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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Never in his wildest dreams did Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett make national headlines of his own. 3 1/2 years after a jury in Seminole County acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin did Sanford's municipal leader ever envision that he, too, would become a crime vim when he was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet and carjacked.

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Photos and video for Headline Surfer / Daytona State College has named its 84,000-square-foot student center under construction on its main campus in honor of longtime benefactor and former trustee L. Gale Lemerand during a  special ceremony Thursday, May 31, at the main campus in Daytona Beach, Florida, as shown in the images above.

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SANFORD, Fla. -- Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma doesn't put much stock into law enforcement monikers  like "protect and serve."

DELAND, Fla. -- Despite the acrimony of the past two weeks since the series of well-played front page stories in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on the so-called crisis in the county morgue, Sheriff Mike Chitwood has been beating the drum for the heasd of longtime County Manager Jim Dinneen on a silver platter for he is the one Chitwood has been going after since his first few weeks in office.

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Video by Headline Surfer / Theme song for Billie Wheeler.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. -- For the first time since she was elected to the Volusia County Council, Billie Wheeler took to social media to explain her unusual first name and its connection to Memorial Day.

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PONCE INLET, Fla.  -- So much for kindness: a 3-foot Lemon shark turned around and nipped a Mount Dora man on the foot after the fisherman went through the trouble of releasing it from his fishing hook on Sunday, the second of two shark-bite incidents reported over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Headline Surfer / YouTube download / Ignited3 video / This is a video from 2012 that Volusia County resident Jackie Brantley posted on her Facebook page to commemorate Memorial day.  She also posted photos she took (above and below) while visiting the Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery, 700 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater on this Memorial Day holiday. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK 
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PALM COAST, Fla. -- The  message for today's sacred holiday from Congressman Ron DeSantis is short, sweet and to the point: "On Memorial Day we recognize the heroism of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms we enjoy daily."

EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Memorial day is just a day to any but to those of us who have relatives who served and perhaps were wounded and died for their country it is a very special day.

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