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Early spring, late winter could hurt citrus crops
Sustained freezing temperatures in late February and early March are the exact opposite of what citrus growers want. But that's what they got in Volusia County, even after citrus trees had sprouted green buds and boasted some already-open blossoms containing the next crop of fruit. Steve Crump, a fourth-generation citrus grower, s...
Florida Sikhs address Port Orange shooting
PORT ORANGE -- A drive-by shooting on the Dunlawton Bridge is being considered a possible hate crime as the victim was likely targeted because of the turban he wears that is traditional to his religion. The victim, Kanwaljit Singh, is a Sikh. The Sikh religion, originating from a region in South Asia that in...
Students offered ERAU Innovation Challenge
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Cairns Foundation and the Volusia County University of Central Florida Business Incubator jointly present the ERAU Innovation Challenge. The event will be at ERAU's Daytona Beach campus on April 19. The goal of the challenge is to promote the commercialization of innovations spawned by...
Lin Waldrop, of Lake Helen speaks with Lucy Bebee Tobias, author of "50 Great Walks in Florida," and Sandra Walters, author of "The Story of Thornby," at the Lake Helen Book Fair at Hopkins Hall on Saturday, March 9....
County still working on ways to increase tourism
The Volusia County Council took another look at its Tourism Marketing Study at the Ocean Center on March 8. The purpose was to review recommendations on the study. Plenty of discussions took place, but nothing was clarified or set in stone. The study was first introduced at a meeting on Jan. 28. The Strategic...
Antiques shop building could be demolished
DELAND -- Silva's Antiques will likely become history. The City Commission, in its March 4 meeting, agreed to a potential buyer's plan to demolish all or part of the two-story building at 428 S. Woodland Blvd. "We're looking at trying to save part of the building by being strategic with the demolition." ...
DeLand man teaches techniques to guard against bullies
Wallace Bailey is a 5-foot, 3-inch, 130-pound man with a good attitude and naturally pleasant demeanor. People don't tend to push him around. They never did, even in school. He considers himself one of the lucky ones and has compassion for kids who are bullied. Mr. Bailey, a compliance officer for Volusia County, began studying th...
Warriors salute
Virginia Crawford, left, of DeLand, and Danny Reese, Medicine Horse, of Winterhaven, dance in the arena circle in honor of veterans during the 9th Annual Veterans Pow Wow on Friday, March 8. Tribes from across America attended the Pow Wow and the Florida Veterans traveling wall was on display at the event behind the Y...
First Amendment roar rattling residents
DELAND -- Thunderous street-corner preaching is familiar ground to any who've walked by the corner of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue on Friday afternoons. Newer is the same flamboyant fulfillment of the First Amendment in the wee hours in Pioneer Park at Woodland and Rich Avenue. Local business o...
Terrell Auquau of DeLand honors the warriors who served our country in front of the Florida Veterans traveling wall at the Pow Wow on Sunday, March 10. Normally the Florida traveling wall, a replica of the true wall of veterans on permanent display in Washington D.C., would not have been at a civilian gathering; the s...
Council says yes to Islamic mosque
DeBary will be home to Volusia's second Islamic mosque. The City Council voted unanimously at its March 6 meeting to follow a staff recommendation to grant a special zoning exception to the Islamic Center of Deltona Inc. for a house of worship at 420 Summerhaven Drive. The approval came with two conditions and more than a few diss...
Friends and family of Colin Anderson seeking a skate park
Hard to know if a closer skate park would have saved Colin Anderson, but his mother, Casi Sprague, wants other local skaters to have one to more safely enjoy their sport. "Colin and his friends went out Friday nights and skated around Orange City," she said. "They were all really responsible kids. The ki...
Gateway's youth celebration draws artists, community together
The annual Youth Celebration of the Arts was back at Gemini Springs this year. "Where it belongs," said Gateway Center for the Arts CEO and director Sandra Wilson. Youth Celebration of the Arts is a unique festival that showcases the visual and performing arts for Volusia County youth. This year's theme was "Viva Florida 500" in c...
Kit Martin to receive Schwartz Family Community Service Award
Kit Martin, friend and volunteer for people with disabilities, will receive the Schwartz Family Community Service Award from UCP/WORC at the organization's annual Life Without Limits Luncheon at noon, Tuesday, March 19, in the Jim W. Henderson Administration and Welcome Center at Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University. Ms. Mart...
Singer hopes her songs resound for Basilica
Sheri McHenry doesn't look, act or sound like a grandmother. The folk singer is a grandmother of 19, but she has a new album, "Songs from The Basilica," that she has recorded to benefit the preservation fund for the Basilica of St. Paul in Daytona Beach. "I've been singing all my life," said Ms. McHenry, who al...
