Pumpkins, of course — Malachi, Caleb and Elisheva Cahill check out the First United Methodist Church pumpkin patch at the church’s Harvest Festival Oct. 28. The event featured a wide variety of family fun and plenty of the orange orbs that signal the harvest season.

Pumpkins, of course — Malachi, Caleb and Elisheva Cahill check out the First United Methodist Church pumpkin patch at the church’s Harvest Festival Oct. 28. The event featured a wide variety of family fun and plenty of the orange orbs that signal the harvest season.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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DeLandites young and young and heart came out Oct. 28 to enjoy First United Methodist Church of DeLand's annual Harvest Festival. Enjoy these photos from Beacon photographer Marsha McLaughlin of... + continue reading
Perfect turnout — DeLand resident Lynne Coffey’s 2016 Thanksgiving turkey, made using tips from a friend, Collette Koop, who owns The Old House Cafe.    PHOTO ABOVE COURTESY LYNNE COFFEY, AT RIGHT BEACON FILE

Perfect turnout — DeLand resident Lynne Coffey’s 2016 Thanksgiving turkey, made using tips from a friend, Collette Koop, who owns The Old House Cafe.

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Monday, November 20, 2017
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As talk turns to turkey, some are willing to share their tried-and-true twists on tasty turkey turnouts. For this week’s Foodie File, The Beacon plucked four DeLand-area eatery owners... + continue reading
Help from the feds — Deltona resident George Johnson, above, usually deals with ranchers and foresters in his work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, but he also has helped put together community gardens in Pierson, Bunnell, Ormond Beach and now DeLand. “There’s all different ways that these work and who benefits from them,” Johnson said. In the photo below, Stetson University students prepare the plot for raised beds. 

Help from the feds — Deltona resident George Johnson, above, usually deals with ranchers and foresters in his work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, but he also has helped put together community gardens in Pierson, Bunnell, Ormond Beach and now DeLand. “There’s all different ways that these work and who benefits from them,” Johnson said. In the photo below, Stetson University students prepare the plot for raised beds. 

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Monday, November 20, 2017
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The Artisan Alley Friday Night Growers and Makers Market is now able to accept food stamps. And, thanks to a special program, food-stamp users can double their money when they shop at the market.... + continue reading
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The Henin Group, developer of the luxury Riviera Bella community spanning 240 acres overlooking the St. Johns River in DeBary, is expanding the award-winning community by an additional 293 single-... + continue reading
It takes a village — DeLand chef and restaurant owner Hari Pulapaka works as a volunteer Oct. 28, installing irrigation in one of the raised beds in the Spring Hill community garden. Pulapaka has long promoted the use of fresh, locally grown produce in his acclaimed Downtown DeLand restaurant, Cress. In back, Stetson University students get their work assignments.

It takes a village — DeLand chef and restaurant owner Hari Pulapaka works as a volunteer Oct. 28, installing irrigation in one of the raised beds in the Spring Hill community garden. Pulapaka has long promoted the use of fresh, locally grown produce in his acclaimed Downtown DeLand restaurant, Cress. In back, Stetson University students get their work assignments.

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Monday, November 20, 2017
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Spring Hill neighbors get a community garden   Stetson University student Madilyn Amico carried buckets of soil in the hot afternoon sun, helping build a community garden for DeLand... + continue reading
IMPRESSIVE STRUCTURE — This new Goodwill store and Job Connection Center is at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd. on DeLand’s north side. It replaces a smaller, retail-only store about a quarter-mile south.

IMPRESSIVE STRUCTURE — This new Goodwill store and Job Connection Center is at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd. on DeLand’s north side. It replaces a smaller, retail-only store about a quarter-mile south.

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Monday, November 20, 2017
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Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has opened a larger retail store and a Job Connection Center on the north side of DeLand — providing its job-training and placement services to West... + continue reading
The ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of persimmons — DeLandite Lorenzo Bizzio plants Turkey Lake persimmon seedlings in the backyard of a home on East New York Avenue. The blue liquid in the jar next to him is diluted plant fertilizer. Bizzio hopes to help DeLand reclaim its “Persimmon Hollow” identity.

The ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of persimmons — DeLandite Lorenzo Bizzio plants Turkey Lake persimmon seedlings in the backyard of a home on East New York Avenue. The blue liquid in the jar next to him is diluted plant fertilizer. Bizzio hopes to help DeLand reclaim its “Persimmon Hollow” identity.

