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Finding the gay community
Lisa-Marie Mueller grew up in an ultra-conservative town on the west coast of Florida, where she lived in a community that often turned a blind eye when discussing a polarized subject, such as homosexuality. In high school, her principal, and the educators who worked for he...
Community group seeks new members
SOUTH DAYTONA - The city's neighborhood watch is looking for some new sets of eyes. South Daytona Citizens Alert, which started more than 30 years ago as a neighborhood watch team aimed to support crime prevention and neighborhood safety, has more than 300 members. But the organization's leaders hope to incr...
Champs
Three Ormond Beach young men, from left, Nick Stockhammer, Chris Banks and Levi Zinke, were among 24 players from Florida selected for the U19 Florida Juice Rugby team. They competed recently at the Rugby Challenge Cup 2012 in Cheswick, Penn. The team competed among the best rugby players in the country and won ...
Volusia County churches host County Council debates
A church in each of the five Volusia County Council districts will host a debate featuring County Council candidates and candidates for County Council chairman. Each debate will be followed by a meet and greet. Five district seats and the chairman seat are up for election this year. There will be many new candidates entering t...
Brassy performance
Lead trombonist Steve Moltere performs with the Jim Miller's Big Band America to a packed house at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday....
Buckner Property goes to only bidder
DELAND - Sold! Most likely, that is. At its last regular meeting - Monday, June 2 - the DeLand City Commission agreed to sell a historic home for $25,000. That's about $75,000 less than the property's assessed value, but $15,000 more than the buyer, Mark Shuttleworth, offered the city last month. "This i...
How it's done
Patrick Pysarchyk, 17, of DeLand goes up for the shot as Chris Johnson, far left, and John Centimole and Jake Baranski, right, watch during a friendly game of basketball at Earl Brown Park recently....
Meeting a scaly neighbor
Stetson University biology professor Dr. Terry Farrell shows visitors a corn snake as Eli Gallagher, 5, of New Smyrna Beach and his sister Thea, 7, get a closer look during the Reptiles of Volusia County at Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona Saturday. For more information on free programs and future events, call...
Deltona could let Dare Wear stay on Saxon
DELTONA - Early this year, Deltona Commissioner Fred Lowry couldn't help but notice the colorful Dare Wear Adult Superstore billboards popping up on the Interstate 4 approaches to his city. Then residents started to complain. The Baptist minister inquired at City Hall and learned that the Saxon Bouleva...
Deltona leaders agree to take ethics, civility pledge
DELTONA - Deltona leaders unanimously agreed to take a new pledge recently to not only be ethical but also nice. But the pledge wasn't approved until at least a little squabble could take place for old time's sake. Commissioner Herb Zischkau, an attorney, noted that the pledge was actually written as a...
Easy catch
Gavin Heller, 4, of Deltona cringes at the sight of a mole caught by biology professor Dr. Terry Farrell of Stetson University during a search for reptiles in the Lyonia Preserve Saturday. The free program entitled 'Reptiles of Volusia County' gave visitors an overview of the reptiles found in Volusia County at Lyon...
Lady Cudas Fast Pitch win state championship, advance to regionals
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Sunday was a winning day for the Southeast Volusia Babe Ruth Fast Pitch 16U team who brought home the state championship. The undefeated Lady Cudas obliterated their opponents 31-4, said Coach Dragon Nadzam. Next up for the team is the Southeast Regional Championship in Pitt County, N.C., July 17-22. Four ye...
Water taxi could be plying the waters again between New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Hailing this taxi may be a little difficult in the water. You can't just whistle or wave your hand. Riders will need to get on at one of the designated stops in Ponce Inlet or New Smyrna Beach to travel back and forth across the inlet where they can shop or have dinner on Canal Stre...
Kayak kid
City of Port Orange summer camper Brian McAndrew, 14, of Port Orange traverses through Spruce Creek in a kayak during a recent visit to Cracker Creek Canoeing in Port Orange recently. Activities abound for all ages from canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, Eco-History Pontoon boat tours, nature trails and m...
There may be big trouble in paradise
Taking a boat trip up the Silver River to the big springs is one of my favorite things to do. Each time I make my annual pilgrimage there, the sheer beauty of that wilderness elicits a feeling of sympathy in me for all of the locals and visitors who never have the opportunity to see it. This is the real deal. Walt Disney...
Trail named after Council member
HOLLY HILL - The Pat Northey Holly Hill Greenway Trail. The name came as a pleasant surprise for the Deltona-area Volusia County Council member. "It's kind of exciting," she said. "I've never had anything named after me." At its June 26 meeting, the Holly Hill City Commission unanimously voted to name th...
Disabled parking permit requirements to change
The Florida Legislature has approved new requirements for blue permanent disabled parking permits, affecting 44,000 people in Volusia County. Effective Oct. 1, any person issued a blue permanent disabled parking permit must renew the permit every four years and, when doing so, provide a certificate of disability completed and ...
School funding may come from tax payers
VOLUSIA COUNTY - Voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether Volusia students get a few more dollars. At its June 26 meeting, the Volusia County School Board approved a ballot referendum that could annually add about $25 million to $26 million to the district's operating budget for the next four years. "Nobody ...
Health department offers summer safety tips
The Volusia County Health Department advises everyone to keep safe during the hot summer months. Water safety, food protection, heat-related illness and mosquito protection are important when keeping you and your family safe this summer. Swimming safety .Do not jump or dive into unknown waters. .Swim only in approved areas...
One proud cracker: Bill Dreggors clings to DeLand's past
DELAND - Bill Dreggors ambles slowly up the ramp to a 126-year-old house that's shrouded in elderly trees and the shadow of Stetson University. City founder Henry DeLand built it for his winter home in 1886, right around the corner from his "moneybags" hat-making friend, John B. Stetson. If it weren't ...
Learning new skills
Bob Campbell of New Smyrna Beach teaches Michelle Brown, 11, of Port Orange how to hold the bow and arrow correctly during the Marine Discovery Center's summer camp program recently. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sponsored the archery program. For more information, visit www.marinediscoveryce...
Zoom Air Daytona Beach opens for zip-lining public
DAYTONA BEACH - Zoom Air's Daytona Beach treetop adventure park is slated to open Saturday, July 14. Tropical Storm Debby caused major delays in construction, making it necessary to postpone opening beyond the original target. The company expects to have everything in place to receive new customers on Saturday at Zoom Air Adven...
Kayaking at camp
Summer campers Seth Hartley, left, and Joey Mikos, both 12, paddle their way through the Indian River Lagoon during the Marine Discovery Center's summer camp program recently. For more information, visit www.marinediscoverycenter.org....

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