In this July 6 photo, Susan Clark, executive director of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia stands near the Center's entrance at its 434 S. Woodland Blvd. facility in DeLand.

Friday, July 22, 2016
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Editor’s Note: In an earlier edition, Beacon reporter Kate Kowsh wrote about her experience going undercover to experience the intake process at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, one of... + continue reading
The design and accoutrements of the Daytona Beach International Airport terminal, shown here, are outdated and in need of upgrading, officials told the Volusia County Council.

Due for an upgrade — The design and accoutrements of the Daytona Beach International Airport terminal, shown here, are outdated and in need of upgrading, officials told the Volusia County Council.

PHOTO COURTESY DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Friday, July 22, 2016
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Almost a quarter of a century after its opening, the Daytona Beach International Airport terminal is set for a makeover. “It’s dated; it’s worn; it no longer conveys an image of... + continue reading
Clockwise from top-left, BIll Frye, David Lee Davis, Teresa Apgar and incumbent Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis are all running for a four-year term as head of the Volusia County Department of Elections.

Clockwise from top-left, BIll Fyfe, David Lee Davis, Teresa Apgar and incumbent Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis are all running for a four-year term as head of the Volusia County Department of Elections.

BEACON PHOTOS BY ANTHONY DeFEO AND BARB SHEPHERD

Friday, July 22, 2016
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Four people are running to head up the Volusia County Department of Elections, the agency tasked with overseeing that act so fundamental to American democracy: voting. Longtime Supervisor of... + continue reading
Sheriff's Got Talent

Talent competition — The Beacon is sponsoring, "Sheriff's Got Talent," a talent competition starring the candidates for Volusia County Sheriff. 

Friday, July 22, 2016
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Sure, they all know the law — but do they have talent?   The five candidates for Volusia County sheriff will attempt to answer that question at “Sheriff’s Got Talent,... + continue reading
Opening soon! — Space Coast Credit Union’s newly built, 2,500-square-foot branch office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd. will open Monday, July 25.

Opening soon! Space Coast Credit Union’s newly built, 2,500-square-foot branch office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd. will open Monday, July 25. The credit union will offer members a full range of services, along with three drive-thru lanes and a drive-up ATM.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS SPACE

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Moving day is here! After more than a year of construction, Space Coast Credit Union will open its new DeLand south branch Monday, July 25. The new, 2,500-square-foot office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd... + continue reading
Tom Ingle, shown here with carpet samples from one manufacturer, is the owner of Carpet Corner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years on North Woodland Boulevard.

He’s the boss Tom Ingle, shown here with carpet samples from one manufacturer, is the owner of Carpet Corner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years on North Woodland Boulevard.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Come Sept. 10, Carpet Corner will have been in business for 25 years — a major milestone for any business, particularly a retailer. And when a company has that kind of track record, you have to... + continue reading
Above, taking a break at Nest on Artisan Alley in Downtown DeLand are Pokémon hunters, from left, Kendal Tosadori and her mother, Amie Tosadori, along with Amie’s cousin Kerrie Miller. The three Pennsylvanians were in DeLand visiting Kendal’s grandmother Carol Yates, a DeLand resident, and Kerrie’s mother, Jeri Miller-Picheco of Deltona.

On the ‘Go’ — Above, taking a break at Nest on Artisan Alley in Downtown DeLand are Pokémon hunters, from left, Kendal Tosadori and her mother, Amie Tosadori, along with Amie’s cousin Kerrie Miller. The three Pennsylvanians were in DeLand visiting Kendal’s grandmother Carol Yates, a DeLand resident, and Kerrie’s mother, Jeri Miller-Picheco of Deltona. 

BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD 

, A cat-and-mouse game that exists only in virtual reality, a rattata Pokémon pops up next to Conrad, the Beacon’s office cat.

A cat-and-mouse game that exists only in virtual reality, a rattata Pokémon pops up next to Conrad, the Beacon’s office cat. Pokémon Go uses augmented reality, which allows users to see Pokémon in their real environment through their phone camera’s lens, instead of just an animation in an animated virtual environment.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

, Above, Ally Gardner of Deltona demonstrates Pokémon Go while waiting for lunch at Wrap It Up in Downtown DeLand.

