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Former resident Kenneth Kinsler dies

Former resident Kenneth Kinsler dies

BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF ORLANDO – Kenneth “Kenny” Kinsler, one of the first Black athletes to desegregate Seabreeze High School’s racially segregated athletic program, died Jan. 24 in Orlando after a long illness. He would have turned 62 on Feb. 3. Kinsler was born on February 3, 1955 to Patsy Tiller and the late […]

Black History Month observances shaping up

Black History Month observances shaping up

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The start of Black History Month is less than a week away and programs to educate area residents on the achievements and sacrifices of African-Americans will be plentiful. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. In 1976, it […]

SECOND IN COMMAND

SECOND IN COMMAND

Jakari Young is the second Black to climb the ranks to deputy chief BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF The Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) promoted one of its own to deputy chief on Jan. 20 during a promotions ceremony held at police headquarters. Captain Jakari Young was promoted to deputy chief, which makes him second in […]

Free tests available on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Free tests available on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Volusia County will offer free rapid HIV tests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7 at DOH locations in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Orange City. “Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity to confirm their HIV status,” said DOH-Volusia Administrator Patricia Boswell. “When a […]

Retired firefighter wants to encourage children through book

Retired firefighter wants to encourage children through book

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Anthony “Tony’’ Thompson is a retired firefighter who spent 21 years with the Daytona Beach Fire Department. He also worked with the Department of Juvenile justice for 14 years. In his book titled “In His Arms,’’ which will be released this month, he attempts to inspire youth to stay out […]

Reflecting on MLK, what’s to come

Reflecting on MLK, what’s to come

Daytona residents at King events had plenty to say about political controversies. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Hundreds gathered Monday at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church to honor slain civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the federal holiday. But while they reflected on King and his legacy, there was concern about the nation’s […]

Something for everyone at book festival

Something for everyone at book festival

More than 40 authors participate in sixth annual literary event. COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF For book lovers, the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center was the place to be last weekend. More than 40 authors from across the country participated in the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival held Jan. 12-14 in Daytona Beach. From comic books to […]

New police chief plans to boost outreach in Black community

New police chief plans to boost outreach in Black community

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Beach Police Department is under a new command. Longtime Daytona Beach Police Officer Craig “Spike’’ Capri was sworn in as chief during a ceremony last week in front of a packed house at City Hall. “I’ve always had faith in myself, this department and community. I am very […]

Pastors leading the way for local MLK tributes

Pastors leading the way for local MLK tributes

Bryant to speak at B-CU; other ministers will preach, teach at weekend events BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Jamal Bryant is a Maryland-based pastor known nationally for his fight against discrimination, police brutality, mass incarceration and other issues impacting African-Americans. On April 27, 2015, he delivered the eulogy of Freddie Gray, who died on […]

‘Our kids need each and every one of you’

‘Our kids need each and every one of you’

Campbell Middle’s new principal hosts meet and greet with parents, community about his plans to improve scores at the school. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Jerry Picott has big plans for Campbell Middle School and he’s wasting no time moving them forward. On Jan. 5, the new principal reached out to the community during […]