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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around West Volusia have been busy expanding, relocating and adapting their enterprises to fit the new reality around them.
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.
Visiting UU minister
It wasn’t difficult, in the runup to Thanksgiving, to find signs of gratitude in West Volusia. Individuals, organizations and private businesses found a cornucopia of ways to give to those less fortunate.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations are canceled next year in Volusia County due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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…
Scott Ritchey, owner of Downtown DeLand juice bar Beeatroot, died Nov. 12. To commemorate his life and support the family he left behind, a number of Downtown DeLand merchants and family friends are organizing a silent auction.
First Christian Church of Christ, Scientist, DeLand, is offering a Thanksgiving Day service to the community at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, at their Downtown DeLand site at 111 E. New York Ave.
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.
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).
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.”
“We are not headed in the direction we want to in the community,” Florida Department of Health spokeswoman Holly Smith said at a press conference today.
Volusia County Schools has set high-school graduation for June 2021. All rehearsals and ceremonies will be at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The quantity of tickets allowable per family will be based on the most current CDC guidelines at time of graduation. Dates are subject to change.
Editors note: This story was updated at 2:07 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, after The Beacon successfully contacted Acting City Manager John Peters.
Stetson University’s Yule Log Lighting is a tradition 72 years in the making. This year, it’s going digital.
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.
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.
New Hope Human Services will host a drive-thru food giveaway in Deltona this weekend.
DeLand Police Cmdr. Francis “Mac” McBride is retiring after 45 years of service, and he has a replacement for the Downtown DeLand beat: Officer Jose Torres.
Editor's note: The date of the event was listed incorrectly. The event is Thursday, Nov. 19.
Florida KidCare is Florida’s free or low-cost health program that provides comprehensive health coverage for children under age 19. Florida KidCare services include doctor visits, checkups and shots, hospital, surgery and emergency services, vision and hearing screening and prescriptions.
The Volusia County School Board met Nov. 10 to discuss a number of items. Here are some of the highlights.
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…
Fifty-one percent of high-school seniors enrolled in Volusia Online Learning have not taken the exams in English and language arts they must have to graduate, and are considered failing.
In the words of pre-eminent drag queen RuPaul Charles, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.”
The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing for a resurfacing project on International Speedway Boulevard, also known as U.S. Highway 92.
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.
A small congregation is preparing to set up its place of worship in an established DeBary neighborhood.
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.
This year, 2020, has certainly been a weird year, in which the coronavirus pandemic has turned practically everything upside down, inside out, forth and back.
Over the objections of Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley, the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission voted at a recent meeting to support extending SunRail to DeLand.
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).
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Athens Theatre in DeLand invites you to come see “It Was a Very Good Year,” a multimedia tribute starring Tony Sands as “The Voice.”
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.
‘Our Church, Our Congregation, Our Principles in Action’
School Way Café will serve five days’ worth of meals for Thanksgiving week. Families may pick up meals 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Meals will be bundled with five breakfasts and five lunches.
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.
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.
In the wake of Tuesday’s general election in Southwest Volusia, the DeBary City Council will welcome two new members, and the Deltona City Commission will get one new member and retain a member appointed earlier this year.
Lake Helen City Administrator Becky Witte announced her resignation today in a letter submitted to the city.
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.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 18-year-old Kamari Elliot in the investigation of recent drive-by shootings in the Spring Hill neighborhood of southwest DeLand.
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.
As West Volusia heads into Election Day, it’s important to know about precinct changes, protocols, and how many ballots have already been cast.
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