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Award-winning newspaper reporter Andrew Gant on top of breaking news

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Andrew GantSnapshot from YouTube video / Andrew Gant, an award-winning reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, splits his time between the newsroom, the beach and county council chambers in DeLand and wherever else news takes him for that matter.

DELAND -- Whether he's in the newsroom, county council chambers or on the beach, Andrew Gant is one of the new wave of reporters pounding the beat for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and winning prestigious awards along the way.

Carl Persis news shows speed of Internet

Headline Surfer story trendingNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- News of the impending resignation of County Councilman Carl Persis demonstrates the power of Internet news reporting and the speed at which the public gets its news. Headline Surfer reacted quickly to the news.

Dennis Breo, the guy next door in New Smyrna Beach, one heck of a journalist

Rick MartoranoBy Rick Martorano
Headline Surfer blogger

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The man has lived next door to me in Sugar Mill for three years. We probably haven’t said 50 words to each other in that time.

There really was no reason to. We don’t share many of the same friends or activities. He, like me, is not a big chit-chatter and like many artists, musicians, writers and creative people, he is rather quiet, a little unassuming in non-working environments and perceived by some as being a little aloof. Aren’t we all?

I really didn’t know him and in those 50 words that we did speak to each other, he didn’t spend a lot of time talking about himself.

New Smyrna Beach High Valedictorian Alexandria Spradlin to classmates: 'Life is your personal journey'

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Headline Surfer video and photos by Sera Frederick / Alexandria Spradlin, valedictorian of the 2012 graduating class of New Smyrna Beach High School, addresses her classmates during commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, which you can watch by clicking the video. 

New Smyrna Beach High School Class of 2012 Valedictorian Alexandria Spradlin told her classmates the time has come for them to begin their journeys through life and not to cede decisions on where they're going to others. Here is the full text of her speech:

Local print newspaper identifies itself as 'Daytona Beac' News-Journal

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Daytona Beach News-Journal

Here is an excerpt from a story published online by the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Can you spot the typo?

State Attorney RJ Larizza poses with Gov. Rick ScottHeadline Surfer photo by Henry Frederick / State Attorney RJ Larizza poses for a photo with Gov. Rick Scott at Volusia County Republican headquarters Monday. Scott later spoke at the Ocean Center.

DAYTONA BEACH -- You know things are tough for print media when the publication can't even spell its own name correctly. In an online story on Gov. Scott's visit to Daytona Beach today, the local print newspaper identified itself as the "Daytona Beac News-Journal."

Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach announces auditions for upcoming play, 'A Flea in Her Ear'

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach will hold auditions for the upcoming play, "A Flea in Her Ear," an adaptation of the Georges Feydeau farce by Frank Galati.

This explosively funny version of the classic farce has a series of mistaken identities, clandestine assignations and misplaced jealousies which happen at break-neck speed.

Retired New Smyrna Beach firefighter Kirk Jones running for city commissioner

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Kirk Jones, a retired New Smyrna Beach firefighter, is running for the zone 4 city commission seat held by two-term incumbent Lynne Plaskett. Steve Casserly, a member of the planning and zoning commission, is seeking the seat as well.

Plaskett, however, has not said publicly whether she will seek a third four-year term on the commission, which has three open seats up for grabs with qualifying ending noon Friday.

First-term incumbent Mayor Adam Barringer has announced his intention to run. So far he has no opponent.

Sacred Heart eighth-grade graduating students treated to special breakfast at Mom's in New Smyrna Beach

Sacred Heart breakfast at Mom's restaurantHeadline Surfer photo by Henry Frederick / Mom's Home Cooking server Mary Barrett, far left, takes orders from Sacred Heart Catholic School graduating eighth graders Thursday morning as teacher Rachel Woelfel goes over menu choices with them. In the inset photo, Mom's proprietor Patty Cook and Woelfel chat while the students decide what they want to eat and drink from a keepsake menu printed up just for them. 

NEW SMYRNA -- The twenty graduating eighth graders from Sacred Heart Catholic School were treated to a breakfast this morning at Mom's Home Cooking, 1201 N. Dixie Freeway. 

County Council race in Southeast Volusia turns ugly with anonymous e-mail ripping into candidate's personal finances

Jim HathawayDeb DenysJustin KennedyNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Just three days after Volusia County Council seat 3 candidate Jim Hathaway complained that fellow candidate Justin Kennedy was getting a free pass regarding his personal finances, an anonymous e-mail was sent to media outlets with dirt on the Edgewater councilman.

Hathaway had complained that Headline Surfer had allowed Kennedy to take the New Smyrna Beach commissioner to task because Hathaway allowed Robert Lott to campaign for him during the Edgewater Expo.

"Why don't you report on his bankruptcy and his foreclosures," Hathaway implored the New Smyrna Beach-based Internet newspaper. Hathaway also pointed out that Kennedy's financial issues could be read by logging onto clerk.org, which is the website for lawsuits and other legal matters with the clerk of the circuit court for Volusia County. That was a week ago Friday.

Daytona cops: Possible meth lab chemical spill has stretch of Atlantic Avenue on beachside closed to traffic

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Daytona Beach cops are currently investigating a suspicious incident where a meth lab may have been located in the 900 block of Atlantic Avenue on the beachside.

The incident began to unfold around 7 a.m. after emergency workers were summoned to 900 S Atlantic Avenue (near apartment 4) to investigate a "chemical smell."

"Officers arrived on scene and located what appeared to be an active meth lab," Daytona Beach police Detective John Creamer said.

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