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Middle school counselor tabbed as state's best
PORT ORANGE -- Jennifer Foutch is like most school guidance counselors. The Creekside Middle School counselor puts in hard days and affects students in ways that she sometimes can see and other times can't. But something about her was different enough that the Florida School Counselor Association named h...
Seashore gets a center to show what it offers
CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE -- One of Florida's best-kept secrets is an attraction that's even better now that the long-awaited Apollo Beach Visitor's Center has opened. No longer will visitors have to sit on folding chairs to view a video about the Seashore's history that had been shown in a temporar...
Craft day
Two-year-old Lake Looper of Wilbur by the Sea looks at a pair of stuffed Bobwhite Quail before making a craft during the Tiny Trekkers program entitled, 'Calling all Bobwhites' at the Lyonia Preserve in Deltona, Tuesday, Nov. 20. Children and their parents were able to learn about the birds and their habitat and als...
ARK continuing to operate despite legal action
DELAND -- Police removed the dogs and cats and sent them to other shelters, but the Animal Rescue Konsortium is still trying to find them homes. "We're just going on as usual," founder and president Maggi Hall said in an interview. ARK recently announced that it will reimburse people who adopt dogs remov...
Christmas music in the air
The Marching Bulldogs cranked out the Christmas music at the DeLand Christmas Parade on Woodland Boulevard, Saturday, Dec. 1....
A real page turner
Monte Romero, 6, of Deltona spots a book that sparked his curiosity during the Deltona Regional Library's Holiday Book, Bake and Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 1. The event was sponsored by the Deltona Friends of the Library, with the proceeds of the sale benefiting the library....
Tamed the dragon
Three-year-old Giselle D'Ambrosia of Deltona happily rides a dragon during a visit to the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church Carnival in Deltona, Saturday, Dec. 1....
Orange Avenue bridge closed after malfunction
The Veterans Memorial Bridge, also known as the Orange Avenue bridge, in Daytona Beach was closed to traffic last Friday because of the failure of one of the drawbridge's electrical control boxes. A crew from Volusia County's Road and Bridge Division will open the bridge manually to permit boat traffic until the bridge is repa...
West Volusia Wolves win S.E. Championship, raise money for Disney
One more win and the West Volusia Wolves could be national champions. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the football team won the first of two games they'll play for the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship after a long, but well-supported journey. Winning the Southeast Regional Championship -- on Nov. 24 in St....
Song of the Coast Chapter of Sweet Adeline's Chorus director Christine Garrett, center, sings her heart out during the City of South Daytona annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30....
Are you ready for Christmas? Just a few weeks to go
It's a question friends ask each other at this time of year. Unlike other parts of the country where the main topic is "Do you think we'll get snow this year?" The question here is "Are you ready for Christmas?" Random interviews prior to Thanksgiving produced no results, regardless of what retailers did, ever...
Breakfast with Santa
Students from Indian River Elementary of Edgewater sing to guests during Breakfast with Santa Claus at the Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach, Saturday, Dec. 1. The students are members of Cynthia Turner's after school chorus program. Front row left to right: Lanie Hayes, Reilly Wilke, Allison Lariscy. Back row left to r...
Santa's helpers
Rick Tauscher, owner of the New Smyrna Beach Athletic Club with his wife, Michele, center, has been serving free hotdogs for 11 years during the New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade. This year more than 1,500 hot dogs were served, along with goulash. Among the many family members helping from throughout Central Florida was Miche...
Safety Officer making city safer place to work
Andrea Ball is helping Daytona Beach become a safer place to work. Ms. Ball is the city's Safety Officer and has been on the job for the past six years. She was recently recognized by the National Safety Council as a "Rising Star of Safety" at the council's annual meeting. Ms. Ball was one of 44 young safety ...
