COMMON AREAS GALORE — The Azalea Walk community is expected to feature 17 cottages surrounding common areas where residents can meet and recreate. The community is being developed by Gallery Homes of DeLand.

COMMON AREAS GALORE — The Azalea Walk community is expected to feature 17 cottages surrounding common areas where residents can meet and recreate. The community is being developed by Gallery Homes of DeLand.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Elegant cottage living is coming to East Plymouth Avenue northeast of Downtown DeLand and Stetson University. Azalea Walk at Plymouth will feature 17 cottage-style homes clustered around common... + continue reading
Much work to be done — New Hotel Putnam owner Mohamed Rashad stands in one of the inn’s corridors, which is scattered with various pieces of debris.  

Much work to be done — New Hotel Putnam owner Mohamed Rashad stands in one of the inn’s corridors, which is scattered with various pieces of debris.  

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Until earlier this month, I had never been inside DeLand’s once-grand Hotel Putnam.  The beleaguered, long-vacant inn was long past its prime by the time I moved to DeLand six years ago... + continue reading
​​​​​​​INSERTING A BALLOON — Dr. Devang Shah performs balloon sinus dilation on an awake, comfortable patient in his Orange City office.

INSERTING A BALLOON — Dr. Devang Shah performs balloon sinus dilation on an awake, comfortable patient in his Orange City office.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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For the millions of Americans who suffer from the debilitating symptoms of chronic sinusitis — headaches, sinus congestion, and facial pain and pressure — there’s a new procedure... + continue reading
Lake Helen and DeLand jointly requested a 30-day continuance of the April 25 meeting of the Volusia Growth Management Commission. 

Lake Helen and DeLand jointly requested a 30-day continuance of the April 25 meeting of the Volusia Growth Management Commission. Lake Helen's land-use change for the Automall site would have been discussed at the meeting.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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After legal threats, DeLand and Lake Helen try to talk After months of hostility and threats of legal action, DeLand and Lake Helen are now taking steps to de-escalate their conflict over the... + continue reading
HELP — Neighbors heard cries for help coming from this basketball court area at Mill Lake Park April 5. Witnesses said a fight occurred between 43-year-old Johnnie Earl Beveritt, who lived across the street, 18-year-old Nicholas Martz, who lives up the road, and an unidentified juvenile. The teens told police Beveritt had tried to rob them. Beveritt later died at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. The cause of his death has not yet been determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office. 

HELP — Neighbors heard cries for help coming from this basketball court area at Mill Lake Park April 5. Witnesses said a fight occurred between 43-year-old Johnnie Earl Beveritt, who lived across the street, 18-year-old Nicholas Martz, who lives up the road, and an unidentified juvenile. The teens told police Beveritt had tried to rob them. Beveritt later died at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. The cause of his death has not yet been determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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An Orange City man died April 5 after fighting with some teens at Mill Lake Park, but police said the fight did not contribute to his death. The Orange City Police Department is investigating the... + continue reading
THE VOID — This sinkhole caused an area of Gemini Springs Park to be closed after it grew from about an 18-inch surface opening to a void measuring 3-4 feet in diameter, and reaching 9 feet down to the water table. 

THE VOID — This sinkhole caused an area of Gemini Springs Park to be closed after it grew from about an 18-inch surface opening to a void measuring 3-4 feet in diameter, and reaching 9 feet down to the water table. 

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Heavy rains likely caused hole to widen A sinkhole that opened in Gemini Springs Park in DeBary doubled in size last week, prompting closure of an area of the county park. Officials are... + continue reading
Vibrant bruschetta — A popular appetizer and an Italian classic is bruschetta. At Forno Bello, it consists of diced tomato, garlic, basil, olive oil, fresh mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. The Downtown DeLand restaurant offers many classic Italian dishes.

Vibrant bruschetta — A popular appetizer and an Italian classic is bruschetta. At Forno Bello, it consists of diced tomato, garlic, basil, olive oil, fresh mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. The Downtown DeLand restaurant offers many classic Italian dishes. BEACON PHOTO/RYAN ROUGEUX

Monday, April 23, 2018
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Four years of serving piping-hot pizza  Forno Bello means “beautiful oven” in Italian. For four years now in historic Downtown DeLand, the restaurant by that name has been... + continue reading

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24-year-old Kelley Anderson was arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in relation to a Pierson shooting.

