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Kevin Harvick in victory lane at Daytona / Getty Images / Headline SurferPhotos by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR / Headline Surfer® /

DAYTONA BEACH -- Kevin Harvick made his No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet as wide as he could in the final laps, holding off repeated challenges for the lead on his way to victory in the Saturday night, Feb. 16, Sprint Unlimited under the lights at Daytona International Speedway.

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Trooper: Toddler one of two small children ejected from van

Crescent Cirty fatality involves 3-year-old girl / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer®  graphic/ Toddler Nayana S. Thomas, of Seville, was killed Sunday in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection on Clifton Road and 17-92 in Crescent City, just over the Volusia County line in Putnam County as shown in the locator map at left.

CRESCENT CITY -- The Christmas holiday season has been one of mourning for a Seville family with the Sunday morning death of a 3-year-old girl in a two-vehicle crash at an intersection in Crescent City, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Jeff Brower of DeLeon Springs / Volusia County, FL / guest blogger / Headline Surfer®By Jeff Brower
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DAYTONA BEACH -- It is Christmas Eve and I am thankful for the freedom and liberty God has given our family by placing us in a free state. Yet, I can not dismiss the concern I feel each day for the very present reality of our God given liberties being stripped from our daily lives by a few compromised men and women who seek to increase their own power, privilege, and position.

I am regularly criticized for regularly criticizing "our" side in the battle to restore liberty. The truth is I no longer have a side in politics. Neither of the two controlling parties represent constitutional restraint, love of individual freedom, minimal government intrusion, or minding our own business.

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Cheyenne Drews with Sam Hillier at the Little Theatre in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Cheyenne Drews with 6-year-old Sam Hillier, two of the stars in the recent play, "A Christmas Carol" under the direction of Dan Blazi at the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach. The kindergartner earned the role of 'Tiny Tim.'

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Many of you who are regular visitors to Headline Surfer® and its previous name, NSBNews.net know Cheyenne Drews, the New Smyrna Beach High School senior, who has been writing a community blog for the 24/7 internet newspaper since middle school.

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Daytona State College foreign language instructor Ray Cornelius honored / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Ray Cornelius of Daytona State College has been recognized for his foreign language skills.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The chair of the School of World Languages and Speech at Daytona State College, has been named the 2013 College and University Instructor of the Year by Florida Foreign Language Instructors in Colleges and Universities, a member of the Florida Foreign Language Association.

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Blue at the Topaz restaurant in Flagler Beach, Fla / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Blue at the Topaz, 1224 S. Oceanshore Blvd., is a quaint and hospitable restaurant along the shoreline.

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. -- Blue at the Topaz is extending its dining hours hours during this festive season.

“We are excited about bringing lunch hours back for the holidays,” said Kelli O’Reilly, the restaurant's general manager and co-owner. “The feedback from our customers has been great so far and we are happy to be able to accommodate group gatherings during this time of year.”

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Deltona City Commissioner Webster Barnaby speaks out against KKK flyer drop in New Smyrna Beach, FL / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer / Deltona City Commissioner, Webster Barnaby, shown here at left, is one of three Volusioa County officials to speak out against the KKK flyer drop in New Smyrna Beach. The other two are County Chair Jason Davis and at-large County Council member Joyce Cusack.
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Deltona City Commissioner Webster Barnaby is incensed very few elected officials in Volusia County have publicly condemned the Nov. 11 recruitment flyer drop by the Ku Klux Klan in the historic Westside African-American community of New Smyrna Beach, a tourism-destination city known for its surfing, street festivals and laid-back charm.

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Editor's Note: Headline Surfer® asked Deltona resident and Democrat Ellen Juliano to weigh in on the candidacy of Charlie Crist for governor in 2014, against incumbent Republican Rick Scott as an alternative perspective to those written by Headline Surfer Chief Political blogger Dana D. Swanson of DeBary and fellow political blogger Cory Thompson, both Scott supporters. Here is Juliano's write-up:
 
Ellen Juliano of Deltona / Headline Surfer®By Ellen Juliano
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DELTONA -- Many Democrats walked away disappointed from the 2013 Florida Democratic Party State Conference all fired up, but somewhat confused when the much anticipated announcement by Charlie Crist's run for Governor was not announced.

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Orlando lose opener on the road / Headline Surfer1st video by 09Sports uploaded from YouTube / 2nd video by uploaded NBA2K14 Official/ Headline Surfer / Highlights of the Orlando Magic's season opener loss at the Indiana Pacers, 97-87. Here is an NBA video link for game highlights: http://www.nba.com/video/games/pacers/2013/10/29/0021300001-orl-ind-recap.nba.

ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic have little hope of winning more than a third of the games on their 82-game schedule, if the opening night game loss on the road Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers, 97-87, is any indication.

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Biketoberfest in Daytona / Headline Surfer

No explanation from DIS or cops for 1-day delay in informing media

Double fatality biker crash at Daytona International Speedway / Headline SurferMotorcycle racer Rick Shaw killed at Daytona International Speedway / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Veteran AMA racer Rick Shaw, 65, was killed as was another motorcyclist, Eric Desy, 45, after their speed bikes collided during a Team Hammer School racing event Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Two motorcyclists were killed after their bikes collided at high speeds coming off a high bank Thursday at Daytona International Speedway during a private racing school session, occurring on the first day of Biketoberfest, police and track officials confirmed late this afternoon.

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