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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- He was once suspected by a neighboring DeLand family of four of having deposited a dripping used condom covered with blood on the welcoming mat of their front porch in a perverse act of intimidation.   

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Chase Herbig was treated like a rock star at his meet-and-greet campaign event at the Garlic that drew 130-plus strong to the restaurant to hear the New Smyrna Beach mayoral hopeful talk about his plans for this seaside city's future.

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DELAND, Fla. -- A celebration of the life of Diane M. Matousek, former Volusia County Clerk of the Court, who died July 24, 2018, will be held a week from today at the historic Volusia County Courthouse. Matousek was 63.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Fresh off his endorsement from the NewSmyrna BBeach Board of Realtors, mayoral candidate Chase Herbig will hold a meet and greet 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Garlic restaurant, 533 Third Ave. where he will discuss his platform for the future of this seaside city known for the Charm.

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DELAND, Fla. -- Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis is reminding residents through Headline Surfer and other daily media outlets that Monday is the final day to register to vote in the Aug. 28 primary.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For 569 consecutive days, Headline Surfer, has had to endure the vindictive separate-and-unequal media policy that has been in place since Sheriff Mike Chitwood took office on Jan. 1, 2017.

Chitwood's media policy applies only to the award-winning 24-7 internet news site, which has won more journalism awards for breaking cops and courts news than all the other media outlets combined dating back to 2012. 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- It comes as no surprise that ex-Sheriff Ben Johnson was endorsed by the Board of Realtors in his run for at the at-large seat on the Volusia County Council. Same thing with endorsing Deb Denys for re-election to her District 3 County Council seat representing New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, and Oak Hill. 

And right there in the same company is Chase Herbig, one of six first-time candidates for mayor of New Smyrna Beach with no incumbent. And so it was Herbig tabbed Friday by the New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors as the organization's 2018 endorsement recommended to the voters as the successor to retiring Mayor Jim Hathaway, a second-generation native son whose late father also was mayor of the city by the sea in the 1970s.