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DELAND, Fla. -- An 87-year-old man injured earlier this month during a home invasion of his home near DeLand by a lone burglar that left him clinging to life with multiple fractures to his face and head died today, a spokesman for Sheriff Ben Johnson said.

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Blood drive in DeLand to help replenish blood banks in wake of Orlando terror attack / Headline Surfer®DELAND, Fla. -- There will be a Blood Drive on 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Volusia County Courthouse, 101 N. Alabama Ave. The Big Red Bus will be parked in the short term parking area along New York Avenue (State Road 44).

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Pool drowning map locator near DeLand of boy, 5 / Headline SurferDELAND -- A 5-year-old boy drowned in a backyard swimming pool while he and his family were visiting their grandmother Friday evening near DeLand, said a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the tragic incident.

Deputies were dispatched to 2535 Cherangela Court after receiving a 9-1-1 call from there about 7 p.m. Friday.

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Photo by David S. Williams for Headline Surfer / Stetson's Kevin Fagan, shown at far left, and teammate Patrick Mazeika, were both named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team.

By Ricky Hazel
For Headline Surfer
DELAND --  A pair of Stetson baseball players were named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, which is selected annually by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

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Stetso Hatters beat Mercer in college baseball / Headline SurferPhoto by David S. Williams for Stetson Univ. / Headline Surfer /
Kevin Fagan had three hits, scored two runs and picked up the save at home for the Stetson Hatters on Saturday against Mercer.

DELAND -- The Stetson Hatters used a four-run rally in the eighth inning on Saturday at Melching Field to rally for a 6-4 victory over Mercer, snapping a five-game losing skid with their first conference win of the year.

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Chelsea Walley of Stetson Hatters hits a homerun / Headline SurferPhoto by Jim Hogue for Stetson University / Headline Surfer /
Chelsea Whalley hit her third home run of the season on Saturday for the Stetson Hatters who go to 4-0 on the season.
 
By Jamie Bataille
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DELAND – A huge start, a clutch finish, and several solid innings inbetween proved to be a winning formula for the Stetson softball team Saturday as the Hatters defeated Florida A&M 11-0 and Bethune-Cookman 7-3 to sweep the Hatter Classic at Patricia Wilson Field.

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Location of shotgun homicide / Headline SurferAntwan Harris, 25-year-old murder victim / Headline SurferVolusia County's first homicide of the New Year was reported in the 900 block of South Parsons Avenue outside DeLand as shown here.

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GOP State Committeeman Robert Fortner of DeLand / Headline SurferCourtesy photo exclusively for Headline Surfer / Robert Fortner of DeLand, a Republican state committeeman from DeLand, cheers during Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

TAMPA -- Robert Fortner, a GOP state committeeman from DeLand liked what he heard from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in his acceptance speech at the convention.

"He gave us what we wanted to hear," the 68-year-old retired custom automotive car and boat manufacturer said on his way back to his hotel. "He had a job to do to accept the nomination and he delivered. He was very positive for the country's future."

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Kyle Sikora played for Miami's Florida Christian

Kyle SikoraDELAND -- Kyle Sikora only averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for Michigan's Oakland University, but Stetson University men's basketball coach Casey Alexander likes his size. Sikora is a 7-footer who weighs 240 pounds.

“We’re really excited that Kyle chose Stetson,” Alexander said. “His size and skill level is perfect for our offensive system and his presence in the paint will mean a lot for the future of this program.”

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