Nick Conte Jr.

Nick Conte Jr., executive director of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

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Sally Updike, operations manager and soon-to-be interim executive director at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Nick Conte Jr., executive director of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and Orange City Alliance, will step down from his role at the Chamber to take on a new job in Holly Hill starting July 11.... + continue reading
 William O’Connor, left, and Chris Cloudman are two of several city commission and city council members automatically elected June 24 when no one filed to run against them.

Easy campaigns — William O’Connor, left, and Chris Cloudman are two of several city commission and city council members automatically elected June 24 when no one filed to run against them. O’Connor becomes the new District 1 representative on the Orange City Council, while Cloudman retains Seat 4 on the DeLand City Commission.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Sixteen down, 34 to go. Buried below the sidewalk on the corner of a busy intersection in Downtown DeLand lies a care package for the citizens of 2050. The time capsule, marked by a rec-tangular... + continue reading
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Beacon stock photo

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Q: I cringe when I drive down Plymouth Avenue and see people standing in the sweltering sun and rain or sitting in the weeds waiting for a bus.  I believe I read in The Beacon some reason for... + continue reading

Easy campaigns — William O’Connor, left, and Chris Cloudman are two of several city commission and city council members automatically elected June 24 when no one filed to run against them. O’Connor becomes the new District 1 representative on the Orange City Council, while Cloudman retains Seat 4 on the DeLand City Commission.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
With the nation focused on a divisive presidential choice, it’s easy to forget that electing someone to make sure there’s money for stormwater projects in your neighborhood — so... + continue reading
Solomon Greene, broker and owner, at right, and Christian Holzman, at left, a Realtor at Greene Realty and Property Management, stand next to a dry erase board that the pair use to keep track of their available rentals.

No inventory — Solomon Greene, broker and owner, at right, and Christian Holzman, at left, a Realtor at Greene Realty and Property Management, stand next to a dry erase board that the pair use to keep track of their available rentals.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
If you’re looking to rent or buy a property in West Volusia, you should know it’s not going to be easy. Both are currently scarce. “Our rental inventory is currently as tight as I... + continue reading

Open for business Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is now open in the Country Club Corners shopping center, where a new Publix opened last year.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

, Amy and Brad Bradley are the co-owners of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in the Country Club Corners shopping center on the south end of DeLand.

Proud owners Amy and Brad Bradley are the co-owners of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in the Country Club Corners shopping center on the south end of DeLand.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is now open at 2441 S. Woodland Blvd., Suite 103, in the Country Club Corners shopping center on DeLand’s southern end. The franchised spa business will... + continue reading
A Fish House, Florida, Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978), oil on canvas, The Powell Collection of Florida Art.

A Fish House, Florida, Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978), oil on canvas, The Powell Collection of Florida Art.

IMAGE COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

, Lake Winnemissett, Harry Davis Fluhart-Williams (1861-1935), oil on canvas, Private Florida Collection.

Lake Winnemissett, Harry Davis Fluhart-Williams (1861-1935), oil on canvas, Private Florida Collection.

IMAGE COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Appreciation is due to Stetson University’s Hand Art Center and guest curator Dr. Gary R. Libby for organizing the intimate and refreshing exhibition “American Painting and The Florida... + continue reading
Nick Conte Jr.

Nick Conte Jr., executive director of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

,

Sally Updike, operations manager and soon-to-be interim executive director at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

 William O’Connor, left, and Chris Cloudman are two of several city commission and city council members automatically elected June 24 when no one filed to run against them.

Easy campaigns — William O’Connor, left, and Chris Cloudman are two of several city commission and city council members automatically elected June 24 when no one filed to run against them. O’Connor becomes the new District 1 representative on the Orange City Council, while Cloudman retains Seat 4 on the DeLand City Commission.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Beacon stock photo

Beacon stock photo

Easy campaigns — William O’Connor, left, and Chris Cloudman are two of several city commission and city council members automatically elected June 24 when no one filed to run against them. O’Connor becomes the new District 1 representative on the Orange City Council, while Cloudman retains Seat 4 on the DeLand City Commission.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Solomon Greene, broker and owner, at right, and Christian Holzman, at left, a Realtor at Greene Realty and Property Management, stand next to a dry erase board that the pair use to keep track of their available rentals.

