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Light Up Midtown organizer hopes to do it again this year

Light Up Midtown organizer hopes to do it again this year

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The smiles on the faces at the final Light Up Midtown community celebration was reward enough for Charles Bryant. who works for Daytona Beach’s Redevelopment department and was one of the organizers of the event. Bryant said the series of activities, which culminated Dec. 22 with a gospel show was […]

Early voting starts Jan. 5 for school board seat

Early voting starts Jan. 5 for school board seat

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Even though only 16 people traveled to DeLand from Daytona Beach to early vote during the primary for the District 2 Volusia County School Board seat and the local NAACP branch raised concerns about disenfranchisement, Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall said she will continue to have only one early voting […]

Mayor: Criteria for renaming needs to be upgraded

Mayor: Criteria for renaming needs to be upgraded

Daytona commission won’t decide until February on Derbyshire fields BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Flood gates are likely to open if Daytona Beach doesn’t upgrade its criteria when it comes to renaming city facilities, parks, streets and other city properties, Mayor Derrick Henry told the Daytona Times this week. Henry’s comments come after he learned […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

Port Orange to host meet and greet for city manager candidates Port Orange residents are invited to meet the five city manager candidates at a public reception hosted by the Port Orange/South Daytona Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.  The chamber is located at the Riverside Pavilion, 3431 Ridgewood Avenue. […]

OUR TOP 10 STORIES 2012

OUR TOP 10 STORIES 2012

The Daytona Times staff chose the top 10 of the hundreds of stories our newspaper staff reviewed, covered or wrote this year. Factors considered include newsworthiness, local relevance, uniqueness, and emotional impact. 1.  B-CU president resigns Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, Bethune-Cookman University’s first woman president since the founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, resigns after seven […]

Naming part of park after Lucas irks former commissioner’s wife

Naming part of park after Lucas irks former commissioner’s wife

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The wife of a former Zone 5 Daytona Beach commissioner is upset that the athletic fields associated with Derbyshire Park are on the way to being named after someone whom she says “has done nothing for the city.’’ Madeline Young is the wife of Rufus “Buddy” Young, who served as […]

Votran waives trolley, night fees on New Year’s Eve

Votran waives trolley, night fees on New Year’s Eve

City, county offices closed on holiday FROM STAFF REPORTS Looking for a designated driver this New Year’s Eve? Hop on Votran’s New Year’s Eve trolley and night service. Votran waives fares for New Year’s Eve trolley and night service beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 31. “This is a safe and festive way to get around […]

Ready to spread holiday cheer

Ready to spread holiday cheer

Members of the Crafty Ladies knitting group stand on the steps of Chiles Academy in Daytona Beach on Dec. 8 prior to entering to present 188 knitted items to Academy attendees, which includes teens who are pregnant and young parents. The Crafty Ladies meet every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John H. Dickerson Center […]

School Board race now down to Wright, Williams

School Board race now down to Wright, Williams

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Ida Duncan Wright, a Bethune-Cookman University instructor, is hoping that with the return of college students in January and the end of the holiday season, she will be able to defeat Kathy Williams, retired educator and widow of incumbent School Board member Al Williams for his school board seat. The […]

Not enough money to secure all schools

Not enough money to secure all schools

Budget woes cited by Volusia sheriff’s  office; elementary principal says officers would ease kids’ anxiety BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES There are no school resource officers at any of Volusia County’s elementary schools due to budgetary constraints. At least one area elementary school principal is calling for beefing up security at all schools in the […]