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Snake bite business growing in DeLand
Carl Barden of the Reptile Discovery Center in DeLand is allergic to snake venom. "It's like a bad joke," Mr. Barden said. Nevertheless, he extracts the dangerous substance from about 300 snakes a week at the center just east of DeLand off of U.S. 92. The former airline pilot, and zookeeper, is living his dream. "This was always t...
DeBary residents grateful to kitten rescuers
To the general relief of flood-worn citizens, the City of DeBary went to great lengths to improve its storm drainage system over the past several years. However, one of those storm drains was a trap for a kitten until citizens and civil servants came to its rescue. Orange City Police Officer Marion Quinones, who handles animal con...
City looks at changing name of North Causeway area
New Smyrna Beach Citizens for Smart Growth wants to change the name of the North Causeway area to Coronado Island to create a new image for the area. The request was presented at a June 11 special meeting of the City Commission for long-term planning. Martin Danaher, a member of the citizens group, gav...
Under the sea
Jericho Carter, 10, and his sister, Joanna Carter, 7, play on the stepping stones to their Spongebob Squarepants Pineapple House sand sculpture on Saturday, June 14, at New Smyrna Beach's Sand Art Festival. Their father, Chuck Carter, owner of Nichols Surf Shop in New Smyrna Beach, helped them build the piece....
Council covers mistake on water meter contract
The Port Orange City Council approved a measure May 27 covering $411,510 in over expenditures on a contract with Sunstate Meter and Supply and added $500,000 for the city's meter change out program. The contract, to replace broken and aging water meters, was approved in September 2013 for $500,000. According t...
County's lobbyists offer legislative update
The Legislature "was kind on" unfunded mandates -- "the top priority of Volusia County and other governments around the state" -- this session, lobbyist Robert Stuart assured the county council at its June 5 meeting. In their 2014 Legislative Update, Mr. Stuart and Chris Carmody with GrayRobinson, P.A., the county's state lobbying...
Shelter practice
Red Cross volunteer instructor Andrew Lee of Deltona assists volunteer Minerva Samayoa in building a cot during the statewide sheltering exercise at the Red Cross facility in Daytona Beach on Saturday, June 7....
Camp Winona draws largest numbers of diabetics
The sudden diagnosis of Type 1 or juvenile onset diabetes drastically changes the lives of entire families. An ongoing learning process -- involving a spectrum of physical and psychological adjustments ensues. Suddenly the candy and cake enjoyment of other kids is off limits. Children with diabetes must learn they are different in...
B-CU gets big donation and new healthcare education partner
There was plenty to celebrate at Bethune-Cookman University June 12 as top executives from the school, Halifax Health and others gathered to announce a pair of major developments that will enhance the relationship of the school and hospital. The first was that Joe Petrock, one of the area's most prominent community leaders, a...
Tiny dancers
Amaya Fegumps, 6, center, of Daytona Beach performs a routine with other dancers during Kinetic Expressions Dance Academy's 11th annual Dance Recital at The Peabody Auditorium on Saturday, June 14....
Dad and daughter have locks of love
A yearlong project reached fruition on June 12 for Brandi Strawn and her father, Bill Strawn. She walked into the Borderline Salon at 382 North Causeway with a stomach full of butterflies, but determined to give her hair to "Locks of Love." Father and daughter have been growing their hair out for more ...
Visit Florida names 2014-15 leadership
With the start of its new fiscal year on July 1, Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing firm, ushers in new leadership to serve on its executive committee, board of directors and industry committees. More than 220 Visit Florida partners, including some of the industry's foremost experts, have been selected to re...
Rehabilitation hospital launches music program
Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation has begun a new therapeutic music program for inpatients to help promote a healing environment. Marvin Sherzer, a certified music practitioner from The Music for Healing and Transition Program, visits patients in their rooms at the hospital and plays music on a keyboard, based on the n...
Health department has new agency for child abuse cases
The Florida Department of Health announced a new service provider for the Child Protection Team program for Flagler and Volusia counties. Effective July 1, the First Coast Child Protection Team will assume responsibility for providing services. The department took funding away from the Children's Advocacy Center over a claim o...
Sheriff's office issues alert on mystery shopper scam
It seemed like a great job -- to get paid to go around to various stores as an undercover, or mystery shopper, making purchases and then reporting on the experience by secretly evaluating the businesses and their employees and services based on the transactions. Unfortunately everything wasn't what it seemed. The Volusia Count...
Sand master
Award-winning professional sand sculptor Rich Varano, New Smyrna Beach, works on his sculpture, not part of the competition but the centerpiece of the New Smyrna Beach Sand Art Festival on Saturday, June 14....
Sen. Hukill's POW-MIA memorial signed into law
State Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill's Senate Bill 608 (Passed as House Bill 731) was signed into law June 13 by Gov. Rick Scott establishing the POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial in the Capitol Complex. There are more than 83,000 Americans missing from wars and conflicts dating back to World War II. There are six Americans missing in ...
John Anderson Drive work slowly nearing finish
John Anderson Drive has long been known as one of the most attractive residential streets in the area -- and the city of Ormond Beach has been giving it some TLC over the past few months. The city is upgrading and improving the infrastructure for the scenic, riverfront drive in the form of a major resurfacing of the road and upg...
Local foundation marks 14th anniversary
The Community Foundation of East Central Florida recently celebrated its 14th anniversary and enters its 15th year with a new leader. Nita Schmellick, president, CEO and a founding member of the foundation, announced her retirement. "I am leaving on a high note," Ms. Schmellick said, referring to the success of the organizatio...
Seaside education
Marine Discovery Center volunteer Ron McKay teaches children about octopi during the Sea Turtle Odyssey at Shoppes at Seaside Station on Flagler Avenue on Saturday, May 31....
Get ready for mosquito season
With mosquito season on its way, Volusia County is ramping up efforts to combat the pesky insects. Employees are managing production sites on tidal wetlands, spraying with trucks and helicopters, and stocking ponds with minnows. These efforts are successful in containing salt marsh and rainwater mosquitoes, but are less effect...
Hospital gives more than 300 free sport physicals
Florida Hospital DeLand provided free sports physicals to more than 300 student athletes at DeLand High School May 27. The event raised funds for DHS, as the physicals were provided free-of-charge while the school collected a $10 donation to support the athletic program. Together, a team of 12 local physicians, 15 hospital emp...

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