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ORMOND BEACH -- The 26-year-old son of State Rep. David Hood was found dead in a neighbor's pool in Ormond Beach, the apparent victim of a drowning, according to statements from the family and police.

The body of Clay Hood was discovered this morning in a neighbor's pool, according to police.

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Award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper's 5th anniversary celebration / Headline Surfer®

 

Headline Surfer videos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson appears in the 24/7 internet newspaper's video interview, 'The Sunday Conversation' on Sept. 23, 2012.
 
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson honored by 24/7 internet newspaper / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson has always been a straight shooter with this media outlet.
 
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's being recognized by Headline Surfer® as part of its fifth anniversary celebration as top cop; not just because his agency is the county's largest, but because of his leadership and professionalism.

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Pettys fly over wall in preliminary races; Arizona driver killed in practice

Marvin Panch, winner of the 1961 Daytona 500 / HeadlineSurfer.comMarvin Panch, NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers / HeadlineSurfer.comVideo by NASCARAllOut / Use by Headline Surfer® / Pontiac was the dominant car for the 1961 running of the Daytona 500, and Marvin Panch who didn't even have a ride for the season, won the race as a last-minute driver behind the wheel of a year-old Pontiac for race car owner Smokey Yunick on the recommendation of fellow driver Fireball Roberts, who had the pole and led the most laps before blowing an engine in the closing laps.
 
SPECIAL FEATURE: Headline Surfer® brings you a snapshot of every Daytona 500 race, from 1959 to the present. This segment: 1961...
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Fireball Roberts led the most laps -- 170 -- but on lap 187, it was the driver he recommended team owner Smokey Yunick also sponsor for the Daytona 500 who passed him to go on and take the checkered flag after 13 laps out front.

It was the first 500 without a caution, though tensions were high going into the 500 with some big crashes and a fatal during Speedweeks.

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Margie Patchett of Volusia Tax Reform / Headline Surefer®Maureen France of Volusia Tax Reform / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Margie Patchett and Maureen France are the co-founders of Volusia Tax Reform.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Volusia Tax Reform, a grassroots organization established to challenge municipal and county government spending, is recognized by Headline Surfer® as part of its 5th anniversary celebration for VTR's political activism and government watchdog standing.

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Question: What does Easter Mean to you?

Jim Oddie of Wilbur-by-the-Sea / Headline Surfer®Respondent:
Jim Oddie
Residence:
Wilbur-by-the-Sea
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"To all of you biblical folks, Passover is the only prescribed Holy Day to be observed. The rest (Easter, Christmas, et. al.) are nothing more than man-made holidays."
 
Kathy Kershaw of Daytona Beach, Fla. on meaning of Easter / Headline Surfer®Respondent:
Kathy Kershaw
Residence:
Daytona Beach
Response:
"A time to reflect on what my faith means to me and a time to spend with family/friends in quiet forgiveness mode."

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Glen Davis leaves Orlando Magic and is signed by LA Clippers / Headline Surfer®

YouTube upload / Madelyn Burke interviews Glen Davis Feb. 21, after leaving the Orlando Magic in a mutual buyout and joining the Los Angeles Clippers.

ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic aren't going anywhere this season while the Los Angeles Clippers have a chance to come out of the Western conference for the NBA finals, which makes for a new lease on life for "Big Baby" Glen Davis, who is trying to make a good impression with his new team.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- With the excitement of today's Daytona 500 just hours from starting and crowning a new champion, Headline Surfer turns to YouTube for classic race coverage -- in this case the entire running of the 1980 Daytona 500.

 

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Top 100 Stories of 2013 Daytona Beach-Orlando Metro Area / Headline Surfer®

Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere wins re-election w/o opposition / Headline SurferOviedo Councilman Steve Henken has no opposition / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Familiar faces are staying on the Oviedo City Council with qualifying over and no challengers for Mayor Dominic Persampiere and Councilman Steve Henken, shown here from left to right, respectively.

OVIEDO -- Mayor Dominic Persampiere and Council member Steve Henken were returned to their respective seats in this Seminole County city because they had no opponents when qualifying ended in September.

The return to office of the two Oviedo officials without opposition comes in at No. 68 in the Headline Surfer® countdown of the top 100 stories of 2013. 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the digital age, "new media" outlets like Headline Surfer® often get lost in the shuffle in the complicated licensing agreements that large sports sanctioning bodies like NASCAR, Major League Baseball and the National Football League and others have with the broadcast outlets like FOX Sports, ESPN, and then the perceived pecking order of established print and local TV media outlets.
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LONGWOOD, Fla. -- Five-plus years have come and gone since Longwood's 42 cops cops have seen any kind of a legitimate pay raise. The business agent for the Teamster's union is fully cgnizant the recent DUI arrest of City Commissioner Butch Bundy in the wake of November's horrific crash will likely aggravate the situation that much more.

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