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At Flagler’s 1st-Ever Suicide Town Hall, Hope and Resolve Confront Grim Void of
Mental Health Services

| May 24, 2019

Personal stories of confronting suicide, including that of Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, combined with an assessment of Flagler’s grim mental health landscape to show the county’s growing awareness and resolve not to remain entirely at the mercy of circumstances.

Prosecution Questions If Accused Murderer Joey Bova Is Insane Or Just Playing The System

| May 24, 2019

Joseph Bova is accused of murdering Mobilmart store clerk Zuheily Rosado in 2013, but has been seesawing between competence and incompetence since, delaying trial. He appears to be sliding back into incompetence for the third time.

Memorial Weekend Briefing: Peter the Great at Blue Gallery, Ceremonies at Heroes Park and GSB, Pool Safety

| May 24, 2019

Peter Cerreta, one of Flagler County’s greatest, most genial and surprising artists, has a new show at Blue Gallery at Marvin’s Garden, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach the county host Memorial Day ceremonies, the city pool has a pool safety day.

End This Hidden Risk to Military Families

| May 23, 2019

The Feres Doctrine shields military medical providers from malpractice suits by troops — and their dependents. Military recruiters never tell the families that it applies to them, too.

400,000 Florida Children Need Mental Health Services. More Than Half Get None.

| May 23, 2019

220,000 children across the state, or about one child in every classroom, get no mental health treatment for lack of providers. Florida has one psychiatrist who treats children and adolescents for every 100,000 children.

Dolphin Discovery Buying Marineland Attraction Would Yield $128,000 In New Flagler Tax Revenue

| May 23, 2019

The pending sale of Marineland Dolphin Adventure by for-profit Dolphin Discovery means the property, assessed at $5 million, would return $128,000 a year to Marineland, Flagler County and school board coffers.

Janet and Dennis McDonald Agree to Settle Ethics Case for $500 Each, Reflecting Minor Disclosure Violations

| May 23, 2019

School Board member Janet McDonald and her husband Dennis McDonald agreed to settle a three-year-old case with the Florida Commission on Ethics, conceding that they had made minor and unintended violations on their financial disclosure forms.

Baseless Claims of a “Shoot Up” at Indian Trails Middle School Spread Through Snapchat

| May 23, 2019

Indian Trails students received a Snapchat message warning them not to go to school today for fear of a shooting, a claim that grew out of a misunderstanding tied to a student who’d made threats before.

Town Hall on Suicide Awareness in Flagler Will Feature Survivors and Mental Health Experts

| May 23, 2019

Flagler Lifeline, a volunteer committee and Flagler Cares affiliate established to broaden conversation and awareness of suicide, will host the public town hall event at 6 p.m. May 23 at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building.

Thursday Briefing: Legislative Update, Suicide Town Hall, Weldon Ryan, Long Execution

| May 23, 2019

Flagler Lifeline hosts a suicide town hall with survivors of suicide and others, Flagler’s legislative delegation speaks at a Common Ground breakfast, Palm Coast artist Weldon Ryan has a meet-and-greet.

Medicaid Expansion in Florida Would Improve Maternal and Child Health and Reduce Racial Disparities

| May 22, 2019

States like Florida that refuse to expand Medicaid are missing an opportunity to address racial disparities in maternal health and improve child health care, according to a report released Wednesday.

Bruce Haughton Is Found Guilty of Assisted Suicide in Death of Katherine Goddard in R-Section

| May 22, 2019

Bruce Haughton, 54, and Katherine Goddard, 52, his girlfriend of 16 years, attempted to jointly kill themselves in their Palm Coast home’s garage in 2017. She died. He lived. Then he was criminally charged.

Smoke In Cabin and Rear-End Crash Sideline Full Greyhound Bus at SR100 in Palm Coast

| May 22, 2019

A woman was hospitalized and several people aboard a Greyhound bus complained of injuries and smoke discomfort after the bus began to fill with smoke on I-95 in Palm Coast, then was rear-ended by another car

Wednesday Briefing: FYO Chamber Music Recital, Bruce Haughton Trial, Compassionate Friends, Baccalaureate Night

| May 22, 2019

Closing arguments are expected in the trial of Bruce Haughton on a charge of assisted suicide, 70 Flagler Youth Orchestra musicians perform in the annual Chamber Music Camp, the Compassionate Friends meet.

The Most Dangerous Time For Women’s Rights in Decades

| May 21, 2019

More than 250 bills restricting abortions have been filed in 41 states this year. At least a third have successfully passed 20-week abortion bans, based on the unfounded assertion that a fetus can feel pain 20 weeks after fertilization. 

