138th Year
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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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 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Authorities identify two killed in single-car crash on I-4
A man and a woman were killed when their 1997 Lexus sedan veered off Interstate 4 near the 106 mile marker, struck a tree in a marshy area and split in two, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crashed car was discovered at midday Dec. 15, and its removal and the homicide investigation tied up traff ...

'Wizard of Oz' author's descendent to make appearance at DeBary Christmas Parade
DeBary Christmas Parade attendees will also be treated to their own local slice of Hollywood nostalgia, as Author L. Frank Baum’s cousin, Bill Goettel, 81, is scheduled to take part in the annual holiday event in honor of the 75th anniversary of the The Wizard of Oz. “Frank was my mother’s fir ...

New design for DeLand's Freedom Playground to be unveiled
The design for the new Freedom playground will be unveiled this evening at a pep rally at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. "This is a big day and will jump start the awareness, the excitement, and the fundraising activity," DeLand Parks and Recreation Director Rick Hall said of the event, which is sl ...

“Camportunities” for all
In an effort to pass on the invaluable experiences and friendships she experienced at camp, 17-year-old DeLand High School senior Reilly Whittaker founded Destination Campfire, a nonprofit that raises money for kids to attend camp. “We pay for kids to attend camps that can’t afford it,” Reill ...

Winning parade floats, groups from DeLand Jaycees Christmas Parade announced
The holiday float winners from the annual DeLand Jaycees Christmas Parade have been announced. The honor for Best Band/Musical entry went to the DeLand High School's band, while Stetson Baptist Church snagged a win for the Best Non-Profit Float. Frontier Communications took home the win in the Best ...


Nature Scenes: Sharp-shinned hawks are agile fliers and hunters
The sharp-shinned hawk is a devilish aviator that weighs only 5 ounces and is only slightly larger than a robin. However, it is feared by all small birds, especially songbirds. It even flies during storms. Male sharp-shinned hawks are about 10 inches long, while females are about 14 inches long. The ...

DeBary Walmart on hold
DeBaryites who object to a planned Walmart store showed up in force at City Hall Dec. 3, but they quickly discovered their trip was in vain. The City Council, at the urging of the developer, postponed action on the store planned at the entrance to Glen Abbey. For the second time in two weeks, oppon ...

Police: Pot-growing operation uncovered in Deltona
When fire investigators probed through the ashes after a Deltona house fire, they discovered a “marijuana grow” operation, which led to the arrest of the man living in the home, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s office said. The first was reported early on the afternoon ...

Off the Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour slated for Dec. 6 and 7
Following the model developed by artists in Lake County during the past four or five years, Greater DeLand area artists will be joining the “Off the Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour” on the first weekend of December this year. The West Volusia debut of this artists’ studio tour was organized by J ...

Annual Christmas parade kicks off this Saturday in Downtown DeLand
The annual ...

US News
For Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Look at me! 28 selfies of the week

What a shot! 31 sports photos

2014: The year in pictures
Photo gallery: 2014 in pictures...

The year in sports

The year in selfies


Meteor shower wows stargazers
A spectacular meteor shower delighted and awed skyward eyes over the weekend in the Northern Hemisphere....

Orion: NASA'S next giant leap

Is Darknet a glimpse of future web?
What will the internet of the future look like? And what purpose will it be used for?...

He reunites troops with overseas dogs
Pen Farthing founded Nowzad Dogs, a nonprofit that reunites stray animals with soldiers who took them in during combat....

Kids 'robbed of their innocence'
In Guatemala, Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes opened the doors of his house to give education and a safe haven to children....

World News
For Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Western-style stores growing in Iran
When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography....

Look at me! 28 selfies of the week

2014: The year in pictures
Photo gallery: 2014 in pictures...

15 feet from ISIS
A 22-year-old Kurdish female fighter battles for the scorched earth of Kobani, Syria, and revenge for her friend, who died rather than be captured. "Girls are very prized by ISIS. She blew herself up. She killed a lot of them with her," she says....

