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Environmental center will get built, eventually
Yes, Ormond Beach is going to build an environmental learning center. After more than a decade of to-ing and fro-ing, selecting a site, applying for grants, etc., the city is ready to get started dealing with contractors and making it really happen. No, the environmental learning center won't be open up right away or even soo...
There's a game-changer coming to Deltona
A new community sports organization got a unanimous blessing from the Deltona City Commission Sept. 3 for the use of Wes Crile Park Gymnasium. The Game Changer Sports Academy is a Florida non-profit organization with the goal of familiarizing children ages 8 to 15 with the fundamentals of basketball. Mike and Kimberly Rea, 20 plus...
Teach a kid to fish
Thomas MacDonald of Ormond Beach carefully looks on as his daughter, Murphie, 9, prepares to cast her line during the REEL in the FUN kids fishing tournament on the pier at Riverbridge Gardens on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services sponsored the tournament....
Hotchkiss House renovations continue, more needed
The gracious old South Peninsula Drive home now named The Hotchkiss House has a new, welcoming terrace overlooking the Halifax River, it's getting an updated and ready for catering kitchen and handicapped accessible bathrooms. Just a few years ago, the property had been rezoned from single residence to allow for condominiums on ...
Farmers' market gets a financial boost
The Port Orange City Council authorized a deep discount Sept. 2 to the rental rate for the owner of City Center Market which operates near the city's amphitheater from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday. The market began May 22 with a three month contract at an hourly rate of $62.50. Owner Kellianne Marks said the...
Line it up
Sebastian Juracek, 7, of the Port Orange Stingray U9 prepares to kick one into the goal during the team's first game against F.C. America of Orlando at the Southwinds Fields in Port Orange on Saturday Sept. 6....
WORC clients strive to build a home
The first thing Joey Burnside wants to tell visitors about the house he moved into about two months ago, just in time for the Fourth of July, is "this isn't just a house, it's a home." To one recent visitor, he made sure to tell her that again before she left. Until that July 3 moving day, Mr. Burnside lived in Dove Villas, ...
Challenge raised buckets of money for ALS
If you feel the need to dump icy water over your head, summer -- especially in Florida -- is a good time to do it. As with any "gone viral" trend, stunt and cause, or trendy stunt for a cause, opinions on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ranged from gung ho to no go. Many enthused over the awareness building while others naysaid any c...
Ol' time music
The intermediate old-time fiddle class practices a song at the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts in Barberville on Saturday, Sept. 6, during the End of Summer Open House. From left are Shaun Mingella, DeLeon Springs; Carol Taktikian, Edgewater, who teachers the class; Cheri Grayson, Orlando; Marcus Enos...
Sheriff Johnson names new captain
He's known as one of the most skilled police motorcycle riders in the country, having won numerous law enforcement competitions. He's also known as a well-rounded supervisor who consistently demonstrates effective decision-making, sound judgment, professionalism and an enthusiasm for the job. Now, Eric Westfall also is known a...
Open vehicle
Department training coordinator David Williams, left, of Edgewater gives Brittny Gonzalez and her daughter Lila, 2, of Deltona a tour of a MRAP during the New Smyrna Beach Police and Fire Departments' Public Safety Open House at the Public Safety Complex on Saturday, Sept. 6....
Sinatra's opens second restaurant with cabaret lounge
He dominated Hell's Kitchen but he didn't hang around. Chef Danny Veltri achieved national recognition on Chef Gordon Ramsay's popular television show and brought the skills that won over the judges back to Volusia County, after a slight detour. Before and after the show, he worked at FlipFlop's in New Smyrna Beach. Then he became...
Construction underway on road extension, community center
Construction on the Colony Park Road extension in New Smyrna Beach began with a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 4. The road is the main access to the Home Depot off State Road 44 behind the Murphy's gas station and Dunkin Donuts. "Colony Park Road will be extended northward nearly 2,200 feet to connect...
Surf simulator
Emmalee Semple, 9, of Port Orange tries to keep her balance as Maik Sebben works the controls during the Summer Kick off Surfing Simulator Challenge at Pollo Tropical at 1748 Dunlawton Ave. in Port Orange on Friday, Sept. 5. As part of its grand opening, the new restaurant will donate lunches to children of the Boys...
Fall Festival of the Arts poster unveiled at Athens
Two years ago, to commemorate the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts' 20th anniversary, the poster selection committee agreed it made sense to award the honors to the most prolific festival winner. But that year Ummarid "Tony" Eitharong was overcommitted. It's no wonder considering the artist has spent nearly 30 years exhibiting his...
Health report looks at frequent ER trips
Five people used a Volusia County emergency department on 398 separate occasions in 2012, racking up $1.5 million in hospital charges, according to a report released by the Department of Health in Volusia County. The report describes the frequency in which people use hospital emergency department services in Volusia and highl...
Sand artist
Mekayla Latham, 7, of Edgewater makes her own sand art during the New Smyrna Beach Fun Night at Riverside Park on Friday, Aug. 29. The New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Events Department hosted the event....
Votran's 3-million mile man honored
It takes a Votran fixed route bus driver about 12 years to drive one million miles. Since Evett "Doc" Wilson has ferried Volusia passengers for 37 of the county's public transit service's nearly 40 years, he has driven three times that distance. He's done it without a single, non-preventable accident, accord...
Hospital celebrates 60th year anniversary
Bert Fish Medical Center is celebrating 60 years of providing healthcare services to the Southeast Volusia community in October. As part of the celebration, hospital employees are creating a "Memory Wall" of historical photos and memories about the medical center throughout the years. The public is invited to submit copies of...
Gimme five!
One-year-old Katelyn Hogg of Edgewater high-fives professional stilt walker Mike Weakley of Orlando during the New Smyrna Beach Fun Night at Riverside Park on Friday, Aug. 29. The New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Events Department hosted the event....
The telephone number for Ormond Medical Center in an article in the Sept. 5 Hometown News was incorrect. The correct number is (386) 672-6243....

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