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Historical Society remembers bygone tourist spot
SOUTH DAYTONA - Before there was Sea World, the city laid claim to a different aquatic-themed attraction that drew throngs of tourists visiting Florida. The bygone attraction known as the Sea Zoo "put South Daytona on the map," said Kay Stanton of the local Historical Society. It was where motorists driving ...
Voting access deterred by street work
DELAND - At the end of August, workers started a long awaited West New York Avenue streetscape. Right in front of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, which is the Supervisor of Elections' office. Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall isn't liking this. "Two thousand people a day vote at the department d...
SunRail rolls out ridership promotions for DeBary leaders
DEBARY - The SunRail station on the south side of the city along U.S. 17/92 won't be open for commuters until next spring. But that's no reason to wait to enlist potential riders. SunRail officials are making the rounds from city to city to get the word out about ways the rail system will help riders g...
Enjoying the midway
The Cliffhanger dominated this year's midway during St. Peter's Catholic Church's annual Octoberfest in DeLand last weekend. The Octoberfest draws many locals for rides, games, food and fun. For many, Octoberfest is the first taste of the upcoming Volusia County Fair, Nov. 1 to 11 at the Volusia County Fairgrounds....
Don't derail
Alex Parker of Tampa tries to keep her two-year-old son Parker from playing with a model train set as her mother-in-law Kerri Thompson of DeLand and Grady, 3, look surprised during the 41st Florida Railfair and Model Show and Sale at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, Oct. 6. More than 275 tables of model train items f...
Deltona deputy rolls out solution to kids' long trek
DELTONA - Volusia County Sheriff's Deputy Pat Allison noticed last week the same gaggle of six children, sharing three family bicycles for their daily trek to and from Timbercrest Elementary School. Three were riding the bikes, with others on the handlebars. The youngest got by on foot. "I asked the crossing guard about it," D...
Fire safety day
Joe Janosik Jr., of Deltona, works on building a fire truck project with 3-year-old son Joey, during Fire Safety Day at the Orange City Home Depot, Oct. 6. The day was filled with activities for the entire family. Also attending the event was the Orange City Fire and Police Department along with members of the Citi...
Trail at preserve may be relocated due to scrub restoration
It appears the roller chopping of overgrowth at the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve to make way for scrub habitat will resume, but not before a trail is moved. That's the consensus stakeholders of the 2,477-acre preserve reached after months of debate between county, state and municipal leaders and people...
Special Olympics Volusia honors Chris Salomone with President's Award
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Special Olympics Volusia has awarded Detective Chris Salomone of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, the group's police agency coordinator, with the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. The award is issued by the President's Council on Service...
Pink fire engine now 'in service' in New Smyrna Beach
A pink fire engine responding to emergency calls just might turn a few heads, on which the New Smyrna Fire Department is counting. The department has rolled out the eye-catching vehicle in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "We are building on the awareness we started last October when our crews wore pink T-shirt...
Retired with honor
Members of the VFW Post 4250 Honor Guard salute as an American flag burns during a flag retirement ceremony at the post on Oct. 7. The post regularly retires 8,000-10,000 American flags with four retirement ceremonies each year. The post is also one of a few in the Southeast Volusia County that has the capabilities of prope...
Water taxi project sailing along; Riverside Park dock ready
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - The new floating dock at Riverfront Park has been completed just in time for a water taxi to stop there as it comes down the river from Ponce Inlet. Assistant City Manager Khalid Resheidat said recently a license agreement was worked out with Matt Dvorak of Daytona Beach Aqua Safari...
Paying blues dues
Selwyn Birchwood's saxophone player Regi Oliver performs in the crowd during the second annual Daytona Blues Festival at Jackie Robinson Ballpark Oct. 5. Proceeds from the event goes to Halifax Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which supports women's and children's health issues, and Camp Boggy Creek....
Public works saves money on wastewater project
ORMOND BEACH - The Public Works Department saved more than $500,000 on a project and the city is preparing to oppose a state constitutional amendment to give first-time homeowners a bigger tax break. The city borrowed money from the state for the wastewater project, but the public works department finished the...
Wedding vows exchanged at the Riviera
As in most committed relationships, it starts with falling in love. That's what happened with Lo Anne Stamey and Joe Lucarelli, residents of Riviera Senior Living Facility in Holly Hill. The two met while living there and, in due time, became inseparable. In July, Mr. Lucarelli asked Ms. Stamey to marry him. S...
Port Orange teen wins state chess championship
PORT ORANGE - A young chess player's search for a challenge paid off big for him. Kai Tabor, 15, started playing chess at age 3 and studied the game's play with coaches so he could improve his performance at the children's chess club at the Port Orange Regional Library. Then, at age 10, he began playing agai...
A love of books
The Sugar Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution donated a selection of patriotic books to the Port Orange Elementary Media Center in honor of Constitution Week and Celebrate Freedom Week which was recognized September 17 - 23. "Since 1955 at the direction of President Dwight D. E...
County changes indigent burial rules to accommodate more religions
Religion affects every area of life, especially burials. The Volusia County Council recently directed staff to change the indigent burial policy to accommodate the funeral customs of Jews, Muslims and some Christian sects. "We're going to allow people to apply for indigent reimbursement after the person ...
Entrepreneur has designs on events
Scott Chelsey rolled into Volusia County four years ago with family tradition in his vest pocket: event preparation and promotion. "My great-grandfather, my grandfather and my dad all did this, and my father still does," Mr. Chelsey said. "We're very well known in the Northeast." Mr. Chelsey is CEO of Fe...
Canine health help
Veterinarians Dr. Thomas MacPhail and Dr. Deborah Ulbrich of the DeLand Animal Hospital donated 21 aid kits for all the Volusia County Sheriff's Office K-9 handlers in case of an on-duty injury to their canines at the K-9's training site near Deland, Oct.2. K-9's face many dangerous challenges when dealing ...
Two auto racing legends dashed in two days
American motorsports has spawned many heroes. The raw nature of the life-risking sport causes people to admire those who manage to succeed. Rising to the pinnacle in racing is indeed a heady achievement. One man made that journey without ever taking the wheel or working on a car. But on Sept. 28 the great Chris Economaki...
Silver medallist
More than 300 swimmers converged on Sebastian Saturday for the State of Florida Special Olympics State Aquatic Championships at the North County Aquatics Center. For the seventh year, swimmers make the trek from all over the state to compete in this very special event. Brandon Ladue of Volusia County celebrates his...
All aboard
William Dunn and his two-year-old son Bryson play the parts of train conductors as they watching a train going by in a snow covered village during the 41st Florida Railfair and Model Show and Sale at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, Oct. 6. More than 275 tables of model train items for the modelers and rail buffs wer...
County introduces online permit service
Volusia County has launched the first phase of Connect Live Permits, a new service that expands public access to growth management information. This new Internet service allows anyone to research permits, developments, complaints and contractor licenses from their home and office computers. Searches may be done 24 hours a day,...
In an article about the Volusia Honor Air flight in the Oct. 5 Hometown News, New Smyrna Beach resident John Temple's name was misspelled. Hometown News regrets the error....

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