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DeBary hopscotch court is creative exercise
You just can't retire from creativity. And that's a good thing for DeBary residents who, courtesy of the work of fellow citizens, and the tutelage of artist Vera Rekstad, will soon get a hopscotch court, like no other. Ten mosaic blocks and "home base" are being created at the Gateway Center for the arts in weekly workshops led by...
Roller derby rules
Thunder City Derby Sirens' skaters "Busty Urass" and "Joseph Brawlin" clear the lane for jammer, "Slim Skatie" during their season opening roller derby match against the Ocala Cannibals in DeLand on Saturday, March 8....
Welcome back
The world's largest motorcycle event began last weekend as bikers roared onto Main Street in Daytona Beach on Saturday, March 8. More than 500,000 bikers will enjoy 10-days of motorcycle shows, exhibits, concerts and racing at Daytona International Speedway and street festivals....
Union Congregational Church celebrates first 100 years
Standing inside the paneled walls and arched ceiling of the Union Congregational Church on Daytona Avenue in Holly Hill, it is easy to imagine the founding members, as they attended their first service on Jan. 4, 1914. The initial church was a one-room sanctuary, with no chancel, and a basement. Initially, the ...
Flame of competition
Torch bearer Nate Medders of Port Orange proudly carries the torch during the opening ceremonies of the Volusia/Flagler County Special Olympic Summer Games at Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach, Saturday, March 8. For more information, visit www.SpecialOlympicsVolusia.org....
Halifax caregiver hotline is ready to serve
When life doles out dilemmas, feeling alone can be the hardest part of all. Experts agree caring for a suffering loved one can be a very isolating and stress provoking experience. Last month Halifax Health originated a free Caregiver Support Line, sponsored by the Halifax Health Center for Transplant Services. Jen Watley, the psyc...
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Samya Fraiser, 6, of New Smyrna Beach reads a book about a young Dr. Martin Luther King during study time, after school at the Oretha Bell Boys & Girls Club of New Smyrna Beach, Thursday, March 6. Samya reads at the highest level of anyone of her grade level in the entire State of Florida....
DeLand's garden club members have run around in circles for 125 years
Members of the 10 circles, which comprise the Garden Club of DeLand, had plenty to discuss March 6. April is going to be a busy month for the bloom boosters. The 52nd Annual Pageant of Crosses will be presented on Palm Sunday, April 13, at the Garden Club of DeLand Clubhouse, 865 E. Alabama Ave. from noon-...
Sink or swim
Jordan Youell, 17, Seth Mallory, 17, and John Hiatt, all of DeLand launch off the pool wall to begin a 500-meter swim while Kevin Kortz, of New Smyrna Beach, times them as part of their tryouts as lifeguards for Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue on Sat., Mar. 8....
Thanks for the service
Michael Lawnicki and Mike Black, both of DeLand, attach lapel pins given to then in honor of their service. The men were escorting the Florida Iraq & Afghanistan Memorial Traveling Wall to be displayed at the 10th annual Pow-Wow in DeLand on Thursday, March 6....
Deltona Town Hall meeting delivers good news
Economic development is on the rise in Deltona. Infrastructure improvements, a solid population, decreasing unemployment figures and a streamlined planning and development review process have contributed to a business-friendly environment that is paying off. At a town hall meeting March 6, Commissioner Zenaida Denizac addressed a ...
A piece of history
Larry Sigler, a retired Volusia County American History teacher, enthralled the fourth grade students at Edgewater Public School with his knowledge of the Civil War and important historic figures. Students were able to hold artifacts from the Civil War, including replica bullets, Confederate money and pict...
Future builders
Mya Coates, 6, left, plays Legos with Ja'Keira Haward, 5, during after school at the Oretha Bell Boys & Girls Club of New Smyrna Beach, Thursday, March 6....
New Holly Hill police chief plans for the future
Holly Hill City Manager James McCroskey announced March 5 that Capt. Stephen Aldrich would assume the position of Chief of Police for the city when Chief Mark Barker retires on March 28. "The selection of a new chief was something that I took very seriously, and I believe Capt. Aldrich has the experience, character and leadership...
Lobbing a pitch
Members of the Lady Renegades 12U softball team stood out from the usual crowd of bikers on Main Street in Daytona Beach on March 8. The ladies were raising money for a trip to the Softball World Series at Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in July. From left are Madelyn Childs, 13, and Maya Henebury, 12, both of Port Orange, Bro...
Council moves toward fertilizer ordinance
Some fertilizer ordinance is better than no fertilizer ordinance, Volusia County Councilman Pat Patterson proposed. He and four other councilmembers voted at the regular meeting March 6 to move toward a countywide fertilizer ordinance, based on the state model. Two potential add-on restrictions may be forwarded to the state for re...
Clowning around
Stile Guidry, 8, and another Orange City Elementary School student are given a horse ride by Billy Kipp of Vero Beach portraying a Crow Indian two-faced clown during the 10th annual Pow-Wow in DeLand on Friday, March 7....
Feel the rhythm
Kathy Miller, left, and Donna Breaux of Port Orange work out with others during Twerkin' for "TeamCarla" in the cafeteria of South Daytona Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 20. Friends and family gathered to raise money for Carla Braga of Port Orange, who is fighting stage two breast cancer. For more information, ...
Mosquitoes may arrive early
VOLUSIA COUNTY -- Central Florida's rainy winter brought a welcome respite from the long-term drought, but it also stirred up the skeeters. According to Jim McNelly, Volusia County's mosquito control director, standing water in salt marshes, puddles and ditches are providing...
A quick sprint
Zachary Morrison, 9, of Deltona tries to stay one step ahead of his 11-year-old brother Nicholas during the 100-meter race of the Volusia/Flagler County Special Olympic Summer Games at Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach, Saturday, March 8. For more information, visit www.SpecialOlympicsVolusia.org....
Sheriff's office employees of the year honored
VOLUSIA COUNTY --Each year four Volusia County Sheriff's Office employees and one volunteer are carefully chosen out of an outstanding pool of more than 1,000 people for their exceptional work performance. The five demonstrated superior work ethic and achievement, not only during the past year, but also throughout their career...
Best brain bowlers
New Smyrna Beach High team wins ninth annual National Council of Negro Women Inc. Black History Brain Bowl. From left, coach Juliet Austin, Jaida Purkiss, Alexis Merrick, Jasmine Purkiss, Gabbriella Henderson and section President Lola C. Young....
History lesson
Elaine Kornspan of Port Orange looks at photos and posters during Tales from World War II at the Port Orange Regional Library on Friday, Feb. 21. The free event was sponsored by the Friends of the Library....
A telephone number listed for Job Corps in the March 7 Hometown News should have been (386) 323-7067. ...

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