Design dispute — Former Lake Helen Mayor Mark Shuttleworth addresses the Lake Helen City Commission during a hearing where residents railed against several home designs proposed by Emerald Homes for the Woods of Lake Helen neighborhood.

Design dispute — Former Lake Helen Mayor Mark Shuttleworth addresses the Lake Helen City Commission during a hearing where residents railed against several home designs proposed by Emerald Homes for the Woods of Lake Helen neighborhood. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Dozens of Lake Helen residents packed City Commission Chambers Aug. 22 for a lengthy and contentious meeting over whether homes planned for the Woods of Lake Helen subdivision meet the city’s... + continue reading
Proud family — At the ceremony naming her Foster Parent of the Year, Bonnie Warner, center, poses with her three youngest adopted children, from left, Shawn Warner, Ellie Warner and Maddie Warner. In back is Steven Murphy of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

Proud family — At the ceremony naming her Foster Parent of the Year, Bonnie Warner, center, poses with her three youngest adopted children, from left, Shawn Warner, Ellie Warner and Maddie Warner. In back is Steven Murphy of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

PHOTO COURTESY DEVEREUX ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FLORIDA

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Asked how many children she has fostered over the past 40-plus years, Bonnie Warner’s honest response: “I have no idea. I can’t even guess.” In July, the DeLand woman was... + continue reading
That’s a big ’un — From front to back, Billy Moody, Chase Wilson and Mike O’Quinn pose with their catch Aug. 21 in Lake George.

That’s a big ’un — From front to back, Billy Moody, Chase Wilson and Mike O’Quinn pose with their catch Aug. 21 in Lake George. The hunters targeted the 13-foot-4-inch alligator for its large size. “Gators this size are few and far between and hard to capture,” O’Quinn said. The weight of the alligator was unknown when the photo was taken.

PHOTO COURTESY MIKE O’QUINN

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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What may be the largest alligator on record taken from Lake George was captured Aug. 21 by Billy Moody and Mike O’Quinn of DeLand and Chase Wilson of Macon, Georgia. The men caught and killed... + continue reading
Dynamic entrepreneurs — Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

Dynamic entrepreneurs Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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The signs in the front window offer clues to what awaits inside Amabella Wellness Spa: “unwind” says one, and “escape” says the other. Amabella Wellness Spa, at 112 W. Indiana... + continue reading
DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson's removal hearing begins Aug. 24

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson's removal hearing begins Aug. 24

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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7:00 p.m. Aug. 24 As of this writing, the hearing on whether or not to remove DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson from office has started in DeBary's Florence K. Little Town Hall building. At the... + continue reading
Shattered windows — Volusia County Schools released this photograph showing an example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23.

Shattered windows — Volusia County Schools released this photograph showing an example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23. Classes were moved from affected rooms Aug. 24, after widespread damage was discovered, including shattered interior and exterior windows. The only danger to students, school-district officials said, was from broken glass.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOLS

, Shattered windows — Volusia County Schools released this photograph showing an example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23.

More damage — Volusia County Schools released this photograph of another example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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DeLand High School fell victim to vandalism sometime overnight Aug. 23-24, causing significant destruction that required relocating classes. Nancy Wait, director of community information services... + continue reading
The as-yet unapprehended suspect in a Monday robbery of a Downtown DeLand PNC Bank branch.   PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DeLAND

The as-yet unapprehended suspect in a Monday robbery of a Downtown DeLand PNC Bank branch.

PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DeLAND

, A surveillance image of the man who robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Deltona, later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Landolfi of DeLeon Springs, according to Sheriff's deputies.

A surveillance image of the man who robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Deltona, later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Landolfi of DeLeon Springs, according to Sheriff's deputies.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Authorities in both DeLand and Deltona responded to bank robberies just hours apart Monday afternoon. In DeLand, police were called to the scene of PNC Bank, at 312 N. Woodland Blvd., around 1 p.m.... + continue reading
Design dispute — Former Lake Helen Mayor Mark Shuttleworth addresses the Lake Helen City Commission during a hearing where residents railed against several home designs proposed by Emerald Homes for the Woods of Lake Helen neighborhood.

Design dispute — Former Lake Helen Mayor Mark Shuttleworth addresses the Lake Helen City Commission during a hearing where residents railed against several home designs proposed by Emerald Homes for the Woods of Lake Helen neighborhood. 

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Proud family — At the ceremony naming her Foster Parent of the Year, Bonnie Warner, center, poses with her three youngest adopted children, from left, Shawn Warner, Ellie Warner and Maddie Warner. In back is Steven Murphy of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

Proud family — At the ceremony naming her Foster Parent of the Year, Bonnie Warner, center, poses with her three youngest adopted children, from left, Shawn Warner, Ellie Warner and Maddie Warner. In back is Steven Murphy of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

PHOTO COURTESY DEVEREUX ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FLORIDA

That’s a big ’un — From front to back, Billy Moody, Chase Wilson and Mike O’Quinn pose with their catch Aug. 21 in Lake George.

