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Daytona airport director has 'Big Apple' dreams
VOLUSIA COUNTY - Passengers will soon be flying between the Daytona Beach International Airport and The Big Apple. Maybe. That's what Stephen Cooke, director of business development at the airport, is working on. "What we'd like to see is New York service," Mr. Cooke said. "We're talking to Jet Blue abou...
County unveils proposals for DeLand Sunrail station
While construction has begun on the 32-mile first phase of the SunRail commuter transit system between DeBary and Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Volusia County planners are focusing their attention on an area east of the DeLand station that will be in the second phase of the eventual 61.5-mile project. The first phase...
They're all winners
James Moore, 30, of Daytona Beach flies through the water as he competes in the Special Olympics swimming competition at the Daytona State College Aquatic Center Saturday. Participants from all over Volusia County came out to compete. For more information, visit www.specialolympics.org....
Pastor: Treat your body like the temple it is
DELAND - St. Paul exhorted first century Christians to "Run in such a way that you may obtain (the prize)." While Paul wasn't speaking about physical races, Bill Smith said sadly few modern Christians are up to running a few blocks. In January he started the Lighthouse Church's Body, Mind, Spirit Club. "...
Go for the gold
Crystal Hart, 15, of Port Orange, competes in the Special Olympics swimming competition at the Daytona State College Aquatic Center Saturday. Participants from all over Volusia County came out to compete. For more information, visit www.specialolympics.org....
DeLand to continue funding spay and neuter programs
DELAND-The DeLand City Commission is looking to make about $85,000 in cuts to the proposed 2012-2013 budget, but they won't come from efforts to curb unwanted puppies and kittens. At its Monday, Aug. 6, meeting, commission members said they wanted to continue fully funding two programs to get animals spa...
First place winner
Bego Lopez, 44, of DeLand competes in the Paws For A Cause 5K for the Deland High School Bulldogs football team last Friday. Ms. Lopez came in first place in the female category and sixth place overall with a time of 20:04. Proceeds from the event goes to the Deland High School football team....
Deltona leaders call on public to name new city park
DELTONA - As of this week, just one name has been nominated to be on the sign at the city's newest park off ranch-style Doyle Road, where it crosses Lush Lane. But Parks Director Steve Moore said it's too early to start some kind of name war. "I'm leery of doing that right now," he said. "I'm anticipa...
In the swim
Cameron Steele, 13, of DeBary glides through the water with a smile as he competes in the Special Olympics swimming competition at the Daytona State College Aquatic Center Saturday. Cameron has only been swimming for several weeks and made it look easy. Participants from all over Volusia County came out to compete. ...
Tit for tat: Deltona barks at perceived slam by county
DELTONA - County leaders have been dodging bullets in recent weeks that question their allegiance to the county's biggest municipality. The sticking point now: Mayor John Masiarczyk wrote a letter to Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno in early summer, formally asking the county to transfer ownership of a...
PAWS For A Cause run
Sean Doran, 18, of Deltona, competes in the Paws For A Cause 5K for the DeLand High School Bulldogs football team last Friday. Mr. Doran came in second in the male 18-29 year-old category and ninth place overall with a time of 20:57. Proceeds from the event go to the DeLand High School football team....
Free education programs offered to youth and adults
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Youth and adults soon will have a convenient avenue to success. The City of New Smyrna Beach is partnering on two education programs to make it easier for youth and adults to receive their general education diploma (GED). Both programs are free and will be offered at the Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center...
Farewell to summer
Hannah Volkmann and Samuel Berner of New Smyrna Beach act in a play with handmade fish puppets during the finale of the Atlantic Center for the Arts' Summer Art Camp last Friday. For more information on upcoming programs ands events, visit www.aca35.org....
Councilors finalize job announcement for city manager position
PORT ORANGE - Wanted: A new city manager. City leaders recently authorized staff to release a job announcement for the city manager position to recruit candidates for a successor to the outgoing Ken Parker, who plans to retire Feb. 28 after 29 years of executive leadership in the community. After discussions...
Port Orange man charged with murdering two women
PORT ORANGE - A man serving jail time for kidnapping and raping a 9-year-old girl is now facing murder charges after police say he strangled two women and buried their remains. The State Attorney's Office recently charged James Lee Maxwell, 44, with two counts of first-degree murder in two different homicide...
National Night Out
Lauretta Rogers of Port Orange talks to guests about her daughter, Laurel Rogers, who disappeared more than two years ago, during National Night Out at City Center in Port Orange last Tuesday. Investigators describe Laurel Rogers as 5-feet, 7-inches tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. She has blue eyes and s...
Puppet mistress
Juliette Crowder, 9, of Ponce Inlet, waves her handmade Hawaiian puppet fish called a Humuhumunukunukuapua'a during the finale of the Atlantic Center for the Arts' Summer Art Camp last Friday. For more information on upcoming programs and events, visit www.aca35.org....
Port Orange leaders seek alternatives in habitat restoration project
PORT ORANGE - City leaders said Volusia County's proposed compromise scrub habitat restoration plan at the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve is anything but a compromise. As city council members prepare to meet with county and state leaders to discuss the plan, they expressed interest in finding alternative...
The sun also rises on my fishing column
Lately, it has come to my attention that as a writer, I have a very divided fan base. It seems a portion of the people who read "Land Lines" are somehow able to keep from thumbing into the depths of the Hometown News to peruse Fishing with Dan. Others tell me that they had no idea that the fishing column Dan and the Land...
Furry friend
Courtney Bushman, left, and Brianna Parker, 5, both of Port Orange pet an alpaca during National Night Out at City Center in Port Orange last Tuesday. The animals came from the Chantilly Ridge Alpacas in Port Orange. The National Night Out event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness while gener...
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...
All dolled up
Pat Johnson of Deltona works on the doll she made from scratch during the Doll Making Workshop at the Florida Museum for Women Artists in DeLand Saturday. Ms. Johnson hopes to pass on her new doll making skills to her granddaughter. For more information about upcoming events and exhibits, visit www.FloridaMuseumfor...

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