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HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- On New Year's Day, the award-winning 24/7 internet internet newspaper will recognize four public servants it believes truly represents the the absolute best of the best of greater Daytona Beach -- our Mount Rushmore so to speak. And on Jan. 1,  Frank Bruno, Ted Doran, Joyce Cusack and Melody McSorley Johnson will be presented as such as this digital media outlet begins rolling out the 101 entrants in its inaugural Class of 2016 HeadlneSurfer.com Hall of Fame.

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Breaks single-game scoring record that stood for 29 years & spanning 842 games

DELAND, Fla. -- Brianti Saunders was not going to be denied as she knocked down her first eight shots en route to a 40-point performance Sunday at home in a 79-57 trouncing of Georgia Southern in the first day of the 2015 Hatter Classic.

 

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SW Volusia a key battleground in re-drawn 6th congressional district in 2016

6th Congressional candidate Adam Barringer is endorsed bt Deltona & Orange City mayors / Headline Surfer®St Johns Bridge between Sanford and Deltona, FL / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer /
First in a Series: Now that the 6th Congressional District's borders have been clarified, the battleground is clearly Volusia County, where frontrunner and former New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer has won the endorsements of 10 of the 16 county's mayors. The district includes Volusia, Flagler & Lake counties and a port of St. Johns County. Volusia, the district includes, Flagler, Lake & part of St. Johns County. 

DELTONA, Fla. -- Though it is the furthest of Volusia County's cities away from the curling waves and hard sands of the World's Most Famous Beach®, the City of Deltona nonetheless is the largest of the 16 incorporated municipalities in Volusia County in terms of population.

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Teresa Rand, incoming chair of the Daytona Chamber / Headline Surfer®Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Teresa Rand, president & CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA named chair of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2016.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce has elected its officers for 2016, with a businesswoman as the new face of the organization.

With unanimous support from the nominating committee and board, Teresa Rand, president & CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA was elected chair for 2016.

As the head of the YMCA, Rand brings a great deal of community knowledge and leadership to the Chamber.

“Teresa has been an active member of the Board for several years including leadership roles in the Membership Division and the Community Development Division," current Chair Chris Bowler said. "In addition, she participated in the Strategic Planning process for the Chamber this past year.”

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YouTube video download / Department of Homeland Security expresses concern about ISIS blending in with Syrian refugees entering the US, something that 6th Congressional candidate Adam Barringer worries about, too.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are real fears of an ISIS infiltration of refugees in the US and any number of countries, which President Obama's Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has acknowledged.

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Amber Alert issued for missing Orange County girl, 17 / Headline Surfer®

ORLANDO -- An Amber Alert was issued this morning for a 17-year-old Orange County girl first reported missing on Monday and last seen in the 2700 block of Lake Stanley Road in Orlando.

She has long dark hair, but may have cut it and she may be headed up to Jacksonville. If you spot her, based on the description in the image above, please call 9-1-1.

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Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 in Central Florida / Headline Surfer®
Main Street Bridge in Daytona leads to Bike Week ground zero / Headline Surfer®

Problems with Main Street drawbridgew in Daytona in 2014 / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 50-year-old Main Street drawbridge in Daytona, was finally opened reopened mid-afternoon Nov. 5 after being closed for 1 1/2 weeks due to repairs.

Thankfully, it didn't have to be closed earlier in October when the four-day fall motortycle rally, Biketoberfest, was in full swing.

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

S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, who died in 2014, had a seasonal home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla / Headline Surfer®     Cows were the slogan in the Chick-fil-A commercials encouraing people to eat chicken instead / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- S. Truett Cathy, a billionaiure several times over who saw himself asa simple man, would often say, "I cook chicken for a living.”

The founder of Chick-fil-A, who owned a seasonal home in New Smyrna Beach outside of the gated Sugar Mill golf course community, died Sept. 8, 2014, at his home in Clayton County, Ga., a Chick-fil-A spokesman confirmed. He was 93.

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Alliston George found guilty of shooting another Daytona Beach man in a drug deal gone bad / Headline Surfer®Thomas Lawrence of Daytona Beach was shot in the face after a soured drug deal / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Alliston George, shown at far left, already a three-time convicted felon, could be looking at life behind bars for shooting fellow Daytona Beach resident Thomas Lawrence, shown in the inset, in the face back in 2014. Both men are known to Daytona Beach cops in the drug trade.

DAYTONA BEACH – At the age of 26, Alliston George of Daytona Beach could very well spend the rest of his life behind bars for shooting another man in the face with a .38 semi-automatic handgun the afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, after an apparent soured drug deal.

A jury on Friday found George guilty of Attempted first degree murder with a firearm, which subjects him to Florida's 10-20-life statute, whenever a gun is discharged causing injury, which requires a 25-year-to-life sentence to be imposed. That he's looking at spending the rest of his life behind bars perhaps was a fata com-pleat for this three-time convicted felon.

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Joseph Stanaitis arrested by Sanford cops on attempted bank robbery charge / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
At left is the booking mug for Joseph Stanaitis, arrested on a felony charge of attempted bank robbery.

SANFORD, Fla. -- On Nov. 21 at 12:58 p.m. a then-unknown man entered the Bank of America, 3094 South Orlando Drive.

Here is a synopsis of what happened as described in a press release sent to HeadlineSurfer.com and other Central Florida media outlets: The suspect entered the financial institution and approached a teller, demanding an unknown amount of currency.

The suspect was last seen wearing a black bandana on his head, sunglasses, a black shirt, jeans, a sports coat, and blue sneakers. The suspect was described as having a thin build and possibly in his late twenties or early thirties. Furthermore, the suspect fled the scene without removing any currency from the financial institution.

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DEBARY, Fla. -- A 76-year-old man was struck and killed by a van in the roadway on Highbanks Road in DeBary near a Walgreens pharmacy about 90 minutes ago, an official with the Volusia Counry Sheriff's Office said.

Here is a synopsis of the pedestrian fatality that was reported at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday and decribed by Sheriff's PIO Andrew Gant in an email alert to Headline Surfer® and other Central Florida media outlets: The caller reported a white Chevrolet van struck a 76-year-old man in the roadway on Highbanks at the intersection with Charles R. Beall Boulevard, near a Walgreens.

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Michael Ross Friedman 1st degree murder suspwct, dies in police custody / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Michael Ross Friedman, a former Lake Mary school teacher accused of gunning down his ex-wife's boyfriend in cold blood from her Winter Springs porch in June before allegedly beating her nearly to death while their minor child was home, is dead. 

SANFORD, Fla. – The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of first-degree murder inmate Michael Ross Friedman, 64, of Delray Beach, who collapsed in his jail cell Sunday night and died a short time after he was rushed by ambulance to South Seminole Hospital.

Friedman had been held without bail at the Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford on a capital murder charge out of Winter Springs for the alleged shooting death of his ex-wife's boyfriend.