Bi-Plane FunFlights emphasize the fun
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- RJ Jordan enjoyed the ride of his life in a World War II bi-plane as a gift from his father, Robert Jordan, for his 13th birthday. A new business in town, BiPlane FunFlights, offers thrilling open cockpit adventures in WWII bi-planes. BiPlane FunFlights has only been operating in the a...
All aboard
Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach will host the second paddleboard race of the Mayor's Riverfest at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at 177 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Short course is $29. Long course is $39. All skill levels may compete. The first 60 people to pre-registe...
Bikers surprised at popular spot's closure
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bikers express shock at finding out JJ Fin's Dockside, a former favorite hangout during Bike Week, is closed. The restaurant, formerly Gilly's Pub 44 bar and grill, is at 1889 State Road 44 next to Bruce Rossmeyer's New Smyrna Harley-Davidson. The two businesses complemented each other...
Utilities commission raising awareness for water conservation
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Taking advantage of the First Saturdays Art Walk crowd, the Utilities Commission attempted to raise awareness for water conservation at its second annual Water-Wise Garden Fair in partnership with Lindley's Nursery and Garden Center at 200 Canal St. on March 2. Despite the chilly tempe...
Biker buddies
Jack Bertetto of Daytona Beach cruises down Main Street with his furry little co-pilot, Li'l Bear, during the 72nd annual Bike Week, Friday, March 8. More than 500,000 bikers are expected to roar into Daytona Beach for one of the largest motorcycle events in the world....
The Stonecutters bring custom rides to Bike Week
It was snowing and 20 degrees Thursday afternoon, March 7, when the Stonecutters left Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with their large, black crew cab truck pulling a large, black trailer filled with five custom bikes. When they arrived in Ormond Beach 1,350 miles and 21 hours later it was sunny and near 70. The Ston...
Ormond commission takes DIY approach to lobbying
Ormond Beach doesn't have a high-price lobbying firm, so at a March 5 meeting the City Commission agreed to a do-it-yourself lobbying effort. "We took it upon ourselves to draft a list of what were our key elements we would like to seek some legislative support on," City Manager Joyce Shanahan said. "Commissio...
Long jump
Ethan Stuart, 13, of Holly Hill makes the jump of his life for first place in the long jump during the Volusia County Summer Games at Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach, Saturday, March 9. More than 200 athletes participated in various events including soccer, bocce ball and track and field....
Eagle helps otters
Brandon Cavanaugh (in uniform), 17, of Boy Scout Troop 468 in Ormond Beach keeps an eye on the progress as Eagle Scout Logan Rand, right, of Ormond Beach works on the new shed being built at the Cypress Aquatic Center in Daytona Beach, Saturday, March 9. Also helping were 11-year-old Boy Scouts Logan Ziegler, left, ...
Cancer survivor's auto detailing business organizes fundraiser
DELAND -- Local car detailer Bradley Hook survived cancer -- not once, but twice. At age 28, the owner and detailer specialist of Heaven's Touch Mobile Detailing was first stricken by colon cancer, undergoing an eight-month treatment to eradicate the disease. Eight years later, at 36, the cancer returned and ...
Fighting a losing battle for a Florida lawn
Spring comes early here in Central Florida. By mid February the trees are in bud and all around plants are turning a bright green. That is all of the plants except those in my front yard. There, the color is a deadly gray and looks as though a rugby scrum has just taken place. It will take the onset of the summer rains t...
Listening to their elders
MSgt. Sam Mastrogiacomo, right, and Tech Sgt. Ed Safford of the U.S. Army Air Corps, brought history to life as they shared their World War II experiences with fifth grade students at Coronado Beach Elementary School on Monday, March 4. Members of the "Old Soldiers Club" and volunteer speakers for the Hi...
Halifax Habitat for Humanity announces annual 'Spirit of Hope' winner
Halifax Habitat for Humanity has named the GE Volunteers the 2013 Spirit of Hope Award winner. The GE Volunteers will be honored at the fourth annual Celebration of Hope at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Museum of Art & Sciences in Daytona Beach. The Spirit of Hope award was created by the Halifax Habitat for Humanity Bo...
Cub Scouts roar over building usage fee
HOLLY HILL -- If fighting city hall earns merit badges, boys in Cub Scout Pack 3054 might get them. At its Tuesday, Feb. 12, meeting, the City Commission got an earful from Cub Master Melissa Martin, pack members and supporters upset City Manager Jim McCroskey started charging $15 an hour to use a city b...

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