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Multi-family emergency housing unit gets helping hands
Two Neighborhood Center employees and a volunteer recently stood in the middle of a kitchen talking about wall colors and cabinets as though lives are at stake. Lives are. For 44 years, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, a United Way Partner Agency, in DeLand, has worked to put broken lives back toge...
Studying the trees
Gabe Newell, 3, and his brother, Shael, 5, of New Smyrna Beach look at the decorated Christmas trees during the New Smyrna Beach Garden Club's annual Festival of Trees & Wreaths Friday, Nov. 16. For more information, call (386) 409-7912....
County plans to overlay, rezone DeLeon Springs' 'downtown'
Peaceable persistence pays off. Just ask members of the DeLeon Springs Community Association, or DSCA. At its Nov. 15 meeting, the Volusia County Council agreed a district overlay with relaxed setbacks and the removal of split zoning would be beneficial to DeLeon Springs. The council also agreed the county...
Giving a lift
Penny Nichols, 16, of University High School attempts to clear 105 pounds in the clean and jerk phase of a weightlifting competition against New Smyrna High School, last Tuesday, Nov. 20. The University Titans beat the New Smyrna Beach Cudas, 47-34....
Deltona boxing academy fights to keep kids out of trouble
Coach Ed Alvarado said it's a good thing God's plan prevailed over his, or no telling what would have happened. He's not in prison and he's not dead. Sometimes he roams the streets looking for kids smoking dope. He invites them to the gym. Christopher Lopez has lived in Deltona since the age of six. He att...
City celebrates its first 50 years as a community
No one was fighting city hall on Nov. 17 as Volusia County's largest city celebrated 50 years as a community. Deltona residents hopped and bopped, blew bubbles and hula hooped the day away at the city's birthday bash. They lined up inside the commission chambers to view photographs from the early days, of ...
Bird crafting
With a wild turkey looming in the foreground, Rosalyn Currington and her three-year-old son Micah of Deltona work on a craft together during the Tiny Trekkers program entitled, 'Calling all Bobwhites' at the Lyonia Preserve in Deltona, Tuesday, Nov. 20. Children and their parents were able to learn about the birds a...
Finalists named for Volusia Teacher of the Year
The five Volusia Teacher of the Year finalists have been named. They are: ...
Icy lesson
Angie Kinley of Osteen teaches her three-year-old daughter Kaelyn how to ice skate during 'Ice Skating at the Beach' in the Bandshell Amphitheater in Daytona Beach, Saturday, Nov. 24. The ice skating rink is open from till Jan. 6. The rink is open on Monday thru Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 to 10 p....
Deltona Commission holds off on forced spay and neuter again
Deltona residents will not be required to "fix" the animal population problem just yet. Proposed Ordinance No. 20-2012, adding Article VII -- "Mandatory Spay and Neuter" -- to Chapter 14, "Animals," of the City's Code of Ordinances was removed from the Nov. 19 regular meeting agenda. The ordinance was firs...
Goodwill Job Center helping get people to work
If you are looking for a job, the Goodwill Job Connection Center may be able to help. At 131 W. International Speedway Blvd., the center is part of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida and serves the needs of Volusia and Flagler counties. Its main goal and purpose is to assist people in finding employment. ...
Home for the holidays
Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity construction supervisor Ray Alnutt hands Melissa Tappen (while holding her son Elijah) the keys to her newly completed home during a home dedication ceremony at Robin Road in Corbin Park in New Smyrna Beach, Saturday, Nov. 17. Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteer...
Out on the rink
Abbigail Campbell, 7, of Ormond Beach skates with her brother, Drew Campbell, 15, during 'Ice Skating at the Beach' in the Bandshell Amphitheater in Daytona Beach, Saturday, Nov. 24. The ice skating rink is open through January 6, 2013. The rink measures 60 feet by 80 feet. The rink is open on Monday thru Thursday f...
Brightly lit
Hundreds of visitors came out to be part of Light Up Volusia Nights at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Saturday, Nov. 24. The 40-foot Christmas tree was fully decorated with thousands of Christmas lights and ornaments. Returning this year is Sandy the Seahorse, the event's mascot. The night included live entertai...
City will consider apartment building concept
PORT ORANGE -- A multi-family apartment complex across from the Pavilion at Port Orange is moving closer to a reality. Next week the City Council is expected to give final approval to the 300-unit development, known as Liv Apartments at Port Orange, on 27 acres on the west side of Williamson Boulevard. Chatt...
Golf without the clubs
Norbert Kutyn of Port Orange attempts to throw a disc around a tree during a round of disc-golf at Reed Canal Park, Tuesday Nov. 20. Mr. Kutyn designed and installed the course at Reed Canal Park. He also plays on the Daytona Disc Golf league, which meets at the park on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 4 p.m. For ...
More Port Orange financial problems discovered
PORT ORANGE -- More revenue losses were uncovered as city leaders await the results of an investigation into water billing errors that caused a loss of more than $1 million. The broken internal controls that resulted in the lost revenue from wholesale water customers in Daytona Beach Shores also caused losse...
Making memories
Bill Johnston of Port Orange spends the day with his best buddy, his 3-year-old grandson Eric Julian, during a recent visit to the Reed Canal Park playground in South Daytona, Tuesday, Nov. 20....
Students broaden cultural horizons through Rotary exchange program
When Mark and Tracy Ginnen's 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, asked them if she could move to Russia, their answer was a resounding "absolutely not!" Some parents are so unreasonable. That was three years ago, but now Taylor is touring southern Russia, along the Black Sea, most likely bundled up like never be...
Easy does it
A granddaddy of a gator sunning lazily as a manatee eases on by at Blue Spring State in Orange City, where rangers are reporting record numbers of the endangered "gentle giants," seeking 72 degree refuge from the colder temperatures of the St.Johns River....
Trying to live with shoddy workmanship
These days there is a lot of talk about what's wrong with this great nation of ours and how to fix it. Some believe government is too intrusive in our lives while others would blame ineffective politicians. To my way of thinking, the problem with the good ole U.S. of A is a lot more basic than that. For many years now, t...
Lots of horsepower
Thousands upon thousands of automotive enthusiasts turned out to be a part of the 39th annual Turkey Run at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Saturday, Nov. 24....
Star-raisers
Stuart Hughes and his Utilities Commission crew raise the Christmas star with the new disco ball to the top of the commission building on Nov. 15....

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