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Sid Nowell, Pioneering Lawyer, Mediator and Past President of Flagler County Bar, Dies at 69

| August 12, 2019

Sid Nowell (1950-2019) broke barriers for local black attorneys, served as a Bunnell city attorney for eight years, as the NAACP’s attorney and former Sheriff Manfre’s attorney, coaching, serving on boards and presiding over the Flagler County Bar Association along the way.

Of Course Guns Have Nothing To Do With It

| August 11, 2019

Mountains of evidence link America’s mass killings to the massive amount of guns in circulation, but let’s go ahead and pretend that guns have nothing to do with it, nor the absence of sensible gun control.

Final Tally: Meet The 22 Lawyers Applying to Be Flagler’s Next Appointed County Judge

| August 9, 2019

The 22 applicants are vying for the new Flagler County Court position just approved by the legislature. A commission will recommend a short list to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who will make the appointment later this year.

State Rules May Ease Path to Mental Health Counselors’ Qualifications and Toughen Charter School Security

| August 9, 2019

With the start of a new school year just around the corner, Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools and ensure that charter schools are meeting safety requirements.

Signs of the Times: Flagler Sheriff’s New Recruits and School Deputies Train to Take Down Mass Shooter

| August 8, 2019

Twenty-six Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies, including all of its school resource deputies, trained through a mass-shooter scenario Thursday afternoon at a Korona church, part of what’s now standard training at the agency.

Flagler County and Bunnell Governments Lose Their Finance Directors in Middle Of Budget Season

| August 8, 2019

Bunnell lost virtually the entirety of its finance department when four employees resigned and the new finance chief was forced to resign in an unexpected shake-up, with the county sending in help.

For Parents’ Peace of Mind, It’s Time for Video and Audio Monitoring of Flagler’s Special Education Classrooms

| August 8, 2019

An incident at Belle Terre Elementary School last school-year illustrates the need for more objective, independent oversight of what goes on in special education classrooms, where students may not have a voice of their own.

Judge Jim Manfre? Former Sheriff Among Applicants for New Flagler County Judge Seat

| August 7, 2019

With two days to go before the application window closes, eight candidates have applied to be appointed Flagler County judge, the second county judge seat the Legislature approved in its last session to share the docket of County Judge Melissa Distler.

Intoxicated Mother Faces Felony Charges After Her 3-Year-Old Child Wanders Parking Lot Naked and Alone

| August 7, 2019

Amber L. Bruder, a 27-year-old resident of the Palm Pointe apartment complex in Bunnell, told hospital staff she was drunk when her 1-year-old boy was spotted wandering around the complex’s parking lot alone.

Texas Roadhouse Breaks Ground in Winn-Dixie Shopping Center off Palm Coast Parkway

| August 7, 2019

Palm Coast’s Texas Roadhouse will be a dinner-only 369-seat restaurant in a 7,163 square foot building. The restaurants typically generate $5.2 million in annual sales, or $364,000 in state and local sales tax.

Deriding Focus on Trump Rhetoric, DeSantis Blames Mass Shootings on ‘Recesses of the Internet’

| August 7, 2019

Trump is facing accusations that his immigration rhetoric inspired a man who posted warnings online of a “Hispanic invasion” before killing 22 people at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday.

Florida Senate Will Study White Nationalism and Other Factors in Mass Violence

| August 6, 2019

In the run-up to the 2020 legislative session, the Florida Senate will review acts of mass violence such as the deadly shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, along with factors such as white nationalism.

School Board’s Next Superintendent Hire Will Include Familiar Consultant and Community Panel

| August 6, 2019

The Flagler County School Board took its first steps Tuesday in what will likely be an eight to nine-month process of replacing Superintendent Jim Tager–and the board’s third search in in five years.

County Awards $76,000 in Tourism Grants to 24 Organizations But Rejects 8, Raising Questions

| August 6, 2019

The Flagler County Commission on Monday approved 24 grants totaling $76,000 for mostly local organizations’ cultural and sports events, festivals and professional meetings, money to be drawn from the county’s tourist tax revenue.

I’d Like to Stop Writing About Innocents Killed by Guns

| August 5, 2019

So far, as hard as we try, every time it happens again we apparently have not stood up in sufficient numbers or shouted loud enough to make the massacres stop. What does it take? The story keeps repeating.

