2017 ReWIND: Top 100 Stories for greater Daytona, Sanford & Orlando (96-100)

96. Biker Danny Eslick wins third Daytona 200

Danny Eslick wins 2017 Daytona 200 / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danny Eslick took his third Daytona 200 win on Saturday, March 18, after making a last lap pass in turn four of Daytona International Speedway.

This makes Eslick the sixth rider to win the race three times.

Cory West finished second and 2016 Dayton 200 winner Michael Barnes finished third.

Immediately after the race, West was disqualified on a technical issue with his bike. Barnes was moved to second place, And Kyle Wyman was awarded third place. However, West appealed the DQ. And on March 18, an appeals board of the American Sportbike Racing Association overturned the disqualification.

97. Fernery worker in DeLeon Springs finds bones; VCSO bypsses internet news outlet 

Human bones found in DeLeon Springs / Headline SurferDELEON SPRINGS, Fla. -- A fernery worker discovered bones that appeared to be human, a Volusia County Sheriff's official said in a press release.

Sheriff’s deputies responded around 10:47 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, to a fernery off the 4500 block of Daugharty Road "after a worker reported discovering some bones on the property," VCSO spokesman Andrew Gant said in the press release posted on the agency's website. "The bones appeared to be human remains, but confirmation and identification will depend on a closer examination by the medical examiner."

Headline Surfer was excluded from the VCSO email media alert sent out by Gant to other media outlets before the information was posted online. Rookie Sheriff Mike Chitwood has excluded Headline Surfer from email media alerts since he took office Jan. 1. He has also banned Headline Surfer from VCSO press conferences and refuses to issue press credentials as well. 

Chitwood's draconian media restrictions, which single out Headline Surfer, are punishment for reporting that he hired his campaign manager, Janelle Holman, for a public relations post at a salary of $54,000, almost $20,000 more than a starting deputy's pay. She was hired and started on the job on Jan. 1, even though he had 50 deputy openings.

98. Maureen France and North Carolina beau elope

HOLLY HILL, Fla. -- At 55 and out of the marriage scene for a decade now, the last thing political consultant Maureen France wanted to deal with was the hassle of a wedding, especially with family and friends in two separate locates more than 600 miles apart. 

So she and her longtime beau, John "Gil" Adams, did the next best thing: "We eloped -- we ran away and got married!"

After all, she's living in a cottage she bought a couple of years ago on Riverside Drive in Holly Hill that is being renovated and he lives up in Beech Mountain, N.C., a distance of 610 miles. They were married July 31, at the Fairbanks House Bed & Breakfast in Fernandina Beach, with a justice of the peace performing the ceremony.

"We have both been single over 10 years and met in Beech Mountain, N.C., where he managed a ski resort," France told Headline Surfer. "I have been visiting Beech Mountain with my family since a teen. My parents built a home up there after their retirement and spend the summers there. We have been traveling back and forth for over four years as we enjoy the mountains and the coast and will continue to have a home in both places." 

He's 64 and she's 55, and both have been previously married. They have four grown children between them -- he has four and she has two.

Maureen France & husband, Gil Adams / Headline SurferLongdistance romance / Headline Surfer"We have both been single over 10 years and met in Beech Mountain, N.C., where he managed a ski resort," France told Headline Surfer. "I have been visiting Beech Mountain with my family since a teen. My parents built a home up there after their retirement and spend the summers there. We have been traveling back and forth for over four years as we enjoy the mountains and the coast and will continue to have a home in both places." 

He's 64 and she's 55, and both have been previously married. They have four grown children between them -- he has four and she has two.

France, no relation to the NASCAR Frances, is a former executive director of MainStreet DeLand and a one-time DeLand city commissioner in the early 2000s. She owns her own consulting firm: France & Company, where she specializes in marketing, event planning, physician recruitment, government affairs and political campaign management. She managed Volusia County Sheriff Capt. David Brannon's campaign for Sheriff of Volusia County, finishing third ain a field of five.

In addition to running the ski lodge, France's new husband, Gil, and his brother, Mark Adams, have an old time mountain music band, "The Corklickers," where he plays the fiddle and his brother plays the banjo.

99. Governor appoints Palatka woman to council for deaf 

Gov. appoins Palatka woman / Headline SurferPALATKA, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment of Lois “Darlene” Laibl-Crowe of Palatka and two other Florida citizens in April to the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

Laibl-Crowe, 56, previously worked at the Helen Keller National Center in 2011.

The others appointed by the governor:

• Debbe Hagner, 57, of Port Richey, who is retired. 

• Roseanne Finigan, 44, of Key West, who is an occupational therapist for Select Medical. 

100. Marguerite L. Anderson of Ormond dies at age 100

M. Anderson of Ormond Beach, FL dies at age 100ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- Marguerite L. Anderson of Ormond Beach, passed away quietly on Monday, May 15, 2017, at the age of 100 after a brief illness. Born July 18, 1916, in Peoria, Ill, , she was the youngest of five children, all of whom predeceased her including her sister, Edna, who died earlier this year, just shy of her 108th birthday.

Marguerite Anderson moved to South Florida from Illinois and became very active in the Hollywood, Fla. Board of Realtors, eventually opening her own company. She also taught real estate courses in the public schools. Her first marriage to Harry A. Friedman ended in divorce. Her oldest son, Arthur, was born of this marriage. She later married David G. Anderson and they had a son, John and a daughter, Marguerite. Sadly, John died in a tragic accident at age 14.

Marguerite Anderson is survived by her son, Arthur Friedman, and her daughter, Marguerite Possenti, three grandchildren, Brett Friedman, Becky (Friedman) Perry, Lauren (Possenti) Nelson, and five great-grandchildren, Madison and Ashley Friedman and Troy and Corey Perry, and Ava Nelson; and also by her niece, Joyce Selke, with whom she was very close. 

Marguerite Anderson was remembered by a vast number of friends and acquaintances for her parties and jubilant attitude toward life. A celebration of her life was held July 16, at Ormond In the Pines, Ormond Beach.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.