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November 2021 Blog Archive

Ocean Center hosts the 11th annual Light Up Volusia! Mon, Nov 29, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   On December 4, the Ocean Center will host the 11th annual Light Up Volusia event from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free holiday event at the east plaza of the ... Read More

Missing Juvenile in New Smyrna Beach Tue, Nov 23, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News Have you seen this girl?    New Smyrna Beach Police are searching for L’Miyah D. Ferguson, a 13-year-old female with brown hair and brown eyes. Ferguson’s mother contact... Read More

Daytona Beach International Airport holds TSA PreCheck Enrollment event. Tue, Nov 23, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Travelers can now sign up for TSA PreCheck at the upcoming enrollment event at Daytona Beach International Airport. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dece... Read More

Votran schedule changes for Thanksgiving Mon, Nov 22, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Due to the holidays, Votran will change its schedule for a limited time. Riders are encouraged to plan trips ahead of time to avoid travel conflicts. Changes for East Volusia: Routes ... Read More

Port Orange man impersonates a Law Enforcement Officer and gets arrested. Fri, Nov 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News    Joseph Mercier, 54, was arrested and charged Thursday evening for falsely impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer. An off-duty Volusia County Sheriff Sergeant observed Mercier tr... Read More

Port Orange Police Department to participate in multijurisdictional Active Shooter Training. Fri, Nov 19, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The Port Orange Police Department is teaming up with the surrounding Fire Departments at Spruce Creek High School. Starting on Monday, November 22, through Wednesday, November 24, severa... Read More

Florida Department of Health offering free COVID-19 vaccines to residents ages 5 and up. Fri, Nov 19, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will provide free COVID-19 vaccines for residents ages five and older. The event will take place Friday, December 3, from 3 p.m. to 6:30... Read More

Lane closure on John Anderson Drive in Ormond Beach. Fri, Nov 19, 2021 Written by Anthony BicyBelden Communications News The City of Ormond Beach has announced a lane closure on John Anderson Drive from Kathy Drive to St. Johns Place due to the CIPP Pipe Rehabilitation. The closure will begin Monday, November 22, run... Read More

Volusia County Schools names Teacher of the Year finalists Fri, Nov 19, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools has named its five finalists for the Volusia County Schools Teach of the Year award. Those teachers are:  Eli Freidus, Science Teacher, Seabreeze High Schoo... Read More

No garbage collection for South Daytona residents on Thanksgiving. Thu, Nov 18, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News    There will be no garbage pickup on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, for residents of South Daytona. Yard waste collection will be unchanged for the week of Thanksgiving.... Read More

Volusia County consents to a three-year Corrections Union Agreement. Wed, Nov 17, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Volusia County and the county’s correctional officer’s union have agreed on a three-year employment agreement, where corrections officers will receive pay raises and a new ret... Read More

Fire Services Training Center to become a functional Fire Station. Wed, Nov 17, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The building on Tiger Bay Road in Daytona Beach is a training site for Fire Rescue, but it’s about to change. The county plans to renovate and convert the building into a functional... Read More

Did you know Fall is the best time of year to take an Airboat tour? Tue, Nov 16, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News    Florida is known as the “Sunshine” state due to its overabundance of sunshine throughout the year. While this makes Florida a prime location for outdoor activities al... Read More

Lori Koontz elected as new Road and Bridge Division Director. Tue, Nov 16, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Once Ben Bartlett became public works director in July, Lori Koontz filled in as interim Road and Bridge Director. However, since she’s been performing well in the position, the Vol... Read More

Carol McFarlane promoted to the New Planning and Development Services Director. Tue, Nov 16, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, during the Volusia County Council meeting, council members elected Carol McFarlane as the new planning and development services director. County Manager Ge... Read More

Waste Pro's Thanksgiving waste collection schedule for Port Orange residents. Tue, Nov 16, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The City of Port Orange and Waste Pro announced Monday that there will not be waste or recycling collection for residents on Thursday, November 25, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. A mak... Read More

Libraries offer a teen reading challenge. Fri, Nov 12, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The Volusia County Public Library is having its first Teen Winter Beanstack Challenge. From December 1 to January 31, teens in grades 6-12 can participate in the challenge. Teens can ear... Read More

Adults can earn a free High School Diploma Fri, Nov 12, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The State of Florida is funding scholarships through its partnership with Career Online High School.  Career Online is an online high school that accepts limited adult learners look... Read More

Thanksgiving waste collection schedule for unincorporated areas. Thu, Nov 11, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Thanksgiving Day, trash collectors will not pick up garbage, recycling, bulk waste, or yard trash for unincorporated areas in Volusia County. The Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer... Read More

Pedestrian injured in car crash on Ridgewood Avenue. Thu, Nov 11, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Port Orange Police Officers responded to a crash involving one pedestrian and one vehicle at Ridgewood Avenue and Fitzgerald Street just after 6 p.m. Wednesday. The crash severely injure... Read More

Pilot killed in a plane crash near Oak Hill. Thu, Nov 11, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News    The Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputies with the Air One, the Edgewater Police, and members of the Civil Air Patrol, found the body of an experimental airplane pilot, who was... Read More

The Future of Space in Southeast Volusia. Wed, Nov 10, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News  The Southeast Volusia Manufacturing and Technology Coalition partnered with the cities in Southeast Volusia to put on a presentation addressing the Future of Space in Southeast Volusia... Read More

COVID-19 and Flu vaccines available Wed, Nov 10, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   On November 13, the City of Daytona Beach is offering free COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With the Florida Department of ... Read More

Kennedy Space Center honors Veterans with Free Admission this Veteran’s Day weekend. Wed, Nov 10, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is honoring the veterans for Veterans Day. From November 11 to November 14, U.S. military heroes will have free admission, and groups of up to fo... Read More

Richard Fain Stepping Down as Royal Caribbean Group CEO Tue, Nov 09, 2021 Written by Steven Christian Belden Communications News   In a video addressed to Royal Caribbean crew members, press, and travel advisors, Richard Fain, President, and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, will be stepping down as of January 3, 202... Read More

Volusia County Library Services is looking to boost readership through the One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten challenge. Tue, Nov 09, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The Volusia County Library Services division has re-launched its One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten challenge, a self-paced program, which helps build reading confidence and boosts pr... Read More

Volusia County children can receive a postcard from Santa. Sun, Nov 07, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Santa is bringing Christmas cheer to children throughout Volusia County, with the help of the Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Division. As part of an annual traditi... Read More

Florida Department of Transportation will host a meeting to evaluate proposed transportation options, November 10. Sun, Nov 07, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   On November 10, the Florida Department of Transportation will host a community meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach on proposed transportation options. A... Read More

Volusia County Sheriff Deputies Searching for Violent Sexual Predator Thu, Nov 04, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The Volusia County Sheriff's Office has issued a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) alert for a violent sexual predator, recently released from prison and on probation, who cut off his ankle monit... Read More

COVID testing site in New Smyrna Beach has administered over 1,500 in a little under a month. Thu, Nov 04, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   The free COVID test site at the City Gym located off Live Oak Street in New Smyrna Beach re-opened almost a month ago and has already administered 1,390 antigen tests and 156 PCR tests fo... Read More

Daytona Beach Shores announces lane closure from November 8 through November 19. Tue, Nov 02, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News    The City of Daytona Beach Shores has announced a northbound lane closure, which has been scheduled for Demotte Avenue to Phyllis Avenue on South Atlantic Avenue (A1A) in Daytona ... Read More

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