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DAYTONA BEACH -- A man found chained to a tree at 10 this morning by his own doing off of Nova Road near Bellevue was transported to Halifax Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation and for medical care associated with being out in the cold weather, Daytona Beach police said.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The Orange Avenue bridge will not be closed for maintenance Thursday as previously
announced. The maintenance will be rescheduled, county spokeswoman Pat Kuehn said.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Patrick Henry won the special election for the zone 5 city commission seat tonight that his older brother was forced to vacate because of pending charges that absentee ballots were illegally obtained before last August's primary.

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YouTube video of the crash-marred final lap of the 2010 Bud Shootout at Daytona won by Kevin Harvick.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The field for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will feature former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field, a host of former outstanding rookies and a collection of previous winners at the "World Center of Racing." Adding to the drama of the 33rd annual season-opening event, this field of drivers will compete for the first time on Daytona's new asphalt.

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Photo by Henry Frederick / Here is a view of the Orange Avenue Bridge in Daytona Beach as taken from inside a car.
Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

DAYTONA BEACH – With the clock ticking on the life span of the Orange Avenue draw bridge in Daytona Beach, the Volusia County Council earlier today unanimously approved plans to replace it with a  high-rise fixed bridge, replacing the aging structure that’s been servicing traffic since 1954.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Sports cars from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will test on the new racing surface of Daytona International Speedway beginning Friday and running through the weekend in advance of the Rolex 24 At Daytona the weekend of Jan. 27-30.

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 DAYTONA BEACH -- Daytona International Speedway has hired Ryan Tolley as director of sales effective Feb. 7. Andrew Booth has been promoted to senior manager of media relations and Joann Mantovani has been promoted to senior manager of advertising and promotions.

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(Courtesy photo / DBPD). Freshlyn Marie Maddox, 14, has been reunited with her family on Christmas Eve, having been missing for a week after running away.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 14-year-old girl missing for a week has been found safe on Christmas Eve, police said.

Freshllyn Marie Maddox was found 7 p.m. at the Star homess shelter on Segrave Street about 7 p.m., police said.

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(Courtesy photo / DBPD). If you have seen missing 14-year-old Freshlyn Marie Maddox, please call Daytona Beach police at 386-671-5223. Please click the attachment below for further details.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 14-year-old last seen by her father six days ago is missing and Daytona Beach cops are seeking the public's help in finding her.

Here is what police said of the missing girl identified as Freshllyn Marie Maddox, who was last seen Friday, by her father, Maddox at home at 611 Aberdeen St.: "Maddox has never run away from home before but stated that she did not want to stay with her father. Her mother lives at 757 Iowa St. The family has checked some friends' residences and they advise they have not seen her and she has not taken her meds since she went missing."

She is African-American, 5 feet 2 and 115 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. No clothing description was provided.

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(Courtesy photo / orlandomagic.com) Vince Carter, whose road through baskettball started at Daytona Beach's Mainland High School, then the North Carolina ar Heels and into the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, the New Jersey and then a homecoming of sorts with the Orlando Magic, is now a member of the Phoenix Suns in a major blockbuster trade.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Orlando Magic have traded former Mainland High School star Vince Carter to the Phoenix Suns in a multi-player trade. Read more about it by clicking the link to SI.com: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/nba/12/18/magic.trades.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

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