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Trains or buses? Which is better for cross-county transit? — Concluding a two-and-a-half-year study, state and local transportation planners are recommending commuter trains or expanded express-bus service between the east and west sides of Volusia County. The Volusia Connector study began with options such as monorail and light rail, as well as bus transit and a possible expansion of SunRail. Bus Rapid Transit would cost approximately $60 million to implement, while extending commuter rail between DeBary and/or DeLand — assuming the long-planned DeLand SunRail depot is built and daily service comes about — may cost as much as $1.3 billion. There is no word when the Volusia County Council may decide to implement new and expanded east-west transit options.
DELAND — Mary Wynne Nowlin Reynolds, 75, went home to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on Sept. 25, 2016. A memorial service and celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at LifePoint Community Church, 1747 W. New York Ave. in DeLand, with Pastor Frank Clark presiding. Interment will be private. More ...
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On the outside — These craftsmen work on the exterior of a home being built in D.R. Horton Express Homes’ Sugarberry Glen subdivision near DeLand. Five homes are in varying stages of construction in the 45-lot, roughly 20-acre subdivision. Another dozen or so are built and occupied.
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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