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Orange City doctor explores wild side in Africa
Since, at last check, there was no 24-hour Walmart Supercenter in Botswana, Dr. Jeffrey Blonder, interventional radiologist at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, had to put on his thinking cap before making the 27-hour journey there Aug. 23. He certainly didn't want to forget anything. He was so well organized that his...
Education To Go offers fast, flexible learning opportunities
When you're hungry, busy and running low on motivation, you might opt for fast and convenient food to go. Once your appetite is satisfied and you feel rejuvenated, it's much easier to move forward and finish that lingering project or start a new one. Daytona State College's Education To Go courses work in a similar fashion. Today'...
Running clubs compete
The fastest group of runners takes off Thursday, Aug. 28, 33 minutes and 45 seconds after the first group on the annual nine-mile Run for the Hill of It competition featuring runners from the West Volusia Runners and the Lake Monroe Road Killers clubs and a winding, hilly course near the DeLand Country Club. F...
You won't get in a pickle, but you could whiff
With recent "feels like" temperatures topping 100 degrees and no real let up in sight, it's getting harder to find ways to get in a real work out. It's definitely too hot to run -- at least for any sane and sensible person. Golf and tennis or racquetball sound pretty miserable at this stage in early September. Of course, there's...
Volunteers needed for beach and river cleanups
Volusia County residents can think globally and clean up locally during the International Coastal Cleanup and Halifax/Indian River Cleanup, both set for 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Volusia County's Environmental Management Division is looking for volunteers to remove trash from beaches, rivers and parks during the doub...
The world keeps calling for Michael Arth's film
After submitting his application to fill Seat 4 on the DeLand City Commission, a DeLand man headed off to give a presentation at The Smithsonian. Michael E. Arth is the man of contextual contrast, fiercely determined to improve the macrocosm by altering its microcosms. His award winning 2008 documentary "New Urban Cowboy: Toward a...
Dedication for 'Peace'
Ray Johnson, Museum of Art DeLand and leader of the DeLand Sculpture Walk project, speaks during the dedication on Friday, Aug. 29, of Ormond Beach sculptor Joan Baliker's "Peace" sculpture in Chess Park facing Indiana Avenue. From left are DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Baliker and DeLand artist Joh...
Fire pulls rug from underneath DeLand flooring business
A fire destroyed his building, but not his sense of duty to his customers. On a recent sweltering afternoon, in a metal building with no power, Tom Ingle answered an endlessly beeping cell phone. It was less than a week after his Carpet Corner business office at 1837 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand burst into flames in the early morni...
Developer explains, answers questions on condo project
Plans for a five-story condominium complex, with two- and three-bedroom apartments, built in a park like setting with trees and a lagoon style pool, on the site of the now-demolished Ormond Memorial Hospital, were presented at a recent public meeting . Developer Buddy LaCour, a Daytona Beach native and Ponce Inlet resident, owne...
Practice makes perfect
Sadie Snell, 11, of Port Orange practices with others during a free Soccer Clinic at the Port Orange City Center Sports Complex on Saturday, Aug. 23. The clinic was open to all city league players and was sponsored by the city and the Port Orange Soccer Club....
Air Force veteran joins Rotary Club
Kyle Reesman joined the Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach at a special induction ceremony at a luncheon meeting recently at the Smyrna Yacht Club. Mr. Reesman grew up in Winter Park and recently retired from a 20- year career in the U.S. Air Force. He spent many years overseas with his last post in Okinawa, Japan. He is no str...
Policeman's Ball to honor fallen officers
It will be a time of celebration and a time of remembrance at the seventh annual Daytona Beach Policeman's Ball "A Night in Blue" on Sept. 12, sponsored by Jon Hall Chevrolet. The annual gala at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort is hosted by the Daytona Beach Police Foundation and will honor fallen officers and the To...
Beach towel toss
Annabelle Smith, right, of Lake Helen, helps her son, Jaden Bissoondutc, 4, in a game of move the water balloon between towels without dropping it during Lake Helen's Water/Field Day on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Blake Park. Also pictured are Ms. Smith's sister, Cindi Bissoondutc of Lake Helen, and her 8-year-old s...
Edgewater rail trail segment now under construction
The City of Edgewater kicked off construction on a new bike trail with a sign planting ceremony at Park Avenue and Old Mission Road Aug. 11. The new stretch is a 3.7-mile segment of a multi-use trail from Cow Creek to Dale Street and will be part of the East Central Regional Rail Trail, on which bicycl...
Back to school
The Work Environment Quality Council at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University donated to the Domestic Abuse Council and Turie T. Small Elementary School backpacks filled with school supplies. From left are Cheryl Fuller, CEO of the Domestic Abuse Council, Samantha Vale with ERAU's Financial Aid departmen...
Seniors are staying social with Skype
A college graduation last spring is still enchanting Marguerite Rossetter, 80, of Orange City. Mrs. Rossetter and her husband, Kent, 91, attended the Bentley University ceremony in Waltham, Mass., without packing the first suitcase. The couple moved from Ormond Beach to John Knox Village in 2012. Since then, Mr. Rossetter said, th...
On the run
A group of runners takes off Thursday, Aug. 28, on the annual nine-mile Run for the Hill of It competition featuring runners from the West Volusia Runners and the Lake Monroe Road Killers clubs and a winding, hilly course near the DeLand Country Club. The runners are seeded based on their projected speeds and...
Developer still optimistic for progress on apartments
Progress on South Daytona's newest apartment complex, The Venetian on South Ridgewood Avenue near the Port Orange border, has stalled, but expectations for the future are optimistic. According to Community Development Director John Dillard, permits for site work were issued about 18 months ago and the building...
Too cute for words
Haylei Bruckart, 10, of New Smyrna Beach takes a picture of her 10-month-old sister McKenzie Bruckart during the seventh annual Shrimp & Seafood Festival on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, Aug. 21. The cutout was on display by the Butterfly Kisses for Kids store....
Hulkified
Five-year-old Ian Joseph Samora of Deltona peers into a mirror at his Incredible Hulk half-face painted by Orlando artist Brit Lytle with Fabulous Faces Entertainment at the Deltona community barbecue Saturday, Aug. 30, sponsored by Halifax Health and Radiology Associates to showcase their new Care Now clinic ...
Cheeseburger in Paradise rocks Brannon Center
New Smyrna Beach's Brannon Center was the epicenter of a fun fundraising event called Cheeseburger in Paradise. Planned and organized by the Rotary clubs of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater, it was a rocking Jimmy Buffet-styled summer time party enjoyed by more than 400 area residents. The net proceeds from the event will be do...
Health department launches Florida Health Cleans Up!
The Florida Department of Health announced the launch of the Florida Health Cleans Up! project in support of the Florida Department of Transportation's roadside litter prevention media campaign released earlier this year, "Drive it home ... Keep Our Paradise Litter Free." The Department of Health recognizes the importance of k...
Volusia County Election Results
The results from the Aug. 26 Primary Election are in for offices within Volusia County. Races not on the Aug. 26 ballot, or those requiring a runoff because no candidate got at least 50 percent of the vote, will be voted on Nov. 4 in the General Election. Runoffs are between the two top ...

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