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Community prepares to welcome U.S. heroes for Warrior Weekend
Bob Balzer said any day he gets up breathing is a good day. The 86-year-old veteran of two wars has 156 parachute jumps. Mr. Balzer works eight hours a day, seven days a week for monetary compensation, but not his own. He spends four hours each day visiting his wife at The Alliance Center for Healthcare. She's been there for more ...
Found one
Ja'Myla Mathis, 2, of DeLand, finds eggs during an Easter egg hunt at DeLand Church of Nazarene on Saturday, March 30. Deirdre Perry of DeLand accompanied her granddaughter to the Easter celebration....
DeLand author turns curiosity about streets into book
Leave it to a librarian to research and alphabetically categorize the histories of 650 streets. Few others would have the patience. Most would find the task overwhelming, a good idea ... for someone else. Not Louise Ball Caccamise, who recently published "Memory Lane: A History of the Street Names of DeLand, Florida." It started w...
Bunny chase
Kathleen Du Lac, center, of Debary, shares a laugh with Patti and James McKinley of Ormond Beach during the 46th annual Run Forrest, Run! Easter Beach Run near the Main Street Pier in Daytona Beach, Saturday March 30. The Easter Beach Run was established back in 1967 by Daytona Beach Leisure Services Department, to ...
Cultural youth group gets royal nod
There are some young people in Deltona whose dances are fit for a queen and king. The Hispanic American Youth Group was selected three years ago to perform in Melbourne on March 30 at a VIVA Florida 500 celebration of Ponce de Leon's discovery of the state. The event was hosted by Royal Order of Don Juan Ponce de Leon Historical V...
Gateway seeks to preserve springs, history through art event
In another nod to the VIVA Florida 500 celebration, commemorating the state's 500th anniversary, Gateway Center for the Arts is calling for artists to participate in "Art Springs Eternal." The center's first plein-air paint-out and exhibit will showcase three springs in Southwest Volusia. Artists are invited to participate by pain...
Citizens get chance to size up police chief candidates
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Residents of New Smyrna Beach were given an opportunity to meet and chat with the final candidates for the city's next Police Chief. "We want our citizens to meet the candidates," City Manager Pam Brangaccio said. "This is an important decision for our community, so we really would lik...
Peek at history
Lilian Place curator Jerry Horton, as Lawrence Thompson, the builder of Lilian Place, lets Cameron Upchurch, 6, of Daytona Beach look through a stereo viewer of old photos during History Camp at the historic Daytona Beach house, Thursday March 28....
Rowing Association wants to grow disabled rowing program
The Halifax Rowing Association is looking to expand its programs and gain community support. In the boathouse known as the Halifax Rowing Center at 210 City Island Parkway next to the Courthouse Annex on City Island, the association has been in existence since 1994. The rowing center also is home to the Embry...
B-CU President wants to expand the school's mission
Even before getting "interim" removed from his title last month, Bethune-Cookman University President Edison Jackson had embarked on a campaign to expand the school's reach and community image. The wide-reaching initiative -- which he dubbed a "town and gown" approach -- includes establishing branch campuses to co...
Alliance wants more people to shop the stores of the Shores
When Daytona Beach Shores was established back in 1960, the local business leaders were convinced a smaller community could provide better services to its residents. Fast forward 53 years and you'll find it is that same reasoning that has inspired the creation and success of the Daytona Beach Shores Busin...
Piersonite earns league award
Look at what the cat dragged in. No, really, it's all because of a Siamese cat named Chesai. "He loved it out here," Sue Elliot said. "He was in heaven out here. When we turned back east, he'd scream the entire way. We figured he had some good sense." Ms. Elliot is one of two recipients of the Volusia Le...
Volusia League of Cities Distinguished Service Awards
The recipients of the Volusia League of Cities 2013 Distinguished Service Awards, President's Award and Mayor Blaine O'Neal Award of Excellence will be honored at a banquet May 30 at the Riverfront Center at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach. For more information, call (386) 566-6856 or email mswiderski@volusiaCOG.org. The re...
CRAs give city, county leaders more to talk about
Sixty days to discuss CRAs. That's what the Volusia County Council decided at its meeting on March 21. The council's proposed resolution to amend and restate policy for establishment, expansion, delegation of authority over and funding of CRAs will wait until June 6 for a vote. For five Volusia cities determined to create new Comm...
Sheriff's office honors 230 volunteers at annual banquet
Breathing new life into nearly 40 cold case murders dating back to 1957 is a daunting task for one Volusia County Sheriff's investigator. That's why the Sheriff's Office decided to tap into a valuable community resource -- retired law enforcement officers willing to help with the investigations, and at no cost to the agency or taxpayers. Two volu...
Exquisite automobiles at nearby Amelia Island, Florida
In Central Florida, there are so many fun things to do it is sometimes difficult to find the time to take it all in. During our cooler months there is seldom a vacant weekend. One of the things I always make time for is the Amelia Island Concours D' Elegance. That fancy moniker belongs to one of the world's premier car s...
Looking ahead
Logan Williams, 2, of Port Orange looks ahead for his next egg during the Rock-n-Roll Easter egg hunt at White Chapel Church of God in South Daytona, Saturday, March 30. The fun-filled celebration had games, prizes, candy and Easter egg hunts for all ages....
Camp donations needed Spark a child's creativity with a Camp Create scholarship. Thanks to previous scholarship donors, about 60 children each year receive Camp Create scholarships. Contact the Museum's Education Curator Pam Coffman, at Coffman@MuseumofFloridaArt.org for more information or simply print the Camp Create Scholarship Donation Form...
Florida Hospital HospiceCare Honors Volunteers
Florida Hospital HospiceCare hosted the 2013 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon to honor the nearly 200 volunteers for the 2012 calendar year on March 12. The themed event, Down by the Sea, was at Oceanside Country Club, 75 N. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach. In 2012, Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteers contributed 15,000 hours to...

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