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No New Street Lights in Palm Coast, But $547,000 For Field Lights and $1 Million For Toilets

| April 25, 2017

Six new field lights at Indian Trails Complex will cost $547,000, not including operating costs, where current lights cost the city $108,000 a year in light bills. The bathrooms are paid for from a less flexible pot.

Along A1A, Protective Plants Replace Rock Art as Volunteers Pilot Adopt-A-Dunes Program

| April 25, 2017

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Joy McGrew is leading an all-volunteer effort to dug up plants from properties of willing owners along A1A and replanting them on dunes as protection against people using them as walkovers.

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.

Embattled State Attorney Ayala Gets Big-Name Backers In Fight With Scott Over Death Penalty

| April 24, 2017

Ex-prosecutors, former state Supreme Court justices, civil-rights organizations and families of homicide victims from across the country have filed briefs supporting Ayala in her legal battle with Gov. Rick Scott.

4 Hurt in Head-On Crash Between SUV and School, Bus at Royal Palms and Rymfire

| April 24, 2017

Four people were hurst including two children in a crash involving a school bus and an SUV at the intersection of Royal Palms Parkway and Rymfire Drive in Palm Coast this morning just before sunup.

Trump, You Bombed Syria Because You Care. Now Get Rid of the Muslim Ban in Any Form.

| April 23, 2017

Both versions of that order, now held up in the courts, would have indefinitely banned all migration from Syria — and suspended refugee resettlement from everywhere.

Secret Hospital Inspections Revealing Errors and Mishaps and May Become Public at Last

| April 22, 2017

The federal government has proposed requiring that accreditors release reports on the problems they find during hospital inspections. Right now, the reports are secret.

Sen. Artiles Resigns as Senate Investigates Racist Insults to Black Colleagues and Others

| April 21, 2017

Sen. Frank Artiles called his presence a “distraction” days after apologizing for a public tirade that included racially charged and vulgar expletives directed at Sen. Audrey Gibson and others.

Badcock Furniture Will Fill Old Food Lion Space in Flagler Beach, Ending 8-Year Drought

| April 21, 2017

Badcock Furniture will open in mid-summer in Flagler Square, as will a sweet shop, completing a remarkable revival of that commercial strip eight years after it had become a gaping hole for business.

Hitting New Post-Recession Low of 4.8%, Flagler’s Unemployment Now Matches Florida’s

| April 21, 2017

The number of unemployed in Flagler county fell sharply in March, from 2,482 to 2,214, a drop of 268, an impressive 11 percent decline, with work activity especially pronounced in construction.

Lawmakers Set to Enact Long-Sought Solar Energy Tax Break, But Concerns Remain

| April 20, 2017

The House and Senate are working on the proposals to carry out a renewable-energy constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 4, that voters approved during August’s primary election.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: James Tager

| April 20, 2017

James Tager, the closest thing to a home-grown candidate for the Flagler County School Superintendent job, projected confidence, fluent knowledge of local and state issues and quite a bit of familiarity with Flagler schools.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: Gerald Wilson

| April 20, 2017

In approach and demeanor, Gerald Wilson echoed Janet Valentine, the superintendent who preceded Jacob Oliva: not much excitability or charisma, but solid knowledge and deference to process.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: Jeff Umbaugh

| April 20, 2017

Jeff Umbaugh was energetic, congenial, discursive, fast-talking, quick to take verbal tangents or make the occasional humorous aside, but mostly, he spoke in generalities and clichés.

Life in Prison for Palm Coast Man as Jury Finds Him Guilty of Molesting 11-Year-Old

| April 19, 2017

A two-second feel over the clothes of an 11-year-old in a Palm Coast home by her guardian four years ago will result in a life sentence for James Taylor, a previously convicted sex offender.

Palm Coast Approves $425,000 Parasols at 4 City Parks, But Council Members Grumble

| April 19, 2017

Council members Nick Klufas and Steve Nobile, who are seeking more oversight of the city administration, had serious misgivings about cost and a bidding process that left them with little choice.

