Publisher's Column

Parents and children in places like Samsula and Oak Hill are justifiably angry over the proposed closing of their small, well performing student- and parent-friendly schools to send the students to much larger, impersonal and potentially dangerous schools.
It has been established that students learn better and are safer in small schools that in large, impersonal schools with ever-shrinking parent participation.

Welcome to nsbnews.net, your newest forum for news in Southeast Volusia. This 24-hour news service is the first of a two-step process in providing comprehensive journalism for the residents and merchants of greater New Smyrna Beach. In the coming weeks, we will be developing a weekly tabloid newspaper, NSB News. People have often asked me why I don't just start up my own newspaper, considering my years of experience. Now that I have, some are asking if it will work out in a weakened economy.

Over a decade ago the Save Our Homes amendment was passed to keep Floridians from being taxed to death on their property by greedy politicians. This amendment was a good idea except for the fact that it did not protect everybody. Only people with homestead exemption were protected. The rest were left to the "tender mercies" of the politicians and the tax collectors.

Henry Frederick / Headline Surfer®By HENRY FREDERICK

People, Places & Things

HEADLINE SURFER

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- It´s pretty exciting since there's been little marketing. Day two was particularly busy because I also covered a daylong trial for an Oak Hill sex predator. It's an important community story you won't read in today's established print newspaper.

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