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September 2020 Blog Archive

Fight the Bite: Dump Tires Right. Tue, Sep 29, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   As recently reported, mosquito season is upon us here in Volusia County. As such, the county is ramping up efforts to combat the growth of mosquito populations, with ongoing efforts to... Read More

Volusia County Council Allocates $5 Million More in COVID-19 Rent and Mortgage Assistance. Tue, Sep 29, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   During the regularly scheduled county council meeting, Volusia County council members made a unanimous vote to allocate $5Million more in COVID-19 Rent and Mortgage assistance.  ... Read More

Volusia County’s Budget Hearing to be Continued to October 6. Tue, Sep 29, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communication News   Volusia County’s final public hearing on the budget and tax rates for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 will be moved to another meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, at 6 p.m. The bu... Read More

Fairgrounds COVID-19 Testing Extended with Changes. Tue, Sep 29, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Free COVID-19 testing at the Volusia County Fairgrounds that started back in August, will continue into October thanks to an extension from the Florida Division of Emergency Management... Read More

Port Orange Launches New Online Payment System. Mon, Sep 28, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Back in November of 2019, the City of Port Orange indefinitely shut down the use of their online utility billing and business tax payment system, Click2Gov, due to possible secur... Read More

High School Football Scores 09/25/2020 Fri, Sep 25, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz  Belden Communications News      Spruce Creek Hawks 30 New Smyrna Beach Barracudas 8 - FINAL SCORE ***********************************************************************************  ... Read More

Free COVID-19 Testing for All Volusia County Homeless at First Step Shelter. Fri, Sep 25, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Starting Monday, September 28th, the First Step Shelter, Inc. will be offering free Covid-19 testing to all homeless people in Volusia County.   Any homeless person who would li... Read More

Florida Enters Phase 3 of Governor’s Re-opening Plan ‘Effective Immediately’. Fri, Sep 25, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News       Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida will now enter Phase 3 of his ‘Smart. Safe. Step-by-Step’ re-opening plan, during a press conference. &nb... Read More

Local Fourth Grader Wins National Poetry Contest. Thu, Sep 24, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Sage Day was a third grader in Mrs. West’s class at Cypress Creek Elementary in Port Orange when she wrote a poem. Day's poem about women's suffrage was submitted to a l... Read More

Children’s emergency Preparedness Materials to be Distributed Saturday at Four Libraries. Wed, Sep 23, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Pedro the Penguin is bringing messages of safety and preparedness to children, his target audience, this weekend. According to a release the “Prepare with Pedro,” activity... Read More

FTC to Non-Filers: Expect a Letter About Your Stimulus. Wed, Sep 23, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News    The FTC wants to let non-filers, who have yet to receive their economic impact payment, to expect a letter regarding your Stimulus from the IRS.   The letter is to be addr... Read More

Volusia County Schools Students’ SAT Scores Top State, Nation Tue, Sep 22, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools students’ scored on the SAT, the college entrance exam, increased eight points on average, topping both state and national averages for the first time. Thi... Read More

More Rain Means More Mosquitoes for Volusia County. Tue, Sep 22, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   With the rainy season upon us here in Volusia County, Volusia County Mosquito Control, an integrated pest management program that includes an extensive surveillance program, wants to r... Read More

Animal Services Helps a 3-Legged Family Pet Gain New Lease on Life. Mon, Sep 21, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   A little over a month ago, Suzy Anna, a loveable and spirited Labrador-mix was found underneath her DeLand Family’s car, unwilling to move.   It wasn’t until the nex... Read More

TSA Pre-check Enrollment Event at DBIA. Mon, Sep 21, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     A TSA pre-check Enrollment event is coming to Daytona Beach International Airport.    Pre-check allows flyers to expedite the airport screening process by leaving o... Read More

Impasse Hearing Addresses Stipend, Leave Benefits, and Early Retirement Incentive. Mon, Sep 21, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   After 15 bargaining sessions, an impasse was declared between the Volusia United Educators (VUE), the teacher’s union, and the Volusia County School Board.   Now after an ... Read More

High School Football Scores 09/18/2020 Fri, Sep 18, 2020 Spruce Creek Hawks 10 Mainlaind Buccaneers 13 - FINAL SCORE   Missed field goal attempt by Mainland High School. 3 Minutes 30 Sec -1st Quarter ************************************************** TOUCH DOWN HAWKS! The extra point is good!! ... Read More

Hurricane Teddy to Impact Volusia County Beaches. Fri, Sep 18, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communication News     While Florida is not forecasted to get directly impacted by Hurricane Teddy, the beaches in Volusia County will be affected by the storm, along with a high-pressure system off o... Read More

Scammers Prey on Kindness During Disasters. Thu, Sep 17, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   With all the different kinds of disasters going on in the world today, like wildfires, hurricanes, civil unrest, and the current pandemic, scammers are still trying to take advantage ... Read More

County to Collect Household Hazardous Waste Thu, Sep 17, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The Solid Waste Division in Volusia County is scheduled to host a free collection event for all household hazardous materials.   The event will take place Friday, Octob... Read More

Sheriff Chitwood Provides Statement on County Council Approving Critical Purchases. Wed, Sep 16, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Yesterday’s county council meeting started with council members approving the purchase of a new Bearcat Armored Tactical Rescue Vehicle for the Volusia County Sheriff&rsquo... Read More

Man Found Dead Inside of Vehicle in Apartment Complex Parking Lot. Wed, Sep 16, 2020   Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News       According to reports sent out by the Daytona Beach Police Department, an investigation is currently underway after a man was found dead inside of a vehicle in a... Read More

