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Saturday, October 22, 2016
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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 Saturday, October 22, 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 Saturday, October 22, 2016 (links are updated continually)


World News
For Saturday, October 22, 2016 (links are updated continually)


For Saturday, October 22, 2016 (links are updated continually)

National anthem singer kneels during performance at Miami Heat game

5 reasons why Pats are perfect team to trade Dez Bryant to
Colin Cowherd makes the case for the Dallas Cowboys to trade Dez Bryant.

Why the Cardinals' playoff hopes could be determined by Carson Palmer this weekend
The Cardinals quarterback's up-and-down play threatens the team's turnaround.

Former title contender Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva out of the UFC
'Bigfoot' Silva is no longer with the UFC

Another bad break for 76ers: Nerlens Noel needs knee surgery


Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall 2 set as new main event at UFC in Belfast, Ireland
An injury has forced a major change to the UFC card in Ireland

Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton diagnosed with third brain tumor
"I choose to truly ... celebrate life," the 1984 gold medalist said.

FIFA announces 2018 World Cup mascot, and it's the right decision
The final votes have been tallied. Time to meet Zabivaka!

The 10 best things about Sunday's Week 7 NFL games
Check out our Sunday bests

'That made me mad': Klay Thompson vents over Warriors being called 'cowards'

For Saturday, October 22, 2016 (links are updated continually)

Papal summer residence, shunned by Francis, opened to public
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Reuters) - It may come as a surprise to most people, but about 40 children were born in the bedroom of the pope at the pontifical summer residence south of Rome.

U.N. appoints Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador amid outcry
UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations named comic-book superhero Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador to fight for gender equality on Friday, amid criticism that the...

Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops
ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on...

Whowonit? 'Seismic' Man Booker prize due next week
LONDON (Reuters) - After whittling down a pile of 155 novels, the judges of the Man Booker Prize are set to unveil this year's winner of a 50,000 sterling ($61,200) award that can have a "seismic"...

Pageantry and politics mix as Nigeria's Benin City crowns new ruler
BENIN CITY, Nigeria (Reuters) - Crowned with coral beads, flanked by high officials in bright white robes adorned with shining metal plaques, the new Oba of the historic kingdom of Benin greeted his...


Roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds booming in France
PARIS (Reuters) - Banned in much of Europe, roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds is enjoying such renewed interest in France that some companies are marketing one-off outings to non-specialists,...

Pakistan's newest celebrity, a handsome tea vendor, rejects film talk
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An 18-year-old tea vendor who became Pakistan's hottest new celebrity when his photo went viral on the Internet says he has no plans for an acting career - though he is...

Pear-shaped diamond drop earrings seen fetching $20-30 mln at auction
LONDON (Reuters) - A newly created set of drop earrings featuring a pair of large pear-shaped diamonds are expected to fetch $20-30 million when they go under the hammer next month, according to...

Sport is greatest remedy against youth extremism, says activist footballer
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sport is a universal language that can help prevent extremism and racism among young people, London-born Pakistani footballer Kashif Siddiqi said on Friday,...

Havana confirms has suspended new licenses for private restaurants
HAVANA (Reuters) - Havana's city government temporarily suspended issuing licenses for new private restaurants from September onwards while it ensured existing ones were operating legally, a senior...

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