We're counting 'em down in the year that was -- the Top 100 stories in greater Daytona Beach-Orlando metro area

Top 100 Stories of 2013 Daytona Beach-Orlando Metro Area / Headline Surfer®

Among the choices highlighted above for Top Story of the Year: Jimmy Johnson wins the Daytona 500 in crash-marred race, George Zimmerman is found not guilty of 2nd degree murder and there are moral, ethical and legal/criminal questions in Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys having SEV Ad Authority Chair Palmer Wilson removed an unprecedented 2nd time.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Headline Surfer® is counting down the biggest stories from the year that was in the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper's multimedia platform in words, sight and sound. So what ultimately will be the No. 1 story?

What follows are 20 contenders in no particular order, any of which could end up as the biggest story of the 2013:

* Jimmy Johnson wins the Daytona 500;
* Who's the rat? SEV board members provide cover for director who used agency credit card for free lunches;
* Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys pushes for ouster of Southeast Volusia Ad Authority Chair Palmer Wilson who was removed an unprecedented 2nd time, calling into question a host of moral, ethical and legal/criminal issues in her motives;
* Ku Klux Klan drops recruitment flyers in New Smyrna Beach black neighborhood;
* Orange County man executed for rape and murder of woman in her apartment;
* Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer seeks 21% pay raise;
* George Zimmerman found not guilty of 2nd-degree murder in gunshot slaying of Trayvon Martin;
* Volusia Republican Party leader Tony Ledbetter challenges World History book with chapter on Islam;
* Volusia Republican Party turns on County Chair Jason Davis at final budget hearing;
* New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer & City Manager Pam Brangaccio escape ethics charges;
* New Smyrna Beach rape victim stands up to accuser and he's sentenced to life behind bars;
* Volusia League of Cities locks out media from awards dinner to shield ethics-challenged mayor;
* Tire and other debris from wreck in Nationwide race at Daytona injures racing fans;
* Volusia County Council hires attorney Jon Kaney to investigate Waverly park bench contracts;
* Two motorcyclists killed when their bikes get tangled during racing practice at Daytona;
* Deltona man charged with murdering estranged wife, says someone else killed her two kids & refuses to lead investigators to bodies;
* Amway Arena hosts WWE's Monday Night Raw; Triple H orders fans out of arena;
* Big year for Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood: Bitten at Bike Week, violence & gruesome murders;
* Alex and Sierra win X-Factor; become darlings of Daytona with keys to city;
* New Smyrna Beach CRA spending frenzy culminates in Cinco de Mayo DUI death on South Causeway.

Counting 'em down:

We're counting 'em down in the year that was -- the Top 100 stories in greater Daytona Beach-Orlando metro area
Posted Sat, 2013-12-28 17:38
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.