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Bumpy roads finally getting attention


Overhaul of Orange Avenue, ISB streetscape to begin in 2013 BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES


Shown above is the intersection at Orange Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Daytona Beach.

Daytona Beach residents who drive down several major thoroughfares throughout the city need to start thinking now about changing their routes or leaving home early as construction is expected to begin soon on revamping and overhauling the streets. “We have to have a plan to keep traffic moving,” said Ron McLemore, who inherited several major projects in their infancy when he became Daytona Beach’s Public Works Department director. The former Winter Springs city manager, who has

been employed by Daytona Beach for three years, will oversee several major road projects into fruition next year as bids will be going out for contractors to undertake a massive overhaul of Orange Avenue, completion of the International Speedway Boulevard streetscape - west from Nova Road east to Ridgewood Avenue. A separate streetscape project is planned for the remainder of International Speedway Boulevard (ISB) from Ridgewood Avenue across the bridge to A1A.

MLK a high priority McLemore said that with the approval of city leaders bids for these projects hopefully would come under the projected cost so there will be funds available to start work on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.


Many don’t know they have disease

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Early voting starts Dec. 8 for school board seat BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Early voting will begin Saturday, Dec. 8, in the special election to replace Volusia County School Board member Al Williams who died unexpectedly on Oct. 1. Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall told the Daytona Times this week that registered voters who want to vote early in person will only be able to do so at her office in DeLand up to Dec. 13 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All other voters will have to wait until Dec. 18, the date set for the primary unless an absentee ballot has been requested. So far, McFall said 10,000 absentee ballots will be sent out to voters who have asked that they always receive absentee ballots for all scheduled elections.


A huge ribbon hung on the North Portico of the White House on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2011. The day was created in 1988 at the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes in London, England, which brought together health ministers and delegates from 148 different countries.

Tubman-King Church to host awareness program Dec. 5 BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Eighty-one people with HIV and 57 with AIDS were diagnosed in 2011 locally, according to the Volusia County Health Department. Patrick Forand is the HIV/AIDS program coordinator for both Volusia and Flagler counties, and has held the job

for the past seven years. Forand said there currently are a total of 1,450 people living with the disease in the area but he cautions that 20 percent to 25 percent of Volusia County residents don’t know they are positive. “They don’t know how to protect themselves or their partners,” Forand told the Daytona Times this week as the area gets ready to observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

In denial Forand warns that there also are people who have been diagnosed with the

disease and refuse to admit it to themselves. They are continuing to pass it on to others, which is a crime. He says that anyone who says they had HIV/AIDS and are saying they are now cured are not telling the truth. “Once you are diagnosed, you will always have HIV/AIDS. Lab tests might show viral level undetectable,” Forand said, but the disease is still present because only a small sample of their blood was taken at the time of the test when the undetectable diagnosis was suggested.

McFall said she expects a low turnout for this election considering the school board race is the only one on the ballot. A runoff is scheduled Jan. 15 if no one gets more than half the primary vote. School board members are elected to four-year terms and earn $34,010 annually. The five candidates running for the school board seat will meet Monday in a forum at the Daytona Beach Regional Library on City Island. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Volusia County and the Volusia County Council of PTA (Parent Teacher Association). It will start at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

The candidates Candidates already reported by the Daytona Times to compete are Ida Duncan-Wright, an instructor at Bethune-

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Christmas tree lighting to be highlight of Saturday Midtown event BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

For the first time, there will be a Christmas tree lighting in Daisy Stocking Park. The tree was delivered Wednesday to the park with a lighting service planned Saturday, Dec. 1, as part of the Light Up Midtown Health Fair. The fair kicks off a series of events

in the area every Saturday during December. Clark Sales Display, the vendor who is doing the tree, delivered the 25-foot tree with a star and green metallic garlands. The Volusia County Health Department and a number of health partners are participating in the free health fair from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the park, 550 Third St., Daytona Beach. So far, 30 vendors have signed up

to participate in the fair. Lighting of the tree takes place at 5:30 p.m.

Doctors to attend In recognition of World AIDS Day, there will be a special dedication to those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Features of Saturday’s health fair will include free HIV testing provided by Stewart Marchman’s Prevention on the Move

program; blood pressure screenings; vision testing by Walmart; healthy cooking demonstrations; and information on a number of health topics, including nutrition, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. There will also be an “Ask the Doctor” table where residents can privately ask Daytona Beach resident and physician Dr. Delicia

M. Haynes health-related questions.

Decorations, parade Local business owners and residents also have been asked to decorate their establishments and homes in the holiday spirit using guidelines set by a list of judges, according to a representative from Daytona Beach’s Redevelopment Department.

Winners will receive recognition and awards at the Dec. 19 city commission meeting. Other Light Up Midtown events will include a Christmas parade on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The staging area for the parade will be behind the Daytona Mall. The parade route will continue down Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Please see TREE, Page 2




Group recommends new HIV testing guidelines NNPA NEWS SERVICE

LOS ANGELES – This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, recommended routine testing for HIV of all people ages 15-64. The recommendation, recently posted online, comes six years after a panel at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued similar guidelines calling for such routine HIV testing (of individuals ages 13 to 64) in most medical settings such as health clinics, doctors’ offices and emergency units; however, the CDC’s guidelines have not been widely implemented due in part to questions as to who pays for such testing. Now, the recommendation from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for similar testing guidelines—if adopted (after a monthlong period of public comment)—paves the way for Medicare and other government and private insurance programs to pay for such routine testing.

Recommendation applauded “Making HIV testing a routine part of health care really is the key to controlling and reducing the number of undiagnosed individuals and will ultimately help us break the chain of new infections,“ said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “We applauded the recommendation of the CDC back in September 2006 for similar testing guidelines—as well as the American Medical Association, which offered similar guidelines in November 2007. What’s key now is that these guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force can eliminate a huge obstacle to previous successful implementation of routine HIV testing in most health care settings: these guidelines, when adopted, will pave the way for both government and most private insurers to pay for the testing.”

