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Joyce Cusack, candidate for Volusia County At-Large, was a no-show for Monday's Hob Nob in New Smyrna Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Joyce Cusack was unable to attend Monday's Hob Nob in New Smyrna Beach because of a family illness.

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DAYTONA BEACH Shores, Fla. -- Republicans are calling for the voters to “send a Message to Washington” via the November elections. But what message should be sent?

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DELAND -- Getting to the polls this election season will be a little easier for Volusia County voters. Votran and the Volusia County Elections Office are partnering to offer free rides to the polls Election Day for registered voters. Transportation to five early voting sites throughout the county and the general election polls, Nov. 2, will be provided free to Votran riders with a valid voter ID.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, D-NSB, (24th), will walk to the polls today in her native New Smyrna Beach to encourage early voting.

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DELTONA -- The Friends of the Library will sponsor a Holiday Books and Crafts Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

All magazines, books, records, CDs and DVDs will have a holiday theme and have been donated to the Friends. Crafters will reflect a wide variety of talents including one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry, signature name bracelets, holiday jewelry and hair ornaments, shell and flower wreaths, cross-stitch coasters and decorative items,
chocolate flowers in arrangements and sleds, gift baskets, homemade dog treats, crystal angels, recycled crafts, and holiday candles.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Volusia County’s Solid Waste Division is hosting a household hazardous waste collection event at the New Smyrna Beach Public Works Department, 124 W. Industrial Park, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

Residents may drop off materials such as paint, used oils, pesticides, fluorescent lamps, car batteries and cleaning chemicals without charge. These materials could contaminate ground water if disposed of improperly or pose a threat to the owner if kept too long.

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The recent box jellyfish invasion appears to have subsided. Nearly three dozen swimmers were treated on the beaches of New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach by lifeguards earlier this month while two others sought treatment in the emergency room of New Smyrna Beach's Bert Fish Medical Center.

Immersing the part stung into hot water with epson salts for a minimum of 20 minutes usually alleviates a lot of the pain. The sting of the box jellyfish is worse than that of the common jelly fish, but not nearly a s bad as its pacific cousin.

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New Smyrna Beach resident Ellen Darden, who was a candidate in the 2010 primary for the County Council district 3 seat and is president-elect of the New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors, wrote her opposition to Amendment 4 on the Nov. 2 ballot, the so-called Home Democracy initiative for voters to consider in the general election:

A “wolf in sheep’s clothing” is the metaphor that comes to mind when I consider Amendment 4. I hear this alleged growth management amendment to Florida’s Constitution, requiring a popular election every time a change is needed to every local comprehensive land use plan, described by supporters as though it is just a common sense, no down side proposal.

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OAK HILL -- Three structure fires Sunday in the area of Maytown Road my have been the work of an arsonist, officials said, with the fires breaking out within 40 minutes of each other.

The state Fire Marshal's Office may release preliminary details as early as today.

Here is a summary of each fire as reported by Kuehn to the media:

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VOLUSIA COUNTY 24 HOUR ARREST REPORT AS OF 10/24/2010

The following booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach are presumed innocent in a court of law:

BOOKING # SEX/RACE/DOBCASE ACT-PROB
NAME(S) ARST-AGCY/LOCA/DIS SCHEDULE
ADDRESS JUDGE BOND-AMT
CHARGES

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