County Council members beholden to insiders like Mori Hosseini / Headline Surfer®DELAND, Fla. -- County Chair Jason Davis in his Thursday delivery of the State of the County address left out a few significant points:

• Millions wasted on subsidizing Ocean Center deficits, including nearly-$100,000 salary of Councilman Doug Daniels' wife (both claimed homestead exemptions two years in row before getting caught);

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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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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch & ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely Friday in the wake of a Delaware family court's findings that "by a preponderance of the evidence" that the 36-year-old driver "committed an act of domestic violence" against former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll on Sept. 24 of last year.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr lost in multi-colored seats at Daytona Int'l Speedway / Headline Surfer®Goodyear Blimp parked in New Smyrna Beach Airport for Speedweeks 2015 / Headline Surfer®Checkered flag seats at Daytona International Speedway replaced with multi-color seats / Headline Surfer®Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is barely noticeable in a sea of multi-colored seats at Daytona International Speedway, part of the $400 million upgrade. While DIS is adding upwards of 100,000 new seats, the reality is the total number of seats coming out permanently before the 2016 racing season is 59,000, reducing overall seating from 160,000 to 101,000. With the Goodyear blimp shown here in this Headline Surfer® photo Saturday morning at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, the different color seats gives the impression that the seats are occupied.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Going by the wayside is the black & white checkered flag seating at Daytona International Speedway, which has many fans have asking: Why are the new seats in all kinds of different bright colors? Reds, blues, yellows and whites?

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JetBlue to offer flights from New York City's JFK to Daytona Beach Int'l Airport in Feb 2016 / Headline Surfer®JetBleue to offer flights between JFK & Daytona Beach Int'l Airport / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Daytona Beach International Airport is getting a third air carrier in JetBlue in February 2016, to compliment Delta and US Airways.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Central Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport will become a new destination for New York City's JFK Airport-based a year from now, the air carrier announced Friday.

The carrier will operate daily service from Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA code JFK) to Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), using Airbus A320 jets configured with 150 or 165 seats.

And nobody in Volusia County government is happier with the news than first-term County Chair Jason Davis, who put a premium on economic development and tourism as major points in his 2012 election campaign. 

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Daytona International Speedway hawking Daytona 500 tickets on Facebook / Headline Surfer®Graphic for Headline Surfer® /
At left is an example of the ongoing ad campaign on Facebook by Daytona International Speedway to push ticket sales for the Feb. 22 running of the Daytona 500. Multiple Speedway videos inside featuring Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Like a used-car salesman, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood, III, has been talking about the new wider plastic seats installed as part of the $400 million Daytona Rising. And he's turned to Facebook to put fannies in those seats, even though a sellout is iffy.

So DIS has turned to Facebook. Yes, Facebook. Imagine the ridicule the NFL would face for pushing Superbowl tickets on the the social media site. After all, the Daytona 500 is billed as the Superbowl of NASCAR.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr wins the 2014 Dayton 500 / Headline Surfer®
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Fox Sports interviews Dale Earnhardt, Jr., reigning Daytona 500 champion during Wednesday's Media Day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- HeadlineSurfer.com was denied media credentials for Speedweeks 2015 because of its exclusive coverage of the billionaire France Family's (and proxies ) of a quarter million bucks in the campaign coffers of politicians in hopes of obtaining $250 million in taxpayer subsidies. So the internet newspaper turned to YouTube to provide coverage of what drivers like 2014 Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to say.

Joshua Wagner leaves Ted Doran's law firm in Daytona; partners up with Steven Vasilaros

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Volusia County Councilman & attorney Joshua Wagner joining Vasilaros Legal / Headline Surfer®Joshua J. Wagner, the Daytona Beach-area Volusia County Councilman is joining the Vasilaros law firm / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo /
Volusia County Councilman Joshua J. Wagner, shown here in the inset, has left power attorney Ted Doran's Daytona Beach law firm to partner up with veteran personal injury attorney Steven Vasilaros, shown second from left in his signature logo for Vasilaros Legal, which will now become Vasilaros Wagner.

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Say it ain't so! Volusia County Councilman Joshua J. Wagner and power attorney Ted Doran have gotten a divorce of sorts. Wagner left Doran's larger law firm earlier this month to partner up with veteran personal injury attorney Steven Vasilaros.

88. Newborn sperm whale dies after beaching itself in Daytona Beach Shores

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Baby sperm whale beaches itself to die in Daytona Beach Shores, FL on Oct. 11, 2014 / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. -- The discovery of a beached whale in October was a story with a sad ending, but certainly a part of nature.

The discovery of a 10-foot sperm whale in the 2600 block of South Atlantic Avenue on the shore around noon on Saturday Oct. 11, drew dozens of onlookers, said Beach Safety spokeswoman Tamra Marris. The whale was not euthanized as some media outlets reported, but died on its own just before rescuers arrived. 

