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Hundreds support fired beach officer on Facebook

Hundreds support fired beach officer on Facebook

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County Beach Patrol officer fired for “offensive’’ text messages and pictures sent while on duty will appeal his dismissal. Jason Harr, attorney for Todd Snipes, sent a request to be heard on Aug. 13 to the county’s human resources office via fax and through the U.S. Postal Service. […]

Closing out summer with music, food, fun

Closing out summer with music, food, fun

Midtown’s first Community Unity Festival draws hundreds to park FROM STAFF REPORTS Hundreds turned out Aug. 17 for live music, food and fun for Midtown’s first Community Unity Festival at Daisy Stocking Park. Hosted by Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed, the festival was designed to give residents a family-friendly venue and age-appropriate activities to celebrate […]

More than 1,100 new students at B-CU

More than 1,100 new students at B-CU

School term includes new master’s degrees, renovations of dorms and dining hall FROM STAFF REPORTS Bethune-Cookman University’s fresh crop of new students arrived Aug. 15 and school officials expect more than 1,100 freshmen and transfer students. More than 3,500 students are enrolled at the university for fall classes. B-CU also has raised admission requirements such […]

Deltona wins fight about right to speak at meeting

Deltona wins fight about right to speak at meeting

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A woman who sought to speak at a city commission meeting about a massive development plan did not have the right to be heard under the state’s Sunshine Law, an appeals court ruled last Friday. The 5th District Court of Appeal sided with the city of Deltona, which did not allow […]

A growing movement: Peace Riders promote way to unity and harmony

A growing movement: Peace Riders promote way to unity and harmony

BY CHARLENE MUHAMMAD THE FINAL CALL COMPTON, CALIF. – A multi-ethnic, multi-faith coalition recently gathered for the 10th United in Peace Foundation’s Peace Ride in honor of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Hundreds of motorcyclists and low riders participated in their largest ride ever on July 28. Decked in orange, grey and classic black leather, […]

Lucas signs charitable trust with B-CU; starts with $100,000 gift

Lucas signs charitable trust with B-CU; starts with $100,000 gift

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Daytona resident and retired educator Harold V. Lucas Jr. signed a charitable trust with Bethune-Cookman University on Tuesday. Lucas initiated the trust with a $100,000 gift to the institution. Lucas has a 75-year history with Bethune-Cookman, beginning as a child whose father worked closely with institution founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. […]

University opens campus in Deltona

University opens campus in Deltona

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Bethune-Cookman University is extending its reach in Florida with the opening of its Deltona Campus on Monday. A crowd milled around new classrooms and administrative offices at 1555 Saxon Blvd., a renovated medical complex that houses the new campus. A performance by the Wildcats Marching Band followed a ribbon cutting at […]

Sharpton deals with ‘tomorrow’ at Durham’s anniversary

Sharpton deals with ‘tomorrow’ at Durham’s anniversary

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES It was no ordinary Sunday at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. The occasion was the 10th anniversary of Dr. L. Ronald Durham as pastor of the church. But the real treat for those in attendance was witnessing the Rev. Al Sharpton prove that he is more than […]

Johnny Charles remembered as a ‘faithful servant’

Johnny Charles remembered as a ‘faithful servant’

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Elder Charlie Charles held back tears as he read Psalms 23 on Aug. 10 during the celebration of the life of his brother, Johnny Charles, a popular local educator, coach and 30-year employee of the Florida Department of Corrections. Retired educator Vivian Charles grabbed a rose from the top of […]

South Daytona police, firefighters ‘ticket’ students on first day of school

South Daytona police, firefighters ‘ticket’ students on first day of school

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES SOUTH DAYTONA – More than 150 students heading to the first day of classes at South Daytona Elementary School on Monday were “ticketed” by city police officers, but there were only smiling faces when children were presented with a coupon for a free Slurpee from 7-Eleven and a new pencil. Officer […]