DeLand city officials are working with Downtown merchants to expand outdoor restaurant seating into the streets, and to allow people to walk around with alcoholic beverages in the central business district on weekend evenings.
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UPDATE 2:00 P.M.: Shelters close, court canceled for Monday
UPDATE 7:30 P.M.: Votran will offer transport to shelters; do not go to shelter unless necessary, county says. Wellness checks will be done on individuals prior to admittance.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood is now in self-quarantine, after a test for the virus yielded a positive finding.
UPDATE AUGUST 1.; A statement issued by Volusia County at 5:21 p.m. July 31 reported there are now three sinkholes opened up in DeLeon Springs, and said the swimming area at the state park is now closed. The county also said one of the smaller sinkholes caused damage to Park Avenue between C…
UPDATE 07/31 at 4 p.m.:
The DeBary City Council has scheduled a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 5, to determine if one of its members should be removed from office.
The position of Volusia County chair is equivalent to county mayor.
The coronavirus pandemic is having ripple effects practically everywhere, and the judicial system is no exception.
Among West Volusia cities with confirmed COVID-19 cases, no others can compare to the consistent uptick of DeLand and Deltona: Together, they comprise 70 percent of all COVID-19 cases in West Volusia.
Two candidates are slugging it out in the race to be Volusia County’s tax collector, a new elected position that will oversee the momentous task of transitioning revenue collection from the state and the Volusia County Finance Department into a new office.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Detective Chastity Burke has dreamed for years of acquiring an electronic-detection K9 detective.
On a muggy late afternoon, as a dozen or more volunteer coaches looked on, roughly a hundred kids ranging in age from 5 to 19 ran conditioning drills in the large field behind Southwestern Middle School in DeLand.
The Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Seat 2 race has three Volusia County residents vying for the relatively obscure, and unpaid, position in the upcoming August primary.
Voters in Volusia County have a smorgasbord of choices to make Tuesday, Aug. 18, when it comes to who will sit behind various judicial benches at the county and circuit court levels.
Four years after it approved a cardroom with a sports bar in an aging shopping center, the Orange City Council has agreed to allow the business to draw bigger crowds — but the coronavirus pandemic may limit the expected rush.
The Volusia County Clerk’s office has laid off 11 employees, effective July 20, as a result of significant revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Need to know: The Volusia County School Board will hold a virtual meeting 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, where members will vote on the reopening plan, and on the calendar for the school year. The School Board will choose either Aug. 24 or Aug. 31 as the start date for the school year.
After an hour-and-a-half of weighing the pros and cons of masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the DeBary City Council July 15 adopted a resolution urging — but not forcing — people to wear masks in indoor settings and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.
In an email to students, staff, and faculty, Stetson University announced that five student athletes who were returning to campus for practice have tested positive for COVID-19.
A Lake County legislator and attorney has filed suit against the City of DeLand over a new law requiring the wearing of masks.
The Deltona City Commission once again has seven members, including one woman who once paid her water bill of almost $500 in pennies to protest the city’s water rates.
Lake Helen has passed a resolution recommending its citizens follow CDC guidelines on social-distancing and the use of face masks.
The West Volusia Beacon has made the decision to close its Downtown DeLand newspaper office until Thursday, July 23, after one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and two others reported having fevers this week.
After watching the leaders of neighboring cities debate facial coverings as a way to halt the spread of the coronavirus, the DeBary City Council will convene in a special session to discuss a resolution on masks.
DeLand city officials have approved a project that stands to transform a disused correctional facility in Downtown DeLand into a potential new hub of commerce and culture.
A large expanse of woods on the eastern shore of Lake Winnemissett is on track to be transformed into a neighborhood of 600 homes for older citizens of DeLand.
A small Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) at Timbercrest Elementary School, 2401 Eustace Ave. in Deltona, has been shut down.
Rapid antibody testing by independent medical offices has stepped in to fill a void left by more official testing sites in West Volusia, but those antibody tests act only as guidance, and have not been fully evaluated as to their effectiveness, according to the Centers for Disease Control an…
UPDATE JULY 9 10:00 a.m.:
On orders from the state, schools will reopen in the fall with a “full panoply of services.”
Unlike DeLand and Orange City, Deltona seeks to coax, rather than compel, people to wear masks in indoor spaces to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
For the next 60 days, people going into stores, restaurants, banks, and other businesses — even churches — in Orange City will be required to wear masks or face fines.
After a five-hour meeting Monday, the DeLand City Commission decided to delay their final decision on the Cresswind DeLand development rezoning until Wednesday.
As infection numbers skyrocket and once again live concerts in bars go silent, the Athens Theatre in DeLand and The Studio Creative Group continue to offer you incredible entertainment that you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your own home! This weekend, from Friday, July 10, throug…
The rise in new cases of coronavirus is prompting local governments to consider following DeLand’s lead on requiring facial coverings.
The Museum of Art - DeLand Downtown Galleries at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. have reopened with an exhibition of 45 diverse works by some of the premier printmakers of the past 160 years.
A pair of Daytona Beach-based Democrats are vying for the opportunity to take on one-term incumbent Elizabeth Fetterhoff, a Republican, in November’s general election.
R.J. Larizza, the incumbent state attorney for the judicial circuit covering Volusia and three other counties, said he wants to continue reducing crime and offering services to help people with mental health or drug-abuse issues.
In the American system of criminal justice, all accused people are granted the right to an attorney, regardless of their ability to afford one.
As people prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July against the backdrop of a surge in coronavirus infections, Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley announced a new offensive to combat the deadly disease — but the county will not make it law.
In advance of the July Fourth weekend, the City of DeLand has passed an emergency ordinance requiring people to wear face coverings while in indoor businesses in the city.
Deltona resident Bobby Morlen, 54, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for theft of government funds, officials said. The federal court judge also ordered Morlen to pay restitution of $131,457.16, the amount of proceeds from the offense.
DeLand police announced June 30 that an arrest has been made — and another will be made — in the 2019 death of Terrence Gibson, 59, who was shot in the back several times by an unidentified masked gunman.
Alarmed by a sharp rise in new cases of COVID-19, Volusia County officials are kicking off a new campaign to stop the spread.
A Publix Super Markets spokeswoman confirmed that a total of three employees, who work at three Publix locations in West Volusia, have tested positive for COVID-19.
Maybe you’ve noticed lately that you’ve been coming home with your clothes soaked in sweat. Or, perhaps, your air-conditioning unit recently went kaput from overuse.
An emergency special meeting of the Volusia County School Board has been called for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, to appoint an interim superintendent for Volusia County Schools.
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