DAYTONA BEACH -- Carl Edwards is a speed demon and his pole-winning qualifying time for the Daytona 500 is a testament to that label: With a lap of 194.738 mph today, he posted the fastest time in more than a decade on the super speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH -- The Junior League of Daytona Beach hosted over 700 attendees at its 10th annual Sweetheart's Ball on Saturday night at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort.
The father/daughter formal dinner dance is a signature fundraiser for the Junior League, with proceeds benefitting community projects that directly impact the lives of families in need, expectant and new mothers, students struggling to succeed, and children dealing with the loss of a loved one.
DAYTONA BEACH -- Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip, a pair of three-time NASCAR champions, led the field of five among racing's greats for this year's NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Vince Carter is gearing up for the NBA season on Christmas day with his new team, the Dallas Mavericks, who open up at home against the team they beat in the finasls last season, the Miami Heat.
DAYTONA BEACH -- The Dallas Mavericks have good reason to be pleased with the addition of Vince Carter as the NBA season begins Christmas Day. Carter, the Mainland High School McDonald's All-American, known as "Vinsanity," practiced for the first time Thursday, slowed by tendinitis in his knee.
DAYTONA BEACH -- The first drowning of 2011 occurred Thursday when a 52-year-old man wading in shallow waters stumbled and drowned in what was a calm surf, the Volusia County Beach Patrol said.
Beach Patrol officials were unclear what may have caused Mark Howe to drown in the 5:20 p.m. incident near the Zelda Boulevard Beach ramp with no major rip currents reported. Alcohol or a medical condition may have been factors, Beach Patrol spokeswoman Tammy Marris said. The drowning victim had lived nearby.
DELAND -- Circuit Judge William A. Parsons will lead the Seventh Judicial Circuit as chief judge beginning July 1. Elected by the 42 circuit and county court judges in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, Parsons will have administrative supervision over all courts in the 7th Judicial circuit which includes Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties, during his two-year term.
DAYTONA BEACH -- One of the best stories on the complicated and often boring topic of home values and tax assessments was written and published Thursday in the Daytona Beach News-Journal by metro reporter and projects editor Derek Catron.
Ormond Beach cops: Daytona Beach man electrocuted while trimming large palm tree; pronounced dead short time later at hospital
ORMOND BEACH -- A 36-year-old Daytona Beach man was electrocuted Thursday morning while trimming branches and died a short time later at Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial, police said.
Police and fire rescue personnel responded to a 9-1-1 call at 597 N. Beach St. for the 11:40 a.m. accidental death.