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Where to find medical pot? Edgewater (and possibly Port Orange)

April 27, 2017 - 10:51pm
EDGEWATER — The race is on for medical marijuana dispensaries in the Volusia-Flagler area.The first medical marijuana dispensary in the two counties recently found a home in Edgewater. An effort to bring a dispensary to Port Orange took a step forward Thursday, while DeLand has also been targeted.Voters’ approval of Amendment 2, allowing more patients with a wider range of debilitating medical conditions to be treated with low-THC medical marijuana, became [...]

'It's getting worse': Fast-growing wildfire closes S.R. 44 between DeLand, Samsula

April 27, 2017 - 10:02pm
A wildfire jumped State Road 44 east of DeLand Thursday afternoon, closing the busy road as flames leaped in the trees on both sides of the road and black smoke billowed high into the air.Fueled by dry conditions and gusts of more than 20 mph, the fire grew to 250 acres in size within about three hours, the Florida Forest Service reported.The blaze — and a massive effort to fight the fire — closed a six-mile stretch of the highway between Prevatt Road [...]

Body found in wooded area of DeLand

April 27, 2017 - 9:27pm
DeLand police are investigating after a man's body was found Thursday in a wooded area, an official said.The body was discovered about 5:30 p.m. in a densely-wooded area between North Sheridan and West Minnesota avenues, city spokesman Chris Graham said.Police don't believe the death is suspicious as the man whose body was found had a history of health problems, Graham said. [...]

Mainland High student charged in carjacking, shooting

April 27, 2017 - 9:27pm
A Mainland High School student was arrested Thursday in connection to two violent carjackings and the shooting of a teen last month in South Daytona, an official said.Ky'Andrea Cook, 18, was taken into custody at school and charged with two counts each of carjacking with a firearm/deadly weapon, using a two-way communication device to commit a felony and criminal attempt/solicitation/conspiracy life felony, records show. Cook also is charged with attempted felony murder (other person) [...]

Fast-growing wildfire closes S.R. 44 between DeLand, Samsula

April 27, 2017 - 8:35pm
A wildfire jumped State Road 44 east of DeLand Thursday afternoon, closing the busy road as flames leaped in the trees on both sides of the road and black smoke billowed high into the air.Fueled by dry conditions and gusts of more than 20 mph, the fire grew to 250 acres in size within about three hours, the Florida Forest Service reported.The blaze, its thick smoke and a massive firefighting effort forced the closing of a six-mile stretch of the highway between Prevatt Road and [...]

Daytona Taco Bell killer sentenced to life in prison

April 27, 2017 - 6:41pm
DELAND — Anthony Farina had faced a possible death sentence for the murder of a teenager during the robbery of a Taco Bell in 1992.But on Thursday, Farina, who along with his brother and triggerman Jeffrey Farina was convicted of the murder and three counts of attempted murder in the robbery, said he was ready to get on with his life.Even though that life will be limited to prison walls for Anthony Farina, 43, after he agreed to a sentence of life without the [...]

New beach parking lot opens in Daytona beside old Desert Inn

April 27, 2017 - 6:08pm
DAYTONA BEACH — Wayne Martin has a bad hip, as indicated by the handicapped badge on his rearview mirror and the slight limp that fetters every step.That means parking on the west side of State Road A1A for a beach day is out of the question.He and his wife, Katie, also prefer to avoid the heavy crowds that often gather near the hotels, so a quieter location that's a little farther north of Sun Splash Park and the Boardwalk is ideal.That leaves the Daytona [...]

Deltona event promotes spring cleaning

April 27, 2017 - 5:28pm
DELTONA — The city is encouraging residents to get some spring cleaning done this weekend.Large dumpsters for trash will be available at 2391 Day Road off of Howland Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for the "Spruce Up" event. Items like tires, motor oil, paint, automobile parts, pool chemicals, and hazardous materials cannot be dropped off.The city is suggesting residents take the chance to get rid of debris and unneeded items, trim [...]

Deltona to give out 300 trees Friday

April 27, 2017 - 5:26pm
DELTONA — Residents will be able to celebrate Arbor Day by getting trees for free.The city will hand out 300 trees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at City Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd. The trees include crepe myrtles, wax myrtles, and azaleas, according to a news release.The annual event aims to "encourage residents to go green by planting shrubs and trees and educating them on the importance trees play in both our local and global environments," the release states. Deltona [...]

