Solidarity — Teachers and their supporters fill the auditorium at DeLand High School with a sea of red May 18, to demonstrate their solidarity in calling for raises, job security, and no increase in health-insurance premiums. Read about School Board and teacher tensions in 2006 in Keith Allen’s “West Volusia History” column, on Page 4 of the Midweek May 23-25, 2016 edition of The Beacon.
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A tragic ending — Cynthia Heckman, 63, of DeLand, lost her life in a five-vehicle crash along State Road 472 near Minnesota Avenue, between DeLand and Orange City, at around 2 p.m. May 16. The crash, which the Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating, involved a septic truck, a tractor-trailer, an SUV, a pickup truck and Heckman’s Ford Mustang — all involved in a tragic chain reaction of sorts, as described in a preliminary FHP report. Three of the four other occupants in the four other vehicles involved suffered only minor injuries, while one was uninjured.