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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.

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.

For FPC Student-Athlete Allen Roberson, 16, A Summer Battling a Rare Brain Tumor And Aiming For Next Run

| July 27, 2018

Allen Roberson, an honors student and a runner at FPC, went through complicated surgeries on July 3 and 12 and has been mending through radiation and chemotherapy since.

Trump Targets Breastfeeding Abroad, Contradicting U.S. Laws in 50 States

| July 22, 2018

In a favor to the baby-formula lobby, the Trump administration sought to defeat a World Health Organization resolution to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding,” shocking researchers.

From Food Stamps To Housing Allowances, There’s an All-Out War On Kids

| July 3, 2018

It’s not just on the border: the Trump administration is targeting food stamps eligibility, rent subsidies and other safety-net measures that protect children.

Rise in Florida’s Uninsured Children Contrasts With Continued Declines in Other Big States

| June 8, 2018

Florida lost ground while states such as Texas and California continued to make progress. Those states lowered their uninsured rates by 1 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.

Trump Is Rescinding $7 Billion in Children’s Health Insurance. Should You Be Worried?

| May 9, 2018

Trump wants to eliminate $15 billion in federal spending, including $7 billion from the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Flagler’s New Breastfeeding Support Group Seeks to Encourage Moms to Hang On

| April 20, 2018

The Flagler Health Department and Florida Hospital Flagler are partnering to provide a bi-monthly breastfeeding support group at the hospital.

Flagler’s Opioid Crisis Seen From Those Fighting It: A Severe Lack of Treatment Beds, Drug Court at Capacity, Jail as a Waiting Room

| January 10, 2018

The most comprehensive picture of the opioid crisis in Flagler County came to light today in a gathering of Flagler County judges, top cops, medical, social and government services. Here are the details.

Florida’s Opioid Crisis: Thousands of Babies Born to Addicts or Removed From Users’ Homes

| November 9, 2017

More than 4,000 babies were born addicted to opioids in Florida last year, with a 38 percent increase in the number of children under 5 removed from homes because of drugs.

Stanley Wykretowicz Acquitted On Aggravated Child Abuse Charge, May Face Negligence

| October 18, 2017

The 42-year-old Palm Coast resident was looking at up to 30 years in prison had he been found guilty on a charge that he’d brutalized his 2-year-old niece. The defense said the girl was merely ill.

Prosecution Stymied In Ex-Jail Guard’s Trial Over 2-Year-Old Girl’s Alleged Brutalization

| October 17, 2017

Stanley Wykretowicz, 41, was the sole caregiver to his 2-year-old niece when he brought her to Florida Hospital Flagler, comatose and bruised, but his lawyers say she was merely ill, not abused.

Flagler Commissioners Approving $400,000 In Grants to Six Critical Social Service Agencies

| October 16, 2017

The grants subsidize free healthcare for the poor, a shelter for abused women, interventions for victims of rape, and help for addicts and individuals with mental health needs, among other services.

In Preventive Demonstration, Sheriff Highlights Lethal Danger of Leaving Children in Hot Cars

| August 25, 2017

With an average of 39 children killed each year for being left in hot cars, Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly and DCF officials underscored the danger in a demonstration in Palm Coast this morning.

In Palm Coast, A Small Protest Against GOP Health Bill Echoes Myriad Anxieties of Flesh and Blood

| June 27, 2017

It wasn’t a large protest but every person gathered in support of Obamacare had a story to tell that looked past ideology to the human beings behind the numbers, and all those stories were local.

In American First, Scott Signs Bill Providing for Birth Certificates In Cases of Miscarriage

| May 31, 2017

The bill, which easily cleared the Senate and House in early May, makes Florida the first state in the nation to issue birth certificates for miscarriages. The implications of the bill are unclear.

