NSB Christmas Parade / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla -- We will publish our video coverage of the New Smyrna Bech Christmas Parade on Christmas Day as part of kurt multimedia holiday coverage. This was out sixth year of covering the parade, which is one of the biggest and most festive in New Smyrna Beach.


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Catherine Peavy of Osteen upset with Rails to Trails / Headline Surfer®Sheryl Manche / Headline Surfer®Geraldine Morgan Clinton / Headline Surfer®OSTEEN, Fla. -- The Sunday Conversation, the internet newspaper's multimedia online newsmaker feature, focuses on Volusia County's nearly $100 million Rails to Trails program and why residents in Osteen and nearby Oak Hill, like Catherine Peavy (shown here), Sheryl Manche & Geraldine Morgan Clinton are so dead set against it.
They are especially incensed that an obscure law -- the so-callled Murphy Act -- that goes back to FDR and the New Deal, is being utilized to take front yard acreage without a penny of compensation.
And lame-duck County Councilwoman Pat Northey, who identifies herself as the "Queen of the Trails," may have poured gasoline on the fire with an on-site visit two days after her election loss, after which she gloated on the dais about the construction zone.
New Book: Creepy Ass Cracker: SANFORD, Fla. -- HeadlineSurfer.com Publisher Henry Frederick has written his first book, "Creepy Ass Cracker" (842 pages, Xlibris), which hits bookstores early next year. It focuses on the sensational trial that led to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the gunshot slaying of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, but the meaning of the book's title may end up surprising you. Frederick won journalism awards for his Miami interview with Trayvon's parents; later for his trial reports at the Seminole County courthouse. Among other award-winning judicial assignments: • Witnessing execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos; • Teresa Earnhardt's civil trial keeping husband Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos sealed after the Daytona 500 fatality; • Texas Motor Speedway's legal fight to force NASCAR to provide 2nd race date. Frederick has appeared on Oxygen network's "Snapped," & Discovery Channel's "Deadly Affairs" on sultry convicted murderer Virginia Larzelere who got off death row years after her dentist-husband's slaying.

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DAYTONA BEACH Fla.-- Why was the Ocean locked down tight as a drum during the three-day Biketoberfest with 75,000 tourists here? And why is the county stalling on releasing public documents related to event funding?
Jake Sachs / Headline Surfer®Steve Sather / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Jakes Sachs is the winner of the zone 2 seat on the NSB City Commission with 5,557 votes (57.47%) over Stephen "Steve" P. Sather with 4,113 votes (42.53%) in the Nov. 4 general elections.

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Editor's Note: Guest columnist David Lee Davis of Daytona Beach takes issue with the stance taken by Headline Surfer® community columnist Darlene Vann in her Dec. 22 "'Musings" stance headlined, "Disgusted with instances of police overkill." Here is link to Vann's column: http://headlinesurfer.com/content/414151-disgusted-instances-police-overkill.

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NSB cop shop / Headline SurferActing Police Chief Donna Lavallee / Headline Surfer®Acting Police Chief Donna Lavallee may be all smiles regarding steps towards accreditation in the New Smyrna Beach PD, but all is not hunky dory despite a PR statement from City Hall.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Amid the backdrop of the continuing fallout of the theft of items from the New Smyrna Beach Police Department uncovered two years ago and a revolving door of top cops in the interim, the office of City Manager Pamela Brangaccio put out a press release Friday announcing the police agency was moving towards accreditation.

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Mike Coffin, VCSO deputy sheriff is a finalist for NSBPD chief / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Mike Coffin, the chief deputy of Volusia County, is among six finalists for chief of the scandal-ridden New Smyrna Beach Police Department, still reeling in the wake of the evidence room thefts that have also resulted in four top cops in the past two years.

Mike Coffin, among the two local candidates along with retired South Daytona Police Chief Bill Hall, is considered a frontrunner and certainly the favorite in terms of overall experience and credibility, as far as New Smyrna Beach's newly-elected top leader is concerned.

"Yes, I would have to put Mike Coffin in the category of a favorite -- absolutely," Mayor Jim Hathaway told Headline Surfer® over the weekend.

97. Daddy's little girl & 61,000 kids return to school in Volusia County

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New Smyrna Beach siblings attend Burns Sci-Tech in Oak Hill

Ray Catheline with daughter Olivia of NSB on 1st day of school / Headline Surfer®Misty Burris Catheline of NSB with daughter Olivia 1st day of school / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Daddy's little girl returned to school in August along with about 61,000 other Volusia County students.

It was the day of school for Ray Catheline's little princess, Olivia, who entered kindergarten at the Buns Sci-Tech Charter School in Oak Hill. Big brother, Nicholas entered second grade.

98. Ex-Flagler Ave kingpin Robert Lott serves as bouncer as taps flow for Rotary fundraiser

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Boozefest at Rotary fundraiser in NSB / Headline Surfer®Robert Lott boozes it up at Rotary fundraiser in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos /
Robert Lott sucks down a beer while manning the door at the Brannon Center Aug. 28, at the Brannon Center for Rotarians holding a fundraiser where alcohol was the big draw.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Lott was still wearing the same ratty clothes, though he went out of his way to show off his new plastic shoes when the internet newspaper showed up to take photos in August of the "Cheeseburger in Paradise" fundraiser at the Brannon Center. 

99. CRA Director Kevin Fall puts onus on NSB city manager in 2009 resignation after being stopped for speeding, booze

Volusia County has had more than its fair share of scandals over the years. Headline Surfer® has ranked what it believes are the Top 100 most-shocking, talked-about county scandals.

