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NSB High School student wins $20K Dell college scholarship

Courtesy photo. Greg Keler, a senior at New Smyrna Beach High School, has received a $20,000 Dell scholarship for colle, Volusia County officials announced today.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — New Smyrna Beach High school seniorGreg Keller has earned a $20,000 college scholarship from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Volusia County School District announced today.

NSB cops: Boy, 15, arrested on charges of attacking his mother with a razor blade

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 15-year-old Oak Hill teen has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery after cutting his mother with a razor blade, which required her to receive several stitches, police said.

The 38-year-old mother, was treated after the Sunday night incident at Bert Fish Medical Center for cuts to her back and a finger.

Resort taxes for March drop 7 percent in greater New Smyrna Beach despite Bike Week

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Resort tax collections in March declined 7.1 percent over the same period last year in greater New Smyrna Beach, even with Bike Week, though the downward trend was less severe than in Daytona Beach and other areas of Volusia County.

Free Observer 'Light' history in favor of paid subscription Observer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The free Observer Light newspaper is history with efforts being made to generate more paid subscriptions for the regular weekly Observer newspaper, said its publisher, Michelle Lott.

The Observer ceased its "Light" newspaper midway through April with an emphasis on getting more readers to pay $20 annually for a subscription-based paper, Lott said.

Lott and her husband, Robert Lott, bought the Observer last fall after it was closed down by its then-owner, Indiana-based Horizon Publications nearly a year ago.

Edgewater City Council meeting cancelled

EDGEWATER -- The regular first Monday City Council meeting of the month scheduled for tonight has been called off, according to the city's Web site.

"Due to lack of agenda items the May 4, 2009 City Council meeting has been CANCELLED," the public notice stated..

The next meeting will be held 6 p.m. Monday, May 18, in Council Chambers, 102 N. Riverside Drive. An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting, according to the Web site.

NSB cops: 67-year-old woman robbed of purse in Publix lot; 4th such crime in 3 days on S.R. 44 commercial stretch

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 67-year-old woman was walking through the parking lot at the Publix in the New Smuyrna Beach Regional Shopping Center just before 2 p.m. Saturday when a woman jumped out of a sport utility vehicle, snatched her purse, jumped back in and drove off, New Smyrna Beach police said.

Mary Burnazos of New Smyrna Beach was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

NSB cops: 84-year-old woman refuses to give up money to would-be teen robber outside K-Mart store

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- An 84-year-old Edgewater woman refused to give up her money to a hooded teenager who approached her in her car at the K-Mart plaza on State Road 44, earlier today, even though he told her he had a weapon under his sweatshirt, after which he ran off, New Smyrna Beach police said.

Cecilia Battersby was not injured in the 1:51p.m. incident.

Jim Draper painting exhibit opens today at Arts on Douglas

Courtesy photo. This is one of painter Jim Draper's works on exhibit, starting today at the Arts on Douglas, 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach. The exhibit is free.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Each month one of the 57 artists represented by Arts on Douglas Fine Art and Collectibles, the downtown New Smyrna Beach art gallery, is featured in a solo exhibition. During the month of May, the gallery will feature Jacksonville painter Jim Draper.

Party Lines political notebook: SE Volusia GOP Club holds 'Derby Day' this afternoon

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Republican Club of Southeast Volusia County hosts its annual Kentucky Derby Scholarship fund-raiser in support of scholarships for local students, from 4 to 7 this afternoon.

The event, includes a hat contest, horse race game, appetizers, and a live TV showing of the Kentucky Derby race, will be held at Ocean Walk Club House, S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

For more information, please call (386) 427-6399.

NSB cops: Sprint store on S.R. 44 robbed -- second local business held up in two days

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A gunman robbed the Sprint store, 1863 State Road 44, on Friday afternoon, making this the second time in two days that a local business was held up, New Smyrna Beach police said.

In Friday's incident, the robber entered the store at 3:38 p.m. and demanded cash from the register. The clerk complied and the man ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash, said police Sgt. Eugene Griffith.

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