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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When No. 5 Florida hosts the unranked Miami Hurricanes 8 p.m. Saturday in the Swamp, Harvin Clark will be rooting for his beloved Gators. Clark will always be a hero to New Smyrna Beach fans, especially if they are also Gator fans.

However, his role as arch villain to Miami fans nearly four decades ago will never die.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Who wants to strike it rich? Who wants to enjoy great food and drinks and dance the night away with the chance to win thousands of dollars?

This is your chance to become a thousandaire and support the many local diverse needy children's programs funded by the Southeast Volusia chapter of Kiwanis through its largest fundraiser, "Strike It Rich."

The 2008 Kiwanis Club "Strike It Rich" Fundraiser is 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Brannon Center. Tickets cost $125, which admit two people. There is a limit of 400 tickets sold.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- So what is a working gal supposed to do on Labor Day? Well, work silly.

Just ask Marion Free, dining room manager at Ruthy's restaurant.

"It's just like every other day," said Free, one of two waitresses serving the customers at the bustling restaurant on West Canal Street. "I'm just not going fishing like everyone else."

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Like a cat hovering over a mouse, Tropical Storm Fay is literally on top of us this morning, calm as can be and moving ever so slighly with light drizzle. Though for how long?
 
Here is the latest weather bulletin from the National Weather Service in Melbourne fo Coastal Volusia County, Bulletin, Flood Watch: Issued at: 7:13 AM EDT 8/21/08, expires at: 7:15 AM EDT 8/22/08

 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Sally Mackay is keeping her fingers crossed that flooding will be kept to a minimum and that the beach holds up as Tropical Storm Fay lumbers this way, about 15 miles south of New Smyrna Beach as it makes its expected northwest path to the Florida Panhandle.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Deciding it was better to be safe than sorry, the Volusia County School District has called off school Thursday for a third day, out of concern of high winds and flooding due to Tropical Storm Fay.
 
With wind gusts of up to 35 mph and steady rain bands forecast throughout the day Thursday, school district Superintendent Margaret Smith made the decision earlier tonight.

Other pertinent cancellations:

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Inside the cozy confines of Denny's restaurant on State Road 44, Robert "Chip" Higgins wasn't impressed by what he saw of Tropical Storm Fay just before 2 this morning as wind gusts of up to 40 mph and precipitation picked up outside.

"I think it's going to rain a bit and that's it," said the 29-year-old server from Edgewater as he waited on a handful of patrons. "I think it's been overblown by the media. Hey, good pun."

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Sally Mackay was keeping her fingers crossed just before midnight Tuesday that Tropical Storm Fay would not  come back ashore any where near Southeast Volusia.

As of midnight, Fay was centered over Melbourne and headed in  northeast direction at 7 mph slightly over the ocean with a chance of coming ashore right here in the next 24 hours.

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