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Taylor’s run for chair may lead to historic council

Taylor’s run for chair may lead to historic council

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Florida State Rep. Dwayne Taylor has filed with the Volusia Department of Elections to run for Volusia County chair in 2016. The District 26 representative is the first person to file for the seat. If Taylor is elected, he would accompany At-Large Council Member Joyce Cusack, making it the […]

Daytona officials to weigh ‘Ban the Box’ on Feb. 18

Daytona officials to weigh ‘Ban the Box’ on Feb. 18

Daytona officials to weigh ‘Ban the Box’ on Feb. 18 BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Beach City Commission will be hearing a presentation on Feb. 18 on the social and economic benefits of passing an anti-workplace discrimination policy known as “Ban the Box.’’ The measure would remove the question: “Have you ever […]

Life as a Black kid during segregated Daytona

Life as a Black kid during segregated Daytona

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. In the U.S. Heart disease strikes someone every 43 seconds and accounts for one in seven deaths. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says certain groups —including African-Americans and older individuals – […]

Florida hospitals go red for women, offer free screenings

Florida hospitals go red for women, offer free screenings

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. In the U.S. Heart disease strikes someone every 43 seconds and accounts for one in seven deaths. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says certain groups —including African-Americans and older individuals – […]

Inaugural ‘State of the City’ touts public safety, investments

Inaugural ‘State of the City’ touts public safety, investments

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Public safety, city projects and quality-of-life improvements were among the issues discussed at the inaugural ‘State of the City’ address delivered by Mayor Derrick Henry on Jan. 30. Daytona Beach citizens overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the city’s charter last November, which requires the city’s mayor to provide the […]

School Board superintendent resigns amid controversy

School Board superintendent resigns amid controversy

Dr. Margaret Smith takes early retirement ‘in classy manner’ BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Volusia County’s School Board Superintendent Dr. Margaret Smith announced last week that an early retirement was on the horizon. By Tuesday night’s school board meeting, it was a done deal. Smith emailed top district administrators and school principals on Jan. […]

B-CU, Smithsonian partnership to provide national exposure for students, university

B-CU, Smithsonian partnership to provide national exposure for students, university

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University has formed a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) that will offer opportunities for students and include exhibits featuring Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. The partnership provides a stipend for a student to work at the B-CU Mary McLeod Bethune […]

Daytonans can learn about city initiatives at mayor’s address, commission workshops

Daytonans can learn about city initiatives at mayor’s address, commission workshops

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry was scheduled to give his ‘State of the City’ presentation at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29 at City Hall, a week after President Obama’s State of the Union address to the country. “This is an opportunity for residents to learn about the city’s current […]

Maya Angelou to be celebrated at Black History art event on Friday

Maya Angelou to be celebrated at Black History art event on Friday

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES On Jan. 30, the second annual Black History Month Juried Art Exhibition will be held from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Center. The exhibition is titled “A Tribute to Maya Angelou.” More than two-dozen entrants will be judged at the show, which is free and […]

An overdue honor for ‘Buddy’ Young

An overdue honor for ‘Buddy’ Young

Daytona Beach park named after late commissioner BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Family and friends of the late Daytona Beach Commissioner Rufus “Buddy’’ Young Jr. as well as community leaders gathered on Jan. 15 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the city’s newest park to Young for his many contributions to the Daytona Beach […]