Mural plans — At the Sept. 6 DeLand City Commission meeting, artist Courtney Canova showcases his plan for a water-conservation-themed mural. The completed mural is shown (inset) at Earl Brown Park, on the side of an older restroom building near the Wayne G. Sanborn Activities Center.

Mural plans — At the Sept. 6 DeLand City Commission meeting, artist Courtney Canova showcases his plan for a water-conservation-themed mural. The completed mural is shown (inset) at Earl Brown Park, on the side of an older restroom building near the Wayne G. Sanborn Activities Center.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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DeLand has another fun-filled festival headed its way: The Water Festival will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Earl Brown Park and in the Wayne G. Sanborn Center.  This inaugural... + continue reading
Ready to enlarge their command — Deltona Deputy Fire Chief Chris Sievert, left, and Fire Chief Bill Snyder are preparing to add reserve firefighters to their department.

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Ready to enlarge their command — Deltona Deputy Fire Chief Chris Sievert, left, and Fire Chief Bill Snyder are preparing to add reserve firefighters to their department.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Deltona plans to supplement its firefighting force with people whose passion to battle blazes is greater than their desire to be paid. The city’s new budget includes $25,000 to create 10... + continue reading
Should we put a PITA PIT restaurant here? The DeLand City Commission will soon decide!

Should we put a PITA PIT restaurant here? The DeLand City Commission will soon decide!

BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD

, Photo courtesy Tim Patterson

A photo of pitas filled with tuna fish, tomato, cucumber and sprouts. 

Photo courtesy Tim Patterson

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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After about two hours of debate, the DeLand Planning Board deadlocked 3-3 Sept. 21 on whether to allow a Pita Pit restaurant on the southwest corner of Plymouth Avenue and Woodland Boulevard, just... + continue reading
Work hard, play hard — Edith I. Starke Elementary School fifth-grade students make the most of their 15 minutes of recess during a sunny afternoon Sept. 28. Playing in the group are Pedro Albarran, Manuel Ruiz, Avigain Ramirez, Joel Pesante, Frank Daly and Christian Soto.

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Work hard, play hard — Edith I. Starke Elementary School fifth-grade students make the most of their 15 minutes of recess during a sunny afternoon Sept. 28. Playing in the group are Pedro Albarran, Manuel Ruiz, Avigain Ramirez, Joel Pesante, Frank Daly and Christian Soto.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Could kickball and hopscotch be going the way of the dodo in Volusia County’s public elementary schools? The Volusia County School Board is set to discuss the best practices for recess at its... + continue reading
On the outside — These craftsmen work on the exterior of a home being built in D.R. Horton Express Homes’ Sugarberry Glen subdivision near DeLand.

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On the outside These craftsmen work on the exterior of a home being built in D.R. Horton Express Homes’ Sugarberry Glen subdivision near DeLand. Five homes are in varying stages of construction in the 45-lot, roughly 20-acre subdivision. Another dozen or so are built and occupied.

, Laying a foundation — Workers prepare the foundation on another home under construction in the Sugarberry Glen subdivision off North Blue Lake Avenue near DeLand. D.R. Horton Express Homes is building the 45-lot neighborhood, where about a dozen homes are occupied and five more are under construction, including this one.

Laying a foundation Workers prepare the foundation on another home under construction in the Sugarberry Glen subdivision off North Blue Lake Avenue near DeLand. D.R. Horton Express Homes is building the 45-lot neighborhood, where about a dozen homes are occupied and five more are under construction, including this one.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Nearly two-thirds of Florida’s contractors say they’re having trouble filling craft-labor positions, which comprise most of the construction workforce, according to a national industry... + continue reading
Denny's, at 1206 N. Woodland Blvd.

Denny's, at 1206 N. Woodland Blvd., just recently opened...

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, ...while IHOP, across the street at 1215 N. Woodland Blvd., has been in business for decades.

...while IHOP, across the street at 1215 N. Woodland Blvd., has been in business for decades.

