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Teacher shares tax holiday, back to school lessons
Bells won't be ringing and carolers won't be singing, but parents will be shopping this weekend, trying to get the best bang for their back-to-school bucks. The three-day sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 2, and end at midnight Sunday, Aug. 4. During this period, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will...
Event will bring communities out into the night
Many local communities will celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 6. National Night Out promotes strong, safe neighborhoods and communities. The goal of the campaign is to educate the community about taking back their neighborhoods by getting to know their neighbors and to send a unified message to...
Minion race
Dressed as a Despicable minion, Craig Wallace of Craig's Catering, accepts the fourth place award from Ray Johnson of DeLand for his team, Minion Express, after DeLand Mainstreet's Anything That Floats Race hosted by Lake Beresford Yacht Club on July 27....
Development planned for DeLand Country Club site
The sign is nearly obscured by weeds. Golfers have "changed course," most likely opting for greener pastures nearby. But the rolling knolls of the former DeLand Country Club aren't expected to languish for long. Lake-Mary based Tailwinds Development LLC is under contract to buy the property near the northeast corner of South Woodl...
Not forgotten
Korean War Veteran Jim Outlaw of DeLand attends the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice at Emory Bennett Park in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday July 27. The ceremony was in conjunction with the opening of the Korean War exhibit at the New Smyrna Museum of History....
History flows through river cruise
PONCE INLET -- The Southeast Volusia Historical Society, the New Smyrna Museum of History and Ponce Inlet Water Sports and Water Taxi Express have teamed up to offer a special cruise along Ponce Inlet's Intracoastal Water Ways with a historical twist. Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. they pro...
Remembering the heroes
New Smyrna Beach resident Marci Skates of the Harmony Sound Waves sings during the presentation of colors at the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice ceremony at Emory Bennett Park in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday July 27. The ceremony was in conjunction with the opening of the Korean War exhibit at the New S...
Dinner honors local student achievers
A group of local school children were rewarded for making good grades with an upscale dinner at Martini's Chop House on Ridgewood Avenue in South Daytona. The dinner is an initiative of Pierre Louis, a retired U.S. Marine and director of the Daytona Neighborhood Network Centers. The Neighborhood Network Cente...
Paddling to park the only option
Visitors cannot just walk or drive into one of the newest parks in the Port Orange parks system -- they have to paddle. The 17-acre Russell property, within the gated Sanctuary subdivision, is only accessible by kayak, canoe or paddleboard. "The only public access is through Spruce Creek," said Susan Lovallo, ...
Real page turner
Steven Scott, 3, of Holly Hill found just what he was looking for during the Friends of the Library's Midsummer Book Sale at the Ormond Beach Regional Library on Saturday, July 27....
Bethune-Cookman plans August opening of Deltona campus
Deltona's first university will open its doors in August. Bethune-Cookman University entered into a lease-option agreement with JMRRMR LLC to establish its Southwest Volusia Education Center at 1555 Saxon Blvd. A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony is set for 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. The event is free and open to the public, the...
Florida Virtual School offers outdoor education course with perks
"Oh Wow!" That was Madeline "Maddy" Muth's reaction when she heard one of the two high schools she attends will offer an interactive course with the great outdoors this fall. In fact, Maddy and a friend happened to be meandering from Key West to Coconut Point on Florida's southwest coast, taking in the beauty and recreational bene...
Gateway to theater
The Gateway Center for the Arts Theater Camp performed "Alice in Wonderland" on Friday, July 26. Pictured after their performance are, from left back, Savanna Gamont, 7, of DeBary, Serena Feinsinger, 11, of DeBary, Joshua Feinsinger, 13, of DeBary, Brenna Lindsey, 13, of Deltona, and Sophia Chinelli, 10, of...
Halifax Health announces 2013 residents and sports medicine fellow
Halifax Health-Family Medicine Residency Program has announced its 2013 Residents and Sports Medicine Fellow. Family Medicine Residents Dr. Catherine Acob received her medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Jessica Akunna received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Dr. ...
