Internet social media site making up for Daytona Beach News-Journal slack on key political coverage in Southeast Volusia; Grade: A-plus
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.
VCSO: Injured friend in mishap from New Smyrna Beach
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.
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.
Edgewater's Jason Davis received Bronze Star for Valor during Desert Storm
EDGEWATER -- 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.
Edgewater -- 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."
EDGEWATER -- I am confused about why the police did not arrest Trayvon Martin’s (alleged) killer.
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.
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."
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.
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.