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OWLs serious about writing
The only note of frivolity during the biweekly meetings of the Ormond Writers group is the small stuffed owl placed near the head of the long conference table where they gather. Otherwise the group might represent a corporate board meeting, or a college class with students who are quite a bit more senior than usual. The owl is t...
Municipal Candidates - DeLand, DeLeon Springs and Lake Helen
For the Aug. 26 election, Hometown News is publishing information on each candidate for seats that have challengers. Unopposed candidates are simply listed. For more election information, the League of Women Voters of Volusia County has Q&As available for each contested nonpartisan countywide, municipal and local judicial races. Seventy-six candi...
Future reader
Heather Callow of DeLand laughs as she looks over some children's books with her 8-week-old son, Eli, at the Friends of the DeLand Library's bookstore, which opened in January in an addition funded by the Friends of the DeLand Library....
Municipal candidates - Deltona, Orange City and DeBary
For the Aug. 26 election, Hometown News is publishing information on each candidate for seats that have challengers. Unopposed candidates are simply listed. For more election information, the League of Women Voters of Volusia County has Q&As available for each contested nonpartisan countywide, municipal and local judicial races. Seventy-six candi...
Deltona Commission selects, rejects ballot questions
Deltona voters will not be asked to eliminate term limits for commissioners when they go to the polls in November. The Deltona City Commission voted 4-3 Aug. 4 to keep term limits for the mayor and commissioners in place. Three other proposed charter amendment questions concerning the city commission will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. ...
Little drummer boys
Jacob Cronin, 7, left, with his brother Justin, 6, and Jack Coata, 7, drum to the beat with African drums by "Miss Yvette" during Atlantic Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp on Thursday, Aug. 7....
City works on appearance of gateway corridor
The City of Ormond Beach has one really attractive entrance -- over the years, the city has improved Granada Boulevard from Interstate 95 to State Road A1A with palm trees, lots of flowering plants and lush oleanders. The entrance from the other I-95 exit, just a couple of miles to the north, onto U.S. 1 isn't quite so gorgeo...
Municipal candidates - Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, and Holly Hill
For the Aug. 26 election, Hometown News is publishing information on each candidate for seats that have challengers. Unopposed candidates are simply listed. For more election information, the League of Women Voters of Volusia County has Q&As available for each contested nonpartisan countywide, municipal and local judicial races. Seventy-six candi...
Color masters
Sophie Lindmeir, left, and Kayla Schulz work on their painting project during Atlantic Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp on Thursday, Aug. 7....
Municipal candidates - Port Orange
For the Aug. 26 election, Hometown News is publishing information on each candidate for seats that have challengers. Unopposed candidates are simply listed. For more election information, the League of Women Voters of Volusia County has Q&As available for each contested nonpartisan countywide, municipal and local judicial races. Seventy-six candi...
Sheriff promotes department veteran to major
With promotion comes added responsibility. Chico Mandizha got a full dose of both on Tuesday, Aug. 5, when Sheriff Ben Johnson promoted the 23-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office to the rank of major. Major Mandizha, 46, becomes one of the Sheriff's Office's three majors, each commanding one of the agency's three operating di...
About 50 private schools offer education in Volusia County
There are a variety of reasons parents choose private schools for their children, including religion; a preference for small classes or small schools; a belief in a certain educational system not used in public schools, such as Montessori; or academic quality. With a total of about 50 private schools, Volusia County has somet...
Historical Society's Conrad Center is West Volusia history vault
Do you ever just want to get lost? If you've had enough of the beach, the rain, the heat and humidity or even those precious children who have more weeks of freedom than parents have energy, step away and take a trip back through time. The Robert M. Conrad Research and Educational Center next to The Henry A. DeLand House Museum at...
City approves Isola Bella development plan
Isola Bella Condominiums on the North Causeway could soon be under construction. The City Commission has approved Phase I of the Master Development Plan of the Island Town Center Development Agreement Second Amendment. The developer, Blossom Development Inc., must now submit requests for building permi...
No city issues on Aug. 26 ballot in southeast Volusia
For the Aug. 26 election, Hometown News is publishing information on each candidate for seats that have challengers. Unopposed candidates are simply listed. In Southeast Volusia, Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach and Oak Hill have no candidates on the August ballot, but will have candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot. Hometown News will publish information o...
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Swim instructor Joy Whitney of Port Orange teaches proper swimming techniques to a student during swim class at the Cypress Aquatic Center in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Aug. 2. Scholarships are available for low-income children and adults. For more information, visit codb.us or call (386) 671-8392....
DeLand voters must decide two issues
DeLand residents will be asked two questions when they vote Aug. 26. First, voters will decide whether or not to amend the city's charter. If they so opt, the change will include the removal of obsolete -- outdated -- references to license taxes, bird sanctuaries, pier and bulkhead lines, palmettos, health inspectors, original cit...
Repaving Dunlawton coming in September
Port Orange travelers are in for traffic hassles on the city's primary thoroughfare when the state's Department of Transportation begins repaving Dunlawton Avenue. The project, slated to begin in mid-September, will encompass the west end of Dunlawton from Nova Road to the Interstate 95 interchange. That secti...
Some residential buildings in Volusia going smoke-free
Smoke-free multi-unit housing, a growing trend throughout the country, has made its way to Volusia County. "A home should be a safe place for everyone, especially for children, people with existing health conditions, and the elderly who are more vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke," said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, direc...
Quiet spot
Ten-year-olds Bailey Waigand, left, and Camille Savary, spend their morning reading books in the children's section of the Ormond Beach Regional Library on Friday, Aug. 1....
Health department promotes National Breastfeeding Month
August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Healthiest Weight Florida, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health, WIC, Healthy Start, the Florida Child Care Food Program and the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, is announcing its own August Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign. The purpose of the campaign...
County Council signals intent to reduce fire tax rate
Although facing fiscal challenges in the budget that finances Volusia County Government's fire/emergency medical services, the County Council on Aug. 7 signaled its intent to reduce the tax rate shown on the notices of proposed taxes sent to rural property owners. In a unanimous vote, the council decided to back down from a co...

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