The as-yet unapprehended suspect in a Monday robbery of a Downtown DeLand PNC Bank branch.   PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DeLAND

The as-yet unapprehended suspect in a Monday robbery of a Downtown DeLand PNC Bank branch.

PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DeLAND

, A surveillance image of the man who robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Deltona, later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Landolfi of DeLeon Springs, according to Sheriff's deputies.

A surveillance image of the man who robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Deltona, later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Landolfi of DeLeon Springs, according to Sheriff's deputies.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Authorities in both DeLand and Deltona responded to bank robberies just hours apart Monday afternoon. In DeLand, police were called to the scene of PNC Bank, at 312 N. Woodland Blvd., around 1 p.m.... + continue reading
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Beacon file photo

Monday, August 22, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Closing a public meeting to members of the public ought not to be done except in the most extreme of circumstances. The Wednesday, Aug. 24, hearing scheduled to debate whether Mayor Clint Johnson... + continue reading
DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson sits at the dais at a recent DeBary City Council meeting.

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Friday, August 19, 2016
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A rare proceeding is about to play out in DeBary, and the city manager is taking steps to prevent civil disorder. “All we’re trying to do is to be cautious and make sure the meeting is... + continue reading
Defenders — Firefighter/paramedic Mike Kurland, Lt. Steve Huber, and Firefighter/EMT Eric Schmalmaack stand outside the Volusia County Fire Services station in Lake Helen.

Defenders — Firefighter/paramedic Mike Kurland, Lt. Steve Huber, and Firefighter/EMT Eric Schmalmaack stand outside the Volusia County Fire Services station in Lake Helen. Their services are provided by contract to the City of Lake Helen; the city now plans to collect a fee to pay for that fire protection, which has angered some residents. However, adding the fee has enabled the city to take fire services out of its general fund, and, by doing so, lower its ad valorem property-tax rate.   

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, Beacon file photo of Lake Helen City Hall

Lake Helen City Hall

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Friday, August 19, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Homeowners in Lake Helen will see a new item on their property-tax bills this year: a charge for fire protection. For fiscal year 2016-17, residents will pay $129 per dwelling unit, while commercial... + continue reading
Connoisseurs know muscadines like those pictured are never seedless, but the grapes’ flavorful skin and juicy flesh make navigating around a few seeds worth the effort. Plus, muscadines are naturally hardy and bug-resistant, so they can be grown without pesticides.

Connoisseurs know muscadines like those pictured are never seedless, but the grapes’ flavorful skin and juicy flesh make navigating around a few seeds worth the effort. Plus, muscadines are naturally hardy and bug-resistant, so they can be grown without pesticides.

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, Welcome! — Robin and Wanda Lennon welcome visitors to Spring Garden Vineyard in DeLeon Springs. Interest in their muscadines — ripe for the picking through early October at the latest — has been widespread, Robin Lennon said.

Welcome! — Robin and Wanda Lennon welcome visitors to Spring Garden Vineyard in DeLeon Springs. Interest in their muscadines — ripe for the picking through early October at the latest — has been widespread, Robin Lennon said. 

BEACON PHOTO/JON BALLENGER

Friday, August 19, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
As the summer heat intensifies, the inaugural picking season for muscadine grapes has kicked off at a DeLeon Springs farm.  Robin and Wanda Lennon of Spring Garden Vineyard have been growing... + continue reading
Meet the candidates — Prepared to answer questions at an Aug. 18 forum hosted by The Beacon are, from left, Jeff Hunter, Voloria Manning, Buz Nesbit and Kevin Reid, candidates for Seat 2 on the DeLand City Commission.

Meet the candidates — Prepared to answer questions at an Aug. 18 forum hosted by The Beacon are, from left, Jeff Hunter, Voloria Manning, Buz Nesbit and Kevin Reid, candidates for Seat 2 on the DeLand City Commission. Registered voters who live in DeLand will choose from among them in the Tuesday, Aug. 30, primary election. If one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote that day, he or she will win the seat. If not, the top two vote-getters will run off in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Friday, August 19, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
There weren’t fireworks, exactly, when the four candidates for DeLand City Commission spoke Aug. 18 in a forum sponsored by The West Volusia Beacon.  But that’s not to say that Jeff... + continue reading
The Beacon and Stetson University are hosting a candidate forum Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

The Beacon and Stetson University are hosting a candidate forum Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Couldn't make it to The Beacon's debate for Seat 2 on the DeLand City Commission? View it here! The debate took place 6 p.m. Aug. 18, live from Stetson University.   + continue reading
The as-yet unapprehended suspect in a Monday robbery of a Downtown DeLand PNC Bank branch.   PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DeLAND

The as-yet unapprehended suspect in a Monday robbery of a Downtown DeLand PNC Bank branch.

PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DeLAND

, A surveillance image of the man who robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Deltona, later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Landolfi of DeLeon Springs, according to Sheriff's deputies.

A surveillance image of the man who robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Deltona, later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Landolfi of DeLeon Springs, according to Sheriff's deputies.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Beacon file photo

Beacon file photo

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson sits at the dais at a recent DeBary City Council meeting.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

Defenders — Firefighter/paramedic Mike Kurland, Lt. Steve Huber, and Firefighter/EMT Eric Schmalmaack stand outside the Volusia County Fire Services station in Lake Helen.

