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AR-15s in Flagler Schools, Traffic Cops in Mustangs, New Marine Unit: Sheriff
Staly’s State of Policing

| April 19, 2018

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly spoke to some 75 people Thursday on a re-energized state of policing in Palm Coast and the county, summing up initiatives and coming developments.

Spirit Ride’s Coffin Honoring Fallen Tow Operators and Other Emergency Responders Makes Ceremonial Stop in Bunnell

| April 19, 2018

The ceremonial casket is part of American Towman’s Spirit Ride pilgrimage through 200 cities across the country to bring attention to the dangers emergency responders face every day.

A Palm Coast Resident Says “School Shooting” In a Facebook Video That Has Nothing To Do with School Shootings. Cops Show Up.

| April 18, 2018

Tony Lagano, 35, was upset over a family court issue and alluded to a school shooting in a sarcastic Facebook video last week, only to be visited by sheriff’s deputies.

Matanzas High School Girl Reports Being Raped By Another Juvenile at Her Home

| April 18, 2018

An investigation is ongoing into the allegation of a rape of a 16-year-old girl after the alleged perpetrator asked to meet the girl to “catch up.”

105 Missiles Fired at Syria Is 10 Times The Number of Syrian Refugees We’ve Taken In All Year

| April 18, 2018

“This is about humanity,” President Trump said of attacking Syria. A look at his response to other regional catastrophes shows his claim doesn’t begin to add up.

Scott Wants To Cut Medicaid Application Window From 90 Days To 30; His Savings Claims Are Challenged

| April 18, 2018

The Scott administration’s cost analyses sometimes have not made sense to Medicaid experts or health and social-service providers in the trenches.

Students Raise Concerns, But Flagler School Board Approves Social Media Surveillance

| April 18, 2018

The Flagler County School Board Tuesday approved a three-year, $55,500 contract with Vermont-based Social Sentinel to troll eight different types of social media accounts.

It’s Up to Grown-Ups To Stop Bullying, Not Kids

| April 17, 2018

Speaking of her own experience with bullying, the author holds the adults who watched and did nothing far more responsible than those who perpetrated it.

Tax-Evaders Beware: Flagler Will Take Over Local Collection From Short-Term Renters, Projecting Jump in Revenue

| April 17, 2018

The Flagler County Tax Collector, not the state Department of Revenue, will be collecting the 5 percent tax on short term rentals starting in July–a tax hundreds of property owners are evading currently.

Voters Will Decide School Board Term Limits and Ending Local Control Over Charter Schools

| April 17, 2018

Under current law, school boards operate and control public schools within their counties. That would end if voters approve a constitutional amendment.

Florida Hospitals and Halifax Health Named Among 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare

| April 17, 2018

Adventist Health System, which includes the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top places to work in health care.

Flagler School Board Wants To Snoop on Students’ Social Media, And Maybe Yours. Wrong Move.

| April 16, 2018

The School Board is set to contract with Social Sentinel, a company that will troll social media accounts across Flagler for $18,500 and issue “alerts” to select officials. It’s an inappropriate move down a slippery slope.

Flagler Moves to Protect Public’s Use Of Beaches Ahead of Law Granting Property Owners Restrictive Rights

| April 16, 2018

The new law allows beachfront private property owners to trespass the public from private beaches, something not allowed currently, and never done in Flagler.

Ballot Proposal Would Ensure Crime Victims Have Their Say in Plea Agreements and Sentencing

| April 16, 2018

The proposal, which will need support from 60 percent of voters in November, would seek to ensure the rights of victims to receive information and provide input during criminal cases.

Man Killed, Woman Critical in Head-On I-95 Collision North of Palm Coast Parkway

| April 16, 2018

A man was killed early this morning and a woman is in critical condition following a head-on collision on I-95, just north of the interchange with Palm Coast Parkway..

Flagler-Palm Coast Under Tornado Watch Until 6 PM as Line of Storms Approaches

| April 15, 2018

The squall line this afternoon is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with locally heavier amounts, and winds of 30-40 mph.

