Wants records — Deltona business owner Larry Kent speaks to the City Commission about his request for information about a study of city employees’ pay and benefits.

Wants records — Deltona business owner Larry Kent speaks to the City Commission about his request for information about a study of city employees’ pay and benefits.

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Friday, September 23, 2016
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A Deltona business owner says there is a connection between his request for information from City Hall and a code-enforcement action against him. Larry Kent complained publicly to the Deltona City... + continue reading
On the road — DeLandite Harry Smith, a frequent contributor to social-media groups that focus on area history, prepares to hit the road. Smith prefers walking, however. He takes 10-mile walks around DeLand on Saturdays, picking up news to share on Facebook.   PHOTO COURTESY HARRY SMITH

On the road — DeLandite Harry Smith, a frequent contributor to social-media groups that focus on area history, prepares to hit the road. Smith prefers walking, however. He takes 10-mile walks around DeLand on Saturdays, picking up news to share on Facebook. 

PHOTO COURTESY HARRY SMITH

Friday, September 23, 2016
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Harry Smith, a DeLand disc jockey and karaoke host whose company is called Harryoke! Entertainment, is known for more than his business ventures.  Smith is an amateur local historian, and a... + continue reading
Beacon Production Manager Joni Kramer shared this photo of her fourth-grade class at Woodward Avenue Elementary School, and remembered a remarkable number of classmates’ names. Can you identify others in the photo? Call Margie at The Beacon at 386-734-4622.

Beacon Production Manager Joni Kramer shared this photo of her fourth-grade class at Woodward Avenue Elementary School, and remembered a remarkable number of classmates’ names. Can you identify others in the photo? Call Margie at The Beacon at 386-734-4622.

Friday, September 23, 2016
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“Good morning, good morning! I’m so glad you made it!” chirped Cyd Snider to a gaggle of students walking into Woodward Avenue Elementary School in DeLand just before the tardy bell... + continue reading
Trumpet man — Multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan trumpets under a trumpet tree in Tampa. Sullivan, of Miami, also renowned for his proficiency on tenor and alto saxophone as well as flute, trumpet and flugelhorn, will headline the 2016 Dr. Noble “Thin Man” Watts Jazz Fest in DeLand Saturday, Oct. 15.

Trumpet man — Multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan trumpets under a trumpet tree in Tampa. Sullivan, of Miami, also renowned for his proficiency on tenor and alto saxophone as well as flute, trumpet and flugelhorn, will headline the 2016 Dr. Noble “Thin Man” Watts Jazz Fest in DeLand Saturday, Oct. 15.

PHOTO BY JIM KOEHLER

 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
It’s quite a lineup, especially considering the $10 ticket price. The 2016 DeLand “Thin Man” Watts Jazz Fest on Saturday, Oct. 15, will feature Ira Sullivan backed by the Daytona... + continue reading
The DeLand Craft Show is coming to town once again

The DeLand Craft Show is coming to town once again

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Everything from handmade furniture to leather goods, clothing, jewelry, hot sauce and more will be on display in Downtown DeLand this weekend as the DeLand Craft Show takes over Woodland Boulevard.... + continue reading
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Beacon stock photo

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Below is a compilation of several recent robberies and thefts across West Volusia, including several bank robberies and a DeLand gas station robbed twice in two days. - Anthony DeFeo, anthony@... + continue reading
Deltona City Manager Jane Shang

Deltona City Manager Jane Shang

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
A $93,000 payout to a firefighter who’s being promoted put Deltona City Manager Jane Shang in the hot seat Sept. 19. Tempers flared and the already-long City Commission meeting became anything... + continue reading
Wants records — Deltona business owner Larry Kent speaks to the City Commission about his request for information about a study of city employees’ pay and benefits.

Wants records — Deltona business owner Larry Kent speaks to the City Commission about his request for information about a study of city employees’ pay and benefits.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

On the road — DeLandite Harry Smith, a frequent contributor to social-media groups that focus on area history, prepares to hit the road. Smith prefers walking, however. He takes 10-mile walks around DeLand on Saturdays, picking up news to share on Facebook.   PHOTO COURTESY HARRY SMITH

On the road — DeLandite Harry Smith, a frequent contributor to social-media groups that focus on area history, prepares to hit the road. Smith prefers walking, however. He takes 10-mile walks around DeLand on Saturdays, picking up news to share on Facebook. 

PHOTO COURTESY HARRY SMITH

Beacon Production Manager Joni Kramer shared this photo of her fourth-grade class at Woodward Avenue Elementary School, and remembered a remarkable number of classmates’ names. Can you identify others in the photo? Call Margie at The Beacon at 386-734-4622.

Beacon Production Manager Joni Kramer shared this photo of her fourth-grade class at Woodward Avenue Elementary School, and remembered a remarkable number of classmates’ names. Can you identify others in the photo? Call Margie at The Beacon at 386-734-4622.

Trumpet man — Multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan trumpets under a trumpet tree in Tampa. Sullivan, of Miami, also renowned for his proficiency on tenor and alto saxophone as well as flute, trumpet and flugelhorn, will headline the 2016 Dr. Noble “Thin Man” Watts Jazz Fest in DeLand Saturday, Oct. 15.

Trumpet man — Multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan trumpets under a trumpet tree in Tampa. Sullivan, of Miami, also renowned for his proficiency on tenor and alto saxophone as well as flute, trumpet and flugelhorn, will headline the 2016 Dr. Noble “Thin Man” Watts Jazz Fest in DeLand Saturday, Oct. 15.

PHOTO BY JIM KOEHLER

 
The DeLand Craft Show is coming to town once again

The DeLand Craft Show is coming to town once again

Beacon stock photo

Beacon stock photo

Deltona City Manager Jane Shang

Deltona City Manager Jane Shang

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Nearly a year-and-a-half after getting new owners, the Hotel Putnam, at 225 W. New York Ave. in Downtown DeLand, is once again on the market. Summit Hospitality Management Group, which paid $450,000 for the six-story hotel May 1, 2015, put the building up for sale in the second week in September with an asking price of $999,999, according to a... + continue reading
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Blending in Stetson University’s new, $7 million welcome center is designed to provide “one-stop shopping” for current and prospective students, who can also enroll for classes and pay their bills in one location.

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Ready to speak — Sally Updike, the DeLand Area Chamber’s interim executive director, addresses the audience as speakers for the monthly “West Volusia Means Business” luncheon await their turns to take the dais.

Ready to speak Sally Updike, the DeLand Area Chamber’s interim executive director, addresses the audience as speakers for the monthly “West Volusia Means Business” luncheon await their turns to take the dais. From left are David Register, executive director of FernTrust Inc.; Richard Williams of Florida Olive Systems; past Chamber President and mistress of ceremonies Missy Chaves; Steve Crump of Vo-LaSalle Farms; and Dennis Mudge of the Volusia County Extension Service.

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Agriculture plays an important role in Volusia County’s economy, according to several speakers at the September edition of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance’s... + continue reading
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Blending in Stetson University’s new, $7 million welcome center is designed to provide “one-stop shopping” for current and prospective students, who can also enroll for classes and pay their bills in one location.

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