For now, DeBary is the northern end of the line for the SunRail commuter system, and it appears that will be the case for some time.

End of the line — For now, DeBary is the northern end of the line for the SunRail commuter system, and it appears that will be the case for some time. Florida Department of Transportation officials have decided the most recent application for funds to extend the system to DeLand does not meet federal requirements.

 

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
With a deadline fast approaching, state transportation officials decided at the 11th hour against applying for federal funds to extend SunRail north to DeLand, DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar announced Monday... + continue reading
Pictured here is Rose M. Koss, 79, who authorities say went missing from her Deltona home the morning of May 3

Missing — Pictured here is Rose M. Koss, 79, who authorities say went missing from her Deltona home the morning of May 3. 

VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
3:55 p.m. Update: Koss was located shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday along Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, according to Andrew Gant, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. Ross was not injured and has been... + continue reading
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Saturday, April 30   Walk for Life Fundraiser 7 a.m. registration at Faith Bible Church, 3015 Howland Blvd., Deltona. Hosted by the Central Florida Pregnancy Center. The walk continues one-... + continue reading
The Lake Helen Chili Cookoff will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in Lake Helen.

The Lake Helen Chili Cookoff will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in Lake Helen.

 

Monday, May 2, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Can your mouth stand the heat?The Mid-Florida Jeep/Lake Helen Boys & Girls Club is putting on a chili cook-off from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and the event is sure to be a spicy sensation... + continue reading
This black bear was hit and killed in US 17 in DeLeon Springs Monday morning.

This black bear was hit and killed in US 17 in DeLeon Springs Monday morning.

PHOTO COURTESY JACQUELYN LEWIS  

Monday, May 2, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
A black bear was hit and killed Monday morning in DeLeon Springs in an accident, according to reports. The incident occurred near the Karlings Inn restaurant. No people were apparently injured.A... + continue reading
Volusia County Sheriff's deputie will soon begin handing out Slurpee coupons to kids doing the right thing.

Time for a Slurpee — Volusia County Sheriff's deputie will soon begin handing out Slurpee coupons to kids doing the right thing. 

BEACON PHOTO/KITTY ALLEN

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
If your kid comes home and says he had been stopped by a Sheriff’s deputy or  police officer, don’t panic — it could have been because your child did something good, not... + continue reading
Fugitive no more — Larry Lee Henton, left, who was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Top 10 most-wanted list, was arrested April 27 in DeLand, where authorities said he had been living as James Arthur Jones.

Fugitive no more — Larry Lee Henton, left, who was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list, was arrested April 27 in DeLand, where authorities said he had been living as James Arthur Jones.

PHOTO COURTESY U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE

Friday, April 29, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
 A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy helped U.S. Marshals collar a man in DeLand who had been on the lam for almost a decade.The fugitive, 65-year-old Larry Lee Henton, had been wanted since 2007... + continue reading
For now, DeBary is the northern end of the line for the SunRail commuter system, and it appears that will be the case for some time.

End of the line — For now, DeBary is the northern end of the line for the SunRail commuter system, and it appears that will be the case for some time. Florida Department of Transportation officials have decided the most recent application for funds to extend the system to DeLand does not meet federal requirements.

 

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Pictured here is Rose M. Koss, 79, who authorities say went missing from her Deltona home the morning of May 3

Missing — Pictured here is Rose M. Koss, 79, who authorities say went missing from her Deltona home the morning of May 3. 

VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The Lake Helen Chili Cookoff will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in Lake Helen.

The Lake Helen Chili Cookoff will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in Lake Helen.

 

This black bear was hit and killed in US 17 in DeLeon Springs Monday morning.

This black bear was hit and killed in US 17 in DeLeon Springs Monday morning.

PHOTO COURTESY JACQUELYN LEWIS  

Volusia County Sheriff's deputie will soon begin handing out Slurpee coupons to kids doing the right thing.

Time for a Slurpee — Volusia County Sheriff's deputie will soon begin handing out Slurpee coupons to kids doing the right thing. 

BEACON PHOTO/KITTY ALLEN

Fugitive no more — Larry Lee Henton, left, who was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Top 10 most-wanted list, was arrested April 27 in DeLand, where authorities said he had been living as James Arthur Jones.

Fugitive no more — Larry Lee Henton, left, who was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list, was arrested April 27 in DeLand, where authorities said he had been living as James Arthur Jones.

PHOTO COURTESY U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE

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A view looking north on Amelia Avenue, near Stetson University, which is closed Friday, April 28, due to an oil spill.

