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WASHINGTON — Ruptured pipes. Broken sidewalks. Campus blackouts. Rep. Alma Adams, a former professor at a historically Black college, has seen it all.

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On May 15, the Daytona Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host a community shredding event. It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Mainland High School at 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd.

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FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools graduated 41 high school juniors on Wednesday, April 21, from its 32nd annual Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, which develops young leaders for our community. The students, representing all 10 Volusia public high schools, participated in five half-day…

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First Step Shelter is having its first walkathon from May 22 to May 31. Participants can walk any time from May 22 to May 31 and can walk anywhere: a park, a favorite walking trail, or just walk a mile in their neighborhood.

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Kingdom Community Outreach Ministry held its first community event on April 24 at Daisy Stocking Park in Daytona Beach. Vendors shared criminal justice, education, health, employment and voter registration information. Attendees included Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young and other loca…

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Storytellers: Faith Ringgold + Aminah Robinson is a two-artist exhibition featuring a mini survey of mixed media artworks by African American female artists Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson.

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The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be available on Friday, April 30, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, 347 S. Keech Street. All individuals 18 years and older are invited to receive the first dosage of the vaccine.

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FORT LAUDERDALE – Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested April 22 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and charged with a single count of perjury in an official proceeding, a third-degree felony in Florida punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and …

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After operating for over three months and providing more than 74,000 vaccines, COVID-19 activities at the Volusia County Fairgrounds are beginning to wind down. The last day for first dose vaccines at the site will be Friday, April 30, and second dose vaccines will be provided as scheduled t…

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Turtle nesting season officially starts May 1, which means hundreds of sea turtles will be emerging from the surf to lay eggs on the beach in the next few months.

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The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Hope Place cafeteria, 1340 Wright St., Daytona Beach. Members will review and take action on previous meeting minutes and explore the topic of community land trusts. The public is invited to attend, partic…

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Is it the right thing to do or mark of the beast? BY DAVID FLESHLER SUN SENTINEL/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE — At River West Palm Beach Church, Pastor Corey Erman stood in front of the congregation on Easter morning and denounced the “scamdemic” of COVID-19 and the “big, big, big con job” of testing…

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This week, Florida opened up vaccines to all adults. The Daytona Times asked Bethune-Cookman University students if they plan to get the vaccine. Why or why not? Tomari Parks, 22 Senior majoring in education Hometown: Hartford,Connecticut “I think the vaccine is very beneficial, especially a…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Easter church service will be a little different at many local churches. The holiday will be celebrated with the COVID-19 safety precautions in place, including limited attendance and virtual services. “We do have services in place for Easter Sunday, but we’ll…

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As part of the Freedom Series at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale will present “Songs of Love, Joy, and Faith,” on Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Orlando concert is a ticketed event that is open to the public and will be held as a…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES After sitting out 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is back in action for 2021. The Division 1 men’s college basketball tournament is customarily played on home courts, but is breaking from tradition this year, hosting t…

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Seven Words from the King, Inc., will host a community event at 3 p.m. March 21 at Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ, 511 Fremont Ave. Several fraternities, sororities and community organizations will speak on the importance of community service. Social distancing will be practiced. Th…

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In observance of Women’s History Month, the National Hookup of Black Women, Inc. Volusia County chapter (NHBW), will host a virtual event at 4 p.m., March 27. The keynote speaker is Michele Jones-Galvin, author of “Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People” and the third-gene…

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The 31st Spring Daytona Turkey Run is set for Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28. It will feature thousands of classic and custom cars, a massive swap meet, arts and crafts on Artisan Alley, music and food. The family event kicks off at 8 a.m. March 26 at the Daytona International Spe…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Bike Week 2021 had large crowds, tricked-out bikes and plenty of entertainment. Most of all, Bike Week brought a much welcome economic boost, helping local and visiting vendors. Historically, the event brings 500,000 bikers to Daytona Beach and Volusia County;…

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B-CU alums and students react to the news about Chrite’s sudden resignation. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES In a move that seemed to come out of nowhere, Bethune-Cookman University is losing its seventh president. Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite is leaving for Bentley University in Waltham, Massachus…

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Volusia County’s Animal Control Advisory Board will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach.   Animal Control Director Adam Leath will lead a discussion on changes for a newly proposed county ordinance. The public is …

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Volusia County’s Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor Recreation (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Stetson University’s Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Environmental Learning Center, 219 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Members will discuss the progress o…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Amy Ramos, a senior undergraduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and two accomplished graduate students – Karen Brun and Heidi Hammerstein – were selected to join a team of 13 talented female scientist-astronaut candidates who will serve as glob…

