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Manatee Festival promises usual fun, food and funding
Organizers of the Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival are not prone to complacency. That could be why, despite a persistently-lagging economy, the annual event just grows and grows. The 2014 Manatee Fest will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26 at Valentine Park in Orange City. Entertainment will include Bubba Whoopass Wilson...
Area band keeps 'Rolling On'
A passerby outside of Charlie Poplees' Port Orange townhouse in the evening might recognize the familiar strains of "Someday Soon" wafting from within as an eclectic group of musicians in the Rolling On Band practice. They perform songs from their wide repertoire of music, from classic rock and folk to country and...
Art's impact on society
Native American historian and Park Programs Development Specialist Charlene Johnson, left, tells Kairi Kemp, 6, and Elizabeth Kemp, 9, of Winter Springs, who were visiting their grandparents in Deltona, that artwork is a strong indicator of a successful society as shown on this Calusa reproduction piece at the DeLeon ...
Local artist debuts with sea wall mural in Oak Hill
Residents of Oak Hill recently discovered a young artist when they set out to paint the seawall in their back yard. "When I suggested that we should paint the seawall, I was going in the direction of white paint on the brick wall," Renee Tatum said. "However, my husband had a different idea." David Mil...
Old Spanish Sugar Mill attracting visitors for more than 50 years
At one point during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, there was a three-hour wait to get into The Old Spanish Sugar Mill at DeLeon Springs State Park. With people visiting from all over the world, it's not surprising. "They wait that long to cook their own food?" might ask the uninitiated. "Absolutely" will say anyone...
Out of the woods
John Henderson of Port Orange carves a piece of wood with his finished pieces up front during the Wood Carvers Show at the Port Orange Adult Center on Saturday, Jan. 18. The show was sponsored by the Friends Carving Club of Port Orange....
Learn a new art-form at The Artist's Workshop
Already known for being a focal point among artists around the country, New Smyrna Beach will be no different this year if you consider all the activities offered by The Artist's Workshop Inc., the city and other local galleries, such as The Hub. The Artist's Workshop, at its Jan. 8 members meeting,...
Keeping the dream
Ima Jackson of Daytona Beach holds a sign and helps to carry a banner as she walks with others along George W. Engram Boulevard during the Martin Luther King Day "A March for Justice" from Allen Chapel AME Church to Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Daytona Beach on Monday, Jan. 20....
Orange City hears from angry Country Village residents
Residents of Country Village in Orange City continue to fume over their significantly higher -- as of July -- water and sewer bills. At its regular meeting Jan. 14, residents vented some more to the City Council. Barbara Martin Culet reminded council members that though the room was filled with disgruntled Country Village resident...
City still seeking resolution to flooding problems
The Holly Hill City Commission is back to square one as it searches for solutions to flooding issues along Riverside Drive. If the Jan. 15 meeting was any indication the commission won't easily reach a consensus. Mike Hale, an engineer with Traffic Engineering, presented a PowerPoint of the flooding history of...
Plunderhosen
Garnet Ninke, left, and Reen Desmond of Minnesota, who were visiting Ted Marsolek of Orange City, are enchanted by the first stop they made at A Day in Florida History, looking at "plunderhosen" period dress with Brian Smith of Winter Springs on Saturday, Jan. 11....
Scholarship group honors distinguished graduates
New Smyrna Beach Community and Alumni Providing Scholarships (NSBCAPS) eighth annual Cuda Achievers Awards ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, in the auditorium of New Smyrna Beach High School, 1015 Tenth St., in New Smyrna Beach. Six accomplished New Smyrna Beach High School graduates will be recognized. This e...
Young kart racers abundant in Volusia County
If you are a racing fan, you recognize names like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart. But do you know Dillen Brown, Chase Stewart or even Chase Symons? Probably not -- at least not yet. They all have one thing in common. They all started their racing careers in go-karts. The diff...
'Bearly' there
Wayne Monroe of Port Orange shows off some of the miniature Teddy Bears he has carved during the Wood Carvers Show at the Port Orange Adult Center on Saturday, Jan. 18. The show was sponsored by the Friends Carving Club of Port Orange....
Florida Department of Health announces new, county-level healthiest weight snapshots
The Florida Department of Health has rolled out a new resource providing the first comprehensive profile regarding healthiest weight for each Florida county. The County-Level Healthiest Weight Snapshots tool is a part of the Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set and features information designed to assist families, hea...
Foundation will honor 'checkered flag' chairman
David A. Freer has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Herbert M. Davidson Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service by the Community Foundation of Volusia & Flagler. Mr. Freer has a distinguished record as the Charter Chairman of Daytona International Speedway's "Checkered Flag Committee" when it was established...
Time to stretch
Cat Fanciers' Association judge Iris Zinck checks the feline agility in one of the cats being judged during the Cat Club of the Palm Beaches second annual CFA Cat Show at the Nova Recreation Center in Ormond Beach on Saturday, Jan. 18....

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