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Harpist to play at church, concert

Harpist to play at church, concert

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Angelica Hairston will be a special guest harpist at the morning service of United Presbyterian Church on Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. The church is at 730 Beville Road. Hairston began playing the violin at age 4 and the harp at age 12. She is currently a student at […]

Plenty of jazz, food, camaraderie

Plenty of jazz, food, camaraderie

The “Thin Man’’ Watts 2014 Jazz Festival was held Oct. 18 at the Watts Amphitheater in DeLand on Oct. 18. The festival is named after Nobel “Thin Man’’ Watts, the renowned jazz musician from DeLand who died in 2004. The festival began in 2004 at the South DeLand amphitheater, which was renamed in 2004 in […]

Biketoberfest 2014: They ate, they rode and they partied

Biketoberfest 2014: They ate, they rode and they partied

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Markedly lower in attendance from Bike Week held in the spring, Biketoberfest still brought thousands of bikers to the Daytona Beach area last weekend. Though official numbers were not available, bikers who spoke with the Daytona Times said there were not as many bikers, vendors or food options at […]

Bethune-Cookman raises $2.5 million at gala

Bethune-Cookman raises $2.5 million at gala

BY KEISHA PICKETT SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Bethune-Cookman University raised nearly $2.5 million at Tuesday night’s Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala, which included a surprise donation of $1 million raised by B-CU’s student body. Nearly 500 guests were present at the gala, held at the Daytona International Speedway 500 Club. The $1 million came […]

Funeral director speaks out about violence

Funeral director speaks out about violence

Hearses in B-CU parade part of national campaign against crime BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Gainous Funeral Home had no ordinary float in the annual Bethune-Cookman University Homecoming Parade on Saturday. There were no banners, no shiny decorations, no bells, no whistles. The black and white hearse made its way down Dr. Mary McLeod […]

Holley vying to be Flagler’s first Black commissioner

Holley vying to be Flagler’s first Black commissioner

BY JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY DAYTONA TIMES Howard Holley is seeking to make history in Flagler County. He’s a longtime Republican turned Independent running for Flagler County Commissioner, District 2. He faces Frank Meeker in the November election. If he wins, he will be the first Black and first Independent elected to the commission. Holley is CEO […]

City says goodbye to longtime employee Mickel Brown

City says goodbye to longtime employee Mickel Brown

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Mickel A. Brown, a special projects manager for the City of Daytona Beach, died Oct. 9 at age 52. “The city has lost a great employee,” Percy Williamson, Leisure Services director for the City of Daytona Beach told the Daytona Times. Brown worked within the Leisure Services department for […]

Community Events

Community Events

Daytona to host free basketball clinic next week The City of Daytona Beach will offer a free basketball clinic on Monday, Oct. 20 through Thursday, Oct. 23. The clinic is open to elementary, middle and high school students whose skills range from recreational to competitive. Coaches from the NBA, Bethune-Cookman University, University of Central Florida, […]

Westside Elementary encourages literacy with after-school dinners

Westside Elementary encourages literacy with after-school dinners

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A sombrero dance, lots of tacos and, of course, a plethora of books were just part of a successful literacy night’s dinner held at Westside Elementary school on Oct. 9. The doors had to be closed before the end of the event because of the overwhelming response packing the […]

Nobody’s ‘uncle’ or ‘house Negro’

Nobody’s ‘uncle’ or ‘house Negro’

Black Republicans speak out about their choice of party “Ugly is ugly. And God don’t like ugly. I don’t play that game. I’m nobody’s uncle. I’m nobody’s house Negro either.” -Webster Barnaby BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Of the 29,276 registered Black voters in Volusia County, just over 3 percent or 928 persons identify […]