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Stark Revelations of a Broad Crisis at Domestic Violence Summit, and a Steep Challenge for Task Force

| June 28, 2017

A summit convened by Sheriff Staly produced an unrelenting kaleidoscope of perspectives on one of the most persistent criminal and behavioral problems in Flagler County. It’s now up to a task force to find solutions.

Flagler Is a B-Rated School District For 5th Year In a Row, But State Ranking Keeps Rising

| June 28, 2017

Indian Trails Middle and Old Kings Elementary returned to A form, FPC climbed to a B, but Wadsworth Elementary fell to a C. Other schools maintained their grades–either B or C.

9% Garbage Fee Increase as Palm Coast Begins 5-Year Extension of Waste Pro Contract

| June 28, 2017

After remaining flat for 10 years, garbage-pickup rates for Palm Coast residents this month kicked up 9 percent, to $20.36 a month, or $21 a year as the city renewed its contract with Waste Pro for five years.

Palm Coast’s Michael R. Long, 30, Critical After Single-Vehicle Crash on I-95

| June 28, 2017

Michael Robert Long, 30, of Madison Green Circle in Palm Coast, was traveling north on I-95 when, just south of State Road 100, he lost control of his 2015 Toyota Corolla.

Florida Tourism Officials Worry About Donald Trump’s Impact on Travel

| June 28, 2017

Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson said he and others have heard anecdotal reports, both positive and negative, about international travel due to Donald Trump.

In Palm Coast, A Small Protest Against GOP Health Bill Echoes Myriad Anxieties of Flesh and Blood

| June 27, 2017

It wasn’t a large protest but every person gathered in support of Obamacare had a story to tell that looked past ideology to the human beings behind the numbers, and all those stories were local.

Chilling Details in Saturday’s Attempted Murder as Suspect Speaks of “Lizard People,” Visions and Ecstasy

| June 27, 2017

Levi Ovenshire, the 19-year-old attempted murder suspect in the shooting of Marco Salazar, 19, in palm Coast’s F Section Saturday, described the shooting but appeared to be hallucinating as he spoke with deputies afterward.

Making Democrats Great Again: It’s Going To Take A While

| June 27, 2017

No wonder Republican leaders think they can get away with almost anything. They do because they can, argues Nancy Smith, and because Democrats’ absent strategy lets them.

Non-Partisan Analysis of 22 Million More Uninsured Deals Blow to Senate Health Bill

| June 27, 2017

By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with about 28 million who would lack coverage under current law.

America First and Trump’s Word Wars

| June 26, 2017

While other countries try to work together to solve problems and continue to lead on global progress, we’ll get left behind chanting “America First,” argues Olivia Alperstein.

Notching 3rd Appointment By Gov. Scott, Loyalist Jimmy Patronis Will Be Florida’s CFO

| June 26, 2017

Gov. Scott appointed his ally Jimmy Patronis in 2014 to the Florida Public Service Commission. and in march Scott appointed him to the state Constitution Revision Commission.

23-Year-Old Is Victim of 2nd Shooting in 24 Hours in Flagler During Espanola Party

| June 26, 2017

Jean Geral Isenader, 23, of Sergeant Court in Palm Coast, was shot in the abdomen after 1 a.m. on June 25 during a large party at the Espanola Community Center. No suspects was found.

Flagler Beach Fireworks and “Home of the Brave” Parade on July 4; Palm Coast’s Show July 3

| June 26, 2017

Flagler Beach this year will host a much scaled-back July 4 celebration, with its “Home of the Brave” parade at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. fireworks. In Palm Coast, fireworks are on July 3 in Town Center.

Raul Zambrano, Redoubtable Alumni of Flagler Bench, Will Be 7th Circuit’s Chief Judge

| June 26, 2017

Feared and respected, and a former felony court judge in Flagler, Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano was elected Chief Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit, which includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

The GOP Senate Bill’s Hollow Promise To Protect Coverage For Preexisting Conditions

| June 25, 2017

Built into the bill are loopholes for states to bypass protections and erode coverage for preexisting conditions, so insurers could cover chronically ill people but not the diseases they suffer from.

