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Putnam Hotel sold; stay tuned for next chapter
If walls talked, DeLand's Putnam Hotel could spin an endless yarn of history, mystery and even sociology with a sprinkling of depravity. Throughout time, a cast of characters, a variety of uses and amenities saw to it that life in and around the Putnam was never dull or un-newsworthy. Now the 60,000-square-foot landmark, built in ...
Happy Hookers are a close-knit bunch
Members of the group with the funny name laugh a lot. They are the modern-day equivalent of a sewing circle and while their gatherings don't involve sock darning, the premise hasn't changed all that much over time. Every Tuesday between 12:30 and around 3 p.m. in the Lyonia Room at the Deltona Library a group of women, usually bet...
All stars
The South Daytona 15U All Stars won the district Babe Ruth All Star tourney in Palm Coast June 28-30, and now are competing in Sarasota for the state championship. The team is from left top, Head Coach James Silvis, Jeremy Gooch, Nick Gugger, Joey Gennaro, Josh Christen, Freddy Campagnuolo, Derek Fazzie, Assistan...
Author moves to Port Orange
"If you want to write a story, if you have a story to tell, you can do it," author Timothy Glass said. Mr. Glass, an author, cartoonist and illustrator, recently moved to Port Orange from Albuquerque, N.M., and now teaches writing classes at the Adult Learning Center. Mr. Glass is the author of a best-sellin...
Ways to beat the heat this summer
The state Department of Health in Volusia County encourages residents and tourists to take proper precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses during the summer. "Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool off," said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, direct...
Commissioner's eligibility overshadows meeting
Holly Hill Commissioner Donnie Moore's eligibility to remain in office was not on the agenda Tuesday but was a continuing thread throughout the night. Mr. Moore represents the city's third district. Mr. Moore is under investigation by Volusia County Elections Supervisor Ann McFall's office concerning his and h...
Drum circle
The South Daytona Summer Camp program had a jam session on Monday July 8, with drum circle facilitators Sean and Nicole Richards. The Richards taught the summer camp children about West African rhythms, drumming techniques, and drumming history. For more information on drum circles, call (386) 848-3722....
Hard Rock ideas go back and forth
A Hard Rock Hotel and Café is coming to Daytona Beach in 2016, but, until then, there is lots of work to do. The Daytona Beach Main Street/South Atlantic Redevelopment Area Board listened to a presentation on the design plans during its July 10 meeting. "It's very exciting and everyone is on board to try to m...
Camp just one of ways local hoops star gives back
One of Daytona Beach's most beloved sons returned home recently. National Basketball Association star Vince Carter conducted his annual youth basketball academy July 8-12 at Mainland High school in the athletic center that bears his name. More than 100 kids ages 6-17 from across the nation and from as far as ...
Road improvements continue
The Florida Department of Transportation has begun signalization and intersection improvements on U.S. 92 in Daytona Beach and widening and adding a left turn lane on State Road A1A at Lynnhurst Drive near Ormond Beach. Signalization and intersection improvements on U.S. 92 extend from Clyde Morris Blvd to east of Nova Road in...
Tyquan Austin, 17, of Spruce Creek High School's varsity football team catches the ball during an informal practice on the school field on Thursday, July 11. Several members of the team got together to work on their techniques for the upcoming season....
Stolen Barbershop Pole to be replaced by neighbor
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Some members of the community offered more than just sympathy for Waheeb "Andre" Muaket, owner of City Barber Shop and Salon, after learning of the theft of his antique rotating barbershop pole on June 20. "Who would take something like that?" asked Mr. Muaket. "I just don't understand...
County will pursue condemnation for LPGA-widening project
Three Volusia County property owners don't want to sell. One wants more money than the county offered for his income-producing parcel. A court ruling or mediation will determine the outcome as the county tries to finish widening LPGA Boulevard. The Volusia County Council voted 6-1 June 11 to adopt a resolution to pursue acquisitio...
Out to lunch
Chris Wilson, left, and Lisa Hahn, of Orange City, use gentle leaders to take their Standard Poodles, Anna, left, a six month old puppy, Tara and Emma, to downtown DeLand for lunch on Saturday, July 13....
Deltona ministry reaches out to special needs
Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes. That New Living Translation version of Genesis 7:15 is uniquely represented at Deltona Lakes Baptist Church where the commandments to love God and love people are embraced, and acted upon, daily. Two by Two ministry formed in September 2006. It was ...
