140th Year
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Internet Edition
West Volusia's Original Hometown Newspaper
By GUY MYSTERY
Intrepid Reporter

  The DeLand Sun News was first published in 1876. After 115 years of operation, it was bought out by a competing paper in 1991. Publication was halted by 1992.
  This situation persisted until 2007, when the brand was revived online as a monument to this cherished local institution.
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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 Saturday, September 24, 2016 (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
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World News
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Sports
For Saturday, September 24, 2016 (links are updated continually)


Flyweights re-energizing 'The Ultimate Fighter' in 24th season
Four fights, four finishes and TUF 24 is off to an outstanding start.

Woman takes football to face after failing to catch Auburn kickoff
When fair catches stop being polite and start getting real.

Watch Auburn player get ejected for huge hit that left LSU's quarterback bloodied
Yeah, you can't do that.

Watch as fumble costs Nebraska touchdown after fabulous run
Terrell Newby did everything right, except cross the goal line

Watch Kennesaw State player freak out on the first flight of his life
He was clearly more scared of flying than the mighty Duquesne Dukes.

 

Jacob Trouba has requested a trade from the Winnipeg Jets
The 22-year-old defenseman wants to go to a team where he can play on the right side

How Tennessee saved its season with an incredible comeback against Florida
The Vols haven't had a reason to celebrate like this in a long, long time.

Tennessee's win saved Butch Jones, but he and the Vols still haven't proven anything
The win over Florida is great, but don't be so quick to say Tennessee is 'over the hump.'

15-year-old Alphonso Davies, born in 2000, makes his first MLS start
He can't even drive yet, but he's starting games as a pro.

These Tennessee students left the epic Florida game at halftime
They will never live this down

Lifestyle
For Saturday, September 24, 2016 (links are updated continually)


Obama says new black history museum tells story of America
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday expressed hope that a new national museum showcasing the triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience will help to bring people...

Naomi Campbell leads bold Versace runway in Milan
MILAN (Reuters) - On a catwalk featuring Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk, Italian design house Versace presented a bold, multi-faceted collection for women on Friday.

Inked body art takes center stage at London Tattoo Convention
LONDON (Reuters) - Body artwork took center stage at the International London Tattoo Convention on Friday, where fans displayed all sorts of colorful and intricate inked creations.

Lost toddler survives three days in Siberian taiga alone
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian toddler who went missing in the Siberian taiga was found three days later, alive and healthy, Russian media and the emergencies ministry reported.

Reagan auction items sell for 10 times estimate in New York
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A chunk of the Berlin Wall and a pair of cowboy boots that belonged to late U.S. President Ronald Reagan sold for 10 times their estimated value at a New York auction that...

 

Subtle seduction in Giorgio Armani's Charmani collection in Milan
MILAN (Reuters) - A woman's allure is a matter of small and subtle details for Giorgio Armani in his spring/summer 2017 "Charmani" collection presented on Friday during Milan Fashion week.

Plus-size fashion show scores big in Japan
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese pop girl group Pottya, who describe themselves as "chubby", performed their hits while eleven plus size amateur models strutted along the catwalk at a new men's fashion...

Oscar Wilde's home gets special status in UK tribute to top gay figures
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The London home of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde and other landmarks linked to gay figures have been awarded special status, the UK's leading heritage body said,...

UK sees record visitor numbers in July after EU exit vote
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain saw a record number of foreign visitors in July while spending by British tourists abroad fell for the first time in more than a year, according to the first figures since...

Gibraltar looks to reinvent itself after Brexit
GIBRALTAR/LONDON (Reuters) - Gibraltar, a rocky British enclave on Spain's southern tip that has positioned itself as a springboard for finance to the European Union, may have to reinvent itself...


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