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Palm Coast’s New Founders:
Milissa Holland On the Continuity of Change

| January 9, 2017

In the first of five articles by each member of the Palm Coast City Council, Mayor Milissa Holland imagines the city four years from now, seeing a more developed and vibrant but equally serene city to live in.

Palm Coast Woman, 19, Arrested on Molestation Charges In 3rd Incident Involving Runaway Girls

| January 9, 2017

Maria Rose Howell, a 19-year-old resident of Biddle Place in Palm Coast who’d attended Matanzas High School, was booked at the Flagler County jail over the weekend on charges of molesting a 14-year-old girl she’d taken to Epic Theater for a date.

Crashes at Red-Light Camera Intersections Up 10%, Incapacitating Injuries Up 27%

| January 9, 2017

A new report by the Florida highway safety department shows crash increases that belie claims that red-light cameras have made intersections safer. Palm Coast’s cameras are set to come down this year.

Pier Repairs, 52 Dune Walkovers, A1A: Flagler Beach Manager Newsom’s Post-Hurricane Status Report

| January 7, 2017

Among other plans, Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom wants the city to have the longest pier in Florida, but getting there will take a while yet as he updates all repair plans.

72 Hours Into the Job, Sheriff Staly Calls His 1st News Conference to Highlight Burglary Busts

| January 7, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly said he took the first burglary on his watch “personally” as he described how deputies and detectives recovered and seized items from recent thefts.

16-Year-Old Kelvin Smith Had Been Pulled Over By Deputy 10 Minutes Before He Was Killed

| January 6, 2017

Kelvin Smith Jr., 16, of Palm Coast, killed by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bike on Old Kings Road on New Year’s Eve with a friend, had been pulled over with his friend by a deputy moments before the crash. The driver is still being sought.

Bunnell Manager Dan Davis Gets Mixed Reviews on 1st Evaluation, With Concerns About Communication

| January 6, 2017

Depending on which of the Bunnell City Commission’s members you ask, City Manager Dan Davis is doing either an outstanding job, a satisfactory job, or a job that needs improvement.

Why a Seawall in Flagler Beach Could Harm Sea Turtles and Violate the Law

| January 6, 2017

Flagler Beach’s situation on the ground has changed enough between Hurricane Matthew and recent findings about sea turtles that state transportation department construction plans should be rethought in light of those developments, argues Chad Boda.

Shoplifters Target Kohl’s in Palm Coast Twice in 2 Days; 4 Arrested, 3 Sought

| January 5, 2017

Kohl’s department store off Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast was twice the target of coordinated shoplifting sprees Tuesday and Wednesday, each time by suspects swiping either electronics or clothes.

Missing Palm Coast Man, 22, Considered Endangered, Is Found

| January 5, 2017

Ricardo Leon-Hernandez, a 22-year-old Palm Coast man has been reported missing since Jan. 3 from his R-Section home and may possibly be a danger to himself.

Last Days of Salvo, But Not For Long as Phoenix-Like Gallery Has New Home In Sight

| January 5, 2017

The art and music show at Salvo Art Project is the last at its current location after the business was evicted, but Salvo’s founders have already located a new location not far off. Its owners reflect on what got them here, and there.

Bunnell Fire Chief Derek Fraser Will Resign, Reviving Talk of Department’s Future

| January 5, 2017

Derek Fraser worked for Bunnell for 25 years, nine of them as fire chief. In August he was put out for having to defend his job and his department before the city commission. A commissioner’s proposal to abolish the fire department is still on the table.

Palm Coast’s Annual Christmas Tree and Electronics Recycling Event Set for Saturday

| January 5, 2017

Recycle your tree and get a a free three-gallon evergreen tree in exchange at the city’s Utility Fuel Depot at 22 Utility Drive off Old Kings Road in Palm Coast, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

School Board’s Trevor Tucker Mulls Run for Tax Collector, Nate McLaughlin Eyes House Seat

| January 4, 2017

School Board member Trevor Tucker confirmed he was considering a run for tax collector in four years, and if so would not run for school board again in 2018, while Commissioner Nate McLaughlin has his eyes on Paul Renner’s House seat in 2022.

Roma Court Academy Burglar Uses Classroom to Shack Up for a Night

| January 4, 2017

A burglar at Roma Court Academy off Palm Coast Parkway stole money intended as Christmas presents and a computer tablet and used a classroom to sleep or take a nap sometime around Christmas.

