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Former Daytonan to be installed as pastor of Altamonte Springs church

Former Daytonan to be installed as pastor of Altamonte Springs church

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a big influence on the life of former Daytona Beach resident Kevin Beckton who will be installed as pastor of his own church this month. “I believe he (Dr. King) once said, whatever you are, be the best at what you do. This is […]

Ida Wright wins Volusia County School Board District Two seat

Ida Wright wins Volusia County School Board District Two seat

Staff Reports – Ida Duncan Wright has won the Volusia County School Board District Two seat according to counts from the Volusia Supervisor of Elections Office. Wright, a Bethune-Cookman University instructor, defeated Kathy Williams, retired educator and widow of incumbent School Board member Al Williams for his school board seat. Out of 66334 registered voters […]

Governor gives local kids a pep talk

Governor gives local kids a pep talk

Scott touts food program, encourages students during visit to Turie T. Small BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Florida Gov. Rick Scott stressed the importance of education and touted the area’s Food Brings Hope program on Tuesday during a visit to Turie T. Small Elementary School in Daytona Beach. “Only in the United States can you […]

A new chapter  for book festival

A new chapter for book festival

Hundreds attend event at new Midtown center More than 250 people participated in the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center during the two days of the event on Jan. 4 and 5. “The festival was awesome. The collaboration and renewal of friendships was incredible and he Leisure Services Staff of Daytona […]

Scott gives no answer on school security

Scott gives no answer on school security

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Florida Gov. Rick Scott didn’t answer a student’s question Tuesday on what his plans are to make schools safer nearly one month after a gunman fatally shot 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The little girl was one of more than 10 students who […]

Special election Tuesday for District 2 School Board seat

Special election Tuesday for District 2 School Board seat

FROM STAFF REPORTS On Tuesday night, Volusia County should have a new School Board member. Registered voters living in the Volusia County School Board District 2, which is on the east side of the county, can vote Jan. 15 during a special election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their assigned polling places. Those […]

Dickerson Center gets updated workout equipment

Dickerson Center gets updated workout equipment

BY JAMES HARPER     DAYTONA TIMES The Midtown Educational and Cultural Center opened in Daytona Beach last May and the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural Center is scheduled to open next month. Neither center has a fitness center with free weights and nautilus equipment. That’s not the case at the John H. Dickerson Center, which recently […]

How Midtown could look in 50 years

How Midtown could look in 50 years

Residents urged to attend Jan. 7 workshop on implementing city’s master plan BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Imagine a town center square in Daytona Beach located at the intersection of International Speedway Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The public square will be the cultural and commercial heart of Midtown. It will include shaded […]

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 […]