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FDOT: Ribbon cutting planned for Friday

Holly Hill city emblem / Headline Surfer®HOLLY HILL, Fla. --  Later this week, residents and others will be reminded that they "can get there from here" when the newly-built Daytona Avenue Bridge opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

It takes place at the Daytona Avenue Bridge, in the 1000 block of Daytona Avenue, in the City of Holly Hill. The event starts at 5 p.m., Friday,

The Daytona Avenue Bridge serves as an important link near Holly Hill City Hall. It provides direct, north-south access.

But since Feb. 23, 2011, first responders and citizens had to travel a longer, less direct route, after it was discovered the local bridge was unlikely to continue safely handling day-to-day traffic anymore.

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HOLLY HILL, Fla. -- At 55 and out of the marriage scene for a decade now, the last thing political consultant Maureen France wanted to deal with was the hassle of a wedding, especially with family and friends in two separate locates more than 600 miles apart. So she and her longtime beau eloped.

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Here are the individual high school grad rates for Volusia County, FL / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Volusia County School District's graduation rate is 76 percent, equivalent to a C grade. In terms of a grade, neighboring counties Seminole (80.3 percent), Flagler (80.4 percent) and Orange (81.3 percent) would all get a B- and Brevard would get a B+.

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HOLLY HILL, Fla. -- If there is one thing certain from the Headline Surfer Public Candidate Debates for the three seats on the Volusia County Council up for grabs in the Nov. 8 general elections, district 4's Heather Post and Al Smith do not like each other one bit and it showed when they were seated next to each other with the moderator to their left and the video camera pointed at them.

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Dallas cops grieve for the loss of brother officers in Thursday's carnage / Headline Surfer®PREAMBLE (series): Mark D. Barker, one of Volusia County's original thinkers, begins the first in a series of local and regional reflective writings and analyses in the wake of the deadly sniper attack in Dallas during the tail-end of Thursday's otherwise peaceful 'Black Lives Matter' protest march in response to the use of deadly force by police in the shooting deaths of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Headline Surfer® asked the retired Holly Hill chief of police that very night if he would write an essay on his reaction to the utter carnage in Dallas, since he pens his independent blog, 'Barker's View,' via Barkersview.org. Barker readily agreed to work earnestly on that request. Because he also agreed to write the same thing for the News-Journal, which was published Sunday, this media outlet decided to hold off on publishing Barker's essay for a few days to avoid antagonism with  the daily newspaper. What begins here is the essay, with this digital media outlet's commitment to meaningful debate on the divisions that exist across the US:

Retired Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- I had the honor of serving as a law enforcement officer for more than 31 years, the last five as chief of police of a full-service municipal department in east Central Florida.

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HOLLY HILL, Fla. -- Children can enjoy group activities and field trips with Volusia County’s spring break camps, which are being offered in Holly Hill and DeBary from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 21 through 25. Both camps will offer playground activities, field trips, movies, and arts and crafts. Advance registration and payment are required.

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Fatal biker crash locator near Oak Hill, FL / Headline Surfer®Graphic by Headline Surfer® /
This locator map on Osteen Maytown Road near Maytown Spur Drive is where 70-year-old Eleanor Geertson was critically injured in a motorcycle crash, dying a short time later.

OAK HILL, Fla. -- A motorcycle crash Saturday morning near Oak Hill resulted in the death of a 70-year-old woman who was riding as a passenger, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Eleanor Geertson died less than four hours later at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach of unspecified injuries. She and her husband were wearing helmets. He was not injured.

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'Crazy' Eddie Colosimo and his outspokenness could resonate with voters, too

John Penny, candidate for Holly Hill mayor / Headline Surfer®Chris Via of Holly Hill, just 24, is running for mayor / Headline Surfer®'Crazy' Eddie Colosimo is a candidate for Holly Hill mayor / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Meet the candidates for mayor of Holly Hill in the Tuesday primary as shown here from left to right: John Penny, Chris Via and Eddie Colosimo.

HOLLY HILL --It's experience in John Penny or youth in Chris Via that appear to be the best choices for voters in choosing their next mayor in today's primary.

 

Penny, 50, married with two children and a veteran Holly Hill commissioner, has the pedigree and experience in municipal governance, while Via, just 24, has the youthful exuberance and enthusiasm that could reverberate throughout this small city that struggles sometimes in the shadow of its neighbor to the both in Ormond Beach or to the south in Daytona Beach.

A third option is mayoral candidate "Crazy" Eddie Colosimo, a 72-year-old Vietnam vet and biker with the self-described nickname who has been an outspoken critic of municipal politics over the last couple of years. 

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HOLLY HILL -- A woman rescue from a retention pond where she was seen floating and apparently unconscious was rescued by bystanders Tuesday, but she died a half hour after she was transported by ambulance to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.

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