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Opioid-Related Deaths Decline By 34% in Flagler’s 3-County District in 1st Part of 2018

| August 22, 2019

The decline is far more pronounced in the Flagler region than in the state, strongly suggesting that the introduction of front-line life-saving measures, combined with stricter state rules on prescription drugs, is having an effect. 

Divided School Board Stops Short of Killing Voluntary HPV Vaccine to 6th Graders

| August 21, 2019

The Flagler Health Department wants to offer free, voluntary HPV vaccines to 6th graders in Flagler schools, but three school board members are unwilling to agree without first seeing whether enough parents want the offer.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know

| August 21, 2019

The complete Centers for Disease Control’s Vaccine Information Statement regarding the HPV vaccine to prevent prevents infection with human papillomavirus.

Disciplined Twice, Sued For Defamation, Trespassed, Arrested 5 Times, Builder Now Wants to Be on Contractor Review Board

| August 19, 2019

Dan Priotti, a general contractor in Palm Coast, is seeking an appointment to the Contractor Review Board months after his licenses were suspended (and stayed) and he was fined $10,000 for violating contracting laws.

The Live Calendar: Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys’ Complete List of Events

| August 17, 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.

Two Late Candidates Increase Pool to 24 for Flagler’s County Judge Seat as Speed-Dating Interviews Are Scheduled

| August 13, 2019

Palm Coast’s Lynette Callender and Jacksonville’s Monique Hawkins are late entrants in what will be speed-dating-like interviews for Flagler County judge on Aug. 24 at the Flagler County courthouse.

Of Course Guns Have Nothing To Do With It

| August 11, 2019

Mountains of evidence link America’s mass killings to the massive amount of guns in circulation, but let’s go ahead and pretend that guns have nothing to do with it, nor the absence of sensible gun control.

Final Tally: Meet The 22 Lawyers Applying to Be Flagler’s Next Appointed County Judge

| August 9, 2019

The 22 applicants are vying for the new Flagler County Court position just approved by the legislature. A commission will recommend a short list to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who will make the appointment later this year.

Flagler County and Bunnell Governments Lose Their Finance Directors in Middle Of Budget Season

| August 8, 2019

Bunnell lost virtually the entirety of its finance department when four employees resigned and the new finance chief was forced to resign in an unexpected shake-up, with the county sending in help.

For Parents’ Peace of Mind, It’s Time for Video and Audio Monitoring of Flagler’s Special Education Classrooms

| August 8, 2019

An incident at Belle Terre Elementary School last school-year illustrates the need for more objective, independent oversight of what goes on in special education classrooms, where students may not have a voice of their own.

Judge Jim Manfre? Former Sheriff Among Applicants for New Flagler County Judge Seat

| August 7, 2019

With two days to go before the application window closes, eight candidates have applied to be appointed Flagler County judge, the second county judge seat the Legislature approved in its last session to share the docket of County Judge Melissa Distler.

County Awards $76,000 in Tourism Grants to 24 Organizations But Rejects 8, Raising Questions

| August 6, 2019

The Flagler County Commission on Monday approved 24 grants totaling $76,000 for mostly local organizations’ cultural and sports events, festivals and professional meetings, money to be drawn from the county’s tourist tax revenue.

Lethal Crisis: When Seniors Turn To Suicide

| August 3, 2019

As suicide rates continue to climb, claiming more than 47,000 lives in 2017, a six-month investigation finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.

School Supplies Sales Tax Holiday Through Tuesday, Back To School Jam Saturday at FPC

| August 2, 2019

The 2019 back-to-school sales tax suspension, or holiday, began at a minute after midnight today (Aug. 2) and runs through Tuesday, Aug. 6. The Flagler County district’s annual Back to School Jam is on Saturday at Flagler Palm Coast High School, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Flagler Health Department Expands Hepatitis Clinic, Marking Hepatitis Day 2019

| July 27, 2019

The Flagler Health Department in Bunnell has renewed its commitment to diagnosing and treating Hepatitis after receiving grant for Hepatitis C treatment and clinic expansion.

Florida Population Growing by 900 a Day, Equivalent to a City the Size of Orlando Every Year

| July 25, 2019

In Flagler, the population is projected at 112,000 in 2020, rising to 124,000 in 2025, then 134,000 in 2030, and 152,000 by 2040. The figures are significantly lower than those the bureau projected right after the Great Recession.

