141th Year
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Internet Edition
West Volusia's Original Hometown Newspaper
By GUY MYSTERY
Intrepid Reporter

  The DeLand Sun News was first published in 1876. After 115 years of operation, it was bought out by a competing paper in 1991. Publication was halted by 1992.
  This situation persisted until 2007, when the brand was revived online as a monument to this cherished local institution.
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Spotlight: Historic Athens Theater
The Athens Theatre is one of the few existing examples of a classic American theatre in Central Florida. Once the centerpiece of DeLand, the Athens Theatre is a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture. This historic theatre was designed in 1921 by prominent Orlando architect Murray S. King and first opened its doors on January 6th, 1922. On January 5th, 1922, the eve of the theater's opening, the DeLand Daily News declared the Athens to be "Florida's Handsomest Theatre" and "a gem of architecture". The theatre's name was derived from the vision of DeLand's founder, Henry DeLand, who sought to create a city that would be the "Athens of Florida". Visit their website.


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DeLand Area News
For Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Volusia County Sheriff's Office to host gun turn-in program in DeLand
For a sixth year, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office will host a program to take unwanted guns off the county’s streets. The program, dubbed Kicks 4 Guns, allows anyone to turn in an unwanted gun to law enforcement, no questions asked, in exchange for a $50 Publix gift card. The event runs from ...

Volusia County sheriff's deputies, kids share a week of summer fun
More than 70 campers lined up for dinner outside the chuck wagon at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Barberville Thursday, just like any other night. Then, in the distance, sirens. A lot of them. Read the whole story, in the Aug. 17-19, 2015, Midweek edition of The Beacon. To subscribe to The ...

Hatters turn attention toward first scrimmage
With 11 of 30 preseason practices in the books, the Stetson Hatters will have a light day today, Friday, Aug. 14, as they look ahead to Saturday’s (Aug. 15) first of three scheduled scrimmages. The scrimmage, which is expected to have between 100-130 plays, will start at 8:30 a.m. on the lower pra ...

Volusia County Sheriff's Office names employees of the quarter
Five Volusia County Sheriff's Office employees have been honored as employees of the quarter, officials announced. Those recipients are Investigator Julian Elmazi, Deputy Miguel Roman, Tara Pronovost, Jennifer Clay and Alan Ponder. Each of the recipients has been awarded for exceptional work in his ...

Video footage: DeLand woman tells authorities she felt unsafe stopping for traffic stop
This unedited video is body camera footage from Officer W. Godwin of the DeLand Police Department, taken just before 9:30 p.m. on 8/5/15 during a traffic stop involving 19-year-old Sextoneriya "Neri" Keith of DeLand. A Volusia County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop Keith for running a red light at B ...

 

DeLand Police Dept. announces registration for Citizens Academy fall semester
Registration is now open for the 15th fall session of the DeLand Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, officials at the DeLand Police Department announced this week. The 11-week academy will begin Sept. 3, according to Officer Rod Hancock. The classes will allow members of the community to ...

DeLand area carjacking victim dragged by his own vehicle, deputies say
A carjacking that began just east of DeLand early Saturday morning resulted in the victim being dragged by his own vehicle, authorities said. Darrion Tompert, 21, of Daytona Beach, faces charges including carjacking, fleeing or attempting to elude a law-enforcement officer, possession of ammunition ...

Nature Scenes: Great white heron larger and taller than great blue heron
The Sibley Guide to Birds is a birder’s bible, and the 2000 edition of the guide identified the bird I photographed for this column as a great blue heron, white morph. For years, many bird experts have quibbled, some of them declaring this long-legged wader to be a great white heron. Hmmm. I had n ...

Gov. Scott announces expansion of DeLand business
Gov. Rick Scott announced today that Frontier Communications Corp.’s inbound-call center in DeLand will expand its operation into another business unit, adding 400 new jobs. “I am excited to announce that 400 jobs will be created in DeLand thanks to Frontier Communications’ newest expansion. ...

Florida Hospital seeking nominations for 2015 community-service award
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is seeking nominations for the Johana Knox Award for Community Service Excellence, according to Lindsay Rew, media contact for the hospital. This is the seventh year in a row that the organization will present the award, according to Rew. Three awards will be presente ...

US News
For Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)







 






World News
For Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)







 






Sports
For Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Aaron Hernandez's lawyers want his murder conviction dismissed
Hernandez was serving a life sentence before committing suicide last week.

Jay Cutler's agent says QB isn't considering retirement
Cutler remains a free agent and has generated very little interest from teams.

Pat Riley said he was so mad when LeBron left he almost said 'something like Dan Gilbert'
It's been nearly three years since James returned to Cleveland.

The 7 teams most likely to trade their first-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft
If there is activity, expect it to swirl around these franchises.

Five tracks where Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the best chances of winning
Here are the five tracks where Dale Earnhardt Jr. is most likely to win in what is now his final season.

 

6 prospects the Los Angeles Chargers should target in the NFL Draft
The No. 7 pick is sure to bring in an immediate starter.

Sharks' Logan Couture shares gruesome photos after taking puck to the mouth
Warning: The photos are not pretty.

The Audible Podcast: NFL Draft talk with Peter Schrager, Michigan's trip to Italy and Alabama's new QB
Subscribe to The Audible Podcast on Apple Podcasts & Google Play.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk on her intimidating face offs: 'I want to look into the soul, I want to see the fear'
Joanna Jedrzejczyk speaks about the art of the staredown

Skip Bayless: New England might be the biggest Super Bowl favorite in NFL history
Skip Bayless says the New England Patriots are "outrageously better" than the rest of the NFL.

Lifestyle
For Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Crabs invade Cuba's Bay of Pigs
BAY OF PIGS, Cuba (Reuters) - Cuba's Bay of Pigs has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs.

Treasures from Paris's Louvre museum go on display in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A selection of artwork from Paris' world-renowned Louvre museum goes on display in Hong Kong on Wednesday, offering Chinese patrons a rare opportunity to view some of the...

In late April, Dutch tulip bulb farmers chop off the flowers' heads
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - As the end of April approaches, Dutch tulip farmers prepare for "topping", when they run cutting machines through the fields across the north and west of the country, lopping...

Chinese, Russian visitor surge push Dubai toward 20 million target
DUBAI (Reuters) - The number of Chinese and Russian visitors to Dubai surged in the first three months of the year, boosted by the United Arab Emirates' recent decision to grant visas on arrival to...

Lively, Chastain, Chelsea Clinton honored for philanthropic work
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hollywood actresses Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were among the six women honored on Friday for their philanthropic efforts with organizations helping women and children.

 

Thailand reaches for the stars with new Michelin Guide
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will be the latest country to have a Michelin Guide, its state tourism agency said on Monday, taking its place on the culinary world map just days after authorities...

Dolls, teddy bears return to eastern Mosul after Islamic State
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Toy shops are thriving in eastern Mosul, with Iraqi children once again able to buy dolls, teddy bears or action figures after Islamic State was driven out of the area.

Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children
HAVANA (Reuters) - The gigantic black and white portraits of children started appearing on walls around a suburban neighborhood of Havana two years ago, the work of Cuban artist Maisel Lopez.

California's 'weed nuns' on a mission to heal with cannabis
MERCED, Calif. (Reuters) - The Sisters of the Valley, California's self-ordained "weed nuns," are on a mission to heal and empower women with their cannabis products.

Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino sparks backlash from baristas
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Starbucks baristas have taken to social media to complain about the coffee chain's entry into the latest food craze: Unicorn Frappuccino.


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