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Spotlight: Historic Athens Theater
The Athens Theatre is one of the few existing examples of a classic American theatre in Central Florida. Once the centerpiece of DeLand, the Athens Theatre is a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture. This historic theatre was designed in 1921 by prominent Orlando architect Murray S. King and first opened its doors on January 6th, 1922. On January 5th, 1922, the eve of the theater's opening, the DeLand Daily News declared the Athens to be "Florida's Handsomest Theatre" and "a gem of architecture". The theatre's name was derived from the vision of DeLand's founder, Henry DeLand, who sought to create a city that would be the "Athens of Florida". Visit their website.

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DeLand Area News
For Sunday, January 21, 2018 (links are updated continually)

Volusia County Sheriff's Office to host gun turn-in program in DeLand
For a sixth year, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office will host a program to take unwanted guns off the county’s streets. The program, dubbed Kicks 4 Guns, allows anyone to turn in an unwanted gun to law enforcement, no questions asked, in exchange for a $50 Publix gift card. The event runs from ...

Volusia County sheriff's deputies, kids share a week of summer fun
More than 70 campers lined up for dinner outside the chuck wagon at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Barberville Thursday, just like any other night. Then, in the distance, sirens. A lot of them. Read the whole story, in the Aug. 17-19, 2015, Midweek edition of The Beacon. To subscribe to The ...

Hatters turn attention toward first scrimmage
With 11 of 30 preseason practices in the books, the Stetson Hatters will have a light day today, Friday, Aug. 14, as they look ahead to Saturday’s (Aug. 15) first of three scheduled scrimmages. The scrimmage, which is expected to have between 100-130 plays, will start at 8:30 a.m. on the lower pra ...

Volusia County Sheriff's Office names employees of the quarter
Five Volusia County Sheriff's Office employees have been honored as employees of the quarter, officials announced. Those recipients are Investigator Julian Elmazi, Deputy Miguel Roman, Tara Pronovost, Jennifer Clay and Alan Ponder. Each of the recipients has been awarded for exceptional work in his ...

Video footage: DeLand woman tells authorities she felt unsafe stopping for traffic stop
This unedited video is body camera footage from Officer W. Godwin of the DeLand Police Department, taken just before 9:30 p.m. on 8/5/15 during a traffic stop involving 19-year-old Sextoneriya "Neri" Keith of DeLand. A Volusia County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop Keith for running a red light at B ...


DeLand Police Dept. announces registration for Citizens Academy fall semester
Registration is now open for the 15th fall session of the DeLand Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, officials at the DeLand Police Department announced this week. The 11-week academy will begin Sept. 3, according to Officer Rod Hancock. The classes will allow members of the community to ...

DeLand area carjacking victim dragged by his own vehicle, deputies say
A carjacking that began just east of DeLand early Saturday morning resulted in the victim being dragged by his own vehicle, authorities said. Darrion Tompert, 21, of Daytona Beach, faces charges including carjacking, fleeing or attempting to elude a law-enforcement officer, possession of ammunition ...

Nature Scenes: Great white heron larger and taller than great blue heron
The Sibley Guide to Birds is a birder’s bible, and the 2000 edition of the guide identified the bird I photographed for this column as a great blue heron, white morph. For years, many bird experts have quibbled, some of them declaring this long-legged wader to be a great white heron. Hmmm. I had n ...

Gov. Scott announces expansion of DeLand business
Gov. Rick Scott announced today that Frontier Communications Corp.’s inbound-call center in DeLand will expand its operation into another business unit, adding 400 new jobs. “I am excited to announce that 400 jobs will be created in DeLand thanks to Frontier Communications’ newest expansion. ...

Florida Hospital seeking nominations for 2015 community-service award
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is seeking nominations for the Johana Knox Award for Community Service Excellence, according to Lindsay Rew, media contact for the hospital. This is the seventh year in a row that the organization will present the award, according to Rew. Three awards will be presente ...

US News
For Sunday, January 21, 2018 (links are updated continually)

Missing woman found dead in California mudslide
The body of a 28-year-old California woman, missing since savage mudslides hit nearly two weeks ago, was found Saturday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said....

Residents blame utility for wildfire that contributed to mudslides
Several residents of Santa Barbara County are suing a major California power company, saying it was responsible for a massive wildfire that stripped hillsides of vegetation that could have prevented the recent mudslides....

Deadly mudslides in Southern California
Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday, January 9. Flooding also forced heavily traveled roads to close....

Who's affected by a shutdown, by the numbers
If Congress can't agree on a plan to fund the federal government before time runs out, a shutdown is expected to affect millions of Americans....

A year of Trump: (Almost) everything that happened


Trump and Schumer came close to a deal. Then it fell apart
After his morning television shows had ended and as the deadline to fund the government loomed, President Donald Trump placed a call to the man in Washington he believed held all the cards: Sen. Chuck Schumer....

Trump responds to government shutdown
President Donald Trump responded to the government shutdown by tweeting the morning after that the Republicans need to win more seats in 2018 elections....

