Today: high in low 80s, low in low-70s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 367.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: gooding, n..
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Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.
No school today in Flagler County public schools: it’s a teacher planning day.
Flagler County Unified Local Mitigation Strategy meeting at 3 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg 3, Training Room A, Bunnell.
The Bunnell City Commission meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 201 W. Moody Boulevard/S. Forsyth Street, Bunnell.
French Boys Choir at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 7 p.m. Click for details.
Full Moon Beach Stroll at Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area: 6 to 6:45 p.m. Join a Ranger for this educational full moon beach stroll! All ages welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. The program will leave from the beachside pavilion. RSVP is recommended. Please visit Eventbrite.com to register online or RSVP by calling 386-517-2086.
Free with regular park entrance of $5 per carload of two to eight people, $4 for one person in a car and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist to be paid the day of the event.
Palm Coast Woman Charged in DUI Manslaughter Was Stopped Moments Before the Crash, and Released: Lawless, shortly before the Oct. 18, 2014 fatal crash, had been part of a traffic stop at a different location by a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy. A field sobriety test was started or was about to be started, but was aborted. Lawless was allowed to go on, as long as someone else was at the wheel, even though she had been observed to be drunk by several deputies and had been at the wheel of the vehicle when stopped. One of the deputies at the scene in that traffic stop knew lawless personally.
Staly has decisive financial lead in Flagler sheriff’s race: Republican candidate Rick Staly has $72,375 compared to $7,675 for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Lt. John T. Lamb, and $6,369 for ex-sheriff Don Fleming, the News-Journal reports. While $50,000 of Staly’s money is from his own pocket, the $22,000 he’s collected from contributors is $4,000 more than the contributions from all five Republican opponents combined. (Story paywall-protected.)
Spartan Extreme Race Re-Sets for Flagler: New Location, Same Lack of Transparency: Public opposition to a Spartan race at Princess Place was generally accompanied by a more welcoming attitude toward such a project if it were placed at a more appropriate location, and if it was handled more transparently, especially when it involves large sums of public money and public services. So far, county officials have it roughly half right, with serious questions of lack of openness and patronage undermining the new approach.
Seek Cover, Teddy: 3,500 Hunters Take Guns and Bows to Bears Across Florida: Some opponents turned out Friday at protests across the state and intend to spend the next few days keeping watch on the 33 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission game-check stations where hunters are required to bring fresh kills within 12 hours.
AJ Fernandez, Felled by Schizophrenia, Is Celebrated With a Skateboard Competition at Wadsworth Park The skate competition, a memorial benefit event, will be held Nov. 8 at Wadsworth Park. The competition is open to skateboarders of all ages. All proceeds, including the $20 entry fee, will benefit the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center in Baltimore.
Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.
Gov. Rick Scott is expected to visit Harris Corp. to discuss issues such as the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, commonly known as STEM. (2 p.m., Harris Corp., 1395 Troutman Blvd., Palm Bay.)
State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is expected to take part in a reception at the Florida Chamber of Commerce Insurance Summit. (5:30 p.m., Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:
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- Starting Oct. 16: 14th Annual October Scare Haunted House to benefit Flagler Habitat, October 16, 17, 18 October 23, 24, 25 and 29, 30 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday & Friday, Saturday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m., Atlantis Industrial and Business Park, UNIT 80, 2323 N. State Street, Bunnell.
- Oct. 27: NAACP meeting, Jim Troiano of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will make a presentation on body cameras. Health Chairman Orjanette Bryant shared that Director Terri Belletto will discuss matters concerning the Flagler County Free Clinic. A question and answer session will follow each presentation. For further details, contact the NAACP at 386-446-7822. 6 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
- Oct. 30: Come join the Halloween fun at the Friday, October 30, Candlelight Trail Walk at Bulow Plantation Ruins, 3501 Old King’s Road, Flagler Beach. The event is sponsored by the Bulow Parks Historic Alliance. It begins at 5 p.m. and features children’s games, a costume contest, living history re-enactors and lots of family fun. $5 donation per vehicle. For information call 386-437-5338.
