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Snapshot day -- a day in the life of Florida libraries
On Jan. 22, libraries across Florida asked patrons, "How does the library help you?" A dozen branches in Volusia County participated and will be submitting their statistics, which get added to the state's overall results. Everything from the number of visitors to the number of job seekers will be tallied. For Vol...
Florida Hospitals go red for women
Every year since 1900 (except for 1918), cardiovascular disease has caused more deaths in the U.S. than any other cause. The good news is that within the past 40 years, there has been a striking reduction in coronary heart disease deaths in men; the bad news is that reductions in women have lagged behind. Since 1984, more women than men have died...
DeLand commission gives final nod to senior housing complex
The DeLand Housing Authority is ready to build 81 senior apartments just south of downtown. The DeLand City Commission, at its Jan. 21 meeting, approved rezoning 9.18 acres at the southwest corner of Voorhis and Garfield avenues from multi-family to the Laurel Court Planned Development. The Housing Authority has already developed ...
Having fun
Rick Hutchinson of Port Orange spends a brisk morning with his two-year-old grandson Noah Hutchinson at the playground located at the City Center Sports Complex on Friday, Jan. 24....
Budding environmentalist
Volunteer Ashton Powers, right, of New Smyrna Beach teaches Ryan Schwartz, 10, how to create an oyster mat for shoreline restoration at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, Jan. 18....
DeBary Council designates brownfield area around SunRail station
Areas designated as brownfields elicit varying perceptions. At its Jan. 15 meeting, the DeBary City Council leaned toward the perspective of opportunity, voting 4-1 to designate the city's Transit Oriented Overlay District around the SunRail station a brownfield. Also included are the Springview Commerce and Benson Junction indust...
Manatee Cove celebrates literacy in lively fashion
Everyone at Manatee Cove Elementary School in Orange City got into character during Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Jan. 13-17. The student body spent 120,117 minutes reading, said school counselor Charlena Durrance. Celebrate Literacy Week is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteer...
Art appreciation
Jodi Shaw of New Smyrna Beach looks at the paintings of Pauline Fawcett of Englewood during the 38th Annual IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts at Riverside Park on Saturday Jan. 25. The festival was presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts....
New Smyrna developing 25-year vision for city
The City of New Smyrna Beach has begun a quest to develop a 25-year vision, and community members are needed to help to develop the plan. Dubbed "Charting our Course: NSB 2039," a key component of the initiative includes using public input as a rudder to steer the planning process. "The city stays quite busy dealing with proje...
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America moving to DIS
Two of the greatest names in racing soon will share the same address. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, motor racing's Cooperstown, announced it will move its operations and collection of historic racing machines and memorabilia from the Detroit area to the "World Center of Racing," Daytona International Speedway, by Ja...
Boot camp gets you in shape
If you are looking to get into shape, Boot Camp may be the just the right thing for you. A class is conducted three times a week at the basketball courts at Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach. "We invite everyone to come out and get in shape and get fit. We alternate days. I normally post on Facebook to work ar...
Commission supports scenic highway
In the second meeting of 2014, The Ormond Beach City Commission voted to create a resolution supporting the Halifax Heritage Byway. The commission designated portions of State Road A1A as well as North Beach Street from the southern city limit north to West Granada Boulevard as a Florida Scenic Highway. The pu...
Ready, aim, fire
Tyler Sarua, 5, of Holly Hill tries out a blow dart sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 448 of South Daytona during the 25th annual Native American Festival at The Casements in Ormond Beach on Saturday Jan. 25....
Council gives homeowners 'bill of rights'
Councilman Bob Ford began the Council Comments portion of the Port Orange City Council meeting Jan. 21 by saying, "The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result each time." Councilman Ford said he is "frustrated" community residents are "coming back e...
Historical societies, museums form countywide consortium
Those who preserve, protect and proudly promote their slice of the past are joining forces to help support the historical treasure trove that is Volusia County. Area museums, historical societies, cultural groups and non-profit organizations are pulling together to create a history consortium. Quarterly meetings are being hosted a...
Green thumb
The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club has selected the gardens of Helen Nelson as garden of the month for January. Ms. Nelson's gardens surrounding her home at 106 Ninth St. showcase many Florida native plants and trees....
Convocation honors judge's retirement
A Judicial Convocation to celebrate the retirement of Circuit Judge Hubert L. Grimes, the first African-American judge in Volusia County will be Friday, Jan. 31. Judge Grimes is retiring following a 25-year judicial career in the 7th Judicial Circuit. The Judicial Convocation is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bethune-Cookman Universi...
Women's Care moved into hospital
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center's Women's Care OB/GYN practice has moved into the hospital's fourth floor at 305 Memorial Medical Pkwy., Suite 400, Daytona Beach. "This relocation of the Women's Care OB/GYN office provides patients and their babies with more convenient access to the services available at our state-of-...

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