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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 »

First Step Shelter Board Meeting Today

Daytona Beach, FL – The First Step Shelter Board meets this afternoon with a number of items on their plate. Board member and Port Orange Vice Mayor Chase Tramont said there are some policy issues to be discussed and also what the Board’s expectations are for the building they are to receive. Tramont said he and the members of the ... Read More »

Seven Ballot Initiatives To Watch

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers this month approved a controversial bill that is expected to make it harder to put citizens’ initiatives on the ballot. The bill (HB 5) would place additional restrictions on gathering the hundreds of thousands of petition signatures needed to reach the ballot. For 2020 ballot proposals, supporters need to submit 76,632 valid signatures to trigger ... Read More »

Man Down! Get Well, Chris Rhoads

Get Well Soon Chris Rhoads

Midday host Chris Rhoads took an unfortunate spill playing hockey last night and BROKE 3 RIBS! If you’ve ever hurt a rib — you know it’s excruciating. We’re all hoping for a speedy recovery (usually takes 6-8 weeks) and we can’t wait to hear his voice again! Feel free to send him your best wishes and keep his spirits up. Read More »