Sensitivity training — Florida Department of Transportation workers join a recent outing with Holly Ryan of the Division of Blind Services (at front in blue) to wear blindfolds and experience roads and intersections as a blind person might.

Sensitivity training — Florida Department of Transportation workers join a recent outing with Holly Ryan of the Division of Blind Services (at front in blue) to wear blindfolds and experience roads and intersections as a blind person might. An upcoming event invites members of the public to do the same. Shown with Ryan are Denise Druding, Tony Nosse, Noemi S. Rodriguez, Ed Petersen, Shailesh Patel, Carlos Colon, Dwight Grube and George Vorchik of the FDOT.

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Friday, September 30, 2016
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What’s it like to cross a busy road when you can’t see the cars? The community is invited to find out Friday, Oct. 21, in the 2016 White Cane Safety Day pedestrian-safety event in... + continue reading
Going south — SunRail riders say they are pleased with the idea of adding occasional Saturday service, beginning Oct. 8. James and Penny Sienko, who hail from Palm Coast, prepare to board the train for a day trip to Orlando. “There’s a restaurant there on Church Street where we will have lunch,” James Sienko said.

Going south — SunRail riders say they are pleased with the idea of adding occasional Saturday service, beginning Oct. 8. James and Penny Sienko, who hail from Palm Coast, prepare to board the train for a day trip to Orlando. “There’s a restaurant there on Church Street where we will have lunch,” James Sienko said.

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Friday, September 30, 2016
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In response to sub-par weekday ridership, the Florida Department of Transportation is trying something many people have asked for: SunRail service on Saturday. On select Saturdays between Oct. 8 and... + continue reading

Mayor sues city — Clint Johnson, then DeBary’s mayor, is shown before his ouster by the other four members of the DeBary City Council. Now, Johnson is suing the city to get back his elected office. He’s also said he will run as a candidate in the special election set to replace him, in January 2017.

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Friday, September 30, 2016
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Ousted may mean out of a job, but it does not mean out of sight and out of mind — at least in former DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson’s case. Johnson is asking the Volusia County Circuit Court... + continue reading
New address — Mayor Bob Apgar and other members of the DeLand City Commission and city staff join DaVita Labs officials to break ground Sept. 29 for the company’s new facility near the DeLand Municipal Airport.

New address — Mayor Bob Apgar and other members of the DeLand City Commission and city staff join DaVita Labs officials to break ground Sept. 29 for the company’s new facility near the DeLand Municipal Airport. The city presented DaVita with a road sign to commemorate the renaming of Kitty Hawk Court to DaVita Way. The new location will be at 3000 DaVita Way. From left are Jason Cline, vice president and general manager of DaVita Labs; City Commissioner Chris Cloudman; City Manager Michael Pleus; City Commissioner Charles Paiva; Mayor Bob Apgar; Vice Mayor Leigh Matusick; City Commissioner Jessica Davis; and DaVita Labs Chief Laboratory Officer Lorne Holland.

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Friday, September 30, 2016
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DaVita Labs broke ground Sept. 29 for a new, $30 million facility in DeLand’s Northwest Business Park near the municipal airport. The 160,000-square-foot laboratory facility will eventually... + continue reading

PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA HOSPITAL DELAND

Backpack blessings — On Aug. 10, Florida Hospital DeLand donated more than 200 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to first-graders at Edith I. Starke Elementary School in DeLand. “This has been an important ministry to our hospital for more than 10 years,” said Nicole Garbacik, event organizer and Florida Hospital DeLand clinical informatics manager. “With these donations, our local children in need will have everything to start the school year off right. It’s something we are all so honored to be a part of.”

