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FCSO donates $10K to support Rise Above the Violence

FCSO donates $10K to support Rise Above the Violence

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office donated $10,000 to support the local community organization, Rise Above the Violence. The check was presented to Carmen Gray, founder, by Sheriff Rick Staly and Chief David Williams. Funds for this donation came directly from seized drug dealer assets. According to its website, Rise Above the Violence was formed due to the tragic murder in 2019 of Curtis Israel Gray, a rising star student athlete at both Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast High Schools. He was also a community advocate who invested much of his life helping youth in Flagler County, FL. "This is a…
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See Column of Smoke, Fire in the Woods, Call 9-1-1

See Column of Smoke, Fire in the Woods, Call 9-1-1

Dry conditions in Flagler County coupled with lightning strikes Thursday (June 6) evening have created an uptick in small wildfires in rural areas of the county, but the smell of smoke is largely coming from fires burning in Volusia County. “We will see and smell smoke over the next few days, but there is currently nothing to be alarmed about,” said Flagler County Battalion Chief and Wildfire Mitigation Officer Brady Barry. “Flagler County Fire Rescue and FireFlight are doing regular patrols to ensure that there are no new fires popping up.” Fire Rescue is asking residents to call 9-1-1 if…
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City of Palm Coast to Review Key Chapters of New Comprehensive Plan, Shaped by Community Input from Imagine 2050

City of Palm Coast to Review Key Chapters of New Comprehensive Plan, Shaped by Community Input from Imagine 2050

The City of Palm Coast is thrilled to announce the completion of the review of the first three chapters of the Imagine 2050 Comprehensive Plan update. This significant milestone represents a culmination of our residents' aspirations and a collective vision for the future of Palm Coast. It is a vision shaped by extensive community feedback gathered during various public engagement meetings and events. Intergovernmental Coordination Element: Collaborating for a Better Future Our community underscores the significance of collaborating with Federal, Regional, State, and County partners, as highlighted in the Intergovernmental Element's key Goals, Policies, and Objectives (GOPs). These GOPs focus…
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FPC Coach David Halliday Named Finalist
for 2024 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in Track and Field

FPC Coach David Halliday Named Finalist
for 2024 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in Track and Field

Storied Flagler Palm Coast (FPC) High School Track and Field Head Coach David Halliday is among the finalists for the National High School Coach of the Year. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of FPC’s Halliday as a finalist for the 2024 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in Track and Field.  The Palm Coast, Florida resident has been leading the track world at FPC for the past 20 years. During his tenure, Halliday has coached his teams to region championships in 2002, 2007, 2009, 2019 and 2023. His Bulldog Boys…
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Two Subjects Arrested Following 7-Hour Standoff in Palm Coast

Two Subjects Arrested Following 7-Hour Standoff in Palm Coast

A disturbance call early in the morning on Wednesday, June 5 evolved into an hours-long standoff in the F-Section of Palm Coast resulting in the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) arresting two subjects. At approximately 6:33 a.m., FCSO Communications received a call that the residents at 94 Forsythe Lane had been playing music throughout the night and that there were chairs, a table, a blanket, and a burning candle in the middle of street. The reporting parting advised they knew the address belonged to the parents of Hunter Detherow, who is currently incarcerated following a stabbing that occurred in March…
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FCSO Honors Fallen Officers with Candlelight Vigil

FCSO Honors Fallen Officers with Candlelight Vigil

The 2024 Fallen Officers Memorial paid tribute to six Flagler County deputies and officers who had fallen in the line of duty. Those honored included Sheriff Perry Hall (End of Watch: August 21, 1927), Deputy George Durrance (End of Watch: August 25, 1927), Deputy Charles Sease (End of Watch: July 5, 2003), Sgt. Francesco Celico (End of Watch: September 9, 2011), Sheriff Homer Brooks (End of Watch: March 23, 1965), and Deputy First Class Paul Luciano (End of Watch: August 26, 2021). Sheriff Rick Staly commenced the ceremony by expressing gratitude to the attendees for commemorating the fallen heroes and…
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Flagler County Issues Warning: Don’t Feed Alligators in Flagler County Parks

Flagler County Issues Warning: Don’t Feed Alligators in Flagler County Parks

The temptation to engage with wildlife by feeding them is real – especially for children – but the consequences for the animals, and the public, can be dire. "Feeding wildlife can reduce their fear of humans which may result in aggression and the need for the animal to be removed or killed in order to protect public safety," according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website. "In some cases, feeding wildlife is illegal in Florida. Species with rules related to feeding include bears, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, pelicans, alligators, crocodiles, sandhill cranes, and wild monkeys." Additionally, the Flagler County Code of Ordinances,…
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Sheriff Rick Staly Unveils Memorial in Honor of Sheriff Perry Hall for National Correctional Officers & Employees Week

Sheriff Rick Staly Unveils Memorial in Honor of Sheriff Perry Hall for National Correctional Officers & Employees Week

On Wednesday, May 8, Sheriff Rick Staly unveiled a memorial in honor of Sheriff Perry Hall outside the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. The jail, previously named the Flagler County Inmate Facility, was renamed after Sheriff Hall in 2018. The new memorial, consisting of a memorial garden accompanied by a historical marker describing the sheriff’s life and death, commemorates Sheriff Hall’s legacy and sacrifice serving his community. Sheriff Hall was the first law enforcement officer in Flagler County to be killed in the line of duty. Sheriff Hall served as the second Sheriff of Flagler County until his death…
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Palm Coast Caregiver Arrested for Abusing his 91-Year-Old Grandfather

Palm Coast Caregiver Arrested for Abusing his 91-Year-Old Grandfather

On Wednesday, May 1, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Palm Coast man after video evidence surfaced of him abusing his 91-year-old grandfather. The victim and his wife reside in the Palm Coast’s W-section with his grandson, Brandon Valentine, 41. On April 14, deputies responded to the residence after receiving a report that Valentine had struck his grandfather. Both parties gave conflicting reports and deputies did not observe any injuries and the video footage at that time was dark and not usable. Valentine told deputies he would send in better quality video that he said would clear him of…
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City of Palm Coast Celebrates 19th Consecutive Tree City USA Honor and Invites Residents to Arbor Day Event this Weekend

City of Palm Coast Celebrates 19th Consecutive Tree City USA Honor and Invites Residents to Arbor Day Event this Weekend

The City of Palm Coast proudly announces its recognition as a Tree City USA for the 19th consecutive year, an honor bestowed by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This prestigious award acknowledges Palm Coast's steadfast commitment to effective urban forestry management and environmental stewardship. Achieving the Tree City USA designation requires a city to meet stringent standards, including maintaining a tree board or department, establishing a community tree ordinance, investing at least $2 per capita in urban forestry, and hosting an annual Arbor Day celebration. These standards ensure communities are dedicated to growing and maintaining their public trees and green…
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