Police Chief Tom Foster swore in the latest member of the Bunnell Police Department, Detective Kyle Totten, on Feb. 24. Totten is married to Judge Andrea Totten, and they have three children.
The city's strategic plan, adopted in October, called for the creation of an investigative component at the department to help with case clearance rates.
Kyle Totten brings 26 years of law enforcement experience as well as seven years of military experience to the Bunnell Police Department. Among awards he has received are the Daytona Beach Police Medal of Honor and Medal of Valor. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cold War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom and has received the U.S. Army Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
AACS director presents history to UWF
Meshella Woods, curator/board director for the African American Cultural Society Inc. spoke to the University Women of Flagler on Feb. 15 about the history and mission of the AACS. Artist Bettie Eubanks delivered a certificate to Woods on behalf of UWF, which also plans to make a donation to AACS in her name.
Woods also reported that Ronaele R. Bowman recently donated books to the AACS; Luzibu Nsakala donated other artifacts; and Dr. Gina U. Barclay-McLaughton offered to consult in providing an oral history of AACS members. UWF members Mavis Smith, Barbara Holley, Bettie Eubanks and Agnes Lightfoot are also AACS members, and Woods said, "It was heart-warming to see their smiling faces in the audience."
Flagler Free Clinic celebrates 15 years
The Flagler Free Clinic, established in February 2005, served over 600 patient visits with the assistance of a small number of front office volunteers and four medical providers that year. In contrast, during 2019 the clinic provided over 2,000 patient visits, thanks to the commitment of 100 community volunteers, 30 of which are medical and dental professionals. No more long lines, since 2015 patients are seen by appointment and are assigned to a specific medical provider.
To date, the clinic has served over 25,000 patient visits, is open more than 20 days each month, and provides over $2.5 million worth of services with operating costs of $250,000 annually. The Flagler Free Clinic is the only medical safety net for uninsured individuals in our community and depends on private sector donations as it receives no federal or state funding.
Donations can be made through Pay Pal on the clinic’s website, or by sending a check directly to Flagler Free Clinic, P.O. Box 863, Bunnell, Florida 32110. For additional information, call Executive Director Terri Belletto at 386-437-3091, ext 3.
Brian McMillan and his wife, Hailey, bought the Observer in 2023. Before taking on his role as publisher, Brian was the editor from 2010 to 2022, winning numerous awards for his column writing, photography and journalism, from the Florida Press Association.