142st Year
Sunday, February 25, 2018
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 Sunday, February 25, 2018 (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 Sunday, February 25, 2018 (links are updated continually)


Failures mark week of stunning revelations
A woman close to the Florida shooter called the FBI tip line in January with an alarming message: Nikolas Cruz is "going to explode."...

FBI was warned that gunman was 'going to explode'
When a woman close to the Parkland, Florida, school shooter called an FBI tip line in early January, she described a young man with an arsenal of knives and guns who was "going to explode" and said she feared him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up."...

Deputies were outside school when police arrived, sources say
When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school....

Teacher: I'm supposed to be a gun expert?
My first day of teaching high school was September 11, 2001....

Here's Florida governor's plan to keep students safe
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday a comprehensive plan to keep students safe, a week after a former student fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland....

 

This Texas school district already arms its teachers
While the nation debates whether teachers should carry guns to protect students from armed intruders, the question's already settled in one Texas school district, where educators have had firearms on campus for years....

Bullets flew for 4 minutes as armed deputy waited outside
When Nikolas Cruz started shooting last week, an armed deputy stationed at the Florida school rushed to the building. But instead of going inside, the officer waited outside for four minutes as the shooter massacred students and teachers behind the walls, authorities said....

Analysis: This proves a good guy with a gun doesn't always stop a bad guy with a gun
When the shooting started at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday, there was an armed deputy in the building -- someone tasked, specifically, with keeping the students inside safe....

Officer responded to school shooting knowing son and wife were inside
Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich recounts calling his wife and son, who were in the school on the day of the Florida school shooting, after helping to rescue victims....

Meet the Mueller team
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World News
For Sunday, February 25, 2018 (links are updated continually)


The West throws up its hands on Syria
Saying there are "no words" to describe a horror is infuriating. But now not saying anything has become the new way to talk about the world's nastiest war....

UN Security Council will try to vote on Syria ceasefire after delays
The UN Security Council on Saturday will try again to vote for a temporary ceasefire in Syria after several delays this week....

Voices from Eastern Ghouta: 'They will all die, one by one'
Premature twin boys born into chaos. An oncologist without medicine to treat her cancer patients. And a mother's last wish -- for her children not to die hungry....

Voices from Syria's Eastern Ghouta
Hundreds of thousands of people remain trapped in Eastern Ghouta, many of them in desperate need of humanitarian aid....

No one knows who this unconscious Syrian toddler is
Tucked under a gray blanket, his curly-haired head resting on a pillow, the boy could almost be sleeping peacefully at home....

 

Airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta
More than 100 civilians have been killed in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region in the past 24 hours, according to observers....

A decade at RBS: $81 billion lost; $1 billion made
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China seizes control of deal-hungry insurer Anbang
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How does KFC run out of chicken?
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Asia wants some of Trump's infrastructure billions
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Sports
For Sunday, February 25, 2018 (links are updated continually)


Oilers 4, LA Kings 3 (2/24)
A disappointed Coach Stevens talks about how confused he was about the controversial final play but firmly believes that a goal should've been called. On a more positive note, Stevens saw great things coming out of Jeff Carter after removing him from the injured reserve.

LA Kings Live: 'I knew it was in the net when I was on the ice'...a frustrated Dustin Brown spoke about the controversial final play from his perspective
Dustin Brown talks about the emotions of having a goal on the board tying up the game in its final seconds to having the point taken away once the play was ruled a goaltender interference.

Arizona State losing streak hits 3 with loss at Oregon State
Tra Holder scores 23 for Sun Devils in 79-75 loss

Cam Atkinson scored first and the Blue Jackets played loose to down the Blackhawks at home
After letting loose and having fun, Cam Atkinson notched his 11th career power-play goal

Josh Anderson was pleased the team played for a full 60 minutes to capture a victory with his GW goal
Josh Anderson scored the game-winning goal in the third period after the Columbus Blue Jackets fought for a full 60 minutes to grab the win over Chicago.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky doesn’t need a stick to keep the puck out of the net
For a moment on Saturday night, Sergei Bobrovsky was able to keep the Blackhawks from scoring even without his stick

Blues travel to Nashville in desperate search of a win
St. Louis Blues-Nashville Predators preview

Vincent Edwards expected to return as Purdue hosts Minnesota
Minnesota Golden Gophers-Purdue Boilermakers preview

Anderson scores in 3rd as Blue Jackets beat Blackhawks 3-2
Josh Anderson scored in the third period, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Chicago Blackhawks

Jazz edge Mavericks 97-90 for 12th win in 13 games
Jazz edge Mavericks 97-90 for 12th win in 13 games

Lifestyle
For Sunday, February 25, 2018 (links are updated continually)


Egypt uncovers ancient necropolis south of Cairo
MINYA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an ancient necropolis containing 40 stone sarcophagi, about 1,000 small statues and a necklace charm bearing the hieroglyphic...

Paul Andrew makes elegant Ferragamo debut in Milan
MILAN (Reuters) - Salvatore Ferragamo's creative director Paul Andrew made his debut on Saturday with a soft, elegant collection, giving a contemporary twist to the luxury group's identity.

Italy's Fay marks new departure with designer Arthur Arbesser
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian luxury brand Fay, part of the Tod's group, showcased its first collection under new designer Arthur Arbesser on Saturday at Milan's Fashion Week.

Surf's up! Australian Olympians chase waves at Pyeongchang Games
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four Australian winter Olympians swapped their skis for surfboards on Saturday, chasing waves despite the frigid water temperature.

Versace rocks Milan's fashion week with loud college style
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian fashion house Versace rocked Milan with bright tartans, leather and studs in its fall-winter 2018 collection runway show, echoing college chic and punk style.

 

All that jazz: Saudis attend country's first jazz festival
RIYADH (Reuters) - Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia's first-ever jazz festival on Friday, the second of a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom's recent efforts of shedding...

Design and dictatorship: exhibition celebrates North Korean graphics
LONDON (Reuters) - North Korea makes headlines with its military parades and nuclear program but a new London exhibition puts a spotlight on graphic design in the country.

Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder's aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction...

Prada brings Milan to its feet, with a collection of bold lines and colors
MILAN (Reuters) - With Milan at her feet, designer Miuccia Prada unveiled her fluorescent and urban chic fall-winter collection on Thursday, in a high rise building towering over Italy's fashion...

Primitive art: Neanderthals were Europe's first painters
LONDON (Reuters) - The world's oldest known cave paintings were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, suggesting our extinct cousins were far from being uncultured brutes.


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