A vibrant Downtown — Wayne Carter, executive director of the MainStreet DeLand Association, directs traffic during the March 11 Bike Rally, one of Downtown DeLand’s most successful events. DeLand’s Community Redevelopment Agency, or CRA, supports activities like events that help keep the core business district vibrant.

A vibrant Downtown — Wayne Carter, executive director of the MainStreet DeLand Association, directs traffic during the March 11 Bike Rally, one of Downtown DeLand’s most successful events. DeLand’s Community Redevelopment Agency, or CRA, supports activities like events that help keep the core business district vibrant.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A bill making its way in the Florida Legislature imperils Community Redevelopment Agencies like the one that transformed Downtown DeLand. “It could impede the ability to redevelop any... + continue reading
Hard decisions — Scratching their heads over choosing the Top 6 candidates for DeLand’s police-chief job are citizen selection committee members, from left, Paula Kelton, Tisi Blakeslee, Althea Chavers and Ray Almodovar, at the committee’s March 27 meeting. DeLandites interested in helping choose the next chief should mark April 11 and 12 on their calendars.

Hard decisions — Scratching their heads over choosing the Top 6 candidates for DeLand’s police-chief job are citizen selection committee members, from left, Paula Kelton, Tisi Blakeslee, Althea Chavers and Ray Almodovar, at the committee’s March 27 meeting. DeLandites interested in helping choose the next chief should mark April 11 and 12 on their calendars.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Both Volusia County Sheriff’s Office District Cmdr. Dave Brannon, 43, and New Smyrna Beach Chief of Police Michael Coffin, 56, have survived the cut from 12 to six final candidates for the... + continue reading
Fish aplenty — Fourteen ponds are stocked with plenty of game fish at Central Florida Expeditions and Military Outback in Lake County.

Fish aplenty — Fourteen ponds are stocked with plenty of game fish at Central Florida Expeditions and Military Outback in Lake County.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A camp dedicated to giving back to youth and honoring fallen or wounded heroes through the great outdoors is now open in Lake County, not far past the St. Johns River. Central Florida Expeditions... + continue reading
Love on display — Surrounded by flowers, stuffed animals, religious figures and a wind chime, these markers (above) memorialize a woman and three of her grandchildren, who died in a crash at the nearby intersection of Grand Avenue and State Road 44 west of DeLand last April.

Love on display — Surrounded by flowers, stuffed animals, religious figures and a wind chime, these markers (above) memorialize a woman and three of her grandchildren, who died in a crash at the nearby intersection of Grand Avenue and State Road 44 west of DeLand last April.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A quartet of memorial markers faces a $2.1 million roundabout built after the deaths of four people on State Road 44 where the road intersects with Grand Avenue on DeLand’s west side. The... + continue reading
They’re racing! — The rolling starting gate speeds up and folds its “wings” ahead of the field for one of the first Opening Day training races, this one for 2-year-olds, at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. Races are a mile in length around the banked track.

They’re racing! — The rolling starting gate speeds up and folds its “wings” ahead of the field for one of the first Opening Day training races, this one for 2-year-olds, at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. Races are a mile in length around the banked track.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Racing is underway at Spring Garden Ranch, DeLeon Springs’ major horse-race training track, every Tuesday, weather permitting, through April. Post time for the first race is 11 a.m. The race... + continue reading
Watching the market — Students in the Roland George Investments Program study stock market trends in this lab at Stetson University.

Watching the market — Students in the Roland George Investments Program study stock market trends in this lab at Stetson University.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Stetson University’s Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) recently launched a new stock index, “Cannabis,” during the annual public trustee meeting, which opened to a full house... + continue reading
Kitchen team — In the kitchen at The Table on Friends and Family Day March 13 are, from left, Executive Chef Greg Shivers (who most recently worked at Spanish River Grill in New Smyrna Beach), Karen Weinfurtner, Preston Nemoto, Matt Murray and Ryan Rougeux.

Kitchen team — In the kitchen at The Table on Friends and Family Day March 13 are, from left, Executive Chef Greg Shivers (who most recently worked at Spanish River Grill in New Smyrna Beach), Karen Weinfurtner, Preston Nemoto, Matt Murray and Ryan Rougeux.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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The Table, a much-anticipated restaurant in Downtown DeLand, finally opened March 14, to much excitement from the community. But some patrons found themselves disappointed at the debut: Slow... + continue reading

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 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.

BEACON PHOTO/KITTY ALLEN

03/23/2017
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 Shopping Center, at the corner of South Woodland Boulevard and State Road 15A. The Dollar Tree at the northeast corner of the plaza will be relocated... + continue reading
Man stabbed Thursday morning in DeLand

Man stabbed Thursday morning in DeLand

03/23/2017
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, and the incident took place while he was walking back to his resting place. The victim stated a black male in all black clothing riding a bicycle... + 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

03/23/2017
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 essay on how they would use the prize to celebrate their perfect prom and what it would mean to them. Four of the submitted essays with be put up... + continue reading

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Here are members of the DeLand City Eagles, who took the championship in the 10-12 year old C-Group. From left, are Nigel Cook, Jabari Gill, Kaylee Kelsey, Ezequiel Principe, Jaheem Curry, coach Marc Fisher, Mariah Fisher, Christian Moller, Trace Kopka, Zues Hernandez and Gabriel Garcia. Not in the photo is teammate Devon Henderson.

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The boys of the 10-12 year old C-Group DeLand City Jaguars take runner-up honors. Not in any particular order are Ansen Rollins, Skyler Ries, Preston Partin, Brady Van Der Burat, Chris Sepe,
Jacob Kaidor, Evan Reed, Riley Garrison, Graham Gorman, Andrew Gazzoli and head coach Steven Georges.

 

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Teammates on the 7-9 year old B-Group DeLand City Ravens are all smiles and holding their trophies as runners-up. They are Ezra Garrison, David Trann, Andre Morgan, Rex Murray, Jada Edwards, Ella Rollins, Shannon Minger, Adrian Revelo, Aiden Dawber, Kane Kaidor and coach Joe Kaidor.

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Members of the DeLand City Grizziles celebrate their victory as champions of the 7-9 year old B-Group. From left, are James Cummings, Jada Rawls, Edward Wiggins, Ryan Rolle, Eduardo Azpiri, assistant coach Bernard Rome, head coach Edward Wiggins, Maki Vargas, Layla Hanson and Stephone Ross.

Below are the results and team photos of youth who participated in

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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.

PHOTOS COURTESY DR. PRIMROSE CAMERON

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What does it truly mean to provide service to those in need both locally and internationally? If children are our future, what are we doing to prepare them? How can we assist families in providing... + continue reading

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They’re racing! — The rolling starting gate speeds up and folds its “wings” ahead of the field for one of the first Opening Day training races, this one for 2-year-olds, at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. Races are a mile in length around the banked track.

They’re racing! — The rolling starting gate speeds up and folds its “wings” ahead of the field for one of the first Opening Day training races, this one for 2-year-olds, at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. Races are a mile in length around the banked track.

BEACON PHOTOS/RICK BUTLER

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Racing is underway at Spring Garden Ranch, DeLeon Springs’ major horse-race training track, every Tuesday, weather permitting, through April. Post time for the first race is 11 a.m. The race... + continue reading
Watching the market — Students in the Roland George Investments Program study stock market trends in this lab at Stetson University.

Watching the market — Students in the Roland George Investments Program study stock market trends in this lab at Stetson University.

03/29/17
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

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