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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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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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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES On April 20, the Volusia County Council confirmed Helene Wetherington, disaster recovery director for Monroe County, as Volusia’s next emergency management director. Wetherington replaces Jim Judge, who retired in January. Her start date is May 17. Wetherington b…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach (HACDB) is providing cash bonuses of up to $400 per rental unit to landlords who agree to provide safe, decent and sanitary housing to families holding Housing Choice Vouchers. The vouchers allow families to choo…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES   The Daytona Beach community is mourning Dr. Samuel Butts, who died on April 4 at Halifax Hospice Care in Port Orange. He was 76. Butts was an educator and a self-trained archaeologist. He also was an historian and anthropologist. For over 20 years, he collec…

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‘I’m honored to be here standing on your shoulders. Your brave efforts and hard work paved the way for me to be here and I really appreciate you guys. I appreciate the whole community coming out to greet me.’ -Alicia Shepard First Black Daytona Beach firefighter inspires community BY KARSCEA…

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Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division is hiring lifeguards to help keep beachgoers safe this summer. A tryout is mandatory for a position. The final swim tryout date is 8 a.m. to noon April 3 at the Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange. Applicants must be at least 16 on o…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach (HACDB) received approval for $28 million in revenue bonds for the “WM at the River” project on Beach Street in Daytona Beach. The affordable housing development, projected to close in June 2021, will upgrade 298…

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Residents who received the COVID-19 vaccine are urging others to do so. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES On Wednesday, Ozetta Wilbon received the COVID-19 vaccine and touted how important it was for her to get it. She was one of 220 people vaccinated at the Midtown Cultural & Educational …

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Volusia County’s Auditor Selection Committee will meet from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the County Council Chambers on the second floor of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. Members include all seven County Council members along with Property A…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and Volusia County have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a working relationship to promote each other’s geographical n business advantages. The goal is to attract more global businesses to Volus…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Volusia County Schools’ graduates will now receive up to four tickets each for their graduation ceremonies. This decision was made after careful consideration of health and safety guidelines. At the request of Volusia County Schools, capacity restrictions at the …

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES On Monday, more Floridians became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest order now makes residents 50 years and up eligible to receive a vaccine. Dewayne Meyers, 53, is one of the local residents who plan to get the vaccine now…

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The Daytona Beach City Commission is now at a critical crossroads in selecting the next city manager who will conduct the day-to-day operations and govern the needs of a very economically, socially and racially diverse community. Lack of quality candidates I have reviewed the resumes of the …

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Daytona Beach city manager candidates discuss budget and management, business, and neighborhood improvement and public safety with residents at a forum in Midtown. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Despite heavy rain, residents ventured out to the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center on M…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER  DAYTONA TIMES                                                                                    On March 20, local residents met with the finalists […]

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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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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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DAYTONA TIMES / 40TH ANNIVERSARY Fourteen years ago in 2005, the Daytona Times reported on the brisk temperatures and a carjacking resulting in the death of a 20-year-old that reduced the numbers for Black College Reunion, as well as demolition projects making way for HOPE VI housing being b…

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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 One historically Black church in Daytona Beach has had a bizarre week. Two separate incidents haven’t sparked fears but have raised questions and eyebrows. On Tuesday morning, a woman found a sign on the door of Mt. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 700 S. …

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Charles W. Cherry II explored the landscape of “The Black-Owned Media in the 21st Century’’ during a Black History month event last month at the Ormond Beach Regional Library. He was the last speaker in a series produced by Linda Epps and Lawrence Green. Cherry is publisher of the Florida Co…

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One of the major projects of the half-cent sales tax increase would alleviate flooding that comes with heavy rains. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Daytona has large swaths of areas that flood particularly in the Black community, which is generally located on low-lying land. Residents in the…

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Being an activist is hard. Whether you’re fighting for justice reform, immigration or human and civil rights, you lose friends, sleep, you even lose your sanity sometimes. Constantly having to watch your back, never knowing who you can truly trust and even end up making sacrifices for the go…

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The City of Daytona Beach’s series of April meetings about a proposed half-cent sales tax in Volusia County continues on Thursday, April 11. All of the meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and are held at sites in Daytona Beach. City staff will be available to answer questions. There will also be an …

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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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PALATKA – The St. Johns River Water Management District and Volusia County have completed construction of a stormwater treatment facility that will improve water quality in the Halifax River and reduce flooding to a 129-acre area. “Working with local government partners to achieve our shared…

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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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I love Daytona Beach with every inch of my spirit. I love our Midtown community, I love Bethune-Cookman University our Historically Black College/University – and I’ve even grown to love the Daytona 500! There are two main reasons why our community and town runs so smoothly; (1) the unending…

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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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DAYTONA TIMES / 40TH ANNIVERSARY Fourteen years ago in 2005, the Daytona Times reported on the Daytona Beach Police Department eyeing the location of the former Cypress Street Recreational Center for its new headquarters, and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church planning construction of a new $1…

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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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Division Lane draws crime, code violations Click here for video of the Division Lane area. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Of the 169 miles of existing neighborhood streets the City of Daytona Beach hopes to improve if the half-cent sales tax proposal passes, the overgrown Division Street an…

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