Between Mass Shootings and ‘Overkill,’ Flagler’s Elections Office Will Add New Security Barriers

| August 5, 2019

Flagler Elections Supervisor asked for and received $15,300 from the county commission to build glass partitions separating her front-desk staff and another area in the office from the public.

Wall Collapse at Construction Site in Hammock Sends 3 to Hospitals, One With Severe Injuries

| August 5, 2019

Three workers were injured, one of them severely, after a wall collapsed on the workers at the site of a house under construction at 51 Calle Del Sur in the Hammock Saturday afternoon.

Curtain Rises on Flagler Auditorium’s New Director and Renovations With Ribbon-Cutting Tonight

| August 5, 2019

The public can meet new Auditorium Director Amy Fulmer and tour the venue on the FPC campus during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovations at 5:30 this evening. The event will feature live music and food for guests.

What “Abolish ICE” Really Means

| August 4, 2019

All evidence suggests that immigrants are far from the national security threat the Trump administration claims they are. Regardless of status, they’re more law-abiding than native-born citizens.

Lethal Crisis: When Seniors Turn To Suicide

| August 3, 2019

As suicide rates continue to climb, claiming more than 47,000 lives in 2017, a six-month investigation finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.

In Culmination of the Bizarre, Man Who Faced Life in Prison For Attempting to Electrocute His Wife May Walk Out of Prison in 10 Months

| August 2, 2019

Michael Scott Wilson, 32, was sentenced to 3 years in prison today but may walk out of prison in 10 months because of time served and early release. He was convicted on reduced charges after facing a first-degree attempted murder charge.

Benjamin Allen, 16, Is Charged as an Adult in 1st Degree Murder of 17-Year-Old Elijah Rizvan

| August 2, 2019

State Attorney R.J. Larizza opted to try Benjamin Allen as an adult for the July 12 incident. If convicted, he may face life in prison, but he is not eligible for the death penalty.

Congressman Mike Waltz, Again in Flagler, Gets a Primer on Coastal Reconstruction and Talks Climate Change

| August 1, 2019

U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz was in Flagler County for the second time this week, touring Flagler Beach’s road reconstruction and sea wall projects along A1A and speaking at length in an interview of his views on climate change.

Abortion Waiting Period Back in Play as Florida Appeal Court Overturns Lower-Court Decision

| August 1, 2019

The 24-hour waiting period case could eventually become a key test for the Florida Supreme Court, which has historically backed abortion rights but is now dominated by conservative justices.

Sheriff’s Deputy Fired For Failing to Take Action With Wrong-Way Car That Ended in Fatal Crash, Is Ordered Reinstated

| August 1, 2019

Robert Finn in his patrol car crossed paths with Wendell Parker going the wrong way on an I-95 exit ramp moments before Parker died in a head-on collision with another car. Finn was fired a year ago, but ordered reinstated this week.

Judge Denies James McDevitt Motion for Relief, Letting 40-Year Prison Sentence Stand for Rape in Flagler Beach

| July 31, 2019

James McDevitt, now 27, argued he’d gotten poor counsel from two attorneys before his sentence on a 2013 rape of a 40-year-old woman in Flagler Beach. A circuit judge rejected his claims.

State Will Appeal Ruling That Struck Down Law Penalizing Local Officials For Regulating Guns

| July 31, 2019

Florida will appeal a circuit judge’s ruling that struck down a state law threatening tough penalties for local officials and governments that approve gun regulations.

Kimberle Weeks Appeals 8 Felony Convictions, Alleging Court Errors Warrant a New Trial

| July 31, 2019

Kimberle Weeks, the former Flagler elections supervisor convicted on eight felony counts of illegally recording conversations, filed the initial brief to her appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeal almost 14 months after her trial.

David Zlokas, 66, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in DUI Death of ‘Best Friend’ Gary St. Peter

| July 30, 2019

David Zlokas, the 66-year-old former resident of Surf Side condominiums, drove home drunk in 2017 and smashed his Mustang against a tree. He survived. Gary St. Peter did not.

Soccer and Lacrosse Tournaments May Quit Indian Trails Complex as 2 Fields Are Converted for Palm Coast Little League’s Uses

| July 30, 2019

The Indian Trails Sports Complex’s 10 multi-purpose fields, often used for soccer or lacrosse, would be reduced to eight, with two fields being converted to baseball and softball use to accommodate Palm Coast Little League.

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