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Going early, going strong

Going early, going strong

Throngs of church folks and college students made their way to the polls this week BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Congregations and college students showed up on different days but they had the same goal. Buses from several churches across Daytona Beach brought parishioners to the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island following […]

What you should know about those amendments

What you should know about those amendments

As voters decide the next governor, state representative and attorney general, three Florida constitutional amendments will be on the ballot as well. Here is a brief synopsis and possible outcome on each amendment as well as a pass/fail scenario. AMENDMENT 1 Official ballot title: Water and Land Conservation Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida […]

Movement trying to help ex-felons get jobs

Movement trying to help ex-felons get jobs

‘Ban the Box’ event explores removing certain questions from applications BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A seminar held Monday at Bethune-Cookman University centered on a nationwide initiative to remove an employment barrier for ex-felons. The “Ban the Box’’ campaign asks employers to remove questions regarding conviction histories from their employment applications and to adopt […]

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Free screenings available locally for the uninsured and underinsured ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease – the second-leading cause of death in women. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan […]

Analysis of killings by police shows major risk for young Black males

Analysis of killings by police shows major risk for young Black males

BY RYAN GABRIELSON, RYANN GROCHOWSKI JONES AND ERIC SAGARA PROPUBLICA Young Black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their White counterparts – 21 times greater, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings. The 1,217 deadly police shootings from […]

Daytona block party with focus on education draws hundreds

Daytona block party with focus on education draws hundreds

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Westside Elementary School Parent Teacher Association sponsored its annual “Neighborhood Watch for Education” block party on Oct. 15 in the Cedar Highlands neighborhood of Daytona Beach just south of Westside Elementary. More than 300 parents and students flocked to the block party. “Westside Elementary has held this event […]

Bethune-Cookman raises $2.5 million at gala

Bethune-Cookman raises $2.5 million at gala

BY KEISHA PICKETT SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Bethune-Cookman University raised nearly $2.5 million at Tuesday night’s Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala, which included a surprise donation of $1 million raised by B-CU’s student body. Nearly 500 guests were present at the gala, held at the Daytona International Speedway 500 Club. The $1 million came […]

Funeral director speaks out about violence

Funeral director speaks out about violence

Hearses in B-CU parade part of national campaign against crime BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Gainous Funeral Home had no ordinary float in the annual Bethune-Cookman University Homecoming Parade on Saturday. There were no banners, no shiny decorations, no bells, no whistles. The black and white hearse made its way down Dr. Mary McLeod […]

Holley vying to be Flagler’s first Black commissioner

Holley vying to be Flagler’s first Black commissioner

BY JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY DAYTONA TIMES Howard Holley is seeking to make history in Flagler County. He’s a longtime Republican turned Independent running for Flagler County Commissioner, District 2. He faces Frank Meeker in the November election. If he wins, he will be the first Black and first Independent elected to the commission. Holley is CEO […]

City says goodbye to longtime employee Mickel Brown

City says goodbye to longtime employee Mickel Brown

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Mickel A. Brown, a special projects manager for the City of Daytona Beach, died Oct. 9 at age 52. “The city has lost a great employee,” Percy Williamson, Leisure Services director for the City of Daytona Beach told the Daytona Times. Brown worked within the Leisure Services department for […]