Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. They provide services, add jobs, keep our dollars local, support our local nonprofits, and lend color and character to our towns.

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DeLandite Miranda Miller was building a career in an industry she loves when COVID-19 pulled the rug out from under the small business she worked for.

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West Volusia will forever be enhanced due to the vision and life of Irene Johnson and her legacy, and that of her late husband, the Rev. Maxwell Johnson. Their work to establish the African American Museum of the Arts in DeLand will never be forgotten.

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The Volusia County School Board, after hours of discussion spanning at least three meetings, has finally voted to move forward on making masks optional starting this summer.

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While some places in the Southeast have experienced fuel shortages, the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline by a cybercriminal group is not affecting Central Florida — at least not now.

Editor’s note: The Beacon reached out to Ricardo Alvarado, the current owner of Bellini’s Restaurant & Deli, who said there is no update at this time about his plan to relocate and reopen the restaurant.

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Members of a DeLand task force brought the topic of workforce housing to the City Commission with one core message: More needs to be done to make sure DeLandites can afford a place to live. 

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Less than a year after the opening of Amazon’s fulfillment center at 2600 N. Normandy Blvd., Deltona may have another big economic-development project in the works.

If all goes according to the latest schedule, regular weekday SunRail service to and from DeLand will begin in about two-and-a-half years.

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There is a grave in Union Cemetery on West Euclid Avenue that haunts me. There rests the body of Julia A. West, the soul who devoted her life to teaching me right from wrong, how to make my bed, tuck a hospital corner, iron a man’s shirt, and so much more. 

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After comments from more than a dozen residents and roughly two-and-a-half hours of tense discussion, DeLand city commissioners delayed a vote on a controversial housing development.

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Driving east into Lake Lindley Village, a home accented by brightly painted murals catches the eye. MeJesTique Forest Gardens was named by combining the initials of owner Janice Spencer and her boyfriend and fellow gardener Mark Schweder. This gardening duo developed every inch of the proper…

Volusia County Schools has named the district’s 2020-21 Outstanding School Volunteers Award-winners, as well as the Mentor of the Year. Each school had the opportunity to nominate volunteers in the categories of youth, adult, senior and mentor.

A Downtown DeLand businessman has been charged with felony racketeering after a State of Florida Bureau of Insurance Fraud investigation uncovered dozens of fraudulent certificates of liability insurance issued by 18 different shell companies, prosecutors said.

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Osteen-area residents are trying to decide whether to sue, after the Deltona City Commission approved a 189-home development on 110 acres in what is now a rural, wooded lakeside setting.

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The DeLand High School Lady Bulldog softball team was stopped by Taylor, 5-4, while the Bulldog baseball team defeated Mainland, 7-4. 

Starting this upcoming August, parents will have two options for their students for the 2021-22 school year. The first option will be face-to-face learning at their zoned school. The second option, for those students who would like to learn virtually, will be to enroll in Volusia Online Lear…

It has been said that April showers bring May flowers, but April’s Garden of the Month has had an abundance of blooms all winter long. Steve Lahiff and his wife, Lisa, moved into their new home at 729 N. Florida Ave. in DeLand six months ago.

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Members of the Junior Service League of Deland honored Belinda Huttmann as the DeLand Woman of the Year at their fifth annual event celebrating women and service.

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