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Kids make bowls and feed those in need
Local school children are making bowls to help feed those in need. The fifth Annual Empty Bowls Silent Auction will be Dec. 7 at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. "The event keeps growing each year," said Marcia Bobbitt, a Mainland art teacher. "The first year we made 300 bowls with kids at Mainland and some at DeLand. Now we have 11 schools making a total of 1,000 bowls. ...
Deltona church offers food, clothing, counseling to needy
The Bible teaches that God helps those who help themselves and a Deltona church is on a mission to demonstrate that message. The ministry at St. Clare Catholic Church is based upon the work of its patron saint, St. Clare, who devoted her life to helping the poor. Ministry coordinator Rosemary Ortiz said the St. Clare Someone Cares...
Apartment project going forward; citizens group wants to stop it
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Atlantic Housing Partners, developer of the proposed Causeway Landings apartment project, is going forward with a 239-unit apartment project on about 14 acres between the North Causeway and Indian River. Atlantic Housing took another step last Thursday when it presented plans to t...
Fun for all ages
Resident Lucille Greaves plays a game of Monopoly with Tomoka Elementary School fifth graders Katherine Masters and Hannah Ash, right, both 10, during the Adopt-a-Grandparent Day at Grand Villa of Ormond Beach, Friday Nov. 2. The program is good for the seniors that may be feeling lonely, and also a great opportunit...
New administrator takes helm in Lake Helen
LAKE HELEN - Kent Cichon is a Volusia County kid who's done well for himself. The new Lake Helen City Administrator used to sit in a Seminole County government office in Sanford with a glorious view of Lake Monroe. "I was looking across the lake at Volusia County and saying, 'I will be back one day.'" ...
Don't miss doggie talent show auditions
Pomeranians with pom poms, juggling pugs, dancing Dalmatians and maybe even a "rap" terrier or two are sure to have a ball at the Doggie Talent Show auditions 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, on the vacant lot next to ARK Rescue Center, 441 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. As soon as the last black-eyed pea is consumed on New Year'...
DeLand debating synthetic drug ban
DELAND - The City Commission is inching toward making the sale of so-called artificial cannabis and bath salts, designer psychoactive substances, into a code violation that could include revocation of a business license. Maybe. The DeLand commission has a lot of options. It could opt to do nothing abou...
Deltona City Commission agrees to pursue statewide ban on texting while driving
Florida is one of only 11 states with no ban on texting while driving. There are no laws on the books against it or talking on a cell phone while driving. The Deltona City Commission wants that to change. The commission voted unanimously at its Nov. 5 meeting to approve a resolution to encourage the state to enact legislation to s...
Enterprise schoolhouse will have new life as museum
On a recent morning, children's voices rang out from the playground at Enterprise Elementary School, while across Main Street members of the Enterprise Preservation Society assembled to continue work on what once was the small community's junior high school. It will soon be reintroduced as the Enterprise Heritage Center. When society volunteer ...
More development could come to I-95 interchange
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Walmart and McDonald's are already there and now more commercial development is planned for State Road 44 and I-95. The original plans for 184-acres called Ocean Gate, known as the Snowden property because it has been in that family since the 1940s, had included ...
Pride in more than buttons
Event chairman Kathy Seibert of Ormond Beach looks at the buttons on Kitty Thompson's cap as Kitty's partner Linda McMahan looks on during the Volusia Pride Festival at the United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach, Saturday, Nov. 10. Volusia County Councilman Josh Wagner kicked off the festivities with a proc...
Derrick Henry is Daytona's first black male mayor
History was made in Daytona Beach when Derrick Henry was elected Mayor on Nov. 6. Mayor-elect Henry is a former city commissioner, educator and businessman who beat out Zone 1 Commissioner Edith Shelly. He garnered 55 percent of the vote to Shelly's 45 percent for a 2,735 vote victory margin. Though he ...
Utilities to go underground in downtown Ormond Beach
The Ormond Beach City Commission moved forward with burying utility cables underground in the downtown area at its Nov. 7 meeting. Commissioners, in their role as the Community Redevelopment Agency, approved agreements with FPL, AT&T and Brighthouse for the work. The commission also agreed on working with the ...
Seniors Got Talent rocks the Riviera
It all began with a casting call to seniors, 62 or older, willing to showcase their talent. The event: "Seniors Got Talent." The venue: The Riviera, an independent senior living facility in Holly Hill with unique events that keep it at the top of the list of creative activities. Open casting for the special event was Oct. 11, ...
Words from a veteran
World War II Veteran Elmer J. Hawkins, 89, of Daytona Beach, speaks to a crowd gathered during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the City Center Veterans Park across the lake from City Hall in Port Orange, Sunday, Nov. 11. Mr. Hawkins is the vice president of the 1st Marine Division Association and president of th...
South Daytona will consider options after voters reject city-run electric
SOUTH DAYTONA - With a majority of the voting public on its side, Florida Power & Light fought City Hall and won. Citizens rejected the option of the city establishing a municipal electric utility, with 63 percent of voters who turned out to the polls deciding against the city operating its own electrical ...
Yes to centennial, no to July 4 at Port Orange Riverwalk
PORT ORANGE - City Council members took the first step in planning a celebration marking the city's 100 anniversary. The council recently approved a logo that would appear on the marketing materials for the city's centennial celebration on March 17, marking 100 years since Port Orange was incorporated as a city ...
Honoring veterans
World War II Veteran Fred Hering of Port Orange salutes during the Posting of the Colors by the American Legion Post 270 Color Guard during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the City Center Veterans Park across the lake from City Hall in Port Orange, Sunday, Nov. 11. Local veterans groups hosted the ceremony, whic...
Additional $200k lost through Port Orange water billing errors
PORT ORANGE - A presentation on the ongoing water billing fiasco revealed the city lost more money on top of an $825,000 loss from undercharging wholesale customers in Daytona Beach Shores. Finance department staff said a change was made in 2009 to the rate table that determines how much customers in Dayto...
Voting for our imperfect political system
As I stood in the long line to vote at my precinct, I occasionally shifted from one foot to the other. The thought occurred to me that maybe this is what they mean by exercising my right. Actually though, I was pleased when a poll worker told us this was the best turnout he had seen in his 20 years of service. I really d...
Beach run
Runners take off during the start of the 17th annual 5K Run for Runaways in front of the Ocean Deck restaurant in Daytona Beach, Saturday, Nov. 10. The run serves to promote awareness of the needs of youth in our community during National Runaway Prevention Month. Proceeds benefit the BEACH House Runaway Shelter. Th...
Seniors' economic struggles continue this holiday; Santa program provides assistance
Be a Santa to a Senior, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.5 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America during the past eight years, again is helping older adults cope in tough economic times. "Many older adults continue to struggle in a down economy, particularly those who live alone with no family nearb...

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