HAVE YOU HERD? — A lone heifer, one of a significantly thinned herd on the Fieser Dairy property, stands in the now-unused milking facility June 20. Since the milking operation has been shut down, this youngster’s future is uncertain. The St. Johns River Water Management District might purchase a conservation easement on the 300-acre property, in which case some cattle might remain to graze. Or, the land could wind up being developed, according to co-owner Gerald Fieser. 

HAVE YOU HERD? — A lone heifer, one of a significantly thinned herd on the Fieser Dairy property, stands in the now-unused milking facility June 20. Since the milking operation has been shut down, this youngster’s future is uncertain. The St. Johns River Water Management District might purchase a conservation easement on the 300-acre property, in which case some cattle might remain to graze. Or, the land could wind up being developed, according to co-owner Gerald Fieser. 

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The slow but reliable, single-file evening migration to the feed troughs is diminished by many heads; across seemingly endless pasture, the choral lowing is an outro.  Fieser’s Dairy... + continue reading
BRAINSTORMING SESSION — Citizens from around DeLand attended a June 6 community meeting about the proposed recreation center in southeastern DeLand. The current plan for the recreational complex shows a 35,000-square-foot facility surrounded by sports fields, a pond with a floating fountain, and interior trails.

BRAINSTORMING SESSION — Citizens from around DeLand attended a June 6 community meeting about the proposed recreation center in southeastern DeLand. The current plan for the recreational complex shows a 35,000-square-foot facility surrounded by sports fields, a pond with a floating fountain, and interior trails.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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If DeLand’s Parks and Recreation Director Rick Hall has his druthers, the city will build a sizable new recreation center sooner rather than later. DeLand has hired CPH Engineers Inc. and... + continue reading
Centrally located — This aerial shot of Downtown DeLand, looking south-southwest, shows several landmarks, including the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, DeLand City Hall, and the 0.86-acre Old Volusia County Jail (see arrow). The property fronts both West Georgia and West New York avenues, and is prime real estate for redevelopment. 

Centrally located — This aerial shot of Downtown DeLand, looking south-southwest, shows several landmarks, including the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, DeLand City Hall, and the 0.86-acre Old Volusia County Jail (see arrow). The property fronts both West Georgia and West New York avenues, and is prime real estate for redevelopment. 

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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In moves that could see jail cells replaced by apartments and a bingo hall give way to firefighters’ quarters, two prominent, historic Downtown DeLand buildings are now on a path to... + continue reading
COMING IN THE BACK DOOR — This rendering shows the route a proposed connector road will take to link State Road 11, on the left, to Eidson Drive, the main road in the Northwest Industrial Business Park at the DeLand Municipal Airport. DaVita Labs is just east of the intersection with the connector road.

COMING IN THE BACK DOOR — This rendering shows the route a proposed connector road will take to link State Road 11, on the left, to Eidson Drive, the main road in the Northwest Industrial Business Park at the DeLand Municipal Airport. DaVita Labs is just east of the intersection with the connector road.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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A mile-long connector road is planned to provide a secondary entrance to DeLand’s Northwest Industrial Business Park from State Road 11, alleviating traffic congestion at other entrances to the... + continue reading
SECOND GENERATION — Richard VonBrocken and Tammy VonBrocken Dalton, the offspring of Von-Aire founder Harold VonBrocken, flank his portrait in the company’s offices in Holly Hill.

SECOND GENERATION — Richard VonBrocken and Tammy VonBrocken Dalton, the offspring of Von-Aire founder Harold VonBrocken, flank his portrait in the company’s offices in Holly Hill.

PHOTO COURTESY VON-AIRE INC.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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An air-conditioning contractor with roots in Deltona and a headquarters office in Orange City for many years is marking its 50th year in business. Now headquartered in Holly Hill, Von-Aire Inc.... + continue reading
RESTIVE CROWD — An overflow crowd attended this morning's meeting of the Volusia County Council. Many members of the audience had signs urging the council to "Fire Jim Dinneen." The elected officials listened, voting that Dinneen will leave Friday, instead of January as he had requested in his resignation letter.

RESTIVE CROWD — An overflow crowd attended this morning's meeting of the Volusia County Council. Many members of the audience had signs urging the council to "Fire Jim Dinneen." The elected officials listened, voting that Dinneen will leave Friday, instead of January as he had requested in his resignation letter.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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It was certain County Manager Jim Dinneen would leave, but when he would go was not clear until the County Council voted June 19. With a standing-room-only crowd in the meeting room — some... + continue reading
Integra Dunes LLC is proposing to build 274 apartments next to Victoria Park in DeLand. 

New apartments? — Integra Dunes LLC is proposing to build 274 apartments next to Victoria Park in DeLand. 

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Monday, June 18, 2018
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A proposal to build 274 apartments next to Victoria Park in DeLand goes before the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission on June 21. The project submitted by Integra... + continue reading

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Salud! — Behind the counter of soon-to-open Chica’s Cuban Cafe, co-owner Ileana Castro, center, friend Kookie Diaz and Castro’s son Enrique Flores raise tres espresso cups in celebration of the new eatery.

