Marcia Frederick, 1978 gold medal gymnast related to internet newspaper publisher Henry Frederick / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- More and more people in recent months have asked me if Anna Frederick and Marcia Frederick are my sisters since both regularly post responses on my Facebook pages dealing with my trials and tribulations as journalist and publisher of the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper here in Central Florida,


Raping of the Land
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. -- 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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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.
Oak Hill Commissioner Kathy Bittle endorsed by internet newspaper / Headline Surfer®Linda Hyatt back on Oak Hill dais / Headline Surfer®OAK HILL -- Commissioner Kathy Bittle won re-election over challenger Joop Norhausen and Linda Hyatt returned to the dais after a two-year absence with a decisive win over incumbent Ron Engele.

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Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson with Deputy Sheriff Mike Coffin / Headline Surfer®Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools honors Deputy Sheriff Mike Coffin for mentoring kids / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson is shown here to the left of Deputy Sheriff Mike Coffin, recognized as a mentor to DeLand High School students.

DELAND, Fla. -- Deputy Sheriff Mike Coffin has a grown daughter and two grandchildren among his offspring, but because they live out of state, he has devoted much of his personal time mentoring young people despite his many demands as second in command of the largest cop shop in Volusia County with 460-plus sworn personnel.

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Joyce Cusack, 2014 Cerntral Florida Politician of the Year / HeadlineSurfer.comPhoto for Headline Surfer® /
It has been quite a year for Joyce Cusack of DeLand, shown here at left.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- She was born in the segregated "Westside" community of New Smyrna Beach; she and her family barred from swimming, sunbathing or surfing at the World's Most Famous Beach®.

For four years now, she's had a direct say in setting public policy here in what has long since been a staple of tourists worldwide.

She's won every election she's ever run in, crushing her challenger in the Nov. 4 general elections for a return to her at-large seat on the Volusia County Council. Prior the council, she served multiple terms in the Statehouse, rising to the No. 2 ranked Democratic Leader pro tempore. She even has her own Wikipedia page. She's Joyce Cusack and she is the Central Florida Politician of the Year.

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Delta offered less seats in October at Daytona Int'l Airport / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Daytona Beach International Airport saw a second monthly declined in October for 2014.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport decreased 8 percent during October in comparison with the previous October, attributed to fewer seats offered by Delta, Volusia County officials said.

During October, 47,075 incoming and outgoing passengers traveled through the county-operated airport. This compares with 50,930 passengers in October 2013.

"The airport’s passenger traffic decline in October was the second monthly decline in 2014 and can be attributed to fewer seats offered by Delta Air Lines, the airport’s primary air carrier, combined with some increase in seats offered by U.S Airways," Rick Karl, airport director, told Headline Surfer®. "Passenger loads for both air carriers reached 95 percent during October, an increase of 1 percent from last October."

Melody McSorley Johnson -- adoptive mom with conservative values & new School Board member

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Melody McSorley Johnson of Deltona, is shown here with her husband, Nathan, and their three adopted children, Shannon, 16; Nick, 13; and Chase, 10.

DELTONA, Fla. -- Melody McSorley Johnson has maintained from the onset of her 2014 campaign that it's "all about the children" and not the partisan politics of aggressive GOP leader Tony Ledbetter or the criticism of liberal Dems. On Thanksgiving Day, you will meet this special lady, who along with her husband, Nathan Johnson, adopted three children. will bring you beyond the headlines of a school board candidate's first run for office and why she was so successful despite all the political rhetoric on both sides in what is supposed to be a non-partisan board. But as has been the case in Volusia County for several election cycles has become all too political.

Dust settles on Volusia County elections: GOP has majority on School Board & County Council
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Republican Party Chair Tony Ledbetter lobbies for Linda Costello

Volusia County GOP Chair Tony Ledbetter / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Tony Ledbetter, head ogf Volusia County Republican Executive Committee, is pleased his party has majoriry control in the 5-member school board and 7-member County Council, even though the elected seats in both are non-partisan. He's now lobbying for Linda Costello, a Republican, for chair of the School Board.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For perhaps the first time in Volusia County history or at least in the last several decades, the Republican Party has a majority on the County Council and the School Board, even though they are deemed non-partisan elected posts per home-rule charter.

But that hasn't stopped Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Volusia County GOP executive committee from injecting partisan ideology and party identification.

495. Karen Diebel talked up then-Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas as her opponent, but lost in 2010 GOP primary

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

Karen Diebel ran for Congress in 2010 / Headline Surfer®

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Then-Winter Park Vice Mayor and City Commissioner Karen Diebel talked up Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas of New Smyrna Beach as though she was her only real opponent in the 2010 elections, but in doing so, she perhaps under-estimated the strength of her own GOP party rival, Sandy Adams.

Big mistake!

100. Hulk Hogan turns on WCW in Bash at the Beach at Ocean Center in Daytona

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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.
Hulk Hogan with Hall and Nash in Daytona for Bash at the Beach / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH -- The year was 1996, and the place was the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, where perhaps the ultimate betrayal took place.

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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)
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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. -- Veterans Day is not just a day off  -- nor is it just another Tuesday. It is a special day to pause and remember all those who served in whatever capacity to preserve America's freedom.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Happy Birthday to my mother who turned 89 on Monday (Oct. 27). She has been a Realtor for commercial property and insurance salesperson as long as I can remember.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- All you Floridians, far and wide, I will miss you dearly. Top of the list will be the Barbers -- Mr. and Mrs. Barber; Melissa and brother, Nick - smart as a whip; cousin, Patrick - another standup gentleman.

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OAK HILL -- It was to great to wake up Thursday morning to sunshine after more than a week of off-and-on rainfall. I know we often pray for rain because we need it, but this time around there was just too much.

'Easy Rider' replica chopper thrill of lifetime for British firefighter who shows it off at Daytona biker rally
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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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