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Barberville farm swap and market is growing and growing
It could have been the unseasonably bearable weather. It could be an effective grapevine spreading the word. But fact is the Barberville Family Farm Swap & Market had a record week, its largest market ever with 78 sellers the last weekend in May. The Farm Swap & Market was established in September 2008 to bring community farmers t...
Coast guard changes command at Inlet station
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- After four years of steady improvement, Ponce De Leon Inlet Coast Guard Station said farewell to Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Jensen and welcomed its new commander, Senior Chief Petty Officer David Carrig, on Friday, June 14. During the award ceremony, SCPO Carrig congratulated M...
Creating for confidence
Kiara Martinez, 11, left, works along side "Camp Create" buddies Jordan Koehler, 12, and Abigail Burrhus, 12, all from Deltona, on confidence flags at Florida Museum of Art in DeLand on Friday, June 15. For more information about "Camp Create," call (386) 734-4371....
Former mayor awarded grant for retirement center
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The City Commission awarded former Mayor Jim Vandergrifft and wife, Pamela, a $107,311 CRA grant to build the Alba Court Retirement Center. The Vandergriffts petitioned the city last year for the grant to build the assisted living community on New Smyrna's first hotel site, the former ...
Run for your life
Liam Garvey, 10, (center) of Ormond Beach takes the lead as they head into the water for a swim during the Junior Lifeguard Camp at Andy Romano Park in Ormond Beach on Thursday, June 13....
Hockey hopeful heads north
The Sunshine State may be an unlikely launching pad for a young hockey player with dreams of playing for the National Hockey League, but 13-year-old Hunter Chard is determined to give it his best shot. Hunter, who lives with his father, Steve Chard, in Port Orange, and his mother, Lonny Patterson, in Ocoee, ...
Practiced pitcher
State Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, throws out the first pitch for a Flag Day patriotic baseball game between the DeLand Suns and Leesburg Lightning on Melching Field at Conrad Park on Friday, June 14....
Summer feeding program offered
The School District of Volusia County will participate in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program, Monday through Thursday from July 8 through Aug. 1. Nutritionally balanced meals for breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin. All children ...
Power in painting
Ormond Beach resident Peggy Yokubonus of the Halifax Audubon Society looks at a painting by Anthony Armstrong entitled "Royal Echoes," during the grand opening of the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural & Educational Center in Daytona Beach on Saturday, June 8. The society donated a variety of birdbaths and bat houses....
City Council gives owner more time on Treasure Island
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- The future of the Treasure Island Inn remains uncertain, but the property will be cleaned up and storm-ready within two months, according to Mark Watts, a local attorney who represents the property owner. The City Council voted unanimously June 11 to give RAIT Financial Trust an exten...
Siblings win local tennis tourney titles
Coko Robinson, 11, and Aaron Robinson Jr., 8, are a Daytona Beach brother and sister who won their age groups at the Tennis Network of Greater Volusia County Junior Futures tournament last month. "It was a great feeling winning and all, I felt happy, relieved and excited that I had accomplished the feat," Cok...
Family matters
Rytasha, 11, and her sister Teaonna Fuller, 5, of DeLand, draw on the Spanos Motors car, which collected donations for keeping foster children and their siblings together, during the 25th Birthday Party for MainStreet DeLand in downtown DeLand on Saturday, June 15....
Beach access closes as development progresses
Part of the appeal of Daytona Beach is the hard-packed sand that enables cars to drive and park on the beach itself. This is part of the area's history and heritage, and the battles over beach tolls and access have been going on for decades. There are 39 beach access points from Ormond Beach to Ponce Inlet, many...
Technical Review: area not ideal for proposed Lemon Bluff development
Conway Kippenberger's family owns more than 800 pristine acres of Old Florida on the St. Johns River in Osteen. He has fond memories of the old Lemon Bluff Fish Camp, once a happening gathering spot for locals. A brawl resulting in the death of one partygoer put an end to the good times there. He'd like to see good times resurrect...
