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Longtime ‘Insurance Man’ and businessman Perman Shepard dies at 79

Longtime ‘Insurance Man’ and businessman Perman Shepard dies at 79

BY JAMES HARPER DATYONA TIMES Longtime Daytona Beach resident and business owner Perman Shepard died Oct. 23 after a long illness. Known as the “Insurance Man,’’ Shepard once was a top salesman for Atlanta Life Insurance Company and received numerous plaques, awards and trophies for his work. Shepard and his wife, Edna, were owners of […]

Deputies hosting live Facebook chat on cyberspace dangers

Deputies hosting live Facebook chat on cyberspace dangers

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will take its cyber-safety message directly to the online community with the agency’s first live Facebook chat. The one-hour event called Cyber Safety for Kids & Teens: What Every Parent Should Know will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Sheriff’s Sgt. Jay […]

Palm Coast Citizens Academy graduates 29th class

Palm Coast Citizens Academy graduates 29th class

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Thirty-five Palm Coast residents graduated Oct. 15 from the Palm Coast Citizens Academy, a comprehensive program designed to educate interested residents about the operation and workings of their City government. The graduating class – the 29th in the program’s history – spent five weeks learning about city departments and visiting city […]

Sheriff’s Office has sites to drop off drugs on Saturday

Sheriff’s Office has sites to drop off drugs on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Residents can clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unwanted, unused and expired drugs this Saturday. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will join with law enforcement agencies around the country in a national prescription drug take-back event. The Sheriff’s Office will be manning five drop-off sites throughout the county. The […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

Daytona Beach festival takes place Halloween night Ghouls, ghosts and goblins of all ages are welcome to the City of Daytona Beach’s annual Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Derbyshire Park, 849 Derbyshire Road. Admission is free and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Featuring carnival […]

Mixed reactions about pastor’s same-sex marriage

Mixed reactions about pastor’s same-sex marriage

Bishop resigns church after revealing she married another woman in March BY DONALD JAMES SPECIAL TO THE NNPA Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams, outgoing secretary of the Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors, is a Christian spiritual leader, national speaker, theological teacher and author who has built a strong reputation in African-American faith-based communities around Detroit […]

‘There are other battles to fight’

‘There are other battles to fight’

Circuit Judge Hubert L. Grimes will leave bench early next year BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Judge Hubert Grimes was the first Black elected as a Volusia County judge and is the only Black currently serving in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Grimes, who announced his retirement this week, says he has done what he came […]

Date set for fired beach patrol officer to appeal firing

Date set for fired beach patrol officer to appeal firing

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Former Volusia County Beach Patrol officer Todd Snipes will appeal his firing before a personnel board on Nov. 5, Volusia County Spokesman Dave Byron told the Daytona Times this week. Local NAACP leaders and members of the area’s Black clergy plan to attend and are hoping the county board will […]

The inauguration of Edison Ovanda Jackson

The inauguration of Edison Ovanda Jackson

Bethune-Cookman’s sixth president was installed on Wednesday BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES After 11 months as the interim, Dr. Edison Jackson became Bethune-Cookman University’s sixth president on Wednesday. He became the interim president this spring.  It was his third time as a college president. In 1985, Jackson became president of Compton Community College in California. […]

Plenty for Black motorcyclists to do too during Biketoberfest

Plenty for Black motorcyclists to do too during Biketoberfest

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES There will be plenty of entertainment, vendors and much more waiting for Black bikers in town this weekend for Biketoberfest, courtesy of the Second Avenue Merchants Association on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. The 21st Annual Biketoberfest runs from Oct. 17-20. Daytona will be jam-packed with activities not only on Mary […]