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March 2021 Blog Archive

County Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Age Eligibility Lowered, and Second Dose Information Fri, Mar 26, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Governor DeSantis announced Thursday that the age requirement for eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine will be lowered to 40 years of age effective Monday, March 29.  Beginning Mon... Read More

Be Prepared for a Busy Beach Season. Wed, Mar 24, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Spring break is in full swing, Easter is right around the corner, and with local events scheduled to take place, Volusia County Beach Officials are expecting to be busy at the beach in... Read More

Volusia County Creates Economic Development Partnership with JAXPORT Tue, Mar 23, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Jacksonville Port Authority and Volusia County signed a Memorandum of Understanding, establishing a partnership that promotes geographical and business advantages in both areas. A... Read More

Number of Volusia County Graduation Tickets Increased. Mon, Mar 22, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools Class of 2021 graduating class will now receive up to four tickets each for graduation ceremonies. The decision was made following careful consideration of publ... Read More

April 5-9 Named Food Waste Prevention Week Mon, Mar 22, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   An average family of four wastes $1,500 or more a year in spoiled food. With all the current economic challenges and financial instability that can be seen worldwide, it is important t... Read More

Port Orange City Council Selects New City Manager During Special Meeting. Fri, Mar 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   After an extensive recruitment process, Port Orange City Council selected Mr. Wayne Clark as the next City Manager at a Special Meeting Friday. The city initially received 90 applicat... Read More

Former Volusia County Sheriff Sergeant Charged with Perjury. Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News Fri, Mar 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     A former Volusia Sheriff’s Office Sergeant was charged with making false statements during an investigation that led to his termination by Sheriff Mike Chitwood last year.... Read More

Woman Arrested After Hit-and-Run Accident Involving Volusia County Sheriff, Mike Chitwood. Fri, Mar 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Port Orange Police Department responded Thursday to Town West Boulevard for a Hit-and-Run motor vehicle crash involving Sheriff Chitwood. Chitwood, who was riding his bicycle, was st... Read More

Missing Atlantic High School Student Found. Fri, Mar 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   A Port Orange teen that was reported missing Thursday has been found.   According to previous reports, Lillie (Lyn) did not return home from school Wednesday afternoon. A missin... Read More

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood Hit While Biking in Port Orange. Thu, Mar 18, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office took to Twitter Thursday, spreading the word that Sheriff Mike Chitwood was hit while riding his bike. According to the Tweet, the Sheriff su... Read More

Fight the Bite: County to Host Tire Amnesty Events Thu, Mar 18, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Volusia County Mosquito Control is hosting two Tire Amnesty events throughout the county. According to a release, the first event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, A... Read More

Motorcyclist Involved in School Bus Crash Passes Away Thu, Mar 18, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   A 29-year-old Daytona Beach man has lost his life due to injuries from a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a Volusia County School Bus. According to reports, Seth A. Whitem... Read More

Atlantic High School Student Reported Missing. Thu, Mar 18, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Have you seen this girl?    A teenage girl out of Port Orange has been reported missing from the Port Orange Police Department. Lillie (Lyn) – also goes by Rose or... Read More

County Seeking Grant Funds for New Bus Stop at First Step Homeless Shelter. Wed, Mar 17, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   During Tuesday’s County Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted to apply to the Florida Department of Transportation for a $56,000 transit grant for a funding source to pa... Read More

Over 40 Dogs Seized in Dogfighting Bust Tue, Mar 16, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County’s Animal Services Division, Halifax Humane Society, the City of Daytona Beach’s Animal Control Unit, the City’s Code Enforcement Division, and the Dayt... Read More

Judge Grants Volusia County’s Custody Petition for “Miracle” Dog. Tue, Mar 16, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Three months ago, a German Shepherd survived being tossed from a second-floor motel balcony in Daytona Beach. Rescuers took the dog from the owner, nicknaming her Miracle. According ... Read More

Volusia County Schools to Learn from Volusia Veterans in Classrooms. Mon, Mar 15, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools is teaming up with the West Volusia Chapter of the Military Officers Association of American for a new Volusia Veterans in Classrooms program. According to a re... Read More

Daytona Beach Announces Champions Drive Roadway Improvements. Mon, Mar 15, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The City of Daytona Beach put out a statement announcing improvements are getting underway for the Champions Drive Roadway Project.] According to the release, to improve safety for m... Read More

