Short-Listed For High-Tech Finance Company’s 250 Jobs, Flagler Seeks $500,000 in Incentives

| January 19, 2017

Flagler County government is making its most expensive pitch to attract 250 jobs, a high-tech finance company based in the Northeast and looking to expand either in Florida or Georgia.

Thursday Briefing: Project Bags, Thank A Mentor Day, Lawless Plea, District Spelling Bee

| January 19, 2017

A special meeting of the county’s jobs council reveals “Project Bags,” Rebecca Lawless pleads in the DUI manslaughter death of Diane Upton, the district spelling bee at Wadsworth Elementary, Theodor Adorno.

Why Are Flagler Schools Talking Rezoning Despite 2,000 Empty Seats? One Word: Choice

| January 18, 2017

Old Kings and Belle Terre elementaries are overcapacity because they’ve allowed too many out-of-zone students to enroll. Some Board members want limits on such “choice” enrollments before rezoning takes place.

Man, 19, and 15-Year-Old Arrested Separately in Connection With Recent Palm Coast Burglaries

| January 18, 2017

Nasir Clark, a 19-year-old homeless man, and a 15-year-old resident of Big Bear Lane in Palm Coast were arrested Monday in connection with a string of burglaries, one of them occurring the day Sheriff Rick Staly was sworn in.

2016 Sets Global Heat Record For 3rd Straight Year, Raising Alarms of Irreparable Threats

| January 18, 2017

Central Florida felt the heat: Orlando’s temperature average for 2016 was 1.80 degrees above normal in 2016. From late November through December, it was 5, 6 and 7 degrees above normal day after day.

School Board’s 1st Step in Replacing Jacob Oliva: Figuring Out How Broad of a Search

| January 18, 2017

The Flagler School Board wants to hear from the state board association whether it should seek help through that route, though it intends to appoint a local citizen’s search committee as well.

Stringent Rules By Florida Health Department Would Circumvent Medical Pot Amendment

| January 18, 2017

The proposed rules would maintain current vendors’ stranglehold on the medical marijuana industry and give authority to the Florida Board of Medicine, not individual doctors, to decide which patients qualify for marijuana treatment.

Wednesday Briefing: Rezoning for Homes Off U.S. 1, TDC Grants, Betsy DeVos’s War on Public Schools

| January 18, 2017

The Flagler Tourist Development Council awards a few quality-of-life grants to local groups and businesses, rezoning for 348 homes along US1 in Palm Coast’s K Section, Scott McClanahan on Crapalachia.

Palm Coast’s New Founders:
Steven Nobile’s Multi-Generational Vision

| January 17, 2017

Inspired by the muti-generational households he knew in Brooklyn, N.Y., Councilman Steven Nobile sees a Palm Coast where young families raise children, have plenty of work opportunities, and retire all in place.

2 Killed in T-Bone Crash on Palm Coast Parkway; Felon Ran Red Light; Road Rage Possible Factor

| January 17, 2017

Two people were killed, including Terri Lynn Wickel, in a two-vehicle crash on Palm Coast Parkway at Pine Code Drive. Tyler L. Wilkinson is alleged to have blown through a red light.

Maxine Kronick, Fierce Doyenne of Local Arts and Children’s Theater, Dies On Approach of 80

| January 17, 2017

Maxine Kronick, actress, special events coordinator and arts champion, had co-founder Theaterrific in the late 1980s in Palm Coast, a theater program for poorer children, and remained involved in local theater at Buddy Taylor Middle School and elsewhere.

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

| January 17, 2017

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

Tuesday Briefing: The John Seth Difference, Flagler Schools’ Rezoning, Flagler Playhouse Expansion, Pink Army

| January 17, 2017

FPC Band Leader John Seth gets national recognition, the Flagler School Board considers various rezoning proposals, the Flagler Playhouse wants to expand, The Palm Coast City Council refinances again, and Narciso Yepes plays on.

Feelin’ Alright: Rock Hall of Fame Member Dave Mason Traffics at Flagler Auditorium Tonight

| January 16, 2017

Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 as a founding member of Traffic and has played with the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac.

“We Cannot Walk Alone…
We Cannot Turn Back”

| January 16, 2017

A brief history of the origins and battles of the Martin Luther King federal holiday, and of the MLK monument at the Washington Mall, with full text and video of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Going Gray: Can Our Car-Centric Towns Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

| January 15, 2017

The millions of boomers who will grow old in Palm Coast-like exurbs will put pressure on local governments to spend more on everything from transportation to senior services.

