Henry & Sera Frederick with yorkie "Napoleon" in Sanford, FL / Headline Surfer®SANFORD, Fla. -- It has been a great Thanksgiving weekend here in Central Florida, though a little on the cooler side. But it sure beats that snowstorm my family and friends got hammered with in the Northeast.

My wife, Serafina, and I had Thanksgiving with her mom and two siblings and their families in nearby Lake Mary, here in Seminole County. 

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Pizza deliveryman robbed locator in Deltona / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic /
An empty house was the apparent location for the robbery of a Papa John's pizza deliveryman by eight teenage boys as  shown in this locator map, according to the Volusioa County Flagler Sheriff's Office.

DELTONA, Fla. -- Volusia County sheriff’s deputies tracked down and arrested eight juveniles in connection with the Wednesday afternoon robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Deltona, an agency spokesman said.

Deputies responded around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after the driver, Colton Reisner, of a local Papa John's, said he was robbed at a house at 1037 Abagail Drive.

Reisner didn’t report any weapons used in the robbery, or any money stolen. He said some of the teens snuck up and threw a blanket or sheet over his head when he knocked on the front door, then took off with pizza, chicken wings and soda. The house was vacant.

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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.

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Volusia County Chair Jason Davis is an American combat-wounded vet / Henry FrederickThis special column commemorating was written exclusively for HeadlineSurfer.com by Volusia County Chair Jason Davis, a combat-wounded veteran, who lives in Pierson.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- I thank you all for your support. When was the last time someone actually said and meant that?

Well, I will tell you, and I really do mean it.

Since my election, I have always looked to those who elected me for their opinions, and possible solutions to some of the complex discussions and issues we have had to take on.

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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® in Daytona or even the beaches in New Smyrna, Ponce Inlet, the Shores or Ormond, for that matter.

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Teamsters 385 and Volusia County discuss contract talks for VCSO deputies / Headline Surfer®

 

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DELAND, Fla. -- Asked how Volusia County's 430-plus deputies and sergeants can live on meager wage increases like the 2 percent given in 2013 with this year's election cycle in mind, Teamsters 385 Business Agent Bob Walker was frank in answering the question: "They can't."

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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!

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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.

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, HeadlineSurfer.com.

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New Volusia County School Board member Melody McSorley Johnson / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
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.

HeadlineSurfer.com 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.

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Faith Miller, NSB maintenance operations manager / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no garbage pickup on Thursday, November 27, in New Smyrna Beach.

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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."