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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 […]

County manager upholds firing of beach patrol officer

County manager upholds firing of beach patrol officer

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen has upheld the firing of Todd Snipes, a former beach safety captain. The county’s personnel board voted 3-2 on Nov. 5 for Dinneen to consider a lesser punishment in Snipe’s case. In a document provided to the Daytona Times, Dinneen states that “after careful consideration, […]

County subcommittee to discuss veteran memorials on Nov. 18

County subcommittee to discuss veteran memorials on Nov. 18

Volusia County’s Project Advisory Subcommittee will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, to discuss education aspects for veteran memorials on the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge. The meeting will be in the boardroom of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, 126 E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach. The purpose of this subcommittee is […]

Former health official in Volusia appointed to new state job

Former health official in Volusia appointed to new state job

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced last week that Dr. Celeste Philip is the new deputy secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services (CMS).  Philip has served as the interim deputy secretary since June of this year. “Dr. Philip is a proven leader in public health […]

Companies will be shopping for workers Nov. 7 at mall

Companies will be shopping for workers Nov. 7 at mall

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Turnout is expected to be high at a job fair next week sponsored by the City of Daytona Beach at the Volusia Mall even though recent unemployment figures suggest the economy is recovering in Volusia County. Daytona Beach Assistant City Manager Betty Goodman said the city will sponsor the job […]

Volusia artist’s work on display at Yvonne Scarlett-Golden center

Volusia artist’s work on display at Yvonne Scarlett-Golden center

An exhibition by award-winning artist Margaret Schnebly Hodge is now on display at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center, 1000 Vine St., Daytona Beach. The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 10, 2014. Hodge is a lifetime resident of Volusia County whose mother, Peggy Schnebly, worked for the city for 35 years. The […]

Deputies hosting live Facebook chat on cyberspace dangers

Deputies hosting live Facebook chat on cyberspace dangers

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will take its cyber-safety message directly to the online community with the agency’s first live Facebook chat. The one-hour event called Cyber Safety for Kids & Teens: What Every Parent Should Know will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Sheriff’s Sgt. Jay […]

Sheriff’s Office has sites to drop off drugs on Saturday

Sheriff’s Office has sites to drop off drugs on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Residents can clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unwanted, unused and expired drugs this Saturday. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will join with law enforcement agencies around the country in a national prescription drug take-back event. The Sheriff’s Office will be manning five drop-off sites throughout the county. The […]