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Voices From the Grave
Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s Last Letter to His Wife

| May 29, 2017

Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s letter to his wife, written a week before he was killed at Bull Run in 1861, is one of the great eulogies of sorrow and divided duty to nation and family. As a memorial to the victims of war, who include survivors, especially civilians, the letter has few equals.

In Flagler and Palm Coast, Hate Crimes Are a Rarity Even as State and National Stats Soar

| May 25, 2017

Officials and experts cite many reasons why reported hate crimes are rare: there may be more harmony locally, but also more subjectivity, under-reporting and lack of awareness when hate crimes are committed.

The Live Interview
Six Questions For James Tager, Superintendent

| May 25, 2017

James Tager, who begins as Superintendent June 1, answers questions about his temperament, open government, transgender rights, zero tolerance and other issues.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trump Says He Knows About Health Care, But Some Of His Facts Seem Alternative

| May 15, 2017

Trump said that “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.” He does not, starting with his understanding of the health care act the House just passed.

Cyclist Critical After He is Struck By Vehicle on Belle Terre and SR100 in Apparent Hit and Run

| May 13, 2017

Kerry Milich, A cyclist, 57, was struck by a car at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and State Road 100 just after 4 p.m. Michael Bailey, the driver of the car, left the scene but was later located. 

Critics Urge Gov. Scott to Veto Massive Education Bill as Details of Legislation Emerge

| May 9, 2017

The bill was pushed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican who sparred with the governor throughout the session over economic-development incentives and tourism marketing.

Lawmakers Approve Budget With Tax Cuts, Severe Cuts to Medicaid, Minor Increase For Education and Big Boost to Charters

| May 8, 2017

The budget package includes a modest increase in per-student spending through the state’s main education formula, $521 million in Medicaid cuts for hospitals and far-reaching changes to education across the board.

David Ottati Returns: Ex-Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Takes Over 3-County Region

| May 8, 2017

David Ottati’s rise in the Adventist organization is again bringing him to Flagler County as he takes over leadership of a seven hospital-region including Florida Hospital Flagler.

It Would Be Up to Florida to Dismantle Obamacare Protections If GOP Bill Advances

| May 8, 2017

Unless the legislation fails or changes substantially, many consumers across the country could see the amount they pay every year for premiums increase by thousands of dollars, making coverage effectively unaffordable.

La Différence
France’s Answer To Trumpism: Non, Merci

| May 6, 2017

Emmanuel Macron’s election as President of France Sunday repudiates angry, anti-democratic tribalism represented by Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump. But it’s only a qualified win.

Flagler Beach, a.k.a. Ocean City, Gets 9 New Lifeguard Towers, All On Strength of Volunteers

| May 5, 2017

The nine lifeguard towers, on a design from towers in Ocean City, Md., are expected to more than double the life of the structures. Commissioner Rick Belhumeur led the all-volunteer effort.

Holland Park Redemption: Palm Coast’s Storied Playground Readies to Re-Open

| May 4, 2017

A year behind schedule, the reopening of Holland Park, now scheduled for June, will also mark the transformation of an eyesore into a crown jewel, as a visit to the park today suggests.

Thursday Briefing: County Road 13 Construction, Vac-Con Trucks, Kimmel’s Verklempt, Palm Coast Democrats, Josh Crews Book Launch

| May 4, 2017

Josh Crews book project launches at Belle Terre, John & Jen at City Rep Theatre, Jimmy Kimmel loses it over his newborn son and Trump’s gutting of the ACA, Dahlia’s Mexican Kitchen, and CPE Bach.

Palm Coast Would Turn Over Its Cell Towers To Contractor Even as New Law Revamps Landscape

| May 2, 2017

Even as a new state law just has just revamped the whole wireless landscape, the Palm Coast council is about to sign a contract grounded in previous-generation realities about cell coverage.

Tuesday Briefing: Superintendent Choice Time, Monopolizing Palm Coast Cell Towers, Scam Safety

| May 2, 2017

The School Board this morning potentially makes its choice for the next superintendent, the Palm Coast council decides whether to hire a company that would largely control the city’s cell-tower contracts and revenue share.

Progressive Voices Rise to Resist Locally as Flagler Beach “Rally By the Sea” Rebukes Trumpism

| April 29, 2017

Saturday’s rally of progressive-liberal organizations in Flagler Beach, organized by a group barely a few months old, suggests the local Republican sweep is not as total as it appears, or Trumpism the only movement in town.

‘Click It or Ticket’ Laws Are Becoming The Norm. But Do They Work?

| April 29, 2017

Not everyone is convinced the tougher laws reduce fatalities. And some opponents say the laws are another example of government interference and can lead to racial profiling.

“John & Jen” and Generational Shock in Musical Closing City Repetory Theatre’s Season

| April 28, 2017

“John & Jen” features the same two actors portraying family members over two generations crossing America’s tumultuous 60s and beyond, and testing family ties. At Palm Coast’s City Rep Theatre.

Flagler Beach Unanimously Approves Marina Settlement That May End 7-Year Suit

| April 27, 2017

It’s now up to Howard Sklar to sign off on the settlement agreement. His attorney said the marina, idle for almost two decades, could be operating soon, welcoming boats, building and repairing them.

Flagler Beach Pier Repair to Last a Bit Longer and Cost More as Engineers Test Loads

| April 27, 2017

The Flagler Beach Pier was set to fully open May 1, but the opening date has been pushed back to the end of May, and engineering work, which won;t affect the date, will add up to $45,000 in costs.

Senate Budget Details Yet to Emerge as House Pushes Potential $2.2 Billion Tax Cut

| April 26, 2017

Lawmakers pushed back against the idea that a deal that many believed had been sealed Tuesday had fallen apart, while House leaders placed tax cuts ahead of more money for per-student allocations.

Short of Stellar, FPC and Matanzas Earn Bronze and Silver in U.S. News’ High School Rankings

| April 26, 2017

Matanzas came in at 160 in the state and 2,297 in the nation, getting silver, FPC came in at 183 in the state and did not get a national ranking, though its IB program’s achievements were not calculated as in previous years’ rankings.

Wednesday Briefing: Economic Council’s Engagement, Buddy Taylor Spring Concert, Constitution Revision Hits Gainesville

| April 26, 2017

Buddy Taylor Middle School holds its Spring Concert, the Flagler Economic Opportunity Council talks community engagement, Constitution Revision Commission travels to Gainesville, and Brigitte Bardot.

As Flagler Considers Countywide Burn Ban, Fire Units On Stand-By to Help Elsewhere

| April 24, 2017

Twenty-one counties have a burn ban in effect, though for now that has not been declared in Flagler, where firefighters are on stand-by to assist battling forest fires in Southwest Florida if necessary.

Thursday Briefing: Superintendent Interviews, Senior Scholarships, Bill O’Reilly’s Karma

| April 20, 2017

The last three candidates for school superintendent still standing interview with the school board in successive slots, then attend the annual senior scholarship awards at the Flagler Auditorium.

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