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Opposing Scott Court Cases, DeSantis
Signals Friendlier Approach to Medical Pot

| December 10, 2018

DeSantis, a Republican who will take office on Jan. 8, is unwilling to continue some of the court battles now being waged by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.

Buddy Taylor Middle Student Arrested With Loaded Gun in Math Class; .45 Was Stolen From Unlocked Car on Point Pleasant

| December 7, 2018

A 14-year-old student was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to Buddy Taylor Middle School today. The gun had been reported stolen out of an unlocked car in Palm Coast in April.

Flagler-Palm Coast’s Crime Rate Falls Sharply in First 6 Months of 2018, Arrests Up 35%

| December 6, 2018

The drop in crime in Flagler and Palm Coast was reflected across almost every category and the addition of 23 new deputies led to a steep rise in arrests in the first six months of 2018.

Darryl Fultz, 51, Harvey Perly, 83:
Two Suicides in 3 Days in Palm Coast

| December 5, 2018

Darryl L. Fultz, 51, of 69 Eric Drive, took his life using a gun on Dec. 2, Harvey Perly, 83, did so on Dec. 4 in his front yard at 55 Christopher Court South in Palm Coast.

Stephen Bickel, Tireless Physician for the Poor, is FHF Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year

| December 4, 2018

Flagler Physician Stephen Bickel is a moving force behind Flagler Cares, the Flagler Free Clinic and numerous other local initiatives focused on the under-insured and such needs as diabetes and HIV prevention.

The Story Behind A 28-Year-Old Flagler Veteran’s Suicide: Strife, Depression, And a Father’s Questions

| December 4, 2018

Abdul Ganiyu Ayanwale, a 28-year-old Army National Guard veteran, killed himself by gunshot at his Bunnell apartment on Nov. 16 after a series of personal and legal difficulties.

Calling Loss of Life a ‘Catastrophe,’ Judge Backs Revoking Nursing Home’s License

| December 3, 2018

The deaths and evacuation of the Broward nursing home drew national attention in the days after Hurricane Irma, which made landfall Sept. 10, 2017 .

In Health Insurance Wastelands, Rosier Options Crop Up For 2019

| November 25, 2018

Across all 50 states, premiums for the average “benchmark” silver plan, which the government uses to set subsidies, are dropping nearly 1 percent.

Florida Hospital Flagler Will Open Stand-Alone ER Near Matanzas High School and I-95

| November 20, 2018

The future AdventHealth’s 12-bed stand-alone ER represents a $25 million investment in north palm Coast and the addition of some 40 jobs near Matanzas High School as that part of town grows.

ASPCA in Flagler Shows Lurid World of Animal Cruelty and Its Kin to Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

| November 16, 2018

The ASPCA, the Flagler Humane Society and other local agencies hosted a two-day training conference in Bunnell for cops and animal control officers from around the state to improve animal-abuse prosecutions.

Bunnell Takes Page From St. Augustine to Adopt Harshest Anti-Panhandling Rules in Flagler

| November 13, 2018

Bunnell’s new ordinance prohibits panhandling within 20 feet of any business or commercial property, alongside drivers or diners, but limits penalties to fines.

Voters in 3 Red States Approve Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion, Bringing Total to 36

| November 13, 2018

Florida under Gov. Rick Scott repeatedly blocked Medicaid expansion, which provides benefits to all adults earning up to 38 percent above the federal poverty line, an annual income of $16,753 or less.

Being Trans in America Was Already Scary. Now It’s Terrifying.

| November 6, 2018

On any given afternoon, the author is regularly and publicly catcalled, mocked, laughed at, and treated as an object of social disgust. Donald Trump is about to deny her right to exist.

Save Our Home: We Have 12 Years

| November 4, 2018

There’s an urgent message of hope amid the latest climate report’s dire warning: We’ve got a little bit of time to save the only home planet we’ve got. And it’s going to take all of us to do it.

Flagler Representative On Federal Juvenile Justice Panel Describes Efforts Decimated By Trump

| October 31, 2018

Cheryl Massaro, director of the Flagler County Youth Center, describes how the Trump administration disbanded and stopped the work of the Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice she was appointed to two years ago.

