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One-Stop will offer more tools, services in new location
The sun climbed higher, bringing welcome warmth to the last day of 2012. Minimum-wage workers would get 12 cents more an hour starting the next morning. And people hoping for better lives in 2013 streamed into the new One-Stop Employment Center in Orange City. Worry marked their faces. One-Stop manager Joe Hancock and a 34-member ...
DeLand just doesn't need red-light cameras
DELAND -- After almost four years of giving them green lights, the DeLand City Commission put the brakes on red-light cameras. At the last regular meeting of 2012, the commission got news that DeLand drivers are pretty well behaved. "It wasn't actually an idea that got nixed," Commissioner Leigh Matusick...
Springing into action
Brittney Van Ravenswaay, 15, a level 9 gymnast, performs a backward flip at the Fit Club Gymnastics located in Orange City on Thursday, Jan. 3rd. Fit Club will be hosting State Regional Nationals this year in February. For more information, visit www.FitClubGymnstics.com....
Osteen receives award, keeps guard against growth
Last spring members of Save Osteen Now emerged victorious from a long-waged zoning battle. Last month the group received an award from the local chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association for outstanding public-private partnership. That's the kind of progress Osteen wants. Not the other kind. They don't want their dine...
'SoNapaGate' ensnares city officials
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A retirement party for an outgoing City Commissioner has turned into "SoNapaGate," said Bob Tolley, a resident who keeps a close eye on city government. Because the event was at a beachside restaurant owned by New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer and attended by city officials and...
Historic preservation award's namesake heavily involved in community
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Donnadine Miller, the namesake of the city's main historic preservation award, became involved in many activities when she and her husband, Gil, moved here in 1997 to get out of the Maryland cold. She was especially interested in history and archeology, said her friend Dot Moore. ...
Spelling relief
Despite cold temperatures and the early morning hour, about 100 New Smyrna Beach community citizens and area visitors came out to support the American Cancer Society SEV Relay For Life, Stand Up For Hope On The Beach event to promote awareness and support. Supporters gathered on the beach in front of the F...
Daytona Book Fair encourages reading and writing
The Second Annual F.R.E.S.H Book Festival brought authors to the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center on George W. Engram Boulevard in Daytona Beach on Jan. 4-5. At the event authors shared their experiences while encouraging others to write and publish their work. "We want to network. Another problem that...
Port Orange selects new city manager
PORT ORANGE -- After a long and arduous selection process, city leaders have at last selected a new city manager. Greg Kisela was chosen from a list of five finalists, narrowed down from 67 applicants, to succeed the outgoing Ken Parker. Mr. Kisela, who is a former Destin city manager, Walton County administ...
Happily wandering
Janice Golden, left, and Bill Ellis of Ormond Beach chat as they lead The Happy Wanders 5K/10K at The Pavilion at Port Orange on Dec. 31. The walk took the group around The Pavilion and to numerous sights in town. For more information, visit www.happywanderersfl.org....
Store to close for demolition, expansion in spring
PORT ORANGE -- A Publix Supermarket on the west side of the city will be torn down this spring -- to make way for a larger Publix. The grocery chain's 40,500-square-foot store at Westport Square Shopping Center, at the intersection of Taylor Road and Williamson Boulevard, is scheduled for demolition after Eas...
Many spent holidays battling flu
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, medicine shelves became increasingly bare. Two days after Christmas Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf died of complications from pneumonia, according to news reports. On Dec. 15, 14-year-old Maddie Umont, from DeLand, died after being hospitalized for flu-like symptoms and dehydration, her family said. ...
East-west road construction having minimal impact
Eight months into the Interstate 4 road-widening project, thousands of commuters traveling between DeLand and Daytona Beach haven't had to exercise too much patience. It's a good thing, because those from the south side of DeLand don't have a free and clear alternative in U.S. 92 since that's under construction, too. The state beg...
Carnivorous
George Hausermann, right, of E.F.G. Orchids of DeLand assists Kaleb Brar, 10, of Ormond-by-the-Sea in finding carnivorous plants to photograph with his Nintendo DS, as his grandmother Brenda Carr looks on during a recent visit to the Home & Garden Show at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Friday, Jan. 4....
Hospital nurses and first graders bring Christmas cheer to patients
ORANGE CITY -- Carol Blair had planned on celebrating Christmas at home in Osteen with her husband, daughter and grandchildren, but unfortunately couldn't. She needed to have surgery on her leg and had to stay in Florida Hospital Fish Memorial's Progressive Care Unit for a week -- a week that unfortunately included Christmas. ...
New Smyrna Beach attracting attention
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Tim Hamby, the new executive director of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority, started his job on a high note with the city being named one of Dr. Beach's Top 10 Florida beach towns. Dr. Beach is actually Dr. Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University who publish...
Little puppeteer
One-year-old Lauryn Gladding of New Smyrna Beach gets a little help from her mother Kelli with a finger puppet during a recent visit to the New Smyrna Beach Farmers Market, across from Old Fort Park, Saturday, Dec. 22. For more information about the market, visit www.canalstreetnsb.com....
The roots of random murder in the U.S.
Shocked, stunned, saddened, sickened, bewildered and disgusted. All of those words describe how I felt when I first heard of the shootings in Newtown, Conn. The unbelievable carnage perpetuated by one whacked out kid is just impossible to deal with. My first response was to wonder what in hell is going on? How did we com...

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