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Volusia Honor Air makes last flight
They came from many different places, but they were all headed to the same destination: "Over There". The looks on their unlined faces were ones of anticipation, curiosity and perhaps fear for they were being sent for the first time away from their homes and families and sent around the world to defend the fre...
The Jack Giles story - a struggle to survive
Many of us take our body for granted, that it will keep functioning in relatively good health, and if something goes wrong, our doctor will fix it. We may also take for granted that the smallest, most powerful organ in our body will keep doing what it's supposed to do: Circulate six quarts of blood three times a minute ...
Funeral Saturday for Volusia School Board chairman
Volusia County School Board Chairman Al Williams of Port Orange died Monday at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Funeral services will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Basilica of St. Paul, 317 Mullally St., Daytona Beach. Survivors include his wife, Kathy, and a son, Alan. Dr. Williams earned his doctoral...
Honoring veterans
World War II Veteran Sam Mastrogiacomo, left, of Edgewater and Kevin Ohea of VFW Post 4250 look at the row of Veterans of World War II who currently live in Volusia County. The photos were part of the POW-MIA Recognition Day at Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach, Sept. 22. The annual event was sponsored by the Vete...
Sanford firm makes move to DeLand
Conelec of Florida, a 29-year-old Sanford company with about 100 employees, has begun moving into a building in DeLand Crossings Industrial Park that once housed Intellitec Products. Conelec is leaving a 22,000-square-foot facility near the Sanford Orlando International Airport for its new home, from which it will...
Farm workers group plans community garden
PIERSON - The Farmworker Association of Florida is looking to grow half an acre of community spirit. Last month the Pierson Town Council approved the association's plan to start a community garden at the Pierson Town Park/Chipper Jones Family Sports Complex, 124 W. Washington Ave. "We'd like to plant in ...
Which one do you like?
Stetson senior Molly Moses helps Brenner McQuillen, 4, find out if he likes the clarinet. Hundreds of Volusia children and youths attended Stetson University's School of Music's fifth annual Musical Instrument Petting Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 29....
Displaying the patterns
Hundreds visited the Quilt Shop of DeLand's premier Quilt Challenge, in conjunction with the Mainstreet DeLand Association's annual Quilt& Craft Show. Dozens of quilters from throughout the state showed their creations at the Thomas C. Kelly County Administration Building in downtown DeLand....
Deltona commissioners consider stricter soliciting law
DELTONA - Webster Barnaby isn't just the conservative of two candidates vying to represent the city's District 2 in the November general election. He's also been doing door-to-door solicitation for the past two decades as a direct sales representative for National Write Your Congressman Inc., a nonpart...
Swimming for a cause
Deltona resident Donovan Ward of the Spruce Creek High School swim team participates in the fourth annual Up the Creek 5k Swim fundraiser at the Port Orange YMCA, Sept. 29. More than 75 members of the swim team raised more than $1,000 to benefit the YMCA's scholarship swim program for underprivileged children....
Deltona leaders split on mandatory spay/neuter
DELTONA - The city paid $175,000 in 2011 for 1,884 dogs and cats to be transported to and kept at the Halifax Humane Society off LPGA Boulevard in Daytona Beach for three days each, said Commissioner Heidi Herzberg, Of those, 1,316 were euthanized, 61 were transferred to another facility, 348 were adop...
Deltona toasts new speaking group
DELTONA - Speaking of speaking: it's rare to find someone who can do it impeccably when everyone else in the room is listening. That's probably why it was standing-room-only on Sept. 26 in the largest community space at the Deltona Regional Library at Lyonia Preserve for the inaugural meeting of the n...
School board rejects proposed charter schools
VOLUSIA - Four went up, four voted down. The Volusia County School Board reviewed charter-school applications at its last regular meeting, Sept. 25, and unanimously said, "No." Four times. "You're hearing, 'Oh, you guys just don't like charter schools,'" board member Stan Schmidt, Port Orange, said in an i...
Bed and breakfast inn moving forward on Riverside Drive
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Owners of a yet unnamed bed and breakfast hope the riverfront inn will be open no later than the Christmas holidays. That would be a nice present for brothers Scott and Brett Smith, who have been working on the bed and breakfast since they purchased a house at 916 S. Riverside Drive...
