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Midtown prepares for annual holiday event

Midtown prepares for annual holiday event

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES It’s that time of year again. Time to “Light up Midtown.” The planning stages of the third annual Light up Midtown event are well underway for this Christmas season boasting special holiday themed activities in the Midtown Redevelopment Area of the City of Daytona Beach. “We are excited about […]

Justices ponder stand your ground law in traffic confrontation

Justices ponder stand your ground law in traffic confrontation

BY JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The case started during the holidays in 2011 as an Indiana family drove on a highway in Osceola County. But nearly three years later, that drive – the kind taken by countless visitors to the Orlando area – led Tuesday to the Florida Supreme Court […]

Local students: ‘We are Mike Brown’

Local students: ‘We are Mike Brown’

Vigil, forums held in response to grand jury’s decision in Ferguson BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES “We shall overcome. We are our brother’s keepers. We are Mike Brown,” chanted 20 or so Bethune-Cookman University students as the rain came down Tuesday afternoon. The students encircled a statue of university founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune […]

2014 FLORIDA CLASSIC

2014 FLORIDA CLASSIC

A toast to the Wildcats B-CU alumni and friends at Orlando’s Rosen Centre celebrated the university’s latest Florida Classic gridiron victory against archrival Florida A&M University.

$35,000: That’s what Daytona man punched by officer got from city

$35,000: That’s what Daytona man punched by officer got from city

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A payment of $35,000 to Keriekan Palmer was authorized to be taken from Daytona Beach’s Consolidated Insurance Fund at the city’s last commission meeting. The payment comes after Palmer suffered three fractured teeth following a citation for littering in June 2012. Yes, littering. Palmer will share the $35,000 with […]

Pre-Thanksgiving dinner brings together DeLand community

Pre-Thanksgiving dinner brings together DeLand community

ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A free Thanksgiving community fellowship dinner was held on Nov. 20 at the Spring Hill Community Resource Center in DeLand. The annual event attracted more than  300 residents, including children from the Boys and Girls Club and a group from the Chisholm Center. “We see such a huge homeless population […]

City makes good on promise to Midtown businesses

City makes good on promise to Midtown businesses

Critical section of Orange Avenue reopened; overtime speeds up work on reconstruction project BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES After bringing their pleas for help before the Daytona Beach City Commission, businesses along Orange Avenue can heave a sigh of relief as traffic leading to several shopping plazas has been restored. A critical commercial section […]

History is made

History is made

Davis becomes first Black female commissioner in DeLand BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Jessica Davis, a career counselor for at-risk teenagers, was sworn in as the first African-American female to the DeLand City Commission’s District 3 seat on Nov. 18. She was elected in a landslide victory during the Aug. 26 primaries, beating opponent […]

Hospice organization reaches out to Blacks

Hospice organization reaches out to Blacks

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES While November is usually remembered with turkey and pies as the kickoff to the holiday season, it also is National Hospice Awareness Month. Halifax Health-Hospice, which has been in Volusia and Flagler counties for 30 years, recently hired Dr. Ronald L. Durham in an effort to reach out to […]

Church celebrates its seniors at annual Golden Harvest event

Church celebrates its seniors at annual Golden Harvest event

The annual Golden Harvest Celebration was held at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach on Nov. 16. “Celebrating the G.O.L.D. “Grateful-Outstanding-Loving-Disciples,” was the focus of the service or as Sandra Strapp expressed, “Celebrating our senior saints who are now golden.” Narcissus Brown, 95; John H. Gainey, 92; Joshua Edwards, 83;  Argie M. Brown, […]