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Teacher, former Times writer Annie Doris Christian dies

Teacher, former Times writer Annie Doris Christian dies

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES “Amazing Grace’’ was her favorite song. She was a good cook and she liked flowers. Those are the sweet memories Leonard Christian has of Annie Doris Porter Christian, his mother who lived to be 84 years old. The longtime local resident died on April 8. Mrs. Christian was a […]

Festival celebrates accomplishments of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

Festival celebrates accomplishments of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

FROM STAFF REPORTS The inaugural Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival was held April 6-13. The seven-day celebration of educational and cultural events featured national and local speakers, educators, musicians, artists, poets and craftspeople. The purpose of the festival was to celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University and […]

A lesson on civil rights in Daytona Beach

A lesson on civil rights in Daytona Beach

Journalists and educators reflect on movement, power of the Black press 50 years ago BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has been the topic of several events this year at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, including a panel discussion held Saturday, March […]

Local charities to receive over 35K from golf tournament

Local charities to receive over 35K from golf tournament

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The 35th Annual Mayor’s Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament was held March 21 at the Daytona Beach Golf Club on Wilder Avenue. Participating were 134 golfers, who raised money for Mayor Derrick Henry’s designated charities – the Keech Street Children’s Clinic and the Rose Marie Bryan House in Daytona Beach. […]

Daytona State students will travel to Haiti to observe, work at school

Daytona State students will travel to Haiti to observe, work at school

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES A group of Daytona State College students will travel to Haiti this spring to help make a difference in the lives of children attending a “little sister school” there. The group will travel to College Susan Schuenke, a pre-K through grade 13 school in the city of Cap Haitian May 29 […]

Makeover of Volusia Mall starts this month

Makeover of Volusia Mall starts this month

13 of the 17 contractors for the project are supposed to be local firms BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The owner and manager of Volusia Mall announced Wednesday that the shopping center is getting a multi-million-dollar facelift. The mall opened in 1974 and October will mark its 40th-year anniversary. CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. […]

A lesson on soaring against the odds

A lesson on soaring against the odds

Famed Tuskegee Airman tells students to never give up BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES It has been more than 70 years since Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Hiram E. Mann applied to the U.S. Armed Forces. The 92 year-old told a group of eager students at Turie T. Elementary on Wednesday that he […]

Daytona finally fills fire chief vacancy

Daytona finally fills fire chief vacancy

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES After a yearlong vacancy, City Manager Jim Chisholm has appointed Dru R. Driscoll as Daytona Beach’s new fire chief. Driscoll began his employment as the city’s 19th fire chief on Monday. Residents had voiced their displeasure at multiple city commission meetings over the time the city was without a […]

Insurance enrollment Sunday in Daytona

Insurance enrollment Sunday in Daytona

Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry is encouraging every uninsured resident to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase health insurance for 2014 to meet the bill’s mandate is March 31. The City of Daytona Beach and Halifax Medical Center will host an enrollment event on Sunday, March […]

Speedway chief pledges jobs for minorities

Speedway chief pledges jobs for minorities

One Daytona project gets $40 million from city, county BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Developers requesting $20 million in taxpayer-funded infrastructure for One Daytona received the green light at last week’s Daytona Beach city commission meeting. The group also received $20 million from the county. The resolution approving the funding is for the project […]