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Tis The Season, But Remember: Criminals Don’t Take A Holiday

This is the time of year when we’re thankful—for our health and that of our families and friends, and our many blessings, including the amazing men and women of the Volusia Sheriff’s Office who are committed to protecting our community year-round. As another year of challenges winds down, I’m ready for the holidays and taking […]

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Everything Old Is New Again…

Our lifestyles have changed so much that the way to stay healthy and in shape is to buy into planned exercises, eat recommended foods, and check out all advertised items and plans before making de- cisions. Then you need to read the warnings on the items. Our world has come a long way, new ideas, […]

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Blue Springs Winter Home For Manatees

Information from the website Blue Spring State Park is home to a first-magnitude spring that is one of the largest winter gathering sites for manatees in Florida. Visitors can see hundreds of manatees enjoying the constant 72-degree spring water in the colder winter months. Manatees depend on the warm water for survival, as they […]

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What’s In The Stars

Aries (March 21 to April 19) You’re moving from a relatively stable situation to one that appears to be laced with perplexity. Be patient. You’ll eventually get answers. Taurus (April 20 to May 20) A vexing situation tempts you to rush to set it all straight. It’s best to let things sort themselves out so […]

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The Holidays And Your Pets

by Barry KuKe Halloween is behind us, and hopefully, your pets didn’t get into any of the candy, especially the chocolate bars and kisses. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats primarily because of its theobromine content, which they are unable to metabolize effectively. If your pet eats chocolate, you should monitor them closely and […]

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Don’t Fall for Scammers Impersonating Police

Periodically, we receive calls from Volusia County residents who report losing thousands of dollars to an aggressive criminal who called them, pretending to be a law enforcement officer, and threatened them with arrest if they didn’t pay. Sometimes the bad guy uses an actual name of one of my staff at the Sheriff’s Office. Sometimes […]

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2021 Estate and Gift Tax Limits

The IRS imposes a tax on lifetime gifts, called the “gift tax” made in excess of the annual gift tax exclusion, but it rarely results in an actual tax. The gift tax (on lifetime gifts) is related to the estate tax (on gifts made at death). It was established to avoid lifetime transfers from reducing […]

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Florida, As We’ve Known It…

Hard to imagine how often a me-mory appears in your thoughts and brings back special happenings half a lifetime later. In the early years of raising a family, we felt so strongly about upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Planning, decorating, enjoying the seasons were the most important times of the years. The ideas and […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey

• Turkeys first existed in the eastern U.S. and Mexico, where Aztec Indians were raising them for food as early as 200 B.C. • The Native American name for turkey is Firkee. • Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 mph and can run 20 mph. The modern large-breasted turkey bred for […]

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