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Photography opens up doors for Port Orange resident
PORT ORANGE - Luke Bhothipiti has made a name for himself in the world of photography - even though he hasn't finished college yet. The local photographer's work has been featured in local and national media, with JPG Magazine and regional Nikon websites among his credits. He won a photography competition sp...
Braz Cauz aids more free mammograms
DEBARY - The stable at Historic DeBary Hall was packed on Sunday with dozens of decorated bras, bedazzled to the straps, and donors trying to get their hands on these one-of-a-kind artistic expressions. The one with the wrinkly pug faces as bra cups. The St. Patty's, Easter or Christmas-themed undergarme...
Lake Helen names administrator
LAKE HELEN - Kent Cichon got the job. At its last regular meeting, Oct. 11, the City Commission hired Mr. Cichon to be the new city administrator. "Kent just rose above the other candidates," Mayor Buddy Snowden said in a phone interview after the meeting. "His personality and demeanor seemed like a good...
Pierson VFW post faces extinction
PIERSON - Commander Earl "Bill" Ziebarth Jr. hopes a turkey shoot will score cash for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9726, Moore Molander North Post. It's sorely needed these days as disappearing veterans and dollars has the post facing extinction. "We've been holding dinners once a month and haven't ...
Pick a pumpkin
Sixteen-month-old Savannah Pearson and her 4-year-old brother, Jacob, of Pierson pick their pumpkins during the First United Methodist Church of DeLand's annual Pumpkin Patch. The church is at 115 E. Howry Avenue. It'll sell pumpkins until the end of the month, or until they run out....
Group trying to get anti-bullying program into schools
DELTONA - Nick Pizza is aiming to start a ChangeReaction at Heritage Middle School in January. "Bullying has gone on pretty much from the beginning of time," Mr. Pizza said. "We can curb it; we can control it. My ultimate goal is to put it in more than one school." Mr. Pizza spoke to the Volusia County S...
Pretty in pink
Kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 2, dozens of students, faculty and staff on the Daytona State College Deltona campus gathered to show their support. Cosmetology students created a "human pink ribbon" in honor of the awareness month. The college community, across its five campuses, is steppi...
Enterprise Elementary School celebrates 100th birthday
A centennial only comes around once every 100 years and folks at Enterprise Elementary plan to celebrate the school's with style. "We're going to have a 100th year fall festival on Oct. 27," said Virginia Abernathy, principal. Art teacher Riley Nutt is heading up planning for the Enterprise Elementary Fa...
Deltona leaders consider more cuts to water, sewer rates
DELTONA - Ilona DiDio lives alone on a fixed income from Social Security. She asked Deltona city commissioners last week to help, not just by freezing another year of utility rate increases for a month or two, as they did recently, but to roll those rates back to where they were two or more years ago. ...
Kick it good!
Elian Garcia, 11, of Port Orange gives his all during the Port Orange Elks Lodge second annual Soccer Shoot Out at the Port Orange Sports Complex Saturday, Oct. 13....
Tax preparation aid beats out movies for library site
Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen summed up the physics: "Two people cannot occupy the same place at the same time." In the end, volunteer tax preparers won out over moviegoers at the New Smyrna Beach Public Library - at least for 2013. All bets are off for anything after that. Joie Alexander, New Smyrn...
Ice Rink to return to Bandshell in Daytona
Once again people will get an opportunity to ice skate on the world's most famous beach as the Ice Rink is set to return to the Bandshell in Daytona Beach for a second straight year. The rink will be open Nov 16 to Jan. 6. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat...
Planning board finds U.S. 1 corridor 'blighted'
The Ormond Beach City Planning Board sent a "finding of necessity" for upgrading the city's U.S. 1 corridor commissioners.. The report helps determine that the area of U.S. 1 suffers economic blight and should be considered for a Community Redevelopment Area. "The corridor was divided into two segments for eas...
Enjoying the carnival
Jenna Svenningsen of Ormond Beach takes her 16-month-old son Isaiah for his first ride on a merry-go-round during Octoberfest at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Friday Oct. 12...
'Haleys' plant a memory at park
Hayleigh Ruddell and Hailey Remigio, known as "The Two Haleys," gave themselves a mission. They adopted Sanchez Park in Ormond Beach and they spent many hours taking care of the park, cleaning it and tending to it. Then a tragic accident caused the death of one of their friends. Cameron Brenneman, two years be...
Finance director announces retirement as Port Orange investigates $825k water billing mistake
PORT ORANGE - The city's finance director of 25 years announced his retirement, shortly after he and another employee were suspended as the City Council called for an investigation to determine why a billing error cost the city $825,000 in water system revenue. City spokesman Kent Donahue confirmed finance d...
Twistin'
71-year-old Chubby Checker had thousands of people doing the twist in hopes of breaking the new Guinness World Record before his performance at Athens Theater in DeLand last Thursday night. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation....
Poking around in Tomoka history
It is a poorly kept secret that many of us categorized as senior citizens are really kids at heart. Sure our bodies may be battered by time, but when we look into the mirror we still see the wide-eyed exuberance that was our youth. On a beautiful October morning, I met with Ron Howell and Charles Dutoit at the parking lo...
Forum fills in gaps in prescription drug knowledge
Prescription opioids are driving up the increasing numbers of death and addiction in Florida. Just ask Trudy Duffy of New Smyrna Beach. She said she has a family member who has been addicted to prescription pain medication, oxycontin, for some time. "There's limited treatment, inadequate treatment and...
In 'plane' sight
The Oakley's biplane flies sideways along the shore during the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Wings & Waves Air Show over the Atlantic Ocean in Daytona Beach Saturday. The action-packed weekend of aerial performances by more than 40-aircraft is the only air show in North America to host three jet demonstrati...
New restrictions for pedicabs on the Boardwalk
The Daytona Beach City Commission has imposed new restrictions on pedicabs operating on the Boardwalk and beachside. Pedicabs cannot operate on the Bandshell, Boardwalk or pier. They can only be in a pick up/drop off area of the pier designated by the city. They also are prohibited during special events, summer...
Voters' guide to 12 proposed state amendments
Twelve proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. They cover a broad range of issues, including allowing religious organizations to receive public funds, increasing homestead exemptions for new homebuyers, providing a tax break for disabled veteran...
Helping veterans
The local Home Depot and the local veteran associations, AMVETS Post 2, American Legion Post 17 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 4250 are repairing homes of veterans in need. They have been awarding three $15,000 grants to veterans and their families for interest-free loans to be applied to ...

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