Scouting the neighborhood — Above, Ally Gardner of Deltona demonstrates Pokémon Go while waiting for lunch at Wrap It Up in Downtown DeLand. The app shows the user a map of his or her surroundings, with nearby Pokémon up for capture. 

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

, A Pokémon known as a Pidgey perches on reporter Anthony DeFeo’s desk in The Beacon office. Some people have criticized the Pokémon Go game, because the creatures may show up on private property, encouraging players to trespass.

A Pokémon known as a Pidgey perches on reporter Anthony DeFeo’s desk in The Beacon office. Some people have criticized the Pokémon Go game, because the creatures may show up on private property, encouraging players to trespass.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Have you noticed a rash of people in Downtown DeLand walking with their heads tilted down toward their phones and lingering outside businesses or near statues?  They’re probably furiously... + continue reading

In this July 6 photo, Susan Clark, executive director of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia stands near the Center's entrance at its 434 S. Woodland Blvd. facility in DeLand.

The design and accoutrements of the Daytona Beach International Airport terminal, shown here, are outdated and in need of upgrading, officials told the Volusia County Council.

Due for an upgrade — The design and accoutrements of the Daytona Beach International Airport terminal, shown here, are outdated and in need of upgrading, officials told the Volusia County Council.

PHOTO COURTESY DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Clockwise from top-left, BIll Frye, David Lee Davis, Teresa Apgar and incumbent Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis are all running for a four-year term as head of the Volusia County Department of Elections.

Clockwise from top-left, BIll Fyfe, David Lee Davis, Teresa Apgar and incumbent Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis are all running for a four-year term as head of the Volusia County Department of Elections.

BEACON PHOTOS BY ANTHONY DeFEO AND BARB SHEPHERD

Sheriff's Got Talent

Talent competition — The Beacon is sponsoring, "Sheriff's Got Talent," a talent competition starring the candidates for Volusia County Sheriff. 

Opening soon! — Space Coast Credit Union’s newly built, 2,500-square-foot branch office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd. will open Monday, July 25.

Opening soon! Space Coast Credit Union’s newly built, 2,500-square-foot branch office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd. will open Monday, July 25. The credit union will offer members a full range of services, along with three drive-thru lanes and a drive-up ATM.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS SPACE

Tom Ingle, shown here with carpet samples from one manufacturer, is the owner of Carpet Corner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years on North Woodland Boulevard.

He’s the boss Tom Ingle, shown here with carpet samples from one manufacturer, is the owner of Carpet Corner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years on North Woodland Boulevard.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

Above, taking a break at Nest on Artisan Alley in Downtown DeLand are Pokémon hunters, from left, Kendal Tosadori and her mother, Amie Tosadori, along with Amie’s cousin Kerrie Miller. The three Pennsylvanians were in DeLand visiting Kendal’s grandmother Carol Yates, a DeLand resident, and Kerrie’s mother, Jeri Miller-Picheco of Deltona.

On the ‘Go’ — Above, taking a break at Nest on Artisan Alley in Downtown DeLand are Pokémon hunters, from left, Kendal Tosadori and her mother, Amie Tosadori, along with Amie’s cousin Kerrie Miller. The three Pennsylvanians were in DeLand visiting Kendal’s grandmother Carol Yates, a DeLand resident, and Kerrie’s mother, Jeri Miller-Picheco of Deltona. 

BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD 

, A cat-and-mouse game that exists only in virtual reality, a rattata Pokémon pops up next to Conrad, the Beacon’s office cat.

A cat-and-mouse game that exists only in virtual reality, a rattata Pokémon pops up next to Conrad, the Beacon’s office cat. Pokémon Go uses augmented reality, which allows users to see Pokémon in their real environment through their phone camera’s lens, instead of just an animation in an animated virtual environment.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

, Above, Ally Gardner of Deltona demonstrates Pokémon Go while waiting for lunch at Wrap It Up in Downtown DeLand.

Scouting the neighborhood — Above, Ally Gardner of Deltona demonstrates Pokémon Go while waiting for lunch at Wrap It Up in Downtown DeLand. The app shows the user a map of his or her surroundings, with nearby Pokémon up for capture. 