Stepped-Up Sheriff’s Patrols, New Sex-Offender App, Candy Buy Back: Halloween Game Plans

| October 30, 2018

Flagler sheriff’s personnel will be conducting heavy patrols and providing crossing assistance at critical points for Halloween, the FDLE has a new safety app, and Flagler Dental is doing candy buy-back for 10 days afterward.

Judge Clears Way For Local Governments to Challenge State Ban on Stricter Gun Restrictions

| October 23, 2018

Some 30 local Florida governments are challenging a state law that forbids cities and counties from passing stricter gun regulations than the state allows.

Ex-Dr. Fruehan Claims Statute of Limitations Elapsed in Charge of Inappropriate Touching, But Dates May Not Be On His Side

| October 22, 2018

Florence Fruehan, the former Palm Coast physician accused of inappropriately touching a woman during a consultation at his office, will argue in court that the misdemeanor battery charge against him should be dismissed because the statutes of limitations has passed.

Is The .08 Threshold for DUI Too Lax?

| October 21, 2018

Traffic safety advocates and a federal highway safety agency support the change to .05 and have been recommending it for years.

How Fentanyl, in 56% of Florida’s Overdose Deaths, Changes the Opioid Equation

| October 19, 2018

With lethal amounts of fentanyl showing up in heroin and other drug supplies throughout the country, active drug users are at a greater risk of dying than ever before.

A Better Way To Fight Homelessness: Decriminalize It

| October 18, 2018

Law enforcement is often used as a first response to address homelessness. Many communities criminalize it instead of connecting the homeless with essential services, assuming they’re available.

Help Fill a Relief Truck Parked at Palm Coast Parkway Winn-Dixie for Hard-Hit Residents of Panhandle

| October 15, 2018

The volunteer relief truck, provided by Flagler Broadcasting’s Beach 92.7 FM and WNZF, is at the Winn Dixie on Palm Coast Parkway from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

After Estimated 80,000 Americans Died of Flu Last Winter, Flagler Health Department
Alerts To Early Flu Shots

| October 12, 2018

The grim numbers reinforce the importance of a flu shot each year, the Florida Department of Health in Flagler stresses, recommending a flu vaccine before Halloween and the start of flu season in November.

‘Unimaginable’ Hurricane Devastation in Florida’s Panhandle as Long Recovery Begins

| October 11, 2018

The Florida National Guard has deployed 3,500 members for search-and-rescue and humanitarian aid, with assistance from National Guard units from as far away as New York and Kansas.

Two More Apparent Overdose Deaths in 8 Days, in Palm Coast and in Mondex

| October 4, 2018

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of 31-year-old William D. Scott of Palm Coast and 49-year-old Maxie Nieves of the Mondex.

Judge Halts Florida’s Medical Pot Licensing Process Over Its Flawed Restrictions

| October 3, 2018

The judge previously ruled that Florida health rules over medical pot were unconstitutional, and set a Wednesday deadline for the deficiencies with the law to be resolved. It passed.

Mark Klos of Flagler Beach Found Dead of Apparent Suicide in His Jail Cell Days After Arrest Over Death Threats

| September 29, 2018

Mark Klos, 72, of Flagler Beach, had been arrested Thursday (Sept. 27) after allegedly writing brutal and graphic death threats against a building contractor.

An 18-Month-Old Is in ICU After Narcotic Overdose as Family Makes Up Stories to Cops

| September 28, 2018

The 18-month-old child’s mother reported he reached into her purse and took two Subutex pills, the powerful narcotic prescribed to people fighting addiction.

The Cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade

| September 27, 2018

A few of us posted about sexual assault in general or about our own past assaults on our Facebook pages. Then the private messages began. The details are painful to talk about.

Memories of Heartbreak, Triumph and Farewells at Flagler’s 32nd Drug Court Graduation

| September 27, 2018

Circuit Judge Dennis Craig returned to preside over Flagler’s drug court graduation for the last time and saw goodbye to 11-year coordinator and tough cop Mike Greenier.

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