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Residents deride North Causeway project
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Developers of the Causeway Landings apartment project on the North Causeway are contemplating their next move after residents strongly opposed tentative plans presented at a public meeting. Despite a PowerPoint presentation and a lengthy question and answer session with representati...
Ormond Beach teen attends career camp for hearing impaired youths
Dylan Cook got an eye-opening experience this summer when he attended a weeklong career-exploration camp for deaf and hearing-impaired students at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Dylan, who recently marked his 18th birthday, was one of more than 200 high school-aged attendees at Explore Yo...
Firefighters fear impact of pay cuts
PORT ORANGE - Firefighters' paychecks got a little slimmer this month. That's because city officials recently instituted a retroactive pay adjustment where the city would recover over two years' worth of incentive payments to firefighters by taking deductions from their paychecks over a 156-week period. Fire...
Website offers info on Volusia sports and recreation venues
VOLUSIA - If you build it, they will come. The old adage doesn't add the caveat, assuming they know about it. Volusia County has dozens of private and public sports and recreational facilities suited to host regional or national events. At its last regular meeting on Sept. 6, the county council got a tou...
Creativity at work
Bennett LaPides, 5, of DeLand, works on his art project as his mother Dawn and three-year-old sister Lauren look on during the Family Fun Saturday at the Museum of Florida Art in DeLand, Sept. 8. Each second Saturday of the month, the museum hosts the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free admission to the gallerie...
Commission nears approval of budget
DELAND - With housing prices still depressed, the City Commission gave its first nod to a proposed 2012-2013 budget at its meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 4. The commission will adopt a final budget at its next regular meeting, Monday, Sept. 17. Michael Pleus, city manager, said if the commission adopts the prop...
New business strives to give a hand
A two-month-old company in DeLeon Springs wants to help men and women better themselves, and find gainful employment. At The Well of Living Water is a community resource and crafting center based on the premise that all people should be accepted and helped. In a diverse community like DeLeon Springs, that can incl...
Deltona 'in the running' for 500 new jobs
At the new One-Stop Employment Center, wedged between the recently vacated Marketplace Cinema and the recently vacated Kmart in Orange City Marketplace, Maria Otero waits patiently for her peek at the list of companies who might want to give someone with little experience a chance to shine. The 22-year...
Fall tradition
Stevionte Bruten of DeLand High School reaches for the ball in the rain as a worried group of New Smyrna Beach players race to intercept during a game at the Arthur Williams Field in New Smyrna Beach last Thursday, Sept. 6. The Bulldogs beat the Cudas, 30-20....
City looking at 'brownfield' help for Deltona Plaza upgrade
DELTONA - A Winn-Dixie was at 1200 Deltona Blvd. just two years ago. You can still read the sign in the dirt it left behind. Many of the other storefronts are empty here, too, particularly those immediately adjacent to the grocery store. Three years ago, it was the Dollar General that left for greener ...
Titans prevail
Orange City High School quarterback Randy Cianciotto quickly dodges an aerial attack by Connor Silvey of Spruce Creek during a game at Deltona High School, last Thursday, Sept. 6. The Titans beat the Hawks, 28-12....
Residents express fears to city leaders about affordable apartments project
DEBARY - As a retired U.S. Department of Transportation law enforcement officer, Glenn Lord said he's not the most trusting of fellows. So he did a little research in 1999 before buying his $250,000 retirement home in Saxon Pointe, not far from the city's northern gateway at Saxon Boulevard and U.S. 17...
Police, DEA collect unwanted prescription drugs
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Sgt. Eugene Griffith, a detective with the city's Police Department, doesn't want prescription drugs getting into the wrong hands. So he's encouraging city residents to bring expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to 246 Industrial Park Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,...
Eyes on the prize
All eyes were on running back Darrynton Evans of New Smyrna Beach High School during a game against the DeLand Bulldogs at the Arthur Williams Field in New Smyrna Beach last Thursday, Sept. 6. The Bulldogs beat the Cudas, 30-20....
The champs
Members of Ormond Beach's Sky High Gymnastics competitive teams participated in their first sanctioned event at Balcony Gym in Ocala recently. Bottom row, from left, Victoria Horsley, Camille Cavedo. Top row, from left, Brooke Reardon, Kayla Nguyen, Caidyn James, Danielle Barak, Faith Flynn, Joy Johnson, Jennie Anderson, Kira ...
Ormond Beach commissioners starting budget approval
ORMOND BEACH - The City Commission moved one step closer to approving the city's property tax rate and budget in its most recent meeting. The first reading of the proposed property tax rate of $4.32 per $1,000 of taxable value of homes was passed unanimously. The tax rate includes three debt service items tot...
Sensing the beauty
Devin Clark, 10, of Girl Scout Troop 1781, assists the Port Orange Lions Club in planting new bushes at the sensory garden located at Bushman Park in Port Orange, Saturday, Sept. 8. Kevin Bagwell of Full Moon Natives in Port Orange donated more than 100 native plants for the garden. The Port Orange Lions Club sponso...
Community rallies behind cancer-stricken mother
PORT ORANGE - When Lindsay Smith was four months pregnant with her second child, Jaxson, she learned she had cervical cancer. Doctors recommended she terminate her pregnancy and begin aggressive cancer treatment, but Ms. Smith decided to follow through with the birth of her child. She saw the baby as her "sa...
Lower property tax rate possible in Port Orange
PORT ORANGE - City leaders approved an initial property tax rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year, noting the rate could possibly go lower with an expected budget savings. Council members adopted the budget and a tentative millage rate of $4.95 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is 1.5-percent below the rolled-b...
Entrepreneur offers help against bullying
VOLUSIA - Bullying culminates in shoving or punching, but it usually starts long before it gets to that. Mike Panebianco said children can defend themselves from bullies without mastering roundhouse kicks, and he hopes to add to the county's economy by teaching families how to make their children hard ta...
A picture is worth a hundred and fifty bucks
I see where the City of DeLand is the latest to opt for red light cameras in an effort to extract as much money from their citizens as possible. I suppose the city fathers there are unimpressed by all of the lawsuits that are swirling around the state. Palm Coast is also fearless since they just signed on to add up to 40...
A good fit
Tyler Worsham, 11, of Orange City, receives a free bicycle helmet fitted by Orange City firefighter Ryan McNerney during the Southwest Volusia Safe Kids Safety Rally at Dickinson Park in Orange City, Saturday. The Orange City Fire Department, the Orange City Police Department, and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office...
Pier closing early for needle demolition
The Daytona Beach Pier was closing at 9 p.m. this week as workers removed the decrepit Space Needle, which has not been in operation since 2005. Part of the iconic structure broke off last weekend, making it a hazard. The pier was shut down from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The cost of the demolition is about $60,000, according to city of...

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