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Community outreach and schools work together for Great Kids
Sandy Rakes is equal parts kind, witty and authoritative. That combination may be the reason 15 students from McInnis Elementary School in DeLeon Springs were happily focused on learning at 4:30 on a rainy Wednesday afternoon after school let out. Ms. Rakes is the executive director for Great Kids Explorer Club, which she said sta...
Flag football playoffs
Seven-year-olds Logan Camara tries to run away from teammate Aiden James during practice at Reed Canal Park, Saturday, Dec. 15. The boys are members of the South Daytona Youth Patriots Football team, which is in second place for the season. The team was preparing for the playoffs, with their last game being played t...
African American museum celebrates Kwanzaa, plans to expand
Kwanzaa is neither a religious holiday nor a substitute for Christmas. "Kwanzaa is an American holiday celebrating African American culture," said Mary Allen, executive director of the African American Museum of the Arts in DeLand. There will be a Kwanzaa celebration at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the museum, 325 S. Clara Ave., DeL...
Story time
Children's Librarian Katie Walker of DeLand reads a Christmas story to guests during a special Holiday Toddler Storytime at the Deltona Regional Library auditorium, Tuesday, Dec. 18. For more information about this program and more, visit www.volusialibrary.org....
Top Ten stories in Northwest Volusia County in 2012.
1. Plane crashes into DeLand Publix The Publix on East International Speedway Boulevard was shut down after a single-engine experimental plane crashed into it. Five people were injured, including the plane's pilot and passenger, who suffered critical injuries. The Publix was repaired reopened later in the year. 2. Spec Marti...
Honoring the veterans
Army Ret. Sgt. Major Luther Davidson of AMVETS Post 911 in Port Orange is escorted by Ret. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Calabrese, right, as he prepares to place a wreath for the annual Wreaths Across America to honor Veterans during the Holiday season in front of the Veterans Monument at the Edgewater/New Sm...
Deltona High School Chorus makes a joyful noise
Brejoya Perry discovered her voice at three years old. Today, the director of choral activities at Deltona High School challenges young people to find theirs, and to share them with others. In early December, the choir performed at Sterling Court Retirement Community in Deltona. The entryway, dining room and staircase were aglow w...
Bullying program making progress
At a Youth Explosion meeting, Nick Pizza began to hear from parents that their kids were being bullied. He said some of the young girls attending the Saturday Night Alive monthly concert events started talking about how they were experiencing bullying at school. "I couldn't believe it," Mr. Pizza said. "These kids looked to me lik...
Top Ten stories in Southwest Volusia County in 2012
1. Deltona leaders freeze planned utilities rate increase After huge protests by residents, Deltona City Commissioners froze water and sewer rates rather than continue with a 17.25-percent increase. While residents complained rates had gotten too expensive, the city is going to be under the gun to pay existing debt and neede...
Water taxi ferries people along the Intracoastal
The weather was bright and sunny on a recent Saturday as the Water Taxi Express was making the second of five round trips between Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach. At its first stop at Inlet Harbor Restaurant in Ponce Inlet, Capt. Bob Wheeler eased the "H2O" up to the dock and Director of Operations P...
Holiday food baskets
Verris Robinson of New Smyrna Beach volunteers to help unload boxes of food during the 14th annual Holiday Food Basket Distribution at Vince Carter's Athletic Center at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Friday, Dec. 21. Vince Carter's Embassy of Hope Foundation distributed boxes of food containing everything fo...
Southeast Volusia Top Ten Stories for 2012
1. Storm tears through Terra Mar Village at Edgewater, damaging 90 homes. A tornado ripped apart Terra Mar Village, a manufactured home community along the Indian River. The tornado had a wind speed of 86 to 110 mph and damaged 90 homes with five destroyed and 40 suffering major damage. Only two people suffered minor injurie...
Top Ten stories in Halifax area in 2012
1. Big resorts planned for Daytona Beach Why have one big resort project on the beach when you can have two? Canada-based Bayshore Capital announced plans to build two, 20-story condo-hotel towers with 1.3 million square feet of room space and 20,000 square feet of meeting space on land just south of Sunsplash Park that it b...
Port Orange drinking water plant receives excellence award
PORT ORANGE -- Public utilities staff recently won an award for keeping the city's water supply clean. The Port Orange Water Treatment Plant was recognized by the Volusia County Health Department for excellence in drinking water plant operations, an award presented on behalf of the Florida Department of Envi...
