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Thrasher, at FSU, Pledges to Kill “Campus Carry” Gun Bill Again As He Did in 2011

| December 8, 2016

The so-called “campus carry” bill, which in the past has been approved by the House, has already re-emerged as an issue for the 2017 legislative session.

Flagler Schools’ Bus Drivers and Nurses, Among Others, Finally Get Modest Pay Increase

| December 8, 2016

Bus drivers, among the lowest paid employees in the district, will get a $2-an-hour raise, nurses will get a $3.65-an-hour increase, improving recruiting in those positions. Administrators, too, are getting a raise: 25 cents an hour.

Palm Coast Approves New Gated Community for L-Section by Grand Haven Developer

| December 8, 2016

Traffic concerns aside, Matanzas Woods residents spoke enthusiastically about a project they see as helping reverse the fortunes of a neighborhood long weighed down by the troubled but unrelated golf course not far off.

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

| December 8, 2016

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

Two FPC Students Involved In Feared Plot Against the School Face Felony Charges

| December 7, 2016

Two of the six students suspended from school after the feared plot was uncovered in September were charged with making false bomb threats and apparently expelled from school today, but have not been arrested.

Jacksonville Air National Guard Base a Finalist to Receive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in 2022

| December 7, 2016

The F-35 is the most expensive fighter jet–and weapon system–ever built. The program, now seven years behind schedule, has been mired in cost overruns, delays and performance failures.

Palm Coast Moves to Foreclose on Fallow Matanzas Woods Golf Course as Fines Mount

| December 7, 2016

The filing follows a March filing by the golf course owners to enjoin the city against enforcing what the owners call “vague, unspecified and inapplicable ordinances.”

Another Rash of Car Break-Ins Hits High-Visibility Business Locations Across Palm Coast

| December 6, 2016

Car windows were smashed out during the business day at Chick-fil-A, Sunshine Academy and several other locations along Palm Coast Parkway in the third such wave of the year.

Palm Coast Favors $6 Million Reconstruction of Public Works Facility Off U.S. 1 Over 5 Years

| December 6, 2016

Public work costs are usually the result of new or improved roads, bridges, parks, swales and so on. But Palm Coast’s aging 10-acre public works facility will itself become Ground Zero for a $6 million reconstruction project.

Crime in Flagler and Palm Coast Continued Decline in 2016, But Violence Is Up Again

| December 6, 2016

Overall crime declined in the first six months of the year but violent crime was on the rise again, with increases in murders (there were two in 2015), rapes, and aggravated assault.

Late Commissioner Frank Meeker’s Photo Is Cover Art for 2017 State Association Calendar

| December 6, 2016

A stunning image of a tiger swallowtail on a Florida flame azalea taken by the late Flagler County Commissioner Frank Meeker graces the Florida Association of Counties 2017 calendar cover.

How Journalists Should Go Beyond Fact-Checking Trump’s Routine Lies and Conspiracy Theories

| December 6, 2016

The story is that the president-elect is more factually irresponsible than any political leader in the United States in memory. Chasing it will be just one challenge of the next four years.

Revealed: Florida Stockpiling Lethal Injection Protocol Never Used Before, Inviting Litigation

| December 6, 2016

The new triple-drug cocktail would be the only one of its kind among the states that rely on similar procedures to kill prisoners, including a drug never used to that end before.

A Stage Grows In Town Center as Palm Coast Arts Foundation Celebrates New Milestone

| December 5, 2016

The arts and culture organization now has a handsome outdoor stage to call its own on its new grounds in Palm Coast’s Town Center, which it celebrated with an afternoon of performances and activities.

Flagler County Approves 6-Month Moratorium on Medical Pot Dispensaries or Facilities

| December 5, 2016

Flagler County commissioners said the moratorium is not intended to counter the constitutional amendment legalizing medical pot, but to give the county time to figure out what zoning and other regulations may be in place with legalization.

Almost 40 Christmas Trees Stolen From Hollar and Greene Distributor in West Bunnell

| December 5, 2016

The facility at 3258 County Road 305 in west Bunnell has long been managed by Duane Weeks, the husband of the former elections supervisor, Kimberle Weeks. He put the loss of the two thefts at $2,000.