Landmark revision According to an article in the Nov. 20 Los Angeles Times, “The draft guidelines were written by the U.S. Preventive Services

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An inmate gives blood while going through the intake process at the Cook County Jail in Chicago on Aug. 22. The jail is testing everyone who goes through the intake process for HIV, unless they refuse, hoping to put a dent in the number of people who have the virus but don’t know it. Task Force, an independent group that operates under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services to advise the government and the nation’s physicians on the medical evidence for preventive health measures.” The article also noted, “If the panel ultimately adopts

those recommendations, Medicare and most private health insurers will be required to pay for the tests.” The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s move dovetails with a landmark revision in the CDC’s own HIV testing recommendations that were issued in September 2006. Through



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Cookman University and Dr. Kathy Williams, retired educator and Williams’ widow. Also qualifying to run for the seat are Teresa Valdes, 74, of Daytona Beach Shores, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Florida House in 2010. Valdes also is a former nun who now sells real estate. Other candidates include Deborah Nader of South Daytona and Horace Anderson a local barber and hairstylist. Valdes and Nader could not be reached by Daytona Times’ press time.

Boulevard, cross Nova Road and end at Charles Street and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. The parade will consist of area bands, churches, community organizations with floats, marching units, cars, etc. The Daytona Beach Community Band, which consists of alumni band members from Bethune Cookman University, has agreed to assist with the organization of the parade. Applications for the parade are still being accepted. Participation in the parade is free.

Horace Anderson

About Anderson

According to his bio, Anderson attended segregated and non-segregated public schools in the 1950s and 1960s, served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in South Korea. He is a licensed cosmetologist in Florida and has had his business in Daytona Beach’s Midtown for 25 years. Anderson says he takes pride in educating his young children and other young Deborah people about America’s history. Nader He studied management and cosmetology at St. Augustine Technical Center, Daytona Community College and Dudley University and has taught cosmetology in Volusia County. Anderson’s campaign manager is Ken Ali. “Horace wants to help our schools improve and reduce school dropouts. He wants to form community partnerships to help prepare our students for college Teresa and the workplace. Horace wants to see Valdes more fathers involved and be positive role models in the lives of their children,” Ali stated in a press release. “Horace believes the school board does not have to be comprised only of professional educators, but fathers like him who see things from a different perspective,” Ali concluded.

HIV/AIDS from Page 1 High percentages Of those with HIV/AIDS locally, 48 percent are White, 38 percent Black. However, Blacks only make up 9 percent of county’s population. Forand also noted that the disease is being diagnosed disproportionately among Black women at an alarming rate. He also verified that Blacks make up 50 percent of the HIV/AIDS cases nationwide. The Rev. John T. Long III, senior pastor of Tubman-King Community Church, said the church will be holding a program on Dec. 5 starting at 7 p.m. to educate the community about HIV/AIDS Long said the program details are being finalized but he’s hoping for a frank discussion of HIV/AIDS by groups of clergy and laypeople. “We will also try to get to the root as to why discussions of sexuality (including HIV and AIDS) remains a taboo subject in so many of our churches,” Long said.

‘Silence and shame’ Long said he became motivated to address HIV/AIDS in the Black community when he learned the rate was increasing among Black seniors. “It is only because silence and shame

those recommendations, the CDC now encourages U.S. medical providers to make HIV testing a “routine part of care in health care settings for all patients ages 13 through 64,” and encourages linkages to care and treatment for those found to be HIV infected.

The CDC also suggested that, “(HIV)… screening should be routine, regardless of whether the patient is known or suspected to have specific behavioral risks for HIV infection.” “There are more than 1.1 million Americans currently living with HIV/AIDS. About half of that number do not consistently receive medical care, and more than one fifth of the total do not even know they are infected with HIV,” said Whitney Engeran-Cordova, Senior Director, Public Health Division, for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “We welcome these recommendations from the Task Force and believe its high time to implement the guidelines, a process which may also be made even easier now with the FDA’s recent approval of one-minute HIV testing— available for the first time in the U.S. this past September.”

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Step show A step show is scheduled Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park. This event will highlight local Greek sororities and fraternities as well as local high school and community talent. Local vendors will be invited to set up in the park to provide a variety of cultural food and merchandise. The local chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greek Sororities and Fraternities is assisting with this event, which is open to the public for free.

‘Christmas in Songs’ The “Christmas in Songs’’ event will culminate a month of special activities with a gospel extravaganza. It’s Dec. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park. The event will host local choirs and other talents geared toward the holiday spirit. Applications are being accepted for this event. There is no charge to participate or attend. For more information, call 386-6718185 or 386-214-2586.

that HIV and AIDS continues to take lives. If you are not infected with HIV/ AIDS, then you are affected by HIV/ AIDS,” Long added. Tubman-King is located at 1090 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.

‘Faces of AIDS’ Other activities planned in honor of those affected and infected with HIV/ AIDS include a fundraiser sponsored by the Positive Champions Speakers Bureau. The bureau is hosting a benefit on Dec. 1 to raise funds to support its mission to end the stigma and community consequences associated with HIV/AIDS. Jeff Allen, a spokesman for the group, said it will present “The Faces of AIDS” at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Tickets are $35 for the play and a dinner. Call Allen at 386-235-6796 or the Health Planning Council at 386-3232046 for tickets. In addition, the Names Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Daytona State College in the Photography building #530 Dec. 6-7. The college is at 1200 W. International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach. For more on World AIDS Day and related events, visit

This tree will be decorated and turned on Saturday evening at Daisy Stocking Park.

streetscape from Page 1 If eventually approved – because of extensive design, permitting and grant funding – work on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is anticipated to take two years to complete. “MLK is a high-priority project. I know it needs to get done,” McLemore noted.

Streetscape phase completed City commissioners recently approved the repaving of Bill France Boulevard from ISB to Mason Avenue costing $350,000. Work on that roadway has begun with plans to have it completed before the beginning of Speedweeks. Upon his arrival in 2010, McLemore oversaw a massive repaving project that included upgrading 216 of the city’s streets, many of them in the Midtown area of the city inhabited primarily by AfricanAmericans. According to the city’s website, the Public Works Department maintains and enhances the transportation infrastructure appearance of the city. McLemore said bids would go out in April for phases 2 and 3 of what is known as “ISB East.’’ The first phase of the ISB streetscape, which is already completed, included Lincoln Street to MLK Jr. Boulevard.

New lights, sidewalks McLemore said the city hopes to complete phases 2 and 3 during the same time, which will include new lighting fixtures, sidewalks and repavement of the street. The remaining two phases are from Nova Road to Lincoln Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard to Ridgewood Avenue. Costs for this project are estimated between $1 to 1.5 million. “ISB West” includes Ridgewood Avenue to A1A, which is still in the planning stages. The biggest project McLemore will be overseeing will be the overhaul of Orange Avenue from Nova Road to Beach Street. The 1.5-mile stretch of Orange Avenue is known for potholes and asphalt patchwork. This project is estimated to cost up to $19 million.

