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Bunnell’s PFC Jonathan Nat Spicer, A Conscientious Objector, To Be Honored On Memorial Day

| May 26, 2017

It isn’t often that a conscientious objector who refused to carry a rifle in the thick of battle is the decorated hero to be recognized at a Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Bunnell.

In Flagler and Palm Coast, Hate Crimes Are a Rarity Even as State and National Stats Soar

| May 25, 2017

Officials and experts cite many reasons why reported hate crimes are rare: there may be more harmony locally, but also more subjectivity, under-reporting and lack of awareness when hate crimes are committed.

Sheriff’s Request for 15 New Deputies Adds to Budget “Challenges” as Local Governments Begin to Haggle

| May 23, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly wants 10 new deputies from the county and five from Palm Coast. County government is facing $9 million in “challenges” as budget season launched this week.

Bowlers Raise $2,200 for Domestic Violence Shelter as Government Demurs on Funding Request

| May 23, 2017

An official for the Family Life Center asking for a budget increase was told “we’ll see” by the County Commission, but a Palm Coast Yacht Club fundraiser netted $2,200.

For Overworked County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, $150,000 Worth of Help May Be Coming

| May 19, 2017

Flagler County is not getting an additional county judge, but the money appropriated will pay for the equivalent of 428 days of service by retired judges brought back on a per-day basis to handle cases.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to New Post-Recession Low, Matching Florida’s 4.5%

| May 19, 2017

In April, the number of the unemployed in Flagler County fell by almost 200, though the labor force shrank almost equally, and the overall number of Flagler County residents with jobs fell by 100.

Four Arrests in 4 Separate Violent Assaults in a 24-Hour Period Underscore Domestic Issues

| May 17, 2017

Andrew J. Krupp, 20, of Palm Coast, Qwajon R. Laster, 20, of Bunnell, Raymond Amara, 54, of Palm Coast, and Jacob Robertson of Flagler Beach were all arrested on felony charges stemming from violent confrontations.

Gov. Scott Continues to Attack Lawmakers Over Tourism Budget as Visitors’ Numbers Rise

| May 16, 2017

A good showing in December aside, when year-over-year tourism tax receipts jumped 18 percent, Flagler County has done less well, and not necessarily because of Hurricane Matthew.

Elections Supervisor Proposes 2 New Voting Precincts, But GOP Concerns Prompt Delay

| May 15, 2017

The Flagler County Commission was set to approve the $24,000 plan Monday evening but agreed, unusually, to a 30-day delay to accommodate Republican Party concerns about internal party elections and committee representation.

Wildfire Smoke Shrouds Flagler-Palm Coast From West as Officials Declare Fire Warning

| May 12, 2017

A Red Flag Warning signaling a high-fire danger is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. today, and a 300-acre fire in Crescent City was sending thick smoke over Flagler-Palm Coast today, flooding the 911 center with worried callers.

1938-2017
James E. Gardner, ITT President
And Palm Coast Founder, Is Laid to Rest

| May 11, 2017

James E. Gardner, who died May 5 at age 78, led ITT as it built Palm Coast between 1978 and 1990, and served on or led innumerable civic and business organizations.

Decriminalized Pot-Possession Program Will Advance in Flagler, But With Little Support From Sheriff

| May 10, 2017

The proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot possession in Flagler County has been in limbo for almost a year after a key judicial and law enforcement panel approved it last year, before the election.

In Big Victory For Flagler (and St. Johns), Rep. Renner Delivers $13.3 Million For Dunes Restoration

| May 9, 2017

The $13.3 million has yet to be split between the two counties, but will go a long distance to alleviate Flagler’s $22 million dune restoration needs, with local sources kicking in several million dollars.

Vacation-Rental Bills Die Only to Return in 2018, Forcing Flagler to Defend Regulations Again

| May 9, 2017

The Legislature’s attempt to roll back local governments’ regulatory authority of vacation rentals barely fell short, so the fight is not over for counties at the forefront of the issue like Flagler.

Gov. Scott Declares Emergency In Response To Prescription Drugs and Heroin Deaths

| May 3, 2017

In the four-county district that includes Flagler, only two heroin-deaths deaths were recorded in 2015, eight deaths were attributed to fentanyl, and 43 to prescription drugs overall.

