Vibrant bruschetta — A popular appetizer and an Italian classic is bruschetta. At Forno Bello, it consists of diced tomato, garlic, basil, olive oil, fresh mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. The Downtown DeLand restaurant offers many classic Italian dishes.

Vibrant bruschetta — A popular appetizer and an Italian classic is bruschetta. At Forno Bello, it consists of diced tomato, garlic, basil, olive oil, fresh mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. The Downtown DeLand restaurant offers many classic Italian dishes. BEACON PHOTO/RYAN ROUGEUX

Monday, April 23, 2018
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Four years of serving piping-hot pizza  Forno Bello means “beautiful oven” in Italian. For four years now in historic Downtown DeLand, the restaurant by that name has been... + continue reading
24-year-old Kelley Anderson was arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in relation to a Pierson shooting.

24-year-old Kelley Anderson was arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in relation to a Pierson shooting.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY CORRECTIONS

Friday, April 20, 2018
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Volusia County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Thursday evening in connection with a shooting at an April 14 family party in Pierson. Deputies arrested 24-year-old Kelley Anderson on a... + continue reading
From Woodland to Florida — This panoramic shot captured by SoNY District resident Danny Sorensen shows paving underway on Georgia Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Each paver was set by hand by members of a team from A-Best Brick Pavers of Orlando.

From Woodland to Florida — This panoramic shot captured by SoNY District resident Danny Sorensen shows paving underway on Georgia Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Each paver was set by hand by members of a team from A-Best Brick Pavers of Orlando.

PHOTO BY DANNY SORENSEN

Friday, April 20, 2018
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Celebrate the completion of Georgia Avenue and Persimmon Lane 5-8 p.m. April 28 The City of DeLand and the businesses of the SoNY (South of New York) District of Downtown DeLand are inviting the... + continue reading
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More questions than answers — DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger said investigators had little information on the identity or cause of death of a decomposing female body found in the woods east of Lake Winnemissett.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
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DeLand police are looking into where a partially decomposing body found in a remote area near Gasline Road came from, after the body was discovered by a group of joggers Wednesday. Police... + continue reading
PART OF THE CAUSE — One of the factors driving up fuel prices is the recent tension in the Middle East. In this official U.S. Navy photo from earlier this month, the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon fires a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile.

PART OF THE CAUSE — One of the factors driving up fuel prices is the recent tension in the Middle East. In this official U.S. Navy photo from earlier this month, the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon fires a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile.

U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS KALLYSTA CASTILLO

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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If you think gasoline prices are going up at a steady clip, you’re right. AAA’s survey of fuel prices finds they are on par with the prices in the wake of Hurricane Irma last fall and... + continue reading
FUTURE FIBER — Six-month-old Melanie, a baby alpaca, or cria, stays close to her mother, Kowgirl, on April 15, as members of the Alpacas of Willow Hill herd are sheared for summer. Mother and baby now belong to 14-year-old Wyatt Hammerle, a budding alpaca farmer, who would like to be the first to show alpacas at the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show.

FUTURE FIBER — Six-month-old Melanie, a baby alpaca, or cria, stays close to her mother, Kowgirl, on April 15, as members of the Alpacas of Willow Hill herd are sheared for summer. Mother and baby now belong to 14-year-old Wyatt Hammerle, a budding alpaca farmer, who would like to be the first to show alpacas at the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show.

BEACON PHOTOS/ERIKA WEBB

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Launda Soper has shed a few tears recently at Alpacas of Willow Hill, where she lives and has raised alpacas for 13 years. She started with 32 animals and was maintaining a herd of about 14 on the... + continue reading
A lot to watch — Kathy Chace of DeLand monitors at least seven screens in her job as a telecommunicator for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Telecommunicators work 12-hour shifts, and are required to put in overtime.

A lot to watch — Kathy Chace of DeLand monitors at least seven screens in her job as a telecommunicator for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Telecommunicators work 12-hour shifts, and are required to put in overtime.

BEACON PHOTO/ERIKA WEBB

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Long hours, stressful work and low pay make recruiting difficult Low pay, high stress and crummy hours are causing a shortage of operators to manage 911 calls in Volusia County. The Volusia... + continue reading

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Next stop, Germany — With her teacher Kim Sibio at her side, holding a German flag, DeLand High School student Sarah Gaudreault smiles in the DeLand High School “bullpit.” She’s headed to Germany on an all-expenses-paid trip after graduation, as a reward for her German-language skills. Gaudreault and Sibio hope that her achievement will inspire other students to take German courses.