Dancer to make triumphant return to Ormond
His life could be a book or a movie. He defected from Cuba at age 19 while on tour in the U.S., made his way from Daytona Beach to Miami by taxi, then found someone from a Spanish TV station to help him. He spoke no English. When Cervilio Amador, now 29, dances here in "The Nutcracker" Dec. 8 and 9, h...
Seasonal sights
Gene Leonard of Port Orange came in festive dress for the City of South Daytona annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30....
Parade packs 'em in
Jordan Pinello of Kinetic Expressions Dance Academy throws pixie dust at the crowd during the 35th annual Port Orange Christmas Parade along Dunlawton Avenue, Sunday, Dec. 2....
FPL installing "smart" electric meters throughout the county
Despite objections from some citizens that Big Brother might be watching their electric usage, the deployment of technologically advanced electric meters is expected to finish this month. To enhance the way it monitors its customers' electric use, Florida Power & Light moved forward with the installation of ...
Marching along
Fifth grader Elizabeth Shavers, 10, of Sugar Mill Elementary School plays Christmas music with a recorder as the band marches down Dunlawton Avenue during the annual Port Orange Christmas Parade, Sunday, Dec. 2....
Creating crèches
Crèche artist Bill Egan of Flagler Beach works on a statue as he prepares to build his nativity scenes in the windows of the old Dunn Lumber hardware store on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, Thursday, Nov. 29....
School system must hunt for solutions with less revenue
Voters said no to more money for the school district in an electoral squeaker. So the Volusia County School Board will go back to the drawing board with public budget workshops starting in January. That will be after a special election to fill the vacant District 2 seat. Dr. Al Williams died on Oct. 1 aft...
Many local merchants, shoppers unaware of Small Business Saturday
These things we know: you won't find that Peruvian goat horn flute or those hand-painted pheasant feather earrings at you-know-where-mart, and designated shopping days eventually catch on. Small Business Saturday, or SBS, proved it nationally -- to the tune of $5.5 billion spent at independent businesses o...
Reeling in
Krishna Roberts of South Daytona helps her nine-month-old granddaughter, Isabella Geerts reel in the big one as her father, Robert Geerts, looks on during the inaugural Kid's Fishing Tournament under the Port Orange Bridge, Saturday, Dec. 1. The free event was hosted by Donald's Bait and Tackle, with bait and poles ...
JM Horse Rescue to host second winter festival
Over the river and just a short distance through the woods, a holiday happening just may edge out grandmother's house. The second annual Winter Festival will be at JM Horse Rescue on Forrest Drive in DeLand from 9 a.m. until dusk on Dec. 15 and 16. Owners Missy Seaver and John Hollingsworth thought a holid...
DeLand Lions president lost vision, shares insight
Wendy Wilson is proof well-functioning eyes are not necessary for one to see. A compassionate heart will do just fine. The petite redhead from DeLand had years to prepare psychologically for the inevitable loss of her sight. A type 1 diabetic from the age of two, Ms. Wilson's vision began to diminish in h...
Annual outing
The DeLand Fire Department's Engine No. 5 makes its annual appearance at the Deland Christmas Parade, Sat. Dec. 1. The 1942 engine served at the DeLand Naval Air Station during World War II....
Book friends
Left, Deidra Jones, 9, shows Ke'Arie Gray, 6, both of Deltona, a children's book as Alexandra Coppin, 12, right, looks at another during the Deltona Regional Library's Holiday Book, Bake and Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 1. The event was sponsored by the Deltona Friends of the Library, with the proceeds of the sale ben...
The history of the world's greatest beach
When I began to think about a title for my new book on the history of our beach, the most obvious choice was "The World's Most Famous Beach." I wrote that across the top of a page, and sat and stared at it. Somehow it did not seem right. Perhaps a bit superfluous and maybe on the flip side just a little lightweight. When...
The catch
Mary Ashmore, 9, of Port Orange, rushes her catch to be judged during the inaugural Kid's Fishing Tournament under the Port Orange Bridge, Saturday, Dec. 1. ...

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