Beyond Tweet Storms: What Trump Could Learn from Alexander Hamilton

| December 5, 2016

Hamilton wanted a strong central government. He advocated taxation. He took these positions for practical reasons, not because he was a flaming liberal, argues Jill Richardson.

County’s Tourism Office Seeks a Blank Check Of $150,000, and No-Bid Award of $130,000

| December 4, 2016

The spending authorizations depart in one way or another from county or tourism council policy and underscore to what extent the paper trail behind tourism office spending has been thinning out over the past two years.

Refinancing Pushes State Debt Down to $24.1 Billion, But Rising Interest Rates Loom

| December 4, 2016

State debt has declined since reaching a peak of $28.2 billion in 2010 due to several factors. Since taking office in 2011, Scott has remained largely opposed to borrowing money or issuing bonds.

Why Trump Would Almost Certainly Be Violating the Constitution If He Continues to Own His Businesses

| December 3, 2016

Even if he does sell his business, any retained residual interest, or any sale payout based on the company’s results, would still give him a stake in its fortunes, again fairly clearly violating the Constitution.

Court Ruling Mostly Favoring Developer May End Nearly 2-Decade Wrangle Over Flagler Beach Marina

| December 2, 2016

Howard Sklar’s marina and boat-works on the Intracoastal in Flagler Beach has been mired in conflict with the city almost since its inception in the late 1990s. A circuit court ruling may finally clear the way for its operations.

Florida’s Death Penalty Law in Disarray, Supreme Court Throws Out Yet More Sentences

| December 2, 2016

Signaling how it is likely to handle scores of Death Row cases, a majority of the Florida Supreme Court threw out death sentences and ordered a new penalty proceeding for a convicted triple-murderer.

Ex-Soccer Coach Sean Stern, Accused of Molesting 2 Teens, Turns Himself In, Held on $500,000 Bond

| December 2, 2016

Sean Stern worked for the now-defunct Professional Sports Pathways Academy in Palm Coast, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and in other local soccer programs.

Economy Adds 178,000 Jobs in November, 4.6% Unemployment at Lowest Level in 9 Years

| December 2, 2016

It’s the longest job-creation streak in the nation’s history, but wages dropped in October by 0.1 percent and the decline in the unemployment rate was due more to a decline in the labor force than because of job creation.

Weekend Briefing: Christmas Parade in Flagler Beach, Arts Foundation Takes the Stage in Town Center, Messiah and Candlelight

| December 2, 2016

An eventful weekend of Christmas performances all over the place, with the Flagler Beach Holiday Parade, the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s afternoon celebration of its new stage on Town Center, performances of Handel’s Messiah, and plenty more.

Sheriff Meets With FPC and Matanzas Students On Timely Issues But Again Gives Neither Public Nor Press Notice

| December 1, 2016

It was the sixth time Sheriff Jim Manfre held “One Common Ground” meetings with community members, and the sixth time his office neglected to publicly notice the meetings or inform local media so they could be properly reported.

Flagler Circuit Judge Scott DuPont Faces Charges of “Recklessly” Spreading Baseless Claims About Opponent

| December 1, 2016

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont may face serious disciplinary action from the Florida Supreme Court if the Judicial Qualifications Commission recommends it after finding probable cause that he violated ethical rules in his latest election campaign.

Not a Storm Too Soon, Worst Hurricane Season In 11 Years Ends as Flagler Continues Recovery

| December 1, 2016

Florida ended its 2016 hurricane season Wednesday, marking the first time in more than a decade that the Sunshine State was hit by a hurricane–and the closest Flagler County came to a direct hit in decades.

Thursday Briefing: Fantasy Lights and Tree Lighting in Town Center, Vaccine Skeptics, That 60s Show, Flagler Audubon

| December 1, 2016

The Rotary Club’s annual Fantasy Lights displays in Palm Coast’s Town Center open just after the 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony, where Santa and the mayor make an appearance. Vaccine skeptics like Donald Trump. The 60s at the Auditorium.

In Saint Augustine, A Dead Priest Pleads for the Life of His Killer

| November 30, 2016

Father Rene Robert, who was murdered, signed the Declaration of Life in 1995: it is wrong for the state to take the life of a convicted criminal, no matter how vile the crime, and no matter how innocent the victim.

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