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Local sailors, residents do what they can to help in the Philippines
Paul Slavin and Melissa Jacalan Slavin of Port Orange planned their Nov. 22 trip to Cebu City in the Philippines well in advance of disaster. Mrs. Slavin's immediate family in Cebu was unharmed when one of the worst storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan, assaulted the region Nov. 8. But tragedy struck close. Her sister-in-law's uncle a...
Deltona Commission elects new vice mayor
DELTONA -- There is a new vice mayor in town. Commissioner Heidi Herzberg was elected to the position in a 7-0 vote by her fellow commissioners on Nov. 18. She said she's not sure how all of the other cities select vice mayors, but it is written in Deltona's charter that each November, following the date of the general election, a...
Edgewater restricts where sexual predators can live
EDGEWATER - The city is tightening restrictions on local registered sex offenders. In its Nov. 4 meeting, the City Council heard the first reading of an amendment that goes one step beyond the requirements of the state law concerning sexual predators and where they can live within the city limits. The new...
Shores, Publix iron out details of rebuild
The Daytona Beach Shores City Council approved a development agreement and a revised site plan for a new Publix to be built replacing the existing structure on South Atlantic Avenue. Both items were approved 4-0 at the Nov. 12 meeting. Publix's original site plan, submitted in June, contained several inconsist...
Fly like an eagle
Anthony Butler, 15, of the Warner Eagles flag football team makes a run through a sea of blue in a battle against the Cowboys during a game at Reed Canal Park on Saturday, Nov. 23. The teams are sponsored by the City of South Daytona....
Workshops shed light on Affordable Care Act plight
It's the elephant in the waiting room: the Affordable Care Act. For the past two months, Volusia County libraries and the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida have partnered to demystify and prune away obstacles on the path to the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Last month, more than 300 residents attended the workshops ...
Transitional haven helps lost veterans find their way home
War is hell. And for many who serve in the military the aftermath isn't exactly Nirvana. Haven Recovery Center is working to change that harsh reality for many veterans who struggle with addiction, resultant or triggered mental health issues and homelessness. "The Veterans Administration Transitional Housing unit helps homeless ve...
Annual Santa for seniors gift drive to bring holiday cheer
Imagine spending the holidays alone and isolated. That is the case for many Council on Aging clients who have no family near during the holiday season. To help these seniors have an enjoyable holiday, COA is again sponsoring the Santa for Seniors Gift Drive. This year's event will again be a partnership with Lohman Funeral Ho...
Rabies alert issued for West Volusia County
The Florida Department of Health has issued a rabies alert for the western region of Volusia County. This is in response to two raccoons and one feral cat that tested positive for rabies in the last two months. Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for hum...
Lake Helen opens doors for tours
Halls throughout Lake Helen are being decked for this year's stroll back in time. "Come join us as we relive a traditional turn of the century Christmas. The streets of Lake Helen will be bustling with the spirit of holidays past," the Lake Helen Tour of Homes and Churches flyer beckons. For 30 years, DeLand and Lake Helen have al...
Hospital employees volunteer at interfaith kitchen
Florida Hospital DeLand employees volunteered their time and served dinner to nearly 100 local people in need on Nov. 12 at the Interfaith Kitchen at First United Methodist Church, at 115 E. Howry Ave., DeLand. The Interfaith Kitchen feeds the homeless and struggling individuals and families in the area, and on this particular...
Picking air
Tyler Gladding, 5, of New Smyrna Beach was at Chuck Lennon Park in DeLeon Springs to pick air potatoes with Dr. Cindy Bennington of DeLand. Stetson University and Volusia County Environmental Management organized the effort to reduce the impact of invasive exotic plants growing in Florida on Saturday, Nov. 16....
Utilities company seeks to expand sewer service
A private utilities company wants to expand its territory in Ormond-by-the-Sea. North Peninsula Utilities Corp. applied to the Florida Public Service Commission, according to its president and owner Tyree F. Wilson Jr. "Basically North Peninsula Utilities is a waste water treatment plant that's run for the las...
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...
Volunteers bring comfort to Haven Hospice patients
Generous and talented citizens of Volusia and Flagler counties have been busy sewing and crocheting lap blankets for Haven Hospice patients. "People from Edgewater to Palm Coast and Daytona Beach to Bunnell have responded to the request for donations of handmade lap blanke...
Locally Thanksgiving means family, food and cars
I am proud to announce the Ormond Garage replica in the Birthplace Of Speed Park now houses both of the city's monument cars and will open to the public 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Randy Crabtree of Randy's Auto Body on U. S. 1 in Ormond Beach recently completed the restoration of the Winton Bullet and it...

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