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Girls sing to raise funds for arts programs
Two young ladies are putting together a benefit concert for an arts program at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach. Sara Tomarelli and Ashley King will sing during the From My Heart concert on at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the school auditorium. Admission is $10 with all the proceeds going to the American...
Cypress Creek student named Florida winner in national Doodle 4 Google contest
Meryl Liu, a fourth grade Cypress Creek Elementary student in Port Orange, was named the Doodle 4 Google state winner for Florida on May 1. The national winner will be selected by the public voting online for their favorite doodle. To vote for Meryl's doodle, visit the Doodle 4 Google website at google.com/doodle4google/vote.h...
Volusia County Council: Much has been done; there's more to do
Volusia County accomplished a lot in 2012, according to three County Council members, but the county will "essentially be out of the road construction business" very soon, said the chair. At the council meeting May 2, members Joyce Cusack, Pat Northey and Josh Wagner along with County Chair Jason Davis delivered the State of the C...
Catcher of the day
Gracie Willard, 7, of DeLeon Springs throws out catfish bait on her "Ugly Stick" fishing pole and brings in 19 fish, the largest at 19 inches, during the Lake Woodruff Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 4....
Picture perfect
Mark Grantham of DeLand holds the leash of Weimaraner Waco, "the poster dog" of the Cinco De Weimo party at the Elusive Grape to benefit the Timucuan Weimaraner Club of Florida on Sunday, May 5....
DeBary Council demonstrates horse sense
Some DeBary residents will be allowed to keep horses, even if they have less than an acre of property. The City Council voted unanimously May 1 to amend the city's Land Development Code to delete language restricting the number of horses per acre in the agricultural and rural residential zones. In the process of reviewing and amen...
Chef serves TV series set with alcohol-free cuisine
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A new series for the Discovery Channel called Waves of Grace is filming in the streets of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater. Cindy Joy Goggins is the writer and producer of the show that deals with battling alcohol and substance addictions, and the toll they take on victims and their fami...
Courageous and beautiful!
Jan Somers, from left, Gail Dietz, Laurie King and Ann Jones hold hands during an emotional night at the Southeast Volusia Relay for Life at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach on Friday, May 3....
Professional surfer and motivational speaker coming to New Smyrna Beach
Beach Weeks is a new event celebrating the coastal heritage and healthy lifestyle of New Smyrna Beach and Southeast Volusia County. The seven-week-long, family-friendly celebration runs from Memorial Day weekend until July 4, and starts off with an appearance by internationally renowned surfer and motivational speaker Bethany ...
One thing at a time
Anthony Butler, 14, of Edgewater tries his best to text and drive during the Texting and Driving Simulator at Warner Christian Academy in South Daytona on Monday, May 6. The Port Orange based law firm, Rue & Ziffra and Gary Yeoman's Ford Lincoln in Daytona Beach collaborated to help educate student drivers across Vo...
Local car dealership's driving school teaches young drivers safety
One local car dealership isn't just about selling cars, at least for four times out the year. Gary Yeoman's Ford Lincoln in Daytona Beach is holding a Teen Driving Safety Class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The event, co-sponsored by Port Orange law firm Rue Ziffra & Caldwell, will be in the parki...
Volusia County recognizes dedicated librarian
Mary Gaspary was a little surprised when she graduated from Stetson in 1973 and her mother suggested she get a job. She laughs at the memory, now that she's at the end of her career. With a liberal arts degree in American Studies, but no teaching credentials, her Volusia County options seemed limited. "I vaguely thought I might li...
A furry guest
Sharon McKelvey, left, of Therapy Dog Inc., looks on as "Carly" the therapy dog visits with a resident of the Port Orange Nursing and Rehab Center in Port Orange on Monday, May 6. Carly also visits the Port Orange Regional Library on Wednesdays for the "READing Paws" program where children can read to Carly....
Legislators recognize economic impact of trails
The possible allocation of $50 million dollars for Florida's Coast to Coast Connector Trail couldn't make Volusia County trailblazers happier. The Coast to Coast Connector, spanning from St. Petersburg to Titusville, will link more than 200 miles of existing bike paths, making it the longest contiguous bike path in Florida and one...
Florida Georgia Line shoots music video on the beach
With 50 to 60 mph winds blowing great globs of sea foam across the parking lot and into the street, a crowd assembled on the beach at Andy Romano Beachfront Park to shoot music history accompanied by 100-plus animated would-be video actors and actresses. The grips, the lights, the sound, the cameras and the extras backed up the...
Sweet samples
Ashley Muscat of Spruce Creek High School's Culinary Arts program serves dessert to Lorraine Kisch and Julie Woods, right, during 'A Tasteful Affair' at the Tavern on the Green in Port Orange on April 25. The Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event....
Hospice honors father and daughter veterans
Recently, both Jack Aldendefer and his daughter, Judy, of Port Orange were honored for their service to their country by Halifax Health-Hospice of Volusia County. They each were presented with a medal and plaque and songs representing the Corp in which they served, as well as prayer shawls, which were created by the ladies fro...
DSC summer camps
Daytona State College has a tradition of offering a variety of educational and entertaining summer camp programs -- from softball to robotics. Baseball Showcase, May 11 and June 2, is designed for high school players in grades 10-12. Cost for each one-day camp is $75. For registration and information, email ReillyC@DaytonaState.edu or call (386) 5...
United Way honors volunteers for 26th year
The United Way Volunteer Center and Bright House Networks conducted the 26th Annual Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Awards on Thursday, April 25, in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. The ceremony, hosted by WESH-2 News' Jim Payne, honored 47 nominees, who, in the past y...
Game on
The Wild Game Feast sponsored by the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club attracted a large crowd to the Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 2....
Governor names Shores resident a claims judge
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Wilbur Anderson as a Workers Compensation Claims Judge. Mr. Anderson, 54, of Daytona Beach Shores, served as a mediator in the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims in Daytona Beach since 2011. He also was an attorney in the Workers' Compensation Unit of the First District Court of Appeal an...
Maybe a dog's life is not so bad...
From the age of five to 20 years old, my constant companion was Brownie, my dog. After Brownie died, I never owned another dog. To be sure, I did feel some guilt at not having a dog to share the young lives of my son and daughter, but by the time Lana and I had children, the world had changed. Dogs could no longer run fr...
Summer camps
Acting camps slated The Shoestring Theatre will conduct youth acting camps from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 10 to 14 and June 24 to 28 for ages 6 to 11 years old; and July 8 to 12 for ages 12 and older. Campers will learn acting, painting, building sets, costuming, singing, dancing and team building. Cost is $125. Registration forms are availa...

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