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Foster kids, parents from around the state gather in Daytona Beach
DAYTONA BEACH - Beach balls and laughing children covered the conference space used for the NEX GEN Teen Conference, which was held last weekend at the Hilton in Daytona Beach. Over 130 tweens and teens were brought together to mingle and play during the annual NEX GEN conference coordinated by the Florid...
Hidden Lake Konomac not so hidden anymore
DEBARY - Mayor Bob Garcia remembers fishing and exploring DeBary Bayou and nearby Konomac Lake when it was his grandpa and not him who needed a cane to get around. But times have changed. DeBary Bayou, a marsh in the southeast section of the city, is largely landlocked by Interstate 4 today, choked wit...
Board to look again at Pass-to-Play
DELAND-Since before its passage, Policy 313, better known as Pass-to-Play, has been controversial. Indeed, it was born in a 3-2 vote along gender lines 15 years ago. The three women on the Volusia County School Board in '97 voted for the policy. The two men against it. At its most recent meeting, the schoo...
Job hunting center moves to Orange City
ORANGE CITY - The One-Stop Employment Center recently moved from its long familiar pad at 1382 S. Woodland Blvd., Woodland Plaza, DeLand. The center set up shop there in 2000 after relocating from East New York Avenue. The center is now at 822-1 Saxon Blvd., in Orange City's Marketplace Shopping Center. ...
Splashin' good time
Kids are beating the summer heat at the 35-foot splash pad at Orange City's Veterans Memorial Park, 426 S. Volusia Ave. In addition to the splash pad, the park has a playground, a quarter-mile soft track, pavilions with picnic tables and cooking grills. Evan Arroseigor, 11, who will go to Southwestern Middle School ...
Discount drug card cuts medication costs
It's a reality that some individuals have to set aside a large chunk of their income for prescription medicine. They have to take multiple pills periodically throughout the day and sometimes spend hundreds of dollars a month on their medications. The lucky ones pay into an insurance plan that reduces the ...
Glimpse into history
Thelma Smith of Daytona Beach looks over various items and artifacts from the SANKOFA African American Museum on Wheels in the Midtown Cultural and Education Center during the 12th annual Juneteenth Family Festival in Daytona Beach. Juneteenth is the popular commemoration of General Gordon Granger's reading of Gener...
League of Women Voters reminds Floridians of deadline to register
The League of Women Voters of Florida wants to remind Floridians that the deadline to register for the August 14 primary election is July 16. "Florida's primary election has never been held this early. Given the changes in the state's elections laws, the league encourages Florida voters to call their local Supervisor of Electi...
Longtime firefighter named county's chief
VOLUSIA COUNTY - Mark Piland long knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. "I started as a volunteer firefighter," he said. "I was still in high school. I think they felt sorry for me, and slid me in a little early." He's helped rescue hundreds, perhaps thousands, in the last 35 years. He rode fire tru...
Ganess Persaud of DeLand thinks about his next move during a game of chess at the Deland Regional Library recently. Mr. Persaud was playing with members of the Deland Area Chess Club, which meets in the auditorium every Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.delandchess.blogspot.com....
DeBary leaders ready for CRA push
DEBARY - For a year, Sid Vihlen has been studying whether a community development agency is something the city needs to reinvigorate its tired central business corridor along U.S. 17-92. The determination that he and the Economic Development Advisory Committee he chairs delivered to the DeBary City Cou...
Unneighborly neighbors taxing code enforcement
DELTONA - In this corner, at 3140 Cabot Court, is Susan Armon, who's taken to carrying a baseball bat on walks around her tiny cul-de-sac for fear of her neighbor's dogs running up on her, growling and unleashed. "I hope it gives me a fighting chance if they come back again," the longtime resident said...
