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Show Me the Money Volusia County: Battle over CRAs / Headline Surfer®
Flagler Ave ramp in NSB one of the busiest in Volusia County, Fla / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos & videos /

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys won re-election to her district 3 seat in 2014, in part by pledging to convince her colleagues on the dais in DeLand to approve new Community Redevelopment Agencies for New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater.

And soon after the election, she did just that, getting CRA passages for both cities in 6-1 votes with only County Chair Jason Davis dissenting each time.

Serafina Frederick, wife of internet newspaper publisher, threatened with death by politician / Headline Surfer®SANFORD, Fla. -- Now I truly understand how Trayvon Martin's parents -- Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin  -- felt about the way the investigation of their slain son's homicide was handled by the Sanford cops and local prosecutors until Gov. Rick Scott intervened by naming a special prosecutor leading to the trial of the century.

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PALATKA, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment of Lois “Darlene” Laibl-Crowe of Palatka and two other Florida citizens on Wednesday to the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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PONCE INLET, Fla. -- Tree trimming begins Monday, April 13, with clean-up along the streets throughout the town and at the Ponce Preserve, including the removing of dead bay trees.

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OAK HILL, Fla. -- The secretive rocket plant code-named "Panther" that Daytona Beach insiders lobbied to be built on the former Oak Hill city dump has been scrubbed and is no longer in play, County Chair Jason Davis said.

The much-hyped proposal was never clearly identified and far toooften had citixens pittwd against one another and municipal and county leaders trading barbs for the past couple of months is no longer in play, County Chair Jason Davis said.

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Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic / Headline Surfer®Orlando Magic star player Victor Oladipo / Headline Surfer®Photos foe Headline Surfer® /
Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo have proven themselves to be winners on and off the court for the Orlando Magic this season.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo were named co-winners of the 2014-2015 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for their efforts in helping with $1 million distributed to 21 Central Florida non-profit organizations in February.

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- Upcoming book club meetings at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., include review of Henry James’ gothic ghost story “The Turn of the Screw” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7; & Anthony Marra’s novel “The Constellation of Vital Phenomena” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. For more info., please call 386-676-4191, ext. 21084.

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Bikers crowd Main Street in Daytona Beach at mid-week in Daytona Beach during the 10-day motorcycle rally.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week is coming to an end and so far attendance has been light and fatalities have been limited to one.

The "500,000 bikers" figure that the Daytona-area Chamber of Commerce and local media have used for years has been exaggerated for the better part of a decade now.

And this year, there hasn't even been half that number of visitors for the 10-day rally that ends Sunday.

And as a result, fatalities are down, too. The lone biker fatality occurred in Deltona, though because it occurred during Bike Week, it's considered part of the biker rally since it's in the same county.

A motorcyclist lost his life Monday afternoon in a collision with a school bus in Deltona. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Millennials get most of their news from online sources, but don’t feel all that well-informed. That's the latest from a study conducted by Elite Daily with help from a research group at the University of Florida.

 

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