Flagler Superintendent Jacob Oliva Is Named Florida Vice Chancellor for K-12 Education, Will Leave in June

| January 14, 2017

Superintendent Jacob Oliva’s three-year tenure has been largely controversy-free and saw the expansion of technology and classroom-to-career programs. He leaves in May.

Epic Theaters Evacuated After Gun Fears; Sheriff Warns: “This Is Not Going To Continue”

| January 14, 2017

A brawl and fear of a gun at Epic Theaters Friday night triggered a panic and a massive police response. No weapon was found, but Sheriff Rick Staly is demanding that Epic come up with a better security plan.

Explosion and Fire Flare in J.T.’s Seafood Shack’s Kitchen in Hammock Injure Two Employees

| January 14, 2017

The incident at J.T.’s Seafood Shack is believed to have been caused by a fire flare in the kitchen. Patrons were in the restaurant but were not affected.

Palm Coast’s New Founders:
Nick Klufas Trains Vigilant Eyes on the City

| January 13, 2017

In his picture of Palm Coast for the next four years, City Councilman Nick Klufas lays out his goals for a city with better cell coverage and emergency communications, among other needs.

Gov. Scott Appoints Greg Hansen, Local GOP Activist, to Frank Meeker’s County Commission Seat

| January 13, 2017

Greg Hansen, 70, will fill the remaining year and a half on the late Frank Meeker’s term. He outflanked other local favorites who had included Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts and Larry Jones, an ally of County Administrator Craig Coffey.

Tyler M. Allen, 21, Is Killed, 2 Injured as Motorcycle Rams Car on Palm Coast Parkway Near Canopy Walk

| January 13, 2017

Tyler Allen, 21, of Palm Coast, was killed and two women, including county government spokeswoman Julie Murphy, were injured this evening as Allen, riding a motorcycle, slammed into the back of the car the women were driving.

Matanzas Physics Teacher Andrew Hutcheson and Youth Center’s Brandon Seminara Are School District’s Best of Year

| January 13, 2017

Andrew Hutcheson, an Advanced Placement Physics teacher at Matanzas High School, and Brandon Seminara, the Assistant Director of the Flagler County Youth Center, were named the Flagler School District Teacher and Employee of the Year for 2017.

Weekend Briefing: Drug Court Graduation, Next to Normal Musical, Adam Trent Magic, RPOF Annual Meeting, Democrats’ New Leader

| January 13, 2017

Retired Judge J. David Walsh presides over the 27th Drug Court Graduation ceremony, the fabulous Next to Normal musical at City Repertory Theatre, a magic show and Dave Mason at the Auditorium, MLK Day on Monday.

3 Teens Linger in Jail Over Epic Theater Armed Robbery Allegation Even as Accuser, in Switch, Is Implicated

| January 12, 2017

The accuser who claimed three teens robbed him at gunpoint at Epic Theaters last Friday was in fact there to sell a gun, a FlaglerLive investigation reveals. Yet the three teens he accused are still in jail.

From Women’s Ob-Gyn Rights to ER Cost Controls, 6 Items That Could Disappear With Obamacare Repeal

| January 12, 2017

Some of these Obamacare measures enjoy broad support and are taken for granted even though people often don’t realize they spring from the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans are working to repeal.

Craig Coffey, Jim Landon, Now Dan Davis: For 3rd Time in 2 Years, Top Manager’s Raise Request Is Rebuffed

| January 12, 2017

Bunnell’s Dan Davis this week joined Palm Coast’s Jim Landon and Flagler’s Craig Coffey, all of whose elected boards rejected their raise requests in the past two years, though Davis and Coffey still got smaller raises.

If You Still Have Damaged Property, You Could Knock Hundreds of Dollars Off 2017 Tax Bill

| January 12, 2017

Property owners anywhere in Flagler and its cities who still have lost or damaged assets as of Jan. 1, such as lost screened-in areas, are eligible for re-assessments that could bring down their property tax bills.

Thursday Briefing: Flagler Teacher and Employee of the Year, Pirates in Flagler Beach, Trump’s Conflicts

| January 12, 2017

The 2017 Flagler County Teacher of the Year and Service Employee of the Year are crowned at the Flagler Auditorium, a Palm Coast promotion company explores holding a pirates festival in Flagler Beach, Trumpology of the day.

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