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Peabody building up its memorabilia for anniversary celebration
DAYTONA BEACH -- Peabody Auditorium has been a jewel on the beachside since its completion in 1949. Next year it will celebrate its 65th anniversary and the city of Daytona Beach is planning for the event with several projects to upgrade the facility and also showcase its history, said Helen Riger, ad...
More DeBary streets to be repaved this year
The DeBary City Council plans to repave 13 of the city's streets this year as it enters the fourth year of a five-year program. At a workshop on Jan. 16, GAI Consultants and city staff provided the council with a list of streets in need of repair and/or resurfacing, based on street condition and traffic lo...
Flight prep
Pilot Larry Abston helps to rotate the props of a B-17 Flying Fortress to help clean out oil in the motor's cylinders as the team prepares for a test flight at the Airgate Aviation field in New Smyrna Beach, Thursday, Jan. 17. The B-17 and a B-24 were scheduled to depart the next day after testing was complete. The ...
City commission sticks by YMCA
HOLLY HILL -- The marriage between the city and Volusia/Flagler Family YMCA is saved. At least for another year. Unless one or the other uses a 90-day separation clause. Again. At its last regular meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 7, the City Commission inked a $45,000 deal with the YMCA to continue providing recre...
'You can do it!'
Gail Clanton of Edgewater looks on as her ten-year-old daughter, Georgia, and her dog, Oreo, patiently wait their turn during J.C.'s Fun 'N' Sun's annual Doggie Idol at the Daytona Flea and Farmers Market, Saturday, Jan. 19. The canines were judged for the cutest, smartest, dumbest, funniest, best-dressed, best tail...
Over 4,000 Halifax Humane Society animals adopted in 2012
The Halifax Humane Society shelter adopted 406 animals in December, pushing the number of total adoptions for the year over 4,000. Adoptions increased by 20 percent in 2012 following an increase of 23 percent in 2011. Adoptions reached the highest level in the society's 75-year history in 2012. It set four new monthly records ...
Marching for King
Eyvette Presley of Daytona Beach carries a picture of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the March for Justice, Monday, Jan. 21. The march began at Allen Chapel AME Church and ended at Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. More than 100 people took to the streets to show their support on Dr. Ma...
Recycling pays -- literally
DAYTONA BEACH -- Jennifer Wolbach is an avid recycler who not only places her own items in the bins, but also ones she picks up on her daily walks. She has two recycling containers -- one for paper and one for cans and bottles. Now her main recycle bin has a sticker so that every time she recycles, sh...
Residents have long list of suggestion for school system budget
About 1,300 gave their suggestions. Now school officials are combing through them for the coming 2013-2014 budget. The school board will get a report as it heads to the first budget workshop in February. "Some people have made 30 recommendations in their responses," Nancy Wait, community information dire...
Cold blasts
With eyes closed, and her hair a-flying, six-year-old Tyler Davidson of South Daytona slides down a snow-covered slope during the second annual Winter Festival at South Daytona Elementary School, Saturday, Jan. 19. Proceeds from the event go to help with various programs at the school....
Carrying the dream
Three-year-old Rhianna Heck of South Daytona walks along George Engram Boulevard with her grandmother, Denise Cato, of Daytona Beach during the March for Justice: celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21. The march began at Allen Chapel AME Church and ended at Greater Friendship Baptist Church in D...
City approves U.S. 1 corridor improvement plan
PORT ORANGE -- City leaders plan to breathe new life into an aging stretch of U.S. 1. The City Council recently approved the Ridgewood Corridor Plan, which aims to upgrade an aging, three-mile stretch of U.S. 1 that extends from Dunlawton Avenue south to the Rose Bay Bridge. The plan addresses strategies to ...
Softball event gets funding despite opposition on spending
The Daytona Beach Sports Council got a second swing at the Homerun Derby and Brawl on the Beach softball tourney at Jackie Robinson Ballpark after a bit of hardball by the new County Council. Four new members were sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 10, and the council quickly took to split voting. Pat Patterson ...
Existing businesses need more support
Larry Curran has the Bahamas on his mind, but he wishes he didn't. Volusia is a business-friendly county, but the more a company has, the more help it can get in economic assistance from local governments, Mr. Curran said. "The way incentives are set up, they're to get businesses to move, not to support ...
A place to call home
DeLand resident Michael Arth, an advocate for the homeless, talks about his Tiger Bay Village project (villagesforthehomeless.org ) during a candlelight 'Vigil for the Homeless' at the corner of International Speedway Boulevard and Beach Street, Friday, Jan. 18. The event was sponsored by H.O.M.E. of Daytona Beach a...
Lack of rain leaving Lake Helen levels low
LAKE HELEN -- The city is watching its aquatic namesake disappear, and some suspect there are hidden causes. "I can show you docks built in four feet of water and they're 10 feet from the water now," Mayor Buddy Snowden said in a telephone interview. "I've lived here 65 years. I've swam that lake one end...
Orange City healing center celebrates anniversary
The Mind, Body, Spirit Center: Inez Bracy International and Doolin Healing Sanctuary in Orange City will celebrate its two-year anniversary Feb.16, and event planning is underway. Inez Bracy and Daya Devi-Doolin complement each other. Sitting in the center's reception area the two women, who have pooled th...
I got it
Myranda Childress, 15, of Daytona Beach, plays around with her dog during J.C.'s Fun 'N' Sun's annual Doggie Idol at the Daytona Flea and Farmers Market, Saturday, Jan. 19. Dogs and their owners from all over came out to be part of the event. The canines were judge for the cutest, smartest, dumbest, funniest, best-d...
Port Orange YMCA plans expansion
PORT ORANGE -- For a place designed to help people get fit, the YMCA is about to get fatter. With membership up, staff at the Port Orange YMCA found the facility originally designed to accommodate 4,000 people must grow with the membership as delays for equipment and difficulty finding parking have become co...
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...
Another thing I don't have to worry about
One of the hot button issues for 2013 is bound to once more be global warming. I'm not sure what they are being called these days, but in my youth the type of people who push such causes were called Yuppies. Those were mostly pampered, over-educated young people who commanded a six-figure salary and had nothing better to...

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