West Volusia Calendar of Events

West Volusia Calendar of Events

Friday, December 2, 2016
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Saturday, Dec. 3   Barberville Family Farm Swap and Market 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. west of Barberville Pioneer Settlement, three-fourths of a mile west of U.S. Highway 17, on State Road 40,... + continue reading
Pictured are just a handful of the people at The Beacon who work hard to make your newspaper a reality.

Pictured are just a handful of the people at The Beacon who work hard to make your newspaper a reality. 

BEACON PHOTOS/VARIOUS 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Responsible for everything from writing news stories to selling advertising space and keeping the bills paid, the staff of The West Volusia Beacon have origin stories as varied as their job titles.... + continue reading
Loading up on good stuff — Gavin Becker and his wife, Caitlyn, from Omaha, Nebraska, stop by Marshall Groves’ fruit stand recently, a tradition during visits to West Volusia. He is in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, while she’s a longtime former resident of this area.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Loading up on good stuff — Gavin Becker and his wife, Caitlyn, from Omaha, Nebraska, stop by Marshall Groves’ fruit stand recently, a tradition during visits to West Volusia. He is in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, while she’s a longtime former resident of this area.

, Adding more — Harvester Mary Lou Knesh adds freshly picked tangerines to the display bin at the Marshall Groves fruit stand one recent afternoon. Below, from left, are samples of a Hamlin orange, a red grapefruit, a Sunbright tangerine, and two pieces of navel orange.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

Adding more — Harvester Mary Lou Knesh adds freshly picked tangerines to the display bin at the Marshall Groves fruit stand one recent afternoon. Below, from left, are samples of a Hamlin orange, a red grapefruit, a Sunbright tangerine, and two pieces of navel orange.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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There’s hope in new treatment, Dana Venrick says Citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that causes misshapen and sour fruit in all varieties of citrus, has been taking its toll on... + continue reading
Compassion lives here —  Faith at Work Director Dennis Weir stands ready to welcome those in need of food and help in defraying vital or emergency expenses. Faith at Work is the outreach agency of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand. The ministry aids people who are not members of the St. Barnabas congregation.

Compassion lives here —  Faith at Work Director Dennis Weir stands ready to welcome those in need of food and help in defraying vital or emergency expenses. Faith at Work is the outreach agency of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand. The ministry aids people who are not members of the St. Barnabas congregation. 

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

, Pictured are members of the Salvation Army in West Volusia; from left, Lt. Alvaro Chils, Lt. Maria Chils and Social Services Director Buffy Brookman. The Salvation Army is a church as well as a social-service organization.

Pictured are members of the Salvation Army in West Volusia; from left, Lt. Alvaro Chils, Lt. Maria Chils and Social Services Director Buffy Brookman. The Salvation Army is a church as well as a social-service organization.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Need knows no season, even though the winter holiday period makes many people feel compelled to donate food or dollars for those less fortunate. Charities large and small work throughout the year to... + continue reading
Second retirement — Beacon co-founder Joann Kramer, above with Santa, marks her second retirement with the publication of this edition. Having come out of retirement to help start the newspaper in 1992, Kramer is once again looking forward to leisure and lots of time with family.

KRAMER FAMILY PHOTO

Second retirement — Beacon co-founder Joann Kramer, above with Santa, marks her second retirement with the publication of this edition. Having come out of retirement to help start the newspaper in 1992, Kramer is once again looking forward to leisure and lots of time with family.

, Newest staffer — New to The Beacon is Janell Williams.

PHOTO BY A. JANELL WILLIAMS

Newest staffer — New to The Beacon is Janell Williams.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted by Editor
I have spent hours poring over “State of The Beacon” articles in Anniversary Editions past. They recount the history of The West Volusia Beacon, compare and contrast what’s new and... + continue reading
Proud son — Jesse Johnson Jr., who lives in Lakeland, speaks during a ceremony honoring his late father and naming a DeLeon Springs Little League field in his father’s honor. Longtime coach Johnson Sr. brought together integrated teams at a time when that was rare. County Chair Jason Davis looks on at the naming ceremony.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY

Proud son — Jesse Johnson Jr., who lives in Lakeland, speaks during a ceremony honoring his late father and naming a DeLeon Springs Little League field in his father’s honor. Longtime coach Johnson Sr. brought together integrated teams at a time when that was rare. County Chair Jason Davis looks on at the naming ceremony.

, Jesse Johnson Sr.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY

Jesse Johnson Sr.

