PROUD PARTNERS — Brian Martin, left, and his partner, Josh Cotelesse, hope to have their new restaurant open Tuesday, Dec. 26, on South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

PROUD PARTNERS — Brian Martin, left, and his partner, Josh Cotelesse, hope to have their new restaurant open Tuesday, Dec. 26, on South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
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A breakfast-and-lunch restaurant is getting ready to open, but this one is not in DeLand’s nascent “breakfast district” on the north end of town. C’s Waffles is coming to... + continue reading
NOTHING BUT THE BEST — Owner Mitzi Caine works on a client, Kenya Williams, one day recently in Mitzi’s First Impressions Hair Salon in DeLand.

NOTHING BUT THE BEST — Owner Mitzi Caine works on a client, Kenya Williams, one day recently in Mitzi’s First Impressions Hair Salon in DeLand.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Dec. 2 marked the grand opening of Mitzi’s First Impressions Hair Salon in DeLand. Mitzi Caine, owner of the salon, has been an active member of the West Volusia community for more than 20... + continue reading
CLOSE ENOUGH — A collective sigh of relief by a group of family and friends gave way to cheers as Al Vogel, 91, of DeLand and master skydiver/instructor Bob Crossman, drifted closer to safe ground during a tandem jump Dec. 2 at Skydive DeLand. 

CLOSE ENOUGH — A collective sigh of relief by a group of family and friends gave way to cheers as Al Vogel, 91, of DeLand and master skydiver/instructor Bob Crossman, drifted closer to safe ground during a tandem jump Dec. 2 at Skydive DeLand. 

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Tears streamed down Christine Vogel’s cheeks Dec. 2 as she looked skyward. Her gaze was fixed on the bright yellow parachute carrying her 91-year-old father, Alfred “Al” Vogel, and... + continue reading
Rush-hour slowdown — The intersection of Woodland Boulevard, Orange Camp Road and McGregor Road in south DeLand gets congested during rush hour, as seen in the photo above. As new homes are built in the hundreds in southeastern DeLand, more and more drivers pour onto the city’s increasingly taxed highways and byways. 

Rush-hour slowdown — The intersection of Woodland Boulevard, Orange Camp Road and McGregor Road in south DeLand gets congested during rush hour, as seen in the photo above. As new homes are built in the hundreds in southeastern DeLand, more and more drivers pour onto the city’s increasingly taxed highways and byways. 

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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New homes equal more cars on the roads, especially in southeast DeLand, where development is at an all-time high. Who pays for improvements — widening, adding and extending roadways —... + continue reading
STILL FOR SALE — The historic Hotel Putnam’s future is once again thrown into uncertainty after a deal to turn the long-dormant hotel into residences fell through. Sarasota developer Tony Collins could not get enough private investment to complete the $8.3 million restoration project, even after the DeLand City Commission voted to invest $500,000 in the project. DeLand’s offer expired Nov. 30. 

STILL FOR SALE — The historic Hotel Putnam’s future is once again thrown into uncertainty after a deal to turn the long-dormant hotel into residences fell through. Sarasota developer Tony Collins could not get enough private investment to complete the $8.3 million restoration project, even after the DeLand City Commission voted to invest $500,000 in the project. DeLand’s offer expired Nov. 30. 

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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A $500,000 deal between the City of DeLand and a Sarasota developer to restore the Hotel Putnam expired at the end of November, leaving the historic hotel languishing once again. The DeLand City... + continue reading
A furry helper — Andrea DeCrescento shares a touching moment with her service dog, Whenchester, at a training session hosted by New Horizons Service Dogs. Based in Orange City, the nonprofit group provides service dogs for people with disabilities, including for those with mobility problems or in wheelchairs.

A furry helper — Andrea DeCrescento shares a touching moment with her service dog, Whenchester, at a training session hosted by New Horizons Service Dogs. Based in Orange City, the nonprofit group provides service dogs for people with disabilities, including for those with mobility problems or in wheelchairs.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Air Force veteran Matt Rourk, 32, met his dog, Belize, a golden retriever, for the first time at a training session hosted by New Horizons Service Dogs, a private nonprofit based in Orange City.... + continue reading

Carl Husfeld was a longtime resident of the DeLand area. He died about a year ago due to injuries sustained while trying to stop a burglary.

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Monday, December 11, 2017
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About one year ago, an 87-year-old man was fatally injured when he tried to stop a burglary of his home near DeLand. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is still looking for any information... + continue reading

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Always with a smile — One of DeLand's favorite bartenders, Mary Buth, has my dessert, the fried cheesecake. Behind her is The DeLand Stockyard’s large selection of wines to choose from. You can find Mary and her heartwarming smile at the bar, entertaining guests most nights at The DeLand Stockyard. Below, the sighting of the bull statue, with its wide-spanning horns, lets visitors know they've arrived at 1915 Old New York Ave., DeLand.

Always with a smile — One of DeLand's favorite bartenders, Mary Buth, has my dessert, the fried cheesecake. Behind her is The DeLand Stockyard’s large selection of wines to choose from. You can find Mary and her heartwarming smile at the bar, entertaining guests most nights at The DeLand Stockyard. 

