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Don't love bears to death
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are not opposed to commencing a "season" on bears, but are trying to be sensitive to public opinion. "Biologically we'd be able to sustain a bear hunt," said FWC Assistant Bear Program Coordinator Mike Orlando. "Socially we're not so sure. It's really a social issue at th...
DeLand mayor's wife starts grandparents support group
By Erika Webb Most grandparents are heroic in the eyes of their grandchildren. Gone, for some, are the days when that heroism is demonstrated solely through the purchase of a Barbie Dream House or the latest gaming system. Many modern-day grandparents are doing parental curtain calls due to the inability of their own children to parent. Teresa ...
Keeping the fight alive
Mike Featherston/staff photographer Cancer survivors march along the luminaria-lined track at DeLand Middle School to memorialize their victory over the disease and to raise money for its treatment during the Relay for Life event on Friday, April 25. The luminarias symbolize hope and were decorated by people whose lives have been affected by cance...
DeLand passes stricter rules for sleeping in public, food trucks
Occupants of the city's benches and public rights of way may not sleep there between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. commissioners decided April 21 on a 4-0 vote. Commissioner Vonzelle Johnson was absent. The commission had considered an ordinance, proposed by MainStreet DeLand Association, that banned sleeping on city streets, si...
Colorful flight
Tom Noonan of New Smyrna Beach, a Tandem Program technician at CPS in DeLand, and Peggy Rollins of Valdosta, Ga., glide down on a tandem parachute jump during the "Warrior Weekend" event Friday, April 25. Ms. Rollins is an Air Force veteran who was wounded during Operation Enduring Freedom. Her husband, Mike, wa...
These 'blessings' come in a backpack
Every Thursday during the school year, 22 backpacks (or bags) are delivered to Osceola Elementary School. Every Friday, 22 Osceola children, all who receive free or reduced priced lunches, arrive at the office to collect the bags. Each bag is filled with the same seven food items. To most Americans that may seem like a small token,...
Dog owners get to keep their pets by their side more
For years, dog lovers would return from trips to Europe envious that the French, Swiss, British -- in fact almost all Europeans could take their dogs with them almost anywhere with no problem. In most of the U.S., dogs were persona non grata almost anywhere but outside or in your own home. But as dogs have become more a part ...
Fairgrounds market keeps growing after nearly 40 years
They descend in cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and RVs. They carry bags, drag carts and ride in carts. Whatever the mode of transportation and tote, people flock from all over the county and from surrounding areas far and wide to get goods each Wednesday at the Volusia County Farmers' Market. On a recent breezy, sunny Wednesday, eggs an...
Proud survivor
Cancer survivor Brittany Haggard of New Smyrna Beach receives her medal from Jennifer Garthwaite of Bert Fish Oncology Center during the 14th annual Southeast Volusia Relay for Life Parading for a Cure at Riverside Park on Friday, April 25....
Retired ERAU chancellor to speak at Daytona Beach Commencement
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host a commencement ceremony for 739 students of its Daytona Beach Campus at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The graduating class includes 66 students receiving military commissions: 27 from Air Force ROTC, 23 from Army ROTC and 16 from Naval ROTC. Dr. ...
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 3
Three local, state and federal agencies are joining forces May 3 to promote awareness on National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Firefighters from Volusia County Fire Services, the Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will leave wildfire safety information at 200 homes in at-risk communities near the L...
Spruce Creek student wins state science fair
Owen Kelly, a senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, recently won first place in computer science at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. He also was selected as one of the eight Ying Scholars, who are the Grand Award winners for Best in Fair. As a Best in Fair winner, Owen will present his project at t...
Another year cancer-free
Bob Austin of DeLand receives a medal to commemorate his four years as a cancer survivor at the Relay for Life event on Friday, April 25....
Big Tree turn will get easier
The South Daytona City Council approved two resolutions April 22 that will allow the state Department of Transportation to move forward with plans to build a right hand turn lane on southbound Ridgewood Avenue at the intersection of Big Tree Road. According to Les Gillis, South Daytona's Public Works Director, the project has b...
Finance director will manage city in the interim
Holly Hill City Commissioners named an interim city manager last week, unanimously voting to approve Finance Director Kurt Swartzlander to fill the post at the end of May. Mr. Swartzlander was recommended by outgoing City Manager Jim McCroskey, who resigned earlier this month in the wake of controversy over an audit that reve...
City Commission declares shuffleboard courts a historic landmark
The Coronado Shuffleboard Courts may soon be protected as a New Smyrna Beach historical landmark. The City Commission conducted a first reading on April 22 of a new ordinance to declare the courts at 223 Flagler Avenue as a historical landmark. Members of the Coronado Shuffleboard Club provided documen...
I'm a survivor
Cancer survivor and Daytona State College professor Dr. Richard Doolin, left, walks with his son Noah, 7, wife Stacey and son Jesse, 9, right, as they lead the survivor's lap during the Daytona Beach Relay for Life at City Island Park on Friday, April 11....
United Way names top volunteers
The United Way Volunteer Center and Bright House Networks presented the 27th Annual Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Awards luncheon on Thursday, April 24, in conjunction with Florida Volunteer Month, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. In addition to the Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Awards, one President's ...
Watch and learn
Richard Goforth of New Smyrna Beach catches a morning wave as a pair of younger surfers look on near Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park on Saturday, April 12....

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