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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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  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 Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Nature Scenes: Little children should wear sunglasses
The sun shone on the sparkling blue ocean and sandy shore, giving off light and warmth at New Smyrna Beach one June morning. Sunbathers in colorful skimpy swimsuits, happy children building sand castles, a few brave souls on surfboards — all were enjoying themselves. As I enjoyed the weather and s ...

Deltona Winn-Dixie store robbed Saturday night
A rash of robberies in Deltona continued Saturday, Sept. 20, when a man implied that he had some type of weapon and demanded cash from the office of the Winn-Dixie store at 2880 Howland Blvd. The incident began about 9:28 p.m. when a man wearing a hoodie "walked up to a cashier and demanded to know ...

Armed duo robs Deltona convenience store
Two men, at least one of whom was armed with a handgun, held up a Kangaroo Express store in Deltona early Sept. 17, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. Both robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, and no one was hurt, said spokesman Gary Davidson. The robbery happened around 2 a.m. at ...

West Volusia Calendar of Events: Sept. 20-27, 2014
Saturday, Sept. 20 Barberville Family Farm Swap and Market 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. west of the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, three-fourths of a mile west of U.S. Highway 17, on State Road 40, Barberville. Call 386-469-9409. East Coast Classic Jackpot Show 7-9 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. show begi ...

Small Blades Hurt poetry reading Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Stetson


DeLand police: Beware of a Utilities Billing Scam
DeLand Police Department detectives are currently investigating what has been identified as a billing scam. Twice so far this month business owners in DeLand have reported receiving telephone calls from people representing themselves to be an employee, in one case, of “Duke Energy” and with the ...

Bicyclist badly hurt in DeLand crash
A DeLand bicyclist was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition after he collided with a Jeep driven by an Ocklawaha woman shortly before noon today, Sept. 17. DeLand police identified the bicyclist as 43-year-old Eric Pitre. Officers said Pitre was in critical condition when he was taken by ...

West Nile virus found in Volusia County woman
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County verified Sept. 15 a case of West Nile virus in a 34-year-old Volusia County woman. The report of suspected West Nile virus had been made the previous week. State lab testing confirmed the woman is ill with West Nile virus, "and there is a heightene ...

DeLand airport upgrades planned
Residents near the DeLand Municipal Airport may be noticing a change in aircraft patterns, now that some major renovations are underway on and near the main runway. The project, which began in August, involves repaving the 6,000-foot main runway, known as 12/30, and an adjacent taxiway. The second r ...

National scam hits home for Stetson University
Over the last several days a number of prominent athletics programs across the country have discovered their names and trademarked branding have been used in a scheme to enlist businesses to "sponsor" the athletics programs. Stetson University Athletics is one program that has been touched. The com ...

US News
For Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (links are updated continually)

What a shot! 42 sports photos

The week in 31 photos

20 places to see fall colors
Can you feel the change of seasons in the air?...

Why the Cosby sweater still rules
It all started with a gift from a friend....

Spacecraft enters Mars' orbit
MAVEN has arrived in Mars's orbit after traveling 442 million miles in the course of 10 months to get there....


Big solar storm hits Earth
This is not your usual weather forecast. Big storms are brewing. Your umbrella won't help, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy....

Rosetta scientists target comet's head
Scientists have picked a prime landing site on the "head" of a comet for the next stage of the Rosetta mission....

Climate? Who cares?
You could be forgiven for thinking no one cares -- or even should care, right now -- about climate change....

These marchers care a lot
Tens of thousands of people marched through Manhattan sounding an urgent call for action to reverse global climate change Sunday....

'I'm on the front lines'
On Friday morning, I boarded a leaky oyster boat in Connecticut with a captain who can't swim. Our destination: Manhattan, 84 miles down the coast. Mission: don't drown get world leaders to act on climate change....

World News
For Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (links are updated continually)

What a shot! 42 sports photos

The week in 31 photos

Life in 'Ebola country'
Funerals, ghost towns and haunted health workers. This is life in the Ebola zone. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports....

Reporters photos on the scene

Impact of ISIS attacks on journalists
CNN's Arwa Damon offers a war correspondent's perspective on terror group ISIS attacking journalists....


Who's your hero? Nominate them
They're your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues, your parents....

