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East Central Florida’s Black Voice


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Williams’ widow seeks school board seat


Dr. Kathy Williams will face husband’s former opponent in District 2 race BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Dr. Kathy Williams has declared her candidacy for the Volusia County School Board District 2 seat left vacant due to the death of her husband, Dr. Al Williams. Williams will be running against Bethune-Cookman University educator Ida Duncan Wright, who lost to Williams’

husband during the August primary. At the time of his death, Dr. Al Williams was chairman of the Volusia County School Board. Dr. Kathy A special elecWilliams tion to fill the term of Williams, who died Oct. 1, has been set by Gov. Rick Scott for Jan. 15. A primary is scheduled for Dec. 18 if two or more candidates qualify to run. If more than two candidates qualify, there will be a Jan. 15

runoff if no one gets more than half the vote in the primary.

Difficult decision Dr. Kathy Williams earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in education from the University of Illinois. She holds two Master of Science degrees from Chicago State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Chicago Teachers College. She retired from the Chicago Public School District after a 34-year career and has been an educational consultant since 2004. Her announcement to run for the school board seat was made

at a gathering of family, friends and supporters Sunday. Williams admits her decision to run was difficult considering the circumstances. “I am encouraged because I will be able to utilize my 30 years of experience in education to not only continue Al’s good work, but, more importantly, to serve as an advocate for the children of Volusia County. I have followed school board issues closely through Al’s work and have felt very much a part of the Volusia County School Board,” she stated. “There is a great need for student and teacher advocacy in our

An emotional farewell

schools, and I believe I am in the best position to offer that kind of support as a member of the school board,” Williams continued.

Active in community In addition to her professional work in education and working for various not-for-profit organizations in the county, she has done volunteer work at BethuneCookman University, Daytona Beach Housing Corporation Education Centers, Campbell Middle School, Westside and Palm Terrace Elementary Schools, RichPlease see WILLIAMS, Page 2

City sets rent rates for new centers BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Outgoing Daytona Beach Commissioner Cassandra Reynolds, second from left, is shown at the Nov. 7 commission meeting. With her are her son-in-law, Robert Carruth, Jr.; sister, Dr. Valarie King; granddaughter, Cassandra Carruth; grandson, Robert Carruth III; daughter, Stacey Reynolds-Carruth; and grandson, Gabriel Carruth.

Daytona Beach officials Reynolds, Ritchey, Shelley share thoughts on serving city, citizens BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Tears were shed as outgoing Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey and Commissioners Cassandra Reynolds and Edith Shelley spoke their final words as elected officials at the Nov. 7 city com-

mission meeting. Reynolds had a prepared statement but couldn’t help but speak off the cuff as she noticed her sister Dr. Valerie King in the audience. Reynolds also spotted her daughter Stacy Reynolds Carruth with her husband and their children, Reynolds’ grandchildren. The only family member missing was her son Michael McLaughlin who the night before welcomed his first child with his wife and another grandchild for Reynolds. “My son is a new father. I look forward to spending time with my new grand,” Reynolds said, adding that she never envi-


Black business owners and professionals have been invited from all over the state to congregate and conduct “Business on the Beach.’’ Darryl Barrs, a Daytona Beach

resident and publisher of Program Success Magazine, a monthly business publication distributed statewide, has organized an event at the Plaza Ocean Club Hotel on Nov. 24 to give entrepreneurs and professionals an opportunity to create new business relationships and gain new clients and customers. “Business on the Beach is an opportunity for business owners and individuals to come together from across the state to establish new contacts and friend-

Rise in rates

Reynolds called herself “a woman of few words,” noting that “since I’ve been on this commission I didn’t talk that much.” “Before I was a city commissioner, I

The rates to exclusively rent sections of the new centers will be higher than the Peggy Schnebly Center and the John H. Dickerson Community Center. Williamson said rates for those centers and other city-run properties are expected to increase next year by the new Daytona Beach City Commission, which was installed this week. He said the elected officials are expected to review fees charged for all city-owned properties during a special workshop that will take place soon.

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sioned being a city commissioner. She noted that Charles Cherry (former Zone 6 commissioner and Daytona Times publisher) and family members asked her to look into it when he became ill. He died in November 2004; she took on the challenge and has served since December 2004.

Proud of accomplishments

Black professionals invited to the beach Local entrepreneur to host Nov. 24 business event

Even though the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center in Daytona Beach has been open since May 29, residents have not been able to rent the gym, kitchen, dance studio, computer room or recording room for a private function. That’s because there were no fees set to do so. Daytona Beach Leisure Services Director Percy Williams told the Daytona Times this week he did not have the right to rent the facility. That all changed last week when the Daytona Beach City Commission approved new rates for the facility, Manatee Island and the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center, which is expected to open in mid-January of next year. “When individuals come in and use computers and participate in programs, they are not paying the rental fees,” according to Williamson.

ships. It is also an opportunity to get some real grown folks entertainment in Daytona Beach. It’s a fact that if we can play together - we can work together,” said Barrs, a Daytona Beach resident and former employee of the Daytona Times.

