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Music resource coming to Midtown Daytona Beach
For all those rappers, singers, rock groups, bands and other musicians looking to record their music, there is a new opportunity for you. The Midtown Recording Studio will soon open. It is housed in the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center at 925 George W Engram Blvd. in Daytona Beach. The studio will be a...
DeLand defends its seal
Former DeLand Mayor Wiley Nash would have opinions about the recent opposition to the city seal, but they would not be printable, his son Steve Nash said. The 131-year-old insignia was minding its own business when Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) decided its design violates the C...
Books with friends
Roberta Johnson of DeLand, a member of Friends of Deleon Springs, gives out free books to Briana Avilez, 2; Lesly Berriozable, 4; and David Berr, 3, at the Read Among the Trees event that welcomed author Lucy Beebe Tibias to read and sign her books at DeLeon Springs State Park....
Truly golden
Emily Cloudman, 7, of DeLand, attends her second dog show with her Golden Retriever "True," which competed in the Golden Retriever Best of Breed at the West Volusia Kennel Club Dog Show at the Volusia Fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 22....
Two compete for city commission seat
In Lake Helen, two candidates will vie for a seat on the City Commission. Mayor Buddy Snowden and Commissioner Rick Basso, Zone 3, were re-elected without opposition. Incumbent Ann Robbins is nearing completion of her third, two-year term and will face Gary Tallacksen for the Zone 1 seat Nov. 5. Mrs. Robbi...
Chance of dunking
Tony Mainolfi, WESH-TV chief meteorologist, is dunked by his daughter at the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary charity event for Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation at DeLeon Springs on Saturday, Sept. 21....
Owen, 6, left, Ian, 9, and Connor York, 4, of DeLand ran the Victoria Park/YMCA Kids Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 21....
DeLand restaurateur says there's no place like home
The old house on Woodland Boulevard seems to return a viewer's gaze. Like many of its kind, it has a personality. Welcoming, protective even, it is a vault of memories and a caretaker of time. How many homecoming parades have marched by? Years have turned kids into grandparents. The surrounding neighborhood eroded, almost to obscu...
Moving right along
Brad Drexler of DeLand demonstrates how to climb up on this old-style bicycle during the Cars of the World show in Downtown DeLand on Saturday, Sept. 21....
Students Reach-Out will host fundraiser for "holiday helpings"
Fast approaching is the time of year when people start to think about putting more food on the table than usual. Calendars aren't mandatory to announce October's arrival. The Publix parking lot is the best barometer. But too many families don't have the luxury of stocking up for the holidays. Sustenance is a daily worry, more so t...
A fair trade
Joan Orr Best, right, accepts a donation from Adrian Scott, 3, of New Smyrna Beach as his parents Zita and Albert Scott look on during the New Smyrna Beach Lions Club annual Candy Day Fundraiser in front of the Regional Center's Publix Supermarket, Friday, Sept. 20....
Ormond Beach residents may start crying for 'my mimosa'
Tired of seeing customers leave for Daytona Beach, restaurant owners in Ormond Beach want an end to the city's blue law that prohibits alcohol sales before noon on Sunday. Commissioner Troy Kent introduced the concern Sept. 17 of some of his constituents who own restaurants as well calls from other citizens ab...
Strum majors
Holly Hill resident Brandon Wilson performs with the band Rebel Sol during the second annual Family Party at the World Famous Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach on Saturday, Sept. 21. Proceeds went to Team Joseph and Connie who will participate in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Port Orange on Nov. 16....
Woman's love of boats leads her to become one of few area female boat captains
On a sunny Sunday morning, Rachael Reynolds is busy in her kitchen brewing a cup of green tea. The only indication that this is an unusual venue might be the waves gently lapping at her boat, a 40-foot Jersey sport fish named Lady's Choice, docked at Adventure Yacht Harbor in Wilbur-by-the-Sea. A native New Englan...
A clean hike
Cameron Wells, 7, of Cub Scout Troop 475 in Port Orange pulls along the trash he's collected near Riverside Pavilion with the help of his sister, Adrianna Vitale, 4, and grandmother, Bonnie Munger, during the 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup & 25th annual Halifax/Indian River Cleanup Saturday on Sept. 21....
Organizations team up for disaster readiness
Local agencies are teaming up to better prepare the community for disasters. The Volusia Community Organizations Active in Disaster is a collaboration of groups and volunteers who plan to provide help during hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters. "We organize volunteers and resources from our community th...
Happy helper
Patty Hill of Ponce Inlet volunteered to paint the Hansel & Gretel candy cottage at the James Street Community Center in South Daytona on Tuesday Sept. 17. Much of the Enchanted Forest at Reed Canal Park was destroyed by high winds of Tropical Storm Sandy in October 2012. The City of South Daytona partnered with the...
Celebrating the centennial of the Rockefeller mansion
Throughout Volusia County, local historical societies work to preserve the rich and varied history of our area. One of the main goals is to identify and protect historical buildings. Back in 1972, one of the most significant dwellings in the state was nearly lost to demolition when a group of Ormond Beach citizens went to work to save it. The Cas...
Deltona family is hooked on "ponics"
The words in Genesis 1:29 compelled Deltona residents Susan and Mark Kastner to start a home-based business they use as a ministry to help families improve their health. The couple's daughter Shannen, 10, had an unusual number of ear infections, bouts of bronchitis and other maladies including ADHD symptoms. Mr. and Mrs. Kastner a...
Off to a good start
Participants take off during the start of the South Daytona 5K at James Street Park on Saturday, Sept. 21. Proceeds from the race went to Atlantic High School's Students Together for Autism Recognition Club....
Cities lock in higher tax rates, larger budgets
The municipal Ticonderogas and calculators can rest, at least for a few months. Budgets are balanced and fiscal year 2013-14 millage rates are finalized in three West Volusia cities. Final public hearings were conducted at the regular commission meetings in DeLand and Deltona Sept. 16. The Truth in Millage, or TRIM, Bill requires ...
Cleaning council
Ed and Debbie Kramer of Port Orange volunteered to clean up the banks of the Halifax River during the 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup & 25th annual Halifax/Indian River Cleanup Saturday on Sept. 21. The two are members of the Knights of Columbus Council 8086 in Port Orange....
Driving donations
Danielle Cassie, right, of Mullinax Ford in New Smyrna Beach hands over the keys to a 2013 Mustang to Lori Sandman of Port Orange during the "Drive 4 UR School" at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange on Saturday, Sept. 21. Mullinax donated $20 for every person who test-drove a new Ford vehicle....

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