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Headline Surfer story trendingNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- News of the impending resignation of County Councilman Carl Persis demonstrates the power of Internet news reporting and the speed at which the public gets its news. Headline Surfer reacted quickly to the news.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It's not every day that the governor comes to town so when such a visit occurs, it's big news, more so now because it's election season with much at stake. Local government leaders and political insiders see this as a time to create a buzz.

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Daytona Beach attorney Ted DoranNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Friday's qualifying shocker was Daytona Beach power attorney Ted Doran's entrance two hours before the noon deadline to run for Volusia County chairman against County Council member Carl Persis of Ormond Beach and Gulf War vet Jason Davis of Edgewater.

Even more shocking was the media exposure he got before mid-afternoon with a breaking online story from the Daytona Beach News-Journal with a staged photo of him signing his qualifying papers at the elections headquarters in DeLand.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The first time I saw this video, a flyover of Berlin, immediately after Nazi Germany's surrender in World War II, I had tears in my eyes. Perhaps it was the instrumentation. The sound of the bells. The sight of the burned out buildings; a city in ruin.

We are working on a number of upgrades today to enhance the scope and direction of our news coverage. We are re-doubling our efforts to generate as much news as we can from our base of operations here in New Smyrna Beach.

We ask for your patience as we make the necessary technical changes and as we do, fresh news stories, blogs and other features will begin to take shape on the home page.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- This is my 11th Mother's Day since my dear mother, Anna Marie Moreira Frederick, died. She was only 62, the victim of a bad heart. That was the physical heart. The spiritual heart was what drove her to raise seven children and be a loving wife of 45 years.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- I am a child of the Great Depression. I was a mere 4 years old when it ended a couple years after after Germany's 1939 invasion of Poland. When I came into the world in 1935, six years had already passed since the New York stock market crash of 1929, that sent seismic shocks around the world for a decade. Rations were part of my youth in Cincinnati before my family moved to New Smyrna Beach where I started my high school years. Are we destined now to repeat history?

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SANFORD -- You've no doubt heard the catch phrase, "I am Trayvon Martin." Well, try this one on for size: "I am Mark O'Mara."

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- We are proud to announce that is now Headline Surfer, Florida's 24/7 Internet newspaper.
Four years ago this month -- April 7, 2008, to be precise -- we launched, the first fully-online newspaper in the Sunshine State.

Soon thereafter, we added the moniker Slowly, but, surely, we built the viewership, from a couple hundred a day to now several thousand.

I love watching "First Take" on ESPN2 with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless who debate the big sports topics of the day.
And never have they been on top of their game as their exchanges over the validity of Tim Tebow's trade to the New York Jets.