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DAYTONA BEACH -- Hurricane Irma may have been the ultimate litmus test for first-year Police Chief Craig Capri, whose street smarts as a former longtime cop on the beat and brains in mapping out a strategic game plan in tackling the massive storm whose impact is still being felt now five days later. 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Her Facebook page profile says "married," but make no mistake about it: Widow Kathy Stewart rode out Hurricane Irma alone and in the dark of a closet in her towering beachside condo.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The regular season of NASCAR's re-formatted Chase, which isn't the Chase any more probably doesn't resonate with the casual fan.

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With Hurricane Irma slowly moving through the Carribean on its way to Florida with sustained winds of 145, Sunshine State residents are feeling anxious.

"Apparently, I'm wide awake on hurricane adrenaline," Kahlin Grant of Daytona Beach wrote on her Facebook page at 4:20 this morning. "It's similar to Christmas morning excitement, but way less magical."

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By HENRY FREDERICK
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation raised nearly $140,000 at its annual Dinner Celebration and Auction featuring NASCAR driver Austin Dillon at the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway, event organizers said.

This year's big draw was Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. The funds raised came through sponsorships, live auction sales and tickets for prizes.

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By HENRY FREDERICK
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Members of the Volusia County Council, along with other dignitaries and business leaders, will celebrate the grand opening of TeleTech during a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. at 260 Jimmy Ann Drive.

TeleTech is a customer experience provider headquartered in Colorado, with more than 48,000 employees worldwide. The company was recruited to the area by Team Volusia Economic Development Corp., over competitive locations in Mobile, Alabama and three cities in Texas.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- County Manager Jim Dinneen has given rookie Sheriff Mike Chitwood lots of goodies since he took office in Jan. 1: In fact, Daytona's former top cop was able to reward his bright young gal-pal campaign manager, Janelle Holman, with a plumb job as a PR specialist shooting videos and feel-good pics with a salary of $54,000 a year, a whopping 20 grand more than what a starting deputy would make if Chiwood were to actually hire one.  

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By HENRY FREDERICK
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood's vitriolic vulgarity dominates the law enforcemnt agency's social media pages on Facebook where there is little or no separation between postings presenting wanted individuals or those apprehended and charged with crimes identified as "scumbags" by the elected politician's civilian PIOs right next to or above and below other postings where the emphasis is on the good works of deputies and volunteers centerd around children's programs and community service announcements.

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By HENRY FREDERICK
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Four years ago, Frank Bruno, Joie Alexander and Carl Persis stepped off the county council dais, having done the people's work.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bruce Page, president and chief executive officer of Intracoastal Bank, announces changes to the bank’s senior management team.

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