‘Party with a purpose’ Barrs added, “In order for us to make it today, we need the best of our people giving their best. We need the best of our people as our leaders and the best of our

Darryl Barrs is the publisher of Program Success Magazine. people as our teachers. This is Program Success.’’ The Bethune-Cookman gradu-

ate says Program Success Magazine celebrates Blacks’ accomplishments in business, politics, religion and in society. “Blacks on the Beach” will start with a mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 24 followed by what is being called a “party with a Purpose” from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Special Formula Band, a 20-piece ensemble, will perform. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Hotel reservations can be made at a special Program Success rate of $79. For more information, contact Barrs at 386-334-0040.



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Compiled by the Daytona Times Ball to benefit local charities The 16th Annual Holiday Charity Ball will take place Nov. 17 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Brannon Center, 105 Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach. Tickets are $60 per person. Proceeds

benefit Habitat for Humanity, the Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels and the New Smyrna Beach CAPS Scholarship Fund. More information: 386424-2280, 386-423-4384 or Deltona to celebrate 50th anniversary

NOVEMBER 15 - november 21, 2012 The City of Deltona Parks & Recreation has scheduled Deltona’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert with AP60 (American Pop 60), who will perform all the top hits from the 1960s. The event is from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Deltona Amphitheater, 2150 Eustace Ave. A Celebration & Sock Hop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17 at City Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd. More information: 386878-8100. Wine and Brew Festival The Food, Wine & Brew Festival featuring fine cuisine, spirits and wines from more than 15 local restaurants will

be held Nov. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP Admission is $75. Librarian has tips for projects Volusia County Librarian Kim Dolce will offer tips for preparing social studies projects at three public library branches in November explaining the rules, show examples, and offer tips for putting it all together during the free presentations. Sessions are 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.; and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 28 at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle. Reservations are not required. More information: Dolce at kdolce@ or 386-2576036, ext. 16315. Gingerbread House Competition Youth United of Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity will be holding its second annual “Homes for the Holiday’s” Gingerbread House Competition Dec. 7-9 at the Seminole Towne Center Mall in Sanford. Entry forms are $15 and must be submitted by Nov. 23. Sponsorships are available. More information: YUofSWVHfH@gmail. com or go to http://tinyurl.

com/9ykcmp. Proceeds will be used to build a home for a low-income family. Light the Night Walk Join Halifax Health and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for Light the Night, a walk to raise awareness for blood cancers. The event is Nov. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. with check-in and festivities followed by a remembrance ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The walk is 7 p.m. at the Destination Daytona Pavilion, 1637 US Highway 1, Ormond Beach. More information:



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Before the fees were set for the Midtown Cultural and Education Center and Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center, residents and commissioners raised concerns about the rates.

was a social worker. This is an extension of that, but I do it on a broader basis. It has also allowed me to meet a lot of great people and work with some wonderful people,” Reynolds continued. Reynolds said she is proud of all the accomplishments under her reign produced with other commissioners, the mayor and citizens. “It takes all of us whether we agree or disagree. End of the day we come together,” Reynolds said, adding that she was most proud to see the construction to the Midtown Cultural center and the completion of a number of drainage projects. She acknowledged that there needed to be more to deal with the potential flooding throughout the city.

Three-hour minimum Zone 2 Commissioner Pam Woods said it was misleading to tell residents there was an hourly rate when actually there is a three-hour minimum to rent any parts of the centers. “They need to know right upfront what it will be,” she stated. Williamson said at a recent city commission meeting that all of the city’s rental facilities have a threehour minimum. “We have to allow for set up and breakdown. If they want to rent for one hour, they don’t have an opportunity to do those things. It will take more than one hour to have a good experience,” Williamson explained. Even with the fees, Daytona officials acknowledged that all city-owned facilities operate at a loss, noting the less they charge the bigger the loss. Williamson addressed these concerns of the commissioners. “You wanted to have lower rates. Staff got together to modify rates to be resident friendly,” he said about the new rates at the Midtown center. “Deficit is higher based on reducing revenue coming in. Keep in mind these facilities (Midtown and Scarlett-Golden) did not exist previously. There are no historical numbers that we can specifically give to you. We have to use best estimates. We have not been open for a full schedule. It will be a living document. We will get more historical numbers,” Williamson said.

