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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.
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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 Monday, May 2, 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 Monday, May 2, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Family massacre highlights region's ties to drug trade
The slayings of eight family members have rattled this southeast corner of Appalachian Ohio. They also highlight the region's growing dependency on illicit drugs for income and comfort.

Speculation swirls in Ohio family murders

Ohio shootings: What we know

Molotov cocktails at Seattle march
May Day protests in Seattle turned violent on Sunday, as protesters lit fireworks and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, Seattle Police said.

1st U.S. cruise ship to Cuba in decades draws protests


Mom of victim: Heroin is a 'death sentence'

Puerto Ricans leaving island for U.S. in record numbers
Puerto Ricans are leaving the island for the mainland United States at a historic rate.

Missing climber's body found in ice after 16 years?

Missing mom, daughter rescued from New Zealand forest

Florida crash leaves 6 dead, including 4 children
Six people, including four children, are dead after a car crash on I-95 in Florida late Saturday night.

World News
For Monday, May 2, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Bodies in ice may be missing climber, cameraman missing 16 years
Sixteen years after Alex Lowe, a world-class climber, and David Bridges, a cameraman, were struck by an avalanche in a Tibetan mountain, their bodies may have been found encased in blue ice.

Hundreds arrested during protest in Germany

Irish politician Gerry Adams under fire for N-word tweet

Missing mom, daughter rescued from New Zealand forest
Hiker Rachel Lloyd said she was on the verge of dying when search and rescue crews found her and her mother five days after they got lost in the New Zealand wilderness.

Blast hits near police headquarters in Turkey


Brussels Airport departure lounge reopens

11 killed in twin suicide bombings in Iraq; ISIS claims responsibility
A pair of suicide bombings in southern Iraq killed at least 11 people and wounded 13 others, including children, state-run al-Iraqiya TV said.

Historic ivory burn in Kenya fills sky in smoke and ash

New photos of Princess Charlotte released

Duchess of Cambridge to appear on cover of British Vogue
British Vogue is celebrating its 100th anniversary in royal style.

For Monday, May 2, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Ranking and grading every team's 2016 NFL Draft class
From the Titans to the Giants, we put every team's draft in its rightful place.

The Dodgers made a big mess in the clubhouse celebrating the end of their losing streak
After six straight losses, the Dodgers were ready to cut loose

Do trademark filings tip off a Floyd Mayweather comeback?
One more sign Floyd Mayweather's retirement might be over soon.

Facts and fiction from the first month of the MLB season
What should we make of April's trends across baseball? Our Ken Rosenthal separates the truths from the lies.

Steph Curry says chances are 'pretty good' he'll play in Game 3
Stephen Curry is hoping to beat the timetable for his return and get back to the Golden State Warriors for Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers.


Putting Ohio State's historic draft showing in perspective
The NFL Draft offers a unique perspective on college football. Here are some notes, nuggets and numbers from the 2016 draft.

Magic Johnson reveals why he's going to mentor D'Angelo Russell this summer
Magic Johnson reveals why he's going to mentor D'Angelo Russell this summer

Drake and Paul George dap and make up after Raptors' Game 7 win
Drake and Paul George dap and make up after Raptors' Game 7 win

Raptors coach compares DeRozan to Kobe Bryant after Game 7 win over Pacers
DeRozan was very Kobe-like in his Game 7 performance.

Watch the missed call on DeRozan that officially ended the Pacers' season
Pacers were coming back, but this put an end to their chances.

For Monday, May 2, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth features with Obamas in light-hearted charity video
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth has appeared with U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle in a light-hearted video to promote a sporting event for injured British, American and...

Ringling elephants, a famed U.S. circus act, pack up trunks for retirement
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, ending a 145-year spectacle that delighted fans but enraged animal activists, who say the highly...

'West Wing' actress gives White House press briefing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For a few moments at the White House on Friday, "The West Wing" TV series came back to life as actress Allison Janney who played fictional White House spokeswoman CJ Cregg took...

Former circus lions begin journey to South African refuge from Lima
LIMA (Reuters) - A blind lion, one that is missing an eye, and 31 others that had worked in circuses began the journey to a South African wildlife sanctuary from Lima, Peru, on Friday in what their...

'Kennewick Man' was Native American, U.S. Army Corps says
(Reuters) - The 8,500-year-old remains of the so-called Kennewick Man whose almost complete skeleton was discovered in Washington state in 1996 are Native American, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...


Ready, Steady, Mow! British lawnmower racing season gets under way
LONDON (Reuters) - Behind a start line in a field in southern England, a group of drivers rev their engines, raring to open the throttle on noisy machines more used to cutting grass than racing...

Prince's motorcycle jacket from 'Purple Rain' film on auction
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A motorcycle jacket worn by the late pop star Prince in his 1984 film "Purple Rain," when he rides through the woods with the movie's leading lady, Apollonia, will be sold at...

Japan's corpse hotels upset some of the neighbors
TOKYO (Reuters) - Tucked away in a quiet residential street in Kawasaki city in Japan is a refurbished workshop with a plain silver exterior and black draped windows that residents describe as creepy.

William and Kate celebrate fifth wedding anniversary
LONDON - Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Catherine, celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary today(April 29).

Bled by emigration, abandoned Portuguese villages lose hope of surviving
LISBON (Reuters) - The villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoes in northern Portugal look little alike - one is a run-down cluster of dilapidated old stone houses, the other has a cosier feel, with...

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