A display at the bookstore at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. BEACON PHOTO/Marsha McLaughlin
Friday, February 5, 2016
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You can learn about enhancing your spiritual health and healing your soul in Cassadaga at an upcoming gala."The Spirit of Love Gala Day" will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the... + continue reading

The Volusia County Council sits for a meeting Dec. 3 BEACON FILE PHOTO/Al Everson
Friday, February 5, 2016
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The Volusia County Council voted down a request for more money than it had already conditionally agreed to for a proposed homeless shelter. "This is not a final no. I'm not there yet," County... + continue reading

Call for answers — Krystal Brown speaks to reporters during a June 2015 trip to the Florida Capitol, where she sought to present Gov. Rick Scott with documents relating to her former husband Marlon Brown's death. PHOTO COUTESY ADNER MARCELIN
Friday, February 5, 2016
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Continuing with her mission to seek answers regarding her former husband Marlon Brown’s death under the wheels of a DeLand police car, Krystal Brown spoke before a United Nations working group last... + continue reading

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON Making plans — Attorney Rob Merrell speaks about the possibility of a new 33-table card room in the Marketplace Shopping Center in Orange City at the city’s Planning Commission meeting on Feb. 3.
Friday, February 5, 2016
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With promises of scores of new jobs, millions in new investment, and hopes of reversing the decline of an older shopping center, the Orange City Planning Commission has voted in favor of a gambling... + continue reading

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN Hard at work — Facilities maintenance worker Brian Schunk secures a bathroom fixture at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.
Friday, February 5, 2016
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Just as it is about to hire more workers and expand its footprint in DeLand, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia has established a minimum wage for its employees.In December, the nonprofit’s... + continue reading
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Dave Brannon, a captain at Volusia County Sheriff's Office, announced that he will run for Volusia County Sheriff at press conference in Downtown DeLand on Friday morning. BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DEFEO
Friday, February 5, 2016
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Dave Brannon, a captain at Volusia County Sheriff's Office, announced that he will run for Volusia County Sheriff. Brannon made the annoucement at a press conference at the Volusia County Historic... + continue reading

Sarah Dean, Beacon staffer and her dog, Maggie, participate in the 2015 Krewe of Amalee Mardi Gras on MainStreet Dog Parade. This year's parade is Feb. 6. Come early to get a good vantage point. It is a very popular parade.
Friday, February 5, 2016
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Saturday, Feb. 6 Barberville Family Farm Swap and Market6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. west of Barberville Pioneer Settlement, three-fourths of a mile west of U.S. Highway 17, on State Road 40, Barberville.... + continue reading

A display at the bookstore at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. BEACON PHOTO/Marsha McLaughlin

The Volusia County Council sits for a meeting Dec. 3 BEACON FILE PHOTO/Al Everson

Call for answers — Krystal Brown speaks to reporters during a June 2015 trip to the Florida Capitol, where she sought to present Gov. Rick Scott with documents relating to her former husband Marlon Brown's death. PHOTO COUTESY ADNER MARCELIN

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON Making plans — Attorney Rob Merrell speaks about the possibility of a new 33-table card room in the Marketplace Shopping Center in Orange City at the city’s Planning Commission meeting on Feb. 3.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN Hard at work — Facilities maintenance worker Brian Schunk secures a bathroom fixture at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.
Dave Brannon
Dave Brannon, a captain at Volusia County Sheriff's Office, announced that he will run for Volusia County Sheriff at press conference in Downtown DeLand on Friday morning. BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DEFEO

Sarah Dean, Beacon staffer and her dog, Maggie, participate in the 2015 Krewe of Amalee Mardi Gras on MainStreet Dog Parade. This year's parade is Feb. 6. Come early to get a good vantage point. It is a very popular parade.

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A man sleeps out front of a Downtown DeLand business during daylight hours. BEACON FILE PHOTO
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 The City of Daytona Beach has launched a fundraising campaign to help with its homelessness problem.Donors are offered two options: Give money to the city’s Homeless and Indigent Public Assistance Fund, or donate to help build Safe Harbor, a shelter proposed in the middle of the county where homeless people could access a wide range of... + continue reading

Actors rehearse for Murder on the Nile, an Agatha Christie murder mystery, opening Friday, Feb. 5, and running through Sunday, Feb. 14, at Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary. For tickets, call 386-668-5553.
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Saturday, Jan. 30 'Deltona Prays Together’‘8-9:30 a.m. in the Deltona City Hall courtyard, 2345 Providence Blvd. Call 386-789-3324. Farmers Market8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary. Free admission. Call 407-443-6965. Market in the Park8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Blake Park, 493 S. Lakeview Drive... + continue reading

Policing the neighborhood — These run-down mobile homes along East Ohio Avenue are awaiting removal to make way for a new Orange City police station. City officials are negotiating for the purchase of 3 acres that may go into foreclosure as the site of a proposed public-safety complex enclosing some 20,000 square feet. The facility, whose construction cost may total $4 million, will also house the Orange City Fire Department’s administration and an Emergency Operations Center. BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON
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Orange City’s finest are feeling cramped in space and style, so city officials are eyeing a new location and a bigger headquarters for the police force. "The police station we're in right now is undersized," Police Chief Pete Thomas said. In response to Thomas' report, the Orange City Council directed Acting City Manager Ken Hooper and... + continue reading

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William C. Hall
William C. Hall is a columnist for The West Volusia Beacon.
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Our presidential history is full of contradictions, as the duties of presidents have evolved with the development of a global (imperial?) power arising from 13 small colonies.We have, thus far,... + continue reading
Kate Kowsh
Kate Kowsh is the Web/Social Media Manager for The West Volusia Beacon.
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Tanner Andrews
Tanner Andrews is a columnist for The West Volusia Beacon.
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90-year-old gets new roof — This crew from Tecta America Southeast recently completed installing a new polyester-membrane roof on the 1923 Conrad Realty Co. building at 110-116 W. New York Ave. in DeLand. The workers are, from left, foreman Douglas Parker of Casselberry, Jorge Deleon of Deltona, Pablo Mendez of Orlando, John Guinan and Phillip Erwin, both of Deltona, and Chris Sheets of Orlando. BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD
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Next step: installation of 187 solar panelsThe first major milestone has been reached in the installation of what could be Volusia County’s largest privately owned solar array.A crew from Tecta... + continue reading

Former hotel — Grand Villa of DeLand, an assisted-living and memory-care facility at 350 E. International Speedway Blvd. in DeLand, used to be a 148-room hotel. BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS
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Getting reborn — This former Windward Behavioral Center substance-abuse rehabilitation facility could be getting a new life as an assisted-living facility. BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS
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Roasting couple — Clay Cass and his wife and business partner, Michelle Cass, flank a menu board at their current shop inside DaVinci Design Studios. BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS
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The Volusia Teachers Organization and the Volusia County school district held their 10th negotiating session Feb. 1 at DeLand High School. The session was brief, and both sides accused each other of... + continue reading