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‘Best Class Reunion Ever’ brings together grads from four high schools

‘Best Class Reunion Ever’ brings together grads from four high schools

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Summer under Florida’s sun welcomes a host of holiday fun and barbecues, but 15 years ago, Vonda Kimble, a 1981 graduate of Seabreeze High School ventured something extraordinaire and the results are evident in the “Best Class Reunion Ever” (BCRE). The three-day event was held July 31-Aug. 2 at the […]

A history lesson on B-CU’s founder

A history lesson on B-CU’s founder

Donation from AKAs to help teen homeless program

Donation from AKAs to help teen homeless program

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools received a $1,000 check to support the teenage homeless program within Volusia County Public Schools from the Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Gamma Mu Chapter President Tracia Culver, the ESE assistant principal at Ormond Beach Middle School, presented the check to FUTURES Executive Director Cynthia Perrick […]

Community News

Community News

Volusia, New Smyrna Beach team up to ease beachside congestion Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division and the City of New Smyrna Beach have partnered on a new initiative to help ease traffic congestion in the city’s beachside. The agencies have started a public information campaign with radio station WSBB 1230 AM and 1490 AM. Both […]

Allen Chapel to celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday

Allen Chapel to celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday

The Men’s Ministry of Allen Chapel A.M.E. will have its Men’s Day worship service on Aug. 9 at 9:45 a.m. The ministry also is known as Sons of Allen. This year’s Men’s Day theme is “A New Season for Men Living Victoriously.” Allen Chapel is located at 580 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. The […]

Former gang members unite for ‘Pray 4 My Hood’

Former gang members unite for ‘Pray 4 My Hood’

Former gang members preached, prayed and shared the gospel on July 26 at Daytona Garden Apartments in front of a rapt audience of area residents. Pastor Monzell Ford, a former South Central Los Angeles Crips gang member, organized the “Pray 4 My Hood’’ event, a Kingdom Ministries outreach event and block party. The name also […]

State legislators to look again at ‘direct primary care’

State legislators to look again at ‘direct primary care’

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After the idea received near-unanimous support from the House of Representatives during a June special session, Rep. Fred Costello, R-Ormond Beach this week renewed efforts to help clear the way for doctors and patients to enter into a type of primary-care arrangement that cuts out insurers. The Republican legislator filed […]

Volusia closer to building homeless shelter

Volusia closer to building homeless shelter

Volusia Safe Harbor would provide 200 additional beds for males and females BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach could have fewer homeless persons living on its streets in 2016 if the proposed Volusia Safe Harbor shelter project advances from conversation and blueprints to a 200-bed residential facility for male and female adults. Homelessness expert […]

Backstage with Playwright Andre Darby

Backstage with Playwright Andre Darby

DeLand resident brings theatrical, musical talent to local audience BY PENNY DICKERSON         DAYTONA TIMES DeLand playwright and gospel recording artist Andre Darby returned to his high school alma mater last week for the production of his original, comedy-drama stage play, “My Prodigal Child.” Held in the DeLand High School auditorium, the community production […]

B-CU expands degree offerings

B-CU expands degree offerings

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) continues its quest to advance as not just a formidable HBCU but a top-ranked small university in America. In addition to naming Joe Petrock its chairman of the board of trustees this month, the university recently expanded its degree offerings with seven new academic programs, six of which […]