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No joke either: Bronze star recipient not pleased NSB mayor called cop/Iraq War veteran a 'pr-ck' while sarcastically shaking his hand

County Chair Jason Davis is 51 on April 1, 2013 / Headline SurferNSB cop and Iraq War vet Ralph Hunnefeld / Headline SurferNew Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer disrespected a cop / Hadline SurferVolusia County Chair Jason Davis, shown here in an American flag campign photo, turns 51 today, April 1, 2013. What isn't a joke to Davis, recipient of the Bronze Star, is New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer disrespecting a city cop who served his country with a tour of duty in Iraq.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- County Chair Jason Davis is 51 years old today and that's no April Fool's joke.

"Yes, I was born on April 1, 1962," Davis said over the weekend with a laugh. "I'll be 51 on April 1, no fooling."

Another thing that's far from a joke to Davis, a Bronze Star recipient for his tours of duty in the Iraq, is the verbal abuse a New Smyrna Beach cop took from that city's mayor before the start of the municipal Christmas parade.

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Denny Jones pushed for 'Rachel's Law' after his narcotics personnel botched a drug sting that led to the murder of a naive confidential informant

Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones / Headline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Dennis Jones, one of the Sunshine State's top cops, wants to come home. The Tallahassee police chief and former Daytona Beach police chief is among seven semi-finalists to become New Smyrna Beach's next police chief.

Jones, by far is the most experienced and high profile of the seven semi-finalists to lead the New Smyrna Beach police force. He and Acting Police Chief Michael Brouillette, the only New Smyrna Beach PD applicant, have the strongest name recognition among the seven in the running to replace Ron Pagano who retired in December.

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Canal Street all lit up on New Year's Eve / Headline SurferCanal Street Christmas tree in New Smyrna Beach on New Year's Eve / Headline Surfer Headline Surfer photos by Henry Frederick / Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach, is shown here on New Year's Eve just after 10 p.m.

 NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- With the bars on Flagler Avenue playing host to the New Year's Eve festivities, the city's other heavily invested CRA street was as dead as a door knob, a far cry from the hustle and bustle during traditional business hours.

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Daytona racing giant's recently promoted senior VP just a few laps from the charm of his native New Smyrna Beach 

Ed Bennett is moving up in thre world of NASCARNew Smyrna Beach native Ed Bennett and family / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- NASCAR executive Ed Bennett has a saying from Mark Twain that he tries to live his life by: Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of the your life.

With an attitude like that it's no wonder the New Smyrna Beach native has moved up the corporate ladder, promoted this month to senior vice president with a trio of up-and-comers -- Jim Cassidy, Zane Stoddard and Kim Brink -- moving up to vice president.

As if his new position isn't challenging enough, Bennett gets to keep his other day jobs as NASCAR chief administrative officer and president/chief executive officer of GRAND-AM Road Racing.

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Gov. Rick Scott / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Gov. Scott, shown here,  sends an inspirational message to his Florida constituents, describing Christmas as a 'wonderful time for loved ones to reflect on life's many blessings.' 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Gov. Scott's press office sent Headline Surfer and other media outlets throughout the Sunshine State a personal message for Floridians on Christmas Eve: "Reflect on life's many blessings."

"Ann and I want to wish every Florida family a Merry Christmas. As families come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus, it's a wonderful time for loved ones to reflect on life's many blessings.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The regularly-scheduled Jsn. 8 meeting of the Community Redevelopment Agency Commission has been cancelled, City Clerk Johnny Bledsoe announced in an e-mail.

With nothing of significance pensing ina light agenda, Bledsoe said the CRA commission will reconvene 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 meeting in the chambers at New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 105 Sams Ave.

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BuddyNSB cop Bruce Holcomb with Buddy

NSB K9 cops Bruce Holcomb and BuddyPhotos and video by Serafina Frederick

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When it comes to police teamwork, there is no better partnership than duo than Bruce Holcomb and his K9 partner Buddy. The two were were recognized as the 1st place team --  1st Place Handler and 1st Place K9 -- by the KVD (Koninklijke Vereniging Diensthonden) Royal Association of Service Dogs, Wellen, Belgium. 

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Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach is pleased to announce another season of WonderLand Children's Theatre, its youth theatre program. Held on six Wednesday afternoons, starting on Jan. 23, its mission is to encourage youngsters to participate in and learn about the performing arts.

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FEC's James Hertwig with wife Debbie by his side plays SantaJames HertwigWhen it comes to making Christmas extra special for children, Florida East Coast Railway's top executive James Hertwig and his wife, Debbie, play the Santa couple, with whistle stops from Jacksonville to Miami, including stops in between to places like New Smyrna Beach, as shown here, covered by Headline Surfer, the 24/7 Internet newspaper, which has covered his visits for three years now.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- James Hertwig plays the train Santa delivering Toys for Tots once a year during the holiday season, but in everyday life, he's president and CEO of Florida East Coast Railway, the leadership position he's held since 2010, having brought 40 years of freight transportation experience to the post.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Votran bus routes throughout Volusia County could be impacted by parades this weekend and next weekend, including the Saturday afternoon Christmas parade in New Smyrna Beach, county officials said.

“We’ve tried to ensure as little disruption to service as safely possible,” Votran General Manager Steven Sherrer said. “To minimize the inconvenience, we’ve tried to gather as much parade information as possible to share with our riders.”

County spokeswoman Michelle Coats said most parades are scheduled for two hours. Parade route streets close an hour ahead of the parade. Some side streets may be closed.

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