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Behind Carter's 3 touchdowns, NSB topples Deltona 24-14 in district opener

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'Tsunami of mosquitoes' follows Hurricane Irma

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Mom arrested after 8-year-old son goes missing for 8 hours

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Irma spurs need for donations, temporary housing

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Ormond Beach man hits $1.3M Lucky Money jackpot

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Irma threat prompts Bethune-Cookman to evacuate

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Volusia man punches mother, leads officers on chase

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Behind Carter's 3 touchdowns, NSB topples Deltona 24-14 in district opener
Chris Boyle @ChrisBoyleDBNJ NEW SMYRNA BEACH — At first, Kevin Hubbard simply wanted to put three more points on the board and make Deltona's comeback attempt more difficult. Following a timeout, New Smyrna Beach's fourth-year head coach opted to put the visiting Wolves away for good. He reached the decision after a debate with offensive coordinator Snap Wood, and the pleading of his players, desperate to end a three-year losing streak to their district rival   Read More ...
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'Tsunami of mosquitoes' follows Hurricane Irma
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter Where there is a deluge of rain, a deluge of mosquitoes is sure to follow. In Volusia County, mosquito control staff began spraying Monday in anticipation of a mosquito outbreak, which typically occur in areas soaked by intense rainfall — and the region got downright waterlogged after Hurricane Irma came through Sept. 10-11. Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey indicated money would not be an issue as the county deals with the "tsunami of mosquitoes" expected to begin taking flight as soon as Thursday in a landscape saturated by rain   Read More ...
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Woman, 72, pulled from Daytona surf, rushed to hospital
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter DAYTONA BEACH — A 72-year-old woman was pulled from the surf Wednesday near the Daytona Beach Pier and was rushed to the hospital, according to Volusia County Beach Safety. Shortly before 6 p.m., lifeguards pulled the woman from the ocean and began performing CPR on her, said Capt. Andrew Ethridge, a Beach Safety spokesman. The woman was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center   Read More ...
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Daytona Beach Main Street problems debated
It's easy to list problems on Main Street. Finding solutions will prove to be a harder task. Eileen Zaffiro-Kean @EileenDBNJ DAYTONA BEACH — A bonanza of beer. Deafeningly loud motorcycle tail pipes. Buxom tub girls pushing the limits of the city's nudity laws. The ButtToberfest competition that would be at home in a strip club. For some people, they're all synonymous with Main Street   Read More ...
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Alert pups lead to Edgewater generator thief, police say
Casmira Harrison @casmiraDBNJ An Edgewater man is jailed after police say he swiped a neighbor's generator. Jeremy A. Swartz, 31, is charged with unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling, possession and use of burglary tools, and grand theft between $300 and $500. One could say nabbing a suspected generator thief is for the dogs. When William Packard's dogs started making a fuss in his 1928 Juniper Drive backyard and he heard his generator suddenly shut off, Packard knew something must be happening, he told police   Read More ...
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Mom arrested after 8-year-old son goes missing for 8 hours
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter DAYTONA BEACH — A Daytona Beach mother is charged with child neglect because her 8-year-old son went missing for eight hours and police said she refused to contact law enforcement for help. Nikita Byrd, 25, was arrested shortly after 4:15 p.m. Thursday and booked at the Volusia County Branch Jail. As of Friday afternoon, she remained jailed on $2,500 bail   Read More ...
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Irma spurs need for donations, temporary housing
Allison Shirk @allison_shirk In the wake of Hurricane Irma, some of the nonprofits in Volusia and Flagler counties that typically step up to help after a natural disaster are in need of help themselves now. For the past few days, Dixie Morgese has heard the stories of destruction that Irma caused in the area from behind a table at the Ocean Center — the last shelter available in Volusia County for those still displaced and unable to return home   Read More ...
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Pizza, but no party, at Port Orange mainstay after Hurricane Irma
Suzanne Hirt @suzsaysNJ PORT ORANGE — All was well Monday morning at Giuseppe’s Steel City Pizza on Nova Road — or so it seemed. Hurricane Irma had knocked out the electricity, but a full glass of water kept frozen in the freezer with a quarter at the brim had not begun thawing — a sure sign it hadn’t been out more than 30 minutes   Read More ...
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Ormond Beach man hits $1.3M Lucky Money jackpot
Nancy Niles @nancyniles An Ormond Beach man apparently took a respite from Hurricane Irma with a trip to Tallahassee to claim his $1.3 million Lucky Money lottery ticket. James Mowinski, 73, purchased the ticket at Publix in The Trails and opted to receive his winnings as a lump-sum payment of $986,943.24, lottery officials announced Wednesday. The first week of September has been a lucky one for area lottery players   Read More ...
