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Pioneer paratrooper Walter Morris dies See page 3

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CLAUDETTE MCFADDEN: A letter from Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune See page 4

Pop Warner team goes pink for breast cancer awareness See page 8

East Central Florida’s Black Voice

OCTOBER 17 - OCTOBER 23, 2013

‘There are other battles to fight’


Circuit Judge Hubert L. Grimes will leave bench early next year BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES


Judge Hubert Grimes, right, is shown with former Daytona Beach Commissioner Steven Miller at the 2012 Juneteenth banquet.

Judge Hubert Grimes was the first Black elected as a Volusia County judge and is the only Black currently serving in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Grimes, who announced

his retirement this week, says he has done what he came to do. “Now I feel like it’s time for me to move on and pursue some other dreams while I am still young enough to do so,” said Grimes, whose retirement is effective Jan. 30, 2014. He hinted that in the next chapter of his life he hopes to be an advocate for young people and the court system. “I’m not leaving on a sour note by any stretch of the imagination. No one

is forcing me out. I have enjoyed my work and the people I have worked with have been phenomenal. But, for me, there are other battles to fight, other assignments to pursue, and other dreams to fulfill, while I am young enough to do so,” Grimes noted.

Accomplished dream Grimes was elected to the bench in 1988, winning a seat as Volusia County Court Judge.

After serving 11 years in county court, he was appointed to the circuit bench in 1999. Grimes said he is proud of his role as a trailblazer for the local court system. “It hadn’t been done before and there were some people who tried to dissuade me from running (for county judge). They thought it was futile,” he said. “But with faith in God, encouragement from famPlease see GRIMES, Page 2

Date set for fired beach patrol officer to appeal firing BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Former Volusia County Beach Patrol officer Todd Snipes will appeal his firing before a personnel board on Nov. 5, Volusia County Spokesman Dave Byron told the Daytona Times this week. Local NAACP leaders and members of the area’s Black clergy plan to attend and are hoping Todd the county board will Snipes uphold the decision to fire Snipes who sent “offensive’’ text messages and pictures while on duty. Snipes received notice of his dismissal on Aug. 9 from George Recktenwald, director of the county’s Department of Public Protection.

Slater: We’ll be there When Daytona Beach/Volusia NAACP President Cynthia Slater first heard Snipes was requesting a hearing, she told the Daytona Times that “under the merit system rules, he has a right to an appeals process.” In an interview this week, Slater said, “We will be in the audience during this process. It is my hope that the county upholds their decision to terminate Snipes. Snipes’ behavior in making racial posts during one of the most sensitive times in America showed exactly where his heart is. His actions were inexcusable.”

Clergy Alliance responds Dr. L. Ronald Durham, president of the area’s Black Clergy Alliance, echoed Slater’s remarks.


Dr. Edison Jackson is shown during his inauguration Wednesday at B-CU’s Performing Arts Center.

The inauguration of Edison Ovanda Jackson Bethune-Cookman’s sixth president was installed on Wednesday BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

After 11 months as the interim, Dr. Edison Jackson became Bethune-Cookman University’s sixth president on Wednesday. He became the interim president this spring. It was his third time as a col-

lege president. In 1985, Jackson became president of Compton Community College in California. In 1989, he became president of Medgar Evers College in New York City. He held that position until he decided to retire in 2009. Jackson already has started making structural improvements on campus. He recently told the Daytona Times that two more residence halls would be constructed before his presidency is finished. Construction soon will begin on a new practice field for football players

behind the Larry Handfield Training Center. Jackson also noted that B-CU’s enrollment has hit a historic high. B-CU surpassed projections enrolling a record 3,787 students for fall 2013. The projected enrollment for fall 2013 was 3,471. Jackson added that B-CU received nearly 10,000 applications. “Students from across the world see the value in a Bethune-Cookman education. We are focusing on academic excellence and that is drawing students who want a quality education,” he said.

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Plenty for Black motorcyclists to do too during Biketoberfest BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Members of the Steel Stallions Motorcyle Club, which is composed of many Daytona Beach residents, will be among the thousands of biker enthusiasts participating in this year’s Biketoberfest activities on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Main Street and Beach Street.

There will be plenty of entertainment, vendors and much more waiting for Black bikers in town this weekend for Biketoberfest, courtesy of the Second Avenue Merchants Association on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. The 21st Annual Biketoberfest runs from Oct. 17-20. Daytona will be jam-packed with activities not only on Mary McLeod Boulevard but also on Martin Luther King Boulevard at the Safari Lounge and on Beach Street and Main Streets. The Daytona International Speedway also will be a biker’s paradise for the annual Fall Cycle Scene.

Activities at Speedway On the track, the Speedway’s 3.51-mile road course will showcase the Team Hammer Advanced School, vintage racing from American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association (AHMRA), Championship Cup Series (CCS) sprint races and the American Sport bike Racing Association (ASRA) finals. Outside the Speedway, there will also be numerous motorcycle activities to check out, including: Monster Dash: The annual Monster Dash returns on Friday night, Oct. 18 where bikers will have the opportunity to take two parade laps around the Speedway. Fashion show: The Hot Leathers Fashion Show will be staged on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. in

the K&G Cycles Thunder Alley. Free demo rides: Motorcycle enthusiasts can test-ride the newest rides from manufacturers such as Yamaha, Victory and Indian. Vendors and displays: Bikers can visit with close to 100 of the nation’s top aftermarket product vendors or get an up-close look at the cruiser and sport bike manufacturers and custom bike builders have to offer in their display areas. K&G Cycles Thunder Alley: Bikers can spend the day inside the K&G Cycles Thunder Alley where there will be entertainment, games and contests. Local musical acts scheduled to perform. For a complete list of activities for bikers throughout Volusia County, visit http://biketoberfest. org/.



OCTOBER 17 – OCTOBER 23, 2013

Rose Marie Bryon Center to hold ball, silent auction FROM STAFF REPORTS


The inauguration of Edison Ovanda Jackson The family of Dr. Edison Jackson stands during the inauguration service for him on Wednesday at the inauguration of Bethune-Cookman University’s new president.

The first Rose Marie Bryon Children’s Center semiannual ball/silent auction will be held Saturday, Nov 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Pelican Bay Golf & Country Club, Grand Ball Room, 350 Pelican Bay Drive, Daytona Beach. “Our communitywide celebration seeks to raise funds for the Rose Marie Bryon Children’s Center, which is the oldest after school program in the Daytona Beach area,” said cen-

ter Director Janet Bryant. The mission of the center is to provide a safe, Christian=based environment along with educational opportunities and the development of positive selfesteem for at-risk youth. “We really need your help not only to make this a successful event, but to keep the doors of the center open,” Bryant added. The Rose Marie Bryon Movement has served the community since Oct. 31, 1946. Since July 2010, the center has not received any government or grant funding. The center is solely operated by volunteers and minimal private donations. For more information, contact Bryant at or call 386-253-9798 or 386316-3910.

Bessie Marshall, popular educator, coach, mentor remembered by family, friends Nephew Ron Smith called Marshall a “mega aunt.” “She was a diva all the time. She was tired. She was in pain,” Smith recalled Marshall telling him before she died. “She’s at peace now,” he remarked.

“When she walked, she strode. You knew who she was before she walked into the room,” said Haynie.


Bessie Carol Marshall was many things to different people. The life of “BC,’’ as she was fondly called by many, was remembered Oct. 12 at Bethune-Cookman University’s Gertrude Heyn Memorial Chapel, a place she attendBessie ed many times Marshall while a student at the school. Marshall, an educator, coach, dance instructor, friend and supportive family member died on Oct. 3 after battling a long illness. “She was a model of what we wanted to be. She loved unselfishly. She gave new meaning to the art of dance to brown girls and girls of all hues,” said Tammy Nunn Haynie, a member of her mentor’s popular Bessie Marshall Dancers.

‘A class act’ Dr. Ardie Dewalt Evans was a lifelong friend of Marshall. She graduated with her in the Campbell High Class of 1954. “People don’t know how to be friends like we were friends anymore. She was beautiful inside and out,” said Evans. Colleague Dr. Carolyn Frazier worked 37 years in the school system with Marshall. “Bessie would say ‘May the work I’ve done speak for me’. She served with dignity, poise and integrity. Bessie Marshall was a class act.’’

Great neighbor, ‘mega aunt’ Neighbor Teresa Battles recalled Marshall as someone you could confide in. “She never had a bad word

‘Guided and led us’


Tammy Nunn Haynie, third from the left, spoke on behalf of the Bessie Marshall Dancers during the homegoing service. Haynie is pictured with Glenda Hill Pifer, Lajuana Williams and Marshall’s neice, Kim Moten. about anybody. When I plant a flower from now on, I am going to think about Ms. Bessie,” said Battles. Nephew Gerald Murphy, who was a popular karate instructor in Daytona Beach before he

moved away, couldn’t compose himself as he spoke on behalf of the family. “I tried to get tears out of my system before this day arrived. I’m crying because my heart is broken,” said Murphy.

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Holly Hill church to honor Pastor Larry Edwards St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Holly Hill will be celebrating its pastor’s birthday at the 11 a.m. service on Oct. 20. Pastor Larry Edwards will be preaching and a birthday celebration with refreshments will follow the morning service. Several friends and dignitaries will be attending in his honor. The church is at 1734 State Ave.

GRIMES from Page 1 ily and friends, along with the support of the voting public, I accomplished my dream,” he continued. “I was excited to undertake the challenge. I thought I could make a contribution to the judiciary and hopefully open a door for other persons of color to pursue their dreams.”

Advocate for youth Grimes said working with young people has been a constant passion of his. “I have tried to guide

them and inspire them to avoid the pitfalls of trouble and to fulfill their dreams,” he said. Grimes presided over juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, dependency drug court and family court cases. He currently hears family court cases at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand. Before becoming a judge, he received his undergraduate degree from Kentucky State University and a law degree from the University of Georgia. He worked as an attorney for Central Florida Legal Services and worked for Central Florida Community Development Corp. He also had his own private law practice.

Author, professor too During his 25-year career, Grimes has handled more than 100,000 cases. He says he is particularly proud of his work with juveniles. He authored the book, “How to Keep Your Child from Going to Jail,” in 2010 to encapsulate his insights and ideas for parents. Grimes also works as an adjunct law professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando as a part of its Academic Success and Bar Preparation program. Chief Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins calls Grimes one of the circuit’s most experienced judges. “He is best known for his

“The county of Volusia did the right thing in removing Todd Snipes from his position as an employee, whose responsibility it was to serve all the residents with an unbiased public opinion about them based on race,” Durham stated. “The county leadership now needs to stick to the decisions made, and in so doing, not attach any stigma or stain to itself, to further alienate and divide the community.’’ He said nothing positive could be the result of returning Snipes to a publically held position within the county. “Indeed, what this would do is serve to inflame and enrage those citizens who remain committed to building bridges that united us, rather than making incendiary statements that continue to divide us,” Durham added. He noted that members of the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance, which represents hundreds of minorities in Volusia County, will be watching the hearings and “will take appropriate actions should they be warranted.”

Support for Snipes Greg Gimbert, a childkeen intellect, compassion and sense of humor. He has positively influenced so many lives in our community and his kindness and quiet competence will be missed by his colleagues, the attorneys that appeared before him and the members of our community he served,” Perkins remarked.

Position already posted Applications are being accepted to replace Grimes. An applicant must be a member of the Florida Bar for the past five years, be a registered voter; and live in Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns or Putnam County by the time she or he assumes office.

The Rev. Reginald Williams, pastor of Emmanuel Christian Ministries in DeLand, delivered the eulogy. Williams was a student of Marshall when she worked at Southwestern High School. “She guided and led us. We came to love her,” he said, adding the students at Southwestern coined the nickname “BC” as a term of endearment for Marshall. Williams said Marshall knew Jesus. “Bessie’s sleep right now. BC chose her destiny. She believed in Jesus. She is in a better place,” he concluded.

hood friend of Snipes, who started a Support Todd Snipes Facebook page, said in an interview this week that if the personnel board were smart they would give him his job back. “He was fired for having a personal opinion, which is protected speech. I think the county will pay a huge financial cost for it later – politicians will lose their jobs. We can’t have hate crimes go one way,” Gimbert said. He has planned no actions in support of Snipes before the hearing because “I want to cause no harm.” Jason Harr is Snipes’ attorney.

Beach Safety Director Swanson received informa-

tion on July 16 that Snipes had sent derogatory racial texts and picture messages to several individuals relating to the George Zimmerman case. The person who told on Snipes shared with Swanson the Facebook posting Snipes had posted on July 14, 2013. The posting read, “Another thug gone! Pull up your pants and act respectful. Bye Bye thug, rip,’’ a response to the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial. Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13 in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Swanson determined that the images sent by Snipes were profane and inappropriate for one of his employees to be transmitting. Snipes said he was aware of the county’s social media policy, which he signed on Jan. 12 of this year. In a letter from Recktenwald to Snipes on Aug. 9, the director stated that “given the serious nature of this misconduct, gross lack of judgment, the negative light in which you cast your division, consequential damages that have affected you colleagues, organization and community and consistent with the recommendations of your supervisors within your chain of command, I am proceeding with my intended action to dismiss you.”

The applications are due by Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. Interviews are tentatively set for the week of Dec. 2 beginning at 9 a.m. at a location to be determined.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will select finalists and send the list to Gov. Rick Scott, who will select the replacement. The position pays $146,079.

Created as a joke Snipes said in information obtained by the Times “that he did not find offensive the pictures he texted or that were texted to him, but he did admit others in the public might find them offensive and racist. Snipes said it was never his intention for the posts he sent to be seen by anyone other than the persons he chose to text and said they were created as a joke. In spite of his actions, Snipes said he still believes the public would trust him to be impartial and fair with minority groups.

What Snipes sent

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Pioneer paratrooper Walter Morris dies at 92 The African American Cultural Society has announced that Walter Morris inverted his parachute and has ascended to heaven. After a brief hospital stay on Oct. 3, he was released to Grand Oaks and expected to recuperate and receive physical therapy. Mr. Morris passed away Sunday at 5:30 p.m. He was 92 years old. He is survived by four daughters. Mr. Morris was expected to be celebrated at the 10th Annual Onyx Awards on Oct. 26 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. He is our nation’s first African-American to serve as a United States paratrooper. Friends will be received at a homegoing ceremony Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. For more information, call the AACS at 386-447-7030. More than 200 friends are anticipated for the ceremony of military tribute, including members of the Triple Nickle Association. Mr. Morris was a charter member of the African American Cultural Society. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Coleman Mortuary of Hastings. To read more about Mr. Morris’ life, log on to nations-first-black-paratrooper-walter-morris-continues-to-make-a-difference-in-flagler/.

Remembering Bunnel’s first Black police chief Sorrowfully, we also announce the death of Arthur L. Jones, who reached the pinnacle of becoming the first African-American chief of police for the City of Bunnell Police Department, starting in 2008. Chief Jones

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was the first African-American to ever hold the position within the department, dating back to 1912. The chief had a targeted second retirement date, which in 2012 was reached at its decisive mark. Earlier, he retired after 32 years serving in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as a patrolman, field training officer, and a detective in the divisions of robbery, violent crimes, homicide, and youth services. Chief Jones passed away Oct. 8 at Florida HospitalFlagler. He was 61 years old. He believed his life’s paths were divinely ordered, so he continued in the path of direction. He was founder of the Alliance of Involved Ministers (A.I.M.), established to organize clergy and community members to conduct weekly street meetings in designated hangout areas for a “Spiritual Night Out.” The services intended for the criminal element - unemployed young men and women and drug abusers - offered incentives to elevate the academic level through a godly message of hope and salvation and an extended invitation to becoming part of a church family. Chief Jones is survived by his wife, Frankie. They are the parents of seven grown children. The funeral was held Oct. 11 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 75 Pine Lakes Park-

At a “Motown & Mo” rehearsal - bustling with activity at Palm Coast United Methodist Church – were Anthony Felton and Dr. Irving Robinson, portraying Gerald and Eddie LeVert, respectively.

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‘Motown and Mo’ returns Oct. 18 “Motown and Mo” is on the move in its 16th year, scheduling a two-act performance at Flagler Auditorium. It’s a show joined by theatrics, set to music and lip sync, and spotlighting Motown with the sounds of The Supremes, Martha &

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The Vandellas, Ashford & Simpson, Jill Scott, M.C. Hammer, et al.  A sneak-peek, ironing out the details while the show remains in production, was recently put on at the Palm Coast United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Kevin James, pastor. “I’ve been in the show 15 of the 16 years,” said Dr. Irving Robinson. “We get a chance to develop the alter ego and young people, and also new faces.” Robinson, showcasing Motown, is City Lites’ president, a 501©) (3) non-profit organization, providing scholarships for high school seniors pursuing the arts. On the show’s cutting edge are Alana and Alexis Williams, Shaunte’ White, and Nia and Maya Felton, who, as children, watched from the sidelines, and who are today  Motown entertainers. Some young adults performing will be Daniel Brown, who will impersonate Tevin Campbell, and Michael Wyatt, who sings lead as part of a set billing M. C. Hammer. Both entertainers will bring their backup singers. “I’m looking forward to giving the best of Motown, to the newest audience

since the audiences keep growing,” said Melinda Morais, a 10-year veteran, who will emerge as vocalist Lisa Stansfield accompanied by her entourage. “I’m looking forward to this performance since I was born in Philly, raised in New Jersey, but partial to the Philadelphia groups,” said 10-year veteran Mitch Mitchell, who will provide to listening ears as lead to the sounds of Philadelphia’s R & B group Blue Magic. The ticket price is $20, but tickets must be purchased at the box office. For a group rate of 15 or more tickets, the cost is $17 per ticket, and $17 for a student ticket. Motown’s timeline begins Oct. 18, 7 p.m., and followed the next day with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Flagler Auditorium, located at 5500 East Highway 100, Palm Coast, can be reached at 386-437-7547.

Flagler NAACP to meet Oct. 22 The Flagler County NAACP will hold its monthly meeting Oct. 22, 6 p.m., at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. The branch will present a 20-minute overview of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which is of interest to the community, as well as the uninsured, and recipients of Medicare.  Two days will be allowed at the NAACP office for

signing up the coverage for registrants having no access to a computer. For further details, call the NAACP at 386-4467822.

‘Dollars for Scholars’ workshop planned “Dollars for Scholars,” a workshop presented by the United Negro College Fund, will provide students and parents with information on the available college scholarships and important tips on the application process. The workshop connects with Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Scholarship Ministry, facilitated by program chairman Dr. Barbara Holley. Lunch will be provided for the free event Oct. 21 at noon, but bring a friend and win a prize! Mt. Calvary Baptist Church – the Rev. Edwin Coffie, pastor – is located at 75 Pine Lakes Parkway South, Palm Coast. For further details, or to register, call 386-447-5719. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations Birthday wishes to: Clifton Daniels, Thomasina Brown, and the Rev. Brian Bernard of Tauranga, New Zealand, Oct. 17; Jonathan Robinson, Oct. 23.

Barnes to preach at Greater Friendship’s 113th anniversary The Rev. Willie C. Barnes will be the featured speaker at the 113th anniversary of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach on Oct. 27 during the 11 a.m. service. Greater Friendship is located at 539 George W Engram Blvd. Barnes is the pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. His career began in 1977 with an appointment as a Design Engineer at Martin Marietta Electronics and Missiles Systems where he worked for 15 years. While employed at

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The Yvonne ScarlettGolden Cultural and Educational Center at 1000 Vine Street in Daytona Beach is seeking book donations for its library. The center wants hardcover and paperback books and other reference materials, videos, CDs, DVDs and audio books that are in good condition. Books are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5

Martin Marietta Corporation, Barnes accepted the call to ministry in 1986. Barnes is president of African-American Council of Christian Clergy and is an honorary deputy for the Orange County Sheriff Department. He previously served as chaplain for the Orlando Magic and presiRev. Willie dent of the Baptist MinisteBarnes rial Alliance of Orlando. Greater Friendship can be reached at 386-252-0322.

p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is open during those hours. For more information, call 386671-8337.

al Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach. No experience is necessary. Space is limited and registration is required. RSVP by calling 386-231-2229.

Yoga workshop for breast cancer patients

Cancer awareness shirts for sale

A free yoga workshop led by Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center oncologist Dr. Karin Bigman is Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Medical Office Building, first floor classroom, 305 Memori-

The Daytona Beach Fire Department will be wearing breast cancer awareness T-shirts this month. The shirts were designed by members of the department. To buy a shirt, call 386671-4000 or stop by fire station #3 located at 945 N. Halifax Ave.



OCTOBER 17 – OCTOBER 23, 2013

A letter from Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Bethune-Cookman University Associate Provost Claudette McFadden wrote and read a letter to B-CU President Dr. Edison JackCLAUDETTE son in Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s MCFADDEN voice…as though she had penned GUEST COLUMNIST it to the new president herself. This letter was read during a kickoff event for Dr. Jackson’s week of Performing Arts Center rotunda on the morning of May 13, 2011. I installation activities. remember that day so clearly because as I sat looking, I felt God’s My Dear Dr. Jackson, I have watched you from afar. hand tenderly touch my arm as I have seen you enter your of- He looked into my eyes and utfice early in the morning…before tered just three words. It is done! anyone else is there, close the As you conversed with faculty, door and immediately go into staff and members of the comprayer. I have heard your prayers munity and even as you penned for the school I founded. I listen a number of documents, my eyes as you continuously ask God to and ears have been your conguide you and direct your path. stant companion. I recall vividly I have also welcomed you as you when you uttered the words from have spent a bit of time in medi- Micah 6:8. “To act justly, to love tation at my gravesite. mercy, and to walk humbly with Over these last 58 years, God your God.” and I have often spoken of the I was pleased to see these work He blessed me to do as the words at the top of the agenda of founder of Bethune-Cookman. your very first cabinet meeting. We have also spoken of the un- Your expectations were crystal fulfilled dreams…dreams I had clear when you created a prayer when in 1955 He called me from rotation so that every cabinet my earthly home to be with Him meeting was opened in prayer by in Paradise. You should know a different member of your cabithat I prayed for one that would net. arrive uniquely prepared for the work that God and I have talked about being done at the school Prayers answered Dr. Jackson, I have been that I started with just one dollar blessed beyond measure by havand fifty cents. ing two of my major prayers answered exceedingly and abunPromises kept God is a keeper of every prom- dantly above all else I could ask ise He has ever made. And so or imagine. Founding BethuneI knew that, in His time, He Cookman was my first big anwould send another…one who swered prayer to the dream that I knew Him well. One whose sus- had many years ago. You are antenance comes from the Father other answered prayer. It has been my prayer that and whose relationship with Him shines brightly and explains the the institution that I left bemagnetic appeal he would have hind would emerge as one that with all manner of people. One is unquestionably and undeniwho is unashamed to openly and ably progressive, innovative, and proudly declare that he is a Child groundbreaking in ways that are above anything that those who of God. I knew you were on the way have gone, those who are with and was so pleased when you you now, and those yet to come stepped off the elevator in the could have ever imagined.


Game changer In recent years, I’ve overheard people used the expression, “game changer.” My sense is that this expression can easily be applied to you and your vision. I so like that you see the importance of traditions and that reclaiming certain traditions is a priceless gift that we can give to today’s students, faculty, and staff. I must tell you that my eyes watered the day that the old prayer was placed on the wall of the dining hall (not cafeteria). They are no less true today. “Christ is the center of our home. A guest at every meal. A silent listener to every conversation.” member of your faculty and each staff person to work in faith…beA unified force lieving mightily in things hoped As I draw this letter to a close, for but not yet seen. When peothere is one prayer that I must ple work together in Unity amazshare with you, Dr. Jackson, Mrs. ing victories are possible and evJackson, and every faculty and eryday people will be blessed to staff member within the sound do extraordinary things. You have such a wonderful of my voice. Above all, I pray that we never forget the power of a faculty. Theirs is also a faith walk unified force. I listen from afar because they have to believe that at what people say about me and what they do will make a difference. Each time they stand in the tributes they pay me. I am grateful but the truth of front of our students, stay late at the matter is that none of us do night, mentor, tutor, buy a meal anything that impacts the lives of or pay for a prescription for a stugenerations…alone. The things dent with little or no resources… that I am credited with called for each time they chastise, admonish or write on a returned paper unity. My teachers and my staff be- the words, “You can do so much lieved because they had faith! If better” or “Study harder,” they they had not the faith of a mus- are saying the unseen is far greattard seed, we would have failed er than the seen. for nothing is possible without it. At the end of the day, it matters Gifts of the spirit little what else you do, if what is Mrs. Jackson, I cannot leave done does not reflect an under- you out. Congratulations to you standing of the power of unity. and Dr. Jackson on your fiftieth In the absence of unity and a wedding anniversary and thank single purpose, the inevitable can you for being a magnificent help be summed up using the title of meet. African author, Chinua Achebe’s For God has shown me that in classic novel, Things Fall Apart. you are the gifts of the spirit…, love, joy, peace, forbearance, Amazing victories kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Unity is still called for today… gentleness and self-control. In perhaps more now than ever be- you is a quiet strength and a fore. Continue to encourage each mighty resilience. I have seen

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God look upon you and there is always such a sweet smile on His face and a special twinkle in His eyes. Thank you, my Dear.

You are home now Finally, Dr. Jackson, I think you know it already but I want to say the words to you myself, “You are home now.” And that while you have served three other institutions with honor and great distinction, it is at Bethune-Cookman, an institution founded on faith in the God you serve, that you have come home at last. It is with us that you are most who you have always been…a man of God who happens to be an exceptional university president. And so, Mr. President, I want you to know that I am at peace. The next time you walk over to sit a while, pray or mediate about Bethune-Cookman, know this -It is well with my soul. Yours in Faith, Mary McLeod Bethune

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Ben Carson – gifted hands, foot in mouth Dr. Ben Carson became the darling of conservatives earlier this year by stridently attacking the Affordable Care Act with President Obama sitting just a few feet away. Carson, who was serving as the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast at the White House, said: “Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed – pretax – from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on

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and there’s nobody talking about death panels. “Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don’t have any money we can make contributions to their HSA [Health Savings Account] each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care.”

In 2008, George W. Bush presented Carson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Carson has made several controversial remarks after his appearance at the White House. In March, he said on Fox TV: “Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.” Of all of his outrageous comments, his latest one ranks among the most egregious. Speaking at a Voter Values Summit, Carson said, “I have to

Congress acting worse than children Since the government was forced to shut down on Oct. 1, one of the most common refrains has been that some members of Congress are acting like children — or, more accurately, worse than most children. Even 5-year-olds understand that quitting the game and taking the ball home because the other team won’t give you your way is wrong. Extremist Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives continue to hold funding for the federal government hostage for the second week in a row, opposing a clean extension of government funding without conditions. Their actions as they refuse to do their constitutionally mandated duty are harming the economy and countless real children and families across the country.

Families hurt Many federal programs that help low income families meet every day needs have been forced to stop operating because of the shutdown, including some of the same programs already hit hard by sequestration cuts earlier this year. Children have only one childhood. Every day that children are being denied early education and food causes lasting damage to their chances of living to their full potential. The Special Supplemental Nu-

Research affected Marian Wright Edelman NNPA COLUMNIST

trition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is without its regular funding due to the shutdown, leaving at risk nearly 9 million pregnant women, recent mothers, and their children under age five who rely on the program’s supplemental vouchers for healthy food, expensive infant formula, and other necessities. Fiftythree percent of all infants born in the U.S. are fed through the WIC program. Head Start serves more than 1 million poor children, who are particularly in need of early education programs to succeed and thrive. Twenty-three Head Start programs servicing nearly 19,000 students across 10 states and Puerto Rico did not have access to federal funding on October 1 because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could not process Head Start grants as a result of the shutdown. Funding for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) shouldn’t have been affected by the shutdown, but because the legislation reauthorizing it was delayed along with the spending bill, states are not receiving their October federal funds.

Even life-saving research for children with serious medical needs has been affected. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that for every week the shutdown continues, 30 children — 10 of whom have cancer — will not be able to begin their clinical trials. States use the $1.7 billion Social Services Block Grant for child abuse and neglect services, child care, and other family services, but due to the shutdown, states are not receiving their October funds. This means some states may have to close down programs if they don’t have alternative funds they can use. Some members of Congress continue to show worse “compromising” skills than spoiled toddlers. Enough is enough. Call or email your own representative and tell them they must act now to fully fund the federal government and raise the debt ceiling without any conditions. Tell them to stop the shutdown and prevent an economic meltdown for the sake of our children.

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tell you that Obamacare is, really, I think, the worst thing that’s happened to this nation since slavery. It was never about healthcare, it was about control.” First, the Affordable Care Act does what its proper title implies – it makes health care affordable to millions of people, including the uninsured.

Ridiculous comparison

raped at the whim of the slave master. Marriage was not recognized and the slave codes in various states made it illegal to teach Blacks to read or write. The Affordable Health Care Act is worse than that? It’s a ridiculous comparison. At the rate he is going, Carson’s photograph will be slapped on boxes of rice. Dr. Ben will be more appropriately known as Uncle Ben.

Second, any idiot knows that having access to healthcare is not worse than slavery. Enslaved Africans had no rights, as the Supreme Court ruled in its 1857 Dred Scott decision, “which the White man was bound to respect.” They were brutalized, degraded, whipped, killed, and

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Center holding Black history competition for Florida artists

Ann Packham, a lead “navigator,” talks during an information session at Orlando Public Library on the process for individuals to get health insurance during the first day of the federal Health Care Exchange on Oct. 1. Similar sessions are scheduled this month in Volusia County.



Daytona library added as site to get health care questions answered BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

The Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island has been added as a site where questions about the Affordable Care Act can be answered. As first reported in the Daytona Times this month, 82,000 Volusia County residents who have no health insurance have six months to get insurance or could face a $95 fee, according to Joyce Case of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, which has an office in Daytona Beach. Case is the project director for the Navigator program in which eight people called navigators will be working with her to identify and assist uninsured families in understanding their insurance options through the Federal I nsur-

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ance Marketplace. Navigators provide guidance in completing the application. The Federal Insurance Marketplace, located at website www.HealthCare. gov, opened Oct. 1. Those without insurance have until March 31, 2014 to sign up for insurance before they face penalties. For those who sign up, coverage can begin as early as Jan. 1, 2014.

More sessions Last week, The Daytona Times reported three events were scheduled this month where residents can meet the navigators and get their questions answered. Since then, more locations, times and dates have been added. Suzan Howes, regional librarian for the Daytona Beach Regional Library at

City Island, said informational sessions are scheduled this month on Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29 (a Spanishspeaking assistance will be available at the 5 p.m. presentations), and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 19 and 26. Howes hopes that after the informational sessions are complete in October, there will be a navigator at the library on a regular schedule to work with residents one on one until open enrollment closes March 31.

List of sites • DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 23; 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 • Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., 1-2 p.m. Friday 2-3 p.m.

Oct. 22; 2-3 p.m. Oct. 26 • New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 21; 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 25 • Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., 10 a.m. Oct. 19; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12; 10 a.m. Nov. 16 • Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle 1:30-4 p.m. Oct. 17; 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 The Health Planning Council was selected in August by the University of South Florida as the consortium partner for Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. John’s and Volusia counties after the University of South Florida received one of several Navigator Grants for the state by the Department of Health and Human Services.

In conjunction with activities surrounding the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday in January 2014, the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural and Education Center is having its first Black History Month Juried Art Exhibition. The competition is open to all Florida artists 18 years and older. All work must be original in concept, executed by the artist, with the theme “50 years of African-American Achievement from Selma to the White House.’’ All shipping and handling is at the artist expense. The center reserves the right to refuse any artwork that does not meet professional standards. Return of such paintings will occur at the artist’s expense. All accepted work must remain on exhibit for the duration of the show.

Cash awards Artist may submit up to thre images. All entries for this show exhibition are digital and may be emailed to through Dec. 13. Cash awards include first place - $1,000; second place - $500; third place - $250, and five honorable mentions - $50. Entry fee for first image is $35. Each additional entry is $20 up to three images. Make nonrefundable check payable to City of Daytona Beach Paintings can be no larger than 48”x 60” weighing not over 60 pounds. All work must be professionally framed or gallery wrapped and ready to be hung.

Sale of artwork The center will receive a 20 percent commission on all sales. Artist will receive 80 percent of sales. The center will not be responsible for loss or damage of any works. The center also suggests that participants carry separate insurance for loss or damage in transit. It also reserves the right to reproduce accepted artwork for publicity purposes.

Jan. 17 ceremony An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place Jan. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Artwork will be exhibited from Jan. 17 to April 10 at the Center, 1000 Vine Street, Daytona Beach, Fl.32117 For more information, send an email to


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Daytona native wants to be voted favorite driver in K&N Pro Series East Speedway CEO’s son


For the sixth consecutive year, fans can vote online for the most popular driver of the year award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. NASCAR K&N Pro Series is considered the premier training ground for drivers and crews looking to make it to one of NASCAR’s three national series. Daytona Beach resident Ben KenBen nedy would like Kennedy to be voted this year’s most popular driver.

Kennedy’s racing roots go back three generations, but the 19-yearold wants to make his own mark in a sport virtually synonymous with his family, the Frances. He is the great grandson of NASCAR founder, William France Sr., and son of International Speedway Corporation CEO, Lesa France Kennedy. Kennedy already has garnered championships in the Pro-Truck classes and a Super Late Model track championship in his rookie season in Florida. He is entering his second K&N Pro Series East season and is poised to better his 13th place series point finish of his rookie campaign. Kennedy is driving a Chevrolet

Impala for Ben Kennedy Racing in a newly formed partnership with Hendrick Motorsports. He also is working on his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida.

Voting under way The link to the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver ballot is hosted on Fans can vote once a day throughout Nov. 17. Last year, Chase Elliott was voted by the fans as the most popular driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The winner will be honored at the NASCAR Night of Champions Awards on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Charlotte Convention Cen-

ter’s Crown Ballroom in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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K&N series. NASCAR is the nation’s bestknown auto racing sanctioning body, which extends to Mexico and Europe. K&N grew to become the industry leader in manufacturing and marketing of its filters. The two companies signed a seven-year contract for entitlement sponsorship of NASCAR’s top developmental series four years ago. Other drivers who are part of the K&N series are: Cole Custer, Ryan Gifford, Bryan Ortiz, Daniel Suárez, Brett Moffitt, Sam Hunt, Gray Gaulding, Mackena Bell, Jimmy Weller, Kenzie Ruston, CJ Faison, Ben Rhodes, Brandon Gdovic, Cale Conley, Eddie MacDonald, Scott Heckert, Matt Tifft, Jesse Little, Dylan Kwasniewski and Austin Dyne.

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Bethune-Cookman defeats Howard on the gridiron 27-6 during a conference game last week in Washington, D.C.

Wildcats extend MEAC winning streak to 15 games FROM WIRE REPORTS

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WASHINGTON – Anthony Jordan rushed for two first quarter touchdowns,  Isidore Jackson added 65 yards and another score as Bethune-Cookman held Howard University to 182 total yards en route to a 27-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victory Saturday at Greene Stadium. The No. 16/13 Wildcats (5-1 overall, 2-0 MEAC) extended their conference-winning streak to 15 games, including eight on the road – in addition to beating the Bison (1-5, 0-3 MEAC) for the fifth consecutive time. Jordan’s four-yard run capped off a 10-play, 76-yard drive on the Wildcats’ opening possession. After  Tim Burke  recovered a Bison fumble forced by Nick Addison to give B-CU the ball on the Howard 25, Jordan scored on an 11-yarder three plays later to make it 14-0 with seven minutes remaining in the opening period.

Two Bison field goals Howard managed a pair of John Fleck field goals in the second period, the sec-

ond coming after a B-CU turnover gave the Bison the ball at the Wildcats’ five yard line with eight seconds remaining in the half. While the defense kept another FCS opponent from scoring in the second half – B-CU has allowed just three points against FCS teams in the second half this season. The Wildcats pulled away on the strength of Jackson’s 13-yard run with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter and a fiveyard Cary White run with 10:14 to play.

Biker Classic next Jackie Wilson started at quarterback, going 7-of-10 for 108 yards in the first half while Quentin Williams was 9-of-13 for 151 yards. Jhomo Gordon had five catches for 74 yards, while  Eddie Poole  extended his pass catching streak to 41 games with four receptions for 68 yards, two of those helping set up Jordan’s first quarter scores. B-CU hosts Savannah State next Saturday in the Third Annual Biker Classic at Daytona Beach’s Municipal Stadium. Kickoff is 4 p.m. This story is from B-CU’s Athletics Department.

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The Lady Wildcats softball team shows unity. They were victorious in game against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

B-CU freshmen shine in softball team’s opener FROM WIRE REPORTS

The opening day of fall ball proved to be a freshman showcase as Bethune-Cookman split a doubleheader with EmbryRiddle Sunday. Sabrina Anguiano threw four innings of shutout relief while Jessica Valenzuela’s two-run triple in the eighth broke open a 1-1 tie as the Wildcats posted a 5-1 victory. In game two, Destinee Williams scored on a Kaitlin Alamprese triple and Bailey Connor threw four shutout innings before Embry-Riddle scored runs in the final two innings for a 2-1 victory. “I was happy with both Sabrina’s and Bailey’s performance,” said B-CU Coach Chris Cochran. “Some of the other freshmen got RBIs and it was good to see that.” Anquiano retired her first five batters and didn’t allow a runner past second base. “It was nerve-racking at first,” said Anguiano. “But once I got the hang of it and

knew I had a strong defense behind, I was having fun.”

Doubles and triple Calesha Shelley tied it with a two-out triple in the seventh. After Valenzuela’s go-ahead hit, Sophia Ortega and Shamaria Engram added RBI singles. Anguiano worked the first inning of the second game, then Connor took over in the second. Ortega had a pair of doubles, while Kelsey Rodney had a triple in the first game. Shanel Tolbert started the opener, giving up one run in four innings. “We did some good things and some not so good things,” Cochran said. “Bunting has to get better, for one thing. But we had players step up and make plays that I was pleased with.” B-CU returns to action Oct. 23 at Daytona State.

This story is from B-CU’s Athletics Department.

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OCTOBER 17 – OCTOBER 23, 2013

Daytona Beach Pop Warner team wears pink to bring attention to breast cancer BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Members of the Daytona Beach Pop Warner League played the Falcons of Flagler Palm Coast this past Saturday. To bring attention to breast cancer, the players wore pink socks and the cheerleaders pink outfits. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This Saturday, the team will play the Deltona Wolves beginning at 9 a.m. at Derbyshire Athletic Fields in Daytona Beach. Coach Fred Williamson said it will be the Homecoming game and final game of the season.

Tutoring continues If they win, they will make the playoffs and have a home field advantage playing Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. once again at Derbyshire fields. The games are free and open to the public.

Proceeds from concession sales help Pop Warner. This season the Daytona Bucs played six games. Even though the football season is over, Williamson said the kids still will be participating in a tutoring program set up for them at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Education Center. Williamson also noted many of the youth will be participating on teams during basketball season. It’s important to keep them engaged year-round, which we are able to do thanks to the help we receive from the city and its Leisure Services Department,” Williamson remarked. The kids have an opportunity to exercise and have fun and build up lifelong friendships, concluded Williamson, who has been helping coach the Pop Warner teams for five years. Tommy Roland is the

commissioner for the Daytona Beach Pop Warner League.

Six divisions Earlier this summer, Roland worked out an agreement with the City of Daytona Beach after meeting with Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson so that the fees for the league to use Derbyshire Athletic Fields for football practice and games would be covered. The Daytona Beach Youth Football and Cheerleader Association is a Pop Warner Association started in 1998 and is dedicated to youth football and cheerleading for children ages 5 to 15. There are six divisions: Tiny Mites, Mitey Mites, Junior Peewee, Peewee, Junior Midgets, and Midgets. For more information on Pop Warner, contact Roland at 386-852-2552.

Above: Young players donned pink socks last Saturday for a game at Derbyshire Athletic Fields. Left: Tommy Roland is the commissioner for the Daytona Beach Pop Warner League. LANCE ROTHWELL/ SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES

Extreme Entrepreneurship tour coming to Daytona State FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners seeking to re-energize can participate in the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour coming to Daytona State College on Nov. 13. The national touring event will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Mori Hosseini Center on the college’s Daytona Beach campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Sponsored by Daytona State’s L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneur-

Dr. Stephanie Henry and Mayor Derrick Henry

Grand marshals for B-CU homecoming parade to include Henrys FROM STAFF REPORTS

A weeklong of activities for Bethune-Cookman University’s annual homecoming celebration will kick off Friday, Oct. 18, with the Tastes of Culture around the World event. It will culminate with a football game on Saturday, Oct. 26 with the Wildcats playing South Carolina State at Municipal Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Wildcat Nation: A Nation Like No Other.” The annual Homecoming parade will once again take place down Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard on Oct. 26. It starts at 9 a.m. from the Daytona Mall, ending at Daisy Stocking Park. The grand marshals of the parade this year will be B-CU President Edison Jackson and Mrs. Florence Jackson; Daytona Joan Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, and his wife, Thompson Dr. Stephanie Henry; and Joan Thompson from the Class of 1968. A complete list of activities can be found online at www.

Military officers to meet at Oct. 24 luncheon The Halifax and Flagler Area Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America’s (MOAA) luncheon meeting is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Halifax River Yacht Club. The social hour is 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. The speaker will be Colonel Mike Prendergast (United States Army, Retired), Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA), who will address state veterans’ issues and answer quesCol. Mike tions. RSVP is required. Prendergast Prendergast was a 31-year-active duty service veteran and military police officer with multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in October 2009. He also served as Gov. Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff before his appointment as FDVA Executive Director. MOAA is a non-profit veterans association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and consists of active duty, retired, and former military officers. To RSVP for the luncheon, call 386-235-8635. For more information, visit Chapters.aspx and select Halifax Area Chapter.

ship and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour features top young local and national entrepreneurs who share their insights on how they turned their passions into successful enterprises.

A ‘success seminar’ “I like to call this a ‘success seminar,’ where we show people how to explore what they really love to do, pursue their dreams and be successful,” said Ned Harper, director of the

Oct. 23 meeting in Palm Coast to address housepurchasing grant Time is running out to participate in the City of Palm Coast’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program in which eligible homebuyers can receive federal grant funding to buy and rehab a foreclosed or distressed home. The city will have an informational meeting about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Flagler County Administration Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bunnell. The meeting is open to the public, and no reservation is required to attend.

SBDC at Daytona State. “It reflects the goals Gale Lemerand aspired to when he established the entrepreneurial center at the college. He wants to inspire students and let them know that if they have a dream, they can be successful if they follow it.”

Prizes, scholarships The Extreme Tour invites attendees to plan, prioritize and pursue their vision. In addition to guest speakers, the multi-plat-

form forum will feature interactive workshops focusing on how individuals can match their passion to future opportunities, start their own business or take their current business to the next level. Prizes and scholarships also will be awarded. While admission to the event is free and open to the public, participants are encouraged to register at daytonastate. For more information, call 386-506-4723.

Areas added Recently, additional areas have been added to provide homeowners more options, said Palm Coast Economic Development Planner Beau Falgout, who runs the program in Palm Coast. The program has helped 29 homebuyers purchase a foreclosed home and put Realtors and contractors to work. The federal grant program has been under way for two years, and is wrapping up in the next few months. This is the last opportunity for homebuyers to buy a home in the area using this special purchase assistance. Homes must be under contract by Dec. 15. Available funding will be distributed on a firstcome, first-ready basis. Application information is available on the City of Palm Coast’s website at Call 888-482-7393 with questions.



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