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City departments compete for bragging rights

City departments compete for bragging rights

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Ducking and dodging was the name of the game as the Daytona Beach Police Department was pitted against the Leisure Service department and Human Resources faced off against the water department. You read right. The City of Daytona Beach held a dodge ball tourney at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center […]

Millions to catch a break with new FICO score calculation

Millions to catch a break with new FICO score calculation

BY GREGORY KARP CHICAGO TRIBUNE (MCT) The formula for calculating the most widely used credit score soon will change to lessen the impact of bad medical debts and old accounts that are paid off. FICO, which creates the most-used credit scores, said its new model offers “a more nuanced way to assess consumer collection information.” […]

Teacher gives insight on historically Black school

Teacher gives insight on historically Black school

Dorothy Moore to join alumni of Campbell Street Elementary for Aug. 23 reunion Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories about Campbell Street Elementary, a historically Black grade school in Daytona Beach that closed in 1969. BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Dorothy Moore taught in the Volusia County School system for […]

Summer break wraps up with Aug. 16 Community Unity Festival

Summer break wraps up with Aug. 16 Community Unity Festival

FROM STAFF REPORTS Students attending Volusia County’s public schools head back to the classroom on Monday, Aug. 18. To ensure that they have one last summer fun day at the park, a Community Unity Festival is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 16. The day of live music, food and fun for the entire family takes place from […]

Longtime educator Dr. Russell Mootry Jr. dies at 67

Longtime educator Dr. Russell Mootry Jr. dies at 67

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Times has received word that Dr. Russell Mootry Jr., a former Bethune-Cookman University and longtime local political commentator, died late Tuesday evening, July 29, at Halifax Health Medical Center. He was 67. Mootry was an educator, community activist and author with more than 32 years of service […]

Half-cent tax extension support passes, heads to ballot

Half-cent tax extension support passes, heads to ballot

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A yes vote came from the Daytona Beach City Commission Aug. 6 joining Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach in support of a half-cent extension sales tax for Volusia County Schools set to go to the ballot Aug. 26. The voters ultimately will decide if they want […]

Research: Most residents ignored Palm Coast tornado warning

Research: Most residents ignored Palm Coast tornado warning

A university research study regarding emergency tornado notification found that most residents who received a warning about Palm Coast’s Starlight Tornado last December took no action to protect themselves. That is one of six key findings of a University of Missouri-Columbia research study regarding emergency tornado notification. The research was conducted in February with the […]

Miami jury convicts last two defendants in Medicare scam

Miami jury convicts last two defendants in Medicare scam

BY JAY WEAVER THE MIAMI HERALD (MCT) MIAMI — The nation’s biggest mental health scam against Medicare — totaling $200 million in false billings — ended with a quick bang Monday when the last two defendants in a long-running probe were found guilty in Miami federal court. The health care fraud convictions of Roger Bergman, […]

Changes to loan program could help Blacks

Changes to loan program could help Blacks

BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON  – This fall, the Department of Education plans to announce changes to PLUS loans that officials say will make it easier for parents to qualify for the financial aid program that thousands of Black college students rely on every semester. In an effort to combat a rising number […]

City seeking churches’ help with kids

City seeking churches’ help with kids

More summer programs needed in Midtown to keep children out of trouble BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Feeding the hungry and clothing the poor are two fundamental practices area churches partake in. But these institutions are being tapped to offer another service to the community – take care of Daytona Beach’s children. As requested […]