Watching the weather — Peter Birtolo, director of customer service for WeatherSTEM in Tallahassee, shows the weather station his company recently donated to Heritage Middle School in Deltona. The station, along with weather data compiled from across the state by WeatherSTEM, will be used for everything from helping grow the middle school’s garden, to keeping people safe at school football games, as well as for study by students in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — classes.

Watching the weather — Peter Birtolo, director of customer service for WeatherSTEM in Tallahassee, shows the weather station his company recently donated to Heritage Middle School in Deltona. The station, along with weather data compiled from across the state by WeatherSTEM, will be used for everything from helping grow the middle school’s garden, to keeping people safe at school football games, as well as for study by students in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — classes.  

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Friday, August 26, 2016
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Students at Heritage Middle School in Deltona now have a new way to learn about the weather, the atmosphere, and other aspects of their environment. WeatherSTEM, a Tallahassee company, donated a... + continue reading
Football family — On Fan Day earlier this month on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville are first-year football-team members Tucker Nordman, No. 44, and his twin brother Charles Nordman, No. 45.

Football family — On Fan Day earlier this month on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville are first-year football-team members Tucker Nordman, No. 44, and his twin brother Charles Nordman, No. 45. With them are their biggest fans: dad and mom Michael and Marie Nordman of DeLand, the twins’ big sister Mikaela Nordman, and their little brother Gardner Nordman.

PHOTO COURTESY NORDMAN FAMILY

Friday, August 26, 2016
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DeLand residents Michael and Marie Nordman feel doubly blessed that their twin sons earned spots as University of Florida Gator football wide receivers this year.  Charles Nordman and Tucker... + continue reading
A small fire broke out at the Sonny's BBQ restaurant in DeLand.

A small fire broke out at the Sonny's BBQ restaurant in DeLand. 

Photo courtesy Jacob Wilkerson

Friday, August 26, 2016
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The DeLand Fire Department responded to a small fire at the Sonny’s BBQ located at the corner of Woodland Boulevard and International Speedway Boulevard on Friday afternoon, according to city... + continue reading
A screenshot of surveillance footage from DeLand High School.

Caught on camera — Vandals at DeLand High School are shown in this still from the school’s surveillance cameras. On Aug. 25, the DeLand Police Department took three suspects into custody in the case, which caused an estimated $100,000 damage at the school. 

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, Brandon Carver, 21, was arrested in connection with vandalism at DeLand High School

Brandon Carver, 21, was arrested in connection with vandalism at DeLand High School

Friday, August 26, 2016
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The DeLand Police Department made three arrests in the vandalism that occurred at DeLand High School in the overnight hours of Aug. 23 and 24. The suspects were taken into custody Aug. 25; one more... + continue reading
DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson's removal hearing begins Aug. 24

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson's removal hearing begins Aug. 24 at Florence K. Little Town Hall in DeBary.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Minutes after being removed from office by his fellow City Council members, DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson announced his candidacy for mayor in a special election the city will be required to stage.... + continue reading
Design dispute — Former Lake Helen Mayor Mark Shuttleworth addresses the Lake Helen City Commission during a hearing where residents railed against several home designs proposed by Emerald Homes for the Woods of Lake Helen neighborhood.

Design dispute — Former Lake Helen Mayor Mark Shuttleworth addresses the Lake Helen City Commission during a hearing where residents railed against several home designs proposed by Emerald Homes for the Woods of Lake Helen neighborhood. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Dozens of Lake Helen residents packed City Commission Chambers Aug. 22 for a lengthy and contentious meeting over whether homes planned for the Woods of Lake Helen subdivision meet the city’s... + continue reading
Proud family — At the ceremony naming her Foster Parent of the Year, Bonnie Warner, center, poses with her three youngest adopted children, from left, Shawn Warner, Ellie Warner and Maddie Warner. In back is Steven Murphy of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

Proud family — At the ceremony naming her Foster Parent of the Year, Bonnie Warner, center, poses with her three youngest adopted children, from left, Shawn Warner, Ellie Warner and Maddie Warner. In back is Steven Murphy of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

PHOTO COURTESY DEVEREUX ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FLORIDA

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Asked how many children she has fostered over the past 40-plus years, Bonnie Warner’s honest response: “I have no idea. I can’t even guess.” In July, the DeLand woman was... + continue reading
Watching the weather — Peter Birtolo, director of customer service for WeatherSTEM in Tallahassee, shows the weather station his company recently donated to Heritage Middle School in Deltona. The station, along with weather data compiled from across the state by WeatherSTEM, will be used for everything from helping grow the middle school’s garden, to keeping people safe at school football games, as well as for study by students in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — classes.

Watching the weather — Peter Birtolo, director of customer service for WeatherSTEM in Tallahassee, shows the weather station his company recently donated to Heritage Middle School in Deltona. The station, along with weather data compiled from across the state by WeatherSTEM, will be used for everything from helping grow the middle school’s garden, to keeping people safe at school football games, as well as for study by students in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — classes.  

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Football family — On Fan Day earlier this month on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville are first-year football-team members Tucker Nordman, No. 44, and his twin brother Charles Nordman, No. 45.

Football family — On Fan Day earlier this month on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville are first-year football-team members Tucker Nordman, No. 44, and his twin brother Charles Nordman, No. 45. With them are their biggest fans: dad and mom Michael and Marie Nordman of DeLand, the twins’ big sister Mikaela Nordman, and their little brother Gardner Nordman.

