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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A 64-year-old woman was found beaten to death in her home at 405 DeSoto Drive by her grown son, New Smyrna Beach police said.

Here is a synopsis of the what occurred after NSBPD received a 9-1-1 call at 10:24 a.m. as described by police spookesman Sgt. Shane Riggle: Earlier this morning, the son of Darlene Robertson responded to her residence at after she did not show up for work today. "


VCSO: Injured friend in mishap from New Smyrna Beach

Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, FL / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer graphic / Blue Spring State Park, winter home of manateees for its warm waters is where a scuba diver lost his life in a diving accident on this Wednesday afternoon.

ORANGE CITY -- The scuba diver who died in an apparent diving accident this afternoon at Blue Springs State Park has been identified as 36-year-old Samuel Slack of Edgewater, a Volusia County Sheriff's official said.

Slack was prnounced dead at 3::43 p.m. at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City. The Sheriff's Office was called at 2:52 p.m. in responding to the fatality, agency spokesman Brandon Haught said.

"(Slack) was transported to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City where he was pronounced dead," Haught told Headline Surfer.


Cuban Pastor Humberto Berillo to visit New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Preaching Christianity in Communist Cuba is the topic of a 9 a.m., Saturday, July 6 talk by native Pastor Humberto Berillo, shown here, when he visits United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Visiting Cuban Pastor Humberto Berillo will be the featured speaker as the United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach continues its Community Forum Series with an inside look at how Christianity is practiced in the communist country.


New Smyrna Beach Regional Library / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach, is part of the Volusia County Public Library system. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Children can beat summer boredom at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, which is planning a full slate of free programs in June and July. First up, children in grades 1 through 5 can enter to win prizes by reading books. Reading logs will be available at the children’s desk beginning June 11.


Kirk Jones of NSB / Headline SurferNSB planning and zoning board member Steve Casserly / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photos by Sera Frederick / New Smyrna Beach City Commissioner Lynne Plaskette is shown with Mayorr Adam Barringer (left) and Assistant City Manager Khalid Resheidatat a workshop session in 2011.


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State Rep. Dorothy Hukill address her colleages in the Statehouse in Tallahassee prior to the end of the legislative session.

PORT ORANGE -- Dear Friends: As you probably know, the 2012 Legislative Session ended last month. Now that I’m back in Volusia County, I wanted to pass along a report of the main issues that were discussed and acted on in Tallahassee this year. Most importantly, I’m proud to report that we once again fulfilled our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget.

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Trayvon Martin rally in Miami / photos by Henry Frederick / Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, are flanked by the Rev. Al Sharpton and their attorney Benjamin Crump as several thousand cheered them on in Sunday's downtown Miami rally.

MIAMI --, New Smyrna Beach's 24/7 Internet newspaper, scored an exclusive interview today with Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin, following the big rally attended by several thousand people in downtown Miami.

The "Justice Rally" included singer Chaka Khan and retired NBA superstars Alonzo Mourning and Isaiah Thomas who flanked the grieving parents on stage.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- New Smyrna Beach's Bob Tolley is a fixture at local government meetings in his role as citizen watchdog. He also writes an occasional blog for the internet news site.  

The elder Tolley's remembrances and thoughts on 9/11 are presented here in a video on the eve of 9 // because of the impact of the terrorist attacks on the younger of his two sons, William, a firefighter, who had the grim task of removing bodies from Ground Zero that night.  


Photos by Henry Frederick and videos by Sera Frederick / The spotlight was on children at Saturday's "Family Spring Expo" at New Smyrna Beach's Riverside Park.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Children of all ages, from newborn to those on the cusp of 18, were welcomed and honored at the inaugural KC Society's "Family Spring Expo" at Riverside Park.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The weekly Observer newspaper has relocated its operations to the Edgewater home of Michele and Robert Wayne Lott since they were kicked out of their suite on Flagler Avenue after falling behind on the rent, their landlord told

The Lotts obtained a home occupation license in mid-April from Edgewater to operate the newspaper out of their Riverside Drive home, but have failed to seek a similar license from the county, which still shows them operating as a commercial business on Flagler Avenue.

Editor's Note: This story will be updated shortly.