During the opening celebrations for the Orange City WaWa location, Wawa Area Manager Ed Sanchez awards the Orange City Firemen's Association with the first place trophy in the hoagie-making contest, called Hoagies for Heroes, against the Orange City Police Department. Though their victory was narrow, (the Firemen's Association made 27 hoagies to the Police Department's 26), both teams were awarded $1,000 donations from Wawa to the charity of their choice. The day's festivities also included a speech about

Champions — During the opening celebrations for the Orange City WaWa location, Wawa Area Manager Ed Sanchez awards the Orange City Firemen's Association with the first place trophy in the hoagie-making contest, called Hoagies for Heroes, against the Orange City Police Department. Though their victory was narrow, (the Firemen's Association made 27 hoagies to the Police Department's 26), both teams were awarded $1,000 donations from Wawa to the charity of their choice. The day's festivities also included a speech about Wawa's history and giveaways and samples of Wawa's products for those in attendance.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
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A Wawa gas station and convenience store is in the works for DeLand, according to city planning documents. A change of zoning application was submitted recently by the owners of Victoria Square... + continue reading
Man stabbed Thursday morning in DeLand

Man stabbed Thursday morning in DeLand

Thursday, March 23, 2017
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A man was stabbed Thursday morning on Euclid Avenue, according to the DeLand Police Department. According to an incident report from the DPD, the unidentified man said he is currently homeless,... + continue reading
Historical heroes — During the past grading period, Starke Elementary School in DeLand had a day observing historical heroes, with students making speeches about historical people who affected their lives. Those who presented winning speeches are Peyton Senez, Luis Almanza, Brandon Nunez, Amauri Mells, Kylan Brown, Cassius Lindsey, Tanijah Murphy, Mykayla Jones and Tyrone Cordare.

Historical heroes — During the past grading period, Starke Elementary School in DeLand had a day observing historical heroes, with students making speeches about historical people who affected their lives. Those who presented winning speeches are Peyton Senez, Luis Almanza, Brandon Nunez, Amauri Mells, Kylan Brown, Cassius Lindsey, Tanijah Murphy, Mykayla Jones and Tyrone Cordare.

PHOTO COURTESY SARAH SIEG

Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The Tutoring Company, in an attempt to celebrate and recognize prom season, is planning to have a prom giveaway. The company is inviting high-school juniors and seniors in the area to submit a short... + continue reading
Founders and trainers — Janell Williams, left, and Ann-Marie Bays devised a program that trains bartenders and servers how to identify when a patron is being sexually harassed and to intervene if necessary.

Founders and trainers — Janell Williams, left, and Ann-Marie Bays devised a program that trains bartenders and servers how to identify when a patron is being sexually harassed and to intervene if necessary.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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A new program will help bartenders and servers identify and, if necessary, intervene when patrons are being sexually harassed or assaulted. It’s called Drink Safe Florida, and it’s the... + continue reading
Brothers in arms — From left, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, William A. Bowen, retired Army Master Sgt. Henry “Hank” Beck and Robert “Poo” Karpuszka stand as Beck’s Distinguished Service Cross citation is read aloud during a ceremony at the Pentagon. Bowen and Karpuszka were with Beck in Vietnam during the incident that earned him the citation.

Brothers in arms — From left, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, William A. Bowen, retired Army Master Sgt. Henry “Hank” Beck and Robert “Poo” Karpuszka stand as Beck’s Distinguished Service Cross citation is read aloud during a ceremony at the Pentagon. Bowen and Karpuszka were with Beck in Vietnam during the incident that earned him the citation.

PHOTO COURTESY ARMY MULTIMEDIA & VISUAL INFORMATION DIRECTORATE 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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At just 19 years old, five decades ago, Henry Beck found himself fighting for his own life and the lives of his fellow soldiers after his Army unit came under sniper fire in the Vietnamese jungle... + continue reading
County Council contemplates law change to allow more than one chicken in residential areas

County Council contemplates law change to allow more than one chicken in residential areas

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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People living in residential neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of Volusia County may soon be allowed to keep small flocks of chickens. The county’s zoning law now permits those... + continue reading
A rough day — Officers from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and DeLand Police Department confer on the scene of a fatal shooting March 19 on Old Daytona Road in DeLand. Just steps away is Mario Simoes’ body in the black Mercedes. After firing shots at his law office about a mile away, then traveling down Old Daytona Road at speeds of up to 100 mph, Simoes crashed, and when police arrived at the crash scene, refused to drop his weapon, officers said. Three lawmen opened fire on the Mercedes after it

