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Beckton one of this year’s Hometown Heroes

Beckton one of this year’s Hometown Heroes

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES A hometown hero comes in many dimensions – war hero, law enforcement officer, educator and civil rights activist. There are many others who could be classified as hometown heroes but don’t get the attention they deserve and, in many cases, are not seeking recognition. That changes every year during Daytona […]

World premiere of Daytona native’s movie to take place at local theater

World premiere of Daytona native’s movie to take place at local theater

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES A film producer who was born and raised in Daytona Beach has chosen her hometown to be one of two cities for the world premiere of her movie “The Dark Party,” which was directed and stars Kadeem Hardison, who was in TV sitcoms  “A Different World” and “The Cosby Show.’’ […]

Kelley shares stories of biblical women, raises money for local causes

Kelley shares stories of biblical women, raises money for local causes

Linda Gray Kelley has been standing where the gospel women stood, whether to live in sin or rather to make things right. The theater plays that Kelley writes and performs resonate the human condition and give her the voice for God’s word. Kelley’s take on women finding their way to God took center stage Saturday […]

SAMA’s ‘Youth on the Move’ yields fitness, fun

SAMA’s ‘Youth on the Move’ yields fitness, fun

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Kids squealed with glee as they got their faces painted, jumped up and down in an inflatable bounce house, and participated in a three-legged race Saturday at Daisy Stocking Park during “Youth On the Move” sponsored by the Second Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA). “I’m hyped up to do it again,” […]

Daytona State debuts children’s theater with ‘The Jungle Book’

Daytona State debuts children’s theater with ‘The Jungle Book’

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES In July, the Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art at Daytona State College will bring to life tales from “The Jungle Book’’ by Rudyard Kipling. Through mask, puppetry, dance, mime and music, audiences will be transported to mystical India and the tale of the young “man-cub,” Mowgli. Raised by […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

Water remains safe to drink during treatment On May 22, Daytona Beach began flushing and treating its water distribution system by switching the disinfectant used from chloramines to a free chlorine. The city does this on a regular basis to improve the quality of its drinking water. While some customers (including South Daytona water customers) […]

Florida’s West Africans, Gullah-Geechees acknowledged

Florida’s West Africans, Gullah-Geechees acknowledged

DEREK HANKERSON GUEST COMMENTARY On Monday, May 13, The United States Department of Interior signed the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commissions (GGCHC) Management Plan. The connection to Florida is important because this year we are celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Florida and too many times we fail to acknowledge that West Africans and Gullah-Geechees […]

Racists don’t like being called racists

Racists don’t like being called racists

JULIAN BOND NNPA COLUMNIST I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” a firestorm erupted. Arguing the IRS was correct to target them for extra […]

Obama’s troubles aren’t comparable to Watergate

Obama’s troubles aren’t comparable to Watergate

The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at least argue against releasing the documents. It was also wrong to single out conservative organizations for special […]

Lifting Oklahoma tornado victims up in prayer

Lifting Oklahoma tornado victims up in prayer

Local churches, clergy come together Wednesday for special service at Tubman-King BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Even though they didn’t know the victims, clergy and members of Daytona Beach’s Black churches gathered Wednesday to offer up prayers for those affected by the massive tornado in Oklahoma. A prayer service, organized by the Daytona Beach Black […]