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Election office cleared for takeoff
DELAND - Early voting starts on Saturday, Oct. 27. The barricades should be gone in front of the old courthouse and the absentee ballots in mailboxes. Those ballots were delayed this year. If the absentee ballots still aren't in mailboxes, Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall said voters can feel free to h...
Clean up the waterways
John Solo and his dog Ziggy paddle toward Chicken Island in the Indian River Lagoon with Justin Riney, founder of Expedition Florida 500, which is hosted by the non-profit group, Mother Ocean Inc., during the XF500 Paddleboard Cleanup Thursday, Oct.11. Paddleboard New Smyrna, which is located at 177 North Causeway, ...
South Daytona, FPL debate electric referendum
SOUTH DAYTONA - A recent debate forum didn't pit Democrat versus Republican, instead it was city versus electric company. The League of Women Voters organized an informational forum where Brandon Young, a city councilman, and Pamela Rauch, Florida Power & Light's vice president of development and external af...
Candidates' Daytona visit energizes their supporters
By Michael Salerno For Hometown News DAYTONA BEACH - The loud engines roaring from motorcycles cruising down A1A at Biketoberfest had to compete with the raucous crowd that greeted Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to Volusia County for the second time this year. The former Massachusetts governor and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. P...
Holly Hill fire fighters get new tool
HOLLY HILL - The city commission gave Chief Ron Spencer permission to get a new ride for the firefighter/EMTs. In coming weeks, the Holly Hill Fire Department will add a fast-attack vehicle to its emergency tool chest. "It's going to be designated Attack 96," he said. The department spent $46,700 to get ...
Fall Homecoming returns to Stetson
DELAND - Homecoming's back. Actually, Stetson University has been doing homecoming all along. Just not many noticed. "It was usually centered around baseball, so it was around spring," said Amy Dedes, assistant director of alumni engagement. Homecoming events are planned for Nov. 2-4 this year to welcome...
DeBary joins Splash Pad set
DEBARY - Someone was conspicuously absent from the ribbon-cutting last Friday morning for the city's new Splash Pad at U.S. 17/92 and DeBary Drive: Mayor Bob Garcia. A vocal opponent of the new $400,000 amenity (almost) from the start, Mayor Garcia said after the event - replete with barbecue, live music and splashing about - he ...
Water Taxi goes for a test run
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Fishermen, boaters and waterfront residents were treated Tuesday to a preview of the route to be taken when the Water Taxi Express starts up in a few weeks. Director of Operations Paige Stuart said stops are planned at the Brannon Center's new floating dock at Riverside Park with ac...
Artists gather under blue skies
Fellow plein air artists Charles Dickinson from St. Augustine and Trish Vevera from Ormond Beach converse during the first day of the 3rd annual Canaveral Seashore Paint Out at the Seminole Rest Trail in Oak Hill....
Sewer, reuse water rates going up in New Smyrna
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Beginning with their November bill from the Utilities Commission, residents here will see their rates for wastewater and reclaimed/reuse water go up 12 percent, about $2 a month. The previous base charge of $16.62 will increase to $18.61 for residential customers who use an average ...
Not quite flying
A woman dressed as a nun drives her three-wheeled scooter along Main Street during Biketoberfest 2012 in Daytona Beach, Saturday Oct. 20. Thousands of bikers descended onto Daytona Beach for another year of Halloween motorcycle mania....
Tight squeeze
Left, Jaymes Knight, 15, and Marcel Fonua-Desir, 12, of Daytona Beach Boy Scout Troop 455 race through an obstacle course during the Three Rivers District Boy Scouts of America Fall Camporee at Silver Sands Middle School, Saturday Oct. 20. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ROTC cadets assisted the scouts during m...
Water fluoridation debate returns
Ormond Beach is known as "The Birthplace of Speed" and the pace with which the City Commissioners handled the agenda at the latest meeting would have made Smokey Yunich proud. That is until they got to the last item on the agenda, the continuing debate about the fluoridation of the drinking water supply. Of co...
Paranormal investigators scour Putnam Hotel
DELAND - The once-posh Putnam Hotel, right across West New York Avenue from City Hall, is imposing enough as it is. Add the true crime residue that's bound to accrue over the course of nearly a century in a slowly declining, six-story hotel and boarding house, and the ghost hunt is on. At the helm of t...
Off-road vehicle use now allowed at Tiger Bay
The Daytona Beach City Commission voted unanimously to support opening the land at Tiger Bay State Forest to off-road vehicle use. About 10 percent of the land will now be set aside for the use of ATVs, dirt bikes, motorcycles and four-wheel vehicles similar to the Croom Motorcycle Area in the Withlacoochee S...
More billing errors in Port Orange: city owes Volusia County about $500k
PORT ORANGE - There's a plot twist in the scandal that erupted over $825,000 in lost revenue from water billing errors - now the city owes money, too. Volusia County Council members recently raised the issue of water bills at Spruce Creek Fly-In, saying Port Orange overcharged wholesale water customers livin...
Clay Henderson awarded Stetson's Hood Award for environmental responsibility
For Hometown News DELAND - Stetson University honored Clay Henderson of New Smyrna Beach with one of Stetson University's most prestigious awards, the George and Mary Hood Award. The award, presented by Stetson President Wendy B. Libby at a recent college advisory board meeting, is named in honor of Dr. George Hood, Stetson's former dean of stu...
A few more landmarks lost to time
Some time back I wrote a column mentioning quite a few local landmarks that have gone the way of the fedora. As it turned out that type of nostalgia struck a cord with a lot of my readers. Several wrote to tell me how much they enjoyed it and more wrote to let me know about places I had left out. I will now try and turn ...
Moving along with the breeze
Sailors race flying their spinnakers during the Oct. 20 Michelob Cup race heading south on the Indian River from the Smyrna Yacht Club to Mosquito Lagoon. Seventeen boats from the region competed in five classes. First place winner was "Ten Spot," captained by Thanos Nikolakopoulos of the Halifax Sailing Associa...
Voters' guide to 12 proposed state amendments
By Samantha Joseph Staff writer BREVARD - 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...

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