Total reconstruction McLemore said bidding for the project must take place by July 1. All utilities will be underground; sidewalks will be widened to six feet and work will be completed on water, sewer and storm water drainage. McLemore said there will be a total reconstruction, including new decorative light poles and street signals. For Orange Avenue, $4.8 million will come from the Florida Department of Transportation with the rest coming from city and county coffers.

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Resident’s weight loss leads to celebrity treatment Because life offers a myriad of opportunities, let’s spotlight Daytona State College instructor Lakeisha Riddle Byrd and how an opportunity allowed her to make it to the top. It’s news for your body and the way the Walden University master’s alumna earned a share of $25 million in free products, prizes and vacations. The Daytona Beach native resides in Palm Coast. She’s married and is the mother of four. She earned her share at the Visalus Super Bowl National at the Miami Heat Arena - a month following the Miami Heat championship - to become the next champion. Legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan called Byrd out of thousands of Visalus promoters to be the next 2012 Random Drawing Champion. Byrd has lost 30 pounds using the Visalus products, and lately has gone from 280 to 247 pounds. She has regained health, feels much better, and helps others to get healthy and back in shape. Log on to her website: www.dreamteamkeisha. to be invited to get healthy and fit together.

Prizes, trip to Hollywood The Body by Vi Challenge offers over $25 mil-

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By Jeroline D. Mccarthy | Daytona Times lion for a total prize value to the most impressive 90day transformations. Each quarter, one apiece is selected from among a male, female, couple, team, family - including one from a lottery. Runners-up in each category are eligible to win free cruises, all part of $25 million in awards annually. Byrd attests that when Hulk Hogan called her name, she was shocked, but nonetheless was overwhelmed and overjoyed. “As I ran to the stage, it was like being on ‘The Price Is Right,’” attests Byrd. “As I walked onstage, Hulk Hogan looked at me, smiled, and said, ‘You rock, girl!’” Byrd said that following her acceptance speech, life hasn’t been the same in the “Vi Community.” She’s constantly congratulated and everyone wants to take her picture. It’s been memorable, but Byrd gives God the glory. A trip to Hollywood was among Byrd’s prizes. She’s received celebrity-style treatment, professional

‘Voices of Inspiration’ art at Peabody “Meditative Drawings: A Creative Practice Blending Spirituality and Art” by Carol Bertrand will be on display next month in the Rose Room Gallery, Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach.  The artist’s “Voices of Inspiration” paintings and drawings (shown below) will be on view from Dec. 5 through January 2. Free and open to the public. Call 386-736-3039 for more information.

photo shoots with celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz of “America’s Next Top Model.” The photos will be used for marketing and for The Challenge & Success Magazine. Byrd has had fashion and hairstylists, makeup artists, and she’s received a new wardrobe. “We celebrated in Hollywood on a luxury limo bus, in conjunction with an exquisite dinner with one of the Visalus owners,” asserted Byrd. “We stayed at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica Beach. We visited the pier, and we had a blast!” ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Happy Birthday to You! Birthday wishes to: Birthday wishes to: Teirra May, David Freckleton, Ernestine Logan, and Bill Day, Dec. 5.


A photo shoot captures Lakeisha Riddle Byrd with celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz from Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model” show.

Community Calendar To list your event FREE, e-mail us at No phone calls or faxes, please. Events are listed on a space-available basis, and in the sole discretion of the Daytona Times staff. For guaranteed placement, contact Lynnette Garcia,, phone 954-882-2946, for ad rates.

Compiled by the Daytona Times Talent sought for Sunday show A “Daytona’s Got Talent’’ event is scheduled Dec. 2 in Embry Riddle’s Instructional Center auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door. There is a $15 performance registration fee per person and a $25 per group. The winner takes home a $200 prize and more. The talent show is sponsored by the New Image Cultural Arts Still Standing Cast & Crew. More information: 386-258-7199. Light Up Midtown Health Fair The City of Daytona Beach, in partnership with the Volusia County Health Department, invites the public to the Light Up Midtown Health Fair on Dec. 1 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Third Ave. There will be free blood pressure and vision screenings, HIV testing, giveaways, health information, healthy cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and more. More information: Suzanne Grubbs, 386-274-0965.

a Florida snowman ornament, a feathered holiday wreath, or cookie mix in a mason jar. The program is free and all materials and printed instructions will be provided. The workshop is limited to 25 attendees. Registration is required and may be made by calling 386257-6036, ext. 16264. Seafood event to help center The fifth annual seafood buffet to benefit the Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind will be held Dec. 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the River Grille on the Tomoka, 950 N US Hwy 1, Ormond Beach. The all-you-can eat buffet is $8.99 with coffee or tea included. There will be drawings for door prizes. More information: Denise Harlow 386-258-3441 or visit Santa Hustle set for Dec. 9 Join Adrenaline Sports Management for its first Santa Hustle in Daytona Beach on Dec. 9. This event features a

5k and half marathon through the streets of Daytona Beach and along the Atlantic Ocean. The half marathon begins at 9 a.m.; the 5K walk/run at 9:15. Registration and more information, 847-829-4538 or visit www. AdrenalineSportsManagement. com. Center to host manatee forum The Save the Manatee Club and Blue Spring Alliance will sponsor a free public forum to address manatee conservation issues from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 800-432-5646 or education@savethemanatee. org. Golf tournament to help homeless A Golfin’ 4 Homeless Prevention fundraiser will be held Dec. 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Preserve at Turnbull Bay, 2600 Turnbull Estates Drive, New Smyrna Beach. Donations are $60 per golfer, $240 foursome, $100 sponsor, $300 corporate sponsor (sign and foursome). Funds raised will benefit Halifax Urban Ministries’ programs. Call Mark at 386-252-0156 or visit www. to sign up and play. Cultural Council to meet  The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m.

Nov. 30, at the Ormond Beach Historical Society’s AndersonPrice Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach. More information: Mike Fincher at 386-736-5963, ext. 15872, or mfincher@volusia. org. Holiday luncheon for seniors Unified Ministry’s second annual Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon is Dec. 15 at noon at Mt. Bethel Institutional Church, 700 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. More information: Call Rev. Inez Stafford at 386-2955915. Woodwind jazz program A jazz program featuring various woodwind chamber ensembles, including the Saxophone Quartet, the Flute Choir and the Woodwind Quartet will be held Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. at the News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, Davidson Theater, 221 N. Beach St. Free admission. More information: www. or 386-226-1927. Upcoming shows at Peabody The Kings of Swing will be at the Peabody Auditorium Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet will be there Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

Church to host holiday yard sale Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church will host a holiday yard sale in the church’s parking lot on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items for sale will include clothing for men, women and children, books, a variety of household items, Christmas decorations and more. The church is at 317 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Daytona Beach. For more information, call 386-255-7222.

