Blue Lake cheering team — From left in back are Kayleen Hernandez-Garay, Blue Lake Principal Dr. Scott Lifvendahl, Amanda Cooper and Delly Borgos; and in front, from left, are Shaunia Jackson, Joan Chambers and Assistant Principal Virginia Freeman.

Blue Lake cheering team — From left in back are Kayleen Hernandez-Garay, Blue Lake Principal Dr. Scott Lifvendahl, Amanda Cooper and Delly Borgos; and in front, from left, are Shaunia Jackson, Joan Chambers and Assistant Principal Virginia Freeman.
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Blue Lake Elementary School in DeLand welcomes families and the community with open arms, as the school works toward adding resources paid for by the Turnaround Option Plan (TOP 3) federal grant.... + continue reading
The first customers — Before the early-morning opening of the new VA outpatient clinic in Deltona May 15, the first veterans line up at the door. From left are Bill Savine, an Air Force veteran from DeBary; Wayne Wood, a Navy veteran from DeBary; Thomas Goff, a Navy veteran from DeLand; Kelly Horton, an Army veteran from DeLand; and Dana Gregory, an Air Force veteran from DeLand. Gregory said he is pleased to have the bigger facility closer to where he lives. “I think it’s easier to go to,” he added. “I wen

The first customers — Before the early-morning opening of the new VA outpatient clinic in Deltona May 15, the first veterans line up at the door. From left are Bill Savine, an Air Force veteran from DeBary; Wayne Wood, a Navy veteran from DeBary; Thomas Goff, a Navy veteran from DeLand; Kelly Horton, an Army veteran from DeLand; and Dana Gregory, an Air Force veteran from DeLand. Gregory said he is pleased to have the bigger facility closer to where he lives. “I think it’s easier to go to,” he added. “I went to Lake Nona, and the tolls will kill you.”

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Veterans clinic reopens in new location More than three-and-a-half years after the relocation and expansion of the facility was first announced, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’... + continue reading
HOO WILL HELP US? — These baby screech owls were found on the ground, abandoned. After being checked out by the vets at DeLand Animal Hospital, they were transferred to a private rehabilitator. They will be released when they are old enough to fend for themselves, Ahopha Wildlife Rescue founder Tom Scotti said. 

HOO WILL HELP US? — These baby screech owls were found on the ground, abandoned. After being checked out by the vets at DeLand Animal Hospital, they were transferred to a private rehabilitator. They will be released when they are old enough to fend for themselves, Ahopha Wildlife Rescue founder Tom Scotti said. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Not all animals treated by veterinarians are the beloved, pampered pets of doting humans. Good Samaritans and the compassionate staff at DeLand Animal Hospital strive to ensure that no creature... + continue reading
A BIG THANKS — State Rep. Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, and state Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, hold framed copies of the bills they worked to get passed in their respective houses of the Florida Legislature, which officially designate a day in honor of slain civil-rights leaders Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, who were killed when their Mims home was bombed in 1951. With them are members of the NAACP West Volusia Branch who gathered at Greater Union First Baptist Church of DeLand to honor the legi

A BIG THANKS — State Rep. Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, and state Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, hold framed copies of the bills they worked to get passed in their respective houses of the Florida Legislature, which officially designate a day in honor of slain civil-rights leaders Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, who were killed when their Mims home was bombed in 1951. With them are members of the NAACP West Volusia Branch who gathered at Greater Union First Baptist Church of DeLand to honor the legislators. NAACP West Volusia Branch President Mike Williams, seated at the right end of the first row, has a family connection to Harry T. Moore — his father, he explained, purchased his NAACP membership from Moore in the late 1940s. As a result of the group’s efforts, the third Saturday in December is  now officially known as “Harry Tyson Moore and Harriette Vyda Simms Moore Day” in Florida.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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At a gathering May 14, members of the NAACP West Volusia Branch showed their appreciation for a pair of local legislators who helped get statewide recognition for two distinguished martyrs of the... + continue reading
THE SITE — The proposed site of the I-4 Automall along Orange Camp Road.

THE SITE — The proposed site of the I-4 Automall along Orange Camp Road.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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State law spells out rules for fight DeLand’s legal challenge against Lake Helen over the proposed I-4 Automall is officially moving through the court system — though, for now, it'... + continue reading
No more lifeguards — Children frolic in the spring-fed swimming hole at DeLeon Springs State Park during the summer of 2016, as a lifeguard peers from his tower. This summer, there will be no lifeguards at the popular swimming hole. Not enough qualified applicants could be found for the temporary position, the state said.  

No more lifeguards — Children frolic in the spring-fed swimming hole at DeLeon Springs State Park during the summer of 2016, as a lifeguard peers from his tower. This summer, there will be no lifeguards at the popular swimming hole. Not enough qualified applicants could be found for the temporary position, the state said.  

