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Oak Hill brush fire extinguished after I-95 motorist reports seeing 'smoke and a glow'

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OAK HILL -- A 5-acre brush fire was extinguished tonight after an alert motorist on Interstate 95 alerted authorities with a 9-1-1 call.

"The passerby who was southbound on I-95 near Maytown Road saw smoke and a glow," Volusia County Sheriff's Sgt. Ted Richard said of the 9:48 p.m. Sunday fire.

Firefighters from the county, Edgewater and the state Forestry Service responded and put the fire out. Traffic on I-95 was not impeded.

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Daytona Beach police Capt. Jim Newcomb"Daytona's PD's Internal Affairs: Segment 2 of our investigative report continues with yet another woman cop whose life was turned upside down by Jim Newcomb, shown at left, promoted less than two weeks ago to captain by Police Chief Mike Chitwood. Our first segment looked at the case of woman cop, Kelly Fishpaugh, who was taunted for more than a year by Newcomb with insinuations she was pregnant when she wasn't and pressuring her to arrange for him to get with her sister, who worked in a bar with a skimpy bikini as a beer tub gal. Today's segment tells the story of lesbian woman cop Sarah Martin, who lost her job after an extensive internal affairs investigation by Newcomb that led to her being fired. Two years later she was brought back

Stetson Hatters of DeLand sign 7-footer transfer from Michigan's Oakland University

Kyle Sikora played for Miami's Florida Christian

Kyle SikoraDELAND -- Kyle Sikora only averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for Michigan's Oakland University, but Stetson University men's basketball coach Casey Alexander likes his size. Sikora is a 7-footer who weighs 240 pounds.

“We’re really excited that Kyle chose Stetson,” Alexander said. “His size and skill level is perfect for our offensive system and his presence in the paint will mean a lot for the future of this program.”

The Great Depression: Are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes of the past?

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- I am a child of the Great Depression. I was a mere 4 years old when it ended a couple years after after Germany's 1939 invasion of Poland. When I came into the world in 1935, six years had already passed since the New York stock market crash of 1929, that sent seismic shocks around the world for a decade. Rations were part of my youth in Cincinnati before my family moved to New Smyrna Beach where I started my high school years. Are we destined now to repeat history?

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.

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