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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Headline Surfer had a lot of prominent Central Florida news stories in 2017, but none tore at the heartstrings of online users more than Oct. 29's story headlined, BREAKING NEWS: New Smyrna Beach Cops: Local gal Kaelee Morrell, 21, killed in hit & run; other driver flees in black Chevy Tahoe.

In the first 24 hours of its posting, the tragic story on the death of 21-year-old Kaelee Morrell was accessed by 27,642 online users around the world. It was the award-winning news site's most viewed story of 2017, wih a whopping 42,803 page views. 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- "Get in touch with personal technology." 

That's the operative line expressed by Volusia County Pat Kuehn, CPRC, community information specialist with Volusia County Government in a press release to Headliner Surfer encouraging adults to explore personal technology with free classes at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

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NSB City Manager Pam Brangaccio / Headline SurferYouTube video download /
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- First, Pamela Brangaccio jawed wih a homeless person while guarding the entrance to the Babe James Center in which she was captured on video saying "this is my house" as she forced them to eat outside because city workers were being treated to a special lunch for Hurricane Irma cleanup. 

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By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Like millions of Floridians impacted by the wrath of Hurricane Irma, surfer dude Kem McNair hasfelt a range of emotions ending on a happy note this morning. 

How or why?

"I have power!" he said. 

"I called the Mayor of NSB, Jim Hathaway, one of my lifelong friends last night," McNair explained.  "And he called me at 7:45 this morning. I want to thank him for a quick response and for helping me and my neighbors get the power back on this morning first thing! Thanks Jim!" 

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On August 19th, two Kissimmee police officers were killed in a shootout. Later that weekend, an officer in Volusia County named Charles Geiger got ready for his overnight shift in Edgewater – and thought about what might happen on his shift. 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Share your thoughts on foreign policy issues facing the United States the first Friday of every month at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Participants may borrow the Great Decisions 2017 Briefing Book from the Information Desk to prepare for each discussion.

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YouTube download / NASA video footage of the total eclipse from Beatrice, Nebraska. Broadcast through PBS, Aug. 21, 2017. District 3 Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys, who like many were caught up in the eclipse hoopla, is shown below. The still imager above was taken by Denys' Indiana-based son, Brian Hartman.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. --  City of New Smyrna Beach residents seeking to apply for Hurricane Irma disaster relief should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling FEMA’s toll free registration number at 800-621-FEMA (3362). 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Visions of the upcoming total solar eclipse are getting astronomers and everyday stargazers revved up for an astronomically good time.
 

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