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Orange Avenue overhaul to start in Midtown

Orange Avenue overhaul to start in Midtown

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The chairman of the Midtown Area Redevelopment Board was told by the Daytona Beach City Commission that construction will begin at Nova Road instead of Beach Street when a massive overhaul of Orange Avenue begins next year. Hemis Ivey, board chair, also learned on Dec. 5 during a city commission […]

Daytona middle school students visit Capitol

Daytona middle school students visit Capitol

Florida Rep. Dwayne Taylor was treated to a visit by 120 students from David C. Hinson Middle School in Daytona Beach on Dec. 4. The students were joined by their teachers at the state Capitol Complex in Tallahassee and learned about the legislative process. “It was a joy to have the opportunity to speak to […]

Light up Midtown festivities continue throughout December

Light up Midtown festivities continue throughout December

Area residents have been participating in a multitude of holiday activities in Midtown. A health fair was held Dec. 1 at Daisy Stocking Park followed by the first tree lighting later that evening. On Saturday, Dec. 8, a Christmas parade was held through the heart of Midtown consisting of area bands, churches and community organizations […]

School board hears presentations on Disproportionate Minority Contact

School board hears presentations on Disproportionate Minority Contact

Cheryl Massaro has a mindset of giving purpose and challenging various organizations to understand what Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) means. Among the presentations made at a recent workshop of the Flagler County School Board was Massaro’s. She’s the Circuit 7 Board chair for the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), serving Putnam, Volusia, St. Johns, and […]

Section 8 applicants asked to contact county

Section 8 applicants asked to contact county

Volusia County residents who applied for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program through the county are asked to contact the county’s Community Assistance Division to update their information. Pre-application status verification forms were mailed to the 869 residents on the waiting list on Friday, Dec. 7. Applicants must complete the form and return it […]

No Votran services on holidays; free trolley service on New Year’s Eve

No Votran services on holidays; free trolley service on New Year’s Eve

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Votran will not operate bus service Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, in the Greater Daytona Beach Area, Southeast and West Volusia County areas. Votran night service will close two hours early Christmas Eve, at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. Votran will […]

Occupation of Palestine compared to South African apartheid

Occupation of Palestine compared to South African apartheid

  BILL FLETCHER AND ANGELA M. GILLIAM NNPA COLUMNISTS We, as African-Americans, simply could not remain silent when word broke of the Israeli bombings of Gaza. Along with Cornel West and others, we circulated a petition condemning the aggression and demanding an end to the occupation. While most of the mainstream media immediately jumped to […]

Republicans should focus on Blacks, not Hispanics

Republicans should focus on Blacks, not Hispanics

I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to be the same: “Republicans have to find a way to garner more of the Hispanic vote.” […]

Living on $35 worth of food stamps only hype

Living on $35 worth of food stamps only hype

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker, following the example of Phoenix, Arizona Mayor Greg Stanton, is accepting a challenge to live on a $35 food stamp budget for one week. Mr. Mayor will add to his resume of shoveling snow and rescuing a woman from a burning house this latest feat that some news reporters […]

Payday loans, overdraft fees are predatory products

Payday loans, overdraft fees are predatory products

More than 37 million American households were either unbanked or under-banked in 2011, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). African-American households represent 34 percent of all under-banked consumers, the highest percentage among demographics surveyed. When under-banked African-American and Latino households are combined, these two communities of color comprise more […]