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Weighing pros and cons of workforce housing on North Causeway

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NSB Mayor Adam BarringerMayor's Message
By Adam Barringer
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The commissioners and I heard loud and clear from residents at the Sept. 5 community meeting at the Brannon Center on how they feel about a workforce housing development on the North Causeway. They don't want it.

While this was not a city-initiated community meeting, I attended along with my fellow city commissioners to learn specific details about the proposed development "The Causeway Landings" and to hear what the several hundred residents had to say about the project.

Benghazi attack: American ambassador and three other Americans slain in Libya

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Hours after the Egyptian mob’s 9/11 anniversary assault on our embassy in Cairo, a well-armed terrorist team attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, setting the building afire and killing American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US diplomats.

Al-Qaeda is fond of simultaneous terrorists attacks but, other than timing, there are too many differences between the two incidents to suggest to me that they are linked. In Cairo the assault was mounted by a large unarmed mob, possibly egged on by the Muslim Brotherhood or their Salafist Islamic rivals.

Romney reaction: GOP State Committeeman Robert Fortner of DeLand pleased with acceptance speech

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GOP State Committeeman Robert Fortner of DeLand / Headline SurferCourtesy photo exclusively for Headline Surfer / Robert Fortner of DeLand, a Republican state committeeman from DeLand, cheers during Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

TAMPA -- Robert Fortner, a GOP state committeeman from DeLand liked what he heard from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in his acceptance speech at the convention.

"He gave us what we wanted to hear," the 68-year-old retired custom automotive car and boat manufacturer said on his way back to his hotel. "He had a job to do to accept the nomination and he delivered. He was very positive for the country's future."

Citizen input sought on ways to improve New Smyrna Beach's key intersection of US 1 and Canal

NSBNews.net photo by Henry Frederick / The former Dunn Lumber building off the intersection of US 1 and West Canal was torn down in December 2010 and vacant since then. Video coverage inside.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The city recognizes something needs to be done about improving the aesthetics of one of its key intersections: US 1 and Canal Street. The CRA will hold a meeting Thursday in the City Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Avenue. Two hours have been set aside for citizen input beginning at 5 p.m.

Incumbent Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall winning big in four-way race

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Ann McFallNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- With more than half the polling precints reporting in tonight's primary, Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall is well on her way to winning re-election with 66.2 percent of the votes mong the four candidates.

Should she stay above the 50 percent mark, McFall won't have to deal with a November runoff with the second place finisher.

Free education programs offered to kids and adults at NSB's Babe James Center

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Children and adults alike Youth and adults soon will have a convenient avenue to success. The City of New Smyrna Beach is partnering on two education programs to make it easier for youth and adults to receive their GED.

Both programs are free and will be offered at the Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave. Not only are the programs offered in a community center, but they also are self-paced, which allows students to progress individually. Classes begin August 20, but enrollment is continuous.

Co-endorsement for Volusia County Judge group 4: Dustin Havens and Chris Kelly

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Dustin HavensChristopher KellyHeadline Surfer photos and videos by Sera Frederick / Dustin Havens, far left, and Christopher Kelly, are two of the five candidates in Tuesday's primary vying for Volusia County Judge, group 4.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Dustin Havens and Christopher Kelly are the cream of the crop in Tuesday's crowded field for Volusia County Judge, group 4.

If this were the general election, we'd have to pick one of them. But with five altogether in the race and no incumbent, unless one candidate gets 50 percent of the votes plus one vote, then the top two vote getters will move on to the general election in November. With that said, we are endorsing Havens and Kelly for your consideration.

New Smyrna Beach tourism: Stroll Flagler Avenue on Aug. 25 for Art Walk & Wine Walk

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NSB Art Walk / Wine WalkThere is plenty of beautiful works of art at the upcoming Art Walk and Wine Walk on New Smyrna Beach's Flagler Avenue.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Come beat the summer heat in New Smyrna Beach, recently named one of National Geographic's top 20 surf towns in the world. Art Walk and Wine Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 on Flagler Avenue.

County Council dist. 5 candidate Rich Gailey of DeBary: Volusia County micro economics 101

Editor's Note: The following guest column was written by Rich Gailey, a candidate for the Volusia County Council dist. 5 seat:

Volusia County Council dist 5 candidate Rich GaileyDEBARY -- When there is an ailment that affects one part of the body the whole body is affected. I remember when I popped the posterior cruciate ligament in my knee while playing pick-up basketball, I could not push off with that leg anymore, and as a result, I stopped playing basketball because I was not longer as productive as when I had the full use of both of my legs. It is the same with excessive government spending.

Sheriff Ben Johnson awards young deputy medal: 'job well done' for reviving baby in Deltona pool fall

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Deputy Cody Cochran and Sheriff Ben JohnsonDeputy Cody Cochran, shown here at left with Sheriff Ben Johnson, during a medal presentation Tuesday in Daytona Beach, is being lauded for heroism in reviving a baby boy.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Just halfway through his rookie year, Volusia County Sheriff's Deputy Cody Cochran responded to a 9-1-1 radioed from dispatch for an unconscious baby boy that had fallen into a family pool in Deltona.

The child had been removed from the pool, but was limp and unresponsive and had no pulse, when the 22-year-old deputy arrived on scene. The 1-year-old toddler's life was now in Cochran's hands. 

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