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!
Paul Lauginiger of Ormond Beach zooms across a zip line at ZoomAir Adventure Park, located at Tuscawilla Park in Daytona Beach, Thursday, Dec. 20. Mr. Lauginiger who works for ZoomAir, was trying out the recently opened Point Break course, which is higher and faster than the Lagoon/Reef course, which was available w...
Port Orange area Top Ten stories of 2012
1. Billing errors create headaches for Port Orange, lead to finance director's resignation. The city's administration was thrown into an uproar after it was discovered the water department had undercharged customers in Daytona Beach Shores by $825,000 over a 43-month period. City leaders blamed faulty water meters, which als...
Business owner fights tree trimmers over destroyed tree
PORT ORANGE -- A business owner is upset that a tree on her commercial property was split in half by a vegetation management company with no forewarning. Carol Whitlock, who, with her husband, owns a small retail building at 4626 Clyde Morris Boulevard across the street from the Gulfstream Village, recently ...
Beats the mall
Lindsey Waitt of Port Orange takes a stroll with her seven-month-old son, Anthony, around the lake at Port Orange City Center Circle, Thursday, Dec. 20. The Cypress trees' color in the winter gives off a feeling of autumn....
Alpaca farmers share, shear finer things in life
Clifford and Jason were supposed to provide security for Launda Soper's farm. On a mild December afternoon they stood at the fence looking curious, not showing an iota of remorse for their lack of ambition. They get treats anyway. Ms. Soper and her husband, Tom Soper, trained for a year before they began amassing their herd of 28 ...
Explosive team
Two military combat veterans are the newest members of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Labrador retrievers Bandit and Holly are explosives detection K-9s donated by the U.S. Marine Corps after their military retirement. Holly, left, is with Deputy Christopher Westfall with Holly and Bandit...
Panera Bread and Second Harvest Food Bank partner to fight hunger
In November, Panera Bread launched the Hope for the Holidays campaign to help fight food insecurity in Central Florida. In partnership with its customers, Panera will raise more than $200,000, which will directly help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida distribute much-needed food to pantries, soup kitchens, homeless s...
Freedom of flight
Chris Wise of the Marine Science Center looks on as one of the four rehabilitated brown pelicans injured by Hurricane Sandy is released back into the wild at Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet, Tuesday, Dec. 18. Since opening in 2004, the Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Sanctuary has treated more than 10,000 si...
School, law enforcement officials tracking safety needs for schools
Far away as they were, the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School cast a long shadow across the nation and to Volusia County Schools. Greg Akin, director of transportation services and emergency management, said school officials are examining news coming from Newtown, Conn., to see if there's a...
Veterans' license plates are now more specific
Every time Keith Decker jumps in his truck, folks know he was in the Army. His specialty tag tells them. "That's why I got my plate," Mr. Decker said. "I'm proud of my service." Soon they'll know he's a Vietnam veteran. The state recently released new specialty license plates, according to the Florida De...
Wrapping it up
Claudia Garrick, left, and Elicia Hester volunteer to wrap presents during the Home Instead Senior Care 'Be a Santa to a Senior' program at Homewood Suites in Daytona Beach, Thursday, Dec. 13. Home Instead Senior Care wanted to help provide needy seniors with gifts who don't have families and friends, in hopes of maki...
The 500 pound gorilla in the room
Each year during the holiday season, I am reminded that some of you must also try to celebrate a birthday in the midst of Christmas and Hanukkah. I am reminded because my wife Lana's birthday is Dec. 29. Having a birthday at this time is a quirk of fate that is difficult to deal with. Musician Jimmy Buffet who was born o...
Zipping at park
Betty helps her grandson, Dawson Camacho, 4, hang onto a zip-line at Freedom Playground in DeLand....
Embry-Riddle Athletic Association hosts Food Brings Hope students
Coaches and players from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University welcomed more than 300 Volusia County Public School students and chaperones to the ICI Center from the Food Brings Hope program on Friday, Dec. 14. ERAU Athletic Director, Coach Steve Ridder, gave an inspirational talk about the value of always doing the right thing...
Service with a smile
Life Scout Taylor Magone, 15, of Boy Scout Troop 436 in Port Orange supervises fellow Boy Scouts and volunteers in the creation of a kayak boat launch at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, Saturday, Dec. 15. Taylor is working toward receiving Eagle Scout rank by creating a pathway and boat slip for kay...

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