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Beloved 'Coach U' honored at Woodward School
Most everyone called him "Coach". Sure, William "Bill" Underhill worked as a physical education teacher at Woodward Elementary School in DeLand for 40 years. He was a teaching tennis pro and a member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, who taught the sport at the City of DeLand, DeLand Country Clu...
DeLand teen seeks Eagle Scout and helps K-9 Unit
Most times, when an adolescent presents the sheriff's office with obstacles, achievement awards do not follow. This is not one of those times. Fourteen-year-old Kaj Eckhardt, a member of Boy Scout Troop 804, began the detailed process of earning his Eagle Scout ranking exactly one year ago. After discoveri...
Caring for the troops
DeLand's Operation Care 4 R Troops launched its inaugural Warrior Walk at Earl Brown Park on Sunday, Nov. 4. The organization collects books, snacks and other care items to mail to service members in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and other overseas assignments. Two local Hooters Girls, Elizabeth Bidwell, lef...
Food bank in need
Halifax Urban Ministries Food Pantry Coordinator Evelyn Preston packs a grocery bag with food at Grace Episcopal Church in Port Orange, Nov. 9. The food bank is in need of food for the growing number of families in need this holiday season. More than 60 families receive food from this pantry each week. The pantry is...
Festival song
Musician Robbie Carelli sings to guests at Pioneer Park during the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts 2012 on Woodland Boulevard Saturday, Nov. 17 in front of a mural. The festival celebrated its 20th year and attracted more than 50,000 visitors. For more information, visit www.delandfallfestival.com....
MainStreet says goodbye and welcome to executive directors
Even though one of Downtown DeLand's best events of the year -- the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts -- was set to take place in just over 48 hours, Mary Beth Harris, assistant director and special event coordinator for MainStreet DeLand Association, took time to talk about her new wardrobe. Forget shoes, ...
Festival of trees
Emma Holder, 8, of DeLand looks at one of the many Christmas trees on display during the 8th annual Festival of Trees at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach, Thursday, Nov.15. The festival is sponsored by the museum guild at MOAS. The full-sized decorated designer Christmas trees will be up for silent auc...
Pot stirring continues in DeBary chicken debate
Just because a little boy is diagnosed with autism, doesn't mean he doesn't have a voice. Two-year-old JJ Hart has people speaking out on his behalf, and on behalf of his chickens -- to the point of censure. Let's just start at the beginning -- the egg. Last February Joe and Ashleigh Hart's son was officia...
Deltona commission welcomes new members, elects vice mayor
Three new Deltona city commissioners and a new vice mayor are now in place. Walter Barnaby, District 2; Nancy Schleicher, District 4; and Chris Nabicht, District 6, were sworn in at a brief ceremony on Nov. 12. The new commissioners replaced Herb Zichkau, Paul Treusch and Michael Carmolingo, respectively. ...
Always remember
University High School JROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant Triston Huff, left, and Cadet Lieutenant Samuel Devito visits with resident Alicia Foley during a Veterans Day Celebration at Majestic Oaks in Orange City last Monday, Nov. 12. The JROTC participated in a ceremony with more than 40 cadets attendi...
Historic shopping area starting to create a buzz
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Just in time for the holidays, there's a vibrancy on Canal Street, including increased traffic and sales, said one business owner. "Foot traffic is up significantly in our stores and sales are up," said Cindy Jones, owner of Southern Trends Home Furnishings, 334 Canal St., and president of t...
Commission adds members, seeks to change redevelopment district
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A lot of work is in store for the City Commission, including its two newly elected members. That work will include a Dec. 3 Strategic Planning Session on the 2012 Commission Goals and a Dec. 4 planning session to assist with transition from the existing Community Redevelopment Agency distric...
Green and gold
Museum Guild president Dr. Kay Brawley, left, poses with the festival chair, Carol LaRoza of New Smyrna Beach during the 8th annual Festival of Trees at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach, Thursday, Nov.15. The festival is sponsored by the museum guild at MOAS. The full-sized decorated designer Christmas...
Environmental center costs making city leaders look closer at Central Park project
ORMOND BEACH -- The city continues to plan an "environmental learning center" for Central Park, but a new cost estimate made city leaders a little uncomfortable. The city budgeted $400,000 for the project with $200,000 expected from a Volusia County ECHO grant, $125,000 from the city and public/private donatio...
Festival of Trees
Museum Guild president Dr. Kay Brawley, left, poses with past presidents of the trustees Debbie Allen and Barbara Coleman, right, both of Ormond Beach during the 8th annual Festival of Trees at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach, Thursday, Nov. 15. The festival is sponsored by the museum guild. The full-...
On the water
Tess Therrien, 11, of Ormond by the Sea, tries to walk on water during the fourth annual Riverfest Seafood Festival at Rockefeller Gardens, Saturday, Nov. 17. The festival was loaded with activities for the kids and a sea of seafood for the adults....
Surrender operation clears 34 warrants
DAYTONA BEACH -- Operation Safe Surrender at Friendship Baptist Church attracted 27 people with outstanding warrants on Nov. 13. Only one person went to jail, charged with two counts of burglary; the other 26 were released at the church. The joint effort by police, the state attorney's office, the public defender's office and ...
Rezoning plan would reduce rink to rubble
SOUTH DAYTONA -- A recent zoning change could lead to a skating rink closing to make way for two storage facilities. City staff said the owner of Skate City at 1790 Nova Road plans to remodel the building and convert it into a climate-controlled storage facility, plus develop the vacant lot next to the buildi...
And all that jazz
Brian Johnson of Port Orange plays his bass along with his music director, Chris Rottmayer on piano during 'An Evening of Jazz' at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach, Friday Nov. 16....
Council approves concepts for Riverwalk project
PORT ORANGE -- The slow and steady process of negotiations on the long-awaited Riverwalk project may soon result in some development. Taking one of the first steps that would bring Riverwalk development plans to reality, the City Council approved concepts for a 38-slip marina; a marina activity building, inc...
Shores officials ponder incentive program for sign removal
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- City leaders may help business owners with the costs of replacing their existing signs to comply with a more restrictive sign ordinance. The City Council recently discussed the idea of establishing an incentive grant program to help business owners with the cost of replacing, eliminat...
Stack it higher
Gail Earles of Port Orange stacks a mountain of cups during the 7th annual 'World Sport Stacking Association Stack UP!' at the Port Orange Regional Library, Thursday, Nov. 15. For more information on stacking, visit www.thewssa.com or www.speedstacks.com....
Adoption ceremony unites children with families
The Community Partnership for Children joined the state Department of Children and Families and the Seventh Judicial Circuit to unite in a legal ceremony 13 area children with six pairs of parents Friday, Nov. 16, for National Adoption Day. The agency's leaders expressed a lot of love during the ceremony at Su...
Antique cars and commemorative bricks in Ormond Beach
Once again the Daytona Beach area will be the center of the classic and custom car universe this Thanksgiving weekend. Fans of the automobile from all across America will choose to spend their holiday in Volusia County. The big four-day Turkey Run show at Daytona International Speedway will host up to 5,000 customs and h...
Exceptional employees
Volusia County Sheriff's Office Employees of the Third Quarter of 2012 were recently named. From left, AnaBell Alicea, Carlos Medina, Sheriff Ben Johnson, Sergeant Patrick Leahy, investigator William Maxwell II and volunteer William Maxwell....

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