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

Headline Surfer / 2012 primary

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

Headline Surfer / NSBNews.net

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

Headline Surfer / NSBNews.net

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

Headline Surfer / same-day coverage

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. 

NSB Waterfront Loop's historic Canal Street setting for classic cars on Aug. 11

Headline Surfer / tourism

Headline Surfer videos by Sera Frederick / The videos showcase the East Coast Cruisers on historic Canal Street back in January.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, along historic Canal Street. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the free, family-friendly classic car show offers food and entertainment in a historic setting.

Ormond Beach to celebrate National Night Out against crime and drugs

ORMOND BEACH -- On Tuesday, neighborhoods throughout Ormond Beach are being invited to join forces with thousands of others in communities nationwide for the “Annual National Night Out” crime and drug abuse prevention event.

National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Ormond Beach Police Department, the Ormond Beach Police Athletic League, and the Department of Leisure Services, will involve over 9,800 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.

Who's who of Republican politics at Lincoln Day Dinner Gala in Daytona Beach

Headline Surfer / Exclusive

Headline Surfer video by Sera Frederick / Click on the video and see how many Republican Party loyalists in VolusiaCounty you can name from images captured during Friday night's Lincoln Day Gala Dinner at the Hilton in Daytona Beach with conservative talk show host Neal Bortz as the guest speaker. Among them are two people in Congress and various candidates for countywide state and congressional offices.

Issue of experience or lack thereof touted in New Smyrna Beach debate between candidates for County Council dist. 3 seat

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Headline Surfer videos by Sera Frederick / Volusia County Council dist. 3 candidates Deb Denys, Jim Hathaway and Justin Kennedy speak frankly on where they stand on the issues in the second of eight debates Saturday at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach sponsored by Headline Surfer. Six more videos inside. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- All three candidates running for the Volusia County Council dist. 3 seat have previously won elected office and tout their experience as reasons why each has an advantage over the other two. But it's the degrees of separation that each asks the voter to consider in defining that experience.

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