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Local pastor overcomes odds, achieves many firsts
DAYTONA BEACH - With the odds stacked against him, the Rev. Carl Brinkley has managed to achieve the American dream in Daytona Beach. Many in the city know him as the long-time executive director of the Daytona Beach Housing Authority. Many more know him as a minister of the gospel at several churches. But he h...
Official raises concerns about fluoridated water
ORMOND BEACH - The Centers for Disease Control is all for it, but Ormond Beach City Commissioner Troy Kent has some doubts. Water fluoridation. "I've been reading about fluoride in the water, and I'm concerned," he told fellow commissioners at Tuesday's regular meeting. "Some people call it medicine in the...
Stetson walks lightly when it comes to carbon emissions
DELAND - In five years, Stetson University has traveled one-third of the way toward completely eliminating its carbon footprint. Since the college started gauging its emissions in 2007, the school has reduced its carbon consumption by 29 percent. Al Allen, Stetson's associate vice president for faciliti...
Health department is ready for anything
VOLUSIA COUNTY - On any given day, it's not unusual for a natural disaster to occur here in Florida. New infectious diseases, hurricanes, fires, floods and other public health threats can emerge at any moment and leave Florida residents vulnerable. The Volusia County Health Department was recently certified as...
Hometown News happy to head west
Welcome to your first issue of Hometown News. We promise to give you the best in local news and information that is important to you. We are very excited to finally be serving this vibrant and growing community. As you will discover, Hometown News is dedicated to providing local news coverage for each of the communities we serve. Hometown News w...
Local self-defense teachers to appear on national TV
Local self-defense teachers Tracy Vega and her husband Charley will be featured on Lifetime television's "The Balancing Act" on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7 a.m., demonstrating how to escape from the most common type of grab. The Vegas will demonstrate how to escape from someone much larger and stronger. "The Balancing Act" airs n...
Historic preservation not just about saving old buildings
DAYTONA BEACH - While many people may think only shiny new projects can spur economic development, tourism and growth in local cities, some experts say we should not ignore the stuff that is already here - especially the stuff that has been here for a very long time. "Historic preservation creates jobs," econo...
Art on the go
Artist Sandy Fraser of VanGo teaches a class about color to students from the Extended Day Education Program at Port Orange Elementary School recently. The VanGo Mobile Museum is an outreach program of the ArtHaus Foundation that brings a free museum field trip experience to schools and organizations in Volusia, Bre...
Christopher Kelly announces candidacy for county judge
VOLUSIA COUNTY- Christopher Kelly has announced his candidacy for Group 4 Volusia County Judge. Mr. Kelly filed papers for the race recently and made his formal announcement at an event held in his honor by the partners of Rice & Rose and Crotty & Bartlett. Mr. Kelly is currently managing assistant state attorney, overseeing 2...
Would slot machines be welcome in Volusia County?
VOLUSIA COUNTY - The Volusia County Council recently decided to let the residents decide in November if honest-to-God slot machines, that take and give real money, should be allowed here. Sort of. The one-armed bandits have a long road to get down before they actually get to the voters. The Florida Senate has a bill that would allow counties' vot...
Citizens can help police 'I.D. this person'
DAYTONA BEACH - Suspects of criminal activity might soon have a hard time hiding their faces - or their names - thanks to a website that allows the public to identify suspects for police. The Daytona Beach Police Department recently partnered with the website...
Wind it up
Twenty-year club member Bill Gray of DeLand cranks his World War I British Tri-plane as Larry Kapaloric of Deltona assists during the DeLand Golden Hawks Radio Control Club's 23rd annual Winter Festival of GIANTS air show Saturday. The show featured large-scale model airplanes performing aerobatic displays with national...
DeLand polls businesses: How are we doing?
DELAND - The best way to get new business is to keep existing customers. That's the thought behind the City of DeLand's Existing Business Visitation Program. So, business owners, be ready for a visitor asking what DeLand can do to be a better place to do business. "For me, it gives me a chance to give th...
DeLand will have new holiday decorations this year
DELAND - It's already the most wonderful time of the year but city officials hope to make Christmas even better with $34,000 in new decorations. DeLand's Community Redevelopment Agency Board recently approved spending that much on holiday decorations that are part of a Downtown DeLand Christmas revamp. T...
Beautiful in blue
Kelly Deggeller of DeLand throws beads to onlookers during the 14th annual Mardi Gras on Mainstreet in downtown DeLand Saturday. The event was presented by the Krewe of Amalee, a nonprofit group that supports the Cultural Arts Center. www.kreweofamalee.com...
Spec Martin, Earl Brown to get facelifts
DELAND - About $5.6 million in renovations are in the works for two DeLand landmarks - Spec Martin Stadium and Earl Brown Park. The $2.2-million renovations at the football stadium will start this summer, and should be done by the time the Stetson University Hatters' new "crunch bunch" take the field in...
Throw me somethin'!
