Publisher's Column

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Like many of you I was disturbed at our luncheon last month in New Smyrna Beach when Fred Costello passionately denied as false several charges which Micheal Waltz' campaign made against him in a mailed flyer.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- The world lost a good man on Saturday. John McCain, 81, lost his long and hard fought battle with brain cancer and with it, a man who, with grace and intelligence, served his country well.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- The video parody of Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood doing the Police Lip Sync Contest is fantastic.

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EDGEWATER -- I’m seeing a new trend on Facebook that I can’t say I like. People are posting that for their birthday they want their friends and family to donate to a charity they picked. Frankly, I think this is not the best idea.

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PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- This happened in a business parking lot. Storm drain.
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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.

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.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As an experienced journalist who has closely followed the inner workings of Volusia County government for the past 10 years, I remain steadfast in my belief that Sheriff Mike Chitwood and County Councilwoman Heather Post (herself a former deputy), were rogue politicians who seized upon two phony crises over a three-week span fo force out County Manager Jim Dinneen. 

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Column: People, Places & Things

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- On this Father's Day I am thankful for the love and support of two men in my life: My father, Henry Frederick Jr., 79, and my son, Henry Frederick IV, 24.

They are very influential in how I live my life. And I feel I am just as influential in helping them in living their lives, too. I am fortunate to have the loving interaction of both. My father raised me and I, in turn, raised my son. These are good things and the bonds are strong.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Once again, L. Gale Lemerand, our most generous donor, has shown his deep and abiding interest in the education of Florida's children and in the institutions which provide that education.

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