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Marine Science Center hosts 11th annual Turtle Day
The Marine Science Center is gearing up for its biggest event of the season -- the 11th annual Turtle Day. "We normally average 2,500 visitors for this event," said center director Mike Brothers. "It's a great opportunity for visitors who are not familiar with the Marine Science Center to come out and see...
DaVinci Design House readies for renaissance
The DaVinci Design House in DeLand's burgeoning artisan district is nearing completion. Owner Mark Shuttleworth said the latest link in the city's up and coming cultural corridor south of New York Avenue should be finished in about five weeks. So far, four artists and craftsmen are set to move into the two-story house turned multi...
Music among the trees
Randall Herron, of Awesome Possum, plays banjo during the Arts & Music Festival in DeLeon Springs on Saturday, April 13. Eight bands gathered for the event, including Awesome Possum, Colleen Pierson (solo artist), Swamp Cabbage, Just in Time, Celery City Band, Jackson Creek, Rima Ridge and Something Else....
Hula instructor keeps them moving at any age
"Where the humuhumu-nukunuku-a-pua'a go swimming by." If you remember Arthur Godfrey singing that and strumming on his ukulele, then you've really dated yourself. It also brings to mind a luau with roasted pig and Polynesian women in grass skirts and leis waving their arms and making hand gestures while swivel...
Fire fighters break ground on new State Road 44 station
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Construction on the final of five new fire stations in New Smyrna Beach began with a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 9. The project is expected to take nearly a year to complete at a cost of $2.86 million. The new fire station will be at 1400 State Road 44 next to the Tire K...
Staying ahead of the competition
Thomas McDonnell, 7, center, of New Smyrna Beach keeps an eye on his competitor, Derek West, left, during the Sacred Heart Catholic School second annual Fly Like an Eagle 5K run and Kids Fun Run Saturday, April 13. The event was at Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach....
Holly Hill paying former city manager $100,000 severance
HOLLY HILL -- Ending a troubled chapter, the City Commission agreed to pay $100,000 in severance plus payroll taxes to Oel Wingo, the fired former city manager. Ms. Wingo served as city manager from Jan. 1, 2010 to October of that year when she was fired. A Florida Ethics Commission investigation found probable c...
Regal eagle
David Wrede of Wrede's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Sebring teaches the public about the importance of protecting wildlife with his friendly bald eagle named Thunder during South Daytona's annual Native American Earth Festival at Reed Canal Park, Saturday, April 13....
City Council approves special use of long vacant lot
The South Daytona City Council approved a special use permit to allow a church to locate in the long vacant building at 3109 S. Ridgewood Ave. The property is owned by Zuma Development and will be leased on a monthly basis to the new occupant. The special use application to utilize the old Sandy Point Progressive Sports bu...
For a cure
Leading the “Survivor’s Lap” at the Relay for Life in Deltona is the Color Guard of Pine Ridge High School JROTC. From left are Heather Kincaid, 17, John Hamilton, 17, Haley Rapp, 17, and Lionel Flores, 16. Cancer survivors, Lee Benjamin, left, and Jennifer Flinchum, both of Deltona ...
Charter schools get passing grades
All of Volusia County's eight charter schools, including one the school district is trying to close, as well as two alternative schools operated by contractors, received acceptable ratings this spring, staff reviewers told the school board at a meeting last week. But every school also had at least a little room for...
Be of good cheer!
College cheerleading and dance squads from all over the country came to Daytona Beach to participate in the NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship at the Bandshell, Friday, April 12....
Volusia celebrates all that's green and clean with Earth Day Events
Earth Day is April 22. This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. "In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. Mr. McConnell chose the...
Easier gardening through native and drought tolerant plants
This time of year local garden centers are a hotbed of activity. Saturday mornings find people flocking like butterflies and hummingbirds to the brightly colored flowers there. Excitement fills the cool morning air. Planting provides instant gratification as post-winter drabness is replaced, often in a matter of hours, with bright...
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words ...
These days many of the folks I bump into are kind enough to tell me that I should ignore the negative rants and letters about my column that show up in this paper. People I meet are usually kind and assume I have been hurt by the shots some readers have taken at my offerings. Actually I am pleased to hear from anyone who...

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