Going buggy — Members of the ACTS mentoring program for young people attend Bugfest at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Current mentors are Allison Bonilla, Dawn Schwartz and Joy Baugh, and current mentees are Zariah and Iyana Baugh, Naomi Graham, Ella Moody and Danijah Bright.

Going buggy — Members of the ACTS mentoring program for young people attend Bugfest at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Current mentors are Allison Bonilla, Dawn Schwartz and Joy Baugh, and current mentees are Zariah and Iyana Baugh, Naomi Graham, Ella Moody and Danijah Bright.

PHOTO COURTESY ALLISON BONILLA

Thursday, July 19, 2018
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As summer slips away, West Volusia community advocates are actively planning for the upcoming school year. Allison Bonilla, a psychotherapist and life coach, has a mentoring program in place that... + continue reading
The three candidates running for the at-large seat on the Volusia County Council

The three candidates running for the at-large seat on the Volusia County Council

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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A retired white Republican sheriff, an African-American pastor who’s a Democrat, and a Republican Party activist and retired painting contractor go into a bar. The sheriff pulls out a fistful... + continue reading
KEYNOTE SPEAKER — The editor of Kitplanes magazine and builder of his own three kit aircraft is Paul Dye, who will kick off DeLand’s Sport Aviation Showcase on Nov. 1 as its keynote speaker. Dye’s magazine reaches 120,000 readers on both kit-making and kit-building segments of the sport-aviation industry with how-to articles and success stories.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER — The editor of Kitplanes magazine and builder of his own three kit aircraft is Paul Dye, who will kick off DeLand’s Sport Aviation Showcase on Nov. 1 as its keynote speaker. Dye’s magazine reaches 120,000 readers on both kit-making and kit-building segments of the sport-aviation industry with how-to articles and success stories.

PHOTO COURTESY PAUL DYE

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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DeLand Municipal Airport’s Sport Aviation Showcase just got a strong boost into the top tier of sport-aviation shows in the country with the signing of the leading magazine for home airplane... + continue reading
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Sitting through hours of hearings on the financial wants and needs of DeLand’s various city departments is not many people’s idea of a good time.  Yet, that’s what the... + continue reading
NICE FINISH — Finishing 15th out of 219 participants in the Jacksonville Triathlon Sprint last weekend, Bego Lopez, 50, of DeLand proudly displays the “Overall Female” award she earned. Lopez is a student at Daytona State College, studying business and accounting.

NICE FINISH — Finishing 15th out of 219 participants in the Jacksonville Triathlon Sprint last weekend, Bego Lopez, 50, of DeLand proudly displays the “Overall Female” award she earned. Lopez is a student at Daytona State College, studying business and accounting.

PHOTO COURTESY COACH JUDY WILSON

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Being prohibited from team sports during her childhood in Spain motivated a DeLand woman to move at a competitive pace throughout adulthood.  Now, at 50, Bego Lopez is one of the oldest cross... + continue reading
VACANCY — Jeff Hunter, left, stands near his seat with its former occupant, former DeLand City Commissioner Charles Paiva in November 2016. Paiva has expressed interest in filling Hunter’s now-vacant seat, two commissioners said July 16. 

VACANCY — Jeff Hunter, left, stands near his seat with its former occupant, former DeLand City Commissioner Charles Paiva in November 2016. Paiva has expressed interest in filling Hunter’s now-vacant seat, two commissioners said July 16. 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Commissioner Hunter suspended by governor while he awaits trial With one of its five members suspended after getting embroiled in a drug-related charge, the DeLand City Commission is short-staffed... + continue reading
deltona, water bills, citizen unrest, deltona city commission

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Unhappy residents — Deltona resident Brandy White joins the call to terminate Deltona City Manager Jane Shang, as she speaks July 16 at the Deltona City Commission meeting. Earlier this year, White was charged with a felony after she made a video recording of her interaction with a city employee in a public area at Deltona City Hall during an impromptu discussion of White's request for public records.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Demands for the ouster of Deltona City Manager Jane Shang failed to resonate with the City Commission July 16, though the decibel level rose to boisterous and rowdy at the well-attended meeting.... + continue reading

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INFORMATIVE — Beacon front-office manager Coni Tarby shows off the newspaper’s entry in a recent window-decorating contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tarby and advertising assistant Karen Bures created the window, which was judged the most informative.

INFORMATIVE — Beacon front-office manager Coni Tarby shows off the newspaper’s entry in a recent window-decorating contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tarby and advertising assistant Karen Bures created the window, which was judged the most informative.

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07/18/2018
Several DeLand businesses were heralded as decorating stars in a recent contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Anita’s Furniture & Home Decor won first place, CFL Insurance Agencies won second, and Pretty Little Things won third place in the window-decorating contest aimed at generating interest in the association’... + continue reading
COMFORT-FOOD DELIVERY — Alyssa Hogue dresses a slice of cheesecake before delivering it to a customer. Her mom owns Rhonda's Kitchen, newly opened in Orange City. Rhonda's Kitchen has its own pastry chef, Pat Labarbera, who comes in four mornings a week to make homemade baked goods, such as this cheesecake and other offerings, including cobblers, parfaits and pies. 

