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Elks join fight against bullying
DELAND - Sean Richter is on a mission to reduce bullying at schools, and folks can help him by eating some pancakes. Local Elks have joined Mr. Richter's cause and will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 29. Exalted Leader Ray "Chip" Haverty said the DeLand Lodge, #1463, aims to reduce bullying ...
Port Orange family struggles with 2-year-old's leukemia
PORT ORANGE - Not long after Nathan Grant started to walk, he started to limp. By Aug. 5, the two-year-old couldn't even stand any more. That's when an x-ray and blood work revealed Nathan had leukemia. His family rushed home that day and packed for his first of several stays at Arnold Palmer Hospital...
Recovery community prepares for annual celebration
Every day is cause for celebration in the life of a recovering drug addict or alcoholic. Anyone who's ever gotten sober knows the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years away from the consequences of addiction call for reverence. "It's simple but it's not easy," is heard in 12-step meetings everywh...
Students learning in the virtual world
VOLUSIA - More students have stopped going to campuses, and Volusia County Schools is OK with that. They'll graduate - they're in virtual classes. At its last regular meeting, Sept. 11, the Volusia County School Board got an update on Volusia Virtual, the district's online-education program. Melissa Carr...
Thursday night lights
The DeLand High JV football team won its first three games of the season, including against Seabreeze on Thursday, Sept. 13. The next home game for the Bulldogs is Thursday, Oct. 4. That'll be at Spec Martin Municipal Stadium, 260 E. Euclid Ave....
Pierson council looking at no tax increase for new budget
PIERSON - The town council tentatively adopted its 2012-2013 budget at a special meeting, Monday, Sept. 10. The final adoption will be at its next regular meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 25. "There's no (tax) increase," council member James Peterson said in an interview after the meeting. "People are always happ...
A day of their own
Kaden Askins, 6, of the Deltona Harris Saxon Boys & Girls Club, helps his team pull in a tug-of-war match against Lake Helen Boys & Girls Club during National KidsDay at Dewey O. Boster Park in Deltona, Sept. 15. National KidsDay was created in 1994 by KidsPeace, a 130-year-old national children's charity, to encour...
FPU creating DeBary training facility
DEBARY - Florida Public Utilities will soon build a 1,200-square-foot classroom that will turn its natural gas and propane distribution center at 450 S. U.S. 17/92 into a training center for all of its employees. The new center will be behind the company's office building and parking lot on the site, just south of Benson Junction...
Fall still hot in Florida, but some can't afford to beat the heat
PORT ORANGE - The scorching summer heat becomes a distant memory by the time September rolls around, but not in Central Florida. With 80-degree highs still common even as the kids start a new year of school, it's essential for homeowners to have a working air conditioning unit to keep their residences cool i...
Lack of Holly Hill budget input irritates residents
HOLLY HILL - The city commission tentatively adopted its 2012-2013 budget after getting an earful from a few residents about not having budget workshops beforehand. At a special meeting Monday, Sept. 10, the commission unanimously nodded at a tentative budget and property tax rate. Final budget adoption ...
Moving Delta Queen to New Smyrna causeway berth rolling forward
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - The vote wasn't unanimous but it was enough to give Wayne Heller hope that his dream to bring the Delta Queen steamboat here isn't over. The New Smyrna Beach City Commission voted 3-2 last week to accept Mr. Heller's request for proposal and instructed city staff to proceed with lea...
Astronaut in the making
Science teacher Joshua Daniels, right, looks at his watch as kindergartner Israel Daniels waits to be the first student to talk to an astronaut during the International Space Station student contact at Burns Sci-Tech Charter School in Oak Hill, Sept. 13. Burns Sci-Tech was one of only 18 schools in the world to be c...
Edgewater development seeks rezoning approval, review
EDGEWATER - A 5,187-acre development on the west side of Interstate 95 within the city limits is proceeding through rezoning approval before residential and commercial building can begin. It's been a long process for the developers, GS Florida LLS and Hammock Creek Green LLC. The original name of the ...
