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‘You have to finish what you start’

‘You have to finish what you start’

Mom, daughter among graduates at B-CU’s spring commencement COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF There were plenty of laughter, cheers and tears at Daytona Beach’s Ocean Center on Wednesday afternoon as proud family and friends watched hundreds of their loved ones fulfill a dream that was years in the making. It was graduation day for 325 […]

AME men to lead Friday march in Midtown

AME men to lead Friday march in Midtown

COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Hundreds of men from Florida and the Bahamas are planning to participate in a march in Daytona Beach Friday as part of a “Save Our Sons’’ event. The May 15 march is one of the events scheduled this week during the 14th Annual Sons of Allen Retreat hosted by the […]

Volusia Teachers Organization celebrates 25th year with awards program

Volusia Teachers Organization celebrates 25th year with awards program

COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF The Volusia Teachers Organization (VTO) celebrated its 25th anniversary on Monday with a program at its office, 1381 Educators Road, Daytona Beach. On May 24, 1990, VTO became the bargaining unit for the instructional staff of the public school system in Volusia County. “Although last week was nationally recognized as […]

Learning to ascend to greatness

Learning to ascend to greatness

Roland Martin, others share key to success with B-CU brothers BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University continues to invest in the lives of young men of color as the nation grapples with an incensed conversation on race, policing and the justice system across America. Nearly two weeks following the death of Freddie Gray, […]

Precious memories: Daughters share stories about their moms

Precious memories: Daughters share stories about their moms

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Women shed tears, shared laughter and recalled stories of old during an event remembering their mothers on Saturday. “Out of everyone who loves you, I love you the most,” singer Shaunta Williams belted out at the “Missing Our Mothers, Daughters Remember” program sponsored by VITAS Healthcare. “The event joins […]

B-CU will graduate 325 on May 13

B-CU will graduate 325 on May 13

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University is preparing to graduate 325 students at its 2015 Spring Commencement at noon on Wednesday, May 13 at The Ocean Center. The keynote speaker is the Rev. John W. Harrington, chairman of B-CU’s board of trustees and one of three honorary degree recipients. The other recipients are […]

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 […]