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County manager: manmade reef will bring tourists, cash to area
VOLUSIA COUNTY - County Manager Jim Dinneen is eyeing sunken treasure. "I think we should make a new goal," he told the Volusia County Council at its Aug. 9 meeting. "I think we should aim to make the world's best artificial reef." In an interview after the meeting, Mr. Dinneen said the artificial reef p...
City to take back 4th of July fireworks next year
DEBARY - The not-for-profit organization formed a decade ago to alleviate the city budget from having to pay for various festivals throughout the year has created a bang with its two-year-old Fourth of July celebration in Gemini Springs Park. But Marcia Steele, the new president of the Community Partne...
Day on the field
MeKenzie Creese, 15, of DeLand winds-up her pitch during the Bulldog Softball Camp at Deland High School's softball field recently. For more information on upcoming sports-related programs, visit the city of DeLand Parks and Recreation Department at www.Deland.org or call (386) 740-5800....
Incumbents win most East Volusia races; one heads to runoff
In three East Volusia cities, incumbents kept their seats in three of five races, with a newcomer unseating one and another race headed to a runoff in November. Port Orange Mayor Allen Green and South Daytona Councilman Brandon Young defeated their challengers in landslide victories. Mayor Green, a lifelong ...
Ugandan parliamentarian vacations with local nonprofit founders
ORMOND BEACH - Niwagaba Wilfred started thinking about politics at the age of 9, when it played a central role in the hardship and brutality he saw all around him. The much-despised military dictator of Uganda, Idi Amin, had just gone into exile. But the leadership of socialist Milton Obote to come, from 1980 to 1985, was just as ...
Pick a pepper
Michael Priestley, 6, of Ormond Beach helps his grandmother Elizabeth Priestley and his mother Laura shop for vegetables at City Island Farmers' Market Saturday. The market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit www.daytonadowntown.com....
Colleagues to censure Orange City councilman
ORANGE CITY - Councilman Tom Abraham smiled through his public lashing at the beginning of Orange City Council's most recent meeting. He knew it was coming. Not just for having exchanged pornographic images with a friend using his city-issued iPad last year. Not just for emails pondering if he would "soon mate" with a prominent C...
Questions on Delta Queen proposal to be aired at Sept. 11 Commission meeting.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Local businessman Wayne Heller is finally appearing on the New Smyrna Beach City Commission agenda. He's been asked to answer questions about his Delta Queen steamboat project. For the Sept. 11 meeting, Mr. Heller, owner of the Riverview Hotel and Spa, has been given 30 minutes to a...
Back to the campaign trail for Southeast Volusia Council Council candidates
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - With fewer than 100 votes separating James Hathaway and Deborah Denys in the non-partisan race for Volusia County Council Seat 3, they are both back on the campaign trail this week vying to be the winner in the Nov. 6 general election. The third candidate, Justin Kennedy of Edgewate...
New Smyrna police officer wins motorcycle challenge
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Chris Salomone of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department won the Overall Top Rider Harley Class in the 6th annual New Smyrna Beach Police Motorcycle Challenge held at the Home Depot here recently. The Overall Top Rider Open Class was M. Hodge of Osceola Count. Sixteen riders from six agencies in Volusia, La...
South Daytona citizens will vote on electric issue
SOUTH DAYTONA - The public wants a say on whether the city council should take over electric service from Florida Power & Light. Now they have the chance to vote on the issue in November. Sixty-two percent of voters who turned out to the polls on Aug. 14 approved Referendum 1, which amends the city charter t...
Edgewater resident wins $1 million in scratch-off game
EDGEWATER - James Mahoney of Edgewater says he plans to bank the $1 million he won in the Billion Dollar Blockbuster Scratch-off game. Actually, he took $650,000 from the Florida Lottery as a one-time, lump-sum payment after scratching off the $1 million ticket. When he answered the phone at his home ...
As school begins, deputies remind public to put safety first
As the school year begins in Volusia County, students and parents alike will be greeted with a slew of changes that included new street lights, sidewalks and signs along with a reduced speed zone and changes in traffic patterns. There also will be beefed- up law enforcement, all in an effort to improve the safety of students w...
'Drive sober or get pulled over'
The Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching, and in the weeks leading up to it the Volusia County Sheriff's Office will be out in force cracking down on alcohol- impaired drivers. The Sheriff's Office is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign began Au...
Bowling for dictionaries
Chuck Gormly, Deltona, was one of about 160 bowlers on 32 teams who took part in the annual Bowling for Literacy. Five area Rotary clubs raised about $12,000 for the Rotary Dictionary Project. The clubs will use the money to get about 3,200 dictionaries to third grade students at West Volusia schools. Mr. Gormly works ...
