DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- We always remembered my mother's birthday because it fell on Oct. 30, the day before Halloween.
If she were alive today, she'd be 75 years old. She died 11 years ago on Aug. 27, on my Dad's birthday. It's also the same birthday as my wife Serafina's mother.
Internet newspaper wins Florida Press Club journalism awards for 6 stories, 4 of which focus on political corruption
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Four of the six stories won by Headline Surfer® in the 2014 Florida Press Club Statewide Journalism Contest focused on political corruption with two of them on New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer. There was one story each on the corrupt leadership of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority and Daytona Beach City Commissioner Carl Lentz, IV, who was trespassed from a strip club by the cops.
No contest cocaine plea in open court defines candidacy of Stephen 'Steve' Sather
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- There is a reason why Stephen P. Sather goes by "Steve Sather" in his run for the zone 2 seat on the New Smyrna Beach City Commission. There's less of a chance anyone looking him up in the Google search engine will find the ugly truth behind his drug past.
Intrigity counts in this race and that is why Jake Sachs deserves the support of the voters for the zone 2 seat in Tuesday's general election.
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.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The "Open Letter to Gov. Rick Scott" regarding government corruption in Volusia County and the need for intervention is undergoing a series of fact checks and polishing of the writing to ensure it is clear, concise and on point.
Once this process is completed, the letter will be published on HeadlineSurfer.com today and a copy sent to the governor's press office.
Because Headline Surfer® is a small operation with no network affiliations, the internet newspaper will reach out to select media outlets and alert them to the published story and links to the coverage since there are some sidebar elements as well.
The internet newspaper had hoped to have it published on Sunday as promoted, but as things turned out, that was an ambitious goal that in hindsight wasn't realistic.
Original costumes emphasized for awards contest following New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade on Canal Street
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The cool thing about the shark costume that netted a trophy for 1-year-old Nolan and his proud parents, Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater at the 2011 New Smyrna Beach Halloween parade was its originality.
The costume was a big hit since New Smyrna Beach is known as the Shark Bite Capital of the World. The young family left the parade with a trophy almost as big as the little shark boy.
"This is a great event for families," said Nicole Kirkland, who made the costume from $20 worth of materials she purchased at Target.
ORMOND BEACH -- Here is a breakdown of the 135,029.76, Republican candidate Fred Costello has amassed in his 2014 bid for the district 25 Statehouse seat as his campaign heads into overdrive for the Nov. 4 general elections with early voting already under way.
Costello's funding is 6 1/2 times greater than the $17,968.97 his Democratic opponent Noel Cheryl Bickford has raised.
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson tops all non-partisan candidates in last decade in contributions with $444,591.87
Councilwoman Pat Northey second with $355,850.05
DAYTONA BEACH -- No candidate running in non-partisan campaigns in Volusia County in the past decade, including this election cycle, has amassed more financial contributions than Sheriff Ben Johnson with $444,591.87.
Johnson last ran in 2012, when he easily won.
Second is district 5 term-limited County Councilwoman Patricia Northey with $355,850.05, who is running in this election for the at-large seat on the council against incumbent Joyce Cusack.
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