Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Saturday, April 30 Walk for Life Fundraiser7 a.m. registration at Faith Bible Church, 3015 Howland Blvd., Deltona. Hosted by the Central Florida Pregnancy Center. The walk continues one-half... + continue reading
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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Ask, and ye may receive — but not as much as ye want.That is the message state transportation planners heard when they conferred with their federal counterparts about funding to complete the... + continue reading

The DeLand Breakfast Rotary Wild Game Feast is celebrating its 25th year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Treat yourself to gator tail, turtle and other unusual fare you won’t find on the average steakhouse menu, at the 25th annual DeLand Breakfast Rotary Wild Game Feast.The long-running event will be... + continue reading

On the job — At an April 18 meeting of the DeLand City Commission, Demetris Pressley, left, and Commissioner Chris Cloudman congratulate City Forester Mariellen Calabro in recognition of her 10 years of employment with the city. Pressley, formerly second-in-command in DeLand’s Public Works department, was appointed director after the department’s top man took a job in Lakeland.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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When you have quality administrators, it’s sometimes hard to keep them from taking other jobs for higher pay or to advance their careers.The City of DeLand is no exception. In recent months, the city... + continue reading
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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A DeBary hotel clerk was held up at gunpoint Tuesday evening by two suspects who stole cash and then fled, according to officials at the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.The suspects, described as two... + continue reading
Scenes such as this annoy city officials, who say they are determined to clean up and beautify Deltona’s neighborhoods.

News flash! Deltona poised to crack down on papers — Scenes such as this annoy city officials, who say they are determined to clean up and beautify Deltona’s neighborhoods. The City Commission is set to enact a litter ordinance forbidding the throwing of unsolicited newspapers and advertising circulars at homes whose owners or renters have not requested them. The owners or publishers of papers thrown onto properties where they were not requested may be fined, under the pending ordinance.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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As part of a beautification campaign, Deltona is poised to outlaw the throwing of unsolicited newspapers, shopping sheets and catalogs into driveways and front yards.“People are throwing unwanted... + continue reading
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

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

The DeLand Breakfast Rotary Wild Game Feast is celebrating its 25th year.

On the job — At an April 18 meeting of the DeLand City Commission, Demetris Pressley, left, and Commissioner Chris Cloudman congratulate City Forester Mariellen Calabro in recognition of her 10 years of employment with the city. Pressley, formerly second-in-command in DeLand’s Public Works department, was appointed director after the department’s top man took a job in Lakeland.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Scenes such as this annoy city officials, who say they are determined to clean up and beautify Deltona’s neighborhoods.

News flash! Deltona poised to crack down on papers — Scenes such as this annoy city officials, who say they are determined to clean up and beautify Deltona’s neighborhoods. The City Commission is set to enact a litter ordinance forbidding the throwing of unsolicited newspapers and advertising circulars at homes whose owners or renters have not requested them. The owners or publishers of papers thrown onto properties where they were not requested may be fined, under the pending ordinance.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

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Stolen goods recovered in a recent Sheriff's Office operation against a theft ring.

Stolen goods recovered in a recent Sheriff's Office operation against a theft ring.  

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

04/26/2016
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office investigators, working in concert with members of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the DeLand Police Department and other agencies, announced Tuesday that they have taken down a large retail-theft ring responsible for stealing and reselling tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise.The investigation,... + continue reading
Cruice's family (in the background) with their lawyer Mark NeJame, as he speaks to the press after State Attorney R.J. Larizza announced his office would not seek criminal charges against Deputy Todd Raible in October 2015.

Cruice's family (in the background) with their lawyer Mark NeJame, as he speaks to the press after State Attorney R.J. Larizza announced his office would not seek criminal charges against Deputy Todd Raible in October 2015.  

BEACON PHOTO/KITTY ALLEN

04/26/2016
Volusia County will pay $500,000 to the family of Derek Cruice, the 26-year-old man shot and killed by a deputy attempting to serve a narcotics search warrant at Cruice’s Deltona home in March 2015.The settlement, negotiated by the family and the county, was unanimously approved by the Volusia County Council, as part of the council’s consent... + continue reading
Volunteers Kayla Kargar, Annabelle Tedder and Dara Kargar offer Cheese Festival visitors some cheese alternatives.

Volunteers Kayla Kargar, Annabelle Tedder and Dara Kargar offer Cheese Festival visitors some cheese alternatives. 

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA McLAUGHLIN

04/25/2016
The inaugural Florida Cheese Festival, presented by Stella Artois, was held in DeLand April 16. About 1,700 tickets were sold for the festival, which was staged on East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Organizers estimated they could have sold 300 more tickets on the day of the event, but they would have run out of cheese, so they had to... + 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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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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04/27/2016
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. 

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

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