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Daytona chief formally seeks body-cam funds

Daytona chief formally seeks body-cam funds

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Beach Police Department has applied for grant funding that would allow it to purchase more body cameras for local law enforcement. Earlier this year, 112 Daytona police officers were wearing the body-cams. Police Chief Michael Chitwood is seeking an additional 80 to ensure that his entire force is […]

‘Reading, Rappin’ & Having Fun

‘Reading, Rappin’ & Having Fun

Hundreds of kids attend ‘Cornbread’ event at Midtown center BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF There were squeals of delight and plenty of giggles the afternoon of July 31 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center as students were treated to a visit by the 6-foot character “Cornbread’’ and author Vincent Taylor, creator of the popular children’s […]

‘Best Class Reunion Ever’ brings together grads from four high schools

‘Best Class Reunion Ever’ brings together grads from four high schools

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Summer under Florida’s sun welcomes a host of holiday fun and barbecues, but 15 years ago, Vonda Kimble, a 1981 graduate of Seabreeze High School ventured something extraordinaire and the results are evident in the “Best Class Reunion Ever” (BCRE). The three-day event was held July 31-Aug. 2 at the […]

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 […]