Friday, February 16, 2018
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Volusia County sheriff’s deputies apprehended the suspect in an armed robbery of a Chinese restaurant in Deltona after chasing him into a swampy, wooded area late Thursday. Sheriff... + continue reading
PROUD PARTNERS — Stetson University and Peace Corps leaders gathered last fall to announce a new Peace Corps Prep program at Stetson. Pictured from left are Chad Chernet, Peace Corps recruiter for Central Florida; Dr. Wendy B. Libby, president of Stetson University; Erin Gibbs, chief of operations of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection; and Chip Wheeler, associate director of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment.

PROUD PARTNERS — Stetson University and Peace Corps leaders gathered last fall to announce a new Peace Corps Prep program at Stetson. Pictured from left are Chad Chernet, Peace Corps recruiter for Central Florida; Dr. Wendy B. Libby, president of Stetson University; Erin Gibbs, chief of operations of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection; and Chip Wheeler, associate director of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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The Peace Corps and Stetson University have begun a new partnership centered on an undergraduate certificate program that could help students grow their job-related skills and develop into better... + continue reading
 PARTNERS IN BREWING — Andy Sistrunk, left, and Robbie Carelli, shown here among their brewing vats, are the founders of Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. in DeLand, the first craft brewer in West Volusia.

PARTNERS IN BREWING — Andy Sistrunk, left, and Robbie Carelli, shown here among their brewing vats, are the founders of Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. in DeLand, the first craft brewer in West Volusia.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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Breweries accounted for more than half of the employment growth within the nation’s beverage-manufacturing industry from 2006 to 2016, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, or... + continue reading
No turkeys here — Coach Raymond McCullough and Coach Chelvis Williams celebrate with the DeLand Dawgs freshman team after winning the 2017 Turkey Bowl.

No turkeys here — Coach Raymond McCullough and Coach Chelvis Williams celebrate with the DeLand Dawgs freshman team after winning the 2017 Turkey Bowl.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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After many years of hard work and volunteer service, the DeLand Dawgs organization stands strong in helping students grow in the competitive world of sports and academics.  Robert Simpson,... + continue reading
Men at work — A construction crew works on a section of pavement along West Georgia Avenue on an overcast morning Feb. 14. The Georgia Avenue Streetscape project involves resurfacing the street and its sidewalks, improving drainage along the street and enhancing the aesthetics of West Georgia, which connects South Florida Avenue with South Woodland Boulevard and is home to several popular businesses, such as Cafe DaVinci, Trilogy Coffee Roasting Co., Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. and BakeChop restaurant. Fro

Men at work — A construction crew works on a section of pavement along West Georgia Avenue on an overcast morning Feb. 14. The Georgia Avenue Streetscape project involves resurfacing the street and its sidewalks, improving drainage along the street and enhancing the aesthetics of West Georgia, which connects South Florida Avenue with South Woodland Boulevard and is home to several popular businesses, such as Cafe DaVinci, Trilogy Coffee Roasting Co., Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. and BakeChop restaurant. From left are Hunter Richardson, Mister Alexander, Easy Lynch, Taylor Nelson, Bobby Britton, Dominick Fratacci, Richardo Villasenor and Justin Palmer. All are employees of All Terrain Tractor Service, based in Orange City. Gomez Construction of Winter Park is the project’s general contractor.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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Construction is in full swing to transform Downtown DeLand’s West Georgia Avenue into a beautiful and more pedestrian-friendly corridor, but establishments along the block are finding it’... + continue reading
What to see and do — Once Shell Harbor Park is finished and open, visitors will find plenty of inexpensive ways to pass the time in the outdoors. The park is supposed to be open between sunrise and sunset daily.

What to see and do — Once Shell Harbor Park is finished and open, visitors will find plenty of inexpensive ways to pass the time in the outdoors. The park is supposed to be open between sunrise and sunset daily.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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Shell Harbor Park may open in 2019   A new park will be built on Lake George for fishing, launching a boat, having a picnic or simply getting away from urban noise and traffic. With no... + continue reading
Orange you glad we raised the money? — Students at St. Peter Catholic School in DeLand react with giggles and surprise to seeing their normally white-haired principal as a carrot top. The students got more than the promise of a new preschool playground as a reward for their fundraising efforts. To fuel the project, Principal Peter Randlov (at left) made good on his promise to dye his hair its original orange color, eliciting much delight from the student body. 

Orange you glad we raised the money? — Students at St. Peter Catholic School in DeLand react with giggles and surprise to seeing their normally white-haired principal as a carrot top. The students got more than the promise of a new preschool playground as a reward for their fundraising efforts. To fuel the project, Principal Peter Randlov (at left) made good on his promise to dye his hair its original orange color, eliciting much delight from the student body. 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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If you’re trying to raise money at this time of year, you’d better find a commodity to rival the Girl Scouts’ Thin Mint. It’s not easy, but a group of brainstormers at St.... + continue reading

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There will be impact fees on that — The long recession marked by vacant houses in Deltona is fading, as new homes are springing up to meet the demand of a rising real estate market. Home construction is up sharply in the sprawling settlement. Meanwhile, the Volusia County Council is talking about whether it should collect higher fees on new construction.

