Good Samaritan’s heartbeat — Good Samaritan Clinic Administrator Mary Gusky keeps her finger on the clinic pulse and ensures the free clinic’s needs are met and that services are provided to the needy.

Good Samaritan’s heartbeat — Good Samaritan Clinic Administrator Mary Gusky keeps her finger on the clinic pulse and ensures the free clinic’s needs are met and that services are provided to the needy.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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In the summer of 2007, a vision for health care in West Volusia was just coming to fruition. That fruit — impelled by a desire to assure that quality medical care is available to people who... + continue reading
Making connections — Shilretha Dixon, administrator of the Spring Hill Resource Center, greets visitors to the computer lab. The Resource Center, set up in 1999 in portable buildings on South Adelle Avenue, hopes to relocate to a larger, permanent facility to offer services to residents.

Making connections — Shilretha Dixon, administrator of the Spring Hill Resource Center, greets visitors to the computer lab. The Resource Center, set up in 1999 in portable buildings on South Adelle Avenue, hopes to relocate to a larger, permanent facility to offer services to residents.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Before long, Spring Hill residents may have a new place to get help with everything from applying for food stamps to training for jobs and improving their credit scores. Since its establishment in... + continue reading
Introduction — DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger meets with members of the news media June 19. Umberger said building relationships will be a key to his strategy as chief. “I’m an approachable, relational person,” he told The Beacon. “I’ve been told by my wife that I’m too stern, that I need to smile more. I have a command presence, but yet I’m approachable, and friendly.”

Introduction — DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger meets with members of the news media June 19. Umberger said building relationships will be a key to his strategy as chief. “I’m an approachable, relational person,” he told The Beacon. “I’ve been told by my wife that I’m too stern, that I need to smile more. I have a command presence, but yet I’m approachable, and friendly.”

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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DeLand’s new Police Chief Jason Umberger is officially on duty, and the new top cop has already laid out his plans and goals. Fresh from his previous job in Swatara Township, Pennsylvania,... + continue reading
Here’s your guide to July Fourth!

Here’s your guide to July Fourth!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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What better way for DeLand to celebrate the independent retail stores that make up its central business district than with a pre-Fourth handshaking and back-patting bash? After learning June 5... + continue reading
Youth program — Catalyst founder and Executive Director Felicia Benzo, left, and African American Museum of the Arts Executive Director Mary Allen talk about the Catalyst program during the June 17 Juneteenth celebration at the museum. The program mentors children in grades three to five to “inspire them to greatness.” Allen received a Hometown Heroes Award that was presented to her at a Juneteenth celebration in Daytona Beach.

Youth program — Catalyst founder and Executive Director Felicia Benzo, left, and African American Museum of the Arts Executive Director Mary Allen talk about the Catalyst program during the June 17 Juneteenth celebration at the museum. The program mentors children in grades three to five to “inspire them to greatness.” Allen received a Hometown Heroes Award that was presented to her at a Juneteenth celebration in Daytona Beach.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Juneteenth Independence Day — often called Freedom Day — is observed across the United States to commemorate the day slaves in Texas learned they were free, on June 19, 1865. Slavery... + continue reading
Prefab concept — A new Checkers restaurant in Orange City will look similar to this one, with prefabricated modules built off-site and assembled in place. The new eatery will have a single drive-thru lane, which the franchisee believes will be more efficient than the double lanes common at other locations.

Prefab concept — A new Checkers restaurant in Orange City will look similar to this one, with prefabricated modules built off-site and assembled in place. The new eatery will have a single drive-thru lane, which the franchisee believes will be more efficient than the double lanes common at other locations.

PHOTO COURTESY CHECKERS & RALLY’S

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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If all goes according to plan, a new Checkers drive-thru restaurant in Orange City will be serving up burgers and fries by the end of this year. The franchised eatery will be taking the place of a... + continue reading
Mentor and mentee — Larry DeLong, left, and Cody Resciniti stand in front of a display of Stihl products recently at Triple D Equipment. Resciniti is one of the latest “young bucks” at Triple D who have been mentored by DeLong over the years.

Mentor and mentee — Larry DeLong, left, and Cody Resciniti stand in front of a display of Stihl products recently at Triple D Equipment. Resciniti is one of the latest “young bucks” at Triple D who have been mentored by DeLong over the years.

