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Handcyclists roll into Volusia this weekend
Dozens of world-class handcyclists will be in the area for the second annual Rims on the Run, Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30 Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. Event organizers expect 2012 Paralympics gold medalist Matt Updike to compete, and possibly other Paralympians. New Smyrna Beach ha...
School enrollment comes in below expectations
The students keep disappearing. Volusia County Schools did its annual 20-day count on Monday, Sept. 17, and didn't count near as many students as officials had hoped. The count helps determine how much money Volusia schools will receive from the state and federal governments. The fewer the students, the ...
Volusia cold cases coming alive on the Internet
Carol Lynn Sullivan moved quietly to Osteen from Longwood in July 1978. Then she mysteriously disappeared from her school-bus stop about two months later. Carol Lynn was a small girl, an inch shy of five feet tall. The Deltona Junior High eighth grader was only 80 pounds and she hadn't had much time to m...
Healthcare costs drive entrepreneur to a new idea
VOLUSIA - Jeremy Durfee was paying a pretty penny for health insurance, and didn't feel he was getting much in return. When he talked about his medical-dollars conundrum, he found out he wasn't the only one with crazy stories about healthcare costs. "I told my wife, 'What is going on?'" he said. "'We're ...
Friday night lights
Battle of the 4s. Spruce Creek's outside linebacker JoJo Kemp charges DeLand's running back Rodney Mack. The DeLand Bulldogs took a bite out of the Spruce Creek Hawks at their recent matchup, 37-0. The home game was on Friday, Sept. 21....
Space Coast Credit Union closes north DeLand branch
Banking will be a little less convenient for some West Volusia customers of Space Coast Credit Union after Friday, Sept. 28. The Melbourne-based financial institution is closing its office in Gateway Village shopping center's north segment at the close of business and consolidating its DeLand operations at a branc...
Banners to demarcate Orange City historic district
ORANGE CITY - The city's seen-better-days historic district has more than 200 structures that the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation considers some of the state's most endangered and overlooked. The 25 banners erected in 2002 to identify that district aren't looking all that great either. That's why one of the first tasks of...
Deltona seniors make wish list for center of their own
DELTONA - Every Friday afternoon, the seniors at the Deltona Community Center overlooking Lake Monroe, pack up as if they were leaving for good. The city owns the center at 980 Lakeshore Drive, and it regularly rents out the space on nights and weekends. "If we had our own place," said longtime resident Beverly Pellon, "we wouldn...
Deltona sets lower millage, higher utility rate
DELTONA - Jennifer Houdeshell was at the City Commission meeting last week with the signatures of 500 residents who she says are tired of seeing their utility bills continue to skyrocket. City leaders got an angry earful from Ms. Houdeshell and others at the meeting, during which they approved the comi...
Deltona shifts study from industrial park to lakefront
DELTONA - The planning group tasked with studying the feasibility of developing a new commerce park and business incubator would rather put its time toward a more worthwhile cause. Jerry Mayes, the city's business development administrator, told city commissioners recently the Commerce Park and Micro-i...
And all that jazz
Singer Marc Monteson of The Marc Monteson Quartet belts out the tunes with saxophonists Tom Chambers, right, of DeLand and Ron Gilotti of DeBary during the 12th annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival at The Flagler Tavern, Sept.21. The 3-day event offered live performances by many top jazz bands in more than 19 desti...
College student models for book cover in Australia
EDGEWATER - Adora Niles is the "popular girl" in Australian author Somsay Toumneung's new teen fantasy novel, "Fairy Tale - Once Upon A Time, Act 1." Portraying Adora on the book's jacket is a local girl, Tia McDonald, also known as Tia Lenea in modeling circles, who was selected for Ms. Toumneung's d...
Southeast Volusia cities set tax rates
One city in Southeast Volusia County has no debt, keeping its tax rate low. Oak Hill City Clerk/Administrator Kohn Evans said last week, "Oak Hill is debt free and will pass that tax savings on to the residents." While Oak Hill's rate was reduced, Edgewater's tax rate increased and New Smyrna Beach's ...
Historic Kress building has new owners, broad appeal
On a recent breezy Tuesday, the changing angle of the sun promised fall. Light played on the Halifax River in front of the Daytona Beach Kress Building on Beach Street. The four-story structure is situated as though standing sentry over the skyward-jutting Broadway Bridge. Heidi S. Webb's law office is on the fou...
Commission adopts tax rate, budget for 2012-13
The Ormond Beach City Commission voted unanimously to approve millage rates for the coming year and adopted the budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The millage, or property tax rate, was approved at $4.0123 per $1,000 of taxable value of property. This is not considered a tax increase under state law ...
Country friend
Singer Bobby Meeks performs country favorites to a packed auditorium during the free Country Classic Concert at the Ormond Beach Library Sept. 18. Mr. Meeks sang a variety of cover songs by Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Sr., Elvis Presley, Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, George Strait and others. The concert was sponsored...
Cemetery hunters uncover lost plots
There are an untold number of small cemeteries throughout Volusia County that are forgotten, lost or neglected. But there are a handful of cemetery hunters that find and help preserve them. Bill Morgan of DeLeon Springs is one. "What we are is what we made of ourselves, and you always want to look back a...
Ponce Inlet will raise taxes almost 17 percent
PONCE INLET - Prepare for a tax hike. Town leaders recently voted to raise taxes almost 17 percent over last year as a result of increased legal fees from the town defending a property rights lawsuit by a developer. The town unanimously finalized a tax rate of $5.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for the 2012-...
Ponce Inlet firefighters will wear pink for cancer charity
PONCE INLET - Town firefighters will think pink to raise money for breast cancer research. Town Council members recently gave permission to the Ponce Inlet Professional Firefighters to wear pink uniform shirts during the month of October in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Firefighters ...
Owners' ardor for 'Vettes never runs out of fuel
DELAND - In 1967 and 1968, Larry Skinner was a young soldier in Vietnam. He was there for the Tet Offensive, one of the war's most violent episodes. The 69-year-old knows what got him home - Corvettes. He spent his days in Vietnam picturing getting home and driving one. Mr. Skinner is a founding member o...
Words that make me see red
In order to be a writer you must enjoy words and their descriptive qualities. Thinking of a new way to say the same old thing is always difficult, but is fun when you do accomplish it. As I have said many times, I consider myself more of a storyteller than a writer and try to relate my tales to you as if we were both sit...
Artful stories
Pam Coffman, curator of education at the Museum of Florida Art in DeLand teaches a class called StART, using stories and art at the Port Orange Regional Library on Friday, Sept. 21. Children got a chance to create an art project based on the artist Purvis Young, whose work is on exhibit at the museum through Nov. 25...
Beach conditions, lifeguard locations - there's now an app for that
Volusia County Beach Safety has launched a smart-phone application to help residents and visitors get quick access to important beach information. The app is free and available for download for both iPhone and Android devices through the iTunes store and Google Play. The Beach Navigator app was developed by Solodev, the county...

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