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Homebuilding on the rise locally
The housing market may be making a long-awaited comeback with the rise in construction of new homes. The trend can be seen around the state as larger metropolitan areas, such as Miami, Tampa and Orlando, have reported increases. Smaller metro areas, such as Fort Lauderdale also have seen the increase as has t...
City guards against 'Net cafes
PIERSON -- None are knocking on City Hall's door, but the Town Council wants to make sure there's no welcome mat for Internet cafés. At its last regular meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 8, the council asked the town planner, Jim Smith, and attorney, Noah McKinnon, to craft an amendment for the town's development r...
Downtown DeLand gains new businesses
Perhaps one of the first signs a dismal economy is turning around is when new businesses start popping up in a neighborhood. For the neighborhood that is downtown DeLand, more than a dozen new businesses, or new branches of existing businesses, have opened in the last six or eight months, said Mary Beth Harris, wh...
City hall heeds canine call
Deltona City Manager Faith Miller's eyes filled with tears at the regular commission meeting on Jan. 7. Not over a staff directive. She wasn't in trouble, but she was hard-pressed to believe Mayor John Masiarczyk was able to keep a secret from her. The mayor presented Ms. Miller with a certificate of recognition for her participat...
Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration now underway
While the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration started Thursday in East Volusia County, more events are on the way. Benjamin Crump, the lead attorney for Trayvon Martin, who was allegedly killed in Sanford by George Zimmerman, was the keynote speaker for a banquet Thursday at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. Speci...
Looking for the big one
Marineland Whale Survey Project volunteer, Griff Winthrop of Deltona, looks for signs of any endangered North Atlantic Right Whales migrating from the Sunglow Fishing Pier in Daytona Beach Shores, Saturday, Jan. 12. There are less than 400 Right Whales left in the world. Right Whales populations have dwindled to les...
Freedom Rider to speak at Stetson University
Ernest "Rip" Patton Jr. was a 21-year-old Tennessee State University student and the drum major in the marching band in 1961 when he made the life-altering decision to become a Freedom Rider. In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mr. Patton will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Stetson University, Carlton Union Bui...
Planning board rejects changes for project
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Atlantic Housing Partners, developers of Causeway Landings, a 239-unit, multi-family residential project proposed for the North Causeway, haven't said what its next step will be after the city's Planning and Zoning Board did not approve a parking variance or amendment to an existing a...
Thornby book gets third printing, invite to author's fair
Take a paralegal with a penchant for old stuff, such as a "Hitchcock phone." Try to squelch her curiosity. Threaten to pave over history. She won't be daunted. She'll write a book. Sandra Walters and her husband, Roy, moved to Stone Island in unincorporated Enterprise in 2001. They were tired of the crowds, congestion and concrete...
School funding main focus for some area legislators
As area state representatives and senators prepare for the upcoming session of the Florida Legislature, they're eyeing extra dollars for the Volusia County Schools. "We'll come to a number that we can get through the Senate and House for a supplement for Volusia County," state Sen. David Simmons, R-Longw...
Dining going to the dogs in Ormond Beach
Guess who's coming to dinner? The Ormond Beach City Commission voted unanimously to pass the first reading of the so-called "doggie dining" ordinance. If it passes on second reading, man's best friends will be able to join their masters at dinner. However, only a few select restaurants that have to meet stri...
Port Orange will replace faulty meters
PORT ORANGE -- City leaders plan to take the first step in replacing thousands of faulty water meters that were partly to blame for the ongoing water billing scandal. North Carolina-based manufacturer Sensus intends to change out failed meters still under warranty at no cost to the city. The meters are design...
Almost there
Student Luetta Spells, 10, Ormond Beach, tries to scoot the ball in during a game of broom hockey at Daytona Ice Arena in South Daytona on Thursday, Jan. 10. Monarch Academy is an Autistic School for Children located in Daytona Beach. For more information, visit www.MonarchAcademy.us....
City sets permitted hours for home solicitations
SOUTH DAYTONA -- Door-to-door salespeople will have to shut down earlier, thanks to new restrictions on permitted hours of operation for home solicitations. The City Council recently passed on second reading an ordinance amending city code to include hours of operation for home solicitation sales and a resolu...
EVAC administrator Swanson to head Volusia Beach Patrol
Mark Swanson, a longtime administrator with Volusia County's EVAC ambulance system, has been tapped by Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen to head the county's Beach Safety Division. "We went through an extensive interview process, and Mark emerged as the person we all think has the administrative experience, skills and persona...
Bravo! County Council Chair Jason Davis
When Jason Davis ousted Carl Persis, the incumbent vice chair of the Volusia County Council, I was very surprised. I don't believe I was alone. I didn't know anything about Mr. Davis, but I knew that Mr. Persis was a longtime politician with a record of steady if not remarkable service. After the election results were in...
Sheriff Johnson promotes new captain
As a lieutenant, Charlie Brown has been a familiar face at the Volusia County Sheriff's Office's Northwest Volusia-based district headquarters in DeLand. A 16-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office, Mr. Brown has served the last year and a half as assistant district commander in DeLand. But as of this week, Mr. Brown is no lon...

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