How Trump changed the world in one year
In his first year as president, Donald Trump has torn at a thread running through international affairs for 75 years -- the idea of the United States as a predictable bastion of global stability and champion of Western values....

The week ahead in stocks

They raised $120K in 4 days for their shoe startup

World News
For Sunday, January 21, 2018 (links are updated continually)

Tongan flag-bearer qualifies for 2018 Olympics

Pita Taufatofua on his Winter Olympics hopes
Tongan Pita Taufatofua became widely known at Rio 2016 for his shirtless Opening Ceremony appearance, but he's now trying to qualify for Pyeongchang 2018....

Why he chose a sport he had never practiced before
Pita Taufatofua -- the topless and oiled Tongan taekwondo fighter who caused a social media storm at the Olympic Games -- is turning his attention to qualifying for the Winter Olympics....

Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee announces Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games....

The most memorable social moments from the 2016 Olympics
Rio wasn't a big disaster like many had predicted. It came packed with thrills and controversies that got people talking....


From sand to snow for Pita Taufatofua
Pita Taufatofua caused a stir at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics by appearing topless and covered in coconut oil. Now he is trying his hand at cross-country skiing and aiming for the 2018 Winter Olympics....

5 ways the world is pulling apart

From $7,500 loan to $375 million business

Thought 2017 was bad? 2018 could be worse

$1.2M worth of wine stolen from Goldman exec

For Sunday, January 21, 2018 (links are updated continually)

Danny Amendola's 2 TDs help lead Patriots to Super Bowl LII
NFL on FOX's Kristina Pink talks with Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks following the Patriots AFC Championship victory.

Photos of the Week: 1/14/18 - 1/20/18
Top photos from the past week in Wisconsin sports

Crazy Jerry's crazy predictions starring "Crazy Jerry"
Rob Riggle makes predictions for the next NFL season as "Crazy Jerry"

Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20 (Jan 21, 2018)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Give `em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.

Photos of the Week: 1/14/18 - 1/20/18
The top photographs from the past week in Minnesota sports.


Eagles QB Nick Foles talks about his long journey and future with Terry Bradshaw
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles sits down with Terry Bradshaw to discuss his journey to the NFC Championship game and what lies ahead in his future.

Loyola-Chicago peels away from Valpo for 70-54 win (Jan 21, 2018)
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Clayton Custer scored 18 points with five assists and four steals and Loyola-Chicago pulled away from Valparaiso in the second half for a 70-54 win on Sunday.

99-year-old Eagles fan has a message for 99-year-old Vikings fan and Roger Goodell
Longtime Eagles fan Phil Basser has a message for 99-year-old Vikings fan Millie Wall. 

Bell, Wagner lead Minnesota women past No. 20 Iowa 77-72 (Jan 21, 2018)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kenisha Bell scored 21 points, Carlie Wagner added 15, combining for six free throws in the final 25 seconds, and Minnesota handed No. 20 Iowa its third straight loss 77-72 on Sunday.

End of the road: Jaguars succumb to Tom Brady, Patriots in AFC Championship game
Tom Brady rallied the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl with a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game.

For Sunday, January 21, 2018 (links are updated continually)

Mexican hotel keeping Hotel California name after Eagles settlement
(Reuters) - A hotel in Mexico named Hotel California plans to continue using the name in that country after settling a lawsuit brought by the Eagles over rights related to the country-rock band's...

Costa Rica's first gay marriage suffers bureaucratic hitch
SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica's first same-sex wedding has been blocked by notaries who are refusing to recognize it until laws forbidding gay marriage are changed, setting them at odds with the...

In sign of times, luxury watchmaker Audemars embraces second-hand
GENEVA (Reuters) - Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet said it would launch a second-hand business this year, becoming the first big brand to announce plans to tap into a fast-growing market for...

Bright lights, big city: Light art festival takes to London's streets
LONDON (Reuters) - London's dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium...

Growing pains for #MeToo as Ansari tale sparks backlash talk
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Less than four months after the #MeToo movement inspired a national conversation about sexual misconduct and led to the downfall of dozens of powerful American men, a backlash...


Hundreds commemorate Jewish sage at his tomb in southern Israel
NETIVOT, Israel (Reuters) - Hundreds of Jewish worshippers made a pilgrimage on Thursday to the tomb in southern Israel of a sage revered by his followers as a miracle-maker.

After 950 years, France to lend Bayeux Tapestry to Britain
PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the tale of how William the Conqueror came to invade England in 1066, an official at the...

Fragment of flag Nelson flew at Trafalgar sells for almost 300,000 pounds
(Story refiled to correct day of auction in first paragraph to Wednesday from Thursday)

Dance bars, mobile phones and Chelsea jerseys: changing face of Bhutan
THIMPHU (Reuters) - For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights and a culture that had barely changed in centuries.

Drone rescues swimmers in Australia in world first
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities...

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