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Girls' six-a-side summer league aims for the goal
VOLUSIA COUNTY - A summer soccer league has some local girls feeling the need for speed. When high school soccer leagues wrap up for the summer, some players continue to hone their skills by participating in a variation of the sport known as six-a-side, played on a smaller field with smaller teams. But small...
Thank you
Ormond Beach resident Pat Boyd of the Daytona Beach Choral Society thanks a veteran for his service. The group sang an array of popular and patriotic songs during the private concert. www.daytonabeachchoralsociety.com...
West Volusia planner retiring
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. Finde...
Fido-friendly parks growing in popularity in Volusia County
VOLUSIA COUNTY -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...
Local government to regulate clothing donation boxes
VOLUSIA COUNTY - They are a frequent sight: the dumpster-like donation boxes in parking lots that ask for used clothing. Many who stuff those boxes with their old sneakers and T-shirts probably expect those items are going to local charities to be distributed to those in need. They would be partially rig...
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...
League of Cities presents 2012 Service Awards
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 ...
Community center will 'uplift' Daytona Beach
DAYTONA BEACH - The Midtown Cultural and Educational Center will help build character and integrity, says Brian Faircloth, son of T.R. Faircloth, who was a local educational leader and the namesake for the city's newest gymnasium. "This is going to be uplifting and totally positive. I'm optimistic about w...
AVID program is saved - at least for one year
VOLUSIA COUNTY - Almost 900 Volusia middle and high school students were "AVID" this school year. That is, they were part of Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college-preparation program aimed at turning middling students into high performers. Things looked like AVID was heading to the district...
Lilian Place to celebrate first year
DAYTONA BEACH - To celebrate the first anniversary of the restoration and opening of Lilian Place, the Heritage Preservation Trust will hold a celbration Sunday and unveil an original bronze lamp that first hung in the home's hallway window in 1884 and served as a guiding light for travelers of the Interc...
Come on in!
The Main Street Pier, including a new restaurant, Joe's Crab Shack, has reopened to the public after more than two years of renovations. A rooftop bar and shop will open later in the month. City officials hope the pier will reinvigorate tourism and development on the oceanfront....
Spruce Creek student wins award for volunteer work
PORT ORANGE - Eloi Le Roux did everything he could to support the nonprofit organization he formed with his brother - even if it meant scavenging through dumpsters. "My brother and I would literally go dumpster diving behind Walmart and Lowe's to find boxes," he said, explaining he gathered the boxes to set ...
DeLand to get red light cameras
DELAND - Red light cameras are coming to town. At its most recent meeting, the DeLand City Commission approved inking a contract with Gatso USA for the controversial cameras at three intersections. "This is the end of a three-year project to look at red-light cameras," commissioner Leigh Matusick said at...
DeBary opening back up to more retail
DEBARY - A decade ago, in keeping with the city's prevailing image as a bedroom community, elected officials crafted a new land use plan for the center of town, one aimed at discouraging retail development in favor of office-related endeavors. Though existing retail establishments were grandfathered in, ...
125th anniversary marked by weekend of family fun
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Let the festivities begin. A celebration this weekend in Riverside Park and other locations will mark the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the city. Beginning with Friday night's time capsule ceremony and sculpture dedication and ending with a Sunday church service in the p...
Light hurricane season, but lots of rain predicted for the summer
VOLUSIA COUNTY - The Atlantic hurricane season got an early start with two named storms before it officially started on June 1. Nevertheless, Volusia County officials are reporting that they expect a lower-than-average tropical storm season this year. At the sam...
Farmer's Market on beachside doing well
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Armand Bryl of Samsula "lives an organic lifestyle" so he wanted to participate in a farmers market that featured organic and homemade products, not a "flea market." Mr. Bryl, known as the Swiss Baker, started just such a market six months ago and on the first Saturday he was the on...
We did it!
More than 80 graduates waited to receive their high school diplomas from St. James Academy during the Jalen Education Foundation graduation ceremony at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach recently. The Jalen Education Foundation, part of Elect Ladies Ministries, partners with St. James Academy to h...
