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Networking group attracts women from Volusia and beyond
What happens when nearly 100 women get together for lunch? A lot, and that's the point. The third WILLOW Ladies Luncheon at the DeBary Golf and Country Club July 26 drew around 88 business and professional women. Their post-luncheon comments on the organization's Facebook page tell the story. "Ladies and team captains ... This, in...
Volusia teen aiming for the science lab at MIT
"Just what part of GxmxM/R=mxV [ESC]^2/2 don't you understand? It's only rocket science!" This NASA bumper sticker is displayed on Rumya Raghaven's refrigerator in Ormond Beach and, yes, she understands the equation. Ms. Raghaven, 17, will not be studying rocket science but she is well on her way to becoming a...
Parents, students, teachers, district get ready for school
Last school year started with a lot of uncertainty. Common Core State Standards, new teacher evaluation practices and a suffocating budget had many educators on edge. This year Common Core is one year closer to full implementation. Teachers and students are adapting. The Florida Education Finance Program was increased by $1 billio...
Gateway display speaks to women's issues
Thirteen bronze statues at Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary deliver a powerful message to women: love yourselves. We live in a society where thin always is in. Shedding real or perceived extra pounds to present skeletal remains zipped into skinny jeans is a daily obsession for many females -- from puberty to menopause and bey...
Council votes on ECHO recommendations
The Volusia ECHO grant cycle starts in one week. After suspending the grant process while gathering public feedback, the Volusia County Council voted Aug. 8 to change some policies, leave others alone and allow the halted application process to move forward. ECHO was approved by Volusia County voters in 2000 to provide funds for t...
Dedicated Olympian
Olympian Elizabeth Snyder of Daytona Beach was chosen for her dedication and effort in the games to carry the torch during the Special Olympics Regional "Area 5" Golf Games ceremony at Daytona Beach Golf Club on Saturday, Aug. 3. Teams from across the state came out to compete in various golf challenges....
Commissioners move forward with beautification and other improvements
At a recent Ormond Beach City Commission meeting, the commissioners unanimously accepted a bid from RJ Landscaping Contractors Inc. of Port Orange to complete the downtown beautification program on Granada Boulevard from Washington Street to Beach Street. Also, the commissioners approved a new Capital Improvem...
Glass act
Molly Lord, 8, left, of DeLand, works on a glass fusion piece of art with Morgan Harvil, 7, of DeBary and Alyse Scott, 9, of DeLand during summer camp classes offered at Clay Pigeons in DeLand on Thursday, Aug. 1....
Two pedestrians struck and killed on State Road 44
New Smyrna Beach Police investigators have made an arrest in a deadly hit and run that occurred on Aug. 6 on State Road 44. Suspected driver Brian Dale Kennedy voluntarily surrendered at the police department less than 24 hours after the incident. Savannah Jo Dejarnetta, 26, and Zachary Tyler Kahle, 24, were struck and killed ...
Local 295 trains and educates workers for careers
More than 330 members in Space Coast area get the benefit of services of the Plumber and Pipefitters Local Union No. 295, 743 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Most of the members are in Volusia County with others in Brevard and Flagler counties. The local has regular meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. ...
Overall Volusia school grades fell short in 2013
If Volusia County was a student, it might be restriction-bound for falling school grades. But if that student had an excuse, it might be the implementation of more rigid standards over the last two years. Forty of the county's 63 elementary and middle schools dropped one letter grade between 2012 and 2013, according to an accounta...
Pedestrian killed crossing Woodland Boulevard
The DeLand Police Department is investigating an incident in which a 51-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed on Monday, Aug. 5. Ruth Idella Briones of DeLand was crossing the southbound lanes of North Woodland Boulevard near Palm Street when she was struck by a 2006 Saturn driven by Elizabeth Ann Harris of DeLand, acc...
SunRail is coming
The first SunRail cab car has arrived in Central Florida and is housed in a facility in Sanford. The cab car left the Bombardier plant in Plattsburg, N.Y., on July 17 and arrived early Tuesday, July 30. The first phase of Sunrail, from DeBary to Orlando, is expected to begin in 2014....
NSB looks for public input on new CRA plan
Ideas on improving New Smyrna Beach were the main topic for Community Redevelopment Area public meetings on Aug. 8. New Smyrna Beach officials asked residents to voice their concerns and present their ideas for improvements, particularly along U.S. 1, the North Causeway area, historic west side, and aroun...
Hospital employees give time and talent to homeless coalition
About 70 employees, family members and volunteers from Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center put their daily duties on hold from July 27 through Aug. 1 to volunteer at Coalition for the Homeless on North Street in Daytona Beach. They were supporting Florida Hospital's mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ; this...
'Bikeman' at 90
Tedd "The Bike Man" Jakomas celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 6. He was born in McKeesport, Pa., in 1923. He is known for distributing 16,500 bicycles for kids in Volusia County funded through the Kiwanis Club of New Smyrna Beach....
'Well it's the same old tune, fiddle and guitar'
That lyric is from a song by my favorite outlaw, the late Waylon Jennings. He was talking about country music, but that line certainly applies to the latest discussions on how to manage the beach. The plan is always the same. Build more high rise apartments and expensive hotel rooms while raising the price of beach access. Talk about not being ab...

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