Four-year-old Audrey Currier of Deltona waves for more beads as her sister Celine, 15, looks on during the 14th annual Mardi Gras on Mainstreet in downtown DeLand Saturday. The event was presented by the Krewe of Amalee, a non-profit group that supports the Cultural Arts Center. www.kreweofamalee.com...
Student death sparks speedy response
ORANGE CITY - The flowers are wilted, the balloons are deflated and the stuffed animals are soggy now at the makeshift memorial on Volusia Avenue for 16-year-old Brandon Vera, who was killed by a driver near Ohio Avenue on Feb. 2 as he crossed the street without using a nearby crosswalk. Many are adamant...
New park should make a splash in DeBary
DEBARY - The city plans on making a splash. Plans are moving forward to construct a 40-foot circular splash pad. "It's basically a water park," city manager Dan Parrott said. "Kids get in and get wet during the summer." The proposed water park will be at the location of the old city hall, 137 South US Hi...
Deltona brass: More cuts or taxes could be coming
DELTONA - City commissioners face more tough decisions in the year ahead: raise property taxes to compensate for dwindling property values, or continue with the same tax rate and keep postponing needed community improvements. At a community forum on Saturday attended by about a half-dozen residents, Fin...
Do you know this criminal? Help police and get $25 if you do
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Suspects of criminal activity might soon have a hard time hiding their faces - or their names - thanks to a website that allows the public to identify suspects for police. The New Smyrna Beach Police Department recently partnered with the website IDThisPerson.com, which displays photograph...
Holly Hill says OK to Internet cafes, DAV wants in
HOLLY HILL - Internet sweepstakes cafés are heading to Holly Hill, and the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans hopes to open one. It's a case of, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." State commander and Chapter 84 volunteer Richard "Rich" Tofla, said Internet sweepstakes cafés in East Volusia h...
New police chief starts work next month
PONCE INLET - Frank Fabrizio is leaving the big city police force he's known for the last three decades to lead a small seaside community. Mr. Fabrizio, 51, will be sworn in as the town's next police chief at a ceremony on March 5. He spent the last 29 years working with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. A...
Look - up in the sky!
Matt Rodgers of Port orange and his son Taylor, 8, watch the planes go by during the DeLand Golden Hawks Radio Control Club's 23rd annual Winter Festival of GIANTS air show Saturday. The show featured large-scale model airplanes performing aerobatic displays with nationally known pilots and special events such as fu...
HOA board 'occupies' Port Orange neighborhood
PORT ORANGE - The Occupy movement has come to town, but the protests are not about Wall Street. Some residents of the Sleepy Hollow subdivision are using the global movement that protests economic and social inequality as a creative way to encourage neighbors to pay their homeowners association dues - because ...
Officials will break ground for emergency center
The Volusia County Council, Sheriff Ben Johnson and County Manager Jim Dinneen will toss the ceremonial first shovels of dirt for the new Emergency Operations and Sheriff's Communications Center at a groundbreaking ceremony set for 12:30 p.m. March 1 at the Tiger Bay Road construction site west of Daytona Beach. The 43,000-squ...
Film festival seeks high school, college short films
PORT ORANGE - Port Orange Government TV (pogTV) seeks films from Volusia County and Seminole County high school and college students for the fifth annual pogTV Film Festival. The goal of the festival is to enhance the educational experience of the participants by providing a real world educational opportunity. Students from Vo...
Citrus Grove teacher is best this year
Leslie Birney, a fourth grade teacher from Citrus Grove Elementary School, is Volusia County Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2013. She will serve as Volusia County's Teacher of the Year throughout this school year and next, representing all of Volusia's teachers. Mrs. Birney received her award before an audience of 900 frien...
Popular Home Show returns to Ocean Center
After a record-breaking debut in September, the Daytona Beach Home & Garden Show and Daytona Boat Show will return to the Ocean Center March 2-4. The spring Home & Garden show will feature more than 200 exhibits that will display "everything for in and around your home," as well as garden and landscape displ...
"Kids in the Kitchen" cooks up free food, fun, and fitness
DAYTONA BEACH - The Junior League of Daytona Beach's "Kids in the Kitchen" presented by Halifax Health is a free family event taking place Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Jackie Robinson Ballpark (105 E. Orange Avenue) in Daytona Beach. "Kids in the Kitchen" will offer families an educational half-day of events, includ...
The White Triplex: Triumph to tragedy
This Sunday, Daytona International Speedway will host 43 cars that represent the ultimate evolution of the sport of stock car racing. Mostly forgotten in the NASCAR family tree is the most formidable machine to ever run in Volusia County. By 1928, the World's Land Speed Records that were set on our beach had become mostl...
Where are we?
Melissa Hughes, right, of Lyonia Environmental Center, teaches Marge Byron and Rick Jones, left, both of DeLand, how to use a GPS during 'GPS at Gemini Springs Park' in DeBary Saturday. Students learned the basics of GPS while navigating through a course in the park. www.lyoniapreserve.com...

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