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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 Thursday, June 30, 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 Thursday, June 30, 2016 (links are updated continually)


World News
For Thursday, June 30, 2016 (links are updated continually)


For Thursday, June 30, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Charles Barkley shares the advice he gave Johnny Manziel last month
"I said, 'Johnny, man you're screwing up your life."

2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Camaro SS revealed
The sixth-generation Camaro will be racing at Daytona in February 2017.

How Brock Osweiler's wife is helping him study the Texans' playbook
She serves as the offensive coordinator at home.

Justin Gatlin has one last shot at redemption
Justin Gatlin has one last shot at redemption

Tigers' minor league affiliate unveils preposterous emoji jerseys
But where's the 'thinking face'?!


Jim Harbaugh's satellite camp jerseys, ranked
With Harbaugh's satellite camp tour officially coming to an end, we rank his jerseys. Where did Derek Jeter fall? Cal Ripken? Kobe?

NFL suspends Jets DT Sheldon Richardson for opener vs. Bengals
Richardson violated the league's personal conduct policy last summer.

Thunder reportedly looking to pair Al Horford with Kevin Durant in free agency
OKC is looking to add another star to entice KD to stay.

Stephanie McMahon says WWE isn't promoting Brock Lesnar at UFC 200
Stephanie McMahon says WWE gave Brock Lesnar permission to fight at UFC 200 but they aren't really supporting the fight.

Lindsey Vonn explains why it's hard to date as a world-famous athlete
Vonn opens up about her personal life.

For Thursday, June 30, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Architects picked to design Obama presidential library: foundation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The foundation planning President Barack Obama's library announced on Thursday that it has picked two architects to design the center on Chicago's South Side, to be built after...

Giant diamond fails to sell at auction, trade interested
(Reuters) - The biggest uncut diamond to be discovered in over a century failed to sell at a Sotheby's auction on Wednesday, but the chief executive of Lucara Diamond Corp, the company that found the...

Wal-Mart heirs again top Forbes list of 25 richest U.S. families
(Reuters) - The Walton family, which owns roughly a 50 percent stake in retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc , was named the richest family in the United States for a third consecutive year on Wednesday,...

Herding votes in Australia's outback villages
ENNGONIA, Australia (Reuters) - Social worker Kelly Ann Mackay and goat farmer Heather McInerney have made sure even those in the most remote parts of the New South Wales outback get a vote in...

Cuban hip hop group Orishas reunite with ode to island
HAVANA (Reuters) - Reuniting after a seven-year hiatus, Cuban emigre hip hop group Orishas are also returning to their roots with a new single celebrating their "Cuba Isla Bella" and say they hope to...


Crystal Pepsi: the 'clear' 90s hit makes a return
(Reuters) - PepsiCo is going retro. The company is officially bringing back Crystal Pepsi, a clear cola drink that was hugely popular for a brief period during the early 1990s.

Palestinian swimmer glides past obstacles to reach Rio Games
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can't wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation, rather than a podium finish, is probably the best she...

Michelle Obama, daughters and mom promote girls' education in Morocco
MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her mother and daughters Sasha and Malia were joined by Meryl Streep in Morocco's Marrakesh on Tuesday on a six-day tour to try to...

'I'm still alive' jokes Britain's 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth
LONDON (Reuters) - With her realm in a state of turmoil following last week's vote to leave the European Union, Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who turned 90 in April, has not lost her sense of humor,...

Indoor farming gives former New Jersey arena new lease on life
NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - In an old warehouse in Newark, New Jersey, that once housed the state's biggest indoor paint ball arena, leafy green plants such as kale, arugula and watercress sprout from...

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