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Flagler Boardwalk Park improvements done just in time for busy season
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - With perfect weather ushering in July, a busy month at the beach for locals and vacationers, New Smyrna Beach has finished the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk Park improvements just in time. The ribbon cutting for the Boardwalk Park has been delayed, but the facilities are already being pu...
Parents turn drug 'nightmare' into support group
DELAND - When Erika Webb began noticing that her teenage son - a good kid; smart, well-liked - was becoming sullen, stubborn and constantly frustrated, she attributed it to the normal ups and downs of adolescence. She was wrong. Two weeks before her son's 18th birthday she was called to...
Beauty all around
Education coordinator Melissa Hughes of DeLand shows Ritchie Cummings, 10, a carnivorous Tar plant during the Insects of the Scrub program at the Lyonia Preserve in Deltona Saturday. For more information on free programs such as this, visit www.lyoniapreserve.com or call Sandy Falcon at (386) 789-7207, Ext. 248....
Shoes for the shoeless
The Early Act Club of Blue Lake Elementary School, sponsored and assisted by the Rotary Club of DeLand, had a very productive year. Their 48 members met after school twice per month to work on service projects, learn how to conduct a meeting, and become leaders. Their project to benefit their school was a tra...
New marketing campaign to target businesses, shoppers for Beach Street
DAYTONA BEACH - Prior to the end of summer, nearly every newspaper reader, TV watcher and Internet surfer in a 90-mile radius will see or hear market segments about the "coastal charm and downtown dazzle" that bestows historic Beach Street in Daytona Beach. The phrase "Coastal Charm and Downtown Dazzle" a...
Happy paddling
Ten-year-olds Ian Dinkla, right, of DeLand, and Justine Stalzer, of Ormond Beach, cruise around in their kayaks during the Halifax Youth Sailing summer camp at the Halifax Sailing Association in Daytona Beach recently. For more information on future camps, call (386) 238-7245....
New signage dresses up Stetson's campus
For the past few weeks, Stetson University's Facilities Management team has been installing new signage throughout campus as part of the university's plan to beautify the DeLand campus. The need for new signage was identified in a plan that began with the large landscaping project in 2010 that enhanced the Quad/Palm Court area...
Goodwill moving to near-empty Towne Center building
ORANGE CITY - Goodwill Industries plans to vacate its current store at 2460 S. Volusia Ave. in favor of new digs nearby in the vacancy-ridden West Volusia Towne Center, taking the place of a long-empty Staples store. The building where the new Goodwill is planned, just northeast of the intersection of Harley Strickland Boulevard ...
DeBary businesses may get five-year deadline to fix signs
DEBARY - In a sign of the SunRail-welcoming times, city leaders are considering a change to the city's sign code that would create more aesthetic uniformity on the streets. Business owners along most of the city's major roads would be required to construct a landscaped monument sign within the next five years, if what's there now i...
Drummer girls
Jessica Poffenbarger, 12, left, of South Daytona and Gabrielle Graham, 10, of Daytona Beach create a musical beat during the Team Building Rhythm Circle at the James Street Park Activity Center in South Daytona Friday. For more information on summer camps, visit www. www.southdaytona.org....
Museums reap benefits
Jimmy and Mary Harrell, left, of the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum, received a $1,000 donation from the New Smyrna Beach 125th Anniversary Committee for participating in the June 8-10 event. Also receiving a $1,000 check was John Peel, right, of the New Smyrna Museum of History and president of the Southeast V...
Innovative technology destroying germs at Bert Fish Medical Center
New Smyrna Beach - Ray is a busy robot at Bert Fish Medical Center, and so is his companion, Violet. While the couple look like robots, they're actually devices that dispense innovative germ-zapping technology to help prevent patient infections at the hospital. Bert Fish is the first hospital in Flori...
Farmers market closed for summer
ORMOND BEACH - The Ormond Beach Farmers Market is closed. For now. "We decided to close for the summer and reopen in October," Maggie Sacks, executive director of Ormond Beach Mainstreet said. The not-for-profit corporation runs the market in Rockefeller Gardens. "Probably the first week of October." Ms....
Getting the technique down
Stephen Peterson, 11, of Wilbur by the Sea creates a cast of clay characters for his upcoming movie during the 'Claymation Movie Making' summer camp program at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach recently. For more information on upcoming summer camp programs, visit www.MOSA.org or call (386) 255-0285....
Electric referendum language remains a concern
Ballot Title: Amending the Charter to require a Referendum on City formation of electric utility. Ballot Summary: The proposed amendment to Article 6 would require that a referendum of the city's electors be held prior to the city's formation of any municipal electric utility and the delivery of municipal el...
Come sail away
Althea Schliske, 12, of Port Orange, cruises the Halifax River in one of the Halifax Sailing Association's sailboats in Daytona Beach recently. Althea got hooked on sailing after attending on of the sailing camps offered by the association from a previous week. For more information on upcoming youth camps, visit www...
County seeks Citizens Academy recruits
Applications are being accepted for Volusia County's Citizens Academy, a hands-on awareness program designed to educate citizens about county government operations. Classes will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 21 through Oct. 30. The final class is scheduled for Nov. 12. There is no charge for the program. Applican...
Domestic partners line up to make love official
DELAND - Volusia County's new domestic partner registry isn't marriage for any couple, same or different sex. But to some, it's a move toward "marriage equality." "I feel like it's an important first step," the Rev. Karen Curtis-Weakley said. She's the pastor of ...
Be safe this 4th of July weekend
We celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks - the things of which happy memories are made. Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from fireworks and grilling. These tips can help ensure that everyone has a safe holiday. What can I do? .The best way to protect your family is not to u...
Who are those faces on the speedway?
With all of the race fans in town for the big summer race at the speedway, I am reminded of my own last trip to the big track. Like a lot of us who live here, I don't often make it to the big show, but in 2011 I was gifted a pair of tickets to the 500. My wife Lana and I went to the speedway on an exceptionally warm Febru...
Snakey situation
Central Florida Zoo docent Stephanie Walsh of DeLand shows a snake to guests during the sixth annual Feria de Salud y Comunidad Community Health Fair held in the Tommy Lawrence Arena of the Volusia County Fair & Expo Center in DeLand recently. The free health fair provided health and community resources to the commu...
Center for Business Excellence announces availability of scholarships
The Center for Business Excellence, the regional workforce board that oversees the One-Stop centers of Flagler and Volusia counties, will increase the amount of money it will invest in scholarships for jobseekers. The new system will offer scholarships up to $7,500 for each customer seeking employment in a targeted occupation....

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