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Orange City eateries squeamish about regular food trucks
By Dan Harkins ORANGE CITY - Gram's Kitchen manager Rhonda Hogue doesn't have a problem with how the Food Truck Bazaar has been pulling into town on the first Sunday of the month. She just doesn't want to be neighbors. "It's a little too close for comfort," she said last Thursday while doling out stuffed cabbage and cornbread at the Taste of We...
Babysitting classes
offered this summer PORT ORANGE -- A child and infant CPR course is being offered to those planning on babysitting this summer. Classes will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays June 9 and 16, and July 7 and 14, at Java Jungle 4606 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange. The course will include basic principles of first aid, choking, rescue breathing and ...
City leisure services programs won't be cut
Droves of residents flocked City Hall for a workshop outlining the Daytona Beach Leisure Services budget, and were ready to take the podium to keep community programs and activities from being cut, but it turned out they didn't need to. The City Commission agreed last Wednesday to maintain Leisure Service programs and have more opportunities for c...
West Volusia planner retiring
For Hometown News LAKE HELEN - In the late 1990s, west Volusia County was booming. The City of Lake Helen saw the growth coming and feared getting gobbled up in it. A name kept getting mentioned: Don Findell, the former Orange City planner, the man who largely crafted that city's 1997 gateway-corridor ordinance. Mr. Findel...
DeBary close to disbanding code enforcement board
By Dan Harkins DEBARY - For nearly nine years, retired attorney Marcia Becker has served as a volunteer on the city's seven-member code enforcement board, providing city residents with a jury of their peers to review code enforcement cases and mete out the appropriate justice. But Ms. Becker and her colleagues might be serving their last few mo...
Bert Fish moving forward, focusing on new facilities for cancer, cardiac patients
By Suzy Kridner skridner@hometownnewsol.com NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bert Fish Medical Center has had a rough couple of years dealing with an unsuccessful merger with Florida Adventist Health System and the ensuing fallout. Chief Executive Officer Steve Harrell said last week he is glad to put all the drama behind him and concentrate on taking Bert F...
New Smyrna Beach has vibrant arts community
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - The synergy that flows in this town between the art galleries, the Artists' Workshop Inc., the Atlantic Center for the Arts and now, the Hub on Canal, make the city one of the top 100 art communities in the country. And those are just the organizations and businesses that cater to the visual arts. New Smyrna Beach also is home to The Little Theater and a plethora of local ...
New Smyrna Beach Celebrates 125 Years of Community
By Carla J. Eskew For Hometown News NEW SMYRNA BEACH - There's no place like home. That's what Dorothy said, as well as a number of New Smyrna Beach residents who said they wouldn't live anywhere else. Mayor Adam Barringer grew up here, left for a while, but had to come back. "My love for the beach and my fond memories brought me back," said Mr...
Even kids know New Smyrna Beach is a great place to live
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Even fourth-grade girls know it's the unique restaurants, eclectic shops and beautiful beach that help make this town a terrific place to live. "It's a small place. You get to see people around that you know," said 10-year-old Grace Wassem. "I like New Smyrna Beach because it's a...
The Historic Westside
By Carla J. Eskew For Hometown News NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Jimmy and Mary S. Harrell never planned on staying in New Smyrna Beach. They moved here for jobs in 1960. Mary was an elementary education teacher and Jimmy was an agriculture teacher at the high school. "The town sort of grew on us, the people we met on the Westside were good to us. It's a...
Birds of a feather
Jake Bower, 8, of Port Orange looks through a peacock feather during the Cypress Creek Elementary School Eco Adventure Field trip to Cracker Creek Canoeing in Port Orange last Friday. Students got to learn about a various types of plants and animals living in Florida with an eco-history boat tour on Spruce Creek. www.oldfloridapioneer.com...
Photo courtesy of Susan Ging-Lent
The Port Orange Elks recently gave a $300 check to the Haven Recovery Center in support of three rental homes offered to homeless or low income single female veterans and their children. From left to right, Elks Veterans Committee Chairman Dan Theodore, Sharon and Joe Williams of Haven and Elk Exalted Ruler Louis Greci....
It's law: city rates cannot be higher than FPL's
by Michael Salerno For Hometown News SOUTH DAYTONA - When talk first started about the city buying out Florida Power & Light's electrical utility, one of the major concerns by opponents was that their cost for electricity would go up. City officials tried, without much success, to waylay those concerns in several discussions with residents over...
Fido-friendly parks growing in popularity in Volusia County
By Joe Crews For Hometown News Dog parks have been springing up in a number of locations around Volusia County. Several cities, include Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach and DeLand, currently include them in near-future plans. Existing parks around the county include three county-run dog parks: Barkley Square, a 14-acre park at 1010 N. ...
Drug court offers alternative to jail time
For Hometown News VOLUSIA COUNTY -Crystal is a pretty woman with a charming smile, a spirited voice and attractive laugh. She's also a recovering drug addict with a felony drug arrest. Whether she ends up with a conviction is up to her. The DeLand woman is one of about 260 current participants in the Volusia County's Adult...
Event to assist
with identification DELAND - IDignity DeLand will assist people in obtaining free identification from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at First Presbyterian Church Church, 724 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. It is encouraged to be there early if you are interested in obtaining identification. Through collaboration with government agencies and chur...
Family to celebrate missing woman's birthday
The family of Laurel Rogers, a Port Orange woman who has been missing for more than two years, will celebrate her 31st birthday by releasing "wish lanterns" at the beach. The public in invited to come to Larry Fornari Park in Daytona Beach Shores at 8:15 p.m. on June 4. "We love and miss Laurel so much," her mother Lauretta Ro...
SAVE program aims to let homeless work off their tickets instead of go to jail
By Patrick McCallister For Hometown News VOLUSIA COUNTY - Dwayne Johnson is homeless. That's how he ended up with about $750 of fines to pay off. "I got caught sleeping in the jungle twice," he said. "That's a 'no trespass.' I was given $250 some odd tickets. Then I got caught with an open container. That's $250." Mr. Johnson uses "the jungle" ...
For Hometown News
The Volusia League of Cities recently presented awards to the 2012 Distinguished Service Awards, the 2012 President's Award, and the Mayor Blaine O'Neal Award of Excellence for 2012 Recipients. The awards were presented at the Volusia League of Cities Annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet at the Smyrna Yacht Club in New Smyrna Beach. Blai...
DeLand braces, DeBary embraces new SunRail connections
DELAND - Emmy Knuuttila has owned Emmy's Time-Out Café, a German-American bistro with a dwindling legion of local followers, on rural Old New York Avenue for 36 years. Many of her customers are accidental, she said - made to wait at the nearby Amtrak station for a train that's running hours late from Miami. She hopes that many more ...
Stetson grad finds niche in money management
PORT ORANGE - At the young age of 21, Stetson University graduate Jillian Masucci has made her mark in the world of finance. While studying for her Bachelor's degree, the Port Orange resident helped manage a stock portfolio worth almost $3 million and completed two finance internships at an energy company's ...

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