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(Courtesy photos). Richard Paul Walker, 35, as shown in the larger photo, was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in the pistol-whipping attack overnight on Marty Boyd, 42.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 42-year-old man was piostol-whipped for $30 late Chrisdtmas Eve and had to have his head stapled at Bert Fish Medical Center to closde his wound, police said. His alleged attacker, Richard Paul Walker, 35, was arrested a short time later, New Smyrna Beach police said.

The 11 p.m. attack happened in the 500 block of Sinnka St., where Marty Boyd was robbed of $30 in cash after he was repeatedly struck with a handgun about his head, according to a report filed by police Sgt. Valerie Joyce. He was transported by EVAC to Bert Fish Medical Center where he required several staples to his head to close his bloody wound.

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(Courtesy photos). New Smyrna Beach resident Dean Carr, as shown in this photo at a family outing, is staving off an almost-certain death from an aggressive brain tumor. A fundraiser dinner was held in his honor last month by Clancy's Cantina, That's Amore and and Mon DeLice restaurants at the Coronado Civic Center on the beachside, which raised $10,000 for his care. With him in this photo are from left to right, daughters, Christi Carr, 27,  and Katie Carr, 24; wife, Denise Carr, and daughter, Deana Carr, 19.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Christi Carr makes no bones about what today's Christian holiday means to her and her family: "Our father being alive is our Christmas."

Asked on Christmas Eve what she most wanted today, the 27-year-old eldest of three daughters to Dean Carr responded: "I already have it. My Dad! He's the best present I could ever want."

Today is a day of love, remembrance and thankfulness for the New Smyrna Beach family, knowing full well this may very well be 50-year-old Dean Carr's final Christmas. With him on this Christmas are his wife of 30 years, Denise; their three daughters, Christi, Katie, 24; and Deanna, 19, and his parents from Georgia, James and Betty.

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(Photos by Dale Smith). The public keeps coming through the front door of Nuns & Roses Bed & Breakfast during the Dec. 12 "Tour and Taste" walk through the historic inns in downtown New Smyrna Beach as part of Christmas on Canal. As shown in this photo, visitors view the parlors on the first level before climbing stairs to the second level where the private suites are located.
Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Four of the city’s most established overnight accommodations were decked out in their finest holiday attire earlier this month for a bed and breakfast "Tour and Taste" as part of Historic Canal Street's wrap-up of Christmas on Canal. They included Night Swan B&B on South Riverside Drive, Kelsey’s Riverview Inn on Flagler Avenue and The Longboard Inn and Nuns & Roses B& B, both on Washington Street.

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(Photos by Dale Smith). At far left, NSB City Commissioners Jim Hathaway and Judy Reiker listen to their colleagues discuss future plans. In the second photo, Mayor Adam Barringer, Commissioner Lynne Plaskett and Assistant City Manager Khalid Resheidat do the same.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – City leaders started with a list of 17 goals for the coming year, but narrowed them to 10, including issues like zoning, downtown redevelopment, parking and city employee pensions, at a visioning workshop.

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(Courtesy photo). Albert Edward Gilner, 74, of New Smyrna Beach, has been arrested on federal warrants charging him with multiple counts of wire and mail fraud as well as money laundering.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A New Smyrna Beach man wanted by U.S. Postal Service on fraud charges has been apprehended with the help of a police detective here,

The feds were able to track down 74-year-old Albert Edward Gilner, arresting him 9:20 a.m. Friday at his residence, 1412 S. Riverside Drive, on warrants charging him with four counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and one count of money laundering.

New Smyrna Beach Police Detective Lisa Gundrum was instrumental in making the arrest happen, having worked with federal investigators since 2008.

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(Photos by Dale Smith). A new sign in the front yard at 310 Julia St., New Smyrna Beach, announces the new temporary home of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce. The chamber will stay at that location for at least a year until the historic chamber building on Canal Street is renovated and updated.  Walter and Ann Johnson of Settle-Wilder Funeral Home, center and right, pose for a photo with SE Volusia Chamber Executive Vice President Samantha Bishop.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – An open house has heralded in a new beginning for the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce as it readies to fire up business in 2011.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The way City Commissioner Lynne Plaskett sees it, New Smyrna Beach has more than its fair share of public benches with advertising on them. “I just don’t want to see us becoming a bus bench billboard city,” Plaskett said.

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(Photos by Dale Smith). In the larger photo, David Swentor, developer of the proposed 112-room Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, addresses the City Commission, with attorney Glenn Storch by his side, implores officials to grant him an additional six months to secure funding, saying his project was negatively impacted by the city's planning debacle. In the smaller photo, City Commissioner and Mayor Adam Barringer, along with Commissioners Judy Reiker and Lynne Plaskett, vote to meet him half way with a three-month extension. Commissioner Jim Hathaway opposes any extension at all. 

Here is a link to one of the earlier stories on the planning debacle that NSBNEWS.net broke:

nsbnews.net/content/279859-hotel-developer-david-swentor-citys-planning-debacle-insane

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The develops can look at their plight following Tuesday's decision by the City Commission as a glass half full or half empty.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- An off-duty k-9 officer walking his dog shot and killed an aggressive pit bull that was initially aggressive with his dog and then lunged at him, New Smyrna Beach police said Monday.

The incident happened Saturday night when Bruce Holcomb was wasking his own dog, a Siberian Husky, in his New Smyrna Beach neighborhood with his fiancee and her dog when they were accosted by a pit bull that had previously attacked his husky.

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