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Black elected officials team up

Black elected officials team up

New group will mentor locals interested in running for office BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Minority elected officials in Volusia County have teamed up over the past few months to organize a powerful group. The eight charter members of the Minority Elected Officials of Volusia County are Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, DeLand Commissioner […]

‘Let all your life be music’

‘Let all your life be music’

Chorale festival features voices from HBCUs BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES In partnership with the Southeastern African American Chorale (SEAAC) Festival and the Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival, the Community Performance Series at Bethune-Cookman University presented its last performance of the season on Sunday at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center […]

SWAT billboards make call to action

SWAT billboards make call to action

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Billboards soliciting support for SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) initiatives are posted all over Volusia County. Signs reading, “The tobacco industry targets youth with flavored tobacco, don’t let them trap our kids,” are part of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County’s tobacco prevention program. “The signs have […]

Thomas retires after 38 years with the city

Thomas retires after 38 years with the city

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES After nearly four decades of service to the City of Daytona Beach, Jennifer Thomas will not be prepping for her day at City Hall come Monday morning. This is the last week for the retiring city clerk who has worked for Daytona Beach for 38 years. “I’ve been really […]

Police chief pledges free academy for qualified Blacks

Police chief pledges free academy for qualified Blacks

Chitwood announces offer at community meeting with residents, officers BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood says his department will pay the full tuition of any Black person who would like to go through the police academy at Daytona State College with the plans of joining the local force upon […]

‘We are loving people’

‘We are loving people’

Muslims inviting residents to Saturday get-together The Muslim Women’s Association of Daytona Beach is again inviting local residents to a community program to get acquainted with the area’s Muslim community and gain a better understanding of the Islamic religion. Linda McGhee, spokesperson for the association, says everyone is invited to the free event on Saturday, April 25. […]

Church reaching potential members with burgers and ‘Daily Bread’

Church reaching potential members with burgers and ‘Daily Bread’

FROM STAFF REPORTS Living Faith World Ministries’ volunteers held a lunch station on the corner of 8th Street and Derbyshire Road on April 18. Minister Larry Cunningham says the annual event was an effort to reach out to those in the community to fill a need and/or invite them to attend service at the church. […]

Pastor Frank Russ remembered as a kind man, lover of nature

Pastor Frank Russ remembered as a kind man, lover of nature

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A celebration of life for Pastor Frank Russ was held April 18 at Living Faith World Ministries. He died on April 10 at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. He was 84. Russ was the pastor and presiding elder of several Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ […]

Police and residents coming together

Police and residents coming together

Community forum on Saturday will address improving communication between locals and law enforcement BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A forum to promote a more clear line of communication between Daytona Beach residents and law enforcement will be held Saturday. The event, organized by Johnnie Ponder and sponsored by the City of Daytona Beach, will […]

Spring cleaning project by teens

Spring cleaning project by teens

Campbell Middle students paint local residence as community service activity BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES TeenZone students from Campbell Middle School gave up a recent Saturday to paint and landscape the outside of a home located near their school. “In the spirit of Mrs. (Forough) Hosseini, the kids did a great job demonstrating the […]