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City Eyes Chu
by Yvette McCuilough
Staff Writer ? ?
lity officials loo&ngior a place to buijjla new water
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them land on Hattie Avenue owned by St. Benedict the
Moor Catholic Church between its convent and
Area residents and church_ officials are none too
pleased by the prospect.
It all started, according to MrsTHelen Gwyn, when
city officials informed East Winston residents that a
new. water tank was needed in the area.
According to a city report, . inadequate pressure
arises in the area because, at times, the 25th street tank
will empty. The inadequate pressure and a heavy
increase in industrial demand has compounded the
all for you
| . Rep. Neal scrambles for black Votes, see page 2. =
| . Local eleventh-graders get ready for the compe- |
? tency test, page 3. ? ? ? - 7^-?
| . Acting County Manager Ed Jones talks about 1
| Reynolds Health Center and other county business ?
| in Q and A, page 5.
| . Chronicle Profile looks at a young professional who |
| never forgot his roots, page 7. .
| . Apadventnre In Charlotte. Join Robert Eller and |
| Black on Sports, page 11, which also features CIAA 5
I NEXT WEEK
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| . Two of America's most noted psychologists, Dr. |
| James Comer of Yale University and Dr. Alvin |
| Poulssant of Harvard University begin a weekly |
1?Chronicle?column?in which they answer your |
I questions. It's called Getting Along.
Part Of Gripes
* By Sharyn Bratcher
The celebration that surrounded the arrival of WSSU
=^Chancellor4f^DdugIas Covington fast year has changed
to complaints that his management style makes him
remote and unaccessible.
"The students don't like him, the staff doesn't like
him; the faculty doesn't like him; and the alumni can't
stand him. Now, who does that leave?", snapped one
Those employees who will talk at WSSU all ask to
remain anonymous, but they all voice the same
complaint: "The chancellor is remote ? inaccessible."
They compare Covington to his predecessor Kenneth
R. Williams, recalling how easy it was to talk to
Williams without delav ahont unu nmWom n?*?
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has instructed employees to "go through channels,"
discussing their grievances with their supervisors.
Covington said during a telephone interview from his
home. "I completely disagree with any notion that I'm
"My approach is to use the administrators at other
levels who are well paid and well qualified," he said.
"That eliminates the problem of people feeling
"Unless I'm able to delegate responsibility, then it's
an abuse of our human resources we have here at the
University," Covington added.
"I have asked persons to consult with?their
department heads or supervisors," he said. "If it can
^jiJbe resolved at other levels, then do that."
\"Anyone who is seeing everybody is inefficient," said
The said he had only refused an appointment to one
person during his tenure at WSSU. That perosn was
"Being as accessible as I am, living here on campus, I
have sen people about personnel problems even on
New Year's Eve night," said Covington.
Dr. Robert Ward, recently suspended by the
chancellor for insubordination, complained that
Covington was difficult to reach when he wanted an
appointment to discuss the denial of his promotion.
Ward said that he was not able to see the chancellor
until the following Monday, and that when he was
admitted, the interview was not private. Covington
asked Dr. Lafayette Parker, Dr. Nathan Simms, and Dr.
Cleveland Williams to be present.
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niton Loieman, rormer placement director at W55U,
was fired by Chancellor Covington after a kfight
between Coleman and WSSU business manager Willie
Grissom. Coleman has since retained Attorney Julius
Chambers to conduct a lawsuit against the university
over the incident.
He complains that the chancellor would not listen to
his side of the story.
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and booster station in the Gray Avenue, Hattie Avenue
and 14th Street vicinity. The tank needs to be built on
or near existing water mains.
Mrs. Gwyn said that the residents were told that the
city is considering three possible locations They were,
the corner of 14th Street and Cameron (the old 14th
Street School site), at the corner of 12th and Cameron
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Gwyn said that the main concerns of the residents
were that houses might be torn down to make room for
NAACP President Patrick Hairston inspects tfte
- dormitory facilities at- the Mocksville prison unit^Inmatges
complained of lack of heat and hot water and
leaks in the roof. The _ unit uses dormitory style
By Sharyn Bratcher
Editor's Note: Because the Chronicle has received
numerous letters of complaint from inmates at the
Mocksville Prison Unit,* Chronicle reporter Sharyn
Bratcher and NAACP officials Patrick Hairston and
Evelyn Terry visited the prison to investigate the
Mocksville pri son is a gun camp.
Armed'guards survey the camp and control the
electronic gates. Until a year ago Davie Unit 4425 (us it
is officially called( was a minimum security prison, but
because of a surplus of prisoners in the medium
security category, several N.C. prisons were converted,
and this camp was one of th em.
The ramn's mmmanfier is Tnmmie Holmes, a
Marine Corps veteran, who began working with the
prison system as a guard 18 years ago, and has now
achieved the rank of superintendant. The prisoners call
him "The Captain." ^
He will be our tourguide through the facility. He askec
for our car keys, which must stay in his desk drawer,
and receives our assurances that we have no pocket
knives of 6ther potential weapons.
"There are 138 prisoners here right now," Holmes
said. "We could handle 100 without being too
Public Housing S
By Sharyn Bratcher opment neighborhood, will
Staff Writer rehabilitate 116 existing
The 400 HUD-approved units, which will be fedunits
of publicly assisted erally subsidized when they
housing in Winstbn-Salem meet housing code requireannounced
within the last ments. Twenty-six of these
three yveeks will provide units will be reserved for
only 38 new units for low- the elderly.
income families. The re- The 3g nfiw unjts avaj,.
maining allocations consist ab)e to low.income families
of 216 already existing wjn be )ocated jn a
units, and 150 units to be . .
built onCountry Club Road un" . apartment complex
across from South Fork *'h,ch will be built on
School, which will house el- Brownsboro Road.
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sons with low or moderate ^AACP, the League of
incomes. _ W? e" uVot"s' and tw0
neighborhood groups opposed
The Holly Avenue com- community development
munity, a predominantly program, charging that it
white community devel- is racially biased. At
?en waiting for" 18 pages this wee
Virginia Newell, alderman for that area said that she
had been assured by Pat Swann that no houses would fj
torn down, but if the 12th and Cameron site is chosen, a
duplex would have to be moved," Newell said. "He
said that the tank would be fenced in and that someone
Weuld check it everyday." ??
The appearance of the.proposed storage tank, will
resemble the Chitty Water Tank on Stratford Road, but ~~
"The tank will not be up in the air, but at ground
level," Swann said. "It will be 75 feet tall and around $
100 feet in diameter. I'm not sure about the diameter." :
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aiccpuig quaners, aespue a recent statement by
-Correction?Secretary Amor Reed- that such anarrangement
is a no-no. Staff photo by Bratcher \
H.R. Rosefield, the area administrator for the prison
system, explains- tha^ the crowded conditions are a
definite factor in the problems the unit is having.
Another problem is the fact that there is very little for
the men to do._In a medium security prison, the men
are not allowed to leave the compound except to work
on the road gang. Only 16 prisoners at Mocksville can
do road work.
It is always the same 16 men, Holmes explained,
because the job pays $.70 per day and a reduction in
sentence, and is thus a coveted job.
"The prisoners' own rights prohibit constant
rotation," Holmes said.
The inmates in the Mocksville unit are all felons,
Holmes told us. "There's not a misdemeanor here."
We proceeded out the back door of the office
building, past a display case of confiscated items,
which included tweezers filed down to stilette
sharpenss and an array of hypodermic needles.
We entered the inmates area through another
electronic gate, stopping to inspect the fence. It is a
* chain link, looped at the top with "razor ribbon" which
the system rates as "better than barbed wire."
The orisoners are standinc around the comoound in
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groups of 3 or 4. They greet us with a soft-spoken good
morning as we pass. Occassionally one pulls Patrk'Hairston
aside: "I want to talk, man." We take his
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torney Benjamin Erlitz of the cost of rent and utilithe
Legal Aid Society, who ties, and the remainder is
represented the groups, Pa'd by the federal governhas
continued his inves- ment.
ligation of the city's "It's a guaranteed marcommunity
development 'tet' noted. But
practices there are some landlords
We felt that the Holly who wil1 not participate.
Avenue allotment should F'rst of all, because some
have gone to East Win- PeoPle ha,e government
ston." he said. red uPe and don 'f want ,0
He also pointed out that ^e bothered wi*h it, and
Section 8 certificates ac- maybe because it opens
count for 100 allocations, you up to scrutiny. You are
"That's a hunting li- not allowed to discrimincense/
said Erlitz, explain- at?:'
ing that such certificates CSC ne^ly-approve
require a person to find his h"us'ng un'|s ,bnn* thf ,0"
own place to live where ,a' of, publ,cly ow"ed or
such certificates are ac- pUb''^ ^"tfdhous.ng
cepted t0 ^.000, over ?f the
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:| Pamela Blackstock, a senior at Winston-Salem :|:|
; State University, is the reigning "Miss WSSU'! and j| _. _
[will represent the University in the Homecoming : :
j: Parade Saturday. _ i?
: : Blackstock, an early childhood major, was chosen $:
:: last May in_a_jx)pular vote, over nine other :&
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sents the school at games, at corohations and speaks ft:
at other colleges. $?
She sees her reign as a way to set an example for
other students and to represent her school
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said. "If my peers have enough faith to vote for me, ijij
then I'm going to represent the school to the best of
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"I've created some monsters in my time, "a woman
told me during a recent conversation. I looked at her
questioningly and then she continued to tell me her
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Oiiw am ay 3 ucucvcu in IlCipiIlg people. 5ne
said she would go into the projectsor poor housing
communities to do what she could to help people
It was about 12 years ago when she Created her first
monster family. The family was living in a small rat
infested house. The house had an odor, and when she
visited them, she ignored the smell, sat down on the
dirty furiutqre and ate dinner, which consisted of
"I didn't want them to think that I thought I was
better than them," the woman said. "I've eaten many
a bean in my day."
She said that she bought shoes for the children and
bought groceries if they were needed. She said that
although both the man and the woman had minimal
education, they were both fairly intelligent. She helped
them both fill out applications, which helped them get
good paying jobs.
"I just tried everything I could so they could get
some good jobs," the woman said.
Her monsters, as she calls them, now live in a big
split level home, both the husband and wife work at
good paying jobs, and both drive fine looking cars. She
said that she went to their home recently and asked for
a donation to help a needy family.
"Those people don't want any help," the monster
family told her. "They want to be on welfare."
The woman started to remind them that they were in
a similar situation about 12 years ago, but she didn't.
"It's hard to believe that 1 helped that family get out
of the ghetto, and now they won't give a dime to
someone else," the woman said.
"I'm not worried though, because these same people
with the big houses and fine cars and good jobs, can
have them taken away from them. The Lord giveth and
the Lord taketh away."'
She said that even though she has created other
monster families in the past, she will continue to help
"If we would all just remember where we came from,
and that nothing is promised tomorrow, we would all be
better people for it." by Yvette McCallough