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Bear brouhaha continues
Mike Orlando, a Florida Wildlife Commission bear biologist, made an impression last year when he took his can before the DeBary City Council -- his bear-proof garbage can, that is. He returned to Debary Nov. 7 to talk to residents about bear behaviors and a program FWC is implementing with the City of DeBary and Waste Pro, the cit...
New Smyrna War Museum in old caboose restored
Veteran Kenneth Terry, along with help from his brother, Jim, and a few friends, succeeded in restoring an old war museum to its former glory in time for Veteran's Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The museum was on display at the VFW post 3282 in New Smyrna Beach Sunday and Monday for a Veteran's Day ceremony to ho...
Horse trainer brings lessons to students at Farm Day
Sean Patrick has a bachelor's degree in economics, but he wasn't giving financial lessons to pre-k and kindergarten students at St. Barnabas Episcopal School on Farm Day, Nov. 8. He explained why horses don't have to brush their teeth, how they get their "toenails" trimmed and that they get new shoes every five to six weeks. That ...
Dog owners bark at loss of dogpark
Tucked away on Alabama Avenue in Holly Hill a well-used dog park has become a bone of contention. The Riviera Oaks Dog Park attracts dog lovers from all sections of Volusia County and was a deciding factor for some when buying a home. Debbie Wallace of Port Orange takes her dog Skye to play in the shaded park at...
Honoring a vet
Jaketta Walton, left, of Daytona State College pins a yellow ribbon on World War II veteran Leo DiBernardinis of Holly Hill as Rose Ellen Biggers, also a World War II veteran, looks on during Veterans Day at DSC's ECHO Plaza in Daytona Beach on Monday, Nov. 11....
Chickens singing 'take me to the pilot'
The Port Orange City Council declined to take action on permitting residential urban (backyard) chickens. After hearing research done by city staff, the council will wait until results are available from an Orlando pilot program in six months before revisiting the issue. During the Nov. 5, City Council meeting...
No show jurors get called before judge
If American history is not your favorite subject, you might want to respond to a jury summons. The Hon. Robert K. Rouse Jr. of the Seventh Judicial Court gave a rather lengthy dissertation on the U.S. Constitution and it's inclusion, the Bill of Rights, Oct. 31 in front of nearly 40 Volusia County citizens who failed to show up fo...
Health department starts prescription assistance program
Janet Mines, the manager of U.S. Rep. John Mica's Deltona office, was on the phone providing information to DeLand Lions Club President Wendy Wilson recently when a woman came into the office. The woman, a diabetic, was in a dire situation -- unable to afford insulin, the life-sustaining drug for diabetics. She'd searched down oth...
Healthy return
Students in the Marine Discovery Center's Coastal Module of the Florida Master Naturalist Program recently got to assist with the release of a sub-adult Loggerhead sea turtle. The Marine Discovery Center paired with the Marine Science Center to release the turtle during the students' field trip to Canavera...
Two retained, one ousted in DeBary, Lake Helen elections
DeBary Vice Mayor Chris Carson will stay and Councilman Nick Koval will go. Only two Volusia cities had seats open on Election Day, Nov. 5 -- DeBary and Lake Helen. Incumbent Vice Mayor Carson retained Seat 1 with 50.77 percent of the tally -- 763 votes -- over challenger Dawn Pizzo, who came in at 49.20 percent with 740 votes. Ne...
John Knox Village of Central Florida is expanding their full-service senior living community and donated the contents of three houses to Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers from Stetson University's chapter of Youth United removed donated items from the residences for resale at the Southwe...
Lieutenant's bike skills win sheriff's office a new ride
Volusia County Sheriff's Lieutenant Eric Westfall took the top honors in the individual riding competition during Harley-Davidson's nationwide Police Skills and Training Competition in Milwaukee. The top spot not only earned Lt. Westfall some serious bragging rights, it also came with a very useful and valuable prize -- a 2014...
Cities settle water and sewer service charges
The Port Orange City Council accepted a settlement offer of $454,401 from Daytona Beach Shores, about half of what is owed for 43 months of undercharged water and sewer services. The settlement did not include a previous condition that Port Orange reinvest the funds in "water system improvements within the Cit...
Job fair filled with optimism, hope and uncertainty
Many hopeful of finding employment flocked to Volusia Mall for the Daytona Job Fair on Nov. 7. The event was near the Food Court from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and was sponsored by the city of Daytona Beach. The latest unemployment rates are 7.2 percent nationally, 7.0 percent in Florida and 7.1 percent in Volusia Cou...
A heroes' salute
Bruce Hall, a Port Orange resident, Florida State Commander of the East Central Florida POW and a World War II veteran, salutes during the presentation of colors for Veterans Day at Daytona State College's ECHO Plaza in Daytona Beach on Monday, Nov. 11....
New downtown business showcases skateboards and art
There is a new place in town to get skateboards and art. The Shop on Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach has only been open for two months. The place sells mainly skateboards and has a 1,000-square-foot gallery, which showcases art for sale from 50 different local artists. "We came up with the concept of d...
A smooth ride on Midnight Lace
As you may know I rarely board a boat without the appropriate fishing tackle, but a while back I received an invitation that called for just that. Rick Tinsley of The Daytona Maritime Museum called to ask if I would be a part of the shakedown cruise of the museum's new yacht, Sheer Lace. I had stopped by the museum a few weeks earlier just after ...

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