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Bravo to all who made Oak Hill's charter school such a success this year

OAK HILL -- Now that its almost the end of the school year, people need to reflect on how well Burns Sci-Tech. Charter School has done. We have won awards for the best school, our teachers have gotten the Crystal Apple award for excellence, and we have almost 100 kids on the waiting list for next year.

Race and the great divide as witnessed in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case

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Rich Gailey of DeBary running for County Council seat 5 with mission of cutting government spending

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Rich Gailey, with his wife Lisa and their two children shown here, call Southwest Volusia home. The family lives in DeBary and he owns property in Deltona. Gailey is running for the Volusia County Council dist. 5 seat against incumbent Pat Northey and fellow challengers Dennis Mulder and Stony Sixma.

DELTONA -- Rich Gailey loves God, his family and his country. And like many of you struggling to make ends meet in this entrenched recession, he's grown tired and weary of paying taxes and seeing from his vantage point diminishing returns in the Southwest Volusia community he and his wife and children call home.

That's why Gailey's running for the district 5 seat on the Volusia County Council.

Headline Surfer poll: 50-50 split on 2nd-degree murder charge for George Zimmerman in gunshot slaying of Trayvon Martin

SANFORD -- Respondents to an InstaPoll on Headline Surfer are in a virtual deadlock as to whether the charge of second-degree murder for Trayvon Martin is appropriate. The poll was created 8:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, asking: Do you agree with the 2nd degree murder charge against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's death?

To the first choice: Yes, he committed a crime and must be held accountable, 401 or 50% chose that choice.

In the second choice, No, he was standing his ground and his actions were lawful, 399 or 50% chose that choice.

The Headline Surfer Install Poll was created 8:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 11. It will be closed once the 1,000th vote has been cast.

Air Supply lost in love in Plant City Strawberry Festival

Pavlina Osta of Port Orange talks with Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, the super duo known as "Air Supply" during their spring concert at the Strawberry Ferstival in Plant City.

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PLANT CITY -- I talk with the fabulous duo Air Supply, backstage, before their performance at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City.

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock have such famous songs as "Lost in Love," "All out of Love", "The One that You Love," "Sweet Dreams" and "Making Love Out of Nothing At All" and each one has achieved multi-million plays on the radio.

College baseball: Lindsey Caughel strikes out 7 in Stetson's 4-2 win over Bison

Stetson's Lindsey CaughelFor the second time in as many days, the Stetson Hatters got solid starting pitching from starter Lindsey Cauhel (5-2) and just enough offensive production Saturday to defeat visiting Lipscomb Bison at Melching Field in DeLand.

DELAND -- Stetson pitcher Lindsey Caughel faced the minimum through five innings as the Hatters took a 4-2 victory from the Bison at home earlier today.

Caughel allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings of work with one walk and seven strikeouts. The victory moved Stetson (25-13 overall, 8-6 in the Atlantic Sun Conference) past Lipscomb (17-22, 9-8) into fourth place in the league race. In order to hold that spot, the Hatters will have to complete the series sweep on Sunday. The final game of the weekend is set for an 11 a.m. start.

State Rep. Dorothy Hukill recaps 2012 legislative session: Balanced budget passed

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State Rep. Dorothy Hukill address her colleages in the Statehouse in Tallahassee prior to the end of the legislative session.

PORT ORANGE -- Dear Friends: As you probably know, the 2012 Legislative Session ended last month. Now that I’m back in Volusia County, I wanted to pass along a report of the main issues that were discussed and acted on in Tallahassee this year. Most importantly, I’m proud to report that we once again fulfilled our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget.

Zimmerman could face 25 to life if convicted of manslaughter in Sanford slaying of Trayvon Martin due to enhancers

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Justice for Trayvon: A Search for AnswersTrayvon Martin
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- I'm no lawyer, but I have extensively covered Florida's criminal and civil courts in Daytona Beach and DeLand as a member of the working press since the mid-1990s, including the appeals and ultimate death sentence execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos and the civil trial won by Dale Earnhardt's widow in keeping his autopsy photos sealed from the public. With national media outlets predicting a manslaughter charge by the special prosecutor against George Zimmerman in the Sanford gunshot slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, some experts have said he could get as little as five years if convicted. I disagree.

Florida statutes are clear on manslaughter. Because Trayvon was a minor, that's an enhancer that makes the charge "aggravated manslaughter." And because a firearm was used in the killing, Florida's 10-20-life statute must be applied.

Is the Easter Bunny a rabbit or a hare?

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Like has happened for centuries are again on the minds of many adults who ponder the age old question: “Is the Easter Bunny a rabbit or a hare?” Spring has arrived and Easter is right around the corner, which also means the Easter Bunny is on the minds of many children.

NSBNews.net scores exclusive and intense interview with Trayvon Martin's parents following big rally in Miami



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MIAMI -- NSBNews.net, New Smyrna Beach's 24/7 Internet newspaper, scored an exclusive interview today with Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin, following the big rally attended by several thousand people in downtown Miami.

The "Justice Rally" included singer Chaka Khan and retired NBA superstars Alonzo Mourning and Isaiah Thomas who flanked the grieving parents on stage.

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