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Hontoon Island knows how to make friends
Somewhere around 120 meals were served at the Friends of Hontoon Island semi-annual fundraiser at the state park Oct. 19. That's a lot of ferry rides across the St. Johns River. Park manager Mike Hayes said the cookouts for cash started 2-1/2 years ago after a board-of-directors changeover brought some new ideas for the park to th...
From the sands of Daytona to the shores of Europe
Audrey Sewell sits in her comfortable Countryside Lakes apartment in Port Orange and taps a stack of photographs on her lap, saying, "I'll tell you, this is lots of memories." That's an understatement for sure. Mrs. Sewell, an energetic 92-year-old, served overseas during World War II, earning two battle stars and...
Artist in training
Katherine Barrow, 2, of Daytona Beach, works on her masterpiece in the Little Van Gogh art tent during the 51st annual Halifax Art Festival in Downtown Daytona Beach on Saturday, Nov. 2. Proceeds from Little Van Gogh benefit the Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum in Daytona Beach....
Ballet troupe traveling to China
"Go West Young Man" has turned into "Come East Young Women" as 18 youth dancers from Ormond Beach will board a plane next week headed for Shanghai, China at the invitation of the International Arts Festival. They are members of Ormond Beach's European School of Performing Arts and the Civic Ballet of Volusia C...
First place
Alex Mocknatch, 66, of Daytona Beach competes in the discus during the 2013 Ormond Beach Senior Games at Seabreeze High School on Saturday, Nov. 2. Mr. Mocknatch placed first with a distance of 111 feet and placed first in shot put with a distance of 31 feet, which qualifies him for the Florida International Senior...
'Walk' sheds light on Ormond Airport Business Park
The Ormond Beach Airport Business Park is a "green development," said the City's Economic Development Director, Joe Mannarino, during a two-mile "Walk with the Manager" Tuesday, Oct. 29 as part of a monthly series with City Manager, Joyce Shanahan. More than 30 businesses operate within the lush environment of th...
Taking his shot
Olivia Fidler, 8, right, of Edgewater looks on as Colin Stahon, 5, of Port Orange plays one of the many games during the Silver Sands Bridle Club's annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 25....
Deltona prepares to turn on the faucets
The Deltona Eastern Water Reclamation facility will have plenty of landscape buffering and may provide a stream of revenue for the city. Representatives from Quentin L. Hampton Associates of Port Orange and Pensacola-based Baskerville-Donavan as well as several members of the Deltona City Commission and city staff discussed the de...
Nothing but smiles
Officer Jennifer Fike of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department shares a smile with Aiana Evans, 6, left, and Mya Coates, 5, during the inaugural Community Yard Sale at the New Smyrna Beach Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, Nov. 2. Proceeds from the event go to helping the children at the club....
King of this castle
Sand sculpture artist Rich Varano of New Smyrna Beach creates a castle during the Sand Art Festival and Competition at the Flagler Avenue beach approach and boardwalk in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, Oct. 26. Mr. Varano is a professional who travels the world creating his masterpieces....
City raising utility deposit rates
The South Daytona City Council approved raising the security deposits for water and sewer utilities by more than 50 percent for residential property owners. The move comes in an effort to reduce the city's nearly $45,000 annual write off for non-payment of services. Approved at the Oct. 22 council meeting, the...
Taking flight
Jesse DeBloom, 10, of South Daytona was dressed as "Dusty the Crop Duster" from the Disney movie "Planes" during the Light the Night Halloween event at South Daytona Christian Church and First Baptist Church of South Daytona on Thursday, Oct. 31. Jesse and her father, Mike DeBloom, spent more than 10 hours creating ...
History comes alive
Historical re-enactor and educator Mary Fears of Daytona Beach shares stories of the contributions blacks made in the Civil War during a presentation at the Port Orange Regional Library on Friday, Nov.1. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Port Orange Library....
Covidien plant celebrates 50 years in Volusia
DeLand's largest manufacturing employer recently celebrated 50 years in Volusia County with current and former workers and community leaders. With a half-century of operation, some of the plant's workers have followed in the steps of their parents or even grandparents. About 1,000 people, including U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Po...
Law enforcement promotes gang awareness to local governments
Yes, there are gangs in Volusia County and they are an issue. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office did a presentation at the Volusia Organizations of Governments meeting on Oct. 28. VCOG is an organization of all the municipalities within the county as well as the County Council and School Board. The goal of t...
The winner is...
Haskel Cate, 2, of Daytona Beach, won second place for her costume during the Light the Night Halloween event at South Daytona Christian Church and First Baptist Church of South Daytona on Thursday, Oct. 31. Several thousand people come out to attend the safe alternative to Halloween....
Let the games begin
USA 1972 Archery Gold Medallist John Williams of Port Orange presented the torch with chairman Gus Sotir during the Ormond Beach Senior Games Kick-Off Celebration at the Ormond Beach Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 25....
A celebration in Celebration
In anticipation of the arrival of our first grandson, my wife Lana and I were in the "starting blocks" for what seemed like weeks. When our son, Landan, finally called to say he and his wife, Sarah, were heading for the hospital, it was a relief to be able to fire up the old motor home for the trip over to Celebration. If you are not familiar wit...

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