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  1. Volusia School Board looks to sign off on raisesRead the original story

    4 hrs ago | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Non-union Volusia County school employees, including clerical, technical and managerial positions, likely will receive raises averaging 2.78 percent for the current year. The raises, which are estimated to cost $901,708 annually, are retroactive to last July 1 and part of the School Board's consent agenda during a regular meeting that will start at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 N. Clara Avenue in DeLand.

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  2. Driver guilty in deadly hit-runRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    An Edgewater plumber faces up to 30 years in prison after his conviction in a hit and run crash which killed a couple walking along State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach. Brian Dale Kennedy, 39, was convicted by a jury Friday of leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving without a license.

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  3. DeLand family learns of Vietnam vet's heroic deathRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Ceasar Bryant Jr. was 1 when his father was killed. The son - now a 50-year-old grandfather who lives in Atlanta - never knew his dad.

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  4. Daytona nonprofit that helps addicts votes to dissolveRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 20 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Windward Behavioral Care, a 37-year-old nonprofit agency that has provided 374 beds for those battling drug and alcohol addictions, is about to disappear from the Volusia County landscape. Reacting to an ongoing state investigation and possible lawsuits over two employee contracts that have left the organization in financial straits, Windward's board of directors voted 10-0 to dissolve the agency that until recently had properties scattered across the county and nearly 100 employees.

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  5. Gator Season 2015Tue, 19 May 2015 16:33:00 EDTRead the original story

    Wednesday May 20 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Provided photo/Blue Heron River Tours A bull gator watches along the Hontoon Dead River near This is a pretty big bull gator.  I'm guessing ten feet plus.  I believe this was taken on the Hontoon Dead River within the past two months. BLUE HERON RIVER TOURS --- Undated photos of alligators on the St. Johns River, west of DeLand.

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  6. Volusia school leaders face uncertainty as they meet on budgetRead the original story

    Monday May 18 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    DeLAND - The Florida Legislature's failure to pass a state budget has left school districts in the lurch as they try to plan for the next year without knowing how much money they'll receive.

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  7. Denim & Lace revives Granada SquaresRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday May 17 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Pamela Kelley and Rod Barngrover have a life-long affinity toward square dancing. Ironically, Kelley and Barngrover were both introduced to square dance lessons in 1972 as children, while living in different parts of Indiana.

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  8. End is near for treatment agency Records show 'lack of treatment,' missing documentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday May 17 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    In two days, Windward Behavioral Care's board of directors is probably going to dissolve the agency that has been a life preserver for people drowning in addictions and mental health struggles since the 1970s, a sudden and drastic move that just two months ago was unthinkable. Board members see it as a necessary and merciful euthanasia for a nonprofit that since March has stopped running all three of its treatment facilities, lopped off 77 of its 96 employees and lost $500,000 in expected state government funding after investigations and audits uncovered serious problems.

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  9. DeLeon Springs woman shot by husband who then killed himself dies in hospitalRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 14 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    A DeLeon Springs woman shot by her husband died Wednesday, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. Iva Warman, 81, was shot in the back of the head by 84-year-old Loren Warman, who then shot himself dead in the front yard of their Willow Avenue home in DeLeon Springs late Tuesday afternoon, sheriff's investigators said.

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  10. Volusia school district sets rules on gifts from vendorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 14 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    The Volusia County School Board moved this week to clamp down on gifts that employees can accept from vendors in the wake of a board member's complaints about two employees going for a night on the town on a curriculum company's dime. Three employees were disciplined this year in connection with a night last November that included a plane ride from DeLand to Orlando and dinner at the Omni Orlando Resort.

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  11. Hot with slight chance for storms in Volusia, FlaglerRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Another hot, sunny day with only a slight chance for afternoon storms is on tap for Volusia and Flagler counties. But while the storms should be isolated and scarce, any that occur carry the potential for lightning, strong wind gusts, heavy rain and small hail.

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  12. Orchids for Mother's DayRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    It was orchids for everyone as local high school students exhibited their art work May 9-10 at the Orchid Society's annual Mother's Day Show and Sale at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. "The project was coordinated with ArtHaus, and involved art students from Spruce Creek, DeLand and New Smyrna Beach high schools," said Laurie Gomon Ring, ArthHaus executive director.

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  13. Study: Volusia, Flagler residents drink more than national averageRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Mike Gurin knows the temptation of living in a tourist state filled with vacationers thirsty for booze. The former alcoholic counsels addicts and works as a food services manager with Windward Behavioral Healthcare in DeLand, which provides substance abuse treatment.

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  14. Man dead, wife injured in murder-suicide attempt, official saysRead the original story

    Tuesday May 12 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    An elderly DeLeon Springs man is dead and his wife was seriously injured Tuesday in what investigators believe was an attempted murder-suicide, an official said. The "despondent" man called 9-1-1 at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday and told a dispatcher he'd just killed his wife and was going to kill himself, Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.

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  15. Volusia voting machine vendors demonstrate their wares to public MondayRead the original story

    Tuesday May 12 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Volusia elections officials will get a glimpse of the future on Monday as two voting machine manufacturers will demonstrate how their equipment works. The demonstration comes as the county looks to purchase new voting equipment for the first time since 1994.

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  16. Study: Volusia, Flagler residents drink more than U.S. averageRead the original story

    Tuesday May 12 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Mike Gurin knows the temptation of living in a tourist state filled with vacationers thirsty for booze. The former alcoholic counsels addicts and works as a food services manager with Windward Behavioral Healthcare in DeLand, which provides substance abuse treatment.

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  17. Music appreciationRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 12 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Kris Light had her first piano lesson at age 4, and now teaches children of all ages various forms of music. Light has spent 27 years teaching music, 25 of which have been in Volusia County.

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  18. Volusia looks for answers on dirty schoolsRead the original story

    Monday May 11 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    A controversial deal that promised clean schools and an annual savings of $6 million has soured, leaving Volusia County schools in a sticky situation. Since the district outsourced custodial work to Aramark Services in 2013, employees and officials have complained of bathrooms that don't have toilet paper, towels or soap; classrooms that are infested with cockroaches; and floors that aren't clean.

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  19. Volusia School Board to vote on new teacher contractRead the original story

    Sunday May 10 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    Months of intense and sometimes very public negotiation between the Volusia County school district and the teachers union to hammer down a new contract could see its final chapter this week. Board members will vote on the Volusia Teachers Organization contract, which grants raises averaging 2.8 percent to teachers, during a regular meeting that will start at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 N. Clara Ave. The two sides reached a tentative deal last month that would boost beginning teacher pay from $36,000 to $37,000 and award raises of at least $1,000 to all teachers.

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  20. Parents fear loss of college-prep program in Volusia middle schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday May 10 | Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

    A popular college-preparatory program could be discontinued at Volusia County middle schools next year as the district looks to cut costs. Staff has recommended ending the AVID program at 10 middle schools and adding it at three high schools for a net savings of $378,920, to the dismay of parents who say the program benefits their middle school children.

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