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Police commander patrols deer farm by night
When Orange City police commander Jason Sampsell had to miss an interview at his deer farm because of a shooting at Walmart, he called for backup. Commander Sampsell's fiancÚ Jamie Cox -- the other half of J&J Whitetails -- had him covered. Seventeen deer meander around the five-acre breeder farm in DeLeon Springs. Some of the doe...
Town Council wants drivers to slow down
PIERSON -- The Town Council wants things a bit more sluggish on Center Street. The state Department of Transportation recently switched out signs on Center (U.S. 17) through the town, dropping the speed limit from 45 to 40 mph between Hagstrom Road and Palmetto Avenue. At its Tuesday, Feb. 12, regular me...
Flower power
Sandy Hartung of Sandy's Flower Market in Ormond Beach was one of the vendors displaying their wares at the Symphony of Flowers on Sunday, March 3, at the Chapel and Tavern in the Garden in Port Orange. The event was a fundraiser for the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild. ...
Summit looks at strategies for business growth
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- "How do we want to continue to grow in our city and maintain the character of New Smyrna Beach?" asked Mayor Adam Barringer at the NSB Economic Summit Saturday morning. Nearly a hundred city officials, business owners, representatives from county and state initiatives and concerned cit...
K-9 Officer Bruce Holcomb and partner K9 Buddy win award
New Smyrna Beach's K-9 Officer Bruce Holcomb and his partner K9 Buddy won the highest honor at the North American Police Work Dog Association seminar in Titusville recently. The annual competition is sponsored by the KVD (Koninklijke Vereniging Diensthonden) Royal Association of Service Dogs of Wellen, Be...
Let the music play
Reuben 'Lounge Lizard' Morgan of Daytona Beach plays with guitarist Cliff Burnett of Virginia during the Downtown Music Festival along Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach, Saturday, March 2. The music fest was presented by Canal Street Historical District and Marc Monteson Promotions. ...
Work underway on Tymber Creek Road in Ormond Beach
Work on widening Tymber Creek Road, from Granada Boulevard to Peruvian Lane, began recently with construction crews clearing and re-grading portions of the highway. Don Chapman of Masci Construction, the project contractor, said the project should take "a little over a year" to be completed. "I'm going to end ...
County council stops driving next to new beachfront park
Ormond Beach's new Andy Romano Park is four acres of beachfront family fun to some and now 600-feet of sandspurs to others. At its last regular meeting, the Volusia County Council approved a request from Ormond to close 600 feet of beach driving in front of the park. The vote was 4-3. Before the vote, th...
What makes a tree historic?
The city of Daytona Beach was founded in 1876 amid a forest of live oak trees, according to Guy Meilleur of The Australian Arbor Age. Most of those trees were felled in the process of creating the city. Some still survive and are considered historic trees. In January 2012, about 50 miles southeast of Ormond B...
County Council tightening rules for CRAs
Five cities are lining up to start new Community Redevelopment Areas, but the Volusia County Council is increasingly questioning their value. At its Thursday, Feb. 28, meeting, the council directed staff to draft a new playbook for incoming CRAs to use, and to examine how far the county could apply it to...
Florida legislators chew on issues at annual chamber luncheon
Sequestration, Obamacare, economic development, education and jobs were among the topics of discussion at the annual legislative luncheon hosted by the West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce in DeBary. Four legislative panelists including Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange; Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona; Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-...
Side Trax: The family that plays together
Standing in her daughter's old bedroom-turned-recording studio, Nancy Kophamel Brace holds her five-month old granddaughter, Aaliyah Rose. Shania, as in Twain, one of her two breeder service dogs, stays close by her side. Ms. Brace moves to the music coming from the sound system -- her music. Her simultaneous swaying, toe tapping ...
The champs
The Florida Legends eighth grade travel basketball team from Volusia County won the Elite Open Eighth DII Division of the USSSA Basketball Tournament in Clearwater during President's Day weekend. The head coach is Tom Bieri and assistant coaches are Austin Tse, Scott St. John, and Brad Cluxton. From left back row ar...
Centennial celebration a blast from the past
PORT ORANGE -- The city is getting in the historical spirit for its centennial celebration -- with a little fun added to the mix. An event to mark the centennial -- the 100-year anniversary of Port Orange's incorporation in 1913 -- will be along the Halifax River between Dunlawton Avenue and U.S. 1, where th...
Port Orange considers committee to simplify financial decisions
PORT ORANGE -- "Some City Council meetings sound like an accounting class." That's what Councilman Bob Ford said to sum up his feelings about the complexity of the financial decisions he and his colleagues have recently been faced with, arising from an estimated $2 million revenue loss related to the finance...
Dealing with petroleum based exasperation
The big oil companies are sticking it to us at the pumps once more. Not satisfied with the obscene price of three bucks a gallon they are pushing to make four dollars the new norm. We may be seeing our future in California where it has topped five in some places. As always when the price of gasoline shoots up we begin to hear grumblings about the...
Honored women
American Business Woman's Association's businesswomen of the year, Christy Erickson and Chrissy Gorman receive awards, flowers and tiara's at a meeting honoring them on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4B's in DeBary. Christy is a virtual teacher and Chrissy owns RiverCity Tax....
Trusted advocates celebrate 25 years of service
They aren't attorneys. They aren't doctors. And they aren't CPAs. They aren't selling anything. Alice Clark, Debra Howard, Debra Hogan and Robert Chapman are the voices, hands, feet and solution seekers for those in need. They are Financial Advocates of Central Florida Inc., a DeLand-based firm specializing in eldercare financial ...
Spruce Creek musicians fly to Ireland
International travel is the hallmark of the Spruce Creek High School Music Department from Port Orange. On Saturday, March 9, 212 students and chaperones leave for a 10-day performance tour of Ireland. The trip will culminate with performances at the St. Patrick's Day International Festival and the world famous St. Patty's Day...
Thinking about it
Angie Luman, left, of DeLand proudly looks on as her one-year-old grandson, Brayden Longstreet, of Port Orange works the parallel bar with Coach Caroline Peters during Coach Caroline's Gymnastics class at the Port Orange Gymnasium, Tuesday, Feb. 19. Coach Caroline teaches gymnastics to children 12-months to five-yea...

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