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Art festival poster features local "art teachers-art makers"
That first glimpse of the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts poster is almost as exciting as the festival itself. Express Printing owner Bobbi Baugh has been on the board of directors for one of DeLand's biggest annual events for three years. One of her duties is to serve on the featured artist selection committee. Completely by coi...
New Smyrna K-9 officer receives civic recognition
The Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach honored the memory of Rotarian Wilfred J. Goodrich by recognizing K-9 Police Officer Bruce Holcomb with the Will Goodrich Service Above Self Award. Club President Tammy Owens officiated the ceremony, which took place at a luncheon meeting at the New Smyrna Yacht Club. Mr. Goodrich lived in the New Smyrna Beach ...
Kite runner
Gary Phillips of New Smyrna Beach releases the kite as his five-year-old granddaughter Rylee Roberts bolts across the sand during the New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival at the Flagler Avenue beach approach on Saturday, Nov. 16....
Commission approves Shoppes on Granada
The Ormond Beach City Commissioners Nov. 5 approved changing the land use for 14.53 acres at 1298 W. Granada Blvd. for The Shoppes on Granada. The owners of the property, which was annexed into the city in August, plan to develop a 34,000-square-foot shopping center on 4.64 acres of the property. The request w...
Magical moment
Barbara Perkins of Ormond Beach looks at one of the many Christmas trees on display during the ninth annual Festival of Trees at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach on Thursday, Nov.14. The festival is sponsored by the museum guild at MOAS....
Few remaining full-serve gasoline stations fill a need
Most drivers are fully capable of pumping their own gas, and there are plenty of self-service stations around for that reason. But all it takes is some change in life, an illness or injury or just age for instance, or a business call on the cell phone as you pull in for gas, to make a stop at a full-service gas st...
Sheriff's office employees of the quarter honored
Standard job descriptions are merely the starting point for the men and women of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office who earned the honor of being named Employees of the Third Quarter. Every one of them go far above and beyond what their jobs are supposed to entail, including a K-9 unit deputy well known for his commitment and...
Council approves Votran fare hike
Bus fares in Volusia County will increase in two phases. At its regular meeting Nov. 7, the Volusia County Council voted 5-1 to approve a fare hike for Votran passengers, but it won't take effect all at once. Starting Feb. 1, the one-way, full fare will be $1.50, a 25-cent increase. In February 2015, the fare will increase another...
Local hospital and car dealership enhance Red Ribbon Week at school
This year's Red Ribbon week at Spirit Elementary in Deltona was more memorable than usual. The community partnered with the elementary school to develop a week aimed at educating children about making good choices and preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence. Observed Oct. 23-31, Red Ribbon Week is a national...
A DeLand legend
Major Odbert Cornwell, who served in the Air Force during World War II, rides in the Veterans Day Parade on Woodland Boulevard with his bride of 69 years, June Cornwell, on Saturday, Nov. 9....
City Commission votes to buy trailer park
The Holly Hill City Commission plans to kick more residents out of mobile homes. The commission voted 3-1 Nov. 12 to give initial approval to buying a mobile home park at 224 and 246 Riverside Drive, across the street from the MG on the Halifax condo complex, for storm water drainage. Commissioner Elizabeth Albe...
Quilt brings community together and promotes New Smyrna's black history
A local artist and art teacher is using art to teach African-American history. Shyriaka Morris is leading the making of the "Freedom Quilt" at Pettis Park at the corner of Mary Avenue and Duss Street in New Smyrna Beach. The Black Heritage Museum is next to the park. The park also hosted the Black Heritage Fe...
Good old fashioned fun
Jerry Horton, an Ormond Beach Heritage Preservation Trust volunteer and historical re-enactor, teaches others how to play an old fashion game of "a ring on a stick" during Homeschool Day at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse on Thursday, Nov. 7. More than 150 children from all over came out for the once a year progr...
City slickers, country folks can mingle at Farm Tour
City slickers can see how the other half lives during Volusia County's 32nd annual Farm Tour on Friday, Nov. 22. Each year Volusia's agricultural enterprises open their doors to the public, and the hundreds who attend are not only are entertained, but also surprised by the many unusual agriculture operations in the county. This year's tour includ...
The Blue Crab holiday ornament is now on sale
WORC Inc.'s annual Treasures of the Sea Holiday ornament is now on sale. This year's Treasures of the Sea Holiday ornament is the Blue Crab and was designed by a local artist, Candone Wharton. In keeping with a 20-year tradition, the white porcelain ocean-themed ornaments are produced by people with disabilities in the WORC ce...
Time for tea
Having a spot of tea in period clothing are Mary Lundell, left, of Deltona and Daisy Raisler of Lake Helen during the Helen DeLand's Birthday Victorian Tea Party in Hopkins Hall on Saturday, Nov. 16....
Warrior in pink: Walking in the shoes of a breast cancer survivor
Wearing a pink skirt, matching top and white sneakers, Sophie Kirtley walks around Lake Jessica with about a dozen of her co-workers at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. The walkers are dedicated to taking healthy walk breaks during the day. But for Ms. Kirtley, staying healthy is a miss...
Votran paratransit operator named top driver
Votran paratransit bus operator Stewart Wood has been named the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged paratransit driver of the year. Mr. Wood was recognized during the awards banquet of the organization's 21st annual conference and expo held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and the Ocean Center. ...
Fleet pink feet
On Oct. 20, nearly 300 people laced-up their sneakers and participated in the Pink Feet 10K/5K Road Race hosted by Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and the Friends of DeBary Hall. The event raised nearly $4,000 to benefit the Friends of DeBary Hall's educational programs as well as the hospital's fund that helps pa...
City Council requires residency for top managers
The Port Orange City Council approved an ordinance effective Nov. 15 requiring all newly hired administrative officials to live within city limits. Administrative officials are defined as "the assistant city manager, community development director, parks and recreation director, administrative services directo...
Not just any old roof in a storm
It is no secret I like old things. Old cars, old fishing tackle, old boats and old trucks are only a skimming of the old things I like. Every now and again my fondness for old things tends to get me into trouble. One of the things in that category would be my love for the ancient roof on our little house in Ormond- by-the-Sea. I know at this poin...
Kite seeing
Andy Nash and his two-year-old son Casen of Texas didn't let the inclement weather spoil their day of kite flying during the New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival at the Flagler Avenue beach approach on Saturday, Nov. 16. Mr. Nash was in the area visiting relatives, Susan and Lyle Wilson of Oak Hill....

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