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
Fugitive no more — Larry Lee Henton, left, who was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Top 10 most-wanted list, was arrested April 27 in DeLand, where authorities said he had been living as James Arthur Jones.

Fugitive no more — Larry Lee Henton, left, who was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Top 10 most-wanted list, was arrested April 27 in DeLand, where authorities said he had been living as James Arthur Jones.

PHOTO COURTESY U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE

Friday, April 29, 2016
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 A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy helped U.S. Marshals collar a man in DeLand who had been on the lam for almost a decade.The fugitive, 65-year-old Larry Lee Henton, had been wanted since 2007... + continue reading
A view looking north on Amelia Avenue, near Stetson University, which is closed Friday, April 28, due to an oil spill.

Road closed — A view looking north on Amelia Avenue, near Stetson University, which is closed Friday, April 28, due to a truck which leaked oil onto the roadway.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Friday, April 29, 2016
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At just before 5 p.m. today, April 29, Amelia Avenue is closed through the Stetson University campus in DeLand, after a trash truck leaked oil on the road, making the surface too slippery for safe... + continue reading
Twenty-five years of homeownership — Kathy Monroe stands in front of her Orange City home, which Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity built in 1991.

Twenty-five years of homeownership — Kathy Monroe stands in front of her Orange City home, which Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity built in 1991.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH
, Memory lane — Kathy Monroe looks at a photo collage depicting the building of her Orange City home, and her mortgage-burning ceremony.

Memory lane — Kathy Monroe looks at a photo collage depicting the building of her Orange City home, and her mortgage-burning ceremony.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH

Friday, April 29, 2016
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25 years of building ‘simple, decent’ homesOrange City resident Kathy Monroe was a struggling single mother when she got the call from Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity in 1991. After living in... + continue reading
The Florida Department of Transportation used this photo of a Love’s truck stop in its presentation on the possible relocation of a Longwood Interstate 4 rest area to one of five sites in West Volusia.

Coming soon to an interstate near you? — The Florida Department of Transportation used this photo of a Love’s truck stop in its presentation on the possible relocation of a Longwood Interstate 4 rest area to one of five sites in West Volusia. Instead of a rest area with only parking and restrooms, the FDOT envisions a privately operated truck stop, with dining, gasoline and perhaps a convenience store.

PHOTO COURTESY FDOT

Friday, April 29, 2016
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If you’re a tired trucker coming east up Interstate 4 and looking for a place to rest, you might soon have to drive a little farther, thanks to a Florida Department of Transportation proposal.The... + continue reading
Volusia County Administration Building, located in DeLand.

Volusia County Administration Building, located in DeLand.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

Friday, April 29, 2016
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Volusia County government may dig deeper into your pockets to pay for services from a Washington lobbyist.  At its May 5 meeting, the County Council will consider a proposal to amend its federal... + 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
Fugitive no more — Larry Lee Henton, left, who was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Top 10 most-wanted list, was arrested April 27 in DeLand, where authorities said he had been living as James Arthur Jones.

Fugitive no more — Larry Lee Henton, left, who was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Top 10 most-wanted list, was arrested April 27 in DeLand, where authorities said he had been living as James Arthur Jones.

PHOTO COURTESY U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE

A view looking north on Amelia Avenue, near Stetson University, which is closed Friday, April 28, due to an oil spill.

Road closed — A view looking north on Amelia Avenue, near Stetson University, which is closed Friday, April 28, due to a truck which leaked oil onto the roadway.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Twenty-five years of homeownership — Kathy Monroe stands in front of her Orange City home, which Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity built in 1991.

Twenty-five years of homeownership — Kathy Monroe stands in front of her Orange City home, which Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity built in 1991.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH
, Memory lane — Kathy Monroe looks at a photo collage depicting the building of her Orange City home, and her mortgage-burning ceremony.

Memory lane — Kathy Monroe looks at a photo collage depicting the building of her Orange City home, and her mortgage-burning ceremony.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH

The Florida Department of Transportation used this photo of a Love’s truck stop in its presentation on the possible relocation of a Longwood Interstate 4 rest area to one of five sites in West Volusia.

Coming soon to an interstate near you? — The Florida Department of Transportation used this photo of a Love’s truck stop in its presentation on the possible relocation of a Longwood Interstate 4 rest area to one of five sites in West Volusia. Instead of a rest area with only parking and restrooms, the FDOT envisions a privately operated truck stop, with dining, gasoline and perhaps a convenience store.

PHOTO COURTESY FDOT

Volusia County Administration Building, located in DeLand.

Volusia County Administration Building, located in DeLand.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

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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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

04/27/2016
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 northward extension of the SunRail commuter-rail system.The Volusia County Council recently was briefed on the Florida Department of Transportation’s renewed... + continue reading

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

04/27/2016
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 served up hot and fresh once again from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave... + 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

04/27/2016
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 has lost its assistant city manager/community-development director and its public-works director. Chief  Building Official  Matt Adair’s... + 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.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

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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