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High school graduation may require more than grades, test scores

High school graduation may require more than grades, test scores

BY BRENDA IASEVOLI THE HECHINGER REPORT/TNS Looking smart in a blue button-down shirt, Jorge Magana, 18, zipped through a PowerPoint presentation with the confidence of a Fortune 500 CEO. Seated in front Magana in a classroom at Los Angeles High School of the Arts was a panel of three judges: the school’s assistant principal, a […]

Daytona chief formally seeks body-cam funds

Daytona chief formally seeks body-cam funds

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Beach Police Department has applied for grant funding that would allow it to purchase more body cameras for local law enforcement. Earlier this year, 112 Daytona police officers were wearing the body-cams. Police Chief Michael Chitwood is seeking an additional 80 to ensure that his entire force is […]

‘Reading, Rappin’ & Having Fun

‘Reading, Rappin’ & Having Fun

Hundreds of kids attend ‘Cornbread’ event at Midtown center BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF There were squeals of delight and plenty of giggles the afternoon of July 31 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center as students were treated to a visit by the 6-foot character “Cornbread’’ and author Vincent Taylor, creator of the popular children’s […]

Backpacks and school supplies will be given out to local schoolkids starting Saturday

Backpacks and school supplies will be given out to local schoolkids starting Saturday

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to Daytona Beach residents during the eighth annual Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway. The back-to-school event will be held on three separate occasions and at multiple community locations. It kicks off Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural […]

‘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 […]