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Garage tinkerer building electric bikes and more
John Esposito and his wife, Kathleen, live in a comfortable Port Orange home. They each have a vehicle, but neither one fits in the two-car garage. That's because Mr. Esposito, a self-described "tinkerer," has appropriated the garage for his workshop, where his ever-active mind is forever creating things -- most r...
FDOT presents I-4 widening, bayou cleanup update
Big plans for Interstate 4 reach far enough into the future to accommodate the day when cars drive themselves. Frank O'Dea, a Florida Department of Transportation official, presented plans to widen I-4 and an update on the study and strategies for DeBary Bayou to the DeBary City Council May 7 Mr. O'Dea, who also is a local residen...
Drive for life
Donor Mary Lynn Hastings, left, of Daytona Beach shares a laugh with blood donor specialist Agnes Thewlis during the NASCAR Day Blood Drive at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, May 15. The NASCAR Foundation and OneBlood hosted the annual event....
Rare least terns nesting on Disappearing Island
Least terns have been discovered nesting on Disappearing Island near Ponce Inlet. A pair of birds was spotted May 14 by members of the Florida Shorebird Alliance's Volusia Shorebird Partnership as they conducted a routine shorebird survey in the inlet. Volusia County environmental specialists discovered additional nests May 16...
Memorial Day Events
VFW Post 3282 John E. Mealy Memorial VFW Post 3282 will host a Memorial Day commemoration at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Veterans Park in Port Orange City Center. A flag raising will be at noon at the post, 5810 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange. At 12:30 p.m., the post will honor the post's fallen veterans of the past year. From 1 to 5 p.m., the...
Cookin' for a cause
Waylon Niece and Susan Clark of the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia quickly prepare an appetizer for judges during the Pantry Cook-Off at The Salvation Army in Daytona Beach on Saturday, May 17. Three teams competed against each other of who could make the best meal from a $10 bag of food....
Ranch struggles to help horses in need
"I saw a dancing Clydesdale in Pierson," said no one ever -- until May 17. Fall made a resplendent encore, curtsying with cool breezes beneath intensely blue skies, just in time for the Riding Star Ranch Horse Rescue Tour of the Horses at Pierson Town Park Sports Complex. Skyy the dancing Clydesdale was celebrating her fifth birth...
Sampling of DSC grads
School graduations bid thoughts of bright beginnings for hardworking scholars. For some, life's hardships expedite dreams and set them firmly ahead on the path to achievement. A sampling of 3,100 Daytona State College students who received diplomas in two ceremonies at the Ocean Center May 13 yielded several whose circumstances ha...
The love of the game
Elijah Bailey, 9, with his dad, Ray Bailey, watches the Stetson Hatters play against the University of South Carolina Upstate during the last home game of the season at Melching Field in Conrad Park on Saturday, May 17....
'Women Build' Habitat house in Edgewater
As part of Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week, 30 women from Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill and Port Orange leant a hand May 7 to help a local couple paint their new home so they can move in earlier than planned. In just one day, the volunteers painted the entire house on Travelers...
Tearing them down and putting them up in Port Orange
Commercial construction in Port Orange is flourishing and now includes several plans to tear down an existing building and construct a new one. Wawa, a privately owned chain of more than 600 convenience retail stores, is in the process of building a nearly 6,000 square-foot store with 16 gas pumps on Dunlawton...
Sampling of DSC grads reveals triumphs, tragedies, determination
School graduations bid thoughts of bright beginnings for hardworking scholars. For some, life's hardships expedite dreams and set them firmly ahead on the path to achievement. A sampling of 3,100 Daytona State College students who received diplomas in two ceremonies at the Ocean Center May 13 yielded several whose circumstances ha...
Enjoying a dance
Rebecca Vo of Daytona Beach dances with Walter Herod of Deltona during a Senior Dance at City Island Recreation Center in Daytona Beach on Friday, May 16....
Legislature approves tax rebates for Daytona Rising
Earlier this month, in the final hours of this spring's session, the Florida Legislature approved giving millions of dollars in state sales tax incentives to Daytona International Speedway. In fact, the final version of the bill may end up giving DIS owner International Speedway Corp. more money than it originally asked for. The...
Halifax Health is first in area to offer new cardiac monitor
Halifax Health is the first and only healthcare facility in the Volusia-Flagler area to adopt Medtronic's Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor System, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available for patients. The Daytona Beach-based healthcare system began using the new ICM system earlier this month. In Feb...
Pedal power
New Smyrna Beach resident and veteran Mike Sprouse, who is paralyzed from the waist-down, rides his hand cycle down South Atlantic Avenue to Canaveral National Seashore on Friday, May 15. Mr. Sprouse averages 20-miles a day and cruises at 18-22 m.p.h....
Public Protection Department promotes two
The Volusia County Council confirmed the promotion of two long-time employees to division directors in the Public Protection Department recently. Jeff Smith, who has 31 years of experience in firefighting, has been promoted to director and fire chief for Volusia County Fire Services. Mr. Smith began his career with the Daytona...
Stretching for the goal
Eleven-year-olds Nathan Gunn and Ty Cashe, right, of the Volusia Titans football team wash one of many cars to help raise money for the team during a carwash fundraiser at the CVS Pharmacy on Enterprise Road in Orange City on Saturday, May 17....
Reading pal
The Reading Paws program was launched at Edgewater Public School on May 6. Linda Eastlake and her therapy dog, Cadi, were greeted by Wendy Sydeski, assistant principal, and Jeff Reaves, principal....

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