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City’s associations coalition to meet A group of Port Orange community homeowner associations plan to re-establish the Coalition of Homeowners Associations. Interested parties are encouraged to attend a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Port Orange City Hall Council Chambers, 1000 City Center Circle. More information: 386-506-5522. Create a holiday gift at library The Friends of the Library will help adults make holiday crafts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Participants may choose from


A concert to benefit Birdies for the Brave, a military outreach initiative supported by the PGA Tour, is scheduled Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville. Artists include Darius Rucker and Vince Gill. Rucker is shown in October performing at the Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. TIM DOMINICK/THE STATE/MCT




Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ missing contributions by Blacks “‘Negro History’ is the missing segment of world history.” Carter G. Woodson Carter G. Woodson was right when he essentially said that Black history is the missing pages of world history. Never was such so true than in the movie, “Lincoln.” While I, as a “weekend historian,” was impressed by Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of the 16th president of the United States, my knowledge of history begged questions: Why were Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman not portrayed or mentioned? Why was the ancient Egyptian mathematical formula attributed to the Greek mathematician, Euclid?

Holes in movie The movie, “Lincoln,’’ is politically presidential, yet porous on people who influenced the end of the American Civil War. The holes in the Steven Spielberg’s epic film are rooted in Hollywood’s tendency to omit key historical personalities and events from biopics. History reminds us that Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth all played significant roles in the American Civil War, and thus in the decisions of President Lincoln. For example, in the summer of 1863, Douglass was invited to the White House and introduced to President Lincoln by Secretary of State William Henry Seward and Senator Samuel Pomeroy (Kan.). According to David Blight’s “Race and Reunion: Civil War in America Memory,’’ Douglass, said, “I told him I was assisting to raise


Colored troops to enlist in the Union Army but was troubled that the United States government would not treat them fairly in three ways. “First, Colored troops ought to receive the same wages as those paid to White soldiers. Second, Colored soldiers ought to receive the same protection when taken prisoner. Third, when Colored soldiers perform great and uncommon service on the battlefield they should be rewarded by distinction and promotion as White soldiers are rewarded.’’

Renowned abolitionist In October 1864, Sojourner Truth was invited to the White House to meet with President Lincoln. Following her “Ain’t I a Woman” speech at a women’s convention in 1853, she was a renowned abolitionist. The meeting of Truth and President Lincoln at the White House is documented in Berry Horton’s famous painting depicting the president showing Truth his Bible. Another omission of the movie Lincoln involves Harriet Tubman. Her many trips delivering enslaved Black people from bondage to freedom provided her with knowledge of the terrain of the Confederate states. As such, Tubman contributed mightily to Union strategy in the Civil War. According to Benjamin Brawley’s

“Harriet Tubman,’’ President Lincoln listened to the ideas of Harriet Tubman. And yet, neither of these significant Black historical figures was portrayed or even mentioned in the movie. At one critical point in the movie Lincoln justifies his position on passing the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would outlaw slavery on the basis that “all men are created equal…” cited the Greek mathematician Euclid’s theorem that “things equal to the same are equal to one another.”

Reinsert Black history What was omitted in the movie is that Euclid did not originate the theorem: A Black Egyptian mathematicians at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt trained him in 300 B.C. When people erroneously condemn “Black History” as a separatists scholarly pursuit, we need to look no further than movies made by Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, and other Hollywood directors who—consciously or unconsciously—omit the contributions of Black people to world history and, thus, give un-earned credit to White scholars as the progenitors of higher thought. We must re-insert Black history in the pages of world history.

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Black radio used to be rock of our culture “Historically, Black radio … fulfilled all functions Black people needed … but now it’s time to take a serious look and right the wrong of the mess we call Black radio today,” says Todd Steven Burroughs, a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Morgan State University. Burroughs is demanding that the Federal Communications Commission investigate and intervene in the matter, saying “Black communities once again have been given symbolism instead of substance” and, that “back in the day, African-American DJs not only provided the community with the latest news and information, they played records of Black artists that served as the soundtracks of Black empowerment.” Although constituting 13 percent of the U.S. population, African-Americans own just 2 percent of all commercial broadcast licenses in America. But, Blacks need to coalesce around the idea that economic and political empowerment among us cannot be achieved without access and control over the mass media resources that impact us and the world. Black radio has consistently been a reliable source of news, information and culture for local communities. North and South, Black radio was urbane, hip and the main source for all of Black culture.


cal issues and stage for local artists, today Hughes is at the helm of Black radio syndication programming that dumbs down African-American audiences, causing them to be 75 times more likely to hear syndicated programming than their White counterparts. The media landscape has altered Black radio such that it no longer connects in the same intimate and powerful way it used to. Chains such as Radio One have gradually eliminated news from their mix and have left us with syndication. Washington’s WOL-AM is an all-talk station and a flagship of the nation’s largest Black-owned broadcasting company, Radio One. Black Radio’s First Family are successfully acquiring and turning around under-performing radio properties by targeting African-American and urban consumers. Back in the day, Black radio was “the rock of the culture. Will it ever be again?

Black radio provided a voice to millions with unrivaled flair and theater. Black DJ’s were an important part of the communities that stations were licensed to serve. Isn’t it time we reflected on that unique mixture of news and music that were an integral part of Black communities’ culture? In Atlanta in the early 1960s, on Black-owned station, WERD, “Jockey Jack” Gibson slipped political messages on air between songs. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had offices beneath WERD’s studios, would sometimes bang a broomstick on the ceiling to let Gibson know to lower a microphone out of the window so King could go on the air with a statement. In the 1980s, “Information is Power” was Cathy Hughes’ mantra. Now that the Hughes family, is owner of the Radio One Inc. conglomerate and among the wealthWilliam Reed is head of the iest African-Americans, her new theme may be: “Information is Business Exchange Network and available for speaking/semthe Currency of Today’s World.” inar projects through the Bailey Dumbing down Blacks Click on this story No longer a station owner that at to provided a sounding board for lo- write your own response.