Volusia County’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 gets Preliminary Approval. Wed, Sep 16, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     According to a release from the County, the budget and tax rates to fund county government’s operations for the next fiscal year are one step closer to final adoption foll... Read More

City Island Regional Library Employee Attacked. Tue, Sep 15, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   A 55-year-old New Smyrna Beach resident was charged this afternoon with felony charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.   The man, Burman P. Bedford was taken into c... Read More

Accident on U.S 1 in Daytona Beach Claims Life of Pedestrian Tue, Sep 15, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Daytona Beach Police Department is currently investigating a fatal accident that occurred Monday Night involving an elderly female pedestrian.   Officers responded to a call on ... Read More

FTC on Making Informed Decisions Regarding Federal Student Loans. Mon, Sep 14, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   It was reported last month, that the forbearance period for qualifying Federal Student Loans has been extended from September 30, 2020, until December 31, 2020. In the wake of the exte... Read More

Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Ride Scheduled for Saturday, September 12. Fri, Sep 11, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The “Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Ride,” a 51-mile route bike ride, that will pay tribute to those who died during 9/11, is scheduled for Saturday, September 12. ... Read More

Community Assistance to Conduct Low-Income Representative Elections. Fri, Sep 11, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Community Assistance Division of Volusia County will be holding five public meetings later this month, where community members will elect one person at each meeting to represent th... Read More

Outdoor Permits Denied for Biketoberfest by Daytona Beach City Commission. Thu, Sep 10, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Daytona Beach City Commissioners voted Wednesday on the approval of a safety plan for the 28th Annual Biketoberfest Event, that was created by the Daytona Beach Area Convention an... Read More

County Assesses Impact of Weekend Truck Event. Wed, Sep 09, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Tuesday county officials were busy assessing the impacts of the Labor Day weekend, and the events that came with it.   The Daytona Truck Meet, the world’s largest lift tru... Read More

USDA Extends Free Meals Through December. Wed, Sep 09, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the meal program that allows children 18 and under in schools and the community to eat for free.   Wednesday, Sep... Read More

Suspect in Landis Ave House Fire Caught. Wed, Sep 09, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Raymond Garneau, the suspect wanted for starting the house fire on Landis Ave, late last week has been brought into custody.   According to Port Orange Police Department... Read More

American Airlines to Offer Daily Flights to Philadelphia and Dallas out of Daytona Beach International Airport. Tue, Sep 08, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     American Airlines announced today it will add two new seasonal service routes to the Daytona Beach Airport. The new routes are Philadelphia (PHL) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DW). &... Read More

New Payment Portal About to Launch for the City of Port Orange. Tue, Sep 08, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communication News     The city of Port Orange is promoting a new online utility bill payment system.   The customer site will be user-friendly, can accept payments from multiple electronic dev... Read More

Man Wanted in Port Orange Domestic Violence-Related Arson Case. Fri, Sep 04, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Have you seen this man?    The suspect in yesterday’s house fire on Landis Ave in Port Orange has been identified as Raymond J. Garneau, 51.   Garneau was the ... Read More

Remember beach Safety This Labor Day Weekend Fri, Sep 04, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Volusia County Beaches are expecting many to flock to shore this weekend for the last holiday weekend of Summer 2020. County officials would like to remind residents and visito... Read More

House Fire in Port Orange Deemed Domestic Violence-Related Arson Thu, Sep 03, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News       It was earlier reported that a home off of Landis Ave., and Turton St. in Port Orange went up in flames in the early hours of the morning, Thursday.   According ... Read More

County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Receives FEMA Approval. Thu, Sep 03, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The county has a new local mitigation strategy (LMS) plan, that will incorporate good planning for communities to survive hazardous events and lessen the impact for the next five years... Read More

Volusia County Fair Association Inc., Announces Cancellation of Annual Fair. Thu, Sep 03, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The Volusia County Fair Association Board of Directors has made a decision Thursday to cancel the 2020 Volusia County Fair & Youth Show due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandem... Read More

House Fire on Landis Ave in Port Orange. Thu, Sep 03, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     A home off of Landis Ave., and Turton St. in Port Orange was set ablaze around 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning.   First responders were on the scene and were a... Read More

Governor DeSantis Speaks on Florida Tourism from Daytona Beach Wed, Sep 02, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Governor Ron DeSantis spoke from The Daytona, Autograph Collection Hotel Wednesday afternoon on the new Visit Florida Campaign that is geared toward revving up Florida’s ... Read More

Volusia County Schools Launches COVID-19 Data Dashboard Wed, Sep 02, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The Florida Department of Education has requested that schools begin COVID-19 Reporting on a district level.   To comply with the request, Volusia County Schools will be... Read More

ABCmouse Agrees to Pay $10 Million in Settlement Charges Wed, Sep 02, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Federal Trade Commission announced today that the popular kids' program ABCmouse has agreed to pay $10 Million in settlement charges for deceptively marketed memberships.   ... Read More

Votran Labor Day Route Changes Wed, Sep 02, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release, Votran will operate a limited service schedule on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day. Riders are encouraged to plan their travel to avoid possible travel conflicts.... Read More

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Reminds You to Take a Break, Don’t Drive Drowsy. Tue, Sep 01, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is leading the Drowsy Driving Prevention Week campaign to remind motorists to get adequate rest before getti... Read More

State of Florida Sever Ties with Lab for Failing to Follow Florida Law. Tue, Sep 01, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management has severed ties with Quest Diagnostics after they failed to follow Florida law. Quest Diagnostics is ... Read More

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