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DeLand – The Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree sale on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 15, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.

A variety of trees will be available for homeowners to purchase. For more information, please call 386-789-1780.

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Willie Hicks, of DeLand, a 32-year-old convicted drug felon, is jailed on a first-degree murder charge in the throat-slashing death of Danielle Santangelo, 34, of Port Orange, whose body was found late Wednesday in her car in a wooded area near DeLand.

DELAND -- Danielle Santangelo, the murdered Port Orange woman whose body was found Wednesday in a wooded area near DeLand with her throat slashed had gone to see her killer after he apparently answered her personals ad in the Pennysaver, A Volusia County Sheriff's official said tonight.

The accused killer, 32-year-old Willie Hicks of DeLand, a convicted drug felon who has been in and out of prison, is charged with first-degree murder in the 34-year-old woman's slaying.

The investigation so far has revealed that Santangelo had placed an ad in the Pennysaver newspaper advertising herself as a 'girlfriend next door,'" Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said. "Hicks responded to the ad a day or two before she was reported missing; however, it's not known exactly what day they first talked on the phone. It's believed they met in person for the first time on Monday."

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DELAND -- The body of a woman found inside a car just Wednesday afternoon south of DeLand is likely that of a Port Orange woman reported missing two days earlier when she drove off from her home in her mother's car, local authorities said.

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Courtesy photos/VCBJ / Gloria Prinz, 33, of DeLand, as shown in far left mug shot, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 3, in New Smyrna Beach on charges of DUI and multiple counts of possessing prescription pills. Here she is in the smaller mug shot from her Oct. 16 arrest on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license and two counts of possession of schedule II substances.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- It looked like a pharmacy in the trunk of a DeLand woman’s car when a Volusia County Sheriff’s sergeant looked inside after pulling her over due to her erratic driving, an agency spokesman said. Gloria Prinz was arrested on several charges Wednesday afternoon to include DUI and possessing prescription drugs for sale when a traffic stop in New Smyrna Beach revealed nearly 1,000 prescription pills obtained from 16 different doctors.


DELAND -- Dr. Roberta Favis, professor of art history and curator of the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection at Stetson University, will present a gallery talk Thursday, Nov. 11, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, 139 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. The talk is free and open to the public.


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DELAND -- The Friends of the Library will sell hardcover books and paperbacks in the DeLand Area Public Library auditorium from 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12; and 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

A pre-sale will be open for viewing at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, and buyers can purchase books at pre-sale prices from 4:30 - 7:15 p.m.


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New Smyrna Beach quarterback Evan Schroeder and running back Raheem Mostert connected on several passing plays with no timeouts, the final one a touchdown strike, to come from behind in the closing minute of Thursday's home game for a 28-24 win over the previously unbeaten DeLand Bulldogs. Check out the game highlights in our first video and Coach Lance Jenkins reaction to the thrilling win in our second video.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- 'Cudas quarteback Evan Schroeder and running back Raheem Mostert hooked up on a series of passing plays starting from their own 25-yard line, the final one a 9-yard touchdown strike to give New  Smyrna Beach a 28-24 come-from-behind victory over previously unbeaten DeLand at the NSB Sports Complex.


DELAND -- Stetson University's School of Business Administration has been named one of the nation's "Best 300 Business Schools" in a new guidebook released Tuesday by The Princeton Review.

The education services company compiles its guidebook of top business schools annually based on input from more than 19,000 students in Master of Business Administration programs accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, as well as statistical data received from the institutions.


DELAND -- The DeLand Area Public Library will offer free craft sessions for adults from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesdays of the month from October through March.


DELAND -- Computer knowledge is just a click away at the DeLand Area Public Library. Check out
the free computer classes available in October.