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Crowd turns out for New Smyrna's new cultural center

3 hours 44 min ago
New Smyrna Beach's new Live Oak Cultural Center was three years in the making but it didn't take long for the activities to commence Thursday after a ribbon-cutting.Almost immediately, folks were painting, getting into tai chi poses and playing pickleball inside the newly renovated City Gym next door, and adjacent, too, to the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library.Some 200 people cheered on the ceremony outside the cultural center, 1050 Live Oak St., built with $2.5 [...]

B-CU alumni claim school has no real plan to end probation, save school

3 hours 46 min ago
Despite a March deadline for Bethune-Cookman University to show how it will end its accreditation probation and safeguard its future, one prominent interest group believes school leaders have no real plan to do so: B-CU's National Alumni Association.In a letter based on a more than two-hour call Jan. 28 that involved the NAA's executive committee, B-CU board chair Belvin Perry, and B-CU interim President Hubert Grimes, the alumni group concluded that the two retired judges were [...]

New off-beach parking lot set to open Feb. 22

3 hours 51 min ago
Volusia County residents and tourists looking to enjoy a day on the beach will soon have another option for parking.A 42-space off-beach lot in Ormond-by-the-Sea across from Publix is set to open on Friday. The county will celebrate the occasion with a ribbon-cutting celebration a 9 a.m. at 1255 Ocean Shore Blvd.To honor the motel that once operated on the property for 61 years, the Volusia County Council voted in December to name the beachfront locale [...]

Troopers identify woman, baby killed in 2-vehicle crash on I-4

4 hours 36 min ago
Troopers on Saturday identified the woman and baby who were killed in a two-vehicle crash outside Lake Helen.Ruth Tosado-Bonilla, 22, and her baby, 5-month-old Anjerymar Villa Tosado, were killed after the Chevrolet SUV they were riding in was rear-ended Friday night on Interstate 4 near the 117 mile marker, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Troopers said a 2000 Honda SUV, driven by Cayman Hupp, 20, of Venice, was traveling east on I-4 behind the Chevrolet, which was [...]

Man on scooter killed in collision with deer on U.S. 1 in Oak Hill

4 hours 50 min ago
Troopers have identified the Nashville man who was killed Friday night after he struck a deer while riding his scooter in Oak Hill.Giancarlo Agnoletti, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene after his bike struck the animal in the area of Kennedy Parkway and U.S. 1, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Troopers responded around 6:45 p.m., and discovered Agnoletti, who had been ejected from his bike, said Lt. Kim Montes, an agency spokesman.Agnoletti was heading south on [...]

Around Town: Nature walks, poetry reading, alien discussions and more

15 hours 8 min ago
LEC plans nature hikes, programsJanelle Musser, a bear biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will give a presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC), 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.LEC will lead a hike from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, through Lyonia Preserve. Hikers will learn about Florida’s unique scrub habitat, ephemeral wetlands, and the endangered species that live in the scrub. [...]

KidsZone and TeenZone attend annual game night

15 hours 8 min ago
DAYTONA BEACH – More than 600 KidsZone and TeenZone students from 22 schools, plus sponsors, volunteers and various school principals, attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s 10th annual Game Night to cheer on the women’s and men’s Eagle basketball teams at the annual Food Brings Hope (FBH) Night.In addition to watching two games, students and chaperones of FBH's after-school programs enjoyed an evening of food, games and music courtesy of the Embry- [...]

Fatal crash blocks all lanes on I-4 east near Lake Helen

February 15, 2019 - 11:02pm
A fatal crash involving two vehicles on Interstate 4 has all eastbound lanes blocked near Lake Helen, according to the Florida Department of Transportation's website."An adult female and baby were pronounced deceased on scene, after they were ejected from their vehicle," said FHP spokesperson Lt. Kim Montes.Two adult males, one from each vehicle, were transported to Halifax Medical Center, Montes said.All eastbound lanes of I-4 are blocked as investigators works the [...]

Edgewater City Council primary election Tuesday

February 15, 2019 - 5:54pm
EDGEWATER — Candidates’ personalities were on full display this week at a election Q&A hosted by the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.Voters will be choosing a new City Council member this Tuesday, so there's just a few more days for them to get to know the three women who are running for the District 2 seat vacated by former councilwoman Amy Vogt earlier this year.Around 70 people attended the event Tuesday night at City Hall — a tiny [...]

Stetson President Wendy Libby to retire in 2020

February 15, 2019 - 5:22pm
DELAND — Stetson University President Wendy Libby announced Friday she would retire from the university in June 2020.Libby, who became Stetson’s ninth president in July 2009, also was the university’s first female president in its then 126-year history.“It has been a privilege to be president of an institution as fine as Stetson University,” Libby said in a press release. “I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I thank the board [...]

