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Long before negativity of now, Bill Nelson and Rick Scott had 'strained' relationship

September 21, 2018 - 9:24pm
If you've watched television at all in recent months, you've undoubtedly become aware that:a) There's an election in November.[EASY WIN sets up clash: Florida Gov. Rick Scott vs. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson]b) That Gov. Rick Scott is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.c) That Rick Scott and Bill [...]

Read-Pattillo Elementary not slated to close any time soon

September 21, 2018 - 9:23pm
Read-Pattillo Elementary School will not merge with Chisholm Elementary.That was the message to the New Smyrna Beach community at a public meeting Thursday, although district officials couldn’t commit to that decision as much as some audience members would have liked.“I took it very personally, all the information that I heard in July,” said Saralee Morrissey, the district’s director of planning. “We are not recommending that there be a [...]

DaVita Labs opens 150,000-plus-square-foot campus in DeLand

September 21, 2018 - 8:05pm
DELAND — With automated test tube-processing lines named after Transformers and conference rooms themed after some of Florida's top travel destinations, the new DaVita Labs campus isn't the typical facility.On Sept. 12, the kidney care company opened its new 150,000-plus-square-foot diagnostic laboratory that sits on 14 acres in the Northwest Industrial Business Park with plenty of fanfare.In case the community had forgotten about the 2016 groundbreaking on the site that [...]

Change of season? It's fall only on the calendar in Daytona

September 21, 2018 - 7:55pm
Saturday may technically be the first day of fall, but don't get out your sweaters and pumpkin spice just yet.Even for the Sunshine State, it's hot. Average temperatures over the past week have ranged as much as 7 degrees above normal.As far as landscaper Barry Larkin is concerned, the entire summer has been a reversal of Florida's typical weather pattern and fall is starting the same way."We seem to be in a different cycle. What we're getting is the opposite of what's [...]

Port Orange man sentenced to 45 years for stabbing death

September 21, 2018 - 6:31pm
DAYTONA BEACH — Minutes before being sentenced to 45 years in prison on Friday, a 23-year-old Port Orange man stood in handcuffs before a judge and apologized for stabbing his mother's boyfriend to death.Dylan Reitzel entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of second-degree murder for killing 52-year-old William F. Brooks Jr. on March 4, 2014, after an alcohol-fueled argument at their home.At the time of the murder, Reitzel was on probation for [...]

Swim advisory issued for New Smyrna Beach's 27th Avenue

September 21, 2018 - 6:22pm
A swim advisory was issued Friday afternoon for the 27th Avenue area of New Smyrna Beach by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County.According to a press release by the department, the advisory is the result of a recent water sampling that is done every two weeks for enterococci bacteria — which can cause gastrointestinal illness, upper respiratory infections or skin infections in open wounds or sores — as part of the Healthy Beaches Program.The swim [...]

Jake Sachs wins re-election to NSB City Commission

September 21, 2018 - 6:14pm
Without the first vote being cast, Jake Sachs won re-election this week when his opponent dropped out of the race for New Smyrna Beach City Commission Zone 2.[ALSO: In crowded field, growth concerns win out in NSB]Travous Dever exited Thursday, saying the primary election produced candidates with different philosophies than [...]

Newest Volusia County Trail opens between Edgewater, Farmton and Titusville

September 21, 2018 - 6:05pm
EDGEWATER — Even though eager cyclists have been riding it for several weeks, the newest section of a multi-use trail through Volusia County officially opened Friday. The contractors, P & S Paving of New Smyrna Beach, have handed the trail over to the county after months of working among bears, deer and other wildlife. Officials from the company, the county and neighboring cities cut the ribbon Friday morning.This particular section of the county's growing [...]

Volusia County outsources morgue management

September 21, 2018 - 5:24pm
Following a challenging year for the morgue — one that saw the sudden departure of three head doctors amid complaints of case backlogs and inadequate storage — Volusia County has officially outsourced the management of that office.Dr. Jon Thogmartin, who was hired as the county's interim medical director in June, will continue to run the facility and handle staffing through next year as part of a $2.5 million contract the County Council [...]

