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Monday, May 23, 2016
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The body of a man apparently dragged 50-60 feet in a suspected hit-and-run was found on a roadway in DeLand on Saturday. Authorities are asking the public for any information on the incident,... + continue reading
Maria J. Perez, left, and Paloma James place flowers at the grave of Benito Perez Lebron at DeLand Memorial Gardens on Memorial Day in 2015.

Honoring a fallen loved one — Maria J. Perez, left, and Paloma James place flowers at the grave of Benito Perez Lebron at DeLand Memorial Gardens on Memorial Day in 2015.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Friday, May 20, 2016
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Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30, this year, and public schools will be closed in observance of the holiday. So will banks, credit unions, financial markets, post offices, all Volusia County... + continue reading
Pictured is James J. Jordan Jr.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Newspaper people spend their lives telling other people’s stories, and their own stories often go untold. That was true of James John Jordan Jr., whose newspaper career spanned four decades,... + continue reading
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.

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.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

, From left, Volusia County Schools CFO Debra Muller, general counsel Michael Dyer, and attorney Thomas Gonzalez represent the district during an impasse hearing May 18.

Pleading their case — From left, Volusia County Schools CFO Debra Muller, general counsel Michael Dyer, and attorney Thomas Gonzalez represent the district during an impasse hearing May 18. The hearing was called after months of failed negotiations between the School Board and the union representing the district’s teachers.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Friday, May 20, 2016
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More than 1,000 teachers and their supporters, most clad in red, overflowed DeLand High School’s auditorium for a hearing to resolve a monthslong impasse between their union and Volusia County... + continue reading
DeLandites Abraham Garcia and Mayra Morales and offer watermelon from their truck May 20 at a former gasoline station on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand.

Change is coming — DeLandites Abraham Garcia and Mayra Morales and offer watermelon from their truck May 20 at a former gasoline station on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand. Stetson University has purchased the corner.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH

Friday, May 20, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Two long-neglected historic properties in Downtown DeLand may soon get some much-needed TLC. The Hotel Putnam at 225 W. New York Ave., after sitting empty for nearly four years, may begin to see new... + continue reading
A DeBary city official explains why the city wants to add about 100 acres now designated for conservation to the city’s transit-oriented-development zone and allow housing and commercial uses to be built.

The case for development — A DeBary city official explains why the city wants to add about 100 acres now designated for conservation to the city’s transit-oriented-development zone and allow housing and commercial uses to be built. One objector who walked out of the May 18 meeting called it “a sales process.”

Thursday, May 19, 2016
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Citizens walk out of meeting about 100-acre conservation parcel   Opponents of development on conservation land in DeBary may get their way, as the Volusia County Council, late during its... + continue reading
Taking their turn — The Redmond family of DeBary.

Taking their turn — The Redmond family of DeBary.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH

Thursday, May 19, 2016
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Several West Volusians and Beacon staff members came out May 18 to have their photos taken at the #DeLandWings painting, located on the side of The Beacon's offices along New York Avenue, in Pill... + continue reading
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Maria J. Perez, left, and Paloma James place flowers at the grave of Benito Perez Lebron at DeLand Memorial Gardens on Memorial Day in 2015.

Honoring a fallen loved one — Maria J. Perez, left, and Paloma James place flowers at the grave of Benito Perez Lebron at DeLand Memorial Gardens on Memorial Day in 2015.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Pictured is James J. Jordan Jr.
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.

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.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

, From left, Volusia County Schools CFO Debra Muller, general counsel Michael Dyer, and attorney Thomas Gonzalez represent the district during an impasse hearing May 18.

Pleading their case — From left, Volusia County Schools CFO Debra Muller, general counsel Michael Dyer, and attorney Thomas Gonzalez represent the district during an impasse hearing May 18. The hearing was called after months of failed negotiations between the School Board and the union representing the district’s teachers.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

DeLandites Abraham Garcia and Mayra Morales and offer watermelon from their truck May 20 at a former gasoline station on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand.

Change is coming — DeLandites Abraham Garcia and Mayra Morales and offer watermelon from their truck May 20 at a former gasoline station on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand. Stetson University has purchased the corner.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH

A DeBary city official explains why the city wants to add about 100 acres now designated for conservation to the city’s transit-oriented-development zone and allow housing and commercial uses to be built.

The case for development — A DeBary city official explains why the city wants to add about 100 acres now designated for conservation to the city’s transit-oriented-development zone and allow housing and commercial uses to be built. One objector who walked out of the May 18 meeting called it “a sales process.”