Deputies arrest 3 suspected in Deltona kidnapping

February 15, 2019 - 4:11pm
Three kidnapping suspects were captured three days after they ambushed a man inside a vacant Deltona house and stole his possessions, including his pants, deputies said.Arrested on Thursday were Alexandria Coppin, 18, and Nathan St. Ours, 24, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Also apprehended was Erica Navarro, 18, who suffered injuries from a K-9 after she tried to flee law enforcement, Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant said. She was hospitalized and was expected [...]

Former Daytona Salvation Army counselor gets 20 years in prison for coercing sex

February 15, 2019 - 3:01pm
DAYTONA BEACH — A former clinical supervisor at the Salvation Army was sentenced to 20 years in prison and designated a sexual predator for coercing a woman undergoing drug rehabilitation there into performing oral sex on him.Gerard Pepin, 66, was a clinical supervisor and counselor in 2011 at the Salvation Army in Daytona Beach and a resident of Port Orange when he coerced the woman with threats of jail if she did not perform oral sex.Pepin sat in an orange jail [...]

Daytona 500 traffic: What you need to know about I-95, I-4

February 15, 2019 - 2:34pm
With the collision of ongoing Interstate 95 construction and race traffic this Daytona 500 weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation is making efforts to alert motorists to travel options and traffic snarls.[SEE ALSO: FDOT anticipates end to Daytona's I-95 project by April]But a new traffic pattern is in place for this year's race, and [...]

Police: Father arrested in bug-infested Daytona house said he wanted to raise kids in 'a natural way'

February 15, 2019 - 1:02pm
While sitting in the back of a patrol car, Ron Avance spontaneously said he wanted to raise his toddlers in "a natural way, where bugs are present," according to police.Cockroaches and fleas were abundant everywhere in his home, where police officers also found bags of dirty diapers, bottles containing urine and a cooking pan containing hot dogs floating in a "dark, moldy liquid," authorities said.Avance, 34, and his wife, Emily, 22, were charged Thursday with two counts of [...]

Ormond man shoots himself in hand while cleaning gun, kills dog

February 15, 2019 - 9:51am
The Ormond Beach man who accidentally shot himself in the hand and fatally wounded his dog while cleaning his gun earlier this week said he doubts whether the dog is actually dead, but the hospital put out a statement Thursday confirming the dog was euthanized.Michael Shehan, 21, told The News-Journal he isn't sure whether his 11-month-old German shepherd, Sadie, suffered a fatal injury after being admitted to Animal Emergency Hospital Volusia."I took care of her better than I [...]

Around Town: Mermaids, art show, writing workshop and more

February 15, 2019 - 2:01am
Oak Hill book club to review ‘Earthsea’The Oak Hill Book Club will meet at 10:45 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at the Oak Hill Public Library, 125 E. Halifax Ave., to discuss “A Wizard of Earthsea.”Registration is not required. For information, call the library at 386-345-5510.

AdventHealth's retooled injector offers interaction at Daytona International Speedway

February 14, 2019 - 6:12pm
If you’re one of the tens of thousands of people heading to Daytona International Speedway this week, you will find a new, more interactive experience inside the AdventHealth "fan injector" at the west end of the stadium. Not surprisingly, it's designed with health and racing in mind.Formerly Florida Hospital, AdventHealth redesigned the outside of the injector this year to reflect the new name. Inside, the injector is now more focused on the company’s [...]

Way forward uncertain for Volusia school district after state postpones textbook adoption

February 14, 2019 - 4:18pm
After Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an overhaul to Florida's academic standards Jan. 30, district officials across the state reminded each other there would likely be years of review and policymaking before they saw any real changes.But that went out the window this week, when district officials were notified the Department of Education is postponing the textbook adoption schedule, the process that tells districts when to purchase K-12 textbooks and which they can choose from. [...]

West Volusia chamber transportation forum rescheduled

February 14, 2019 - 3:28pm
The once-cancelled West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce's economic forum featuring a leader of the U.S. Department of Transportation has a new date.The forum with Deputy Assistant Secretary Anthony Bedell will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the DeBary Golf and Country Club, 300 Plantation Club Drive, according to a release from the chamber. Lunch for members is $30 and the cost for nonmembers is $40.The event was originally scheduled for Jan. 24, but it [...]

Deputies: Volusia homeowner holds man with burglary tools at gunpoint

February 14, 2019 - 3:23pm
A homeless man who was armed with burglary tools and a syringe near New Smyrna Beach was stopped from entering a house by a gun-wielding homeowner, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.Patrick Edwards, 39, was found by the responding deputy lying on the ground while the homeowner aimed a 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun at him, authorities said. [...]

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