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Childhood Cancer Foundation wants to help
Don Hill did not retreat into self-pity when cancer intruded on his family. When he accompanied his wife Sandra to her treatments for breast cancer, Mr. Hill took a look around. He found perhaps the most heart wrenching segment of the cancer-afflicted population -- children. Mr. Hill listened to helplessly despairing parents and h...
Turtle nesting season officially starts May 1
Turtle nesting season officially starts May 1, but that didn't matter to the leatherback turtle that nested April 3 in New Smyrna Beach. While April is early to find a sea turtle nest in Volusia County, some turtles in south Florida begin nesting in March. "The 2013 season had the second highest nest count ever in Volusia, wit...
Community group wants closer scrutiny of cemetery
Several questions were raised by local residents at a recent community meeting concerning the fees and appropriation of funds for the Glencoe-Geiger Cemetery in New Smyrna Beach. The purpose of the community at the Babe James Center was to determine the status and role of the volunteer community associ...
Davises honored for long-time service to Ponce Inlet
Their mailbox has a lighthouse on it. Their home is filled with Ponce Inlet memorabilia. Even their T-shirts have Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse insignias on them. It all mirrors a lifetime of living in Ponce Inlet, being part of its history, and being a driving force in preserving it for future generations. This ...
Family fun
Rob Furlow and his son Keegan, 3, on vacation from Colorado, got to experience marine life up close at the stingray touch tank during Turtle Day at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet April 19. The Furlows were visiting family in Port Orange....
State of the County is improving
Before delivering the 2014 Volusia County State of the County address, Jason Davis briefly addressed the state of the county chair. "I am fine," Chair Davis said, referring to his recent hospitalization for surgery that postponed the annual report. As for Volusia County: "Signs of progress are everywhere you look," Chair Davis sai...
Going home
Visitors get a quick glance as Melissa Ranly of the Marine Science Center carries a rehabilitated juvenile sea turtle to the water in Ponce Inlet during Turtle Day on Saturday, April 19. Also released were two Brown pelicans back into the wild....
First days of SunRail are free
If April 30 dawns sunny, it will provide the perfect backdrop for SunRail's opening events. Twelve celebrations -- one at each station, including DeBary -- will take place throughout the day. Starting May 1, Central Florida's new commuter rail system will open the doors to passengers who will ride for free for the first two weeks....
Indian River Lagoon conservation was hot topic at joint city meeting
St. John's Water Management District representative Troy Rice was the main feature of a joint meeting March 22 between Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach and Oak Hill. The meeting was called to discuss three topics between the city commission and city staff of all three municipalities. Of those three topics; ...
Orange Avenue project cruises to approval
Orange Avenue will definitely be getting a much-needed makeover, and at a lower cost than most Daytona Beach City Commissioners imagined. The commission, clearly eager to get the project going, whipped through the votes required to approve bids for work on the improvement project at its April 16 meeting. With next to no discu...
Atlantic Marine gets final OK on new site
The Port Orange City Council gave final approval of a rezoning request April 15 that will allow Atlantic Marine to move ahead with site planning and construction of a boat storage, sales and service facility on the southwest corner of Dunlawton Avenue and Lemon Street. The council unanimously approved changing...
Tiny bubbles
Piper Taylor, 3, of New Smyrna Beach has fun with bubbles during the fifth annual New Smyrna Beach Food Festival on Flagler Avenue on Thursday, April 17....
Two local cities lose big in weight loss competition
A little friendly rivalry motivated employees from the cities of South Daytona and Holly Hill to participate in a recent weight loss and fitness challenge. While Holly Hill was the "biggest loser" with the most overall weight loss, both cities were winners with participants dropping more than 330 pounds during the 12-week comp...
Food Brings Hope donates tablets to Westside
Food Brings Hope Founder and Chair Forough B. Hosseini presented 10 new iPad Minis to the FBHonors class at Westside Elementary School to further their studies and enhance their access to important educational tools. FBHonors is Food Brings Hope 's STEM-focused after school program for academically advanced, high achieving stu...
FCAT replacement seen as out of control freight train
Students in Volusia County finished one last round of FCAT testing recently, one last round of tension for students, teachers and schools. For weeks or months, teachers had been focusing classes on skills or knowledge they expected to be part of the statewide testing. Few programs have aroused as much...
Helping others
Law enforcement officers and supporters run along South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores during the Law Enforcement Torch Run on Thursday April 10. The torch run helps raise money and awareness of Special Olympics....
Summer camps
Basketball Camp Vince Carter Youth Basketball Academy will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 23 to 27 at Vince Carter Athletic Center at Mainland High School. The camp is open to girls and boys ages 6-17. Registration is $200 per camper with a 15 percent discount ($170) for each sibling of a full paid camper. For more information, call (386) 239-8215...

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