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Manatees' endangered status under review
The West Indian Manatee, of which the Florida Manatee is a subspecies, may no longer be considered endangered according to federal law. So say a group of citizens and attorneys, but environmentalists beg to differ. This summer the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would conduct a review to determine whether the beloved b...
Engineering students push school into new areas
There are things going on at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University that have very little to do with aeronautics, and everything to do with being innovative engineers, responsible citizens of the world and leaving the university with exciting futures. The university that started out as just a little more than a flying school (a...
Rising from the ashes and ready to serve
Nine weeks ago Racing's North Turn Restaurant closed after a kitchen fire damaged part of the building, a fire later determined to have been caused by a refrigerator in the kitchen. On Monday, Sept. 15, the restaurant reopened with a limited menu and dining on the deck. "We are opening with a temporary emergen...
In a friendly competition, co-owner of Revive Fitness and U.S. Marine veteran Danny Legault, left, comes up as Revive Fitness founder Arnold Kolozsvari goes down during the Push-up for Marines hosted by Revive Fitness in Ormond Beach on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event raised more than $1,700 for injured Marine veteran...
Support pulls people up from the depths of despair
Halifax Medical Center provides a variety of options for those struggling with emotional and mental disabilities and illnesses. Some are intense and dramatic, including long-term residential treatment, short-term interventions under the Baker Act and various levels of therapy. But one of the most important for many of those s...
A clear reminder
Don And Geri Mercer of Edgewater walk around a crashed vehicle which shows the dangers of texting while driving during the New Smyrna Beach Police and Fire Departments Public Safety Open House at the Public Safety Complex on Saturday, Sept. 6....
Deltona's Halifax Crossings takes shape
A busy area of Deltona is on the verge of getting even busier. The Deltona City Commission voted 4-3 Sept. 15 to rezone 148 acres along the north side of Howland Boulevard from Agriculture and Industrial to create Halifax Crossings Business Planned Unit Development. However, commissioners placed a slew of conditions on the develop...
DeLand commissioners choose Stetson official for empty seat
Chris Cloudman will fill DeLand City Commission Seat 4, vacated in July when Phil Martin accepted a job out of town and had to relocate. At a special meeting Sept. 9, Mayor Bob Apgar, Vice Mayor Leigh Matusick and Commissioner Charles Paiva spent nearly three hours interviewing three candidates and unanimously agreed to appoint St...
On loan to museum
Art collector Samuel Blatt talks to guests of the Museum of Art-DeLand's opening reception on Friday, Sept. 12, for two other exhibits, about Picasso lithographs in his exhibit, which has been added to the museum's permanent collection on an extended loan. It features more than 60 European paintings, drawings ...
Airport burger gets national recognition
The Port Burger -- around these parts it is a complete sentence. There is a name for folks who haven't experienced the Airport Restaurant and Gin Mill's pattied-pride, but we'll get to that in a minute. Recently featured in Garden & Gun magazine's Guide to the South's Best Burgers, it was listed among the best 33 in Florida. That ...
Adventure time
Two teams launch their canoes from Blue Spring State Park on Saturday, Sept. 13, for one leg of the six-hour Elite class Superhero Adventure Race, organized by Pangea Adventure Racing. ...
Hospital opens facility in New Smyrna Beach
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of the New Smyrna Health Park on Sept. 7. At 125 Florida Memorial Pkwy in New Smyrna Beach, it is the hospital's first outpatient facility in the city. More than one thousand people stopped by the grand opening to tour the facility, meet the physicians and en...
Good News for after school program
As the new school year swings into action, The Child Evangelism Fellowship will be kicking off a special after school program in Volusia County called the Good News Club. The clubs are under the direction of the CEF of East Central Florida and sponsored by various local churches under many different de...
Smooth sailing
Contestants in the Friends of Blue Spring State Park's ninth annual Paddle Battle spread out across the St. Johns River as they head downstream on their 10-mile journey around Hontoon Island and through Snake Creek on Saturday, Sept. 13....
Have coffee with a cop
The Ormond Beach Police Department is offering community members a cup of coffee and a casual conversation about law enforcement. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Ormond Beach's neighborhoods. The majority of the contacts law e...
Policeman's Ball honors Officer of the Year
Steve Catalano was honored as Officer of the Year at the seventh annual Daytona Beach Policeman's Ball "A Night in Blue" on Friday, Sept. 12, sponsored by Jon Hall Chevrolet. The annual gala was at the Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hilton and hosted by the Daytona Beach Police Foundation. The proceeds from the ball provide training...
Fossil designer
Patti Watts, 9, of Orange City, presses a shell into a faux fossil mixture stirred up by Melissa Hughes, Lyonia Environmental Center program coordinator, at the center's "Back to School Brain Break" on Saturday, Sept. 13. After creating the impression, children were to take it home and let it dry and harden fo...
Bears becoming too visible in East Volusia
Once bears become a problem in a neighborhood, the outcome is always going to be bad for the bear. That was just part of the information provided to residents of several neighborhoods on the western edges of Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach at a meeting with representatives of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission last week....
Solemn flag ceremony
Cadets from Stetson University's ROTC program perform a ceremony at the flagpole in front of Elizabeth Hall on Woodland Boulevard in DeLand to raise the flag then lower it to half-staff at the beginning of a program commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ...
Neighborhood Market plan takes another step
The first Port Orange Walmart Neighborhood Market is one step closer to fruition. The city's Staff Development Review Committee met with the project's developer, Gatlin Development Co., Sept. 10 to review a zoning change request and development proposal for Palmetto Pointe Marketplace at the southeast corner o...
Dance moves
Nijewl Girtman, 14, and Hylan Hill, 13, DeLand residents who call their duo Dubstep, perform a dance during the talent show at the Spring Hill TURN Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Spring Hill Park in DeLand....
Former Jaguars star partners with Volusia students to "Teach Flu a Lesson"
Volusia County public school students are gearing up to fight influenza with former Jacksonville Jaguars player Tony Boselli. The partnership between the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, Volusia County Schools and Healthy Schools LLC is called "Teach Flu a Lesson" and is designed to immunize all students who pro...
Human West Nile Virus case confirmed in county
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is advising residents to take precautions due to increased mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Volusia County. A human case of West Nile illness has been confirmed by the state laboratory and there is a heightened concern more residents may become ill. The case involve...
Always remember
Members of the audience and a University High School ROTC color guard stand at attention as the National Anthem is played during a program at the Heroes Barbershop in Orange City on Thursday, Sept. 11, commemorating the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001....
Commemorative flag flies over Four Townes YMCA
When the Four Townes Family YMCA noticed its American flag had weathered and needed to be retired, a new flag promptly appeared and moments later was flying proudly above the Family Center. It was a classic case of "right place, right time." Anthony Waselich, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4205 in Orange City,...
Take action during preparedness month
The Florida Department of Health urges all residents and visitors to take action during National Preparedness Month this September to make sure their families, homes and businesses are ready for when natural disasters or other emergencies occur. "National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder of the importance of emergency p...
A winning runner
Damieona Williams, 8, of DeLand's Boys & Girls Club holds her first-place medal for her age group during "A Run for Success" at LPGA International in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Sept. 13. Sponsored by Brown & Brown Inc., funds raised went to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia and Flagler Counties....
Hospice will host National Day of Remembrance
The Halifax Health-Hospice Traumatic Loss Program, in collaboration with the Victim Services Coalition, will observe National Day of Remembrance for the victims and survivors of homicide and traumatic loss at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Sunrise Park, 1135 Riverside Drive, Holly Hill. Speakers will include Chaplain Don Jones,...

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