Next stop, Germany — With her teacher Kim Sibio at her side, holding a German flag, DeLand High School student Sarah Gaudreault smiles in the DeLand High School “bullpit.” She’s headed to Germany on an all-expenses-paid trip after graduation, as a reward for her German-language skills. Gaudreault and Sibio hope that her achievement will inspire other students to take German courses.

BEACON PHOTO/SUZANNE ENGLISH

04/18/2018
For one DeLand High School senior, an adventure awaits after graduation, thanks to her remarkable skill in the German language. Eighteen-year-old Sarah Gaudreault will embark on a long plane ride out of the United States and live as a German student for a little more than two weeks this summer. After a rigorous exam and interview process,... + continue reading
Controlled burn — Two Deltona firefighters watch a citizen put out a small fire in a bucket during an interactive demonstration at a recent open house the Deltona Fire Department hosted.

Controlled burn — Two Deltona firefighters watch a citizen put out a small fire in a bucket during an interactive demonstration at a recent open house the Deltona Fire Department hosted.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

04/18/2018
Could FENIX reduce health care costs? The Deltona Firefighters Foundation is working on a plan to use paramedics and emergency-medical technicians to prevent life-threatening situations.  “We feel we have a moral imperative,” said John Fleemin, president of the Deltona Firefighters Foundation.  Dubbed the FENIX... + continue reading
Working near the wings — City of DeLand Utilities Department crews dig up and examine a sewer pipe March 22 under the alley now known as Persimmon Lane. The popular stretch of pavement runs between West New York and West Georgia avenues in Downtown DeLand.  Work on the alley, including complete resurfacing, was completed earlier this month. 

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Working near the wings — City of DeLand Utilities Department crews dig up and examine a sewer pipe March 22 under the alley now known as Persimmon Lane. The popular stretch of pavement runs between West New York and West Georgia avenues in Downtown DeLand.  Work on the alley, including complete resurfacing, was completed earlier this month. 

04/18/2018
It’s unusual for an alley to be the subject of lengthy debate; Pill Alley was the exception. After vigorous discussion at the April 16 City Commission meeting, the alley that is home to the DeLand Wings mural has a new name: Persimmon Lane. The diminutive strip of pavement connects West New York and West Georgia avenues, running behind... + 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
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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End of polio is near; you can help Editor, The Beacon: It is wonderful that the DeLand Memorial Hospital & Veterans Museum is open again. The photo of the iron lung prompted me to respond... + continue reading

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COLORFUL SURROUNDINGS — Owner Elizabeth Jackson plays with her youngest daughter, Chelsea, in the right foreground, while other kids frolic in Awesome Blossom Indoor Play Place one recent afternoon.

COLORFUL SURROUNDINGS — Owner Elizabeth Jackson plays with her youngest daughter, Chelsea, in the right foreground, while other kids frolic in Awesome Blossom Indoor Play Place one recent afternoon.

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04/18/2018
Elizabeth Jackson kept waiting for someone to open a place where she could take her little ones to play. But when nothing like that came along, she decided to open one herself. And thus was born... + continue reading
OFFICIALLY OPEN — Store Manager Thomas Seay, left of center, and employees cut a ribbon to officially reopen a Winn-Dixie store at 1050 W. New York Ave. in DeLand.

OFFICIALLY OPEN — Store Manager Thomas Seay, left of center, and employees cut a ribbon to officially reopen a Winn-Dixie store at 1050 W. New York Ave. in DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

04/18/18
PROUD OWNER — Zach McCamie co-owns the new uBreakiFix store on DeLand’s north side. He’s an Orlando firefighter; his wife, co-owner Christen McCamie, is a real estate broker.

PROUD OWNER — Zach McCamie co-owns the new uBreakiFix store on DeLand’s north side. He’s an Orlando firefighter; his wife, co-owner Christen McCamie, is a real estate broker.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

04/11/18
SMILES ALL AROUND — From left, Stetson University Provost Noel Painter, President Wendy B. Libby, trustees Cici and Hyatt Brown, and board Chair Joe Cooper celebrate an announcement that the Browns had donated $18 million to the university.

SMILES ALL AROUND — From left, Stetson University Provost Noel Painter, President Wendy B. Libby, trustees Cici and Hyatt Brown, and board Chair Joe Cooper celebrate an announcement that the Browns had donated $18 million to the university.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

04/11/18

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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