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Orange Avenue work still crippling stores

Orange Avenue work still crippling stores

Store owners say the city’s slow construction project has led to a huge drop in customers. BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Minority businesses report profit losses as steep as 40 percent during the ongoing construction of Orange Avenue from Nova Road to Beach Street. The problem is twofold: Cars can’t navigate signage leading to complex […]

Quincy Culver remembered as businessman, church leader

Quincy Culver remembered as businessman, church leader

BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Funeral Services for Mr. Quincy Lee Culver, Sr., were held Aug. 28 at New St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach with the Rev. Craig L. Robinson, pastor, delivering the eulogy. Mr. Quincy died Aug. 21 at Halifax Health Hospice, Port Orange, after a short illness. He was 86. […]

Wynn to lead international Black morticians group

Wynn to lead international Black morticians group

BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Alexander C. Wynn, III, the owner of Gainous-Wynn Funeral Home in Daytona Beach, was elected president of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (NFD&MA) at the organization’s 78th national convention last month in St. Louis, Mo. NFD&MA is a historically African-American membership association of professional funeral directors, morticians and […]

Black Daytona, 70 years ago

Black Daytona, 70 years ago

Exhibit showcases ‘Midway’ through Gordon Parks photos BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF The photographs of Gordon Parks artfully captured the lives of African-Americans in the mid-20th century with compassion and empathy. In 1943, a federal assignment brought the world-renowned photographer to Daytona Beach to capture photos of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University. Parks […]

Alfonso ‘Pangy’ Williams dies

Alfonso ‘Pangy’ Williams dies

DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Alfonso “Pangy” Williams, a lifelong Daytona resident, died Sept. 2 at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia-Flagler, Port Orange. He was 69. Born May 29, 1946 to the late Eugene Williams and Irene Williams, he graduated from Campbell Senior High School in 1964. Williams was a former football coach at Campbell Junior High, […]

Online college helps students go the distance

Online college helps students go the distance

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Kevin Finnie was a Bethune-Cookman University star running back in 1989. An athletic scholarship helped him break stats as one of former Coach Larry Little’s best rushers. But for Finnie, life and learning have since slowed down. Today, the 48-year-old father lives in Miami. He is a prostate cancer survivor […]

A major feat for B-CU’s Online College

A major feat for B-CU’s Online College

Bethune-Cookman is the first university in the state to receive the certification. BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Bethune-Cookman University has received a major accomplishment for its online college. The online college recently was certified as a United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) program. According to the university, B-CU’s Online College is the first program in Florida […]

Black breast cancer survivor leads walk-a-thon

Black breast cancer survivor leads walk-a-thon

Making Strides event takes place Oct. 31 at Riverfront Park BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES When Valencia Robinson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she joined the ranks of more than 40,000 African-American women in Florida with the disease and is now one more champion who claims survivorship. She also is the first Black […]

Local student chosen for White House initiative

Local student chosen for White House initiative

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES An invitation to be part of a White House initiative is a coveted honor and one Bethune-Cookman University student is among 82 other undergraduate and graduate students from HBCUs to achieve that accolade. Landon Wright of Orlando, a senior accounting major at B-CU, is one of four African-American students at […]

One million steps toward learning

One million steps toward learning

Local leaders give students handshakes and words of encouragement on first day of school as part of the Million Father March BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The pitter pat of anxious feet marched forward with pride to shake the hands of leaders in the annual Million Father March, a national movement that provides an opportunity […]