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Rain possible today to quell wild fires, including big one straddling Oak Hill and Osteen and smaller ones in DeLand and Ormond Beach

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New Smyrna Beach weather forecastCourtesy graphic / Rain could be the biggest weapon deployed by firefighters today in quelling the local wild fires, including the biggest -- the Maytown Road Fire that straddles Oak Hill and Osteen with 2,397 acres burned since June 13. That fire is 90 percent contained. Click on the attachment below to see the spate of wild fires across the Sunshine State.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Volusia County Council has extended the declaration of local emergency for seven days.

Gov. Scott appoints 3 to SE Volusia Hospital District; new membership from Port Orange to go with New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill file photo / Dr. Tom Omby, shown in this photo earlier this year in a Daytona Beach courtroom with then-Bert Fish Medical Center CEO Bob Williams, is among several members of the hospital district's board replaced by Gov. Rick Scott. Omby was chairman. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A metamorphosis of the Southeast Volusia Hospital District governing board is on the fast track with Gov. Scott on Wednesday announcing the immediate appointments of Joseph Benedict, Patrick E. Corbett, and Harold "Derwin" Smothers as members whose terms run through March 15, 2015.

1st day of summer today and wild fires continue with new blazes in New Smyrna Beach, Pierson and Osteen

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Courtesy graphic / The National Weather Service in Melbourne shows temps today will continue in the low 90s with no rain relief in sight until Thursday.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Today is the first day of summer with no rain in sight until Thursday at the earliest with the threat of continuing wild fires the new reality.

Seaside Fiesta in New Smyrna Beach draws upwards of 8,000; emphasis on families

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Videos by Sera Frederick / This little boy pushes his kid sister in a dolphin mobile on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach during Thursday's Seaside Fiesta. The event drew between 6,000 and 8,000 visitors.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bob McManus, 71, a retired shipyard welder, and his friend, Suzanne Jones, a former Navy nurse, enjoyed the sights and sounds of Flagler Avenue's bustling Seaside Fiesta.

Tornado warning issued for southern Volusia County affecting greater New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, Edgewater and Samsula

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a tornado warning for greater New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange until 6:30 p.m.

A dangerous cell is moving south from Daytona to New Smyrna Beach, unincorporated Samsula and Edgewater. There is a lot of ligtning and some reports of hail associated with this thunderstorm.

The warning is posted below:

Party's on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach tonight with the Seaside Fiesta

community news / exclusive videos videos by multimedia editor Sera Frederick / The above videos show our coverage of the Seaside Festival on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach. The video to the left shows highlights from the 2010 festival and the video to the right shows highlights from the 2009 festival. 

Tonight's Seaside Fiesta runs from 5 to 9 p.m. will have extensive coverage.

Greater New Smyrna Beach community supports Local gal Tia Winn-McDonald with funds to Vegas to compete in Miss Teen US pageant


Tia Winn-McDonald and Jim TagerTia Winn-McDonaldCourtesy photos / Thanks to the Pastime Princess and the Dolpinview Restaurant, with a little assist from and the power of the Internet, Tia Winn-McDonald of Edgewater, has enough money for her trip to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss Teen United States pageant July 7-15. She still needs to raise another $1,000 to cover personal expenses, but at least her trip is now covered.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When Tia Winn-McDonald put out a plea on her Facebook page for help with fundraising for her upcoming trip to Las Vegas, stepped up to the plate with a story posted just after midnight Sunday on its website and then posted a link to the story on Facebook with reminders Tuesday and Wednesday.

New Smyrna Beach financial advisor John Delavan receives Jack Phelan Blue Blazer Award


Courtesy photo / John Delevan

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Edward Jones Financial Advisor John Delavan of New Smyrna Beach recently received the Jack Phelan Blue Blazer Award for his outstanding business building skills and client service efforts over the past year. The award was named for the firm's former national sales manager, Jack Phelan.

Only 147 of the firm's more than 12,000 financial advisors received the Jack Phelan Blue Blazer Award.

Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce holds free event at Brannon Center

exclusive video by Henry Frederick / The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce has five media sponsors: The Observer weekly newspaper, Hometown News weekly newspaper, WSBB Radio, The Daytona Beach News-Journal and the NSB Pennysaver shopper. But only covered the organization's "Re-Meet The Chamber" event Thursday at the Brannon Center. is a three-year member of the SEV Chamber of Commerce.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Balloons were tied outside and music blared inside for the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce's "RE-Meet The Chamber" on Thursday at the Brannon Center.

Fishstock 2011 tourney at Riverside Park makes many fishing enthusiasts happy


Photos by Henry Frederick / These boats were part of the Memorial Day weekend extravaganza in New Smyrna Beach's Intracoastal Waterway, which drew several thousand people to Riverside Park for the various fishing tournaments under the umbrella known as FishStock 2011. was there for the local coverage.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Many fishing enthusiasts went home happy Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the gigantic FishStock 2011 at Riverside Park.

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