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Grimes, Reed to help recognize gifted students at Master’s Domain Aug. 11


Judge Hubert Grimes
Judge Hubert Grimes

Judge Hubert Grimes and Daytona Beach City Commissioner Paula Reed will be the speakers at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ for “Young, Gifted, & Black, A Salute to Youth.’’

The event is sponsored by the Business & Professional Women’s Federation, Daytona Beach Chapter. Shirley Shabazz is the president of the chapter.

The purpose of the event is to recognize and honor youth from the community that have excelled academically. The honorees are Jasmine Harris, James Harris, Brianna Dudley, Isaiah Dudley, Jadyn Doe, Danielle Harris, Destiny Harris, and Christopher Johnson.

“It is so important for us to encourage our youth, because they are the future. And we feel that recognizing some of the ones that have done well in school will encourage them and those around them to continue and to want to achieve more,” said Kezia Dunklin-Doek, spokesman for the event.

Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ, pastored by Superintendent Derrick Harris, is located at 211 Bay St., Daytona Beach.

For more information, call Shirley Shabazz at 813-390-7077.

Promise Keepers convention coming to Ocean Center Oct. 25-26
Promise Keepers, a nonprofit Christian organization for men, has chosen the Ocean Center for one of its 2013 national men’s conferences.

The “Awakening the Warrior” conference, set for Oct. 25 – 26, is expected to draw 5,000 to 7,000 attendees.

Speakers will include:
• Miles McPherson, author of “Do Something: Make Your Life Count,” founder and president of the outreach ministry Miles Ahead, and a former defensive back with the San Diego Chargers
• Gary Rosberg, an author, radio host and cofounder of the international ministry America’s Family Coaches
• Rick Rigsby, a former television reporter and college professor
• Dan Seaborn, founder of the ministry Winning at Home
• Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
• Dr. Raleigh Washington, president and CEO of Promise Keepers

Gospel rapper Propaganda will emcee the event. Other performers include vocalist Jeremy Camp and comedian Michael Jr.

Since its founding in 1990, Promise Keepers has reached more than 6 million men through conferences in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

For more information, visit

Volusia’s Citizens Academy deadline extended to Aug. 9
The deadline to submit applications for Volusia County’s Citizens Academy has been extended to Friday, Aug. 9. The 12-week, hands-on program is designed to educate citizens about county government operations.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 27 through Nov. 5. The final class is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11. There is no charge for the program, but applicants are asked to commit to attending all 12 classes.

Members will meet at various county facilities, including the Sheriff’s Communications and Emergency Operations Center, Tomoka Landfill, Volusia County Branch Jail, Marine Science Center, Ocean Center and Daytona Beach International Airport. They also will tour county construction projects.

Must be county resident
Topics will include growth management, community services, public protection, property assessments and budgets.

Participants must be residents of Volusia County and at least 21 years old. Basic knowledge of computers is helpful as class materials are posted online and email is used to communicate with class members.

Applications are available online at The program is limited to 25 participants.

For more information, contact Cindy Finney, program administrator, at 386-740-5160.

County Council to hold special meeting Aug. 20
The Volusia County Council will hold a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, to continue discussion of the five-year forecast presented by independent accountants from James Moore & Co.

The meeting will be in the Frank T. Bruno Jr. County Council Chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

The public is invited to attend, and public participation will be permitted.

For more information, call the County Manager’s Office at 386-736-5920.



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