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A Deltona man has been arrested on charges of extorting more than $8,000 from a woman he met online, after he threatened to send photos and videos of her to her husband, family and employer, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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A $71,625 repair of the Historic Volusia County Courthouse clock — silent for two years — by the Cincinnati-based firm The Verdin Co. is nearing completion.

Board members of the Spring Hill Community Redevelopment Agency present a beautification award to Stacey White and Danny Thomas Jr. for their work improving their family home at 902 Oakhurst Ave. in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood of DeLand.

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Data collected by the 2020 census will affect how more than $675 billion in federal funds will be distributed to state and local governments.

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The Town of Pierson is one of two dozen smaller counties and municipalities statewide that are sharing in more than $16 million in federal grants. Pierson will be receiving $650,000 to make improvements in the town’s water system, state officials said.

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A Deltona man told a sheriff’s deputy July 25 that someone stole his Glock pistol, which had been lying on a nightstand in the victim’s bedroom. The firearm had been loaded and was in a holster.

The Deltona City Commission has adopted a stormwater assessment that is 18.5 percent higher than the current charge.

Volusia County Animal Services officials are investigating complaints about a long-standing home for disabled and near-end-of-life animals near DeLand.

A 60-acre borrow pit near Blue Spring could become a wetland recharge area, if the stars continue to align for the St. Johns River Water Management District and West Volusia Water Suppliers.

At its meeting Aug. 6, the Volusia County Council approved 23 new positions requested by five departments. The estimated cost of the additional workers is about $1.5 million a year.

A woman living in the DeLand area told Volusia County sheriff’s deputies July 14 that a guy she doesn’t know “had rammed her gate with his vehicle and was rummaging through her vehicle.”

Faced with the need to move forward on long-delayed stormwater improvements, the DeBary City Council ratified a tentative 41-percent increase in the city’s property taxes.

Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division will meet with municipalities and the public at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the second-floor Dennis R. McGee Room at Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Drive, Daytona Beach.

As another summer and another hurricane season set in, the greatest unsung hero of the season clicks on, sucking up electricity and causing our summer electric bills to soar. We’re speaking, of course, about air conditioning.

A DeLand veteran who served three tours in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart was dismayed to learn his neighborhood’s homeowners association was giving him grief over flying the American flag.

Two decades ago, DeLand city voters overwhelmingly approved going $5.3 million in debt for a new, larger home for the DeLand Police Department.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service are holding an information session stabilizing the banks of the spring run at Blue Spring State Park.

Editor’s note: Professional guardians are court-appointed to care for the financial and medical needs of clients, called “wards,” who are incapacitated or incapable of making decisions themselves, and who have no other family or friends willing or able to take on the role.

Editor’s note: This week’s look back into West Volusia history comes from Michael Braddock of Astor. Braddock’s family first moved to Northwest Volusia in 1856. “There were some of the Braddocks who made cow whips, so I’m a Cracker,” he said. Michael Braddock has lived in Pierson all his lif…

A 19-year-old Deltona woman and two Sanford teenagers were arrested early Tuesday in relation to a string of car break-ins in a Deltona neighborhood, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Editor’s note: Once again, Realtor Bill Mancinik’s “Native Reflections” column has inspired the contribution of a memory of growing up in West Volusia. This one comes from Jimmy Doyle in Rome, Georgia. Doyle grew up in DeLand in the late 1950s and the 1960s. He moved during his junior year i…

Two guys walked into a store in the DeLand area June 26. One of them took a box containing a new pair of boots off a shelf, and he put the new boots on his feet. Then he dropped his old boots into the box and put it back on the shelf. 

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