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Sheriff’s Request for 15 New Deputies Adds to Budget “Challenges” as Local Governments Begin to Haggle

| May 23, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly wants 10 new deputies from the county and five from Palm Coast. County government is facing $9 million in “challenges” as budget season launched this week.

Bowlers Raise $2,200 for Domestic Violence Shelter as Government Demurs on Funding Request

| May 23, 2017

An official for the Family Life Center asking for a budget increase was told “we’ll see” by the County Commission, but a Palm Coast Yacht Club fundraiser netted $2,200.

No Coal Resurgence Here: FPL Seeks to Shut Down Dirty-Energy Plant in Jacksonville

| May 23, 2017

FPL says shutting down the coal-fired plant will save customers money and have environmental benefits, including a reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions.

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

| May 23, 2017

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

Weather Service Cautions: Possibly Heavy to Severe Storms and Rainfall Late Tuesday and Wednesday

| May 23, 2017

Computer models show the most activity in the Palm Coast-Flagler area Wednesday afternoon, with only scattered thunderstorms expected today between 1 and 4 p.m., and again for a couple of hours in early evening.

Go Ahead, Gov. Scott, Veto This Bad Education Bill in Good Conscience

| May 23, 2017

Gov. Scott has said he wants to sign only bills that are good for Florida families. This one is not. Its process was particularly dishonest — something even committed conservatives should disown when they look at it up close.

Profile In Resilience: Cindy Dalecki’s Journey From Loss Back to Radiance

| May 22, 2017

Cindy Dalecki, one of the most recognizably sunny personalities and marketing executive in Flagler Beach and Palm Coast, describes her ongoing recovery from losing her husband and companion of 28 years.

Flagler 3rd Graders’ Reading Scores Jump, And Exceed State Average By 11 Points

| May 22, 2017

The Flagler school district average of 69 percent of students at proficiency or better exceeds the state average of 58 by 11 points as every elementary school showed strong improvement.

Marketing 2 Go, Curley Tail Design and the Branding Box Move to Ripple Coworking in Flagler Beach

| May 22, 2017

Marketing 2 Go, Dalecki’s 7-year-old company and with Kim Fitzgerald’s Curley Tail Design, who together run The Branding Box, moved to Ripple Coworking, a startup in a venerable building.

Time Is Running Out For “Repeal and Replace” As Scandal and Summer Loom

| May 22, 2017

Budget procedures, the fact that half the states’ legislatures have already adjourned is making it almost impossible for Congress to fit repeal of the Affordable Health Act just yet.

Whiplash

| May 21, 2017

Donald Trump is rewriting the rules of politics, of time and of the English language, but the resulting explosions are as false a dawn as those of nuclear blasts.

A Man Is Killed in Fiery Morning Crash On Old Kings Road South of Graham Swamp

| May 21, 2017

Joshue Rafael Venegas, 30, of Palm Coast, killed was speeding north at 3 a.m. on Old Kings Road, clipping a pick-up truck with three occupants before losing control.

Game Over: Lawmakers, Not Voters, Decide Whether To Allow Slot Machines, High Court Rules

| May 20, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court squashed a broad expansion of slot machines in at least eight counties, saying the decision to allow pari-mutuels to add the lucrative games rests with the Legislature, not voters.

For Overworked County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, $150,000 Worth of Help May Be Coming

| May 19, 2017

Flagler County is not getting an additional county judge, but the money appropriated will pay for the equivalent of 428 days of service by retired judges brought back on a per-day basis to handle cases.

The Solemn and the Symbolic Mark Flagler Sheriff’s Ceremony Commemorating Fallen

| May 19, 2017

In a departure from previous ceremonies, Thursday’s commemoration included a march and a riderless horse, symbolizing fallen officers, and the unveiling of a Wall of Heroes.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to New Post-Recession Low, Matching Florida’s 4.5%

| May 19, 2017

In April, the number of the unemployed in Flagler County fell by almost 200, though the labor force shrank almost equally, and the overall number of Flagler County residents with jobs fell by 100.

