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This far by faith

This far by faith

Mt. Bethel celebrates 128th anniversary Mt. Bethel’s Baptist Institutional Church celebrated its 128th-year history with a special service at the church on June 23. The Rev. Dr. Eugene S. Hudson is currently interim pastor of the church. At the service, retired Volusia County educator Eartha Sims Watson gave an overview of the church’s rich history. […]

Judge to hear dismissal motion filed by B-CU in hazing case

Judge to hear dismissal motion filed by B-CU in hazing case

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University has been granted a July 1 hearing after the school’s attorneys filed a motion for dismissal in a case in which the mother alleges that her son died as a result of hazing while pledging a fraternity at B-CU. On behalf of her son, Marcus Thomas, Michelle Thomas […]

Lentz, White tough on CFCDC CEO over payment of loan

Lentz, White tough on CFCDC CEO over payment of loan

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Two Daytona Beach commissioners recently verbally attacked Central Florida Community Development Corporation CEO Gerald Chester and threatened to default on a loan he received from the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which he used to construct and open a restaurant, ice cream shop and renovate an apartment complex in Midtown. But […]

Remembering Mt. Bethel’s 128 years

Remembering Mt. Bethel’s 128 years

Eartha Sims Watson recounts church’s history during celebration this month Editor’s note: Retired Volusia County Educator Eartha Sims Watson gave a “glimpse” of Mt. Bethel’s Baptist Institutional Church’s 128 year history on June 23 at the church. Here is an excerpt of her speech. Watson, 67, has been lifelong member of the church. Her father, […]

Nation’s first Black paratrooper Walter Morris continues to make a difference in Flagler

Nation’s first Black paratrooper Walter Morris continues to make a difference in Flagler

A revered person in Palm Coast once mentioned that I should resonate stories about people because generally no one will tell our story but us. And so, my story of Walter Morris resonates a collaboration with Madalin Olivia Trigg Price, Ph.D. En route, Dr. Price charted her course in radio, TV and film. She’s a retired faculty […]

McFadden to speak at Mt. Zion’s women conference

McFadden to speak at Mt. Zion’s women conference

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Claudette McFadden will be the guest speaker at the “Fruit of the Spirit” Women’s Conference June 29-30 at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. On Saturday, the conference begins at 9 a.m. continues Sunday during the regular worship service, which starts at 10:45 a.m. “The conference […]

Perkins to become chief judge

Perkins to become chief judge

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES DELAND – Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins will lead the Seventh Judicial Circuit as chief judge beginning July 1. Elected by the 42 judges in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, Perkins will have administrative supervision over the circuit during his two-year term. He also will continue his duties on […]

Affirmative action polls show deep racial gulf

Affirmative action polls show deep racial gulf

In the months leading up to this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, a public opinion poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 76 percent of Americans oppose affirmative action in college admissions. However, a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 68 percent of Americans favor the […]

Maximum effort needs to be made for minimum wage

Maximum effort needs to be made for minimum wage

It seems that the term poverty has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans, and 26 percent of African-Americans experience poverty. The Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law on June 25, 1938, so perhaps 75 years later is a good time to explore the roots of the […]

Obama’s trip to Africa no different than predecessors

Obama’s trip to Africa no different than predecessors

President Obama and the first lady’s trip to sub-Saharan Africa, scheduled for June 26-July 3, will included South Africa, the West African nation of Senegal, and Tanzania on Africa’s east coast. If anyone wonders why the son of a Kenyan senior government economist isn’t traveling to his ancestral homeland, it has to do with the […]