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Provencher and McGrew Win in Flagler Beach, Romney Trounces Gingrich in Flagler

| January 31, 2012

Linda Provencher has beaten J. NeJame for Flagler Beach mayor, while Joy McGrew has beaten Sandra Mason for a city commission seat. Mitt Romney beating Newt Gingrich handily in Flagler and Florida.

For Flagler’s Republican Leaders, Romney-Gingrich Anxieties Frame an Unenthused GOP

| January 31, 2012

Nearly a dozen prominent Flagler County Republicans spoke of their choices or hesitance in the Florida primary and beyond, illustrating a lack of excitement in the GOP, and nervous predictions about November.

Mediocre Results for Flagler Schools, Worse for Its Charters, in Controversial State Rankings

| January 31, 2012

School-by-school rankings follow last week’s district rankings. Belle Terre Elementary and Indian Trails Middle ranked best, but still barely in the top quartile, while Flagler’s three charter schools scraped the bottom, in contrast with several top-performing charters elsewhere in the state.

Tranquility Settles on Palm Coast Standards for Children’s Memorial Garden

| January 31, 2012

Last July’s controversy over what families could and could not say to memorialize children they’ve lost yielded to a calmer compromise as Palm Coast will oversee the Children’s Memorial Garden’s messages near Waterfront Park.

Who’s on Faust? “Damn Yankees” Damn Election Night at the Flagler Auditorium

| January 31, 2012

“Damn Yankees” revives Eisenhower-era innocence by way of every misguided American’s fantasy: beating the New York Yankees. There may be no better way to counter the deviltry of Election Night.

Florida Small-Government GOP to Food Stamp Recipients: No Pretzels, Pastries or Cupcakes

| January 30, 2012

The list of foods proposed law would prohibit food stamp recipients from buying is much longer, drawing opposition that may convince its sponsor to moderate some of the restrictions. No state dollars are at stake, though food retailers health is.

Good News for Flagler Property Owners: Most Home Values Will Barely Fall; Some Will Rise

| January 30, 2012

Flagler County Property Appraiser’s preliminary estimate sees a property value drop in “the low single-digits” at most, with taxable values rising in Grand Haven and Flagler Beach, among other spots, as the five-year collapse in values appears to draw to an end.

Perth Amboy’s Van Eckert Accepts Flagler’s Offer To Be Economic Development CEO

| January 30, 2012

Helga Van Eckert has accepted Flagler County’s government’s offer to become its latest economic development CEO. She will start in late February with a salary of close to $110,000 a year. The future of Greg Rawls, the previous CEO still serving through the transition, is unclear.

House Close to Approving Redistricting Maps as Coalition Charges “One-Party State”

| January 30, 2012

The maps the House panels approved would change Flagler’s place in the congressional district, which would no longer include portions of Orange County, where John Mica is based. If Flagler loses Mica, it would mean losing Mica’s seniority and the benefits of his chairmanship of the powerful House Transportation Committee.

Deaf District as Flagler Students Are Cheated Out of Dozens of Hours of Test Preparation

| January 29, 2012

As high schools prepare students for the FCAT writing test in a few weeks and end-of course exams in May, Matanzas High School’s Jo Ann Nahirny explains how the district’s abbreviated schedule is hurting student preparation and will likely hurt results. Yet administrators seem deaf to alternatives.

The Live Profile:
Who The Hell Is Saul Alinsky?

| January 29, 2012

Saul Alinsky: a profile of the author of “Rules for Radicals,” dead since 1972, whom Newt Gingrich names as the reason to oppose Barack Obama. But the Saul Alinsky Gingrich creates never existed. The invention is more revealing of Gingrich than it is of Alinsky. A corrective to both.

Florida’s Disgraceful New Limits on Voting

| January 28, 2012

The upcoming election is about to be stolen – or, at the very least, rigged – and thousands of your neighbors and, in some cases, your children, are about to be disenfranchised, argues Martin Merzer.

House Releases $69.2 Billion Budget, Including 9.5% Increase in Pre-K-12 Funding

| January 27, 2012

House budget builders on Friday released their $69.2 billion spending blueprint that includes more than $1 billion in additional funding for K-12 education and more than $2.5 billion in reserves.

Gingrich Momentum in Florida Has Vanished, Romney Win Expected

| January 27, 2012

4:36 p.m….Flip-flop again: the Gingrich lead in Florida was short-lived and, as it turns out, not so sweet. Romney is back ahead, comfortably, and expecting a solid win on Tuesday. In a rare victory for the 4th Amendment, the US Supreme Court rules unanimously against police “intrusion” by way of GPS tracking, when it’s physically tacked onto private property, including vehicles on public roads.

