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Photo exhibit names winners

4 hours 29 min ago
The Casements Camera Club announced the winners of its seventh annual spring photo exhibit, which took place at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center from June 1 to June 28. The winners are as follows:Best in Show: “Lighting the way Up,” by Ans van Beek.First place: “The Kiss of Viera Wetlands,” by Larry Parker.Second place: “Winston and Mark,” by Jeanne Figurelli.Third place: “Unconditional Love,” by Joyce [...]

Around Town: Free computer classes, book sale and more

4 hours 29 min ago
DeLand library offers free computer classesAdults can pick up new computer skills with free classes at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave. August’s classes will address these topics:• Computer fundamentals, part one: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Explore computer and internet features as you practice using the mouse, laptop keyboard and touchpad. Registration is required; call 386-822-6430, ext. 20763.• Computer fundamentals, [...]

Ormond Beach fisherman spots whale shark off Ponce Inlet

July 20, 2019 - 10:41pm
David Caruthers returned from a fishing guide trip Thursday totally excited.It wasn't because of the fish he caught, but rather one he saw — a whale shark, a member of the world's largest fish species — just 9 to 10 miles east of Ponce Inlet.Owner of Strippin Lip Fishing Charters, Caruthers is on the water almost every day, but he had never seen a whale shark before Thursday.With several people on board, Caruthers' video shows the whale shark coming up [...]

Families beat the heat at Daytona Ice Arena

July 20, 2019 - 3:54pm
SOUTH DAYTONA — Local families found a way to chill out on Saturday by lacing up and getting on the ice.The Daytona Ice Arena at 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave. in South Daytona, is offering family day deals from 2-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday this summer to help get families out of the heat.The arena is regulation NHL size and includes seating for more than 300 spectators. For families that just want to watch the kids skate, the arena offers The Thaw Zone Cafe and Celly's [...]

Volusia County scales back EMS overhaul

July 20, 2019 - 1:35pm
In an effort to speed up ambulance response times, the Volusia County Council in February unanimously approved a plan to overhaul its emergency medical services.But when Councilwoman Heather Post got her first peek of the proposed budget for next year, she was surprised to learn that some of the changes she fought for a few months earlier were gone.At Tuesday's meeting, Post challenged county officials to explain how that happened. And when she wasn't satisfied with their [...]

Daytona Beach staff requesting bigger budget, higher taxes

July 20, 2019 - 12:45pm
The new budget Daytona Beach city staff has recommended is $14 million bigger than the fiscal plan adopted last year, and calls for a property tax hike of 9.2% over the rolled-back rate.

Volusia School Board to tackle grades, uniform, budget over next two weeks

July 20, 2019 - 11:36am
At upcoming meetings, the Volusia School Board will approve a tentative property tax rate, workshop school grades and approve long-coming changes to its uniform policy.A 9 a.m. workshop on Monday will include presentations on school grades, which which were released July 11 to show Volusia maintained its B rating and had fewer C-rated [...]

Suspect in hit-and-run that killed Daytona toddler surrenders

July 20, 2019 - 10:16am
Earnest Ponder, 29, turned himself Saturday in at the Volusia County Branch Jail

MARK LANE: Action on sea level rise? Let's call it 'resiliency' instead

July 20, 2019 - 9:01am
County Council adapts to sea level rise even if not all members believe it is happening.

Ormond Beach artist creates new painting to support Crossnore School

July 20, 2019 - 1:21am
Artist Daniel Ambrose has created a new egg tempera painting, “Divine Light,” which features a church steeple at sunset in the North Carolina mountains. Fifty percent of all sales will benefit the Crossnore School and Children’s Home’s Stepping Stones program.Ambrose has supported the Crossnore School for more than a decade by offering paintings for sale at the Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery and donating a portion of the proceeds. The gallery specifically [...]

Around Town: Free computer classes, shoe drive and more

July 20, 2019 - 1:21am
Experts to discuss saw palmetto harvestingAn expert panel will discuss regulations and permitting requirements for harvesting saw palmetto berries at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Because the plants are considered “commercially exploited plants,” it is a misdemeanor to harvest the berries without a permit, even on your own land, if you plan to transport or sell them. Permits can be [...]

Felon indicted in Daytona overdose death

July 19, 2019 - 7:14pm
John Mai, 26, charged with first-degree murder in death of local woman who overdosed on her 22nd birthday, police say

Part of Sunrise Boulevard in DeBary closing next week for repairs

July 19, 2019 - 4:53pm
A portion of Sunrise Boulevard in DeBary will be closed Monday through Friday, according to a city notice.Crews will close Sunrise between Sepp and Fraser roads for work on a culvert repair.Residents will still be able to access their homes, and detours will be in place for motorists.Inclement weather or other circumstances may result in a change of the work schedule.For more information, call City Hall at 386-601-0207.

Pulitzer-winning author and former judge to talk racial injustice at DeLand event

July 19, 2019 - 3:03pm
Pulitzer-winning true crime author Gilbert King and Ormond Beach-based attorney Richard Graham will discuss their efforts against racial injustice next month in DeLand.The free event, sponsored by the West Volusia Historical Society, will be held Aug. 20 in the second-floor courtroom at Volusia County's Historic Courthouse, 128 W. Indiana Ave. The talk [...]

Sunwing's Daytona-Toronto flights resume in November

July 19, 2019 - 2:42pm
Sunwing Airlines will resume flights between Toronto and Daytona Beach on Nov. 7, Volusia County officials announced Friday.Those once-weekly flights will be scheduled into December. After a one-month hiatus in January, twice-weekly flights will begin in February 2020 and operate through April.Sunwing started seasonal service to Daytona Beach International Airport this year, operating from January to May. The airline is part of a Canada-based business that offers [...]

Deltona City Manager Jane Shang, accused of voter fraud, does community service in Lake Helen

July 19, 2019 - 2:30pm
Lake Helen mayor questions why Shang was left alone in city's offices since she doesn't work there.

Suspect sought in hit-and-run death of Daytona Beach toddler

July 19, 2019 - 2:26pm
DAYTONA BEACH — A toddler was struck and killed in a hit-and-run and Daytona Beach police were searching Friday for the suspect, a former neighbor and close friend of the child's family.Earnest Ponder, 29, who also goes by the nickname "Boss," was described by police as being 5-feet, 9- to 11-inches tall, 160 to 180 pounds. He's black with tattoos on both arms. He was wearing a white shirt, gray shorts and glasses and [...]

An Ormond Beach fisherman saw a whale shark off Ponce Inlet

July 19, 2019 - 1:20pm
David Caruthers returned from a fishing guide trip Thursday totally excited.It wasn't because of the fish he caught, but rather one he saw — a whale shark, one of the world's largest fish — just 9 to 10 miles east of Ponce Inlet.Owner of Strippin Lip Fishing Charters, Caruthers is on the water almost every day, but he had never seen a whale shark before Thursday.With several people on board, Caruthers' video shows the whale shark coming up to the boat, [...]

I-95 entrance from EB U.S. 92 to be closed

July 19, 2019 - 12:34pm
A major Interstate 95 onramp will be closed starting late Monday as part of the interchange construction, the Florida Department of Transportation announced.Motorists traveling east on U.S. 92 (International Speedway Boulevard) will not be able to access I-95 starting at 10 p.m. Monday and continuing until 10 p.m. Thursday.  A detour for the closure will involve southbound Williamson Boulevard to State Road 400 (Beville Road) where southbound I-95 [...]

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