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Me Strong strives for "we" strong approach to fighting cancer
On a scorching day in June, Litsa Taylor ran through the hot, soft sand on the beach. Fatigue, heat and sore muscles urged her to quit. Everyone who's ever been affected by cancer pulled her through the sand and pushed her to the triathlon's finish line. "I wanted to quit, but I thought I'm not a quitter and I thought of the peopl...
Young farmers bring families, learn leadership
The 2013 Florida Farm Bureau State Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference July 12 to 14 could easily been mistaken for a family reunion -- and in many ways that's just what it was. These families were all part of the 1 percent who grow the food, raise the beef and provide the dairy for the rest of us...
In the jungle
Left, Steven Cork, plays the part of Bagheera and Mowgli is being played by Joey Nieves during the production of The Jungle Book at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach on Thursday July 18. The performance was sponsored by the Daytona State's College's Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art. The Thoma...
Korean War Museum honors veterans
Veterans of the Korean War from Volusia and Flagler counties will be honored by the Department of Florida Korean War Veterans Association on Saturday, July 27. The celebration opens a new Korean War display at the New Smyrna Museum of History at 120 Sams Ave. in New Smyrna Beach. "The Korean War ended whe...
Music man
Saxophonist Thom Cambers of the quintet Swingin Sounds of Sinatra performs amidst the crowd during the Summer Concert Series at Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday July 18. The concert series continues through Aug. 8....
Heritage Trail showcases Daytona's Black history
Daytona Beach is known for its beach, tourism and racing legacy but the city also has a rich African-American history. Much of that history was rediscovered on the Second Annual Black Heritage Trail Walk on Saturday, July 20. Sites visited included Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Stewart-Memorial United Me...
Daytona State kicks habit off its campuses
No butts about it, Daytona State College will be tobacco free this fall. Starting Aug. 1, the use of any lighted or smokeless tobacco products on any campus or property owned or operated by the college will be prohibited. The prohibition extends to all DSC employees, students, and persons on college property, according to the DSC ...
On a role
Jordan Linton, 10, right, of Daytona Beach playing the part of Charlie with Lauren Gardner, 12, of Port Orange as his mother, rehearse a scene on the set of the Center Stage Kids production of "Willy Wonka Jr." at Spruce Creek High School on Tuesday, July 16. Also pictured in bed as the grandparents are, from left, ...
DeLand manufacturer hosts open house, gives tours
The newest facility at Volusia County's DeLand Crossings Industrial Park opened its doors July 17 to show how it has invested several million dollars. Conelec Electronic Manufacturing hosted an open house, which included refreshments provided by Dobro's Restaurant as well as tours of Conelec's state-of-the-art plant inside the 63,...
Sweetwater Coalition wants answers to road extension questions
Some Port Orange residents, represented by Derek LaMontagne, are seeking answers from Volusia County concerning the Williamson Road extension project and have asked the city of Port Orange to help set up a dialogue. The Sweetwater Coalition is a group of citizens who are concerned the proposed extension o...
Speaking out
Sue Genthner and Jack Wrightington, both of Edgewater, talk to a reporter during the "Justice for Trayvon" National Day of Action Vigil, which was part of a 100 Cities Action on Saturday, July 20. The Daytona Beach event was in front of the Fifth District Federal Court of Appeals on Beach Street....
First ERAU students earn doctorates
In an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University milestone, the first students have completed the research-based Ph.D. degree programs the university launched in 2010. Jaime Rubio Hervas earned a Ph.D. in engineering physics and Robert "Buck" Joslin a Ph.D. in aviation. During his studies at Embry-Riddle, Mr. Hervas helped develop a...
Play color
Kylie Francis, 13, left, of Ormond Beach and Kayla Byrnes, 15, of Port Orange paint gears to be used on the set of the Center Stage Kids production of 'Willy Wonka Jr.' at Spruce Creek High School on Tuesday, July 16. The theater camp's final show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 in the school's auditorium. Tick...
DeLand commission proposes tax increase, OKs transportation plan
Decreased values may lead to higher taxes for DeLand property owners. The DeLand City Commission voted unanimously July 15 to establish a proposed property tax rate -- before debt service -- of $7.23 per $1,000 of taxable value for Fiscal Year 2013-14. The current rate is $7.01 per $1,000 of taxable value. In addition to the propo...
The Zimmerman trial reveals an ugly truth in America
The trial in Sanford attracted lots of national attention. Civil rights leaders from across the country converged on Seminole County, carrying signs demanding justice. The protestors told the media they only wanted George Zimmerman to be brought to trial. The problem was the facts of the case did not bear out a criminal prosecution. After the sho...
Birthday flowers
Rory Morales, 9, of DeBary considers which plant he wants after his sister, Kekona, 5, is given an African violet for her birthday by family friend and plant merchant Pemter Campbell of Lake Helen at the Orange City Farmer's Market in Dickinson Park on Thursday, July 18....
Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen named 2013 Great Communicator
DAYTONA BEACH -- Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, was named the 2013 Great Communicator by the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Dr. Sorensen will be honored Aug. 13 at the 14th annual "Gems in Communications" Great Communicator Luncheon...
New research park partner representatives visit Embry-Riddle
In the first step to fulfilling the recent agreement Diamond Aircraft and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University signed in Paris last month to be part of the university's Aerospace Research and Technology Park, representatives met July 18 to tour the Daytona Beach Campus and flightline. U.S. representatives of Diamond Aircraft/Diamond Airborne Sens...

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