This property on DeBary's south end was recently stripped of trees by a developer, without the proper authorization.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Friday, June 24, 2016
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A stop-work order remains in effect for property on the east side of a remote stretch of Fort Florida Road in DeBary, following the unauthorized clearing of approximately 30 acres. The developer,... + continue reading

Proud grads — Kiara Jones, second from left, joins fellow graduates — from left, Adriana Martinez, Lindsey Lauricella and Veronica Centeno — at Catapult Academy’s June 20 commencement.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN  

Friday, June 24, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Little more than two years after a life-threatening car crash that required her to have multiple brain surgeries and years of physical therapy, Kiara Jones is college-bound and feeling better than... + continue reading

Let the campaigns begin — Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson’s retirement has sparked a packed race to replace him. At top left is candidate Eric Dietrich. Below him is Wendell Bradford. At top center is Jim Gillum, while below him, Mike Chitwood plants campaign signs during a recent visit to DeLand. At right and above Chitwood is candidate Dave Brannon walks with friends and family in February in DeLand’s Mardi Gras Dog Parade in Downtown DeLand. 

BEACON PHOTOS/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN, along with photos courtesy the candidates

Friday, June 24, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
When popular four-term Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election, he inspired a flurry of campaigning. Wendell Bradford of Deltona, a... + continue reading
Apparent dead bear spotted in median in DeLand

Bear seen — Motorists drive past a dead bear in DeLand on Friday morning.

BEACON PHOTO/KITTY ALLEN

Friday, June 24, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
UPDATE 6/24 1:03 p.m.: Greg Workman, a spokesman at FWC, confirmed the Florida black bear had been struck and killed by a vehicle, adding that it appeared to weigh approximately 200 pounds. FWC... + continue reading
A Florida black bear

No hunt — Pictured is a Florida black bear, which the FWC voted Thursday not to open a public hunt on. 

PHOTO COURTESY FWC

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Florida's growing bear population will be out of the hunting crosshairs for this year. But a one-year pause may simply help the state build a better case for a hunt in 2017. After hours of... + continue reading
The offices of Town & Country Realty at 516 W. New York Ave. in DeLand will be painted white with blue trim, now that the company has merged with St. Augustine-based Coldwell Banker Premier Properties.

Destined for painting The offices of Town & Country Realty at 516 W. New York Ave. in DeLand will be painted white with blue trim, now that the company has merged with St. Augustine-based Coldwell Banker Premier Properties.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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Another local real-estate company has merged with a larger counterpart from outside Volusia County. The latest acquisition is Town & Country Realty, a 13-agent company at 516 W. New York Ave. in... + continue reading
Orlando United — A message of solidarity with the nightclub-massacre victims is displayed on a screen behind Jacob Stuart, president of the Central Florida Partnership, as he speaks at the West Volusia Means Business Luncheon.

Orlando United A message of solidarity with the nightclub-massacre victims is displayed on a screen behind Jacob Stuart, president of the Central Florida Partnership, as he speaks at the West Volusia Means Business Luncheon.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
The seven-county Central Florida region has the potential to keep growing and improving, but only if all its businesses and governmental entities work together. That was the message last week of... + continue reading

This property on DeBary's south end was recently stripped of trees by a developer, without the proper authorization.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Proud grads — Kiara Jones, second from left, joins fellow graduates — from left, Adriana Martinez, Lindsey Lauricella and Veronica Centeno — at Catapult Academy’s June 20 commencement.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN  

Let the campaigns begin — Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson’s retirement has sparked a packed race to replace him. At top left is candidate Eric Dietrich. Below him is Wendell Bradford. At top center is Jim Gillum, while below him, Mike Chitwood plants campaign signs during a recent visit to DeLand. At right and above Chitwood is candidate Dave Brannon walks with friends and family in February in DeLand’s Mardi Gras Dog Parade in Downtown DeLand. 

BEACON PHOTOS/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN, along with photos courtesy the candidates

Apparent dead bear spotted in median in DeLand

Bear seen — Motorists drive past a dead bear in DeLand on Friday morning.

BEACON PHOTO/KITTY ALLEN

A Florida black bear

No hunt — Pictured is a Florida black bear, which the FWC voted Thursday not to open a public hunt on. 

PHOTO COURTESY FWC

The offices of Town & Country Realty at 516 W. New York Ave. in DeLand will be painted white with blue trim, now that the company has merged with St. Augustine-based Coldwell Banker Premier Properties.

Destined for painting The offices of Town & Country Realty at 516 W. New York Ave. in DeLand will be painted white with blue trim, now that the company has merged with St. Augustine-based Coldwell Banker Premier Properties.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Orlando United — A message of solidarity with the nightclub-massacre victims is displayed on a screen behind Jacob Stuart, president of the Central Florida Partnership, as he speaks at the West Volusia Means Business Luncheon.

