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Black race fans don’t let lack of diversity keep them from 500

Black race fans don’t let lack of diversity keep them from 500

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Each year, the Daytona 500 and events leading up to the big race attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and brings in nearly $2 billion into the local economy. On Sunday, Blacks who attended the Sunday Daytona 500 were talking about the excitement of the event even though Saturday’s harrowing […]

No eminent domain for those affected by Orange Avenue project

No eminent domain for those affected by Orange Avenue project

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Many of the approximately 150 people at the John H Dickerson for a discussion on the overhaul of Orange Avenue were concerned about one thing. Will Daytona Beach be using eminent domain to buy their private property for the $19.5 million project? Daytona Beach Public Works Director Ron McLemore, project […]

Greater Friendship to fast, pray in preparation for Spring Revival

Greater Friendship to fast, pray in preparation for Spring Revival

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will begin fasting and praying next week for five days building up to its annual Spring Revival, which will run from March 11-13. Dr. Darien K. Bolden of Jacksonville, senior pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, and the president of the Moderators Auxiliary […]

Stewart wins at Daytona after scary last-lap crash

Stewart wins at Daytona after scary last-lap crash

By Jenna Fryer, DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As emergency workers tended to injured fans and ambulance sirens wailed in the background, a somber Tony Stewart skipped the traditional post-race victory celebration following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. A last-lap accident sent rookie Kyle Larson’s car sailing into the fence […]

NFL legend Ray Lewis named honorary starter for 55th annual Daytona 500

NFL legend Ray Lewis named honorary starter for 55th annual Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – All-Pro NFL linebacker Ray Lewis will wave the green flag as honorary starter of the 55thannual Daytona 500 set for 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday at historic Daytona International Speedway. Lewis, a University of Miami product, led the Baltimore Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII earlier this month.  The 13-time […]

‘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 […]