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Daytona community rallies against violence
The Daytona Beach community came together and made a stand against violence with "March Against Madness" on May 20. "We appreciate the support from all those who came together for this," said Bishop Derrick Triplett, pastor of Hope Fellowship Church. "We sent out a rally (cry) for people to come to the table ...
Memorial Day services and more offered in area
Crowds will gather Monday, May 27, to celebrate Memorial Day and there are at least three entities offering services in the area. Ormond Beach service A program begins at 9 a.m. at Rockefeller Gardens, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, with Gordon Russell conducting members of the Daytona Beach Concert Band. Janet Marnane,...
Votran schedule changes for Memorial Day holiday
Votran will operate a limited service schedule Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Riders are encouraged to plan Memorial Day travel in advance. West Volusia routes 22, 24 and the Volusia/Orlando I-4 Express will not operate. Route 20 will operate every two hours beginning with the 7:32 a.m. southbound trip at Northgate Plaza. Nort...
Never too old ...
Glen Pryor, 80, pitches the ball during a game for the Greater Daytona Beach Senior Softball Association at Strickland Diamonds on Friday, May 10. GDBSSA is a growing recreational league fielding more than 200 players in three annual seasons of about 24 games each. The association has two leagues; one for players 6...
Learning to swim
Certified Infant Swim Resource instructor Kelly Reimel tosses a fully clothed 21-month-old Reid Guarriello of Ponce Inlet into the pool during a self-rescue swim lesson at the Port Orange YMCA on Thursday, May 9. Children as young as six-months of age can learn to save themselves in a drowning situation....
Search begins for new MainStreet director
More changes are on the horizon for MainStreet DeLand Association as executive director Mary Beth Harris prepares to pass the torch she's held for just a short time. Ms. Harris and her family will relocate to Punta Gorda this summer; her husband, Ty Harris -- a partner at Storch & Harris Law Firm in Daytona Beach, accepted a posit...
DeLand volunteer gets spiritually full delivering meals
While James Green agrees with the statement, "Children are our future," he cannot forget those who were there to help him shape his future. Mr. Green is 57 so folks who guided him to adulthood are well into their senior citizenship. Some are in nursing homes. Some are still in their own homes, but are not well enough to get out. T...
Stepping angels
Barb Davis of DeBary creates an angel stepping-stone with glass pebbles during the Gardening Delights Crafts program at Daytona Beach Regional Library on City Island in Daytona Beach, Wednesday, May 15. The program was sponsored by the Daytona Beach Library Friends and the Volusia County Public Library....
NSB offers free annexation
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Homeowners on the outskirts of the city limits are being offered voluntary annexation into the city of New Smyrna Beach in a joint agreement the city made with Volusia County officials. On May 16, the city conducted a public meeting at the Brannon Center to address questions residents ...
Great skate
New Smyrna Beach Figure Skater Ava Grimaldi, 8, medaled in two events at the Bradenton Area Festival of the 2013 Sunshine State Games recently. Her artistic solo, skated to "Stars," landed a silver, and her technical efforts in compulsory moves garnered a bronze. Ava, a second grader in Chisholm Elementary's Gift...
TuTu Wahinis provide traditional Hawaiian dance
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The senior center in New Smyrna Beach is providing a taste of Hawaiian traditional dancing every week by the TuTu Wahinis dance group. They performed at the Brannon Center in downtown New Smyrna Beach on May 16. Leilani, also known as Barbara Cronk, is the instructor and leader of the ...
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Chuck Norman, right, talks about search and rescue to Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry on board a Coast Guard response boat with Diversity Officer Philip Jones and 3rd Class Petty Officer Taylor Lakeman during the Daytona Beach Sail & Power Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil...
On the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings, France decided to grant the Legion of Honor to all U.S. veterans who fought on French soil during World War II. A ceremony was held at the Museum of Arts and Sciences on Friday, May 10. Above: World War II veteran Morton Parks of Holly Hill shows his D-Day medal to Gael de Maisonneuve, consul genera...