The Other Swearings-In: Bexley and Lenhart Take the Oath, Johnston and Gardner Shrug

| January 4, 2017

The sheriff’s big ceremony aside, Flagler County’s other constitutional officers had their own swearings-in, more or less, as new, relatively new and veteran officers took up or continued their duties.

Numerous Concerns, Elusive Certainties as Flagler Beach and County Governments Talk Beach Renovation

| January 3, 2017

Assurances Flagler Beach was looking for–that there would be no sea walls anywhere, that the city’s beaches would have priority–proved elusive in a joint meeting with county government.

Call Him Sheriff Staly: At Swearing-In, Veteran Cop Stresses Roots, Toughness and 2nd Chances

| January 3, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly was sworn-in this morning before a crowd of hundreds and makes pledges of toughness on “dirtbags” but also pledges of giving offenders better chances at self-improvement while focusing greater attention on juvenile-crime prevention.

In Reversal Over Accusations of Unethical Conduct, Flagler Judge Scott DuPont Now Says: “I Was Wrong”

| January 3, 2017

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont, who sits in Flagler and Putnam County court, faces accusations that he spread scandalous, unsubstantiated claims about his opponent in the last election, and now reversed course in an apologetic response.

Kelvin Smith, 16, Killed in Hit-and-Run As He Was Cycling on Old Kings Road in Palm Coast’s F-Section

| December 31, 2016

Kelvin Smith, 16, was killed this evening, New Year’s Eve, in an apparent hit-and-run as the boy was cycling on Old Kings Road near Palm Coast’s F-Section.

Fire Consumes Abandoned House on South Anderson in Bunnell and Is Termed Suspicious

| December 31, 2016

A fire consumed an abandoned house at 210 South Anderson Street in Bunnell Friday night. Bunnell Fire Chief Derek Fraser termed the fire suspicious, and the structure “an absolute total loss.”

Alyce Whitman, 63, Is Killed in Two-Car Collision at County Roads 304 and 305

| December 31, 2016

Alyce Whitman, a 63-year-old resident of Crescent City, was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of County Road 304 and County Road 305 at the southwest end of Flagler County.

Some Demotions and New Faces as Sheriff-Elect Rick Staly Outlines Agency Changes, But Greater Focus on Policing

| December 29, 2016

Incoming Sheriff Rick Staly announced an agency-wide reorganization this morning, with some demotions but no firings, and an attempt to adapt an existing organization to his vision rather than to reinvent the law enforcement wheel.

Christmas Day Claim of Assault and False Imprisonment of Mother of 3 Lands Palm Coast Man in Jail

| December 28, 2016

Matthew Robert Johnson, a 30-year-old resident of 13 Collins Lane in Palm Coast, is alleged to have threatened the woman to kill her and her boyfriend and bury them both in the woods.

Rick Staly To Be Sworn-In as Flagler’s 18th Sheriff By Judge Emerson Thompson, Jr.

| December 27, 2016

Senior Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr., who made history as the first black judge in Orange County and the first black judge to be appointed to the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, will administer the oath of office at Rick Staly’s swearing-in on Jan. 3.

Where Flagler’s Democrats Go From Here: A Roadmap to Reclaiming Relevance

| December 23, 2016

It’s time now to turn anger and disappointment into resolve, into commitment, into action, argues Mike Cocchiola, whose five-point plan proposes a way forward for Flagler County Democrats.

3 Flagler Death Sentences Among More Than 200 Invalidated By Florida Supreme Court

| December 22, 2016

The invalidation of 55% of death sentences affect those of two Flagler double-murderers–William Gregory, of Flagler Beach, David Snelgrove of Palm Coast–and Cornelius Baker, who killed a woman in Flagler.

Help With Beach Recovery and an Additional County Judge Dominate Requests to Flagler’s Lawmakers

| December 21, 2016

Post-Hurricane Matthew recovery occupied almost half the requests at the annual legislative delegation meeting Wednesday, when Flagler’s governments, non-profits, private associations and citizens submit wish lists to state lawmakers.

European Village Attacker Daniel Noble Pleads Guilty on 3 Charges, Faces 8 to 35 Years

| December 21, 2016

Daniel Noble, the Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, had fired two shots with an assault weapon before being wrestled to the ground in a 2014 incident. He’d originally faced attempted murder charges.

Flagler Seeks to Raise County’s Tourism Sales Surtax to 5% to Help Pay for Beach Restoration

| December 21, 2016

The 4 percent surtax currently generates $2 million a year. An extra penny would add $500,000, but there are differences over whether all the added revenue should go to beach restoration or whether some should go to marketing the county.

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