‘Get people in’ Outgoing Mayor Glenn Ritchey chimed in. “We don’t want them sitting empty. We don’t won’t them unused. If we have those facilities and people can‘t use them, I have to question why we built

Daytona Beach has set rates for the Midtown center above as well as the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural Educational Center, set to open in January. them,” Ritchey remarked. Zone 4 City Commissioner Robert Gilliland said he wants to make sure taxpayers are aware that their money used to construct the facilities is not being wasted. “This is not an enterprise fund. We are not trying to break even. We should be able to document to the community their investment – that we are good stewards of their money,” Gilliland said. Zone 5 Commissioner Patrick Henry echoed Gilliland’s remarks, adding that he is satisfied with the beginning rates the city is charging for new centers. “We need to get people in centers and then we look back. And if we need to adjust, we will adjust. Midtown (has been) sitting there not being able to be used. I want the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Center opened up and ready to go. Wherever we set rates, we need to get the centers used,” Henry said.

Mentoring programs coming Residents have been using the center since it opened in May for basketball programs and other activities organized by the city, Williamson noted. Residents also have been able to go in and use the computers. Midtown opens at noon until 8 p.m. Williamson said the city has been negotiating with Bethune-Cookman and Daytona State College to begin other programs that will soon be available to

WILLIAMS from Page 1 ard Milbourn Academy and Mainland High School. “I see this as an opportunity to help the community to continue to strengthen its school system by providing the best education possible for each and every student. This is a vision and a commitment that Al and I shared and that I would be honored to Ida Duncan pursue on the Volusia Wright County School Board,” Williams concluded. A Port Orange resident, she has two children, one stepson and six grandchildren.

Gracious phone call Wright recently told the Daytona Times that she was humbled when


The rates that city commissioners have approved are: Midtown Cultural and Educational Center Dance studio: $195 for the first three hours and $65 for each additional hour. Computer room: $150 for the first three hours and $50 for each additional hour. Lobby: $150 for the first three hours and $50 for each additional hour. Music studio: $150 for the first three hours and $50 for each additional hour. Multi-purpose room: $105 for the first three hours and $35 for each additional hour. An exemption is available to neighborhood associations and neighborhood watch groups for specific times of the day and specific days of the week. Art room with kiln: $300 for the first three hours and $75 for each additional hour. Kitchen facility: $150 for the first three hours and $50 for each additional hour. Gymnasium: $375 for the first three hours and

residents and the city’s youth at a nominal charge. “We have agreements in principal – talks about mentoring. We have commitments for (B-CU and Daytona State) students to come over (and help) with dance studio and music studio. We are poised and

she received a phone call from Dr. Al Williams the morning of Aug. 15, the day after she lost to him in the primary. She said Williams thanked her for running a clean campaign and considered her a formidable opponent. Wright also noted that he requested she continue to be involved with the school board and asked if she would consider serving on school board committees. She said he stated, “We really need parents like you to help us move our county forward.’’ Wright said she has not forgotten her brief conversation with Williams and that she has missed only one school board meeting since losing the election in August. She has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Central Florida and a master of business administration from Stetson University. Wright is a business administration instructor and academic assessment coordinator at Bethune-Cookman’s College of Business.

$125 for each additional hour. Kitchen and gymnasium: $450 for the first three hours and $150 for each additional hour or $800 for eight hours. The maximum is eight hours. Yvonne ScarlettGolden Cultural and Educational Center Multi-purpose rooms: $105 for the first three hours and $35 for each additional hour. An exemption is available to neighborhood associations and neighborhood watch groups for specific times of the day and specific days of the week. Gymnasium: $150 for the first three hours and $50 for each additional hour. There is no kitchen at the center. Manatee Island park The Island: $500 to $2,000 per day depending on the number of participants. Pavilion A (North): $225 for the first three hours and $75 for each additional hour. Pavilion B (South): $300 for the first three hours and $100 for each additional hour. ready to move forward. Pepsi has agreed to purchase a significant amount of equipment (for a recording studio). Once equipment gets there, it will be a magnet. (Residents) can come to the center and get first-hand mentoring,” Williamson added.

Nonpartisan race She also told the Times why she had entered that race. “When I entered the race approximately one year ago, I entered to bring a conservational style leadership to the school board – a conversation between all constituents,” she said. “With the one mil referendum not passing on Tuesday, the school board will definitely need to look at establishing a conversational style leadership through collaborative partnerships with parents, students, and teachers.’’ The District 2 seat includes most of Daytona Beach, South Daytona, Daytona Beach Shores, Ponce Inlet and part of Port Orange. School board members are elected in nonpartisan races in the districts they represent. Candidates who want to get in the race now must qualify by paying a $1,360 fee and must do so by noon on Nov. 21.

