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Edgewater working with county to transport patients to area hospitals
EDGEWATER - If you need an ambulance and the city's rescue truck is the closest one, you will soon be able to ride to an area hospital without waiting for EVAC. Once all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed on an agreement with Volusia County, Edgewater Fire and Rescue will be able to transport ...
What's he saying?
DELAND - Alan Ware has a lot to say about mime. About a dozen youths gathered with him at the Athens Theatre last Saturday, for a two-hour study in the art of miming. "It was part of the youth education series we have at the Sands Theater (Company)," Mr. ...
Ormond Beach woman determined to open home for children
Maria Max has had a dream for many years. She wants to open a home where abused or neglected children can stay until they can be placed in foster care, adopted or returned to their own home. "Every child needs and deserves a bright, healthy, happy start in life," Ms. Max said. As owner of Community Th...
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...
'Tis the season to enjoy the Suns
DELAND-The summers are hotter at Conrad Park at Melching Field, thanks to the DeLand Suns heating up the baseball action. "I drove two hours and 15 minutes today (for a game)," fan Chris Kelly said at a recent game. Mr. Kelly lives in Tampa. "I'm here for my two buddies - numbers 14 and 15." That's Danie...
Clickety-clack
Aiden Schick, 2, of DeLand stands on his tippy-toes to get a view of a model train going by during the 40th annual Florida Rail Show and Sale at the Volusia County Fair Grounds in DeLand Saturday. More than 200 tables of model trains and railroad collectables were for sale and viewing during the event. For more info...
Deltona home values, vacancies on the mend
DELTONA - James Glover watched for two years as the one-bedroom house next door to his on Mayflower Avenue slowly went to the weeds. In one of the Volusia County cities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, it's been a common sight for a half-dozen years or more, all across town. "It was a dump," the 62...
Deltona leaders cap property tax, raise waste bill
DELTONA - Residents will pay less in property taxes over the next three years, but they'll pay more to throw out the trash. Deltona city commissioners lowered and capped the city's property tax millage for the coming November tax bill on Monday night - from $8.36 to $7.99 for every $1,000 in property v...
FDOT approves new Orange City school zone on accident-ridden 17-92
ORANGE CITY - Lynn Evans is nervous enough to be starting her freshman year at University High School in the fall. She doesn't need the added strain, she said, of having to face rush-hour traffic twice a day at U.S. 17-92 on her walk to and from school - something she faced all last year, too, as a Riv...
Let's get to work
Orange City resident, Twila Harrison of the Volusia County Human Resources Division, assists one of the many applicants during the 'Let's get to Work!' Job Fair at the DeLand Conference Center recently. The fair was organized by Volusia County Councilman Joyce Cusack and City of DeLand Commissioner Vonzelle Johnson....
And the wheels go round and round
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - "A strong abstraction that employs vibrant color to define a composition inspired by bicycle wheels" were included in the judge's comments for Antoinette Slick's acrylic painting of a bicycle. The Ormond Beach artist won Best in Show for her painting, "The Wheels of the Bike Go Roun...
Town rejects attorney proposals due to contract issue
PONCE INLET - Hiring a new town attorney to replace the outgoing Cliff Shepard will take a little longer than expected. The Town Council rejected legal service proposals from six law firms under consideration at a special meeting on Monday. But town leaders said they're starting from scratch not because the ...
Cities begin preparing next year's budgets
Stretching dollars and squeezing pennies will take up a lot of time for city leaders before the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. In four Volusia County cities, balancing the quality of city services with the need to set affordable tax rates remains a challenge. Although Daytona Beach Shores and Ponce Inlet ...
Florida - America's great melting pot
Our Florida presents a unique look at the diversity of our great nation. People of varying speech patterns and accents are living side by side here in the Sunshine State. Although physically the state is about as far south as you can go in the U.S., it is not really a Southern state. I believe it began as one, but that e...
Dollmaker
Alexis Camargo, 11, of Deltona works on a cone doll of famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo during the Museum of Art Teen Art Academy in DeLand recently. For more information on upcoming camp, visit www.MuseumofFloridaArt.org or call (386) 734-4371....
County studying budget
VOLUSIA COUNTY - County council members went home with about 700 pages of proposed budget to digest. "We'll be digging through this thing for the next few months," Volusia County Council member Josh Wagner, Port Orange, said. At its last regular meeti...
UCP of East Central Florida is now UCP/WORC
This month UCP of East Central Florida has changed its name to UCP/WORC. "Our organization had been known in the community as WORC, Work Oriented Rehabilitation Center, for so long that when we changed our name in 2005, people thought our mission had changed," said Craig Byrd, president of UCP/WORC. "Without WORC in our name, some people thought ...

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