Volusia News Now
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week is coming to an end and so far attendance has been light and fatalities have been limited to one.
The "500,000 bikers" figure that the Daytona-area Chamber of Commerce and local media have used for years has been exaggerated for the better part of a decade now.
And this year, there hasn't even been half that number of visitors for the 10-day rally that ends Sunday.
And as a result, fatalities are down, too. The lone biker fatality occurred in Deltona, though because it occurred during Bike Week, it's considered part of the biker rally since it's in the same county.
A motorcyclist lost his life Monday afternoon in a collision with a school bus in Deltona. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are many reasons to like Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s chances of winning the Daytona 500 for a second consecutive time. Here are five reasons in particular as observed by HeadlineSurfer.com:
• 1. PROVEN WINNER: He's already a two-time winner of the Great American Race, winning the first time in 2004 and again in 2014;
• 2. BLOODLINES: He's the son of the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr., seven-time NASCAR cup champion and 1998 winner of the Daytona 500;
• 3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: Junior is a driver for Rick Hendrick's team, the very best in stock car racing;
OAK HILL, Fla. -- In tiny Oak Hill, where there are less employees than the fingers on one hand, Jeany Gonzalez has quietly gone about her tasks as an administrative assistant at City Hall. But after a decade on the job, Gonzalez, has called it a day for good.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Veteran surfer Kem McNair not only is handy with a surf board, but with a camera as well as demonstrated by awesome stills he shot of a right whale swimming about 100 yards from the shore this afternoon.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The city hired a new fire chief and saved a little money in salary in the process.
Dru R. Driscoll, 36, was promoted in March with a salary of 17,000, which is $6,044 less than the $123,044 James Bland was making when he retired in April 2013, Daytona Beach city spokeswoman Susan Cerbone told the internet newspaper.
DELAND, Fla. -- Ruth Pierre Charles, a 19-year-old freshman majoring in political science at Stetson University, is active on social media, especially issues affecting African Americans. With that in mind, the Bradenton resident was asked to reflect on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and what it mean to her.
DELAND, Fla -- It was a chilly, rainy night this Monday evening. I was attending choir rehearsal with my fellow peers and community members. As the choir director was ending our session, he decided to announce to the whole choir that we would not be having a rehearsal the following Monday, due to the celebration of MLK Jr. Day.