DELAND -- Children can give their brains and bodies a workout during free programs at the DeLand Regional Library this fall.


Darla Borders & Billy Jones recognized for 15 years with Volusia County Fair in DeLand / Headline Surfer®DELAND -- Volusia County Fair Association Board President Billy Jones and administrative assistant Darla Borders received their State of Florida Honorary FFA Degrees at a ceremony at the Seventh General Session of the 86th Florida FFA State Convention & Expo.


DELAND -- Andy Kelly has qualified to run for his old seat against incumbent Pat Patterson in the district 1 County Council race, according to the Volusia Supervisor of Elections website.


Drunken man run over and killed in DeLand / Headline Surfer®DELAND -- A 57-year-old apparently drunken man was run over and killed Friday night by a large SUV apparently after he stopped walking while in the middle of North Woodland Boulevard to drink a beer, cops said.

Here's a synopsis of what happened at 8:37 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Woodland as described by DeLand police officer TJ Petralla in a press release sent to HeadlineSurfer®: "Per witnesses on scene: "A 57-year-old male, believed to be intoxicated, walked westbound from the Sunoco gas station in a dark area of the roadway and crossed over the concrete median. He then walked west into the inside southbound lane where a witness states he stopped in the middle of that lane and began drinking a beer."


Waverly Media bench ads dot Volusia County landscape as shown here at Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange, FL / Headline Surfer®Waverly Media / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Waverly Media park bench ads like this one at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange, dot the landscape in Volusia County.

DAYTONA BEACH -- No matter where you drive along the major roadways in the county, invariably you are going to see more than a few of those eye-catching park bench ads.

Such is the successful advertising medium of Waverly Media, which literally has hundreds of benches dotting the landscape that is home to the world's most famous beach, the Daytona 500 and Florida's first 24/7 internet newspaper,


Entrant Webster Barnaby incensed with what he sees as patently racist comment to 'minimize' his candidacy and that of County Council at-large incumbent Joyce Cusack

Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Northey statementWebster BarnabyJoyce Cusack ;/  Headline Surfer®DELTONA -- One day after Headline Surfer® broke the story that highly-respected Deltona City Commissioner Webster Barnaby had entered the race to challenge Volusia County Council at-large incumbent Joyce Cusack, the Daytona Beach Beach News-Journal was playing catch-up on the newest entrant, but it's a quote attributed to the third candidate in the race that is a major whopper.


Incumbent Joyce Cusack already in battle with term-limited colleague Pat Northey

Webster Barnaby of Deltona running for at-large County Council / Headline Surfer®Volusia at-large County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack / Headline Surfer®Term-limited Pat Northey challenging for the at-large County Council / Headline Surfer®Display photo for Headline Surfer® /
Deltona City Commissioner Webster Barnaby is running for the at-large seat on the County Council against incumbent Joyce Cusack, in the middle, and fellow Council member Pat Northey.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Saying it's time "for fresh blood and a fresh approach," Deltona City Commissioner and Republican Webster Barnaby announced his candidacy to run for the non-partisan at-large seat on the Volusia County Council against first-term incumbent Joyce Cusack and term-limited dis. 5 seat holder Pat Northey, the latter two Democrats.



Duplication of investigations by State Attorney, FBI

Jon Kaney / Weverly attorney probe / Headline Surfer®County Council at-large member Joyce Cusack / Headline Surfer®Term-limited County Council member Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® / The appointment of Jon Kaney as investigator of Waverly bus bench probe for the County Council is something term-limited Council member Pat Northey is looking forward to in hopes of weakening at-large incumbent Joyce Cusack, whose seat she covets in the 20134 elections.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The ugliness of Volusia County politics continues to fester in the Frank T. Bruno chambers in DeLand with today's expected coronation of attorney Jonathan Kaney Jr. as the hired gun to investigate the Waverly bus bench advertising scandal, something already well under way with ongoing investigations by the State Attorney's Office and the FBI. 


Scott Mandis is missing and considered endangered / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Scott Mandis, 33, has not returned to an assisted living facility and is in need of medicine and may be somewhere in the Daytona area. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a man with a diminished mental capacity who has been missing for a week and requires medication.

Scott Mandis, 33, was arrested Nov. 18 in DeLand on a trespassing charge and was released from the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach the next day, but has been missing since.