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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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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When pre-teen Scott Johnson went to the barber for a haircut, he took his father's advice to heart of striking up a conversation: In doing so, he learned that the barber was a stockbroker for 12 years, or so he was told, thinking to himself, "And he cuts hair, too."

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With a mere 6 percent of the 66,166 registered voters taking part in the electoral process, Tuesday's primary turnout for the dist. 2 school board seat could go down as among the lowest in modern times with only 3,390 bothering to vote.

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NSBHS students form a perfect 8 to symbolize lives helped by organ donation / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / This shot taken from the rafters of the New Smyrna Beach High School gymnasium on Wednesday will be used for a new poster to help high school students throughout Central Florida learn about the importance of organ and tissue donation.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Some 350 students, along with a few teachers and administrators, formed the No. 8 inside the high school gym Wednesday to symbolize the number of lives that could be saved from the organs of someone who has died.

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NSB High studentsHeadline Surfer photo by Henry Frederick / New Smyrna Beach High social studies students held a mock city commission meeting last year at city hall. City Commissioner and current County Council dist. 3 candidate Jim Hathaway is shown here sitting in the audience with City Attorney Frank Gummey seated behind him. A new crop of students will do the same on Thursday.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When Mayor Jaquandra Walker bangs the gavel Thursday morning, she and a dozen or so other New Smyrna Beach High social studies students will have taken over the dais in place of the adult leaders of the community in a mock city commission meeting.

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NSB High School homecoming court / Headline SurferHere are the candidates for King and Queen of the New Smyrna Beach Homecoming game on Oct. 26. Left to Right 1st Row: Shar'Quan Baker, Sara Cronk, Jennifer Pugh, Sofia Trotta, Sierra Selman, Isabel Trotta, Jessica Armitage, Shar'Quayla Baker Left to Right 2nd Row: James Clark, Jonah Power, Dallas Macdermant, Dillion Macdermant, Brandon Amendolare, Desmond Mitchell, Tayler Selby, Edwin Navarro, Corbin Lyles, Dexter Dixon Not pictured: Shanleigh O'dell and Brianna Sanders.

NEW SMYRNA BREACH -- The New Smyrna Beach High School 'Cudas have lots of reasons to be happy this school year. The football team is undefeated through the first six games and Homecoming is coming up.

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DELAND, Fla. -- Al Williams, chairman of the School Board of Volusia County, died this morning at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach surrounded by family and friends. He was 70 years old.

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Stetson University hire Joseph ProtopapaDELAND -- Joseph Protopapa, director of integrated career services and employer relations at the Career Center at the University of Akron (Ohio), has been selected as Stetson University's executive director of career development and academic advising. He starts this month.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The past school year was a year where so many students shined in the classroom, in sports and other extra-curricular events as well as service to the community. Here is a look back in our multi-media format of stories, photos and videos.

NSBHS quarterback Josh Brisboishttp://nsbnews.net/content/409320-outstanding-male-athlete-nsbhs-quarterback-john-brisbois

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Jim TagerHeadline Surfer videos by Sera Frederick / All 392 graduating seniors, whose names were called to the stage to receive their diplomas are included in the 24/7 Internet newspaper's exclusive multimedia coverage of the NSBHS Class of 2012. More videos inside.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Principal Jim Tager and his devoted staff of teachers and counselors got together for one last hurrah with the seniors of the Class of 2012 before unleashing them onto a world unto their own to begin life's journey as young adults.

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