Salud! — Behind the counter of soon-to-open Chica’s Cuban Cafe, co-owner Ileana Castro, center, friend Kookie Diaz and Castro’s son Enrique Flores raise tres espresso cups in celebration of the new eatery.

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06/18/2018
Chica’s hopes to open in a few weeks A delicious slice of Havana is coming to Downtown DeLand, possibly by the end of June. Ileana and Isidro Castro are eager to open the doors of Chica’s Cuban Cafe in newly renovated space inside a charming old cottage on Howry Avenue, across from the DeLand Police Department and fire station... + continue reading
06/15/2018
Volusia County sheriff’s detectives are investigating an early-morning domestic disturbance in Orange City that ended with a man being shot and killed. The shooting was reported around 3:30 a.m. at 720 Highland Drive, Orange City, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant. Deputies and Orange City police... + continue reading
MAKING A POINT — Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen addresses County Council members’ concerns about the Medical Examiner’s Office, in light of the letter of resignation submitted by a recently appointed examiner. Dinneen himself is resigning, after more than a dozen years of operating the county government. The council, while dealing with a budget and election season, must now seek a replacement for Dinneen, who plans to step down in January.

MAKING A POINT — Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen addresses County Council members’ concerns about the Medical Examiner’s Office, in light of the letter of resignation submitted by a recently appointed examiner. Dinneen himself is resigning, after more than a dozen years of operating the county government. The council, while dealing with a budget and election season, must now seek a replacement for Dinneen, who plans to step down in January.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

06/14/2018
After 12 years of serving as chief operating officer of the enterprise known as the Volusia County government, Jim Dinneen is preparing to exit. News of Dinneen’s pending departure comes in his resignation letter addressed to County Council members. The resignation becomes effective Jan. 11, 2019. Dinneen has so far not responded to The... + continue reading

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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
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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. 
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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Guests in the sellout crowd pack The Center at Deltona.

Guests in the sellout crowd pack The Center at Deltona.

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The West Volusia Branch of the NAACP celebrated its 28th annual Freedom Fund Banquet June 9. “With over 500 attendees, it truly marked the most well-attended banquet yet,” said Sean... + continue reading
A HAPPY FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY — Here are three of Twinkle Toes’ five young kittens. So far, four have been adopted, since Twinkle Toes, barely past kittenhood herself, cleverly provided for her offspring by befriending Margaret Scribner of DeLand.  

A HAPPY FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY — Here are three of Twinkle Toes’ five young kittens. So far, four have been adopted, since Twinkle Toes, barely past kittenhood herself, cleverly provided for her offspring by befriending Margaret Scribner of DeLand.  

PHOTOS COURTESY MARGARET SCRIBNER

06/07/18

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COMING IN THE BACK DOOR — This rendering shows the route a proposed connector road will take to link State Road 11, on the left, to Eidson Drive, the main road in the Northwest Industrial Business Park at the DeLand Municipal Airport. DaVita Labs is just east of the intersection with the connector road.

COMING IN THE BACK DOOR — This rendering shows the route a proposed connector road will take to link State Road 11, on the left, to Eidson Drive, the main road in the Northwest Industrial Business Park at the DeLand Municipal Airport. DaVita Labs is just east of the intersection with the connector road.

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A mile-long connector road is planned to provide a secondary entrance to DeLand’s Northwest Industrial Business Park from State Road 11, alleviating traffic congestion at other entrances to the... + continue reading
SECOND GENERATION — Richard VonBrocken and Tammy VonBrocken Dalton, the offspring of Von-Aire founder Harold VonBrocken, flank his portrait in the company’s offices in Holly Hill.

SECOND GENERATION — Richard VonBrocken and Tammy VonBrocken Dalton, the offspring of Von-Aire founder Harold VonBrocken, flank his portrait in the company’s offices in Holly Hill.

PHOTO COURTESY VON-AIRE INC.

06/20/18
NOT SO DRIVE-IN — This Sonic Drive-In on North Woodland Boulevard has been sitting empty since the restaurant closed a number of years ago. Barricades block the driveway that state transportation officials say cannot be used by motorists wanting to drive into the parking lot, only by those leaving.

NOT SO DRIVE-IN — This Sonic Drive-In on North Woodland Boulevard has been sitting empty since the restaurant closed a number of years ago. Barricades block the driveway that state transportation officials say cannot be used by motorists wanting to drive into the parking lot, only by those leaving.

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06/13/18
WELL DONE — Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby accepts an Energy Excellence Award from Stephen Jones, a regional vice president of Cenergistic. The university’s energy-conservation partner presented the award for Stetson’s 17-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions over three years.

WELL DONE — Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby accepts an Energy Excellence Award from Stephen Jones, a regional vice president of Cenergistic. The university’s energy-conservation partner presented the award for Stetson’s 17-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions over three years.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

06/13/18

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Several dozen people gathered Feb. 21 at the corner of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue, in the heart of Downtown DeLand, to rally for Parkland and against gun violence. Beacon video by Marsha... + continue reading