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VOL. XI NO. 30 U.S.P.S. No. 0679
By ROBIN ADAMS
Chronicle Assistant Editor
Unless current trends change, black-oriented
radio in Winston-Salem may become a thing of the
WAAA-AM, owned and managed by Muttei
Evans, faces a possible foreclosure. According to
the Small Business Admnistration, the station has
defaulted on loans made to it by the SBA and
foreclosure proceedings have begun.
~~ wreaking havoc
By ROBIN ADAMS
Chronicle Assistant Editor
Preston Webb is frustrated.
For the past 10 months he has involved his
neighbors, the city and a local dairy in a battle to
stop the transfer trucks that rumble down Glenn
Avenue daily en ro^te to the dairy.
But Webb has had little success.
"I've been going at this since June/* said Webb,
"and trucks are still rolling down Glenn Avenue."
According to Webb. Glenn Avenue is ton narrnu/
and hilly for truck traffic to the Dairy Fresh Co. In
addition, said Webb, the heavy trucks cause the
ground and the homes of Glenn Street residents to
shake when they roll past.
"I had a chandelier hanging in my window," said
Webb. 441 came home one day and it was lying on
the floor. I have Sheetrock walls jhat are cracking
from the vibrations of the trucks. Pieces of the stucco
ceiling are falling.
4'Another neighbor had her ceiling to fall. The
windows on the lady's house next door have rattled
so much that, when it rains, it leaks around the windows."
Webb said he thought he had made a dent in the
problem when, in November 1984, the city's Public
Works Committee and the Board of Aldermen approved
the posting of a sign on the street that prohibited
through truck traffic.
But because the dairy trucks were not just passing
?through, but stopping within the posted area, the
signs didn't halt the traffic to Dairy Fresh.
"It was a misunderstanding between us and the
city," said Webb. "We thought the problem was
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Expired terms couh
By ROBIN ADAMS mig
Chronicle Assistant Editor say
On the one hand, a political payoff and
the persistence of a determined Board of
Governors member may increase the number
of blacks on the board of trustees at "i
Winston-Salem State University. th(
On the other, WSSU could lose more than
half the black trustees it has now. ^
Unlike the other predominantly black institutions
in the University of North
Carolina system, WSSU does not have a
predominantly black board. But the expira- Cor
tions of the terms of several present trustees whit
Little says he's skc
By DAVID R. RANKIN
Chronicle Staff Writer
Alderman Larry Little called it "jelly beans and
Little was referring to Fowler-Jones Construction
Co., which has said in a letter to the aldermen
that it would make a "good faith" effort to hire
more minorities if it is awarded a city contract to
build a 685-space parking deck for the expanded
M.C. Benton Convention Center.
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WSMX-AM, formerly owned by Macedonia
True Vine Pentecostal Holiness Church of God
Inc., has been sold to a Norfolk minister for
WAIR-AM, owned by Nick Patella, a white man
who also owns WSEZ (Z-93), is broadcasting Z-93
> programming during peak drive times (6-10 a.m.
. and 3-7 p.m. weekdays) on WAIR to save money.
I WSEZ is not a black-oriented station. Patella also
says WAIR is for sale for $500,000.
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;ht present an opportunity to change that, "We meet 1
some. getting biav
I shall look into that,'* said Geneva members."
ve, a member of the Board of Governors' But Win
There's no reason under the sun said he hasi
? governor shouldn't appoint me. board* * nu
I believe I can make a contribu- j ,
-- Jim Mack (the board).
nmittee on University Governance, terms that
ch appoints board of trustees members.
ntical of contractor's
Fowler-Jones was the lowest bidder on the project.
But Little's motion at the Board of Aldermen's
regular meeting Monday night prevented the
board from acting on the contract until its next
meeting on April 1. Little said statements of good
faith are not enough.
Little's motion came after attorney James E.
Humphries read a letter from Fowler-Jones to the
board saying the company would "hire at least 50
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"This community can't support three oiack stations,"
said Jim Warren, station manager at
WAIR. 4 4We are fighting each other like dogs and
nobody is gonna tpake any money.
"If the stations work together in a friendly and
healthy atmosphere, it works. But this has been a
But Rodney Sumler, former president of Gospel
Media Radio, the company that managed WSMX,
"The market is here for all three stations to sur!?<?
