He lived next door on Sans Souci Avenue. We were 10-year-old buddies. Like me, he had a couple of sisters and loving parents — the usual 1950s baby-boomer mix.
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Vernon Burton will once again represent Zone 2 as a city commissioner in Lake Helen — after he ran for mayor and lost the election — but the reappointment didn’t come easy.
A DeBary man who had been living in a storage unit has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a Deltona man who Volusia County sheriff’s deputies say was a childhood friend of his.
Work to restore the historic Hotel Putnam to something resembling its former glory is continuing at a steady, if slow, pace, despite a few recent hurdles.
An independent auditor looking into Deltona Water’s ways of doing business got an earful from water customers Dec. 3.
Editor’s note: DeLandite Quentin Wyche, now 32, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2013. Recently released from prison, Wyche, and his mother, Wendy, have never stopped trying to overturn his conviction.
Speed limits on a busy thoroughfare through southeastern DeLand could soon change.
A good friend who recently was transported to DeLand from Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach commented that on the ride she felt every clackity-clack of International Speedway Boulevard in her spine and was glad to see the end approaching at Woodland Boulevard.
A DeLand police officer was dispatched to a supermarket in south DeLand on the afternoon of Nov. 2 regarding a shoplifting incident that the supermarket manager believed he had observed.
A group of Lake Helen residents have raised objections about the spraying of herbicides in Lake Helen lake to combat invasive plants, like the highly problematic aquatic plant hydrilla.
A church will grace a prominent spot in a gateway to DeBary.
The City of DeLand will open its cold weather shelter tonight.
Friends really can be forever. In 1963, on the campus of South Carolina State College, four women with diverse backgrounds, yet mutual interests, might not have guessed they would still be friends more than 50 years later.
For all that residents and visitors complain about parking in Downtown DeLand, no one actually seems able to dislike the man in charge: Parking Enforcement Officer Brian Roberts.
A national foundation is helping out an Orange City man fighting for his life with a car wash fundraiser this Saturday.
State Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff (R-DeLand) has filed a legislative bill to designate Interstate 95 in Florida the “Purple Heart Memorial Highway” to honor veterans who have died or been wounded in combat.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, the City of Deltona is giving away 500 turkeys, free of charge, to city residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
Good Samaritan Society-Florida Lutheran has officially opened a new housing facility that replaces one licensed for half as many beds. Although the first residents moved in during July, a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new assisted living facility was held Nov. 7.
One school, five weeks, at least eight fights, and at least 14 children, ages 11 to 14, arrested by the DeLand Police Department.
Note from the author: The Beacon’s recent article on Bibi LeBlanc, who witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, brought back memories of that Veterans Day weekend of 1989, because my family was also in Berlin to witness the fall of the wall. While we were Department of Defense civilian employe…
DeLand city officials have decided to support an effort to breathe new life into a once-thriving commercial building that once anchored DeLand’s African American business district.
UPDATE: According to a family member of one of the missing children, both have been found and are safe.
Have you wondered where to look in the sky to see the International Space Station in orbit? You might need to ask a fifth-grader.
Keeping the fight!
Police in DeLand may soon have more discretion to cite rowdy residents who refuse to turn down loud music or who continue to make disturbingly loud noises after being asked to stop by an officer.
A leading Deltona social-service agency has shut down.
The economic upswing in general and the building boom in particular have put more cash into Volusia County government coffers, prompting leaders to plan a new round of spending on roads.
Many DeLand residents have gotten word that Dobro’s, an Italian restaurant with touches of Chicago cuisine, has moved to a larger location.
An oasis where thousands of West Volusians have spent countless days and nights learning, swimming and making memories is celebrating its 100th year.
Are they rushing the season?
More than 120 people capped off Veterans Day by attending the premiere of an oral-history production spotlighting five Deltona veterans.
After firing the previous school superintendent for lack of transparency, the Volusia County School Board knew what they wanted from the next superintendent: communication.
The parking lot at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center in DeLand was empty and still dark at 7 on a recent Friday morning, when a small group of people drove in and silently unloaded their cars.
A new development tentatively approved by DeLand officials could see suburbia stretch farther east in DeLand than ever before.
Volusia County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal Monday-afternoon shooting in DeBary following a fight between a father and son.
Experimental Chef Night celebrated its 10th event on Artisan Alley Nov. 4, inviting chefs from around the area to “crush some sandos” (translation: create delicious sandwiches).
November’s Garden of the Month award has been presented to Gene and Carol Roddenberry of 529 N. Sans Souci Ave. in DeLand. The Garden Club of DeLand recognizes the Roddenberrys’ exceptional efforts to enhance their landscape.
AdventHealth recently donated nearly 400 bras to help local women in need.
We just called it the “black panel truck.” Before today’s small delivery vans, commercial trucks without side windows were called panel trucks.
In what is supposed to be the start of an annual tradition in Deltona, Mayor Heidi Herzberg delivered her first — and Deltona’s first — “State of the City” address Oct. 28.
A DeLand man has pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge related to him threatening to kill Jews.
Volusia County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two juvenile suspects in connection with an Oct. 23 drive-by shooting in south DeLand.
The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce’s executive director is stepping down.
Family members of Christine McCaleb, the homeless woman killed in a stabbing as she slept on a bench Oct. 16 in Downtown DeLand, are hoping Christine’s death can spur some good for other homeless individuals.
Motorists traveling to DeLand this weekend will want to plan ahead as several roads will be closed for special events.
The 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has special significance for a DeLand artist.
The Beacon has obtained body-camera footage from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office that reveals a deputy making disparaging statements about a woman’s report that she had been raped. At one point, Deputy Matthew Myers calls the woman’s account of what happened “doubtful.”
Some residents and passers-by near one of DeBary’s most prominent neighborhoods have been shocked to see large-scale clear-cutting and burning of long-forested land in the River City.
Lake Helen re-elected its mayor Nov. 5, and added a former city employee to the City Commission.
The doors of the church have opened at Divine Remnant of Truth at 1725 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City.
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