So You Want To Be a Flagler County Judge: Nominating Commission Is Fielding Applicants

| July 23, 2019

The Judicial Nominating Commission for the Seventh Judicial Circuit is taking applications for the newly created Flagler County Judge seat, leaving Gov. Ron DeSantis to make the appointment likely this fall.

Flagler School District Is Finally A-Rated Again, Ending 7-Year Drought With Broad Improvements

| July 11, 2019

The drought ends seven straight years of Bs, after a four-year streak of As before that. Twenty-four of Florida’s 67 districts are A-rated, 54 are either A or B rated.

Reilly Opelka’s Wimbledon Run Ends in 3rd-Round Loss

| July 7, 2019

Reilly Opelka saw his terrific Wimbledon run come to an abrupt end Friday in London, as he crashed out of the tournament in a straight-sets loss to No. 15 seed Milos Raonic, 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-1.

New Leadership Called ‘Capricious’ as 2 More High-Level Resignations Strike Palm Coast Government

| July 3, 2019

Interim Communications Manager Jason Giraulo called the new city manager and council “capricious” and described his own managerial abilities as “castrated” in a resignation letter the new manager strongly disputed. Chief Building Official Ricky Lee also resigned.

Flagler Beach Fireworks and “Fabulous Fourth” Parade on July 4

| July 3, 2019

Flagler Beach this year hosts its traditional July 4 celebration, with its Fabulous Fourth parade at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. fireworks. In Palm Coast, fireworks are on July 3 in Town Center. Both events will feature kid zones and games.

Marina del Palma Yacht Club

| July 2, 2019

Marina del Palma Yacht Club residents will enjoy all the best that Florida offers – a naturally beautiful coastal city with small town charm, plus easy access to all the amenities of nearby towns and metropolitan areas.

Reilly Opelka Gets First Wimbledon Main-Draw Win and Faces Stan Wawrinka in 2nd Round

| July 1, 2019

Reilly Opelka, who rose up to a career-high ranking of No. 52 earlier this year, took out German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe Monday morning at Wimbledon, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 .

The Gardens Project Off John Anderson Highway: The View From the Developers’ Perspective

| June 28, 2019

The Gardens is an 825-acre, 3,966-unit mixed-use development proposed off John Anderson Highway by SunBelt Land Management as a successor to a Ginn proposal a decade ago. Ken Belshe, a member of the development group, describes the scope and intent of the project.

Palm Coast Cell Tower Update: 2 of 3 Monopoles Are Up, With Carriers On The Way

| June 28, 2019

AT&T Wireless will be the first to have service on a new tower behind Palm Coast Parkway, with a tower also up in Palm Harbor and the tallest of the three going up near the tennis center.

How Palm Coast’s Rugrat Group and The Ned Brought a ‘Do It Together’ Vibe to the Local Music Scene

| June 28, 2019

Palm Coast’s Rugrat Music Group began small as The Ned, a band, and turned into “full-service music community for the independent artist” that lists 21 area music makers under the “Rugrat Family” roster who continue to influence the the local music scene.

5 Palm Coast Residents, 4 of them Felons, Arrested on Drug Charges in R-Section House

| June 24, 2019

Friday morning, several Flagler County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies, including a SWAT Team detachment and members of the federal secret service, served a warrant at 11 Raemoor Drive. Five individuals were in the house and arrested.

Just Fired in Volusia, Tom Russell Overcomes Deep Skepticism to Win FPC Principal’s Job

| June 21, 2019

Tom Russell, Fired last week after a four and a half year tenure as Volusia’s superintendent, becomes the eighth principal in 15 years at FPC, but pledges to be there for up to seven years, and finish his career there.

Man Accused of Attempting to Kill His Wife By Electrocution Says Using a Gun Would’ve Been Easier, If That’s What He Intended

| June 19, 2019

Michael Scott Wilson, 33, is accused of rigging up the entry door to his Palm Coast home in the W Section with electric current to shock his wife to death around Christmas 2017 as the couple was having serious marital difficulties.

To Sue or Not to Sue: County Wrestles With Sheriff’s Space Needs at Courthouse

| June 19, 2019

Despite a county commission vote ordering its administration to find more space for the sheriff at the county courthouse, the county administrator and the county attorney have demurred.

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