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Elderly Man Severely Injured, His Dog Mauled and Killed by Pit Bull Mix at Canopy Walk

| February 21, 2017

James E. Bennett, a 79-year-old resident of the Canopy Walk complex in Palm Coast, was severely injured and his 7-year-old Yorkshire killed Sunday in an attack by a Labrador-pit bull dog.

In Brief: Senators Back Tax Exemption for Diapers

| February 21, 2017

Initial estimates point to a reduction of General Revenue receipts of $21.7 million in 2017-18, with a $52.1 million recurring impact, and a reduction of local government revenue by $5.6 million in 2017-18.

On the Sad Prospect of CFO Jeff Atwater, Rare Government Royalty, Leaving Tallahassee

| February 21, 2017

It’s going to feel strange without Jeff Atwater’s steady hand and keen mind in the Florida Capitol, writes Nancy Smith of a the state’s Chief Financial Officer, who is resigning to take a post at Florida Atlantic University.

Tuesday Briefing: Superintendent Search Committee, Autism Training for Cops, Malcolm X, Teen Suicide’s Decrease

| February 21, 2017

The school board and the Palm Coast city council meet today (separately), the Legislature considers requiring autism training for Florida Department of Law Enforcement cops, how gay marriage lowered teen suicide.

Council Endorses Raising Flagler’s Tourism Tax to 5% to Pay For Beach Repairs

| February 20, 2017

The tourist sales surtax tax is applied to hotels, motels and short-term rentals, and would increase beach-restoration revenue to $2.25 million over the next three years.

Man Faces Felony Child Abuse Charge in Assault of Girl, 14, After Accosting Children at Bus Stop

| February 20, 2017

A man who children say had been accosting them at their Palm Coast bus stop was later charged with child abuse after slapping a 14-year-old girl on the butt. An investigation revealed other concerns.

As Gov. Scott Touts Latest Increase in Tourists, Visit Florida Critics Still Pounce on Spending

| February 20, 2017

Visit Florida received $78 million from lawmakers for the current fiscal year that ends June 30. The Sunshine State attracted 112.8 million tourists in 2016. He credited the 5.86 percent increase from the prior year.

Sanctuary Cities Brace For Trump Order Targeting Undocumented Immigrants for Deportation

| February 19, 2017

Many cities, counties and college campuses nationwide are pledging to limit cooperation with immigration enforcers in the face of President Trump’s pledge to quickly deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants.

Congress Signals Opposition to Assisted Suicide; Proponents Fear State Laws in Jeopardy

| February 19, 2017

A congressional committee voted to overturn an assisted-suicide measure in Washington, D.C., last week, signalling more willingness in Congress to possibly reverse more liberal state laws.

Protesters, True Patriots

| February 17, 2017

Freedom for the thought we agree with is as cheap as a Facebook click on the like button. Freedom for the thought that we hate is what separate Americans from thuggery.

Spencer Sarmento Back in Jail on Aggravated Assault Charge Stemming from Gun Argument

| February 17, 2017

Spencer Sarmento, the Mondex resident arrested 14 months ago for firing an assault weapon in the Mondex, was arrested again this morning after a confrontation in which his girlfriend refused to give him a gun.

County Seeking Photo Contest Participants to Mark Flagler’s Centennial

| February 17, 2017

Prizes include $200 for Best of Show, as well as first-, second- and third place prizes by division of $150 – $100 – and $50, respectively. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 10.

Weldon Ryan’s Art of Carnival at Calypso Gallery Opening Saturday in Bunnell

| February 17, 2017

Weldon Ryan’s Art of Carnival show features works shown in New York City and at a show at the Peabody in Daytona Beach in 2015, along with new works in preparation for the 2017 West Indian American Day Carnival in New York.

1st Amendment Trumps 2nd: Court Says Doctors Have Right To Ask About Guns at Home

| February 17, 2017

Major portions of a controversial Florida law restricting physicians and other health-care providers from asking patients about guns is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled.

