A place for The Table — Melisa and Dan Reed pose proudly outside the space for their new restaurant, The Table. The main eatery space at street level will open in mid-March, and the event space at the basement level will open in May. The Reeds’ experience in the restaurant industry will be a big help with opening such a large space; Melisa Reed is going to utilize skills honed while opening over 73 restaurants for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the powerhouse corporation behind Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill.

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A place for The Table — Melisa and Dan Reed pose proudly outside the space for their new restaurant, The Table. The main eatery space at street level will open in mid-March, and the event space at the basement level will open in May. The Reeds’ experience in the restaurant industry will be a big help with opening such a large space; Melisa Reed is going to utilize skills honed while opening over 73 restaurants for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the powerhouse corporation behind Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. “Consistency is key, and I think you’ll see that with this restaurant,” she said. “People will know what they’ll see and what they can get every single time they come in.”

Monday, January 16, 2017
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Still hungry? See last week's edition of the Foodie File here!    The downstairs space in the historic Dreka Building was previously home to Mainstreet Grill for more than two decades... + continue reading
Damage to a home in DeLand from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Damage to a home in DeLand from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

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Friday, January 13, 2017
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Volusia County’s Wind Hazard Mitigation Program can help residents prepare their homes for the next hurricane season. Residents who meet eligibility requirements and need upgrades to improve... + continue reading
From left, DeBary mayoral candidates Former Mayor Robert Garcia, David Walstrom and Robert Knott at a forum at the Gatreway Center for the Arts in DeBary.

From left, DeBary mayoral candidates Former Mayor Robert Garcia, David Walstrom and Robert Knott at a forum at the Gatreway Center for the Arts in DeBary.

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, A question of respect - Thomas Marshall queries DeBary’s mayoral hopefuls about how each of them would treat those who come before the City Council with comments, concerns or suggestions. Former Mayor Clint Johnson once barred Marshall from speaking to the council during the deliberations on the Walmart project, located close to Marshall’s home in Glen Abbey.

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A question of respect - Thomas Marshall queries DeBary’s mayoral hopefuls about how each of them would treat those who come before the City Council with comments, concerns or suggestions. Former Mayor Clint Johnson once barred Marshall from speaking to the council during the deliberations on the Walmart project, located close to Marshall’s home in Glen Abbey. 

Friday, January 13, 2017
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"I know what it takes to be a servant of the people." —Former Mayor Robert Garcia "I have a proven track record of leadership." —Robert Knott "I can work with... + continue reading
Deputies arrest DeLand High student for bringing gun to school

Deputies arrest DeLand High student for bringing gun to school

Thursday, January 12, 2017
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A 9th-grade student at DeLand High School was arrested after bringing a gun to school Thursday morning, according to Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson. There were no... + continue reading
The entrance to the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood in DeLand's Spring Hill area, off of West Beresford Road.

The entrance to the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood in DeLand's Spring Hill area, off of West Beresford Road.

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, Fast response — Officers of the DeLand Police Department respond to a domestic-dispute call made in early January in Candlelight Oaks. At least six cruisers responded to the call; at least one of them had already been patrolling the subdivision.

Fast response — Officers of the DeLand Police Department respond to a domestic-dispute call made in early January in Candlelight Oaks. At least six cruisers responded to the call; at least one of them had already been patrolling the subdivision. 

, Watching his neighborhood change — Joe Lewis sits on his front porch watching motorbikes and cars speed around a curve in the road directly across the street from a child-filled park owned and maintained by the City of DeLand. Lewis has lived in Candlelight Oaks for more than 20 years, and has noted an increase in crime and violence. He talked about the Nov. 26 shooting that left two men — including a bystander — dead and one injured. “I think it was a real tragedy; a senseless act. Ain’t no tellin’ when it

Watching his neighborhood change — Joe Lewis sits on his front porch watching motorbikes and cars speed around a curve in the road directly across the street from a child-filled park owned and maintained by the City of DeLand. Lewis has lived in Candlelight Oaks for more than 20 years, and has noted an increase in crime and violence. He talked about the Nov. 26 shooting that left two men — including a bystander — dead and one injured. “I think it was a real tragedy; a senseless act. Ain’t no tellin’ when it’s gonna stop,” said Lewis. “We need some more police out here.”

