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A DeBary man who had been living in a storage unit has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a Deltona man who Volusia County sheriff’s deputies say was a childhood friend of his.

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Work to restore the historic Hotel Putnam to something resembling its former glory is continuing at a steady, if slow, pace, despite a few recent hurdles.

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A good friend who recently was transported to DeLand from Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach commented that on the ride she felt every clackity-clack of International Speedway Boulevard in her spine and was glad to see the end approaching at Woodland Boulevard.

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A DeLand police officer was dispatched to a supermarket in south DeLand on the afternoon of Nov. 2 regarding a shoplifting incident that the supermarket manager believed he had observed.

A group of Lake Helen residents have raised objections about the spraying of herbicides in Lake Helen lake to combat invasive plants, like the highly problematic aquatic plant hydrilla.

Friends really can be forever. In 1963, on the campus of South Carolina State College, four women with diverse backgrounds, yet mutual interests, might not have guessed they would still be friends more than 50 years later.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the City of Deltona is giving away 500 turkeys, free of charge, to city residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Good Samaritan Society-Florida Lutheran has officially opened a new housing facility that replaces one licensed for half as many beds. Although the first residents moved in during July, a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new assisted living facility was held Nov. 7.

Note from the author: The Beacon’s recent article on Bibi LeBlanc, who witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, brought back memories of that Veterans Day weekend of 1989, because my family was also in Berlin to witness the fall of the wall. While we were Department of Defense civilian employe…

DeLand city officials have decided to support an effort to breathe new life into a once-thriving commercial building that once anchored DeLand’s African American business district.

The economic upswing in general and the building boom in particular have put more cash into Volusia County government coffers, prompting leaders to plan a new round of spending on roads.

The parking lot at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center in DeLand was empty and still dark at 7 on a recent Friday morning, when a small group of people drove in and silently unloaded their cars.

The Beacon has obtained body-camera footage from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office that reveals a deputy making disparaging statements about a woman’s report that she had been raped. At one point, Deputy Matthew Myers calls the woman’s account of what happened “doubtful.”

Some residents and passers-by near one of DeBary’s most prominent neighborhoods have been shocked to see large-scale clear-cutting and burning of long-forested land in the River City.

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