Road closed — A view looking north on Amelia Avenue, near Stetson University, which is closed Friday, April 28, due to a truck which leaked oil onto the roadway.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

04/29/2016
At just before 5 p.m. today, April 29, Amelia Avenue is closed through the Stetson University campus in DeLand, after a trash truck leaked oil on the road, making the surface too slippery for safe driving, especially the red brick portions through the campus.A witness on the scene said officials first tried to absorb the oil with dirt and sand,... + continue reading
Twenty-five years of homeownership — Kathy Monroe stands in front of her Orange City home, which Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity built in 1991.

Twenty-five years of homeownership — Kathy Monroe stands in front of her Orange City home, which Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity built in 1991.

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04/29/2016
25 years of building ‘simple, decent’ homesOrange City resident Kathy Monroe was a struggling single mother when she got the call from Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity in 1991. After living in rentals virtually her entire life, and living paycheck to paycheck, Monroe would now own her own home — affordably.“It was a dream come true,” Monroe... + continue reading
The Florida Department of Transportation used this photo of a Love’s truck stop in its presentation on the possible relocation of a Longwood Interstate 4 rest area to one of five sites in West Volusia.

Coming soon to an interstate near you? — The Florida Department of Transportation used this photo of a Love’s truck stop in its presentation on the possible relocation of a Longwood Interstate 4 rest area to one of five sites in West Volusia. Instead of a rest area with only parking and restrooms, the FDOT envisions a privately operated truck stop, with dining, gasoline and perhaps a convenience store.

PHOTO COURTESY FDOT

04/29/2016
If you’re a tired trucker coming east up Interstate 4 and looking for a place to rest, you might soon have to drive a little farther, thanks to a Florida Department of Transportation proposal.The agency is making plans to relocate the Longwood I-4 rest area to West Volusia.The relocation was spurred by increased development in Longwood that has... + continue reading

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John Turner stands in front of two fellow property appraisers at an event in 2005. In back are current Volusia County Property Appraiser Morgan Gilreath, left, and Bob Bolin, a longtime chief deputy in the Property Appraiser’s Office, who also led the office for a short time in 1974.

In 2005 — John Turner stands in front of two fellow property appraisers at an event in 2005. In back are current Volusia County Property Appraiser Morgan Gilreath, left, and Bob Bolin, a longtime chief deputy in the Property Appraiser’s Office, who also led the office for a short time in 1974. Turner died April 22; Bolin died eight years ago.

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By Morgan B. Gilreath Jr.Volusia County lost a great person April 22. John Turner, elected county property appraiser 1978-86, became part of one of his passions: Volusia’s history. Turner worked... + continue reading
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Kate Kowsh is the web/social media manager at The West Volusia Beacon. 

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William C. Hall

William C. Hall is a columnist for The West Volusia Beacon newspaper. 

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Goodwill staff and Daytona Beach officials celebrate the grand opening of the Daytona Beach Job Connection Center at 112 N. Nova Road last September.

Cutting the ribbon Goodwill staff and Daytona Beach officials celebrate the grand opening of the Daytona Beach Job Connection Center at 112 N. Nova Road last September. Goodwill plans to have a similar event in DeLand when a thrift store/employment center opens in 2017. In the photo, from left, are Linda Rimmer, vice president of vocational and community services at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida; Daytona Beach City Commissioner Ruth Trager; and Bill Oakley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.

PHOTO COURTESY GOODWILL INDUSTRIES

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Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is planning for a new thrift store that is more than twice the size of an existing store, while also incorporating a center to help job-seekers.The new store... + continue reading
Riders disembark from SunRail one recent evening at the DeBary station.

End of the line Riders disembark from SunRail one recent evening at the DeBary station.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

04/27/16

A little slice of Rome? The franchisee of a well-known pizza chain is eyeing this former service station at 475 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City for a new outlet to feed legions of customers. Little Caesars Pizza will repurpose the site for a drive-thru pickup business, under the proposal approved by the Orange City Planning Commission. The building will be renovated, and new buffers and landscaping will be added. 

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04/20/16

Playtime Nancy Payne, a licensed practical nurse, entertains 9-month-old Madison Cooper at ChildrenFirst PPEC Medical Day Care in Deltona one recent afternoon. ChildrenFirst says it is the only day care in West Volusia that caters only to children who have medical or therapeutic needs.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

 
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Edson Pacheco’s showcases the annual event “Exposed: A Body of Art”  that includes time-lapse footage [Viewer discretion advised due to nudity] of the event being set up in Conrad... + continue reading