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Sheriff Mike Chitwood convinced the Volusia County Council to let him buy a fourth armored vehicle at a cost of $337,650, but not without a dust-up between him and the former sheriff, and a discussion of the upcoming presidential election — all against a backdrop of concern about law-enforce…

The West Volusia Hospital Authority is opening a new medical clinic in DeLand that’s designed to save taxpayers money by keeping people out of the emergency room. And, there are plans for two more, in Southwest Volusia and in Pierson.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled many events, but St. Peter Catholic Church’s 69th annual Oktoberfest is still happening, just a little differently: by going virtual.

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The West Volusia Hospital Authority has one more chance to finalize its tax rate for the coming year, and commissioners are saying they would like to lower the rate, to reduce the burden on West Volusia property owners.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties are having several major fundraisers. The first is the Brown & Brown Insurance 5K Run and Walk Saturday, Sept. 26. The second is the Deal for Success Texas Hold’em games Sunday, Sept. 27. 

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If there’s one thing that the Sunshine State is known for, it’s oranges. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at DeBary Hall, Jacksonville-based author and journalist Erin Thursby is coming to DeBary to discuss her book, Florida Oranges: A Colorful History, about the rich legacy of the state’s i…

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Residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will once again be permitted to visit in person with their loved ones for the first time since March, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties recently traveled to Tallahassee to participate in Advocacy Day. The group was led by Unit Director “The Beautiful” Althea Ross Chavers, along with club member advocates Junaya Stanley and De-Terionna Padgett from the Lacey Family/Spring…

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that can be a precursor to AIDS. One in seven HIV-positive people don’t know they have it, the CDC says.

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Two first-grade teachers at St. Barnabas Episcopal School in DeLand, Patricia Dovi and Kimberly Martin, have become international celebrities. They have taken the obstacle of desk shields and made them into jeeps to navigate these unusual times. The jeeps are vrooming all over the world with…

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After repeated losses in its battle to keep Volusia County’s 50-year-old home-rule charter government intact, the County Council decided Aug. 25 to stop its legal fight against a Florida constitutional amendment that overrides the charter.

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Sports will look different in Volusia County this fall, and exactly how they’ll look is still being decided, as teams across West Volusia rally to defeat a common opponent: COVID-19.

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DeLand families are working to restore their homes and lives in the wake of the Aug. 18 tornado that caused major damage as it cut a path across the north side of town.

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An age-restricted mobile-home community moved one step closer to reality this week when the Pierson Town Council gave second and final approval to rezoning two large parcels next to the new elementary school on the north side of town.

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UPDATE: Stetson University Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity President William Mackenzie said the brothers who tested positive for COVID-19 were likely exposed via an on-campus organization or club meeting. Mackenzie said the fraternity has had rules in place to prevent gatherings that could expose …

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Lake Helen voters weighed in on Aug. 18 on a bitter squabble that has occupied the small town’s City Commission for more than a year, pitting Mayor Daisy Raisler and Commissioner Kelly Frasca against the other three commissioners.

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The DeLand City Commission has given its blessing to a series of temporary measures aimed at helping Downtown businesses, particularly bars and eateries, survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DeLand Police Cmdr. Francis “Mac” McBride is retiring after 45 years on the police force and wants to thank the DeLand community. McBride joined the DeLand Police Department in November 1975. He plans to move to Alabama to spend time with his daughter on her 7-acre farm.

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In this publication, we mistakenly stated when voters will vote on the Seat 2 race for the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Board. The race will be in the general election held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, not in the primary election of Tuesday, Aug. 18.

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