A lovely scene at Blue Spring State Park.  BEACON FILE PHOTO

A lovely scene at Blue Spring State Park.

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Friday, July 29, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently announced it soon will begin work on a monthlong project to enhance fish and wildlife habitat at Blue Spring Lagoon in West Volusia.... + continue reading
Imagine a new road — This graphic depicts the alignment of a new road to link Orange CIty and Deltona, as well as to provide commuters and travelers access to the yet-to-be-built toll lanes of Interstate 4.

Imagine a new road — This graphic depicts the alignment of a new road to link Orange CIty and Deltona, as well as to provide commuters and travelers access to the yet-to-be-built toll lanes of Interstate 4. There is to be no standard interchange access onto or off I-4 from general-use, or toll-free, lanes of I-4 at the future crossing of Rhode Island Avenue and the superhighway.  

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Friday, July 29, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Another proposed road to connect Orange City and Deltona may be built by the state. The extension of East Rhode Island Avenue eastward to Deltona, with a 2-mile segment and an overpass spanning... + continue reading
From left, Shirley Green, Marla Rawnsley and Heather Caeners

From left, Shirley Green, Marla Rawnsley and Heather Caeners

Friday, July 29, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
The race for Volusia County judge is in full swing, as the three candidates reach out to voters in preparation for the Tuesday, Aug. 30, primary election. Attorneys Marla Rawnsley and Heather Caeners... + continue reading
Digging for treasure — Plumber John Wilson lifts dirt from the site on Artisan Alley where underground pipes were repaired July 24.

Digging for treasure — Plumber John Wilson lifts dirt from the site on Artisan Alley where underground pipes were repaired July 24. 

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, Vintage bottles found during a plumbing repair job on Artisan Alley.

Vintage bottles found during a plumbing repair job on Artisan Alley.

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A bit of nostalgia — Local historian Bill Crippen gives a little history lesson on a handful of bottles unearthed recently during a construction project in Downtown DeLand’s Artisan Alley. While the bottles turned out to be relatively common and not worth a whole lot monetarily, they help tell the story of what DeLand was like decades ago.

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Friday, July 29, 2016
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Six vintage bottles dating back to the early 1900s were recently unearthed during a construction project in Downtown DeLand’s Artisan Alley. “These are after 1900,” Bill Crippen, a... + continue reading
Looking around and ahead

Looking around and ahead From left are Lesly Mompoint, administrator of John Knox Village’s health services; Ken Behnke, director of operations at John Knox Village; Joe Trainor, executive director of John Knox Village; Tom Laputka, mayor of Orange City; Jerry Jaques, owner of Riverwood Retirement Management; Steve Bahmer, president of LeadingAge Florida; and Joe Rudolph, John Knox Village’s director of planning and development. Rudolph, a licensed general contractor, is overseeing the construction of the homes in Holly Villas.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Well before the first homes have been completed, the east side of John Knox Village in Orange City is already a real-estate showcase. Construction was already underway when John Knox Village hosted... + continue reading
New surroundings — Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill recently underwent a complete renovation, including new flooring, lighting, tables and booths in the restaurant, as shown here one recent afternoon.

New surroundings Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill recently underwent a complete renovation, including new flooring, lighting, tables and booths in the restaurant, as shown here one recent afternoon.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Since opening nearly 15 years ago, Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill restaurant hasn’t had a face-lift. Now it has undergone a “basically complete cosmetic remodeling,”... + continue reading
Deltona Middle School

Deltona Middle School

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Chanda Larson, the Deltona Middle School teacher who left a child in her car for a whole school day in September 2015, will not be charged in connection with the child’s death. The State... + continue reading
A lovely scene at Blue Spring State Park.  BEACON FILE PHOTO

A lovely scene at Blue Spring State Park.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

Imagine a new road — This graphic depicts the alignment of a new road to link Orange CIty and Deltona, as well as to provide commuters and travelers access to the yet-to-be-built toll lanes of Interstate 4.

Imagine a new road — This graphic depicts the alignment of a new road to link Orange CIty and Deltona, as well as to provide commuters and travelers access to the yet-to-be-built toll lanes of Interstate 4. There is to be no standard interchange access onto or off I-4 from general-use, or toll-free, lanes of I-4 at the future crossing of Rhode Island Avenue and the superhighway.  

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From left, Shirley Green, Marla Rawnsley and Heather Caeners

From left, Shirley Green, Marla Rawnsley and Heather Caeners

Digging for treasure — Plumber John Wilson lifts dirt from the site on Artisan Alley where underground pipes were repaired July 24.

Digging for treasure — Plumber John Wilson lifts dirt from the site on Artisan Alley where underground pipes were repaired July 24. 

BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD

, Vintage bottles found during a plumbing repair job on Artisan Alley.