Racing to win your holiday dollars “Gotta have that Big Screen TV” is out of the gate first, with “I wanna X-Box” on the rail and closing fast. But “I like the Wii” is having none of it as he moves up in position to strike. Running in fourth place is “I need a Blu-Ray” with “My New Nikes” in a close fifth. In a surprising move, here comes “Designer Shoes and Clothing” on the outside, moving into striking distance of the lead pack. And bringing up the rear is “I still need that iPad Mini” and “Must have the Windows 8 PC.” It’s a four-horse race now, but here comes “Gotta have that Big Screen TV” on the rail, struggling to carry the extra weight. “Big Screen TV” is passing “My New Nikes” and it’s a photo finish, as “Big Screen TV” wins by a nose over the tenacious “Designer Shoes and Clothing.” What a race, folks, what a race! And the loser is, You! Through Dec. 31 and a little beyond that date, we will make our way to the stores in search of the bargains we treasure. Billions will be spent during that period, most


of which will be charged. The analogy of a horse race is quite apropos as we will watch the eager hordes of shoppers “jockey” for the best position to win their race for all the “bargains” offered by the myriad of stores in their locales.

Pay decreasing While I am not trying to tell anyone how or when to spend their money, I am suggesting that we take a look at the current fiscal situation in this country and understand how it relates and how it affects us personally. Yeah, Obama won, but he is not going to pay our bills. And this “fiscal cliff” issue still looms on the horizon; if they do not fix the problem, our take home pay will decrease as of Jan. 1.


So be careful and be safe if you are planning to go to the race track and get in the horse race this holiday season. Understand that there is another race going as well. It’s the race by the stores to get your money, either now or later, as quickly and as easily as possible. What’s a couple of casualties? A stampede at the door? Or, even an assault or two? It’s all worth it to some, because after everything is said and done, it’s all about the money – your money. As for me, I’m gonna have me a Mint Julep and watch the race.

Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his website, Click on this story at to write your own response.

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Ambassador Rice unfairly targeted All U.S. United Nations ambassadors sit in a perpetual hot seat. That comes with the assignment and to be periodically involved in public controversies is not out of the ordinary. Yet with the growing unprincipled and ultra-partisan attacks on the integrity, intelligence and competence of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, those who believe in freedom, justice, and equality cannot sit back and be silent in the face of these putrid political and undeserved personal attacks on the good character and reputation of Ambassador Rice.

Misguided campaign Even though Rice has been one of the most effective and articulate U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations in recent memory, Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are leading the misguided campaign against Ambassador Rice in the wake of the controversies surrounding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Both McCain and Graham have announced their opposition to the possibility of President Barack Obama nominating Rice to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of State. Graham stated, “I don’t trust her. I think she was a political choice, telling a political narrative, and either she didn’t know the truth about Benghazi— so she shouldn’t have been on TV – or she was spinning it…… I don’t think that’s a good resume to be Secretary of State.” McCain claimed, “My judgment at this time is that four Americans were killed, and the information that our U.N. ambassador conveyed was clearly false…. There was overwhelming evidence that it was completely false. And she should have known what the situation and circumstances were and not tell the world on all Sunday morning talk shows.”


attempting to undermine both President Obama and Ambassador Rice. It is as if that McCain, Graham, Romney and many other Republicans are still sore losers because of the outcome of the 2012 national elections. President Obama stated, “But when they go after the U.N. ambassador, apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me…. If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me – and I’m happy to have that discussion with them.”

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Ambassador Rice also made it clear, “When discussing the attack against our facilities in Benghazi, I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community …. I made clear that the information was preliminary, and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers.” President Obama should continue to stand up for Ambassador Rice with strong fervor and renewed determination not to be sidetracked from pushing his national and international agenda forward. As the president contemplates his new cabinet, certainly Ambassador Rice should be considered for further duty. We support President Barack Obama and we stand with Ambassador Rice today and into the future. Now is the time for strong leadership domestically and internationally. American politics needs more balance from the opposition Sore losers party, but it clear that the RepubThe fact is, however, on those licans have yet to repent. Sunday morning talk shows afBenjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is ter the tragedy in Benghazi, Ambassador Rice reported exact- president of the Hip-Hop Sumly and accurately the informa- mit Action Network and Edtion that she had been given by ucation Online Services CorU.S. intelligence officials at the poration and can be reached early stages of the investigative at drbenjamin.chavis@gmail. analysis. This information was com. Click on this story at to well known by McCain and Gra- ham, yet they have persisted in write your own response.

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A challenging but rewarding time with loved ones Caregiving requires lots of patience and understanding By SHELIA M. POOLE THE ATLANTA JOURNALCONSTITUTION (MCT)

ATLANTA — Karen Williams doesn’t need to read the statistics about a crisis in caregiving for older adults that is sweeping the nation. She lives it every day. Williams, a sales manager for IBM, sometimes feels like a circus juggler trying to balance her family, a high-stress job, conference calls and caring for her 87-year-old mother, who suffers from diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other health problems. “I’m learning a lot about the health of the elderly, and I’m learning new things every day,” said Williams, who is thankful she can often work from her Stone Mountain, Ga., home, which she and her husband expanded to make room when her mother came to live with them a few years ago. “Every day is a challenge.” Williams is far from alone. The nation is experiencing a caregiver crisis that is going to get worse, said Leisa Easom, executive director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus.

CAREGIVING ADVICE Have “the talk” early. Don’t wait until your parents or spouse are older or ill to know their wishes about care. If a qualified, reliable friend or relatives offer to help in some way, don’t be too proud to accept. Sometimes an hour break can be a great stress reliever. Know where all important financial and personal documents are kept and make sure they’re current. Divide responsibility among siblings. Understand it’s emotionally taxing. Therefore, try to make logical decisions. Reach out to your company’s human resources department, friends and others to help you navigate insurance, Medicare, veterans benefits and leave policies. Be compassionate and patient. Keep good records. It is a huge task juggling doctors, insurance, medications and agency help. Do not sign contracts with a home care agency without numerous discussions about what you’re signing and your financial obligations. Check with consumer agencies, friends and family, and always ask for references. Review the medical care and medications your family member receives so you can make the best possible medical decisions on his or her behalf. Create an ongoing maintenance plan, including hygiene, exercise, socialization and nutrition.

