A sure bet? — This artist’s rendering depicts what the front of the Orange City Racing and Card Club will look like when finished.

GRAPHIC COURTESY DAYTONA BEACH KENNEL CLUB

A sure bet? — This artist’s rendering depicts what the front of the Orange City Racing and Card Club will look like when finished. The card room, a satellite business of the Daytona Beach Kennel Club, is authorized under state law. The card room, along with a restaurant and sports bar, is a reuse of the former multi-screen theater in the Marketplace Shopping Center in Orange City.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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West Volusians and visitors eager to gamble on poker or horse or dog racing at the planned card room in Orange City will have to wait a while longer. “We’re going to have a delay. Now it... + continue reading
Design dispute — Chris Williams, a resident of The Woods of Lake Helen, stands in front of his home, which was built in 2005 to the neighborhood’s original design standards. Williams is one of a group of residents challenging D.R. Horton’s plan to build several new home styles in the subdivision.

Design dispute — Chris Williams, a resident of The Woods of Lake Helen, stands in front of his home, which was built in 2005 to the neighborhood’s original design standards. Williams is one of a group of residents challenging D.R. Horton’s plan to build several new home styles in the subdivision.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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A dispute over architectural standards in a Lake Helen subdivision has pitted a group of residents against the nation’s largest homebuilder and has led to dueling lawsuits involving the... + continue reading
Hitting the wall at The Yoga Shed  A wall filled with slings, pictured above, is simultaneously intriguing and intimidating.

Hitting the wall at The Yoga Shed

A wall filled with slings, pictured above, is simultaneously intriguing and intimidating.

“It’s really fun,” Yoga Shed owner Emma Tranter said. “When you hang upside down, you loosen the spine.”

Yoga Shed founder Betty Larson, who also is Tranter’s teacher, is certified in the form of yoga that uses these slings. Called Iyengar yoga, the practice helps break mind barriers and other limitations people tend to impose on themselves, according to Arielle Hernandez, Tranter’s business partner and studio instructor.

“People really enjoy it,” Tranter said. “It is used to assist with correct alignment, with supporting the postures and getting traction of the spine.”

A firm believer in utilizing props for modifying poses, Tranter said the slings and wall are two more tools to help students move safely toward healthy alignment.

— Erika Webb

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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People find many reasons to be “bent out of shape,” but an increasing number of West Volusians are bending right back into physical, mental and spiritual alignment, through yoga. Whether... + continue reading
Pitch for a pitched roof — Attorney Michael Sznapstajler of Cobb Cole, representing Benedict Land LLC, shows the DeLand City Commission revised architecture for the Pita Pit restaurant Benedict Land plans to build at the intersection of Plymouth Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in DeLand. The pitched roof was favored by neighbors and commissioners. Despite some concerns about the possibility of worsening traffic congestion at the busy intersection, Pita Pit won the City Commission’s approval in two 3-2 votes.

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Pitch for a pitched roof — Attorney Michael Sznapstajler of Cobb Cole, representing Benedict Land LLC, shows the DeLand City Commission revised architecture for the Pita Pit restaurant Benedict Land plans to build at the intersection of Plymouth Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in DeLand. The pitched roof was favored by neighbors and commissioners. Despite some concerns about the possibility of worsening traffic congestion at the busy intersection, Pita Pit won the City Commission’s approval in two 3-2 votes. The developer made several concessions to allay neighboring residents’ concerns.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Despite one last warning from a resident about traffic, and over the concerns of two city commissioners, a Pita Pit restaurant won approval Jan. 17 to locate at the intersection of Plymouth Avenue... + continue reading
PHOTO COURTESY FLOWERS FAMILY AND HIGHLAND PARK FISH CAMP

PHOTO COURTESY FLOWERS FAMILY AND HIGHLAND PARK FISH CAMP

 

Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Lankford Funeral Home, 220 E. New York Ave. in Downtown DeLand, and a funeral service will follow there at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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If the St. Johns River stilled its current for a moment Jan. 12, it was probably because of the passing of Capt. Bill Flowers, one of the river’s most devoted friends and most valiant defenders... + continue reading
View from the street — The administrative building for DeLand Manor faces a busy South Amelia Avenue. A residential wing is in the left portion of the photo. The multistory building in the background is part of The Cloisters retirement community, which DeLand Manor backs up to.

