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Stetson bans tobacco from campuses
No one is blowing smoke on Stetson University's campuses in DeLand and Gulfport. Figuratively professors may beg to differ with that statement. Literally, as of Aug. 1, use of all tobacco, electronic cigarettes and a variety of smokeless products is prohibited in Stetson buildings and structures, on grounds, parking lots and in un...
Fun, silly dances
DeBary children's librarian Richelle Rinninger leads children in a silly kids' dance during the summer reading program's Dance Party on Friday, Aug. 2, at the DeBary Public Library....
City calls on community to chart DeBary's future
DeBary citizens have been called upon to help steer the city to its fullest potential. A letter from interim Mayor Chris Carson went out to community members last month, inviting them to two meetings -- Aug. 2 and Aug. 23 -- to provide feedback to the city's leaders as they update the Comprehensive Strategic Plan. The plan will "g...
Groups distributing free backpacks and school supplies
For some families, the back-to-school shopping trip to stock up on school supplies and get ready for that all-important first day is a chance to build happy memories and some time for family togetherness. For others, it's another stressful, demoralizing episode for parents who have trouble giving their children the things tho...
Clinic part of medical center's community outreach
Dr. Karla McNish, director of Halifax Health Medical Center's Community Clinic, loves her job. Her passion for everything she does is evident every time she talks about the work of the clinic. The community clinic, based on the grounds of Halifax, is there to provide care to the uninsured and underinsured and those who just fall...
Cadets compete at leadership camp
Instead of starting their summer vacation sleeping in, 22 JROTC cadets from Mainland and Spruce Creek high schools attended a six-day Cadet Leadership Course at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. The annual challenge is typically attended by more than 300 cadets from more than 20 schools. Spruce Creek Army JROTC attended for the ...
City sells land to fund intersection enhancements
New Smyrna Beach is selling a small parcel of land on the west side of U.S. 1 at Canal Street to improve the intersection. The City Commission approved July 30 using the proceeds from the sale to pay for enhancements to the intersection to make a "gateway" to the downtown area. The state Department of ...
Rising stars
Max "Bingo" Russo of Port Orange performs a magic trick with Joelin "Yo Yo" Dauro of Edgewater during the Fan-Tastic Clown-Tastics Camp at Port Orange Regional Library on Friday, Aug. 1....
More ag land recommended for residences in Port Orange
The Port Orange Planning Commission gave the initial go ahead July 24 for the development of five single-family houses on a 5.15-acre property on Boggs Ford Road. According to City Planner Penelope Cruz, a rezoning request along with the final plat and plans were reviewed by the Planning Commission. Both were...
Surfers get expert advice and assistance
Small, clean waves added up to huge fun for the fifth annual Inlet Surfers for Autism Beach Festival at the Ponce Inlet Jetty on Saturday, Aug. 2. Dozens of participants lined up on the beach waiting their turn with an expert surfer. More participants at the water's edge received lessons in paddling a surfboard, w...
Clownin' around
Sophie "Giggles" Lindmeier clowns around during the Fan-Tastic Clown-Tastics Camp at Port Orange Regional Library on Friday, Aug. 1....
Volusia County's court system explained
Florida has two levels of trial (non-appellate) courts -- circuit courts and county courts. Circuit courts preside over a district that usually comprises all or parts of several different counties. County courts preside over cases restricted to that particular county. The Seventh Judicial Circuit Court presides over legal, court...
Judicial Candidates
For Hometown News The following bios are for candidates for circuit court and county court judge who will be on the ballot because the post is being contested. All the judicial elections are non-partisan. Judges who will be re-instated this year because they are unopposed are listed at the end. Voting for Fifth District Court of Appeals judges ...
Testing, testing 1, 2, 3; public schools await new plan
With FCAT in the rearview mirror, the coming school year will bring new student and teacher assessment tools. The multiple-choice question seems to be: what are they? "Testing is a state issue and we don't have a whole lot of direction from them yet on what to expect," VCS spokeswoman Nancy Wait wrote in an emailed response to quest...
Transcendental Meditation's benefits discussed
The voice on the other end of the line is calm. It's Monday morning and the caller is rattled -- the week ahead, life pressures, worries and a racing heart all are at play. The other voice remains calm -- a smile is audible -- and soon the caller starts to become a little calmer, too. John Jacobson of East Volusia Transcendental M...
Health Department reminds residents of importance of vaccinations
The Florida Department of Health recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month and encourages parents to have their children immunized now to avoid the back-to-school immunization rush. Department of Health offices statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for...
Anti-bully group seeks permanent place in schools
Like the cavalry, Bully Armor is amassing troops, readying to march into schools, determined to eradicate an emotional, and physical, pandemic. Proposed pilot programs and one-day speaker programs have given way to a larger, more permanent solution to the insidious problem of bullying. Galaxy Middle School in Deltona, along with f...
Horsepower
Kelsey Kidd, 12, of Lake Helen takes Chief around the first barrel in the course at the West Volusia Saddle Club's speed show on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lake Helen Equestrian Facility....
Correction
An article in the July 18 Hometown News about the reclaimed water system of the New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission had three errors. The article should have stated that it costs more to treat the used water for reclamation. The guidelines for watering lawns are set by the St. Johns River Water Management District. The Utilities Commission has ...

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