Tons of trash
Will Rece of Boy Scout Troop 714 carries out several bags of trash and an LP-gas tank along the river near Sunrise Park in Holly Hill during the 27th annual International Coastal Clean-Up Sept. 15. During last year's 2011 International Coastal Clean-Up, 816 volunteers in Volusia County picked up more than 2,178 poun...
Riverwalk land swap negotiations moving forward
PORT ORANGE - Land swap negotiations between the city and a developer aimed at getting a development project in Riverwalk off the ground will move forward after city leaders formally resolved policy issues related to the swap. At a recent special meeting of the City Council and the Town Center Community Rede...
Purple parade
Hundreds from all over march along Beach Street in support during the Purple Parade at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, Sept. 15. For more information, visit www.DomesticAbuseCouncil.com...
South Daytona keeps same millage
SOUTH DAYTONA - For the third year in a row, city leaders decided to keep the same property tax rate. The City Council recently voted in favor of keeping the millage rate at $5.90 per $1,000 of assessed value, a decrease from the rolled-back rate of $6.15. The rolled-back rate is the tax rate that would gene...
See You at the Pole gives religious students a chance to congregate
VOLUSIA - While they can't pray in class, students throughout Volusia County can pray at school if they participate in See You At The Pole before school on Wednesday, Sept. 26. "For me, it's the chance to be able to meet with other believers and Christians on your campus you didn't know before," Kayla De...
Rediscovering a bit of lost history
When the first settlers arrived on these shores, the Tomoka River was a highly valued waterway. If you look at a map of Florida's East Coast you will notice there are precious few navigable streams heading west. With no roads, in order to escape the harsh salt environment, they would need to sail inland. Although the Tom...
School taxes will be reduced for now
VOLUSIA - The average homeowner will pay about $620 in property taxes for the county's public schools next fiscal year, 2012-2013. That's about $30 less than for this fiscal year. At its last regular meeting, Sept. 11, the Volusia County School Board approved 2012-2013 budgets that totaled $766.5 million...
To infinity and beyond
Paris Butler and Kaiden Williams, right, show off the astronaut suits they made. Burns Sci-Tech was one of only 18 schools in the world to be chosen to speak to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. A total of nine students, K-8th grade, were allowed to ask two questions each during the 9-minutes an...
City will use reserve funds for capital improvements
LAKE HELEN - The city commission tentatively adopted its 2012-13 budget at its last regular meeting, Thursday, Sept. 13. The commission nodded at a general fund budget of about $2 million, around $200,000 more than last year. Also, the city will dip into its reserves to get about $130,000 for some capita...
N.Y. electrical manufacturer coming to DeLand
Duraline Products is setting up shop in the DeLand Business and Industrial Park and will create more than 40 new jobs, its owner and chief executive said. Duraline manufactures safety rubber-molded electrical connectors and temporary lighting for customers worldwide, including the U.S. military and industrial util...
Orange City nears completion of CRA plan
ORANGE CITY - The 40-year plan for a community development agency to transform the core corridor of U.S. 17/92 is nearly finished. What the plan needs now, said City Manager Jamie Croteau, is input from county planners, the city's planning commission and final approval from a newly seated Volusia Count...
Quick responses give entrepreneur ticket to her success
VOLUSIA - Kimberly Yaney was flipping through a magazine and saw gold. Actually, she saw QR codes, but they looked like gold to her. "As I began to look at that, I realized there was a great need for [it] and it was not hitting the small and mid-sized businesses." Ms. Yaney owns Klein-Yaney Media, one of...
Pickleball in the park
Mike Pascale and Lisa Hickox play a game of doubles in pickleball at the Daytona Beach Shores pickleball courts at McElroy Park, Sept. 14. An introduction to pickleball class is available every Monday at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.dbshores.org....

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