“I plead with the community: If you know anything, come forward. Give Jarius justice. Give us peace,” Stella McRae urged the community at a Sheriff’s Office press conference.
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An Amtrak train carrying cars and 294 customers overturned on the tracks Thursday afternoon near Beresford Landing, west of DeLand.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, state officials were tracking 5,473 cases of COVID-19 in Florida, 5,276 of which were Florida residents. The number of cases in Volusia County stood at 65. A total of 648 people had been tested for the virus in Volusia County.
Dr. Bruce Rankin is a family doctor with a passion for medical research.
The uptick in property values, increase in population, and subsequent lack of available rental units has conspired to create a perfect storm in DeLand that is mirrored not only in nearby cities but across the United States.
“When we got up this morning, we’re one day closer to putting this crisis behind us,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a March 24 news conference staged by county officials at the Emergency Operations Center.
Two people have been taken into custody in connection with skeletal remains found in southeastern DeLand.
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After a previous meeting stretched almost to 1 a.m. — to the disgruntlement of commissioners and the city attorney — the Lake Helen City Commission has resolved to end its meetings no later than 12 p.m.
A DeLand police officer was patrolling the parking lot of a big-box store just before midnight March 11 and located a pickup truck with no visible license plate.
An award-winning DeLand film studio is getting ready to present a veteran-directed film starring local actors that will have its worldwide premiere at the Athens Theatre in May.
None of my five children live within 1,000 miles of me, so they have been better than usual in calling me during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mother is, after all, old and vulnerable.
With people staying in more than ever due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus disease outbreak, restaurants across West Volusia are feeling squeezed.
As is befitting “The Gem of Florida,” Lake Helen’s newest restaurant is a surprising hidden jewel, steeped in local culture.
The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on travel, caused entire countries to be put on lockdown, and altered daily life across the globe.
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Tuesday’s presidential preference primary election went well in Volusia County, despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis.
Editor's note: This story was published March 18 and was accurate at the time, but the situation may have changed.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, there were 1,330 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in Florida residents. The number of cases in Volusia County rose to 18, with nine being travel-related. 156 Volusia residents were tested, with 131 testing negative, 16 testing positive and nine results pending.
As of 10 a.m. Monday, there were five confirmed cases of coronavirus in Volusia County, and some 149 in Florida as a whole.
Today, Daytona International Speedway almost seems located in downtown Daytona Beach. Extensive commerce and development surround the world-famous attraction.
There is nothing as fast-acting and fast-spreading as fear.
Two polling stations located in assisted-living facilities are to move for the March 17 primary, the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Office said, due to fears surrounding the new coronavirus.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby announced Thursday that face-to-face classes would end this weekend at the college.
As county officials work to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, the identity and location of the Volusia County victims of COVID-19 remain under wraps, at least for now.
A curious confluence of events brought DeLandite Kelly Bowen to The Beacon office with an unusual story that stretches back over 100 years and spans two genocides.
At a recent West Volusia Historical Society panel discussion, a senior city planner joined the team behind the restoration of the J.W. Wright Building to explain the importance of preserving some of DeLand’s lesser-known historic gems.
Black History Month has come and gone, but the contributions made by African Americans throughout history will be celebrated throughout the year.
A Deltona student continues to expand the nonprofit she founded at age 10 by collecting new and gently used shoes to donate around the world.
The DeBary City Council has unanimously approved a plan to repair and repave some of the city’s cracked and broken roads.
A widower who keeps chickens at his home has been ordered by Deltona code enforcement to reduce the number of his feathered friends — and he is so upset that he has gotten rid of all of them.
You two can’t get along — that’s why you got divorced!
Barring some unforeseen calamity, Volusia County’s voters will decide eight months from now whether to renew two programs — one to preserve environmentally sensitive lands and the other to pay for cultural projects — that have been in effect since 2001.
I always find joy when I come across a restaurant that offers something new and special during the course of my foodie reporting. Saigon Sizzle, a new Vietnamese restaurant in the Orange City Marketplace, is one such place.
Kevar Williams, only a sophomore at DeLand High School, ran one of the fastest 400-meter races of the year in Florida Feb. 28 at the East Coast Classic sponsored by Flagler Palm Coast High School.
DeLeon Springs faces a choice: modern, more expensive septic tanks, or a community water-and-sewage system.
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Concerned that the southern part of their city could be overloaded with apartments, DeBary’s leaders have put a temporary halt on new multifamily housing projects around the city’s SunRail station.
Editor’s note: This week’s look back into West Volusia history comes from Michael Braddock of Astor.
First responders joined with representatives of the armed forces, public-health organizations and other government agencies in providing high-school students with impressive displays of what they do and how they do it.
Some Deltona city commissioners expressed frustration at a recent meeting over being left in the dark regarding negotiations for Deltona's currently-under-construction Amazon distribution center.
Patrons of popular Northwest Volusia park faced a public-health problem over a recent weekend.
Buffeted by intense criticism from residents, including an elected member of its own board, the West Volusia Hospital Authority could change how it pays millions of dollars to local hospitals to care for the area’s poorest people.
Editor’s note: Less than 40 miles from Volusia County, southwest of Palatka and slightly northeast of the Ocala National Forest, is a 50-year ecological disaster that spans two counties. A failed plan to create the Cross-Florida Barge Canal flooded thousands of acres of forest, clogged miles…
The owner of Ritter’s Towne Pharmacy at 120 E. New York Ave. in Downtown DeLand is blaming a serious decline in the independent pharmacy industry for the sudden closure of her store.
DeLand’s New Hope Animal Shelter is waiving the adoption fee on all cats, and is no longer taking in stray cats.
Concerns about stormwater and traffic prompted the Orange City Council to turn down a plan for a new neighborhood on the town’s west side.
Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida Inc. and Brilliant Minds 4-H Club are blazing a positive trail after their most recent second annual Community Expo Feb. 1.
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