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Well search will continue in August
Firefighters and Volusia County Sheriff's Office investigators continued excavation of an old Glenwood well June 19 -- searching for clues in a nearly 40-year old unsolved homicide case. James Aslinger's body was found outside a home on Benson Junction Road in DeBary in 1974. He was 30 years old. A tip spurred by VCSO's Facebook p...
Mother transforming nightmare into good memory
"Losing your child is one of the worst things that can happen to a mother," said Lisa Schmidt of Port Orange. For Ms. Schmidt, the worst thing happened on Aug. 27, 2012, when her daughter, driving another person's pickup truck in stormy weather, struck a guardrail on Interstate 95. Nineteen-year-old Rebecca ...
Runner for a cause stops in Daytona Beach
Nels Matson is a runner with a purpose. On a 1,200-mile run from Bradenton to the Cambodian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on June 21, he stopped at Daytona Beach City Hall after running 35 miles that day en route to his goal. He began his journey on June 15 and is scheduled to end it on July 15. The 30-year-ol...
Put 'em up
Professional Boxer Christopher "Champion" Lopez trains on the streets in Deltona, shadowboxing with an unseen opponent to practice his form for defense and balance on Saturday, June 8. Sponsored by Iron Boys 7 Battles in Phoenix, this "Boricua" warrior keeps himself fit for his next fight....
MainStreet DeLand hires new executive director
Just in time for MainStreet DeLand's hottest annual event -- Tropical Nights -- D. Wayne Carter will take over as the association's executive director. Mr. Carter will fill the position vacated by Mary Beth Harris, who is relocating to southwest Florida. Savannah-Jane Griffin, MainStreet DeLand Association Executive Board Presiden...
DeLand's impact fees returning, sooner and later
DeLand city leaders want to reduce the impact of fully reinstating building impact fees. DeLand City Commissioners voted unanimously June 17 to implement a step-up process to phase back in the suspended general government building, police, fire, and parks and recreation until they are fully restored by Oct. 1, 2015. Water developm...
Residents list, leaders listen at Deltona budget meeting
City leaders were mostly all ears June 20, as a handful of residents told them what's needed -- and what's not -- in Deltona. A range of emotions erupted from the relatively small group assembled at City Hall for the 2013-14 budget roundtable meeting. Jennifer Luke tried to hold back tears as she talked about her home on Indian Ro...
Economic board looks at Space Florida options
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Rick Karl, Volusia County Aviation and Economic Resources director, gave a briefing on the direction Space Florida is heading at the Economic Development Advisory Board's regular meeting June 19. "Now that we have the backing of the cities in Southeast Volusia County, the (Federal Avia...
Clock provides artistic touch to gateway building
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The new Canal Street Center at the corner of Canal Street and U.S. 1, which should have its first store opening this week, now sports a clock on the front tower above the main door. The clock is set in a ceramic sculpture created by local artist Jennifer Kerr-Marsch. The sculpture is a...
Toting teddies
Three-year olds Emma Roe-Perez, left, and Reese White of the New Smyrna Beach Dance Factory perform a dance number with their teddy bears in tow during the 25th annual Seaside Fiesta on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, June 20....
An Absolute Doll: Woman's work featured in specialty magazine
Every little girl has a favorite doll, and often that love carries into the adult world of collectors of antique and handmade dolls. It was 2010 when Ormond Beach artist Crystal Bernard began looking for a new focus for her art, primarily oils and watercolors. She became intrigued with porcelain dolls. Today she...
Medical billing company getting state incentive
ORMOND BEACH -- Gov. Rick Scott has officially announced DuvaSawko, a medical billing company, is moving here from Daytona Beach. The company is renovating a former furniture store and warehouse on South Yonge Street for its operations, which include 133 employees. It plans to invest $1.5 million and create 68 jobs. It was in ...
Education commissioner recognizes Speedway Corp.
Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett recently honored International Speedway Corp. of Daytona Beach as an exemplary school partner. The Commissioner's Business Recognition Awards reception was at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa on June 13. For the past 26 years, the event has celebrated innovative partnerships between Florida busi...
Education commissioner honors local church
Education Commissioner Tony Bennett recently honored First United Methodist Church of Port Orange as an exemplary school partner. The Commissioner's Business Recognition Awards reception was at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa on June 13. For the past 26 years, the event has celebrated innovative partnerships between Florida busines...
Up a creek
Gloria Pratt of Port Orange paddles through the black water of Spruce Creek during the Spruce Creek Festival on Saturday, June 22, at Cracker Creek Canoeing in Port Orange. Ms. Pratt is a member of the kayak club called the "Happy Yakkers." The day was filled with family orientated activities and was part of the Por...
Area students to be presented as Men of Tomorrow
For Hometown News Thirteen Daytona Beach area students will be presented to the community on Saturday, June 29, as future global leaders during the 2013 Men of Tomorrow Presentation hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Mu Omega Chapter. The free event is at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. The 17th biennia...
Wiffle watchers
South Daytona resident, Trent Godawa, 9, of the Golden Raptors wiffle ball team, keeps his eyes on the ball during the third annual Zachary Siegfried Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament at the Port Orange Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, June 15. The two-day event raised money to help provide equipment and financia...
DSC readies for fall with new courses, programs, degree
Attention aspiring journalists, techies, barbers, oceanographers, human behaviorists, and adult beverage and gaming aficionados: Daytona State College will launch an array of new courses, a full- and part-time barbering program and new associate degree this fall. The Associate of Science in Interactive Media Production degree pres...
Danica Patrick runs with the boys
As we gear up for another big crowd to arrive in Volusia County for the running of the summer race at Daytona International Speedway, we are reminded of the dangers in the sport. On June 12, journeyman driver Jason Leffler was killed on a dirt track in New Jersey. Jason was only 37 years old. Although major success had e...
Three Volusia schools compete in Lots2Give contest
Campbell Middle, Orange City Elementary and Woodward Avenue Elementary schools are competing in a national contest for a $20,000 grand prize in the Big Lots Lots2Give Program. Each school submitted a video and brief essay explaining why their school is in need of financial support. The winner will be selected by the public voting online for their...
Furry read
Sharon McKelvey of Port Orange looks on as Carly, the dog, seems to be telling the story to Tyler Thomas, 8, and his brother Scott, 6, during the Reading Education Assistance Dog Program at Port Orange Regional Library on Thursday, June 20. Tyler and Scott are members of the Volusia Homeschoolers East. You can catch...
Daytona Beach area students to be presented as Men of Tomorrow
For Hometown News Thirteen Daytona Beach area students will be presented to the community on Saturday, June 29, as future global leaders during the 2013 Men of Tomorrow Presentation hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Mu Omega Chapter. The free event is at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. The 17th biennia...
Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and city of Daytona Beach partner on midtown programs
The Daytona Beach City Commission has unanimously approved an agreement with the Volusia Flagler YMCA to bring Y programming to the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center and Cypress Aquatic Center. Programs may include, but are not limited to, SilverSneakers exercise programs, water aerobics, toddler tumbling classes, toddle...
Greek church supports youth aid group
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church hosted a luncheon on Sunday, June 16, to highlight the important role of fathers in the community. Part of the proceeds were donated to Food Brings Hope Inc., an organization dedicated to fighting hunger and homelessness among students in Volusia County Schools, and to St. Stephen's Summer Y...

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