89. VCSO: New Smyrna Beach-area man dies in early morning November house fire

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New Smyrna Beach house fire claims man sleeping inside / Headline Surfer®Danny Henry perished in a house fire on Nov, 6, 2014 in NSB / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Danny Henry, 44, perished in a fire that engulfed his concrete block home on 302 Oak St., just outside the New Smyrna Beach city limits, shortly after midnight on Nov. 6. His brother, who also lived there, escaped the flames, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A house fire near New Smyrna Beach during the early morning hours of Nov. 6, claimed the life of a 44-year-old man, identified a short time lster that day as Danny Henry, who lived there with his brother.

87. Incumbent Bill Crippen wins Orange City's only contested race in 2014 elections

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Bill Crippen romps to victory in 2014 elections in Orange City, Fla. / Headline Surfer®2014 election has Bill Crippen winning in Orange City / Headline Surfer®ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- There was only one contested race in Orange City in the November elections and even it wasn't much of a contest as incumbent O. William "Bill" Crippen romped over Vernon Stafford to retain his at-large seat with nearly 67 percent of the votes cast.

Election night totals showed Crippen with 1,890 votes or 66.93 percent to Stafford's 934 or 33.07 percent of the total.

 

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Five reasons why Dale Earnhardt Jr. could go back-to-back victories in the Daytona 500

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes for back-to-back Daytona 500 victoris / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are many reasons to like Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s chances of winning the Daytona 500 for a second consecutive time. Here are five reasons in particular as observed by HeadlineSurfer.com:

• 1. PROVEN WINNER: He's already a two-time winner of the Great American Race, winning the first time in 2004 and again in 2014;

• 2. BLOODLINES: He's the son of the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr., seven-time NASCAR cup champion and 1998 winner of the Daytona 500;

• 3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: Junior is a driver for Rick Hendrick's team, the very best in stock car racing;

Attendance booster: Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona to be split into 2 segments; select fans paired with crew chiefs

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Enjoy thecomplwte race coverage of the 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. In hopes of beefing up attendance at this year's Sprint (notice empty seats in image below) as shown during spin-out crash involving Jimmy Jognson in rthe No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, NASCAR will pare select fans with crew chiefs of the racers. 

Jimmy Johnsaon wrecks in 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona / Headline Surfer®Jimmy Joghnson's car torn up in crash in Sprint Unlimited 2014 race from Daytona / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Select fans will be paired with crew chiefs foe the Sprint Unlimited, a new way to boost attendance for the opening Speedweeks race at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR has announced that the Speedweeks 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday will be split into two segments. A competition caution at lap 25 will separate the segments in the non-points event, scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. ET start . 

And brand new this year, select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions. The drawings will take place 3:30 p.m. Friday at the FDOT Main Stage inside the Sprint FanZone.

Video REWIND: Dale Earnhardt Jr. funny on Jimmy Kimmel
Dale Earnhardt Jr appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. knows how to get the job done when it comes to racing at Daytona as the countdown begins for Speedweeks and the 500 race on Feb. 22. But Earnhardt was nervous as all nervous heck in the hours leading up to his appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," last September to hype NASCAR's Chase championship format.

Video ReWind: Dale Jr.'s 2014 Daytona 500 win from in-car cam
Video by NASCAR / For Headliner Surfer® / A view of the finish of the 2014 Daytona 500 from inside-the-car cam of winning driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Here's an entirely different view of Dale Earnhardt, Jr's woin in the 2014 Daytona 500: from the inside-the-car cam in the closing laps of the race.

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.

993. Carlos Pardo declared winner posthumously after crashing into barrier in NASCAR Mexican race in 2009

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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 on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
Carlos Pardo was killed in a NASCAR-sanctioned race in Mexico in 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Carlos Pardo, 33, a driver in NASCAR's Corona Series in Mexico, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, after crashing while leading on the final laps during a race held at the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed Amozoc in the Mexican state of Pueblo.

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 on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
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 in a collision, though somehow he escaped serious injury.

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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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OAK HILL, Fla. -- I was lucky enough to be invited to the dedication of the McGee Middle School building at Burns Sci-Tech Charter School in Oak Hill.

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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.

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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HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame / Headline Surfer®

HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame entrants:

• Volusia Tax Reform (Margie Patchett, Maureen France, Ed Connor);
• Michael Politis, private attorney in Port Orange/DeLand;
• Ben Johnson, Volusia County sheriff;
• Joshua Wagner, Volusia County councilman;
• Nancy Epps, former Ponce Inlet mayor;
• Tia Linae McDonald, Edgewater model;
• Sheryl Manche, Osteen citizen watchdog;
• Webster Barnaby; former Deltona city commissioner;
• Josh Vedder, Volusia County k-9 deputy;
• Frank Bruno, former Volusia County chair;
• Bob Walker, Teamsters 385 business agent;
• Brad Sayre, New Smyrna Beach classic rock singer/guitarist;
• Jim Tager, Volusia County Asst. Superintendent of Schools;
• Roxanne Reynolds Hicks, of NewSmyrnaBeach.com;
• Catheline Family of NSB (Ray & Misty Burris Catheline & children, Nicholas, 7, and Olivia, 6);
• Jim Oddie, Wilbur by-the-Sea political consultant;
• Beu Sisters, New Smyrna Bweach recording artists;
• The Earnhardts (Dale Earnhardt, Sr; Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kerry Earnhardt, Kelly Earnhardt-Miller)
More names will be announced...

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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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