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Volusia closer to building homeless shelter

Volusia closer to building homeless shelter

Volusia Safe Harbor would provide 200 additional beds for males and females BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach could have fewer homeless persons living on its streets in 2016 if the proposed Volusia Safe Harbor shelter project advances from conversation and blueprints to a 200-bed residential facility for male and female adults. Homelessness expert […]

Backstage with Playwright Andre Darby

Backstage with Playwright Andre Darby

DeLand resident brings theatrical, musical talent to local audience BY PENNY DICKERSON         DAYTONA TIMES DeLand playwright and gospel recording artist Andre Darby returned to his high school alma mater last week for the production of his original, comedy-drama stage play, “My Prodigal Child.” Held in the DeLand High School auditorium, the community production […]

B-CU expands degree offerings

B-CU expands degree offerings

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) continues its quest to advance as not just a formidable HBCU but a top-ranked small university in America. In addition to naming Joe Petrock its chairman of the board of trustees this month, the university recently expanded its degree offerings with seven new academic programs, six of which […]

Teaching Black military history is retiree’s passion

Teaching Black military history is retiree’s passion

Daytona native spends spare time educating civilians about past wars and contributions made by African-Americans BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Retired Army Master Sergeant Hubert C. Jackson tried his best to avoid a military career in 1969. Several decades later, he now devotes his spare time to giving lectures to youth and adults about African-American […]

A felon’s fair chance

A felon’s fair chance

A Daytona Beach resident tells of his plight for gainful employment and the impact the city’s new ‘Ban the Box’ policy will have on others looking for work. BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The sun, sand and surf brought convicted felon Edward W. Barnes to Daytona Beach 20 years ago and he now calls Volusia […]

Volusia health department worker gets state environmental award

Volusia health department worker gets state environmental award

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Florida Department of Health in Volusia County’s Environmental Specialist Ethan Johnson has received a top honor from the Florida Environmental Health Association. Johnson received the Rookie of the Year Award for outstanding accomplishments in environmental health. The association honors environmental health professionals through an annual awards program. The award was presented […]

Ex-gang members to pray and preach at ‘Soul City’

Ex-gang members to pray and preach at ‘Soul City’

Former Bloods and Crips to share message of salvation on July 26 at a Daytona Beach public housing complex. BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The Crips and the Bloods are rival gangs immortalized by rap music and films for their colors, crime and street-code charisma. But two former members have agreed to stand together in […]

‘Intertwined By Her Legacy’

‘Intertwined By Her Legacy’

B-CU celebrates 140th birthday of founder Bethune-Cookman University honored the legacy and life of its founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, on July 9 with a program at the Gertrude Heyn Chapel. The service was followed by the laying of a wreach at the Bethune Foundation Home. The theme of the birthday observance was “Intertwined By […]

Former Daytonan ‘Googie’ Hayes  dies at 59

Former Daytonan ‘Googie’ Hayes dies at 59

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF The Daytona community is mourning the passing of former resident Edward H. Hayes, III, affectionately known to his family, friends and classmates as “Googie.”  He died on July 3 at age 59. Hayes, born on Nov. 26, 1955, was a native of St. Petersburg. He received his primary education in the […]

Should the doors of the church be open and armed?

Should the doors of the church be open and armed?

Pastors, security experts reflect on how to keep churchgoers safe BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Fatal shootings in America’s Black churches are not a historical phenomenon. Alberta Williams King, the mother of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed in 1974 by Marcus Chenault, a lone, Black gunman. “Mama King’’ was murdered while […]

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