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Volusia Buddhist Fellowship growing
Despite the cold and rain, 16 people left the cozy comfort of their homes the night of Jan. 29 to attend the regular meeting of the Volusia Buddhist Fellowship in DeLand. The glow of a single lamp at the front of the room, the wafting scent of incense and the calm -- to a question mark -- man in a black robe set the tone for renew...
Great escape
Olivia Pixley, 11, of DeLeon Springs, finds an interesting read in the newly remodeled children's department of DeLand Regional Library on Thursday, Jan. 30. A painting of a winter scene donated by local artist Danette Olday of the Museum of Art DeLand hanging behind Olivia is part of a group of paintings Ms. Olday ...
University High students produce abuse awareness TV
During their lunch breaks and after school for two weeks, students in Brian Kells's television production classes at University High School in Orange City ran the teleprompter, operated the cameras and set the boom microphone as they worked in the video production studio to make commercials raising awareness about domestic vio...
Emmaus Lutheran welcomes new pastor
The Rev. Dr. Mark Winkler is easygoing. First of all, call him Pastor Mark. Listen to him for three sentences and you will determine he does not take himself too seriously. It's so much easier to trust the message when the trumpeter is gentle, kind and laughs easily. Emmaus Lutheran Church will welcome its new pastor in an install...
Connor Pace, 4, of New Smyrna Beach talks to a Screech Owl from Wild About Birds during the Marine Discovery Center annual Open House in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, Feb. 1....
Holly Hill commission hands out accolades
The Holly Hill Commission meeting on Jan. 28 was filled with awards and recognition of citizens. Mayor Roy Johnson recognized the first place winners of the 54th annual Christmas Parade, The Holly Hill K-8 School Highsteppers,. The school also received the second place trophy for the PTSA's Students, Family & ...
Community Foundation names inaugural winner of Young Leaders Award
The Community Foundation of Volusia & Flagler has selected Christopher P. Bowler for the inaugural Young Leaders Award. The award was presented at the foundation's annual Herbert M. Davidson Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service banquet honoring Dave Freer on Jan. 30. The purpose of the award is to recognize the out...
Filling shelves
Katie Brown of Orange City, a member of the Friends of the Deland Library, volunteers at the newly built book store at the DeLand Regional Library on Thursday, Jan. 30. The library was recently reopened after being closed for three weeks for renovations....
Deltona approves brokers for Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Deltona has sold 64 homes, has 22 on the market and nine undergoing construction or rehabilitation through its participation in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The Deltona City Commission voted Jan. 6 to approve a list of real estate brokers to be used within the Neighborhood Stabilization Program: Watson Realty Corp., DeL...
Medical trial puts hospital in the national spotlight
Dr. Dinesh Arab, the director of cardiology and the carotid stenting at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, was one of the lead investigators for a cardiac clinical trial. The trial tested the atherectomy procedure with the Diamond device, to clear hard plaque out of coronary arteries in a less invasive ...
Plenty to read
A volunteer on the right puts books away as a patron takes a look at some near the entrance of the newly remodeled DeLand Regional Library on Thursday, Jan. 30. The library was recently reopened after being closed for three weeks for the remodeling....
Niagra wants bigger "CUP" of Florida's water
Nearly half a million gallons of water is not enough for one bottled water distributor. California-based Niagra is asking the St. Johns River Water Management District for nearly twice that much. The district will consider modification of a Consumptive Use Permit for Niagra Bottling in Lake County at the governing board's public m...
Florida Hospitals go red for women
Every year since 1900 (except for 1918), cardiovascular disease has caused more deaths in the U.S. than any other cause. The good news is that within the past 40 years, there has been a striking reduction in coronary heart disease deaths in men; the bad news is that reductions in women have lagged behind. Since 1984, more women than men have died...
