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  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 Wednesday, August 23, 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 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (links are updated continually)

Priest steps down after revealing KKK past
A Catholic priest is temporarily stepping away from public ministry after writing in an op-ed that he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan decades ago....

KKK leader calls Univision reporter the N-word
In an interview, Ku Klux Klan leader Chris Barker threatens Univision reporter Ilia Calderón....

Some people may be 'white supremacists by default'
Blame President Trump for his tepid moral response. Call the neo-Nazis and white nationalists thugs. Fill your Facebook and Twitter accounts with moral outrage....

City finds fabric to cover Confederate statues
Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, have found black fabric big enough to shroud two controversial Confederate statues -- and the covers could be in place by week's end, the City Council clerk said....

ESPN under fire for taking announcer off UVA game


Where are the monuments to Confederate Gen. James Longstreet?
Steven Holmes writes that the relative lack of statues of Longstreet, who favored Reconstruction after the Civil War, shows that Confederate history is seen through a political lens...

Potential hurricane threatens Texas
Harvey is making a comeback....

$700M Powerball drawing could set a record
Someone could win the largest lottery prize in American history Wednesday night....

Biggest NFL names who could be cut

SpaceX just teased a chic new spacesuit

World News
For Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (links are updated continually)

Details about N. Korea's missile program revealed
Newly released photos appear to reveal unexpected advances in North Korea's missile program, experts say, including a previously unseen type of projectile....

US military chief in Pacific: Testing our forces would be 'foolhardy'
The top American military commander in the Indo-Pacific region said Tuesday it would be "foolhardy" for adversaries of the United States to try to take advantage of any perceived weaknesses in US operational capacity....

Pyongyang warns against US-South Korea drills
New threats are coming out of North Korea as the US and South Korea prepare for joint military drills. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports....

Opinion: We need to accept North Korea will be a nuclear power
Forget about putting the nuclear genie back in any bottle in Pyongyang. North Korea will have -- and will not be dissuaded from possessing -- a deliverable nuclear weapon....

North Korea warns of 'merciless strike' ahead of US-South Korea drills
Joint US-South Korean military drills are underway Monday despite warnings from North Korea a day earlier that they could lead to a "uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war."...


Former Russian envoy downplays Trump campaign contacts
Russia's former ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak downplayed his contact with members of the Trump campaign on Wednesday, calling allegations that he worked as a spymaster and tried to recruit people within President Donald Trump's orbit "nonsense" during an exclusive interview with CNN....

Trump's wall: Mexico out! Government shutdown in!
Wait a minute. Wasn't Mexico supposed to pay for the wall?...

Police: DNA from body matches journalist
DNA from a headless torso found washed up on an island near Copenhagen matches that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Danish police said Wednesday....

South Africa's rhino horn auction underway
South Africa's first online auction of rhinoceros horn is underway, with more than 500 kilograms up for bid from Wednesday through Friday....

Cops question teen for dancing Macarena
In Saudi Arabia, dancing to the Macarena in a crosswalk can apparently land you in police custody....

For Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (links are updated continually)

Schwenke's return gives Colts' offensive line a boost
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts spent three weeks trying to plug holes on the offensive line.

Chiefs banking on Justin Houston to live up to contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Justin Houston had just put together the most dominant season by a pass rusher in Kansas City Chiefs' history, piling up 22 sacks and coming within a half sack of the NFL record, when then-general manager John Dorsey rewarded him with a lavish contract.

Taurasi looks to get Mercury back on track vs. Sparks (Aug 23, 2017)
With four games left in the regular season, the Phoenix Mercury are probably a safe bet to make the playoffs.

Boris Becker to head men's tennis for German federation
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Boris Becker has been hired for the new position of head of men's tennis by the German tennis federation.

Boris Becker to head men's tennis for German federation
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Boris Becker has been hired for the new position of head of men's tennis by the German tennis federation.


Wayne Rooney retires from international soccer
Wayne Rooney has called it a career with the Three Lions. He retires as England’s all-time leading scorer.

Nebraska decides to punt on rugby-style tackling
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska football coaches no longer are putting players through rugby-style tackling drills, and the athletic department has ended its contract with the Seattle company that was helping the Cornhuskers transition to the technique.

Once overlooked, Huskers' Cole Conrad now man in the middle
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska's Cole Conrad hopes his journey from small-school football star with no scholarship offers to starting center in the Big Ten can inspire players who feel as if they have been cheated by the sport.

Ridley, former US Amateur champ, to take over at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Fred Ridley first came to Augusta National to compete in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion, and he played the opening round in the traditional pairing with the defending champion, Jack Nicklaus.

Jets sign TE Brandon Barnes, release WR Marquess Wilson
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed tight end Brandon Barnes and released wide receiver Marquess Wilson.

For Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (links are updated continually)

Americans wish for luck in $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot
(Reuters) - The odds against wining are astronomical, but millions of Americans will be hoping for some life-altering luck on Wednesday night when winning numbers are drawn for the second-highest...

Depopulation turns Serbian villages into ghost towns
REPUSNICA, Serbia (Reuters) - Repusnica was once a bustling village on the slopes of Mount Stara Planina in Serbia. Now its bars lie empty, its houses stand shuttered and nobody walks its streets.

The People's Princess, Britons work to keep memory alive
LONDON (Reuters) - Abdul Daoud spilt most of the cappuccino into the saucer the first time he served Princess Diana, his nerves getting the better of him.

Microflats attract investor cash as millennials embrace co-living
(Reuters) - Millennials priced out of London's traditional housing market are opting to rent tiny apartments in so-called "co-living" developments, a fast-growing area that private investors and...

Paris revels in tourism surge, but cautious after Barcelona
PARIS (Reuters) - Paris is on track to welcome more tourists this year than ever before after a bumper first half, a senior official said, though some would-be visitors might think again after the...


Fisherman nets message in a bottle in isolated Gaza
GAZA (Reuters) - For Palestinian fisherman Jihad al-Soltan, it was a surprise summer catch -- a message in a bottle that he netted off a Gaza beach.

Britain's Big Ben falls silent for four years of renovation work
LONDON (Reuters) - The "Big Ben" bell in the British parliament's famous clock tower tolled for the last time on Monday before it ceased its regular bongs for four years while renovation work is...

Currency gag wins best joke prize at Edinburgh Fringe
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A comedian who quipped about Britain's new pound coin at the Edinburgh arts festival has won Best Joke of the Fringe 2017, television channel Dave said on Tuesday

Specially brewed beer for dogs on menu in Croatia's only beach bar for dogs
CRIKVENICA, Croatia, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Specially brewed beer made of chicken and vegetables and ice cream made from bananas, peanuts, yogurt and soy milk are top items on the menu in Croatia's...

Dutch build vital new infrastructure: world's biggest bike parking lot
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The city of Utrecht in the cycling-mad Netherlands opened on Monday what it said would be the world's largest parking garage for bikes with room for 12,500 once completed next...

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