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Few attend Volusia council member Heather Post's 'Government 101' event

1 hour 34 min ago
ORMOND BEACH — After serving her first full year on the Volusia County Council, Heather Post hosted a free "Government 101" seminar Saturday morning at Ormond Beach City Hall.Not counting relatives, other officials or members of the media, eight people attended."I'm glad she did this; it was good information," said Carla Christianson, one of those in attendance. "It gave me a better understanding of who she is and what's she's doing and I was [...]

Out of the box: New eateries part of Volusia Mall expansion

5 hours 58 min ago
DAYTONA BEACH — As the buzz builds for One Daytona, the new entertainment/retail/dining complex across the street from Daytona International Speedway, nearby Volusia Mall is hoping to create some excitement of its own.The mall's owners, CBL & Associates Properties, plan to add several new eateries and stores by year's end, but not inside the massive enclosed shopping center.The planned "Retail & Restaurant [...]

NSB home offers modern amenities, historical charm

6 hours 12 min ago
NEW SMYRNA BEACH — The historical home at 426 Riverside Drive has seen many families come and go since its creation in 1909 — but it has retained many original features that give it its charm.The house’s original carpentry was preserved through extensive renovations from 2015 to 2017, said Sylvan McElroy, Realtor with The Keyes Company. The home received the Donnadine Miller Memorial Preservation Award following the renovation’s completion. [...]

Orange City issues boil water notice

10 hours 16 min ago
The city of Orange City on Saturday issued a precautionary boil water notice for all residents and businesses serviced by the main water plant.Normal water service was interrupted due to loss of pressure at the main water plant, city spokeswoman Danielle FitzPatrick said. The city has two water treatment facilities and the South Water Plant, servicing the southern portion of the city, was not affected.It is possible that the affected areas could experience bacteriological [...]

Around Town

18 hours 29 min ago
LEC plans nature hikes, programsDiscover Volusia County’s native plants and wildlife during outdoor hikes and indoor programs at Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC), 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. February’s programs include:Florida’s natural springs: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17Smelling in stereo: 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18Critter corner: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22Rockin’ and reading with [...]

Armed robbery suspect chased down in the woods in Deltona and arrested

February 16, 2018 - 5:48pm
A suspect in an armed robbery of a Chinese restaurant employee in Deltona was tracked down and arrested in a wooded, swampy area where deputies also found loose cash floating in the water around him, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.The robbery was reported around 9:45 p.m. Thursday at the China Kitchen, 915 Doyle Road.Tyron Conquest, 33, of Deltona, was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, grand theft, possession of a weapon and-or ammunition by a [...]

Next stop for Lake Helen automall: DeLand workshop

February 16, 2018 - 5:18pm
The DeLand City Commission will review the different aspects of the proposed I-4 Automall project and hear public input at a Tuesday workshop.No official action will be taken at the 5:30 p.m. workshop at City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. City staff will go over the annexation, land use change and planned development zoning agreement.Last month, DeLand officials said they were surprised to learn of the developer's petition for voluntary annexation into Lake Helen.The site [...]

Florida Hospital to invest $20 million in West Volusia birthing, pediatric unit

February 16, 2018 - 4:39pm
ORANGE CITY — As a part of its planned $100 million investment in West Volusia, Florida Hospital said Friday that it will spend about a quarter of that on birthing and pediatric services at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.The 20-bed unit will fill a pressing need in a region where only Florida Hospital DeLand delivers babies and many expecting mothers are forced to travel to facilities in the Orlando area or Daytona Beach, hospital officials said.The hospital will start [...]

1 Spruce Creek student, 3,250 hearts — and a message of love

February 16, 2018 - 4:36pm
PORT ORANGE — While a shower of colored hearts littered the hallways of Spruce Creek High School, freshman Landon Powell tucked his blue heart with the handwritten note “you are loved” away in his locker.“It means a lot because for her to take that time and not leave anyone out,” Powell said. "It shows that someone actually cares about everybody."The "her" Powell was speaking about was a mystery on Valentine's Day morning, when students walked [...]