Committee created for new racquet club in Daytona Beach Shores
The City Council on May 14 discussed the creation of a new racquet club as well as the formation of a committee and its role in the club's development. "The term racquet club is open ended," Mayor Harry Jennings said. "The new building can be called whatever we want. We can even call it a new community ce...
Shedding some light
Volunteer Jackie Mann, right, shows off items from the artifact table that were used at the lighthouse in the early 1900's to Debbie Emerson, left, of St. Augustine and her friend Cathy Hager of St. Louis during International Museum Day at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Saturday, May 18. For more information on upcomin...
Stetson student heads to Colombia for summer of service
Could a protagonist named Maniac Magee really change the world? After a five-minute conversation with Stetson University student Kevin Berstler, one may conclude that, yes, the fictional character unleashed in 1990 by author Jerry Spinelli has made the rounds, making a difference. Social consciousness seem...
County leaders invite public to weigh in on ECHO
In just over a decade, the Volusia Forever ECHO grant program has contributed $58.3 million to environmental and historical preservation as well as cultural and outdoor activities to enhance the quality of life in Volusia County. ECHO staff has been hosting five community listening sessions to give residents an opportunity to comm...
Champ's rings
The Father Lopez Catholic High School Girls Basketball team received their championship rings from the Daytona Beach Rotary Club during a special ceremony held at the Palmetto Club in Daytona Beach, Monday May 20. From left are Simone Brown, Shannon Cranshaw, Carrie Mayfield, Carly Alday, April Panaggio, Chandler Fe...
School board approves private custodial contract
More than 400 custodians working for Volusia County Schools will continue performing their duties, for a private company. The Volusia County School Board voted 3-2 last week to outsource its custodial and maintenance services to Aramark Education starting in July. The measure is part of a strategy to avoid cutting educational prog...
Alliance wants county to stay with 2010 agreement on CRAs
They didn't talk much about them Monday, but board members of the Volusia Council on Governments want the County Council to stick to a 2010 agreement on Community Redevelopment Areas. "We basically agree to the 2010 agreement, which is in place. That speaks volumes of the cities coming together and I would li...
Rope test
Waldo Poor, equipment tester Robin Aston, 12, and Cathy Poor, all of DeLand, discuss tweaking the rope climb on new playground equipment for children who attend the Rainbow Child Care center at First Christian Church on Saturday, May 18....
Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church celebrates 60th anniversary
As the day drew to a close and the sun began to set along the 1950s Atlantic coastline, car after car would pull into Neptune Drive-In movie theatre. Many a person had the sole intent of forgetting their worries and losing themselves while taking in an entertaining film. Fast forward 60 years and you will...
World War II vet talks about role of the Navy
Longtime Ormond Beach Kiwanian Robert "Bob" Morrison addressed the club May 9 on his Naval role during World War II. Recruited while attending Westminster College, Mr. Morrison joined the U.S. Navy and upon graduation Ensign Morrison was sent to Fort Pierce for training, then onto New Orleans for another few months of training...
Help for teachers
These teachers received a Bob Knoss grant from the Kiwanis Club of Southeast Volusia County at a special luncheon which took place on May 1. There were 31 grants given to teachers who have special projects for their students. In 1993 Bob Knoss, who was a member of this Kiwanis Club, saw that teachers were pay...
Joy across America in a 1904 Olds
With the new Ormond Garage in the Birthplace of Speed Park shining toward the intersection of Granada and A1A, it was clear she was ready to receive guests. Appropriately enough, the first car through the doors was a replica of the first racecar to ever run the beach. Workers from the City of Ormond Beach fleet, parks an...
Family fun
Left, Aiden Ketchum, 8, of Ormond Beach, and River Gray, 6, of Daytona Beach, play in one of the playhouses during the second annual Daytona Gymstar Family Fun Day at the Peggy Schnebly Recreational Center & Gym in Daytona Beach, Saturday, May 11. The event was sponsored by the Daytona Beach Gymnastic Booster Club....

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