Editor's Note: The following guest column was written by Rich Gailey, a candidate for the Volusia County Council dist. 5 seat:

Volusia County Council dist 5 candidate Rich GaileyDEBARY -- When there is an ailment that affects one part of the body the whole body is affected. I remember when I popped the posterior cruciate ligament in my knee while playing pick-up basketball, I could not push off with that leg anymore, and as a result, I stopped playing basketball because I was not longer as productive as when I had the full use of both of my legs. It is the same with excessive government spending.


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Rich Gailey, with his wife Lisa and their two children shown here, call Southwest Volusia home. The family lives in DeBary and he owns property in Deltona. Gailey is running for the Volusia County Council dist. 5 seat against incumbent Pat Northey and fellow challengers Dennis Mulder and Stony Sixma.

DELTONA -- Rich Gailey loves God, his family and his country. And like many of you struggling to make ends meet in this entrenched recession, he's grown tired and weary of paying taxes and seeing from his vantage point diminishing returns in the Southwest Volusia community he and his wife and children call home.

That's why Gailey's running for the district 5 seat on the Volusia County Council.


DEBARY, Fla. -- Pests are a year-round problem in Florida. They can lay waste to a lawn or take out a garden seemingly overnight.


DEBARY, Fla. -- From Johnny Appleseed to railroad engineer Casey Jones to steel-driver John Henry, America has its share of folk heroes. Some of these larger-than-life characters really existed. Some were created. All of
them have played a colorful role in American life and history.

Daytona Beach resident and author William Lazarus will discuss their exploits and the origins of their legends at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary. 

DEBARY, Fla. -- Recently Stafford Jones spoke to the Republican Club of Southwest Volusia regarding the debates over Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The uncertain future of print media remains a challenge for the industry in the struggle to hold onto tradition while even internet news operations fight for acceptance as the drone of social media draws the masses.

But if there has been one constant in the uncertainty of the news business locally, it's Dinah Pulver, the longstanding environment reporter, who has chipped in to cover everything from NASCAR to Bike Week and the occasional chicken dinner festival. Regardless, she always finds her way back to the specialty beat she's carved out for herself over two-plus decades. And now Pulver is a officially enshrined in the inaugural Class of 2017 Headline Surfer® Hall of Fame, among the Top 100 recipients recognized by the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet as the best of the best in in Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties and beyond.


DEBARY, Fla. -- The Republican Club of Southwest Volusia will hold its next meeting at noon Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Debary Golf and Country Club, 300 Plantation Club Drive.


WASHINGTON DC -- What an eventful few days in D.C. for this Florida gal and a chance to unwind from a tough, but rewarding campaign of my own in the 2016 election cycle where I won re-election as Republican state committeewoman for Volusia County for a third consecutive four-year term.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Headline Surfer is counting down the Top 100 stories of 2016 in the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando metro area otherwise known as the I-4 corridor of Central Florida through Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- What was the top story of 2016 in the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando region?