For 100 Children, Christmas With a Deputy Is a $150 Shopping Spree to Jingle Bells of Sirens

| December 9, 2016

Larry Jones’s and the Sheriff’s Office’s Christmas With a Deputy this year is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at City Centre at 145 City Place in Palm Coast’s Town Center. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

Parents in Mourning Candle-Lighting Set for Sunday in Flagler Beach’s Veterans Park

| December 7, 2016

The ceremony, organized by Donna Lunsford and Carol Fisher, is part of the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting that takes place on the same day in every part of the world.

Florida Court Backs Notifying Minor’s Parent Before Abortion, But Waivers Are Easy Out

| November 28, 2016

Judges rarely turn down requests for waivers. The decision cites evidence that 89.5 percent of petitions were granted in 2013, 90.5 percent in 2014 and 94.7 percent in 2015.

Sally’s Safe Haven at Year 2: Where Children Traumatized by a Violent Parent Can Still Visit

| September 19, 2016

Sally’s Safe Haven in Bunnell, which has served almost 100 families so far, allows supervised visits for parents otherwise restricted from seeing their child. The haven is underwritten by a federal grant and run by the county and the the Children’s Home Society.

At Rymfire Elementary, Response to a Child’s Scar Comes Unglued and Leads to a Lawsuit

| September 7, 2016

A 1st-grader at Rymfire Elementary came home with a bleeding head from a scar that her mother claims was treated improperly by an unqualified staffer, while the school never called the parent to let her know her child was being treated.

That Dramatic Drop in Teen Births? Credit Easier Access to Contraceptives, Not Less Sex

| September 6, 2016

The drop was especially steep for younger girls: in births to girls 17 or younger in Flagler, the drop went from 12 such births per 1,000 in the early 90s to 3.8 in 2013-15, and four in Florida.

Hundreds Of Thousands Lose Food Stamps In Florida as Work Requirements Kick In

| May 17, 2016

In Florida if you can’t show that you’re working or meet the work requirements some other way, you get penalized and lose your food stamps for the following month. If you fail to meet the requirements again, it’s a three-month sanction and then six months.

Suicide, Now 2nd-Leading Cause of Death for Young Floridians, Seen as Public Health Threat

| May 6, 2016

While suicide is increasing for nearly every age group, it’s now the second-leading cause of death for Floridians aged 25 to 34, according to the state Department of Health Vital Statistics, and the third-leading cause of death among youths aged 10 to 24.

Florida Health Summit Concludes With One Overriding Prescription: Expand Access to Care

| April 26, 2016

While senators have focused heavily on access, the House and Scott have pushed for health-care changes that include reducing or eliminating some longstanding regulations. They contend that such ideas would create more competition and lower health-care costs.

In a Rebuff to Florida, Federal Government Says New Abortion Law Can’t Block Clinic Funding

| April 19, 2016

A key federal health agency on Tuesday notified Florida and other states that they may not ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions.

Citing Problematic Time-Sharing of Children, Gov. Scott Again Vetoes Alimony Reform Bill

| April 15, 2016

The plan became one of the most hotly contested issues of the 2016 legislative session when it was amended to include a child-sharing component that would have required judges to begin with a “premise” that children should split their time equally between parents.

Father Accused of Smacking and Suffocating 9-Year-Old Son For Talking Back During Chores

| April 15, 2016

Joshua Stevens, 31, a resident of Prospect Lane in Palm Coast, allegedly struck his child five times and closed his nose and mouth when the child talked back while mopping the floor.

Outside Gov. Scott’s Office, a Battle Over Alimony Bill’s Elevation of “Father’s Rights”

| April 12, 2016

The most contentious part of the measure involves not alimony but offspring. It would tell judges that, when determining child-custody arrangements, they should begin with a “premise” that children should split time equally between parents.

Bowing to Baptist and Catholic Pressure, DCF Backs Off Protecting LGBT Children from Discrimination

| April 9, 2016

Proposed language protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in a DCF rule was opposed by the Florida Baptist Children’s Home and the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, so it was deleted.

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