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Nolan Kirkland with parants, Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater / Headline Surfer

Headline Surfer® videos and photos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina King-Frederick / Highlights from the 2011 New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade are showcased in the 24/7 internet newspaper's digital coverage of the annual event.

NSB Hallowen parade shark boy Nolan Kirkland / Hedline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The cool thing about the shark costume that netted a trophy for 1-year-old Nolan and his proud parents, Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater at the 2011 New Smyrna Beach Halloween parade was its originality.

The costume was a big hit since New Smyrna Beach is known as the Shark Bite Capital of the World. The young family left the parade with a trophy almost as big as the little shark boy.

"This is a great event for families," said Nicole Kirkland, who made the costume from $20 worth of materials she purchased at Target.

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Then-Police Chief Ron Pagano is shown at far left during the 2012 New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade. Then-Police Chief George Markert is shown with former Acting Police Chief and then-Lt. Michael Brouillette in early 2013 at a City Commission meeting. Acting Police Chief Donna Lavallee is shown in early 2014.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The first to be gone was New Smyrna Beach Police Chief Ronald Pagano. He retired only after his contract was re-worked, giving him an extra $60,000-plus he otherwise wouldn't have been entitled to, after city officials learned of 940 items missing or stolen from the NSBPD under his watch. Next to be shown the door was Lt. Michael Brouillette, the acting chief, who "retired" April 30 of this year after signing a document that prevents him and the city from suing one another. Police Chief George Markert "resigned" earlier this month after a little more than a year on the job, at least that's what was stated in a press release, though Headline Surfer® was told otherwise. And finally there's Markert's successor, whose 30-year secret will be unveiled in the award-winning internet newspaper's upcoming investigative reports: "Show Me the Money New Smyrna Beach: Top Cops. 

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South Daytona resident supports pro-beach driving charter amendment that would take decision-making away from county government & give citizens a say

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By dawn's early light along the shoreline in Ormond Beach on this Tuesday morning following Labor Day weekend in Volusia County, Fla. Another image inside.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Steve Bibeault of South Daytona describes himself as a beach bum at heart with a camera. He likes to shoot sunrises and such natural scene setters.

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Primary Results / Headline Surfer®

Gov. Rick Scott won the GOP primary in Florida & Volusia County / Headline Surfer®Charlie Crist won Democrativ primary in Florida & Volusia County / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
In the wake of Tuesday's primaries, it's now officially a November showdown for Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican turned independent turned Democrat.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The percentage margin off victory by Gov. Rick Scott against two GOP challengers in Tuesday's primary was greater than that of former Gov. Charlie win over Nan Rich in the Democratic primary.

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John Mica on ballot / Headline Surfer®DELTONA -- It's Congressman John Mica of Winter Park and three relative unknowns challenging him in the Republican primary representing congressional district 7.

Headline Surfer® endorses Mica who has become a stalwart in Washington since first taking office there in 1993.

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Karen Foxman, a supervising director of operations and a lead prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office in Daytona Beach. She is the endorsed candidate of HeadlineSurfer.com in the race for Circuit Judge, Group 18.

DAYTONA BEACH -- If there is one adjective that clearly doesn't fit with describing Karen Foxman and her progression in a court of law, it's entitlement. Especially considering the Foxman name: Her husband, Matt Foxman is a circuit judge.

Her brother-in-law, David Foxman, is a Volusia County judge. And her father-in-law, S. James Foxman, not only is a retired circuit judge, but the Justice Center in Daytona Beach bears his name.

Married into a family of judges, you might be surprised to hear in this endorsement that, if elected, she has the potential to enhance the legacy of what it truly means to be a Foxman -- not by bloodlines or marriage, but sense of responsibility, understanding and application of the rule of law in a truly meaningful way.

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Ratting out episode leads to coveted chairmanship, free meal at taxpayer expense

DAYTONA BEACH -- It was the ultimate betrayal. An email sent by then-Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority Vice Chairman Tom Clapsaddle to County Councilwoman Deb Denys sitting on the dais with rumor and innuendo that led to the ouster of his colleague and board chairman, Palmer Wilson that October day.

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Violence in heart of Daytona endemic / Headline Surfer®Brenda Reynolds, charged with 2nd degree murder in Daytona stabbing / Headline Surfer®Photo and graphic for Headline Surfer® / Brenda Reynolds, shown here at left in a booking mug, is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail on a second-dsegree murder charge in connection with the stabbing sdeath of a woman in her residence at 847 N.orth St. The electronic map shows more than  crimes in the past year within a 1-mile radius of the residence. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The continuing violence that has gripped this city for the better part of four years now continued Friday night with a woman plunging a large steak kniife into the upper chest of a friend in her bedroom.

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The Sunday Conversation / Headline Surfer

NSB Shadadow logo for Nahum Litt blog site / Headline Surfer®Deb Denys, incumbent County Councilwoman for district 3 skipped debates / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / The logo at far left is that of the NSB Shadow, who under the get-up is Nahum Litt, a retired federal judge turned-local/county watchdog with one of the first blog sites in Florida. In the inset is one of his targets of criticism, Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys, who Litt insists looks foolish, having purposely skipped the recent HeadlineSurfer.com public candidate debates in Oak Hill. Her challengers, David Machuga and Justin Kennedy, were there, but she wasn't. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Headline Surfer® spoke with Nahum Litt, known by his alter ego, the NSB Shadow, about the hotly-contested district 3 County Council race between incumbent Deb Denys and her challengers, David Machuga of New Smyrna Beach and Justin Kennedy of Edgewater. The following is a summary of a phone conversation earlier this Sunday morning with Litt in his own words:

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Making the Grade political notebook / Headline Surfer®

Internet social media site making up for Daytona Beach News-Journal slack on key political coverage in Southeast Volusia; Grade: A-plus

Blog spots like New Smyrna Beach Mom are reporting frontline news that the Daytona Beach News-Journal continues to ignore on what could be one of the biggest election battles of 2014, that not only puts the spotlight on the controversial run Deb Denys has had since her return to elective office nearly two years ago, and hearkening to her disastrous four years on the Volusia County School Board back in the early 1990s. 
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Community blog spots like "New Smyrna Beach Mom" are carrying the news that the Daytona Beach News-Journal continues to pretend is not happening and that's former Edgewater City Councilman Justin Kennedy's filing Nov. 19 with the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections to run for the district 3 County Council seat held by Deb Denys of New Smyrna Beach, whose two-year reign has been disappointing, to say the least.

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