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How much does it cost to raise a kid? $245,000

How much does it cost to raise a kid? $245,000

Government report: Cost of rearing a child up 1.8 percent BY PETER FROST CHICAGO TRIBUNE (MCT) The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2013 to age 18 rose to $245,340, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Monday. Housing comprised the largest expense at […]

Survey: More than a third of Americans have saved nothing for retirement

Survey: More than a third of Americans have saved nothing for retirement

BY BECKY YERAK CHICAGO TRIBUNE (MCT) More than a third of Americans have no retirement savings, and millennials feel more financially secure than other age groups despite being the least likely to have socked away any cash for their golden years, a new survey shows. Bankrate.com, a publisher of personal finance content, found that on […]

B-CU unveils new programs, degree offerings

B-CU unveils new programs, degree offerings

FROM STAFF REPORTS Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson unveiled the goals of the institution during his State of the University address on Monday. His speech focused on new programs, new degree offerings and a renewed focus on students. In a push to connect all services to students across the campus, Bethune-Cookman University has […]

A summer of earning, learning

A summer of earning, learning

Youth take away more than cash from city’s employment program BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Keishon Smith will be in his dorm room at Florida A&M University preparing for class in another week. This summer, however, the 18-year-old was schooled on money management, budgeting, banking, work readiness skills and how to be a team […]

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 […]