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“Are you stressed, sad or depressed? Do you want to add more laughter and joy to your life? A free laughter therapy program will be offered at Port Orange Presbyterian Church, 4662 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange, the third Monday of every month.   The next meeting is April 15 at 4 p.m. in […]

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Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) students in the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics earned four top awards at the Florida Academy of Sciences Annual Conference last month in Melbourne. The conference was hosted by the Florida Institute of Technology. Here are the submissions fr…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The Bethune-Cookman University Foundation seeks to maximize the impact of contributions and has launched a multi-year fundraising campaign with this year’s theme: Shifting Towards a New Foundation. The goal of the campaign is to raise $7.5 million to strengthen t…

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The seventh annual “Afternoon of Music with Casey’s Friends & Family” on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach. Special guests will be the Ritz Voices of Jacksonville, an all-city community chorus. The group is known for its rich repertoire of songs, …

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The Easter events for the First Church of Palm Coast are scheduled as follows: Palm Sunday, April 14, will offer services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Maundy Thursday, April 18, 6pm, will celebrate “The Last Supper” with preaching by the Rev. Dr. E.J. Parker, pastor of Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church…

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The annual Daytona Beach Mayor’s Fitness Challenge recently wrapped up and a breakfast celebration was held on March 30 at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center to honor the biggest losers.

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Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will present its 44th spring concert at 4 p.m. April 7. The annual performance will feature the university’s Concert Chorale under the direction of Professor Terrance Lane and the symphonic band under the direction of Dr. Donovan Wells. The concert is free a…

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Volusia County’s Children and Families Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the third-floor conference room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Members will review and discuss the contingency application, funding criteria a…

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Volusia County Emergency Management, in cooperation with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, will host a basic and advanced SKYWARN Spotter Training class Monday, April 29, at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach. The basic course is from 10 a.m. to noon…

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Volusia County staff will share the findings of a consultant-led Commercial Space Industry Supply Chain study from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Dennis R. McGee Room at Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Drive. The study profiles commercial space companies locatin…

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Do you need your vehicle registration in a hurry? You no longer have to wait for the mail, and you can skip the line by using a new Express Lane service for renewing a registration for your vehicle, boat or mobile home online and picking it up the same day. The convenience fee is $1.50 […]

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Editor’s note: Volusia County is home to dozens of churches with predominantly Black congregations. Only a limited number can claim to have stood the test of time for 100 years or more. Mass Communication students at Bethune-Cookman University visited some of these churches to find out what …

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The City of Daytona Beach kicked off a series of April meetings on Tuesday about the proposed half-cent sales tax. Tuesday’s meeting was held at the John H. Dickerson Community Center and several others also are scheduled at sites in predominantly Black neighb…

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The ERCOT: Worldfest will takes place on Wednesday, April 10, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. The multicultural festival includes live entertainment, food from around the world, arts and crafts, trivia, dancing and unique cultural experiences presented by the Embry-…

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Halifax Health is inviting Ormond Beach residents to a free, family-friendly Community Block Party featuring music and dancing, games for children, face painting, giveaways, health screenings, healthy snacks and refreshments. The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at Halifax Health-Primary …

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The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous back tucks at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Ocean Center. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with an athlete processional, followed by the recor…

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BY DEWAYNE BEVIL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – NBA Experience, a basketball-driven attraction at Disney Springs, will open to the public on Aug. 12, the company announced during a game between the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Center in downtown Orlando last week. The ne…

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Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (F.A.I.T.H.) will hold its annual Action Assembly at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach. At the assembly, up to 1,800 community members are expected to gather to urge local officials to take acti…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Fresh off a series sweep of Savannah State to open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), play, the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats are where they want to be. The Wildcats took down the Tigers 7-0, 8-4, and 7-5 from March 22-24. “We play in a tough confer…

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The City of Daytona Beach and the Daytona Beach Police Department hosted its third annual Daytona 100 Bike Ride and Community Day on Saturday at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center in Daytona Beach. The Daytona 100 is a free event geared toward children between 8 and 12. During the…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES When the next F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival rolls around in January 2020, the organizer and creator will have her own recent book to showcase. The third installment in Donna Gray-Banks’ trilogy was released this month, eight years after her second entry was published.…

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Locals weigh in on university’s future BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University remains in jeopardy of closing its doors. Recent media reports released details from an audit on the school’s finances which depict a bleak future for the historically Black university located i…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Beginning Monday, April 1, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Volusia County will temporarily suspend client services at one of its two Daytona Beach locations. Until services are restored at the South Keech Street location, clients may receive DOH service…

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