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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 1 year ago

Kaleb Lee to tour U.S. with Pryor Baird, becoming new country duo

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Ormond Beach's Kaleb Lee was recently signed to Black River Entertainment, where he will be part of a country duo with Pryor Baird, the label announced in late January.

The duo will go on their "Country's Back" tour starting March 1 in Fontana, California. The tour will stop in three cities in Florida: Daytona Beach on March 12, Tampa on March 13 and Bunnell on April 11. 

"I couldn't be more pumped for this new project and the team behind it," Lee said in the press release. "I immediately knew it was something special when Pryor and I recorded music together in late 2019 but having Black River get excited just solidified my feelings." 

The two met while competing on Season 14 of The Voice, where both finished in the top 6. While signing the contract, Baird also expressed enthusiasm for what comes next, according to the press release.

"This is literally a dream come true... I got a guitar when I was two and a half, and I've dreamt of this day my whole life," Baird said. 

For more information, or tickets for the "Country's Back" tour, visit

Free AARP tax filing for the community

The Daytona area AARP Tax-Aide Program is offering free tax services for taxpayers of all ages with low or moderate income until April 15.

All returns are prepared and filed electronically for free, a press release states. There is no need to be an AARP member. All counselors are IRA certified. You must bring a picture ID and government document with a complete social security number for yourself and your spouse, if filing jointly, as well as social security numbers and birthdates for all dependents. If applicable, you'll also need:

  • Copy of last year’s income tax return and supporting documentation
  • A bank check or letter for direct deposit information
  • Affordable Care Act Forms 1095, Medicare card, or other proof of health insurance
  • SSA-1099 forms, if you were paid Social Security benefits
  • W-2 forms from each employer, if you earned a salary
  • 1099R forms, if you received a pension, annuity, or IRA withdrawal
  • Interest and dividend statements (1099-INT, 1099-DIV)
  • 1099-B and FINAL Broker Statements – if shows sale of stock or assets, you must have original purchase price
  • 1099-MISC forms – if for business, must have a consolidated list of expenses & mileage
  • Any other document, if a copy was sent to the IRS
  • Childcare provider info, such as employer name, employer ID or social security number
  • Unemployment compensation statements

Appointments and walk-ins are available at the Ormond Beach Library, 30 S. Beach St., on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 600 S. Nova Road, on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments can be made on-site or online at

For more information contact AARP Tax-Aide by phone at 1-888-227-7669 or visit at AARP Visit the local website at for updates.

Fit Loop gets $45,000 donation

AdventHealth Daytona Beach presented the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach at its Jan. 29 meeting with a $45,000 check to sponsor phase 1 and 1B of the Downtown Fit Loop at Fortunato Park. 

Ed Noseworthy, Mayor Bill Partington, Club President Brandon Perry and Chief Operating Officer David Weis. Courtesy photo

The Downtown Fit Loop will provide a 2-mile pathway between the four parks at the corners of the Granada Bridge, and will utilize the connections below and walkways across the bridge, according to a press release. This will give users the option to walk or run the path without crossing West or East Granada Boulevard. The Downtown Fit Loop will also feature outdoor exercise equipment in the parks.

The project will cost more than $170,000 when all four corners are completed, according to the press release. Rotary is still looking for donors to contribute to this and other projects.

To learn more about Rotary, visit

DAR adds new member

The Capt. James Ormond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently inducted one new member at their January meeting: Linda Dayberry.

Membership chair Sharon Lehto, Registrar Bev West, Linda Derryberry, Regent Dee Clark and Chaplain Kathy Stickney. Courtesy photo

The chapter also honored four local student essay contest winners, according to a press release. Students in fifth through eight grade wrote about what it would have been like to be a passenger on the Mayflower, and high school students were invited to imagine a sailor's experience as part of Christopher Columbus' first expedition to the Americas.

Karen Knowles, American History Chair, presents eight grade second place winner Angelina Porter, from Hinson Middle School, with her award accompanied by her teacher Joe Vetter. Courtesy photo


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