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Sidewalk cafes offer choices, bring life to downtown areas
By now everyone probably knows downtown DeLand made national news again. This time in a CNN online travel article entitled "America's best small town comebacks." Listed sixth among eight towns touted, DeLand was praised for making a "magical civic recovery" from its 75 percent downtown vacancy in the mid-1980s. "DeLand's rows of s...
School board softening up pass-to-play rule in county
Students will still need to pass to play, but they get another nine weeks. The Volusia County School Board at its March 12 meeting opted to move forward with amending the longstanding pass-to-play policy, which was first adopted in the late 1990s. Under the current policy, a student who fails to get a 2.0 ...
Ready to race
John Boyle of Alta Vista Sports, a race timing service, starts the kids race at the Victoria Park 10th Annual 5K/10K race on Saturday, March 16....
Deltona job fair drew more than fair crowd
Deltona City Hall was packed with job seekers on Friday, March 15. The city partnered with the Center for Business Excellence and Workforce Central Florida to sponsor a regional job fair. Volusia County Sheriff's Office Community Liaison/Recruiter Joseph Cohen explained the application processes for two positions the department is...
Avoiding senior fraud
Not all residential thefts are caused by home invasions. Statistics show that at least one out of every 10 telemarketing calls you receive at dinnertime involves some sort of scam or fraud. That type of fraud is on the rise, increasing at least 12 percent from 2008 to 2011, according to a MetLife study of Elde...
Preservation award goes to the Williams family
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The New Smyrna Beach City Commission honored Randy and Jennifer Williams Tuesday for their work restoring a 1910 Victorian home at 508 Ball St. They were awarded the Donnadine Miller Memorial Historic Preservation Award in the residential category. The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Comm...
Bus riders could get fare hike
More people than ever are riding Votran buses, but Volusia County's public-transit system is facing a $1.1 million budget shortfall next fiscal year. Those riders could end up paying more to fill the fiscal hole. "I think we're really going to have to look at the fare increase," County Councilman Pat Pat...
Volunteers dig for water in Spirit Pond
Once a contemplative aquatic companion, Cassadaga's Spirit Pond is now completely dry. Residents and friends of Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp will gather at Seneca Park, bearing shovels, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, in their fifth cleanup effort since December. Camp association members, residents and neighborly supporters...
Job fair gets light crowd
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Attendance by job seekers was low at New Smyrna's Community Job Fair March 14 at the Alonzo Babe James Community Center on 201 N. Myrtle Ave in New Smyrna Beach. Several companies sent representatives to seek employees, but some expressed disappointment at the low turnout. "I am surprised this room isn't...
New owner wants Orange City historic landmark to be hub again
A recent visit to the Red Roof Café, in Orange City's historic and storied 1876 Heritage Inn, revealed a new vibe. The place is freshly painted, immaculately kept and the menu is compellingly varied. So sparked the question: What about the rest of this old building that spent several years dwelling in rickety self-fulfilling proph...
Tutu enthusiastic
Natile Shortlidge, Chelsie Harting, Tassie Kimsey, Trevin Kimsey, 18 months, Eva Sylvia and Tricia Shortlidge, all of Lake Helen, run in the 5K race hosted by Victoria Park Village to benefit the Deland Kiwanis Club on Saturday, March 16. The gals got together and hand make their tutus and participate in runs in the a...
Scouts earn their 'free' rent
HOLLY HILL -- If fighting city hall earns merit badges, boys in Cub Scout Pack 3054 will get them. The City Commission approved a plan in its March 12 meeting to give the scouts free use of a city building at Hollyland Park, 1064 Ridgewood Ave. In exchange, the scouts agreed to clean the park quarterly. ...
Shopping village rounding into shape in Port Orange
It has been a long time in the making, but the 162,000-square-foot Altamira Village shopping center in Port Orange is in the final stretch of being completed with an anticipated finish date of late summer or early fall. The site is at Dunlawton Avenue and Taylor Branch Road. The shopping center will inclu...
Sandwich shop wars heat up across Volusia County
The barrage of the Sandwich Wars continues in Volusia County as more shops pop up. Two of the newest entries in the field, Jimmy John's and Jersey Mike's, have staked out Ormond Beach for their latest salvo, but they'll have to hustle to catch up with Subway, the so far undisputed master and commander. Sub...
City saves $125k by refinancing bonds
SOUTH DAYTONA -- Like the average homeowner, city leaders must stay within their budget to afford basic necessities. And like some homeowners, they've been able to trim numbers from their budget by taking out new bank loans that refinance their debt. The City Council approved a resolution at its March meetin...
Half million strong
Joe Tenhet of Daytona Beach rides his bike along Main Street during the 72nd annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Friday, March 8. More than 500,000 bikers were expected to roar into Daytona Beach for one of the largest motorcycle events in the world....
A tribute to the famous Ormond Garage 1904-1976
As a lifelong car guy, it has been my pleasure to be involved with many major automotive events. None was more gratifying than the 2003 centennial at Ormond Beach. A large group of people had come together to stage a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the very first race in this area. The fantastic array of antiq...
Still no doggies in the diner
After hours of commissioners' workshop time, ordinance preparations, readings and voting, and scores of citizens' recommendations, it looks like Fido is still going to have to be content with a "Doggie Bag" when his masters go out to eat in Ormond Beach. The so-called "doggie dining" ordinance was originally discussed at an Or...

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