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Gray-Banks named New Smyrna Beach’s top employee

Gray-Banks named New Smyrna Beach’s top employee

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Donna Gray-Banks has been named the City of New Smyrna Beach’s employee of the year. Banks, community resource coordinator, is just the second African-American to receive this award from the city. She was honored for her participation on the Railroad Avenue Housing Development, which is located in the historic Westside neighborhood […]

Volusia to unveil historical state markers for Black schools

Volusia to unveil historical state markers for Black schools

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County Council will unveil the state historical markers for two schools that provided education for African-American youth from the 1920s to 1969. The ceremonies will take place at: •3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Malloy Head Start Center (formerly the DeLeon Springs Colored School), 330 E. Retta St., […]

Local youth receive free dental care

Local youth receive free dental care

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF As part of the annual Give Kids A Smile event on Feb. 3, 16 local children received free, comprehensive dental care from the Department of Health in Volusia County. Dental staff in the Daytona Beach and Orange City offices collectively performed 16 exams and cleanings, 11 fillings, 61 sealants and 15 […]

FPL customers will be hit with hurricane costs

FPL customers will be hit with hurricane costs

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Whether they took the brunt of Hurricane Matthew or experienced a rainy breeze, Florida Power & Light customers will spend the next year paying for the utility’s response to the early October storm. The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved – with little comment […]

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Focus

Palm Coast deadline to apply for housing grant is Feb. 17 The City of Palm Coast will accept applications for the Housing Rehabilitation grant program through Friday, Feb. 17. Grant funds are available for qualified individuals who need to repair and upgrade their single-family homes to bring the home back up to minimum standards. The […]

Palm Coast expert on Black history will speak at library event

Palm Coast expert on Black history will speak at library event

Lionel Holder, education chairman at the African American Cultural Society, often speaks of the members of its speakers bureau, educating “the community, utilizing presentations, lectures and group discussions relative to African and African-American contributions to world civilizations and our nation.” Fast forward: Robert Whiting, an independent speaker, as well as the organization’s bureau speaker, will […]

Plenty of Black history at New Smyrna festival

Plenty of Black history at New Smyrna festival

The 26th Annual Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Festival took place from Feb. 3-5 at Pettis Park. The free festival was presented by the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum also known as the Heritage House. The first day was filled with tours of the museum and the historic shotgun house, which is located in […]

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Director reflects on Baldwin’s eloquence, impact

Director reflects on Baldwin’s eloquence, impact

BY LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE NNPA NEWSWIRE On the first day of Black History Month, the National Museum of African American History and Culture premiered the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which features commentary by James Baldwin. The film is a tribute to the staggering contribution of one of America’s greatest men of letters. […]

Film series continues at college

Film series continues at college

Daytona State College is continuing its film series of rare African-American filmmakers. They are being shown in the Southeast Museum of Photography Madorsky Theater, 1200 International Speedway Blvd., Hosseini Center. “First Fight. Then Fiddle. Black Identity in American Cinema 1920 -2016’’ showcases films from a new collection titled “Pioneers of African-American Cinema,’’ a series of […]