The management team at LightWork Software poses in the lobby of their office on Marsh Road in DeLand.

LightWork leaders The management team at LightWork Software poses in the lobby of their office on Marsh Road in DeLand. From left are CEO Pamela Perryman, Chief Technology Officer Scott Perryman, and Director of Business Development Elizabeth Counts.

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Friday, May 27, 2016
Posted by Westvolusia1
Companies come, and companies go. But one DeLand-area company that supports human-resource clients has been around for more than two decades. LightWork Software, a sister company to Perryman &... + continue reading
These are just some of the toys and games for sale at Wily Owl Toy Store in  Downtown DeLand.

Lots to choose from These are just some of the toys and games for sale at Wily Owl Toy Store in  Downtown DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Friday, May 27, 2016
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It’s only been a couple of weeks, but Wily Owl Toy Store has opened in a new, larger location in Downtown DeLand, and the owners couldn’t be happier. The new store at 133 N. Woodland... + continue reading
Doug Daniels, an attorney for DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson takes questions from the media outside the courtroom after a hearing Thursday to determine whether to stop the city council from conducting a hearing on whether the mayor violated the city's charter. Johnson's request was denied.

Mayor's hearing — Doug Daniels, an attorney for DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson takes questions from the media outside the courtroom after a hearing Thursday to determine whether to stop the city council from conducting a hearing on whether the mayor violated the city's charter. Johnson's request was denied.  

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Volusia County Circuit Judge Sandra Upchurch ruled May 26 against DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson’s request to head off an upcoming hearing of the City Council that could result in his removal from... + continue reading
The County of Volusia's Administration Building, 123 W. Indiana Ave.

The County of Volusia's Administration Building, 123 W. Indiana Ave.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Prospects are slim for appointments to 27 advisory boards   In an age when people lead increasingly busy lives, there is a shortage of Volusia County residents willing to serve on civic boards... + continue reading
A hiking trail at Lake George, which includes areas in Volusia County.

A hiking trail at Lake George, which includes areas in Volusia County.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Put on your comfortable shoes and get to know the many miles of trails that meander throughout West Volusia at an event celebrating hiking and biking trails across the country. West Volusia will... + continue reading
DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus at a May 23 meeting on homelessness in DeLand

DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus at a May 23 meeting on homelessness in DeLand

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, Rick Rintz holds his Bible and exhorts the five members of the DeLand City Commission to do as the holy book instructs: care for their brothers and sisters in need.

Rick Rintz holds his Bible and exhorts the five members of the DeLand City Commission to do as the holy book instructs: care for their brothers and sisters in need. Rintz heads a coalition of faith-based organizations in the DeLand area that works on the problem of homelessness.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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More options for the homeless — At a May 23 meeting at DeLand City Hall to discuss the problem of homelessness in West Volusia, DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus unveiled a plan for the... + continue reading
Elizabeth and Gene Carpenter, at left, soon plan to open YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese in the Downtown DeLand location that was once home to The Grotto.

You only live once — The location of the soon-to-open YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese in the Downtown DeLand location that was once home to The Grotto.

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, Elizabeth and Gene Carpenter soon plan to open YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese in the Downtown DeLand location that was once home to The Grotto.

Happy couple  — Elizabeth and Gene Carpenter soon plan to open YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese in the Downtown DeLand location that was once home to The Grotto. The couple must wait, however, for the DeLand City Commission to make a decision about whether the establishment can have a full-liquor bar.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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The owners of YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese are halfway to securing city permission to being able to serve alcohol, in addition to beer and wine. YOLO will be opening where The Grotto used to be, at... + continue reading
 The management team at LightWork Software poses in the lobby of their office on Marsh Road in DeLand.

LightWork leaders The management team at LightWork Software poses in the lobby of their office on Marsh Road in DeLand. From left are CEO Pamela Perryman, Chief Technology Officer Scott Perryman, and Director of Business Development Elizabeth Counts.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

These are just some of the toys and games for sale at Wily Owl Toy Store in  Downtown DeLand.