An (election) day in the life of poll workers
DELAND - To a lot of people, Election Day is just like any other, only you get a little sticker to put on your shirt. To candidates, journalists and elections workers, though, there's at least a promise of a paycheck. So what do all the volunteers get out of this? Some were polling voters outside ...
City's charter school closes
ORANGE CITY - The city's only charter school, the 1-year-old Reading Star Academy of Excellence, was shut down by the Volusia County School Board just a few days before the school year began for an overall lack of excellence. Nancy Waits, school board spokeswoman, said nearly 60 children were set to st...
Sheriff's Office employees of the quarter honored
Standard job descriptions are merely the starting point for the men and women of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office who earned the honor of being named Employees of the 2nd Quarter of 2012 recently. Karen Pierce is the school resource deputy at both Galaxy Middle School and Deltona High School. Brian Co...
New traffic pattern planned for Orange City schools
ORANGE CITY - To ensure the safety of students, a new traffic pattern will be in place for parents dropping off and picking up students at Manatee Cove Elementary and River Springs Middle in Orange City. School started Monday, Aug. 20. Parents from both schools will be asked to enter from Scholars Path and exit on West Ohio Av...
Rolling, rolling on the river
Hold on a minute. Do you mean to tell me that a private businessman is willing to bring a grand steamship to New Smyrna Beach at his own expense and the city fathers are dragging their heels? If Wayne Heller manages to bring a floating National Historic Landmark to Volusia County we should all form a welcoming committee....
Perusing the past
Students from the West Volusia Historical Society's Mystery of History summer camp received a personal tour of the Legendary Florida exhibit by docent Katie Ruhlman of the Museum of Florida Art the Volusia County Historic Courthouse recently. 21-large scale paintings by artist Jackson Walker are part of the Legendar...
Hometown News names new editor for Volusia
Cecil G. Brumley, a business columnist for Hometown News since February, has been named the publication's associate managing editor for Volusia County. Mr. Brumley has many years of experience as an editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Florida and Louisiana, and has been in the Daytona Beach area for more than 15 years. A Louisiana native, he ...
Going green
Emily Bonamo, 11, of New Smyrna Beach paints her guitar creation bright green during the Atlantic Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp at the Community Arts Center at Harris House recently. For more information, visit www.ACA35.org....
DeLand, Deleon Springs, Lake Helen, and Pierson primary results
Volusia County official results from Aug. 14 primary election as determined this week by the canvassing board. Winners are listed first. Names in bold are those facing a runoff in the Nov. 6 general election. Clerk of Court Diane M. Matousek (REP) - 59.58% (21,198 votes) Steve deLaroche (REP) - 40.42% (14,382 votes) Total votes: 35,580 County...
Deltona, Orange City and Debary primary results
Volusia County official results from the Aug. 14 primary election as determined this week after the canvassing board met. Winners are listed first. Names in bold are those facing a runoff in the Nov. 6 general election. Clerk of Court Diane M. Matousek (REP) - 59.58% (21,198 votes) Steve deLaroche (REP) - 40.42% (14,382 votes) Total votes: 35,5...
New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, and Oak Hill primary results
Volusia County released official results from the Aug. 14 primary election as determined this week by the canvassing board. Winners are listed first. Names in bold are those facing a runoff in the Nov. 6 general election. Clerk of Court Diane M. Matousek (REP) - 59.58% (21,198 votes) Steve deLaroche (REP) - 40.42% (14,382 votes) Total votes: 35...
Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, and Holly Hill primary results
Volusia County official results from the Aug. 14 primary election as determined this week by the canvassing board. Winners are listed first. Names in bold are those facing a runoff in the Nov. 6 general election. Clerk of Court Diane M. Matousek (REP) - 59.58% (21,198 votes) Steve deLaroche (REP) - 40.42% (14,382 votes) Total votes: 35,580 Co...
Correction
A family photo that appeared recently in Hometown News about a local mason gaining special attention incorrectly identified the members of his family. Reese and Jeanne Moore, center, often did Timucuan Indian reenactments with their children. Here they are in full regalia with sons Jesse, left, and Chris when they we...
Port Orange, South Daytona, Daytona Beach Shores and Ponce Inlet primary results
Volusia County official results from the Aug. 14 primary election as determined by the canvassing board this week. Winners are listed first. Names in bold are those facing a runoff in the Nov. 6 general election. Clerk of Court Diane M. Matousek (REP) - 59.58% (21,198 votes) Steve deLaroche (REP) - 40.42% (14,382 votes) Total votes: 35,580 Co...

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