, A dream realized — Pierson resident Stevie Heath, pictured above, was a baseball player who was coached by “Uncle Bo” Johnson, who died in 2006. It took more than 10 years, but Heath finally realized his dream of having a Little League field named for his former coach.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY

A dream realized — Pierson resident Stevie Heath, pictured above, was a baseball player who was coached by “Uncle Bo” Johnson, who died in 2006. It took more than 10 years, but Heath finally realized his dream of having a Little League field named for his former coach. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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For more than a decade, Pierson resident Stevie Heath had been trying to get a Little League field named for his former coach, the late Jesse Fred Johnson Sr. On Nov. 9, Heath’s efforts... + continue reading
Honored for their altruism — Teresa Rand, at left, president and CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, honors Sally and Frank Ford for their contributions to the Y and the community at large.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Honored for their altruism — Teresa Rand, at left, president and CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, honors Sally and Frank Ford for their contributions to the Y and the community at large. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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The memory of a DeLand man widely known for his altruism was doubly honored when the inaugural award in his name was given to his lifelong friends.  As guests streamed through the doors of the... + continue reading
West Volusia Calendar of Events

West Volusia Calendar of Events

Pictured are just a handful of the people at The Beacon who work hard to make your newspaper a reality.

Pictured are just a handful of the people at The Beacon who work hard to make your newspaper a reality. 

BEACON PHOTOS/VARIOUS 

Loading up on good stuff — Gavin Becker and his wife, Caitlyn, from Omaha, Nebraska, stop by Marshall Groves’ fruit stand recently, a tradition during visits to West Volusia. He is in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, while she’s a longtime former resident of this area.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Loading up on good stuff — Gavin Becker and his wife, Caitlyn, from Omaha, Nebraska, stop by Marshall Groves’ fruit stand recently, a tradition during visits to West Volusia. He is in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, while she’s a longtime former resident of this area.

, Adding more — Harvester Mary Lou Knesh adds freshly picked tangerines to the display bin at the Marshall Groves fruit stand one recent afternoon. Below, from left, are samples of a Hamlin orange, a red grapefruit, a Sunbright tangerine, and two pieces of navel orange.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

Adding more — Harvester Mary Lou Knesh adds freshly picked tangerines to the display bin at the Marshall Groves fruit stand one recent afternoon. Below, from left, are samples of a Hamlin orange, a red grapefruit, a Sunbright tangerine, and two pieces of navel orange.

Compassion lives here —  Faith at Work Director Dennis Weir stands ready to welcome those in need of food and help in defraying vital or emergency expenses. Faith at Work is the outreach agency of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand. The ministry aids people who are not members of the St. Barnabas congregation.

Compassion lives here —  Faith at Work Director Dennis Weir stands ready to welcome those in need of food and help in defraying vital or emergency expenses. Faith at Work is the outreach agency of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand. The ministry aids people who are not members of the St. Barnabas congregation. 

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

, Pictured are members of the Salvation Army in West Volusia; from left, Lt. Alvaro Chils, Lt. Maria Chils and Social Services Director Buffy Brookman. The Salvation Army is a church as well as a social-service organization.

Pictured are members of the Salvation Army in West Volusia; from left, Lt. Alvaro Chils, Lt. Maria Chils and Social Services Director Buffy Brookman. The Salvation Army is a church as well as a social-service organization.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Second retirement — Beacon co-founder Joann Kramer, above with Santa, marks her second retirement with the publication of this edition. Having come out of retirement to help start the newspaper in 1992, Kramer is once again looking forward to leisure and lots of time with family.

KRAMER FAMILY PHOTO

Second retirement — Beacon co-founder Joann Kramer, above with Santa, marks her second retirement with the publication of this edition. Having come out of retirement to help start the newspaper in 1992, Kramer is once again looking forward to leisure and lots of time with family.

, Newest staffer — New to The Beacon is Janell Williams.

PHOTO BY A. JANELL WILLIAMS

Newest staffer — New to The Beacon is Janell Williams.

Proud son — Jesse Johnson Jr., who lives in Lakeland, speaks during a ceremony honoring his late father and naming a DeLeon Springs Little League field in his father’s honor. Longtime coach Johnson Sr. brought together integrated teams at a time when that was rare. County Chair Jason Davis looks on at the naming ceremony.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY

Proud son — Jesse Johnson Jr., who lives in Lakeland, speaks during a ceremony honoring his late father and naming a DeLeon Springs Little League field in his father’s honor. Longtime coach Johnson Sr. brought together integrated teams at a time when that was rare. County Chair Jason Davis looks on at the naming ceremony.

, Jesse Johnson Sr.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY

Jesse Johnson Sr.

, A dream realized — Pierson resident Stevie Heath, pictured above, was a baseball player who was coached by “Uncle Bo” Johnson, who died in 2006. It took more than 10 years, but Heath finally realized his dream of having a Little League field named for his former coach.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY

A dream realized — Pierson resident Stevie Heath, pictured above, was a baseball player who was coached by “Uncle Bo” Johnson, who died in 2006. It took more than 10 years, but Heath finally realized his dream of having a Little League field named for his former coach. 

