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This year’s DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts featured artist Lauren Austin has her works in a new quilting exhibit at the African American Museum of the Arts in DeLand. The exhibit, titled “The Story Quilters of Hannibal Square,” opened at the museum July 17, and features the work of several…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the meal program that allows children in Volusia County schools to eat for free for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. VCS School Way Café will serve meals (breakfast and lunch) to all students attending in-person classes in Volusia County publi…

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After questioning what Deltonans receive from the private charitable organizations the city government supports, city commissioners July 6 unanimously approved the allocation of almost $600,000 of federal funds for the next fiscal year.

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Lake Helen resident Andrea Ferguson didn’t get to watch her dog Rebel’s TV debut July 6, because Rebel was giving birth to a litter of puppies.

DeLand resident John J. Kelly has won the Kentucky New Play Series for his 10-minute play Legacies of War, about what happens when an unexpected letter brings back a Vietnam vet’s memories he’d rather forget. The series is sponsored annually by the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop in Fort Mitchell. 

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Thanks to Mary McBride and her “Masked Tree Wrappers,” and with the help of the City of DeLand Facilities Department, new yarn-art wraps can be seen around 13 palm trees on the south end of town. That brings the total number of palm trees wrapped to 20. 

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Dr. T. Wayne Bailey, professor emeritus of political science at Stetson University and a co-author of Volusia County’s Home Rule Charter, died June 29, 2021, at the age of 86.

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A flood of statistics has been released recently about the local crime rate, and how often the Sheriff’s Office uses force, including deadly force.

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Yearly, the Volusia County Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children honors school personnel in six different categories and parent categories that represent those who have given outstanding assistance to exceptional children. This past week, the council named its 20 winners.

The numbers are in from Volusia County’s annual online sale of tax certificates, and the numbers show county government itself ended up purchasing a good number. 

I had no idea of the science inside my glass as I sipped craft beer inside Riverwalk Pizzeria & Brew Pub. No idea that someone’s been checking yeast cells under a microscope, tending temperature controls and calculating equations for a perfect pour. 

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Property taxes hadn’t been paid on the Hotel Putnam in Downtown DeLand for three years. The people who paid the taxes in the owner’s stead had asked that the hotel be auctioned so they could be repaid, with interest. 

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Fresh off of fireworks and still full of hamburgers and hot dogs, the DeLand City Commission and the Downtown DeLand Community Redevelopment Agency will discuss improving city streets, parks and fields — not housing developments — at meetings Tuesday, July 6.

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From July 1 through 7, Floridians can enjoy tax-free purchases on various items, including tickets for outdoor events, fishing supplies, camping supplies and more as part of the first-ever Freedom Week.

The controversy surrounding Volusia County Council Member Fred Lowry provided material for the opening of the council’s June 22 meeting, as speakers demanded he resign or be ousted.

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This week we are announcing the high-school students who received Turn Around Awards from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools. Each spring, FUTURES invites all middle- and high-school principals and their school teams to select a recipient from each grade level per school who has s…

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The Rev. Elizabeth Carrasquillo invites anyone who does not have a church home to come and celebrate at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 4, with First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand. Red, white and blue is the encouraged dress code of the day, to honor our nation’s Independence Day. 

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Paula Maud Dayton is July’s Artist of the Month for the Deltona Art Club. Dayton’s acrylic painting An Idyll at Silver Falls will be displayed in the foyer of Deltona City Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd.

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