Yum! — Bonnie Ronning prepares to serve mac and cheese samples at the Battle of the ALF Chefs April 11 at Byte Bistro in Downtown DeLand. The competition was staged to raise funds for the Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach.

Yum! — Bonnie Ronning prepares to serve mac and cheese samples at the Battle of the ALF Chefs April 11 at Byte Bistro in Downtown DeLand. The competition was staged to raise funds for the Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach.

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Monday, April 24, 2017
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Chef competition raises funds to combat Parkinson’s It was a battle for the ages. A battle of wills. A battle steeped in deep rivalries. A battle … steeped in cheese sauce.... + continue reading
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Ready for some kickball — Althea Chavers of the Boys & Girls Club of DeLand and Sgt. Juan Millan of the DeLand Police Department share some kickball tips April 20, as Sheriff Mike Chitwood and other members of the law-enforcement community got together to play kickball with members of the Boys & Girls Club. The club is one of nine nonprofit organizations in the DeLand area that will benefit from proceeds of the Community Unity Day set for Saturday, April 29, in Earl Brown Park in DeLand.

Monday, April 24, 2017
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Earl Brown Park will be hopping April 29 Earl Brown Park in DeLand will be a beehive of activity April 29, as the first Community Unity Day gets underway. Basketball, sack races, a relay race, a... + continue reading
Jason Umberger is DeLand's new police chief. He is pictured here speaking during a recent forum featuring the several candidates for the position.

Jason Umberger is DeLand's new police chief. He is pictured here speaking during a recent forum featuring the several candidates for the position.

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Friday, April 21, 2017
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After a monthslong search, DeLand has a new police chief: Jason Umberger. The Swatara Township, Pennsylvania, police chief accepted the job April 21, according to DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus... + continue reading
Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend donated a home to Cpl. Robert “Bob” Loria recently. Quin Booth and Loria are shown here alongside city officials cutting the ribbon on the new home recently.

Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend donated a home to Cpl. Robert “Bob” Loria recently. Quin Booth and Loria are shown here alongside city officials cutting the ribbon on the new home recently.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Annually for the past 10 years, DeLand has opened its heart to a weekend of events designed to honor and help wounded service members. But there won't be a Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend... + continue reading
PHOTOS BY KWANA JACOBS  Ready to grow — Chris Jacobs prepares a new garden plot. As part of Project Vineyard, Jacobs and his sister Kwana have assisted in preparing more than 20 gardens in Orange City, Deltona, DeLand and Seville.

PHOTOS BY KWANA JACOBS

Ready to grow — Chris Jacobs prepares a new garden plot. As part of Project Vineyard, Jacobs and his sister Kwana have assisted in preparing more than 20 gardens in Orange City, Deltona, DeLand and Seville.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
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As the fragrance of spring hits our senses, community members attend home and garden shows, and men and women prepare to harvest, at least a really nice rose garden. Kwana Jacobs of Project... + continue reading
Government watchdog — Mort Culligan gives the DeBary City Council a piece of his mind during a 2016 hearing.

Government watchdog — Mort Culligan gives the DeBary City Council a piece of his mind during a 2016 hearing.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Every local government has the occasional penny pincher who appears to oppose one spending plan or another, but DeBary has a particularly vocal critic who appears to enjoy browbeating the City... + continue reading
Susan Clark, executive director of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, stands outside the group's headquarters on South Woodland Boulevard. The proposed West Volusia homeless shelter will now be situated near the Center.

Susan Clark, executive director of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, stands outside the group's headquarters on South Woodland Boulevard. The proposed West Volusia homeless shelter will now be situated near the Center.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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New location is closer to Neighborhood Center DeLand’s homeless shelter isn’t built yet, but it’s already moving. After concern was expressed about the proximity of the... + continue reading

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Stetson footballers rush onto the field at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium during a game last year.

Stetson footballers rush onto the field at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium during a game last year.

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04/19/2017
With an unexpectedly narrow vote, DeLand city commissioners April 17 passed an ordinance laying down new rules for where private student housing can be built. But final approval of the new law on its required second reading in a month seems far less certain. The ordinance, which won on a 3-2 vote, prohibits building student housing complexes... + continue reading
Southwest duo — DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia, left, and Deltona Mayor John Masiarczyk share a light moment during the West Volusia State of the Region luncheon. Among mayors present for the round table, only Masiarczyk didn’t say he would steal DeBary’s power plants — just one of which pays about $12 million in property taxes each year.