For Bruce Haughton, the Price of Failing to Die in a Double-Suicide Is a Criminal Charge

| May 21, 2019

Prosecutors are not disputing that Bruce Haughton, 54, wanted to die, only that when he failed in his suicide attempt, he became an accessory in the death by suicide of Kathryn Goddard, a claim he disputes.

County Orders Space Reallocation For Sheriff at Courthouse; ‘We’re Going to Stand Our Ground,’ Bexley Says

| May 21, 2019

The County Commission acting as landlord is directing its administrator to come up with the necessary additional space for the sheriff at the courthouse, where Clerk Tom Bexley says it’s useless to try.

Sheriff’s Beachside Substation Is Renamed in Honor of Grady Prather Jr., Who Started Marine Unit

| May 21, 2019

The late Capt. Grady Prather Jr. had launched the Flagler sheriff’s marine unit, which was disbanded after his retirement in 2008, but was revived last year. Prather died in 2009.

Tuesday Briefing: Bruce Haughton Trial, American Village, Schools’ Legislative Wrap-Up, DSC Express Enrollment

| May 21, 2019

Daytona State College hosts an Express Enrollment afternoon and evening from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Palm Coast campus, Bruce Haughton’s assisted suicide trial begins its second day, the school board gets a wrap-up of this year’s legislative session’s effects on Flagler schools.

In Rare Assisted Suicide Trial in Flagler, Jurors Weigh Sympathy For Desperation Against an Unforgiving Law

| May 20, 2019

Bruce Horton, 54, became an accused criminal when he failed to die along with Katherine Goddard in Palm Coast’s R-Section two years ago as the two had made a pact to die together. He’s on trial this week.

With Conservatives In Control of Supreme Court, A 2016 Decision Reducing Death Sentences Is In Jeopardy

| May 20, 2019

The court has begun the process of reconsidering whether changes to Florida’s death penalty-sentencing system should continue being applied retroactively to cases dating to 2002.

Flagler County Readies to Approve $6 Million Fix of Plantation Bay Utility, Borrowing $3.8 Million

| May 20, 2019

County officials say the entire cost will be borne through Plantation Bay’s utility system and its rate-payers, without affecting county taxpayers at large.

Monday Briefing: ‘Assisted Murder’ Trial, Grady Prather Honored, Plantation Bay Costs, Cpl. Fred Gimbel

| May 20, 2019

A trial in an unusual case of “assisted murder,” in a half-failed double-suicide, begins, the county commission discusses Plantation Bay and sheriff’s space issues, Capt. Gary Prather gets a substation named after him.

What Two Florida Counties’ Elections Supervisors Were Hacked by Russians? FBI Won’t Say, Upsetting Lawmakers.

| May 19, 2019

The FBI has maintained there is no evidence that votes or voter information were altered in the hacking. But such assurances have drawn questions.

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys: Complete Calendar (Updated May 24)

| May 18, 2019

Palm Coast Flagler and the region’s most comprehensive calendar of political, cultural, civic, social and entertainment events for coming days, near and far.

Sheriff’s Precinct on Utility Drive? Palm Coast Explores Bailing Out County’s Search for Space

| May 17, 2019

City, county and sheriff’s officials spent Thursday exploring various buildings, among them Palm Coast’s Utility Department building off Old Kings Road, as potential sites for the sheriff’s Palm Coast precinct.

Weekend Briefing: Cycle de Mayo, Bunnell Bonanza, Hazardous Waste, Choral Arts Society, Brown at 65

| May 17, 2019

The Choral Arts Society holds its Spring concert, the 6th annual Cycle de Mayo, or Bike to Work Day, the second annual Bunnell Bonanza is Saturday, “Southern Fried Funeral,” at the Daytona Playhouse.

County’s Intention To Seek Damages Over Sears Building Fiasco Belies Cozy Relations With Broker in Run-Up to Sale

| May 16, 2019

Flagler County today sent letters of intent to sue for damages to the parties involved in the purchase of the mold-infested Sears building, including the real estate broker the county had a very close relationship with for years.

Stabbing Involving 2 Buddy Taylor Middle School Students Just Off the Bus Leads to Charges

| May 16, 2019

A Buddy Taylor Middle School student stabbed another during a fight immediately after the two students got off their school bus Wednesday afternoon near the corner of Chapel and Hope Streets in Bunnell.

An Inside Look at Sheriff’s Confidential Weekly ‘Crimemaps’ Strategy Planning With Command Staff

| May 16, 2019

Every Wednesday, the sheriff and his command and other top staffers meet to map out the coming week’s crime-fighting focuses, analyzing trends, hot spots and raw intelligence. This week, reporters were invited to witness the session.

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