New Smyrna Beach Mom blog highlights Justin Kennedy candidacy in County Council race against Deb Denys Henry Frederick Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:36

Making the Grade political notebook / Headline Surfer®

Internet social media site making up for Daytona Beach News-Journal slack on key political coverage in Southeast Volusia; Grade: A-plus

Blog spots like New Smyrna Beach Mom are reporting frontline news that the Daytona Beach News-Journal continues to ignore on what could be one of the biggest election battles of 2014, that not only puts the spotlight on the controversial run Deb Denys has had since her return to elective office nearly two years ago, and hearkening to her disastrous four years on the Volusia County School Board back in the early 1990s. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Community blog spots like "New Smyrna Beach Mom" are carrying the news that the Daytona Beach News-Journal continues to pretend is not happening and that's former Edgewater City Councilman Justin Kennedy's filing Nov. 19 with the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections to run for the district 3 County Council seat held by Deb Denys of New Smyrna Beach, whose two-year reign has been disappointing, to say the least.

Edgewater man identified as scuba diver who died in diving accident at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City Henry Frederick Wed, 10/09/2013 - 22:57

VCSO: Injured friend in mishap from New Smyrna Beach

Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, FL / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer graphic / Blue Spring State Park, winter home of manateees for its warm waters is where a scuba diver lost his life in a diving accident on this Wednesday afternoon.

ORANGE CITY -- The scuba diver who died in an apparent diving accident this afternoon at Blue Springs State Park has been identified as 36-year-old Samuel Slack of Edgewater, a Volusia County Sheriff's official said.

Slack was prnounced dead at 3::43 p.m. at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City. The Sheriff's Office was called at 2:52 p.m. in responding to the fatality, agency spokesman Brandon Haught said.

"(Slack) was transported to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City where he was pronounced dead," Haught told Headline Surfer.

Yard-sale fundraiser in Edgewater for Amy Sue Root, little girl struck while riding scooter Henry Frederick Thu, 05/16/2013 - 00:35
Amy Sue Root of Edgewater critically injured in 2010 / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Amy Sue Root as shown in 2008 before her accident.

EDGEWATER -- A yard-sale fundraiser is being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday to help provide care for Amy Sue Root, the little girl struck by a motor vehicle while riding her scooter.

The fundraiser is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. all three days at 3207 Silver Palm Drive, rain or shine.

Amy Sue Root was just 8 years old when she was struck by a truck while riding her Razor scooter in her Edgewater neighborhood on Jan. 24, 2010.

Exclusive: Volusia County chair-elect saddened by news of retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's death Henry Frederick Thu, 12/27/2012 - 21:51
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 Edgewater's Jason Davis received Bronze Star for Valor during Desert Storm

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the allied forces in the first Gulf War two decades ago, died Thursday of pneumonia at the age of 78.  
The breaking news was met with sadness by Edgewater's Jason Davis (shown below), Volusia County's top elected face of Volusia County government and himself a soldier in Desert Storm, who was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.

County Chair-elect Jason DavisEDGEWATER -- Desert Storm veteran Jason Davis was saddened by the breaking news out of Washington, D.C., that 78-year-old retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the US-led international coalition forces into driving Saddam Hussein's army out of Kuwait in 1991, has died.

"He was a very powerful and great leader," said Davis, who officially takes office Tuesday as chair of Volusia County government.

Thousands of families enjoy Edgewater fireworks Henry Frederick Thu, 07/05/2012 - 21:31
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Riley Wood, 6, of New Smyrna Beach at 2012 Edgewater fireworksEdgewater -- Riley Wood was decked out with a homemade Independence Day hat as he arrived wih his parents for the Fourth of July fireworks. Asked if he made the hat," the 6-year-old New Smyrna Beach boy answered, "Yeah, with mommy."

Police handling of killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford is Florida's shame Darlene Vann Wed, 03/21/2012 - 20:15

EDGEWATER -- I am confused about why the police did not arrest Trayvon Martin’s (alleged) killer.

Newsmaker Q&A: Gene Emter sworn in as Edgewater councilman Henry Frederick Tue, 03/06/2012 - 01:03

Edgewater Councilman Gene EmterVideo and photo by NSBNews.net Multimedia Editor Sera Frederick / Newly sworn-in Edgewater Councilman speaks exclusively to NSBNews.net about his seating on the dais. 

EDGEWATER -- Gene Emter was sworn in Monday as the newest Edgewater councilman, fresh off his 12-vote margin of victory in Tuesday's special election that drew only 7 percent of the city's nearly 13,600 registered voters.

Florida Highway Patrol: 44-year-old New Smyrna Beach biker killed near Edgewater Henry Frederick Thu, 03/01/2012 - 23:56

EDGEWATER -- A 44-year-old New Smyrna Beach biker was killed when he fell off his Harley-Davidson while riding north on Edgewater Canal Road near Tuum Boulevard just after 7 p.m. Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Lawrence Goble, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead on the scene. His 2010 Harley was found in the nearby Canal.

"For some unknown he fell off his motorcycle," FHP spokesman Sgt. Kim Montes told NSBNews.net. "It may have been a medical situation. We won't know until results of an autopsy."

Florida Highway Patrol: Edgewater woman, 41, thrown from SUV in rollover and killed Henry Frederick Sat, 02/25/2012 - 00:28

EDGEWATER -- A 41-year-old Edgewater woman was killed Thursday night when she lost control of her SUV, which left the roadway on East New York Avenue and overturned several times, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Deborah Bennett, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from her 2002 Isuzu while the sport utility vehicle was overturning. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:10 p.m. single-vehicle accident near the intersection of East New York Avenue and Damascus Road just outside DeLand, said Sgt. Kim Montes, spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Bennett was travelling west in the outside lane when for unknown resons she left the roadway to the right, and overcorrected, which resulted in the SUV overturning, Montes said. A traffic homice investigation is ongoing, including whether alcohol may have been a factor, she added.

Towing War: Edgewater owner under attack Henry Frederick Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:24
Myron Hammond of Edgewater Towing & RecoveryNSBNews.net photo by Henry Frederick / NSBNews.net went on a ride-along interview Saturday with Myron Hammond of Edgewater Towing & Recovery for his take on a proposal the Edgewater City Commission will consider tonight that could result in him losing two-thirds of his police towing contract to two outside companies. Why? That's what this investigative story will uncover.

EDGEWATER -- Myron Hammond of Edgewater Towing & Recovery is in the fight of his life to save his employees' jobs with the city officials on the verge of taking away two-thirds of his police towing services and giving them to Universal Towing and Bishop's Towing, two outside companies, even though he's done the job for 10 years and there is no cost savings to the municipality with the switch. NSBNews.net is the only media outlet to show any interest in getting his side of the story and the economic impact this would have on his business and his employees with families praying they won't lose their jobs as a result.

The story revolves around politics and accusations of favoritism. There's a big showdown at tonight's City Commission on the issue. NSBNews.net will have the full story, including exclusive video coverage, shortly, in advance of the meeting.