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Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson with Deputy Sheriff Mike Coffin / Headline Surfer®Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools honors Deputy Sheriff Mike Coffin for mentoring kids / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson is shown here to the left of Deputy Sheriff Mike Coffin, recognized as a mentor to DeLand High School students.

DELAND, Fla. -- Deputy Sheriff Mike Coffin has a grown daughter and two grandchildren among his offspring, but because they live out of state, he has devoted much of his personal time mentoring young people despite his many demands as second in command of the largest cop shop in Volusia County with 460-plus sworn personnel.

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New Smyrna Beach siblings attend Burns Sci-Tech in Oak Hill

Ray Catheline with daughter Olivia of NSB on 1st day of school / Headline Surfer®Misty Burris Catheline of NSB with daughter Olivia 1st day of school / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Daddy's little girl returned to school Monday along with about 61,000 other Volusia County students.

It was the day of school for Ray Catheline's little princess, Olivia, who entered kindergarten at the Buns Sci-Tech Charter School in Oak Hill. Big brother, Nicholas entered second grade.

Misty Burris Catheline took one final snapshot of the kids at home in New Smyrna Beach before the drive to Oak Hill and a couple more photos with father and the children in their respective classes.

"(We're) missing our babies, but we have a little downtime now," the proud mom lamented.

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Crossing guard Donna Bryant escorts a child across the street near Chishiolm Elem School in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Croosing guards being recognized Friday across Florida / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer photos®Crossing guard Donna Bryant helps second grader Tyrek Colley, 7, cross Ronnac Lane at Palm Street in front of the Chisholm Elementary School in New Smyrna Beach to open the 2011-'12 school year in Volusia County. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- They're out there every day with their green uniforms, and flourescent orange and yellow vests with the Volusia County Sheriff's emblem on their backs, ensuring students have a safe journey to and from the nearby elementary schools.

"Yet many residents may not take the time to thank Volusia’s school crossing guards for their service to the community," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Su4rfer®. "This Friday, however, is a day to do just that as the annual school crossing guard appreciation day is observed here in Volusia County and throughout the state."

Their first priority is making sure that young students safely get across bustling roadways as they walk and bike to and from school each day. However, being a school crossing guard is much more than that.

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Photo for Headline Surfer / Amy Locklear, hired by Daytona State College, brings instructional and administrative experience to the post of VP of academic affairs.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
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DAYTONA BEACH -- Hired earlier this month as vice president of academic affairs foillowing a national search, Daytona State College brings a wealth of knowlege to the position at Daytona State College, considering she's experienced as both a professor and an administrator.

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Daytona State College in top 10 online bachelor's program rankings / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Among hundreds of colleges and universities in the nation offering bachelor degree programs online, Daytona State College ranks among the top 10 according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

In the Top Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings, Daytona State once again stood out with criteria such as the quality and experience of its faculty and instructional delivery.

The college entered its fully online bachelor’s degrees, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management and its Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology programs for the rankings consideration.

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Sanford-based district announces passing of community leader

Seminole County School Board member Diane Bauer with Marco Rubio in 2010 / Headline SurferSeminole County School Board member Diane Bauer with M Rubio / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Diane Bauer gets a hug from then-U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio during her 2010 re-election for the district 1 seat on the Seminole County School Board. Bauer died Tuesday night.

SANFORD -- It was three years ago when Diane Bauer was running for re-election in her non-partisan district 1 seat on the Seminole County School Board that she got a hug from Marco Rubio on her way to yet another victory.

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DeLand campus cross country athlete makes history 

Amanda Spring of Stetson Univ. in DeLand Atlantic Sun Conf. runner week / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Stetson University freshman cross country runner Amanda Spring is announced Wednesday as 'Runner of the Week' by the Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Washington Monthly and MilitaryFriendly.com also give kudos

Stetson University in DeLand / Headline surferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Stetson University was ranked prominently on a national level by US News & World Report, Washington Monthly and MilitaryFriendly.com in a news release issued late Monday and embargoed until midnight to Headline Surfer and other Central Florida media outlets.

DELAND – Stetson University again has earned national recognition for its rigorous academics, commitment to social mobility and service, and military friendliness by ranking among the top universities in recent national surveys.

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Embry-Riddle University lands plane manufacturer / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President John Johnson, shown at front-center, announces partnership with Diamond Aircraft Industries that will allow for the manugfacturer to have a presence in Daytona Beach. Behind Johnson is Gov. Rick Scott.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Today at the 50th Annual International Paris Air Show, Gov. Rick Scott and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University officials announced that its president, John Johnson, and Diamond Aircraft Industries' CEO and owner Christian Dries, signed a partnership agreement that will establish the global manufacturer's presence at the Daytona Beach campus.

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DAYTONA BEACH – A new study attributes a powerful impact on the local economy of nearly $710 million generated by Daytona State College, its students and alumni.

The study verifies the strength and value of the college’s service to the communities, businesses and individuals in Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond, top administrative officials stressed in announcing the study's findings this afternoon.

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