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West Volusia police news

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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DeLand police are investigating a Wednesday-afternoon incident that sent a 5-year-old boy to the hospital after he was shot in the head with a pellet gun, according to city spokesman Chris Graham... + continue reading
limbing to support others — Already planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in June, these adventurers decided to make the journey a fundraiser for ME STRONG. The trekkers are, in back, from left, Will, Tracie, Matt and Luke Branz, Suzanne Sawko (standing in for her sister Sara Patterson, who will climb), Bill Sawko and Carter Cervantes; and in front, from left, Tim and Wakeland Branz, and Orlando, Alee and Amy Cervantes. The dogs, from left, are Han Solo, Lulu and Gibbs.

Climbing to support others — Already planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in June, these adventurers decided to make the journey a fundraiser for ME STRONG. The trekkers are, in back, from left, Will, Tracie, Matt and Luke Branz, Suzanne Sawko (standing in for her sister Sara Patterson, who will climb), Bill Sawko and Carter Cervantes; and in front, from left, Tim and Wakeland Branz, and Orlando, Alee and Amy Cervantes. The dogs, from left, are Han Solo, Lulu and Gibbs.

PHOTO COURTESY TRACIE BRANZ

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Climbing Africa’s highest mountain is no small feat, but members of two DeLand families are preparing to trek the nearly 20,000 feet up Kilimanjaro for those who face even more difficult... + continue reading
First comes the vision — This slide was presented to the DeBary City Council to illustrate possibilities for DeBary’s Transportation Overlay District (TOD). It shows everything from a farmers market to upscale apartments, all designed to appeal to people who utilize the SunRail commuter-train station in DeBary. A map of the district shows where in DeBary these developments could be located.

First comes the vision — This slide was presented to the DeBary City Council to illustrate possibilities for DeBary’s Transportation Overlay District (TOD). It shows everything from a farmers market to upscale apartments, all designed to appeal to people who utilize the SunRail commuter-train station in DeBary. A map of the district shows where in DeBary these developments could be located.

GRAPHIC COURTESY CITY OF DEBARY

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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The River City is bracing for a tidal wave of growth and development, particularly around the city’s SunRail station. Consultant Larry Adams’ grand vision for DeBary’s 107-acre... + continue reading
To be continued? — East Beresford Avenue currently ends at Blue Lake Avenue on DeLand’s east side.

To be continued? — East Beresford Avenue currently ends at Blue Lake Avenue on DeLand’s east side.

BEACON PHOTO/RICK BUTLER

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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One property owner is the holdout A long-planned road project in southeast DeLand is stalled over right of way. For several years, transportation planners have wanted to extend East Beresford... + continue reading
A full house — The Our Community Rocks event was well-attended, packing a DeLand fire station May 13 with people painting #DeLandRocks. Karrah Monk of Mainstreet Community Bank, which co-sponsored the event, estimated that between 250 and 300 people attended, despite rainy weather. She said several businesses in addition to the bank contributed to make the event possible: West Volusia Shed Co., which donated 1.5 tons of rocks, Sherwin-Williams, Quality Quickprint, JC’s Bikes and Boards, Trophy Factory Plus

A full house — The Our Community Rocks event was well-attended, packing a DeLand fire station May 13 with people painting #DeLandRocks. Karrah Monk of Mainstreet Community Bank, which co-sponsored the event, estimated that between 250 and 300 people attended, despite rainy weather. She said several businesses in addition to the bank contributed to make the event possible: West Volusia Shed Co., which donated 1.5 tons of rocks, Sherwin-Williams, Quality Quickprint, JC’s Bikes and Boards, Trophy Factory Plus Framing, Crystal Springs Water, Joe Hearn Events, T&S Professional Rentals, and Tom’s Pizza. “It was a huge community event,” Monk said.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Cops, firefighters and businesses are using them to make connections Residents and businesses — even governmental agencies — are using #DeLandRocks to connect with each other,... + continue reading
Energy farm — Solar panels stretch nearly to the horizon at Florida Power & Light’s Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County. Another solar farm is planned in the middle of Volusia County.

Energy farm — Solar panels stretch nearly to the horizon at Florida Power & Light’s Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County. Another solar farm is planned in the middle of Volusia County.

PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT CO.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Facility between Pioneer Trail and NSB will be able to power 15,000 homes The Volusia County Council has tentatively approved Florida Power & Light Co.’s plan to set up a solar farm in... + continue reading
Now open — Sporty’s Car Wash is now open at 1310 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City, following a year of renovations and refurbishing. This is the third location for Sporty’s, which already has locations in south DeLand and St. Augustine and soon will have a fourth on DeLand’s north side.

Now open — Sporty’s Car Wash is now open at 1310 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City, following a year of renovations and refurbishing. This is the third location for Sporty’s, which already has locations in south DeLand and St. Augustine and soon will have a fourth on DeLand’s north side.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Sporty’s Car Wash, which opened on DeLand’s south side more than four years ago, is growing in West Volusia. Owner Gordon Hardwick said a Sporty’s Car Wash would be open in... + continue reading

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Artistic surroundings — Julie Scheurich, left, and Nancy Gear stand on the entry porch of a newly renovated house that is the home of Fabrications, a new fabric and yarn shop, fiber-arts gallery and studio in Downtown DeLand.