There will be impact fees on that — The long recession marked by vacant houses in Deltona is fading, as new homes are springing up to meet the demand of a rising real estate market. Home construction is up sharply in the sprawling settlement. Meanwhile, the Volusia County Council is talking about whether it should collect higher fees on new construction.

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02/14/2018
Volusia County is looking at two possible ways to help pay the cost of maintaining and expanding its roads and other facilities: an increase in the local sales tax, and higher impact fees. The sales tax would have to be approved by voters; also, there’s no immediate plan for raising impact fees. “This was just information to see... + continue reading
02/13/2018
DeLand police are investigating a shooting early Feb. 13 that landed a 16-year-old victim in the hospital. Officers were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of Wright Court shortly after 3:15 a.m. Tuesday when an unknown suspect shot at least 17 rounds into the home.  A 16-year-old boy in the home suffered a gunshot wound to each leg... + continue reading
Dilly, dilly, let’s go, Philly! —“We feel like a million dollars; we’ve been celebrating all night,” Vince Morlock of DeLand said Feb. 5. With tired smiles, Morlock and his friends Brandon Carollo and Danny Langan give big thumbs-ups to the camera, thrilled by the Philadelphia Eagles’ win against the New England Patriots. They’re capping off their celebration of the Super Bowl with breakfast at DeLand’s Philly Diner.

Dilly, dilly, let’s go, Philly! —“We feel like a million dollars; we’ve been celebrating all night,” Vince Morlock of DeLand said Feb. 5. With tired smiles, Morlock and his friends Brandon Carollo and Danny Langan give big thumbs-ups to the camera, thrilled by the Philadelphia Eagles’ win against the New England Patriots. They’re capping off their celebration of the Super Bowl with breakfast at DeLand’s Philly Diner.

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02/12/2018
As joyous screams of Philadelphia fans echoed around the world, the loudest in DeLand came from Philly Diner at 205 S. Spring Garden Ave. After six-and-a-half years of successful business in DeLand, owner Cliff Clayton finally got to celebrate, in his restaurant, the Philadelphia Eagles winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history Feb. 4... + continue reading

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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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No turkeys here — Coach Raymond McCullough and Coach Chelvis Williams celebrate with the DeLand Dawgs freshman team after winning the 2017 Turkey Bowl.

No turkeys here — Coach Raymond McCullough and Coach Chelvis Williams celebrate with the DeLand Dawgs freshman team after winning the 2017 Turkey Bowl.

PHOTOS COURTESY R.J. SIMPSON

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PROUD PARTNERS — Stetson University and Peace Corps leaders gathered last fall to announce a new Peace Corps Prep program at Stetson. Pictured from left are Chad Chernet, Peace Corps recruiter for Central Florida; Dr. Wendy B. Libby, president of Stetson University; Erin Gibbs, chief of operations of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection; and Chip Wheeler, associate director of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment.

PROUD PARTNERS — Stetson University and Peace Corps leaders gathered last fall to announce a new Peace Corps Prep program at Stetson. Pictured from left are Chad Chernet, Peace Corps recruiter for Central Florida; Dr. Wendy B. Libby, president of Stetson University; Erin Gibbs, chief of operations of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection; and Chip Wheeler, associate director of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment.

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The Peace Corps and Stetson University have begun a new partnership centered on an undergraduate certificate program that could help students grow their job-related skills and develop into better... + continue reading
 PARTNERS IN BREWING — Andy Sistrunk, left, and Robbie Carelli, shown here among their brewing vats, are the founders of Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. in DeLand, the first craft brewer in West Volusia.

PARTNERS IN BREWING — Andy Sistrunk, left, and Robbie Carelli, shown here among their brewing vats, are the founders of Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. in DeLand, the first craft brewer in West Volusia.

PHOTO COURTESY PERSIMMON HOLLOW

02/14/18
COLORFUL BUILDING — This rendering submitted for city approval shows the colors intended for Banyan Cove Apartments.

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COLORFUL BUILDING — This rendering submitted for city approval shows the colors intended for Banyan Cove Apartments.

02/07/18
VOLUNTEER PREPARERS — Assistant Site Coordinator and Stetson student Mark Hodae and volunteer Isabel Botero, a Stetson employee, go over some of the materials they’ll use in providing tax-filing help.

VOLUNTEER PREPARERS — Assistant Site Coordinator and Stetson student Mark Hodae and volunteer Isabel Botero, a Stetson employee, go over some of the materials they’ll use in providing tax-filing help.

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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