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Jeffrey Hentz President/CEO Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Hentz Assumed his leadership position Friday with the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the marketing arm of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The head of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority welcomed tourism executive Jeffrey Hentz who began his has duties today as the new president and chief executive officer of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We are excited to have Jeff join and lead our tourism marketing team," said Sean Belgrade, chairman of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority, which oversees the Daytona Beach area's tourism marketing efforts. "This is the start of an exciting era for the Daytona Beach area."

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New Smyrna Beach KmartLast-minute shopping before permanent closing of New Smyrna Beach Kmart.Headline Surfer videos and photos by Sera Frederick / 
Kmart in New Smyrna Beach is yet another empty anchor on State Road 44 with its closing Sunday.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The inevitable happened Sunday: Kmart closed its doors for good with customers scrambling at the last-minute with some priced-goods slashed 90 percent.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- This Friday's Daytona Area Chamber of Commerce "Eggs and Issues" will look at the pros and cons of gambling with legislation being considered in Tallahassee in addition to a possible referendum in Volusia in Novemeber.

The 7:45 a.m. breakfast will be at Gene's Steak House, 3674 W. International Speedway Blvd. 

Gambling is on Florida's government radar. What does it mean for our state and Local tax base? Our economy? Our tourist market? Are their any social problems associated with it? Both sides of gambling will be discussed with special guest speakers: Daytona Beach Kennel Club's Dan Francotti and No Casinos Inc.'s Paul Seago. 

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 11 percent in December compared with the previous December.

The airport saw 39,839 passengers traveled through the county- operated airport compared with 35,955 passengers in December 2010. For the 12 months ending December 31, the airport recorded 550,986 passengers, an 11 percent increase over the prior 12 months.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – InterContinental Hotels Group, the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, is proud to announce that Holiday Inn is ranked highest in guest satisfaction among mid-scale full service hotel chains, according to J.D. Power and Associates 2011 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.

As one of the brand’s 808 hotels in the America the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites New Smyrna Beach contributes to the brand’s overall success by providing a consistent and welcoming experience for each and every guest.

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Courtesy photo / Here is an aerial view of Daytona Beach International Airport, which features a new runway completed in November.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport was up 11 percent in October and November, showing an upward trend as the year winds down, officials said.

"Daytona Beach International Airport is winding up 2011 with a nice gain in passenger traffic and the completion of a major rehabilitation of its main runway," Airport Director Richard Karl said.

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Courtesy photo / Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students work on a robotics project as shown here. ERAU has reached some new milestones nationwide. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The 2012 Best Colleges guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report has ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) undergraduate aerospace engineering program tops in the nation for the 12th year in a row.

The guidebook, which hit newsstands in September, ranks 1,400 accredited four-year schools nationwide.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport was up 1 percent in September, compared with September of a year ago.

During September, 39,547 passengers flew into and out of Daytona Beach. For the 12 months ending September 30, passenger traffic has increased 13 percent over the prior 12 months -- from 476,288 to 538,572.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- NSBNews.net has renewed its annual membership with the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce for a fourth year.

NSBNews.net provided SEV Chamber Director/Vice President Samantha Bishop with a $250 check Tuesday for the annual membership, which begins Oct. 1.

NSBnews.net's membership with the chamber has absolutely no impact on its news coverage, period.

NSBNews.net operates in New Smyrna Beach. It was launched April 7, 2008, as a 24/7 digital newspaper serving New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill. In October, coverage was expanded to include all of Volusia County with a second URL label: VolusiaNews.net.

To date, NSBNews.net has amassed nearly 800,000 unique visitors and 1.3 million page views. It also has 2,500 e-mail subscribers and more than 9,100 friends/likes on Facebook. NSBNews.net's top stories and images are carried by Google News directories with unfettered and immediate placement on the world wide web.

NSBNews.net also has memberships with IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors), the National Society of Professional Journalists, the North-Central Florida chapter Society of Professional Journalists and the Florida Press Club.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- DuvaSawko, a local employer and national leader in medical billing for emergency physicians and hospitals, has announced the acquisition of a large new client.

North East Tennessee Emergency Physicians, headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn. with facilities in eastern Tennessee and western Virginia, has contracted with DuvaSawko to provide coding, billing and practice management services for their emergency physician group. NETEP treats approximately 200,000 patients annually.

“This represents a 20% increase in our business," said Dr. Charles Duva, DuvaSawko's president & CEO. "In these challenging economic times, we are pleased our business has grown by 40% in the previous year and we continue to grow.”

“This represents a 20% increase in our business," said Dr. Charles Duva, DuvaSawko's president & CEO. "In these challenging economic times, we are pleased our business has grown by 40% in the previous year and we continue to grow.”

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