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Local flu activity diagnosed as mild; vaccine still urged

Local flu activity diagnosed as mild; vaccine still urged

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Even though many areas across the country are experiencing an early flu season with high levels of influenza-like illnesses, Volusia County’s Health Department Director says that is not the case in Daytona Beach. “We are seeing mild flu activity in Volusia County,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the […]

Time to celebrate dream, the dreamer

Time to celebrate dream, the dreamer

Plenty of countywide MLK events this weekend BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES “Celebrating The Dreamer and the Dream” is the theme chosen by The Martin Luther King Celebration for Florida for activities scheduled in Daytona Beach honoring the slain civil rights leader. “The theme ties in perfectly with the national enthusiasm of the reelection of […]

Wright to join school board in Volusia on Jan. 29

Wright to join school board in Volusia on Jan. 29

FROM STAFF REPORTS Ida Duncan Wright will be sworn in as the newest member of the Volusia County School Board on Jan. 29. In a runoff election, Wright easily defeated challenger retired educator Kathy Williams, wife of the late Al Williams, who died Oct. 1 2012, after winning re-election on Aug. 16 against Wright. Wright, […]

Popular B-CU professor Jake Miller dies at 83

Popular B-CU professor Jake Miller dies at 83

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Hundreds packed Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Daytona Beach on Jan. 12 for the homegoing service of Dr. Jake Charles Miller, an educator and author who died Jan. 5 at Signature Healthcare in Ormond Beach. He was 83. “Bethune-Cookman University community is mourning the death of Professor Emeritus Dr. […]

Former Daytonan to be installed as pastor of Altamonte Springs church

Former Daytonan to be installed as pastor of Altamonte Springs church

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a big influence on the life of former Daytona Beach resident Kevin Beckton who will be installed as pastor of his own church this month. “I believe he (Dr. King) once said, whatever you are, be the best at what you do. This is […]

Freedom Rider to speak at Stetson on Tuesday

Freedom Rider to speak at Stetson on Tuesday

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Ernest “Rip” Patton Jr. was a 21-year-old Tennessee State University student and the drum major in the marching band in 1961 when he made the life-altering decision to become a Freedom Rider. In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Patton will be speaking at Stetson University on Jan. 22 […]

Candlelight vigil for homeless set for Saturday in downtown Daytona

Candlelight vigil for homeless set for Saturday in downtown Daytona

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES A candlelight vigil for the homeless is taking place Jan. 19 starting at 6 p.m. on the corner of International Speedway Boulevard and Beach Street in Downtown Daytona Beach. The public is invited to attend. The vigil is being organized by members of Occupy Daytona and H.O.M.E, a nonprofit organization […]

Workshop to focus on raising responsible, cooperative kids

Workshop to focus on raising responsible, cooperative kids

“Active Parenting Now” will add a new threshold for parents endeavoring to benefit from the workshop. Join Dr. Pamela Jackson-Smith for problem solving in the Wadsworth School’s Media Center, 4550 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, on Thursdays, Jan. 17 – Feb. 21, 6 to 8 p.m. Jackson-Smith ensures that children have educational rights and protection. […]

NRA maintains stranglehold on Congress

NRA maintains stranglehold on Congress

In the wake of the killing of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn. last month and just before Vice President Joe Biden presented a list of proposals to President Obama this week that includes banning assault weapons and limiting sales of high-capacity ammunition clips, the president of the National Rifle Association expressed confidence that new gun […]

Those hidden cell phone taxes

Those hidden cell phone taxes

Governments – federal through local – are run by revenue. The source for their revenue is taxation. Their management is best when the revenue is low and worse when there is too much revenue. Too much revenue breeds corruption, waste, ineptness and disorder. That is why the last stimulus we had was a total failure. […]