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School Board race now down to Wright, Williams

School Board race now down to Wright, Williams

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Ida Duncan Wright, a Bethune-Cookman University instructor, is hoping that with the return of college students in January and the end of the holiday season, she will be able to defeat Kathy Williams, retired educator and widow of incumbent School Board member Al Williams for his school board seat. The […]

Not enough money to secure all schools

Not enough money to secure all schools

Budget woes cited by Volusia sheriff’s  office; elementary principal says officers would ease kids’ anxiety BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES There are no school resource officers at any of Volusia County’s elementary schools due to budgetary constraints. At least one area elementary school principal is calling for beefing up security at all schools in the […]

Carter’s annual holiday feast in 14th year

Carter’s annual holiday feast in 14th year

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The Vince Carter’s Embassy of Hope Foundation will distribute bunches of greens, boxes of food and warm Christmas wishes for 90 families this week. The foundation will hold its 14th annual holiday food basket distribution for previously identified families Friday at 9 a.m., Dec. 21, in front of the Vince […]

‘Kids got in my heart’

‘Kids got in my heart’

Fred Morrell retiring from city but will keep on coaching BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Fred Morrell has been coaching others ever since he was a teenager. Thirty-five years ago, he came upon a job that would allow him to be paid for what he enjoyed doing the most – working with and coaching children. […]

Deltas host ‘Men All Pause’ fashion show

Deltas host ‘Men All Pause’ fashion show

More than 140 women were among the attendees of “The Men All Pause” male fashion show and luncheon on Dec. 8 at the LPGA Banquet Room sponsored by the Daytona Beach Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The attendees had their choice of chicken, salmon or vegetable lasagna. The models included Orkeys Auriene, Edward Daniels, Dr. […]

Transit Retirees working on holiday dance, MLK service

Transit Retirees working on holiday dance, MLK service

Anticipated holiday events have been a Christmas party and a holiday scholarship dinner dance. The evening events have been sponsored by the New York City Transit Retirees of Palm Coast and the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO), respectively. The dinner dance gives us a lot to do. It’s detailed at the bottom of the Palm […]

City to allow vendors on ISB in Midtown during Bike Week

City to allow vendors on ISB in Midtown during Bike Week

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Businesses on International Speedway Boulevard (ISB) from Keech Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard can now have vendors on their properties during Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Commissioners approved an amendment to the master plan guidelines for Bike Week and Biketoberfest to allow outside itinerant vending on West International Speedway […]

Light Up Midtown ends with gospel extravaganza

Light Up Midtown ends with gospel extravaganza

The “Christmas in Songs’’ event, a gospel extravaganza, will culminate a month of special Light Up Midtown activities. The free gospel event is Dec. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Third St., Daytona Beach. The event will include local choirs and other talents geared toward the holiday spirit. Month […]

Black leadership or pleadership?

Black leadership or pleadership?

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth our demands for political reciprocity. Are they really leading (demanding), or are they simply pleading? […]

Black to the future

Black to the future

I was recently in South Africa for a conference. While there, I had two interesting experiences that raised the complications and politics of race. In the first case I was on a shuttle bus. The driver, ethnically South Asian but a South African, was very friendly. We started up a conversation during which he asked […]