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Sheriff’s office schedules five sites for Drug Take-Back Day

Sheriff’s office schedules five sites for Drug Take-Back Day

Since its launch in 2010, a series of national prescription drug take-back events have resulted in nearly 125,000 pounds of unwanted drugs being taken out of circulation in Florida and safely discarded. The numbers will increase this Saturday with the next take-back event, as residents get ready to clean out their medicine cabinets and get […]

Community News

Community News

Funds available for sickle cell services Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division has set aside $30,705 for qualified children and community programs that provide sickle cell disease services during fiscal year 2014-2015. Applicants must be incorporated in the State of Florida, registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, and […]

B-CU to observe Church and Community Day on Saturday

B-CU to observe Church and Community Day on Saturday

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Bethune-Cookman will celebrate its 20th Annual Church and Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 27, when the Wildcats host Florida Tech at 4 p.m. in Municipal Stadium. Area ministers will serve as honorary game captains for the 12th-ranked Wildcats and will participate in the team’s Legacy Walk upon arrival at the stadium two […]

50 more bodycams requested by DBPD

50 more bodycams requested by DBPD

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES An additional 50 body cameras have been requested by the Daytona Beach Police Department to the City of Daytona Beach. The Axon Flex body cameras used by law enforcement total $204,103 including associated mounting hardware, camera docking stations, hosted software service, data storage and hardware maintenance from Taser International. […]

Health educator takes stand against smoking

Health educator takes stand against smoking

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Charles Bethune is the new Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) coordinator at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. The Mainland High School and Bethune-Cookman University graduate has been working to establish Volusia County SWAT clubs for the 2014-2015 school year at local Volusia County middle schools. SWAT […]

Reed recognized for accomplishments

Reed recognized for accomplishments

FROM STAFF REPORTS Daytona Beach City Commissioner Paula Reed was recognized by Bethune-Cookman University and Onyx Magazine Sept. 10 during a reception held at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center for her commitment of support to the university and for other civic accomplishments. Onyx is a Florida-based publication that focuses on the accomplishments of […]

People Speak

People Speak

COMPILED BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS Corporal punishment – Yes or no? In the wake of child abuse allegations brought against NFL star running back Adrian Peterson, the question of how to discipline children again has taken the national spotlight. Laws vary from state to state but at home, corporal punishment is technically legal in all […]

Tax ‘holiday’ ready for energy-saving appliances

Tax ‘holiday’ ready for energy-saving appliances

BY JIM TURNER AND TOM URBAN THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA State officials are promoting the potential for long-term savings on utility bills as they tout sales-tax breaks this weekend for shoppers who buy energy-saving and water-conserving appliances. The discount period, which begins Friday, is the third sales-tax “holiday” offered by Florida lawmakers as part […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

City crews flush water through hydrants Daytona Beach crews will continue to rigorously flush the water distribution system by systematically opening valves and hydrants throughout the city. The operation, which will release about 2 million gallons of potable water, is done routinely to maintain water quality following a disinfectant conversion period. Flushing will continue on […]

Report shows widespread problems in Miami-Dade child welfare system

Report shows widespread problems in Miami-Dade child welfare system

BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE – A report by a team of child-welfare professionals has identified major problems throughout a system of care that is struggling to protect children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The team of experts, which Department of Children and Families Interim Secretary Mike Carroll recruited […]