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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With the recent opening of Denny’s, DeLand now has two 24-hour, breakfast-oriented eateries vying for customers across from each other on North Woodland Boulevard. And while the Denny’s... + continue reading
Trains or buses? Which is better for cross-county transit? — Concluding a two-and-a-half-year study, state and local transportation planners are recommending commuter trains or expanded express-bus service between the east and west sides of Volusia County.

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Trains or buses? Which is better for cross-county transit? — Concluding a two-and-a-half-year study, state and local transportation planners are recommending commuter trains or expanded express-bus service between the east and west sides of Volusia County. The Volusia Connector study began with options such as monorail and light rail, as well as bus transit and a possible expansion of SunRail. Bus Rapid Transit would cost approximately $60 million to implement, while extending commuter rail between DeBary and/or DeLand — assuming the long-planned DeLand SunRail depot is built and daily service comes about — may cost as much as $1.3 billion. There is no word when the Volusia County Council may decide to implement new and expanded east-west transit options.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Going from here to there A study of mass-transit options to connect the coastal and inland areas of Volusia County recommends two plans — one rather expensive and the other relatively... + continue reading
Mural plans — At the Sept. 6 DeLand City Commission meeting, artist Courtney Canova showcases his plan for a water-conservation-themed mural. The completed mural is shown (inset) at Earl Brown Park, on the side of an older restroom building near the Wayne G. Sanborn Activities Center.

Mural plans — At the Sept. 6 DeLand City Commission meeting, artist Courtney Canova showcases his plan for a water-conservation-themed mural. The completed mural is shown (inset) at Earl Brown Park, on the side of an older restroom building near the Wayne G. Sanborn Activities Center.

BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD

Ready to enlarge their command — Deltona Deputy Fire Chief Chris Sievert, left, and Fire Chief Bill Snyder are preparing to add reserve firefighters to their department.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Ready to enlarge their command — Deltona Deputy Fire Chief Chris Sievert, left, and Fire Chief Bill Snyder are preparing to add reserve firefighters to their department.

Should we put a PITA PIT restaurant here? The DeLand City Commission will soon decide!

Should we put a PITA PIT restaurant here? The DeLand City Commission will soon decide!

BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD

, Photo courtesy Tim Patterson

A photo of pitas filled with tuna fish, tomato, cucumber and sprouts. 

Photo courtesy Tim Patterson

Work hard, play hard — Edith I. Starke Elementary School fifth-grade students make the most of their 15 minutes of recess during a sunny afternoon Sept. 28. Playing in the group are Pedro Albarran, Manuel Ruiz, Avigain Ramirez, Joel Pesante, Frank Daly and Christian Soto.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Work hard, play hard — Edith I. Starke Elementary School fifth-grade students make the most of their 15 minutes of recess during a sunny afternoon Sept. 28. Playing in the group are Pedro Albarran, Manuel Ruiz, Avigain Ramirez, Joel Pesante, Frank Daly and Christian Soto.

On the outside — These craftsmen work on the exterior of a home being built in D.R. Horton Express Homes’ Sugarberry Glen subdivision near DeLand.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

On the outside These craftsmen work on the exterior of a home being built in D.R. Horton Express Homes’ Sugarberry Glen subdivision near DeLand. Five homes are in varying stages of construction in the 45-lot, roughly 20-acre subdivision. Another dozen or so are built and occupied.

, Laying a foundation — Workers prepare the foundation on another home under construction in the Sugarberry Glen subdivision off North Blue Lake Avenue near DeLand. D.R. Horton Express Homes is building the 45-lot neighborhood, where about a dozen homes are occupied and five more are under construction, including this one.

Laying a foundation Workers prepare the foundation on another home under construction in the Sugarberry Glen subdivision off North Blue Lake Avenue near DeLand. D.R. Horton Express Homes is building the 45-lot neighborhood, where about a dozen homes are occupied and five more are under construction, including this one.

Denny's, at 1206 N. Woodland Blvd.

Denny's, at 1206 N. Woodland Blvd., just recently opened...

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

, ...while IHOP, across the street at 1215 N. Woodland Blvd., has been in business for decades.

