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Civil Air Patrol introduces itself at open house
Time in the U.S. Air Force and a science project led Lt. Col. Charles Pirnat, Ph.D., to his place in what is now the DeLand Flight of the Seminole Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. At an open house June 1 at the DeLand airport, the mission was to raise awareness and recruit cadets and senior members. "One of our biggest...
Stetson professor wins the Hand for extending his
It really should be a prerequisite for college professors to be captivating -- like Bob Sitler. He doesn't need to be introduced as professor, doctor, director or author -- even though he's all of those. That's because he is extremely -- squared -- humble and unaffected. It's a way of life for him, a way of being and there is proo...
Many qualified seniors still awaiting Amendment 11 benefits
The state House of Representatives voted 116-0 in favor of it. The state Senate gave a final approval of it with a 40-0 vote. A little more than 61 percent of Floridians voted in favor of it. Of the 12 amendments on the ballot back on Nov. 6, it was only one of three that passed. Still, Amendment 11, also...
Long jump
Sarai Simson, 7, of DeLand, performs the long jump during the New Smyrna Beach PAL Sprint Showcase at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex on Saturday, June 1.. The New Smyrna Beach PAL Trailblazers Track Club sponsored the event....
Commissioners want to sell North Causeway land
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- City Commissioners agreed selling or leasing the old Administrative Office Building (AOB) site on the North Causeway and using that money to improve the Brannon Center or build something new for the public would be more beneficial than turning the land into a city park. "We have had th...
Downtown farmers' market: one-stop shopping
If there's one common thread that can bring people together it's food -- and lots of it. Whether it's a bake-off, a chili contest or an all-you-can-eat fish fry, talk "food" and the crowds will come. Such is the case with the long-lived Farmers' Market in downtown Daytona Beach, a staple in the community. Ever...
Dancin' in the park
Mitch Mitchell of Ormond Beach twirls Linda Boissonneault of Port Orange during Salsa in the Park at Christmas Park on May 31. The City of New Smyrna Beach hosted the event with dance instruction by Quanita May of Quanita's Downtown Daytona....
Votran route changes include increased frequency on Routes 3/4
Bus service on the U.S. 1/Ridgewood Avenue corridor in the Greater Daytona Beach Area, the busiest routes in Votran's system, is about to be improved with enhanced frequency. According to Steve Sherrer, Votran's general manager, upcoming route and schedule changes that begin June 10 have the buses running every 30 minutes inst...
Free door alarms available to save lives
The state Department of Health in Volusia County is offering free door alarms as part of the statewide Waterproof Florida drowning prevention campaign. The alarms can be placed on a door or window leading out to a pool. The alarm will alert homeowners whenever the door is opened. "Supervision plays a crucial role in the protec...
Row your boat
Volunteer Jean Michel Dhainaut, right, of Daytona Beach holds onto a line as he teaches Aaron Thackston, 9, of Port Orange how to row in a scull boat during Learn to Row Day at the Halifax Rowing Association, at City Island in Daytona Beach on Saturday, June 1....
Spaceport picking up more support
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- In a recent meeting, the City Council agreed to support Space Florida in its efforts to create a commercial spaceport just north of Cape Kennedy and the Kennedy Space Center. Created in 2006 by Chapter 331, Part II Florida Statues, Space Florida is an Independent Special District of th...
Utility rate increase, system upgrade in store for Orange City
Residents of Orange City will pay more for their water, beginning June 15. The Orange City Council voted 6-1 at the May 28 meeting to raise utility rates. For 850 of the city's sewer customers, the hike will be substantial -- 58 percent. Water rates will increase 14 percent citywide. Commercial customers will see increases based o...
Rotary Club of DeLand announces rotary achiever winners
The Rotary Club of DeLand honored 50 winners of its 2013 Rotary Achiever Awards at a luncheon May 23 at the Clarion Hotel. Rotary Achiever Project Chairman Morgan Gilreath praised the winners for their significant accomplishments as well as their leadership potential. Rotary Achiever Awards are given annually to West Volusia e...
Otter limits
Eileen Tramontana, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer, brought a stuffed otter to the National Trails Day celebration at Green Springs Park that greeted twin trailblazers Eva and Mich Guarbe, 6, of Deltona, on Saturday, June 1....
Businesses hurry to claim last available land parcels next to BJ's
With the construction of BJ's Wholesale Club nearly complete and work on the four-lane extension of Yorktown Boulevard almost done as well, the remaining vacant land north of the Altamira Village Shopping Center, owned by Dunlawton Yorktowne Investors LLC, is drawing strong interest from businesses lookin...
Maybe you could solve an automotive mystery
About six months ago I caught a glimpse of the remains of a land speed record car on the TV show "American Pickers." That sent me looking for the car all around the Ormond Beach-Holly Hill area. Few clues to its whereabouts were offered on the program and the producers at the History Channel would give out no details. I ...
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....

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