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Making history: Henry sworn in as first Black male mayor

Making history: Henry sworn in as first Black male mayor

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES STAFF It was standing room only at the Daytona Beach City Commission chambers on Nov. 14 as educator and former commissioner Derrick Henry was sworn in as the city’s first Black male mayor. He follows in the footsteps of the first Black Mayor Yvonne Scarlett-Golden, who died in 2006 and […]

Health fair to kick off Light Up Midtown

Health fair to kick off Light Up Midtown

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES About 30 vendors will be participating in the Light Up Midtown Health Fair on Dec. 1 at Daisy Stocking Park in Daytona Beach. It will kick off a series of events scheduled every Saturday in December. Charles Bryant, who works for the Daytona Beach Redevelopment Department, said the Light Up […]

Senior Oasis luncheon: Plenty of turkey, dressing and fun

Senior Oasis luncheon: Plenty of turkey, dressing and fun

Participants in the John H. Dickerson Center’s Senior Oasis program were treated to an early Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 14. Seniors dined on turkey and dressing with all the trimmings plus ham, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of desserts. Tubman-King Community Church Pastor John Long, who is also employed by VITAS, was present along […]

Transportation industry a route to success for many Black men

Transportation industry a route to success for many Black men

BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When Jeffrey Brooks began his career in the transportation industry, the encouraging words of his parents echoed in his ears: “Go get a good job, a good job that you can retire from with a pension.” Now, 30 years later, Brooks, the administrative vice president and […]

Veterans honored for service

Veterans honored for service

John Steele, Eli Graham and James Huger were honored Nov. 11, Veterans Day, as Montfort Point Marines during a special program at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. Proclamations were read from the city of Daytona Beach and the local NAACP branch. The Montford Point Marines were a group of Blacks who broke the color […]

Stetson buying University Inn; will renovate to house students

Stetson buying University Inn; will renovate to house students

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES When Stetson University came to Hina and Sara Patel, principal owners/operators of the University Inn, and expressed an interest in leasing the property for up to three years for the university’s planned increase in undergraduate student population, they told Stetson Vice President for Business and Chief Financial Officer Bob Huth that […]

Williams’ widow seeks school board seat

Williams’ widow seeks school board seat

Dr. Kathy Williams will face husband’s former opponent in District 2 race BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Kathy Williams has declared her candidacy for the Volusia County School Board District 2 seat left vacant due to the death of her husband, Dr. Al Williams. Williams will be running against Bethune-Cookman University educator Ida Duncan […]

An emotional farewell

An emotional farewell

Daytona Beach officials Reynolds, Ritchey, Shelley share thoughts on serving city, citizens BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Tears were shed as outgoing Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey and Commissioners Cassandra Reynolds and Edith Shelley spoke their final words as elected officials at the Nov. 7 city commission meeting. Reynolds had a prepared statement but couldn’t […]

City sets rent rates for new centers

City sets rent rates for new centers

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Even though the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center in Daytona Beach has been open since May 29, residents have not been able to rent the gym, kitchen, dance studio, computer room or recording room for a private function. That’s because there were no fees set to do so. Daytona Beach […]

Black professionals invited to the beach

Black professionals invited to the beach

Local entrepreneur to host Nov. 24 business event BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Black business owners and professionals have been invited from all over the state to congregate and conduct “Business on the Beach.’’ Darryl Barrs, a Daytona Beach resident and publisher of Program Success Magazine, a monthly business publication distributed statewide, has organized an […]