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Smithsonian traveling exhibit journeys through DeBary
DEBARY - Sandra Wilson, the director for the three-year-old Gateway Center for the Arts, was gliding around the 18,000-square-foot building one recent afternoon like her organization had finally arrived. Representatives from historical societies throughout West Volusia had just finished spending two da...
Bugler wants all veterans to get live 'Taps'
VOLUSIA - Four notes arranged in the nation's most familiar bugle signal, "Taps" turned 150 this year, and a local bugler believes all veterans should get a live playing of the beloved call at their funerals. However, many don't. "I started working for (the Florida Army National Guard Military Honors Pro...
Veterans: Library wants your stories
VOLUSIA - Attention, veterans. The Library of Congress wants your stories. The American Folklife Center is preserving them for researchers, writers, students and the public at the Veteran's History Project, and area veterans have numerous ways to get their stories into the project. One is in Deltona. Vic...
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Instructor Donna Johnson teaches a group to exercise during a Zumba class at the Deltona Council on Aging Community Center in Deltona last Thursday. The class is offered on Thursdays starting at 9:30 a.m. For more information call (386) 574-0060. ...
Orange City leader censured for misfeasance
ORANGE CITY - The sour looks and harsh words are far from over for Councilman Tom Abraham, who was recently exonerated by state law enforcement for sending and receiving pornographic images and salacious emails with his city-issued iPad. At the City Council's most recent meeting, it wasn't just a censure...
Sonny's now serving up barbecue in DeLand
Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q restaurant will open its doors Monday, Sept. 10, at 1500 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. The new Sonny's occupies a building that formerly was a Friendly's, which closed a year ago. (Another Friendly's in Daytona Beach closed in January, marking that chain's exit from the Volusia County marke...
Florida Hospital sues city over Fay flooding
ORANGE CITY - As city crews worked around the clock to alleviate flooding from Tropical Storm Fay in summer 2008, they also set into motion flooding damage elsewhere for which Florida Hospital alleges it still hasn't been paid. In a lawsuit filed in late August against Orange City, the hospital asks fo...
Orange City goes with higher millage rate
ORANGE CITY - City leaders recently sold the old Chamber of Commerce building at 520 N. Volusia Ave. for $60,000. That money will go right into fully landscaping three long and drab gateway medians in the coming year. But what about the rest of the city's 11 medians, all drably decorated? Most will ha...
Fortunetellers can foresee future only in some areas of the city
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Visiting a fortuneteller online doesn't have the same ambiance as visiting one in her place of business. Whether she uses a Magic 8 ball or Tarot cards or a crystal ball or reads your palm to predict your future, it's more entertaining to meet face-to-face. That was impossible in th...
New task force to study solutions to beachside parking
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Driving up and down Flagler Avenue looking for a place to park doesn't make for happy shoppers. Just ask Adele Aletti, owner of Gone Bonkers on Flagler Avenue, who also lives nearby on Peninsula Drive. As the vice chairwoman of the newly appointed Parking Systems Task Force, she's e...
Brotherly fun
Cy Lankford, 3, and his brother Liam Cammarata, 8, spend their day digging in the sand near the Flagler Avenue beach approach in New Smyrna Beach on Aug. 30....
Hot dog truck out of Renick Park
Someone looking to buy a hotdog at Tom Renick Park on Ocean Shore Boulevard in Ormond-by-the-Sea during the Labor Day weekend suffered a disappointment. After 10 years in operation there, the Beach Café was closed. Owner of the food truck, Jerry Onesky, said he was informed by letter that his cont...
Waste companies get $1K roll-off fee
HOLLY HILL - Any company can pick up demolition and construction debris in Holly Hill now, but the service has a new price tag. "If a company wants to bring their own roll-off into Holly Hill, they can," Jim McCroskey, city manager, said. "But they have to pay $1,000." The Holly Hill City Commission gave...
Electric referendum will remain on the ballot despite legal challenge
SOUTH DAYTONA - A referendum that could decide the fate of the city's decision to purchase Florida Power & Light's electrical distribution system will move forward after a judge upheld the ballot language approved by city leaders. Circuit judge Richard Graham rejected an argument that the ballot language cit...
South Daytona police chief announces his retirement
SOUTH DAYTONA - Police Chief Bill Hall will mark a milestone on Jan. 11, 2013 - 35 years to the date he began his law enforcement career. He recently announced his plans to celebrate the occasion by retiring. "I probably had the most rewarding career anyone could have," he said to city council members upon a...
Pacetta rejects town's settlement counteroffer
PONCE INLET - The attorney for a developer that owns 16 acres of riverfront property rejected town leaders' counterproposal to a settlement offer aimed at ending the developer's long-standing property rights lawsuit against the town. Pacetta LLC's attorney said the town's counteroffer to his client's $35 mil...
Bandshell memories
People gather to listen to six Caribbean/Beach/Reggae bands perform during the Friends of the Bandshell Summer Concert Series finale last Saturday. The free concert series concluded with Blues on the Beach Sunday, Sept. 2. Friends of the Bandshell is a not-for-profit which was established in 1996 to help preserve th...
Gun visionary builds future at UCF incubator
VOLUSIA COUNTY - The M1911 is a legend among gun aficionados, but Cliff Benjamin says he can make the venerable pistol better. The 66-year-old owns Better Firearms Designs, one of 11 businesses getting a leg up at the University of Central Florida Business Incubator at the Daytona Beach International Air...
I'm so sorry Uncle Albert, we should have listened to you more
I believe most families have at least one weird old uncle or aunt. In my own, it was my Uncle Albert Boswell, the oldest of my mom's five brothers. When I was a kid I found him a bit scary and did my best to avoid him. Sometime in the 1980s, he moved to Florida and took up residence in a camper trailer near Fort Pierce. ...
Mouse warehouse gives reptile lover part of his dream
DELEON SPRINGS - Carl Barden has about 800 poisonous and hungry snakes to feed every week at his Reptile Discovery Center in DeLand. That amounts to about 2,000 rodents that meet the darkness every month. Finding fresh and healthy food for the snakes he regularly empties of venom at the operation is a ...
Volunteers invited to beach and river cleanup Sept. 15
Residents and visitors are encouraged to play a role in preserving Volusia County's coastal waterways by participating in the International Coastal and Halifax/Indian River Cleanup from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. This worldwide annual event, hosted by the Ocean Conservancy, features many locations along the coast for peo...
Stetson University to mark Sept. 11 with 'Day of Action'
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, as part of the national 911day.org movement, Stetson University will host a "Day of Action" of service and programs in remembrance of the events of 9/11. The public is invited to attend. "The attacks on 9/11 were a tragedy, but they reignited a sense of service and civic duty in our country," said Heather...
Purr-fect
Southeast Volusia Humane Society volunteer Susan Igou holds a cat named Angel as Isaac Tonjes, 10, and Sharon Tonjes of DeLand take a closer look during the Plan Alive Mega-Adoption event at the Volusia County Fairgrounds recently. More than 100 animals were available for immediate adoption from area humane societie...
Naval Air Station getting bigger digs
DELAND - Jack Fortes first came to this city by way of the war effort, back in January 1945. He'd just served a tour on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Now it was time to rig parachutes for the pilots training at the DeLand Naval Air Station. The place holds a lot of memories for the 88-year-old, and n...
Catholic war veteran honored
Bishop Richard Higgins, Bishop Protector of the Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.A and Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs of the Arch Diocese for the Military Services U.S.A presented the commander of the Father John Washington chapter 1944 Gene Swarbrick with the Bronze Medallion of the...

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