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County's eco-buggy tours entertain and educate
If you wanted togetherness on Valentine's Day, all you had to do was show up at Clark Bay Conservation Area on Old Daytona Road in DeLand at 10 a.m. The South's answer to a horse and buggy ride through Central Park, the adventure involved a slightly less romantic Volusia County truck and a canopied trailer with seats for the nearl...
Swim team's practice site is on the edge.
A group of people in Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach are struggling to keep a small, privately owned community swimming pool open so the high school swim team has a place to practice and host swim meets this year. Chris Narbeth, board member of Aqua Park Swim and Rehabilitation Center at 600 Eaton Road ...
Orlando Magic leader speaks success at St. Barnabas
NBA team senior vice presidents who've raised 19 children and written more than 85 books are not prone to mince words or beat around bushes. Pat Williams of the Orlando Magic got right to the point Feb. 20 in a gymnasium filled with students, parents, faculty, city officials and other community members at St. Barnabas Episcopal Sc...
War on weeds
Helena, 10, of Deltona and Loren, 8, of Lake Helen gather "air potatoes," one of nine species of invasive plants that were being cleared from the Lake Helen Equestrian Center on Saturday, Feb. 22. The clean up helps the center stay in compliance with the Florida Communities Trust Greenways grant initiative....
Area becoming hotbed of holistic medicine
"This area is becoming a hotbed for Holistic and Alternative Medicine," Loretta Arthur said. Ms. Arthur is the owner of International Health and Healing and the Daytona International Building, 211 E. International Speedway Blvd. She is a trained yoga instructor, Shaman, Reiki and healing touch practitioner. Ho...
Hands in the air
Aryanna Lopez, 7, of Daytona Beach, smiles proudly as she is raised into the air by eight-year-olds Amariya Lopez, left, and Shannah Thomas, right, during a community Cheerleading Camp at Daytona Xtreme Allstars in South Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 22. Bethune-Cookman University sponsored the camp and the girls perfor...
Storytellers share lessons of lore and more
As long as there are people stories will be told. Once upon a time, at a recent weekly Sandcastle Storytellers gathering at the Boston Coffeehouse in DeLand, the group was large and the tales varied. Tall tales, short tales, horse tails, fish tales, kiss and tell tales and more amused, touched and thoroughly entertained receptive ...
Going home
Turtle rehabilitation specialists Irene Gaz, left, and Allie Bernstein of the Marine Science Center, carry Monroe, a 74-pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle that was released back into the ocean near the Beach Street approach in Ponce In let on Thursday, Feb. 20. Monroe was found near Lighthouse Point Park beach in ...
Army veteran gets free car
When Robert Wagner, an Army marksman from 1988 to 1995, was discharged from the military his job skills as a marksman didn't translate to a civilian position. Throughout the next few years, this single parent and his son Steven (now 22) moved from job to temporary job, often jobless, sometimes homeless. Two we...
Senior cardiologist demystifies matters of the heart
Senior Cardiologist Dr. David Williams of Florida Healthcare in Ormond Beach reaches into his bookshelf, plucks out two devices and drops one in each hand. "This is the earliest pacemaker," said Dr. Williams of the device that is the size of a yo-yo and weighs three times as much. "All it does is fire 70 beats a ...
Pink fire truck dedicated in memory of cancer victim
The New Smyrna Beach Fire and Rescue Department recently dedicated its pink fire engine in memory of Paul Winkler. The dedication was held at Fire Station 51, 151 Williams Road, New Smyrna Beach. "The purpose of this pink truck is to build cancer awareness among the community as crews respond to calls," New Smyrna Beach Fire C...
Serving the greater good
The Kiwanis Club of DeLand has named its annual "Champion of Youth." Those chosen were Sheila Rees who is a leader in the FUTURE's Take Stock in Children Program and Willie Williams who serves as the Principal of Blue Lake Elementary School in DeLand where is he greatly involved in activities with the stude...
Ormond commission allows private utility firm to expand
The Ormond Beach City Commission has agreed to allow the North Peninsula Utilities Corp. to expand its operations. The request had been opposed by the commission and the state Public Service Commission. However, the issues were resolved in previous meetings of the city, utilities commission and Volusia County ...
Town Council sets improvement goals
The Ponce Inlet Town Council has approved the town's goals for 2014 and 2015. Chief among them are keeping residents' taxes at a reasonable level, completing several land use development code priorities, more clearly defining the parks and recreation policy, and considering implementation of a parking study. T...
Local doctor shares experiences from deadly disaster in Philippines
Dr. Rod Mateo will be the keynote speaker at the Medical Reserve Corps meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach. Dr. Mateo will share his experience of being a member of the Volusia County Medical Reserve Corps, being deployed to the...
Contest winners
Two New Smyrna Beach High School seniors are the winners of a contest to design posters for the 2014 New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest. Marshall Hughes, left, and Brianna Winton were among about 40 students in teacher Tina Curry's, (right) Creative Photography class who participated in th...
City will celebrate completion of boat ramp and start of trail
Anglers soon will be launching their boats closer to the inlet. The ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Swoope Boat Ramp will be at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, on Boat Ramp Drive, off 2495 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. Officials from the Florida Inland Navigation District, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commiss...

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