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Despite dad's sudden death, New Smyrna Beach's Ray Catheline keeps commitment with Cudas Unhooked fundraiser; raises whopping $7,873

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Courtesy photo / Ray Catheline of New Smyrna Beach poses with a poster-board check for $7,873 raised during the inaugural Cudas Unhooked haircut-a-thon. doesn't like using "grip-and-grin photos" but an exception is being made in this case because the man behind the check is exceptional.


Editor's Note: is planning to formally recognize Ray Catheline with a community service award at a future City Commission meeting for his Cudas Unhooked fundraiser. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Just five days before his Cudas Unhooked fundraiser to raise funds for

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BREAKING NEWS: Daytona Beach City Commissioner Derrick Henry arrested on multiple counts of absentee ballot fraud


Daytona Beach City Commissioner Derrick Henry has been arrested on multiple felony counts of absentee ballot fraud.

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Fast moving storm damages 30 homes in Terra Mar Village near Edgewater, but no injuries reported

Fishing boat captain captures in dramatic video what appears to be a tornado

Tornado hits Edgewater area on Monday nightThis dramatic raw video footage was shot by inshore fishing boat tour Capt. Drew Cavanaugh that he described Monday night as a tornado near Edgewater, where two dozen-plus manufactured homes were damaged.

EDGEWATER -- County officials stopped short of calling it a tornado in favor of "significant wind event" that damaged at least 30 homes, a third of them sustaining moderate to heavy damage, early this evening in the Terra Mar subdivision off US. 1 just south of the Edgewater city limits.

Drunk driver rams deputy's patrol car near Ormond Beach; flees going wrong way / no subscription fees

Calvin RobinsonCalvin Robinson, shown here in a jail mug, is charged with trying to ram a deputy's patrol car and driving under the influence. The deputy was not hurt in the Sunday incident near Ormond Beach.

ORMOND BEACH -- When the Volusia County Sheriff's deputy first saw 34-year-old Calvin Robinson early Sunday morning, the man was quietly slumped over in the driver's seat of his car parked by the gas pumps of a truck stop outside the city limits.

That quickly changed, though, when Robinson suddenly struck the deputy with his car, ran into and damaged the gas pumps, rammed the deputy's patrol vehicle and took off the wrong way on the highway.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The News-Journal and its sister papers are following the lead of The New York Times in charging readers to access its online content as print media struggles to find a happy medium with keeping its broadsheet advertising in place while losing readers in droves to the Internet.

Ironically, The Times unloaded its Florida papers in a fire sale to the News-Journal's parent company, Halifax Media, earlier this year.

Impact of Beryl: Rain heavy along Central Florida coastline; 150 swimmers rescued Saturday in Volusia County beaches; no cars on beaches today

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Subtropical Storm Beryl is dumping lots of rain along from Florida coastline on this Sunday afternoon.

Volusia County Emergency Management officials are in constant contact with the National Weather Service out of Melbourne for the latest on Beryl. As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the forecast track showed Beryl making landfall in northeast Florida late Sunday. with 45 mph winds and moderate rain fall. The possibility exists for Volusia County to experience 25 to 35 mph winds with gusts up to 45 mph., county spokeswoman Joanne Magley said.

Volusia County Sheriff's investigators nab alleged New Smyrna Beach serial arsonist

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James BatesNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Alleged serial arsonist James Bates admitted to setting fires as far back as the 1970s, but said he managed to suppress the urge for some time, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in announcing his arrest this evening.

That all ended back in December, when Sheriff's investigators said Bates returned to old habits.

In a span of less than seven weeks starting in early December, five fires were intentionally set in the New Smyrna Beach area.

Winter Springs woman, 72, plows shiny new Corvette into Goldenrod Post Office is the 24/7 Internet newspaper in New Smyrna Beach covering Volusia County and Central Floridabeyond

WINTER SPRINGS -- A 72-year-old Winter Springs woman in a flashy new Chevrolet Corvette hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and slammed into the Goldenrod Post Office, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The yellow Corvette sustained some front-end damage and took out a large window of the post office, but neither the driver nor any postal works or customers were hurt in the 1:55 p.m. Monday crash at the post office, 7501 Citrus Ave and Goldenrod Place.

Ruth Lawyer, who was wearing her seat belt, was attempting to park her new sports car when the mishap occurred, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Kim Montes said. She said Lawyer was issued a ticket chargingh her with careless driving.

Big crash as Daytona 500 gets under way

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Here in the early stages of the Daytona 500 is the first of two wrecks -- the earlier one on lap 2 taking out Jimmy Johnson and David Ragan. Though she was in the middle of the melee, Danica Patrick survived the wreckage.

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