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FDOT: Ribbon cutting planned for Friday

Holly Hill city emblem / Headline Surfer®HOLLY HILL, Fla. --  Later this week, residents and others will be reminded that they "can get there from here" when the newly-built Daytona Avenue Bridge opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

It takes place at the Daytona Avenue Bridge, in the 1000 block of Daytona Avenue, in the City of Holly Hill. The event starts at 5 p.m., Friday,

The Daytona Avenue Bridge serves as an important link near Holly Hill City Hall. It provides direct, north-south access.

But since Feb. 23, 2011, first responders and citizens had to travel a longer, less direct route, after it was discovered the local bridge was unlikely to continue safely handling day-to-day traffic anymore.

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Editor's Note: Here is the weekly message from Congressman Ron DeSantis, the Republican from St. Augustine, representing the 6th district that includes greater Daytona Beach...Congressman Ron DeSantis

Washington DC -- On Tuesday the President delivered his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

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Construction under way for MLK phase 3 construction near Kissimmee Gateway Airport

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Martin Luther King Phase 3 construction project utility work on Dyer Boulevard between Commerce Boulevard and the Kissimmee Gateway Airport entrance began Friday Friday and will continue until the project is completed. Flagmen will be on site to maintain traffic during working hours and two way traffic will be re-opened at the end of each work shift. Drivers are cautioned to please pay attention and follow the detour as they transit through these work zones. For more information, please contact the Public Works & Engineering Department at 407-518-2170.

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Daytona State College, 35th in associate degrees awarded nationally / Headline Surfer®Daytona State College / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Daytona State College has made the grade and then some in awarding associates degrees.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Community College Week, one of the nation’s leading publications focusing on higher education institutions that offer two-year associate degrees, has named Daytona State College among its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. In fact, Daytona State ranked 35th nationally in awarding the two-year associate degree, among some 5,000 public and private institutions.

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Mayor member of all-white, all-male Anglers Club hearkening back to Jim Crow era

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Mayor Adam Barringer speaks during 2014 MLK event / Headline Sufer®MLKcrowd in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Rev. Lorenzo Laws of the Allen Chapel AME Church and others in the predominantly-African-American Westside community and other parts of this coastal community marched across the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Bridge and into the Old Fort Park downtown for the MLK holiday vigil.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla -- Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about how he had a dream. If he were alive today, 85 years after his birth on January 15, 1929, he would be giving a speech about the nightmare he had that came true.

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Cast of 'Steel Magnolia' fort Littler Theatre of New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Photo by Sandi Carroll for Headline Surfer® / The cast of 'Steel Magnolias' from left to right, are Karen Poulsen as Clairee, Kara Riley as Annelle, Barbara O'Connell as Ouiser, Jeanna Carley as Truvy, Karin Jenkins as M'Lynn and Krystina Hatcher as Shelby.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- "Steel Magnolias" will be offered an additional time by the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach at a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

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Judge Donald Scaglione / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Judge Donald E. Scaglione, shown here was elevated Nov. 15 from Hernando County judge to a judgeship in the 5th judicial circuit that covers Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties, with main administrative offices in Tavares. The 5th circuit comes under the scrutiny of the 5th District Court of Appeal, which sits in Daytona Beach. 

TAVARES, Fla. – Hernando County Judge Donald E. Scaglione was appointed in November by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the 5th Judicial Circuit Court in Tavares. The 5th circuit is under the umbrella of the 5th District Court of Appeal, which sits in Daytona Beach. 

Scaglione, 54 of Brooksville and a Hernando County Judge since 2005, filled a vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Sandra Edwards-Stephens.

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Daytona Rising project / Headline Surfer®State Sen. Dorothy Hukill pushes Daytona Intl Speedway legislation / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer photos® /
State Sen. Dorothy Hukill had the legislative quotes all packaged conveniently for one media outlet in announcing her Senate committee had unanimously passed a bill that would provide $60 million in tax rebates to Daytona International Speedway over 30 years as part of its $400 million modernization project dubbed "Daytona Rising."

DAYTONA BEACH -- It would be nice for once for Dorothy Hukill to stop playing politics when it comes to the news, especially that of Daytona International Speedway.

Hukill has blatantly been feeding the Daytona Beach News-Journal exclusive quotes on her committee's unanimous vote to provide $60 million in incentives to Daytona International Speedway as part of its $400 million makeover dubbed "Daytona Rising."

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Before committing suicide, 20-year-old gunman struck two nurses with butt of weapon, demanding, 'Do you guys want to die tonight?'

Haklifax Hospital suicide victim's SUV was used to ram the gates / Headline Surfer®Front entranceway of Halifax Hospital shot out by gunman who jailed himself / Headline Surfer®Jonathan Rodriguez-Jeff, 20, shot & killed himself early Sunday at Halifax Hospital / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / 
Jonathan G. Rodriguez-Jeff, shown here in this snapshot, took his own life with a shotgun blast to his head after smashing through a gate at the Clyde Morris entrance to Daytona's Halifax Hospital, shooting out a front door and attacking two nurses with the butt of the weapon before killing himself.

DAYTONA BEACH -- What pushed an aparently despondent 20-year-old Deltona man over the edge in taking his own life with a shotgun blast to the head after shooting his way into Halifax Hospital and teeing off on two nurses with the butt of the lethal weapon just before 4 a.m. Sunday is not known.

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