Garden State charity feeds hungry
When Chip Paillex started a garden with his 4-year-old daughter in 2002, he never imagined it would change the lives of thousands of people....

Soccer fans as an army for good
More than any single soccer player, the fans have taken center stage during the World Cup....

Taking autistic kids to ball game
For many families, a night at the ballpark is a treat. But it can be a nightmare for those with autistic children....

A bodybuilder with a big heart
Ned Norton was working as a fitness trainer for Olympic athletes and bodybuilders when a young man with a spinal cord injury asked him for help....

For Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Kapler: Three reasons why the Royals will make the playoffs
As they've come to the stretch run, Gabe Kapler studies their schedule, bullpen and momentum, to tell us why the Royals will make the playoffs.

Caldwell Jones, longtime pro center, dies at golf course
The 17-year ABA/NBA player was on the golf course when felled by a heart attack. He was 64.

Should we be satisfied with Ravens' handling of Ray Rice situation?
As we have all watched the Ray Rice story unfold, and in turn the handling of the situation, former Raven, Brendon Ayanbadejo reacts to how his team and owner conducted themselves.

Metta (aka The Panda's Friend): I will toss panda heads, find my Friend of the Day
When Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) announced to the world he was going to play basketball in China, we knew it would be gold. He proved that suspicion correct in August when he announced he would change his name to "The Panda's Friend" for his career with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

John Rocker: 'Survivor' was 'worse than I expected'
The former Braves pitcher says the reality show experience was rough going.


Aaron Rodgers surprises young fan, helps raise cancer awareness
The Packers star makes a dream come true for a little girl trying to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

Michigan's awful offense and 10 amazing stats from Week 4
Michigan's awful offense and 10 amazing stats from Week 4

Here's the Ravens' 15-point rebuttal to ESPN's investigative report
Shortly before Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti's press conference Monday, the team released a 15-point rebuttal to most of the main points in ESPN's Friday report of "misinformation" in their handling of the Ray Rice case.

Power Rankings: After upset loss, is LSU out of SEC West title race?
Power Rankings: After upset loss, is LSU out of SEC West title race?

Yankees' Jeter denies giving gift baskets to women
Yankees shortstop finally addressed old tabloid rumor.

For Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (links are updated continually)

World Chefs: Two-star Maaemo shakes up Norwegian cuisine
OSLO (Reuters) - In an unfashionable part of Oslo, head chef Esben Holmboe Bang’s minimalist creations are stirring up food culture in a country where, a generation ago, the height of fine dining was...

White tiger kills schoolboy in New Delhi zoo
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A white tiger mauled to death a school student in a New Delhi zoo on Tuesday, an official and a witness said.

Belgian artist asks court to rule on whether former king is her father
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian artist who says she is the daughter of Belgium's former king asked a court on Tuesday to establish the identity of her biological father, a ruling that could put her...

Love, eggs and ideas: the keys to NKorean weightlifting success
INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - "Recipe for weightlifting success," by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

More Americans than ever have never married: survey
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A record 20 percent of adult Americans, or 42 million people, have never married, marking a U.S. demographic and social shift, according to an analysis released on...


Support for gay marriage dips below 50 percent in Pew study
(Reuters) - Support for gay marriage among Americans has dipped slightly below 50 percent, the Pew Research Center found in a survey released on Monday, even as bans on same-sex marriage have been...

World Chefs: Two-star Maaemo shakes up Norwegian cuisine
OSLO (Reuters) - In an unfashionable part of Oslo, head chef Esben Holmboe Bang’s minimalist creations are stirring up food culture in a country where, a generation ago, the height of fine dining was...

Home rum? Online booze delivery service thrives in Cincinnati
LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - Less than 10 days after launching in Cincinnati, an online beer run and convenience store service says business is so good, it is looking into expanding into nearby cities...

Planes, trucks and bubbles nominated to National Toy Hall of Fame
ROCHESTER N.Y. (Reuters) - Who will fight, fly, float or slide into this year's National Toy Hall of Fame?

Frozen barley crops to push craft beer prices higher in N. America
WINNIPEG Manitoba (Reuters) - Beer prices in North America may rise next year as brewers and maltsters face higher costs after cold, wet weather damaged Canadian barley crops and left farmers and...

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