Stetson University President Christopher F. Roellke, Ph.D., announced that Lua Hancock, Ed.D., vice president for campus life and student success (CLaSS), left the school July 7 following her decision to step down from her position after more than a decade at Stetson.

Volusia County’s Resource Stewardship Division will conduct a six-acre prescribed burn at noon today, July 16, at the Barberville Mitigation Bank, which is northwest of the intersection of State Road 40 and U.S. Highway 17 and adjacent to the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge.

The City of DeBary is excited to announce our community programs for this fall. DeBary residents, along with non-residents, are invited to join. Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up! Register online at debary.org or in-person at DeBary City Hall. If you have any questions, contact Dela…

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Volusia County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program has over $20 million available to assist households that have experienced a financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance for rent or utilities, including past due payments a…

The first storm of 2021 forecast to impact Volusia County has made its way through the area leaving little more than a few inches of rain in its wake. 

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Volusia County officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Elsa as it makes its way through the Atlantic, traveling west-northwest towards the Caribbean. It’s still too early to know if the system will have any direct impacts on the county, but the entire state of Florida does fall within the…

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Few people impacted as many lives at Stetson University than T. Wayne Bailey, professor and “champion for generations of Stetson students.” On the morning of June 29, 2021, Bailey, who retired in 2016 after 53 years of service to the university, passed away. 

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We’re deeply saddened to report that Tim Swiger, a tradesworker for Volusia County’s Facility Management Division, was killed this morning when the vehicle he was driving struck a Votran bus on U.S. 92 near Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach. County staff and various first responders stopped to…

After approximately a year-and-a-half with the county, Brad Burbaugh has a new title and expanded duties — which now include oversight of the ECHO and Volusia Forever programs.

Library patrons can buy bags of books at the Friends of Deltona Library’s book sale through the end of June. The sale is in the group’s used book store inside the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

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The Florida Division of Emergency Management is hosting mobile, one-day COVID-19 vaccination clinics in partnership with local community organizations to increase vaccine access to all Floridians. 

The boat launch at Shell Harbor Park will soon bear the name of James Sowell. In conjunction with the Town of Pierson, the Volusia County Council will unveil the plaque in Sowell’s name at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Shell Harbor Park, 1800 Shell Harbor Road, Pierson. 

History at DeBary Hall has stepped into the future, with virtual reality tours. The tours will initially be offered to guests with mobility issues that may prevent a walk-through tour of the mansion. 

Locals and tourists can rediscover the wonders of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, which has resumed public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Face coverings will be optional at Volusia County Schools’ high school rehearsals and graduations. The graduations will be held June 3-6 at the Ocean Center.The decision to make masks optional and voluntary at the upcoming graduation ceremonies was made because the Ocean Center no longer req…

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Children in grades K-5 can avoid the summer brain drain by taking part in the Volusia County Public Library’s summer reading challenge, programs and activities. The adventure begins June 7 at all 14 branches of the library system.

Maintaining and monitoring Volusia County government’s financial transactions is a big job. A nearly 13-year veteran of county government, Lynne Urice has been overseeing the job as the acting accounting director since March 2020. And now, she has landed the permanent position.

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In yet another sign that COVID-19 is starting to loosen its grip on our daily activities, the 14 branches of the Volusia County Public Library will return to normal schedules on June 1. 

When Volusia County’s Public Protection Department announced plans last year to open an emergency medical services building next to a southeast Volusia fire station, long-time paramedic Gerald “Jerry” Jones was looking forward to working in the new office. Tragically, he died from COVID-19 c…

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Summer camp scholarships are available to income-eligible children through Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division.

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Early this morning at approximately 4 a.m., Friday, May 7th, Orange City Police and Fire Rescue responded to the 600 block of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in reference to a motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash.

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Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) has been alive and kicking for the past year, with staff offering camps and virtual educational programs. The LEC also welcomed socially distanced visitors on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays for education programs and self-guided tours. 

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Saturday, May 1, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief, the third-largest non-profit Disaster Relief organization in Florida, will host a training for individuals within the Central Florida region at Stetson Baptist Church (1025 W. Minnesota Ave., DeLand, FL 32720).

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Backpack Buddies is hosting its 13th Drive-Thru Food Giveaway Friday, April 16, at PFC Emory L. Bennett Veterans Memorial Park, 1365 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Orange City. The event will open at 9 a.m. and continue until noon, or while supplies last.

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Votran has two public meetings scheduled to inform residents of upcoming service changes that may impact some users. Meetings are planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Pierson Community Center, 124 W. Washington Ave.; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 t…