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SunRail to start with free rides

SunRail to start with free rides

County Council members seek expansion to Daytona Beach BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES SunRail officials have announced that passengers will ride Central Florida’s new commuter rail system free for two weeks beginning the first day of service on May 1. The free service will last through May 16, allowing passengers to experience commuting on […]

Makeover of Volusia Mall starts this month

Makeover of Volusia Mall starts this month

13 of the 17 contractors for the project are supposed to be local firms BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The owner and manager of Volusia Mall announced Wednesday that the shopping center is getting a multi-million-dollar facelift. The mall opened in 1974 and October will mark its 40th-year anniversary. CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. […]

Libraries plan finance programs for Money Smart Week

Libraries plan finance programs for Money Smart Week

Volusia County libraries will host special financial programs in recognition of Money Smart Week, April 5 to 12. These free programs will address a variety of topics including investing, retirement, credit, debt and savings. Money Smart Week, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association, is a national public awareness […]

County launching beach safety mentoring program for teens

County launching beach safety mentoring program for teens

Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division is launching a Lifeguard Trainee Mentoring Program for 16-year-olds who want to prepare for jobs as tower guards. Trainees will shadow and assist seasoned tower guards, but will not assist in water rescues, according to Beach Safety Director Mark Swanson. Swim tryouts for 16-year-olds will be on these dates: • […]

Volusia health department giving flu vaccine to pregnant women

Volusia health department giving flu vaccine to pregnant women

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County announced that temporary payment has been authorized for Medicaid recipients who are pregnant and age 21 and older. This step is being taken due to the increased impact that influenza infections are having on pregnant women and their babies in Florida. The Medicaid reimbursement rate will be […]

No resolution about textbook with Islam chapter

No resolution about textbook with Islam chapter

Residents on both sides of controversy give school board members an earful BY ASHLEY THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Fifty speakers were assigned speaking positions at the opening of the Volusia County School Board meeting Monday afternoon. But by night’s end, more than 80 residents had spoken on a controversial textbook in Florida schools. “I may not […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

Palm Coast sets tree lighting, opening of Fantasy Lights for Dec. 1 Kick off the holiday season at the City of Palm Coast’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. The event is free. Join Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts in […]

Islam chapter in textbook sparks protest

Islam chapter in textbook sparks protest

Residents expected to storm Nov. 18 Volusia school board meeting in DeLand over history curriculum BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES More than 200 people have signed up on a Facebook page to participate in a protest rally at a school board meeting at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 N. Clara […]

Catching the bus will soon cost more

Catching the bus will soon cost more

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County Council voted Nov. 7 to increase the fare to ride on Votran buses with the changes going into effect starting in February. It was passed by a 5-1 vote without discussion. Only Councilwoman Deb Denys was opposed. Councilman Pat Patterson was absent. The changes the council voted […]

Preschoolers pedal for cancer patients

Preschoolers pedal for cancer patients

Volusia VPK Specialists Trike-a-Thon raises money for children at St. Jude hospital BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Students of Volusia VPK Specialists in Daytona Beach pedaled and rode in their first Trike-a-Thon last month, raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital based in Memphis, Tenn. Director Janice Burch-Medlock said each student at the local […]