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Mr. DHS: Fashion Plates' crowning achievement
DeLand High School seniors Kait Forsythe and Gabby Mejias have very full plates this year. Naturally each is thinking about college. Kait's sights are set on London College of Fashion where she'd like to combine her love of science with her passion for fashion by researching the sustainability of materials for environmental friend...
Author! Author!
Joan T. LaFleur, editor of "Our Story of Orange City," and local author Billie Jo Rachuba of "Current Mood," both of Orange City, share experiences at the second annual Deltona Author's Book Fair at Deltona Regional Library on Saturday, Sept. 28....
Beach Weeks seeks more visitors for New Smyrna Beach
The 13th annual Jazz Festival kicked off this fall season's Beach Weeks in New Smyrna Beach with a party at Traders Entertainment and Sports Pub on Flagler Ave. on Sept. 27. The Marc Monteson Quintet provided the live jazz music for the kick-off party. New Smyrna Beach Weeks is 10 weeks of family fun acti...
Jumpin' jellyfish
Emma Bowers, 4, works with her mother Kary while her brother, Connor, 8, of Deltona, floats his jellyfish creation at the Jumpin' Jellyfish program with Shari Smith at the Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona on Sunday, Sept. 29....
Carwashes scheduled to bring sailor home for the holidays
Megan Harvey, a student at Stetson University, had no idea how to organize a fundraiser. She only knew that her U.S. Marine boyfriend, Kyle Trenary, is coming home for Christmas and it looked as though his best friend, U.S. Navy Sailor Andrew Grosswald, would not ... once again. The two Pine Ridge High School graduates have not se...
Club donates quilt to Project Linus
Edgewater Public School 4-H Club members learned compassion as they worked on a quilt destined for Project Linus. "Each club member created a square to add to the quilt," said Jama Boden, Edgewater Public School 4-H Leader. The children worked on the quilt squares for several weeks during last school year...
Holly Hill needs better gear for hearing impaired at meetings
During public participation at the start of the Holly Hill Commission meeting Sept. 24, resident Curtis Miller approached the podium to let them know he couldn't hear what was being said. "The acoustics in this room are not that good," he said. "Where are your speakers and are they adequate?" Mr. Miller used a...
For center, all you need is love
The first thing you notice about Mary Thomas is she is always smiling. The same is true for her volunteers dressed in turquoise T-shirts. Ms. Thomas is the director of The Love Center, an outreach of Calvary Christian Church. "We are unique," Ms. Thomas said. "We are not a food pantry or a food bank. We are mo...
Ship admiration
Timothy Monahan, 9, of Port Orange examines the details of the German Battleship Bismark and the W.W.II Lexington Aircraft Carrier made by local resident Mike McGuirk during the Port Orange Ship Modeler Club's annual show at the Port Orange Regional Library on Saturday Sept. 28....
Silver Sands needs donations of tech devices
Giving school children an advantage in today's high-tech world has become an important part of the school curriculum. Silver Sands Middle School in Port Orange is no exception. "This year our school is one of Volusia County's pilot schools participating in the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program," said Assist...
Ponce Inlet teen competes for a crown and a cause
As Grace Smith, a Ponce Inlet 14-year-old, heads to Broward College in Davie the weekend of Oct. 5-6 to compete in the 2014 Miss Florida Teen USA pageant against 66 other title holders, she already has a long list of accomplishments behind her and ambitious goals ahead of her. By competing in the pageants, she sa...
YMCA wants children to be healthy and happy
Some adults might tell the children running and laughing at the Ormond Beach YMCA to settle down, but not Child Care Coordinator Diana Martin. Running around the gymnasium was exactly what she wanted the happy energetic children to be doing. The children are part of the YMCA SPARK Program, a national initiativ...
Lots of heart
Hundreds and hundreds of people from all over Volusia County came together to raise awareness of heart disease at the American Heart Association's Volusia/Flagler Heart Walk at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's ICI Center in Daytona Beach on Friday, Sept. 27....
Orange City and Lake Helen set final millage, budgets
Orange City and Lake Helen were the last West Volusia cities to finalize their 2013-14 millage rates and budgets. Orange City's City Council voted unanimously Sept. 24 to adopt a millage rate of 7.59 mills -- $7.59 per $1,000 of taxable value. The rate represents an ad valorem tax increase of 5.03 percent above the 7.2265 rolled-b...
