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DELAND, Fla. -- They say cats have nine lives. At 14, Sammie the Cat may have squeezed out his final lifeline with a little help from his new-found friends: DeLand firefighters who rescued the furry creature from a drain on April Fools Friday morning. No joke.

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By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are 71 teachers nominated by their peers competing for the honor of Volusia County School District's 2018 Teacher of the Year.

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By Henry Frederick
Headline Surfer
DELAND, Fla. -- A representative from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will
explain the "do’s and don’ts of living with alligators" at 11 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 19, at the DeLand Regional Library.
Attendees can pick up some safety tips and learn what to do and who to call about nuisance alligators. Reservations are not required for this free program.
 

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VCSO holds 'Coffee with a Cop' Friday in DeLand / Headline Surfer®DELAND, Fla. -- The next installment of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office's 90-minute "Coffee With A Cop" program is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday at the McDonald's restaurant in the Brandywine Plaza just north of the DeLand city limits.

The 2-year-old program is part of a national initiative to further dialogue between law enforcement and citizens without heavy lectures or hidden agendas.

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DELAND, Fla. -- They say cats have nine lives. At 14, Sammie the Cat may have squeezed out his final lifeline with a little help from his new-found friends: DeLand firefighters who rescued the furry creature from a drain on this April Fools Friday morning. No fooling, though. The cat's out of the beg, err, drain.

Sammie was located by its owner in a street drain on Main Street after its cries were heard, DeLand spokesman Chris Graham said.

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Congressional dis 6 candidate and ex-New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer gets endotrsement of three West Volusia mayors / Headline Surfer®ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- Seeing is believing and in a show of solidarity, three of West Volusia's most prominent mayors stood with Congressional District 6 Republican candidate Adam Barringer at a press conference Monday outside the Dickinson Center in demonstrating their endorsement of the former New Smyrna Beach mayor and his quest to go to Washington as congressman: Tom Laputka of Orange City, Bob Apgar of DeLand and John Masiarczyk of Deltona.

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Donald Payne, junior defensive back named to FCS All America Team / Headline Surfer®
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Stetson University's Donald Payne scores All America honors.

DELAND, Fla. -- Stetson junior defensive back Donald Payne has added another accolade to his long list of accomplishments: He has been named named to the 2015 American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America team.

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Breaks single-game scoring record that stood for 29 years & spanning 842 games

DELAND, Fla. -- Brianti Saunders was not going to be denied as she knocked down her first eight shots en route to a 40-point performance Sunday at home in a 79-57 trouncing of Georgia Southern in the first day of the 2015 Hatter Classic.

 

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Paravchutist injured in hard fall at DeLand Airport / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
An unconscious, Matthew Serwanski, is tended to by emergency personnel after a parachute jump at DeLand Airport resulted in a rough landing.

DELAND, Fla. -- A 27-year-old sky diver suffered injuries to his head and legs during what was decribed as a "hard fall" Monday morning at DeLand airport, municipal cops said.

The injured jumper in the 11 a.m. incident that brought out police and firefighters was identified as Matthew Serwanski of DeLand.

"The initial information is that Mr. Serwanski made a hard landing and suffered a head injury and injuries to his legs," DeLand PD Sgt. Chris Estes told Headline Surfer®. "He was flown to Halifax in Daytona for treatment."

Two sky divers have died in separate jumps so far this year at the airport where Skydive DeLand is located.

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DELAND, Fla. -- The way School Board member Melody McSorley Johnson sees it, colleague John Hill's public demand for the firing of the superintendent of schools before speaking to her privately, may not have been in good taste, but she was quick to add "the handwriting was on the wall" regarding Margaret Smith's decision to retire as soon as today.

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