DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Beginning with the headline, "Daytona State president requested demotion to adviser,", the online Jan. 14 Daytona Beach News-Journal on Carol Eaton's new role as advisor was not only misleading, it was factually wrong.
It is true that Eaton's status had changed from lame-duck president to adviser, but the print newspaper erred in describing it as a demotion, drawing condemnation from DSC Board Vice Chairwoman Forough Hosseini.
The headline and lead paragraph imply that implies that Eaton requested the change in status, when in fact,


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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.


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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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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.


Vice Mayor: 'Something stinks here' with Daytona players Kent Sharples and Glenn Storch telling us to change zoning for something big and not telling us what it's for'

Oak Hill parcel to be considered in Oak Hill / Headline Surfer®OAK HILL, Fla. -- Volusia County government leaders and influential Daytona insiders like Kent Sharples and Glenn Storch have apparently gotten Oak Hill Mayor Douglas Gibson to sign a "confidentiality agreement" that bars him from publicly discussing what type of manufacturing development is being sought on a 415-acre site that includes two historic African-American cemeteteries just south of City Hall.


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?


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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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. -- 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.



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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

• 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;