Sen. Artiles Apologizes to Sen. Gibson After Cursing Her Out In Racist and Sexist Language

| April 19, 2017

Florida Sen. Artiles unleashed racial and sexist slurs at Sen. Audrey Gibson, who at one time represented parts of Flagler County, in a tirade at the Governors Club near the Capitol Monday night.

Palm Coast’s Thames Envy Holds Weir-dest Ribbon-Cutting You’ve Ever Heard Of

| April 18, 2017

There’s a ribbon-cutting for every imaginable non-event these days, and today Palm Coast cut the ribbon at a water-control structure called a “weir,” in the B-Section.

At Man’s Trial, Weighing the Line Between A Parent’s Touch and Outright Molestation

| April 18, 2017

Defense attorneys for James A. Taylor, the man on trial for allegedly molesting his ex’s 11-year-old daughter in Palm Coast, effectively plundered his accuser’s and her sisters’ credibility in four hours of testimony today.

Rocky Superintendent Search Jarred Again as Phyllis Edwards Withdraws Candidacy

| April 18, 2017

With the latest top candidate to drop out, the Flagler County School Board’s search for a new superintendent is turning into a poorly scripted season of Survivor.

In Big Victory for Flagler Government, Feared Vacation-Rental Bill Suddenly in Retreat in Legislature

| April 17, 2017

Flagler County’s vacation-rental regulations currently in place would be preserved according to a new version of a Senate bill the county had been fighting before. And a House bill may be dead.

James Taylor Trial: A History of Violence and Rapes of Women and Children, But Jury Won’t Hear It

| April 17, 2017

The single charge of molestation James A. Taylor faces as he went on trial in Flagler County today is deceptive: the sex offender has a history of brutality, rapes and assaults involving women and children, but it’s all off limits.

Governments Mull Way To Fight Prescription-Drug Crisis That Worked With Tobacco: Taxes

| April 17, 2017

California, Alaska and the US Congress are considering taxing prescription drugs to raise money for treatment and discourage their use, but the amounts of the taxes would be relatively small.

Two Killed, One Critical in Single-Vehicle Crash On Hammock Dunes Parkway

| April 16, 2017

An elderly couple was killed and a man, Arthur Thornton, was in critical condition after a single-vehicle crash on Hammock Dunes Parkway just after 6 p.m. Easter Sunday evening.

A Suicide By Gunshot Jolts 911 Call as Sheriff Observes Flagler’s Dispatch Center in Action

| April 14, 2017

A gunshot suicide took place live as a 911 dispatcher was on the phone Wednesday, while Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly sat in as a “trainee” to mark National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Carrabba’s on Palm Coast’s Cypress Edge Drive Is Target of a Bomb Threat

| April 14, 2017

A bomb threat was called into Carrabba’s restaurant on Cypress Edge in Palm Coast late this afternoon with a “pretty straight-forward” threat by the caller, according to the sheriff’s office.

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Taxing Satellite TV at Nearly Twice the Rate of Cable

| April 14, 2017

Under state law, cable services are taxed at 4.92 percent, while satellite services are taxed at 9.07 percent, according to the Supreme Court ruling, which upheld the different rates.

Goons With Guns, Sheriff Edition

| April 13, 2017

A Florida sheriff’s ISIS-like video warning to drug dealers and the brutalizing of Dr. David Dao on a United flight in the same week are no coincidence, but symptoms of a re-emerging authoritarianism.

2 Teens Face Felonies For Firing BB Gun at Full School Bus and Vehicles on Belle Terre

| April 13, 2017

There were 40 students returning from Bunnell Elementary when the school bus was the target of boys allegedly firing a BB and an air soft gun at the vehicle on Belle Terre Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

With Rising Death Toll From Opioids, Florida Still Gropes For Effective Answers

| April 13, 2017

State officials have few responses as the death rate from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased 72.2 percent from 2014 to 2015, to 3,228 deaths by overdose in Florida.

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