25 Homes in P-Section Under Boil-Water Advisory After Water Main Break

| January 27, 2012

Some 25 homes in Palm Coast’s P-Section lost their water connection for a few hours and remain under a boil-water advisory for the next 48 hours when workers serving a line today tapped into a water-main and split it

Canvassing Board Certifies 1,095 Absentee Ballots, County Commission Picks Alternate

| January 27, 2012

The three-member Flagler County Canvassing Board met at noon Friday to certify the first batch of primary election ballots ahead of Tuesday’s vote. On Thursday, the county commission picked Milissa Holland as an alternate canvassing board member.

Flagler County Education Foundation
9th Annual Mardi Gras & Casino Night

| January 27, 2012

The Flagler County Education Foundation will host their annual fundraiser, Mardi Gras and Casino Night on February 21st at 6:30 pm to benefit programs such as Pack 4 Backs, STUFF Bus program and the Dell Trayer Teacher Grants.

Bloodied Candidates Stumble Toward Florida Finish as Gingrich Wilts and Romney Adjusts

| January 27, 2012

Newt Gingrich was under fire from all sides at the 19th GOP primary debate in Jacksonville Thursday, looking weaker and less sure-footed than he had in South Carolina, and ceding the advantage to Mitt Romney ahead of Tuesday’s vote in Florida.

Debt, Divorce, Downsizing and Death: The Thriving State of Estate Sales in Palm Coast

| January 26, 2012

Estate Sales have been the lifeblood of Diana Minotti’s business in Palm Coast in the last four years, underscoring the extent–and occasional upside–of a recession as people retrench and sell off luxuries from fine art to historic furniture.

Live-Blogging the GOP Jacksonville Debate, Reluctantly

| January 26, 2012

Rather than on the GOP debate, everything suggests the television should be tuned to something more grabbing, whether its Nadal-Federer at the Australian Open or Your Home With Jill on QVC. But civic penance may have its virtues. So let’s give this a shot.

Florida’s Plan to Privatize 30 Prisons Fast-Tracks to the Dismay of Guards and Others

| January 26, 2012

A legislative proposal to privatize about 30 prisons in most of the southern part of Florida is headed for the Senate floor after a vote in the Budget Committee that angered prison guards who feel they’re not being heard.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research:
Florida’s Inexcusable Indifference to Funding

| January 26, 2012

Florida, the state with the largest per-capita population over age 65, invests zero dollars in Alzheimer’s research, though one in 40 Floridian has the disease–and half do over age 85. Nancy Smith argues the indifference is short-sighted on many levels.

Gingrich Surge Wipes Out Romney Advantage in Florida While Improving Obama’s Numbers

| January 26, 2012

The latest Quinnipiac polls have Gingrich tied with Romney ion Florida, but losing badly to Obama in a head-to-head race, while Romney’s slight advantage over Obama two weeks ago has also vanished.

Flip-Flops OK, Tuck-In Not Required: District’s Uniform Policy Will Be Relatively Permissive

| January 25, 2012

The Flagler school board met this morning to iron out the wording of its new “uniform dress code” policy, which merely tightens existing standards rather than imposes a rigid uniform standard.

When Even Hoboken Is Funny: Catholicism Optional in Flagler Playhouse’s “Nunsense”

| January 25, 2012

What to do with four dead nuns in a freezer and no money for their burial? Why, throw a talent show and let the nun puns rip: the Flagler Playhouse’s production of “Nunsense,” running through Feb. 5, is worth an evening’s conversion. A review.

Full Text of Proposed Uniform Policy for Flagler County Schools

| January 25, 2012

The full text of the proposed “uniform dress code” policy the Flagler County School board agreed to on Jan. 25, and is scheduled to vote on adopting, at its Jan. 31 meeting.

Roe Back: Florida Would Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks and Require 24-Hr Waiting Periods

| January 25, 2012

A Republican-dominated House subcommittee approved three anti-abortion bills in party-line votes Tuesday, after testimony and debate that reflected the country’s deep divide over abortion.

Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns: A Guide

| January 24, 2012

As one of the richest men ever to run for President, Romney’s filings are enormously complex, and the subject of close scrutiny. News organizations are making their way through the returns. Here’s a guide to where to look to make sense of the numbers, including the original returns for 2010 and 2011.

Flagler 911: Graffiti Slurs in the R Section, Men Attacking Cops and Bar Brawls

| January 24, 2012

A violent few days as angry men are arrested for aggravated battery, including violence on (and biting) cops, a noise complaint leads to two arrests over an underage drinking party on Brooklyn Lane, and a rash of car windows are smashed around town, their contents stolen.

In Another Move To Charters, Florida Would Give Parents More Say Over Failing Schools

| January 24, 2012

Parents of children in chronically failing schools would get greater power to force the schools to change, including the possibility they could make the school into a charter school or contract its management out, under a Jeb Bush-inspired bill that advanced Tuesday in the Florida House.



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