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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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For Friday, September 30, 2016 (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 Friday, September 30, 2016 (links are updated continually)


World News
For Friday, September 30, 2016 (links are updated continually)


For Friday, September 30, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Jets announce Eric Decker has partially torn rotator cuff

Dez Bryant clarifies his injury status for Sunday's game against the 49ers
Here's what you need to know about the Cowboys WR's health.

Miami Hurricanes football team will honor Jose Fernandez with helmet decal
The Canes will remember the fallen Marlins pitcher and his role in the community

Brad Keselowski doesn't mince words, but does define a few for Chasers
Team Penske drivers says fellow competitors in the Chase for the Sprint Cup are about to get a real sense of desperation.

Chris Bosh pens heartfelt letter to Miami Heat fans, vents frustration with franchise
Going, going, gone...


WWE releases bizarre Daniel Bryan mockumentary
See the unreleased footage documenting Bryan's unsuccessful comeback to wrestle a bear.

Sprint Cup qualifying for Chase elimination race at Dover rained out
Mother Nature has struck again in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with Friday qualifying for Sunday's Chase elimination race at Dover International Speedway rained out.

Henrik Stenson was an inch away from hitting a hole-in-one
Stenson nearly carded an ace at the Ryder Cup Friday.

Joakim Noah skips West Point dinner because of stance against war
The new Knicks center said he didn't feel comfortable attending the event

Watch Arturo Vidal hit a ludicrous trick shot in Bayern Munich training
Sometimes these world-class players make it look too easy.

For Friday, September 30, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Chiuri at Dior targets Millennials with eclectic wardrobe
PARIS (Reuters) - Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior's first woman designer, on Friday took the fashion brand in a new direction with a maiden eclectic collection aimed at connecting with young consumers and...

Missing Van Gogh paintings turn up in Italian mafia country house
AMSTERDAM/ROME (Reuters) - Two stolen Vincent Van Gogh paintings worth millions of euros were found in an Italian country house belonging to an alleged mafia drug smuggler, police said on Friday, 14...

New York's Met is sued over Picasso sold in Nazi, Fascist era
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan was sued on Friday for the return of a Pablo Picasso masterpiece allegedly sold under duress in 1938 because of Nazi and Fascist...

Gold rush: Chinese head out on holiday en masse, skirting Taiwan and Hong Kong
BEIJING (Reuters) - Millions of Chinese tourists are packing their bags for distant and not-too distant shores for the National Day holiday, with early indicators pointing to a slump in bookings for...

Spain marks monthly record for tourist arrivals in August
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain hosted 10.1 million foreign tourists in August, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Friday, 5.8 percent more than a year earlier and marking a monthly record for...


Bulgaria bans full-face veils in public places
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's parliament on Friday banned the wearing of face veils in public in a move supporters said would boost security after Islamist militant attacks in Europe, but which drew...

Cheer for brewers as bigger hops harvest looms in Germany
HAMBURG (Reuters) - Europe's brewers should soon enjoy an improved supply of the key beer ingredient hops, as a much larger harvest is expected in Germany, ending shortages that have plagued the...

Thumbs up sculpture unveiled as new artwork for London's 'fourth plinth'
LONDON (Reuters) - A giant hand with a thumbs up has been unveiled as the new artwork occupying the fourth plinth at London's Trafalgar Square.

Sculptor Antony Gormley creates labyrinth for new London show
LONDON (Reuters) - British sculptor Antony Gormley puts people's relationships with urban construction at the forefront of his latest exhibition "Fit", creating a sort of labyrinth in a London...

Princess Charlotte says first word in public on Canadian tour
TORONTO (Reuters) - Britain's Princess Charlotte, 1, spoke for the first time in public on Thursday during her family's Canadian tour, uttering the word "pop" while she and her brother played with...

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