Felons’ Lawyers Accuse Scott and Cabinet of Foot-Dragging Over Judge’s Rights-Restoration Order

| April 15, 2018

A federal judge who found the state’s vote-restoration process unconstitutional gave Scott and the Cabinet until April 26 to overhaul the process. They’ve done nothing.

7 New Sheriff’s Deputies, 143% Cost Increase as Outline of Flagler’s School Safety Takes Shape

| April 13, 2018

Sheriff Staly and Superintendent Tager are negotiating an increase of the school deputies’ program to $1.8 million split 50-50, with the schools’ share paid by the state and the sheriff’s by the County Commission.

88-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Dies of Gunshot, 3rd Elderly Suicide in Seven Weeks in Flagler

| April 13, 2018

Joseph O’Sullivan, 88, of Palm Coast’s P Section, died of a gunshot Wednesday. There have been at least eight suicides in the county since the new year.

Flagler Judge Scott DuPont Called “Unfit,” “Outrageous,” “Disturbing,” “Beyond Reckless” and Contemptuous of Law

| April 13, 2018

A devastating 21-page opinion by a disciplinary judicial commission repeats in harsher language a call for Judge Scott DuPont’s removal, a recommendation going before the Supreme Court.

Cities and Counties Pushing Back Against State Law Limiting Local Gun Regulations

| April 12, 2018

Local governments are challenging the 2011 “preemption” law, which bans them from imposing gun restrictions tougher than those in state laws.

West Flagler Man Faces Kidnapping and Assault Charges Involving Woman Picked Up in Daytona

| April 12, 2018

Jesse Alan Pack is accused of kidnapping a woman in Daytona Beach and driving her to Flagler, where she reported escaping on County Road 200 near U.S. 1.

Pick-Up Flips on Old Kings, Driver Arrested For DUI, Palm Coast Firefighter Injured

| April 12, 2018

Lt. Brian Mugford of the Palm Coast Fire Department injured his foot when looking for other patients: the driver of the pick-up had falsely claimed someone else had been driving, and had run off.

Judge Says Cancer Patient May Grow His Own Pot Plants, Seeding New Front in Florida Marijuana Wars

| April 12, 2018

The patient is forced to grow his own plants to make liquid treatment because the state hasn’t allowed any marijuana operators to sell whole plants to patients.

Sheriff Staly’s Heimlich Saves Elected Party Official’s Life at Candidate Forum

| April 12, 2018

Sharon Demers, an elected Republican state committeewoman and a former candidate for school board, was choking when Staly successfully executed a Heimlich maneuver on her.

Man, 59, Critical After He Was Found Submerged in a U-Section Swale as Children Returned From School

| April 11, 2018

David A. Niesse is in critical condition after he was found face-down in a waterlogged swale in front of his Palm Coast house, a scene that left a busload of Imagine School students shaken Tuesday.

In Praise of Pops: Jax Symphony’s Palm Coast Picnic Returns in Salute To Bracing Favorites

| April 11, 2018

The Jacksonville Symphony’s 11th Picnics and Pops concert with the Palm Coast Arts Foundation is an exploration of the worlds of pop music’s Mozarts.

Court Rejects Curbs on “Deer Dog Hunting” in Florida Wildlife Management Area

| April 11, 2018

Property owners sued the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for not properly keeping hunters’ dogs away from their lands. They won, only for an appeals court to reverse the decision.

20 Years in Prison for Ex-Soccer Coach Who Molested Boys at Palm Coast Academy; He Faces New Rape Charge

| April 11, 2018

Sean Stern was a program director at Palm Coast’s ex-Sports Pathways soccer academy for boys and girls, where he molested at least three boys over many months.

Water War Flares Again Between Palm Coast and County Over Planned Shops Near Airport

| April 10, 2018

A proposed commercial development at the southeast corner of State Road 100 and the entrance to the county airport, opposite Bulldog Drive, is at the center of the latest water dispute between Palm Coast and the county.

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