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

, A Pokémon known as a Pidgey perches on reporter Anthony DeFeo’s desk in The Beacon office. Some people have criticized the Pokémon Go game, because the creatures may show up on private property, encouraging players to trespass.

A Pokémon known as a Pidgey perches on reporter Anthony DeFeo’s desk in The Beacon office. Some people have criticized the Pokémon Go game, because the creatures may show up on private property, encouraging players to trespass.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

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Many of the employees in DeLand’s Public Works Department showed up at the May 16 meeting of the City Commission as “National Public Works Week” was proclaimed for May 16-21.

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They keep the city running — Many of the employees in DeLand’s Public Works Department showed up at the May 16 meeting of the City Commission as “National Public Works Week” was proclaimed for May 16-21. In the photo at left, accepting the proclamation from Commissioner Chris Cloudman is Public Works Director Demetris Pressley (dark blue sport coat, just right of center). The employees — who often work behind the scenes and are sometimes underappreciated — are responsible for maintaining and repairing the city’s water system, sewers, solid-waste collection, streets and highways, public buildings, parks and canals, not only a daily basis but also in the event of emergencies. In the city’s proposed budget for the coming year, all city employees, including these, would be eligible for 2-percent merit-based pay raises.

 

07/20/2016
DeLand city commissioners have adopted a lower tentative tax rate for the next fiscal year, but it’s still a tax increase because most properties have increased in value. Following four nights of budget workshops the week of July 11 — during which department heads outlined their accomplishments and their wish lists —... + continue reading
Clockwise from top-left, incumbent Volusia County Chair Jason Davis, Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka, Greg Gimbert of Daytona Beacon, and Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley, who are all running to be chair of the Volusia County Council.

Clockwise from top-left, incumbent Volusia County Chair Jason Davis, Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka, Greg Gimbert of Daytona Beacon, and Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley, who are all running to be chair of the Volusia County Council.

BEACON PHOTOS BY KATE KOWSH AND ANTHONY DeFEO

07/20/2016
BY KATE KOWSH     Three challengers and the incumbent have thrown their hats in the ring for Volusia County chair. The chair is the ceremonial head of the Volusia County Council. A voting member of the County Council, the chair has no executive or administrative powers, except for the opportunity to run the County Council meetings.... + continue reading

VESA President Roger Gray shakes hands with Michael Dyer, general counsel for Volusia County Schools and head of the district's negotiating team. The two sides - the unions and the district - reached a deal in about six hours.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

07/20/2016
After months of fighting and heated negotiations, Volusia County Schools reached  tentative two-year settlements with two of its unions July 20 on long-standing issues of pay and insurance benefits. The settlements were reached at the first bargaining session for the 2016-17 school year Wednesday morning, in a matter of hours, between the... + continue reading

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Opening soon! — Space Coast Credit Union’s newly built, 2,500-square-foot branch office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd. will open Monday, July 25.

Opening soon! Space Coast Credit Union’s newly built, 2,500-square-foot branch office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd. will open Monday, July 25. The credit union will offer members a full range of services, along with three drive-thru lanes and a drive-up ATM.

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Moving day is here! After more than a year of construction, Space Coast Credit Union will open its new DeLand south branch Monday, July 25. The new, 2,500-square-foot office at 1587 S. Woodland Blvd... + continue reading
Tom Ingle, shown here with carpet samples from one manufacturer, is the owner of Carpet Corner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years on North Woodland Boulevard.

He’s the boss Tom Ingle, shown here with carpet samples from one manufacturer, is the owner of Carpet Corner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years on North Woodland Boulevard.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

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A Florida Hospital Centra Care facility is under construction on an out-parcel at the Country Club Corners shopping center in DeLand.

Going vertical A Florida Hospital Centra Care facility is under construction on an out-parcel at the Country Club Corners shopping center in DeLand. A Publix grocery store that opened late last year is in the background on the right.

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07/13/16

One cut and done Mayor Bob Apgar and Store Manager Rita Rodriguez cut a ribbon to officially open a completely renovated Wal-Mart Supercenter on the north side of DeLand, as Co-Managers Jimmy Evans and Nick Prizano look on.

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All for one — About a dozen people held signs reading “All Lives Matter” and “You Matter” as they waved at passing cars at the corner of South Woodland Boulevard and... + continue reading