PASTRIES APLENTY — Twin Brothers Bakery server Daniella Martinez, from Pierson, stands behind a counter of the bakery’s pastries. She’s holding cream-filled items, while on the counter are coconut macaroons, apple turnovers and unusual guava turnovers. Daniella’s been working with the DeLeon Springs bakery for about a year.

PASTRIES APLENTY — Twin Brothers Bakery server Daniella Martinez, from Pierson, stands behind a counter of the bakery’s pastries. She’s holding cream-filled items, while on the counter are coconut macaroons, apple turnovers and unusual guava turnovers. Daniella’s been working with the DeLeon Springs bakery for about a year.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Tucked behind an arbor of yellow flowers along U.S. Highway 17 on the south side of DeLeon Springs is a nice surprise for anyone fancying fresh-daily European pastries, unusual and tasty breakfasts,... + continue reading
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Frustrated — Deltona City Commissioner Brian Soukup is shown during a July 24 City Commission meeting debating with Mayor John Masiarczyk about how the agenda for the meeting is put together.

Monday, August 21, 2017
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A maverick member of the Deltona City Commission has exited. Commissioner Brian Soukup, who represents Deltona’s District 5, tendered his resignation today, Monday, Aug. 21, just hours... + continue reading
The map shown here, produced by NASA, shows the general path of the Aug. 21 eclipse over the southeastern United States. 

The map shown here, produced by NASA, shows the general path of the Aug. 21 eclipse over the southeastern United States. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be seen throughout North America. People along a narrow strip of land stretching diagonally from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, will be... + continue reading
LUNCH BREAK — Faith Community Church site supervisor Gloria Holloway (wearing a visor), administrative officer Carla Leake and Pastor D.J. Craine of Faith Community Church welcome children to lunch during the final week of the church’s successful summer-meals program at Bill Keller Park in DeBary.

LUNCH BREAK — Faith Community Church site supervisor Gloria Holloway (wearing a visor), administrative officer Carla Leake and Pastor D.J. Craine of Faith Community Church welcome children to lunch during the final week of the church’s successful summer-meals program at Bill Keller Park in DeBary.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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A new pastor's idea to provide school-meal replacements for neighborhood children was a rousing success this summer in DeBary's Bill Keller Park. Teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank,... + continue reading
Proud team — Holding The West Volusia Beacon’s awards presented Aug. 11 in the Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper contest are, from left, The Beacon’s newest staff member, advertising consultant David Dean, assistant editor and digital-presence manager Anthony DeFeo, Publisher Barb Shepherd, photographer Marsha McLaughlin, and reporter Al Everson.

Proud team — Holding The West Volusia Beacon’s awards presented Aug. 11 in the Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper contest are, from left, The Beacon’s newest staff member, advertising consultant David Dean, assistant editor and digital-presence manager Anthony DeFeo, Publisher Barb Shepherd, photographer Marsha McLaughlin, and reporter Al Everson.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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The West Volusia Beacon won six awards in the recent Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper contest, competing against weekly newspapers from across the state. Three of the awards were... + continue reading
New officers — American Legion Post 187 in DeLand recently installed new officers. From left are First Vice Cmdr. Curtis Andrews, Sergeant-at-Arms Leroy Cosby, Adjutant Thomas Henri, and post Cmdr. Charles Williams. The newly installed officers and members of the historic American Legion Orange Baker Post met July 14 to discuss plans for grant funds issued to the City of DeLand on the post’s behalf by the State of Florida for restoration work.

New officers — American Legion Post 187 in DeLand recently installed new officers. From left are First Vice Cmdr. Curtis Andrews, Sergeant-at-Arms Leroy Cosby, Adjutant Thomas Henri, and post Cmdr. Charles Williams. The newly installed officers and members of the historic American Legion Orange Baker Post met July 14 to discuss plans for grant funds issued to the City of DeLand on the post’s behalf by the State of Florida for restoration work. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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A restored American Legion hall in DeLand is in the works — finally.  In May of 2016, Cmdr. Charles Williams, along with state and city officials, gathered to celebrate the approval of... + continue reading
Welcome back — Linda Gall-Keane, a teacher at George Marks Elementary School in DeLand, welcomes students and their parents into her classroom Aug. 14,  the first day of school for students in Volusia County public schools. 

