141th Year
Friday, January 20, 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, January 20, 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, January 20, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Russell Westbrook snub shows that fans shouldn't get to vote for All-Star Game
Why are we trusting fans with this?

Orioles again work their late-January magic to bring back MLB's leading HR hitter
Mark Trumbo follows in Chris Davis' footsteps

John Tavares dances around Stars defender for nifty goal
Tavares undressed Stars defender John Klingsberg for great goal

Courtney Lee says Wizards assistant interfered on key play by pretending to be player
You aren't supposed to do that

Why Tony Romo to Houston makes the most sense
Cris Carter joins 'Undisputed' to discuss where the Dallas Cowboys QB might land.

 

UFC strawweight Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger announces her retirement from MMA
Following 10 professional fights, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger has called it a career.

Marshawn Lynch trolls Pete Carroll while ripping Russell Westbrook's ASG snub
Beastmode hasn't let it go.

Game on the line, watch John Wall ice the Knicks with a gorgeous behind-the-back move
oh MY

Watch Emmanuel Mudiay hilariously remind Gregg Popovich that he was ejected from game
Troll much?

Michael Bisping reveals upcoming surgery and timeline for his return
Middleweight champion Michael Bisping is headed for minor surgery

Lifestyle
For Friday, January 20, 2017 (links are updated continually)


That was hairy - Paris wax museum plays catchup with Trump dummy
PARIS (Reuters) - A Paris wax museum unveiled a Donald Trump effigy with real human hair on Thursday, having being caught off guard with a half-ready figure of Hillary Clinton when he won the U.S....

Russian Orthodox believers take icy plunge on Epiphany day
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Russian Orthodox believers took a plunge into sub-zero waters across Europe on Thursday to wash off their sins as part of Epiphany feast day celebrations.

Silk Road lanterns light up British gardens for Lunar New Year
LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of traditional Chinese lanterns lit up the sprawling gardens of London's Chiswick House to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year.

Afghan orchestra puts women's rights center stage at Davos
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Global leaders who attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos are used to discussing women's rights on panels. On Thursday they got a chance to hear an all-female...

Weak pound lures American tourists to Britain, but Europeans unmoved
LONDON (Reuters) - North American tourists flocked into Britain to take advantage of the weak pound after last year's Brexit vote, but spending by European tourists - far greater in number - slipped...

 

From Athens to Zihuatanejo, a global show of unity for women's rights
LONDON/NEW YORK/NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than one million people are expected to attend women's marches around the world on Saturday to demonstrate against sexism and sexual...

Czech bubble artist surrounds 275 students with soap 'screen' to claim record
MLADA BOLESLAV, Czech Republic (Reuters) - A Czech performer of bubble art surrounded 275 high school students and a car with a single soap-bubble screen on Wednesday, breaking the national record.

Lloyds bank named Britain's best employer for LGBT people
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lloyds Banking Group was named on Thursday as Britain's best employer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in a nationwide workplace equality...

Decades-old Madrid cafe keeps flamenco spirit alive
MADRID (Reuters) - In one of Madrid's oldest flamenco venues, a heart-wrenching voice commands attention as arms rise, fingers curl and feet strike wooden floors to the sound of gypsy chords.

Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation
QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (Reuters) - Ghost churches on the western bank of the Jordan River, near where Jesus is believed to have been baptized, could be reopened to pilgrims as part of a project to...


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