Golden reflections Reynolds said she couldn’t wait for the completion of the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Community Center named after the city’s first Black mayor. “That is going to be a fabulous building. How fortunate it was for me to serve with her. I learned so much from her. She would take you under her wing. Everybody was like her child and you could not help but learn,” Reynolds said about her colleague and friend who died in 2006. Reynolds concluded by referencing Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the founder of BethuneCookman University – her alma mater. “To the upcoming commission, I leave you a legacy. I leave you the willingness to cooperate and find workable solutions. I leave you the responsibility to keep in mind the least of us, as you govern, when you take care of the least of us you take care all of us. I leave you a sound budget and the challenge to develop a fiscally sound one each year, but most of all, I leave you love,” concluded Reynolds to applause.

Shelley, Ritchey reflect Shelley, who lost the

mayoral election to Derrick Henry on Nov. 6, said she really enjoyed serving with the commission. ‘It was never a goal of mine to be in public office. Some things were going on in the community and Glenn Ritchey was our mayor. I was very inspired by what was happening. That was my encouragement to move forward. I appreciate the support I’ve had. This commission has approved some wonderful projects that will have impact on community for years to come,” Shelley said, choking back the tears. Finally, Ritchey also said it had been a pleasure for him to serve as mayor. “A lot of you don’t know I was raised by my grandmother. I came to Daytona Beach in 1961 playing a guitar. I didn’t have two nickels to rub together. This community has been wonderful to my family and me. I could never give back enough,” Ritchey said. “The people up here I work with are inspiring. All of our polices should be that our most rigid policies are flexible,” Ritchey said, explaining that he would come to many meetings with his mind made up on how he was going to vote on an item until he heard something from one of his colleagues that he had not considered. “Sometimes we get so entrenched and draw lines and we don’t allow flexibility to move in. This commission has not proven to be that way,” Ritchey added. Ritchey concluded saying this would not be his last city commission meeting. “I will come back if you allow me to talk for three minutes,” he said to laughter referencing a change in policy the commissioners agreed to this year that now limits citizens’ comments to two minutes.

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Black voters would not be denied Most of the misinformed pundits who were unaware of the readiness and enthusiasm of millions of Black Americans to go to the voting polls on Nov. 6 are not acting as if they are shocked by another record voter turnout of the Black American community. We are not surprised at all by the historic contributions of Black American voters to help determine the victory for the re-election of President Barack Obama. Many of them spent the weeks leading up to the election lamenting and criticizing the suppressed economic state and high unemployment rate for African-Americans. Yes, it is true that poverty, unemployment, housing foreclosures, youth violence, and exceedingly high rates of incarceration are all serious problems that must be addressed resolutely, especially by Black America. But what happened on Election Day should not be undervalued or understated. In the face of unprecedented systematic attempts to suppress and to prevent a large voter turnout in our communities, Black Americans and millions of others stood up, face downed, and moved “forward” to vote in high numbers in long lines for many hours.

Suppression backfires Some people in Florida and Ohio had to stand in line for more than eight hours to enjoy their right to vote. In fact, as I stood in line in Fort Lauderdale, as an early voter, I witnessed firsthand the sheer determination of thousands


to stay in the long lines for hours without ever thinking about getting out of the line or leaving without voting. The Republican-led efforts to suppress the vote backfired and made millions of Black Americans and other voters more determined than ever before to cast their votes in this most important election. The enthusiasm in the Black community was very high and the resilience of people at numerous voting precincts was irrepressible. The old repressive and divisive tricks of the past did not work this time. We were conscious, aware and ready for the struggle at every voting booth. This was also the case in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and in California. Even after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, African-Americans turnout in massive crowds at voting places in New York, Connecticut and in New Jersey.

Be grateful The fact that it took four additional days before all the votes could be counted in Florida’s Dade County was actually a significant testimony to the successful turnout of both Black American and


Latino American voters across the county. On election night, some voters in Dade County stood in line for 10 hours until early on the morning of Wednesday. But all of this displays once again that the forces of repression, segregation, injustice and racial oppression cannot and will not ultimately prevail against the moral, spiritual and political determination of those who struggle, participate in social action and cry out for freedom, justice and equality. In fact the success of Black America’s voting strength in 2012 and beyond will put our communities in a much stronger political position not just to demand economic justice and empowerment, but force American democracy to become more inclusive. It will enhance Black America’s opportunities to push further to eradicate poverty in real time and to advance the development interests of our communities toward greater sustainability and future progress for all. Taylor Jones,

Hip-hop steps up We, therefore, have so much to be grateful for and to move “forward,” away from the pits of cynicism and hopelessness. I was so proud to see so many young brothers and sisters in the long lines voting for the first time. Our young people need more encouragement and support. And when our youth and young adults do something right, we should take the time to acknowledge their renewed and revitalized activism.

Black American youth are not lost and they are not alienated from their civic responsibilities. Thank God for the hip-hop generation and for stepping up to the plate to help make the victory won on Nov. 6 a victory that was felt across America and throughout the world. Now let’s work together to transform our communities and

families for a better quality of life for all.

Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is president of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Education Online Services Corporation and can be reached at drbenjamin .chavi s@g mail . com. Click on this story at www. to write your own response.

Even in defeat, Republicans still don’t get it With the elections now over, I am stunned with the postmortem coming from the Republican Party and the lack of substantive analysis from its operatives. Those who follow my writings know that I have written extensively about the shifting demographics of our country and the need for Republicans to adequately address this issue. For this, I have been constantly criticized by fellow Republicans, not for the substance of what I wrote, but for sharing my views with the public.

Romney biggest loser Romney was by far the biggest loser of this election cycle. How is it possible in the 21st century to run a national campaign with no Blacks or Hispanics of consequence on staff? Well, Romney managed to do it. And you wonder why Blacks voted against Romney to the tune of 93 percent and Hispanics 70 percent? These groups were often not voting for Obama, but against Romney.


The sad and unforgivable part was Romney and his team were not even cognizant that they had no people of color on staff. Republicans are so used to hiring all of their friends and children of their friends, that they have truly become colorblind or just blind to people of color. Let me be clear: When I say on staff, I mean people with hiring authority, budgetary control, or the ability to get a meeting with the boss put on the calendar.

Blind to Blacks But, it’s not just Romney. The RNC, under Reince Priebus, has no Blacks or Hispanics in powerful staff positions; the House Campaign Committee, under Congressman Pete Sessions? Ditto.

The Senatorial Committee, under Sen. John Cornyn? Ditto. So, this issue of lack of diversity is a structural thing that permeates every level of the Republican Party. The second biggest loser was Black Republicans. The harshest criticism of me has come from Black Republicans who are looking to be validated by Whites in the Republican Party (most of them are in Texas, Florida and the D.C. area). Whites in the party know they can count on them to validate the most extreme behavior and rhetoric coming out of their mouths. I believe I am the only Black Republican with a national media platform who called for Romney to remove John Sununu as national co-chair of his campaign because of the racist language about President Obama. I am the only one who harshly criticized Romney and Priebus for not having any Blacks or Hispanics on staff. I am the only one who criticized Romney for speaking before the NAACP without having a message or anything substantive to say. I

Bipartisanship needed more than ever It seems like the more we watch our elected officials debate, argue and accuse, the more of the same keeps happening. For the sake of our future they need to come to terms with our dire economy and start managing our financial affairs. America is in great danger and no one seems to be very concerned. Iran will soon have nuclear weapons and China is building its military at a scary and phenomenal rate. Russia is as slick as ever and the whole Middle East is erupting. If we don’t remain strong, peace will soon go away.

Build on legacy


of our military budget will be cancelled which would cause the loss of hundreds of thousand jobs and many business closures. Or, we can do like the last time which was to raise our debt limits and kick the can down the road again. A wise government would adjust our spending and revenues to begin chopping away at our $16 trillion debt. The next financial trauma is the Dodd-Frank bill implementation. Senator Dodd and Congressman Frank steered this fiasco through Congress and then announced their retirements. President Obama signed it. It has done much harm in terms of capital access, business growth and job creation. This bill is making banks too timid to lend money to businesses. Our major corporations are refusing to further invest in this nation and are considering growing their businesses abroad. We need to undo this law and start over using common sense.

President Obama has an excellent opportunity to build on his legacy. This term he needs to be a “healer” and cross the isle to negotiate the best path for America. Politics is supposed to be about compromising and negotiating. Both parties must begin an ebb and flow on the important issues that lay ahead of us. Let’s look at some of these make or break issues. The last time we faced this upcoming financial disaster we called it “Taxmageddon.” We would not solve the matter or bring it to closure. Instead we kicked the can down the road and raised our debt limit. Now, we face it again and call it the “fiscal cliff.” The fiscal cliff becomes a real- Be more robust on trade International trade is anothity on Jan. 1. If Congress doesn’t come to terms with this matter er area that needs to pick up the soon, our economy will crash. Half pace of the new global market. The

last administration closed on free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia. Maybe the second Obama administration will be more robust. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is starting to get on the negotiating table. If completed, we will have free trade agreements (duty and tariff free transactions) with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The National Black Chamber of Commerce is all for this. After we complete it, let’s consider some of the larger African nations. Also, wouldn’t it make sense to include the European Union, our nation’s biggest trading partner? We are talking business development and sizeable job creation.

Support offshore wells We must build the Keystone Pipeline. We should expand the new technique of natural gas drilling – Fracturing or “fracking.” Offshore wells should now be allowed on all of our coastlines. We cannot become independent without these forms of energy gathering. The president is going to have to face this if he is to achieve his goal. He will have to do this with an absence of cap and trade legislation. That won’t happen and this position is non-negotiable. If the new administration can work with Congress and complete the above, it would signal a new day for America. We are at risk and

am the only one who criticized the Party for its dearth of Blacks and Hispanics at the convention over the summer. I am the only one who called for Sarah Palin to sit down and shut up regarding her “shucking and jiving” comment about President Obama. These are just a few examples.

“conservatism” is? But, this highlights the Republican’s problem when it comes to diversity. They want to come into our community and tell us what we have to believe, as opposed to asking us what we believe and use that as the basis of building a mutually beneficial relationship.

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Hire minorities

So, to these Blacks that have their daggers constantly aimed at my back, you should know that I have helped to raise more than $300k for Romney’s campaign and since December, have helped raise more than $ 1million for Republican candidates this cycle. In other words, I have earned the right to criticize my party. Post-election, the party leadership is talking without saying anything. Republicans are saying things like: “We need to do a better job communicating our conservative message to minorities.” What? Are you kidding me? Why has the media never asked these Republicans to define what

Until the party actually starts hiring minorities on every level of the party, spending money travelling to meet with minorities, and tone down the incendiary language coming from our party, we will never make any advances with the minority community. So far the party is talking loud and saying nothing.

I pray that the turning point can happen sooner than later. It would be so nice to have some camaraderie and respect on Capitol Hill and a happy Wall Street. If we can just get it together within the next year, the economy would start turning around and may even start to boom in the second year of this administration. President Obama, Congress, it is

all up to you. Let’s do it for the future of our great nation.

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Cultural Society members relax on world’s largest ship Seventy-five members and friends of the AfricanAmerican Cultural Society (AACS) spent a recent seven-day cruise aboard the “Allure of the Seas,” owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. AACS treasurer Lynda H. Baten is the travel coordinator for vacation excitement through the Travel Leaders network. It was an exhilarating cruise to Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. “It’s been great being with friends and having nice weather aboard the world’s largest ship,” said AACS member Helen Mason. It’s like a fancy hotel with elevator access to a cityscape in decks with gardens in Central Park and the Royal Promenade that are tantamount to strolling along Broadway in New York City - and the amusement on a boardwalk of a carousel. “The Rising Tide” is the only “moving bar room” going up and down along Central Park and the Royal Promenade. It was part of the experience on board, having street parades and birthday parties like that of

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By Jeroline D. Mccarthy | Daytona Times AACS member/musician Rob Whiting. AACS member Gladys Spann, delighted with the ship, recounted that “it’s wonderful but too much to do.” The 6,000 passenger ocean liner included dining in restaurants, the “kaching” of falling coins in the casino, an ice skating rink, and Broadwaystyle shows, movies at the theaters, nightclubs and lounges for jazz, dancing and comedy. Guests were introduced to seminars, galleries, amazing fitness centers and spas, to swimming, hot tubs, the sports and kids’ zones, and other entertainment.

meeting Nov. 27, 6 p.m., at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. Because the nominees are all running unopposed, the NAACP Branch Secretary will motion for a vote of consensus in lieu of an election by ballot. To obtain further details, contact the NAACP at 386-4467822. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Flagler NAACP to vote on officers

Birthday wishes to: William Blount, Brenda Pinkelton, Nov. 19; Alicia Douglas, Nov. 20. Happy anniversary to: Bill and Shirley Day, Nov. 16; Eugene and Joanne Price, Nov. 21.        

A slate of nominees has been scheduled before the members of the Flagler County NAACP. It will be a

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The African-American Cultural Society cruise was exhilarating for president Edmund G. Pinto, Jr., travel coordinator Lynda H. Baten and member Rob Whiting. In the background are members John Pearson and Kurt Bottoms.

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Tickets are now on sale for an evening with the O’Jays at the Peabody Daytona Beach on Feb. 1.

An educational seminar for parents of those with special needs will be presented at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at Easter Seals in Daytona Beach as part of its Joey’s Gift Respite Program. Presenters are José H. Silva, financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments, and attorney Melvin D. Stack, specializing in wills and trusts. This special seminar will help answer questions such as: How do I leave proper instructions for the care of my loved one should I become incapacitated or die? How do I protect my child’s in-

heritance from being depleted by medical or care expenses? How do I know if a special needs trust would be beneficial for our family situation? How should the funds held in a special needs trust be invested? RSVP online at or call 386-944-7816.

Daytona State to launch social media marketing course Daytona State College is offering college-credit instruction on how to tap the power of social media technologies in business. Social Media Marketing is a col-

lege-credit, stand-alone course that launches this spring semester along with a parallel course, Advertising. Both courses will be offered online. While each three-credit-hour course can be taken by anyone wanting to gain new skills, they also can be incorporated into a new certificate in sales entrepreneurship started this fall in the college’s School of Applied Business. Additionally, credits can be applied toward a number of oneand two-year business-related programs already offered at Daytona State, as well as for an associate of arts degree elective. For more information, call 386506-3467.


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Atlantic’s Williams picks Florida BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Local high school girls basketball phenom Ronni Williams will play at the University of Florida in Gainesville next season. Williams picked the Gators over Florida State and Georgia. “It’s where I want to go and spend the next four years of my life. They were all great programs and it wasn’t about basketball. When I went to Florida, I just felt it,” Williams remarked. The announcement was made at a pep rally in the school’s gymnasium on Nov. 9. “I saw her six years ago in middle school and then she came here four years ago. It’s been an honor and a pleasure coaching her. It’s a special day. Ronni deserves it. She has put Atlantic on the map nationally. We have never had a player of this caliber,” commented George, Butts Atlantic ‘s head coach.

Top recruit Williams is the biggest female recruit out of Volusia County since DeLand’s Bridgett Gordon and since Mainland’s Vince Carter in 1995. Williams also had offers from defending national champion Baylor, Tennessee and several of the nations other top programs. The Atlantic High School 6-2 senior forward/guard is the top girl’s basketball recruit in Florida and 13th

VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REVIEW in the nation. “God is good. Without him, I couldn’t do any of this. It also took determination, hard work and staying focused,” added Williams. She also is an ESPN Rise All-American and is expected to make it as a McDonald’s All-American this season. Last season Williams averaged 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.7 blocks per game for the Sharks.

Next goal: State title Williams now will concentrate on her senior season. With her, the Sharks are poised for a shot at a state title. They are two years removed from a Final Four appearance.   “She had attention since she first started playing when she was small. Now that the recruiting process is over, I think that she will get back to playing like she is capable. I think the process kind of took away from her game,” commented Rodney Williams, her father. “I am ready to settle down with my team, stay focused and go out there and get it done,” added Williams.

Football roundup: NSB unbeaten Cameron “Squirt” Had-


Atlantic High’s Ronni Williams (center) dons a Florida Gators cap when she announces her decision. Williams is flanked by cousin and assistant football coach William Bartee (left), her coach George Butts (right) and her parents Rodney (standing left) and Sherri Williams (standing right). Teammates and friends are in the background. ley threw for 95 yards and ran for 89 yards with a touchdown as Mainland beat Orlando Olympia 2515. It was the fifth straight win for the Buccaneers. Stephen Bostick ran for 101 yards with a score for Mainland. New Smyrna Beach beat Spruce Creek 41-14. The Barracudas finish the regular season unbeaten for the first time since 1999. Marcus Johnson threw for 224 yards with two scores and James Clark had 176 receiving yards with two touchdowns for NSB. The Hawks got a Collin Olsen rushing score and Shane Peludat threw a touchdown pass to Michael Colubiale. Alex Bell threw for 174 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 105 with

two scores as Atlantic rallied past Matanzas 30-20. Steven Tucker ran for 200 yards with three scores for Matanzas. Joe Boden’s 89 yard-kickoff return touchdown with 1:06 remaining lifted Father Lopez over Taylor 22-16. Boden also threw for 172 yards and ran for a score for the Green Wave. T. J. Hearn ran for 232 yards with a score and had an interception return touchdown for the Taylor Wildcats.

Other scores University-42, Pine Ridge-6; Boca Raton Christian-57, Calvary-22; Trinity-31, Deltona-6.

This week’s playoff games Mainland (7-3) at Lake-

land Lake Gibson (10-0): The Buccaneers travel to face the unbeaten Braves. Mainland’s defense is stingy but will the offense produce enough for a win? Winter Haven (9-1) at New Smyrna (9-0): The Blue Devils are a tough matchup for the Barracudas. NSB must be at its best to advance. Sanford Seminole (6-4) at DeLand (6-4): A good matchup for the Bulldogs at home. DeLand must limit mistakes to move on. Winter Garden Foundation Academy (8-3) at Warner (9-1): The host Eagles are better than the Lions and should be focused enough to advance to the next round. Atlantic (8-2) at Tampa Robinson (9-1): The Sharks have a long and tough road

Wildcats maul Tigers; win MEAC title BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

