ORMOND BEACH -- Movies on the Halifax presents "The Haunted Mansion," 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7 at Rockefeller Gardens, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. Admission is free. Refreshments are available for purchase. For more information, please call 386-676-3216; Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services.

Dana Swanson of DeBary tabbed as GOP district 7 alternate chair

Tony Ledbetter with Gov. Scott / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer/ Rising GOP leader Tony Ledbetter, second from left, is shown here in this Dec. 9 photo op. with Gov. Rick Scott, along with Ledbetter's daughter, Kimberly Patterson, Gov. Scott's wife, Ann and Lt. Gov. Jennifr Carroll at the governor's mansion in Tallahassee. 

ORLANDO -- Pledging to his GOP colleagues that he would be a "conservative voice" for the party, Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County, was elected Congressional Dis. 6 chairman for the Republican Party of Florida at its annual meeting this weekend at the Rosen Centre Hotel. 

"I am honored by the support from the conservative leaders in Congressional District 6. I will be a conservative voice on the State Executive Board of the Florida Republican Party," said Ledbetter, of Ormond Beach, who will represent Volusia, Putnam, St. John and Flagler counties on the State Executive Board of the Republican Party for the next two years.

Kathy Williams finishes 2nd in a crowded field to force Jan. 15 runoff

Ida Wright wins primary for Volusia School Board seat 2Kathy WilliamsIda Wright, shown  at far left, is in the driver's seat in her quest to fill the open dist. 2 seat on the Volusia County School Board, but she has one more test to pass in order to make the grade: a Jan. 15 runoff with second place finisher Kathy Williams, shown in the inset. Her husband, Al Williams, was chairman of the school board before his passing in October.

DAYTONA BEACH -- With a mere 6 percent of the 66,166 registered voters taking part in the electoral process, Tuesday's primary turnout for the dist. 2 school board seat could go down as among the lowest in modern times with only 3,390 bothering to vote.

Still, every vote cast matters and that's what put Daytona Beach resident and Bethune-Cookmn University educator Ida Duncan Wright on top with 1,538 of those votes or 38.84 percent. Kathy Williams finished second with 1,023 votes or 25.83 percent to force a runoff election because Wright didn't quite reach the 50 percent-plus 1 threshold to win it outright.

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