COMFORT-FOOD DELIVERY — Alyssa Hogue dresses a slice of cheesecake before delivering it to a customer. Her mom owns Rhonda's Kitchen, newly opened in Orange City. Rhonda's Kitchen has its own pastry chef, Pat Labarbera, who comes in four mornings a week to make homemade baked goods, such as this cheesecake and other offerings, including cobblers, parfaits and pies. 

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07/16/2018
FOODIE FILE: RHONDA'S KITCHEN Comfort food is one of life’s simple pleasures. Childhood memories flood in as you bite into steaming home-cooked biscuits-and-gravy or warm cobbler. Memories of Sunday meals after church, the feeling of being held in your mother’s arms, and other happy thoughts come to mind as you dig in at... + continue reading
Jeff Hunter, during a public appearance earlier this year.

DeLand City Commissioner Jeff Hunter, shown during a public appearance earlier this year, has been suspended from office.

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07/13/2018
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended a DeLand city commissioner arrested by state agents on drug-related charges June 27, his office said Friday afternoon. The governor issued an executive order suspending Commissioner Jeff Hunter, after Hunter was charged with selling hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. “Jeffrey... + continue reading

Sports

PHOTO COURTESY ELIZABETH STROPLE
Connor Painter, left, and McKenzie Bostic, right, are recognized as recipients of the DeLand High School annual Student-Athlete Leadership Award. DHS Athletic Directior Paul Ryder made the presentation at the Senior Awards Night Assembly. Bostic played both soccer and flag football, while Painter participated in golf as a Bulldog. 
During the recent DeLand High School Senior Award Assembly, many
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The DeLand High School Bulldog track team recently presented letters and awards, with coach Chris Madzik, center, making the presentation. The Coaches Award went to four-year athlete Jeremy Wilson, left, who just missed going to state in the 300 hurdles. The Most Valuable Runner Award went to Tyler Rollins, who will extend his education and track career in the 800 meters at the University of North Florida. 
PHOTO COURTESY JAMES LOWENSTEIN
Award-winners — DeLand High School girls’ track team coach Jim Lowenstein announced that two sophomores are this year’s award-winners. At left, Amberleigh Sauer was named Most Valuable Player. She competed in the shot put and discus. Cheyenne Dunn, right, was named Most Valuable Sprinter. She advanced onto the regional meet as the district champion in the 400 meters. 

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Going buggy — Members of the ACTS mentoring program for young people attend Bugfest at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Current mentors are Allison Bonilla, Dawn Schwartz and Joy Baugh, and current mentees are Zariah and Iyana Baugh, Naomi Graham, Ella Moody and Danijah Bright.

Going buggy — Members of the ACTS mentoring program for young people attend Bugfest at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Current mentors are Allison Bonilla, Dawn Schwartz and Joy Baugh, and current mentees are Zariah and Iyana Baugh, Naomi Graham, Ella Moody and Danijah Bright.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER — The editor of Kitplanes magazine and builder of his own three kit aircraft is Paul Dye, who will kick off DeLand’s Sport Aviation Showcase on Nov. 1 as its keynote speaker. Dye’s magazine reaches 120,000 readers on both kit-making and kit-building segments of the sport-aviation industry with how-to articles and success stories.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER — The editor of Kitplanes magazine and builder of his own three kit aircraft is Paul Dye, who will kick off DeLand’s Sport Aviation Showcase on Nov. 1 as its keynote speaker. Dye’s magazine reaches 120,000 readers on both kit-making and kit-building segments of the sport-aviation industry with how-to articles and success stories.

PHOTO COURTESY PAUL DYE

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DeLand Municipal Airport’s Sport Aviation Showcase just got a strong boost into the top tier of sport-aviation shows in the country with the signing of the leading magazine for home airplane... + continue reading
INFORMATIVE — Beacon front-office manager Coni Tarby shows off the newspaper’s entry in a recent window-decorating contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tarby and advertising assistant Karen Bures created the window, which was judged the most informative.

INFORMATIVE — Beacon front-office manager Coni Tarby shows off the newspaper’s entry in a recent window-decorating contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tarby and advertising assistant Karen Bures created the window, which was judged the most informative.

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07/18/18
‘GILDED AGE’ MANSION — Hatmaker John B. Stetson’s winter home in DeLand will be the setting for a weeklong celebration of his legacy, including the display of nostalgic family heirlooms.

‘GILDED AGE’ MANSION — Hatmaker John B. Stetson’s winter home in DeLand will be the setting for a weeklong celebration of his legacy, including the display of nostalgic family heirlooms.

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07/11/18
GETTING A BREAK — Total Renal Laboratories, which operates under the DaVita Laboratories name, is getting an exemption from the city’s property taxes for the next 10 years if city commissioners give final approval.

GETTING A BREAK — Total Renal Laboratories, which operates under the DaVita Laboratories name, is getting an exemption from the city’s property taxes for the next 10 years if city commissioners give final approval.

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A close call involving a baby boy left in the back seat of a vehicle this afternoon resulted in child neglect charges for the woman who left him there – and a reminder to everyone to take some... + continue reading