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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As summer’s usual scores of children jump and splash in the pool at DeLeon Springs State Park, adults might want to be extra-vigilant. There will be no lifeguards on duty. The Department of... + continue reading
THE AFTERMATH — DeLand firefighters were still present at the Hotel Putnam the morning after the April 29 inferno. 

THE AFTERMATH — DeLand firefighters were still present at the Hotel Putnam the morning after the April 29 inferno. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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DeLand fire chief: Lengthy investigation not unusual It’s still not known what caused a fire at DeLand’s historic Hotel Putnam more than two weeks ago, and it may yet take a little... + continue reading

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IBECC 2018 TEAM — STETSON’S ETHICS TEAM — Stetson University students, from left, Regis Steighner, Megan Christopher, Alex Overdijking and Nathaniel Diamond won first- and second-place prizes at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC).

IBECC 2018 TEAM — STETSON’S ETHICS TEAM — Stetson University students, from left, Regis Steighner, Megan Christopher, Alex Overdijking and Nathaniel Diamond won first- and second-place prizes at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC).

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05/16/2018
Stetson University students won first- and second-place prizes at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) held in April in Boston. The undergraduate field of competitors across all brackets included 30 institutions from the U.S., Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, China and Australia. The Stetson team consisted of... + continue reading
SAVVY LEADERS — The staff of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority poses for a photograph recently during a Tourism Week event. From left are Dena Scroggins, Kristine Spence and Executive Director Georgia Turner.

SAVVY LEADERS — The staff of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority poses for a photograph recently during a Tourism Week event. From left are Dena Scroggins, Kristine Spence and Executive Director Georgia Turner.

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05/16/2018
Events in Daytona Beach and West Volusia celebrated the record-breaking economic impact that tourism had in Volusia County in 2017 and helped mark National Travel & Tourism Week, which this year was May 6-12. The May 9 events kicked off that morning with a crowd of about 200 at the new Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, where attendees were... + continue reading
05/15/2018
Detectives with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting death of a woman who was killed in her home in Deltona Monday evening. The shooting at 2008 Dearing Ave. was reported around 5:30 p.m., after a man performing work on the house discovered the victim, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant... + continue reading

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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. 
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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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Blue Lake cheering team — From left in back are Kayleen Hernandez-Garay, Blue Lake Principal Dr. Scott Lifvendahl, Amanda Cooper and Delly Borgos; and in front, from left, are Shaunia Jackson, Joan Chambers and Assistant Principal Virginia Freeman.

Blue Lake cheering team — From left in back are Kayleen Hernandez-Garay, Blue Lake Principal Dr. Scott Lifvendahl, Amanda Cooper and Delly Borgos; and in front, from left, are Shaunia Jackson, Joan Chambers and Assistant Principal Virginia Freeman.
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Blue Lake Elementary School in DeLand welcomes families and the community with open arms, as the school works toward adding resources paid for by the Turnaround Option Plan (TOP 3) federal grant.... + continue reading
For the children — First lady Melania Trump embraces a young child while visiting the Hadassah Medical Organization facility in Jerusalem in May 2017.

For the children — First lady Melania Trump embraces a young child while visiting the Hadassah Medical Organization facility in Jerusalem in May 2017.

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IBECC 2018 TEAM — STETSON’S ETHICS TEAM — Stetson University students, from left, Regis Steighner, Megan Christopher, Alex Overdijking and Nathaniel Diamond won first- and second-place prizes at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC).

IBECC 2018 TEAM — STETSON’S ETHICS TEAM — Stetson University students, from left, Regis Steighner, Megan Christopher, Alex Overdijking and Nathaniel Diamond won first- and second-place prizes at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC).

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Stetson University students won first- and second-place prizes at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) held in April in Boston. The undergraduate field of competitors across all... + continue reading
SAVVY LEADERS — The staff of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority poses for a photograph recently during a Tourism Week event. From left are Dena Scroggins, Kristine Spence and Executive Director Georgia Turner.

SAVVY LEADERS — The staff of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority poses for a photograph recently during a Tourism Week event. From left are Dena Scroggins, Kristine Spence and Executive Director Georgia Turner.

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05/16/18
WINNING STUDENTS — Stetson University’s Jilissa Zoltko and Thomas Oltorik show off their checks for winning the top two spots at the Cairns Foundation Innovation Challenge.

WINNING STUDENTS — Stetson University’s Jilissa Zoltko and Thomas Oltorik show off their checks for winning the top two spots at the Cairns Foundation Innovation Challenge.

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05/09/18
CHANGING HANDS — Pictured are Jess Parker, right, who sold her popular mobile pet-grooming business, Hometown Hound, to experienced groomer Megan Butler.

CHANGING HANDS — Pictured are Jess Parker, right, who sold her popular mobile pet-grooming business, Hometown Hound, to experienced groomer Megan Butler.

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Several dozen people gathered Feb. 21 at the corner of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue, in the heart of Downtown DeLand, to rally for Parkland and against gun violence. Beacon video by Marsha... + continue reading