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Smooth Waters Wildlife Park – Deleon Springs

Text // Photos by Kelsey Walters After a While, Crocodile Living in Florida, we all know about alligators. We joke to visitors that they are just as much a part of our daily lives as squirrels, but in reality, unless we are encroaching on their territory, we don’t often get an up-close experience. A new wildlife park is offering the chance to really get to … Continue reading Smooth Waters Wildlife Park – Deleon Springs

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Food Drive Nets 64,000-Plus Pounds

Public employees collected more than 64,000 pounds of food during the eighth annual countywide “Feed the Need” public employee food drive. That brings the total of the eight-year program to more than 782,000 pounds. The food drive is coordinated by the county and was the brainchild of former County Manager Jim Dinneen. It continued under the leadership of Interim County Manager George Recktenwald and took … Continue reading Food Drive Nets 64,000-Plus Pounds

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The Lion King Jr.

 Perfect for children, this shortened (70-80 minutes) version of Disney’s heartwarming hit is a joyful outing for family members of all ages. Thrill to Simba and Nala’s triumph over the evil Scar and his hyena henchmen. Chuckle at the antics of Timon the meerkat and Pumba the warthog. And enjoy your children as you and they hum along (or maybe even sing out loud) to … Continue reading The Lion King Jr.

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Silver Airways Announces Service to Daytona Beach

Silver Airways began daily, non-stop flight service between Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) and Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) Jan. 16. Rick Karl, DAB director stated,  “The addition of daily flights to Fort Lauderdale provides a southbound option to a major U.S. hub from Daytona Beach International Airport. The new service further expands the destination opportunities for the local community and visitors, with hundreds of … Continue reading Silver Airways Announces Service to Daytona Beach

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Pets After the Holiday Excitement

By Dr. Tiffany Beischel Caring for your New Pet After Christmas The holidays have come and gone but for some lucky ones there is an adorable gift still giving slobbery love. Imagine waking up to a fluffy puppy or kitten on Christmas day! The excitement for something so adorable never goes away – until the destruction of your favorite shoes, the “accidents” found around the … Continue reading Pets After the Holiday Excitement

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2019 Real Estate Market Report

Volusia County’s 2019 Real Estate Market Forecast Volusia residents and visitors are wondering what to expect for the 2019 real estate market. For 2018, the market started with high home prices, historically low mortgage rates and a seller’s market. Has turnover in the housing market peaked? National housing experts predict price gains can only decelerate. The New Smyrna Beach Board of REALTORS Residential Market Statistics … Continue reading 2019 Real Estate Market Report

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Masters of Illusion

Starring the world’s greatest award-winning magicians, this 21st century magic show is unlike anything you have seen before – filled with modern illusions and arts of deception, performed live on stage. Watch closely as you experience things that just can’t be done……or can they? Audiences will be held at the edge of their seats by the jaw-dropping grand illusions, and laugh out loud at the … Continue reading Masters of Illusion

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Are You Drinking Florida-Grown Tea?

Usually, I use this space to groan about local politics and unmitigated growth. But this month, I’ve been given the green light to shamelessly plug my business – yay! So, I’ll start with two questions. 1. Do you drink tea? 2. Do you know where your tea comes from? If you do drink tea, you aren’t alone. One hundred fifty seven million Americans drink tea … Continue reading Are You Drinking Florida-Grown Tea?

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Exhibit Showcases Florida Calcite’s Beauty and Diversity

The community has an opportunity to get a sneak peek of “Florida Calcite,” the newest exhibit at the Gillespie Museum on Stetson University’s campus during Science Saturday on Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. – noon. The exhibit runs from January 28 through April 27, 2019. Calcium carbonate (CaC03) is the mineral that makes up most of the limestone formations throughout the Florida peninsula. The exhibit … Continue reading Exhibit Showcases Florida Calcite’s Beauty and Diversity