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Cole Bros. Circus has called DeLand home for more than 55 years
DeLand is unique in many ways, but one standout fact is residents don't say the circus is coming to town. It lives there. Busy hands were all about Cole Bros.' winter quarters Feb. 27. No longer do elephants trumpet and tigers roar on the 17 acres, once the Volusia County Fairgrounds, abutting the railroad tracks. Simple economic...
French teacher named top instruction in Volusia County
Grace Kellermeier, a French teacher from New Smyrna Beach High School, is Volusia County Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2015. She will serve as Volusia's Teacher of the Year throughout this school year and next, representing all of Volusia's teachers. Dr. Kellermeier received her award before an audience of more than 900 fri...
Move to the beat
Vimalakshi Archer of the Ngoma Thunder music group from Jacksonville teaches Rachel Perez, 17, Kastalia Lara, 17, and Jazmin Sepulveda, 16, all of Deltona, and Jerrylyn Burton of Lake Helen an African spiritual dance during the fifth annual African-American Heritage Festival at Dickinson Park on Saturday, March ...
Show what you know at Marcody Ranch
Hope Reins Inc., a non-profit therapeutic riding center in Samsula, will be hosting its annual fundraiser in conjunction with its student's fifth annual horse show, "Show What You Know!" on April 5. "We are making it bigger than ever this year," said Hope Rosenthal, owner and director of Hope Reins. "W...
Stringing them along
Celtic violinist Charlie Gear performs for guests during the Downtown Music Festival II on the Canal Street Historic District on Saturday, March 1....
City replacing Lantern Park bridge
The City of South Daytona has secured sufficient funding to move forward with replacing the Lantern Park bridge off Reed Canal Road. The state Department of Environmental Protection Local Assistance Program will be provide a $600,000 grant, which will supplemented by $300,000 of city funds to cover the estimat...
DeLand businesses make boy's birthday wishes come true
Four year old Ryan Nichols is proof company mascots are not only effective marketing tools, but can be good friends. On Sunday, March 16, Ryan will get a long overdue birthday party, courtesy of a giant mouse. Sure, he enjoyed the bounce house at an Aaron's Pest Control anniversary party, but what has stuck with him for the past y...
Dueling hoops
Madison Hines, 10, and Alyssa Walsh, 9, both of DeBary, duel as two of the last contestants left standing during the Hula-Hoop contest at the Fathers-Daughters dance in DeBary Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 28....
Food Brings Hope Hosts "Nutrition Day" at Westside Elementary
Food Brings Hope, a charity dedicated to breaking the hunger cycle among children enrolled in Volusia County Schools, brought its annual "Nutrition Day" to Westside Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 13. More than 180 students from Westside and Pierson elementary schools enjoyed a day of fun, food and healthy lifestyle instru...
A furry good time for all
Pet lovers lead the way with the banner at the opening of the Mardi Gras Dog Parade on Woodland Boulevard in DeLand on Saturday, March 1. This year's theme for the parade was "Derby Dogs."...
COPE offers hope at eating disorders, recovery event
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, upward of 20 percent, according to the Eating Disorders Coalition. At its Annual Eating Disorder Awareness Symposium Feb. 15, Community Outreach for the Prevention of Eating Disorders promoted awareness, education and prevention of the eating disorders epidemi...
Dancin' with the stars
Shiayn Gonzalez performs a dance during the Shining S.T.A.R.S. Pageant and Fashion Show at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 1. The Special Populations Division of the Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services presented the show....
Department of Health Celebrates 125 Years of Florida Public Health
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is celebrating 125 years of public health during 2014 with educational and commemorative events. The Legislature created the State Board of Health on Feb. 20, 1889, in response to a yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville. Dr. Joseph Yates Porter from Key West became Florid...
Pretty as a flower
Ten-month-old Ayris with her father, Talon Housley, of Edgewater explore water-wise plants and flowers in a garden by Lindley's Nursery & Garden Center during the second annual Water-Wise Garden Fair of the New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission on Saturday, March 1....
Job Corps returns; moves to a new location
Job Corps is back up and running in Volusia and Flagler counties. The local recruiting office was closed for five months. The closure was a result of Congress' debate to cut off funds permanently for the federally funded national program while it attempted to balance the nation's budget. "We are glad to be ba...
The light fantastic
J. Pickens and daughter Lillie, 9, of DeBary enjoy the music during the Fathers-Daughters dance at DeBary Town Hall, on Friday, Feb. 28....
Public safety, community visioning discussed at DeBary workshop
Did DeBary "ignore the recommendation of the experts" when considering where to build a new fire and/or police station? At a workshop Feb. 19, DeBary City Councilman Rick Dwyer called for a new comprehensive study to determine where to erect new and necessary public safety facilities. Referring to a 2008 Volusia County Fire Servic...
Pink tutu power
Cameron Flanagan, 13, of New Smyrna Beach makes her way through a cloud of pink powder during the Color Vibe 5K Run at City Island Park in Daytona Beach on Saturday, March 1. For more information, visit thecolorvibe.com....
'Click It Or Ticket' Campaign Kicks Off In March
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is joining hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across Florida in a life-saving initiative by intensifying efforts to enforce seat belt laws -- among all motorists and around the clock -- during the "Click It or Ticket" initiative, which runs March 1-15. According to data from the U.S. ...
Seventh Judicial Circuit Judge sworn in at DeLand
Circuit Judge Dawn D. Nichols, the newest jurist in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, was sworn into office at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand on Feb. 24 and has started work. Judge Nichols presides over family law cases at the DeLand courthouse. She was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the vacancy created by the retir...
Artful shoppers
Steve Ostermann and Faith Lemnotis, both of DeLand, look at a display of Frank Lloyd Wright art items for sale during the grand opening of the new Museum of Art DeLand satellite store on Woodland Boulevard on Friday, Feb. 28....

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