Man Is Killed as Car Fishtails and Crashes Through Guardrail on I-95, South of SR 100

| June 25, 2017

A man was killed early Saturday morning when his car veered off I-95, crashed through the guardrail, and rolled into a ditch between the southbound and northbound lanes.

Sheriff’s Deputies Looking For Palm Coast Man Who Ran Over Deputy’s Foot and Fled Traffic Stop

| June 25, 2017

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for Jimmie Lee Belle III, a 24-year-old resident of 30 Ryker Lane in Palm Coast, after he ran over a deputy’s foot and fled during a traffic stop Saturday (June 24).

19-Year-Old Shot In Palm Coast’s F Section, Suspect Caught After Chase in R-Section

| June 24, 2017

The suspect, Levi Evan Ovenshire, 19, fled in a car after the shooting at 12 Fulton Place, and was apprehended after 21-minute a chase through the R Section.

Coming to Flagler Beach: No-Parking Barriers and Silt Mounds to Stop A1A Washouts

| June 23, 2017

The city and the state transportation department will block off portions of A1A to parking and build silt mounds to soak up water, though some commissioners are skeptical of silt’s effectiveness.

Brandon Hubbert Acquitted of Armed Robbery at Palm Coast Staples as Evidence Falters

| June 23, 2017

A jury took barely 20 minutes to acquit Brandon J. Hubbert of Bunnell, who’d faced between 10 years and life in prison had he been found guilty of a 2015 armed robbery at Staples off Old Kings Road.

637-Ft. Flagler Beach Pier Re-Opens Saturday, 8 Months After Hurricane Matthew Lobotomy

| June 22, 2017

The Flagler Beach Pier will reopen Saturday as emergency repairs end, to the joys of a city that’s lived without its iconic amenity since Hurricane Matthew sheared 163 feet from its end and made it unstable.

6-Hour Manhunt Ends On Palm Coast Parkway
As Felon, Just Out of Prison, Is Caught

| June 22, 2017

The man had just served 96 months in prison, and was heard saying he doesn’t want to go back. The crash with the deputy was not serious, but he later crashed his truck more severely.

In Rare Joint Appearance, Flagler’s 3 Judges Speak Candidly About the Job’s Challenges On and Off Bench

| June 22, 2017

Circuit Court judges Dennis Craig and R. Lee Smith and County Court Melissa Moore-Stens spoke of personal and professional challenges and addressed the Flagler bench’s workload.

Citizens’ Review Panel May Not Force Testimony From Cops, Florida Supreme Court Rules

| June 22, 2017

The case stemmed from a complaint filed in 2009 alleging misconduct by a cop during a traffic stop. The Miami police department’s internal affairs division found insufficient evidence of misconduct.

Flagler’s Oddly Sunny Hurricane Matthew After-Action Report Draws Criticism From Its Own Emergency Staff

| June 21, 2017

The much-anticipated report was written by the administration, not the emergency management staff, and conveys more of an error-prone, fluffy public relations approach than rigorous and factual analysis.

Rainy Season Douses Fiery Florida and Soaks Flagler, Where Drought Index Is Down to 72

| June 21, 2017

After months of drought conditions that helped fuel nearly 2,500 wildfires across the state (but only a handful in Flagler), Florida has quickly moved deep into its rainy season.

Same Driver, 2 Successive Hit-and-Run Crashes on Palm Coast Parkway

| June 21, 2017

Daniel Reyes, 27, ran into the woods after a second crash that caused his Chevrolet to roll over off Palm Coast Parkway on Monday afternoon.

Where It’s Legal, Pot Leads To Fewer Traffic Stops, But Racial Disparities Remain

| June 21, 2017

The drop means fewer interactions between police and drivers, potentially limiting dangerous clashes. But black and Hispanic drivers are still searched at higher rates than white motorists.

Flagler School Board Apprehensive of Changes in Law Affecting Charters, Recess and Religion

| June 20, 2017

One law is altering the relationship between the district and its charter schools and imposing new requirements on eligibility for Bright Futures, and other laws will have broad impacts.

Court Allows ACLU’s Public Record Fight Over Police Tracking of Cell Phones

| June 20, 2017

The ACLU requested the records from Jackson as part of a broader inquiry in 2014 into the Sarasota Police Department’s use of what are known as “Stingray” tracking devices.

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