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Volusia Health Dept. encourages hand washing to combat potential for swine flu

The Volusia County Health Department sent out two messages through the school district's parent telephone system today alerting the public about the swine flu outbreak elewhere in the country and encoraging hand washing and covering mouths while coughing.

The Volusia County Web site makrs no specific menion locally of efforts to educate the public, but a statewide health advisdory was posted and reads as follows:

Volusia County health officials react to swine flu outbreak

DELAND -- The outbreak of swine flu in New York City and the potential for a nationwide pandemic caught the attention of Volusia County officials this afternoon.

"The Volusia County Health Department has been monitoring this situation over the weekend,"said Dr. Thomas Coleman, director of the Volusia County Health Department, in a statement released Sunday. "Our senior leaders and public health preparedness team will meet on Monday to assess this situation and plan accordingly."

There are reportedly 20 such cases in New York City.

NSB hires outside counsel to try and break lease with Angler's Club

Graveside service for NSB resident Jeannette Baker-Nichols, mother of football star Dallas Baker and author of song recorded by Otis Redding

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A graveside service wiill be held 2 p.m Saturday for Jeannette Baker-Nichols, of Milford Place, mother of NFL player Dallas Baker and the author of a song recorded by Otis Redding, who passed away on April 17, 2009. She was 68.

The service will be held at Glencoe Geiger Cemetery with Suffragan Bishop Robert B. Thomas officiating. Interment will take place at Glencoe-Geiger Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

North Causeway Bridge repairs under way; night detours in effect through Saturday photo by Sera Frederick. Night detours are in effect for repairs to the North Causeway Bridge through Saturday, part of a $690,000 project.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Work began last night on repairs to the North Causeway Bridge that is expected to keep the span inoperable at night through Saturday, forcing motorists and pedestrians alike to rely soley on the South Causeway Bridge for access to and from the beachside.

Okeechobee man 2nd shark-bite victim in NSB surf

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – A 20-year-old Okeechobee man became the second shark-bite victim of 2009 in the New Smyrna Beach surf when a shark punctured his right ankle late Monday afternoon, the Volusia County Beach Patrol said.

The unidentified man was surfing in front of the Minorca Condominium, 2600 block of North Peninsula Drive, when the shark bit into his right ankle, an injury described by Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn as "very minor -- two or three puncture wounds."

NSB cops: 22-year-old man shot in legs on North Myrtle Avenue

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – A 22-year-old man was shot in both legs Sunday night when a bullet passed through one and lodged in the other, New Smyrna Beach piolice said.

Amario Dempsey, 22, New Smyrna Beach, was admitted to Bert Fish Medical Center for the gunshot wounds following the 8:30 p.m. shooting at North Myrtle and Rose Court, police Sgt. Valerie Joyce said.

Police responded to numerous 9-1-1 calls of shots fired, but when police arrived at the scene, they were told by bystanders that a witness to the shooting took the victim to the hospital.

Fire damages two Edgewater homes and destroys a boat

Courtesy photo. Edgewater Fire Rescue extinguished a fire that damaged parts of two homes and destroyed a boat Sunday night on Tule Tree Drive.

EDGEWATER -- Two homes were damaged and a boat destroyed by a fire Sunday night on Yule Tree Drive.

The garage of one home in the 2900 block was damaged as were the eves of the home next door.

NSB cops: Edgewater biker critically injured on South Dixie Freeway

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 22-year-old Edgewater man was critically injured when he lost control of his motorcycle early Thursday morning in the 100 block of South Dixie Freeway and crashed in the mrdian, New Smyrna Beach police said.

The biker's name is being withheld until family memberscan be notified, police said. He was airlifted to Haslifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach following the 2 a.m. crash between Second and Third streets, said Sgt. Christopher Roos.

The victim suffered head and leg injuries, police said, but did not indicate whether he was wearing a helmet.

Calls for outside attorney to investigate NSB Angler's Club waterfront lease rebuffed for at least one more meeting

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Despite pleas from citizens led by Bouchelle Island resident William Kolesczar for the immediate hiring of outside counsel to invalidate the longstanding waterfront lease of city-owned waterfront property with the Angler's Club, commissioners led by the mayor Tuesday night said at least one more meeting should be held.

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