Publisher's Column

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The water temperatures are in the low 70s and the fishing is hot everywhere. Tournaments are in full swing and anglers are having a ball -- well, most of them, that is.

I am excited about the potential for, now in our fourth day and close to 2,000 hits. You have a viable alternative to the Daytona newspaper´s printed non-daily Daily Journal.

One of the truly good things about an education is that nothing and nobody can keep you from getting an education if you truly want one. This follows from the fact that all you need to become educated is to read good books and articles and talk to knowledgeable people. Most truly educated people put a lot of individual effort into their education independent of any formal education.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla -- Parents and children in places like Samsula and Oak Hill are justifiably angry over the proposed closing of their small, well performing student- and parent-friendly schools to send the students to much larger, impersonal and potentially dangerous schools. 

Welcome to, your newest forum for news in Southeast Volusia. This 24-hour news service is the first of a two-step process in providing comprehensive journalism for the residents and merchants of greater New Smyrna Beach. In the coming weeks, we will be developing a weekly tabloid newspaper, NSB News. People have often asked me why I don't just start up my own newspaper, considering my years of experience. Now that I have, some are asking if it will work out in a weakened economy.

Over a decade ago the Save Our Homes amendment was passed to keep Floridians from being taxed to death on their property by greedy politicians. This amendment was a good idea except for the fact that it did not protect everybody. Only people with homestead exemption were protected. The rest were left to the "tender mercies" of the politicians and the tax collectors.

Henry Frederick / Headline Surfer®By HENRY FREDERICK
People, Places & Things

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- It´s pretty exciting since there's been little marketing. Day two was particularly busy because I also covered a daylong trial for an Oak Hill sex predator. It's an important community story you won't read in today's established print newspaper.