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Second Valentine’s Day Mass Wedding at Flagler Courthouse Features Vows and Surprises

| February 14, 2019

Eleven couples married and five renewed their vows in the Flagler Clerk of Court’s second anual mass wedding on the steps of the county courthouse at noon today.

Buddy Taylor Student, 13, Alleged Target of Bullying, Arrested For Threatening to Shoot Up School During Xbox Game

| February 14, 2019

The student was playing on Xbox Live with two friends when he made threats to bomb and shoot up the school as he was losing. He acknowledged anger issues but faces a felony.

Flagler’s Addiction Crisis Has a Treatment Problem: There’s Barely Any. Council Talks, With Little Action.

| February 13, 2019

In the opioid crisis, first responders are doing their part, only to see the same individuals adrift the moment they’re out of first responders’ hands: The front lines are meeting the challenge. The rear isn’t. 

Judge Denies End of Sex-Offender Probation For Ex-Matanzas Teacher Who Had Sex With Student

| February 13, 2019

James Wolfe was found guilty in April 2014 of engaging in unlawful sex with one of his students, who was 16 at the time, and whom he was coaching in cross-country. He was 30.

Flagler Commissioners Will Hold Open 1-on-1 Interviews With Administrator Candidates

| February 13, 2019

The county attorney advised Flagler county commissioners that erring on the side of openness was best in deciding whether to individually interview candidates in closed or open sessions.

Trump Said He Would Protect Families, Then Deported My Husband

| February 12, 2019

A year ago, my husband Jorge was torn from our family and deported to Mexico after living peacefully in the United States for nearly 30 years, working and raising a family with me in suburban Detroit, the author writes.

Lawmakers Approve Smokable Pot, But It Must be Pre-Rolled and Filtered

| February 12, 2019

The amendment also would require pre-rolled joints with filters. That was designed to address concerns about the negative health effects of smoking.

Dubai, a Police State, Hosts Flagler Sheriff, 8 Deputies and 60 Other Teams in SWAT Competition

| February 12, 2019

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly and eight members of the agency’s SWAT team are in Dubai on an all-expenses-paid trip through Feb. 14 for an international SWAT competition paid for by the UAE Interior Ministry.

Florida Park Drive May See Changes, from Traffic Islands to Roundabouts to Air Sensors

| February 12, 2019

Addressing Florida Park Drive problems as its predecessors have every few years, the Palm Coast City Council is opting for some additional studies and potentially adding traffic-calming devices to the road.

Flagler Jail’s Private Provider Says Its Nurses Did Nothing Wrong in Fennick’s Death–and Asks for Reimbursements

| February 11, 2019

Armor Correctional Health relieved two nurses of duty at the Flagler jail at the sheriff’s request, placing them on administrative leave and asking the sheriff to pay their salaries and their replacements’ salaries.

Suspected Palm Coast Car Thief Takes Deputies on Chase Through Hospital Grounds Before He’s Tased

| February 11, 2019

Yuli Ilchenko, a 29, a resident of Prescott Lane in Palm Coast, led deputies on a brief car chase and a foot chase before he was wrestled to the ground and Tased, then slapped with four felonies and two misdemeanors.

Senate Panel Weigh Watered Down ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Ban, Eliminating Sanctions on Local Governments

| February 11, 2019

The anti-sanctuary cities bill may be now more appealing to the Florida Senate, which is viewed as the more moderate chamber and has blocked similar proposals in the past.

A Woman Is Seriously Hurt When Car Crashes Through Guardrail and Into West Flagler Canal

| February 11, 2019

Jessica May, 34, was severely injured when she drove her car through a guardrail and went into a canal Sunday evening at State Road 100 and County Road 305.

Flagler’s AAUW Branch Marks 35 Years of Advancing ‘Equity for Women and Girls’

| February 10, 2019

What began with an organizational meeting of the Flagler Beach of the American Association of University Women is now an organization 50-member strong.

State GOP Targets ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Even Though There Are None in Florida

| February 10, 2019

Critics of the bill argue efforts to outlaw “sanctuary cities” have more to do with partisanship than with thwarting an existing problem as there are no counties or cities in Florida that act as “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants.