Every drop counts
People watch in safety from a glass enclosure as Carl Barden, director of the Reptile Discovery Center in DeLand, draws venom from a snake during a live venom extraction at the Medtoxin Venom Lab located at the center on Thursday, Jan. 30. For more information, visit www.reptilediscoverycenter.com....
Church members aid Mayan families
A group from Coronado Community United Methodist Church of New Smyrna Beach recently traveled to Central America to help Mayan families in the Highland regions of Guatemala. The group helped Project Salud y Paz, which was started as a dental and medical clinic in Camanchaj. Some families walk for hours to receive medical assi...
Speedway president addresses Civic League; Betty Jane France honored
Joie Chitwood, president of Daytona International Speedway, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Civic League of the Halifax Area, an organization of community leaders engaged in the study of matters deemed essential to the community. Mr. Chitwood presented a multi-media glimpse into the $400 million Daytona Ri...
For the relay
Members of "Team Fresh Start" gathered to raise money during the fifth annual Relay For Life Yard Sale at 807 Wayne Ave. in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, Feb. 1. Relay for Life of Southeast Volusia will be Friday, April 25, at Riverside Park. For more information, visit relayforlife.org....
Council wants easier path to eliminating eyesores
The Daytona Beach Shores City Council gave initial approval Jan. 28 to an ordinance that will make it easier for the city to eliminate eyesores created by abandoned or vacant buildings, such as the closed Treasure Island hotel on Atlantic Avenue. After a specified process, the ordinance gives the city the righ...
Coast Guard honors river rescuers
The Coast Guard formally recognized New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer and three other men recently for saving the life of a woman whose vehicle crashed into the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach on Jan. 6, 2010. During a ceremony at New Smyrna Beach City Hall, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Commander Capt. Tom Allan presen...
Drum roll
Orlando Orella, a Gaucho dancer from Argentina, puts on a show for guests during the 25th annual Native American Festival at The Casements in Ormond Beach on Saturday Jan. 25....
Commission may consider ordinance on preaching downtown
It's a matter of Constitutional rights, but whose? DeLand merchant John Ingles resumed dialogue with the DeLand City Commission this month because he's had it with what's happening in front of his downtown business, still. Mr. Ingles opened the Musicians Exchange at the southwest corner of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue tw...
Hearts are in it
Runners from all over Volusia County came out to show their support during the annual Bub Run at Port Orange City Center on Saturday, Feb. 1. Charles "Bub" Bleakley passed away in March 2012 from heart disease. Proceeds from the event go to the American Heart Association and St. Jude's Children's Hospital....
Church celebrates 75th anniversary
February marks the 75th Anniversary of First Church of the Nazarene at 201 S. Orange St. in New Smyrna Beach. On Sunday, Feb. 9, church officials will honor former pastors and the church history with a special service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor John Hay invites the community to attend the festivities. The...
Kai Tabor, 16, of the Port Orange Chess Club makes his move at the Port Orange Regional Library on Friday Jan. 24. Kai recently won third place in the 11th-grade level of the K12 Chess Championship in Orlando....
Junior Service League of donated 5,000 volunteer hours
As the 84th fiscal year draws to a close for the ladies of the Junior Service League of DeLand, the 30 members can reflect on another year of service provided to the families of West Volusia County. "This year was an exceptional year of service by the members of the league," League President Pate Henderson said. "It is amazing...
Residents join Orange City Mayor Challenge at hospital
About 150 people registered for the inaugural Orange City Mayor's Fitness Challenge on Monday, Jan. 20, and had their biometrics screening at the kickoff event at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. The evening included a welcome from Dr. Malika George, an internal medicine physician at the hospital as well as a short Zumba demonstration led by Fit C...
Puppy love
On Jan. 23, patients and staff in the Halifax Health/Brooks Rehabilitation-Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation enjoyed a visit from several puppies from New Horizons Service Dogs in Orange City. From left are Jacqueline McDonald, Karen Giacomazza, Lydia Hendrix, Chelsea Hall, Janet Severt (owner of New Horizon), Ta...

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