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A storied career for legendary Wildcat

A storied career for legendary Wildcat

‘Cy’ McClairen retires after 55 years of service to university BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES When it comes to history, legacy and tradition at Bethune-Cookman University, only the school’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, ranks higher than 85-year-old Jack “Cy’’ McClairen. The longtime Wildcat retired on June 30 after 55 years of service with the […]

Islamic Center, church, nightclub taking security measures in wake of Orlando tragedy

Islamic Center, church, nightclub taking security measures in wake of Orlando tragedy

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The leaders of the local Islamic Center, an area A.M.E. church and even a Black nightclub say they have increased their security measures in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando last month. The Islamic Center of Daytona Beach has been the target of a threat since the tragedy […]

McClairen was founder’s chauffeur, guest on ‘Oprah’’

McClairen was founder’s chauffeur, guest on ‘Oprah’’

In a press release about McClairen’s retirement, Bethune-Cookman noted the following about the longtime Wildcat. McClairen was a chauffer for Bethune-Cookman founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in Daytona Beach while he was a student. “He drove the family car from Panama City to Tallahassee for the 1947 Bethune-Cookman-Florida A&M game, where he remembers seeing Dr. […]

More ‘Cornbread’ for kids in Daytona

More ‘Cornbread’ for kids in Daytona

Author Vince Taylor, creator of the popular “Cornbread’ children’s book series, returned to the Midtown Educational and Cultural Center in Daytona Beach on June 30. More than 300 kids watched Taylor and his tall character Cornbread engage young in learning exercises that keep them on their feet.  Taylor, an educator from Duval County, uses rhythmic […]

Community News

Community News

NCNW seeks contestants for annual pie contest The Daytona Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is looking for contestants for this year’s Sweet Potato Pie and More Contest on July 30. The event is homage to the group’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, who sold pies during the early days to […]

Community greets Greater Friendship pastor, wife

Community greets Greater Friendship pastor, wife

Dr. Michael A. Chambers and his wife, Lizzie, received a warm welcome from the Daytona Beach community the evening of June 30 during a Meet and Greet held at Bethune-Cookman University. Chambers is the new pastor of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Chambers, who moved from Baltimore, Maryland, started pastoring Greater Friendship in May. He […]

Ormond Beach church to host Founder’s Day event

Ormond Beach church to host Founder’s Day event

Emmanuel Church of the Living God will observe its first Founder’s Day Celebration commemorating the legacy of the late bishop and founder, Dr. L. Delores Simmons-Ward. The church was founded by the bishop and her husband, Deacon George W. Ward. Bishop Simmons-Ward died on Nov. 23, 2015. She is survived by Deacon Ward. Evangelist Dr. Willie […]

Holly Hill to honor pastor and wife

Holly Hill to honor pastor and wife

New Life Church Ministries in Holly Hill is hosting the 25th pastoral appreciation for Pastor Victor and Lady Charline Gooden this weekend. The church is at 1625 Derbyshire Road. On July 8 at 7 p.m., the special guest will be the Rev. Dr. Milton Biggham. The special preacher at 11 a.m. on July 10 will […]

Ceremony marks beginning of construction on veterans bridge

Ceremony marks beginning of construction on veterans bridge

More than 100 residents and local and state officials gathered on June 30 to celebrate the beginning of construction on the new Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge in Daytona Beach. Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen noted the new bridge was named for Tom Staed, a prominent area hotelier and Korean War veteran who died in […]

TSA PreCheck opens at Daytona International Airport

TSA PreCheck opens at Daytona International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has opened a permanent PreCheck enrollment center at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB). PreCheck allows participating flyers to experience a more efficient airport screening process by leaving on shoes, light jackets and belts and leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags. Passengers must pre-enroll and schedule an appointment at […]