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Marine veteran sets sights on Boston Marathon
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with a lifelong love of running, yet four years ago Bill Rotella of New Smyrna Beach found himself in his doctor's office with a diagnosis of Type II diabetes. He'd ballooned to 340 pounds and was smoking heavily. "You really need to lose weight and get your act together," ...
Loads of Smiles operates on good memories
"We are never guaranteed as to what life is going to throw at us," said Christine Belz as she looked at the memory box she created for her son, Zachary. The shadow box, hung on the wall of her home, is filled with things Zachary loved. Things that made him happy. Zachary was born in 1998 with cystic fibrosis a...
All aboard
A group of surfers race to the water during Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy's Surf Contest in New Smyrna Beach on Friday, Aug. 16. Jimmy Lane invited all the summer campers from the past camps to show what they've learned....
NKF Surf Fest to attract talent, spectators Labor Day weekend
BREVARD -- The Cocoa Beach Pier will be teeming with excitement this Labor Day, as the National Kidney Foundation hosts the 28th NKF Rich Salick Pro-Am Surfing Festival Monday, Aug. 26 through Monday, Sept. 2. The surf fest, founded by twin brothers Rich and Phil Salick, was started as a way to raise fund...
City extends recreation agreements with providers
Physical fitness was the topic of interest to many residents at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Holly Hill City Commission. Residents approached the commission in favor of the resolution of not only extending, but also expanding the city's contract with the Volusia-Flagler YMCA to continue operating the Daytona Ave...
Horsin' around
Silver Sands Bridle Club Horse Force volunteer George Figueroa of Samsula gives Joshua Dean, 5, of Daytona Beach a ride on "Chubby" during the Community Unity Festival at Daisy Stocking Park in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Aug. 17. The free event featured train rides, live music, free food and pony rides. Daytona Beac...
Housing agency scholarships help showcase students
Local high school graduates, Cheyenne Avery and Dontavius King were recently rewarded for their academic success. Both received the Deborah Vincent Scholarship from the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) at the 2013 Annual Convention and Trade Show awards banquet in Orlando on ...
Limo cycle won't be "beer wheel" driving on Daytona Beach
A bicycle made for two has long been considered quaint, but a bicycle made for 15, including booze, did not charm several members of the Volusia County Council. In a 5-2 vote Aug. 8, the council turned down Altamonte Springs-based Limo Cycle Tours' request to operate its non-motorized vehicle on the beach. The signage on the pedal...
Friends of a feather
Reece Pugh, 10, of Deltona meets Mercy Grandchamp, 7, of Sanford, who both have Mille Fleur d'Uccle bantam roosters, "Rose" and "Dutchess" and became instant friends at the Fun Fowl Friday, a 4H bird showing instructional program in the Volusia County Agricultural Auditorium on Friday, Aug. 16....
Growth incentive leads to jobs in DeBary
DeBary will soon welcome its largest privately owned company and the city has laid out a $38,000 welcome mat. Council members voted unanimously Aug. 7 to approve a Job Growth Incentive Agreement with DBK Inc., which will relocate its corporate office from Deltona to DeBary this weekend. DBK Inc., a full-service construction compan...
Don't be clueless when you search for Ponce
In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon explored the area of Ponce Inlet. On a sunny August day 500 years later, Ponce was back, only this time, my nine-year-old son, Trevor, and I were the explorers, and we were on the hunt for the conquistador -- or at least a six-inch-tall, two-dimensional version of him. Armed with ...
Off to a good start
Bethune-Cookman University student Jermaine Stanley gives Randolph Harris, 7, a high-five as his mother, Yvette Harris, looks on during the first day of school at Turie T. Small Elementary School in Daytona Beach on Monday, Aug. 19. Students, faculty and alumni from B-CU came out to support the kids as they begin th...
Marcody Ranch helps Horizon Bay resident cross one off her bucket list
The sign out front reads Horizon Bay ... Vibrant Retirement Living. The walkway leading to the entrance is lined with benches. On a recent muggy mid-afternoon those benches were filled with residents, talking and taking in the lush views of manicured grass and artfully twisted oaks surrounding the Orange City complex. Inside, the ...
What's killing Lake Helen livestock?
The bear that state wildlife officials and some residents say killed Ray and Monica Ojeda's goats in Lake Helen earlier this month was likely around 300 pounds, according to bear biologist Mike Orlando. Efforts to trap the animal were unsuccessful and residents are being advised to keep smaller livestock behind electric fences or ...
United Way seats new slate of board members at annual meeting
The United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties swore in its new slate of executive committee members and board members at the Annual Board of Directors Meeting in July. Executive Committee members are: Chairman of the Board of Directors: John Guthrie, Halifax Health Campaign Co-Chairs: John Walsh, Palm Coast and Ormond Beach O...
Studying a classic
Under threatening stormy skies, Richard English of DeLand studies this Classic Chevrolet 1955 Bel-Air, complete with dial clock on its dashboard, during downtown DeLand's Hot Summer Nights on Saturday, Aug. 17....
Sheriff's office volunteer honored for life-saving heroics
They act as an extra set of eyes and ears for Volusia County Sheriff's deputies, helping to deter crime and keep the community safe. They're volunteer citizen observers and their duties run the gamut from routine patrols, watching over the homes of vacationing residents and working community events for traffic control, enforcem...
Going with the flow in the lush landscape of old Florida
Nestled in a hardwood hammock southeast of Gainesville and near the small town of Fort White is the gorgeous Ichetucknee Springs State Park. The Ichetucknee River, formed by several fresh water springs, is a favorite place to take a slow tube ride. My wife, Lana, and I took our children there many times when they were younger and they still make ...
And then there were six
Only two of the U.S. Army tugboats built at the Lake Beresford Boat Works during World War II were known to exist until recently. Now four more have been found. I spoke with John Higgins, a transplanted Englishman and engineer now living in Stockholm, Sweden. He's consulting with owner Margareta Omberg on the res...
Ticketing in school zone
More than 150 students heading to the first day of classes at South Daytona Elementary School today were "ticketed" by police officers, but there were only smiling faces because it was a coupon for a free Slurpee and a new pencil. Officer Anthony Labombard and Interim Police Chief Ron Wright hand Natalie...
A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County recognizes National Immunization Awareness Month by encouraging parents to get required vaccinations for their children for protection against deadly diseases. "Vaccines are important to protect your child and others in the com...
Port Orange man found in swimming pool dies
An investigation is pending autopsy results for an 85-year-old Port Orange man, who was pronounced dead at the scene after being found unresponsive in his swimming pool. The Port Orange Police Department and Port Orange Fire Rescue responded to 6389 Nika Court, Port Orange, at 4:34 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, regarding Donald ...
All the right moves
Cody Conrad, 17, of Port Orange performs a martial arts move during the New Life Martial Arts fourth annual Black Belt Spectacular at the Piggotte Center in South Daytona on Saturday, Aug. 10. Cody was promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt during the event....

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