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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 […]

Bikers rev up for more riding, racing, partying

Bikers rev up for more riding, racing, partying

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Hundreds of thousands of bikers and the million dollars they will spend are being welcomed to the Daytona Beach area during this year’s annual Bike Week, which continues through March 16. Motorcycle enthusiasts will find plenty to keep busy with as the festival spans Flagler and Volusia counties. Bikers […]

$20 million awarded to former employee of Daytona hospital in Medicare lawsuit

$20 million awarded to former employee of Daytona hospital in Medicare lawsuit

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Beach-based Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing Inc., agreed to pay $85 million in a settlement that involved allegations they submitted Medicare claims that violated federal law, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday. The settlement stems from a whistleblower complaint filed by a former employee […]

Charter Review board to residents: Show up

Charter Review board to residents: Show up

Meeting in Midtown draws low turnout; irks members of commission BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Only about 25 people attended the first Charter Review Commission town hall at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center on Tuesday night. The common theme: More people need to show up. The March 4 meeting was the first of […]

Stetson student steals scene at Oscars

Stetson student steals scene at Oscars

Peter Nyong’o captures worldwide attention in selfie with celebs FROM STAFF REPORTS His sister snagged an Oscar on Sunday for her gripping portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years A Slave,’’ but Peter Nyong’o captured his share of the spotlight when the star-studded selfie he posed in went viral and temporarily crashed Twitter. Peter, a 20-year-old […]

Counts helping Daytona beef up customer service

Counts helping Daytona beef up customer service

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Revamping the city’s website, adding a customer advocate, making physical changes to City Hall, and offering another action-packed Citizen’s Academy are all ways the City of Daytona Beach is improving the communication and service for residents. “We are constantly seeking ways to be better with our service delivery and […]

Runners sought for Easter Beach Run

Runners sought for Easter Beach Run

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES More than 1,200 participants are expected at the sandy finish line on the World’s Most Famous Beach. Celebrating 47 years, the five-part Daytona Beach Easter Beach Run will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. The Easter Beach Run was established in 1967 by the Daytona Beach Leisure […]