, ‘They drive so fast’ — Candlelight Oaks residents have a lot of complaints about traffic problems. One resident said he put up this board fence after the chain-link fence across his yard was mowed down twice by speeding drivers. “They always drive fast. They drive so, so fast,” said the man as he stood in his doorway with his young son. The family has been renting a home in Candlelight Oaks for three years.

‘They drive so fast’ — Candlelight Oaks residents have a lot of complaints about traffic problems. One resident said he put up this board fence after the chain-link fence across his yard was mowed down twice by speeding drivers. “They always drive fast. They drive so, so fast,” said the man as he stood in his doorway with his young son. The family has been renting a home in Candlelight Oaks for three years.

, The DeLand Police Department provided detailed records of activity in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood.   This table includes all documented incidents and calls for service provided by the DPD.

The DeLand Police Department provided detailed records of activity in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood. 

This table includes all documented incidents and calls for service provided by the DPD.

, This table includes just a small selection of types of incidents on the DPD’s document, focusing on the most frequent incidents and incidents that could be considered “violent crime.”

This table includes just a small selection of types of incidents on the DeLand Police Department’s document, focusing on the most frequent incidents and incidents that could be considered “violent crime.” 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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On Nov. 26, two men were shot dead at a party in Candlelight Oaks. But even before that happened, neighbors say, Candlelight Oaks residents have been living in fear ... of crime, out-of-control... + continue reading
Pop-up shopping — From left, LuLaRoe consultant Alison Crouse; shopper Mirlene Principal; consultant Barbara Wells; Liam Wells, 12; consultant Claudia Keating and Shelley Summers enjoy a Pop-Up Boutique gathering at Keating’s home.

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Pop-up shopping — From left, LuLaRoe consultant Alison Crouse; shopper Mirlene Principal; consultant Barbara Wells; Liam Wells, 12; consultant Claudia Keating and Shelley Summers enjoy a Pop-Up Boutique gathering at Keating’s home.

, Young entrepreneur — K.J. Reid, 10, at left, assists Liam Wells, 12, to show LuLaRoe clothing to customers around the world, using a mobile video app called Periscope.

Young entrepreneur — K.J. Reid, 10, at left, assists Liam Wells, 12, to show LuLaRoe clothing to customers around the world, using a mobile video app called Periscope.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Posted by Editor
LuLaRoe is popping up all over, literally. LuLaRoe is a clothing line featuring soft fabrics and casual styles. The clothing is sold by individuals, called “consultants,” in “pop-... + continue reading
New woman in charge — Lacey Ekberg recently took the reins at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

PHOTO COURTESY LACEY EKBERG

New woman in charge — Lacey Ekberg recently took the reins at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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After a six-month search, a new executive director is now in charge at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance. Lacey Ekberg started her new job Jan. 3. Ekberg has been a... + continue reading
A place for The Table — Melisa and Dan Reed pose proudly outside the space for their new restaurant, The Table. The main eatery space at street level will open in mid-March, and the event space at the basement level will open in May. The Reeds’ experience in the restaurant industry will be a big help with opening such a large space; Melisa Reed is going to utilize skills honed while opening over 73 restaurants for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the powerhouse corporation behind Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill.

BEACON PHOTO/A. JANELL WILLIAMS

A place for The Table — Melisa and Dan Reed pose proudly outside the space for their new restaurant, The Table. The main eatery space at street level will open in mid-March, and the event space at the basement level will open in May. The Reeds’ experience in the restaurant industry will be a big help with opening such a large space; Melisa Reed is going to utilize skills honed while opening over 73 restaurants for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the powerhouse corporation behind Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. “Consistency is key, and I think you’ll see that with this restaurant,” she said. “People will know what they’ll see and what they can get every single time they come in.”