No inventory — Solomon Greene, broker and owner, at right, and Christian Holzman, at left, a Realtor at Greene Realty and Property Management, stand next to a dry erase board that the pair use to keep track of their available rentals.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH 

Open for business Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is now open in the Country Club Corners shopping center, where a new Publix opened last year.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

, Amy and Brad Bradley are the co-owners of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in the Country Club Corners shopping center on the south end of DeLand.

Proud owners Amy and Brad Bradley are the co-owners of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in the Country Club Corners shopping center on the south end of DeLand.

A Fish House, Florida, Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978), oil on canvas, The Powell Collection of Florida Art.

A Fish House, Florida, Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978), oil on canvas, The Powell Collection of Florida Art.

IMAGE COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

, Lake Winnemissett, Harry Davis Fluhart-Williams (1861-1935), oil on canvas, Private Florida Collection.

Lake Winnemissett, Harry Davis Fluhart-Williams (1861-1935), oil on canvas, Private Florida Collection.

IMAGE COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

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A stop-work order remains in effect for property on the east side of a remote stretch of Fort Florida Road in DeBary

Desolation in DeBary — A stop-work order remains in effect for property on the east side of a remote stretch of Fort Florida Road in DeBary, following the unauthorized clearing of approximately 30 acres. The developer, the Henin Group of Winter Park, began clearing the tract a few weeks ago without the requisite permits, according to city officials and the St. Johns River Water Management District. The land is part of the Henin Group’s Riviera Bella community, which is to consist of 708 homes. Company President Jerome Henln blames the clearing fiasco on the turmoil in the DeBary municipal government, noting he and his associates have sought to do their “due diligence” in meeting legal requirements for development. City officials have threatened code-enforcement action against the Henin Group.

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06/27/2016
City issues stop-work order for Riviera Bella   The clearing of approximately 30 acres close to the St. Johns River has halted creation of a new upscale neighborhood in DeBary. "What happened? What went wrong?" asked DeBary City Council Member Rick Dwyer. A stop-work order imposed by city officials remains in effect, as the... + continue reading

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06/27/2016
The man found dead in a DeLand roadway in May has been identified, and authorities are appealing to the public for information.   The body of Jesus Alicea Del Valle, 38, was found in the road at the intersection of North Clara and West Michigan avenues at 5 a.m. Saturday, May 21, according to Chris Graham, a spokesman for the City of DeLand... + continue reading

Proud grads — Kiara Jones, second from left, joins fellow graduates — from left, Adriana Martinez, Lindsey Lauricella and Veronica Centeno — at Catapult Academy’s June 20 commencement.

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06/24/2016
Little more than two years after a life-threatening car crash that required her to have multiple brain surgeries and years of physical therapy, Kiara Jones is college-bound and feeling better than ever.  The 19-year-old DeLandite recently got her high-school diploma and has her sights set on higher education this fall, to possibly go into... + continue reading

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Roundabout at DeLand Wal-Mart market a bad idea Editor, The Beacon: The roundabout proposal planned for South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand is both ridiculous and reckless. A solution to future... + continue reading
A Fish House, Florida, Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978), oil on canvas, The Powell Collection of Florida Art.

A Fish House, Florida, Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978), oil on canvas, The Powell Collection of Florida Art.

IMAGE COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

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Nick Conte Jr., executive director of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and Orange City Alliance, will step down from his role at the Chamber to take on a new job in Holly Hill starting July 11.... + continue reading

Open for business Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is now open in the Country Club Corners shopping center, where a new Publix opened last year.

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06/29/16
he former Pennysaver offices at 245 S. Woodland Blvd. have been empty for several years. Ace Hardware

New home-to-be The former Pennysaver offices at 245 S. Woodland Blvd. have been empty for several years. Ace Hardware, which will occupy the entire building, will be moving from North Woodland Boulevard after interior renovations have been made.

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06/29/16
The offices of Town & Country Realty at 516 W. New York Ave. in DeLand will be painted white with blue trim, now that the company has merged with St. Augustine-based Coldwell Banker Premier Properties.

Destined for painting The offices of Town & Country Realty at 516 W. New York Ave. in DeLand will be painted white with blue trim, now that the company has merged with St. Augustine-based Coldwell Banker Premier Properties.

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06/22/16

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Sections of West New York Avenue, just east of North Spring Garden Avenue, in DeLand, were closed off just after noon on Friday after it appears that several vehicles, including a sand truck, were... + continue reading