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Sheriff’s Potentially Sick Building Testing Done in 1 Day, Results Not Expected Until July

| June 18, 2018

An environmental engineer Flagler County government hired to test the Sheriff’s Operations Center gathered some 30 air, soil and other samples in a one-day testing spree at the building.

Behind Campaign to ‘Save Cooper’ the Dangerous Dog, Broken Pledges on Both Sides and Palm Coast’s Arbitrary Calls

| June 18, 2018

Cooper’s owner broke a pledge to kill the dog, and the victim broke a pledge not to sue, while Palm Coast pursued euthanizing the dog but not charges against the owner, even though the law says it should do both.

Flagler Beach Golf Course Struggles On, But City Declares Re-Evaluation Committee Premature

| June 18, 2018

Flagler Beach commissioners rejected Kim Carney’s call for appointing a reevaluation committee for the nine-hole golf course at the south end of town.

Sheriff’s Office Completes Evacuation as Length of Nomadic Exile Remains Uncertain

| June 16, 2018

The Flagler Sheriff’s Office completed its relocation to the courthouse and its old administrative building pending analysis of the potentially sick operations center.

For Flagler Students, Slight Declines In English and Math Mask Stronger Gains in the Details

| June 15, 2018

When broken out, the declines tend to be more isolated than systemic, and despite the declines, the district remains above the state average in both English and math.

Flagler Unemployment Settles Below 4% in Echo of Pre-Recession Vigor, Labor Force at New High

| June 15, 2018

The Flagler labor force hit a new high of 47,204, up 600 compared to a year ago. Of those, 45,423 residents are holding jobs either in the county or out of the county.

Flagler Firefighters Pull Off Two Saves in 12 Hours–A $1.2 Million Home and Strip Mall Shop

| June 15, 2018

This morning’s fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. at the Bikes ‘N Coffee shop at Flagler Plaza. Thursday evening a three-level house in the Hammock caught fire from a lightning strike.

Flagler Beach Restores Beach Management Panel In Hopes of Securing $500,000 A Year

| June 14, 2018

The Flagler Beach City Commission restored the Beach Management Committee disbanded in 2014 in hopes of ensuring that a state agency sends $500,000 a year to the city for management of 6 miles of dunes.

Palm Coast Council Prepares Residents For Big Tax and Fee Changes Ahead

| June 14, 2018

A combination of a potential huge revenue loss combined with rising infrastructure needs mean the current Palm Coast tax and fee structure is unsustainable.

Black Bear Roaming Around Seminole Woods Catches Attention of Residents and FWC

| June 14, 2018

The bear has been linked to areas around Ulaturn Trail, Ullian Trail and Selma Trail. FWC is canvassing the neighborhood and urging residents to eliminate outdoor food sources.

In Bunnell Manager Interviews, a Commissioner Makes His Choice With 3 Candidates Yet To Go

| June 13, 2018

Commissioner John Rogers declared himself for a candidate before the candidate’s interview was over, and before the commission is to interview three more next week.

Accused of Threatening His Mother, Palm Coast Man Is Tased in His Bedroom, and Arrested

| June 13, 2018

Richard Flefil, 31, of Palm Coast’s P Section, threatened to finish the job his father had started, he told his mother, who told deputies his father had once tried to kill her.

In Wake of Hurricane Irma’s Messy Evacuation and Fuel Shortages, Study Will Seek Improvements

| June 13, 2018

An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University team is studying Hurricane Irma’s mass evacuation to provide recommendations for a smoother exodus in the future.

Rae Cabot, 99, Is Killed, 2 Others Injured Crash on Belle Terre and Pine Grove

| June 12, 2018

The crash that killed Palm Coast’s Rae Cabot, 99, had similarities to the last crash that killed a woman at the same intersection four years ago.

Palm Coast Council Claims It Cannot Exile Rather Than Kill Dangerous Dog Cooper. Many Others Disagree.

| June 12, 2018

The dog Cooper has twice been declared dangerous and is set to be killed, but its owner and advocates say Palm Coast is refusing to settle for exiling the dog to a rescue ranch instead.

