Publisher's Column

OAK HILL -- Finally, the citizens of Oak Hill will be given the opportunity to be heard on their own turf at a town hall-style forum in the City Hall Commission Chambers on Aug. 9, a Friday, sponsored and moderated by Headline Surfer. All are welcomed to attend, but speaking preference will be given to Oak Hill residents, with few, if any exceptions.

The reality is we've already heard from the politicians and the larger business community, but those who have not been heard from are the citizens of Oak Hill themselves.

Testimony by Trayvon's friend in Zimmerman murder trial / Headline SurferRaqchel Jeantell, Trayvon Martin's friend, teastifies at Zimmerman trial / Headline SurferSANFORD -- With O.J. Simpson, we had the "Bronco blanco." In the Casey Anthony case, there was the '"tot mom." And with the George Zimmerman trial well under way with all of the drama and racial overtones, there was bound to be something to come out that could stand the test of time. This one is a doozy: "creepy ass cracker."

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When it comes to taxpayer monies being spent for marketing and advertising, the more inflated the attendance figures, the more to be made by media outlets in the promotions. Such is the case with this weekend's New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest.

For years, we've been indoctrinated with the idea that the annual Daytona Beach-area Bike Week draws 500,000. And a couple of times, the number has even been inflated to 600,000. Even the smaller number accounts for more than every man, woman and child residing in Volusia County year round.

Henry Frederick, editor/publisher / Headline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- People ask me all the time why I make so many personal and financial sacrifices to report the news in this electronic medium called the Internet. After all, it's a challenge being a one-man band writing stories and selling ads.

Those who know me understand that I believe in the sanctity of journalism and it's really the only thing I know how to do that I truly enjoy. And with print media's slow death, I had to find a way to re-invent myself after more than 20 years of reporting for daily newspapers.  

Edgewater PD Chief Dave ArcieriPhoto copyright NSB News LLC

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Now that the Orlando stations have gotten their initial feeding frenzy out of their system with the suspension of Edgewater Police Chief Dave Arcieri -- including two of the stations using our photo of him without our permission -- we'll bring you an exclusive behind the scenes interview with Arcieri today.

We'll also have the fallout from New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer's verbal abuse of rookie cop Ralph Hunnefeld, who you will discover as we did, is an American hero. 

Edgewater police Chief dave Arcieri / Photo copyright Headline Surfer / NSB News LLCEDGEWATER -- As someone who has built this 24/7 Internet website from scratch nearly five years ago, I take great pride in the volume of original stories, blogs, photos,videos and graphics elements amassed. With that said, I will not sit idly by while larger media outlets like Orlando TV stations WKMG and WFTV use one of our copyrighted photo images as their own in reporting "the big story."

Party's on Flagler in New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferNew Year's Eve revelers drink on the public sidewalk in front of the Om Bar on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach during New Year's Eve 2011.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Come with me tonight to Flagler Avenue or later on to Main Street in Dayona Beach where you'll see how valuable your CRA and advertising authority dollars are to who else, but the bar owners. It's all about pushing the booze.

NSB intersection 44 and Old Mission RoadNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Like a lot of motorists passing through the busy intersection of Old Mission Road and State Road 44 on this particular Friday afternoon of Nov. 30, I saw a Volusia County Sheriff's Office helicopter circling above.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When I got word that New Smyrna officials were going to honor retiring Police Chief Ron Pagano on Tuesday night, it got me thinking: With three weeks left before we say goodbye to 2012, and usher in the "teens" if there is such a label, we have seen time march forward with a clearly defined changing of the guard across the Volusia County political landscape.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Journalism is more than reporting the news. It's more than beating the competition. And it's more than making a point. Sometimes an important ingredient is left out: Journalism ethics. Sometimes in the daily grind of cranking out the news it can take a back seat: A blog I wrote ripping Daytona Police Chief Michael Chitwood for his news blackout of this Internet newspaper in retaliation for our award-winning investigative story on corruption in his department is one such example.