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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.

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys: Complete Calendar (Updated June 26)

| June 23, 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.

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.

Flagler About To Sign 50-Year, $100 Million Deal to Rebuild 2.6 Miles of Dunes in Flagler Beach. It Has Only a Fraction of the Money.

| June 14, 2019

Flagler County is teaming with the federal government to split the $100 million cost of dune renourishment in Flagler Beach, but the deal is fraught with uncertainties, and Flagler can only pay its first phase.

Does Flagler Beach Have a Panhandling Problem? Not Exactly, But City Will Consider New Rules.

| June 13, 2019

The Flagler Beach City Commission this evening will discuss adopting an ordinance against “aggressive” panhandling at the urging of City Commissioner Eric Cooley, a business owner in town.

Shake-Up at Palm Coast City Hall: 3 Directors and 2 Managers Resign, Yielding to New Manager Morton’s Headwind

| June 12, 2019

Human Resources Director Wendy Cullen, Parks and Recreation Director Alex Boyer, IT Director Chuck Burkhart and managers Renee Shevlin and Cindi Lane all resigned between Thursday and today. Morton named new appointments, some interim, some permanent.

Captain’s BBQ Sues Flagler County, Alleging ‘Politically Motivated’ Breach of Contract

| June 11, 2019

The owners of Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s Landing filed a four-count lawsuit against Flagler County government, alleging breach of contract and seeking damages in excess of $15,000.

The Crisis Formerly Known as Climate Change: Wrong Re-Branding

| June 10, 2019

The Guardian announced it was re-branding climate change, encouraging its writers and contributors to use more urgent terms like “climate crisis.” Here’s why this is very wrong.

Green New Deal Me In

| June 8, 2019

The Green New Deal may have a hoaky name but at least it’s a beginning, an attempt to push back against a republic of insects and grass, inviting debate in the face of indefensible Republican inaction.

Talk of Divorce Preceded Shooting that Resulted in Apparent Man’s Suicide and Woman’s Injury

| June 5, 2019

Maureen Lockwood said she’d told her husband Ralph that she wanted a divorce before he shot her then turned the gun on himself. He died. She survived. The investigation is continuing.

Bunnell Rudely Tells Church’s Cold-Weather Shelter for Homeless to Get Out Of Town

| June 4, 2019

Bunnell’s zoning board voted to disallow the Sheltering Tree, the county’s only cold-weather shelter, from operating out of the United Methodist Church, potentially ending 11 years of service by the non-profit. The Sheltering Tree intends to appeal to the city commission.

Flagler Braces for Hurricane Season as Florida Reels From 3-Year Streak of Landfalls

| June 3, 2019

Flagler County is still paying the millions in bills from Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, and the state is recovering from a direct hit from a Cat 5 last year, costing $26 billion, as the 2019 hurricane season begins.

Police Train to Be ‘Social Workers of Last Resort’ as Mental Health Calls Multiply

| June 2, 2019

Lacking proper mental health resources, families and community members across the country all too often call police to respond to someone having a mental health crisis.

2019 Flagler Jail Bookings, Sheriff’s, Bunnell and Flagler Beach Crime and Incident Reports (Archived)

| June 1, 2019

Archived 2019 Flagler County jail bookings, commanders’ crime and incident reports, Flagler Beach and Bunnell police shift reports and archive.

Inmate at Flagler Jail Manages to Facebook Live, Breaching Security and Angering Sheriff Over County’s IT Protocols

| May 31, 2019

A inmate Facebooked live during a GED class at the jail, the second such breach in two months after sheriff’s officials warned the county, which handles the sheriff’s IT, to address the issue. A county employee has been suspended.

Trump Against the First Amendment

| May 30, 2019

Julian Assange and Wikileaks are giving Trump a chance to challenge First Amendment freedoms of the press and get a radical ruling from his new buddies on the Supreme Court.

Laws Restricting Abortion Betray a Judgment: Women’s Sexuality Is Not Equal to Men’s

| May 29, 2019

Men regulating women’s bodies through restrictive abortion laws is the tip of an iceberg in which women’s sexuality is stigmatized, de-legitimized, silenced, controlled, and misunderstood, even by women themselves.

Aaron London, Long-Time Voice of Flagler News-Tribune, Among Latest News-Journal Cuts

| May 28, 2019

Aaron London’s by-line appeared 6,000 times since 2001 before he became one of six journalists laid off, leaving just 34 in the News-Journal’s newsroom, and just two reporters covering Flagler County.

Voices from the Grave:
So Proudly We Fail

| May 27, 2019

In “So Proudly We Fail,” James Agee looked at war films to explain the “unutterable dislocation” between soldiers and civilians, what he described–in 1943–as a destructive “chasm” that veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan describe with equal anger today even as the nation goes through the motions of marking its Veteran and Memorial days.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photographic Tour of Courthouse Illustrates Crunch and Tensions Between Sheriff and Clerk Staffs

| May 10, 2019

Here’s the first detailed, photographic illustration of the space issues the sheriff, the clerk and county officials have been wrestling with over the past months at the county courthouse as the three sides try to reach an understanding on future space use.

Retired Cop Whose Car ‘Reeks of Booze’ Flashes Badge at Flagler Deputy, and Is Arrested for DUI and Drugs

| May 6, 2019

Brenton M. Hodge was in a traffic crash at US1 and Seminole Woods when, asked about smelling of alcohol, he flashed his retired-cop badge, but Flagler Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Weaver would have none of it.

Lawmakers Approve Record $91.1 Billion Budget; 10 Big Issues from the 2019 Session

| May 5, 2019

The budget includes high-profile spending issues such as $680 million for the Everglades and other water projects; a $242-per-student increase in school funding; and $50 million to maintain for at least another year the state’s embattled tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida.

Resignations and Suspensions at Palm Coast’s Building Department After Employees Accept Developer’s Whisky and Other Gifts

| April 30, 2019

A developer brought eight bottles of Crown Royal, a bottle of Jack Daniels and boxes of chocolate to distribute to specific employees in Palm Coast’s building division around Christmas. The developer was doing business with the city.

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