Lots to choose from These are just some of the toys and games for sale at Wily Owl Toy Store in  Downtown DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Doug Daniels, an attorney for DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson takes questions from the media outside the courtroom after a hearing Thursday to determine whether to stop the city council from conducting a hearing on whether the mayor violated the city's charter. Johnson's request was denied.

Mayor's hearing — Doug Daniels, an attorney for DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson takes questions from the media outside the courtroom after a hearing Thursday to determine whether to stop the city council from conducting a hearing on whether the mayor violated the city's charter. Johnson's request was denied.  

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON 

The County of Volusia's Administration Building, 123 W. Indiana Ave.

The County of Volusia's Administration Building, 123 W. Indiana Ave.

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A hiking trail at Lake George, which includes areas in Volusia County.

A hiking trail at Lake George, which includes areas in Volusia County.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus at a May 23 meeting on homelessness in DeLand

DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus at a May 23 meeting on homelessness in DeLand

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

, Rick Rintz holds his Bible and exhorts the five members of the DeLand City Commission to do as the holy book instructs: care for their brothers and sisters in need.

Rick Rintz holds his Bible and exhorts the five members of the DeLand City Commission to do as the holy book instructs: care for their brothers and sisters in need. Rintz heads a coalition of faith-based organizations in the DeLand area that works on the problem of homelessness.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Elizabeth and Gene Carpenter, at left, soon plan to open YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese in the Downtown DeLand location that was once home to The Grotto.

You only live once — The location of the soon-to-open YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese in the Downtown DeLand location that was once home to The Grotto.

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH

, Elizabeth and Gene Carpenter soon plan to open YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese in the Downtown DeLand location that was once home to The Grotto.

Happy couple  — Elizabeth and Gene Carpenter soon plan to open YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese in the Downtown DeLand location that was once home to The Grotto. The couple must wait, however, for the DeLand City Commission to make a decision about whether the establishment can have a full-liquor bar.

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DeBary City Hall, located at 16 Colomba Rd., in DeBary

DeBary City Hall, located at 16 Colomba Rd., in DeBary

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05/25/2016
Agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office raided DeBary City Hall on Wednesday morning.   Spencer Hathaway, a spokesman for the 7th Circuit State Attorney’s Office, confirmed a raid took place, and that agents executed a search warrant, but he could not offer any detail.  ... + continue reading
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05/23/2016
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, according to Chris Graham, a spokesman for the City of DeLand. The body of a white male who appeared to be about 30 years old was found around 5 a.m.... + 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.

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05/20/2016
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 public libraries, and almost all government offices. There are several public events in West Volusia honoring the memory of the many members of the U.S.... + continue reading

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Cynthia Heckman, 63, of DeLand, lost her life in a five-vehicle crash along State Road 472 near Minnesota Avenue, between DeLand and Orange City, at around 2 p.m. May 16.

A tragic ending Cynthia Heckman, 63, of DeLand, lost her life in a five-vehicle crash along State Road 472 near Minnesota Avenue, between DeLand and Orange City, at around 2 p.m. May 16. The crash, which the Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating, involved a septic truck, a tractor-trailer, an SUV, a pickup truck and Heckman’s Ford Mustang — all involved in a tragic chain reaction of sorts, as described in a preliminary FHP report. Three of the four other occupants in the four other vehicles involved suffered only minor injuries, while one was uninjured.

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Something’s got to be done — now Editor, The Beacon: How many more people have to die before a traffic signal is placed near Minnesota Avenue and State Road 472 between DeLand and... + continue reading
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 The management team at LightWork Software poses in the lobby of their office on Marsh Road in DeLand.

LightWork leaders The management team at LightWork Software poses in the lobby of their office on Marsh Road in DeLand. From left are CEO Pamela Perryman, Chief Technology Officer Scott Perryman, and Director of Business Development Elizabeth Counts.

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05/27/2016
Companies come, and companies go. But one DeLand-area company that supports human-resource clients has been around for more than two decades. LightWork Software, a sister company to Perryman &... + continue reading
These are just some of the toys and games for sale at Wily Owl Toy Store in  Downtown DeLand.

Lots to choose from These are just some of the toys and games for sale at Wily Owl Toy Store in  Downtown DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

05/27/16
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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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.

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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