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West Volusia History: A look at headlines from years gone by
By Keith Allen
posted Jun 10, 2014 - 9:43:22am
Note: "West Volusia History" is a regular feature in the Midweek Edition of The Beacon.
10 years ago
From the June 7-9, 2004, edition of The DeLand-Deltona Beacon
“DeLand school to offer same-sex classes”
“According to Joann Rodkey, principal of Woodward Avenue Elementary School in DeLand, boys and girls … differ in how they learn.
“That difference, Rodkey said, is the primary reason her school will be offering optional same-sex classes in the fall, for kindergarten, second, and fourth grades.
“Rodkey said the idea of separating the sexes started when some of the teachers were discussing the differences in behavioral problems presented by boys and girls.”
25 years ago
From the June 13, 1989, edition of the DeLand Sun News
“Judges rule Vogel’s cash seizures OK”
“Sheriff Bob Vogel’s anti-drug tactics, which have encouraged deputies to seize more than $300,000 in cash on Interstate 95 this year, got initial approval from two circuit judges on Monday.
“In a first-time challenge of what Vogel terms ‘innovative measures’ aimed at reducing the flow of interstate drug money, circuit court judges James Nelson and William Johnson ruled that Deputy Frank Josenhans was justified in confiscating more than $27,000 in two separate instances along I-95 although no drugs were found in the vehicles.”
“The sheriff’s office is considering the initial decision ‘a victory’ although civil liberties groups contend that the tactics are unconstitutional and later hearings will determine whether or not the sheriff’s office can put the money to use in the department.”
50 years ago
From the June 7, 1964, edition of the DeLand Sun News
“NEW YORK CITY (Special) — Roger Gilmore, DeLand Sun News sports editor, reported to the Sun News yesterday that the 71 members of the DeLand High School Band ‘are all in fine shape and having a wonderful time.’
“Gilmore, who is accompanying the band on the trip, said that ‘these kids are a tremendous group — we haven’t had a second’s trouble with a single one and that’s really something when you have 71 of them together.’
“The band left DeLand by train Thursday.
“Calling from the World’s Fair, Gilmore said yesterday that ‘the kids were thrilled about the train ride. It was a “first” for many of them, and a number of them had never been farther north than Jacksonville.’”
“They [the students] checked their instruments at the Florida Pavilion [at the World’s Fair], and made arrangements for various concerts, learning for the first time that, in addition to scheduled concerts at the Florida Pavilion, they had been invited to perform Monday at the Spanish Pavilion.”
100 years ago
From the June 26, 1914, edition of The Volusia County Record
“Whether, as reported, Orlando has an epidemic of typhoid fever or not, she should by all means cease getting her water supply from a lake. It is always a source of danger and a menace to the public health of a city. Get the pure water from rocks four or five hundred feet below as DeLand is doing."
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