Watching and listening — Dozens of people interested in the proposed Automall carefully follow the discussion before the DeLand CIty Commission. The commission met in special session Jan. 18, to consider what to do about the Automall developers’ request to be annexed into Lake Helen, whose city limits already include a strip of land west of Interstate 4 and adjacent to Victoria Park and DeLand’s boundaries. DeLand officials are seeking to head off the annexation by Lake Helen, citing concerns about the proj

Watching and listening — Dozens of people interested in the proposed Automall carefully follow the discussion before the DeLand CIty Commission. The commission met in special session Jan. 18, to consider what to do about the Automall developers’ request to be annexed into Lake Helen, whose city limits already include a strip of land west of Interstate 4 and adjacent to Victoria Park and DeLand’s boundaries. DeLand officials are seeking to head off the annexation by Lake Helen, citing concerns about the project’s effects on traffic, noise and tax revenues.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
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Location, location, location puts the proposed Automall in a struggle between DeLand and Lake Helen, and unless the two parties can resolve their differences, they may face off in court. For now,... + continue reading
CHECKMATE — My Angel With Paws service-dog training organization director Sarah Townsend shows pup-in-training Noah the art of behaving in and navigating public places; in this case, Downtown DeLand’s Chess Park, where My Angel With Paws visited Jan. 17. 

CHECKMATE — My Angel With Paws service-dog training organization director Sarah Townsend shows pup-in-training Noah the art of behaving in and navigating public places; in this case, Downtown DeLand’s Chess Park, where My Angel With Paws visited Jan. 17. 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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In the midst of what looks like controlled chaos, Sarah Townsend and Marilyn Kudlets are extraordinarily good-natured. They have 15 — and counting — tail-wagging reasons to be joyful.... + continue reading
DETERMINED DISSENTERS — After protesting at a number of preliminary meetings, opponents of D.R. Horton’s proposed Victoria Oaks show up again, and ready themselves for the DeLand City Commission to approve or deny the builder’s plan Jan. 16. Victoria Oaks, planned at completion to add about 588 homes on 171 acres, will be at the southwest corner of Blue Lake Avenue and Taylor Road.  

DETERMINED DISSENTERS — After protesting at a number of preliminary meetings, opponents of D.R. Horton’s proposed Victoria Oaks show up again, and ready themselves for the DeLand City Commission to approve or deny the builder’s plan Jan. 16. Victoria Oaks, planned at completion to add about 588 homes on 171 acres, will be at the southwest corner of Blue Lake Avenue and Taylor Road.  

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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The DeLand City Commission gave the green light to D.R. Horton’s Victoria Oaks development Jan. 16. Presentations and deliberation went on for four hours. On top of concessions residents... + continue reading
NEW PARTNERS — Vicki Kizma, left, and Melissa Trickey have teamed up to open Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants, in DeLand.

NEW PARTNERS — Vicki Kizma, left, and Melissa Trickey have teamed up to open Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants, in DeLand.

PHOTO COURTESY TRICKEY & KIZMA

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Veteran CPAs Melissa Trickey and Vicki Kizma, who had worked together informally in the past, have teamed up to open their own accounting firm. Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants,... + continue reading
TEST FITTING — One of the nearly 5,000 attendees at November’s Sport Aviation Showcase on the DeLand Municipal Airport straps on an Aerolite 103 ultralight airplane and dreams of flying free above the Earth. A local manufacturer sold three of the nine kit airplanes purchased at the highly regarded showcase.

TEST FITTING — One of the nearly 5,000 attendees at November’s Sport Aviation Showcase on the DeLand Municipal Airport straps on an Aerolite 103 ultralight airplane and dreams of flying free above the Earth. A local manufacturer sold three of the nine kit airplanes purchased at the highly regarded showcase.

BEACON PHOTOS/RICK BUTLER

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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DeLand Municipal Airport and its associated Business Park are quietly becoming the East Coast’s premier sport-aviation supplier and mecca. 2017 accelerated that growing focus, and last fall... + continue reading
New development for Lake Helen? — This map shows the location of the proposed I-4 Automall relative to the current Lake Helen city limits. The developer has applied to annex the rest of the property into Lake Helen. 

New development for Lake Helen? — This map shows the location of the proposed I-4 Automall relative to the current Lake Helen city limits. The developer has applied to annex the rest of the property into Lake Helen. Right-click and select "Open in new tab" or "Open in new window" to enlarge. 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Developer requests annexation; city poised to vote Jan. 25 The developers behind the proposed I-4 Automall, planned at the eastern edge of DeLand’s Victoria Park, want the project to be part... + continue reading
CLUCKIN' HOT GRILLED CHEESE — My foodie partner Nate Flynn ordered this specialty that has a Buffalo chicken breast, fresh jalapeño, blue cheese dressing, melted pepper jack cheese, and thick-cut sourdough bread.

