Love and business — The Baker’s Table owners and operators Jeanette Quintana and Jaime Quintana, wife and husband, smile for a picture in front of their bar at the New Smyrna Beach restaurant. Jeanette is the pastry chef and manages the front of the house. Jaime is the executive chef and creates some mind-blowing flavors in his diverse selection of dishes. A very talented couple.

Love and business — The Baker’s Table owners and operators Jeanette Quintana and Jaime Quintana, wife and husband, smile for a picture in front of their bar at the New Smyrna Beach restaurant. Jeanette is the pastry chef and manages the front of the house. Jaime is the executive chef and creates some mind-blowing flavors in his diverse selection of dishes. A very talented couple.

PHOTO COURTESY JEANETTE QUINTANA

Monday, September 25, 2017
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The windows are down, the sun is shining brightly, and a calm ocean breeze dances in and out of the car as I pull in at 4154 S. Atlantic Ave. in New Smyrna Beach.   I feel as if I’ve... + continue reading
Charles Martin IV, 20 (left), of DeLand, and Jevon L. Dennis, 22, of Deltona

Charles Martin IV, 20 (left), of DeLand, and Jevon L. Dennis, 22, of Deltona

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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DeLand police have arrested two men in connection with a 2016 shooting at a party in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood that left two people dead and one injured. Charles Martin IV, 20, of DeLand... + continue reading
A harder test could be contributing to a teacher shortage in Volusia County and around the state.

A harder test could be contributing to a teacher shortage in Volusia County and around the state.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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More would-be teachers can’t pass required test Volusia County Schools hired 348 teachers for the 2017-18 school year, but even after classes were underway, 15 vacancies remained. Since... + continue reading
Life disrupted — Carole and George Tattrie load up their cat Simoney Baloney and head home after weathering Hurricane Irma in their Downtown DeLand business, Plexus Inc., a uniform-supply and embroidery shop in the Conrad complex. Across West Volusia, thousands of people like the Tattries put their normal lives on hold for days or even weeks, to prepare for and recover after Irma’s visit. As Erika Webb’s story discusses, such disruption can cause stress and anxiety that may have lingering effects.

Life disrupted — Carole and George Tattrie load up their cat Simoney Baloney and head home after weathering Hurricane Irma in their Downtown DeLand business, Plexus Inc., a uniform-supply and embroidery shop in the Conrad complex. Across West Volusia, thousands of people like the Tattries put their normal lives on hold for days or even weeks, to prepare for and recover after Irma’s visit. As Erika Webb’s story discusses, such disruption can cause stress and anxiety that may have lingering effects.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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As Floridians pick themselves up and restore their sense of normalcy, Irma joins Andrew, Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and others in the annals of terrifying hurricanes. People throughout the state spent... + continue reading
WORKING HARD TO GET THE POWER FLOWING — Two linemen, from the AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company in Marshall, Texas, work Sept. 20 to repair an electrical line on North Woodland Boulevard near Mandarin Avenue. Duke Energy and other electric utilities in Florida brought in thousands of linemen from outside the state to help repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

WORKING HARD TO GET THE POWER FLOWING — Two linemen, from the AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company in Marshall, Texas, work Sept. 20 to repair an electrical line on North Woodland Boulevard near Mandarin Avenue. Duke Energy and other electric utilities in Florida brought in thousands of linemen from outside the state to help repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA McLAUGHLIN

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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More than a week after Hurricane Irma blew through West Volusia — and days after when Duke Energy first said it would have all the county’s electricity back on — thousands of West... + continue reading
New director— Sylvain Daudel has been tapped as the new director of Stetson University’s Family Enterprise Center. Daudel comes to Stetson from the EDHEC Business School in Lille and Nice, where for the past three years he headed the Family Business Center at what is widely considered one of the world’s top 20 business schools.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

New director— Sylvain Daudel has been tapped as the new director of Stetson University’s Family Enterprise Center. Daudel comes to Stetson from the EDHEC Business School in Lille and Nice, where for the past three years he headed the Family Business Center at what is widely considered one of the world’s top 20 business schools.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Stetson University’s School of Business Administration has named Sylvain Daudel as the new director of the Family Enterprise Center. Daudel will be responsible for promoting the program as a... + continue reading
Now open for business — The DeLand Hotel is at 442 E. New York Ave. After a year’s worth of renovations, the hotel has vintage touches that harken back to its 1925 roots.

Now open for business — The DeLand Hotel is at 442 E. New York Ave. After a year’s worth of renovations, the hotel has vintage touches that harken back to its 1925 roots.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Ross Janke has a vision for his new DeLand Hotel at 442 E. New York Ave.: maintain the historical aspects of the three-story building as much as possible, even if some modernization is necessary... + continue reading

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The site of a new proposed RaceTrac gas station, at the corner of East New York Avenue (State Road 44) and Kepler Road near DeLand.