...while IHOP, across the street at 1215 N. Woodland Blvd., has been in business for decades.

 

Trains or buses? Which is better for cross-county transit? — Concluding a two-and-a-half-year study, state and local transportation planners are recommending commuter trains or expanded express-bus service between the east and west sides of Volusia County.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Trains or buses? Which is better for cross-county transit? — Concluding a two-and-a-half-year study, state and local transportation planners are recommending commuter trains or expanded express-bus service between the east and west sides of Volusia County. The Volusia Connector study began with options such as monorail and light rail, as well as bus transit and a possible expansion of SunRail. Bus Rapid Transit would cost approximately $60 million to implement, while extending commuter rail between DeBary and/or DeLand — assuming the long-planned DeLand SunRail depot is built and daily service comes about — may cost as much as $1.3 billion. There is no word when the Volusia County Council may decide to implement new and expanded east-west transit options.

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DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson (center) presides over his removal hearing in August.

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DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson (center) presides over his removal hearing in August. 

 

09/27/2016
More than a month after the DeBary CIty Council ousted Mayor Clint Johnson, the two sides are still playing hardball over documents Johnson refuses to surrender. The city is ready to play harder. Johnson, whom the City Council last month voted to remove from office for violating DeBary’s charter, is demanding the city pay him more than $3,... + continue reading
Wants records — Deltona business owner Larry Kent speaks to the City Commission about his request for information about a study of city employees’ pay and benefits.

Wants records — Deltona business owner Larry Kent speaks to the City Commission about his request for information about a study of city employees’ pay and benefits.

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09/23/2016
A Deltona business owner says there is a connection between his request for information from City Hall and a code-enforcement action against him. Larry Kent complained publicly to the Deltona City Commission about difficulty in getting public records. A day later, he said, city workers cited his paving project for a violation. On Sept. 6, Kent... + continue reading
On the road — DeLandite Harry Smith, a frequent contributor to social-media groups that focus on area history, prepares to hit the road. Smith prefers walking, however. He takes 10-mile walks around DeLand on Saturdays, picking up news to share on Facebook.   PHOTO COURTESY HARRY SMITH

On the road — DeLandite Harry Smith, a frequent contributor to social-media groups that focus on area history, prepares to hit the road. Smith prefers walking, however. He takes 10-mile walks around DeLand on Saturdays, picking up news to share on Facebook. 

PHOTO COURTESY HARRY SMITH

09/23/2016
Harry Smith, a DeLand disc jockey and karaoke host whose company is called Harryoke! Entertainment, is known for more than his business ventures.  Smith is an amateur local historian, and a major contributor to social-media groups that focus on information about DeLand and surrounding areas.   You contribute a lot to the Facebook... + continue reading

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On the outside These craftsmen work on the exterior of a home being built in D.R. Horton Express Homes’ Sugarberry Glen subdivision near DeLand. Five homes are in varying stages of construction in the 45-lot, roughly 20-acre subdivision. Another dozen or so are built and occupied.

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Denny's, at 1206 N. Woodland Blvd., just recently opened...

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Ready to speak — Sally Updike, the DeLand Area Chamber’s interim executive director, addresses the audience as speakers for the monthly “West Volusia Means Business” luncheon await their turns to take the dais.

Ready to speak Sally Updike, the DeLand Area Chamber’s interim executive director, addresses the audience as speakers for the monthly “West Volusia Means Business” luncheon await their turns to take the dais. From left are David Register, executive director of FernTrust Inc.; Richard Williams of Florida Olive Systems; past Chamber President and mistress of ceremonies Missy Chaves; Steve Crump of Vo-LaSalle Farms; and Dennis Mudge of the Volusia County Extension Service.

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Blending in — Stetson University’s new, $7 million welcome center is designed to provide “one-stop shopping” for current and prospective students, who can also enroll for classes and pay their bills in one location.

Blending in Stetson University’s new, $7 million welcome center is designed to provide “one-stop shopping” for current and prospective students, who can also enroll for classes and pay their bills in one location.

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