Defenders — Firefighter/paramedic Mike Kurland, Lt. Steve Huber, and Firefighter/EMT Eric Schmalmaack stand outside the Volusia County Fire Services station in Lake Helen. Their services are provided by contract to the City of Lake Helen; the city now plans to collect a fee to pay for that fire protection, which has angered some residents. However, adding the fee has enabled the city to take fire services out of its general fund, and, by doing so, lower its ad valorem property-tax rate.   

BEACON PHOTO/MARGE CLAUSER

, Beacon file photo of Lake Helen City Hall

Lake Helen City Hall

BEACON FILE PHOTO

Connoisseurs know muscadines like those pictured are never seedless, but the grapes’ flavorful skin and juicy flesh make navigating around a few seeds worth the effort. Plus, muscadines are naturally hardy and bug-resistant, so they can be grown without pesticides.

Connoisseurs know muscadines like those pictured are never seedless, but the grapes’ flavorful skin and juicy flesh make navigating around a few seeds worth the effort. Plus, muscadines are naturally hardy and bug-resistant, so they can be grown without pesticides.

BEACON PHOTO/JON BALLENGER

, Welcome! — Robin and Wanda Lennon welcome visitors to Spring Garden Vineyard in DeLeon Springs. Interest in their muscadines — ripe for the picking through early October at the latest — has been widespread, Robin Lennon said.

Welcome! — Robin and Wanda Lennon welcome visitors to Spring Garden Vineyard in DeLeon Springs. Interest in their muscadines — ripe for the picking through early October at the latest — has been widespread, Robin Lennon said. 

BEACON PHOTO/JON BALLENGER

Meet the candidates — Prepared to answer questions at an Aug. 18 forum hosted by The Beacon are, from left, Jeff Hunter, Voloria Manning, Buz Nesbit and Kevin Reid, candidates for Seat 2 on the DeLand City Commission.

Meet the candidates — Prepared to answer questions at an Aug. 18 forum hosted by The Beacon are, from left, Jeff Hunter, Voloria Manning, Buz Nesbit and Kevin Reid, candidates for Seat 2 on the DeLand City Commission. Registered voters who live in DeLand will choose from among them in the Tuesday, Aug. 30, primary election. If one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote that day, he or she will win the seat. If not, the top two vote-getters will run off in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

The Beacon and Stetson University are hosting a candidate forum Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

The Beacon and Stetson University are hosting a candidate forum Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

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08/18/2016
After more than 90 minutes of public comment and debate Aug. 15, the DeLand City Commission refused to approve a resolution allowing golf carts to be operated on the streets of three Victoria Park neighborhoods. None of the commissioners made a motion to approve the measure, so it died. The resolution would have allowed residents in three... + continue reading
Developing area — This rendering shows the location of Central Florida Regional Hospital’s proposed free-standing emergency room on Deltona’s north side (hashed in red at lower right) and the Halifax Health ER now being developed (hashed in purple at top).

Developing area — This rendering shows the location of Central Florida Regional Hospital’s proposed free-standing emergency room on Deltona’s north side (hashed in red at lower right) and the Halifax Health ER now being developed (hashed in purple at top).

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08/18/2016
Despite some misgivings about traffic and access to the site, the Deltona City Commission Aug. 15 approved Central Florida Regional Hospital’s plan to build a free-standing emergency room where three major roads converge. The road network may cause some distress for drivers not familiar with the thoroughfares and the commercial-development... + continue reading
From left, Steve Miller and Patrick Henry - the two candidates for the Democratic nomination for state House District 26

From left, Steve Miller and Patrick Henry - the two candidates for the Democratic nomination for state House District 26 

MILLER PHOTO COURTESY STEVE MILLER; HENRY PHOTO BY MARSHA McLAUGHLIN

08/17/2016
As part of the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 30, registered Democratic voters in Florida state House District 26 — which includes the Greater DeLand area — will choose a nominee to represent their party in the Nov. 8 general election. The two Democrats in the District 26 primary are Patrick Henry and Steve Miller. The one who wins... + continue reading

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New guy — Dr. William A. Jackson is the new director of Stetson University’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program. He comes to Stetson with a lengthy background in training would-be entrepreneurs.

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New guy Dr. William A. Jackson is the new director of Stetson University’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program. He comes to Stetson with a lengthy background in training would-be entrepreneurs.

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The very qualities often said to fuel the success of a new enterprise — initiative, passion and innovation — are also the qualities embodied by William A. Jackson, Ph.D., the new director... + continue reading
Plenty of options — These are some of the wide selection of sour beers that will be served up at the first-ever Summer Sour Festival, sponsored by Abbey Bar in Downtown DeLand and Lagunitas Brewing out of California.

Plenty of options — These are some of the wide selection of sour beers that will be served up at the first-ever Summer Sour Festival, sponsored by Abbey Bar in Downtown DeLand and Lagunitas Brewing out of California. 

PHOTO COURTESY ABBEY BAR

08/17/16
Bicycles of all sorts are lined up in front of DeLand Cyclery, a 10-year-old dealership in Downtown DeLand.

A two-wheeler assortment Bicycles of all sorts are lined up in front of DeLand Cyclery, a 10-year-old dealership in Downtown DeLand.

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08/11/16
Officially open — Partners Jeff Billington (holding scissors) and Dan Mooney (sunglasses on head) get ready to cut a ribbon officially opening the florist area behind them at Dorothy’s Florist & Gift Shop as members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet DeLand look on.

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Officially open Partners Jeff Billington (holding scissors) and Dan Mooney (sunglasses on head) get ready to cut a ribbon officially opening the florist area behind them at Dorothy’s Florist & Gift Shop as members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet DeLand look on.

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