Editor, The Beacon:

Regarding Tanner Andrews and his column on Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood:

I’m usually with Mr. Andrews 100 percent. This time, 0 percent.

Mike Chitwood has pushed to weed out the unacceptable in the force. His instructive approach is conservative, so Volusia County residents needn’t worry about having a knee on your neck.

Mike Chitwood deserves to be knighted and recognized as Sir Mike.

Kate Ruhlman


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Margie Dykes
Raised in Miami Beach, Margie moved to DeLand after graduating from Florida State University. She has a master's degree in community mental-health counseling, and retired after 12 years in substance-abuse treatment. Having worked at the DeLand Sun News during the 1980s, Margie came to The Beacon in 2002 in search of a second career. She helps the reporters; compiles obituaries, the calendar of events and religion news; and deals with a mountain of emails each day. Margie is the proud Nana to two grandchildren, Sophia and Alex.


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