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Woman continues pastor's legacy of distributing toys
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES - A local salon owner will be one of Santa's helpers to more than a thousand local children in need at Christmas. Cherise Wintz will work in collaboration with the organization Operation Changing Lives to deliver a truckload of toys collected by the late Pastor Woody Keiser, a Port Orang...
Though wheelchair-bound, Orange City woman blazes trail
Anita Skocz had just emerged from a coma and discovered she would never walk again when she heard the one word that would deliver her from self-pity before she even settled. "I was the athlete, the total physical person, and that was taken away from me in an instant," Ms. Skocz said in a recent interview i...
Church celebrates 125th anniversary
PORT ORANGE - First United Methodist Church looks good for 125. The church has been a part of the city through its evolution from a small town to a densely populated suburban community. And the church has evolved with the city since it was first organized in 1887, from operating out of private homes in its e...
Scouts collecting food Saturday
You've got the bag, now the Boy Scouts want you to fill it with non-perishable canned food. Central Florida Boy Scouts have delivered 800,000 empty grocery bags to homes across the area. On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Scouts will retrieve the bags. Within 48 hours of the Scouts' pick-up, the first donations will be on the shelves...
Enchanted forest
Drama Troop 35 members Ben Noyes, 17, and Kendall Beach, 16, react to a werewolf played by Max Cranfill, 16, during a skit performance for the 22nd annual Enchanted Forest at Reed Canal Park in South Daytona Thursday, Oct. 25. Performed by local high school drama clubs, the fantasy-filled hayride took visitors on a ...
Project could give downtown more retail, residential space
DELAND - Downtown's proposed newest neighbor will be before the city commission on Monday, Nov. 19. The commission will give its first consideration to a proposed plan with the White Challis Redevelopment Co. of Daytona Beach for a mixed-use development to replace a city parking lot. In a potential deal st...
Stetson gets car-sharing service
DELAND - More Stetson students and locals will be zipping around Volusia County. At least that's the hope of the Student Government Association as it unveiled the Stetson University Zipcar Sharing Program on Friday, Nov. 2. "I understand how hard it is to be bumming rides off of friends," Jeremy Rill, SG...
With the greatest of ease
Cami Roberts, 15, left, of DeBary leads the pack during a visit to the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show in DeLand, Friday, Nov. 2. The fair runs through Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, visit www.volusiacountyfair.com or call (386) 734-9514....
Speaking up
Katie Castel, 11, Ashley Castel, 5, Sarah Castel, Cathy Multari, Jason LaCertosa and Karin McKinney of Reading Edge Academy Charter School in DeBary showed their support for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Port Orange City Center, Saturday, Nov. 3. Hundreds attended the successful grassroots fundraising effort...
Author's heart is in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Ann Lee Miller has always wanted to write. But it wasn't until her four children were grown that she had the time to begin her career, starting with a young adult novel set in New Smyrna Beach and other areas from Ms. Miller's youth. That first book, "Kicking Eternity," is doing gre...
We salute you
World War II Veteran John Coffin of New Smyrna Beach salutes for the presentation of colors during the City of New Smyrna Beach's special meeting to honor the city's World War II Veterans at the Brannon Center, Tuesday, Oct. 30. World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 740 a day, according to statistics released...
Daytona Beach police to get a new armored vehicles
DAYTONA BEACH - The Police Department will be getting a new armored vehicle after the City Commission approved the purchase at its Oct. 17 regular meeting. The vehicle will be used by the department's Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT). The police say the vehicle is a much needed upgrade over its current...
Rhythmic lead
Drum Major Evan Butts shows his moves. Mainland High's Marching Buccaneers joined 10 Volusia County high school bands to thrill the crowds at DeLand's Spec Martin Stadium for the annual Florida Bandmasters Association's District 6 Music Performance Assessment on Saturday, Nov. 3. Additionally, eight Seminole County ban...
City hears input on U.S. 1 corridor improvements
PORT ORANGE - City leaders are moving closer to finalizing an agreement that would help make it easier to start new businesses on the east side of town. At a recent special meeting, the City Council discussed the Ridgewood Corridor Plan, a proposed plan to upgrade an aging three-mile stretch of U.S. 1 that e...
Giving back with paper
Students of South Daytona Elementary School wanted to give back to the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties for their donation of school backpacks and supplies to the school by donating more than 300 rolls of toilet paper to the Jerry Doliner Food Bank located at 470 Andalusia Ave., in Ormond Beach. For m...
Farm Tour set for Nov. 16
Residents can get a behind-the-scenes look at agricultural operations in Volusia County during the 31st annual Farm Tour Friday, Nov. 16. The tour is sponsored by the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension and the Volusia County Farm Bureau to showcase the county's agricultural industry, which has a $781 million annual...
Owner honors Boo Boo beating the odds of survival
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Boo Boo Cow nearly died giving birth to her first calf last year. Though it was a long road back to health, she survived, and now her owner Cathy Bair has started a foundation, in Boo Boo's honor, to provide hooded sweatshirts to homeless children in Volusia County. And the hoodies ...
Join Ormond Beach Holiday Tour of Homes
For its sixth annual Holiday Tour Of Homes, the Ormond Beach Historical Society will offer several interesting places to visit. All will be on the beachside, including the great antique house of Dr. Chip Woodard, the Elliott home and the Chanfrau house. But none will be more interesting or more eclectic than the home of suntan oil king Ron Rice. ...
Latest in 3-D, lower prices coming to a theater near you
No matter how much we've left behind in our quest for greater technology, feverishly texting to let the universe know we do indeed still need our thumbs, a favorite American past time remains solidly in place. Slipping into the darkness and sliding into chairs, anticipating complete immersion into a story ...
Precisely right
Deltona resident David Martinez of AO Precision in Daytona Beach putts onto the green as Dick Hagen of Port Orange looks on during the Halifax Health Hospice third annual 'A Golfer's Tournament' at Pelican Bay's North Course, Saturday, Nov. 3. Proceeds from this event support the Halifax Health-Hospice Veterans Reco...
All's fair
Katelyn Tronconi, 5, of Deltona takes a ride with her dad John Tronconi during a visit to the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show in DeLand, Friday Nov.2. The fair runs through Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, visit www.volusiacountyfair.com or call (386) 734-9514....
Minor arrest warrants can be resolved safely
Operation Safe Surrender is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 539 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. The event is an opportunity for individuals to turn themselves in for minor warrants in a safe and friendly environment. The event is staffed by community and church members with Daytona ...
Dogs were out
DeLand High's Marching Bulldogs joined 10 Volusia County high school bands to thrill the crowds at DeLand's Spec Martin Stadium for the annual Florida Bandmasters Association's District 6 Music Performance Assessment on Saturday, Nov. 3. Additionally, eight Seminole County bands performed. The Bulldog's show this year ...

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