CLUCKIN' HOT GRILLED CHEESE — My foodie partner Nate Flynn ordered this specialty that has a Buffalo chicken breast, fresh jalapeño, blue cheese dressing, melted pepper jack cheese, and thick-cut sourdough bread.

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Monday, January 15, 2018
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Visitors to Downtown DeLand will find Yolo Bar and Grilled Cheese at 208 N. Woodland Blvd., in a spot formerly occupied by the Grotto tavern. Owners James and Elizabeth Carpenter opened Yolo in... + continue reading

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Erin Boyd, 31

01/11/2018
UPDATED: As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Erin Boyd has been located, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Original story continues below The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating an Orange City woman who was last seen late Sunday night. Erin Boyd, 31, left her phone, keys,... + continue reading
SAVVY PICKERS — These six Roland George Investments Program students presented stock recommendations at an annual meeting. From left are Leah Hauserman, Christina Lint, Megan Christopher, Loic Blanco, Antoni Akkerman and Bryce Holbrook.

SAVVY PICKERS — These six Roland George Investments Program students presented stock recommendations at an annual meeting. From left are Leah Hauserman, Christina Lint, Megan Christopher, Loic Blanco, Antoni Akkerman and Bryce Holbrook.

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01/10/2018
Stetson University’s Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) has launched another new stock index, Artificial Intelligence. Six Stetson University RGIP seniors spent months researching, vetting, analyzing and, ultimately, pitching to a board of faculty and student trustees a total of five stocks: the Artificial Intelligence index, which... + continue reading
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! — Halifax Health commemorated 90 years of service to the communities it serves with a special cupcake celebration Jan. 3 for its more than 4,000 employees in Volusia, Flagler and Orange counties.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! — Halifax Health commemorated 90 years of service to the communities it serves with a special cupcake celebration Jan. 3 for its more than 4,000 employees in Volusia, Flagler and Orange counties.

PHOTO COURTESY HALIFAX HEALTH

01/10/2018
Volusia County’s oldest hospital still in operation recently held a 90th-anniversary celebration for its 4,000 employees in three counties. Halifax District Hospital in Daytona Beach was officially opened Jan. 3, 1928, with 125 beds, 40 of which were in private rooms, and a 22-member nursing staff. Julia May Leach served as the hospital... + continue reading

Sports

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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
PHOTO COURTESY JAMES LOWENSTEIN
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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NEW PARTNERS — Vicki Kizma, left, and Melissa Trickey have teamed up to open Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants, in DeLand.

NEW PARTNERS — Vicki Kizma, left, and Melissa Trickey have teamed up to open Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants, in DeLand.

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Veteran CPAs Melissa Trickey and Vicki Kizma, who had worked together informally in the past, have teamed up to open their own accounting firm. Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants,... + continue reading
TEST FITTING — One of the nearly 5,000 attendees at November’s Sport Aviation Showcase on the DeLand Municipal Airport straps on an Aerolite 103 ultralight airplane and dreams of flying free above the Earth. A local manufacturer sold three of the nine kit airplanes purchased at the highly regarded showcase.

TEST FITTING — One of the nearly 5,000 attendees at November’s Sport Aviation Showcase on the DeLand Municipal Airport straps on an Aerolite 103 ultralight airplane and dreams of flying free above the Earth. A local manufacturer sold three of the nine kit airplanes purchased at the highly regarded showcase.

BEACON PHOTOS/RICK BUTLER

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SAVVY PICKERS — These six Roland George Investments Program students presented stock recommendations at an annual meeting. From left are Leah Hauserman, Christina Lint, Megan Christopher, Loic Blanco, Antoni Akkerman and Bryce Holbrook.

SAVVY PICKERS — These six Roland George Investments Program students presented stock recommendations at an annual meeting. From left are Leah Hauserman, Christina Lint, Megan Christopher, Loic Blanco, Antoni Akkerman and Bryce Holbrook.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

01/10/18
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! — Halifax Health commemorated 90 years of service to the communities it serves with a special cupcake celebration Jan. 3 for its more than 4,000 employees in Volusia, Flagler and Orange counties.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! — Halifax Health commemorated 90 years of service to the communities it serves with a special cupcake celebration Jan. 3 for its more than 4,000 employees in Volusia, Flagler and Orange counties.

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