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Volunteers are invaluable law enforcement resource
Tell the truth. You see the official car, look at your speedometer, lift your foot from the accelerator -- maybe pray -- and then breathe a sigh of relief when you read the words "Citizens Patrol" on the side of the car. Because that could have resulted in a hefty ticket ... if it actually had been law enforcement. But don't disco...
Vince Carter's foundation honors two outstanding community leaders
This year, NBA star Vince Carter focused the spotlight on others at his annual charity gala presented by Halifax Health. Carter's Embassy of Hope Foundation honored two local leaders who have contributed to the success of local youth through their volunteerism. Dr. Edison O. Jackson, Bethune-Cookman University president, and C...
Just for starters
Joseph and Marsha Keller, left, of Deltona, look for herb starter plants with Liz Zealor of Daytona Beach after attending a Fall Gardening lecture of Joe Sewards of Volusia County UF extension at the Agricultural Center in DeLand on Saturday, Aug. 24....
Algae growth crippling Indian River Lagoon system
EDGEWATER -- The St. Johns River Water Management District updated area residents Wednesday, Aug. 21, on efforts to combat environmental problems in Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon. About 45 concerned citizens attended the meeting at Edgewater City Hall. William J. Tredik led ...
Hospital district signs letter of intent with proposed partner
The Southeast Volusia Hospital District announced it has executed a letter of intent with Health Management Associates Inc. to enter into a long-term lease with the 112-bed Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach. The letter of intent marks the beginning of the due diligence process between Bert Fish and Health Management...
Long-time Ormond Beach wine shop closing
On Sept. 30, Ida Hornberger will embark upon a new phase in her life -- retirement. The owner of the Vin'Yard in Ormond Beach decided the time had come to close the business. "It's quite bittersweet," Ms. Hornberger said. "Howard and I tried to sell the business for five years." Howard Smead, her husband and ...
Planned beachside resort to add parking garage
The Daytona Beach Planning Board on Aug. 22 unanimously approved a request for a change to a proposed resort. The changes include increasing the amount of condominiums to 122 rooms and the construction of a parking garage across the street. "We acquired some additional property across the street for a parking...
Warming up
Joie Wall, 2, of Port Orange does warm-up exercises during Coach Caroline's Gymnastics class at the Port Orange Gymnasium on Tuesday, Aug. 20....
Program gets firearms off the street
Law enforcement agencies throughout Central Florida participated in the 'Guns 4 Kicks' event on Aug. 22, including the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Daytona police took 32 guns off the street during the event at the Dickerson Community Center at 308 Martin Luther Kin...
Sheriff's office employees of the quarter honored
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office has named its employees of the quarter. Sheriff Ben Johnson honored the five employees during a ceremony at the Deputy Stephen Saboda Training Center in Daytona Beach on Aug. 13. Deputy of the Quarter Lonnie Feaster patrols the county jurisdiction around Daytona Beach, Holly Hill and Ormond ...
Volunteers a crucial part of end-of-life care
Volunteers have played a crucial role in providing end-of-life care for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care since it began in 1978 as a pioneer organization in hospice. Their role not only continued when Medicare began covering the hospice, it became mandated. "When Medicare startied covering Hospice they mandated a...
Ridgecrest named rehabilitation "Center of Excellence"
Edward "Ward" Wilson was a little melancholy on his last day at Ridgecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in DeLand. "You're going home, that's the goal," Community Liaison Leanne Galliher encouraged. "Yeah, but I've made so many friends here," Mr. Wilson said. Replacement surgery on his right knee July 9 went well, but Mr. Wil...
Are you ready for some ... tailgating?
Tailgating is a time-honored tradition in the South. As the excitement about DeLand's very own college football team builds, plans are underway to drop those tailgates, tote those grills and fill up the coolers. The question is: How will the pregame Hatter hoedowns compare with swamp romps and Tally rallies? The DeLand City Commis...
Announce your event
Hometown News will once again publish the "In Season" special section on Sept. 27. "In Season" is a master calendar for special events in Volusia County that will take place between October and the end of April. It includes concerts, festivals, sporting events, theater performances, holiday events, art exhibits and others. Please send details of t...
Seymour ocean
A loggerhead sea turtle named Seymour makes his way back to the ocean with hundreds of happy onlookers during Turtle Day on the beach in Ponce Inlet on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Seymour was caught May 9 by a fisherman's hook and line off of the Sunglow Pier. The fisherman notified beach patrol officers who rescued the turtle...
Tax Millage rate increases in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The city announced its proposed 2013-14 budget to the public on Thursday, Aug. 22, citing the need for new equipment. Finance Director Althea Philord-Bradley said the city is proposing to increase the taxable property values by 3.21 percent. "This is directly related to the replacement...
Ormond Crossings takes another step to reality
Ormond Beach City Commissioners took the next step toward making Ormond Crossing a reality. Commissioners, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, approved on first reading the resolution to rezone 2,924 acres agriculture to a Planned Mixed Use Development for Tomoka Holdings LLC. Planning Director Ric Goss said the development ...
Deputies investigating suspicious death near Ormond Beach
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating the suspicious death of a 47-year-old man whose body was found inside a home near Ormond Beach early on Wednesday, Aug. 21. While an autopsy hasn't ruled yet on the cause of death, the Sheriff's Office's Major Case Unit has launched a homicide investigation as is customary in all suspicious dea...
Traffic notes
Two people die as result of wreck on South Nova Road Two people died as the result of a car and motorcycle collision on South Nova Road in Daytona Beach at about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. William E. Welch, 26, of Port Orange, was traveling north on his 2006 Honda motorcycle on Nova, near Ridgecrest Drive, when Bianca L. Dauro attempted ...
Politicians in NASCAR suits and other random thoughts
As a scribbler I wind up jotting down quite a few words and phrases I believe I may be able to use somewhere along the way as I make my feeble attempts to entertain you each week in this paper. Every once in a while I look through all of those pearls and realize it is time for a cleaning. Never being one to pass up an opportunity for a "free" col...

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