Anthony Fennick Will Die Saturday Morning, Days After Degrading at Flagler Jail. Family Awaits Answers.

| February 8, 2019

The family of Anthony Fennick, 23, will gather around him Saturday morning, when his breathing machine will be disconnected. He was brain dead after suffering days of high fevers at the Flagler jail, where his care was neglected, his family says.

Jim Cigler Is an Unlicensed Contractor. Repeat Judgments Against Him Don’t Stop Him
From Working.

| February 8, 2019

Flagler County just won a judgment against Jim Cigler, an unlicensed contractor known as “The Gutter Guy,” but Cigler faced several judgments before and kept on falsely advertising his services as licensed and insured.

Governor Seeks More Generous Teacher Bonus Program, But Is Silent on Higher Salaries

| February 8, 2019

DeSantis said the new program could provide bonuses of more than $9,000 to nearly 45,000 “highly effective” teachers, whose unions say higher salaries would be the best approach.

Costs and Concerns Muck Up Plantation Bay Utility as County Begs for $10 Million

| February 7, 2019

The Flagler County Commission is asking for a state appropriation of $10 million to fix the Plantation Bay sewer plant partly from fears that a sewer tank may burst, but the decision was hasty and lacked ready analysis.

Man Who Threatened to Blow Up Sheriff’s Office and Kill the Sheriff Gets 3 Years in Prison

| February 7, 2019

The sentence against Raymond Crown of Palm Coast is a reflection of the vanished tolerance even in the judiciary for threats inspired by bombings or mass shootings.

Sweeping Bill Would Allow Private, Armed Guards on Florida’s School Campuses

| February 7, 2019

A sweeping proposal would allow districts to arm teachers, look to train guardians outside the counties where they would serve and allow districts to contract with guards through private security firms.

Inmate At Flagler Jail Complains Of High Fevers For Days and Is Pacified. He’s Now Brain Dead.

| February 6, 2019

Anthony Fennick, 23, was at the jail on a minor drug charge, developed severe fevers, saw nurses but was not allowed to see a doctor, and on Monday went into cardiac arrest and lost all brain activity.

GPS Ankle Monitors Give Local Cops Stronger Means of Enforcing No-Contact Orders

| February 6, 2019

Alleged domestic violence and other offenders released from jail to await trial usually must stay away from their victims, but such no-contact orders were harder to enforce until GPS devices have been attached to the offenders.

Florida’s More Conservative Supreme Court Rejects Considering Minimum Wage Case

| February 5, 2019

Tuesday’s actions could signal how the new majority will come down on future business-related disputes and could spark state lawmakers, whose annual session begins in March, to consider business-backed legislation to address issues that the old court had foiled.

Ollie North Patrols Flagler With Sheriff Staly, One of 5 Finalists for NRA’s Officer Of the Year

| February 5, 2019

Oliver North, the ex-felon of Iran-Contra fame and current NRA president, was in town to film footage with Sheriff Rick Staly, one of five nominees for the NRA’s Officer of the Year Award.

After December Mistrial, Michael Bowling Will Be Tried Again on Molestation Charges Feb. 18

| February 5, 2019

Michael Bowling is facing two counts of molesting a 15-year-old girl who’d been visiting his stepdaughter for a sleepover in Bunnell’s Mondex.

Flagler Pays $16,000 to Settle Website Access Suit, and Much More to Become ADA Compliant

| February 5, 2019

As one commissioner calls it “a scam,” county government will settle a lawsuit and prepare to hire more staff to address Americans With Disability compliance with county websites.

A Quarter of Florida’s Physicians Skip Required Opioid-Prescription Training

| February 4, 2019

The Florida Department of Health now is preparing to send non-compliance letters advising the providers that they have 15 days to take the mandated course or face disciplinary action.

Billye Boyd Jones, 75, Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot in Palm Coast’s C-Section

| February 4, 2019

Billye Boyd Jones, 75, of Coral Reef Court in Palm Coast, shot herself the evening of Feb. 4, greatly despondent over having recently retired from the company she built, according to her daughter.

Flagler Commission Narrows Interim Choices to 4, But Questions Remain About Interviews

| February 4, 2019

Three of the four candidates are former city or county administrators. The exception is one internal county candidate. They’ll be interviewed Feb. 18, when the commission may choose among them.

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