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Racist, Violent, Unpunished:
A White Hate Group’s Campaign of Menace

| October 21, 2017

the Rise Above Movement, one of whose men beat up protesters in Charlottesville, train to fight. They post their beatings online. And so far, they have little reason to fear the authorities.

Flagler’s Unemployment Rate Falls To 3.9%, A 10-Year Low, Even As Hurricane Whacks State’s Jobs Figures

| October 20, 2017

Flagler’s sharp drop is even more remarkable for taking place during a month that saw Hurricane Irma cut across the region, severing power, work schedules and routines for almost 10 days.

You’re Not Reading Wrong: [Title of Show] Sings Anthem To Selfie Culture In CRT Musical

| October 20, 2017

The latest musical to be staged at Palm Coast’s City Rep Theatre is about creating a show that takes its name – brackets and all – from the entry form used to submit a finished work to a festival.

Prosecution Stymied In Ex-Jail Guard’s Trial Over 2-Year-Old Girl’s Alleged Brutalization

| October 17, 2017

Stanley Wykretowicz, 41, was the sole caregiver to his 2-year-old niece when he brought her to Florida Hospital Flagler, comatose and bruised, but his lawyers say she was merely ill, not abused.

Tip Leads Palm Coast Man Turned Fugitive on Molestation Charges To Be Re-Arrested in Las Vegas

| October 17, 2017

Flagler Sheriff’s Detective George Hristakopoulos contacted the Las Vegas Police Department on a tip that Bryan Loveland may be in the area going by a false name.

Stunner On Birth Control: Trump’s Moral Exemption Is Geared To Just 2 Groups

| October 16, 2017

A separate rule allowing employers that are not religious organization to deny contraceptive coverage to employees is geared toward anti-abortion groups, but its legal status is doubtful.

Wednesday Briefing: Kelsey Banks, Survivor, SBA Disaster Loan Assistance, Ending Fireworks Ban

| October 11, 2017

A Belle Terre Elementary 4th grader has a day proclaimed for her as she passes 5-year mark cancer free, SBA loans for disaster recovery in Flagler Beach.

Florida Lawmakers Hear Grim Picture of Worsening Opioid Crisis and Lack of Treatment

| October 10, 2017

In the first six months of 2016, deaths caused by fentanyl increased by nearly 140 percent, deaths from heroin overdoses jumped by 25 percent, compared to the same period in 2015.

Tuesday Briefing: Development Worries at Matanzas Shores, Palm Coast Data’s Pink Army, NRA’s Guns, FPC Chorus

| October 10, 2017

Residents from the Matanzas Shores area plan to jam a county planning board meeting to oppose proposed developments there, the FPC chorus is in concert, exploring for oil in the Everglades.

Why Lakeside By The Sea Residents See a Pair of Proposed Developments Turning Their Properties Into “Little Lakes”

| October 9, 2017

A developer plans to build 185 homes at the north and south ends of Lakeside By The Sea, the subdivision in the Matanzas Shores area at the northern end of Flagler County, on the barrier island.

Palm Coast Drops Lobbyist of 17 Years To Hire Southern Strategy, Mayor’s Former Employer

| October 9, 2017

Southern Strategy Group is one of Tallahassee’s most powerful lobbying firms. Mayor Milissa Holland worked there from 2013 to 2015.

What You Should Know About Trump’s Rollback Of Contraception Coverage

| October 7, 2017

The rules will make sweeping changes to the law’s requirement that most employers provide coverage of birth control with no out-of-pocket costs to women.

Judge’s Order Calls For Kim Weeks and Others To Pay Flagler Officials $312,000 Over Frivolous, Malicious Complaints

| October 5, 2017

The orders are a remarkable victory for county government and for County Attorney Al Hadeed, who led the charge to recoup fees from Weeks, Dennis McDonald and Mark Richter Jr.

Flagler’s Emergency Manager Resigns as Allegations Fly In Latest Shake-Up At Troubled County Division

| October 4, 2017

Steve Garten says he was pushed out after less than two years on the job, claiming micromanaging by County Administrator Craig Coffey, who defended his role in the shake-up.