Honored for their altruism — Teresa Rand, at left, president and CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, honors Sally and Frank Ford for their contributions to the Y and the community at large.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Honored for their altruism — Teresa Rand, at left, president and CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, honors Sally and Frank Ford for their contributions to the Y and the community at large. 

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Taking it for a spin — Lisa Lennox, Barbara O’Reilley and Jessi Jackson Smith try out the West Volusia Historical Society’s new app, Florida Stories, during a walk through the scenic Stetson University campus in DeLand. The Historical Society is one of many community groups and municipalities that have launched mobile phone apps to better connect with an increasingly tech-oriented citizenry.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Taking it for a spin — Lisa Lennox, Barbara O’Reilley and Jessi Jackson Smith try out the West Volusia Historical Society’s new app, Florida Stories, during a walk through the scenic Stetson University campus in DeLand. The Historical Society is one of many community groups and municipalities that have launched mobile phone apps to better connect with an increasingly tech-oriented citizenry.

11/30/2016
There’s a smartphone in nearly every hand or pocket, and cities, schools and community organizations know it. They want to be on those smartphones, offering services, sharing information, and otherwise connecting with people. That goal requires “apps” — software applications for mobile devices. They’re popping up all... + continue reading
Restaurant changes hands — Longtime DeLand restaurateur Mike Cook congratulates Connie Rickert, the new owner of the luncheon restaurant Cook founded in Downtown DeLand 33 years ago.

BEACON PHOTO/KITTY ALLEN

Restaurant changes hands — Longtime DeLand restaurateur Mike Cook congratulates Connie Rickert, the new owner of the luncheon restaurant Cook founded in Downtown DeLand 33 years ago.

11/30/2016
Mike Cook sells Downtown lunch spot to focus on buffet restaurant Restaurateur Mike Cook has sold the restaurant he created 33 years ago, to one of the two people in the world, other than him, who know the recipes for his chicken-velvet and red-velvet soups. The new owner of Cook’s Cafe is Connie Rickert. Rickert, 36 years old and the... + continue reading
The VCSO helicopter, Air One, captured this view of the suspect in a Deltona pond.

The VCSO helicopter, Air One, captured this view of the suspect in a Deltona pond.

COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

11/28/2016
See video of this incident here Evidently taking a cue from the Looney Tunes school of criminal enterprising, a suspect in a Deltona robbery tried to evade Volusia County sheriff’s deputies by telling them “the guy who did it went that way” while neck-deep in pond water. Alas, the bold plan proved unconvincing. The Volusia... + continue reading

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Sterling Court — Sterling Court in Deltona offers independent living and was recently named a “Caring Star” for 2017 by a senior-community website that provides information and support for family caregivers caring for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

PHOTO COURTESY STERLING COURT

Sterling Court — Sterling Court in Deltona offers independent living and was recently named a “Caring Star” for 2017 by a senior-community website that provides information and support for family caregivers caring for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

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Sterling Court, an independent-living senior community in Deltona, has garnered another award from a senior-care resource organization. The latest kudos comes from Caring.com, a San Mateo,... + continue reading
A happy smile — From left, Khalif Wilson, Robert Roberts, Carolyn Keller  and Benjamin Farajallah of the Orange City Lowe’s smile while standing on newly laid flooring in the waiting room of Good Samaritan Health Clinic, at 136 E. Plymouth Ave. in DeLand.

A happy smile — From left, Khalif Wilson, Robert Roberts, Carolyn Keller  and Benjamin Farajallah of the Orange City Lowe’s smile while standing on newly laid flooring in the waiting room of Good Samaritan Health Clinic, at 136 E. Plymouth Ave. in DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

11/09/16
New woman in charge — Experienced tourism professional Georgia Turner has been chosen to be the next executive director of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority.

New woman in charge — Experienced tourism professional Georgia Turner has been chosen to be the next executive director of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority.

PHOTO COURTESY WVTAA

11/09/16
Cutting the tape — Ridgecrest Executive Director Josh Wagoner, with scissors, flanked by Drs. Thomas Corbyons, left, and Bhupendra Patel, right, is joined by employees and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce as he cuts a ribbon to officially mark the 12th anniversary of the opening of Ridgecrest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in DeLand.
Cutting the tape — Ridgecrest Executive Director Josh Wagoner, with scissors, flanked by Drs. Thomas Corbyons, left, and Bhupendra Patel, right, is joined by employees and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce as he cuts a ribbon to officially mark the 12th anniversary of the opening of Ridgecrest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in DeLand.
 
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