24-year-old Kelley Anderson was arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in relation to a Pierson shooting.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY CORRECTIONS

04/20/2018
Volusia County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Thursday evening in connection with a shooting at an April 14 family party in Pierson. Deputies arrested 24-year-old Kelley Anderson on a charge of attempted first-degree murder, after detectives determined he tried to kill a man in retaliation for an earlier altercation, according to... + continue reading
From Woodland to Florida — This panoramic shot captured by SoNY District resident Danny Sorensen shows paving underway on Georgia Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Each paver was set by hand by members of a team from A-Best Brick Pavers of Orlando.

From Woodland to Florida — This panoramic shot captured by SoNY District resident Danny Sorensen shows paving underway on Georgia Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Each paver was set by hand by members of a team from A-Best Brick Pavers of Orlando.

PHOTO BY DANNY SORENSEN

04/20/2018
Celebrate the completion of Georgia Avenue and Persimmon Lane 5-8 p.m. April 28 The City of DeLand and the businesses of the SoNY (South of New York) District of Downtown DeLand are inviting the community to a ribbon-cutting to celebrate completion of the Georgia Avenue and Persimmon Lane  (formerly Wings or Pill Alley) projects. The... + continue reading
BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

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More questions than answers — DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger said investigators had little information on the identity or cause of death of a decomposing female body found in the woods east of Lake Winnemissett.

04/19/2018
DeLand police are looking into where a partially decomposing body found in a remote area near Gasline Road came from, after the body was discovered by a group of joggers Wednesday. Police responded to the heavily wooded area around 7:50 p.m. Wednesday and confirmed the presence of human remains, according to DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger... + 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
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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Much work to be done — New Hotel Putnam owner Mohamed Rashad stands in one of the inn’s corridors, which is scattered with various pieces of debris.  

Much work to be done — New Hotel Putnam owner Mohamed Rashad stands in one of the inn’s corridors, which is scattered with various pieces of debris.  

BEACON PHOTOS/ANTHONY DeFEO

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Until earlier this month, I had never been inside DeLand’s once-grand Hotel Putnam.  The beleaguered, long-vacant inn was long past its prime by the time I moved to DeLand six years ago... + continue reading

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COMMON AREAS GALORE — The Azalea Walk community is expected to feature 17 cottages surrounding common areas where residents can meet and recreate. The community is being developed by Gallery Homes of DeLand.

COMMON AREAS GALORE — The Azalea Walk community is expected to feature 17 cottages surrounding common areas where residents can meet and recreate. The community is being developed by Gallery Homes of DeLand.

IMAGES COURTESY GALLERY HOMES

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Elegant cottage living is coming to East Plymouth Avenue northeast of Downtown DeLand and Stetson University. Azalea Walk at Plymouth will feature 17 cottage-style homes clustered around common... + continue reading
​​​​​​​INSERTING A BALLOON — Dr. Devang Shah performs balloon sinus dilation on an awake, comfortable patient in his Orange City office.

INSERTING A BALLOON — Dr. Devang Shah performs balloon sinus dilation on an awake, comfortable patient in his Orange City office.

04/25/18
COLORFUL SURROUNDINGS — Owner Elizabeth Jackson plays with her youngest daughter, Chelsea, in the right foreground, while other kids frolic in Awesome Blossom Indoor Play Place one recent afternoon.

COLORFUL SURROUNDINGS — Owner Elizabeth Jackson plays with her youngest daughter, Chelsea, in the right foreground, while other kids frolic in Awesome Blossom Indoor Play Place one recent afternoon.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

04/18/18
OFFICIALLY OPEN — Store Manager Thomas Seay, left of center, and employees cut a ribbon to officially reopen a Winn-Dixie store at 1050 W. New York Ave. in DeLand.

OFFICIALLY OPEN — Store Manager Thomas Seay, left of center, and employees cut a ribbon to officially reopen a Winn-Dixie store at 1050 W. New York Ave. in DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

04/18/18

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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