A photo Air One, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office helicopter unit, captured this photo of the fire around 5 p.m. Thursday.

A photo Air One, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office helicopter unit, captured this photo of the fire around 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
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UPDATE APRIL 28, 3:15 p.m.: State Road 44 has reopened. The fire is said to be about 75 percent contained.  UPDATE: As of 5 p.m., State Road 44 was closed between Damascus Road and Pioneer... + continue reading
West Volusia Police News

West Volusia Police News

Thursday, April 27, 2017
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The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is treating a suspicious death that occurred Tuesday night just south of DeLand as a homicide, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gary Davidson... + continue reading
At peace — A tabby rests at home at Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary.

At peace — A tabby rests at home at Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary.

PHOTO BY ALLY HINTON

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary is two months behind on mortgage payments on its shelter, leading to concerns in the community that the sanctuary might have to close. Journey’s End... + continue reading
Work in progress — The exterior awaits a coat of stucco while interior renovations continued recently at what will be a MedExpress urgent-care center at 1328 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. This will be the 22nd facility in Florida for the growing West Virginia-based chain.

Work in progress The exterior awaits a coat of stucco while interior renovations continued recently at what will be a MedExpress urgent-care center at 1328 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. This will be the 22nd facility in Florida for the growing West Virginia-based chain.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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MedExpress, a growing Morgantown, West Virginia-based chain of urgent-care centers, is getting ready to open a facility at 1328 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. The new center will be the chain’... + continue reading
Treating a ‘victim’ — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial registered nurse Erin Shehata, left, and Dr. Michelle Ramia, right, care for one of the student volunteers from University High School during a mock emergency-response decontamination drill April 7.

Treating a ‘victim’ Florida Hospital Fish Memorial registered nurse Erin Shehata, left, and Dr. Michelle Ramia, right, care for one of the student volunteers from University High School during a mock emergency-response decontamination drill April 7.

PHOTOS COURTESY FLORIDA HOSPITAL FISH MEMORIAL

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Florida Hospital Fish Memorial successfully conducted a full-scale emergency-response decontamination drill April 7. The premise of the fictitious emergency scenario was a car accident on I-4 near... + continue reading
Sign of the times — This home on Blue Horizon Drive in northwest Deltona was on the market only two days before a buyer submitted a contract to buy it. Expect the market to heat up further, as families seek to move while the children are not in school.

Sign of the times — This home on Blue Horizon Drive in northwest Deltona was on the market only two days before a buyer submitted a contract to buy it. Expect the market to heat up further, as families seek to move while the children are not in school.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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In what leaders say is proof of a rebounding economy, Volusia County real estate values are continuing to rise, and that translates into growth in the county’s tax base. More than a month... + continue reading
Hard at work — Volunteers Gwendolyn Turnbull, Cindy, Lacey and Todd Preston, and Eunice Muir spruce up the Lake Helen-Cassadaga Cemetery on a recent Saturday morning, to get it ready for Easter visitors.

Hard at work — Volunteers Gwendolyn Turnbull, Cindy, Lacey and Todd Preston, and Eunice Muir spruce up the Lake Helen-Cassadaga Cemetery on a recent Saturday morning, to get it ready for Easter visitors.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Starting with an old cemetery gnarled in overgrowth, a newly formed group of volunteers is getting busy in Lake Helen. Their mission is to assist the small city’s four-person public-works... + continue reading

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Officer Constantine “Dino” Procos

Officer Constantine “Dino” Procos

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04/26/2017
  DeLand Police Department officers are raising funds for one of their own who recently was diagnosed with an incurable lung disease. Six-year veteran Constantine “Dino” Procos, a native of South Africa and former skydiving instructor, was diagnosed in March with an incurable lung disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis... + continue reading
Roderick Fludd, 62

Roderick Fludd, 62

04/25/2017
A DeLand man was arrested Sunday after he left the scene of an accident, according to the DeLand Police Department. Roderick Fludd, 62, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries at around 9:35 p.m. Sunday, April 23. An officer was dispatched to the corner of South Orange and West Voorhis avenues in DeLand, after a... + continue reading
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.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

04/24/2017
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. Eight chefs from assisted-living complexes across Volusia County recently descended on Downtown DeLand bistro Byte for the second annual Battle of the ALF... + 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.

 

Three Pine Ridge High School senior athletes recently signed lett

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Well, we made it through another Earth Day. It’s one of my favorite secular holidays. Mother Earth has her day, and all the leftists come out of the woodwork. Don’t get me wrong. I... + continue reading
Headed out to help — Armed with buckets and bags, volunteers head out from Hontoon Island State Park to pull invasive water plants and trash from the St. Johns River. The cleanup event was April 22, which is also Earth Day.

Headed out to help — Armed with buckets and bags, volunteers head out from Hontoon Island State Park to pull invasive water plants and trash from the St. Johns River. The cleanup event was April 22, which is also Earth Day.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

04/27/17

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Work in progress — The exterior awaits a coat of stucco while interior renovations continued recently at what will be a MedExpress urgent-care center at 1328 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. This will be the 22nd facility in Florida for the growing West Virginia-based chain.

Work in progress The exterior awaits a coat of stucco while interior renovations continued recently at what will be a MedExpress urgent-care center at 1328 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. This will be the 22nd facility in Florida for the growing West Virginia-based chain.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

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MedExpress, a growing Morgantown, West Virginia-based chain of urgent-care centers, is getting ready to open a facility at 1328 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. The new center will be the chain’... + continue reading
Treating a ‘victim’ — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial registered nurse Erin Shehata, left, and Dr. Michelle Ramia, right, care for one of the student volunteers from University High School during a mock emergency-response decontamination drill April 7.

Treating a ‘victim’ Florida Hospital Fish Memorial registered nurse Erin Shehata, left, and Dr. Michelle Ramia, right, care for one of the student volunteers from University High School during a mock emergency-response decontamination drill April 7.

PHOTOS COURTESY FLORIDA HOSPITAL FISH MEMORIAL

04/26/17
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.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

04/19/17
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

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