Commissioner Brian Soukup gestures during the Deltona City Commission's heated Feb. 20 meeting.

Commissioner Brian Soukup gestures during the Deltona City Commission's heated Feb. 20 meeting.

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Friday, February 24, 2017
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The three R's — raucous, rowdy and sometimes rude — marked the Deltona City Commission’s Feb. 20 meeting, as the session stretched until almost 1 a.m. of the following day.... + continue reading
A life-changing gift — Erika and Jerry Cooper and their children, Hunter, 2, and Alena, 3, celebrate their new 2004 Chevy Malibu, a Christmas gift from the staff of The Neighborhood Center. The center has been helping the family out since September 2015. The car will help the parents get to work and back, as well as get the kids to child care.

A life-changing gift — Erika and Jerry Cooper and their children, Hunter, 2, and Alena, 3, celebrate their new 2004 Chevy Malibu, a Christmas gift from the staff of The Neighborhood Center. The center has been helping the family out since September 2015. The car will help the parents get to work and back, as well as get the kids to child care.

PHOTO COURTESY THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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A Christmas gift from The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia changed the lives of one area family this year. Jerry and Erika Cooper were shocked when members of The Neighborhood Center’s... + continue reading
What a beauty — Stanley the Pekingese shows off the style that helped him win an Award of Merit at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February in New York City. With Stanley is his owner, Susan Shephard of Deltona.

What a beauty — Stanley the Pekingese shows off the style that helped him win an Award of Merit at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February in New York City. With Stanley is his owner, Susan Shephard of Deltona.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Susan Shephard of Deltona and her Pekingese pooch, Stanley, brought home an Award of Merit from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The show, one of the biggest in the country, took place Feb.... + continue reading
Standing tall — Attorney Rachel Ebert and DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar relax as they get ready to cut a ribbon officially opening Ebert’s law office at 100 W. Indiana Ave. in Downtown DeLand Feb. 16.

Standing tall — Attorney Rachel Ebert and DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar relax as they get ready to cut a ribbon officially opening Ebert’s law office at 100 W. Indiana Ave. in Downtown DeLand Feb. 16.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Rachel Ebert, a lifelong resident of West Volusia, has opened a private law practice in Downtown DeLand to focus on family law, estate planning and property law. An official ribbon-cutting with... + continue reading
The Volusia County School Board talked about school choice and plans for a new Pierson Elementary School at a recent meeting.

The Volusia County School Board talked about school choice and plans for a new Pierson Elementary School at a recent meeting.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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The Volusia County School Board is looking at adopting a new policy that would bring the district’s school-choice rules into line with recent changes in state law. The new policy also spells... + continue reading
Cardplaying pals — Residents Clara, Bob, Hal and Frieda enjoy a round or two of cards in a recently renovated second dining room at Woodland Towers, which recently held an open house to show off the improvements made in several areas.

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Cardplaying pals — Residents Clara, Bob, Hal and Frieda enjoy a round or two of cards in a recently renovated second dining room at Woodland Towers, which recently held an open house to show off the improvements made in several areas.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Woodland Towers in DeLand recently held an open house to show off renovations made in many parts of the communal areas. The work included upgrades to the swimming pool and spa, new furniture in... + continue reading
Victory over cancer — Cancer survivor Susie Macon of DeLand shows off her Relay for Life shirt in front of the DeLand Wings. The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser is moving back to Downtown DeLand for the first time since 2011.

Victory over cancer — Cancer survivor Susie Macon of DeLand shows off her Relay for Life shirt in front of the DeLand Wings. The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser is moving back to Downtown DeLand for the first time since 2011.

PHOTO COURTESY SUSIE MACON AND RELAY FOR LIFE

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Relay for Life of Greater DeLand is moving its cancer-fighting mission back to Downtown DeLand. On Saturday, March 4, at least a dozen teams will participate in the DeLand edition of the American... + continue reading

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Happy birthday, Mayor — DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar prepares to cut a cake to celebrate his 70th birthday. The City of DeLand staff, fellow city commissioners and other friends from the community surprised Apgar with a proclamation and a cake at the Feb. 20 City Commission meeting; Apgar’s birthday is actually Friday, Feb. 24.

Happy birthday, Mayor — DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar prepares to cut a cake to celebrate his 70th birthday. The City of DeLand staff, fellow city commissioners and other friends from the community surprised Apgar with a proclamation and a cake at the Feb. 20 City Commission meeting; Apgar’s birthday is actually Friday, Feb. 24.

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02/22/2017
DeLand’s recent community survey revealed a pretty happy citizenry. “We have a good overall quality of life, as far as our residents are concerned,” City of DeLand spokesman Chris Graham said, as he reviewed the survey results Feb. 20 in a workshop with the DeLand City Commission. The survey, conducted by the National... + continue reading
The Stewart bunch — Walter Stewart, 3, on Mom’s lap, is rarely seen without his hat, which his mother said is “his security blanket.” Born with physical disabilities and diagnosed at 2 with autism, Walter already has had to overcome a number of daunting obstacles and has earned the capes he also loves to wear. Here, Walter is shown at his DeLand home with parents Renee and Shawn Stewart, and brothers Jackson, 9, and Elias, 7.