New Smyrna Beach CRA Director Kevin Fakll resigned in 2009 amid a scandal / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos
CRA Director Kevin Fall doesn't address the Nov. 14, 2009, motor vehicle stop in his resignation for which he was issued tickets charging him with driving with an open container of alcohol, speeding and driving without insurance, but he refers instead to not being allowed to perform his intended duties over the past four months -- an indirect reference to what he believed was micro-managing by the interim city manager.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Then-Interim City Manager Pamela Brangaccio had her first scandal to deal with as 2009 was winding down: Then-CRA Director Kevin Fall quit after an embarrassing traffic stop made headlines rather than enter a counseling program. He even blamed her for his troubles.

494. Mark I. Johnson, former longtime SE Volusia newspaper reporter, known for photo skills, too

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Top 500 Newsmakers of Central Florida / Headline Surfer®
Headline Surfer® is counting down its listing of the Top 500 Newsmakers in Central Florida all the way to No. 1.  

Mark I. Johnson, for New Smyrna Beach-area reporter No. 494 among top 500 newsmakers / Headline Surfer®Former reporter/photographer Mark I. Johnson in top 500 newsmakers / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Mark I. Johnson wasn't flashy, but he was a workhorse newspaper reporter who got the job done covering the news for two print newspapers over three decades.

He also was pretty handy with a camera, often serving in both roles during a career that began in the late 1980s as a reporter for the New Smyrna Beach Observer and then for the Daytona Beach News-Journal until late last year when he became one of the casualties of continuing layoffs at the former metro.

While Johnson wasn't flashy reporter, a journalist of few words, he knew how to work the flash with his camera, often handling photo assignments for the main newspaper while working out of the the News-Journal's Canal Street bureau where he also filed stories for the regional section, the Daily Journal.


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994. Formula One driver Alex Caffi survives horrific crash in 1991 Monaco Grand Prix practice run

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WORST of the Worst motorsports crashes / Headline Surfer®
Multimedia compilation of the "WORST of the Worst: Motorsport Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on reminding fans, the corporate entities that sanction the events and the public in general on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
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F1 driver Alex Caffi crashes during a Saturday practice for the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix race in the v12-engine Footwork Porsche, escaping virtually unscathed in the horrific wreck. 

Alex Caffi survives massive crash in 1991 Monaco GP practice / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Alex Caffi's 1991 season in Formula 1 driving was dreadful, punctuated by a bad wreck in a practice run for the Monaco Grand Prix that saw his Footwork Porsche shattered from a collision, though he somehow escaped serious injury.

Video ReWind: Floridian wins 2014 Indy 500 (full race)
YouTube download / Video by Blue Flags / Here is the 2014 Indianapolis 500 from pre-race to finish.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A Floridian wins the 2014 Indy 500 in fast paced race from Indianapolis Speedway.

Video ReWind: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins Daytona 500 (full race)

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ran perhaps the second greatest Daytona 500 behind the victory by his legendary dad in 1998, and his second in a decade.
Here is a a video rewind of the entire race. Enjoy!
Video ReWind: Junior Johnson wins 1960 Daytona 500 race marred by 37-car pile-up

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Headline Surfer® brings you a snapshot of every Daytona 500 race, from 1959 to the present. This segment: 1960...
Junior Johnson wins 1960 Daytona 500 / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH -- Fireball Roberts was the early leader of the 1960 Daytona 500 run on Feb. 14, but he would end up out of the race with engine problems and Junior Johnson took over and won the crash-marred affair.

He started ninth and was at home in North Carolina until a week earlier when he was convinced by Masoni to race. Masoni even supplied him with a car, a 1959 Chevrolet, sponsored by the Daytona Kennel.

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Dawson Porter, 2, caught this 26-inch redfish in New Smyrna Beach, FL / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Dawson Porter made the catch of his life and he has the photo to prove it, courtesy of his father, Buzzy Porter, who posted the jaw-dropping image on Facebook.

The 12-year-old Holly Hill youth is shown holding this massive 26-inch redfish that he caught all by himself in the recent New Smyrna Beach Backwater Tournament. 

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- I have been, to put it nicely, disenchanted with our justice system for some time now, but currently I am just plain disgusted with what is going on today.

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OAK HILL, Fla. -- While folks in Oak Hill are enjoying Thanksgiving with the turkey, casseroles and desserts, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me. I appreciate your confidence in me in my return to the Oak Hill City Commission after a two-year absence.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- This morning via emails my cousin and I were discussing what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving. At our ages we have many departed souls that we miss dearly and wish we were celebrating with here right now. But alas the older we get the less earthly relatives and friends we have and that’s sad. But we chose to celebrate our having known them and had them in our lives for whatever time that was.

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ESSEX, VT -- The Ferguson grand jury in the fatal Michael Brown shooting chose not to indict Darren Wilson. For many, this was not a surprise. For many others, still, including bushels worth of protesters and looters, the decision marks another episode of police brutality against unarmed black men. But that hat would be wrong, based upon the evidence. Wrong!

Orion lifts off from Cape Canaveral: 'New era in space'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- It's a new era in space flight with today's launch of the Orion spacecraft.


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Orlndo Magic star Victor Oladipo out with injury / Headline Surfer®Orlando Magic star Victor Oladipo out of action indefinitely with facial fracture

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Saturday.

Oladipo, 22, who was evaluated Thursday afternoon, underwent a corrective surgical procedure. He was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

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