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Big celebrations planned around Juneteenth
The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, did not amount to liberty for all, at least not right away. The complete end of slavery in the United States came two years later -- on June 19, 1865 -- and to this day that day is celebrated worldwide. In June, The African American Museum of the Arts, Stetson Universit...
Kite-flying fun
Tiffany Stern of DeBary enjoys the sand and the beach as her five-year-old son Blake flies his personalized kite while watching other kites during the annual New Smyrna Beach "Beach Weeks" Kite Festival on Saturday, June 7. Hundreds of kite lovers ascended onto the beach near the Flagler Avenue approach to be part o...
DHS students teach others about Florida Panther
Three members of the Deltona High School Future Farmers of America received a big round of applause from the DeBary City Council at its regular meeting May 5 for their presentation on Florida Panthers, which, they assert, are no longer native and becoming too numerous. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website indicates the Flori...
Nature stories
Cindy Carson, children's librarian at the Deltona Regional Library, reads a story as part of the Tiny Trekkers "Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer" program on Saturday, June 7, at the Lyonia Environmental Center. The program also included a short hike and a small craft project. Participating, from left, were...
Museum of East Coast Surfing gets non-profit status
A new museum honoring the surfing history of Florida's east coast became a reality with the approval of non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service at the end of May. The New Smyrna Beach Museum of East Coast Surfing should open to the public in mid-July right after the Independence Day celebrati...
School's out
Principal Judi Winch of Westside Elementary School receives a farewell hug from J'amiah Johnson, 10, as students head home during the last day of school on Friday, June 6....
City proceeding with alcoholic beverage sales at events
The Port Orange City Council decided June 3 to move forward with a program of the Parks and Recreation Department to allow alcoholic beverage sales during special events at City Center. The city already allows alcoholic beverages to be sold and consumed at the municipal golf course, Lakeside Community Center, ...
Surplus conservation lands to be transferred from water district to county
Volusia County is ready to acquire more conservation lands. The County Council voted unanimously June 5 to accept the St. Johns River Water Management District's offer to transfer about 18,000 acres of conservation lands to the county. In 2012 the SJRWMD's governing board approved the Lands Assessment Implementation Plan, the culm...
Hello, summer
Children and adults alike enjoy the cool water of DeLeon Springs State Park's swimming area on Saturday, June 7, as dozens of families from throughout the area flocked to the park for the first weekend of summer vacation for area schoolchildren....
County sets summer meal sites
Volusia County's Human Services Office will sponsor a Summer Food Service Program for children through Aug. 15. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritionally balanced meals regardless of race, color, sex, disability or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunche...
"Owl" jewelry business creates fun, profit for teens
Santina Censoplano, 14, of DeLeon Springs, earned more money in one night last month than many teenagers make working part-time in a week. Her first Origami Owl Jewelry Bar yielded $167 in cash, $113 in free merchandise and she became eligible to buy four items at half price. "It went well," Santina said, smiling shyly. Her mom, K...
Loretta Clemente of the Marine Discovery Center lets Nicole Oldman, 9, hold a crab as her sister Taylor, 7, looks on during the Sea Turtle Odyssey at Shoppes at Seaside Station on Flagler Avenue on Saturday, May 31....
Finance director back in manager's seat -- again
Holly Hill's interim city manager started work June 2 and he might have been feeling a little bit of déjà vu. Kurt Swartzlander, who when he isn't filling in as the interim city manager in a slot that's beginning to resemble a revolving door (the city is looking to hire the third city manager in four years), is the finance di...
City plans to increase restrictions on pedicab drivers
A proposal to require pedicab drivers in Daytona Beach to go through a vetting process to obtain permits to work in the city hit a snag when the change came before the City Commission earlier this month. The drive to increase regulations for the bicycle powered cabs, which operate mainly along Atlantic Avenue and near Daytona...
History comes alive
Local historian and Port Orange resident Joe Vetter, dressed in period clothing as "Cracker Joe," talks to guests about life at the Gamble Hunting and Fishing Lodge during Cracker Day at Cracker Creek at Gamble Place on Saturday, May 31. ...
Sheriff Johnson honors team that worked hospital shooting
They faced down the danger and stress of an active shooter situation with professionalism, teamwork, sound tactics and bravery. Recently Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson honored 21 people -- a crew of law enforcement officers and public safety telecommunicators from three different agencies -- who responded in January to a g...
A 'plaza' somewhere on the boardwalk
The area in front of the historic Daytona Beach Bandshell will officially become the Glenn Ritchey Plaza in honor of the former mayor. The Daytona Beach City Commission voted unanimously at its first meeting in June to honor Mr. Ritchey by naming the plaza in front of the iconic oceanfront venue after him. That may be the onl...
Sailing away
Saiboats begin the Gulf Streamer Race off the coast of Ponce Inlet on Friday, May 23. The biennial race from Daytona Beach to Charleston, S.C., is the ninth one. The goal of the Gulf Streamer is to increase awareness of sailing and area attractions....

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