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Don Sugg, 98, to skydive for homeless
Many people will jump through hoops to be of service. Not too many are willing to jump out of airplanes to do so -- certainly not at 98 years old and legally blind. Surrounded by pictures of people, dogs, bridges, buildings and inspirational passages, Donald Sugg sat at a large desk, a ball cap emblazoned with the words "positive thinking" poised on ...
Produce and pepper processors purchase airport building
The building at 1701 Airport Terminal Drive, formerly Florida Gourmet Foods, has been sold to Infinity R.E. Investments, LLC for its Miami-based company, Fresh Commodities Inc. The closing took place on April 30 -- 15 days after the DeLand City Commission authorized staff to start eviction proceedings against "owner" CSB Bank, DPC...
Jiya Hastings, 10, left, Aaliyah Haines, 10, Jermirria Willaims, 11, and Terry Edwards, 10, from Woodward Avenue School in DeLand won the 100-yard dash, standing long jump, 50-yard dash, and 100-yard dash respectively at the Junior Olympics hosted by the DeLand Middle School on Saturday, May 11....
County leaders invite public to weigh in on ECHO
In just over a decade, the Volusia Forever ECHO grant program has contributed $58.3 million to environmental and historical preservation as well as cultural and outdoor activities to enhance the quality of life in Volusia County. Starting in mid-May ECHO staff will host five community listening sessions to give residents an opport...
Program 'Excellerates' lives of former foster children
Cars are increasingly becoming the de facto graduation gift from parents to their offspring as they complete high school. Not everyone is quite so lucky, but Ormond Beach's Calvary Christian Center, with a program called Excellerate, is trying to correct that. The program's credo is Life Skills Training and De...
B-CU professor publishes students' works of poetry
Students at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach are becoming published authors. History professor Raphael Jackson is publishing his students' works in books. Dr. Jackson has been at the institution for eight years. "Jackson Temple" was published in December 2012. It is comprised of poems, essays and s...
Eye on the ball
Infielder Jerry Burns, 79, of Port Orange, prepares to hit the ball during a game for the Greater Daytona Beach Senior Softball Association at Strickland Diamonds, Friday, May 10. GDBSSA is a growing recreational league fielding more than 200 players in three annual seasons of about 24 games each. The association ha...
Oakbrook residents voice concerns over new bridge at City Council meeting
Members of the Oakbrook Homeowners Association are demanding a bridge linking their neighborhood with Willow Run be closed because of traffic and criminal activity. The Port Orange City Council decided May 7 to delay a decision on the issue until after a comprehensive study by the Planning Department. Res...
Longstreet Elementary music teacher retires after 35 years
Longtime Longstreet Elementary music teacher Jeanne Keiper is retiring after 35 years in the Volusia County school system. This retirement will come as quite a change for students and teachers, who have grown to know and love her, but it will also come as quite a change for Ms. Keiper because she has spen...
Safety first
Cara Mims, 2, of Port Orange surfaces from the pool during a swim lesson with certified Infant Swim Resource instructor Kelly Reimel at the Port Orange YMCA on Thursday, May 9. Children as young as six-months of age can learn to save themselves in a drowning situation....
Sheriff's office employees of the quarter honored
Sheriff Ben Johnson honored the five deputies and civilians as Top Deputies and Employees of the First Quarter during a ceremony at the Deputy Stephen Saboda Training Center in Daytona Beach Tuesday morning. Deputy of the Quarter Dennis Miller patrols the county jurisdiction around Daytona Beach, Holly Hill and Ormond Beach, a...
Jack Russell Terrier coaches owner, inspires book
What better breed of dog for a legendary basketball coach than one who "loves to run, jump and fetch"? Retired Stetson Coach Glenn Wilkes acquired his Jack Russell Terriers, Domino and Roxie, fairly unintentionally. He never expected the many life lessons they carried with them in their invisible suitcases...
Council studying feasibility of second business incubator
A second business incubator may open in Volusia County, this one on the west side. The Volusia County Council voted May 2 to award the contract for a feasibility study to Sanibel-based Greenwood Consulting Group, which specializes in business incubators and small-business innovation research. The budget fo...
Showing off their bloomers
Susan and Brad Brown, left, with Nancy and Dennis Vanderschmitt, both of Port Orange, attend the 18th Annual Volusia County Orchid Society Show & Sale and take home a few species of Orchids on Saturday, May 11....
Official tree cities spread across Volusia County
Port Orange celebrated Arbor Day on Sunday, April 28, with a ceremony and concert at the Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater at the City Center. While most people have heard of Arbor Day and may be aware Port Orange celebrates this national holiday each year, fewer people have heard of Tree City USA and the fa...
Edgewater grows with annexations
EDGEWATER -- The city grew a bunch recently with the City Council approving another annexation and also will have a second huge mixed-use project west of Interstate 95. The council gave final approval to Paradise Properties' request to annex a 41.26-acre patch of land east of Old Mission Road. Glenn D Sto...
Deputies honored for saving baby from burning house
Volusia County Sheriff's Sergeant Mike Odgers and Deputy Bryon Poteralski were just doing their jobs and had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time. But to just about anyone, the two deputies who risked their lives to save a baby from a burning house in Deltona are genuine heroes. On May 7, Sheriff Ben Joh...
Easy does it
Reid Guarriello, 21 months old, of Ponce Inlet learns to float on his back during a swim lesson with certified Infant Swim Resource instructor Kelly Reimel at the Port Orange YMCA on Thursday, May 9....
Enough with the studies; let's paint the town
Once more the city fathers of Daytona Beach have been hard at work trying to make the town more presentable to the tourists. A lot of money was spent on yet another study that yielded no worthwhile practical results. That would be keeping with a long tradition. Some of you faithful readers will remember that a year or so...
Hometown News takes 13 awards in national, state contests
The results are in from not one, but two newspaper competitions, and Hometown News brought home a combined total of 13 awards. "These awards illustrate the dedication and commitment the Hometown News team has, not only to their customers, but to the community as well," said Lee Mooty, general manager of Hometown News. "We look forw...

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