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Plans for Joe Harris Park spark debate

Plans for Joe Harris Park spark debate

B-CU and city looking to residents for park solutions, but locals still  have concerns about partnership. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES A community meeting was held at B-CU’S Center for Civic Engagement last week to gain public input on the city’s planned upgrades to Joe Harris Park, a park located near the campus. Joe Harris […]

A storied career for legendary Wildcat

A storied career for legendary Wildcat

‘Cy’ McClairen retires after 55 years of service to university BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES When it comes to history, legacy and tradition at Bethune-Cookman University, only the school’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, ranks higher than 85-year-old Jack “Cy’’ McClairen. The longtime Wildcat retired on June 30 after 55 years of service with the […]

Islamic Center, church, nightclub taking security measures in wake of Orlando tragedy

Islamic Center, church, nightclub taking security measures in wake of Orlando tragedy

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The leaders of the local Islamic Center, an area A.M.E. church and even a Black nightclub say they have increased their security measures in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando last month. The Islamic Center of Daytona Beach has been the target of a threat since the tragedy […]

McClairen was founder’s chauffeur, guest on ‘Oprah’’

McClairen was founder’s chauffeur, guest on ‘Oprah’’

In a press release about McClairen’s retirement, Bethune-Cookman noted the following about the longtime Wildcat. McClairen was a chauffer for Bethune-Cookman founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in Daytona Beach while he was a student. “He drove the family car from Panama City to Tallahassee for the 1947 Bethune-Cookman-Florida A&M game, where he remembers seeing Dr. […]

More ‘Cornbread’ for kids in Daytona

More ‘Cornbread’ for kids in Daytona

Author Vince Taylor, creator of the popular “Cornbread’ children’s book series, returned to the Midtown Educational and Cultural Center in Daytona Beach on June 30. More than 300 kids watched Taylor and his tall character Cornbread engage young in learning exercises that keep them on their feet.  Taylor, an educator from Duval County, uses rhythmic […]

Putnam woman following in father’s footsteps as funeral director

Putnam woman following in father’s footsteps as funeral director

Oftentimes, we wish we had the capability of knowing what lies around the corner. But for Karla N. Flagg-Wright, she’s able to see the investment that God has made in her here-and-now experience. She’s got a grip on being certified a licensed funeral director by the State of Florida. She comes from a distinguished, well-known family, […]

Old motels used to help homeless heal

Old motels used to help homeless heal

California sites turned into model recovery centers BY DAVID GORN KAISER HEALTH NEWS TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Just up the freeway from Disneyland, in the Orange County city of Buena Park, Calif., Paul Leon stood outside the beat-up remnant of a seedy motel. Above him, a faded pink sign advertised the Coral Motel, whose rooms back […]

A reminder that we have not overcome

A reminder that we have not overcome

National NAACP leader Hilary Shelton addresses law enforcement and voting issues during speech at local branch’s annual banquet. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Inequality and injustice remain major concerns of the National NAACP, one of the organization’s leaders said June 25 in Daytona Beach. Hilary Shelton, the National NAACP’s Washington Bureau director and senior vice […]

A lesson from a pro

A lesson from a pro

Local students learn football principles and much more at clinic presented by Bruce McNorton Retired NFL player Bruce McNorton held his 10th local football clinic on June 25 sharing his skill and advice with area students. The free clinic for boys and girls was held at the Derbyshire Park & Sports Complex in Daytona Beach. […]

Construction restarts on apartments owned by city

Construction restarts on apartments owned by city

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Beach Housing Authority has restarted construction on a long-awaited housing development. Construction on The Villages at Halifax II, located in the 200 block of Keech Street, started back up in February. It is the site of the former Daytona Village Apartments, which was located there for about 40 […]