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Monday, November 20, 2017
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As dusk approached Nov. 5, Lorenzo Bizzio went about planting persimmon trees in the backyard of a house on East New York Avenue in DeLand, where a small orange grove had thrived before falling... + continue reading

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Distinguished professor — Stetson University Professor Emeritus T. Wayne Bailey, pictured here with Savannah-Jane Griffin, Stetson’s director of community engagement, was one of then-future U.S. Sen. Max Cleland’s professors while Cleland was a Stetson student in the 1960s. 

Distinguished professor — Stetson University Professor Emeritus T. Wayne Bailey, pictured here with Savannah-Jane Griffin, Stetson’s director of community engagement, was one of then-future U.S. Sen. Max Cleland’s professors while Cleland was a Stetson student in the 1960s. 

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11/15/2017
There was no generation gap in an audience that gathered Nov. 14 to hear one of Stetson University’s most distinguished alumni reflect on the Vietnam War. “The year is 1967. Now what?” Stetson Professor Emeritus T. Wayne Bailey said, as he set the stage for former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Georgia, a triple amputee of the war,... + continue reading
Newlyweds — Mark and Lee Panageotes, who got married while marching in the Volusia County Veterans Day Parade in Downtown DeLand Nov. 11, seal their nuptials with a kiss, just as the clock strikes 11:11:11.

Newlyweds — Mark and Lee Panageotes, who got married while marching in the Volusia County Veterans Day Parade in Downtown DeLand Nov. 11, seal their nuptials with a kiss, just as the clock strikes 11:11:11.

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11/15/2017
Mark and Lee Panageotes were lucky enough to tie the knot before a crowd of thousands of cheering people. It’s not because the couple have enough friends to fill a small stadium. Rather, the two were wed during the Volusia County Veterans Day Parade, held Nov. 11 in Downtown DeLand. “I’m from New Hampshire and was divorced... + continue reading
Testimony in tobacco trial — During a break in the trial, Judge Dennis Craig of the 7th Judicial Circuit talks to expert witness Robert N. Proctor Nov. 9 in the Volusia County Historic Courthouse. The case, Quackenbush v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., came out of a massive class-action suit that went to the Florida Supreme Court, where the court’s ruling resulted in class members — plaintiffs who had filed together in the class-action suit — filing thousands of individual lawsuits against cigarette manufacture

Testimony in tobacco trial — During a break in the trial, Judge Dennis Craig of the 7th Judicial Circuit talks to expert witness Robert N. Proctor Nov. 9 in the Volusia County Historic Courthouse. The case, Quackenbush v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., came out of a massive class-action suit that went to the Florida Supreme Court, where the court’s ruling resulted in class members — plaintiffs who had filed together in the class-action suit — filing thousands of individual lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers.

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11/15/2017
A lawsuit against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has generated unusual activity at the Volusia County Historic Courthouse in Downtown DeLand. Some onlookers wondered what was going on in the old justice center, now home to the Volusia County Elections Office and the county’s Fire Services administration. These days, trials are... + 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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The Henin Group, developer of the luxury Riviera Bella community spanning 240 acres overlooking the St. Johns River in DeBary, is expanding the award-winning community by an additional 293 single-... + continue reading
IMPRESSIVE STRUCTURE — This new Goodwill store and Job Connection Center is at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd. on DeLand’s north side. It replaces a smaller, retail-only store about a quarter-mile south.

IMPRESSIVE STRUCTURE — This new Goodwill store and Job Connection Center is at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd. on DeLand’s north side. It replaces a smaller, retail-only store about a quarter-mile south.

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11/20/17
EMPTY, FOR NOW — This vacant lot at 1120 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand will be where Waffle House opens a new restaurant in about a year. The site is within a quarter-mile of a Denny’s and an IHOP, and less than a half-mile south of a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

EMPTY, FOR NOW — This vacant lot at 1120 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand will be where Waffle House opens a new restaurant in about a year. The site is within a quarter-mile of a Denny’s and an IHOP, and less than a half-mile south of a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

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11/15/17
LAB EXPERIENCED — Chase Levesque, a senior in the Centurion Sales Program, poses next to a split-screen shot showing how the two-camera system in the sales labs records simultaneously the seller and the person being sold to. Students and their professors can review the videos and see what a student did well and where he or she might need improvement.

LAB EXPERIENCED — Chase Levesque, a senior in the Centurion Sales Program, poses next to a split-screen shot showing how the two-camera system in the sales labs records simultaneously the seller and the person being sold to. Students and their professors can review the videos and see what a student did well and where he or she might need improvement.

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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