Orlando United A message of solidarity with the nightclub-massacre victims is displayed on a screen behind Jacob Stuart, president of the Central Florida Partnership, as he speaks at the West Volusia Means Business Luncheon.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

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DeLand Police Chief Bill Ridgway is flanked by two officers who received commendations for helping save the life of a man May 10 in a convenience-store parking lot.

Life savers — DeLand Police Chief Bill Ridgway is flanked by two officers who received commendations for helping save the life of a man May 10 in a convenience-store parking lot. Officers Tony Tagle, at left, and Kyle Welch, right, performed CPR on the man, who was not breathing and had no pulse, keeping him alive until a paramedic could arrive and take over.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

06/22/2016
A pair of DeLand’s finest were given commendations June 20 for helping save a man’s life. Officers Tony Tagle and Kyle Welch were summoned to a Citgo convenience store on South Spring Garden Avenue the morning of May 10.  There, they found an unresponsive man lying in the parking lot, and checked to see if he was breathing or... + continue reading
Derrick Wehr, co-owner of Central Florida Pawn & Gun in Orange City, holds an AR-15.

Weapons of choice? — Derrick Wehr, co-owner of Central Florida Pawn & Gun in Orange City, holds an AR-15. There have been calls to ban the semi-automatic long gun, but Wehr noted a smaller semi-automatic is easier to conceal.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

06/22/2016
Just as they did following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, Americans are reacting to the Orlando nightclub shooting by arming themselves. People are quickly buying guns they fear they may not be able to find — or allowed to buy —  later.  Visits to a few West... + continue reading
Several elevations of DaVita's planned campus, on a site near the DeLand Municipal Airport.

Plans to expand — Several elevations of DaVita's planned campus, on a site near the DeLand Municipal Airport.

PLANS COURTESY DAVITA

06/22/2016
DaVita Labs intends to create about 100 new jobs as part of its planned $32 million expansion, which will include a new facility in DeLand. The company received approval from the DeLand Planning Board June 15 for the site plan for the 128,413-square-foot facility. It will be constructed on 14.35 currently vacant acres at 2751 Eidson Drive on the... + continue reading

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The offices of Town & Country Realty at 516 W. New York Ave. in DeLand will be painted white with blue trim, now that the company has merged with St. Augustine-based Coldwell Banker Premier Properties.

Destined for painting The offices of Town & Country Realty at 516 W. New York Ave. in DeLand will be painted white with blue trim, now that the company has merged with St. Augustine-based Coldwell Banker Premier Properties.

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Another local real-estate company has merged with a larger counterpart from outside Volusia County. The latest acquisition is Town & Country Realty, a 13-agent company at 516 W. New York Ave. in... + continue reading
Orlando United — A message of solidarity with the nightclub-massacre victims is displayed on a screen behind Jacob Stuart, president of the Central Florida Partnership, as he speaks at the West Volusia Means Business Luncheon.

Orlando United A message of solidarity with the nightclub-massacre victims is displayed on a screen behind Jacob Stuart, president of the Central Florida Partnership, as he speaks at the West Volusia Means Business Luncheon.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

06/22/16
The Leadership West Volusia class of 2016

Proud graduates Members of Leadership West Volusia’s Class of 2016 gathered recently for a group photo at Stetson University’s Lynn Business Center. In the front row, from left, are Cher-Rae Rodriguez, Frontier Communications; Anthony DeFeo, The West Volusia Beacon; Kristin Long, Florida Hospital Orlando; Kinsey Lallathin, City of DeLand; Manny Delgado, Delgado Financial; Jenna Workman, DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce; and Christopher DiMarzo, Frontier Communications. In the middle row, same order, are Rachel McCullough, Landis Graham French, P.A.; Amanda McHugh, The Cloisters of DeLand; Jenn Smith, Frontier Communications; Ken DeForest, Waste Pro; Karen Bures, The West Volusia Beacon; Adam Talbot, Stetson University; Chris Wimsatt, Team Volusia; Salvador Valdivia, Frontier Communications; and Kara Cummings, Stetson University (administrator, Leadership West Volusia). In the back row, same order, are Joshua Cockayne, The Baumgartner Company; John Anderson, City of DeLand; Brian Leatherman, Florida Credit Union; and Chris Graham, City of DeLand. Not pictured is Leadership West Volusia graduate Sherri Bailey Akin.

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06/15/16
Deborah Lamb, owner of Samskara Soles on East New York Avenue, will celebrate three years in business in Downtown DeLand later this year.

Lover of DeLand Deborah Lamb, owner of Samskara Soles on East New York Avenue, will celebrate three years in business in Downtown DeLand later this year.

PHOTO COURTESY DEBORAH LAMB

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Sections of West New York Avenue, just east of North Spring Garden Avenue, in DeLand, were closed off just after noon on Friday after it appears that several vehicles, including a sand truck, were... + continue reading