Unexpected issues The crisis will be further fueled by an older population that is growing and living longer with chronic illnesses, combined with shortages in some areas of health care. Williams’ mother requires constant care. Williams says she’s lucky because her mother had longterm care insurance, which pays part of the tab for assistance. But some of the care benefits are ending soon, which will force more responsibility on Williams, her family and a sister who

lives in another state. Taking care of her mother requires a tremendous amount of organization. “I’m trying to cover all of my mother’s requirements, but no matter how well I try to anticipate and cover them, things pop up,” she said. For example, Williams said she has been out of town for work and had to suddenly return home when an issue arose.

Falls on women The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP estimated in a 2009 report that


Amy Pierce, second from left, 87, is lifted up by her caregivers Candace Byrd, far left, and Aurelia Birch as Pierce’s daughter Karen Williams, right, helps at their home on Nov. 8 in Stone Mountain, Ga. there were more than 65 million unpaid family caregivers to an adult or child. And much of the responsibility falls on women. The average caregiver is female, in her mid- to late40s, married and working outside the home, experts say. Female caregivers may spend as much as 50 percent more time providing care than male caregivers. Caring for an elderly parent or sick relative is perhaps one of the most difficult and stressful times for an individual, said Clarice W. Dowdle, the chief operating officer of Atlantabased Senior Caregiving Today and author of “Time for the Talk: The Ten Step Plan for Effective Senior Caregiving Today.” When many people are placed in the role of caregiver, they have no idea about the emotional and financial commitment it involves.

Exhausting, depressing Easom said the caregiv-

er is the one often most overlooked. She said caregivers have a 63 percent higher mortality rate than non-caregivers and twice the rate of chronic illnesses. The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, in partnership with Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, operates a caregiver support center. One caller said she made sure her relative went to the doctor all the time but realized she had not made an appointment with her own doctor in three years. Caregivers sometimes suffer from depression and other health issues. “In their desperation, sometimes the caregiver becomes the casualty because they have cared for their loved one at the cost of themselves,” Easom said. “That’s not an option. Care giving can be very rewarding, but it can also be exhausting, and we need to prevent that exhaustion though evidence-based support programs.”

Thick skin needed Caregiving is not for everybody, said Williams of Stone Mountain, Ga. It requires patience, understanding, a willingness to do what’s needed and “a thick skin at times,” she said. But every caregiver interviewed said while it was stressful and hard work, there was also the reward of being able to help their parents and spend more time with them. Ellen Weaver Hartman, a public relations executive, said she found a silver lining in being able to care for her mother, who moved to Atlanta when she got older. Her mom died in 2010 at age 89. “You get incredibly close to the person that you are taking care of,” she said. “While it is stressful, I also treasured every day with my mom and knew that if she had not had gotten sick, I would not have strengthened my bonds with her. She was my best friend and she knew it.”

College students on smoking: No longer the cool thing to do Smoking? Who smokes, I sure don’t. Cigarettes are just not what today’s generation is raving about. On popular social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, it is rare to see someone post a picture or tweet about smoking a cigarette. I have never seen a Facebook status saying I need a pack of cigarettes. In most cases, they don’t make you look like the cool kid, instead they just damage your character amongst peers. Many youth know and understand the complications of tobacco related products. They have either seen, heard or know of someone who has had a traumatic or fatal experience due to tobacco products. College students

COMMENTARY around the state are making an initiative to cut the use of tobacco products and make their institution smoke free.

B-CU on board Bethune-Cookman University students are on board with efforts to promote the dangers of smoking. Many of the Greek organizations on Cookman’s campus are working to help raise awareness of the dangers of using tobacco related products. Such organizations include Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and others who are working to promote smoke-free sections of campus.

“We are partnering with the Volusia County Health Department to offer painted yard signs with the Greek organization names on them to raise awareness about the importance of not smoking,” said Bethune-Cookman University senior and National Pan Hellenic Council president Kalen McCallum. “Smoking is definitely detrimental to your health,” said McCallum. “I’ve watched the devastating health impacts of tobacco and encouraged my mother to stop smoking.”

‘Don’t start’ According to the Florida Department of Health, there are 88 people who die each day in the state of Florida from tobaccorelated illnesses. Along with death, tobacco products can cause serious illness. Some of those dis-

Bethune-Cookman student Dawnn Williams said about cigarettes, “We are very well aware of the many problems they cause. No thanks.” eases include lung cancer, ischemic heart disease and strokes.

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Rakinya Hinson of the Volusia County Health Department is a tobacco prevention specialist. She knows firsthand the effects of tobacco. She encounters the harm that the community is faced with because of tobacco usage. “If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, work on quitting,’’ said Hinson. “I enjoy working with young people and educating them to the dangers of tobacco so they can make well-informed decisions of not using tobacco products.”

‘No thanks’ Smoking cigarettes is not the cool thing to do anymore. However many of the youth are still influenced by tobacco-related products like candy flavored tobacco smoke and chews. There are services to help and prevent usage. Whether it’s a friend, relative or coworker, there is someone who can use this service. There are many programs that are offered to help quit the use of tobacco. There is the Florida Quit Line. Through the Florida Quit Line, there are class-

es offered for the stop of tobacco usage. “Smoking cigarettes is not on the radar for me and my friends. Many people now don’t even look at cigarettes and other tobacco products,” said Bethune-Cookman University senior Dawnn Williams from Miami. “We are very well aware of the many problems they cause. No thanks.” According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. However, more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. More than half of these smokers have attempted to quit at least one day in the past year. As of 2010, there also were 13.2 million cigar smokers in the U.S. and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.

Kendrell Pinkston is a senior majoring in mass communications at Bethune-Cookman University. He is a Public Information intern at the Volusia County Health Department.




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Missed opportunities doom Wildcats BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Bethune-Cookman lost to Coastal Carolina 24-14 in front of 5,465 fans at Municipal Stadium in the first round of the FCS playoffs this past week. “I am proud of this team. We had a great season. We have really built this program up to prominence over the past three years,” commented Coach Brian Jenkins of B-CU. B-CU is 0-4 all-time in the FCS playoffs, including 0-3 at home and 0-2 at home in the past three seasons. The Wildcats outgained the Chanticleers in total yardage 420-382 but missed opportunities doomed BCU as well as 10 penalties for 108 yards. “Its not about what they did; it was about what we didn’t do. We didn’t execute and take advantage of our opportunities,” said Jenkins. The Chanticleers scored 17 points in the second quarter to lead 17-0 at halftime.

