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DeLand's oldest house opens doors to the past
To coincide with the last weekend of Florida's Archaeology Month and DeLand's 49th art festival, the oldest standing historic house in the city was open for tours March 29-30. Saturday was a wash and the art festival ended up being shut down because of tornado warnings, but Sunday brought brighter offerings for exploring the old h...
Stetson Crew starts season, looks forward to permanent home
No separation seemed to exist between water and sky in the early morning hours of April 1 on Lake Beresford in DeLand. Stetson University Crew members rhythmically cut through glassy water and ethereal day-ushering mist. This sport may be worth getting out of bed at unholy hours because there is something utterly hallowed about it...
Greatest of ease
Savannah Dunavent, 6, of Edgewater rides a roller coaster during New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport on Saturday, March 29....
"What in the world?" discussed at noetic sciences meeting
Curiosity seekers of all sorts and subjects met at the DeLand Public Library in March for a consciousness-expanding meeting of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Most liked what they heard and indicated they'll be back the fourth Sunday of each month for more thought provocation and insight sharing. After a "profound noetic experie...
Good dino
Children flock to pet a life-sized animatronic Velociraptor walking through the Dinosaurs Come Alive exhibition at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 5....
Big as life
Kathy Keithline of New Smyrna Beach touches the statue of a giant prehistoric ground sloth as Melanie For of Port Orange and Barbara Hardenbrook look on during the Save the Sloth project at Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange on Saturday, April 5. The concrete statue of a prehistoric ground sloth is deteriorating and...
Edgewater college student wins pageant
Tia McDonald, of Edgewater, a University of Florida senior majoring in public relations, was crowned Miss Florida United States Sunday, March 30, in Daytona Beach. She will represent the state in the national Miss United States competition in Washington, D.C. over the Fourth of July weekend. Ms. McDonald received the keys to a...
Local gymnast makes regionals
Olivia Joson is a 10-year old, fifth grade, straight-A student at Tomoka Elementary School in Ormond Beach. But away from school she is a whirling dervish in the Daytona Beach Gymnastics program. She recently finished third overall in her age group and fifth overall, out of 137 athletes, at the USA Gymnastics...
Making a difference
Aleah Dobberstein, 13, of Port Orange creates scarves to help raise money for the Save the Sloth project at Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange on Saturday, April 5. Aleah loves the park and has been coming since she was three years old....
To market
Pete Koller of Daytona Beach shops for strawberries with his two-year-old daughter Lucy at the City Island Farmers Market on Saturday, April 5....
Council approves grant funds for ISC center, Trader Joe's
It looks like Volusia County is on a fast track to recovery from the recession. April 3 was a "great day" in Volusia, said some County Council members and others just before the council voted 6-0 to approve a $20 million interlocal infrastructure grant agreement for One Daytona Community Development District. The massive entertain...
Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell buys simulator for texting and driving awareness
With requests from high schools as far away as Miami, the Port Orange based firm of Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell has bought a $30,000 texting and driving/DUI simulator. The Drink-Free Zone was unveiled on April 4 at the Daytona Cubs baseball game. Attached to a 2014 Ford Mustang from Gary Yeomans Ford Lincoln, the simulator will be...
Protect yourself
Sensei Dave Grabner, right, of Villaris Martial Arts in Ormond Beach, demonstrates self-defense techniques with martial arts instructor Jake Benson of Port Orange during A Brighter Future: Healthy Families, Community Support & Safety event at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Friday, April 4. The Domestic...
Drawing the interest of a crowd
A red-shoulder hawk feeds one of three chicks Friday in a tree near the entrance to the Port Orange Regional Library on Friday, April 4. The hawks have become a sensation of sorts as people became targets of their aggression as they approach the library....
Florida Hospital HospiceCare honors 'all star' volunteers
For Hometown News Florida Hospital HospiceCare honored its 180 volunteers during its annual volunteer recognition luncheon at Vince Carter's restaurant in Daytona Beach on March 2. During the "All Star Celebration" themed event, Raeanne Cade, Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteer coordinator, expressed great appreciation for the volunteers' va...
In memory
Randy Barber/staff photographer Dr. Robert "Hank" Routh of New Smyrna Beach holds his one-year-old daughter, Marguerite, as they look at a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest on Saturday, March 29. ...
Port Orange considering raising utility rates
By Kelli Jo Hull For Hometown News The Port Orange City Council reviewed a water/sewer rate study on April 1 in consideration of raising rates for the city's utility customers. Public Resources Management Group, the public utilities consultant firm that conducted the study, analyzed the city's repair and upgrade needs, new debt financing, user ...
Miniature monument
Randy Barber/staff photographer Anna Jones, 11, of Port Orange bought a handmade sloth created by students of Sugar Mill Elementary to help raise money for the Save the Sloth project at Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange on Saturday, April 5. The concrete statue of a prehistoric ground sloth is deteriorating and needs repairs....
Cities plan connections to Florida's Rail Trails
By Estella Fullmer Brown For Hometown News Bicyclers will soon be able to catch the "Coast to Coast Connection" from Edgewater once construction is completed on the Rails to Trails project. New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill officials discussed their plans for creating and improving bike trails in the area, including connectors to the wes...
One drop at a time
Randy Barber/staff photographer Billy Lingo of South Daytona prepares to donate blood as donor specialist Michelle Broyles prepares his arm in the One Blood's Red Bus during a fundraiser/awareness event for the Special Olympics Florida at the Chick-fil-A in Daytona Beach on Friday, March 28....
Care Now Clinic open in Deltona
By Erika Webb It's about to start "reigning" health care in Deltona. Halifax Health's Care Now Clinic, one of several facilities the Daytona Beach-based healthcare system's leaders envision for Volusia County's largest city, opened April 1. Patients in need of family practice and outpatient services now have access to treatment for a variety of...
Book worm
Randy Barber/staff photographer Sheldon Silvers of Port Orange is a regular visitor to the Friends of the Library annual Book Sale at the Port Orange Regional Library on Friday, April 4. The next book sale will be June 13-14....
Bless this creature
Mike Featherston/staff photographer Jess Anderson, right, of DeLand holds her Redbone Coon Hound, Maggie, as she is blessed by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care pastor Nancy Rusk and Pastor Drew Dancey of Orange City United Methodist Church during the All Creatures Big and Small Pet Blessing on Saturday, March 29....

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