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In Irma's wake, a wave of neighborly love in Ormond Beach
Suzanne Hirt @suzsaysNJ ORMOND BEACH — The rooftop obstructing traffic Tuesday on Rosewood Avenue might have belonged to any number of decapitated houses in a tornado-torn neighborhood just east of U.S. Highway 1. This one, though, was Beverly McLean’s. The Hurricane Irma-spawned twister that ripped through the area around midnight Monday made a snarled mess of trees and power lines along North Ridgewood Avenue and took McLean's roof for a ride, leaving a trail of lumber across two backyards before depositing the bulk on a side street   Read More ...
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Floridians should expect days without power, officials say
By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday. As of 6 p.m. Saturday, 1,060 locations were without power in Volusia County and 20 in Flagler   Read More ...
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Silver alert issued for missing 70-year-old DeLand man headed to New Hampshire
Staff Report The public's help is needed to locate a 70-year-old DeLand man who is believed to suffer from Alzheimer's disease. The man left home Friday afternoon in an attempt to visit New Hampshire, said a news release from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office late Friday night,. Rodney Forward left his home on Iris Road in DeLand around 3 p   Read More ...
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Volusia orders mandatory evacuation for beachside, some other areas
Frank Fernandez @frankfffSuzanne Hirt @suzsaysNJ LATEST UPDATES: 8:30 p.m. Irma update. Mandatory evacuation in Volusia County for the beachside, low-lying areas and manufactured homes began Friday Volusia County can expect heavy rain and some gusty conditions starting before midday Saturday. Irma is expected to grow to a Category 5 hurricane when it reaches the Florida Keys and then South Florida   Read More ...
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Gov. Scott: Hurricane Irma is 'powerful and deadly'
Dustin Wyatt @Dustin_WyattNJ DAYTONA BEACH — Gov. Rick Scott trekked across Florida's Atlantic Coast two days ahead of Hurricane Irma's anticipated arrival, stopping in Volusia County on Thursday evening with a message. We can rebuild your home, but not your life. Get out of the storm's path. And if you're evacuating, be patient. Flanked by county public safety officials at the Volusia Emergency Operations Center in Daytona Beach, Scott repeated much of what he had said about Irma most of the day throughout the Sunshine State in similar appearances and on national TV   Read More ...
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Crash backs up traffic on I-95 north in Port Orange
Nancy Niles @nancyniles A motor vehicle crash with injuries on northbound Interstate 95, just north of the Dunlawton Avenue exit in Port Orange, has blocked the left two lanes and backed up traffic up for a couple miles Thursday morning, said the Florida Highway Patrol. The call came in about 7:05 a.m. Travelers are advised to find an alternate route while emergency responders clear the scene   Read More ...
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Volusia deputy fired after shooting investigation opened
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter A Volusia County deputy on the job for less than a year officially lost his job after an internal affairs investigation was opened against him, Sheriff Mike Chitwood has confirmed. Kenneth Long, who was hired Aug. 29, 2016, was fired Aug. 2, four days after his 11-month anniversary, in connection with a still-open investigation into whether he wrongly opened fire toward a group of people in some woods near East Kicklighter Road near Lake Helen, according to reports   Read More ...
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Irma threat prompts Bethune-Cookman to evacuate
T.S. Jarmusz @TS_Jarmusz DAYTONA BEACH — With Hurricane Irma on a path toward Florida, Bethune-Cookman University officials issued an emergency evacuation order Tuesday afternoon, making it the first of Volusia County’s higher education institutions to send students home. The order took effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday and the university is giving students until 6 p.m. Wednesday to depart. Staff has until Wednesday evening to leave campus, said Clifford Porter, assistant vice president and director of development   Read More ...
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Volusia man punches mother, leads officers on chase
Patricio G. Balona @PBalonaNJ A Volusia County man led police on a chase after punching his 54-year-old mother in the face and stealing her car, sheriff's investigators said. Deputies said Nicholas Karpowicz, 20, hit his mother in the face and knocked her down in the driveway of their Marsh Road home near DeLand at 2:20 p.m. Monday. The son then grabbed his mother's car keys and took off in her car, a report shows   Read More ...
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Sinking feeling: Boats to become artificial reefs off Volusia County waters
Dinah Voyles Pulver @DinahVP FORT PIERCE — The engine wasn’t running in the tugboat, but blistering heat and steam filled the hold of the “Everglades” anyway, the smell of diesel fuel thick in the air. Soon the 61-year-old tugboat will sink to the cool depths of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Volusia County, but on a recent hot August afternoon, sitting at a Fort Pierce dock, the tug was getting the thorough cleaning required before it can be cleared to become a new artificial reef   Read More ...
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Volusia expands hours for veterans services in New Smyrna, Orange City