PHOTO COURTESY NORDMAN FAMILY

A small fire broke out at the Sonny's BBQ restaurant in DeLand.

A small fire broke out at the Sonny's BBQ restaurant in DeLand. 

Photo courtesy Jacob Wilkerson

A screenshot of surveillance footage from DeLand High School.

Caught on camera — Vandals at DeLand High School are shown in this still from the school’s surveillance cameras. On Aug. 25, the DeLand Police Department took three suspects into custody in the case, which caused an estimated $100,000 damage at the school. 

COURTESY DELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

, Brandon Carver, 21, was arrested in connection with vandalism at DeLand High School

Brandon Carver, 21, was arrested in connection with vandalism at DeLand High School

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson's removal hearing begins Aug. 24

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson's removal hearing begins Aug. 24 at Florence K. Little Town Hall in DeBary.

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Design dispute — Former Lake Helen Mayor Mark Shuttleworth addresses the Lake Helen City Commission during a hearing where residents railed against several home designs proposed by Emerald Homes for the Woods of Lake Helen neighborhood.

Design dispute — Former Lake Helen Mayor Mark Shuttleworth addresses the Lake Helen City Commission during a hearing where residents railed against several home designs proposed by Emerald Homes for the Woods of Lake Helen neighborhood. 

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Proud family — At the ceremony naming her Foster Parent of the Year, Bonnie Warner, center, poses with her three youngest adopted children, from left, Shawn Warner, Ellie Warner and Maddie Warner. In back is Steven Murphy of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

Proud family — At the ceremony naming her Foster Parent of the Year, Bonnie Warner, center, poses with her three youngest adopted children, from left, Shawn Warner, Ellie Warner and Maddie Warner. In back is Steven Murphy of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.

PHOTO COURTESY DEVEREUX ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FLORIDA

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That’s a big ’un — From front to back, Billy Moody, Chase Wilson and Mike O’Quinn pose with their catch Aug. 21 in Lake George.

That’s a big ’un — From front to back, Billy Moody, Chase Wilson and Mike O’Quinn pose with their catch Aug. 21 in Lake George. The hunters targeted the 13-foot-4-inch alligator for its large size. “Gators this size are few and far between and hard to capture,” O’Quinn said. The weight of the alligator was unknown when the photo was taken.

PHOTO COURTESY MIKE O’QUINN

08/24/2016
What may be the largest alligator on record taken from Lake George was captured Aug. 21 by Billy Moody and Mike O’Quinn of DeLand and Chase Wilson of Macon, Georgia. The men caught and killed the 13-foot-4-inch male alligator near Juniper Springs Run. The three were participating in the 2016 Florida alligator hunt, which runs from Aug. 14... + continue reading
Dynamic entrepreneurs — Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

Dynamic entrepreneurs Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

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08/24/2016
The signs in the front window offer clues to what awaits inside Amabella Wellness Spa: “unwind” says one, and “escape” says the other. Amabella Wellness Spa, at 112 W. Indiana Ave. in Downtown DeLand, provides an array of holistic medical, spa and wellness services. Owners Sabine Besong and her husband, Dr. George Besong,... + continue reading
Shattered windows — Volusia County Schools released this photograph showing an example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23.

Shattered windows — Volusia County Schools released this photograph showing an example of the damage to DeLand High School Aug. 23. Classes were moved from affected rooms Aug. 24, after widespread damage was discovered, including shattered interior and exterior windows. The only danger to students, school-district officials said, was from broken glass.

PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOLS

08/24/2016
DeLand High School fell victim to vandalism sometime overnight Aug. 23-24, causing significant destruction that required relocating classes. Nancy Wait, director of community information services for the school system, said, “There was some significant vandalism at the school throughout the night. Mostly, it’s shattered glass in... + continue reading

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Closing a public meeting to members of the public ought not to be done except in the most extreme of circumstances. The Wednesday, Aug. 24, hearing scheduled to debate whether Mayor Clint Johnson... + continue reading

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Dynamic entrepreneurs — Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

Dynamic entrepreneurs Dr. George Besong and his wife, Sabine Besong, are the owners of Amabella Wellness Spa in Downtown DeLand.

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The signs in the front window offer clues to what awaits inside Amabella Wellness Spa: “unwind” says one, and “escape” says the other. Amabella Wellness Spa, at 112 W. Indiana... + continue reading
New guy — Dr. William A. Jackson is the new director of Stetson University’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program. He comes to Stetson with a lengthy background in training would-be entrepreneurs.

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New guy Dr. William A. Jackson is the new director of Stetson University’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program. He comes to Stetson with a lengthy background in training would-be entrepreneurs.

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Plenty of options — These are some of the wide selection of sour beers that will be served up at the first-ever Summer Sour Festival, sponsored by Abbey Bar in Downtown DeLand and Lagunitas Brewing out of California.

Plenty of options — These are some of the wide selection of sour beers that will be served up at the first-ever Summer Sour Festival, sponsored by Abbey Bar in Downtown DeLand and Lagunitas Brewing out of California. 

PHOTO COURTESY ABBEY BAR

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Bicycles of all sorts are lined up in front of DeLand Cyclery, a 10-year-old dealership in Downtown DeLand.

A two-wheeler assortment Bicycles of all sorts are lined up in front of DeLand Cyclery, a 10-year-old dealership in Downtown DeLand.

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