Welcome back — Linda Gall-Keane, a teacher at George Marks Elementary School in DeLand, welcomes students and their parents into her classroom Aug. 14,  the first day of school for students in Volusia County public schools. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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The Volusia County school district is selling 46 acres of surplus land in Deltona, and has more vacant land for sale. At a recent meeting, School Board members unanimously approved a contract to... + continue reading

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AN EMPTY SHELL — The outer walls are all that exist — so far — for a new Pet Supermarket store under construction on DeLand’s south side. The store is going up next to a Publix Super Market in the Country Club Corners shopping center.

AN EMPTY SHELL — The outer walls are all that exist — so far — for a new Pet Supermarket store under construction on DeLand’s south side. The store is going up next to a Publix Super Market in the Country Club Corners shopping center.

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08/16/2017
A second Pet Supermarket store in DeLand — and the chain’s eighth in Volusia County — is under construction on the city’s south side. The chain of pet-care supplies has had a store at 1511 N. Woodland Blvd. for about five years. The new store is at 2393 S. Woodland Blvd., adjacent to a Publix Super Market in the Country... + continue reading
MEMORIAL SERVICE — In a tree-shaded memorial garden, Florida Hospital DeLand hosts staff and members of the public at a special service Aug. 15 honoring unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014. The Aug. 15 event coincided with the two-year anniversary of the opening of the expansion to the lab.

MEMORIAL SERVICE — In a tree-shaded memorial garden, Florida Hospital DeLand hosts staff and members of the public at a special service Aug. 15 honoring unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014. The Aug. 15 event coincided with the two-year anniversary of the opening of the expansion to the lab.

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08/16/2017
Florida Hospital DeLand hosted a special service in the hospital’s memorial garden on Aug. 15, honoring the unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014. The event also coincided with the two-year anniversary of the opening of the $3.5 million, 6,740-square-... + continue reading
Family-owned and-operated  — "We named the restaurant Lelo’s because my nieces and nephews couldn't say ‘abuelo’ [grandfather], so they called my dad Lelo," Mariely Yapor said. From left are daughter Karime Yapor, father Jose Yapor, mother Carmen Yapor, and daughter Mariely.

Family-owned and-operated  — "We named the restaurant Lelo’s because my nieces and nephews couldn't say ‘abuelo’ [grandfather], so they called my dad Lelo," Mariely Yapor said. From left are daughter Karime Yapor, father Jose Yapor, mother Carmen Yapor, and daughter Mariely.

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08/14/2017
I had heard Lelo’s in Orange City had some of the most amazing Spanish cuisine around, but never had the pleasure of trying any of their creations, until now.   Strolling through the door, I was met with a fast-paced environment and a strong aroma of Spanish spices and cooking. The louder-than-usual Latin music was fun, and got... + 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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AN EMPTY SHELL — The outer walls are all that exist — so far — for a new Pet Supermarket store under construction on DeLand’s south side. The store is going up next to a Publix Super Market in the Country Club Corners shopping center.

AN EMPTY SHELL — The outer walls are all that exist — so far — for a new Pet Supermarket store under construction on DeLand’s south side. The store is going up next to a Publix Super Market in the Country Club Corners shopping center.

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A second Pet Supermarket store in DeLand — and the chain’s eighth in Volusia County — is under construction on the city’s south side. The chain of pet-care supplies has had... + continue reading
MEMORIAL SERVICE — In a tree-shaded memorial garden, Florida Hospital DeLand hosts staff and members of the public at a special service Aug. 15 honoring unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014. The Aug. 15 event coincided with the two-year anniversary of the opening of the expansion to the lab.

MEMORIAL SERVICE — In a tree-shaded memorial garden, Florida Hospital DeLand hosts staff and members of the public at a special service Aug. 15 honoring unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014. The Aug. 15 event coincided with the two-year anniversary of the opening of the expansion to the lab.

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08/16/17
Closing its doors — The DeLand branch of Chase Bank will be closing at the end of September. This branch is on one end of a small strip center on East International Speedway Boulevard that also houses stores for two cellphone companies, a massage spa, a hair salon, and a restaurant, among other businesses.

Closing its doors — The DeLand branch of Chase Bank will be closing at the end of September. This branch is on one end of a small strip center on East International Speedway Boulevard that also houses stores for two cellphone companies, a massage spa, a hair salon, and a restaurant, among other businesses.

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08/09/17
Flying high — Erica Group poses outside the offices of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority on West New York Avenue in DeLand.

Flying high — Erica Group poses outside the offices of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority on West New York Avenue in DeLand.

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This video, from Volusia County Sheriff's Office body camera and helicopter footage, shows the apprehension of two burglary suspects. The suspects started hitting cell phone stores... + continue reading