BEACON PHOTO/JAN GIROUX

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Triple D Equipment has been around for nearly three decades, but owner Larry DeLong has never forgotten his company’s small-business roots. DeLong, whose business is an authorized dealer for... + continue reading

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West Volusia crime news

West Volusia crime news

06/21/2017
A suspect in an armed robbery at a DeBary Burger King didn't get far Wednesday morning after holding up the restaurant, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant. The robbery at the Burger King at 305 Sunrise Blvd. was called in at 11:33 a.m., Gant said. Witnesses told responding deputies that the male... + continue reading
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A space for music — Decker’s Lake Helen Grill’s dining room has a stage for live music and other kinds of performances and events.

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06/20/2017
Decker’s Lake Helen Grill brings delicious American comfort food, camaraderie and community to Lake Helen. “Our passion is to be the hub of Lake Helen. Bringing people together for fellowship and great food,” said Niki Decker, who owns and operates the new restaurant with her Lake Helen-born husband and kitchen manager, Joey... + continue reading
West Volusia crime news

West Volusia crime news

06/19/2017
An app on a stolen iPad led Volusia County sheriff’s deputies to a suspected thief in Deltona, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant. According to Gant, 28-year-old Raymond Ingberg was outside the Publix on Elkcam Boulevard shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, when he met a shopper who asked him if he was hungry and... + 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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Letters to the Editor

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06/22/2017
Another take on Victoria Oaks Editor, The Beacon: I feel I need to respond to the letter-writers concerned about Victoria Oaks in the June 15-18 edition of The Beacon, to let them know about my... + continue reading
Youth program — Catalyst founder and Executive Director Felicia Benzo, left, and African American Museum of the Arts Executive Director Mary Allen talk about the Catalyst program during the June 17 Juneteenth celebration at the museum. The program mentors children in grades three to five to “inspire them to greatness.” Allen received a Hometown Heroes Award that was presented to her at a Juneteenth celebration in Daytona Beach.

Youth program — Catalyst founder and Executive Director Felicia Benzo, left, and African American Museum of the Arts Executive Director Mary Allen talk about the Catalyst program during the June 17 Juneteenth celebration at the museum. The program mentors children in grades three to five to “inspire them to greatness.” Allen received a Hometown Heroes Award that was presented to her at a Juneteenth celebration in Daytona Beach.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

06/21/17

Business

Prefab concept — A new Checkers restaurant in Orange City will look similar to this one, with prefabricated modules built off-site and assembled in place. The new eatery will have a single drive-thru lane, which the franchisee believes will be more efficient than the double lanes common at other locations.

Prefab concept — A new Checkers restaurant in Orange City will look similar to this one, with prefabricated modules built off-site and assembled in place. The new eatery will have a single drive-thru lane, which the franchisee believes will be more efficient than the double lanes common at other locations.

PHOTO COURTESY CHECKERS & RALLY’S

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06/21/2017
If all goes according to plan, a new Checkers drive-thru restaurant in Orange City will be serving up burgers and fries by the end of this year. The franchised eatery will be taking the place of a... + continue reading
Mentor and mentee — Larry DeLong, left, and Cody Resciniti stand in front of a display of Stihl products recently at Triple D Equipment. Resciniti is one of the latest “young bucks” at Triple D who have been mentored by DeLong over the years.

Mentor and mentee — Larry DeLong, left, and Cody Resciniti stand in front of a display of Stihl products recently at Triple D Equipment. Resciniti is one of the latest “young bucks” at Triple D who have been mentored by DeLong over the years.

BEACON PHOTO/JAN GIROUX

06/21/17
Cutting a ribbon — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial officials May 31 cut a ribbon officially opening a colorful 7,700-square-foot center for Wellness and Rehab Care inside the Volusia Medical Center on the Fish Memorial campus in Orange City. The center is designed to provide rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with heart or lung diseases, as well as patients needing physical, occupational or speech therapy.

Cutting a ribbon — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial officials May 31 cut a ribbon officially opening a colorful 7,700-square-foot center for Wellness and Rehab Care inside the Volusia Medical Center on the Fish Memorial campus in Orange City. The center is designed to provide rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with heart or lung diseases, as well as patients needing physical, occupational or speech therapy.

PHOTOS COURTESY FLORIDA HOSPITAL FISH MEMORIAL

06/14/17
All together now — Florida Health Care Plans’ reconfiguration of its footprint in Oakbrook Professional Centre resulted in an extended-hours care center, a pharmacy, an ultrasound lab, and a doctor’s office clustered at the north end of the plaza.

All together now — Florida Health Care Plans’ reconfiguration of its footprint in Oakbrook Professional Centre resulted in an extended-hours care center, a pharmacy, an ultrasound lab, and a doctor’s office clustered at the north end of the plaza.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

06/14/17

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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