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Cities, volunteers work together to save animals, money
It is a story without end. Stray animals -- roaming dogs and feral cats -- are an overwhelming issue in cities all over the country. Resources are the key to making a dent in the population, but there is an even bigger force at work right here in Volusia County. Citizens, various city staff members and elected officials who have a...
Ladies leaping
Emily Palmer, 13, left, and Kimberly Nguyen, 11, both of DeLand, lead the Preps Dance Co. with leaps and bounds down Woodland Boulevard during the 85th Annual DeLand Jaycees parade on Saturday, Dec. 6....
Paranormal investigator signed books, talked gifts on Small Business Saturday
DeLand bookstore owner Cindy Raible was on a holiday inventory search when she came upon some "spirit-raising" books by Jacksonville author and cable television show guest Jamie Roush Pearce. Mrs. Pearce's books, Historic Haunts of Florida and Historic Haunts of the South, intrigued Ms. Raible who asked if the author would be will...
Bazaar shopping habits
Port Orange residents, from left, Helen Jones, Eileen Jacome, Carolyn Poe and Maggie Thompson do some holiday shopping during the second annual Holiday Bazaar in Bergengren Hall of Daytona State College on Thursday, Dec. 5. The event was hosted by the DSC Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges....
Chorale brings Eastern Europe to Ormond Beach
From Mozart, Strauss and Schubert to the Von Trapp family, Austria has contributed much to the world. It also contributed arguably one of the most popular and recognizable Christmas songs ever. Silent Night was first sung on Christmas Eve in 1818. For the past 20 years, the celebration of the Advent Season and...
Loraine Becker, from left, Amy Sandler, Anthony Breeze and Angel Taylor were among the 25 new Guardian Ad Litems sworn in recently by Seventh Circuit Court Judge Thomas Portuallo. The program now has enough volunteers to serve 72 percent of the children for which it is responsible. It still needs volunte...
Host families provide havens during times of crisis
Three days before Thanksgiving Shiloh Karshima spent 18 hours working with an expectant mother in crisis. Sadly that is not an unusual workday for Mrs. Karshima. She is the coordinator of Safe Families for Children with Bethany Christian Services of Florida, an organization that provides an array of services to families in crisis....
Little book worm
Sadie Pearson, 3, of New Smyrna Beach had to stand on her tippy-toes to look for books during the Jingle Bells Book Sale at the Port Orange Regional Library on Friday Nov. 6. The Friends of the Port Orange Library sponsored the book sale....
Rotary project brings enduring hope to Haiti
Bill Schneider, retired administrator of Bert Fish Medical Center, continues to push hard to help a New Smyrna Beach Rotary Club project in Haiti. Mr. Schneider is trying to acquire two trucks for the fish farm, which the club started in 1997. The project got a big boost in when he was able to recruit Dr. Valentin Abe, who was...
Sharing her list
McKylyna Davis, 5, of Daytona Beach tells Santa Claus she would like a Sophia the First doll for Christmas during a visit at Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach on Friday, Nov. 29. Santa Claus will be at the mall through Dec. 24....
True Gain spreads message through music
The ways to gain are many, depending on what is sought. Christian rock band True Gain members prefer to follow the words in Matthew 16:25-27 as they make their way through earthly endeavors. According to the Bible, King James Version: "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake sha...
A friend in need...
Julie Lamb, left, of Astor holds a kitten that she might adopt from Cherie Stockholm with Angels Have Whiskers during an adoption event in the parking lot of Tractor Supply Co. on Saturday, Nov. 30. More adoption events will be on Dec. 7 and 21 at Pet Supermarket on North Woodland Boulevard....
City wants YMCA expansion in phases
The Port Orange City Council did not approve funding a $1.3 million expansion of the YMCA from the city's loan pool at the Dec. 3 meeting. Instead the council agreed improvements to the facility should be made in a phased process beginning with refurbishments, financed by a replacement and renewal account fund...
Daytona Beach nabbing sporting events
When it comes to sports, Daytona Beach is mainly known for auto racing. It is home to both the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing and International Speedway Corp., and hosts the Super Bowl of auto racing with NASCAR's Daytona 500. But the city is now adding other sporting events. The National Assoc...
Shopping for Santa
Deputy Kim Woodard of Daytona Beach and retired Sgt. John Morgan of Deltona select toys for the 100 Deputies/100 Kids Christmas Party at the Port Orange Walmart on Friday, Dec. 6. This is the 20th year the Volusia County Sheriffs' Department has organized a holiday program for disadvantaged children....
Horsin' around
Joey Rock, 3, of Ormond Beach, gives a roar of excitement to West Volusia Saddle Club Treasurer Melanie Arbogast, who donated the horses for riding, and volunteer Matthew Shaffer of Orange City, as he returned from his pony ride during the JM Horse Rescue third annual Winterfest in DeLand on Sunday, Dec. 8....
ERAU graduating first Ph.D. students
When 393 students graduate from Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus this month, the university will reach a milestone -- eight of those students will be the university's first-ever Ph.D. graduates. Ranging in age from 26 to 57, five of the students earned a Ph.D. in aviation and three earned a Ph.D. in engineering physics. Bot...
Veterans honored with French medal
The Consulate General of France in Miami, Philippe Létrilliart, presented the Legion of Honor Medal to 10 area veterans at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Ormond Beach. It was the fifth medal ceremony in the Volusia/Flagler area. The honorees were Robert Anderson, John McGrory, Sidney Blair, Herman Melzer, James Carter, Raymon...
O, Christmas tree
Shirley Randall of Port Orange gets a look at some of the Christmas trees finely crafted by members of the New Smyrna Beach Garden Club at the club's annual Festival of Trees & Wreaths on Friday, Nov. 22....
Valuable instruction for putting up a Christmas tree
Being an old fashioned guy, I always insist on having a natural Christmas tree. When our kids were young, I always made a big deal out of trying to convince them I had gone to great lengths to get the perfect tree. My story included dragging a sleigh up to the top of a snow covered mountain and chopping the tree down with an ax. Of course, I alwa...
In the Dec. 6 article about Halifax Urban Ministries' turkey giveaway, Charlie Elliott was misidentified. Ms. Elliott is HUM operations manager....

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