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12/11/2017
Heading down Old New York Avenue on DeLand’s west side, I soon saw a large statue of a bull with his wide-spanning horns. I arrived at No. 1915, The DeLand Stockyard, where quality steaks are a specialty. The building was constructed in 1921 by Casper Howarth as a guesthouse to serve those traveling through, often to do business on the... + continue reading
BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON It's a bird, it's a plane... — A Deltona man was uninjured after firefighters rescued him after his powered paraglider and wing became stuck in a tree.

It's a bird, it's a plane... — A Deltona man was uninjured after firefighters rescued him after his powered paraglider and wing became stuck in a tree.

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12/08/2017
Trial and error is sometimes a dangerous way to learn a new skill, as a Deltona man learned anew Friday morning, Dec. 8. The owner of a powered paraglider was trying to master flying it along Wiggly Farms Road, north of Elkcam Boulevard, when something went wrong. “He was not hurt in the accident,” Deltona Fire Chief Bill Snyder... + continue reading
That’s a big flag — Members of the DeLand Rotary Club and their helpers tote a giant American flag down Woodland Boulevard in the DeLand Christmas Parade Dec. 2. The flag is a crowd favorite, and garners much applause as the Rotarians carry it on the parade route. For two years now, DeLand’s three Rotary Clubs — Breakfast, Noon and Downtown — have organized and staged the town’s Christmas parade, since the DeLand Jaycees gave up the job after several decades.

 

That’s a big flag — Members of the DeLand Rotary Club and their helpers tote a giant American flag down Woodland Boulevard in the DeLand Christmas Parade Dec. 2. The flag is a crowd favorite, and garners much applause as the Rotarians carry it on the parade route. For two years now, DeLand’s three Rotary Clubs — Breakfast, Noon and Downtown — have organized and staged the town’s Christmas parade, since the DeLand Jaycees gave up the job after several decades.

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12/06/2017
Thousands of cheering people lined Woodland Boulevard Dec. 2 for DeLand’s 69th annual Christmas Parade. The parade, run for the second year by DeLand’s three Rotary Clubs, featured 121 entries from a variety of community groups, elected officials and local businesses. The Beacon was once again proud to handle community voting for... + 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
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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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MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE — Beacon editor Anthony DeFeo, left, and his girlfriend, Ally Gardner, both members of Collective and Collective Cares, prepare to march in the Dec. 2 DeLand Christmas Parade with the DeLand Pride entry. The display of support for the LGBTQ community was criticized by a Beacon reader whose letter was published in the Dec. 7-10 edition, prompting the responses published here.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE — Beacon editor Anthony DeFeo, left, and his girlfriend, Ally Gardner, both members of Collective and Collective Cares, prepare to march in the Dec. 2 DeLand Christmas Parade with the DeLand Pride entry. The display of support for the LGBTQ community was criticized by a Beacon reader whose letter was published in the Dec. 7-10 edition, prompting the responses published here.

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Why would a church support the LGBTQ community? Editor, The Beacon: Regarding the letter to the editor in the Dec. 7 issue, Collective’s community statement celebrates and calls for... + continue reading

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PROUD PARTNERS — Brian Martin, left, and his partner, Josh Cotelesse, hope to have their new restaurant open Tuesday, Dec. 26, on South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

PROUD PARTNERS — Brian Martin, left, and his partner, Josh Cotelesse, hope to have their new restaurant open Tuesday, Dec. 26, on South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

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A breakfast-and-lunch restaurant is getting ready to open, but this one is not in DeLand’s nascent “breakfast district” on the north end of town. C’s Waffles is coming to... + continue reading
NOTHING BUT THE BEST — Owner Mitzi Caine works on a client, Kenya Williams, one day recently in Mitzi’s First Impressions Hair Salon in DeLand.

NOTHING BUT THE BEST — Owner Mitzi Caine works on a client, Kenya Williams, one day recently in Mitzi’s First Impressions Hair Salon in DeLand.

PHOTOS COURTESY TAKEEM ESCÖBÂR

12/13/17
THE TEACHER — This is Abdiel Laboy, one of the culinary-arts instructors in a 13-month, Spanish-language program at Florida Technical College in Kissimmee.

THE TEACHER — This is Abdiel Laboy, one of the culinary-arts instructors in a 13-month, Spanish-language program at Florida Technical College in Kissimmee.

PHOTOS COURTESY FLORIDA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

12/06/17
WEARING WELL — This original section of what is now Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center stretches alongside South Amelia Avenue in DeLand. This first part of the facility had a larger companion building added in 1984.

WEARING WELL — This original section of what is now Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center stretches alongside South Amelia Avenue in DeLand. This first part of the facility had a larger companion building added in 1984.

12/06/17

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Volusia County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the Friday-night robbery of a Pierson pharmacy that was captured on video. Deputies responded to the Pierson Community Pharmacy, 112 E.... + continue reading