Weekend Briefing: Flagler Beach Pirates, Hope to Help Dance Against Cancer, Kayaking, Introduction to Bull

| May 19, 2017

Pirates take Flagler Beach, FPC Starlets take the stage, fitness with Palm Coast’s mayor, Choral Arts Society’s May concert, a college course introduction to bullshit, learning about the coming eclipse.

School Board Veto Call to Scott: “Legislators Didn’t Follow Basic Tenets We Teach Students in 7th Grade Civics”

| May 18, 2017

The Flagler County School Board complete letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to veto an education bill that would “shortchange” Flagler County students. The bill was passed at the last minute with little discussion.

Citing Chronic Crisis, Sheriff Plans Community Summit on Domestic Violence and Task Force

| May 18, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly intends to call a community summit followed by a task force that would have a few months to produce a set of recommendations to enact. Other domestic violence initiatives are ongoing.

Flagler Grand Jury Indictments: Gore and Singer May Face Death Penalty, Haire Life in Prison

| May 18, 2017

Dorothy Singer, accused of killing her husband, and Bobby Gore, accused of killing his son, may face the death penalty, and Phillip Haire, accused of shooting at a cop and his parents, may never see freedom again, if convicted.

Thursday Briefing: Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Vigil, Flagler and McLaughlin Town Halls, Go Natural Walk, Chelsea Manning

| May 18, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a town hall at the Flagler Auditorium on the county’s future, the Sheriff’s Office hosts its annual fallen officer memorial, a nature walk at Long Creek Preserve, the Starlets in action.

House Bill 7069 Will Change Education in Flagler For Generations, Not For the Better

| May 17, 2017

Flagler County School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker explains his opposition to a massive education bill, focusing on the bill’s preferential treatment of charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools.

Gov. Scott Faces Increasing Pressure to Veto Education Bill, Including From Flagler District

| May 17, 2017

The Flagler County School Board joined its voice to a growing chorus of demands from across the state that Gov. Rick Scott veto a massive education bill opponents consider damaging to school districts.

Four Arrests in 4 Separate Violent Assaults in a 24-Hour Period Underscore Domestic Issues

| May 17, 2017

Andrew J. Krupp, 20, of Palm Coast, Qwajon R. Laster, 20, of Bunnell, Raymond Amara, 54, of Palm Coast, and Jacob Robertson of Flagler Beach were all arrested on felony charges stemming from violent confrontations.

Daytona State Will Not Increase Tuition in 2017-18, But a Few Fees Will Go Up

| May 17, 2017

Tuition will remain flat even though the Florida Legislature slashed the budgets of public colleges across the state by $30 million in the session just ended. The cuts affected remedial education.

Middle and High School Students Can Rejoice: ID Cards May Be Carried Through Cell Phone

| May 17, 2017

The Flagler School Board is set to approve a rule change in June that would allow students no longer to have to wear their ID badges, and to show them through their cell phone if requested, come the 2017-18 school year.

Wednesday Briefing: Matanzas High Blood Drive, Baccalaureate Service, Helen Keller on Book Burning

| May 17, 2017

A Matanzas blood drive for scholarships, a country of hackers, Flagler’s graduates get a service at Santa Maria del Mar, Helen Keller’s words to book-burners.

School Board Awards Superintendent Tager $135,000 Contract Plus Performance Bonuses

| May 16, 2017

James Tager’s full compensation package, before incentives kick in, is $154,200, with $5,000-worth of recurring bonuses if he pushes the district to earn an A and improves its graduation rate.

Sheriff Warns Against Misleading Medical Pot Scams “Popping Up All Over Palm Coast”

| May 16, 2017

Yard signs in Palm Coast have popped up advertising “legal” weed, but the signs are scams, and a further reflecting of the confusion caused by lawmakers’ inability to agree to rules on medical pot, enabling scammers to fill voids.

Gov. Scott Continues to Attack Lawmakers Over Tourism Budget as Visitors’ Numbers Rise

| May 16, 2017

A good showing in December aside, when year-over-year tourism tax receipts jumped 18 percent, Flagler County has done less well, and not necessarily because of Hurricane Matthew.

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