Artistic surroundings — Julie Scheurich, left, and Nancy Gear stand on the entry porch of a newly renovated house that is the home of Fabrications, a new fabric and yarn shop, fiber-arts gallery and studio in Downtown DeLand.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

05/24/2017
Nancy Gear and Julie Scheurich often toiled at jobs that only occasionally required much creativity. But making original creations of cloth and yarn was never far from their minds. “I’ve always been a sewist — that’s the current term — and I learned from my mother,” Scheurich said. “I went to art school... + continue reading
A recent evening view of the Daytona Beach Band Shell's courtyard, with the ocean just beyond.

A recent evening view of the Daytona Beach Band Shell's courtyard, with the ocean just beyond.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DEFEO

05/23/2017
Another beach-toll bonanza in the making? As the summer arrives and more people, including inland Volusians, seek recreation on the sand and in the surf, their days of saving money by parking in county-owned parking lots along the ocean may be numbered. Just as free vehicular access to the beach is now only a memory treasured by older... + continue reading
Floats for pups — K-9 officer Scooby of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows off his brightly colored life vest during 2016’s National Safe Boating Week. The FWC highly recommends personal flotation devices for pets as well, no matter how well they swim.

Floats for pups — K-9 officer Scooby of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows off his brightly colored life vest during 2016’s National Safe Boating Week. The FWC highly recommends personal flotation devices for pets as well, no matter how well they swim.

PHOTO COURTESY FWC

 
05/23/2017
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is observing National Safe Boating Week during May 20-26. This is a time for boaters to focus on the simple and effective steps that can make any boating activity safer, for both boaters and the people around them. “The season’s here, and it’s hot,” said Greg Workman... + continue reading

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PHOTO COURTESY WILBERT KENDRICK II

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.

Calvary Christian Academy (Ormond Be
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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Possibilities — A group of young people, including West Volusia students Chance Hansen, Ryan Tankard, Elijah Raynor, Traci Holbort, Fredyoma Grimes, Kenyetta Grimes, Jaheem Curry, Allen Tumor and Steven Mnari, tour the Bethune-Cookman University campus in Daytona Beach May 6 as part of the CATALYST and DREAM programs’ “Mind Expansion Tour.” These middle- and high-school students learned about careers and higher-learning options.

Possibilities — A group of young people, including West Volusia students Chance Hansen, Ryan Tankard, Elijah Raynor, Traci Holbort, Fredyoma Grimes, Kenyetta Grimes, Jaheem Curry, Allen Tumor and Steven Mnari, tour the Bethune-Cookman University campus in Daytona Beach May 6 as part of the CATALYST and DREAM programs’ “Mind Expansion Tour.” These middle- and high-school students learned about careers and higher-learning options.

PHOTO COURTESY CATALYST AND DREAM

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05/25/2017
As community organizations across the county continue to provide support to further develop our students, we must continue to share these opportunities. Empowering parents and caregivers to engage... + continue reading

Business

Now open — Sporty’s Car Wash is now open at 1310 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City, following a year of renovations and refurbishing. This is the third location for Sporty’s, which already has locations in south DeLand and St. Augustine and soon will have a fourth on DeLand’s north side.

Now open — Sporty’s Car Wash is now open at 1310 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City, following a year of renovations and refurbishing. This is the third location for Sporty’s, which already has locations in south DeLand and St. Augustine and soon will have a fourth on DeLand’s north side.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

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05/24/2017
Sporty’s Car Wash, which opened on DeLand’s south side more than four years ago, is growing in West Volusia. Owner Gordon Hardwick said a Sporty’s Car Wash would be open in... + continue reading
Artistic surroundings — Julie Scheurich, left, and Nancy Gear stand on the entry porch of a newly renovated house that is the home of Fabrications, a new fabric and yarn shop, fiber-arts gallery and studio in Downtown DeLand.

Artistic surroundings — Julie Scheurich, left, and Nancy Gear stand on the entry porch of a newly renovated house that is the home of Fabrications, a new fabric and yarn shop, fiber-arts gallery and studio in Downtown DeLand.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

05/24/17
Girding for higher sea levels — Dr. Jason Evans, assistant professor of environmental science at Stetson University, is finding innovative ways for coastal communities to adapt to rising sea levels.

Girding for higher sea levels — Dr. Jason Evans, assistant professor of environmental science at Stetson University, is finding innovative ways for coastal communities to adapt to rising sea levels.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

05/18/17
Restored warbird — A restored Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber is parked in front of a DeLand Naval Air Station Museum hangar that was donated by All Quality Products and named for company owner Ron Herman.

Restored warbird — A restored Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber is parked in front of a DeLand Naval Air Station Museum hangar that was donated by All Quality Products and named for company owner Ron Herman.

05/17/17

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05/08/2017
This video, from Volusia County Sheriff's Office body camera and helicopter footage, shows the apprehension of two burglary suspects. The suspects started hitting cell phone stores... + continue reading