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Longtime educator Dr. Russell Mootry Jr. dies at 67

Longtime educator Dr. Russell Mootry Jr. dies at 67

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Times has received word that Dr. Russell Mootry Jr., a former Bethune-Cookman University and longtime local political commentator, died late Tuesday evening, July 29, at Halifax Health Medical Center. He was 67. Mootry was an educator, community activist and author with more than 32 years of service […]

Half-cent tax extension support passes, heads to ballot

Half-cent tax extension support passes, heads to ballot

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A yes vote came from the Daytona Beach City Commission Aug. 6 joining Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach in support of a half-cent extension sales tax for Volusia County Schools set to go to the ballot Aug. 26. The voters ultimately will decide if they want […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

New fertilizer ordinance in effect in Volusia The Volusia County Council has adopted a summertime fertilizer ban and initiated other restrictions that will protect the county’s waterways. Ordinance 2014-06, which took effect July 27, applies to all homes and businesses in Volusia County, except those in Deltona and DeBary, which have their own fertilizer ordinances. […]

Groundbreaking for New Smyrna Center

Groundbreaking for New Smyrna Center

Youth who participate in the after-school program sponsored by the New Smyrna Beach Police Athletic League took part in a groundbreaking Monday for the renovation of the Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center. The renovation is expected to be complete in May 2015. (DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

MORE BRIEFS

MORE BRIEFS

Volusia, cities updating local mitigation strategy Volusia County government and the county’s 16 municipalities are updating the 2009 Local Mitigation Strategy, which focuses on reducing the risk of death, injury and property damage due to hazards such as flooding, wind and fire. The public is invited to review the final draft at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Research: Most residents ignored Palm Coast tornado warning

Research: Most residents ignored Palm Coast tornado warning

A university research study regarding emergency tornado notification found that most residents who received a warning about Palm Coast’s Starlight Tornado last December took no action to protect themselves. That is one of six key findings of a University of Missouri-Columbia research study regarding emergency tornado notification. The research was conducted in February with the […]

Election signs are on the way

Election signs are on the way

Not to worry. The races in Volusia are heating up. BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES It’s that time of year again. Election season. However, residents in Daytona Beach may have noticed there aren’t a relatively large number of signs up throughout the city just yet. One reason is due to the type and number […]

‘A PASSION FOR PREPARATION’

‘A PASSION FOR PREPARATION’

Campbell Elementary banquet tickets on sale A banquet honoring Campbell Elementary’s legacy is set for Saturday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. at the John H. Dickerson Community Center, Daytona Beach. Tickets are available at W’s Beatitudes Barber Shop, 522 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona, or from the event organizing committee, including Opal Badie, Dorcas Butts […]

Muslims mark end of Ramadan

Muslims mark end of Ramadan

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Muslims across Volusia County celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, marking the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan. About 1,500 people came out to the celebration held in Daytona Beach. “This is one of our two most important holidays of the year,” Imam Belal […]

Backpacks for kids, music for adults at Aug. 16 Community Unity Festival

Backpacks for kids, music for adults at Aug. 16 Community Unity Festival

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A full day of live music, food and fun is in store for the entire family at the “Community Unity Festival” on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. The festival will give residents a family-friendly venue and […]