The Stewart bunch — Walter Stewart, 3, on Mom’s lap, is rarely seen without his hat, which his mother said is “his security blanket.” Born with physical disabilities and diagnosed at 2 with autism, Walter already has had to overcome a number of daunting obstacles and has earned the capes he also loves to wear. Here, Walter is shown at his DeLand home with parents Renee and Shawn Stewart, and brothers Jackson, 9, and Elias, 7.

PHOTO COURTESY STEWART FAMILY

02/22/2017
The chances are pretty good someone among your family or friends has a child who has been diagnosed with autism. The nonprofit organization Autism Speaks estimates disorders in the autism spectrum affect one in every 68 children. Boys are more than four times more likely to be affected than girls. Some say cases are growing at a rate of 10... + continue reading
Playtime — Kim Rust and her son, Quinn, blow bubbles together. Quinn, who is in Volusia County Schools’ gifted-student program, was diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum. Kim Rust became interested in the challenges children like Quinn face, and became certified as a home consultant in PLAY Project therapy, which is designed to teach parents how to interact with their children who have autism.

Playtime — Kim Rust and her son, Quinn, blow bubbles together. Quinn, who is in Volusia County Schools’ gifted-student program, was diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum. Kim Rust became interested in the challenges children like Quinn face, and became certified as a home consultant in PLAY Project therapy, which is designed to teach parents how to interact with their children who have autism.

PHOTO COURTESY KIM RUST

02/22/2017
A common goal among parents of children with autism is helping the child reach his or her full potential. The PLAY Project — designed to be affordable and practical — can help. PLAY was developed by Dr. Richard Solomon, a pediatrician, because of the lack of early-intervention programs for children with autism. PLAY is often... + continue reading

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Women of Faith — First lady Althea Chavers, Evangelist Spring Gray, Felicia Harpe and Crystal Bradley (sitting) participate in the Women of Faith conference in DeLand Feb. 11.

Women of Faith — First lady Althea Chavers, Evangelist Spring Gray, Felicia Harpe and Crystal Bradley (sitting) participate in the Women of Faith conference in DeLand Feb. 11.

PHOTOS COURTESY KEITH CLARKE

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The presence of women with diverse backgrounds coming together to uplift and empower one another never gets old. The annual Women of Faith conference on Feb. 11 at Greater Union First Baptist Church... + continue reading
Honoring a loved one — This 22-foot pontoon boat decorated by the Husted family won first place in its class at the 2016 Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 10. The decorations honored a family patriarch, the late Donnie Husted.

Honoring a loved one — This 22-foot pontoon boat decorated by the Husted family won first place in its class at the 2016 Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 10. The decorations honored a family patriarch, the late Donnie Husted.

PHOTO BY MARK WALTER

02/16/17

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Standing tall — Attorney Rachel Ebert and DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar relax as they get ready to cut a ribbon officially opening Ebert’s law office at 100 W. Indiana Ave. in Downtown DeLand Feb. 16.

Standing tall — Attorney Rachel Ebert and DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar relax as they get ready to cut a ribbon officially opening Ebert’s law office at 100 W. Indiana Ave. in Downtown DeLand Feb. 16.

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Rachel Ebert, a lifelong resident of West Volusia, has opened a private law practice in Downtown DeLand to focus on family law, estate planning and property law. An official ribbon-cutting with... + continue reading
Cardplaying pals — Residents Clara, Bob, Hal and Frieda enjoy a round or two of cards in a recently renovated second dining room at Woodland Towers, which recently held an open house to show off the improvements made in several areas.

PHOTO COURTESY WOODLAND TOWERS

Cardplaying pals — Residents Clara, Bob, Hal and Frieda enjoy a round or two of cards in a recently renovated second dining room at Woodland Towers, which recently held an open house to show off the improvements made in several areas.

02/22/17
Busy sidewalk — People stroll along a Downtown DeLand sidewalk one recent afternoon. DeLand’s downtown was cited by a national magazine as one reason the city is a premier retirement destination.

Busy sidewalk — People stroll along a Downtown DeLand sidewalk one recent afternoon. DeLand’s downtown was cited by a national magazine as one reason the city is a premier retirement destination.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

02/15/17
Duo in charge — Veterinarians J. Glenn Brewer and Stephanie Bryson are partners in Countryside Animal Clinic, a practice Brewer started 35 years ago on North Spring Garden Avenue near DeLand. Here are Brewer and Bryson in their new satellite office, Countryside at the Park, which opened in late January on Orange Camp Road in Victoria Park Village.

Duo in charge — Veterinarians J. Glenn Brewer and Stephanie Bryson are partners in Countryside Animal Clinic, a practice Brewer started 35 years ago on North Spring Garden Avenue near DeLand. Here are Brewer and Bryson in their new satellite office, Countryside at the Park, which opened in late January on Orange Camp Road in Victoria Park Village.

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02/15/17

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