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Kurt Busch celebrates at DaytonaPhoto credit Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images / Kurt Busch celebrates in Victory Lane on Friday after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH -- They call it the "Big One" and Friday's Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway lived up to the billing with a crash on lap 66 that collected 15 cars. Kurt Busch escaped with some damage to later take the checkered flag in his battered No. 1 Chevrolet.


Jim ChisholmPhoto from Daytona Beach city website / Daytona Beach's eight-year city manager is not leaving the World's Most Famous Beach, at least not for Sarasota, where he was among the top 3 vying for the same post there.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Jim Chisholm, Daytona Beach's city manager since 2004, may have made the final round of three for the same post in Sarasota, but after he failed to garner more than one vote Monday by that commission, he was no longer in the running. 

Sarasota officials are now looking to re-start their search process, seemingly uninpressed with the final big 3. Neither Chisholm nor the other two finalsts wowed the city commission there. The Sarasota Herald Tribune led off its online story after Monday's meeting making it clear officials there were far from wowed: "The City of Sarasota is desperate. But not that desperate."

The Sarasota newspaper quoted City Commissioner Shannon Snyder as saying of the choices, "I'm not voting for any of them."


Anthony Michael ShawAnthony Michael Shaw, 35, known to local police as shown in this March booking mug, was found dead over the weekend in a homeless camp in a wooded area of Daytona Beach. His name was released to the media on Monday. How or why he died has not been released.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The body of a homeless man found in a makeshift camp in the woods of Brentwood rive over the weekend has been identified as that of 35-year-old Anthony Michael Shaw. How the man was killed or when has not ye been released by police.


Daytona Crawfish FestivalDaytona Crwfish FestivalHeadline Surfer photos by Sera Frederick / Young partiers had no worries about drinking in public during Saturday's Crawfish & More Festival on Main Street in Daytona Beach. The cops were looking the other way.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A young group of people were trying to get a middle-aged man's macaw to drink some beer. It was party central Saturday night on Main Street with hundreds enjoying themselves and they didn't have to stay inside the bars to enjoy the cold brew, many drinking from large plastic see-through pitchers. After all, it was the eighth-annual "Crawfish & More Festival."


Jeff HentzPhoto for Headline Surfer /
Jeffrey Hentz President/CEO Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Hentz Assumed his leadership position Friday with the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the marketing arm of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The head of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority welcomed tourism executive Jeffrey Hentz who began his has duties today as the new president and chief executive officer of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We are excited to have Jeff join and lead our tourism marketing team," said Sean Belgrade, chairman of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority, which oversees the Daytona Beach area's tourism marketing efforts. "This is the start of an exciting era for the Daytona Beach area."


Carol Jean PaceCarol Jean Pace, the Holly Hill woman reported missing since April 18, was found safe Wednesday at a church in New Smyrna Beach that feeds the needy, police said.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 48-year-old woman considered endangered The Holly Hill Police Department reports that Carol Jean Pace, who was reported missing seven days earlier was spotted Wednesday during the serving of a hot meals program for the needy at the First United Methodist Church Hot Meals Program here in New Smyrna Beach.

"The church reports that they recognized Ms. Pace from media reports and contacted the Holly Hill Police Department," Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker said in a press release to Central Florida media outlets, including Headline Surfer, the New Smyrna Beach-based 24/7 Internet newspaper.

New Smyrna Beach police officers assisted in contacting Pace and confirmed that she was safe.

"Ms. Pace indicated to officers that she was not happy with her living situation and simply left on April 13th," Barker said.


Stasia WarrenPhoto for / Headline Surfer
Former Volusia County Judge Stasia Warren left the bench in March, hoping to return to the courtroom setting as state attorney.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Recently retired Volusia County Judge Stasia Warren announced Tuesday she's running for state attorney in the 7th Judicial Circuit against first-term incumbent R.J. Larizza.

Terry Shoemaker of St. Augustine is a third candidate. All three are Republicans. If one of them doesn't secure a 50-percent plus one vote victory in the primary, then the top two vote-getters will face off in November.

Warren made her surprise announcement in a press release e-mailed to / Headline Surfer and other media outlets, saying in part: “I have faithfully served the law and our community by delivering justice from behind the bench."


Dr. Carol GainesCourtest photo / Dr. Carol Gaines joins the medical staff of Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.

DAYTONA BEACH - Board-certified family medicine physician Carol Gaines, DO, has joined the medical staff at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.

"We're extremely blessed that Dr. Gaines has joined our Florida Hospital family," said Dr. Ron Jimenez, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center's chief medical officer.


DAYTONA BEACH -- The Junior League of Daytona Beach, Inc. will host its inaugural 5k aptly called "The best Foot Forward" to be held 8 a.m. Saturday, March 24. The course will wind through the tree-lined streets of LPGA.

For more information, please visit the Junior League of Daytona Beach website at  The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the annual Best Foot Forward project.


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DAYTONA BEACH -- Ed Schmidt of Pittsburgh is the first to admit he should be wearing a helmet. But he's not. Then again, some revelers aren't wearing much in the way of clothing either.