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Tue
15
Dec

Teacher of the Year finalists named

Volusia County Schools

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Five teachers in Volusia County public schools have been named Teacher of the Year finalists, according to Nancy Wait, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Schools, The finalists were chosen out of the 70 nominees that resulted from officials from each school in the district nominating one teacher from their school, according to Wait. A subcommittee narrowed that list to 15 semi-finalists, who then submitted applications for review by a full committee of parents, community members, teachers and administrators, Wait added.

Mon
14
Dec

Woman who escaped custody found in Deltona home wearing 72-year-old homeowner's pajamas, deputies say

Eryn Rice

Eryn Rice, 22.
VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

John Willey, 25

John Willey, 25.
VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

A 72-year-old Deltona woman got quite a shock Sunday morning after she found a strange woman in her house wearing her husband's pajamas.

Mon
14
Dec

Authorities: Deltona man crushed beneath vehicle, dies

A Deltona man was crushed under the vehicle he was working on and died Saturday night, officials said.

Charly Martis, 32, had been working on a 1993 BMW 325i coupe inside his home's garage, located on the 3000 block of Greynolds Street, when he was pinned, according to Gary Davidson, a spokesman at the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office,

Mon
14
Dec

19-year-old man stabs mother, father in early-morning attack in DeLand, police say

Jaelon Robbins, 19.

Jaelon Robbins, 19.
SEMINOLE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

UPDATE: 9:05 a.m. Dec. 15 — The suspect's mother told police that she had been sleeping on a living room couch in her DeLand home when her son, Jaelon Robbins, 19, entered the residence using his own key, and used a "folding style pocket knife" to stab her and the victim's father. Both victims later fled to a neighbor's house, where police were called, according to an incident report. Both victims suffered multiple stab wounds all over their bodies, according to police. As of Dec. 15, both victims were in stable condition and showing signs of improvement, according to Sgt. Chris Estes, a spokesman at the DeLand Police Department. The weapon was later found with what appeared to be blood on it in the kitchen of the residence, police stated. 

 

Sun
13
Dec

Feast of holiday fun

DeLand holidays

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As the 25th of the month inches closer, more cities and community groups around West Volusia are getting into the Christmas spirit.

In DeLand, Collective church will stage its annual community Candlelight Service in Chess Park, between West New York Avenue and West Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand, next to the Volusia County Historic Courthouse. 

The celebration, open to all, takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and will feature caroling, candy canes, hot cocoa and a short message.

Noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, the West Volusia Historical Society will offer tours of the former DeLand Woman’s Club, a 1928 building that is now a single-family residence. The 3,300-square-foot home has been festively decorated for the season.

Sun
13
Dec

Sold!

Boston Avenue Elementary School

Ready for the challenge — Solomon Greene stands at Boston Avenue School, which his corporation plans to buy from the Volusia County School Board. Greene's group hopes to renovate the historic structure to create residences.
BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

School Board members approve sale of Boston Avenue Elementary

After several years of standing vacant, the former Boston Avenue School building in DeLand has a buyer.

A purchase contract for $210,000 was approved unanimously by Volusia County School Board members Dec. 8.

“We’ve been holding onto this for two years,” Saralee Morrissey, planning director for Volusia County Schools, said at the meeting. “The property has not been maintained. The roof is worse than it was.”

Thu
10
Dec

Teachers protest ‘uncaring’ School Board

Volusia County teachers protest

Rallying together — A teacher at the Volusia Teachers Organization (VTO)'s “See the Light” rally and march holds up two signs Dec. 8.
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Volusia County teachers protest

The picket line — VTO members and supporters march down Rich Avenue toward the Volusia County Schools Administrative Complex, led by VTO President Andrew Spar (in front, with megaphone). More than 400 teachers and supporters marched to a Volusia County School Board meeting to protest their treatment by the board.
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No raises planned this year; health-insurance costs to rise

The war of words between the Volusia County School Board and the Volusia Teachers Organization spilled off the page Dec. 8 in a sea of red, as hundreds of red-clad teachers and their supporters marched to protest what they say is the School Board’s failure to support them.

The teachers organization held a "See the Light" march and rally in Downtown DeLand, decrying what teacher and VTO President Andrew Spar called "a School Board with the wrong priorities."

Thu
10
Dec

Deltona is No. 1 — in sewer bills!

Deltona sewer rates

GRAPHIC COURTESY BURTON AND ASSOCIATES

Deltona sewer rates

GRAPHIC COURTESY BURTON AND ASSOCIATES

The biggest city in Volusia County has a first-place standing one its leaders are not anxious to tout.

Deltona has the highest sewage charges in Central Florida — topping Orlando, Winter Park, Sanford, Lakeland and a host of other localties and everywhere else in the region. Burton and Associates, a consulting firm hired by the City Commission to analyze Deltona’s water and sewer rates and recommend changes, compiled data showing the sprawling city imposes the largest charges for wastewater service in the multi-county area. 

Deltona’s water rates compare rather favorably with surrounding cities and counties, but the sewer charges are at the top of the charts, as shown in the graphics to the right. 

Wed
09
Dec

Students will wear uniforms next school year

The scene — Crowds gather for the Volusia County School Board's meeting on Dec. 8.
BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DEFEO

It’s nearly official: Students in Volusia County public schools will be forced to wear uniforms when they return to school in the 2016-17 school year.

Dozens of parents, students and others showed up at the Dec. 8 Volusia County School Board meeting to speak out about the proposed uniform policy. Nearly all spoke against it. 

But the School Board ultimately moved forward and voted 4-1 to formally advertise the exact policy. After advertisement, the policy will come back at a future meeting for a final vote. 

Linda Cuthbert was the only board member to vote against the policy.

The uniform policy, which would take effect in the 2016-17 school year, would require students to wear:

Wed
09
Dec

DeBary parade set Dec. 13; winners announced in DeLand parade

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

The Christmas season rolls on, this time in Southwest Volusia, as DeBary prepares to celebrate with its annual Christmas Parade. 

The parade takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, along U.S. Highway 17-92, known in the city as Charles R. Beall Boulevard. 

The parade’s theme this year is “Inside Santa’s Workshop,” showcasing how the big jolly man manufactures holiday magic at his North Pole lair. 

Floats and walking groups will make their way from Spring Vista Drive northward on U.S. 17-92 to Poinsettia Drive. 

From 2:30 p.m. to the conclusion of the parade — estimated to be about 5:30 p.m. — U.S. 17-92 will be closed between Highbanks Road and Dirksen Drive.

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