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Record-breaking numbers of manatee calves reported at Blue Spring
The relative warmth of 72-degree water at Blue Spring State Park may have tempted locals and their out-of-town guests over the long, chilly Thanksgiving weekend, but park officials said no to swimming in the spring run. Due to a significant dip in temperatures the park's winter residents, manatees, sought ...
Leaping lady
Daytona State Dance Theatre students Melissa Williams and Calvin Johnson perform the Arabian piece from 'The Nutcracker' during the Daytona State College 'Our Gift to the Community' holiday concert at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach, Thursday, Nov. 29....
Not much surprise in who presidential electors will vote for
DELAND -- Vonzelle Johnson and Dr. T. Wayne Bailey plan to vote for Barack Obama. Actually, they have no choice. Florida law requires they vote for Mr. Obama ... again. The DeLand commissioner and Stetson University professor are two of 29 members of Florida's Electoral College who'll elect the presiden...
Shopping for 100 kids
Samantha Collins, left, of DeLand volunteers with her mother Denise in picking out toys for young girls during the Volusia County Sheriffs Offices's 100 Deputies/100 Kids Shopping Spree at the Port Orange Wal-Mart, Friday, Dec. 7. The shopping spree was financed through fundraisers and corporate donations. The holid...
Bookstore coming to DeLand Library
Proceeds from those monthly book sales at the DeLand Library sure add up. Construction on a new bookstore there will begin this month -- a project that's been three years in the planning, fully funded by the Friends of the DeLand Library. Friends president Louise Caccamise said it's a dream come true -- literally. "I woke up in th...
Commission just says no to ordinance, not drug sales
DELAND -- The city commission said "no," but not to the drugs. In a 3-2 vote, it just said no to a proposed ordinance aimed at curtailing the sale of so-called synthetic drugs at its Dec. 3 meeting. Mary Swiderski, executive director of the Volusia Council of Governments, said she was disappointed her ho...
Swimming swans
Lorna Jean Hagstrom shows off her seven swans a-swimming. Ms. Hagstrom's home was one of eight stops on the DeLand Tour of Historic Homes & Structures. The West Volusia Historical Society sponsored the tour along with the city and Volusia County. It was on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Ms. Hagstrom treated folks t...
DeBary backyard chicken program starts to cackle
DeBary's pilot program to allow backyard chickens finally got off the ground at the Dec. 5 City Council meeting. Council members voted 4-0 in favor of the program, which applies only in certain districts and with conditions. For JJ Hart, the little boy at the center of a big debate, the adoption of the ordi...
Running for joy
Alondra Ayande, 8, of Orange City runs hand-in-hand with her father Robert Ayande during the Girls on the Run 5K at Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach, Saturday, Dec. 8. Girls from across Volusia County competed in the annual event. The non-competitive program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and...
Less than two weeks 'til Christmas - are you ready?
Marie Vaillant and her husband of Ontario, Canada, came down to Ormond Beach to stay two weeks in their condo and so she could take advantage of the shopping bargains (an every year tradition). Hometown News is asking area residents about how their holiday preparations are progressing. As for the "big" questio...
Artist in residence will leave a lasting mark on community
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Tory Tepp is one artist who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty. As the Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Artist-in-Residence, he is working on two projects in the city, both involving dirt and plants, and engaging students and adults in the fun. Mr. Tepp, an installation art...
Hampton Inn opening on Flagler Avenue
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Sonya Marler, general manager of Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill on Flagler Avenue, is among the local business people excited to see the Hampton Inn opening this month. "It's beautiful and will bring more people to Flagler Avenue," said Ms. Marler as she stopped in the hotel last week to ...
Cubbies and city agree on renovation plan to ballpark
The ballpark where Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier will be getting a $1.25 million upgrade. The Daytona Cubs and the City of Daytona Beach have agreed on a two-phase plan to improve restrooms, expand the food and beverage areas, create a new east entrance and add a picnic gathering space. Also, th...
Helping those in need
Bowls, bowls, and more bowls wait to be selected by guests during the 5th annual Empty Bowls event and silent auction at Mainland High School, Friday, Dec. 7. With more than 17,000 homeless families in Volusia and Flagler counties, this charitable event is a fundraiser to benefit Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM), an o...
