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Let’s rebuild the Motor City

Let’s rebuild the Motor City

It has been a long and rocky ride down the economic slope for the Motor City, a city I know well. White, Black flight Year after year and decade after decade, the businesses, White middle class and then Black middle class, left for the suburbs or beyond. The declining tax base, increasing crime rate, blight […]

Student loan ‘solution’ not good enough

Student loan ‘solution’ not good enough

The United States Senate finally stepped up to ensure that student loan rates would not double. There have been weeks of back and forth, but now Senators says they will tie student loan rates to the federal funds rate, which means that in the short-run the lowest student loan rates will be 3.86 percent, up […]

Focus on poverty, not the middle class

Focus on poverty, not the middle class

Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. The idea of organizing a Poor People’s Campaign was discussed during a Nov. 27-31, 1967 Southern Christian Leadership […]

Mainland High coaches and players mentor Pop Warner participants

Mainland High coaches and players mentor Pop Warner participants

About 60 area youth, members of the Daytona Beach Pop Warner League, participated in a football camp last week under the direction of Mainland High School coaches and players. Mainland defensive back coach Travis Roland helped organize the event along with his father, Pop Warner Commissioner Thomas Roland. The youth ran different drills and exercises […]

B-CU brings on new assistant volleyball coach

B-CU brings on new assistant volleyball coach

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Bethune-Cookman University Head Volleyball Coach Isaac Raphael announced this week that Brittany Williams has joined the Lady Wildcat program as an assistant coach. Williams comes to B-CU after two seasons at South Carolina State and replaces Kisya Killingsworth, who has been named the head coach at Delaware State. “We welcome Brittany […]

No plans to hire consultant for Midtown

No plans to hire consultant for Midtown

City manager’s choice for E-Zone consultant draws criticism BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Elected officials voted unanimously to hire a consultant to help them identify people interested in investing in an E-Zone on the city’s beach side, but no motions were made or directives given to the city manager to hire a similar person for […]

‘Justice for Trayvon,’ others remain focus of local leaders

‘Justice for Trayvon,’ others remain focus of local leaders

July 25 forum hosted by clergy, NAACP will address racial profiling BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The “Justice for Trayvon” rally that attracted hundreds of Daytonans to the Fifth District Court of Appeal on Beach Street last Saturday is just the beginning of protests for those upset with the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman […]

DIS calls outreach to minority contractors successful

DIS calls outreach to minority contractors successful

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES More than 200 minority, women and local contractors turned out for the Daytona Rising subcontractor outreach forum held July 17 at the Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Senior Director of Public Relations Lenny Santiago called the event successful and told the Daytona Times that DIS will be planning another one in […]

YMCA to host open house Tuesday at Midtown Center

YMCA to host open house Tuesday at Midtown Center

The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and the City of Daytona Beach will host an open house at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center/Cypress Aquatic Center on July 30 to educate the community about YMCA programs at the center. The purpose also is to solicit input on what additional programs might be a good fit for […]

Jackson hires new provost for B-CU; Powell becomes dean

Jackson hires new provost for B-CU; Powell becomes dean

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Edison Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Makola M. Abdullah as B-CU’s provost. Abdullah replaced Dr. Hiram J. Powell, who is now B-CU’s Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “As we continue to develop new graduate programs and expand into new markets, many […]