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Artsy bras lift spirits, save lives
Art and humor are powerful tonics. In 2009 a funny email of a decorated bra inspired breast cancer survivor Shawn-Marie Batchelder. Seeing a desperate need among uninsured and underserved women in West Volusia for lifesaving diagnostics, she and her friend, Susan Bauerle, started Braz Cauz. The organization creatively challenges c...
'Tree of Life'
Peggy and Randy Imheimsoth, owners of "A Place in the Son Nursery" in DeLand, gaze up into the branches of the philosophical "Tree of Life" creation by artist Troy Norton on display in a warehouse during the Art Walk on Friday, April 25, in Downtown DeLand....
City files eviction action to reclaim building at airport
The City of DeLand will resume sole ownership of the "Holiday House" building at 1701 Airport Terminal Drive, maybe. Commissioners voted unanimously April 15 to authorize filing an eviction against Capital Source Bank/DPC Holdings LLC, the property lessee. In 2011, Florida Gourmet Foods International, the building's former owner, ...
Yacht club will break ground for new clubhouse
Members of the Lake Beresford Yacht Club are looking forward to having a permanent meeting and eating place again. The club will break ground at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, to start construction on a new clubhouse, which is expected to be completed by fall. The original clubhouse, built in 1947, was damaged by a tornado in Februar...
So easy!
Lilly Lambert, 9, of DeLand runs with a smile during the Girls on the Run 5K at Father Lopez Catholic High School on Saturday, April 27. For more information, visit www.gotrvolusia.org....
Deltona looks at buying, selling properties, cutting costs
Everything's for sale -- even Deltona City Hall. At a workshop on April 22, the Deltona City Commission discussed what to do with various properties around the city, including land it owns and may want to build on or sell, as well as property the city may want to purchase. The commission also discussed requests for additional park...
Deltona residents help students by recycling
Since 2007, Deltona residents have been turning trash into cash for local students seeking funds for college. This year selected students received a total of $50,000 in college money, which was raised for the William S. Harvey Scholarship through the community's recycling efforts. Students filed to the front of the room at the reg...
Samsula residents protest asphalt plant
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- An increase in trucks hauling asphalt supplies down State Road 44 and unpleasant fumes may be in store for residents of New Smyrna Beach and Samsula if the Volusia County Commission grants a zoning special exception request to Barcel- Developments Inc. Wearing bright yellow T-shirts with bold black lett...
Cancer survivors take a victory lap
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Local cancer survivors will gear up to participate in this year's Southeast Volusia Relay for Life walk-a-thon Friday, May 3, to raise money for cancer research. Leading the walk and her team Beach Gals for a Cure as torchbearer is Erin Clancy, a nine-year cancer survivor. She will be ...
Aqua Journeys aims to save children's lives
They save lives: those who run into burning infernos; those who help the fallen and wounded, either on a foreign battlefield on at an American race or a school full of frightened children; those who hurry towards a collapsing building in choking dust, debris and danger. Those who are appalled by the more than...
Girl on the run
Jessie Cawood, 6, of Ormond Beach runs her heart out during the Girls on the Run 5K at Father Lopez Catholic High School on Saturday, April 27. For more information, visit www.gotrvolusia.org....
City Council mulls over small business proposal for Ridgewood Corridor
Local resident Stephen Gaddis presented a proposal April 23 to the Port Orange City Council to buy or lease a small piece of city-owned land along the north side of his property. The land, at the end of the B-23 canal next to 5765 Ridgewood Ave., would allow Mr. Gaddis to establish a parking lot for a water sports equipmen...
Northey and Cusack vie for at-large council seat
Two Volusia County Council members will contend for the same seat in 2014. District 5 Representative Pat Northey announced she will run for the at-large seat held by Joyce Cusack -- nineteen months before the election. Ms. Northey, who will be term-limited from running for re-election to her District 5 seat, said the early announc...
Stetson students reach out to promote public health
Some Stetson University students want children to color their own pictures of good health, and are providing the materials to help them do so. Health Communication students created two coloring books and videos promoting the importance of public health. They presented the school projects to the Volusia County Health Department for...
Hospital foundation awards community volunteer
Deltona resident Felicia Benzo received the 2013 Johana Knox Award for Community Service Excellence at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse in DeLand on April 18. The Johana Knox Award, named for one of West Volusia's best-known volunteers, began in 2009 to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers. Ms. Benz...
Walking for Meals on Wheels
Arlene Mendenhall of New Smyrna Beach, left, walks with Council on Aging president Dick Tucker around Riverside Park during the 17th annual Walk for Meals on Wheels at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach, Friday, April 19. The walk was sponsored by Council on Aging of Volusia County....
Lamenting the loss of the shade tree mechanic
The complicated design of the modern automobile has eliminated most of us as do-it-yourself mechanics. The proliferation of computers and other intricate electronics keeps the average person from attempting to repair our own cars. Gone are the days when most men were able to do enough work to keep the family buggy runnin...
Food Brings Hope hosts 'Nutrition Day' at Volusia County Schools
Food Brings Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the hunger cycle among children enrolled in Volusia County Schools, brings "Nutrition Day" to students. Nutrition Day features an animated discussion led by a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, an entertaining and informative DVD and, of course, hea...
Peachy day
Omar Brown, left, of Daytona Beach assists children from the Reign Home School Academy in planting a peach tree during an Earth Day event at The Chiles Academy's Community Garden in Daytona Beach, Wednesday, April 24. From left are Empona Newton, 11, of Port Orange; Jamiyez Perry, 10, and Jakyvin Williams, 12, both ...
March of Dimes picks Halifax Health for infant health service
Halifax Health is partnering with the March of Dimes to lower the number of babies born too soon at the hospital. Halifax Health is among 100 hospitals nationwide selected by the March of Dimes to receive its Quality Improvement Service Package, which instructs the hospital in creating and implementing policies to reduce medic...
City Commission looks at western roads and an interchange
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The City Commission is looking for ways to create a more efficient hurricane evacuation route. City staff presented background information to the commission April 23 about extending Williamson Boulevard rather than creating an Interstate 95 interchange at Pioneer Trail. The city and Vo...
Publix demolition affecting local shopping habits
The closure and demolition of the Publix at Williamson Boulevard and Taylor Road in the Westport Square Shopping Center is forcing customers to look for alternatives for their shopping needs. Local businesses are being impacted by the change in shopping habits, some good and some not so good. A few loyal ...
It's a keeper
Alexi Rodriguez, 8, of DeLeon Springs, keeps a tight hold on this brown pig and gets to keep it at the Greased Pig contest at Cracker Day at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand on Saturday, April 27....
City looking into using more parking meters
More parking meters could be coming to Daytona Beach in the near future. The Downtown/Ballough Road Redevelopment Area Board discussed the issue at its February and April meetings. The city has plans to put the meters on the west side of Beach Street from Magnolia Avenue to Orange Avenue. "We are exploring di...
Mechanic gets to live his "dream"
WyoTech-Daytona has selected Cragg Thompson of Daytona Beach as the school's 2012 Dream Award recepient. Mr. Thompson is a recent graduate from the marine specialist program with emphasis on advanced marine. The award recognizes graduates who have overcome extraordinary obstacles to complete their post-secondary education and ...
Summer camps
Register for camp now It's time to register for the Ormond Beach Summer Connection Day Camp Program. Summer Connection enrollment packets can either be downloaded from the city website, ormondbeach.org, or picked up at the Ormond Beach Leisure Services Registration Office, 399 N U.S. 1. The programs will be for children ages 6-13 (age as of Se...

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