Damage to a home in DeLand from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Damage to a home in DeLand from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

From left, DeBary mayoral candidates Former Mayor Robert Garcia, David Walstrom and Robert Knott at a forum at the Gatreway Center for the Arts in DeBary.

From left, DeBary mayoral candidates Former Mayor Robert Garcia, David Walstrom and Robert Knott at a forum at the Gatreway Center for the Arts in DeBary.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

, A question of respect - Thomas Marshall queries DeBary’s mayoral hopefuls about how each of them would treat those who come before the City Council with comments, concerns or suggestions. Former Mayor Clint Johnson once barred Marshall from speaking to the council during the deliberations on the Walmart project, located close to Marshall’s home in Glen Abbey.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

A question of respect - Thomas Marshall queries DeBary’s mayoral hopefuls about how each of them would treat those who come before the City Council with comments, concerns or suggestions. Former Mayor Clint Johnson once barred Marshall from speaking to the council during the deliberations on the Walmart project, located close to Marshall’s home in Glen Abbey. 

Deputies arrest DeLand High student for bringing gun to school

Deputies arrest DeLand High student for bringing gun to school

The entrance to the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood in DeLand's Spring Hill area, off of West Beresford Road.

The entrance to the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood in DeLand's Spring Hill area, off of West Beresford Road.

BEACON PHOTOS/A. JANELL WILLIAMS

, Fast response — Officers of the DeLand Police Department respond to a domestic-dispute call made in early January in Candlelight Oaks. At least six cruisers responded to the call; at least one of them had already been patrolling the subdivision.

Fast response — Officers of the DeLand Police Department respond to a domestic-dispute call made in early January in Candlelight Oaks. At least six cruisers responded to the call; at least one of them had already been patrolling the subdivision. 

, Watching his neighborhood change — Joe Lewis sits on his front porch watching motorbikes and cars speed around a curve in the road directly across the street from a child-filled park owned and maintained by the City of DeLand. Lewis has lived in Candlelight Oaks for more than 20 years, and has noted an increase in crime and violence. He talked about the Nov. 26 shooting that left two men — including a bystander — dead and one injured. “I think it was a real tragedy; a senseless act. Ain’t no tellin’ when it

Watching his neighborhood change — Joe Lewis sits on his front porch watching motorbikes and cars speed around a curve in the road directly across the street from a child-filled park owned and maintained by the City of DeLand. Lewis has lived in Candlelight Oaks for more than 20 years, and has noted an increase in crime and violence. He talked about the Nov. 26 shooting that left two men — including a bystander — dead and one injured. “I think it was a real tragedy; a senseless act. Ain’t no tellin’ when it’s gonna stop,” said Lewis. “We need some more police out here.”

, ‘They drive so fast’ — Candlelight Oaks residents have a lot of complaints about traffic problems. One resident said he put up this board fence after the chain-link fence across his yard was mowed down twice by speeding drivers. “They always drive fast. They drive so, so fast,” said the man as he stood in his doorway with his young son. The family has been renting a home in Candlelight Oaks for three years.

‘They drive so fast’ — Candlelight Oaks residents have a lot of complaints about traffic problems. One resident said he put up this board fence after the chain-link fence across his yard was mowed down twice by speeding drivers. “They always drive fast. They drive so, so fast,” said the man as he stood in his doorway with his young son. The family has been renting a home in Candlelight Oaks for three years.

, The DeLand Police Department provided detailed records of activity in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood.   This table includes all documented incidents and calls for service provided by the DPD.

The DeLand Police Department provided detailed records of activity in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood. 

This table includes all documented incidents and calls for service provided by the DPD.

, This table includes just a small selection of types of incidents on the DPD’s document, focusing on the most frequent incidents and incidents that could be considered “violent crime.”

This table includes just a small selection of types of incidents on the DeLand Police Department’s document, focusing on the most frequent incidents and incidents that could be considered “violent crime.” 