The site of a new proposed RaceTrac gas station, at the corner of East New York Avenue (State Road 44) and Kepler Road near DeLand.

09/20/2017
A hearing on RaceTrac Petroleum’s request to build a convenience store with as many as 14 gasoline pumps at a busy intersection on DeLand’s east side will take place next month.  The Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission was supposed to consider the company’s proposal to construct the retail... + continue reading
Crime-scene tape was seen across the entrance to a fernery Wednesday on Daugharty Road near DeLeon Springs.

Crime-scene tape was seen across the entrance to a fernery Wednesday on Daugharty Road near DeLeon Springs.

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09/20/2017
Volusia County Sheriff's deputies are investigating human remains discovered by a worker at a fernery near DeLeon Springs. "Deputies responded around 10:47 a.m. Wednesday to a fernery off the 4500 block of Daugharty Road (which becomes Marsh Road further south), DeLeon Springs, after a worker reported discovering some... + continue reading
Antione Ashley ministers to young men at Ebenezer Church in Corinto, Nicaragua.

Antione Ashley ministers to young men at Ebenezer Church in Corinto, Nicaragua.

09/20/2017
Our community is in good hands; we have many community members serving when needed.  Antione Ashley is one of these helpers. A native of West Volusia, Ashley is a member of the pastoral staff at The Lighthouse Church in DeLand. Ashley’s career and calling have grown from wanting to be a race-car driver as a child, to becoming an... + 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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I was standing in my covered driveway as Irma gave her best. Every tree to the south of my house was bending far further than I thought possible. Our power had gone out hours before. And all I... + continue reading
Definitely not normal — DeLand’s Walmart is closed and quiet Sept. 13, waiting for restoration of power. Such disruptions in our ordinary routines can play havoc with our emotions, as Linda White discusses.  

Definitely not normal — DeLand’s Walmart is closed and quiet Sept. 13, waiting for restoration of power. Such disruptions in our ordinary routines can play havoc with our emotions, as Linda White discusses.  

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

09/22/17

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New director— Sylvain Daudel has been tapped as the new director of Stetson University’s Family Enterprise Center. Daudel comes to Stetson from the EDHEC Business School in Lille and Nice, where for the past three years he headed the Family Business Center at what is widely considered one of the world’s top 20 business schools.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

New director— Sylvain Daudel has been tapped as the new director of Stetson University’s Family Enterprise Center. Daudel comes to Stetson from the EDHEC Business School in Lille and Nice, where for the past three years he headed the Family Business Center at what is widely considered one of the world’s top 20 business schools.

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Stetson University’s School of Business Administration has named Sylvain Daudel as the new director of the Family Enterprise Center. Daudel will be responsible for promoting the program as a... + continue reading
Now open for business — The DeLand Hotel is at 442 E. New York Ave. After a year’s worth of renovations, the hotel has vintage touches that harken back to its 1925 roots.

Now open for business — The DeLand Hotel is at 442 E. New York Ave. After a year’s worth of renovations, the hotel has vintage touches that harken back to its 1925 roots.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

09/20/17
THE MARKETER — Dr. Deborah Goldring, shown here leading a class at Stetson University, will address ways businesses can adapt their marketing to lessen the impacts on society and the environment, during a one-day seminar on business sustainability later this month.

THE MARKETER — Dr. Deborah Goldring, shown here leading a class at Stetson University, will address ways businesses can adapt their marketing to lessen the impacts on society and the environment, during a one-day seminar on business sustainability later this month.

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09/13/17
OFFICIALLY OPEN — A ribbon was cut to officially open the Central Florida Pregnancy Center’s new, 4,200-square-foot thrift store at 3151 Howland Blvd. in Deltona. From left in the front row are volunteer store managers Paul Hoover and his wife, Judy Hoover, board members Katy Brown-Thibodeau and Luis Baez, board Treasurer Margarita Feuerbacher, Executive Director Cindy Johanson, and, partially hidden, Director of Development Lisa Burke.

OFFICIALLY OPEN — A ribbon was cut to officially open the Central Florida Pregnancy Center’s new, 4,200-square-foot thrift store at 3151 Howland Blvd. in Deltona. From left in the front row are volunteer store managers Paul Hoover and his wife, Judy Hoover, board members Katy Brown-Thibodeau and Luis Baez, board Treasurer Margarita Feuerbacher, Executive Director Cindy Johanson, and, partially hidden, Director of Development Lisa Burke.

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09/13/17

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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