Party Lines Political Notebook

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Early voting for the presidential election as well as a host of local, state and national congressional races started with a bang today with 862 ballots cast at the New Smyrna Beach Library, according to the Volusia County Elections Office.

Overall, 4,241 voters took advantage of early voting on the first day. Early voting runs through Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

New Smyrna Beach ranked third among four Volusia library locations where voters cast their votes. New Smyrna Beach had 862 voters.

Making the Grade

Courtesy photos.

At far left, Ruth Anne Yeats as shown at Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach , and near left, Deborah Alonzo, chair and co-chair, respectively, of Southeast Volusia Relay for Life's 2010 campaign, "Rock the Cure," spearheaded the fundraiser, which generated $130,000 for the American Cancer Society. The amount raised was announced following the April 16-17 overnight event at the park that drew 3,000 people over a 24-hour period.

Grade: A+

The late Ray Kroc once said: "You're only as good as the people you hire." And look what he did with the McDonald's franchise. The same could be said of the organizers of the Southeast Volusia Relay for Life -- Ruth Anne Yeats and Debbie Alonzo.

The Cartoon

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