141th Year
Friday, February 24, 2017
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 Friday, February 24, 2017 (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 Friday, February 24, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Shaq responds to Kevin Durant ripping him over JaVale McGee criticism
Durant said, among other things, O'Neal 'didn't have any skills'

Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson explains why he would 'hate' fighting Georges St-Pierre
'Wonderboy' weighs in on GSP's return to the Octagon

Footrace between 99-year-old and 92-year-old ends in electrifying photo finish
It's moments like these that make you happy to be alive.

7 things you need to know about soccer this weekend
Rivalry battles, relegation scraps and much, much more.

Texas politician seeks investigation into Baylor football scandal
Rep. Roland Gutierrez is asking the governor to start a probe

 

UFC fighter Tom Lawlor suspended 2 years following positive drug test
Tom Lawlor tested positive for a banned substance in October 2016

Here's the USWNT's roster (and cuts) for the SheBelieves Cup
The tournament will air on FS1 and FOX.

Ducks land Patrick Eaves in a trade with Stars
The veteran winger was one of the most attractive rentals on the deadline market

The best racing movies of all time
Because Daytona Day falls on Oscar Sunday this year.

Kevin Durant rips Shaq after O'Neal feuds with JaVale McGee
Steve Kerr also came to his player's defense.

Lifestyle
For Friday, February 24, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Vionnet's birds of paradise fly in Milan palazzo
MILAN (Reuters) - Fashion house Vionnet unveiled an airy and colorful collection inspired by birds of paradise in the brand's first fashion show in Milan following its decision to switch from the...

Carnival kicks off in Brazil despite recession, security woes
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carnival festivities kick off in Brazil on Friday, with officials in Rio de Janeiro, site of the country's best-known revelry, preparing to hand the key of the city over to...

In Japan, 'Rocky' and 'Premium Friday' join fight against overtime
TOKYO (Reuters) - From the "Rocky" theme to cash handouts and early "Premium Friday" finishes, a small but growing number of companies in workaholic Japan are getting creative with the ways they're...

Emporio Armani's urban and bright looks at Milan shows
MILAN (Reuters) - Clothes in black and optical white led off the catwalk show for Armani's Emporio line on Friday before a shift in contrast to encompass pattern and unusually bright colors for the...

Moschino shows anything can be worn, as long as there is attitude
MILAN (Reuters) - "Couture is an attitude, not a price point", read the plain white t-shirt over sturdy leather biker trousers worn by Moschino's designer Jeremy Scott at the end of the Italian...

 

Women in sports ad strikes nerve in Arab world
(Reuters) - An online commercial released by Nike this week that showed Arab women fencing, boxing and spinning on ice-skates has stirred controversy over its attempt to smash stereotypes about...

Germany kicks off six days of carnival despite higher security
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Revelers in clown costumes and wigs kicked off six days of merriment on Thursday with Weiberfastnacht or "women's carnival", traditionally the day when women take over...

Prada combines soft and strong elements for its winter collection
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian fashion house Prada brought to the catwalk soft and strong designs in an attempt to define the role of women in society, in a powerful show ending the second day of Milan's...

Old loves highlight Japan and Vietnam's new bonds
HANOI (Reuters) - "This is my husband," said 94-year-old Nguyen Thi Xuan, holding up a pillow wrapped in a Vietnamese flag, with a Japanese army shirt pushed inside. She sleeps with it every night.

Comics and music shows in Saudi Arabia draw rebuke from clerics
RIYADH (Reuters) - A comic show and a recent pop concert have drawn rebuke from powerful religious figures and social media users in Saudi Arabia this week, highlighting the sensitivity of cultural...


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