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Shortage of foster families spurs statewide, local initiative
Shirlene Berrien understands she can't change the world, but it doesn't stop her from trying. Over the past 10 years, she and her husband, Gary, have taken 33 foster children into their Deltona home. Through the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise, they have been united with kids of all ages, from three-day-old ...
Old packing house is getting a new lease on life
A curious relic of bygone prosperity -- and strife -- will get a new life. Steve Strickland bought the Theodore Strawn Packing House at 5707 Lake Winona Road in DeLeon Springs in 2012 for $50,000. Recently Mark Shuttleworth, historic preservationist and owner of Florida Victorian Antiques, was found sifting through the building's ...
More healthcare coming to Deltona
Citizens of Deltona will soon have more health care options closer to home. Halifax Health plans to open a non-emergency, walk-in clinic in the city, and other medical services are on the horizon. At an April 1 meeting, the Halifax Health Board of Commissioners and the Deltona City Commission entered into an interlocal working agr...
Fly-fishing helping vets
A local organization is reaching out to help veterans in a unique way. The Mid-Coast Fly Fishers Club is teaching veterans to fly fish. The club is working with the Veterans Wellness and Recovery Center in Port Orange through Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is a national...
Tower building
Madison Evans, left, looks on as Cassidy Yule and Sobe Amici of Southwestern Middle School learn about physics and have their marshmallow and pasta tower height measured during the Women in Aviation Day at Embry-Riddle's Aeronautical University's ICI Center in Daytona Beach, Tuesday, April 2....
Bert Fish examining partnership
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bert Fish Medical Center leaders, in a workshop April 2, compared three proposals for a strategic merger that would strengthen the hospital financially and aid in better service to the public. In December, BFMC received a proposal from Halifax Health and two from Health Management Asso...
Learning something new
Instructor Christopher Piccone assists Anika Lewis of New Smyrna Beach Middle School in installing rivets on aircraft aluminum as Haley Anne Stewart, left, and Shakawanza Brown, right, look on during the Women in Aviation Day at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's ICI Center in Daytona Beach, Tuesday, April 2. Mo...
All about aviation
Thousands of people gathered at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport for the fifth annual New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest Saturday, April 6. The weekend was filled with activities for the whole family....
Fire department leading revival of 'closest response'
EDGEWATER -- This city's Fire Department was key in reviving a turn-of-the-century closest emergency response dispatch system in east Volusia County that had been dwindling in participation over the last several years. "The original agreement between seven cities was formed in the early 2000s," Fire Chief...
Ormond Beach pump maker moves to larger digs
An Ormond Beach company that manufactures specialized water-pumping systems has set up shop in a newly acquired, 21,000-square-foot building in the city's Airport Industrial Park. Box after box of parts, equipment and other accoutrements used by Delta P Carver are, for the most part, properly stowed in their new p...
Cheer and Dance Championships at home in Daytona Beach
It is once again time for cheerleaders and dancers from across the nation to descend upon Daytona Beach. The National Cheerleading Association (NCA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA) will host their Collegiate Championships in Daytona Beach on April 10-14. The competition will take place at the Ocean Center, ...
Something for everyone at annual Native American Earth Festival
The South Daytona Parks & Recreation Department will host the sixth annual Native American Earth Festival on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, at Reed Canal Park, starting at 10 a.m. both days. The festival, which has a low admission fee, will provide fun, food and entertainment for the entire fam...
City suing FAA, seeking to keep control tower open
ORMOND BEACH -- The City Commission got a timely announcement during its April 2 meeting as it discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's plan on April 7 to shut down 149 airport control towers, including the one here. The city was granted an extra week to file a lawsuit, including a stay, according to Ci...
Volusia County plans summer camps for kids
Kids can learn, play and explore during Volusia County's summer camps, offered at 20 sites. Parks, Recreation and Culture The county's recreation program is offering eight weeks of supervised activities, sports, crafts and field trips for children ages 5 to 15. The camps will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 10 t...
Cameron Goss of Spruce Creek High School tosses his paper airplane during the Physics Olympics at Daytona State College's Lemerand Center, Friday April 5. More than 150 students from all over Volusia came out to test their wits in various contests....
Initial steps taken for Ridgewood Corridor improvements
The Port Orange City Council April 2 reviewed proposed code amendments, initial steps to implementing the Ridgewood Corridor Plan. By simplifying and clarifying some code requirements, it will provide appropriate flexibility and options for the suffering Ridgewood Corridor area. The actual vote on the ame...
County Council will vote on spaceport next month
Although it was not billed as an action item, the Volusia County Council voted last week to have staff draft a resolution of support for a proposed spaceport in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge south of Oak Hill. The council voted 5-2 to draft the resolution that will be considered at a May meeting. Cou...
Take it to the hoop
Carmela Walker, (No. 5) of the New Smyrna Beach Police Athletic League 14U girls basketball team drives the ball to the basket against the Jacksonville PAL during the State PAL Basketball Championships at the Babe James Center in New Smyrna Beach, Saturday, April 6....
Dealing with problems in the seat of power
As every homeowner well knows each house is possessed of its share of idiosyncrasies. Some are very obvious like a creaking board in a staircase and others are much more subtle like a shingle that only flaps when the wind blows from a certain direction. We all have little things like that to annoy us as we seek respite w...

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