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Orange City congregation welcomes, serves all
The very word mosaic implies an assortment of colored pieces, varied in shape and size, placed together to form a whole. The finished product typically is beautifully non-blueprinted. Recently, at a conservation-oriented community forum, MOSAIC Unitarian Universalist member Judy Raymond introduced herself as a "cranky citizen." Th...
Wiffle ball tourney raising funds for family's devotion
Forty teams are expected to compete this weekend at the Third Annual Zachary Siegfried Wiffle Ball Tournament in Port Orange. Whether competing for the trophy and $500 grand prize or just playing for fun, the teams all will be playing for a local organization that helps provide sports equipment and financial...
A tree grows in Orange City
Recently a family visited Corey Shenk at Aging Tree. A son, a daughter and their elderly mother were looking for guidance in the overwhelming world of senior care. After being discharged from the hospital, their mother concluded assisted living might be best for her. Daughter and son were relieved, but they didn't know what to do ...
Getting through it
Dalton Kelley, 7, of New Smyrna Beach crawls through an obstacle during the Florida National Guard Fitness Challenge on the beach, south of Flagler Avenue on Saturday, June 8....
DC-7 Grille getting closer to opening
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The opening of the new DC-7 Grille at New Smyrna Beach's municipal airport is drawing closer. Dan Johns and Anthony "Skip" Perna were at the city's Plan Review Board meeting June 7 to work out some final construction details. "We don't have an exact date on the opening of the restauran...
Bob Hudgins' wall repair is a mosaic of his community
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bob Hudgins celebrated June 2 the completion of a mosaic that took him more than two years to complete. The need for the project started back in 1998 when his house at 216 Condict Drive near the beach suffered a near miss by tornado. The storm caused a crack in the wall that eventually...
County seeking input for bridge
Volusia County is looking to replace the Veterans Memorial Bridge and has started getting input from residents. The first monthly meeting on the new bridge that connects Orange Avenue and Silver Beach Avenue was at the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at 126 E. Orange Ave. on June 4. "This is a comm...
Center celebration
Family members of the late Daytona Beach Mayor Yvonne Scarlett-Golden cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural & Educational Center in Daytona Beach on Saturday, June 8. The 20,000-square-foot facility at 1000 Vine Street will provide cultural, educational and recreational resou...
City Commissioners can't see approving cell tower
The Ormond Beach City Commissioners denied permission to Capital Intercom and AT&T to build a 150-foot camouflaged telecommunications tower at 1102 W. Granada Blvd. by a 4 to 1 vote. Mayor Ed Kelley was the lone vote for the application. The tower would have been built in the South Forty Trails subdivision. Ri...
Holding on
The Rogers family celebrated the 32nd birthday of Laurel Rogers, who has been missing since February 1, 2010, during a beach vigil at Larry Fornari Park in Daytona Beach Shores on Tuesday, June 4. From left are Brennan Pennington, 8, Skyler Pennington, 6, Leah Pennington, Kristin Wilhelm, Mercy Pennington, 3, John P...
Sites to participate in summer food program
Volusia County's Human Services Office will sponsor a Summer Food Service Program for children at 82 sites through Aug. 16. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritionally balanced meals regardless of race, color, sex, disability or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not...
SHINE sheds light on Medicare, Medicaid
Health insurance: It's what's for breakfast, lunch and dinner as food for thought in today's world. Judy Hahn, a Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders program counselor, feeds people answers. SHINE is a program offered by the state Department of Elder Affairs, in partnership with ElderSource of Northeast Florida, which provides...
Star struck
Kierra Render, 9, of South Daytona has her shirt signed by NFL great Tony Boselli, a retired offensive tackle of the Jacksonville Jaguars, during the Jags Take It On The Road caravan tour at Volusia Mall on Friday, June 7....
Pine Trail Elementary School retirees go out with a bang
The Pine Trail Players 2013 Retirement Roast had its largest show ever on Friday, May 31. More than 100 people came to The Venue in Ormond Beach to honor the six retirees of the school, including Lynn Skierski Boesen, Jan Brokaw, Barbara Gionfriddo, Diane LeJeune, Carol Leonard and Melissa Paro, with dinner and ...
County Council considers property appraiser's data for CRAs
Volusia County Property Appraiser Morgan Gilreath told County Commissioners that Community Redevelopment Areas are noble, but they inequitably shift the tax burden. At the regular council meeting June 6, the property appraiser presented a CRA blight analysis titled "Using Property Appraisal Data To Assist in Analyzing Blight." Its...
Improving safety
The New Smyrna Beach Police Department's motorcycle unit placed seventh in a statewide annual challenge to improve traffic safety. Motor officers are, from left, Jason Reve, Mike Delahanty, Josh Holloway and Richard Kirkland. The unit will be honored July 19 at the Florida Law Enforcement Ch...
They're back! Mosquitoes have returned
They lurk in tall grass. They lie in wait in gutters filled with stagnant rainwater. They rise on stealthy wings from salt marshes. With mosquito season off to a flying start, Volusia County is ramping up its efforts to kill the pesky invaders. Mosquito Control staff is out in full force, spraying with larvicides, managing pro...
In search of the disappearing Florida alligator
Volusia County occupies a kind of a strange niche as a tourism destination. Florida as a whole is well known as a winter getaway for refugees from points north and we get our fair share of those. Each year Canadians, Europeans and visitors from the northern states flock to this county with the strange name in hopes of en...
Eager readers
Blue Lake Elementary honored its top 10 students in Reading Counts points with a luncheon at Main Street Grill in DeLand. Principal Willie Williams and Instructional Coach Deborah Roberts hosted. Seated are Mr. Williams, left, and Mrs. Roberts. Students are, from left, Steve Marquez, Caleb Dodds, Lorien Colli...
Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins named chief judge
Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins will lead the Seventh Judicial Circuit as chief judge beginning July 1. Elected by the 42 judges in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, Judge Perkins will supervise the circuit during his two-year term. He also will continue his duties on the bench, where he hears civil cases in Da...
Goodwill and Second Harvest launch 'fill the need' food drive
During the month of June, all Goodwill retail stores and attended donation centers in Central Florida will participate in the "Fill the Need" food drive with Second Harvest Food Bank. Donations will support Second Harvest's "Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope" campaign, which he...
Two medical professionals suspended
The state Department of Health has issued 36 Emergency Suspension Orders (ESO) and Emergency Restriction Orders (ERO) in the past 30 days, including two in Volusia County, for violations relating to the commission of crimes, standard of care, drug use or student loan defaults. Tammie Clayton of Port Orange, a licensed practical...

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