County will feed kids in New Smyrna Beach this summer
Volusia County's Human Services Office will sponsor a Summer Food Service Program for children at 66 sites from June 11 through Aug. 10. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritionally balanced meals regardless of race, color, sex, disability or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lun...
More than a year later, red light cameras still watching
DAYTONA BEACH - Alejandro Toala just knows he didn't run that red light one October night last year at Nova Road and International Speedway Boulevard. It doesn't matter, he said, that the event was crisply recorded by one of the 18 traffic cameras mounted a little more than a ye...
County will feed kids in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach this summer
Volusia County's Human Services Office will sponsor a Summer Food Service Program for children at 66 sites from June 11 through Aug. 10. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritionally balanced meals regardless of race, color, sex, disability or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lu...
Let's dance
Norma Rio of Ponce Inlet dances with Tom Saurwein of Palm Coast during the Friday Dance with the Bailey's Best Band at City Island Recreation Center in Daytona Beach last Friday. Dance lessons are from 1-2 p.m. and the dance is from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call (386) 671-3402....
Port Orange receives site plan for Riverwalk project
PORT ORANGE - After years of discussions, city staff finally have a visual that foresees what a development project in Riverwalk could look like. Local developer Buddy LaCour recently submitted a site plan calling for the development of a 39-slip marina, a marina activity building including a 30-seat café an...
County will feed kids in Port Orange this summer
Volusia County's Human Services Office will sponsor a Summer Food Service Program for children at 66 sites from June 11 through Aug. 10. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritionally balanced meals regardless of race, color, sex, disability or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lun...
School resource deputy wears many hats
DELTONA - When Volusia County Sheriff's Deputy Karen Pierce disciplines a student for breaking the law, whether it's assault, drug dealing, thievery or belligerence, she often finds herself giving the same advice: "I tell them you're coming back as a student, right? Not as a suspect. That whatever happened was just a snapshot of th...
When I want a dog, I think Chicago
If there is such a thing as hot dog season, it is here. All across Volusia County, folks will be plopping those wonderful tubular treats onto the grill to the delight of young and old. That we as Americans love hot dogs is one thing most of us can agree on, but how to build one seems to put us at odds. A while back in my...
From flute salesman to craftsman
ORANGE CITY - Trevor Ross keeps the music going - and makes a living doing it. The Orange City man grows bamboo, and turns it into flutes that he sells wherever people gather from Orlando to Daytona Beach. "I've never really made much of a living on performing," he said. "I've focused in on the crafting ...
MOAS awarded $4.379 million FEMA grant to rebuild west wing
DAYTONA BEACH - The Museum of Arts & Sciences has been awarded a $4.379 million FEMA grant to rebuild its flood-damaged west wing. In May 2009, heavy rains resulted in 4 to 6 inches of water flooding the museum's 20,000-square-foot west wing. Museum staff began the successful removal of art and artifacts at the first signs of ...
Deltona tightens sign regulations
DELTONA - For 35 years, John Oviatt has helped families facing foreclosure keep their homes - or lose them as painlessly as possible. For eight years, he's done this work in Deltona, advertising the services of his Standard Systems Group with white or yellow "HOUSES WANTED" signs spiked into city right o...
County will feed West Volusia kids this summer
Volusia County's Human Services Office will sponsor a Summer Food Service Program for children at 66 sites from June 11 through Aug. 10. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritionally balanced meals regardless of race, color, sex, disability or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lun...
Watch me
Director Fred Eshleman of DeLand performs with the Daytona Beach Choral Society at Emory L. Bennett Veterans Nursing Home in Daytona Beach recently. The group sang an array of popular and patriotic songs during the concert for veterans....
Correction
In a story last week about Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, the foundation that brought the lawsuit to stop the merger between the medical center and Adventist Health System was the Bert Fish Foundation, a philanthropic organization that oversees the wishes of the late Judge Bert Fish and his interests in health care in Volusia Count...

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