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Riding Star brings horse rescue to Spring Garden Ranch
A 148-acre ranch with 80 paddocks, 18 barns and over 500 stalls sounds like a pretty good place for a horse rescue operation. That's what Dawn Schmertmann figured when she discovered Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. Actually, it turned out to be a perfect match. North America's largest Standardbred training facility appealed...
DeLand addresses animal needs
Cats and dogs reigned at the regular meeting of the DeLand City Commission May 20. Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt an ordinance allowing cat colonies to exist in the city, on several conditions. First, individuals who want to care for a group, or groups, of cats are required to register with the DeLand Police Department to be des...
Ah, grasshopper
Chris Earl welds salvaged tools and hardware as a hobby, such as this grasshopper he sold to the Richmond family, Jonathan, Jennifer, Hayden, 6, and Jackson, 2, of DeLand, during the DeLand Art Walk in Artisan Alley on May 24....
Coming down
Don Sugg, 98, comes in for a landing on a tandem jump with Johannes "Pine" Pienaar, master instructor with Skydive DeLand, during his fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center's Heart House homeless shelter on Saturday, May 25....
Book details adventures of well-traveled teddy bear
"You don't know what you can do until you try." That's the motto of H.W. Bear, a 1986 Dakin Teddy Bear that is a world traveler, goodwill ambassador, mascot of The Happy Wanderers Volksmarch Club in Port Orange, and now the subject of one book and possibly more. H.W. Bear was a wild idea that became a won...
Gleeful art
Madeline Yee, 8, left, and Sienna Burns, 9, of New Smyrna Beach work on their masterpieces during the G.L.E.E. Drawing Club after school program at Chisholm Elementary School in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, May 23. The program was made possible by the parent-run booster club Gifted Learners Enrichment and Education...
Edgewater leading EPA brownfields grant
EDGEWATER -- The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $600,000 grant to the cities of Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach and Oak Hill on May 13 as part of the Florida Brownfield Redevelopment Act. "Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight and provides opportun...
Rescue is stable haven
SAMSULA -- Horses that have been abandoned, neglected and abused in Volusia County could find themselves recovering at a local farm. Stable Haven Horse Rescue at 480 N. Samsula Drive is a non-profit charity founded in 2010 by Jeannie Gonzalez that takes in distressed horses to nurse them back to health. M...
City approves tattoo shop off Flagler Avenue
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Pirate Isle Tattoos has moved from Julia Street to the Shoppes of Flagler Condo after the city Planning and Zoning Board's approval. William and Jen Arney, owners of the tattoo parlor, requested a special exception to operate their business in a multi-use zone at 100 N. Cooper Lane, Un...
Showing respect
Boy Scout Elijah Goodman, 12, of Troop 54 in Holly Hill places an American Flag on the grave of a veteran in honor of Memorial Day at Daytona Memorial Park North in Daytona Beach on Saturday, May 25. American Legion Post 120 in Holly Hill sponsored the troop placing more than 800 flags....
Daytona to open center named after former mayor
Daytona Beach is set to open the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center. A grand opening ceremony will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8. The state of the art building is at 1000 Vine Street and sits in the back of Derbyshire Park. "This is great for the entire city, especially the west side of...
Workshop covers developments in water, Blue Spring conservation
The health of Blue Spring and water supplies of surrounding communities were discussed at the Blue Spring Alliance Workshop on May 22. "Trying to work (to) balance the preservation of nature and the needs of man is such a challenge," DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar said. The second floor conference room at the Historic Courthouse in DeLand...
Dave Shaw named School Resource Deputy of the Year
Students at Campbell Middle School in Daytona Beach know Volusia County Sheriff's deputy Dave Shaw as a firm, but fair law enforcer, a mentor, calming influence and friend when needed all rolled into one. Principal Craig Zablo described the school resource deputy assigned to Campbell Middle this way: "Victims feel that he can ...