Deputies investigate 3 instances of W. Volusia student harassment

February 16, 2018 - 4:02pm
Three children in West Volusia have reported being harassed, grabbed or spooked by people near their school or bus stop and deputies are investigating.All of the incidents occurred Thursday, sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant said.An 11-year-old safety patrol student at Osteen Elementary School told the Volusia County Sheriff's Office that someone approached him around 7:30 a.m. Thursday while he was walking to his post near the school and grabbed him by his belt, Gant said. The [...]

Sea level rise, culture topics of next New Smyrna discussion

February 16, 2018 - 3:05pm
New Smyrna Beach's history, culture and enviroment will be the main topics of discussion Tuesday night at a city forum at the Brannon Civic Center.The public is invited to the second Coastal Community Resiliency meeting, a series of public-participation discussions about hot topics that affect city residents. At 6 p.m., engineers and city staff will focus group discussions on the city's cultural resources, sea level rise, flooding and water quality.Speakers will include Mayor [...]

Local legend Albert Bethune dies at 96

February 16, 2018 - 2:37pm
Those who knew Albert McLeod Bethune Jr. described him as something akin to a walking history book.Bethune, the grandson of Bethune-Cookman University founder Mary McLeod Bethune, died on Wednesday. He was 96.Ashley Robertson Preston, curator and director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation National Historic Landmark first met Mr. Bethune when he was nearing 90. His young spirit concealed his age, she said.“Every time he came to the university, I would go spend [...]

Deputies investigate W. Volusia student harassment by 'creepy guy' in white van

February 16, 2018 - 12:11pm
Three middle-school-aged children in West Volusia have reported being harassed, grabbed or spooked by a man near their school or bus stop and deputies are investigating.All of the incidents occurred Thursday, sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant said.An 11-year-old safety patrol student told the Volusia County Sheriff's Office that someone walked up to him at 7:30 a.m. Thursday near Osteen Elementary School and grabbed him by his belt, Gant said. The boy was able to pull away and [...]

Lakeland resident wins Gatehouse contest, putting him in the Daytona infield for 5 days

February 16, 2018 - 9:38am
Steve Tarlton has been to the Daytona 500 before.The Lakeland resident rarely misses it. But more often than not, he’s watching it from home.When the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing" rolls around every year, Tarlton has always wondered what it would be like to watch the action from the infield.That's changing this week. [...]

Lawsuit: B-CU defaulting on $306M dorm

February 16, 2018 - 9:21am
The developer sued by Bethune-Cookman University for alleged fraud as part of a $306 million deal to build new dorms has counter sued the university, saying it owes him millions in rent.Citing B-CU’s repeated failure – or refusal – to pay for two 600-bed dorms it is leasing from project developer Darnell Dailey of the Quantum companies, Dailey is seeking to repossess both residence halls. He also is asking the court to mandate that B-CU fill Quantum's dorms first [...]

Around Town

February 16, 2018 - 2:01am
Summer lifeguard tryouts begin Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division plans to hire 150 part-time lifeguards to help keep beachgoers safe this summer. Swim tryouts will be Saturday, Feb. 17 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive, Ormond Beach and noon to 3 p.m. at the Cypress Aquatic Center, 981 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. Applicants must be at least 16 on or before June 1 and be able to swim 500 meters freestyle in under 10 [...]

Bullets found inside Pine Ridge High School's weight room

February 15, 2018 - 11:31pm
Two live rounds were found inside a weight room Thursday at Pine Ridge High School, but no weapon was found and no threats of violence were uncovered, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.The Deltona school was searched around 2 p.m. after the bullets — a .22-caliber and .380-caliber — were found stuck between two mats, said sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant.A 17-year-old student was questioned, but it was determined he had no knowledge of the bullets, [...]

Daytona man guilty of rape, beating of woman left for dead in Flagler

February 15, 2018 - 8:29pm
DAYTONA BEACH — A registered sex offender was convicted of battery, sexual battery and kidnapping on Thursday after he kidnapped a woman working as a prostitute in Daytona Beach and repeatedly raped her, choked her with a belt and left her for dead in some woods in Flagler County.The jury of six men deliberated for 4½ hours before returning the guilty verdicts against Obtravies Watkins, 34, who had been charged with two counts of sexual [...]

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