A bruising running game, stingy defense and big play special teams helped Bethune-Cookman beat Savannah State 49-7 last week. With the win and Florida A&M’s win over North Carolina Central, B-CU won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title and earned an automatic trip to the Football Championship Series (FCS) playoffs. “It feels good. One of our goals has been accomplished but we still have work to do,” responded Coach Brian Jenkins. The Wildcats led 7-0 when Torre Price returned a blocked punt for a 14-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Following another blocked punt, Rodney Scott scored from 10 yards out giving B-CU a 14-0 second quarter lead. Bethune-Cookman (8-2, 7-0) led 35-0 when Quentin Williams found David Blackwell for a 36-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the half

Season highs Williams threw for 103 yards with two touchdowns and ran for a career high 113 yards for the Wildcats. “We just did a great job executing. The offensive line was great up front and our running backs did the job too,” commented Williams. Savannah State got within 35-7 when Cornel Weston recovered a punt in the end zone in the third quarter. The ball was touched by a B-CU player. B-CU posted season highs in (49) points, total offense yards (537) and rushing yards (377).

Defensively, leaders for B-CU were: Harold Love III (six tackles), Jarkevis Fields (five tackles), LaBrandon Richardson (five tackles, 1.5 sacks), Joceyln Bogella (five tackles) while D.J. Howard, Tyrone Bouie, Jr. and Marquise Drayton each had an interception. Vaughn Cornelia (14 tackles, one forced fumble) and Terrance Williams (13 tackles) led the Tigers defense. The Wildcats play archrival Florida A&M next week in the Blue Florida Classic at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Basketball: Win for women; men lose The women’s basketball team opened the season with an 84-51 win over Trinity Baptist on Nov. 9. Chastity Rene Taylor scored 23 points and Amanda Hudson 21 for BCU. The Ladies host Florida Atlantic on Nov. 16 and travel to DeLand to face Stetson on Nov. 20. The men’s team opened the season with a hard

Prep Sports Seven football 1. *New Smyrna (9-0), 2. *Warner (9-1), 3. * Mainland (6-4), 4. *DeLand (64), 5. *Atlantic (8-2), 6. *Trinity (7-3), 7. Flagler Palm Coast (6-4). *-denotes made the state playoffs. Previous: 1. New Smyrna, 2. Warner, 3.Mainland, 4 DeLand, 5. Atlantic, 6. Trinity, 7. Flagler Palm Coast. of five teams in the MEAC Southern Divisional this past week. B-CU finished the tournament with a 3-5 mark, including a 1-3 mark on Nov. 11. “We didn’t’ bowl our best this weekend. We didn’t give a total team effort,” responded Tony O’Neal, head bowling coach. The previous day, the Wildcats posted a 2-2 mark with Staci Hilliard standing out garnering MVP honors. B-CU will compete Dec. 1-2 in the second MEAC Southern Divisional in Chesapeake, Va.

The Wildcats defense held the Tigers 200 total yards and forced three turnovers. “It was a total team effort. Everyone contributed. We had a good scheme and we executed well. The defense didn’t give up any points,” added Jenkins. Broderick Waters added 104 total yards with a rushing score, Isidore Jackson 97 rushing yards with a touchdown and Eddie Poole had a receiving score for the Wildcats. Antonio Bostick threw for 120 yards, Lereginald Veals ran for 51 yards and Dylan Cook had 71 receiving yards for SSU.

Next up: The Classic

trip to face the Knights. Atlantic too must limit mistakes. Trinity (7-3) at Lake Mary Prep (10-0): The unbeaten LMP Griffins features Ray Lewis III son of NFL star Ray Lewis. The Eagles will counter with Marquion Lane.

Golf: Wildcats win tourney


Chastity Rene Taylor goes up for a basket against Trinity Baptists. The Junior College transfer helped B-CU win its season opener. fought 84-68 loss to St. Bonaventure. Adrien Coleman scored a career-high 33 points while Paul Scotland added 17 points and Kevin Dukes 11 for B-CU. They played Tulane in New Orleans on Tuesday.

Volleyball: B-CU falls in home finale Star seniors Krysta Gardner and Janeen Davis played their finale home game at Moore Gymnasium in a 3-0 loss to Florida A&M on Nov. 11. Gardner tallied 14 kills, nine digs and three services aces while Davis had

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10 kills with nine digs and Monica Lowe added 31 assists. Davis reached a milestone by passing the 800-digs mark for her career. B-CU (5-27, 5-5) will compete in the MEAC

Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland Nov. 16-18.

Bowling: Hilliard MVP The nationally ranked Wildcats women’s bowling team placed fourth out

B-CU won the Savannah State University Tiger Invitational Golf Tournament. Bethune-Cookman beat Armstrong Atlantic State University in a playoff. It was the third straight year that the Wildcats won the event. Individually, JaMichael Jones finished second, Leon Frick eight and Michael McKnight and Emmanuel Petrich tied for 11th for B-CU.


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