Wednesday Briefing: Fire Police Heroes, Charter Review, Walk To School Day, Einstein’s Socialism

| October 4, 2017

Palm Coast Fire Police members are honored by the sheriff, Rymfire Elementary has Walk To School Day, Palm Coast holds another one of those charter review meetings.

An AK-47 Assault Rifle in a Child’s Closet Among Weapons Seized in R-Section Drug Raid: 2 Arrests

| October 2, 2017

Shawn Crawford, 35, and Tariq D. Khawaja, 27, were arrested this morning at 6B Ryall Lane in Palm Coast after a search allegedly uncovered illegal weapons, marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

Up to 14 Inches of Rain Fall on Already Drenched Flagler, But Damage Is Limited

| October 2, 2017

Weekend rains dumped from 4 to 14 inches on already-saturated Flagler County, flooding streets, overcoming swales and ditches and soaking some areas more than others.

Palm Coast Will Spend $200,000 To Add “Palm Coast” Sign On I-95 Overpass, Double Original Estimate

| September 29, 2017

The cost is two to four times more than a previous council was told in 2016, and the money comes out of a fund that pays for street improvements.

Only a Handful Turn Up at Palm Coast’s 1st Charter-Review Workshop; Public Input Limited

| September 27, 2017

Just 13 or 14 people turned up for the first of four city charter-review workshops, and that public’s chance to weigh in was severely constrained by rules that leave the process largely in the council’s control.

Historically Low School Tax Will Diminish Effects of Tax Increases in Palm Coast and County

| September 25, 2017

Even though county government, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell are all increasing taxes, homeowners’ bills will not see a steep increase thanks to a lower school tax.

How Florida’s Failing Charter Schools Exploit Voucher Program To Stay Alive on Public Dime

| September 24, 2017

Charter schools that fail two years in a row should close by law. Instead, they reopen as private schools and use publicly funded vouchers to keep operating, with the state’s blessing.

Students Can Rejoice: Only 1 Hurricane Make-Up Day, No Disruption of Thanksgiving Week Off

| September 22, 2017

The district will make up one day on Oct. 16, with three days already accounted for in the existing schedule and two days waived by the state.

Trying To Make Up For Mistakes, Florida Health Officials Seek To Speed Up Medical Pot Licensing

| September 22, 2017

The Florida Health Department had until Oct. 3 to issue 10 medical pot licenses to producers, a deadline it will almost certainly miss even as it scrambles to ease the application process.

Flagler County Appeals Dangerous Dog Ruling, Challenging Judge DuPont’s Interpretation of Law

| September 20, 2017

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont in August quashed the Flagler County Commission’s order declaring a dog dangerous, saying the commission acted improperly. Flagler is appealing.

How Health Insurers Fuel Opioid Crisis By Denying Claims For Less Addictive But More Expensive Drugs

| September 18, 2017

Insurers limiting access to drugs with a lower risk of addiction or dependence. Why? Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low Of 8.8%, But Florida’s Rate Still 5th Highest in U.S.

| September 17, 2017

Florida’s rate of uninsured would have been lower had Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature not prevented the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid.

FPL Lies

| September 15, 2017

FPL’s response to Hurricane Irma in Flagler has been disgraceful and secretive, both at the expense of local emergency responses and at the expense of residents.

Post-Irma Daily Digest: Flagler Beach Crossovers and Pier Update, FEMA Registrations, Senior Games

| September 14, 2017

Local governments’ drizzle of information releases related to post-Hurricane Irma recovery are distilled for their essentials and published in a running tally.

In Flood-Pummeled Flagler Beach, Mountains of Heartbreak, But Surges of Grit And Samaritans

| September 13, 2017

No place was hardest-hit by floods than Flagler Beach, yet no place seems as vibrant with community support as neighbors have mobilized to help neighbors cope.

As Emergency Yields to Recovery in Flagler, More Inconveniences Than Damages Or Troubles

| September 12, 2017

More than 60 percent of Flagler residents were still without power Tuesday evening but recovery efforts were powering up and destruction from the storm was limited.

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