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Longtime educator Dr. Russell Mootry Jr. dies at 67

Longtime educator Dr. Russell Mootry Jr. dies at 67

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Times has received word that Dr. Russell Mootry Jr., a former Bethune-Cookman University and longtime local political commentator, died late Tuesday evening, July 29, at Halifax Health Medical Center. He was 67. Mootry was an educator, community activist and author with more than 32 years of service […]

Half-cent tax extension support passes, heads to ballot

Half-cent tax extension support passes, heads to ballot

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A yes vote came from the Daytona Beach City Commission Aug. 6 joining Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach in support of a half-cent extension sales tax for Volusia County Schools set to go to the ballot Aug. 26. The voters ultimately will decide if they want […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

New fertilizer ordinance in effect in Volusia The Volusia County Council has adopted a summertime fertilizer ban and initiated other restrictions that will protect the county’s waterways. Ordinance 2014-06, which took effect July 27, applies to all homes and businesses in Volusia County, except those in Deltona and DeBary, which have their own fertilizer ordinances. […]

Groundbreaking for New Smyrna Center

Groundbreaking for New Smyrna Center

Youth who participate in the after-school program sponsored by the New Smyrna Beach Police Athletic League took part in a groundbreaking Monday for the renovation of the Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center. The renovation is expected to be complete in May 2015. (DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

MORE BRIEFS

MORE BRIEFS

Volusia, cities updating local mitigation strategy Volusia County government and the county’s 16 municipalities are updating the 2009 Local Mitigation Strategy, which focuses on reducing the risk of death, injury and property damage due to hazards such as flooding, wind and fire. The public is invited to review the final draft at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Research: Most residents ignored Palm Coast tornado warning

Research: Most residents ignored Palm Coast tornado warning

A university research study regarding emergency tornado notification found that most residents who received a warning about Palm Coast’s Starlight Tornado last December took no action to protect themselves. That is one of six key findings of a University of Missouri-Columbia research study regarding emergency tornado notification. The research was conducted in February with the […]

African leaders summit in America

African leaders summit in America

The importance of President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held this week in Washington, D.C. should not be underestimated. This is historic event for all Americans, but especially for 45 million Black Americans who all are direct or indirect descendants from Africa. Because of the politically polarized atmosphere in Washington, D.C., whatever initiative that President […]

Putting on my Harriett Tubman shoes

Putting on my Harriett Tubman shoes

In light of all the racism mounting up around us I put myself in Harriet Tubman’s shoes. Her mind had to be ready for war. What made her believe she could be free? Where did the courage come from when all displays of aggression were met with discipline? If you knew that your opportunity to […]

Palestinian and the Black American freedom struggles

Palestinian and the Black American freedom struggles

Knowing of my concern about justice for the Palestinians, a friend sent me a link the other day regarding Palestine and Black America; [http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/180382/students-justice-palestine#undefined] The essence of this piece is the author’s allegation that Palestinians cannot and should not compare their struggle to that of the African-American struggle for justice. Actually, there is nothing new […]

State AGs, feds crackdown on mortgage fraud

State AGs, feds crackdown on mortgage fraud

Although the rate of foreclosures nationwide has declined by April, 694,000 homeowners were still in some form of foreclosure, according to CoreLogic, a leading market analyst. Unfortunately, these consumers are also the targets of businesses charging costly, up-front fees for services that are never provided. On July 23, a coordinated state and federal enforcement action […]