148th Year
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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, May 28, 2024 (links are updated continually)


DeLand resident shoots 2 of 4 men charged in armed home invasion: police
Four men have been charged with armed home invasion robbery following a Wednesday afternoon incident that resulted in two of the suspects being shot by their intended target, investigators said.

Woman arrested on animal cruelty charges after neglected animals rescued in DeLand, deputies say
A Florida woman faces multiple animal cruelty charges after authorities said they rescued neglected animals from her residence in DeLand.

Pilot, 75, injured after small plane crash in DeLand: officials
A small plane crashed in a field in DeLand on Thursday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

1 person killed in DeLand house fire, officials say
One person died after a fire ripped through a DeLand home Friday night, officials said.

Quest for answers continues 30 years after Laralee Spear's death
The quest for answers in the tragic death of Laralee Spear, a Central Florida teenager, remains as urgent today as it was three decades ago.

 

Volusia County woman charged for shooting death of her child's father in the middle of street: Deputies
A DeLand woman is accused of shooting and killing the father of her child in the middle of the street back in December 2022, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Florida bus driver's alleged pepper spray revenge plot causes hotel evacuation, arrest
A Florida bus driver found himself behind bars after he allegedly sprayed pepper spray all over a hotel hallway in hopes of irritating the guest above him who he said was making too much noise.

Brazilian skydiver killed after midair collision in Florida, officials say
One skydiver was killed and another hurt after colliding with each other Monday afternoon in Florida, officials said.

Florida K-9 named ‘Midnight’ helps find missing toddler in DeLand woods
The DeLand Police Department used the help of a K-9 named Midnight to find a three-year-old who went missing on Friday.

Man arrested accused of firing shot into downtown DeLand business
A man from Miami was arrested Friday for allegedly shooting into a downtown DeLand business, according to police.

US News
For Tuesday, May 28, 2024 (links are updated continually)


Statistics from Negro Leagues to be integrated into MLB record books
The immediate impact of the incorporation will see Josh Gibson, one of the baseball's greatest players, take multiple records from the likes of Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth.

Military jet goes down near Albuquerque airport; pilot hospitalized
The pilot was able to exit the plane and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, a local fire department official said.

County sheriff has virtual solution for mental health responders
The Cook County Sheriff's Office aims to put mental health workers in the field virtually as cities grapple with alternative police responses.

Illinois sheriff's office creates new program to deal with mental health crises
The Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois launched a program that allows deputies to patch in qualified clinicians to help people dealing with mental health issues. Ash-har Quraishi got an inside look at how the program works.

Military fighter jet crashes in New Mexico
A developmental F-35 crashed shortly after takeoff and caught fire near an Air Force base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday. The pilot survived and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, officials said.

 

Closing arguments delivered in Trump "hush money" trial
Lawyers on both sides delivered their closing arguments in former President Trump's criminal "hush money" trial Tuesday. The jury is expected to begin deliberations later this week. Robert Costa has the latest.

Jury hears closing arguments at Trump "hush money" trial
Lawyers from both sides presented their final cases before the jury in former President Donald Trump's "hush money" trial in New York.

Deadly storms leave outages across Texas, cleanup continues across U.S.
Storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail have pummeled Texas again.

Homeowners face soaring insurance costs as violent storms wreak havoc
"Everyone is taking a hit with these storms," Oklahoma insurance official says of the mounting financial toll from extreme weather.

World News
For Tuesday, May 28, 2024 (links are updated continually)


Haiti transitional council names Garry Conille as new prime minister
Garry Conille has been named Haiti's new prime minister nearly a month after a coalition within a fractured transitional council had chosen someone else for the position.

Dozens killed in blasts at Palestinian encampments
At least 20 civilians were killed Tuesday in blasts at an encampment for displaced Palestinians, the Gaza Ministry of Health said. Hamas officials say the deaths were caused by Israeli airstrikes, but Israel denies carrying out the latest attacks. Imtiaz Tyab reports.

NATO allies brace for possible Trump 2024 victory
U.S. NATO allies are preparing for the changing political realities that a Trump presidency could bring.

American in Turks and Caicos sentenced to time served, fine over ammo
Tyler Wenrich was facing a potential mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years in prison in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says there was a "tragic mishap" after airstrike kills dozens
Thousands of protesters marched around the world after an airstrike in southern Gaza killed dozens of people. Israel said it was targeting Hamas commanders, but after it became clear that civilians were also killed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there had been a "tragic mishap."

 

Pope Francis apologizes after being quoted using homophobic slur
Pope Francis' office issued a statement on Tuesday responding to reports that the pontiff had used a homophobic slur in a closed-door meeting with bishops.

Spain, Ireland and Norway recognized a Palestinian state. Here's why it matters.
Spain, Ireland and Norway moved to formally recognize a Palestinian state on Tuesday, a step toward a long-held Palestinian aspiration amid the Israel-Hamas war.

Over 150 monkey deaths now linked to heat wave in Mexico
At least 100 parrots, bats and other animals have died amid a heatwave in Mexico. More than 150 monkeys have died.

Man accused of running naked in jet, knocking down flight attendant
Police said "officers arrested a man after he allegedly ran naked through the aircraft mid-flight and knocked a crew member to the floor."

American set to be sentenced after ammunition was found in luggage in Turks and Caicos
Tyler Wenrich, one of the American tourists who was recently jailed in Turks and Caicos after ammunition was found in his luggage, is due to be sentenced Tuesday. The Virginia father and EMT faces a potential 12-year prison sentence.

Sports
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Lifestyle
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