Vintage bottles found during a plumbing repair job on Artisan Alley.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA McLAUGHLIN

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A bit of nostalgia — Local historian Bill Crippen gives a little history lesson on a handful of bottles unearthed recently during a construction project in Downtown DeLand’s Artisan Alley. While the bottles turned out to be relatively common and not worth a whole lot monetarily, they help tell the story of what DeLand was like decades ago.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA McLAUGHLIN

Looking around and ahead

Looking around and ahead From left are Lesly Mompoint, administrator of John Knox Village’s health services; Ken Behnke, director of operations at John Knox Village; Joe Trainor, executive director of John Knox Village; Tom Laputka, mayor of Orange City; Jerry Jaques, owner of Riverwood Retirement Management; Steve Bahmer, president of LeadingAge Florida; and Joe Rudolph, John Knox Village’s director of planning and development. Rudolph, a licensed general contractor, is overseeing the construction of the homes in Holly Villas.

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New surroundings — Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill recently underwent a complete renovation, including new flooring, lighting, tables and booths in the restaurant, as shown here one recent afternoon.

New surroundings Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill recently underwent a complete renovation, including new flooring, lighting, tables and booths in the restaurant, as shown here one recent afternoon.

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Deltona Middle School

Deltona Middle School

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Meeting a growing need — CERTUS President Samantha Hollister shows renderings of the memory-care facility her company plans to build in Orange City.

Meeting a growing need — CERTUS President Samantha Hollister shows renderings of the memory-care facility her company plans to build in Orange City.

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07/27/2016
The Orange City Planning and Zoning Commission Aug. 3 will review a Sanford company’s request to build an assisted-living facility along a major roadway. CERTUS Senior Living LLC has applied to develop a 64-unit ALF on 4.7 acres on the west side of Veterans Memorial Parkway, not far from Monastery Road.  CERTUS President Samantha... + continue reading
The current Pierson Elementary School.  COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOLS

The current Pierson Elementary School.

COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOLS

07/27/2016
A plethora of new projects slated for the upcoming school year are in part responsible for an increase of about $66 million in the Volusia County Schools budget for next year. At its July 25 meeting, the School Board unanimously adopted an $847.7 million tentative budget for the 2016-17 school year, along with a slightly lower property-tax rate... + continue reading
Painted for the first time — A yellowish primer coat goes on Stetson University’s Cummings Gymnasium July 23, the first time the brick building on North Woodland Boulevard has ever been painted

Painted for the first time — A yellowish primer coat goes on Stetson University’s Cummings Gymnasium July 23, the first time the brick building on North Woodland Boulevard has ever been painted. Stetson University said the final color will be a creamy white.

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07/27/2016
Some object to covering historic building’s brick   Preservation of historic buildings is a topic near and dear to DeLand locals. Giving evidence of this community passion are groups devoted to historic preservation, such as the Facebook page “You Know You’re From DeLand If … .” Members of this social-media... + continue reading

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Sad to see citizen standing end Editor, The Beacon: Great commentary by Sandy Walters in the July 21-24 Beacon, on the Volusia Growth Management Commission’s end run.  I am still... + continue reading
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Looking around and ahead

Looking around and ahead From left are Lesly Mompoint, administrator of John Knox Village’s health services; Ken Behnke, director of operations at John Knox Village; Joe Trainor, executive director of John Knox Village; Tom Laputka, mayor of Orange City; Jerry Jaques, owner of Riverwood Retirement Management; Steve Bahmer, president of LeadingAge Florida; and Joe Rudolph, John Knox Village’s director of planning and development. Rudolph, a licensed general contractor, is overseeing the construction of the homes in Holly Villas.

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Well before the first homes have been completed, the east side of John Knox Village in Orange City is already a real-estate showcase. Construction was already underway when John Knox Village hosted... + continue reading
New surroundings — Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill recently underwent a complete renovation, including new flooring, lighting, tables and booths in the restaurant, as shown here one recent afternoon.

New surroundings Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill recently underwent a complete renovation, including new flooring, lighting, tables and booths in the restaurant, as shown here one recent afternoon.

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07/27/16
Opening soon! — Space Coast Credit Union’s newly built, 2,500-square-foot branch office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd. will open Monday, July 25.

Opening soon! Space Coast Credit Union’s newly built, 2,500-square-foot branch office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd. will open Monday, July 25. The credit union will offer members a full range of services, along with three drive-thru lanes and a drive-up ATM.

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Tom Ingle, shown here with carpet samples from one manufacturer, is the owner of Carpet Corner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years on North Woodland Boulevard.

He’s the boss Tom Ingle, shown here with carpet samples from one manufacturer, is the owner of Carpet Corner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years on North Woodland Boulevard.

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All for one — About a dozen people held signs reading “All Lives Matter” and “You Matter” as they waved at passing cars at the corner of South Woodland Boulevard and... + continue reading