Weekend Briefing: “Ms. Jackie’s Bus,” Movie Night at Veterans Park, Hot N’ Spicy Festival, Calypso Festival

| February 17, 2017

The Ag Museum’s 7th Hot ‘n Spicy Festival, Movie Night at Flagler Beach’s Veterans Park, “Ms. Jackie’s Bus,” a unique play about adolescent angst, at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, Trump’s embarrassments.

Survey Gives You Chance To Tell Flagler School Board What You Want In Next Superintendent

| February 16, 2017

As part of its search to replace Superintendent Jacob Oliva, the board is making an electronic survey available to residents, including school employees and students, and seeking as much participation as possible.

Florida House Moves to End Participation In Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

| February 16, 2017

The bill sponsor acknowledged there is no evidence terrorists have used the refugee program to enter Florida and that the withdrawal wouldn’t halt the federal government from locating refugees in the state.

For Palm Coast Man, Repeated Arrests Over Guns and Alcohol, Then a Death at the Hospital

| February 16, 2017

Theodore Vanbeveren, 61, had been at Florida Hospital Flagler for detox and had been cleared to be returned to the jail. Instead he had a heart attack and died, according to a sheriff’s report.

Thursday Briefing: The Inspired Mic at Europa, Open-Records Exemption for Dismissed Injunctions, Democrats’ Conspiracies

| February 16, 2017

The Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at The New Europa, European Village, Democrats are now turning to conspiracy theories.

Lawmakers File Bill to Limits Testing Time in Schools and Speed Up Turnaround on Scores

| February 15, 2017

The proposal would require the state’s language arts and math tests to be administered in the last three weeks of a school year, with the exception of the 3rd-grade reading exam.

250 to 300-Acre Fire, Largest Since 2011, Burning Uncontained in Old Haw Creek Area

| February 15, 2017

County and state fire crews began battling the fire just before 3 p.m. The fire was still several miles from the nearest homes to the east but had grown rapidly.

Superwash Express Brings 40 Jobs to Heart of Palm Coast and Lava of Choices For Car Care

| February 15, 2017

Superwash on Cypress Point Parkway held its grand opening last week, creating 40 new jobs, about 25 of them full-time, in a car town that seems to take to carwashes with zeal.

Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell Officials May Face Stronger Financial Disclosure Requirements

| February 15, 2017

Financial disclosure forms filed by elected city officials are cursory compared to the detailed forms filed by county and other officials. That may soon change as the Legislature considers extending the stricter requirements.

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

| February 15, 2017

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

Marginal Risk of Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Wednesday Afternoon in Flagler-Palm Coast

| February 15, 2017

The weather center’s simulation of the storm front, issued Tuesday, places the most active parts of the storm above Flagler County at 3 p.m. Wednesday. That can change with subsequent simulations.

Wednesday Briefing: Hammock’s Bay Drive Park Plan, Superintendent Search, Trans Rabbi, Assisted Living on US1

| February 15, 2017

A Flagler County park for the Hammock talked about for decades may be reality: a community meeting is scheduled about it this evening, the school board holds a workshop to sharpen what it’s looking for in a superintendent, Palm Coast considers yet another assisted living development.

Palm Coast Community Center’s Walls Crash As Shovels Ordain Much Bigger Successor Building

| February 14, 2017

Work crews put destruction on display at the old Palm Coast Community Center today, just after the city council marked the $7.8 million rebuilding and tripling of the site with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Spate of Bills Would Allow Floridians to Carry Guns at Colleges, Airports, Bars, Courthouses, Stadiums

| February 14, 2017

One of the proposals would decriminalize the penalty for people who briefly display a firearm in public, others would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns in courthouses, jails and government meetings, among other places.

Flagler Beach Pier To Be Repaired and Opened By May 1, But More Concrete Plans in Its Future

| February 14, 2017

The $918,000 contract will stabilize the Flagler Beach pier but will not restore the 160 feet it lost during Hurricane Matthew. That’ll be the long-term fix, which may entail pouring concrete.

Man Responsible for McDonald’s Armed Robbery on SR100 in Palm Coast Sought in 2nd Incident

| February 14, 2017

Investigators believe the man who robbed the McDonald’s in Palm Coast on State Road 100 Saturday, wielding a silver blade, is the same man who robbed a CVS pharmacy in St. Augustine the next night.

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