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Stetson research professor, former whale trainer speaks out in documentary
Awe and wonder rapidly gave way to dismay after John Jett went to work at SeaWorld as a young man. His initial wonderment turned to horror when he discovered what happens to marine animals in captivity. He's not alone. Dr. Jett, a visiting research professor and lab coordinator for Stetson University's biology department, is featu...
Volusia team scores at ROBOCON
Even though their robot fell off the tower, Team 2152 remained undaunted. They worked through the night to restore it to health, and they made it to fourth place in the semi-finals at ROBOCON on Oct. 26-27, the first robotics showcase event ever at the University of Tampa. Back when robots were just a far-fetched futuristic movie ...
Superheros of the Justice League stopped by the Halloween Spooktacular in full costume. Thomas Gilbert was Flash, Kaitlyn White was Wonderwoman, Rickey Phillis was Superman, Jesse Tilletson was Batman and Kolton Dunn was Robin at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex during teen nights on Friday, Oct. 25....
Music therapy is well received at Halifax Health
A patient being treated for leukemia at Halifax Health Center is a Beatles fan. Board Certified Music Therapist Hakeem Leonard thinks about this. He imagines what the patient must be going through, the rigorous chemotherapy, the fear and the pain -- physical, emotional, psychological. He plays the song Eight Days a Week. "I say th...
Sidewalks should be unobstructed
The Holly Hill City Commission's new conversational style of public comments immediately got an item not on the agenda Oct. 22 -- bus stops, or rather the placement of benches at some of them. When Waverly Media installed the bolted down benches along U.S. 1, sidewalks were obstructed when many were placed in ...
Spa night helps local clinic
The folks at Jade Serenity Spa in Orange City understand that beauty is only skin deep. They focus on all aspects of the human experience, which create genuine appeal, not just superficial attraction. Recently spa owner Margaret Crowther and some of the Jade Serenity "family" presented a check for $775 to Susan Wilson, the dental ...
She rescues those 'rascally' rabbits
Her business card is as unique as her. She rearranged her last name and Danser's Deeds lists the many skills and services she offers. But it doesn't mention one of Mary Sanders' non-paying passions -- rabbit rescue. Those who know her, of course, are fully aware of her fondness for rabbits. You can't visit Ms. San...
Dancer wows them in first competition
In her first title competition, Yana Maxwell, a dancer, choreographer and teacher who hails from Russia and makes her home in Port Orange, swept the judges and photographers off their feet. At the 13th Annual Yellow Rose of Texas Bellydance Competition recently in Grapevine, Texas, she brought home top awards in t...
City seeking design and engineering services for Riverwalk
The Port Orange City Council is moving forward with the development of Riverwalk Park and Boardwalk, approving a plan to begin the bid process to secure design and engineering services for the project. Donna Steinebach, assistant to the city manager, presented a brief summary of the process to the council prio...
Great strides
More than 10,000 people walked across the Orange Avenue Bridge during the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, Oct. 26....
Decades of winning fair entries leave DeLand baker "blue"
Corn dogs, elephant ears, sausage and pizza all are expected at the fair. Year after year diets go out the window and doctors' orders are ignored. Halloween candy and fair food are as inevitable in October and November as Walmart Christmas tree displays in September. While it isn't expected that DeLand resident Katherine Frierson ...
Maker of airplane kits moving to New Smyrna
Florida businessman Bob Metzler has bought Turbine Legend Inc., an aircraft manufacturer in Winnsboro, La., and will relocate it to a 27,500-square-foot facility in New Smyrna Beach. The company, which has been renamed Turbine Air Corp., will bring at least 55 jobs to the area at full build out with a capital investment of $50...
Eye see you
If aliens were cute, they'd look like Tyler Bosley, 1, of DeLand, who was riding in his stroller at the first Boo Bash hosted by the Athens Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 26....
Walkers "strut" for breast cancer awareness
Walkers joined Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center and the Ormond Beach Mayor's Health & Fitness Challenge for the Pink Strut over the Granada Bridge and along the pier in Ormond Beach on Oct. 10. Sporting their favorite pink gear, the walkers were hoping to serve as a visual reminder on the importance of annual mammogram...
The Amazing Allman Brothers of Seabreeze High
Back in the early 1970s, I took my future wife Lana on a first date. We had something to eat, went to a movie and then a long drive under the stars on the world's greatest beach. At some point the DJ on the radio announced that the next tune would be "One Way Out" by the Allman Brothers. With that, I pulled over and shut off the engine for I want...

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