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No price tags allowed: Lake Helen outreach warehouse offers food, clothes, furniture for free
LAKE HELEN - Suzie Burbridge had just started feeling the financial strain of gaining custody of her five grandchildren a few years back when she heard a knock on the front door of her Orange City home. It was Carole Fritz, founder of Last Chance Outreach Ministries in Lake Helen, asking if she needed a ...
Business incubator celebrates first year
DAYTONA BEACH - The Volusia County Pumpkin Festival will draw hundreds of thousands of fall aficionados from throughout Central Florida every year for a weekend of everything autumn: the pumpkins, the carving, the cooling temperatur...
Felipe Bravo, 11, of DeLand, plays a game of carrom during the Volusia County Parks, Recreation and Culture summer camp at DeLand High School recently. Carrom is a combination of pool, marbles and air hockey. For more information, visit www.Carrom.org....
DeBary leaders support helping businesses switch to monument signs
DEBARY - Beverly and Douglas McCain came to the DeBary City Council meeting on July 18 ready to cry foul. A proposed city code change, with the full support of Council, would require business owners with pole signs along major roads to replace them with monument signs within five years-a measure that a...
DeBary snags established business for industrial area
DEBARY - The city's first fishing trip with a new incentive program that pays companies cash to create jobs has landed its first catch. An established water pump dealer and service provider headquartered in Alabama, Hydra Service Inc., is moving 12 workers from its 15,000-square-foot facility off Marit...
Holding an albino burmese python from left to right is: Jungle Jim Greene, Michael Mulloy, Lindsay Primo (volunteer), Olajumoke Olasimbo (volunteer), Axa Familia, Brianna Scalisi, Morgan Northey, Sophia Hutto, Timothy Hutto, Delaney Brosen, Karin Woodburyand and Reptile Ryan. Back row is Melissa Hu...
Orange City mason still bringing Old Florida alive
ORANGE CITY - Reese Moore is spending a lot of time these days away from his artifact-laden family home on Tangelo Avenue. For decades, the 63-year-old would bring his whole family along for elaborate, loincloths-and-all Timucuan Indian reenactments that marveled thousands of school children and histor...
Understand your roots
Art historian at the University of Florida, Monique Reed, gives a tour of the Africa collection currently on display at Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. The collection at was initiated between 1979 and 1985 through generous philanthropic donations from IBM and has grown over the years with additional gi...
South Daytona citizens to vote in electric referendum
SOUTH DAYTONA - "Let the citizens decide." "Vote no on FPL." Those phrases have been seen everywhere in the community throughout the last month on campaign signs posted on nearly every street corner, voicing either support or opposition of Amendment 1 to the city charter. But what should the citizens decide?...
Church seeking new meeting place
DELAND - New Hope United Church of Christ is looking for a new home, and the Rev. Karen Curtis-Weakley's said it's because of comments she made in a Hometown News article that struck a nerve with some gay marriage opponents. In the July 6 edition, the Rev. Curtis-Weakley's photo ran alongside an article ...
In the trenches
Samantha VanLoan, 14, of First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, volunteers with 32 other youths to help dig a trench at the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise recently. In a single day, the youths dug a 3-foot-deep, 507-foot-long trench. The trenches were dug to help lay wiring for new st...
New Smyrna Beach tentative tax rate - a slight increase
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - City residents may see an average increase of $2.30 in their tax bills if the proposed tax rate survives through two public hearings and a final vote. The first motion at a recent special City Commission meeting was to set the proposed millage rate, including debt service at 4.05 pe...
Settlement proposed to resolve Ponce Inlet lawsuit
PONCE INLET - A settlement offer aimed at resolving a long-standing property rights dispute is now on the table. City leaders are considering a $35 million settlement proposal from Pacetta LLC property owners Lyder and Simone Johnson as a way to avoid a jury trial that would determine if the Johnsons should ...
Jason Obermiller of Port Orange prepares to fire a 1939 Mosin-Nagat rifle at the Robert Strickland Shooting Range recently. The range has recently reopened following 11 weeks of renovations. The shooting range is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday on 1180 Indian Lake Road in Daytona Beach. For more...
Volusia sharpens pencils in preparation for new standards, much more in 2012-2013
Teachers aren't so different from students when it comes to mixed feelings about starting a new school year. There's some melancholy over watching the lazy days of summer slip through their fingers. They may trudge apprehensively toward schedules, lesson planning, grading and the challenges sure to arise. Then th...
The explosion of the quirky Bob Denver
I was among the thousands of people who showed up to watch the implosion of the Ormond Memorial Hospital a while back. My wife Lana more or less dragged me along, but once there, I was happy that I had agreed to come. I had never seen an implosion and it came off just as expected. Loud and dusty with a lot of crumbling m...
Back (packs) to school
Eight-year-olds Shylala Watson, left, and Kershaun Rainge of Daytona Beach show off the new backpacks they received during the annual Mayor's Backpack Give-A-Way program at Derbyshire Park Saturday....

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