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Mon
30
Oct

Foodie File: At Vic’s Pub & Grill, how can you miss with sports, family and fun?

ALL SMILES AT VIC’S — Deltona residents George Light and Lise Crossman enjoy a fantastic meal. "The rib-eye steak was so tender and flavorful that I didn't leave one bite," said Light, who was returning for his second meal at Vic's Pub & Grill.

ALL SMILES AT VIC’S — Deltona residents George Light and Lise Crossman enjoy a fantastic meal. "The rib-eye steak was so tender and flavorful that I didn't leave one bite," said Light, who was returning for his second meal at Vic's Pub & Grill.

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LOTS TO SEE IN THE DINING ROOM — Entering Vic's Pub & Grill, customers see the bar on the right, and the dining room, shown here, on the left. There are 150 seats, and lots of big-screen TVs.

VIC'S PICNIC BURGER — This is 100 percent Angus beef topped with onion tanglers, coleslaw, barbecue sauce, sweet pickles and cheddar cheese on a toasted bun. 

BEACON PHOTO/RYAN ROUGEUX

REUBEN BITES — Among the interesting appetizers at Vic's Pub & Grill are Reuben Bites. The corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island are all there. 

REUBEN BITES — Among the interesting appetizers at Vic's Pub & Grill are Reuben Bites. The corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island are all there. 

BEACON PHOTO/RYAN ROUGEUX

Vicki Chase, with help from her husband, Bill, a general contractor and restaurant builder, bought the former Bella Cucina restaurant in Victoria Park Village in DeLand, and transformed it into Vic’s Pub & Grill, named for Vicki.

The new restaurant opened July 3.

The first appealing aspect I noticed was the very large outside patio, where people were enjoying appetizers and glasses of wine in the slowly transitioning summer-to-fall weather. Fresh beers brought out to patrons had frost steaming off the glistening mugs, ensuring the brew was cold and crisp.

As I stepped through the doors, I took in the walls filled with flat-screen televisions and sports memorabilia. To the left of the host stand is a bar, where guests watched the game and conversed with one of the bartenders. To the right is a dining room, where laughing guests enjoyed Vic’s fare.

Mon
30
Oct

Deltona woman arrested, charged with pawning disabled father's 47 firearms

A Deltona woman was arrested Oct. 26 and charged with grand theft after a family member discovered that her bedridden father’s collection of 47 guns and collector’s knives set were missing.

Investigators said Crystal Gorman, 30, began pawning the firearms in April to two local pawnshops. She has been charged with one count of grand theft, 19 counts of dealing in stolen property, and 19 counts of violation of the Pawn Broker’s Act.

According to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Laura Williams, sheriff’s detectives were alerted about the missing weapons Oct. 13 by the sister of Robert Carter, who owns the guns and knives.

Mon
30
Oct

DeLand Police investigating fatal crash

DeLand Police are investigating a Saturday night wreck that killed one pedestrian.

Police responded at 7:01 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of North Woodland Boulevard and Woodmont Road where a silver Honda van had struck a pedestrian.

According to a preliminary investigation, officers determined the van, which was being driven northbound, struck the pedestrian just south of the intersection.

The pedestrian, who is not being identified as next of kin has yet to be notified, suffered fatal injuries. The driver of the van was not injured.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

- Chris Graham, City of DeLand

Fri
27
Oct

West Volusia Calendar of Events Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2017

Saturday, Oct. 28
 
Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary. Call 407-443-6965.
 
Market in the Park
8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Blake Park, 437 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen. Call 305-393-0682.
 
St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Summit and Trail Celebration: ‘The Great DeLand Pumpkin Ride’
9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bill Dreggors Park, 230 N. Stone St., DeLand. 9 a.m. helmet giveaway and fitting, bike safety check, bike rodeo at Safety Village, bike decoration; noon bicycle ride through DeLand neighborhoods to the historic Oakdale Cemetery. Free. Register at www.sjr2c.org.
 
‘The Great Pumpkin Smash’
Wed
25
Oct

Traffic woes at 44 & Kepler lead County Council to reject planned RaceTrac

An aerial view of the intersectionof State Road 44 and Kepler Road, east of DeLand, is above. Florida Department of Transportation engineers are studying possible ways of easing the traffic flow through the intersection. Traffic circles, or roundabouts, that rely on moving traffic without overhead signals, may be a possibility, and there are drafts of variations of the design of such an intersection. Building a roundabout, however, would be at least six years away. City of DeLand and Volusia County official

An aerial view of the intersectionof State Road 44 and Kepler Road, east of DeLand, is above. Florida Department of Transportation engineers are studying possible ways of easing the traffic flow through the intersection. Traffic circles, or roundabouts, that rely on moving traffic without overhead signals, may be a possibility, and there are drafts of variations of the design of such an intersection. Building a roundabout, however, would be several years in the future — if that's the solution chosen. City of DeLand and Volusia County officials are also hoping to be able to extend Beresford Avenue eastward. Currently, Beresford Avenue terminates at Blue Lake Avenue. If funds were available to extend the road to Summit Avenue, the new road would provide a reliever for State Road 44.