That’s a big ’un — From front to back, Billy Moody, Chase Wilson and Mike O’Quinn pose with their catch Aug. 21 in Lake George. The hunters targeted the 13-foot-4-inch alligator for its large size. “Gators this size are few and far between and hard to capture,” O’Quinn said. The weight of the alligator was unknown when the photo was taken.

PHOTO COURTESY MIKE O’QUINN

Dynamic entrepreneurs — Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

Dynamic entrepreneurs Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

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DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson's removal hearing begins Aug. 24

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson's removal hearing begins Aug. 24

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Shattered windows — Volusia County Schools released this photograph showing an example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23.

Shattered windows — Volusia County Schools released this photograph showing an example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23. Classes were moved from affected rooms Aug. 24, after widespread damage was discovered, including shattered interior and exterior windows. The only danger to students, school-district officials said, was from broken glass.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOLS

, Shattered windows — Volusia County Schools released this photograph showing an example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23.

More damage — Volusia County Schools released this photograph of another example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23.

The as-yet unapprehended suspect in a Monday robbery of a Downtown DeLand PNC Bank branch.   PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DeLAND

The as-yet unapprehended suspect in a Monday robbery of a Downtown DeLand PNC Bank branch.

PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DeLAND

, A surveillance image of the man who robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Deltona, later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Landolfi of DeLeon Springs, according to Sheriff's deputies.

A surveillance image of the man who robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Deltona, later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Landolfi of DeLeon Springs, according to Sheriff's deputies.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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08/22/2016
Closing a public meeting to members of the public ought not to be done except in the most extreme of circumstances. The Wednesday, Aug. 24, hearing scheduled to debate whether Mayor Clint Johnson should be removed from office does not meet the standard. DeBary Interim City Manager Ron McLemore’s decision to close the DeBary City Council... + continue reading
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DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson sits at the dais at a recent DeBary City Council meeting.

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08/19/2016
A rare proceeding is about to play out in DeBary, and the city manager is taking steps to prevent civil disorder. “All we’re trying to do is to be cautious and make sure the meeting is orderly,” Interim City Manager Ron McLemore told The Beacon.  McLemore declined to speak in detail about the extra security measures for... + continue reading
Defenders — Firefighter/paramedic Mike Kurland, Lt. Steve Huber, and Firefighter/EMT Eric Schmalmaack stand outside the Volusia County Fire Services station in Lake Helen.

Defenders — Firefighter/paramedic Mike Kurland, Lt. Steve Huber, and Firefighter/EMT Eric Schmalmaack stand outside the Volusia County Fire Services station in Lake Helen. Their services are provided by contract to the City of Lake Helen; the city now plans to collect a fee to pay for that fire protection, which has angered some residents. However, adding the fee has enabled the city to take fire services out of its general fund, and, by doing so, lower its ad valorem property-tax rate.   

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08/19/2016
Homeowners in Lake Helen will see a new item on their property-tax bills this year: a charge for fire protection. For fiscal year 2016-17, residents will pay $129 per dwelling unit, while commercial and industrial parcels will pay 19 cents per square foot. Owners of vacant lots will be charged $26 per lot.  For year 2017-18 and beyond,... + continue reading

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Dynamic entrepreneurs — Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

Dynamic entrepreneurs Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

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The signs in the front window offer clues to what awaits inside Amabella Wellness Spa: “unwind” says one, and “escape” says the other. Amabella Wellness Spa, at 112 W. Indiana... + continue reading
New guy — Dr. William A. Jackson is the new director of Stetson University’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program. He comes to Stetson with a lengthy background in training would-be entrepreneurs.

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New guy Dr. William A. Jackson is the new director of Stetson University’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program. He comes to Stetson with a lengthy background in training would-be entrepreneurs.

08/17/16
Plenty of options — These are some of the wide selection of sour beers that will be served up at the first-ever Summer Sour Festival, sponsored by Abbey Bar in Downtown DeLand and Lagunitas Brewing out of California.

Plenty of options — These are some of the wide selection of sour beers that will be served up at the first-ever Summer Sour Festival, sponsored by Abbey Bar in Downtown DeLand and Lagunitas Brewing out of California. 

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08/17/16
Bicycles of all sorts are lined up in front of DeLand Cyclery, a 10-year-old dealership in Downtown DeLand.

A two-wheeler assortment Bicycles of all sorts are lined up in front of DeLand Cyclery, a 10-year-old dealership in Downtown DeLand.

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