Marcody Ranch doesn't rein in hope
SAMSULA -- Marcody Ranch is hosting Wild Wild Casino Night in September with a variety of casino games, tasty food and drinks, good friends and a silent auction. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for the Sept. 28 event and all proceeds go to Hope Reins. Hope Rosenthal and Nick Psathas are accepting donations for ...
Kite runner
Anthony Benson, 6, of Edgewater tries to get his Sponge Bob kite into the air during the Canaveral National Seashore's Junior Ranger Kite Flying program on Friday, July 12....
Funny business
New Smyrna Beach resident Carol Thomas of Funnybone Art Glass hangs one of her pieces during Christmas in July on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday July 6. Ms. Thomas' work can be seen on Canal Street during the 1st Saturday Art Stroll each month....
DeLand sending sewage to Sanford
Sewage happens. Mindful of just how much, the DeLand City Commission voted July 1 to approve a temporary Interlocal Agreement with the City of Sanford for the treatment of bio-solids, or sludge, as well as a disposal agreement with Maxwest-Sanford, LLC. Public Services Director and City Engineer Keith Riger said over the trial per...
Council authorizes Votran to start fare-hike process
Votran riders could see a 50 cent fare increase, but not for several months and not all at once. At its July 11 meeting, the Volusia County Council voted 5-2 in favor of proceeding toward higher bus fares throughout the county. If cash fares are increased from $1.25 to $1.75, with an accompanying raise in pass prices, as proposed,...
Sea horns
Dr. Karen Baker, from left, Barb Cadsby, Candalee Jones and Ryan Svopa, 12, perform with conch shells during the 7th annual "Horncamp!" concert at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse on Saturday, July 13. Players from across the nation meet each year to study with a staff of outstanding artists at Horncamp....
St. Johns River Alliance honors river with blueway application
The St. Johns River Alliance is working with all 13 counties along the river to endorse an application that would establish it as a state-designated paddling trail or "blueway." The Volusia County Council recently endorsed the designation. District Five County Councilwoman Pat Northey, who serves on the St. Johns River Allianc...
Lucky survives to soar another day
Luck (as defined by Merriam Webster's Deluxe Dictionary): 1. A force that brings good fortune or adversity; 2: the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual; 3: favoring chance. Such was the case several weeks ago of a broad-winged hawk that got a little too greedy for his own good. ...
Up in smoke: The greening of America
Marijuana continues to linger as a social problem across these United States. In the last few years some states have chosen to lighten up (pardon my pun) with California, of course, leading the way. Weed now exists in some strange netherworld in the Golden State. There it is neither legal nor illegal with more and more people joining the list as ...
Harmonious horns
William Parker, left, and Michelle Stebleton perform in front of the lighthouse during the 7th annual "Horncamp!" concert at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse on Saturday, July 13. Players from across the nation meet each year to study with a staff of outstanding artists at Horncamp....
Volusia Flagler Family YMCA Partners with city's Midtown Center
The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA has teamed up with the City of Daytona Beach to provide Y programming at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center/Cypress Aquatic Center.  Classes will be $3 each or participants have the option to buy a punch card for 8 classes for $20. Three of the classes offered target seniors and include...
Century bloom
Dan Rosenfeld, who is six feet tall, is dwarfed on Saturday, July 13, by the size of this Century plant, which rose to almost four stories in height at the home of his neighbor Alice and Richie Bassett in Port Orange....
Pedestrian crosswalk safety initiative
The Volusia Transportation Planning Organization and the cities of Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores and New Smyrna Beach are launching an education and enforcement initiative to help make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street. Funding for the effort was provided by the state Department of Transportation Safety Office...
Planning Board faces drainage question, but then gets happy
The request before the latest Ormond Beach Department of Planning was for rezoning a 2,924-acre, former Volusia County tract known as Ormond Crossings, a development proposed by Tomoka Holdings, LLC. The area has been annexed by the City of Ormond Beach and has the zoning A-1 and A-2 agricultural, which must b...
NASCAR tales
NASCAR drivers Richard "Dick" Passwater, left, and Dave Dixon, right, share racing stories with racing historian Charles Poindexter of Gainesville during the Summer Speed Week Car Show at the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum in Sunshine Park Mall in South Daytona on Friday, July 5....
Stetson employees honored for service
Faculty and staff at Stetson University were recently honored by the Quality of Service Council during its annual Employee Recognition Celebration. The annual event recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by contributing positively to the Stetson community in 10 categories. This year's recipients are: Adapter ...
Health department honored for excellence in public health
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County was honored last week at the 2013 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials for developing and implementing three projects that demonstrate exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need. The three projects ...

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