Abundant seafood, live music highlight annual Oyster Fest

April 27, 2017 - 3:38pm
Shrimp, fish and other seafood including 15,000 oysters wait to be savored on City Island in Daytona Beach at Saturday’s 8th annual Halifax Oyster & Music Festival.Eat your fill of Cedar Key oysters raw, steamed or fried, or choose selections from Boston’s Fish House, Crabby Chris, Sunshine Cafe, Cousins Maine Lobster food truck and other food vendors all offering a variety of seafood and at least one oyster-centric dish apiece.Those not crazy about oysters [...]

8 ways to fill your weekend

April 27, 2017 - 3:36pm
You may have noticed the influx of Jeeps over the past few days. There's a reason for that, and it involves several events you may want to check out. Not feeling it? Don't worry, there are other ways to pass the time — on the beach, at a brewery or in a theater. And come Monday when you're ready for a relaxing evening on the couch, catch a special true crime series episode featuring a chilling local murder that made news across the nation. Here are eight things to get into [...]

Deltona pitches park upgrades, but residents talk upkeep

April 27, 2017 - 3:13pm
DELTONA — New scoreboards on sporting fields and resurfaced basketball courts are in the works for some city parks over the next two years, but residents at a meeting earlier this week expressed concerns about upkeep.“I think they’ve been maintained horribly," said George Quinones. “The bathrooms, the maintenance overall.”He was one of more than 80 people who participated in the meeting Monday focused on the city's 20 parks. Residents broke [...]

Commuter blues: Travel times challenge Deltona community-building

April 27, 2017 - 1:19pm
DELTONA — Tim Russ hits traffic almost immediately after getting on Interstate 4 from Howland Boulevard.The backup is caused by the remnants of a brush fire that burned along the highway a few days earlier, but such a slowdown is not rare for the 57-year-old Russ, who has been driving into Orlando from West Volusia for 25 years.“If there’s any kind of wreck or anybody’s changing a tire on the side of the road, everybody’s got to stop and look [...]

Shareholders back leaders of Daytona's biggest landowner

April 27, 2017 - 1:19pm
DAYTONA BEACH — Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co.'s shareholders on Wednesday showed overwhelming support for the company's current path, which includes the recent sale of major landholdings along the LPGA Boulevard corridor, when they voted to place all seven of senior management's nominees on the board of directors for one-year terms. It was a vote of confidence for current CEO John Albright in the face of a challenge by [...]

Lane: Flagler hails 100 years of freedom from Volusia, St. Johns

April 27, 2017 - 1:18pm
Because Flagler became a county 100 years ago, St. Johns County would lose Flagler Beach and Palm Coast, yet it was Volusia County that objected more.

Woman says fake cop pulled her over in Edgewater

April 27, 2017 - 7:33am
An Orange City woman is asking other females to be extra careful after she was pulled over by a man pretending to be a law enforcement officer.Theresa Smith, who posted about her experience on Facebook, told Volusia County deputies she was driving in the Edgewater area Tuesday night when a vehicle she thought belonged to an officer pulled her over about 9 p.m. on Old Mission Road near West Park Avenue, according to a sheriff's report. [...]

Around Town

April 27, 2017 - 3:01am
God’s Little Angels seeks donationsA "Mother's Day Jamboree" is being planned by the God's Little Angels charity, and founder Mary Barrs is seeking community help to make it happen."I could use monetary donations," Barrs said. Checks made out to God's Little Angels can be sent to SunTrust Bank, 200 S. Palmetto Ave., Daytona Beach FL 32114.Donations of towels, toiletries and other small items can be dropped off at her house, "but please call first, [...]

Living Shorelines: B-CU project aims to clean up Mosquito Lagoon

April 26, 2017 - 11:47pm
A mat of plants floating in the middle of a few local retention ponds may not look like much now, but the Bethune-Cookman University research project could reveal a new pathway for waterfront homeowners to use native plants to protect their property and Mosquito Lagoon.The university researchers, led by Hyun Jung Cho, a professor in Bethune-Cookman’s Integrated Environmental Science department, are replacing sections of lawn along a group of ponds with “living shorelines, [...]

Edgewater police suspend investigation into the death of Ashlyn Bowman

April 26, 2017 - 11:44pm
Pauline Chaffee believes her granddaughter, Ashlyn Bowman, whose remains were found last summer in some woods near an Edgewater industrial park, was the victim of foul play.So the news Wednesday that Edgewater detectives have suspended their investigation into the teenager's death has shaken her."It's not right! Somebody did this to her," said Chaffee, who struggled to keep from sobbing. "She didn't do this to herself. Somebody did this and I want to know who."Bowman, 18, [...]

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