Pop-up shopping — From left, LuLaRoe consultant Alison Crouse; shopper Mirlene Principal; consultant Barbara Wells; Liam Wells, 12; consultant Claudia Keating and Shelley Summers enjoy a Pop-Up Boutique gathering at Keating’s home.

BEACON PHOTOS/ERIKA WEBB  

Pop-up shopping — From left, LuLaRoe consultant Alison Crouse; shopper Mirlene Principal; consultant Barbara Wells; Liam Wells, 12; consultant Claudia Keating and Shelley Summers enjoy a Pop-Up Boutique gathering at Keating’s home.

, Young entrepreneur — K.J. Reid, 10, at left, assists Liam Wells, 12, to show LuLaRoe clothing to customers around the world, using a mobile video app called Periscope.

Young entrepreneur — K.J. Reid, 10, at left, assists Liam Wells, 12, to show LuLaRoe clothing to customers around the world, using a mobile video app called Periscope.

New woman in charge — Lacey Ekberg recently took the reins at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

PHOTO COURTESY LACEY EKBERG

New woman in charge — Lacey Ekberg recently took the reins at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

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Birthday girl —  Above, Elizabeth Durant is pictured at a birthday celebration with family members.

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Birthday girl —  Above, Elizabeth Durant is pictured at a birthday celebration with family members.

01/11/2017
Elizabeth Vanessa McArthur Durant, 107, died Jan. 5.  Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at J.E. Cusack Mortuary in DeLand. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Greater Union First Baptist Church of DeLand, 240 S. Clara Ave. Burial will be at Union Cemetery. Mrs. Durant was born in DeLand on Jan. 24, 1909... + continue reading
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Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine

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“This is not about Seminole versus Volusia.” — Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine   Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine defends calls to relocate a truck parking area along Interstate 4 in Longwood to a site northward, perhaps in Volusia County. “At the [Florida] DOT [Department of... + continue reading
Argues for flea market — Attorney Ty Harris speaks with members of the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission Jan. 10 about his client’s proposal to relocate a flea market to his Fair Street property near the DeLand Amtrak Station.

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Argues for flea market — Attorney Ty Harris speaks with members of the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission Jan. 10 about his client’s proposal to relocate a flea market to his Fair Street property near the DeLand Amtrak Station.

 
01/11/2017
UPDATED JAN. 13 AT 4 p.m.  John Pugh, owner of Cole Bros. Circus and the land on which DeLand's longtime flea market is set to move to, said the flea market will re-open at the new location Jan. 21. The address of the new location is 535 Fair Street, reachable from Carlis Road, off of West New York Avenue (State Road 44) about 4 miles... + continue reading

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Pop-up shopping — From left, LuLaRoe consultant Alison Crouse; shopper Mirlene Principal; consultant Barbara Wells; Liam Wells, 12; consultant Claudia Keating and Shelley Summers enjoy a Pop-Up Boutique gathering at Keating’s home.

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New woman in charge — Lacey Ekberg recently took the reins at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

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New woman in charge — Lacey Ekberg recently took the reins at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

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Accepting the award — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Shull, center, and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial director of quality Rhonda Battani, second from right, accept the Top Hospital accolade from Leapfrog Group representatives. The Orange City hospital was the only hospital in Volusia County and one of 115 facilities in the nation to be named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.

Accepting the award — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Shull, center, and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial director of quality Rhonda Battani, second from right, accept the Top Hospital accolade from Leapfrog Group representatives. The Orange City hospital was the only hospital in Volusia County and one of 115 facilities in the nation to be named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.

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The start of it all — Mary Selter and Glen Epley, left, and Alisha Patrick flank Pumpkin one recent afternoon at Artesian Spring Riding Center. Epley enlisted Patrick’s help in buying Pumpkin, and that purchase eventually led to the creation of the riding center.

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The start of it all Mary Selter and Glen Epley, left, and Alisha Patrick flank Pumpkin one recent afternoon at Artesian Spring Riding Center. Epley enlisted Patrick’s help in buying Pumpkin, and that purchase eventually led to the creation of the riding center.

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