Time in private community pool refreshing and tranquil

The storm that knocked out power to more than 20,000 utility customers Sunday throughout the coastal areas of Volusia County was replaced early Monday by clearing skies and seasonably warm temps. Power was restored in our home in Sugar Mill in New Smyrna Beach at 4:15 a.m. Monday after being knocked out just after midnight as was the case throughout the community.

Late this afternoon, I ventured into the community pool. Most of the people in our neck of the woods in the gated Sugar Mill are elderly and rarely use it. But I do. It's a beautiful, quiet place, surrounded by trees with birds, squirrels looking skyward and the occasional armadillo meandering below.

I enjoy listening to the whistling birds and the tranquility of being in the water. This gives me time to de-stress

New home page with stronger focus on breaking and investigative news

Welcome to the upgraded home page for NSBNews.net, also known as VolusiaNews.net, the 24/7 Internet-only newspaper in New Smyrna Beach that covers news in a multi-media format for a 21st-century world.

We are considered "new media," as we and others like us continue to evolve. As technology changes, so do we, now in our fourth upgrade since our April 7, 2008, launch as Florida's first fully online newspaper.

The new format is divided into three sections: Major breaking news at the top, with inside pages highlighted in the middle and interactive features in the third tier.

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