County seeks where the sidewalk ends in Orange City
ORANGE CITY - When he moved to the corner of Birch and Carpenter avenues in 1994, Fred Bonnett didn't have a sidewalk anywhere in sight. That didn't seem to matter until recent years, he said, when Volusia County built three new schools just around the corner - Manatee Cove Elementary School, River Spr...
Boys, Girls Club beautified with grass, flowers, patio
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - The weeds are gone. New grass, freshly planted flowers and bright blue picnic tables welcome children spending the summer at the Oretha Bell/New Smyrna Beach Boys & Girls Club here. And the youngsters are able to enjoy the work they accomplished along with Home Depot volunteers in s...
Edgewater's new fire station built for now and the future
EDGEWATER - For years, the city's main fire station was housed in a four-building complex, with firemen on duty crammed into 444 square feet of living and sleeping space in a 40-year-old building. "We had 7,500 to 8,000 square feet in four separate buildings," said Fire Chief Stephen Cousins in a rece...
Neighbors can't stand 'bloodcurdling' screams
ORMOND BEACH - Everyone wants Florida's children water-ready, but that doesn't mean anyone wants screaming children in residential neighborhoods. At its most recent meeting, the Ormond Beach City Commission closed the pool to residential neighborhoods. At its most recent meeting, the ...
Bras for a cause
Shawn-Marie Batchelder (sitting) is working with Janis Brown, Daytona Beach resident, on a bra that was inspired by a mermaid during the Braz Cauz event at Florida Hospital recently. Braz Cauz began four years ago when Ms. Batchelder, a Deltona resident and breast cancer survivor, was inspired with the idea of in...
City: Ball field not needed to keep park ownership
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES - The area where a baseball field once stood at McElroy Park is now bare, except for sod that was laid on the ground where the infields used to be. City workers recently laid down the sod and took out the backstop fence that stood at the ball field. Staff said there were plans to elimina...
Eye on the target
Savana Stanton, 10, of Ponce Inlet carefully aims her bow during the Marine Discovery Center's summer camp program in New Smyrna Beach recently. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sponsored the archery program. For more information, visit www.marinediscoverycenter.org....
Ponce Inlet enters six-month trial to run ambulances
PONCE INLET - It might take a little less time to get to the hospital in an ambulance soon. That's because of a pilot program offered by Volusia County that would allow the town to operate its own ambulances. Recently, the Town Council unanimously voted to enter into the ambulance transport program for a six...
Documentary project on Volusia County launches
"I'm part psychologist and part veterinarian ... I guess you could say that what's said in the feed store, stays in the feed store." - Greg Molinari, VOLUSIA52 participant At his feed store in DeLand, Mr. Molinari posed for a photograph being made by Eric Dusenbery, executive director and photograph...
Do you know who walked on these bricks?
Up until Jan. 7, 1976 the world's most iconic structure in motor sports was at 113 East Granada Blvd. in Ormond Beach. On that day, I stood across the street and watched the Ormond Garage burn to the ground. The famous old structure built in 1904 by Henry Flagler was on the National Historic Register and cherished by int...
Camera chat
Bob Wynn, left, co-president of The Casements Camera Club, talks with Richard Boylan, webmaster of the Port Orange Camera Club, about Mr. Boylan's sunset photo on display at the Port Orange Club's exhibit at the ArtHaus through Aug. 3....
2012 film festival winners announced
PORT ORANGE - Port Orange Government TV (pogTV) has announced the winners of its 5th annual Film Festival. The first place winner in the High School Film Group was "The Last Dance," by University High School filmmakers Caroline Gill, Wes Ellis, Kayleigh Slappey, Tony Sanden and Gabby Brookes. The film takes a look at teenage ...
Volusia losing education money because of funding formula
VOLUSIA COUNTY - A dollar is a dollar - but not at the Florida Education Finance Program. There, a dollar is 96 cents. At least for the Volusia County Schools it is. For other school districts, a dollar is upwards to $1.03. District officials say Volusia's students are getting shortchanged by the Distric...

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