CNN reporter hit with tear gas
CNN's Rafael Romo struggles to report on a violent protest in Mexico as police release tear gas....


Reporters' photos on the scene

'CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute'
Photos: 'CNN Heroes' tribute show...

On the red carpet for CNN Heroes
Photos: CNN Heroes red carpet...

Death roll rises in Indonesia landslide
The death toll from a landslide that struck a village in central Java Friday, burying dozens of homes, has risen to 39, Indonesian authorities say....

India youths' high sucide rate
Mikhail Furtado was extremely worried about his 12th-grade exams....

For Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Johnny Drama: Manziel says preparation wasn't the issue
Rookie QB also dismisses suggestion he wasn't greeted warmly by teammates on field.  

Capsized UAB football program finds unlikely ally in 5-year-old boy
Out of the mouths of babes, the saying goes. Five year-old Bennett Williams proved it prophetic.

Rex Ryan drops funny line about Tom Brady's cursing
New York Jets coach said he was 'offended' while watching Patriots' game film.

Recap of Wednesday's live chat with Rob Neyer
Rob is back to talk baseball for the holidays.

Why Lance Stephenson's days in Charlotte are already numbered
The word is out, and it's no secret that Lance Stephenson has been a tough player to manage. Gary Payton, Bill Reiter and Brian Scalabrine get into why Stephenson should not have taken a spot on the Hornets roster and how he would impact the Pacers if he returns to Indy.


'NBA 2K15' video game honors former Baylor standout Austin
NBA 2K15 honors former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin by adding him as a free agent on the video game.

Aikman considered returning to NFL ... with Eagles
Cowboys legend Troy Aikman considered returning to NFL in 2003, but with the Eagles.

To trade Hamilton or not to trade him? That is the question for Halos
While Josh Hamilton might not produce at the level the Los Angeles Angels expected when they signed him to a five-year, $125 million contract after the 2012 season, they still view him as a potential asset, but will they trade him anyway?

Watch Cavs connect on five impressive 'touchdown' passes for buckets
One Cleveland team has some serious skills when it comes to throwing the long ball. But it's not the team you'd think.

Nets pay tribute to superfan before game against Heat
Nets players paid tribute to late superfan Jeffrey Gamblero on Tuesday before facing the Miami Heat.

For Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Global population living six years longer than in 1990: study
LONDON (Reuters) - Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor...

Venezuelan children learn to read and write ... about Hugo Chavez
CARACAS (Reuters) - Iruani Arrechedera, an eight-year-old Venezuelan girl, swears she met late President Hugo Chavez in her mother's womb.

'Shimmering' Cezanne to heat up art auction, Christie's says
LONDON (Reuters) - A "shimmering" Paul Cezanne painting of the Mediterranean with a castle in the background is expected to attract the big-money buyers at a February auction that includes works by...

Colombia to print Garcia Marquez banknotes in tribute to writer
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's central bank will print banknotes to honor the country's most celebrated writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died in April and who is renowned as the father of magical...

Stephen Collins admits sexual contact with young girls: People magazine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Stephen Collins, who played the family pastor in the television series "7th Heaven," has admitted to having inappropriate sexual contact with three underage girls decades...


Third 'Night at the Museum' film marks Robin Williams' final appearance
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the third installment of the lucrative "Night at the Museum" series, the filmmakers wanted to make a film about saying goodbye.

Taste for bitter, sour cocktails reviving bygone drinks
NEW YORK (Reuters) - (In paragraph 12, corrects location of Oak at Fourteenth to Boulder, Colorado from Denver)

Chinese villagers seek to banish HIV-infected boy: state media
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Authorities in a Chinese village have launched a "thought education" campaign after more than 200 villagers signed a petition to banish an eight-year-old boy infected with the...

Crowd sings and tangos as Pope Francis celebrates 78th birthday
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thousands of people sang "Happy Birthday" and danced a mass tango on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope.

Church of England appoints its first woman bishop
STOCKPORT, England (Reuters) - The Church of England appointed its first female bishop on Wednesday, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.

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