City reaches new contract with firefighters union
PORT ORANGE -- After years of contractual issues between city leaders and firefighters, the city has now finalized a labor contract with the fire union that lasts until September 2014. Both the City Council and the Port Orange Professional Firefighters Association Local 3118 approved the new contract, which ...
Historical society salutes outgoing police chief
SOUTH DAYTONA -- Police Chief Bill Hall, who will retire from his post next month, was recently recognized at a South Daytona Historical Society meeting where his mother was the guest lecturer. The 54-year-old chief, who spent 33 years of his 35-year law enforcement career working in South Daytona, was given...
Local restaurant helping Spruce Creek cheerleaders travel to Nationals
Spruce Creek High School's Junior Varsity cheerleaders are headed to nationals. The girl's will compete in the Great Lakes National Championship in Chicago on April 7. With funds tight, the squad needed a little financial help and one local restaurant in particular stepped in. Aunt Catfish's On The River Seaf...
Port Orange delays city manager selection
PORT ORANGE -- It will take a little longer than city leaders initially expected to determine who will become the next city manager. At a recent City Council meeting, staff presented a revised schedule for the city manager search, which delays interviews with the managerial candidates as well as the final se...
Boat workers sought
Did you -- or someone you know -- work for the American Machinery Corp. at the Beresford Boat Works during World War II? If so, then please join the West Volusia Historical Society as an honored guest at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Robert Conrad Education and Research Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Historical societ...
New county chair already at work
He won the Volusia County Chair in a long-shot bid and he's got a few more surprises. Political newcomer Jason Davis handily beat out former Volusia County Council member Carl Persis in last month's general elections with 55 percent of the vote. Mr. Davis said few were as surprised by the unexpected win ...
A lifelong fascination with the beach
My first glimpse of our great beach came by way of a postcard in summer 1958. My eighth grade girlfriend had left the Louisiana bayou country for a two-week Daytona Beach vacation with her family. The postcard showed rows of cars parked on the wide beach with lots of people having fun at the water's edge. When the family...
Quilted memories
Members of Daytona State College's Gay-Straight Alliance and World AIDS Week Daytona Committee unfolds an Aids Memorial quilt for display from the second floor of the Daytona State College Photography Hall Thursday, Dec. 6. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels commemorated the life of someone who ...
Port Orange business grows from Internet to Deland store
Two years ago, Sherry Dryden of Port Orange was a single mom in search of a job. Not having any luck in finding work, Ms. Dryden decided to make her own work. Through a company she named Handbag Inc., she started selling those items over the Internet -- well, not just handbags, but also backpacks, luggage pieces, ...
Picking a Christmas carol
Left, Rachael Winter, of DeLand, plays the dulcimer with the band Picky Chics during a Victorian Christmas at the DeBary Hall, Saturday, Dec. 8. Also pictured from left to right: Sheryl Chapman and Karen Phaneuf....
Program needs donations for children
About 75 children from newborn to age 18 are in need of toys, clothing, school supplies and other items to have a merry Christmas. Melanie Kirkman, dependency case manager for Neighbor to Family in Volusia County, said the children are in foster care or living at home where the parent or guardian is r...
Survey says: DeLand restaurant tops in Greater Orlando area
In a David-and-Goliath-like showdown, Cress restaurant in downtown DeLand received the top spot in Zagat Survey's 2013 Orlando City Guide, which includes rankings of restaurants in the greater Orlando area. Cress nosed out the posh Victoria & Albert's in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for top honors in the ...
When storybooks collide
Five-year-old Ashley Culver of Holly Hill meets with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer before the start of the Holly Hill Tree Lighting at city hall, Friday, Nov. 30. The night was filled with music, lights, Santa Claus and hot cocoa supplied by the Holly Hill Lions Club....
In the Nov. 30 business news, the contact information for Barkle N Shine Grooming was listed incorrectly. Barkle N Shine may be reached by calling (386) 256-4999, by emailing barklenshine@gmail.com or visiting them in the Amaral Plaza at 1370 N. U. S. 1, Ormond Beach. Hometown News regrets the error....

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