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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery of a taxi driver that happened early this morning near New Smyrna Beach, Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haght said.

"The assailant was a customer who during the ride pulled out what the driver believed to be a gun and demanded money," Haught said. "The driver handed over some cash and the suspect then jumped out of the vehicle and fled. There were no injuries or shots fired."

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- General gun season is now open in the Central Zone, which is where we are located, through January. It is legal to take deer having one or more antler at least 5 inches in length visible above the hair line, wild hogs, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, nutrias, skunks and beavers. All legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows, and handguns may be used.

If using a center-fire, semi-automatic rifle, it cannot have a magazine capacity exceeding five rounds. Fully automatic or silencer equipped rifles are illegal as are non-expanding, full metal case ammunition for the taking of deer. Using rim-fire ammunition is illegal to hunt deer. Antlerless deer season started Saturday and runs through Nov. 21. Limit is two deer daily regardless of sex. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach will hold auditions for "Out of Order," a comedy by playwright Ray Cooney, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24.

Auditions are held in the Little Theatre rehearsal hall and are open to everyone and no experience is necessary. Readings will be from the script and
a copy is available for viewing at the reference desk of the New Smyrna Beach Library.

The show will run two weekends: Jan. 9 & 10 and Jan. 15, 16 & 17 at 8:00 p.m. Matinee performances are on Jan. 11, and Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. The director is

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- As part of its green initiative, Volusia County Government recently launched a recycling program on the beach, county spokeswoman Pat Kuehn said.

One hundred recycling containers have been placed in New Smyrna Beach adjacent to the trash cans.

To promote the program, Volusia County will give away free recycling tote bags to the first 1,000 beachgoers from 8 a.m. - noon, Friday, Nov. 21; Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23, at the New Smyrna Beach toll booths.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Quarterback A.J. Granger came back from a non-throwing bruised shoulder in the Homecoming game to lead the 'Cudas to victory over DeLand, 21-13, in the season finale with two running touchdowns in the second half.

And even as DeLand mounted a late rally with seconds left in the game, an interception by 'Cudas defensive back James Hill, his second of the contest, sealed playoff-bound DeLand's defeat to give New Smyrna Beach a 2-8 record for the season.

Perhaps, the DeLand coaching decision to hold out its starting quarterback and first-string runner to rest up for the playoffs was a factor. Regardless, it was the personnel on the field that counted and the 'Cudas made the most of their opportunities.

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The Baby-boomers -- those of us born between 1946 and 1964 -- the majority of the breadwinners across this great country right now, are heavy investors in the stock market. And it makes sense that many in this age bracket are heading into retirement, if not already there.

In the wake of the Wall Street situation, the two absolute safest investments are U.S. treasuries and certificates of deposits (CDs). Read on and I'll explain why these two elements are so vitally important in terms of securing your investments.

U.S. TREASURIES

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On this Veterans Day we pay tribute to all military servicemen and women who have served to protect the freedom we enjoy -- freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of opportunity and justice for all. Some have made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. Many millions more have been wounded and suffer physical disabilities.

Throughout the years, families of veterans have also endured many hardships,physically, emotionally and financially.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- More than a dozen people are facing drug charges resulting from an undercover investigation of cocaine and Oxycodone sales in Southeast Volusia, a Sheriff's spokesman said.

Dubbed “Operation King of the South,” the three-month investigation culminated Thursday in a large round-up of suspects who were caught selling drugs to undercover agents and other sources connected with the operation.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- With 5:52 left in the first quarter and the Cudas' scoring a field goal for a 3-0 lead in the Homecoming game against Merritt Island, things were looking up. The second half was a a different story. Turnovers. Lots of them, led to a 31-3 loss Friday night.

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