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A TROUBLED INTERSECTION — At left, Clay Ervin, Volusia County director of Growth and Resource Management, reports to the County Council about the RaceTrac proposal. 

A TROUBLED INTERSECTION — Clay Ervin, Volusia County director of Growth and Resource Management, reports to the County Council about the RaceTrac proposal. 

Citing traffic woes as an overriding concern, the Volusia County Council voted down an Atlanta company’s request to put a convenience store with gas pumps at the intersection of East New York Avenue (State Road 44) and Kepler Road.

“I couldn’t be happier. It’s for the community and for the neighborhood,” Lake Winnemissett Civic Association President Joni Gonzalez said, after the decision.

Gonzalez and more than a dozen others from her neighborhood voiced their objections during a public hearing that lasted almost two hours Oct. 19.

The council, with a 4-3 vote, rebuffed RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.’s request for an amended Business Planned-Unit Development (BPUD) zoning of 4.1 acres on the southeast corner of the intersection. 

Nevertheless, changes will eventually come to the intersection of S.R. 44 and Kepler, which has become a logjam for motorists, especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Wed
25
Oct

House fire evicts two families

WHAT NEXT? — Lori Hall experiences a collision of feelings following a fire Oct. 22 in her rented DeLeon Springs home that consumed all of her earthly possessions. Pictured Oct. 23, Hall, thankful to be alive, said she is worried about her kitten, whose paws were blistered by the heat, and also worried about where she and her son will go next. Her son works in the debris left by the blaze. 

WHAT NEXT? — Lori Hall experiences a collision of feelings following a fire Oct. 22 in her rented DeLeon Springs home that consumed all of her earthly possessions. Pictured Oct. 23, Hall, thankful to be alive, said she is worried about her kitten, whose paws were blistered by the heat, and also worried about where she and her son will go next. Her son works in the debris left by the blaze. 

BEACON PHOTO/ERIKA WEBB

UP IN FLAMES — On Monday, Oct. 23, Clinton Hall sets up a new cellphone after his phone burned a day earlier — along with the rest of his belongings — in a house fire at 5230 Park Ave. in DeLeon Springs. Hall and his mother, Lori Hall, lost all of their possessions, but are grateful that they and their three cats escaped death. 

UP IN FLAMES — On Monday, Oct. 23, Clinton Hall sets up a new cellphone after his phone burned a day earlier — along with the rest of his belongings — in a house fire at 5230 Park Ave. in DeLeon Springs. Hall and his mother, Lori Hall, lost all of their possessions, but are grateful that they and their three cats escaped death. 

BEACON PHOTO/ERIKA WEBB

Two DeLeon Springs families became homeless Oct. 22 after a fire nearly consumed the home they were renting.

Late in the afternoon Oct. 23, Clinton Hall and his mother, Lori Hall, sifted through the charred remains of everything they owned.

The interior of their apartment at 5230 Park Ave. was burned to black, and a smell like scorched plastic permeated the densely humid air.

Lori Hall said she thinks it was around 9 a.m. Sunday when she awakened on the living-room sofa, barely able to breathe; smoke billowed into the room from the kitchen.

She screamed “Fire!” to alert her son, who was in a bedroom in the home.

“By the time we got out, the whole thing … caught,” Clinton Hall said.

The smoke was dense.

“At first we couldn’t even find the door,” Lori Hall said.

A lower-level apartment around back housed a family of two children and two adults, according to the Halls.

Wed
25
Oct

The cops want to talk with - and hear from - you: DeLand PD launches new website

Policing gone digital — DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger demonstrates some of the features of his department’s new Crimewatch website, at www.delandpd.com. The chief hopes the new site will provide another way for citizens and police to effectively communicate with one another, with the ultimate goal of making DeLand a safer place.

Policing gone digital — DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger demonstrates some of the features of his department’s new Crimewatch website, at www.delandpd.com. The chief hopes the new site will provide another way for citizens and police to effectively communicate with one another, with the ultimate goal of making DeLand a safer place.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Residents of DeLand now have a new way to share crime tips and otherwise interact with their Police Department, with the launch of a brand-new website.

