Volusia News Now
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Mary Horton, 13, of West Melbourne, spelled her way into the finals of the National Spelling Bee on May 29, in National Harbor, Md., but she finished in a tie for fifth and when all was said and done, among the top 12 contestants overall after flubbing the word "aetites."
Still, though, the Orlando metro newspaper's shining example of smartness showed she could stand up to the pressures of the national spotlight with the spelling bee carried in prime time on ESPN with zany video vignettes of the participants, including Horton showcasing her tiger-striped painted fingernails and her photos of family members, plants and cats.
Volusia County Council to leave New Smyrna Beach CRAs alone - at least until mid-summer vote on controversial hotel
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys won re-election to her district 3 seat in 2014, in part by pledging to convince her colleagues on the dais in DeLand to approve new Community Redevelopment Agencies for New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater.
And soon after the election, she did just that, getting CRA passages for both cities in 6-1 votes with only County Chair Jason Davis dissenting each time.
Oak Hill politician's death threats against journalist laughable, but same edict for spouse no laughing matter
SANFORD, Fla. -- Now I truly understand how Trayvon Martin's parents -- Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin -- felt about the way the investigation of their slain son's homicide was handled by the Sanford cops and local prosecutors until Gov. Rick Scott intervened by naming a special prosecutor leading to the trial of the century.
County Chair Jason Davis: Oak Hill rocket mfg plant code-named 'Panther' pushed by Daytona insiders flames out
OAK HILL, Fla. -- The secretive rocket plant code-named "Panther" that Daytona Beach insiders lobbied to be built on the former Oak Hill city dump has been scrubbed and is no longer in play, County Chair Jason Davis said.
The much-hyped proposal was never clearly identified and far toooften had citixens pittwd against one another and municipal and county leaders trading barbs for the past couple of months is no longer in play, County Chair Jason Davis said.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo were named co-winners of the 2014-2015 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for their efforts in helping with $1 million distributed to 21 Central Florida non-profit organizations in February.
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- Upcoming book club meetings at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., include review of Henry James’ gothic ghost story “The Turn of the Screw” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7; & Anthony Marra’s novel “The Constellation of Vital Phenomena” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. For more info., please call 386-676-4191, ext. 21084.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week is coming to an end and so far attendance has been light and fatalities have been limited to one.
The "500,000 bikers" figure that the Daytona-area Chamber of Commerce and local media have used for years has been exaggerated for the better part of a decade now.
And this year, there hasn't even been half that number of visitors for the 10-day rally that ends Sunday.
And as a result, fatalities are down, too. The lone biker fatality occurred in Deltona, though because it occurred during Bike Week, it's considered part of the biker rally since it's in the same county.
A motorcyclist lost his life Monday afternoon in a collision with a school bus in Deltona. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.