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Local artist sees, lives, paints life from big picture perspective
A mere corner with favorable lighting is not enough. The world, or at least Volusia County, is Margaret Schnebly Hodge's art studio. Yes, she stands in one spot and paints, but through the years Ms. Hodge has done so much more to create, promote and coordinate art viewing opportunities and funding avenues to carry its varied forms...
Downtown museum is thriving with eclectic store, regular exhibits
If you have been searching for a Leonardo da Vinci catapult, a horse head squirrel bird feeder or a Victorian terrarium to double as a wine cooler, search no more. The Museum of Art-DeLand Downtown store is a quirky-minded shopper's paradise. Originally designated as a satellite location to increase the downtown presence for the M...
DeBary's dressed up dinosaur enchants passersby
Alice Beaulieu was running behind recently. She'd spent time in Grand Rapids, S.D., because she wanted to see Mount Rushmore and she didn't get back to work until Friday, two days before Father's Day. No, she doesn't own a restaurant and she doesn't own a golf pro shop or even a fishing store. What was her hurry? Ms. Beaulieu had ...
Getting the lesson
Deandre Weston, 5, Orange City, gets into the groove during the beginners' swimming lesson as Catie Rose Kelly, aquatic director at the DeLand Family YMCA, gives him encouragement during the Volusia Flagler YMCA's participation in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson event on Friday, June 20. Deandre was one of...
Independence Day celebrations
There are many activities planned in Volusia County this Fourth of July. Daytona Beach: Star Spangled Summer Concert Series: Alter Eagles, an Eagle tribute band, will perform at the Daytona Beach Bandshell at 7:15 p.m. as part of the free Star Spangled Summer Concert Series presented by Friends of the Bandshell. Bandshell ...
United Volusia County a prime business location
State Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, continued his campaign to unite the two sides of Volusia County last week, hosting the Second Annual One Volusia Event, focused on promoting efforts to attract new business projects to the area. The event drew more than 100 of the county's business, economic, political and civic leaders t...
Citizens get crash course in city operations
Each year a handful of civic-minded New Smyrna Beach residents, through the Citizen's Academy, get a look behind the scene at how this beach town functions. I had the good fortune to be among those selected for the 2014 class, which was in April and May. The seven-week course met for about three hours ...
Climbing high
Bonita Quinones, 4, DeLand, climbs the children's rock wall Saturday, June 28, at Orange City's Fireworks, Fun and Fanfare festival in Valentine Park....
Bridal shop going out with a bang
Laughter spills from the Forever Bridal Shop at Reed Canal and Nova roads in South Daytona as a youngster models formal wedding party garb and women peruse wedding dresses. But the days are growing bittersweet for shop owner Lucy Riley as she contemplated the shop's closing day on June 30. A familiar stop for brid...
Citizens want more summer programs for children
At its first meeting in June, the week school was ending, the Daytona Beach City Commission heard more than half a dozen residents voice their concerns about what they perceived as a lack of city-run programs for school-aged children, specifically after school and summer programs. Steve Miller, a former city commissioner who'...
Two city officials resign in fallout over utilities overspending
The Port Orange City Council June 24 discussed the need for significant improvements in the city's finance department to avoid future purchasing errors, such as the recent water meter contract mistake that resulted in more than $411,000 of over expenditures and the resignation of two city department managers. ...
A sight to see
Paige Franks, 6, left, of New Smyrna Beach and Noah Furr, 8, of DeLand get a close look at a baby horseshoe crab held by camp counselor Julian Povilaitis, 15, during summer camp at the Marine Discovery Center on Friday, June 27....
Beer distributor moves into new home
After more than 50 years in business in the same Ormond Beach location, beer distributor S. R. Perrott moved into a new home last month -- just a few miles north, on U.S. 1 near the Interstate 95 junction. The family-owned and operated business, with the third generation now on the management team, celebrated with a ribbon-...
DeLand Rotary distributes $28,000
Twenty-four charities and non-profit organizations were recipients of the Rotary Club of DeLand's 2013-14 donations. Awardees were honored at a luncheon June 19. Splitting almost $28,000 were the Alzheimer's Association, Athens Theatre, Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Central Florida Knicks Basketball Team, Chi...
Leather and Lace's Angel's Landing has shot at $50K
A local women's motorcycle club founder, Jennifer Chaffin, is in the running to win $50,000 from Ty Pennington's "help for a day give-back challenge." Ms. Chaffin founded the international, non-profit organization called Leather and Lace Motorcycle Club in 1983 for women who love motorcycles and want to ...
Getting some feedback
NBA All-Star Vince Carter gets an earful from his nine-year-old daughter Kai Carter during warm-ups of his Youth Basketball Academy at the Vince Carter Athletic Center at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach on Tuesday, June 24....
NASCAR races return to area as Race for Chase heats up
With Jimmy Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. neck-and-neck and Brad Keselowski breathing down their necks in the Race for the Chase, the Coke Zero 400 promises a little extra excitement. If any of those three win, they could distance themselves from the rest of the pack, so it should be an interesting week...
Abuse council starting program to focus on children
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence has selected the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County to implement the Child Protection Investigation project. The Florida Legislature allocated funds to create staff positions for domestic violence advocates in areas with the greatest need. Volusia has a high rate of child w...
Hard work and persistence can pay off big
Merchant marine, military service, Fuller Brush salesman, insulation sales representative, restaurateur and philanthropist all describe one man, L. Gale Lemerand, and each was a step that led him to his highly successful position as an entrepreneur and investor. Born in 1934 in Escanaba, Mich., life didn't sta...

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