The new online hub, at www.delandpd.com, is the brainchild of DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger. 

The site is built on a platform known as Crimewatch, which Umberger made use of in his previous role as chief of police in Swatara Township, Pennsylvania. 

The site has information about recent arrests, wanted fugitives and missing persons. A calendar of upcoming DeLand Police Department events is also hosted on the site, along with a place for residents to submit tips.

Currently, the DPD is the only department in Florida making use of Crimewatch, but if and when other nearby departments begin using the platform, residents will be able to see crime news from neighboring jurisdictions, as well. 

Wed
25
Oct

Local cops to take in unwanted prescription drugs

Sheriff’s deputies and police officers in DeLand and Orange City will be accepting excess or expired prescription medicine Saturday, Oct. 28.

It’s all part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a twice-a-year effort to prevent drug addiction, overdose deaths or accidental ingestion by children.

Drug Take-Back Day offers Volusia County residents the opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring unused, unwanted or expired medication — safely and anonymously — to drop-off sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office is operating take-back sites at all five patrol-district headquarters, three of which are in West Volusia: 1706 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand,; 1691 Providence Blvd., Deltona; and 79 S. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary. 

Wed
25
Oct

Lake Helen residents to choose new mayor, elect a commissioner

The two candidates for the Lake Helen City Commission's Zone 1 seat: from left, incumbent Tom Wilson and former Vice Mayor Ann Robbins.

The two candidates for the Lake Helen City Commission's Zone 1 seat: from left, incumbent Tom Wilson and former Vice Mayor Ann Robbins.

The two candidates for Mayor of Lake Helen: from left, Daisy Raisler and Joe Hammett.

The two candidates for Mayor of Lake Helen: from left, Daisy Raisler and Joe Hammett.

Michael Woods was unopposed in his bid for re-election to the Zone 3 seat.

Michael Woods was unopposed in his bid for re-election to the Zone 3 seat.

Early voting will begin Oct. 30

Four candidates are on the ballot for the City of Lake Helen’s Tuesday, Nov. 7, election. Voters will choose a new mayor and one city commissioner for Zone 1. A fifth candidate was elected to the Zone 3 seat when he was the only person to run.

Early voting will begin Monday, Oct. 30, and run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 3, at the Volusia County Department of Elections, in the Volusia County Historic Courthouse at 125 W. New York Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

On Election Day, polling will take place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in Hopkins Hall, 192 W. Connecticut Ave. in Lake Helen.

Absentee ballots by mail are also available from the Elections Office; call 386-736-5930. The deadline to order a ballot to be mailed is Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Incumbent Mayor Buddy Snowden, who has led the city since 2009, is not seeking re-election.

Mon
23
Oct

Foodie File: Ormond historical landmark is an iconic restaurant

The back porch is shown from the covered patio, where diners may sit outdoors.

BEACON PHOTOS/RYAN ROUGEUX  Southern style and creativity — Executive Chef Henry Salgado, two-times James Beard-nominated for Best Chef in the South, welcomes guests to Rose Villa, housed in an Ormond Beach building that's full of history.

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Southern style and creativity — Executive Chef Henry Salgado, two-times James Beard-nominated for Best Chef in the South, welcomes guests to Rose Villa, housed in an Ormond Beach building that's full of history.

Michele Salgado's famous Chocolate-Chocolate Bread Pudding is served steaming warm with a mixture of white and dark chocolate chips, drizzled with bourbon caramel and chocolate sauce, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and garnished with mint.

Michele Salgado's famous Chocolate-Chocolate Bread Pudding is served steaming warm with a mixture of white and dark chocolate chips, drizzled with bourbon caramel and chocolate sauce, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and garnished with mint.

Chef Henry's crabcake is served atop fried green tomatoes.

Chef Henry's crabcake is served atop fried green tomatoes.

The Belly and Biscuits appetizer was a big hit with our writer's group.

The Belly and Biscuits appetizer was a big hit with our writer's group.

Driving down West Granada Boulevard in historic downtown Ormond Beach, I encounter the vibrant magenta-painted, florally flourishing and visually appealing multistory restaurant known as Rose Villa Southern Table and Bar.

I pull around to the back and am greeted by a valet who takes my car, and tells me to enjoy my experience. Valet parking is complimentary.

Rose Villa has an intriguing history. The building was constructed in the late 1800s and later became a bed-and-breakfast, an appurtenance to Henry Flagler’s Ormond Hotel. Rose Villa was a more private place where famous patrons could stay without being bothered.

Notable guests included Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and President Theodore Roosevelt. There’s a private dining room dedicated to Teddy.

Rose Villa has been open two years in its new iteration.

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