- Nov. 6: San Diego Artist Kari Powell is November’s Featured Artist at Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach for the month of November, starting with a Nov. 6 reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
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Kumon Math and Reading Center Celebrates Five Years in Flagler County
San Diego Artist Kari Powell is November’s Featured Artist at Ocean Art Gallery
Golden Lion’s Key Lime Tarter Sauce Proceeds Buy 7,000 lbs of Food for Second Harvest Food Bank
Kumon Math and Reading Center Celebrates Five Years in Flagler County : Kumon Math and Reading Center Celebrates Five Years in Flagler County : Kumon Math and Reading Center of Palm Coast announced they are celebrating five years in business in Flagler County. “This is such an exciting time for our center,” said owner Mita Tomerlin. “We are proud to have had a successful five years in Palm Coast and knowing that we have made a difference in these students’ learning makes it all worthwhile.” The Kumon Center will be holding a celebration on Wednesday, November 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guests are invited to relax, socialize and tour the facility. Refreshments will be provided. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Kumon is located on the second floor in City Marketplace at 160 Cypress Point Pkwy Suite A206. They are open Monday and Thursday from 1:30pm until 7:30pm. Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. Kumon Math and Reading Center of Palm Coast opened in August 2010.
Carson: Women who have abortions are like slaveowners. https://t.co/RG7ePTamG7 pic.twitter.com/sIKAnsXzVn
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) October 26, 2015
Vietnam war's 'napalm girl' Kim Phuc has laser treatment to heal wounds https://t.co/ajkMMe97wx
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 26, 2015
The Weeds: Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good luck. https://t.co/CAqaOcc5K0
— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 26, 2015
Oil prices drop, demand seen sagging toward year-end https://t.co/5Ti8vP5flg pic.twitter.com/cj4b4lWt5h
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 26, 2015
Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Oct. 14:
Palm Coast Parkway Six-Laning is 95 percent done: Work in median continues and landscape along project continues. Traffic Signal loop installation continues.
Holland Park, 35 percent done: Dewatering of wetland area continues. 92% of roadway thru wetland has been excavated and is being backfilled. Installation of storm structures and piping continues under roadway thru former wetland. Electrical trenching and conduit installation continues.
Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center, 99 percent done: Project is substantially completed.
Old Kings Road Force Main, 40 percent done: Connections of the directional and direct bury pipe continues.
County’s I-95 Interchange Matanzas Woods Reclaim Water, 76 percent done: 16″ direct bury pipe has been staged for installation on the west side of the northwest ramp.
Palm Harbor Parkway Roadway Extension, 26 percent done: De-mucking continues thru wet areas for new roadway.
North Old Kings Road Extension to Matanzas Woods Parkway: City did not update.
Island Walk Shopping Center Phase 1, 95 percent done: Last 1500 gallon Grease Interceptor was installed. The Utility Final was completed for Publix 10-13-15.
Road and Interstate Construction:
The intersection of Old Kings Road and Matanzas Woods Parkway will be closed for reconstruction beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and continuing through the weekend until 3 a.m. Monday morning, Nov. 2. The intersection will be closed to traffic during that entire time. Variable message signs will be used to alert the traveling public of the closure. For more information, contact Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360.
- Palm Coast Parkway Project Website
- Florida Department of Transportation Road Project List
- County Road 304 Project Map and Description
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Staly has decisive financial lead in Flagler sheriff’s race: Republican candidate Rick Staly has $72,375 compared to $7,675 for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Lt. John T. Lamb, and $6,369 for ex-sheriff Don Fleming, the News-Journal reports. While $50,000 of Staly’s money is from his own pocket, the $22,000 he’s collected from contributors is $4,000 more than the contributions from all five Republican opponents combined. (Story paywall-protected.)(copied and pasted from Flagler live briefing article)
MOST OF THE DONORS/DONATIONS ARE FROM OUT OF TOWN OR OUT OF STATE SO THOSE PARTICULAR DONATIONS DON’T TRANSLATE INTO VOTES.