Palm Coast’s Tyrone Hartley, 53, Found Dead of Gunshot in Apparent Suicide

| June 12, 2018

Tyrone Hartley, of Bunker Knolls Lane in Palm Coast, had sent a letter to a friend in Michigan on June 7 giving “five reasons why I’m done.”

Flagler Schools’ Problem Solvers Claim Two 1st Places Among 6 Trophies at International Competition

| June 11, 2018

Katia Martynuk of FPC and Michael Mwaura of Indian Trails took first place as Flagler’s students from the two schools also claimed one second-place and three third-place finishes.

Facing Life in Prison, George Wood Is Found Incompetent to Stand Trial; 2 Previous Guilty Verdicts In Question

| June 11, 2018

Palm Coast’s George Wood, 32, was headed for trial on an armed burglary charge that could lock him up for life, and was sentenced to 10 years in February in separate trials.

Examining Budget, Commissioners May Increase Free Clinic and Family Life Center Funding

| June 11, 2018

Commissioners Monday discussed county contributions to such organizations as the Flagler Free Clinic and the Family Life Center, level for years.

To Keep Sally Sherman, a $136,000 Employee, Flagler County Is Paying Private Agency $190,000

| June 8, 2018

The bottom-line cost to taxpayers to retain Sally Sherman as a worker in Flagler government–totaling $258,554–is much higher than county officials originally conveyed.

Palm Coast Fugitive Wanted on Child Molestation Charge Found Within 1 Hour of Video Posting

| June 8, 2018

Warren Putt Jr., 39, of Palm Coast, is accused of molesting a girl when she was kindergarten age–the daughter of his then-girlfriend.

Bunnell Short-Lists Six Men For City Manager, But May Have Violated Sunshine Law

| June 7, 2018

The Bunnell City Commission short-listed six city manager candidates out of 18 outside of a public meeting, a method courts have found to violate the Sunshine law.

Booked on $180,000 Bond, Dollar General Armed Robbery Suspect Threatened Suicide

| June 7, 2018

Gary Wayne Hodges, a 35-year-old resident of 21A Prosperity Lane in Palm Coast, who allegedly confessed to the armed robbery, threatened suicide before his arrest.

Sheriff’s Operations Center Will Evacuate To Courthouse and Old Administration Building

| June 6, 2018

The move out of the troubled building began as testing is scheduled in mid-June, but an environmental engineer cautions against expectations of black-and-white answers.

Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman ‘Retires’ at $136,500, Returns Next Day at $149,000, Plus $330,000 Pay-Out

| June 6, 2018

Flagler Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman’s “retirement” is an extreme example of double-dipping and an end-run around a law that requires retirees not to work at their old agency for at least a year.

Palm Coast’s Frieda Zamba Pool Is Target of Three Smash-And-Grab Car Burglaries

| June 6, 2018

Over $1,000 in merchandise was stolen as well as a seven-night vacation package, gift cards, and miscellaneous items, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

Palm Coast Council Appoints Lawyer Vincent Lyon To Complete Steven Nobile’s Term

| June 6, 2018

Vincent Lyon, 46, has been practicing law in Palm Coast since 2013 and works at the Chiumento law firm a few steps from City Hall. He will serve just six months.

Ex-Sheriff Jim Manfre on Troubled Operations Center: How We Got Here

| June 5, 2018

Former Sheriff Jim Manfre, who completed his term in 2016, offers his side of the history of the acquisition of and subsequent issues with the potentially sick Sheriff’s Operations Center.

The Lord Before the Storms: Flagler Emergency Management Chief Wants Awareness, Not Fear

| June 5, 2018

Jonathan Lord, Flagler County’s new emergency management chief, has been putting his vast state and local experience to work in preparation for hurricane season.

Flagler Sheriff’s Budget For 2018-19 Would Go Up $3.8 Million, Largest In Over a Decade

| June 4, 2018

The surge is driven by another increase in sheriff’s deputies, and would bring the total number of new deputies to 22 in two years. The county commission is not objecting.

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