Johnson and Johnson Vaccination Site Opened in Port Orange Fri, Mar 12, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference from the Crane Lakes Community in Port Orange Friday, acknowledging a shipment of four thousand Johnson and Johnson vaccines to a Va... Read More

A Pair of Crashes Causing Major Traffic Problems in the Ormond Beach Area. Thu, Mar 11, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   A pair of crashes is currently causing major problems on both sides of I-95 and the westbound side of Granada Blvd in the Ormond Beach area.   A fatal crash on the northbound s... Read More

Port Orange City Council Selects Top Five Candidates for City Manager Wed, Mar 10, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Port Orange City Council held a special meeting Tuesday, where it selected its top five candidates for the vacant City Manager position, which has been held by Interim City Manager... Read More

A Portion of Airport Parking Lot Improvement Project Complete. Wed, Mar 10, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Construction continues on Daytona Beach International Airport’s $7.6 million parking lot improvement project, which began in December of 2020. The project includes repaving and p... Read More

Volusia County Schools Sets Spring Testing Schedule. Wed, Mar 10, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communication News   Volusia County Schools has established a state test schedule for the remainder of the school year, allowing for social distancing during test administration.    “The F... Read More

Port Orange Police Seeking Help from the Public in Deadly Motorcycle Crash. Wed, Mar 10, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Port Orange Police Department is requesting help from the public regarding a deadly motorcycle crash that occurred early Wednesday morning. The investigation is being managed by ... Read More

The Table to Close Temporarily Due to COVID-19 Positive Employee. Tue, Mar 09, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a Facebook post from The Table, a well-known restaurant in Downtown DeLand, the local eatery will be temporarily closed starting Tuesday due to an employee testing positi... Read More

Ponce Preserve Temporary Boardwalk Closure Tue, Mar 09, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release from the Town of Ponce Inlet, the Ponce Preserve boardwalk will temporarily close.   Ponce Preserve boardwalk will be closed from Monday, March 15th throu... Read More

Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested, Suspended After Second DUI. Fri, Mar 05, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   An off-duty Volusia sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for a second time on charges of driving under the influence in the past year.   According to a release put out by th... Read More

Volusia County Schools Accepting Applications for School Year Program. Fri, Mar 05, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools will provide a free, full-day Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) Program during the 2021-2022 school year. Applications will begin to be accepted on Monday, March ... Read More

Missing 27- Year-Old Port Orange Man, Found Safe. Fri, Mar 05, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   A reverse 911 call and missing person alert went out Thursday, March 4, regarding a missing 27-year-old Port Orange Man.   Steve Sutton was reported missing Thursday evening jus... Read More

Daylight-Saving Time Resumes March 14 Fri, Mar 05, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   As the old saying goes, “Spring forward, Fall back.” It serves to remind us to turn our clocks ahead in the Spring and back in the fall. This year's daylight-saving time re... Read More

Votran Plans Route Detours During Bike Week. Thu, Mar 04, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release, in response to anticipated traffic congestion surrounding Bike Week, some Votran routes will be adjusted between March 5-14. Detours will take effect daily... Read More

Emergency Rental Assistance Available Wed, Mar 03, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Volusia County Emergency Rental Assistance Program received more than $16 Million in funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help county residents who are incapable of pa... Read More

Daytona Beach Airport Evacuated Due to Threat; One Flight Diverted. Wed, Mar 03, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Daytona Beach International Airport took to Twitter informing passengers that the airport was evacuated just before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Morning due to a bomb threat.   "Due... Read More

Public Service Announcement from Daytona Beach Police Department on Bike Week 2021. Mon, Mar 01, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The 80th Annual Bike Week will be rolling into town Friday, March 5, 2021, and will continue through Sunday, March 14, 2021.   According to a release from Daytona Beach Police D... Read More

School Way Café Announces Special Curbside Meals for Week of Spring Break Mon, Mar 01, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release, School Way Café will serve five days’ worth of meals for children for Spring Break. Families may pick up meals Thursday, March 18, between 5:30 and... Read More

Construction of Dahlia Avenue Coastal Park Begins Mon, Mar 01, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Back in January, the Volusia County Council greenlighted the construction of a coastal park along the oceanfront of Daytona Beach Shores.   According to a release, Monday, March... Read More

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