Rees Kilfoyle, 8, with Cub Scout Troop No. 565 carries a hand broom to sweep gravestones and Casandra Fuller, 14, of Girl Scout Troop No. 1407 places American flags at the gravestones of veterans at the Hollywood Cemetery in Orange City on Saturday, May 25....
Leadership Class helps out Family Renew
"A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out" is the motto of the Family Renew Community, a non-profit organization in Ormond Beach that for nearly two decades has been alleviating homelessness among families with children in Volusia County. Its work is supported largely through the "Secret Attic," a thrift shop at 32 N. Ocean ...
Osteen Diner offers a piece of the past along with the pie
Before State Road 415 became a busy thoroughfare, there was a place where "everybody knows your name"-- and then some. The made-from-scratch comfort food, sense of community and atmosphere conducive to world-problem solving are reliable staples in an uncertain world. Like famed fictional gathering places Cheers, Mel's Diner and Ar...
A successful jump
Johannes "Pine" Pienaar, Master Tandem Instructor, with 98-year-old jumper Don Sugg and Skydive DeLand owner Mike Johnston congratulate each other on a successful jump for a fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center's Heart House homeless shelter on Saturday, May 25....
FUTURES programs reward student achievement
While attitude adjustments may be their own reward, a little added incentive goes a long way. The FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools recognized the outstanding accomplishments of this year's middle and high school Turn-Around students May 29 in a ceremony at Jackie Robinson Ball Park. FUTURES Executive Director Kelly Fe...
United Way to distribute nearly $1.851 million to community services and programs
The United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties' Board of Directors voted May 20 to approve $1,85 million in distributions to local community programs and services for the upcoming fiscal year (starting July 1). This allowed for a 1.5 percent increase in allocations to partner agencies over last year's distributions. The bulk of th...
Food Brings Hope takes fun activities to local elementary school students
Food Brings Hope sponsored several educational programs in May for elementary school students in Volusia County, which included a field trip to Stetson University by Starke Elementary, a Money Smart Banking program at Pierson Elementary and Sports/Nutrition day at Westside Elementary. Local businesswoman Forough B. Hosseini, fo...
Pvt. Jeremy T. Kestory, 19, right, son of Ed and Lisa Kestory of DeLand, and Pvt. Austin M. Tucker, 19, left, son of Kathy and Jeff Browning of DeBary, and Barry Tucker of DeLand recently graduated from Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, S.C. They have started Combat Training at Camp Geiger. After training, Pvt...
Council to create ordinance against net casting
The City Council moved to create an ordinance against net casting in city ponds on Tuesday, May 21. The topic was up for discussion after recent net casting activities at some of the city's retention ponds and lakes resulted in unwanted debris being left behind. There were also citizen concerns as to the ...
NSB fifth graders celebrate D.A.R.E. graduation
New Smyrna Beach fifth graders may be "daring" to tag their parent's car with their newest prized possession -- a bumper sticker to show they are wise to peer pressure and bullying. More than 300 local fifth graders graduated from the New Smyrna Beach Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, according to D....
Halifax Humane Society set to unveil new mobile adoption and transfer vehicle
The Halifax Humane Society will soon be bringing its pets all over northern and central Florida with its newest addition, a mobile adoption and transfer vehicle that can safely and efficiently transport up to 35 animals. The vehicle is the latest component of a rapidly growing adoption program at Halifax Humane Society, which ...
Introducing the one and only Mudbone
Note to editor: In this story I have purposely used poor English and bad spelling to try and capture the style of Mr. Pryor. The great Richard Pryor has been gone now for more than seven years. His comedy genius may never be matched. Yes I know that most of you only knew him as a foul mouthed-in-your face "X" rated com...
Betty Jane France and the late Bill France Jr. honored for community service
The Ninth Annual Glenn and Connie Ritchey Community Service Award, honoring Betty Jane France and her late husband, Bill France Jr., was presented in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Daytona 500 Club on May 17. The Ritchey Award is given to a couple that has demonstrated a legacy of dedication and service to the community. "It is no secret...

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