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Taking care of family and living American dream

Henry Frederick, editor/publisher / Headline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- People ask me all the time why I make so many personal and financial sacrifices to report the news in this electronic medium called the Internet. After all, it's a challenge being a one-man band writing stories and selling ads.

Those who know me understand that I believe in the sanctity of journalism and it's really the only thing I know how to do that I truly enjoy. And with print media's slow death, I had to find a way to re-invent myself after more than 20 years of reporting for daily newspapers.  

Big line-up of stories today

Edgewater PD Chief Dave ArcieriPhoto copyright NSB News LLC

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Now that the Orlando stations have gotten their initial feeding frenzy out of their system with the suspension of Edgewater Police Chief Dave Arcieri -- including two of the stations using our photo of him without our permission -- we'll bring you an exclusive behind the scenes interview with Arcieri today.

We'll also have the fallout from New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer's verbal abuse of rookie cop Ralph Hunnefeld, who you will discover as we did, is an American hero. 

Our photos are not there for the taking by big media outlets

Edgewater police Chief dave Arcieri / Photo copyright Headline Surfer / NSB News LLCEDGEWATER -- As someone who has built this 24/7 Internet website from scratch nearly five years ago, I take great pride in the volume of original stories, blogs, photos,videos and graphics elements amassed. With that said, I will not sit idly by while larger media outlets like Orlando TV stations WKMG and WFTV use one of our copyrighted photo images as their own in reporting "the big story."

Hypocrisy of government: It's all about the booze

Party's on Flagler in New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferNew Year's Eve revelers drink on the public sidewalk in front of the Om Bar on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach during New Year's Eve 2011.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Come with me tonight to Flagler Avenue or later on to Main Street in Dayona Beach where you'll see how valuable your CRA and advertising authority dollars are to who else, but the bar owners. It's all about pushing the booze.

Kudos to VCSO for doin' right by a frightened little NSB girl

NSB intersection 44 and Old Mission RoadNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Like a lot of motorists passing through the busy intersection of Old Mission Road and State Road 44 on this particular Friday afternoon of Nov. 30, I saw a Volusia County Sheriff's Office helicopter circling above.

Never-ending battle for tiny Internet newspaper to generate ads with print giant's connections

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- There's little time to catch one's breath when it comes to keeping up with the news throughout Volusia County. From this end, the reality is it's one metro-trained reporter with the dual role of seeking ads to support it -- up against an established print giant with several hundred employees that has enjoyed a veritable monopoly on advertising and reporting for more than a century.

Most days, it's like climbing Mount Everest without a claw hammer, rope or harness.

Musical chairs game in Volusia County dizzying

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When I got word that New Smyrna officials were going to honor retiring Police Chief Ron Pagano on Tuesday night, it got me thinking: With three weeks left before we say goodbye to 2012, and usher in the "teens" if there is such a label, we have seen time march forward with a clearly defined changing of the guard across the Volusia County political landscape.

Wrestling with journalism ethics part of the equation

DAYTONA BEACH -- Journalism is more than reporting the news. It's more than beating the competition. And it's more than making a point. Sometimes an important ingredient is left out: Journalism ethics. Sometimes in the daily grind of cranking out the news it can take a back seat: A blog I wrote ripping Daytona Police Chief Michael Chitwood for his news blackout of this Internet newspaper in retaliation for our award-winning investigative story on corruption in his department is one such example. 

Name calling comes with the territory

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A "surprise" private party was held Monday night for former City Commissioner Jim Hathaway at Mayor Adam Barringer's beachside restaurant, SoNapa Grille, attended by his former elected colleagues, top administrative staff, including the city manager, fire chief, interim fire chief and city attorney, along with prominent civic and business leaders.

Decade later: Remembering the tortured soul that was executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A decade has passed since the nation's foremost serial killer was put to death by the State of Florida through lethal injection for the shooting deaths of seven men who had the misfortune of picking up the hitchhiking prostitute along the region's criss-crossing interstates. I know a little something about Wuornos' final fate as one of a select few reporters to witness her execution.

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