Southwest duo — DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia, left, and Deltona Mayor John Masiarczyk share a light moment during the West Volusia State of the Region luncheon. Among mayors present for the round table, only Masiarczyk didn’t say he would steal DeBary’s power plants — just one of which pays about $12 million in property taxes each year.

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04/19/2017
West Volusia continues to grow by leaps and bounds, according to the leaders of five West Volusia cities. Mayors Bob Apgar of DeLand, John Masiarczyk of Deltona, Buddy Snowden of Lake Helen and Bob Garcia of DeBary took part in the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual West Volusia State of the Region luncheon last month. Orange... + continue reading
Stylin’ stylists — Beauty Mark’s hair specialists are, from left, Tracie Branz, Randy Jackson, Marlene Jackson, Kelly Elsebough and Jola Collier. The hair salon’s roots could stretch back a half-century or more.

Stylin’ stylists — Beauty Mark’s hair specialists are, from left, Tracie Branz, Randy Jackson, Marlene Jackson, Kelly Elsebough and Jola Collier. The hair salon’s roots could stretch back a half-century or more.

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04/19/2017
Beauty Mark, a hair salon at the corner of East New York and South Alabama avenues, could have roots going back 50 years, its current owners say. The salon is definitely 40 years old under their ownership, said Randy and Marlene Jackson. “We’ve been at this location for 32 years in March, and at two locations on Rich Avenue for... + continue reading

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Yasmin Perez, No. 12, goes after the ball during a recent baksetball game. She has been named the 2017 Florida Association of Basketball Coaches women's basketball Florida Class 2A Player of the Year. Perez is a guard for Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach. She lives in Deltona.

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Walter Sommerville, in the center, is surrounded by his mother, Deborah Sommerville, at right; senior Joseph Juliano, standing in back, and senior Christian Lombard at his left.

 

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I’m a happy man tonight. Tax season, for the most part, ended today (Monday, April 17). Washington, D.C., celebrates Emancipation Day on April 17, so the Internal Revenue Service was closed... + continue reading
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PHOTOS BY KWANA JACOBS  Ready to grow — Chris Jacobs prepares a new garden plot. As part of Project Vineyard, Jacobs and his sister Kwana have assisted in preparing more than 20 gardens in Orange City, Deltona, DeLand and Seville.

PHOTOS BY KWANA JACOBS

Ready to grow — Chris Jacobs prepares a new garden plot. As part of Project Vineyard, Jacobs and his sister Kwana have assisted in preparing more than 20 gardens in Orange City, Deltona, DeLand and Seville.

04/20/17

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Stylin’ stylists — Beauty Mark’s hair specialists are, from left, Tracie Branz, Randy Jackson, Marlene Jackson, Kelly Elsebough and Jola Collier. The hair salon’s roots could stretch back a half-century or more.

Stylin’ stylists — Beauty Mark’s hair specialists are, from left, Tracie Branz, Randy Jackson, Marlene Jackson, Kelly Elsebough and Jola Collier. The hair salon’s roots could stretch back a half-century or more.

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Beauty Mark, a hair salon at the corner of East New York and South Alabama avenues, could have roots going back 50 years, its current owners say. The salon is definitely 40 years old under their... + continue reading
Driven partners — Justin Rickert, left, and Jasin Quimby, both of whom were born and raised in DeLand, are the partners at the helm of Southern Comfort Limos, a new limousine company.

Driven partners — Justin Rickert, left, and Jasin Quimby, both of whom were born and raised in DeLand, are the partners at the helm of Southern Comfort Limos, a new limousine company.

IMAGE COURTESY SOUTHERN COMFORT LIMOS

04/19/17
Field honors — Stetson footballers surround a sign proclaiming their practice field as Watson Field, honoring two alums from the Watson family who have been major supporters of the university’s athletics endeavors.

Field honors — Stetson footballers surround a sign proclaiming their practice field as Watson Field, honoring two alums from the Watson family who have been major supporters of the university’s athletics endeavors.

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04/12/17
Going vertical — A larger Subway restaurant is under construction next to an existing Subway (at left in background) it will replace on North Woodland Boulevard. The new eatery is expected to open sometime this summer.

Going vertical — A larger Subway restaurant is under construction next to an existing Subway (at left in background) it will replace on North Woodland Boulevard. The new eatery is expected to open sometime this summer.

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04/12/17

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