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Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 in Central Florida / Headline Surfer®

Reubin Askew, former Florida governor, dead at 85 / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Reubin Askew, who served as the 37th governor of Florida from 1971 to 1979, died March 13, 2014 with family members by his side at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. He was 85.

His death was announced to the media by Ron Sachs, a former aide and family spokesman.

The death of former Governor Askew comes in at No. 41 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2014.

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Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 in Central Florida / Headline Surfer®
Mry Horton of Melbourne finishes in top 5 in spelling bee on ESPN / Headline Surfer®
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Mary Horton of West Melbourne, is interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel for her spelling expertise.

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.

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Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 in Central Florida / Headline Surfer®

Dru Driscoll named fire chief of Daytona Bech, FL as shin with City Mgr Jim Chisholm / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The city hired a new fire chief and saved a little money in salary in the process.

Dru R. Driscoll, 36, was promoted in March with a salary of 17,000, which is $6,044 less than the $123,044 James Bland was making when he retired in April 2013, Daytona Beach city spokeswoman Susan Cerbone told the internet newspaper.

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Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 / Headline Surfer®

Dinah Pulver, Daytonna Beach News-Journal recognized for environmental reporting / Headline Surfer®

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The uncertain future of print media remains a challenge for the industry in the struggle to hold onto tradition while even internet news operations fight for acceptance as the drone of social media draws the masses.

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Manny PerezForme ak Hill cop Manuel Perez / Headline SurferFormer Oak Hill cop Manuel Perez is shown far left in a jail mug after his arrest Feb. 1, 2012, on a charge of domestic violence. Less than three months later, the state dismissed the case.

ORMOND BEACH -- The Oak Hill police force had been gone more than six months, but one of its former cops continued to make headlines.

Manuel Perez was arrested back in February on a charge of domestic violence after punching his wife in the face with a closed fist and repeatedly striking her about her arms, according to Ormond Beach police. But less than three mnhs later, the state dismissed the case.

The Perez incident comes in at No. 53 in Headline Surfer's countdown of the top 100 stories of 2012.

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Alexander Dulock
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Our video shows the graduating seniors who received scholarships from their prospective colleges. Salutatorian Alexander Dulock, shown here, was the top college scholarship winner with $124,000 from the University of South Carolina.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The 392 graduating seniors of the New Smyrna Beach Class of 2012 has received $2,218,368 in scholarship monies. That's a whopping $2.2 million.

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A guy in a stolen car was clocked at 'triple digits' tried to outrun the long arm of the law, but he didn't get very far during s chase that Startrd in New Smyrna Beach and ended in Port Orange.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- What started out as a motorist spinning his wheels on U.S. 1 here in New Smyrna Beach on of all days, during the early morning hours of Friday the 13th in January, resulted in a pursuit by police with the driver clocked at 100 mph through Port Orange and South Daytona before his ride ended when police deployed stop sticks.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Headline Surfer is counting down the Top 100 stories of 2016 in the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando metro area otherwise known as the I-4 corridor of Central Florida through Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. 

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Headline Surfer photo illustration / Above is a collage of the images from stories 21-30 in the Headline Surfer countdown of the Top 100 local stories of 2016 in Central Florida.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Headline Surfer is counting down the Top 100 stories of 2016 in the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando metro area otherwise known as the I-4 corridor of Central Florida through Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Headline Surfer is counting down the Top 100 stories of 2016 in the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando metro area otherwise known as the I-4 corridor of Central Florida through Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. This segment includes No.'s 31-40.

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