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With the holidays here, there’s an immediate need for new workers to help staff Goodwill Industries of Central Florida's stores and warehouses. Goodwill isn’t just seeking holiday help — it has dozens of job vacancies it is looking to fill permanently.

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 This year, more than usual, it feels like the world could use a serious dose of holiday spirit — and the Athens Theatre in DeLand is ready to deliver Central Florida a jolly remedy for the blues! Plaid Tidings is a splendiferous show for every age, filled to the brim with songs of the seaso…

Editor’s note: This week, we launch a new feature, Better Country Beyond, with excerpts from DeLandite Karen Ryder’s book about the early days of the founding of the City of DeLand.

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FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools has announced the 40 high-school seniors who graduated from the Class of 2020 Tomorrow’s Leaders Program and, at the same time, named the 41 juniors who will participate in the Class of 2021 Tomorrow’s Leaders Program. This will be the 33rd sessi…

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DeLand native Chelsea Warren’s daughter, Morgan Layne Kehrley, was born prematurely April 21. After months in the hospital, she is home with her family.

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SMA Healthcare (SMA) and the SMA Healthcare Foundation recently announced that Florida Power & Light (FPL) has donated $10,000 to assist with a collaborative program between SMA and the Volusia Sheriff’s Office (VSO).

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West Volusia has an eclectic mix of attractions, restaurants and boutiques that make it a spectacular spot to visit. And now it’s even cooler, with the “CoolCraft Beverage Trail.”

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The DeLand Original Music Festival rocked its 20th annual event Nov. 14, spread across multiple stages in Downtown DeLand. For 20 years, the festival has been a staple of the Volusia County music scene.

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Already convinced a run-down recreation spot and mobile-home park along the St. Johns River needs a thorough cleanup and reconstruction, the Volusia County Council Nov. 17 sealed the deal with unanimous approval of a plan to restore the site.

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MAKING GINGERBREAD — Sarah Thorncroft, executive director of the West Volusia Historical Society, stirs some gingerbread batter with an overgrown sock monkey. Sock monkeys came about during World War I, when those at home made socks for soldiers who were fighting in trenches where their feet…

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Apparently moved by public protests, the Volusia County Council Nov. 10 unanimously rejected a developer’s request to build a mini-warehouse complex in Enterprise, just outside Deltona city limits.

Volusia County’s decisions on proposed amendments of the Florida Constitution mostly lined up with statewide outcomes. Some of the newly passed amendments will usher in big changes across the state.

Deltona is on the verge of tightening its ordinance pertaining to where convicted sex offenders may live within the city.

Shoestring Theatre in Lake Helen is presenting a live musical cabaret under the stars. Everyone is ready for a night of Broadway music without all the worries, and the Shoe has the solution: Broadway in the Park(ing lot). 

Florida has seen progress in reducing the number of juveniles who are arrested, but the problem persists. Each year, hundreds of young people face jail time and a criminal record for offenses that once would have gotten them grounded by their parents or sent to the principal’s office at school.

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Judy Craig and Jennifer Coen won in races for seats on the West Volusia Hospital Authority, besting challengers who disagreed strongly with the Hospital Authority’s liberal funding of organizations that deliver health care to West Volusia’s poorest residents.

Twenty-year extensions to Volusia County’s ECHO and Volusia Forever grant programs passed by large margins of more than 100,000 votes each in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Seventy-seven percent of Volusia County’s registered voters cast ballots for the Nov. 3 general election, four percentage points higher than for the presidential contest in 2016, but not the 80 percent turnout Elections Supervisor Lisa Lewis had forecast.

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The Beacon will be covering the 2020 general election throughout the day and as the night goes on. Keep refreshing this page throughout the day to see our newest updates. View our earlier story on the election for more information.

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Thanks to a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Volusia County is pulling five derelict boats out of the St. Johns River and hauling them away for disposal.

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