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SunRail surpasses expectations
SunRail's paid service started May 19 and already rider numbers have nearly reached the goal set for the end of the first year. The first day of paid service, passenger boardings were 4,177, according to a Twitter update May 20 from Florida Department of Transportation District 5. "Goal to reach: 4,300 daily boardings after first ...
Thunder City Derby Sirens find a sport in the storm
Curiosity overrules the send-to-spam impulse when one receives an email from an individual identified as Egg McMuff Punch. Since "everyone and their mom" calls Mary Sutliss "Egg" and since she's the captain of the Thunder City Derby Sirens the unusual identifier technically is a professional moniker. Her number on the DeLand rolle...
Lupus sufferer restores the past to offer others hope for the future
Furniture from many different eras, home accessories, vintage clothing and piles of unexpectedly unearthed items threatened to swallow DeBary resident and business owner Cheri Small on a recent Monday morning at Decades of DeBary on East Highbanks Road. She sat contentedly in the middle of it all, patiently sanding to its original...
City Commission honors Cudas weightlifting team
Mayor Adam Barringer recognized the accomplishments of the New Smyrna Beach High School boys weightlifting team at the City Commission's May 13 meeting. He handed each team member a Letter of Accomplishment and congratulated him on winning the 2014 FHSAA Class 2A State Championship. Coach Tim McRae led...
No chickens for the soul, or backyard, in Port Orange
The Port Orange City Council decided May 20 not to allow residents to house backyard/urban chickens in residential areas. The issue, first discussed Nov. 5, found members split in their opinions on whether an urban chicken ordinance should be created. The strongest concerns regarded what happens to the chicken...
Strike one!
Pitcher Kevin Fagen of the Stetson Hatters baseball team fires one at the plate during the team's last home game against the University of South Carolina Upstate at Melching Field in Conrad Park on Saturday, May 17....
Zombie homes keep terrorizing Ormond Beach
A group of Ormond Beach citizens have organized to battle what they describe as an invasion of zombies. These zombies suck the life (or the property values) out of whole neighborhoods, scare passersby with their sunken, rotting faces and are hard to eliminate. In this case, zombies is the term for derelict, abandoned houses t...
New web page tracks water quality, algae in lower St. Johns River
Regular updates on water quality in the Lower St. Johns River Basin in northeast Florida are available on a new website launched May 15. At the website floridaswater.com/lbwqnews, the St. Johns River Water Management District will provide information about projects to restore and protect the river system, when significant algae bl...
Budget cooking
New Smyrna Beach resident Kathleen Rogan, left, and Kimberly Shontz of Veteran Affairs in Daytona Beach quickly prepare a meal for judges during the Pantry Cook-Off at The Salvation Army in Daytona Beach on Saturday, May 17. The duo placed first, competing against two other teams to see who could make the best meal ...
Rezoning completed for avionics research park
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Aerospace Research and Technology Park moved closer to reality this month as the Daytona Beach City Commission approved rezoning a parcel of land that will complete the 100-acre project. The long-awaited, ultra high-tech park is expected to create hundreds of high-paying, highly skilled ...
There's more music in the air in Ormond
There's just something about sitting outside on a balmy spring evening with a glass of something and food and a band playing live music -- all's right with the world and life is good. It's just the ultimate in living well experiences, especially for those of us near the water so you can add in a sea breeze. Until the last few...
Tied up
Janet Arce of Deltona learns how to tie a hook-knot with her two boys Gabriel, 7, left, and Adrian, 6, during the 12th annual FishStock at Brannon Center and Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, May 24....
City looks at options for the Brannon Center
New Smyrna Beach officials are trying to decide the fate of The Brannon Center and already have a recommendation to tear it down and rebuild. The City Commission met May 13 to discuss improvements to the building, which did house the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library. It would be slightly cheaper to te...
Hospital's new laser technology treats patients' pain
Florida Hospital DeLand now offers the Multi Radiance Laser technology to treat patients with pain. This technology is a natural and drug-free solution to pain and is the most advanced non-invasive treatment method cleared by the FDA. The Multi Radiance Laser technology incorporates a Super Pulsed laser, red and infrared light...
Summer camps
DSC Summer Camps Presenting a fun educational experience, Daytona State College invites teens to sign up for a series of free, eight-day summer camps for Volusia County students in grades 9, 10 and 11. All camps will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16-26 at the Advanced Technology College, 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach. A total of 80 stude...
Red all over
John Gifford of DeLand fills out paperwork between a pair of Big Red Buses during the NASCAR Day Blood Drive at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, May 15. The NASCAR Foundation and OneBlood hosted the annual event....

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