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MainStreet DeLand fills in more empty spaces with art
DELAND - In 1926, the American Pioneer Title Insurance Co. built their downtown office building right alongside the Volusia County Courthouse on West Indiana Avenue, unwittingly creating the storied cranny now known as Chess Park. Today, one of the city's many vivid murals graces the building's western wall, facing the courthouse s...
Ride free to the polls with your voter ID
Getting to the polls this election will be a little easier for Volusia County voters. Votran and the Volusia County Elections Office are partnering to offer free rides to the polls Election Day for registered voters. Transportation to voting sites throughout the county for early voting continue until Nov. 3, and rides to the g...
Happy hunting
Ela Dragar of Deltona helps her three-year-old daughter Izabella pick out a pumpkin at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Pumpkin Patch in Deltona, Thursday, Oct. 18....
Renovated Ormond Beach Middle School dedicated
In the past five years, the Ormond Beach Middle School has been transformed from 28 buildings, many of which were built in the early 1960s, to a modern, state-of-the-art, well-furnished six buildings. The complex scheduling of design, destruction of 28 buildings and construction of six new ones, all while educ...
Artisan Alley forming vibrant entertainment hub
DELAND - Two years ago, Teri and Rob Peadon were growing concerned about the lack of visitors who were finding their way to the couple's eclectic, restored furniture store and wine/beer bar in Artisan Alley called The Nest. Wedged anonymously as it is between West New York Avenue and West George Avenue, the alley is in the shadow...
Drill prepares DeLand hospital to offer new cardiac care
Bill Jennings complained of chest pain before collapsing on the sidewalk on the corner of Rich Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in downtown DeLand on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Mr. Jennings, the owner of Bill & Frank's Brickhouse Grill in DeLand, wasn't actually having a heart attack, but instead was simulating one, as part of a communit...
Defending the library
As they're wont to do, glorious tales of courage descended into a library fight between Ringulf Haakonson, left, and Markus Siona Arcturos, right. Either that or Scott Brown of New Smyrna Beach and Carl Glaze of DeLand were demonstrating ancient battle at the Deland Area Public Library's medieval faire on Saturday, Oc...
Orange City leaders rezone annexed land
ORANGE CITY - The old Welcome to Orange City sign on U.S. 17/92, just south of New York Avenue, does its job a half-mile too late. Parcel by parcel, the city has been filling in its crannies and fattening its borders by annexing county land on a fairly regular basis. At its most recent meeting, the Orange City Council not only ke...
Early birds
Hundreds line up for their chance to vote during early voting at the Deltona Regional Library Saturday, Oct. 27. ...
Deltona leaders provide residents utility rate relief
DELTONA - After weeks of public hearings in which residents decried mounting utility bills, city commissioners first froze, then rolled back rates by 37 percent. Worried about those kinds of cuts hampering the city's chances of spurring economic development, keeping it from qualifying for financing for a new $20 million eastside ...
New Smyrna hospital earns awards, seeks merger partner
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Bert Fish Medical Center has earned three awards from the Florida Hospital Association, Administrator Steve Harrell proudly told members of the city's Economic Development Advisory Board recently. The announcement was part of an update he gave on how the 112-bed hospital is doing fo...
Wee trees
Michelle and Jeff Evans of New Smyrna Beach look at bonsai trees for sale during the Florida East Coast Bromeliad Plant Sale at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach Friday, Oct. 27. The event was sponsored by the Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society....
Bert Fish improvements will make it appealing to suitors
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - While Bert Fish Medical Center is waiting for the right merger partner, it's also updating its oncology and cardiac services to keep pace with the latest in medical treatment. Both projects, totaling $7.7 million, have been in the works for several years, said Cheryl Kennison, hospi...
American Legion post wants out of city
EDGEWATER - The folks at the American Legion Post 285 know a few things about fighting battles. They're veterans with honorable discharges. But when the legion moved into its new facility at 4497 U.S. 1, the veterans' organization got a feud none expected. The organization and Edgewater seemed locked int...
Italian restaurant and hotel coming to Downtown Daytona
Zappi's Italian Garden is coming to Downtown Daytona Beach. It will consist of Zappi's Italian Garden Restaurant and Zappi's Vacation Villas and will be at 128 S. Beach St. where the Beach Street Courtyard condominiums once stood. The building is being renovated. It is scheduled to open in November and create...
Daytona churches get voters to polls
Seventeen churches in Daytona Beach's black community brought out hundreds of people to vote on Sunday. The "Souls To The Polls" event started with a rally at the Courthouse Annex on Orange Avenue followed by a march to Daytona Beach Regional Library to vote about a few hundred yards away shortly after. The l...
They made strides
Thousands of supporters traverse across the Orange Avenue Bridge during the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, Oct. 27. For more information, visit www.cancer.org....
City manager search narrows down to seven
PORT ORANGE - After screening 12 applicants for city manager, a citizens committee has narrowed the field down to seven finalists. The 10-member committee selected Robert Bartolotta, Stephen Cottrell, Matt Fulton, Jim Hanson, Gregory Kisela, Al Minner and Wayne Saunders. Howard Tipton, a former Daytona Beach...
Politics is killing independent Dan
Boy, I know we are all a little groggy from the bombardment of political ads we have endured. The good part is that it's almost over. Soon the winners will congratulate themselves and the losers will sulk away to lick their wounds. When it comes to politics, I do have my opinions, but in truth I am not a very political p...
Charter schools' action plans approved
The school board approved two charter schools' plans to improve their performance at the board's regular meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23. "Essentially, there was new legislation that went into effect in August that requires charter schools that received an F the year before to do an action plan," Dr. Alicia Pa...
Cities banning sale of synthetic drugs
One-by-one cities in Volusia County are banning the sale of so-called artificial cannabis and bath salts, designer psychoactive substances. One of the latest is Holly Hill, which began the ordinance process at its Oct. 23 meeting. Other cities in various stages of enacting ordinances ...
Showy orchid
George Hausermann of EFG Orchids in DeLand arranges his one of his plants during the Florida East Coast Bromeliad Plant Sale at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach last Friday, Oct. 27. The event was sponsored by the Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society....
. A headline for an article about ATV and other off-road vehicle use in Tiger Bay State Wildlife Management Area should have noted the Daytona Beach City Commission supports the idea, but it is not yet allowed. Also, a quote from Cathy Lowenstein of Florida Forest Service should have stated that some of the area in question is sensitive scrubland...

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