Center kicks off "It's Best to Wait 'Til 39 Weeks" campaign
Halifax Health-Center for Women & Infant Health has launched the "It's Best to Wait 'Til 39 Weeks" campaign in partnership with the March of Dimes. On June 26, Halifax Health OB/GYN physicians and the "It's Best to Wait 'Til 39 Weeks" Core Team members gathered at the Chart House in Daytona Beach for a kick-off dinner event. T...
These ladies can play
A member of the only female team of golfers scored an Eagle on hole 16 and Birdied the 17th hole during the Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament on Saturday, July 20, at LPGA International Champions Course in Daytona Beach. From left are Marty Mulligan of Edgewater, Katy Nelson of Orm...
Commissioner's eligibility still questioned as commission sets tax rate
Ongoing controversy of whether or not Holly Hill City Commissioner Donnie Moore is eligible to sit on the commission overshadowed another city meeting on July 23. Mr. Moore represents the city's third district and is under investigation by Volusia County Elections Supervisor Ann McFall concerning Mr. Moore's a...
Works of heart
In June, three very special quilting queens with huge hearts -- Nelle Booth, Betty Buffum and Mary Bump -- donated several of their beautifully crafted creations to Speediatrics, Halifax Health's Pediatrics Department. To date, the ladies have donated 157 quilts to the children and babies who are patients at Halif...
Department of Health officials investigating Cyclospora cases
Florida Department of Health officials are investigating 24 cases of Cyclospora infection in the state, including one hospitalization. Caused by a single-celled parasite that infects the small intestine, Cyclospora usually causes diarrhea with frequent bowel movements. At this time, there have been no patients hospitalized in ...
Ad authority hires Texas man for executive director
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority hired Carl Watson, the executive director of the Cleburne (Texas) Tourism Bureau, as the executive director for its visitor's bureau. Mr. Watson said he is thankful he was selected and looking forward to moving to New Smyrna Beach. Originally...
What time is it boys and girls ...?
Each week as you carefully peruse the pages of Hometown News, you will encounter my likeness a few times. If you actually took the time to look at my old head and face that would hold three days of rain, you could probably never guess I was once a peanut. Yep, that's right I was one of the kids in the Peanut Gallery on The Howdy Doody Show. Some ...
Sister act
Sisters Annika, Augusta and Olivia, from left, work on their masterpieces during the "Altered Books" summer program at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island Thursday on July 25. Teens and 'tweens learned how to add art and objects to books....
FPL improvements to electric system for Daytona Beach and nearby areas are underway
This storm season, homes and businesses in the Daytona Beach area and other Volusia County communities are expected to benefit from extensive upgrades to the local electric system. Florida Power & Light Co. has started work on strengthening local power lines to better withstand intense storms and improve everyday reliability fo...
McDonald's partners with Daytona Beach Police in child safety effort
During the month of August, McDonald's and the Daytona Beach Police Department are partnering on a Child Safety Campaign. The campaign was initiated to promote child safety while giving back to the community. With child safety being a top priority of Chief Michael J. Chitwood, the department's Citizens on Patrol will offer fre...
Creating smiles for five years
Hershey's Ice Cream shop has been serving "smiles with every scoop" for the past five years in Ormond Beach. The ice cream shop at 145 E. Granada Blvd. has made a home for itself in the community. Something important to owners Ben and Marilynn Sternberg. Many may walk by what Mr. Sternberg sees as the most imp...
Wonder of it all
Kevin Ruehlen, 9, as the rabbit, Madison Kulpinski, 10, as the Mad Hatter, and Haley Richter, 9, as the Queen of Hearts, all of DeBary, performed in a production of Alice in Wonderland with their theater camp at Gateway Center for the Arts on Friday, July 26....
Sheriff's office investigating fatal crash
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a pickup truck carrying four teenage passengers, including two cousins, crashed into a ditch in Oak Hill July 24. The crash left one passenger dead and two others hospitalized with serious injuries. The single-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 9 p.m. in the 200 blo...
Apartment fire claims the life of resident
A fire at the Ridgecrest Park Apartments in Daytona Beach claimed the life of Timothy A. Knoblich, 46, according to a Daytona Beach Police report. The Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to the 1400 block of South Nova Road for a structure fire just before 1:30 a.m. Monday, July 29, the Fire Department reported. When firef...

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