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World Cup fever infecting fans around the globe
In little coffee bars in Bahrain or pubs in Islington, sports bars in Boulder, simple shacks and impressive embassies, auditoriums and homes, hyper-enthusiastic groups of fans have been gathering for almost two weeks, in vary...
City takes steps to establish "activity center"
In the not-too distant future, State Road 44, where it begins its wind into DeLand, could be the city's new welcome mat. The DeLand City Commission agreed June 16 to move toward a land use change to create an activity center west of the Interstate 4 and State Road 44 Interchange. A new land use designation will create the Lake Win...
DeLand's first "pole fitness" studio offers fun exercise and parties
Though it's often considered "dirty dancing," pole dancing has risen in recent years to rank among some of the most beneficial forms of exercise. Raynelle Bass discovered benefits she never expected when she started learning about and applying the "fun" exercise about four months ago. She was a quick study and is now teaching at h...
Rotary Club of Deland announces rotary achiever winners
The Rotary Club of DeLand honored the 48 winners of its 2014 Rotary Achiever Awards at a luncheon May 29 at the Clarion Hotel. Rotary Achiever Project Chair Morgan Gilreath praised the winners for their significant accomplishments as well as their leadership potential. Rotary Achiever Awards are given annually to Northwest Vol...
DeBary mayor resigns, council seeks interim member
DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia is resigning to run for District 27 Florida Representative, challenging incumbent David Santiago, R-Deltona. Mayor Garcia, D-DeBary, tendered a letter of resignation on May 27, effective July 2. Vice Mayor Chris Carson will step in as acting mayor through the end of the year, according to the city. "A DeBary ...
Blighted Orange City will get CRA
For too many years Orange City's business district along U.S. 17/92 has been a sore sight for eyes. Water lines are beyond antiquated. Sewer and storm water systems are non-existent. Public safety has come under fire. City officials and citizens have been pleading for help. Help in the form of a Community Redevelopment Area is on ...
Splatter ball
Jonas Texeira, 7, of Sanford hurls a tennis balll soaked in green paint at the board during the outdoor session of the Gateway Center for the Arts' "Splatter, splatter, more splatter" summer art camp on Friday, June 20, in DeBary....
City inducts new officer at June meeting
The City Commission swore in new police officer Brittney Gonzalez in a short ceremony on June 10 at its regular meeting. Mayor Adam Barringer asked for her vows to uphold the law and serve the City of New Smyrna Beach as a police officer. Officer Gonzalez solemnly made her pledge and then the mayor pre...
Daytona Beach finalizes pedicab regulations
Daytona Beach's pedicab drivers weren't quite breaking out the champagne after the City Commission ruled June 16 they would have to go through -- and pay for -- annual criminal background checks to be licensed to operate the bicycle-powered vehicles in the city. But Michael Mann, manager of Five Star Pedicab Co., said they were ...
Learn to swim
Kids wait their turn as swim instructor Amber Bayliff of the Ormond Beach Family YMCA teaches them how to hold their breath underwater during the Worlds largest Swimming Lesson event on Friday, June 20. All the Volusia/Flagler Family YMCAs participated in the event....
South Daytona police train businesses in crime prevention
More than a dozen business owners attended a Crime Free Business seminar conducted by the South Daytona Police Department. The program is part of the International Crime Free Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to curbing crime at retail and service businesses. Community Crime Prevention Officer Tony Labombard sai...
Wawa is on the way in 2015
Port Orange will be home to Volusia County's first Wawa convenience retail stores in 2015. Dunlawton Avenue will be the site for both store locations. The first, just west of Nova Road, is in the site preparation stage as the former occupant, a Chinese restaurant, gets demolished. The second store will be cons...
Not modern medicine
Rochelle Parenti of DeLand, portraying Civil War nurse Shelly, explains the role of nurses on both the Confederate and Union sides and the medicines, many of them containing toxic chemicals, used during surgery and to treat various ailments. Also at the program on Saturday, June 22, at DeBary Hall are Paul How...
Legend of auto racing dies
Ray Fox was, in many ways, a lucky man. The iconic NASCAR regular, who drove a little but became known as a mechanic and owner during the free-wheeling early days of stock-car racing, died June 16 at 98, with his very large, extended family by his side. He'd become one of the legends of his sport decades ago as the guy who wo...
Health department earns eight productivity awards
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County earned eight awards in 2014 Prudential Productivity Awards Program. The awards recognize and reward state government employees for work that increases productivity, promotes innovation, improves the delivery of state services and saves money for Florida taxpayers and businesse...
Rugels Roundup gets citizens looking for unique Volusia plant
Citizen scientists conducted surveys throughout Volusia County last month to determine where the rare -- only found in this county -- "Volusia Pawpaw" is growing. Also known as Yellow Squirrel Banana or Rugel's Pawpaw, it is a member of the Annonaceae or Custard family. There are two species in this genus of "false pawpaws" and bo...
Catching a wave
Surf instructor Ryan Mahler, center, of New Smyrna Beach teaches children to surf during a Surfriders EcoSurf Clinic hosted by the Volusia/Flagler Chapter at Lighthouse Point in Ponce Inlet on Saturday, June 21....
Water district ranks projects for funding
Six water projects proposed for Volusia County met the criteria to get funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District, and have been prioritized by its governing board. "On June 10, the board approved the ranking of 62 proposed projects that would help to develop traditional and alternative water supplies, conserve wat...
A scaly cutie
Bob King of Beyond the Scale Reptiles of Cape Coral holds an Argentine black-and-white tegu as it flicks its tongue out at the ReptiDay reptile and exotic animal show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand on Saturday, June 21....

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