A rough day — Officers from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and DeLand Police Department confer on the scene of a fatal shooting March 19 on Old Daytona Road in DeLand. Just steps away is Mario Simoes’ body in the black Mercedes. After firing shots at his law office about a mile away, then traveling down Old Daytona Road at speeds of up to 100 mph, Simoes crashed, and when police arrived at the crash scene, refused to drop his weapon, officers said. Three lawmen opened fire on the Mercedes after it appeared Simoes was reloading a weapon, they said. The 45-year-old mountain-climbing lawyer was killed.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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“Nobody came to work today to kill anybody. That’s not what our goal was.” — Sheriff Mike Chitwood   A DeLand attorney who last year achieved his goal of climbing... + continue reading

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A survey of trash-pickup prices — City of DeLand officials used this chart to illustrate to city commissioners that even a new higher charge of $12.23 a month for a single-family residence is lower than the monthly rates in most nearby communities. However, many of those communities with higher rates offer twice-a-week pickup, and DeLand residents get only one. In the “type of collection service” column, “msw” is regular garbage pickup, “recy” is recycling service, and “grw” is yard-waste collection. The nu

A survey of trash-pickup prices — City of DeLand officials used this chart to illustrate to city commissioners that even a new higher charge of $12.23 a month for a single-family residence is lower than the monthly rates in most nearby communities. However, many of those communities with higher rates offer twice-a-week pickup, and DeLand residents get only one. In the “type of collection service” column, “msw” is regular garbage pickup, “recy” is recycling service, and “grw” is yard-waste collection. The numerals indicate the times per week the various services are offered. In the commercial column, “open mkt” means commercial customers are free to shop on the open market for waste-hauling for their businesses.

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03/22/2017
DeLand’s monthly charge for garbage pickup will be going up for the first time in seven years, but exactly how high the price will go is still up in the air. Earlier, after deciding that service has been good and savings weren’t likely, the DeLand City Commission opted not to seek bids for garbage-hauling services. Instead, the city... + continue reading
Director and chair — Dr. Shawnrece D. Campbell will direct a new academic program at Stetson University that can help working people get a bachelor’s degree and improve their chances of getting a better job.

Director and chair — Dr. Shawnrece D. Campbell will direct a new academic program at Stetson University that can help working people get a bachelor’s degree and improve their chances of getting a better job.

03/22/2017
More than 7 million jobs are unfilled in the United States, even with 9 million unemployed workers nationwide, and the number of unfilled jobs is projected to increase to 21 million by 2020, according to the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Closer to home, more than 60 percent of positions in Florida will require a... + continue reading
Coming in for a landing — A Volusia County Sheriff's Office Helicopter, prepares to land at the accident scene on South Woodland Boulevard on Wednesday morning.

Coming in for a landing — A Volusia County Sheriff's Office Helicopter, prepares to land at the accident scene on South Woodland Boulevard on Wednesday morning.

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03/22/2017
A mid-day accident in front of the Victoria Plaza Shopping Center snarled traffic Wednesday morning on South Woodland Boulevard and prompted authorities to close both directions of the road. Police routed traffic around the crash scene to prepare for the landing of an Air One helicopter to rush at least one victim away for treatment... + continue reading

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Help for parents — Grace Myers, co-director of Spicy Grove Youth Center, and Dr. Primrose Cameron speak about the importance of belief, trust and love with parents involved with the center.

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Governor Rick Scott met in DeLand with state and local officials for the latest in his series of roundtable discussions about creating and keeping jobs in Florida. The March 23 morning panel... + continue reading
Founders and trainers — Janell Williams, left, and Ann-Marie Bays devised a program that trains bartenders and servers how to identify when a patron is being sexually harassed and to intervene if necessary.

Founders and trainers — Janell Williams, left, and Ann-Marie Bays devised a program that trains bartenders and servers how to identify when a patron is being sexually harassed and to intervene if necessary.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREW

03/22/17
Director and chair — Dr. Shawnrece D. Campbell will direct a new academic program at Stetson University that can help working people get a bachelor’s degree and improve their chances of getting a better job.

Director and chair — Dr. Shawnrece D. Campbell will direct a new academic program at Stetson University that can help working people get a bachelor’s degree and improve their chances of getting a better job.

03/22/17
Getting new life — This former Masonic Temple will be converted into a financial firm on the ground floor and five luxury condominiums on the two upper floors. The white pseudo-windows on the third floor, a signature element of Masonic temples, will be retained, but flanked with modern windows.

Getting new life — This former Masonic Temple will be converted into a financial firm on the ground floor and five luxury condominiums on the two upper floors. The white pseudo-windows on the third floor, a signature element of Masonic temples, will be retained, but flanked with modern windows.

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