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127 students to graduate this month from B-CU

127 students to graduate this month from B-CU

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES For the first time in 20 years, Bethune-Cookman University will have a fall commencement. The graduation is at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 698 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach. Graduating will be 127 students along with the first two students […]

Orlando pastor among authors lined up for Midtown book festival

Orlando pastor among authors lined up for Midtown book festival

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Pastor Riva Tims will be one of the many authors to be featured next month at the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival in Daytona Beach. Tims is the former wife of the late Pastor Zachary Tims. At one time, they were co-pastors at New Destiny Christian Center, which became one of Central […]

Midtown continues December celebration

Midtown continues December celebration

BY ASHLEY THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Five-year-old Narae Ivey and dad Hemis Ivey (shown on the front page) were one of the many people who attended the “Light Up Midtown” tree lighting event held Saturday at Daisy Stocking Park. Other events to take place during Midtown’s celebration throughout December include: A Christmas parade, on Dec. 8 […]

Civil rights workers weigh in on Flagler’s school district issues

Civil rights workers weigh in on Flagler’s school district issues

Flagler County Public Schools has failed to pull it together since forewarned in March at a NAACP meeting that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) would not wait too long before filing a complaint. Flash forward: On July 24, the SPLC forwarded a letter to the federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The letter in […]

‘Playing the numbers’ hurts the poor

‘Playing the numbers’ hurts the poor

I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years of age, the two elderly ladies who lived downstairs from my family would give me a ladies’ handkerchief tied in a knot with some coins and a piece of paper inside. They would have me walk up the street and give it to another lady […]

’Tis the season to be careful

’Tis the season to be careful

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas. It takes me until about Dec. 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family. I like to give, which is why I share with a few charities that are close […]

Reforming the GED exam may help unemployed

Reforming the GED exam may help unemployed

WADE HENDERSON NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST As our economy steadily improves and we look ahead to the next four years, it’s time to turn our attention to solving the intractable problem of long-term unemployment. Reforming the General Educational Development exam – better known as the GED – is one of the most promising pathways to getting […]

Fed chair: Communities of color must be part of recovery

Fed chair: Communities of color must be part of recovery

In a recent speech before the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, warned that the current housing recovery is leaving communities of color behind. In his remarks, he acknowledged that racial discrimination in housing persists despite federal fair housing laws and the Community Reinvestment Act. “Two […]

Downtown Daytona to celebrate holidays Dec. 15

Downtown Daytona to celebrate holidays Dec. 15

The public is invited to the Home for the Holidays event at Riverfront Park from 1 p.m. -6 p.m. Dec. 15. Bobby Bosley will serve as the master of ceremonies as performances from the Calvary Christian Praise Band and Choir, the Warner Christian Academy Velvet Blues Marching Band and the 14th Annual Downtown Opry Christmas […]

Flu shots available at health department’s centers

Flu shots available at health department’s centers

The Volusia County Health Department is offering flu vaccine at its health centers in Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and Deltona. “Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, acting director of the Volusia County Health Department. “It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can […]