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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.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The health ailments may be different, but the age is the same for this award-winning journalist in reflecting on the sudden death Sunday of former Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders head coach Tony Sporano at the age of 56.

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By HENRY FREDERICK Headline Surfer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - One person was killed and two others injured after lone gunman opened fire outside the Sun Plaza Motel on US this morning under cover of darkness, Daytona cops said. One man was pronounced dead sat the scene and two others transp[orted to Halifax Health Hospital with gunshot wounds, but were reported in stable condition and talking to detectives. Names of the deceased and the two other shooting victims were not released.

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Sheriff Mike Chitywood: Farce Behind the Force / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- During her 2016 campaign for a seat on the Volusia County Council, former sheriff's deputy adamantly denied claims by her opponent  resisted claims by her opponent that she had used illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana by her own admission in a polygraph test, a document she asserted was a forgery.

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Headline Surfer YouTube download / AP video / A rare 7-week-old white lion cub is on public display at an animal sanctuary in northeastern Texas. Luna, a white African lioness, made her debut last week at the Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary in Tyler. (July 18)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- I was driving back from an appointment about 9 p.m. when I hit speed dial on my cell phone to call a valued source: Jim Gillum, former sheriff of Pasco County and a candidate for the 2016 sheriff's race in 2016 here in Volusia County.