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FDOT begins SunRail train testing
It's never a good idea to tarry in close proximity to railroad tracks, but the Florida Department of Transportation is advising the use of even more caution than usual as it begins to test some new vehicles. "With SunRail service just around the corner, you'll be seeing a lot more of our sleek new SunRail trains running the rails ...
Court helps veterans
A new program designed to assist veterans with the legal process has begun in Volusia County. Veterans Court is a specialty court for veterans that may benefit from some social services and treatment options available through the Veterans Justice Outreach division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. C...
Bear necessities
Merritt Powell, 2, of DeLand waits, surrounded by teddy bears, for her picture to be taken during the 20th Annual Teddy Bear Brunch at the Museum of Art-DeLand, hosted by the Museum Guild on Saturday, Dec. 14....
Hospital reopens progressive care unit
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has reopened Dec. 2 a 15-bed unit called 1 North, as it is on the north half of the first floor. The unit will be a Progressive Care Unit, which cares for patients that are less critical than Intensive Care Unit patients, but still require more care than provided on regular nursing floors. Previo...
State Rep. David Santiago joins students for "Hour of Code"
Computer apps prevailed over pre-lunch appetites and zero eyelids drooped to the lull of a monotonous voice explaining microorganisms via film projector on Dec. 12 at Deltona Middle School. This is, after all, 2013. All eyes were riveted on the Microsoft products displayed at the front of the classroom and at least one student was...
No tears for this clown
When Debbie Callahan is not busy selling real estate at Adams Cameron & Co., Realtors, of Daytona Beach she is coaxing smiles from seriously ill children and many adults, too, as "Trouble the Clown." It all began 23 years ago when she was reluctant to visit a terminally ill friend in the hospital, so she chose to ...
Auto dealers migrating to State Road 44
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Just a few days before Thanksgiving Day, Mullinax Ford opened its doors at its new facility on State Road 44 to the public. "We had a good holiday weekend," General Sales Manager Darryl Anderson said, "and it has only been better since." Construction on the building started earlier thi...
New Smyrna Beach examines options for AOB site
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The City Commission is facing a decision about the old Administrative Office Building site at 160 North Causeway. Earlier this year the commission voted to sell the land and opened it up to offers for development. There were four responses to the call for bids. Of those four, one withd...
Parade wave
Elianna L'Hommedieu, 3, of Edgewater and her mother, Crystal, wave to the crowds gathered along Indian River Boulevard during the annual Edgewater Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14. They were riding on the Lori Hill's Home Childcare float....
Commissioners approve airport service, annexation
The Ormond Beach City Commission Dec. 3 approved Hangar Seven Aviation as a fixed-base operator at the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport. Hangar Seven will provide the sale of aviation fuel, petroleum products and ramp services. Hangar Seven, owned by Kenneth Creed, bought the existing operation of GPS Aerial, wh...
Developer withdraws multi-family development plan
After much debate, the Port Orange City Council did not have to vote on an amendment changing a 13-acre property near Cypress Head from commercial to urban-high density residential, which would allow construction of 8 to 16 residential units per acre. The amendment was withdrawn by the property's owner when re...
Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties Christmas for A Cause
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties 13th Annual Christmas Celebration was Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the John H. Dickerson Center, the organization's newest club location in Daytona Beach. The event brings the eight clubs together to celebrate the season and, for the past two years, collect items for the military. W...
Embassy of Hope sets food distribution
Vince Carter's Embassy of Hope Foundation, in partnership with Publix Supermarkets, will distribute bunches of greens, boxes of food and warm Christmas wishes for 100 families Friday, Dec. 20. The foundation's 15th annual holiday food basket distribution for previously identified families in front of the Vince Carter Athletic Center at Mainland H...
Divine duet
Janessa Touchet, left, performs with Cervilio Amador during the Civic Ballet of Volusia County's 32nd annual rendition of The Nutcracker at Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Dec. 14....
Council temp residents get holiday feast
The Daytona Beach Fire Department conducts several community education programs, reaching out to the community to educate people in all types of environments regarding fire safety. Recently, though, Lt. Larry Stoney, Community Education Officer, wanted to reach out to the community in a different way. Coordinating with Theresa...
A long history of thoughtful gifting in the Smith family
Here we are again at the Christmas gift giving season. I love the holidays, but am a notoriously poor gifter. To make matters worse my wife Lana's birthday is on Dec. 29. At this time of year that places me squarely in gift-giving purgatory. No matter how I try I am seldom able to come up with a suitable present, but in my own defense Lana has ma...

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