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Mike Pastore, Daytoma homelress advocate HeadlineSurfe.copm Male Citizen of theYear / Headline Surfer® Tamara Szabo Spuzillo of Port Orange, HeadlineSurfer.com Citizen of the Year / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Mike Pastore of Daytona Beach and Tamara Szabo Spuzillo of Port Orange are the internet newspaper's citizens of the year.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mike Pastore has created a firestorm by getting directly in involved in helping Daytona's homeless by handing out sleeping bags, transporting some to local shower and health facilities.

And in the process, the street preacher, known as "Pastor Mike," who was once homeless, finds himself in a tough spot with politicians, business owners, the cops and even some media outlets because of his advocacy and voice for the voiceless.

Tamara Szabo Spuzzillo, a secretary in a law office from Port Orange, has done something very special, not only for her family and close friends, but also for herself. And in the process has become a true inspiration to loved ones and complete strangers alike: She quit smoking cold turkey on June 4 -- two days after she turned 50 years old and hasn't taken a puff since then.

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Congressional 6 candidate Adam Barringer to hold press conference Monday in Orange City / Headline Surfer®Tom Laputka, mayor of Orange City / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Congressional candidate will be joined at an 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, press conference at the Dickinson Center, 120 E. Graves Ave, Orange City by Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka, Deltona Mayor Masiarczyk,  Lake Helen Mayor Buddy Snowden and DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar.

ORANGE CITY, FL – Adam Barringer, conservative Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional District from New Smyrna Beach, has been endorsed by 11 Volusia County mayors. Four of them from West Volusia will join him at a press conference planned for 11:30 a.m. Monday. The public is invited and welcomed to ask questions.

The press conference will be held at the Dickinson Park gazebo, 120 E. Graves Ave., Orange City. Joining the former New Smyrna Beach mayor in his quest for Congress will be a group of mayors from West Volusia who have endorsed him. They include Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka; DeLand Mayor Robert Apgar; Deltona Mayor John Masiarczyk: and Lake Helen Mayor Buddy Snowden.

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Joey Logano, Holly Home HeadlineSurfer.com Athletes of the Year / Headline Surfer®Kansas City Royals choice for team of the year

World Series champion Kansas City Royals HeadlineSurfer.com Team of the Year / Headline Surfer® DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joey Logano was NASCAR's winningest driver in 2015, with six victories, incuding the biggest of 'em all in stock car racing -- the Daytona 500.

And how about the "Preacher's Daughter," whose kick heard 'round the world resulted in the knockout of previously unbeaten "Rowdy" Ronda Rousy? While it was only one fight for Holly Holm it, was the biggest of the year in the UFC, regardless of gender,.

With those credentials, Joey Logano and Holly Holm are the HeadlineSurfer.com Athletes of the Year, among professional male and female competitors, respectively. 

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Joey Logano, Holly Home HeadlineSurfer.com Athletes of the Year / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Both are known for speed and precision and they're proven winners. NASCAR's Joey Logano and UFC's Holly Holm are the male and female selections for the HeadlineSurfer.com Athletes of the Year.

A complete profile on each will be published Sunday, along with photo and video highlights.

Logano led all drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup racing series this past season with six wins, including the biggest of them all, the Daytona 500.

Holm, known as "the Preacher's Daughter," knocked out previously undefeated "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey with a kick to the head heard 'round the world to win the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

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HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- On New Year's Day, the award-winning 24/7 internet internet newspaper will recognize four public servants it believes truly represents the the absolute best of the best of greater Daytona Beach -- our Mount Rushmore so to speak. And on Jan. 1,  Frank Bruno, Ted Doran, Joyce Cusack and Melody McSorley Johnson will be presented as such as this digital media outlet begins rolling out the 101 entrants in its inaugural Class of 2016 HeadlneSurfer.com Hall of Fame.

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DELTONA. Fla. -- The way local Democratic Party insider Ellen Watkins Juliano sees it, everyone needs to take a chill pill with the social media rants of gloom and doom as America readies for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

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NASCAR CEO Brian France, son of Bill France Jr, came up with The Chase / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Regardless of who wins the 2015 Sprint Cup Championship, NASCAR CEO Brian France will have egg on his face. Why? Because France's formula for a championship driver is flawed.

It's laughable that at Homestead, in the final race of the 2015 racing season, Joey Logano, NASCAR's winningest driver with six victories -- including the Daytona 500 -- won't be vying for the championship.

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Deltona fatal wreck locator map / Headline Surfer®Wrecked Ford Focus where two teens killed in Deltona / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
A 2007 Ford Focus is shown overturned in the median of Providence Boulevard after the driver, Brandon Schmid, 17, apparently hit a tree there after 3:20 a.m. Sunday. He was killed as was a passenger, 16-year-old Jordan Golaszewski. A second passenger, 23-year-old Samuel Bengochea, survived despite being the only one ejected. He's in critical condition at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

DELTONA, Fla. -- Two teens -- 16 and 17 -- were killed and a 23-year-old man critically several hours before dawn Sunday when a compact car driven by the 17-year-old struck a tree in the median of of the 1500 block of Providence Boulevard and overturned, an official with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

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Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 in Central Florida / Headline Surfer®

Reubin Askew, former Florida governor, dead at 85 / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Reubin Askew, who served as the 37th governor of Florida from 1971 to 1979, died March 13, 2014 with family members by his side at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. He was 85.

His death was announced to the media by Ron Sachs, a former aide and family spokesman.

The death of former Governor Askew comes in at No. 41 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2014.

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Gov Scott appoints attorney Hunter Conrad to St. Johns Clerk of Court / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Hunter Conrad, 29, a St. Augustine attorney and member of the St. Johns GOP executive committee, is one of the youngest clerks of the court in Florida following his appointment to the elected post on Friday to fill a vacancy.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Hunter Conrad as the St. Johns County Clerk of the Court.

Conrad, 29, of St. Augustine, is an attorney at Canan Law and previously worked as an assistant state attorney in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. He is also a member of the Jacksonville, St. Johns County, and Florida Bar associations. Conrad volunteers with several organizations including the Rotary Club of St. Johns County, the United Way of St. Johns County, and the Women’s Refuge of St. Johns County.

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