Super pink
Artisan Jaques, 3, of Deltona, came in pink as "SpiderManGirl" to the Man of Steel event at the Deltona Regional Library on Saturday, June 15....
Council approves move to improve Beck Ranch Park
A 250-acre park on the river in Southwest Volusia County will soon get a utilitarian facelift. The cost: $1.4 million. The Volusia County Council voted unanimously at its meeting June 6 to award the contract for construction of additional amenities at Beck Ranch Park in Osteen to General Mechanical Corp., one of nine bidders who s...
Patriotic stance
Christian Figueroa, 3, David Zabala, 7, Sammy Figueroa, 5, Lucas Goldilla, 7, Jorge Legarreta, 6, Eric Castillo, 5, Zavier Legarreta, 6, Seth Bordas, 6, all of Deltona, and Landyn Abernethy, 7, of Orange City in their team baseball outfits pose with patriotic flags with coaches Sammy Figueroa, left, of Deltona, Sean A...
Shriners pick Daytona for convention for second year
Daytona Beach and Volusia County scored a big victory in the area of tourism and conventions. Shriners International chose the "World's Most Famous Beach" as the site for its 2018 Imperial Session. Daytona was already set to host the 2017 event. The events will be at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The ann...
Spidey tells all
Jacob Santos, 4, as Spiderman, discusses secrets of web throwing with his father, Joshua Santos Sr. of Orange City, during the Man of Steel event at the Deltona Regional Library on Saturday, June 15....
Andrea brought needed rainfall, no significant flooding
DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia said from June until November he doesn't sleep. Images of Tropical Storm Fay in 2008 dumping more than 20 inches of water, flooding 135 homes and wreaking almost $10 million in havoc throughout the city replay in his head. The storm added insult to injury after the hurricanes of 2004. But aggressive measure...
COA begins Meals Match Challenge in response to Lemerand Gift
Council on Aging is looking for community partner "Match Makers" to participate in the COA "Meals Match Challenge" through July 31. The challenge is in response to a gift from philanthropist L. Gale Lemerand. After attending the Glenn and Connie Ritchey Community Service Award Dinner in May, Mr. Lemerand, a local businessman a...
Joseph Corsino, 6, of Deltona dresses as Superman and shows off his muscles for the Man of Steel event at the Deltona Regional Library on Saturday, June 15....
Construction starts in July on rebuilding Speedway grandstands
DAYTONA BEACH -- International Speedway Corp.'s board approved funding to redevelop the frontstretch of Daytona International Speedway. Construction will start on July 5 and is targeted for completion in January 2016. None of the major races in 2014, including the Daytona 500, Supercross by Honda, Dayt...
Safe at last
The Florida Planning & Zoning Association presented the Grassroots Award to the Friends of Thornby for its nine-year struggle to preserve a piece of pristine "Old Florida." The property was preserved and is now home to Deltona's Thornby Park. The city plans to clear walking trails there soon. Sandra Walters accepted t...
ERAU gets pact with aviation company
At the 50th Annual International Paris Air Show on June 18, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University president Dr. John P. Johnson and Diamond Aircraft Industries CEO and owner Christian Dries signed a partnership agreement to establish the global m...
Are these for me?
Skyla Jane Thompson, 2, of DeLand, collects hoola hoops during the 25th Birthday celebration for MainStreet DeLand in downtown DeLand on Saturday, June 15....
Surviving the fun in the Florida sun
Now that the Central Florida Sub-tropical sun has shifted into high gear, it might be a good time to discuss the problems that come with all that heat. Beginning at the ground, you must protect your feet. Lately the county and cities along the coast have been buying up property on the west side of State Road A1A to build off- beach parking. Do no...
Embry-Riddle sponsors teachers in space summer workshops
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's new Commercial Space Operations degree program, the first of its kind in the world, will sponsor Teachers in Space summer workshops for the next five years. A project of the Space Frontier Foundation, Teachers in Space stimulates student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by giving ...
Learning by acting
Teacher Beverly Horn's second and third graders at Tomoka Elementary performed "Hatshepsut Queen of Denial," a play about Egypt on May 31...

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