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Proactive approach to gang culture

Proactive approach to gang culture

Schools, law enforcement unite to educate community on local activity BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Gang activity and prevention was the topic of discussion at a workshop-style gathering held Tuesday evening in Daytona Beach. The cooperative educational effort attended by about 300 people was coordinated by Volusia County Schools, Bethune-Cookman University, the Department of […]

‘Fresh Prince’ star talks about color and beauty

‘Fresh Prince’ star talks about color and beauty

By Valerie Whitney Special to the Daytona Times When actress Janet Hubert first read the script for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire” it noted that the prototype for the role of Aunt Vivian was a “Denise Nicholas type,” which in industry lingo meant a fair-skinned Black woman. When Hubert showed up at the audition, Nicholas […]

Strong finish for Black candidates

Strong finish for Black candidates

Local incumbents Cusack, Henry, Taylor hold on to their seats BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The city, county and state held onto their Black representatives in Volusia County. Daytona Beach Commissioner Patrick Henry, Volusia County At-Large Member Joyce Cusack and Florida Rep. Dwayne Taylor all were re-elected to their posts on Tuesday. Henry won […]

Social media fuels ‘messy’ campaigns

Social media fuels ‘messy’ campaigns

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES “Messy, messy, messy.’’ That’s how one Volusia County voter described the recent election campaigns. “It was pretty bad,” Samantha Mason told the Daytona Times. Signs were knocked over, stolen and defaced. Social media spars over who received campaign funds from whom and who slung the most dirt were not […]

Speedway signs up for state’s stadium-funding process

Speedway signs up for state’s stadium-funding process

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Daytona International Speedway (DIS) and the Miami Dolphins, both unsuccessful in getting money out of Florida lawmakers in recent years, were the first to sign up for the state’s new stadium-funding process. The deadline to apply for the new annual funding process was Saturday. The […]

Signs cause chaos at City Island

Signs cause chaos at City Island

Days before election, Daytona commission takes down campaign signage from city’s only early voting site. BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Campaign signs and tents had to come down at City Island Library this week following a complaint by Daytona Commissioner Carl Lentz, who is seeking re-election. The site is the sole early voting location […]

Going early, going strong

Going early, going strong

Throngs of church folks and college students made their way to the polls this week BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Congregations and college students showed up on different days but they had the same goal. Buses from several churches across Daytona Beach brought parishioners to the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island following […]

What you should know about those amendments

What you should know about those amendments

As voters decide the next governor, state representative and attorney general, three Florida constitutional amendments will be on the ballot as well. Here is a brief synopsis and possible outcome on each amendment as well as a pass/fail scenario. AMENDMENT 1 Official ballot title: Water and Land Conservation Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida […]

Movement trying to help ex-felons get jobs

Movement trying to help ex-felons get jobs

‘Ban the Box’ event explores removing certain questions from applications BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A seminar held Monday at Bethune-Cookman University centered on a nationwide initiative to remove an employment barrier for ex-felons. The “Ban the Box’’ campaign asks employers to remove questions regarding conviction histories from their employment applications and to adopt […]

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Free screenings available locally for the uninsured and underinsured ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease – the second-leading cause of death in women. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan […]