Light up Midtown festivities continue throughout December E Daytona PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit #189 Daytona Beach, FL E FR CHARLENE CROWELL: Payday loans, overdraft fees are predatory products Page 4 A ROUNDUP OF LOCAL SPORTS See page 7 East Central Florida’s Black Voice See page 2 www.daytonatimes.com www.daytonatimes.com DECEMBER 13 - DECEMBER 19, 2012 YEAR 37 NO. 50 Daughter: Dad deserves honor at park PEOPLE SPEAK Request to rename part of Derbyshire after Harold V. Lucas goes before city board this month BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org The daughter of a popular Daytona Beach educator and coach, who is now retired, wants the city to rename part of Derbyshire Park after her dad. Dr. D’Lorah A. Hyacinth, a motivational speaker, author and minister who also works for Volusia County Schools in human re- sources, has acquired the required number of signatures for the Daytona Beach Planning Board to consider renaming the park after Harold V. Lucas. Hyacinth initially wanted the entire park named after Lucas. During a recent meeting with Daytona Beach staffers, it was suggested that only the playing field be named in his honor. “After conferring with city staff, I now understand the desire to preserve the current name of the park and to not detract away from Mayor (Yvonne Scarlett) Golden’s new facility,” Hyacinth stated. “Therefore, I have amended my request and am now seeking to name the athletic fields of the park as the Harold V. Lucas, Jr. Athletic Fields.” Planning board first The first hurdle for Hyacinth to get over is ap- Harold Lucas D’Lorah Hyacinth proval from the planning board, but the ultimate decision will be made by Mayor Derrick Henry and the city’s commissioners. Hyacinth’s proposal goes before the planning board on Dec. 20. She submitted the petition on Oct. 5 She spoke at a Dec. 5 city commission when she learned that commissioners were considering changing the requirements for naming city property and streets. “My petition should not be targeted (nor should new requirements) impact the petition I submitted,” Hyacinth told the commissioners. The commissioners were in agreement that the threshold to renaming is too low but assured Hyacinth that her petition will The gift of graduation be judged under current guidelines. She told the Daytona Times on Wednesday, “During the commission meeting, it was clearly stated that my request would fall under the current renaming policy. Therefore, I no longer have concerns regarding city staff’s desire to change the policy while my request is pending.’’ Naming policy Daytona Beach resident Marjorie Johnson said at Please see PARK, Page 2 Orange Avenue overhaul to start in Midtown BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com Provost Dr. Hiram C. Powell, right, assists in the bestowing of an honorary degree upon Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., presiding bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. More than 130 receive degrees during December commencement Dr. Edison Jackson participated in his first Bethune-Cookman University graduation on Dec. 8 during the school’s first fall graduation in 20 years. Jackson oversaw the graduation of more than 130 students. The interim president said he decided to bring back fall commencement at the request of the students and faculty. During the commencement, the university bestowed honorary degrees upon Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., presiding bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church; and Michelle Carter-Scott, alumna, philanthropist and community leader. Michelle Carter-Scott, left, also received an honorary degree during the Dec. 8 commencement. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN REEVES/ B-CU $20 in diplomas Emeritus Board of Trustee member Lee Rhyant was the commencement speaker. In each of the diplomas presented to grads was a $20 bill from Rhyant in memory of his mother who scraped together money for her son 40 years ago, which included a $20 bill, after she learned her son’s clothes had Daytona middle school students visit Capitol Florida Rep. Dwayne Taylor was treated to a visit by 120 students from David C. Hinson Middle School in Daytona Beach on Dec. 4. The students were joined by their teachers at the state Capitol Complex in Tallahassee and learned about the legislative process. “It was a joy to have the opportunity to speak to our young people,” said Taylor, who represents District 26, which covers inland areas around Daytona Beach. “The future is in good hands.” Taylor also extends an invitation to other schools in his district to visit the Capitol, and encourages students to learn more about how local, state and federal government works. To set up a tour of the Capitol and visit Taylor, contact his office at 850-717-5026 or 386-239-6202. been stolen. He shared with the students that his mom put the money in an envelope as a graduation present to Rhyant so he could buy some new clothes. Aside from being the name on the university’s recently built $6 million Lee Rhyant Residential Life Center, he is a retired executive for LockheedMartin and Rolls-Royce Aerospace. The chairman of the Midtown Area Redevelopment Board was told by the Daytona Beach City Commission that construction will begin at Nova Road instead of Beach Street when a massive overhaul of Orange Avenue begins next year. Hemis Ivey, board chair, also learned on Dec. 5 during a city commission meeting that elected officials awarded a $700,000 contract to local firm McKim & Creed to bring the current construction plans to 100 percent design stage for the Orange Avenue reconstruction project. The recent acquisition of State Revolving Loan funds and the $4.8 million in Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grants has made the $19 million Orange Avenue reconstruction project feasible provided the city redesigns the project to FDOT standards in time for the issuance of bids no later than July 1, 2013. The information was reported at the Dec. 5 meeting. It is estimated that it will take 20 to 24 months to complete the construction. No million from board Ivey was upset that $1 million was initially taken out of Midtown Area Redevelopment funds to complete the project and requested that instead of using their funds – which the board would like to be used elsewhere in Midtown – monies be taken from public utilities coffers instead of CRA funds. “We are the only ones (board) contributing one million dollars,” said Ivey. Please see ORANGE, Page 2 On Dec. 4, students from David C. Hinson Middle School visited the Florida State Legislature in Tallahassee. They are shown in the House Chambers with Rep. Dwayne Taylor.