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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is now under $2 a gallon at most stations in Southeast Volusia, cheaper than a gallon of milk or a pack of cigarettes.

Still, motor vehicles aren't lining up at the pumps.

April Brown had the pumps all to herself this afternoon when she filled her Mercury Grand Marquis for $40. Back in July, that same tank fill-up would have cost her $80 when a gallon of unleaded gasoline was more than $5.

"These prices are reasonable now," the 39-year-old New Smyrna Beach resident said. "They are very beneficial. I can now go more places like Deltona and work another job."

Though gas prices are down, other necessary commodities such as bread and milk are not.

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Editor's Note: One week after the New Smyrna Beach 'Cudas finished the 2008 football season with a convincing 21-13 victory over the DeLand Bulldogs, Peter Mallory, a member of the 1952 squad that triumphed in the miracle on the gridiron, was so thrilled by what the 21st-century team had done against their playoff-bound opponents that he was inspired to write this story:

Pete Mallory Football

The one thing you had to admire about first year Coach Pete Maman was that he showed absolutely no signs of the panic and despair that must have gripped him as he looked out over the practice field. No matter how many times he counted heads he could only find 12 candidates who had shown up for his first August practice session at New Smyrna High School in 1952. I was among them.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library will present “Solid Gold Country Classics” with singer Bobby Meeks at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, said Volusia County spokeswoman Pat Kuehn.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Meeks has been a local singer and songwriter for several years, performing at festivals, amphitheaters and nursing homes. He was second runner-up in a “Daytona Discover” contest for his original song “Whiskey Bottles.”

This “Live in the Library” performance is sponsored by the Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The 'Cudas family is comprised of much more than the football team. The cheerleaders, the Show Dolls and the Band all contribute to the festive atmosphere of New Smyrna Beach High School football.

Enjoy the video shot by Sera King of NSBNEWS.net at Friday's season finale at the New Smyrna Beach sports complex, won, of course by the 'Cudas over the visiting DeLand Bulldogs, 21-13.

You can read our previous story for game highlights.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Here are video highlights of the 'Cudas' season-finale win over the DeLand Bulldogs, 21-13 at the New Smyrna Beach sports complex.

The NSBNEWS.net video was shot by Sera King. See previous story for game highlights.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery of a taxi driver that happened early this morning near New Smyrna Beach, Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haght said.

"The assailant was a customer who during the ride pulled out what the driver believed to be a gun and demanded money," Haught said. "The driver handed over some cash and the suspect then jumped out of the vehicle and fled. There were no injuries or shots fired."

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- General gun season is now open in the Central Zone, which is where we are located, through January. It is legal to take deer having one or more antler at least 5 inches in length visible above the hair line, wild hogs, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, nutrias, skunks and beavers. All legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows, and handguns may be used.

If using a center-fire, semi-automatic rifle, it cannot have a magazine capacity exceeding five rounds. Fully automatic or silencer equipped rifles are illegal as are non-expanding, full metal case ammunition for the taking of deer. Using rim-fire ammunition is illegal to hunt deer. Antlerless deer season started Saturday and runs through Nov. 21. Limit is two deer daily regardless of sex. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach will hold auditions for "Out of Order," a comedy by playwright Ray Cooney, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24.

Auditions are held in the Little Theatre rehearsal hall and are open to everyone and no experience is necessary. Readings will be from the script and
a copy is available for viewing at the reference desk of the New Smyrna Beach Library.

The show will run two weekends: Jan. 9 & 10 and Jan. 15, 16 & 17 at 8:00 p.m. Matinee performances are on Jan. 11, and Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. The director is

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