DELAND — To the audience seated inside a community center in the Spring Hill neighborhood on the southwestern edge of DeLand, Thomas Bryant III introduces himself as the “data man.”</p><p>It’s his job, Bryant explains, to make sense of complex, sometimes messy statistics that are largely meaningless to the general public, but essential to learning about the health of people in Volusia County.</p><p>In this case, he resorted to large, colorful blocks stacked in graphs and arranged in charts detailing statistics such as birth and hospitalization rates and leading causes of death for ZIP code 32720, which includes Spring Hill and the surrounding area. </p><p>“We don’t have data that come down enough to specifically Spring Hill,” Bryant said.</p><p>More information is needed. To fill the void, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County and students at Stetson University will begin surveying the community in the coming months to see if trends in the data are true.</p><p>They plan to go door-to-door, asking residents about their health, “because me sitting... http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20151209/NEWS/151129499
Mikki Powell of Rock Quarry Elementary School was chosen in the elementary division, while Donmonique Morgan of Paul W. Bryant High School was selected in the secondary division.</p><p>Also, three city school teachers will represent Tuscaloosa in the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame competition.</p><p>Jeffery Walker of Verner Elementary School was selected in the elementary division, William Thomas Flowers of University Place Middle School was picked in the middle school division and William Carter Hill of Northridge High School was selected in the high school division.</p><p>The nominees were selected by a panel of retired educators and announced earlier this month during the city school system's fourth annual Apple Awards ceremony.</p><p>A total of 72 teachers and support personnel were honored at the Dec. 14 ceremony.</p><p>"This says that you are one of the best in our profession, and it conveys that your work exemplifies excellence," Superintendent Paul McKendrick said.</p><p>Five support employees were named as system-wide winners at the Apple Awards: Kenneth Lee of University Place Elementary School, James Black ... http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20151221/news/151229958
City Blue over the course of two games. Staten did not see action in either game, but his team won both games, 115-106 and 93-87, respectively.
Truck Bryant: In Italy Sunday, Truck Bryant and Mens Sana 1871 (6-6) defeated Rieti 82-81 in a tight contest.
Bryant played 22 minutes in the win, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with one rebound and two assists. Casalpusterlengo and Mens Sana 1871 will square off this Sunday in Italy Serie A2 action.
Alex Ruoff: On Sunday, Alex Ruoff and Bilbao Basket (7-2) were victorious 89-83 against Laboral Kutxa in overtime. Ruoff played 13 minutes in the win, failing to score on 0-2 shooting and recording one rebound.
Ruoff and Bilbao will play again on Wednesday when they face Dolomiti Energia Trento out of Italy’s Serie A.
Joe Alexander: On Sunday, Joe Alexander and Benco di Sardenga Sassari (7-4) in Italy’s Serie A defeated Juvecaserta 86-70.
Alexander scored seven points on 3-of-10 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Alexander and his team will be back in action Thursday against Brose Basket in Euroleague competition.
Da’Sean Butler: In Germany, Ratiopharm Ulm (5-7) and Da’Sean Butler were victorious Saturday against the Franport SKY 68-61 for their third-straight win.
Butler played 19 minutes in the win and scored eight points on two 3-pointers and two free throws. The Mountaineer favorite also contributed two rebounds and three assists in the win.
Ratiopharm’s next contest will be Wednesday against Nancy (France).
John Flowers: John Flowers and Bayreuth (4-6) fell Saturday to Phoenix Hagen 100-60. In the loss, Flowers led the team with 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with two rebounds and an assists.
Flowers and Bayreuth will take the court again Saturday against Crailsheim.
D’or Fischer: In Israel Sunday, D’or Fischer and Hapoel (9-2) defeated Bnei Hertzel 81-75. Fischer scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the win and also pulled down 10 rebounds, three of which were offensive.
Hapoel will play Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (Russia) on Wednesday.
Kevin Jones: In Serbia Sunday, Kevin Jones and BC Partizan (6-8) defeated Metalac 81-70. In the win, Jones scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds.
Partizan will play again next Monday against Mega Leks.