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Swim classes encouraged for kids and adults

Swim classes encouraged for kids and adults

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Reports of accidental drowning deaths already have begun with the start of the summer season, including at least four victims under age 4 in Central Florida. And last week, Randall Clay Hood, the 26-year-old son of State Rep. Dave Hood, former mayor of Ormond Beach, died in a drowning […]

Program will feed hungry kids during summer vacation

Program will feed hungry kids during summer vacation

BY MARGIE MENZEL NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – As the school year ends, classrooms and playgrounds will empty for the summer – but that will leave many Florida children hungry because they rely on free and reduced-cost school meals for breakfast and lunch. Food banks, non-profits and community groups are trying to pick up […]

Health Department announces new provider for Child Protection Team

Health Department announces new provider for Child Protection Team

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES The Florida Department of Health announced a new service provider for the Child Protection Team (CPT) program for Flagler and Volusia counties.  Effective July 1, the First Coast Child Protection Team will assume responsibility for providing services for Flagler and Volusia counties. “The Florida Department of Health is committed to providing […]

Applications available for new teen work program

Applications available for new teen work program

The City of Daytona Beach is introducing a new teen employment program called Youth Employment Summer (YES). YES is designed to provide 30 high school students with full-time jobs in the city’s summer recreation programs. The eight-week program is aimed at teaching at-risk teens positive work habits and marketable skills. Eligible students will gain meaningful […]

Gooding’s ready to share ‘Sweet Soul of the 70s’

Gooding’s ready to share ‘Sweet Soul of the 70s’

Lead vocal Cuba Gooding of The Main Ingredient scaled new heights recapturing “The Sweet Soul of the 70s,” and drawing excitement to the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Gooding, the proud father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., is a Harlem native reigning With The Main Ingredient since 1971, and gaining fame for the […]

Community News

Community News

Volusia’s Community Assistance Division plans public meetings Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division will hold three publi meetings to provide information about the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. The meetings are: • 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, Babe James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach • […]

Low suicide rate in Volusia among Blacks and women

Low suicide rate in Volusia among Blacks and women

Health department releases new data BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has released a data brief about suicides in Volusia County. The report shows that Whites accounted for 95 percent (115) of the county’s 121 suicides in 2012. Males were 73 percent of the suicide deaths in […]

A birthday splash

A birthday splash

Kimia Gibson was showered with affection during a celebration of her 6th birthday at the Ormond Beach Splash Park on Memorial Day. Kimia, the granddaughter Daytona Times photojournalist Kim Gibson, enjoyed a day at the water park with friends and family. Her birthday was on May 21. (PHOTOS BY KIM GIBSON/DAYTONA TIMES)

PEOPLE SPEAK

PEOPLE SPEAK

COMPILED BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS Florida Gov. Rick Scott is slated to sign a bill that legalizes a limited strain of medical marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” after the bill’s passage in both the Senate and the House. Additionally, a Quinnipiac University poll released in November says that 82 percent of Florida voters support legalizing […]

Henrys  vote against red-light cameras; rest decides otherwise

Henrys vote against red-light cameras; rest decides otherwise

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES At last week’s Daytona Beach City Commission meeting, both Mayor Derrick Henry and his brother, Commissioner Patrick Henry, voted against keeping and funding the 18 red-light cameras stationed throughout the city. Commissioners Paula Reed, Pam Woods, Kelly White, Rob Gilliland and Carl Lentz IV were in agreement to keep […]