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Blue Spring park manager bids welcome to visitors, community
Visitors to the park noted the fireflies looked like Christmas lights, an enchanting interlude in spring. That's the kind of response Blue Spring State Park Manager Jerry Garrett is after as he settles into his new position there. Mr. Garrett has been employed with Florida State Parks since 2010, six years after retiring from Hill...
Straight arrow
Matt Bentti of New Smyrna Beach helps his daughter, Chloe, 5, shoot a target for a prize during the Ormond Beach Celtic Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, April 26....
Les Mis outsells all other Athens productions, showcases area's talent
Beautiful, heartrending ballads and jaunty melodies replayed for days in the heads of those who flocked to live performances of Les Miserables at the Athens Theatre in DeLand last month. Many will say the magic was slow to wane. And who knew there was so much talent in Volusia County? From a Port Orange orthodontist turned constab...
Stetson gets rezoning approval for aquatic center on Lake Beresford
Stetson University will build a new $3.2 million aquatic center on about 10 acres overlooking Lake Beresford, west of DeLand. The Volusia County Council voted unanimously May 1 to allow the rezoning of 9.91 acres of land adjacent to the lake from commercial and residential to Business Planned Unit Development. The land off Alhambr...
Derby thunder
"Pandora Knox," right, of the Thunder City Derby Sirens roller derby team in DeLand dodges a hit by "Shell Shocker" of the Palm Beach Dub City Derby Girls on Saturday, May 3, at the Volusia Fairgrounds....
Taking shape
Andres Navarro, 8, of Deltona throws his first pot on the wheel during the Youth Pottery class at Gateway Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 3....
FPL and Florida National Guard form partnership
Florida Power & Light Co. and the Florida National Guard have entered a partnership designed to enhance each organization's overall response capabilities to natural and man-made disasters. Key to the partnership will be the embedding for six months of a Florida National Guardsman within FPL's emergency preparedness organization...
Samsula Pioneer Park plan rejected by council
Hours of discussion laced with input from nearly two dozen citizens May 1 ended in a 6-1 vote of the Volusia County Council to deny changes that would have allowed construction of a Publix supermarket at the corner of Pioneer Trail and Airport Road between Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach. Councilwoman Joyce Cusack cast the dissen...
Frond finds
Artist Mary Braden of New Smyrna Beach shows off her creative palm frond art during the 42nd annual Art in the Park at The Casements in Ormond Beach on Saturday May 3....
In a superior class
The New Smyrna Beach Barracuda band made school history recently by receiving straight superior ratings at the State Concert Music Performance Assessment from all three judges. This superior rated band will be presenting its yearly Prism Concert May 16-17 at 7 p.m. both nights and tickets can be bought at the door o...
Commission approves new Beachside Task Force
The New Smyrna Beach City Commission is looking for ways to increase support for neighborhood participation in government, increase awareness of government activities, and improve communication and cooperation between citizens and city officials. The creation of a new Beachside Resident Task Force is just one ...
Fishy business
Artist Darlene O'Leary of Coastal Images in Ormond-by-the-Sea hangs another one of her palm frond creations, which resemble fish during the 42nd annual Art in the Park at The Casements in Ormond Beach on Saturday, May 3....
In full bloom
Iris and Ray Gatlin of Ormond-by-the-Sea admire the colorful display of orchids by Priscilla Debler, also known as the Orchid Nanny, during a visit to the 42nd annual Art in the Park at The Casements in Ormond Beach on Saturday, May 3....
Community celebrates doctor's retirement and OB/GYN clinic opening
Community members joined Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center for the opening of Women's Care OB/GYN, which also honored local OB/GYN Dr. Irwin Landau on his retirement on May 1. After 25 years of serving the community, Dr. Landau has left his practice to the hospital in Daytona Beach. Women's Care OB/GYN will live on in i...
Attentive therapist provides stress relief
Not many dogs get a room full of school children singing "Happy Birthday." But Remi, a standard poodle with a golden tinged apricot coat and a supersized personality, is definitely not just any dog. Besides her spectacular looks, she's a certified therapy dog and a trained Reading Education Assistance Dog, who works at both L...
Wonder woman
Cancer survivor and Zumba instructor Carly Braga of Port Orange shows off her vitality during the survivors lap around The Pavilion at Port Orange for the 2014 Relay for Life on Friday, May 2. For more information, visit www.RelayforLife.org....
Port Orange apartments ready for occupancy
The first units of Port Orange's new luxury apartment complex, Whitepalm Apartments, will be available for occupancy Saturday, May 10, with construction completion expected in August. The 300-plus unit complex, on Williamson Boulevard across from The Pavilion at Port Orange, has been pre-leasing for 90 days, g...
Kyle Petty Charity Ride ends tour in Daytona
The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will celebrate the final stop of its 20th Anniversary tour in Daytona Beach on Saturday, May 10, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. The community is invited to help welcome former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, along with more than 200 motorcyclists...
Officer Matt Schaeffer, left, and Sgt. Chris Roos, both of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, and cancer survivors, are congratulated by friends and fellow survivors during the 14th annual Southeast Volusia Relay for Life Parading for a Cure at Riverside Park on Friday, April 25....
Halifax Health dedicates residency program to Dr. Bruce Kennedy
Halifax Health hosted a special ceremony May 2, dedicating its General Surgery Residency Program to the late Dr. Bruce Kennedy, a prominent Ormond Beach-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon who died in 2007. "The dedication of this program is a tribute to Dr. Kennedy's legacy and his love for, and...
Walmart knocks on West Volusia's door while East Volusia waits
A Walmart Neighborhood Market could replace the DeLand Flea Market at 921 S. Woodland Blvd. and there is talk of more to follow. It's one of three possible Walmarts in West Volusia County, while nothing is happening with two sites in East Volusia that Walmart already owners. The five-acre property in south DeLand, owned since 1971...
Party on
More than 1,000 Volusia County residents and visitors gathered to enjoy food and music during the Halifax Oyster Festival on Saturday, April 26....

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