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter Beginning on Tuesday, Volusia County will expand the hours of its veteran services offices in New Smyrna Beach and Orange City. The offices at 107 E. Canal St. in New Smyrna Beach and 775 Harley Strickland Blvd. in Orange City, which previously were open two days per week, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p   Read More ...
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Holly Hill's unique stone city hall turns 75
Holly Hill's unique City Hall, built of coquina by WPA laborers, celebrates 75th anniversary. Mark Lane @othermarklane Holly Hill City Hall is one of the cooler government buildings you’ll see anywhere. It’s built like a fort. The walls are coquina dug up on a site north of Ormond, then carved and fitted into place by Works Progress Administration laborers. They laid the foundation in 1940, and in 1942, local officialdom gathered in the building's auditorium to celebrate its opening   Read More ...
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Shark bites Ormond teen's hand in New Smyrna
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter An Ormond Beach teen was bitten on the hand Saturday by a shark in the area of New Smyrna Beach, according to the Volusia County Beach Safety. The bite occurred sometime around 11:44 a.m. near the jetty. The 17-year-old was surfing in the area and was in waist-deep water when he was bitten, said Capt. Mike Berard, a Beach Safety spokesman   Read More ...
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Lucky September Money: Million-dollar lottery ticket bought in Ormond Beach
Nancy Niles @nancyniles The first week of September has been a lucky one for area lottery players. According to Florida Lottery officials, Friday night’s Lucky Money jackpot-winning ticket came from Ormond Beach, marking the third time in five years that someone from Volusia County won a large draw-game payout within the first few days of the month. The Sept. 1 Lucky Money winning numbers were 35-36-37-45 and the Lucky Ball number was 17   Read More ...
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Brown & Brown plans 10-story headquarters in downtown Daytona Beach
The new building, which is planned to rise by 2020 from what is now a large vacant lot on the north end of Beach Street facing the Halifax River, would be a powerful catalyst for revitalizing the downtown area. Eileen Zaffiro-Kean @EileenDBNJ DAYTONA BEACH — Insurance giant Brown & Brown, Inc. plans to build a new 10-story, $25 million riverfront headquarters and bring 600 additional employees to downtown, company officials told an excited group of local leaders Friday afternoon   Read More ...
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Former state rep from Daytona Beach found guilty of misusing campaign funds
Former state rep from Daytona Beach found guilty of misusing campaign funds DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Former Florida House of Representatives member Dwayne L. Taylor, 49, of Daytona Beach has been found guilty by a federal jury of wire fraud. Taylor faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each count, which could mean a sentence of 180 years behind bars   Read More ...
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School bus involved in New Smyrna Beach crash, troopers say
School bus involved in New Smyrna Beach crash, troopers say NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — A school bus was involved in a crash Thursday morning in New Smyrna Beach, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash was reported at 7:20 a.m. in the area of Josephine Street and Old Mission Road. It’s unclear if there were students on the bus at the time of the crash, or if anyone was injured   Read More ...
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Solar energy cooperative kicks off in Volusia
Dinah Voyles Pulver @DinahVP DELAND — Wearing a house-shaped hat topped with mock solar panels, Suze Peace beamed Wednesday as she helped launch a countywide solar energy cooperative in Volusia County this week. Providing local residents an opportunity to participate in a solar co-op that could make solar more affordable is the fulfillment of a year-long effort by Peace and members of the League of Women Voters of Volusia County   Read More ...
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The Market at Holly Hill sold to local investment group
Clayton Park @ClaytonPark3 HOLLY HILL — The City of Holly Hill has sold the historic The Market at Holly Hill complex at the corner of 2nd Street and Riverside Drive to one of its tenants. The new owner is Jon Xynidis, president and CEO of Xcel Wealth Management LLC, which occupies one of the office spaces at The Market. The sale for $600,000 closed at 11 a   Read More ...
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Early morning crash leaves 1 motorcyclist dead, 1 injured in Deltona
C. A. Bridges @cabridges An early-morning crash involving two motorcycles in Deltona left one rider dead, one injured, and backed up traffic for several hours. according to Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant. The crash was reported at 1:37 a.m. in the area of Enterprise Road and Deltona Boulevard, Gant said, where Enterprise passes over I-4. "One person was pronounced dead on the scene," Gant said, "and another was transported as a trauma alert by ambulance to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford   Read More ...
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Woman dies in Daytona Beach Shores house fire
C. A. Bridges @cabridges DAYTONA BEACH — A 70-year-old woman died in an early-morning fire at her home near Daytona Beach Shores, an official said. Carol Drawdy of 2828 Gladys Terrace perished in the blaze, an official said. There was no immediate signs of foul play or suspicious circumstances at the Gladys Terrace home, according to Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant, when firefighters and deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor who said he spotted flames inside the house through a window and saw smoke coming out through a vent on the roof   Read More ...
