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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, February 10, 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
For Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Justices put hold on regulations aimed at power plant emissions

Trump, Sanders win in New Hampshire

Parents: Hospital operated on wrong baby
For most, the birth of your child is a moment you will never forget.

Flint mayor: $55M needed to replace pipes
The mayor of Flint, Michigan, said Tuesday she needs $55 million to remove lead pipes in the city beleaguered by a toxic water crisis. She is asking that Gov. Rick Snyder partner with her to get the funds.

'Frozen' the musical to open on Broadway
Winter is nearly over for "Frozen" fans shivering in anticipation of its next iteration.


Rapper DMX found unconscious in parking lot
Earl Simmons, the rapper known as DMX, is on the mend after he was found unconscious in a hotel parking lot.

Bowe Bergdahl court martial delayed
A judge in the court proceedings involving Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, has issued a stay of proceedings, essentially putting the court martial on hold.

Suspect's face captured in photo booth
It's pretty risky to rob a place that has a camera pointed right at you.

How Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary
Donald Trump was able to sway an angry GOP electorate and independent voters to win the Republican New Hampshire primary, says CNN's David Chalian.

Early exit polls: It's the economy, again
The early results of the New Hampshire exit polls find a Republican race centered on discontent with both the federal government and the Republican Party, where voters' preferences remained unsettled until the final days of the contest.

World News
For Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Bloodshed in Aleppo as survival becomes a daily routine

Look at me! 20 selfies of the week

Why Scandinavia wants a bad image
Denmark has had its fair share of bad press lately.

Iran may use detained Americans as 'bargaining chips'
Iran may use detained Americans who were not part of last month's prisoner swap as leverage in future dealings with the United States, America's intelligence chief said Tuesday.

Cruise ship turns around, calls off trip after storm
The Anthem of the Seas has turned around and headed back to its original port after a severe storm injured four people and forced passengers into their staterooms for safety reasons, Royal Caribbean International said Monday.


Three arrested in murder of baby and his parents in Mexico
Mexican authorities have arrested three suspects in the case of a 7-month-old baby who was shot and killed along with his parents as they left a convenience store in the city of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca state.

World's biggest solar plant opens in Sahara

Girl with 'butterfly skin' dies
Jessica Ramirez Gaviria, the sick young woman who fought to force Colombia to protect her right to life, has died. Ramirez Gaviria suffered from a condition known as 'butterfly skin' and died in a Bogota hospital from health complications caused by the illness.

Why North Korea's satellite launch is troubling
Pyongyang celebrated with fireworks, and a North Korean government spokesman dismissed international efforts to block the successful launch of the country's second satellite as nothing more than a "puppy barking at the moon." Grandiosity, provocation and defiance clearly remain the key elements of North Korean foreign policy. But while claiming the satellite launch is a peaceful use of outer space in accordance with international norms, the international community rightly sees it differently.

Actor, model kicked off flight for turban
Waris Ahluwalia's trip to Mexico started out as a thrilling visit to a contemporary art show.

For Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Quenneville fits epic rant, podium storm-off into 14 glorious seconds
Blackhawks coach clearly tired of seeing Chicago goals taken off the board after review

Kentucky Wildcats fans falling down stairs are painful to watch

UFC champ wants to be a video game streamer when he's done fighting
UFC flyweight champ Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson is already working hard on his post-fighting career -- playing video games.

Evander Kane, Alex Petrovic get tossed after fighting three times in one game
Kane wins the fights, but Petrovic gets the Gordie Howe hat trick, and the win

Curry scores 35, Warriors beat Rockets for 42nd straight home win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry had 35 points, nine assists and six rebounds and the Golden State Warriors relied on a signature putaway fourth quarter to hold off the Houston Rockets 123-110 on Tuesday night.


Despite Porzingis' big quarter, Knicks lose in Kurt Rambis' debut
In first game under new general, rookie keeps doing what he's been doing all season, but so do his teammates as New York loses at home to Washington

Creighton upsets fifth-ranked Xavier behind Maurice Watson's 32 points
Five-foot-10 point guard propels Bluejays to huge home victory

Tony Dungy says Peyton Manning will factor non-football issues in retirement decision
Tony Dungy says Peyton Manning will factor non-football issues in retirement decision

Curvaceous Ashley Graham to grace SI's swimsuit issue, says fans 'stood up for curves'

No. 18 Purdue slips by No. 8 Michigan State 82-81 in OT
Boilermakers snap seven-game skid in series with Spartans

For Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (links are updated continually)

In Kenya's Rift Valley, blood and bulls mark gateway to manhood
BARINGO COUNTY, Kenya (Reuters) - In an isolated region in Kenya’s Rift Valley, young men spear a bull in a ceremony that marks a gateway to adulthood.

Rapidly aging Thailand tells businesses to hire more elderly
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Pornsak Bowornsrisuk pulls an umbrella towards him to shield his head of thick gray hair from the blazing sunshine at the Bangkok bus terminal he manages.

Hunting houbara: royal kidnap casts spotlight on Gulf 'sport of kings'
DOHA (Reuters) - Every year the houbara bustard, a rare desert bird whose meat is prized by Arab sheikhs as an aphrodisiac, migrates from Central Asia to the far reaches of Iraq and Pakistan in...

Fashionistas prepare for New York shows
NEW YORK - The seasonal catwalk calendar kicks off in New York this week, with the first of the fashion capitals presenting designers' autumn/winter 2016 womenswear.

Millennials are shifting car ownership model; ask Toyota
TOKYO (Reuters) - When Toyota Motor looked to the future at the turn of the millennium and aimed its new, edgy Scion small-car brand at twenty-somethings, it could not have guessed that the model...


Lock of John Lennon's hair could fetch up to $10,000 at auction
DALLAS - A lock of singer John Lennon's hair is expected to sell for more $10,000 when it is sold at auction later this month.

Warner settles 'Happy Birthday' copyright suit for $14 million
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappell Music to pay $14 million to end a...

Warner settles 'Happy Birthday' copyright suit for $14 million
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappell Music to pay $14 million to end a...

Scandalous painting inspires new London ballet 'Strapless'
LONDON (Reuters) - When acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon first saw "Portrait of Madame X", he was captivated by the painting that caused a social uproar in 19th century Paris.

Liberia's Ebola widows learn to become the new breadwinners
MONTSERRADO, Liberia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Huddled together in the bedroom of their mud-brick home in rural Liberia, Marthaline Sweet's children stare at her hungrily as she picks up her...

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