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Savings cravings help fill local mom's coupon classes
Mary Edwards spends $50 or less weekly, buying groceries and other necessities for her family of six. No, that figure is not missing a zero. The busy DeBary mom has been saving to earn for six years, and teaches free classes throughout Central Florida to show others how it's done. After the birth of her third child in 2006, Ms. Ed...
Birds of a feather take advantage of milder weather
Like revelers to a main street festival, large groups of robins have been flocking to downtown DeLand in recent weeks. Arnette Sherman, Friends of Lake Woodruff vice president and West Volusia Audubon co-president, said the migratory birds, in unusually large numbers, have been gathering near shops, City Hall and the old courthous...
City faces funds shortfall
DELAND -- If everything is sunshine and roses, the City Commission will only have to work around a $300,000 shortfall for the next fiscal year. If storm clouds gather instead, it could be a $1.1 million budget hole. Kevin Lewis, the city's finance director, said predicting which will happen this many mon...
Pierson wants to fine Sunday sinners
It's against a town ordinance to sell the devil's drink on the Lord's Day. Thing is, sinners face no punishments for doing so. So, at its Tuesday, Feb. 12, meeting, the Town Council voted to move forward with attaching fines and possible jail time for selling alcoholic beverages on Sundays. The move can ...
Cheering fans
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements No. 51 stopped by Halifax Health's Betty Jane France Speediatrics Center in Daytona Beach to help put a smile on children's faces like seven-year-old Travis Creel and his mother Laura Creel of Seville on Thursday, Feb. 21....
Commercial spaces fill quickly in busy Orange City
Orange City has plenty of grey manatees, but few white elephants. For the most part, no sooner are big buildings and shopping center spaces vacated than fresh paint, new signs and new tenants are in place. Recently the 16,000-square-foot building at 911 S. Volusia Ave., left empty last year by John's Appliance & Bedding, was lease...
Performance in the park
Two-year-old Molly Headrick and her four-year-old sister, Madilyne of New Smyrna Beach play with puppets by Marc LeBlanc during the 51st annual Art Fiesta at Old Fort Park in New Smyrna Beach, Saturday, Feb. 23....
Board looks at a makeover for economic development
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Several buildings have been targeted by the Economic Development Advisory Board for a makeover with a new CRA plan the city is cooking up. Discussion in Wednesday's board meeting centered around the Community Redevelopment Agency plan that expires in 2015 and plans for a new CRA. A map...
Task force mulling charging for parking
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- To charge for beachside parking or not to charge is the question facing the Parking Systems Task Force. Parking meters and kiosk paid parking lots along the beachfront may be one piece of a new city system to alleviate parking issues along Flagler Avenue and other congested areas on th...
Car talk
The day was filled with car talk of the past and present as visitors mixed and mingled during the sixth annual Modified Reunion was held at the New Smyrna Speedway, Friday, Feb. 22. More than 20 vintage modifieds were on display during the event....
Festive dance
From left, Grant Godbee, 16, instructor Atsuko Woodbury and Anthony Squiloante, 17, of Mainland High School perform a Japanese summer festival dance called, 'Tanko-bushi' during the Volusia County Foreign Language Festival at Spruce Creek High School, Saturday, Feb. 23....
Educator, coach gets name on fields at Derbyshire park
DAYTONA BEACH -- The city is renaming the athletic fields at Derbyshire Park the Harold V Lucas Jr. Athletic Complex. The City Commission approved the measure by a 5-2 vote at its regular meeting Feb. 6. Mr. Lucas, 80, is a retired educator and coach with 40 years combined experience as an educator. His coach...
Commission approves funding for business relocation
If the Ormond Beach City Commissioners were in school, they would have gotten an A on their most recent economic development effort. The commissioners voted to approve DuvaSawko Healthcare Billing Systems and support company Edge Physicians as Qualified Target Industry businesses, which qualifies them for gro...
Lighthouse Park dedication honors area resident
Back in the '50s, when James Milton Hunt was growing up in Wilbur-by-the-Sea, the beach was literally his own backyard -- an idyllic playground of surf and sand. His home was just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Until about 1970, condominiums didn't exist. Homes and businesses that stretched along A1A had unobs...
Council grades city manager's last year, career
PORT ORANGE -- Ken Parker's last meeting as city manager was almost like a child's last day at school -- Mr. Parker, who retired Thursday, didn't leave without getting a report card. And while the grades the city manager received from the City Council were favorable to his 28-year career in Port Orange, his ...
The Three Chimneys -- America's oldest rum distillery
On Sunday, March 3, the preservation committee of the Ormond Beach Historical Society will host an open house at the Three Chimneys archaeological site. The event, which only happens once a year, is free to the public, so please come out and visit this historic place in downtown Ormond Beach at 715 W. Granada Blvd. The s...
Ultimate Viva 500
Actors Erica Stuck, Ryan McNally and Barry Kite, right, perform during The Ultimate Field Trip in the auditorium of the Edgewater Public Library, Friday, Feb. 22. The event is part of Viva Florida 500. Volusia County Public Library sponsored the play, which was written and directed by Karen Poulsen....
DeLand girl minds her business, donates profits to animal cause
A bit of advice for Ellen Degeneres: Have your people call Emily Rose Coffield's people before a line forms. Better yet, just have them call her directly. Emily prefers to take care of business herself. And business she has. The petite third grader exhausts her mother, Jessica Coffield. In this case, that's a good problem. "I have...
Youth board collects jeans for homeless teens
PORT ORANGE -- Members of a local board run by local teenagers helped out some of their own with a simple gesture -- giving them a pair of jeans. The city's Youth Advisory Board, whose members are middle and high school aged, collected seven pairs of jeans for the national Teens For Jeans drive, organized by...
Orange Avenue fix up welcomed
The city of Daytona Beach is set to repave Orange Avenue beginning in November. The Orange Avenue Improvement Plan calls for redoing a 1.5-mile section of the busy corridor from Nova Road to Beach Street. Improvements in the project include roadway resurfacing, traffic lights, better street lighting, undergro...
Playing along
Ron Gilotti, right, of DeBary plays bass as Don Nedobeck plays clarinet at the 51st annual Art Fiesta in New Smyrna Beach, Saturday, Feb. 23. Mr. Gilotti will be playing with guitarist Ted Connor March 2, during the New Smyrna Beach Downtown Music Festival....
County seeks agencies for summer food program
Volusia County's Human Services Office is seeking agencies to participate in the Summer Food Service Program, which will run June 10 to Aug. 16. The federally funded program provides meals and snacks to all children ages 18 and younger in geographical areas where at least 50 percent of the children are eligible for free or red...
Halifax Health doctor performs first robotic lung surgery in Volusia/ Flagler
DAYTONA BEACH -- Dr. Bradley Litke and a Halifax Health operating staff recently performed the area's first robotic lung lobectomy. Dr. used the procedure to treat a patient with lung cancer. Although the use of surgical procedures to treat lung cancer depend a lot on the type of cancer and its stage, robotic lung procedures a...

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