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View from the street — The administrative building for DeLand Manor faces a busy South Amelia Avenue. A residential wing is in the left portion of the photo. The multistory building in the background is part of The Cloisters retirement community, which DeLand Manor backs up to.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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An Apopka couple have finished turning what once was a substance-abuse rehabilitation center into DeLand’s newest assisted-living facility. What is now called DeLand Manor is ready to get its... + continue reading
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DeBary City Hall

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Former DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia will once again hold that office in the River City. He won the Jan. 17 special election by a large margin, capturing nearly 59 percent of the vote. His closest... + continue reading

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Deputies arrest DeLand High student for bringing gun to school

Deputies arrest DeLand High student for bringing gun to school

01/16/2017
A 9th-grade student at DeLand High School was arrested after bringing a gun to school Thursday morning, according to Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson. There were no reports of the boy threatening or injuring anyone with the firearm, which the 15-year-old boy apparently stole from his grandfather's safe, along with... + continue reading
A place for The Table — Melisa and Dan Reed pose proudly outside the space for their new restaurant, The Table. The main eatery space at street level will open in mid-March, and the event space at the basement level will open in May. The Reeds’ experience in the restaurant industry will be a big help with opening such a large space; Melisa Reed is going to utilize skills honed while opening over 73 restaurants for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the powerhouse corporation behind Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill.

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A place for The Table — Melisa and Dan Reed pose proudly outside the space for their new restaurant, The Table. The main eatery space at street level will open in mid-March, and the event space at the basement level will open in May. The Reeds’ experience in the restaurant industry will be a big help with opening such a large space; Melisa Reed is going to utilize skills honed while opening over 73 restaurants for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the powerhouse corporation behind Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. “Consistency is key, and I think you’ll see that with this restaurant,” she said. “People will know what they’ll see and what they can get every single time they come in.”

01/16/2017
Still hungry? See last week's edition of the Foodie File here!    The downstairs space in the historic Dreka Building was previously home to Mainstreet Grill for more than two decades. Mainstreet Grill was expanded and rebranded in 2014, turning into Mac’s on Main. When renovation was completed, the new space was revealed: a... + continue reading
Damage to a home in DeLand from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Damage to a home in DeLand from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

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01/13/2017
Volusia County’s Wind Hazard Mitigation Program can help residents prepare their homes for the next hurricane season. Residents who meet eligibility requirements and need upgrades to improve their home’s wind resistance can apply by accessing applications at www.volusia.org/housing or at the Volusia County Community Assistance office... + continue reading

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A sure bet? — This artist’s rendering depicts what the front of the Orange City Racing and Card Club will look like when finished.

GRAPHIC COURTESY DAYTONA BEACH KENNEL CLUB

A sure bet? — This artist’s rendering depicts what the front of the Orange City Racing and Card Club will look like when finished. The card room, a satellite business of the Daytona Beach Kennel Club, is authorized under state law. The card room, along with a restaurant and sports bar, is a reuse of the former multi-screen theater in the Marketplace Shopping Center in Orange City.

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West Volusians and visitors eager to gamble on poker or horse or dog racing at the planned card room in Orange City will have to wait a while longer. “We’re going to have a delay. Now it... + continue reading
View from the street — The administrative building for DeLand Manor faces a busy South Amelia Avenue. A residential wing is in the left portion of the photo. The multistory building in the background is part of The Cloisters retirement community, which DeLand Manor backs up to.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

View from the street — The administrative building for DeLand Manor faces a busy South Amelia Avenue. A residential wing is in the left portion of the photo. The multistory building in the background is part of The Cloisters retirement community, which DeLand Manor backs up to.

01/18/17
Pop-up shopping — From left, LuLaRoe consultant Alison Crouse; shopper Mirlene Principal; consultant Barbara Wells; Liam Wells, 12; consultant Claudia Keating and Shelley Summers enjoy a Pop-Up Boutique gathering at Keating’s home.

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Pop-up shopping — From left, LuLaRoe consultant Alison Crouse; shopper Mirlene Principal; consultant Barbara Wells; Liam Wells, 12; consultant Claudia Keating and Shelley Summers enjoy a Pop-Up Boutique gathering at Keating’s home.

01/12/17
New woman in charge — Lacey Ekberg recently took the reins at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

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New woman in charge — Lacey Ekberg recently took the reins at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

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