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Meet Zoee – Flagler Warrior Fighting for Her Life Against Cancer at 15

Meet Zoee – Flagler Warrior Fighting for Her Life Against Cancer at 15

Zoee has B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. When she first found out she had cancer she was 14 years old. She has had cancer for 8 months and is still fighting at age 15. After she has her treatments she feels tired and nauseous and sometimes just normal. Zoee said that sometimes she finds it hard to be positive with it all, but her new puppy Chunk, and the people she has met through Live Like Cameron help her to stay strong and positive. Her dog Chunk was donated to Zoee. Chunk helps her keep on battling her cancer. Chunk is…
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Flagler County offers LEAD and LIFT programs to governmental staffers across agencies as part of its Leadership

Flagler County offers LEAD and LIFT programs to governmental staffers across agencies as part of its Leadership

Flagler County has changed its Leadership Academy for 2024 now offering two programs – LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Development) and LIFT (Leadership Initiative for Tomorrow) – to provide staff development to more of its employees. “I think it is extremely important for our community that we continue to develop the next generation of leaders,” said County Administrator Heidi Petito. “We regularly work with external partners, because we know things are better when we work together in the best interest of our residents.” The Flagler County Leadership Academy began in 2019 using the materials and methodology in line with graduate-level coursework. The…
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Flagler County Sheriff’s Weekend Roundup Leads to Multiple Arrests

Flagler County Sheriff’s Weekend Roundup Leads to Multiple Arrests

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies made 22 arrests this past weekend between 6 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024, and 6 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2024. They handled 611 calls for service and made 111 traffic stops. “In addition to their typical calls for service, deputies had their hands full with traffic this weekend as I-95 was packed with Spring Breakers making their return journey home,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “On Sunday alone, northbound lanes on I-95 were shut down twice as deputies responded to two serious crashes with injuries. Deputies worked with the Florida Highway Patrol and…
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Flagler County Parks and Rec Hosts Save the Gopher Tortoises at Betty Steflik

Flagler County Parks and Rec Hosts Save the Gopher Tortoises at Betty Steflik

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than spending time at Betty Steflik Preserve with Flagler County Parks and Recreation, the City of Flagler Beach, the local University of Florida IFAS Extension office, the Florida Master Gardner Volunteers, and Flagler Volunteer Services. “There will be opportunities to learn about the vegetation in the preserve, and opportunities to get your hands dirty,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Frank Barbuti. “One of our endeavors will be to remove invasive Brazilian Pepper from the hiking trail.” Plans for the day also include planting a forage garden for the preserve’s gopher tortoise population. Those…
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Edmonson Raises $49,000 in 90 Days in Race for  Flagler County Tax Collector

Edmonson Raises $49,000 in 90 Days in Race for Flagler County Tax Collector

“I am especially grateful for the incredible level of support from our community.  If elected, I can’t wait to continue to provide superb customer service and save taxpayers millions of dollars by running the best Tax Collector’s Office in the State of Florida, “stated Shelly Edmonson, candidate for Flagler County Tax Collector. “Shelly Edmonson is best qualified to lead this office for years to come.  She has the vision, leadership, experience, and expertise which our citizens deserve serving them,” said Suzanne Johnston who has served twenty years as Flagler County Tax Collector. “Shelly has the right philosophy and conservative values…
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Small Dog Park in James F Holland Park, Palm Coast, to Close Temporarily for Adjustments

Small Dog Park in James F Holland Park, Palm Coast, to Close Temporarily for Adjustments

The small dog park at James F. Holland Memorial Park will be temporarily closed for improvements beginning Monday, April 8th, and is scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 22nd. These improvements are aimed at enhancing the overall experience for Palm Coast's furry friends and their owners. Planned work will include:   Replacing Sod: Parks staff will be addressing the worn grass areas by cutting out affected areas and re-sodding to provide a lush and comfortable environment for dogs to play. Adding Concrete: Special Projects will include adding a 4-foot apron around the northeast area of the pavilion to mitigate roof…
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CASE UPDATE: Sex Offender Sentenced to Six Life Terms  for Crimes Against Children Victims

CASE UPDATE: Sex Offender Sentenced to Six Life Terms for Crimes Against Children Victims

During a hearing on April 2, 2024, Donald Andrew Sharp, 23, was sentenced to six life terms for crimes he committed against two underage children in 2022. He will also be declared a sexual predator. In February, a Flagler County jury found Sharp guilty of four counts of Sexual Battery on person less than 12 years of age, Principal in First-Degree Sexual Battery on person less than 12 years of age, Principal to Lewd/Lascivious Molestation on person less than 12 years of age, and Lewd/Lascivious Molestation on person less than 12 years of age. “This pervert deserved the death penalty…
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National Sheriff’s Association Selects Flagler County Sheriff’s Office as Winner for their 2024 Crime Victim Services Award

National Sheriff’s Association Selects Flagler County Sheriff’s Office as Winner for their 2024 Crime Victim Services Award

The National Sheriff's Association (NSA) notified the Flagler County Sheriff's Office that FCSO was selected as the winner of NSA's Crime Victim Services Award for 2024. It's a prestigious award that annually recognizes outstanding achievement by a sheriff's office in support of victims. Under the leadership of Sheriff Rick Staly, FCSO has developed a culture, team, policies, programs, and resources that put the needs of victims first in everything the organization does each day. It provides law enforcement services for more than 130,000 residents in an area that continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the state…
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Fourth Annual Touch a Truck Event to Be Held May 11th, at Central Park in Palm Coast’s Town Center

Fourth Annual Touch a Truck Event to Be Held May 11th, at Central Park in Palm Coast’s Town Center

The City of Palm Coast is excited to announce the return of the highly anticipated Touch a Truck event, now in its fourth consecutive year. This family-friendly event will take place on May 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Town Center in Palm Coast. This year's theme, "Connecting Our Worlds to the Future," aims to provide our youth with an interactive and educational experience, allowing them to explore and engage with various equipment.   More than 75 vehicles from multiple agencies will be showcased, including:   City of Palm Coast Public Works, Stormwater, Utility, and Fire Departments Flagler…
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19th Annual Arbor Day Event Comes to Central Park Palm Coast Town Center

19th Annual Arbor Day Event Comes to Central Park Palm Coast Town Center

 The City of Palm Coast will be holding its 19th Annual Arbor Day event on May 4th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave. Admission is free! Refreshments and products from vendors will be available for purchase. The tree tent opens at 9 a.m. A Master Certified Arborist will be in the tree tent from 9 a.m.-noon, offering free guidance on proper pruning, placement, planting, and root-shaving techniques. To get a free tree, bring a non-perishable, non-expired human or pet food item to trade for the tree while quantities last! City of…
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