HW arrested fo
Johnny Gray is alsc
By ROBIN ADAMS
I Chronicle Assistant Editor
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Ikjuc 01 tne state's three eyewitn
its case against Darryl Eugene 1
20-year-old black man who has bee
ed with the rape and murder of \
Salem Sentinel copy editor Deboral
has been arrested for common-law
and is in the Forsyth County Jail
Johnnie Gray, 36, was arres
March 12 and charged with robbing
Lathan Davis, 85. Davis lives at 740
son Ave., one apartment building fi
home of Hunt's best friend, Samn
Gray is scheduled to appear in c<
April 2 to answer to the robbery <
Gray has also been charged with
with a deadly weapon and is schedi
appear in court for that charge Mai
According to Davis, a man wh
identified as Gray came to his ho
Feb. 2 around 8 p.m.
"He (Gray) was with a fellow I ki
A1 and a young white girl," said
"They came over and asked for a dr
i gave them one."
As he was standing at a sink pour
visitors a drink, said Davis, Gray at
>8 is already him from behind.
already blue "I fell. He beat me and took $500,
rker). Davis. "1 don't know him and neve
?him until that day."
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next month and we will look into ;
:k members replaced with black
ston-Salem Mayor Wayne Cor- ~ vtr
o serves on the same committee, f ^
n't given any thought to increasmber
of blacks on the WSSU
know what we will do," said
44What we try to do is balance
>ard members at WSSU have
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Jim Mack: Making
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'good faith' statemei
percent minorities to work on the parking deck" bi
as well as make efforts to involve minority sub- le
contractors in the project. ty
The company also submitted the lowest bid to
expand the Benton Convention Center. Hum- d<
phries said the offer to hire minorities would apply Qj
to that project, too. p,
But Fowler-Jones had offered to award J<
$89,469, or only 2 percent, of the $4.06 million
contract to minority- and women-owned
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vive," said Suml?iu_-The market has not been
WSMX's problem. It (WSMX) has always had a
cash flow problem from the beginning. We opened
the radio station with zero cash balance from day
one. There's nothing wrong with the market. We
never had the money to effectively develop a
Determining that there is no market for black
radio because of the problems at WAAA and
WAIR is an oversimplification, said Evans.
4'One could come to that conclusion (that the
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s in Hunt trial
r robbing man
) being held on assault charge
Davis identified Gray as the man who
robbed him from a police photographic
esses in *ineuP- Since then, Davis said several of his
lunt a fr*cnc*s ^ave identified Gray as the man
n chars- w^? ^as robbed a number of street people.
Vinston- Alderman Larry Little, head of the Darh
Svkes ry' Hunt Committee, said he
robberv th*n^s the robbery charge against Gray is
under a ^ust a way ^?r P?^ce to ^old
"pressure" him until the Hunt trial begins
ted on on April >5- , j . ....
Robert $50,000 bond is ridiculous,*' said
Patter- Little. "I have never heard of a case like
kom the tl"s wit^ sort ^on^* * Relieve the
ly Mit- bond *s ransom. 1 believe they want to hold
him and put pressure on him. They are
3urt on treating him unfairly."
-h e Little said he has conducted his own inassault
f?rmal investigation of the robbery case
tiled to anc* doesn't Relieve Gray is guilty.
h 29 "Johnnie is innocent of these charges,"
om he sa^ kittle. "After all he has done for them
use on ^the P01^ do him like this. It's
unfair to put him up under that kind of
Davis ^ray ^ ^5Cen identified as the man who
ink so te^eP^one^ police on Aug. 10, 1984, the
day Mrs. Sykes was murdered, to report
j. that he saw a woman being attacked by a
tacked man- Gray identified himself to the police
dispatcher as Sammy Mitchell.
" said Because of a misunderstanding between
t seen ^ray anci dispatcher, thc police were
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3 it clear that he wants to be considered (photo
it on minorities
usinesses. The city wants the company to give at
ast 10 percent of the subcontract work to minorifirms
and 2 percent to women-owned firms.
According to state law, the city cannot turn
own Fowler-Jones' bid based only on the number
f minority subcontractors it would use on the
roject. The city is forced to either accept Fowler3nes*
low bid or turn down all bids.
That prompted East Ward Alderman Virginia
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