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Good news: NSB eyesore Dunn Lumber building is no more; bad news: Turning lane 5 years away

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Demoted Oak Hill cop a step closer to possible termination; notifies city in writing he might sue

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OAK HILL – Oak Hill’s personnel board has recommended terminating police officer Mike Ihnken from the city’s police force following a hearing Thursday.

Passenger traffic up 27% in December at Daytona Beach International Airport

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 27 percent in December compared to the same time in 2009.

Two charged in series of Port Orange motor vehicle break-ins; overnight unlocked cars targeted for jewelry, electronics and money

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Courtesy photos / Steven Collins and Jill Hargy are jailed on multiple charges by Port Orange police alleging they broke into unlocked vehicles and committed grand theft by stealing jewelry, electronics and cash.

PORT ORANGE -- A man and a woman have been charged with breaking into at least 30 vehicles in the city and police here have put out an alert to other area cop shops that might have similar unsolved incidents.

Volusia County Council unanimously approves plan to replace Orange Avenue draw bridge in Daytona Beach with fixed high-rise bridge

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Photo by Henry Frederick / Here is a view of the Orange Avenue Bridge in Daytona Beach as taken from inside a car.
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DAYTONA BEACH – With the clock ticking on the life span of the Orange Avenue draw bridge in Daytona Beach, the Volusia County Council earlier today unanimously approved plans to replace it with a  high-rise fixed bridge, replacing the aging structure that’s been servicing traffic since 1954.

Elderly woman bashes into the cars of two troopers and another motorist pulled over on I-95 near NSB while trying to pull over to ask them a question

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 75-year-old woman who saw two troopers on the northbound shoulder of I-95 smashed her vehicle into theirs and then the vehicle they had pulled over after she herself pulled over Wednesday with the intention of asking them a question, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

State Rep. Dorothy Hukill and NSB Mayor Adam Barringer like Scott's inaugual message

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Courtesy photo and video / YouTube / Several prominent local officials attended Tuesday's swearing in of Republican Rick Scott as Florida's 45th governor, including State Rep.Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, and New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer.

TALLAHASSEE -- New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer and State Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, were among several local dignitaries at Tuesday's inauguration of Republican Rick Scott.

Mayor Adam Barringer talks economic development, including plans for developing a 'boating industry north of town,' in the new year

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New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer speaks with NSBNEWS.net about a host of issues looking back on 2010 and ahead for 2011. Check out the exclusive video interview on New Year's Eve at the mayor's beachside restaurant, SoNapa Grille, on Third Ave.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Adam Barringer enters the second year of his initial term with his primary goal unchanged. And that is to work on ways to encourage economic development citywide.

Facebook profile of accused New Year's bar killer Christian Pursley on his relationship status with wife nearly killed: 'It's complicated'

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Editor's Note: This analysis story has graphic photos that may not be suitable for all age groups.

(Courtesy photos). The Facebook profile for accused killer Christian Pursley has postings of photos of his wedding with estranged wife, Shannon Pursley, him holding a bloody carving knife. He's been charged with attempted murder of his wife and first-degree murder of her friend, Keith "Shorty" Roberts of South Daytona, who was shot to death New Year's at the Rockin' Ranch as the victim and Pursley's wife tried to get away as he opened fire, according to Ormond Beach police.

Editor's Note (added Jan. 6): A couple of friends who posted anonymously in the comment section below this story insist two of the Facebook photos are not as they appear on the surface -- that the one with the bloody knife was a Halloween costume and the cow in the photo further down was alive and being moved.

ORMOND BEACH -- In describing on his Facebook profile what he's interested in relationship wise, Christian Pursley answers: "women." In describing his relationship status, he answers: "It's complicated."

Life got a whole lot more complicated for the 37-year-old Ormond Beach man, who sits in jail on Ormond Beach police charges of first-degree murder in the New Year's shooting death of Keith "Shorty" Roberts at the Rockin' Ranch.

Murdered New Year's Day patron at Ormond bar stands tall in the eyes of his friends with remembrances at a makeshift shrine: 'We love you Shorty'

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(Photos by Henry Frederick). Hope Tinsley-Whitford, 42, of Ormond Beach, pays her respects by kneeling before  a make-shift shrine at the Rockin' Ranch in Ormond Beach for New Year's Day murder victim Keith "Shorty" Roberts, 36, of South Daytona. He tried to flee from the alleged gunman, Christian Pursley, 37, of Ormond Beach. With the victim in his pick-up truck was Pursley's estranged wife, Shannon. In the inset photo is a picture of Roberts with an unidentified friend. Out of respect for her grieving, VolusiaNews.Net honored Tinsley-Whitford's request not to show her face.

ORMOND BEACH -- Hope Tinsley-Whitford never got her hug from Keith "Shorty" Roberts, who had promised her husband during a New Year's party at the Rockin' Ranch that he would stop by on the way home and wish her a "Happy New Year's" because she was too sick to go out and celebrate.

What was to be a gateway to a prosperous 2011, instead turned into a living hell at 2:30 a.m. Saturday with Roberts' pick-up truck sprayed with gunfire by his alleged killer, 37-year-old Christian Pursley, armed with a handgun.

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