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Storied quilts play on the move in Volusia
Concrete facts aren't required to manufacture a good story. Legends and hearsay are capable of enduring just fine, often for centuries. The rich, though not absolute, history of Florida, for example, is being depicted via a series of quilt squares -- 500 to be exact -- made by Volusia County Public Library patrons to commemorate t...
Trauma specialist helps emotionally wounded
She wakes up feeling beaten. Though her husband has never hit her, she has flashbacks of a lot of painful events with him, happy thoughts about him, and then sad, angry thoughts about him. Things he's said or yelled at her intrude; he questions her perceptions and undermines her. In the beginning, he was loving and attentive, but ...
DeLand wants to create 'art town'
DELAND -- Add a dash of public art to tax incentives and community-redevelopment projects and you get a pot of economic development. At least that's the thinking behind the City Commission's recent decision to join the Museum of Florida Art to request $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts' Ou...
Shoeshine man keeps shining
His office is a storage shed in a downtown DeLand parking lot. His tools: cloths, brushes, polish and gratitude. "Bootblack professional" is Rufus Pinkney's self-appointed title. Unofficially, he's known as the shoeshine man. Most DeLand residents can't remember a time when he wasn't around. Mr. Pinkney wi...
Commission agrees to cleanup, crisis programs
Deltona Vice Mayor Zenaida Denizac told the commission it's time to clean up Deltona. At the regular commission meeting Jan. 22, the vice mayor suggested implementing an anti-litter campaign: "Think before you throw." "I brought this forward during our workshop," Vice Mayor Denizac said. "We need to do a little more to make sure o...
Kids and rays
Connor Sparrow, 10, right, with his brother, Brady Sparrow, 5, pet stingrays in the tank during the Halifax Sports Fishing Club's 'Kids Can Fish, Too!' at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Saturday, Jan. 26....
City starting construction on transport hub
DELAND -- After more than a decade of planning and waiting for money, the city's intermodal transportation facility is slated for construction. The City Commission approved a $1.02 million bid from APM Construction to start building in coming months. "The footprint will accommodate the future transportat...
Hospital's development plans for vacant land uncertain
Halifax Health has some prime property it isn't using, but hospital officials hope someone will use it. The vacancies include the Halifax Health Atlantic campus building, 400 N. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Daytona Beach and 78 acres of undeveloped land south of the building. The Atlantic building will be demolished...
School dancing
Eight-year-olds Thea Gallagher, left, and Emily Brown of Center Stage Dance in New Smyrna Beach perform the Back to School dance for guests during the 14th annual NSB CAPS Spaghetti Dinner at New Smyrna Beach High School, Saturday, Jan. 26. NSB CAPS is a nonprofit, volunteer organization, which has raised nearly $50...
Ormond commissioners reduce fine, balk at cost of sign
Ormond Beach City Commissioners gave businessman Fred Hudson a break on code violations fines. But in a workshop before the commission's regular meeting Jan. 15, the commissioners agreed to look for alternatives for a city welcome sign. Mr. Hudson, owner of Hudson's Furniture and the Furniture Deal, had racked...
Having a ball
Munter Gfell, 10, of Cocoa, Chloe Biss, 10, of Deltona, and Heather Jenkins, 11, of Orange City tumble around in water bubbles at the Manatee Festival at Valentine Park in Orange City on Saturday, Jan. 27....
Port Orange leaders seek proposals for water utility audit
PORT ORANGE -- New eyes will address an old problem. As city staff is in the process of fixing water-billing processes and replacing faulty water meters, the City Council began looking for a firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city's water utility to determine what other problems exist and how to correct...
South Daytona man captures history of Kentucky's college athletics
SOUTH DAYTONA -- If you want to know everything there is to know about the University of Kentucky's basketball and football teams, you don't have to go too far. A local resident is one of the university's most prolific college sports historians. William Russell Rice, a Van Lear, Ky., native and a South Dayto...
Parade painting
Josie Karher, 10, watches as her friend, Olivia Cannino, 11, has her face painted by Jeremy Kenova at the Mardi Gras dog parade in DeLand on Saturday, Jan. 26....
Port Orange hires new towing contractor
PORT ORANGE -- Months after the previous towing contractor abruptly shut down, city leaders have a new wrecker company on board. After receiving two bids for the city's towing contract, the City Council voted 3-2 to award the contract to Daytona Beach-based Fryer's Towing Service, which bid a monthly base ra...
This won't hurt a bit
Fred Oldfield, right, of Edgewater has his cholesterol and triglycerides checked by Tony Nolen of Bert Fish Medical Center, as the City of New Smyrna Beach kicked off its 3rd annual Mayor's Fitness Challenge Monday, Jan. 28, at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach. The 10-week self-improvement contest is designed ...
Youth S.P.C.A. program to form in West Volusia
The Volusia chapter of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is starting a S.P.C.A. group for young people ages 13-17. Volusia S.P.C.A. Director Sally Combs said Youth S.P.C.A. members will have opportunities to work with animals at the kennel in Orange City, assist with adoption events and pet vaccination clinics, part...
Fowl angler
Marine Science Center education coordinator Michelle Webster of Deltona holds an Eastern Screech Owl during a Bird of Prey demonstration for guests of the Halifax Sports Fishing Club's 'Kids Can Fish, Too!' event at the center in Ponce Inlet, Saturday, Jan. 26....
Introducing The Daytona Maritime Museum
You may think history is a dry subject, until you meet Rick Tinsley who runs the new Maritime Museum at the Daytona Boat Works on South Beach Street. Rick's enthusiasm for our area's watery history bubbles to the surface at the slightest prompting. He is all too happy to bring you up to speed on the Boat Work's long asso...
Principal hobbit
In honor of literacy week, Manatee Cove Elementary celebrated by dressing up as their favorite storybook character and having a book exchange. Principal Alice Gonzalez is shown as the Hobbit....

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