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LAKE HELEN, Fla. -- One of God's gentlest four-legged mammals who loved being on a farm is no longer among the living, thanks to one or more dogs that had gotten loose from a nearby locale and ripped open his muzzle    with bites that Lake Helen cops believe may be the handiwork of one or more pit bulls  or mix breeds based on the viciousness of the attack.


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+.


LAKE HELEN, Fla. -- Zone 2 Commissioner Vernon Burton got a free pass to-re-election when no one else put in qualifying papers back in June.

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abradford copy_1.jpgHeadline Surfer photo / Anita Bradford, candidate for a seat on the Deltona City Commission, is among myriad candidates in Volusia County who will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general elections.
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LAKE HELEN, Fla. -- Zone 2 Commissioner Vernon Burton got a free pass to-re-election when no one else put in qualifying papers by the noon Friday deadline and so he will serve another two years when his current term expires after November's election.



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David Hughes is among 6 candidates vying for 2 commission seats in Lake Helen, FL / Headline Surfer®Lake Helen, Florida qualifying for 2014 elections / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / David Hughes, shown here at left, is among six candidayes vying for two commission seats in Lake Helen.

LAKE HELEN -- The two incumbents up for re-election here in rural Lake Helen in West Volusia have two challengers each in the 2014 elections with qualifying having ended noon Friday.

 Zone 2 City Commissioner Vernon Burton is being challenged by Ernie DeBoliac and Bart Gawlikowski. And Zone 4 City Commissioner Cameron Lane is facing challenges from David Hughes and Tura Schnebly.


LAKE HELEN -- So much for transparency and public information in Lake Helen: According to the city's website two seats are listed as up for elections, but no information on who qualified is listed.

Headline Surfer® did get a live person on the phone, but as soon as the internet newspaper said it was calling about qualifying, the phone was transferred to a recording in the city clerk's office.


Deputy returned fire in defensive mode, but gunman wasn't struck and instead died from self-inflicted shotgun blast

Man kills himself after domestic quarrel in Lake Helen / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer locator / After keeping deputies and a SWAT team at bay for several hours in the 2700 block of Ranch Road near Lake Helen, a man who had been fighting with his girlfriend while drinking, turned a shotgun on himself and fired one round. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at 3:08 a.m. at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City after being rushed into the ER a little more than an hour earlier. He had been drinking and got into a fight with his girlfriend who suffered minor injuries.

LAKE HELEN -- An armed man who threatened his girlfriend Monday night and then kept responding Volusia County Sheriff's deputies at bay for more than four hours has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, an agency spokesman said.

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Smoke chokes the air in the woods of Pioneer Trail in Samsula near New Smyrna Beach as shown in this video.

SAMSULA -- A 55-acre fire that raged in the woods of Pioneer Trail left the unmistakable stench of smoke for days.