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Firefighters urge residents to celebrate safely

Firefighters urge residents to celebrate safely

With Independence Day on the way, Volusia County Fire Rescue officials are encouraging residents to leave the big show to the professionals. “The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by watching public displays,” said Fire Chief Jeff Smith. “We caution residents against using fireworks because when used improperly, they can cause fires and injuries.” According […]

Votran schedules changes for race days, holiday

Votran schedules changes for race days, holiday

Votran will operate a limited bus service schedule on Monday, July 4. •West Volusia routes 22, 24 and 60 will not operate. Connecting SunRail Routes 31, 32 and 33 will not operate as there will be no SunRail service July 4. Route 20 will operate every two hours beginning with the 7:26 a.m. southbound trip […]

City seeking community input on MLK road project

City seeking community input on MLK road project

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES With construction on Orange Avenue still going on, the City of Daytona Beach is planning another road construction project on a major artery in the heart of the Black community. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Roadway and Pedestrian Improvement Project will cover the area along the boulevard between […]

Restaurant owner gives his account of shooting

Restaurant owner gives his account of shooting

Three recovering after being shot at popular eatery on International Speedway Boulevard. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES A firing led to three people being shot at Crab Stop II, a popular Daytona Beach seafood restaurant late Monday night. One of those shot was the business owner himself, Oliver Ross, 43, who sustained gunshot wounds to […]

Police department to host survival workshop Saturday

Police department to host survival workshop Saturday

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF The Daytona Beach Police Department is offering a free workshop on Saturday to teach residents how to increase their chances of survival if faced with an active shooter situation. The workshop is being held in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 victims […]

Local NAACP to present annual banquet on Saturday

Local NAACP to present annual banquet on Saturday

The Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP’s 43rd annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet is Saturday, June 25, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. Hilary Shelton, the National NAACP’S Washington bureau director and senior vice president for advocacy, will be the keynote speaker. “We have planned another very special event this year as […]

State NAACP VP to Flagler crowd: ‘Somebody’s got to stand up’

State NAACP VP to Flagler crowd: ‘Somebody’s got to stand up’

Branch President Linda Sharpe Matthews and the Flagler County NAACP Executive Committee had the presence of mind to invite Don Brown to be keynote speaker for the Freedom Fund Banquet on May 7 at the Hammock Beach Resort. Brown, who is first vice president of the Florida State Conference, addresses the civil rights issues relevant […]

B-CU alum to honor teachers

B-CU alum to honor teachers

The Volusia County Alumni Chapter of Bethune-Cookman University is hosting its 48th Annual National Alumni Association Convention June 22-26 on campus. The theme for the convention is “Returning to the Old Landmark.” The highlight of the convention will be the honoring the university’s graduates who made a positive impact in the field of education. “Our […]

The widening of the nutrition gap

The widening of the nutrition gap

Non-Latino Blacks and Mexican-Americans were significantly less likely to have upgraded the quality of their diets than were non-Latino Whites. BY MELISSA HEALY LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE More American adults are eating better, but a new analysis of American diets between 2000 and 2012 shows that the trend of improved nutrition is largely […]

Getting to the heart of the meal

Getting to the heart of the meal

BY RONDA RACHA PENRICE URBAN NEWS SERVICE The roots of soul food run deep. Mary McCallum-Stewart isn’t as well-known as Sylvia Woods, purveyor of Harlem’s legendary eatery, Sylvia’s Restaurant. But McCallum-Stewart also built a soul food legacy. The Jackson, Mississippi native launched her own soul food empire in 1969.  Los Angeles’ M&M Soul Food Restaurant […]