London Drive Shootist Phillip Haire Turns Himself In, Faces Attempted Murder Charges

| May 3, 2017

Phillip Haire, 19, is accused of twice driving by his own house on Palm Coast’s London Drive Monday afternoon and firing a gun at a sheriff’s deputy and his own parents.

For Flagler County, A Powerful Note of Atonement For Injustices Toward Many Amid Celebration of a Century

| May 1, 2017

Flagler County marked its centennial on Saturday and Monday with celebrations that included words of a proclamation acknowledging half a century of injustices toward minorities in the county.

Progressive Voices Rise to Resist Locally as Flagler Beach “Rally By the Sea” Rebukes Trumpism

| April 29, 2017

Saturday’s rally of progressive-liberal organizations in Flagler Beach, organized by a group barely a few months old, suggests the local Republican sweep is not as total as it appears, or Trumpism the only movement in town.

Flagler County Will Declare a Burn Ban Effective Monday and For Foreseeable Future

| April 26, 2017

Flagler County is joining at least 21 other Florida counties with an open-ended burn-ban declaration, mostly as a precautionary measure as upwards of 100 fires burn statewide and the local drought index continues to rise.

Tuesday Briefing: Bathrooms for Indian Trail Sports Complex, Lighting Up Ball Fields, Bowling for FPS, Eudora Welty

| April 25, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council considers $500,000 sports fields lights (but not street lights), Bunnell Elementary’s Future Problem Solvers hold a fund-raising bowl, Eudora Welty speaks and reads.

Not Dead Yet: Vacation-Rental Bill Flagler Opposes Clears Last House Committee , 17-11

| April 24, 2017

A bill that would end Flagler County’s authority to regulate short-term rentals cleared its last House committee and appears headed for a clash with its Senate version, which is very different. If differences aren’t resolved, the bills die.

Monday Briefing: Pier Cheers Again, France’s Trumpette, Bunnell’s State of the City, Carver Auction

| April 24, 2017

Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson delivers the annual State of the City Address, and the city commission awards a medal to one of its cops, the pier hops again, Marine Le Pen’s win in France.

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.

Weekend Briefing: Funny Thing at Flagler Playhouse, More Superintendent Interviews, Cheer at the Pier

| April 21, 2017

The Flagler Playhouse opens “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Cheer at the Pier celebrates the Centennial, the Chamber Players are in concert Sunday, and more.

Wednesday Briefing: Bernie Sanders in Miami, Tourist Development, Matanzas Rezoning | FlaglerLive

| April 19, 2017

Some 23 acres look to be rezoned for single family homes in Matanzas area, the Tourist Development Council meets for the first time in two months, Bernie Sanders in the “Come Together and Fight Back” tour in Miami.

Tuesday Briefing: Frieda Zamba, Food Truck Tuesday, Spring Band Concert, Taxes, Job Fair, Pool Opening

| April 18, 2017

The public pool in Palm Coast opens for the summer season, Food Truck Tuesday in Central Park, FPC’s band is in concert at the auditorium, the School Board and Palm Coast’s City Council meet.

Monday Briefing: Retiring K-9s, James Taylor Trial, Legal Clinics, Flagler History on TV

| April 17, 2017

James Taylor, a sexual offender again accused of molesting children, goes on trial after a mistrial earlier this month, Sheriff Staly recognizes two retiring K-9s, Flagler history on television: a preview.

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.

Thursday Briefing: Protesting Home Rule Violations, G.W. Carver Auction, Wetlands in Flagler Beach, Taxes

| April 13, 2017

Hammock residents plan a protest of their own Senator (Travis Hutson’s) position on home rule, the Carver Center Foundation holds an arts auction at Hammock Dunes Creek Club.

With 3 Large Flagler Fires in 2 Months and 107 Burning in the State, Scott Declares Emergency

| April 12, 2017

Gov. Scott’s declaration of a wildfire emergency comes in the wake of several large fires in Flagler County and more than 100 ongoing fires elsewhere. It will allow for swifter sharing of firefighting resources, including the use of the National Guard.

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