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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites New Smyrna Beach contributes to brand’s success

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – InterContinental Hotels Group, the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, is proud to announce that Holiday Inn is ranked highest in guest satisfaction among mid-scale full service hotel chains, according to J.D. Power and Associates 2011 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.

As one of the brand’s 808 hotels in the America the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites New Smyrna Beach contributes to the brand’s overall success by providing a consistent and welcoming experience for each and every guest.

Volusia County Lawsuits for Dec. 30, 2011

End of Day Report New Suits Filed 12/30/11 for Circuit Civil
(Excluding Nonpublic and Sealed Cases)

Case Number Div Primary Litigant #1 Primary Litigant #2 Category
2011 12862 CIDL 02 SEAN RYAN JAMES GOLDTHWAIT Non-Homestead RP & Forecl > $50K 2011 12863 CIDL 01 DAVID SWARTZFAGER BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC Products Liability
2011 12864 CIDL 02 RICHARD W TAYLOR PA CHRISTOPHER N BAVARO Contract and Indebtedness
2011 12865 CIDL 01 SPACE COAST CREDIT UNION ALFREDO B URGEL Homestead RP & Foreclosure

New Smyrna Beach Kmart closing its doors for good

City officials silent; county leaders saddened with 3 stores on chopping block

Janet LutzJanet Lutz of New Smyrna Beach pushes a cart to her car for perhaps the final time Thursday with the big announcement that the Kmart here is closing.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Lifetime resident Janet Lutz pushed her shopping cart out the front doors of Kmart Thursday night, after learning the store was closing for good. Earlier in the day, Sears holding, Inc., the corporate owner of Sears and Kmart stores, formally announced 79 of its stores under these two brands nationwide, ceasing operations.

The 60-year-old woman was heartbroken by the news that the Kmart here on State Road 44 is among them.

I-95 reopened early this morning in wake of fiery crash in Port Orange; New Smyrna Beach exit had spillover traffic

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NSB I-95 photo at far left by Henry Frederick / Traffic is jammed just before midnight Thursday at the I-95 interchange with S.R. in New Smyrna Beach because of the shutdown of northbound lanes in Port Orange where a fiery crash involving three semis melted part of the road surface as shown in this courtesy photo.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Spillover traffic from the northbound stretch of I-95 in Port Orange closed in the wake of the fiery crash involving three semis and a passenger car made for heavy traffic here in New Smyrna Beach late Thursday night, but dissipated early this morning after emergency repairs were completed and the interstate fully reopened.

Dwight Howard has monster game for Orlando over hapless Nets

Check out this video highlight: Orlando's Dwight Howard bats a ball into the third row and salutes the crowd early on in Thursday's blowout of the Nets at home.

ORLANDO -- The New Jersey Nets don't have center Brook Lopez. The Orlando Magic have center Dwight Howard. Translation: Nets get blown out. And that's exactly what happened before the home crowd Thursday night as the Magic easily dispatched of the Nets, 94-78.

Marion County man charged with killing three puppies

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Tayon AlexanderTayon Alexander is being held on $6,000 in the Marion County Jail on animal cruelty charges.

OCALA -- A 9-1-1 hang-up call brought Marion County deputies to the Marion Oaks home of 20-year-old Tayon Alexander's girlfriend where three chihuahua puppies were found dead.

The girlfriend had said everything was all right, but a deputy saw a dead puppy on the living room floor and a second deputy spotted two more dead puppies -- one under the kitchen county and another under a couch.

The girlfriend told deputies she and Alexander were arguing Wednesday when he got mad and threw the puppies. He was not home when deputies arrived, but was taken into custody a short time later and booked into the Marion County Jail on three counts of animal cruelty. Deputies found two other puppies alive in a bathroom and the mother Chihuahua unharmed in the backyard.

Vince Carter passed over as starter in Mavs' loss to Denver Nuggets graphic / Vince Carter Sports Notebook

DAYTONA BEACH -- Vince Carter's place as the starting shooting guard lasted all of one game as the Dallas Mevericks went with Delonte West in Monday's 115 to 93 drubbing by the Denver Nuggets, 115 to 93 on Monday night.