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Chess improves students' concentration, test scores
Despite what that high school math teacher said, decades of adulthood have passed with little or no reason to determine what y represents. Strategy, problem solving, patience, self-control and emerging victorious from battle ... those all are required before 10 a.m. at the office, in an hour at the grocery store, even at home whil...
MainStreet DeLand wins three state awards
MainStreet DeLand racked up the accolades at the Annual Florida Main Street Conference in Vilano Beach in September, bringing home three Secretary of State Main Street Awards, according to a MainStreet DeLand news release. Secretary of State Ken Detzner recognized Sandy Chavez with an honor award for Outstanding Local Florida Main...
City struggles to sell properties
The city only got one bid on property it owns at 103 Faulkner St., according to Tony Otte, director of the New Smyrna Beach Economic Development Advisory Board. "We received a proposal from White Chalice Redevelopment," Mr. Otte said. "We will likely bring it back to the City Commission in December." The ...
Magic dragon
Three-year-old Charlotte Peltier of New Smyrna Beach rides a dragon roller coaster during a visit to the annual Port Orange Family Days on Friday, Oct. 4....
Inn with a history, and ghosts?
One of the oldest properties in Daytona Beach has been sold once again. Marlys O'Malley of Asheville, Ala., has bought the former Live Oaks Inn for $600,000, according to Realtor Bob Jenkins of Century 21 A.H. Stone & Associates of Ormond Beach. The sale was completed on Sept. 26. Ms. O'Malley was not available ...
She still has it
Diane Higelin of Ponce Inlet tries her luck in a hula-hoop contest during the Town of Ponce Inlet's 50th Anniversary Celebration at Kay and Ayres Davies Lighthouse Park on Saturday, Oct. 5....
Petition signatures needed for 2014 conservation amendment
The Florida Supreme Court has deemed the Water and Land Conservation constitutional amendment legally fit for placement on the November 2014 ballot. The amendment would dedicate funding for conservation, management and restoration of Florida's water and land resources for 20 years, setting aside one-third of the existing documenta...
Silver medalists
Barbara and John Fortini of New Smyrna Beach hold each other's medals after winning the silver in badminton during the New Smyrna Beach 24th annual Senior Games at the Babe James Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1....
Volunteering for veterans
DeLand resident Corey Giaimo, a student of the International Hair Academy, volunteers to give a veteran a haircut during the second annual Homeless Veteran Stand Down at the Volusia County Administrative Building in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event was sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapte...
County Council finalizes budget, approves tax increase
Residents from across Volusia County seized a final opportunity to be heard by County Council members Sept. 26 before the millage rate and budget were finalized. They asked for budget cuts and lower taxes. "Please consider knock- ing this down," said Don Kane of Daytona Beach. The council voted 5-2 to adopt the final operating bud...
AAA and FDOT urge drivers to 'put it down' to abide by texting ban law
The Florida Department of Transportation and AAA are partnering to reduce distracted driving on Florida's roadways by educating the public about the new law banning texting while driving. The "Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law" went into effect Oct. 1, addressing critical issues related to distracted driving. The provis...
Bob Tager, 81, of New Smyrna Beach warms-up before the start of the New Smyrna Beach 24th annual Senior Games at the Babe James Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Mr. Karras came out to watch and ended up playing and got a silver medal....
Ending Alzheimer's
Mary Gilbert of Ormond Beach carries an orange flower in memory of her mother during the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's at Riverside Park in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Oct. 5. Hundreds attended the event from all over Volusia County....
Breast cancer awareness events
Pink walk/run slated Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center will host the third annual Vince Carter's Pink Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The proceeds will benefit cancer patients at area hospitals, including Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach. For a $30 tax-deductible donation, participants will receive a T-s...
New platform created for unemployment benefits
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in partnership with Deloitte will launch a new way to claim unemployment benefits, update and monitor accounts and respond to requests for information. Known as Connect, the new system will provide the unemployed with better service and convenience, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15. Th...
All aboard
Aboard the Choo Choo Train is Samia Green, 2, in front, Alana Stephens, 1, and Samuel Green, 1, all of Deltona, at the St. Peter's Catholic Church Octoberfest in DeLand on Sunday, Oct. 8....
Cup of fun
Aaron Cobelo, 5, of Deltona rides the lightening fast tilt cups with his father, Adrian, at the St. Peter's Catholic Church Octoberfest in DeLand on Saturday, Oct. 6....
Another entry in my never-ending quest for area improvement
Some of you who have the acumen to faithfully mull over my weekly offerings know that from time to time I like to include my well thought out tips on improving the area. My ideas are always simplistic by design and could be easily implemented. To go back some, you may remember my stellar plan to draw visitors to downtown Daytona Beach involved cr...
Field trip
Science and Education Associate Luis Zengotita of Port Orange gives New Smyrna Beach children a tour of the prehistoric ground sloth during the Home School class on Prehistoric Mammals at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach on Tuesday Sept. 17....
Choice catch
Cameron Rowe, 8, of New Smyrna Beach reeled in a "sailor's choice" during the 2013 Family Fishing Days & Fun Events at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday Sept. 28. The free event was sponsored by Southern States Fishn' & Huntn' Magazine....
Behavioral health center adds executives; activates access line.
Haven Recovery, which has offices in Daytona Beach, DeLand and Deltona, has hired two senior managers and started an Access Center that is open for referrals for outpatient and residential services. Keith Martin will assume the residential and housing services director position. Mr. Martin has extensive experience in operatin...
The bears march on
Lily Egner, 4, of Ormond Beach carries her little white bear in a parade during the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Anderson Price Memorial Building in Ormond Beach on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Ormond Beach Historical Society invited children ages 4 through 6 to participate in historical stories with bear themes, songs, games,...

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