Pink Heals Tours
Chris Ledger of Deltona watches with Rus Rafferty as Sabrina Rafferty of Port Orange signs well wishes to her aunt on a pink fire truck named after breast cancer victim Leslie Anne Hulse. It's one of a fleet of pink fire trucks of the Pink Heals Tour to support those affected by the disease and its stopped at the Delt...
Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities
The men and women of the Daytona Beach Fire Department are going pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They will wear pink uniform shirts to bring increased community awareness to the disease of breast cancer. Research says one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Each year, an estimated 220,000 wome...
Volusia County libraries celebrate Healthy Living Month
You don't have to run a marathon to be fit and healthy. Just hop, skip or jump on over to your public library and get started on the road to fitness. The Volusia County Public Library system will celebrate "Healthy Living Month at Your Library" with a series of free programs that offer health and wellness tips, Medicare advice, and information abo...
Interim chief given job full time
Long-time South Daytona resident and 24-year Police Department employee Ron Wright has been named Police Chief, effective Oct. 1. Chief Wright, 55, has been acting police chief since South Daytona Police Chief William C. Hall retired in January. As a veteran city employee, Chief Wright brings a depth of local knowledge and exp...
Vibrio vulnificus precautions for Flagler and Volusia Counties
The Florida Departments of Health in Flagler and Volusia counties are advising people to be careful in warm seawater to avoid coming in contact with Vibrio vulnificus. To date in 2013, 26 cases of Vibrio vulnificus have been reported in Florida, with nine deaths. There have been two cases in Volusia County. Vibrio vulnificus i...
On the block
Lady Falcons (No. 5) Andrea Tauai, left, helps to block as (No. 4) Rebecca Conrad of Daytona State College Volleyball team shows her excitement during a match against Palm Beach State at the Lemerand Center in Daytona Beach on Friday Sept. 27....
Senator Hukill files bill to protect students' biometric information
State Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill, R-Port Orange, has filed Senate Bill 188 that defines the use of biometric information and protects students' privacy rights. The bill provides parents with the right to consent or refuse to have their child biometrically scanned by a school. It also stipulates a student cannot be excluded from sc...
FUTURES awards Volusia Teachers 164 mini-grants totaling $63,000
FUTURES, Volusia County Schools' education foundation, on Sept.23 awarded 164 mini-grants to Volusia County School teachers. A total of $63,000 was awarded to teachers in amounts ranging from $150 to $1,000. Over the past 28 years of community support, FUTURES has funded 3,279 Mini-Grants for Volusia teachers, totaling $1.3 mi...
Surfin' U.S.A
Team RWB partnered with Ormond Beach Surfari Surf Shop to provide free surfing lessons to 20 local veterans. Instructors provided small group and one on one coaching Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Granada beach access. Team RWB Daytona is a local chapter with more than 225 members whose mission is to connect veterans to thei...
Looking into the great Internet disconnect
Because of the mass proliferation of computers people are now more connected than ever -- or are they? Social networking has taken the world by storm, allowing common people to constantly trade messages with each other as well as the rich and famous. Entertainers and sports stars maintain accounts just to be in touch with their fans. From childre...
Lady Falcon (No. 9) Kiara Colson of Daytona State College Volleyball team returns the ball during a match against Palm Beach State at the Lemerand Center in Daytona Beach on Friday Sept. 27. For more information, visit www.daytonastate.edu....
UCP/WORC is now WORC Inc.
As of Oct. 1, the UCP/WORC will officially disaffiliate from United Cerebral Palsy and have a corporate name change to Work Orientation Rehabilitation Center Inc. "We were honored to be a part of such a great affiliation, but there was too much confusion in the community about what type of disability services and programs we o...
Trade secrets
Youngest author at the second annual Deltona Author's Book Fair, Alexa Cutino, 5, left, of Deltona signs a copy of the book she wrote when she was 3, "The Baby Chick and the Bee," for Heidi Mullaney of Deltona with Brianna Brandt, 10, of DeLand at the Deltona Regional Library on Saturday, Sept. 28....
Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley-Davidson hosts 19th Boggy Creek ride
Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley-Davidson will host the 19th Annual Bruce Rossmeyer Ride for Children on Sunday, Oct. 6. The ride will proceed to Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis. Actor Steve Buscemi will serve as the grand marshal. There will be silent and live auctions, music and a free lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse. The fu...

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