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ISC Announces $2B Merger With NASCAR


Daytona Beach, FL – The company that runs promotions for multiple speedways including Daytona announces that they’ve entered a merger agreement. Earlier today, the International Speedway Corporation, which sits just across the street from the Daytona International Speedway, announced a $2 Billion deal that will merge them with NASCAR. That agreement came after a unanimous vote following a special committee ... Read More »

Pine Ridge H.S. Student Charged With Written Threat To Kill Or Injure


Deltona, FL – A 15-year-old Pine Ridge High School student said he did it as a joke but Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies say the note the teen left in a gas station bathroom qualifies as a “Written Threat to Kill or Injure.” VCSO was contacted yesterday (May 21) by a man who said he found the note at a Kangaroo ... Read More »

Volusia County Officials Split On Sales Tax Results


DeLand, FL – Volusia County’s top officials have differing opinions on a proposed sales tax amendment that was voted on by residents. It was just last night (May 21st) when the county delivered the news that the sales tax proposal, which has been circulating around Volusia for over a year, was rejected by a 55% to 45% vote. And, it ... Read More »

Man Accused Of Running Naked Through DBIA Pleads No Contest


(Photo courtesy of Volusia County Sheriff’s Office) Daytona Beach, FL – The man Volusia County Sheriff’s Office arrested at Daytona Beach International Airport last year after he ran naked through the airport screaming that a bomb was going to go off has entered a plea. According to the State Attorney’s Office, the now 26-year-old John Thomas Greenwood, has pleaded no ... Read More »

DeSantis Orders Elections Security Review


Tallahassee, FL – Describing it as a “top priority,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday directed Secretary of State Laurel Lee to immediately start a review of the security of state and county elections systems after disclosures about Russian hacking during the 2016 campaign. In a one-page letter to Lee, the state’s top elections official, DeSantis indicated the review will focus ... Read More »

Sales Tax Increase Rejected


DeLand, FL – Three weeks of voting later, the county has an answer regarding a proposed sales tax increase. Near the end of the night (May 21st), the ballots for the mail-in half-cent sales tax referendum vote were counted, leading to a couple of different findings. First, with over 300,000 registered voters in the county, only 103,674 ballots made it ... Read More »

VCC Discusses Other Uses For Jail Kitchen


DeLand, FL – After a fairly routine meeting and during public discussion, the Volusia County Council talked about using jail food services for other agencies in Volusia County, possibly including First Step Shelter. At-Large Council Member Ben Johnson talking about helping with First Step Shelter, preparing meals at the jail and not having to install a kitchen at the shelter. ... Read More »

VCSO Investigating Puppy Theft


Orange City, FL – Four blue-nose pit bull puppies are missing from their Orange City-area home and Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies are actively pursuing potential leads. The owner reported the puppies stolen from his back yard in the 200 block of E. Gardenia Dr. last night (May 21) around 8:30 p.m. A neighbor’s security camera recorded video of a white ... Read More »

Port Orange Patrol Vehicle Involved In Vehicle Crash


Port Orange, FL – A Port Orange Police officer has minor injuries after the marked patrol vehicle he was driving was involved in an accident early this (May 21) morning. The officer was traveling westbound on Dunlawton Avenue in the right through lane with the green light around 12:15 a.m. A 1999 pickup driven by 38-year-old Scott Callicott of Edgewater, ... Read More »

By The Numbers: Florida’s Death Penalty


Tallahassee, FL – Serial killer Bobby Joe Long is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Florida State Prison in the 1984 murder of Michelle Simms in Hillsborough County. Long would be the first Death Row inmate executed since Gov. Ron DeSantis took office in January. But Florida has a long history of executions after the death penalty ... Read More »