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Robert Walker, business agent for Teamsters 385, as shown here, is optimistic about a new pact for the officers with the Ponce Inlet Police Department.

PONCE INLET -- The business agent for the Teamsters Local 385 said he's optimistic a new contract will be hammered out between the union and the town for the small police force.

"We're going to request negotiations sometime in June," said Robert Walker, who has been the union's business agent the better part of 15 months. "I met the new chief in April and we had a good discussion. I feel good about getting a new contract in place for the officers."

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Ponce Inlet’s Marine Science Center is nearing a decade of assistance to stranded turtles, injured seabirds and marine mammals. A new study of the exotic invader the Lion fish will shed light on where this predator came from and what we can do to rein it in before it decimates our coastal waters.

Media coverage of birth certificate issue

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Ponce Inlet Police Chief Wayne LurcockCourtesy photo / Ponce Inlet Police Chief Wayne Lurcock has died at the age of 60, a top law enforcer with a distinguished career of public service, as a former longtime lieutenant with the Daytona Beach police force, and since Oct. 1, 2010, police chief here.

PONCE INLET -- Police Chief Wayne Lurcock died in his home early this morning, the victim of a heart attack. He was 60 years old.

CPR was performed on Lurcock at 5 a.m., but he didn't make it, Lt. Max Binz said in a brief phone interview with NSBNews.net while he was making funeral arrangements with the family.

"He meant so much to me," Binz said. "It's beyond words to describe. He was my best friend."

Though Binz is the senior office in the small police force, he didn't want to get into titles as to whether he's now the acting chief, adding, "That's not important right now."

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PONCE INLET -- Anytime I move into a new home, I know to expect the unexpected. That said, despite home inspections, something is bound to go wrong the day I move in. Within the first week, the refrigerator went on the blink and the air conditioner compressor was not far behind.

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Did you know that each city in our county and some individual cites pay upwards of $90 in your taxes per feral cat to put them to sleep? We pay to kill cats...and dogs! That does not include police and animal control time and work. And not just the feral ones. The feral ones just get the needle sooner.

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PONCE INLET -- Town residents are welcomed to bring their addressed, but unstamped Christmas cards to the Community Center to be exchanged with other Ponce Inlet citizens. There is an exchange box that has alphabetized slots in which to place them and for you to look for your own cards from friends.

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PONCE INLET – The Ponce Inlet Fire Department continues to provide flu shots to town residents through the end of December at the fire department.

The cost of a flu shot is $25, payable by cash, check or Medicare Part B. If you are unable to get to the fire department, arrangements can be made to have firefighters come to your residence and administer a shot.

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PORT ORANGE -- A 10-year-old boy struck by a pick-up truck while trying to cross Taylor Road for Spruce Creek Elementary School, remained in critical condition overnight at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Port Orange police said.

Douglas Ethan Swayze, a fifth grader, was running in the crosswalk toward the school in the 600 block of Taylor just after 7 a.m. when he was struck by a Chevy pick up driven by 60-year-old Michael Schoenbeck. Indications are the driver was driving within the posted speed of 45 mph and it was still dark outside, Assistant Police Chief Wayne Miller said, based on an initial investigation that is ongoing.

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Headline Surfer photo /  State Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange (dist. 28), as shown in this photo at a SE Volusia Chamber of Commerce function at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach, is being challenged for a fourth and final term by a write-in candidate after crushing Teresa Valdes of South Daytona, a former nun, in the Aug. 24 primary.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
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