Firefighters battle NSB-area garage blaze

September 21, 2018 - 4:50pm
Firefighters managed to keep a garage fire at 2600 Cone Lake Drive near New Smyrna Beach from spreading to the home, Volusia County officials said.The fire was extinguished by 2 p.m. No other information was released.

Daytona Beach house fire kills family dog

September 21, 2018 - 4:48pm
One of three dogs rescued from a Friday night Daytona Beach house fire died from smoke inhalation, according to the Daytona Beach Fire Department.Seven people, two of them children, safely evacuated the two-story home at 1336 N. Shangri La Drive that caught fire just after 1 a.m., according to Daytona Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Sasha Staton.In a call to 911, the female homeowner — who is paralyzed from the waist down — said that she didn't know how the fire [...]

Donnie's Donuts a hit in NSB, more shops in plans

September 21, 2018 - 4:27pm
NEW SMYRNA BEACH — Multi-colored, multi-flavored works of pastry art lured customers to lean closer to the walk-up window of Donnie's Donuts’ new Canal Street location on Friday morning.As “Mmms” and “Oohs" escaped the lips of those who peered through the glass to see confections topped with Banana Pudding and Fruity Pebbles, 42-year-old Terrance Reeves of New Smyrna Beach chatted with the other customers who were queuing up. Reeves said he had been [...]

Firefighters battle NSB-area home blaze

September 21, 2018 - 3:20pm
Firefighters were battling a house fire at 2600 Cone Lake Drive near New Smyrna Beach, a Volusia County sheriff's dispatch official confirmed.The fire was under control about 2 p.m. and it appears to have started in the garage, according to unconfirmed radio traffic.This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Donnie's Donuts a hit in NSB, Port Orange shop in plans

September 21, 2018 - 1:22pm
NEW SMYRNA BEACH — Multi-colored, multi-flavored works of pastry art lured customers to lean closer to the walk-up window of Donnie's Donuts’ new Canal Street location on Friday morning.As “Mmms” and “Oohs" escaped the lips of those who peered through the glass to see confections topped with Banana Pudding and Fruity Pebbles, 42-year-old Terrance Reeves of New Smyrna chatted with the other customers who were queuing up. Reeves said he had been [...]

Heart problems put Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley in hospital

September 21, 2018 - 12:36pm
Hours before a Volusia County Council discussion on ambulances, County Chair Ed Kelley was riding in one following a heart scare.Kelley, 75, who has a history of heart problems including a cardiac arrest in 2009, was transported to a hospital Tuesday morning after chest pains wouldn't go away. Once there, he had a stent put into his heart, which is designed to keep clogged arteries open and reduce the risk of a heart attack.Upon his return home from Florida Hospital [...]

LANE: Bills pile up, but Daytona's right to stay with shelter plan

September 21, 2018 - 11:42am
“This is not a place where we can turn back,” said Mayor Derrick Henry about plans for the First Step homeless shelter

Around Town: Book sale, safety event, paranormal series and more

September 21, 2018 - 3:01am
Safety eventLowe's of Port Orange will host a safety event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the parking lot at 1751 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange. The event will include the Port Orange Fire Department, The Big Red Bus, emergency command centers from Volusia County, East Coast Wildlife Center, U.S. Coast Guard, Safe Kids USA, Sea Tow, McGruff the crime dog, Santa and more. For information, call 386-788-8566.

Ormond Beach's Joyce Shanahan stays as city manager, turns down Naples offer

September 20, 2018 - 10:57pm
Ormond Beach City Manager Joyce Shanahan said Thursday that she will continue to serve in her current position after turning down the city manager's job in Naples.Shanahan had been in negotiations since last Friday to serve as that city's next city manager. The Gulf-coast city's housing costs, however, proved too high, even though she stood to receive a substantial pay increase in the new job.Shanahan has worked for Ormond Beach since 2009 and earns a salary of $155, [...]

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