Taking their turn — The Redmond family of DeBary.

Taking their turn — The Redmond family of DeBary.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH

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05/18/2016
Q: Why do we so frequently hear the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One, flying over DeLand? — Submitted by a user on Nextdoor.com, a neighborhood-watch site   A: Air One is stationed on DeLand Municipal Airport, according to Andrew Gant, a spokesman at the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Anytime the... + continue reading
Construction begins at 308 N. Woodland Blvd. The rendering at right depicts the facade that will face Woodland Boulevard.

Work begins — Construction begins at 308 N. Woodland Blvd. The rendering at right depicts the facade that will face Woodland Boulevard.

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05/18/2016
Construction is beginning on Downtown DeLand’s Courtyard by Marriott. In a few months, the five-story, $5 million, 104-room hotel will be complete, adding much-needed overnight accommodations for visitors to Stetson University and Downtown DeLand. The Marriott will be a new building, of course, but the owners, Avista Hotels & Resorts,... + continue reading
Stetson students Kaitlyn Ridenbaugh, left, Kameron Calabro, second from right, and Michael Peter Sarracino enjoy some local, tasty Sweet Spot ice cream (with nuts) with Dolls of DeLand owner Lynne Kristi Harding in her shop during the DeLand Ice Cream Walk in September 2014.

Community Crunch –– Stetson students Kaitlyn Ridenbaugh, left, Kameron Calabro, second from right, and Michael Peter Sarracino enjoy some local, tasty Sweet Spot ice cream (with nuts) with Dolls of DeLand owner Lynne Kristi Harding in her shop during the DeLand Ice Cream Walk in September 2014. Each flavor featured was chosen by a Downtown DeLand merchant, and the special flavor for Dolls of DeLand was appropriately named “Little Debbie Dolly,” and even had its own mascot, the Little Debbie Barbie doll seen in the bottom right corner. Lynne Harding passed away May 6, after battling three forms of cancer. A doll auction her shop had planned before Harding’s death will still take place in DeLand May 26, but as a memorial to her, instead of with her involvement.  

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

05/18/2016
  Dolls of DeLand to present event   You’ll have the chance to bid on more than 300 different dolls of all shapes and sizes — for a good cause — at an upcoming doll auction presented by Dolls of DeLand. The auction to benefit the Childhood Cancer Foundation will take on additional meaning, as it serves to honor... + continue reading

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05/23/2016
Editor, The Beacon: “... [C]heap political points at the expense of the truth.”  So ends a letter by Mr. Gilliard, who has just spent the letter in an edition of The Beacon ... + continue reading

At risk? — At right, a verdant scene at Gemini Springs Park in DeBary looks inviting. The City of DeBary’s plan to develop 102 acres of land south of the park, in the Gemini Springs Addition, has drawn the ire of environmentalists, who say it could threaten nearby DeBary Bayou. City officials, however, want to develop the land to support the city’s SunRail station.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

05/23/16

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DeBary Winn-Dixie store associates are joined by Ian McLeod, president and CEO of Winn-Dixie’s parent company, Southeastern Grocers, and DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson and celebrity chef Curtis Stone, to celebrate the newly renovated store.

The gang’s all here —DeBary Winn-Dixie store associates are joined by Ian McLeod, president and CEO of Winn-Dixie’s parent company, Southeastern Grocers, and DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson and celebrity chef Curtis Stone, to celebrate the newly renovated store.

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05/18/2016
Associates and management of the DeBary Winn-Dixie store held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 5 to mark an extensive remodeling of the store at 2 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd. Ian McLeod, president and... + continue reading
Jack Gonzalez, surrounded by employees and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, cuts a ribbon at the offices of Health Markets Insurance Agency on North Spring Garden Avenue.

Officially open, finally — Jack Gonzalez, surrounded by employees and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, cuts a ribbon at the offices of Health Markets Insurance Agency on North Spring Garden Avenue.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

05/18/16
Participants in last year’s DeBary 5K get last-minute instructions before the race got underway.

Group shot Participants in last year’s DeBary 5K get last-minute instructions before the race got underway.

PHOTOS COURTESY DBK INC.

05/12/16
Customers occupy comfortable seating areas  one recent evening at The Elusive Grape at its new location.

Sitting pretty Customers occupy comfortable seating areas  one recent evening at The Elusive Grape at its new location.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

05/11/16

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Originally uploaded on Jan 27, 2011 by Stetson officials, this tribute was put together "in celebration of Stetson professor Dr. T. Wayne Bailey being chosen Volusia County Citizen of... + continue reading