Old plane becoming new restaurant
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - For some guests, dinner in the DC7 Grille will bring back memories of flying in propeller planes in the 1950s and '60s. Younger patrons will have to use their imaginations of air travel far different from today's sleek, faster jets. Danny Perna of Epic Aviation bought the plane earl...
Taking the lead
Bryan Lamont, 6, of Holly Hill runs past his father, Mike, and siblings Darien, 10, and Mikayla, 5, during the American Heart Association Heart Walk Sept. 27, at Downtown Daytona Beach City Island Park. For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.americanheart.org....
Holly Hill helps pay for motel to spur redevelopment
HOLLY HILL - The city commission, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, approved a $126,000 grant to Sunoco. In turn, the company will buy Rollie's Court Motel, 118 Ridgewood Ave., and tear it down. "We're removing our blighted properties," John Penny, commissioner, said at the meeting. "There ar...
Garage sales don't stop here
In the regions of the country that have real seasons, the first day of fall usually marks the beginning of the end of yard sales, but not in Ormond Beach. All it takes is a glance at the number of listings on websites and circulars to see they are still alive and well and show no signs of slowing down. The lis...
City accepts agreement to remove "eyesore"
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES - At Treasure Island Resort, there's anything but treasure. Unless broken glass, loose trash, overgrown vegetation and an empty building lined with graffiti is your idea of treasure. But that's not gold in the eyes of city leaders. That's why they've fought to remove the abandoned hotel ...
Bicycles all around
Tracy Bodnaruk, right, owner of Plan B Cycling in Port Orange gave Carolyn Elder, 8, of Port Orange a new bicycle after learning about her accident with a car on her way to Spruce Creek Elementary School on Aug. 29, which left her with a broken leg and a destroyed bicycle. Also pictured from left to right: Charlena ...
A budding artist
Jonathan Braun of Port Orange holds onto his 19-month-old daughter Brynne Analea as she colors at the art table during the Day in the Park at Reed Canal Park, Sept. 29. South Daytona combined several of the city's most popular events all into a one-day, family-fun extravaganza....
Public forum on electric issue scheduled
SOUTH DAYTONA - The power has been turned on for a public forum on a Nov. 6 referendum that could decide whether Florida Power & Light continues to serve the city's electric customers. City Manager Joseph Yarbrough said at a recent city council meeting that the League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum on ...
Chiropractic test site to open at Palmer College
PORT ORANGE - Students at Palmer College of Chiropractic's Florida campus will soon be able to take a test required to become a certified chiropractor close to home. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners will open a Part IV Practical Examination test site at Palmer College on Nov. 9. The practical exa...
Shores adopts tax rate, budget
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES - City leaders voted to approve a tax rate that would produce the same amount in revenues as last year. The City Council unanimously approved a property tax rate of $5.88 per $1,000 of assessed value, which would generate the same money the city makes through taxes, minus new constructio...
Still moving
Joseph "Mighty Joe" Beimfohr, of Tampa, fights to keep top spot at the Rims on the Run criterium on Saturday, Sept. 29. The former Army staff sergeant and Paralympics hopeful lost his legs in Operation Iraqi Freedom....
Hair gets student spiked from school
DELAND - John Asher Stonesifer has hair. Enough for 16-inch spikes, which he sometimes wears to school. Turns out that under those long spikes are brains that paid attention in civics classes. When the 17-year-old butted heads with school administrators over his porcupine hairdo, he decided to "fight for...
It's not the Holy Grail, but drink anyway
DELAND - World Communion Sunday is Oct. 7. While folks at area several churches will join in the annual ecumenical celebration of the Lord's Supper, the First Christian Church of DeLand (Disciples of Christ) will do it with unusual style. They'll take communion from the Antioch Chalice. OK, a replica of ...
He's had fun, fun, fun in a lot of different cars
I began my history with the automobile before I had a driver's license. My Dad towed home an old 1950 bullet-nosed Studebaker and parked it in the backyard. "Get it running and maybe I'll let you drive it," he told me. My pop was a pretty good mechanic, but he was not offering any help. It's broke - fix it! I did manage to get the old flat head s...
Deep breaths
Tyler Kameh of the Spruce Creek High School swim team participates in the fourth annual Up the Creek 5k Swim fundraiser at the Port Orange YMCA, Sept. 29. More than 75 members of the swim team raise more than $1,000 to benefit the YMCA's scholarship swim program for underprivileged children....

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