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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Early voting for the presidential election as well as a host of local, state and national congressional races started with a bang today with 862 ballots cast at the New Smyrna Beach Library, according to the Volusia County Elections Office.

Overall, 4,241 voters took advantage of early voting on the first day. Early voting runs through Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

New Smyrna Beach ranked third among four Volusia library locations where voters cast their votes. New Smyrna Beach had 862 voters.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Dan Sawyer returned home to Orlando after the extended weekend Biketoberfest motorcycle rally. He rode out of town on his 1998 Harley-Davidson Road King. And yes, he wore his helmet.

The annual four-day fall biker rally in Volusia County was smaller crowd-wise and bikers like Sawyer were conservative in their spending, even with gas being as cheap as it is.

With the sour economy and the looming recession, there were far less bikers this time around. If there was a real positive that came out of this special event that is supposed to boost the local economy, it's that there were no road fatalities.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Barack Obama and John McCain could learn a thing or two about money from 14-year Logan Colee. After all, he's going to be in the nation's capital when one of the presidential hopefuls is sworn into office in January. The New Smyrna Beach High School freshman was succinct and clear in his mission Tuesday when he addressed the New Smyrna Beach City Commission to seek funds to help supplement his trip.

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NEW SMYRNA EACH -- Gail Henrickson, a planner with the city of New Smyrna Beach, received a proclamation tonight from Mayor Sally Mackay in recognition of National Community Planning Month, celebrated in October by the American Planning Association.

Henrickson said that even though the sour economy has many feeling the pinch and as a result building is in a lull, the business of planning never ceases. She noted that people who bicycle along paths, live in 1-acre plots or in a downtown condominium are all the result of planning.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed New Smyrna Beach resident Nancy Maddox to the Florida Historical Commission. Maddox has been cultural and recreation manager for Volusia County government since 2001.

The 11-member commission was established in 2001 by the Legislature to enhance public participation and involvement in the preservation and protection of the state's historic and archaeological sites and properties, said county spokeswoman Pat Kuehn.

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Our weather is the typical fall fishing weather that is excellent between cold fronts after a couple of days of blowing.

 

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