Marred by officials’ calls Things got strange when B-CU went up for a field goal attempt in the third quarter and was flagged for a false start. Jenkins called a timeout to speak with officials and soon after the team was flagged for a sideline penalty. The Wildcats went for it, and it looked as Broderick Waters found K.J. Stroud for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone but an official review overturned the call. Coastal Carolina (8-4) led 24-0 after Johnnie Houston’s 68-yard interception return touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Bethune-Cookman (93) got within 24-14 behind a 74-yard touchdown pass from Quentin Williams to David Blackwell and 10-yard score from Isidore Jackson. “I missed some throws earlier. It’s still a learning process but we knew that we could move the ball,” responded Williams. Defensively, the Wildcats were led by Jarkevis Fields (15 tackles), Nick Addison (10 tackles, interception, fumble recovery) and Duwad Lane (eight tackles, one sack). “We were able to shut them down in the second half with a few adjustments. We knew that we matched up well with them,” stated Fields.

Game notes Eddie Poole has caught a pass in each game of his B-CU career (35) and ranks sixth in school history in career receiving touchdowns (17). Isidore Jackson (1,069)


Bethune-Cookman’s Quentin Williams (14) has great protection while looking to pass during the FCS playoff game with Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers ended the Wildcats’ season.

B-CU ROUNDUP surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season becoming the first Wildcat since Allen Suber (1,053) in 2002 to do so. Jackson is the third alltime in rushing yards (2,449) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (26). He is on track to become the school’s first 3,000-yard rusher. Nick Addison’s interception gave B-CU 20 for the season. Kory Kowalski is now the school’s all-time leader in punt attempts (210) and second in punting yards (7,816). The game’s attendance was low with students away for Thanksgiving break.

Coastal Carolina comments on B-CU After the game, Coastal Carolina was happy with their victory and had praise for B-CU. “I’m proud of our kids. We beat a good football team. Bethune-Cookman has one of the best defenses and running attacks in the country. They can definitely compete in our conference,” said Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina’s coach. Johnnie Houston, who returned an interception for a score agreed. “B-CU has a pretty fast and athletic team. I think they can compete in the Big South.” Quarterback Aramis Hillary, who threw for 180 yards with a touchdown and an interception, stated, “We are excited with this victory. B-CU’s de-

Bethune-Cookman’s Marching Wildcats band prepares for the playoff game. fense was big and physical. They made some plays and I think they can compete in our conference as well.”

10 Wildcats receive top MEAC honors B-CU’s Brian Jenkins was named MEAC Coach of the Year and Terrance Hackney was named MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. Coach Jenkins also received the honor back in 2010. Joining Hackney on the All-MEAC first team was running back Isidore Jackson and offensive lineman Eugene Solomon. The Wildcats named to the All-MEAC defense

Mainland and Warner playoff runs continue COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Scott Wampler’s 47-yard field goal attempt fell short as time expired and Mainland held off Winter Haven 34-33 in the Class 6A regional semifinal. Cameron “Squirt’’ Hadley threw for 280 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 159 with a score to lead the Buccaneers. Adam Lane led Winter Haven with 139 yards rushing and a score. Mainland took the lead on Jontey Byrd’s three-yard touchdown run with 1:13 remaining. The drive was set up by an interception from Arthur Westbrook with 2:48 remaining. Winter Haven (11-1) took a 33-27 lead with 5:48 to play after Kendrick Holland’s 93-yard interception touchdown return. Byrd had two touchdown runs

VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REVIEW while Same White and Jamal Hughes each had a touchdown reception for the Bucs. Luke Borders threw for 215 yards with two touchdowns, Kendrick Holland caught nine passes for 164 yards with two scores and Darius Mills had an interception return touchdown for the Blue Devils. Mainland will travel to Naples for the regional finals next week.

Warner handles Lake Mary Prep Marcus Dixon ran for 150 yards with two touchdowns to lead Warner Christian Academy past Lake Mary Prep 48-7 in the Class 2A regional finals. Dixon ran for 122 yards with

first team were defensive lineman LaBrandon Richardson, linebacker Jarkevis Fields and defensive back Nick Addison. Defensive lineman Harold Love III and defensive back D.J. Howard earned second team defense and offensive lineman Lavon McCoy made the second team offense honors.

Basketball: Lady Wildcats drop two B-CU scored 41 second half points but fell short to Ball State 61-56 on Nov. 23. Chastity Rene Taylor tallied 20 points and Amanda Hairston 14 points with 12 rebounds and two blocks

two scores in the first half alone. Warner will host Jacksonville University Christian next week in the semifinals with a trip to the state championship on the line. The Eagles are making their fifth consecutive trip to the state semifinals. Tyrone Walker also had two interception return touchdowns for the Eagles. Lake Mary Prep’s Ray Lewis III ran for 92 yards with a touchdown, all in the first half as injuries kept him out of the second half. Drew Eckles added 87 yards passing and two touchdown passes to Bentlee Critcher, who caught four passes for 56 yards and Khalil Hicks ran for a score for Warner.

This week’s playoff games Mainland (9-3) at Naples (110): The Buccaneers face another stiff challenge on the road with the Naples High School Golden Eagles. Mainland has won two shootouts so far this postseason. The teams have history as they played in last year’s regional final with Mainland winning. The Bucs also beat Naples in the 2003

for the Wildcats. Taylor Houston added eight points and Sharnese Neal 11 boards for B-CU. Castity Taylor also paced the Wildcats with 14 points in a 66-52 loss to Stetson. Kiara Redmond added 10 points, Neal six points with 10 rebounds and Terrenisha Hollis five points with nine boards for B-CU. The Ladies travel to Jacksonville to face North Florida on Nov. 28 and to Orlando to face the University of Central Florida on Dec. 2.

Men lose to Valparaiso, Kent State The men lost 77-64 to Valparaiso on Nov. 24.

state championship. Mainland must continue to thrive offensively with Hadley under center. The defense must also get stingier if, they are to make it to the next round. Naples feature a top-notch running back in Manny Morgan and quarterback Kilton Anderson is a dual threat. Jacksonville University (111) Christian at Warner (11-1): The University Christians are on a high after upsetting defending state champion Tallahassee North Florida Christian last week. In that game, University made all the big plays. University is on a seven-game winning streak and Warner is on an eightgame streak. Warner has played a tougher schedule and will be favored at home. The Eagles must continue to be stingy on defense and get turnovers. On offense, they must take care of the ball ride their workhorse Marcus Dixon.

