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‘Is this good for schools?’

‘Is this good for schools?’

NAACP president poses question after Volusia County School Board votes to outsource custodial jobs BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The local NAACP president is worried that a decision by the Volusia County School Board last week to outsource all custodial jobs will impact African-Americans and other minorities in greater numbers. “I believe that outsourcing in […]

BLACK HISTORY in Daytona Beach

BLACK HISTORY in Daytona Beach

Historian Derek Hankerson traces roots from Daytona to West Africa BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Derek Hankerson was not born in Daytona Beach and doesn’t live here, but his ancestors have roots in the beachside city. Hankerson considers himself a historian. He recently talked with the Daytona Times about his connection to Daytona Beach and […]

Meetings to focus on Orange Avenue, Midtown Master Plan

Meetings to focus on Orange Avenue, Midtown Master Plan

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Two meetings will be taking place at the John H. Dickerson Center in Daytona Beach next week in which the public is urged to attend if they want to have a say in the overhaul of Orange Avenue and the implementation of the Midtown Master Plan. The first meeting, on […]

B-CU alum named the city manager of Winter Haven

B-CU alum named the city manager of Winter Haven

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Deric C. Feacher, a 2000 graduate of Bethune-Cookman and former employee of the university, has been named city manager of Winter Haven. The 36-year-old Winter Haven native became the first minority to assume the position. Winter Haven commissioners unanimously appointed Feacher on Sept. 10, 2012, when Dale Smith announced his […]

Atlantic returns to Final Four

Atlantic returns to Final Four

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Port Orange- A stifling defense help Atlantic dominate Ocala Trinity Catholic 48-23 to win the 2-4A Regional Final on Saturday night. The win propelled the Sharks girl’s basketball team to the Class 4A State Final Four. It will be the second time in the past three seasons that the Sharks made […]

Midtown volunteer called hero after shooting

Midtown volunteer called hero after shooting

Daytona residents concerned about safety at city properties due to employee cuts in Leisure Services Department BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Gun violence reared its ugly head again in Daytona Beach on Jan. 31 with its sights potentially aimed at up to 200 children, including a group of cheerleaders in the Midtown Cultural and Educational […]

BLACK HISTORY in Daytona Beach

BLACK HISTORY in Daytona Beach

Librarian Larry Hyde helped to introduce local Whites to Black authors, history BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Imagine a time when there were no books by Black authors in Volusia County’s public school libraries and limited or no information on the contribution of Blacks in any of the references books. Larry Hyde can remember. Hyde, […]

New Smyrna celebrates its own Black heritage

New Smyrna celebrates its own Black heritage

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES No city or town locally celebrates Black History Month like New Smyrna Beach. The annual New Smyrna Beach Black Heritage Festival took place last weekend with plenty of activities, live music, presentations, food, fun and entertainment. The heart of the three-day festival was at Pettis Park located at the corner […]

Shaq’s mom attends renaming ceremony of B-CU wellness center

Shaq’s mom attends renaming ceremony of B-CU wellness center

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University renamed its wellness center last week, expanding its focus and partnerships in the community. The Odessa Chambliss Wellness Center is now known as the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity, center director Diana Lee told the Daytona Times this week. The renaming ceremony took place Feb. 7 at […]

City approves additional $330,000 to complete Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center

City approves additional $330,000 to complete Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Construction of the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center is complete with the exception of landscaping and furnishings for the building. Daytona Beach commissioners voted unanimously last week to increase the budget allotted for the center by $330,000 from money provided by the Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District […]