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DeLand woman severely burned after gasoline hurled at car
Patricio G. Balona @PBalonaNJ DeLand police are looking for a suspect they believe intentionally set a car on fire at a West Volusia home, causing a woman inside the vehicle to suffer serious burns, officials said. Tracy Adams, 39, remains in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center on Monday. Adams was taken to the hospital Sunday night in the Volusia County sheriff's helicopter, said city of DeLand spokesman Chris Graham   Read More ...
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Lightning crashes Volusia jail's video visitation system
Dustin Wyatt @Dustin_WyattNJ DAYTONA BEACH — It became a part of Brittany Crenshaw's routine: Go to work, eat, sleep, go see Timothy Chapman, her boyfriend, in jail. During her near-daily visits, she'd tell Chapman about life outside the Volusia County Branch Jail while he'd tell of life inside. They'd tell each other "I love you," and "I miss you" and sometimes even discuss plans for the future   Read More ...
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New Smyrna Beach buys time on medical-marijuana decision
Casmira Harrison @casmiraDBNJ NEW SMYRNA BEACH — The City Commission, in a split vote, has continued a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries locating in the city limits. The 3-2 vote, with commissioners Randy Hartman and Jake Sachs dissenting, enacts new moratorium until Jan. 31, when leaders must decide to either tighten restrictions on where dispensaries — and pharmacies — can legally operate, or make the ban on dispensaries permanent   Read More ...
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The Battle of College Park: Edgewater takes on Bishop Moore
The Battle of College Park: Edgewater takes on Bishop Moore The Battle of College Park: Edgewater takes on Bishop Moore The tradition continues for two neighborhood rivals in Central Florida. Only a half of a mile down Edgewater Drive separates Edgewater High School from Bishop Moore. The game brings out the entire College Park community, where you are either a Hornet or an Eagle in this weeks game of the week   Read More ...
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Opioid prescriptions decline in Volusia, Flagler
Mike Finch II @MIKE_FINCH2 Prescriptions for opioid drugs ordered by Florida physicians have fallen significantly, according to data that offers a new perspective on how the crisis involving such drug use has transformed in recent years. All but seven counties in the state saw at least a minor reduction, including Volusia and Flagler counties. The rate of retail prescriptions written in Volusia County dropped by 48 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Read More ...
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Volusia teen loses gall bladder after being shot with BB gun
Shooter had his girlfriend lie about the shooting, Volusia deputies said. Patricio G. Balona @PBalonaNJ A Volusia County teenager shot in the abdomen with a BB gun this week suffered serious organ damage and the shooter had his girlfriend lie to police about how the incident occurred, investigations said. Volusia deputies said Dustin Neal, 17, who lives near Ormond Beach was shot in the stomach at 9:16 p   Read More ...
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Volusia School Board amps up funding demands
Erica Breunlin @EricaBreunlin As dollars continue to drain from Volusia County schools to other districts thanks to a state funding formula, the Volusia School Board is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution they hope other districts will replicate. The resolution urges legislators to either change the formula — the district cost differential — so no district’s base funding drops, or to add a proposed constitutional amendment to the ballot that would allow each district to recover all property tax dollars it sends to the state   Read More ...
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Students boo, turn their backs during speech by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.—Drawing shouts of “Liar!” and “Just go,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos powered through her commencement address Wednesday at a historically black university, even as many of the graduating students turned their backs to her in protest.   Read More ...
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Betsy DeVos booed during speech at historically black university
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Drawing shouts of "Liar!" and "Just go," U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos powered through her commencement address Wednesday at a historically black university, even as many of the graduating students turned their backs to her in protest. "Let's choose to hear one another out," DeVos said, reading her prepared text in a measured tone despite continuing waves of boos, catcalls and scattered applause at Bethune-Cookman University   Read More ...
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Sheriff Chitwood urges Volusia council to fire Manager Dinneen
Dustin Wyatt @Dustin_WyattNJ Volusia County's top cop and its manager have been at odds for months over the sheriff's role in budgeting and personnel. On Friday, those tensions took a sharper and more personal turn when Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he wants Jim Dinneen fired. The call for Dinneen's termination came on the heels of a unanimous March 2 Volusia County Council vote to oppose a Florida Senate bill that would change the Volusia County charter, giving the sheriff more freedom with his budget and personnel moves, eliminating the county manager from the process   Read More ...
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