Friday, September 30, 2016
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Healthy Schools, in cooperation with the Volusia County School District and the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, is excited to kick off the "Teach Flu a Lesson" program.... + continue reading
Michael Fronk, in front of the DeLand Wings

Michael Fronk, in front of the DeLand Wings

Thursday, September 29, 2016
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Editor, The Beacon: Stephanie and I and our children want to thank the DeLand community for its amazing outpouring of support and love that has come to our family over the past several months in so... + 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

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
Sensitivity training — Florida Department of Transportation workers join a recent outing with Holly Ryan of the Division of Blind Services (at front in blue) to wear blindfolds and experience roads and intersections as a blind person might.

Sensitivity training — Florida Department of Transportation workers join a recent outing with Holly Ryan of the Division of Blind Services (at front in blue) to wear blindfolds and experience roads and intersections as a blind person might. An upcoming event invites members of the public to do the same. Shown with Ryan are Denise Druding, Tony Nosse, Noemi S. Rodriguez, Ed Petersen, Shailesh Patel, Carlos Colon, Dwight Grube and George Vorchik of the FDOT.

BEACON PHOTO/KITTY ALLEN

Going south — SunRail riders say they are pleased with the idea of adding occasional Saturday service, beginning Oct. 8. James and Penny Sienko, who hail from Palm Coast, prepare to board the train for a day trip to Orlando. “There’s a restaurant there on Church Street where we will have lunch,” James Sienko said.

Going south — SunRail riders say they are pleased with the idea of adding occasional Saturday service, beginning Oct. 8. James and Penny Sienko, who hail from Palm Coast, prepare to board the train for a day trip to Orlando. “There’s a restaurant there on Church Street where we will have lunch,” James Sienko said.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

Mayor sues city — Clint Johnson, then DeBary’s mayor, is shown before his ouster by the other four members of the DeBary City Council. Now, Johnson is suing the city to get back his elected office. He’s also said he will run as a candidate in the special election set to replace him, in January 2017.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

New address — Mayor Bob Apgar and other members of the DeLand City Commission and city staff join DaVita Labs officials to break ground Sept. 29 for the company’s new facility near the DeLand Municipal Airport.

New address — Mayor Bob Apgar and other members of the DeLand City Commission and city staff join DaVita Labs officials to break ground Sept. 29 for the company’s new facility near the DeLand Municipal Airport. The city presented DaVita with a road sign to commemorate the renaming of Kitty Hawk Court to DaVita Way. The new location will be at 3000 DaVita Way. From left are Jason Cline, vice president and general manager of DaVita Labs; City Commissioner Chris Cloudman; City Manager Michael Pleus; City Commissioner Charles Paiva; Mayor Bob Apgar; Vice Mayor Leigh Matusick; City Commissioner Jessica Davis; and DaVita Labs Chief Laboratory Officer Lorne Holland.

PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF DELAND

PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA HOSPITAL DELAND

Backpack blessings — On Aug. 10, Florida Hospital DeLand donated more than 200 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to first-graders at Edith I. Starke Elementary School in DeLand. “This has been an important ministry to our hospital for more than 10 years,” said Nicole Garbacik, event organizer and Florida Hospital DeLand clinical informatics manager. “With these donations, our local children in need will have everything to start the school year off right. It’s something we are all so honored to be a part of.”

Michael Fronk, in front of the DeLand Wings

Michael Fronk, in front of the DeLand Wings

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

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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.

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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.

09/28/2016
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 reserve-firefighter positions. The reserves will be volunteers; the money will cover the cost of their uniforms and equipment. “It’s kind of a... + 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!

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09/28/2016
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 north of the Stetson University campus in DeLand. After the tie vote, the Planning Board voted to punt the decision to the DeLand City Commission with... + 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.

09/28/2016
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 Tuesday, Oct. 11, meeting. The discussion comes on the heels of a districtwide survey of elementary-school principals earlier this year. The... + continue reading

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The idea that “We the People” will choose the next president of the United States may be more problematic than we think! The HBO film Hacking Democracy has exposed the dangers of the... + continue reading
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Michael Fronk, in front of the DeLand Wings

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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.

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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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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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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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09/21/16
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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