Girls basketball: Atlantic and Lopez to play The top two programs in Volusia County will face off at EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University in

Adrien Coleman had 19 points, Alex Smith a career high 17 and Kevin Dukes 16 for B-CU. A late basket lifted Kent State past the Wildcats 6968 on Nov. 20. Dukes led the way with 18 points, including going 6-for-11 on three pointers while Paul Scotland contributed 15 points and Coleman 10 for B-CU. The men played North Florida in their home opener on Tuesday, The Wildcats travel to Tallahassee to face rival Florida A&M on Dec. 1 and return home to play Stetson University on Dec. 3.

Daytona Beach on Dec. 10. Father Lopez and Atlantic will square of in the “Battle of the Best.’’ The two teams stood undefeated as of Monday; both are ranked in the state polls and both are expecting to compete for state titles. Four Division I recruits will be in that game as Atlantic has University of Florida commit Ronni Williams while Lopez has George Washington commit Shannon Crenshaw, Southern Miss commit Ashley Folsom and Liberty commit Simone Brown. Tip off is at 7 p.m. and admission is $5. For tickets, contact Mrs. Cindy Golk at Atlantic High School at 386-322-6100.

Prep Sports Seven Basketball Girls: 1. Father Lopez (4-0), 2. Atlantic (4-0), 3. DeLand (3-0), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (0-1), 5. Seabreeze (1-0), 6. Spruce Creek (22), 7. Trinity (1-3). Others: New Smyrna (2-3), Warner (1-1), Calvary (1-1). Pre-Season Boys: 1. Father Lopez, 2. DeLand, 3. Mainland, 4. Flagler Palm Coast, 5. Atlantic, 6. New Smyrna, 7. Spruce Creek.




Staying competitive


Floridian Jeff Burto of Oakland Park was able to save $325 a month by refinancing his Toyota SUV.

Car buyers snapping up cheaper loans BY DONNA GEHRKE-WHITE SUN SENTINEL (MCT)

Record-low interest rates have propped up a slow-to-recover housing industry. Even lower rates are helping the auto finance industry explode, with many firms seeing exponential growth — and consumers getting great deals. Many drivers who have been riding out the recession in older vehicles are now racing out to get cheap loans. “People have held on to their cars for a long time, and there’s pent-up demand,” said Mark Sheinbaum, CEO of Chase Auto Finance, part of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chase has been offering auto loans for as little as 2.53 percent in some areas. Consumers who aren’t ready to buy have been refinancing their cars, trucks or SUVs, saving hundreds of dollars a month.

Record low rates Jeff Burto of Oakland Park, Fla., said refinancing his Toyota Highlander put an extra

$325 a month in his pocket. It cut his interest rate by more than half, to 3.25 percent. “My (old) interest rate was rather high,” said Burto, president and chief operating officer of Fort Lauderdale-based Sunbound, a company that specializes in coordinating meetings, conferences and incentive travel. Still, he was surprised when he got a new interest rate barely above 3 percent at Miramar, Fla.-based Tropical Financial Credit Union. That’s cheaper than the current alltime record low of 3.31 percent for a fixed 30-year home loan, according to secondary lender Freddie Mac, which monitors mortgage rates. The low rates on auto loans have been a boon to the credit union, according to Helen McGiffin, chief operating officer for the credit union. Tropical Financial was offering loans as low as 1.49 percent this week for a new or used vehicle, and refinancing rates were as low as 2.5 percent. “We’re up over 46 percent in consumer loans in a year, thanks to the auto loans,” she said. “That’s a pretty hefty increase.”

Lenders are finding they have to offer the cheap loans to stay competitive with the automakers that are subsidizing low-interest loans at dealerships — some of them charging no interest, McGiffin said. “Consumers are now used to 0 percent loans,” she added. “It’s common sense. People are going to refinance if there’s a good opportunity,” said Mel Campbell, a spokesman for Regions Bank. Earlier this year, before interest rates declined even further, applications to refinance U.S. car loans had jumped nearly 30 percent in a year and were outpacing the number of people applying to buy a car, according to a survey of lenders in its network. About 70 percent of vehicle buyers need a loan to purchase, the website reported. About half of U.S. consumers are eligible for the cheapest auto loans because they have a credit score of 700 or above, estimated Jim Landy, president and CEO of CarFinance. com. Those with lower credit scores pay a higher interest rate, but still enjoy cheaper rates than even a year ago, Landy said. Boca Raton financial planner Mari Adam, who said she has good credit, found she could save $1,200 by refinancing the loan on her daughter’s Scion. “In my case, it took all of 15 minutes. It involved no money changing hands and, lo and behold, I saved $1,200,” Adam said. “That’s not small change.”

Use caution What helped is that car loans do not have closing costs like mortgages do, she said. “It’s free to apply and get a new auto loan,” she said. But consumers should be careful in refinancing: Don’t get a longer car loan than your existing one to further lower your monthly payments without considering the age and value of the vehicle, Adam recommended. “That’s not a good idea, because your car depreciates faster than you can pay it off,” said Adam. One of her clients couldn’t get a new loan because he owed more on his car than what it was worth, she added.’’ Some lenders are aggressively seeking out customers — and providing extra services to attract auto loan applicants. Howard Humeston of Pembroke Pines said Fort Lauderdale-based BrightStar Credit Union had a staffer who tracked down the best prices for the Kia Soul that Humeston’s wife wanted and then negotiated a price. Humeston said the credit union worker saved him about $1,500 from what he would have paid. “He even got the right color,” Humeston said.

Florida consumers’ confidence dips after election NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Florida consumers’ confidence dropped in November after spiking to new highs in the previous two months, likely driven by gloom among those disappointed by the election, according to a University of Florida survey released Tuesday. The consumer confidence rating of 76 this month was down four points from October, the university’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research said. People’s perceptions of their personal finances dropped year over year, as did expectations for their personal finances and expectations for the economy as a whole in the nation over the next year and the next five years. Respondents’ perceptions on buying bit ticket consumer items were unchanged. “We expected a decline in consumer confidence for two reasons,” said survey director Chris McCarty. “The main reason for the decline was the outcome of the elections. Florida was the most divided state in the country, with President Obama winning by 73,309 votes. No matter who won, half of the state was not going to be happy with the outcome.”

Fiscal cliff a concern McCarty said that since the economy was a central issue, half the electorate naturally thinks the election was bad for the economy. “The other reason for the decline is the sudden burst of media coverage regarding the fiscal cliff,” McCarty said. The bureau said that generally economic indicators in the state remain relatively positive. Unemployment declined in October and housing stock is declining, increasing demand in the housing market. Gas prices are also down.

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Daytona Times - November 29, 2012  

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