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On Girls' Night Out,
She's Left Brain Dead
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A 16-year-old youth charged in shooting
By RICHARD L WILLIAMS
Cjm*ictt Mmgi^ m<*<w
Willeoe Tutu" Spease and Renee Lavette
Glenn have always been inseparable.
While attending R.J. Reynolds High
School a few years back, they were together so
tnoch they became known as "partners in
crime." Later, when they were transferred to
Independence High School, they were teasingly
called "Ruthless and Ruth-Less."
For years, it's been their custom to party
together come Friday or Saturday night That
was the case this past weekend when they and a
few other girlfriends met about 2 a.m. Sunday
at a neighborhood rib joint on Patterson
Avenue and later went to a Liberty Street night
Spease and Glenn are still inseperable, but
only now the laughter is gone: Spease sits in
the fifth-floor waiting room of the intensive
care ward at N.C. Baptist Hospital hoping that
her longtime best friend and roommate miracu
lously recovers from a gunshot wound to the
head inflicted by a .357-magnum;
It doesn't look good.
"If her heart is not pumping blood to her
brain," said Glenn's mother, Patricia A. Glenn,
"then they U take her off life support."
The shooting occurred about 5 a.m. outside
an apartment that Spease and Glenn share at
1663 Lincoln Ave. near the Kimberly Park
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Virginia N?w*U has oJUn spoken out during her 16 j*o/s ?j alderman.
By SABR1NA JONES
OromicU Staff Witor
Virginia Kimbrough Newell has slain
In 1989, she took on the city of Win
ston-Salem as the only alderman who pub
Ikly opposed the construction of a S35-niik
lion prison in predominately black Bast
Winston, as a result, sne received crtucisni
from the media, the born! of county commis- \
skxkts and even some of her Mack friends..
MI was just so mad I could just see
sparks in front of my face. I then said that it
will never happen, and I took them on almost
single-handed," Newell recounted, with
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NEWS AT A GLANCE
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tens participated in some altruistic vejgiiros: jp|
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Tf~ Ah, to be young again. Summer daysftee to
iwfan, play sports and sell newspapers. Several
yijll WW honored at the smraal Winston-Salem
Chronicle newspaper hawkers' picnic Saturdty at
Mffler M far working hard and setting a positive
example for other community youths.
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ATLANTA ? One song is being heard this
summer more times, on more radio stations and in
more countries around the world than Any other
lp|?* Even the hottest rock stare on m* planet
would envy the air time the popular commercial
song for Coca-Cola is receiving in more tfeflBt 50
countries on six continents. / ' ?
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up its iBinmet program. Nearly 173 youths partici
pano tn me anuenc program.
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Bible College Slams
Door on Ex-Offender
By MARK R. MOSS
Chronic I* Staff Writer
Armidee Franklin Mack said he hopes to turn his
life around. He thought that by enrolling in Piedmont
Bible College would be a good way to begin.
Piedmont Bible College didn't think so.
Mack, 37, was denied admission because he has
been in prison and is currently on probation for the con
viction of taking indecent liberties with a child.
The Winston-Salem native said he applied to Pied
mont Bible College because he felt that nin order to
preach effectively, you need that education." But
school officials told him that because he is on a five
year probation, he could notbe admitted. He was told to
re-apply after his probation ends.
Officials at Piedmont Bible College said it is the
school's policy not to accept anyone who is on proba
tion. They cite experiences with ex-convicts who have
used the school to feign new-found principles as the
reason for the policy. Mack, said, could help his
cause by getting involved witft a church, and within a
year and with the recommendation of a pastor, they
might reconsider his application.
Mack, who served most of his time in the Mont
gomery County Department of Corrections, was
released from the Forsyth County Department of Cor
rections in April.
Mack said that "when God calls," a man can't wait
five years to start preaching the gospel. He emphasized
that he did not want to "discredit" Piedmont Bible Col
lege, but added: "The point I am trying to make is that
this is a Christian school. ...The individual has been
cleaned of his past sins."
He said that the school should be "dealing with
spirituality or Christianity" and shouldn't be looking at
Mack refused to elaborate on his conviction. How
evert the Onslow County assistant district attorney who
prosecuted the case said that Mack was originally
charged with crimes against nature, statutory rape and
taking indecent liberties with a child.
Sarah Seaton, the prosecutor, said the case involved
Mack's stepchild, who was under 13 at the time the
abuses occurred. The stepchild went to her grand
mother, who in turn went to the authorities, Seaton said.
Under a plea-bargaining agreement with Mack's
attorney, Seaton said, Mack pled guilty to one count of
taking indecent liberties with a child, a charge that
could have gotten him 10 years.
An official with the state Department of Correc
tions said Mack had no previous record. He said Mack
was given a "split sentence," which meant that there
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Always a Performer, He Now Enters Business-Side
A Local musician sets aside stage to
concentrate on recording studio
By SABRXNA JONES
Chronic I* Suff Writer
Michael Hillion has always loved
Since he was 12 or 13, he has been
showcasing his talent in bands. Not high
school or college marching bands, but
real bands. The kinds that require multi
ple hours on road tours and an abundance
Energy is something that Hillion is
far from lacking. Along with his musical
activities, he has taken on the business
side of the industry as the founder of
Media Plus, a recording studio. As the
Hillion has always been surrounded
by music. His father sang professionally
with the Twin City Choristers, and both
Hillion and his mother provided him
transportation to clubs where he per
? formed with his group The Galaxy. Even
as an accounting major at N.C. A&T
State University for two years, he contin
ued pushing his musical career forward.
"I'm the only person in my family
who plays," said Hillion, who plays bass,
lead guitar, keyboards, drums and the
percussion, in addition to singing.
"I've been tremendously blessed. God has really
watched me in everything I do."
general manager and sole employee of
Media Plus, Hillion provides studio and
location recording to aspiring artists. He
is working with two rap groups and com
poses jingles for radio commercials. His
current ambition is to record choirs and
gospel groups and to create drug- free
commercials for television.
"I like all types of music/ he said.
"There are only two types of music: good
and bad. You can't express anything
Today he still performs in public
with his four-member musical group The
Society, which he formed in 1983. The
Society has worked with such artists as
Taylor Dane, Phyllis Hyman and Cameo
and performs on both the local and
His success, he said, is based upon
his serious commitment to excel.
"I have to be twice as good and
twice as sharp as a black man in the busi
ness," he said. "This is a tough business
Michael HiUion has established his own recording studio to help aspiring artists.
to break into ? you have to be into it It's
a lot of self-discipline knowing if you
don't do something, it won't get done."
Still, with all of his self-determina
tion, Hillion credits his family's support
and religious convictions in enabling him
to overcome the odds in realizing his
"I've been tremendously blessed.
God has really watched me in everything
1 do. There is a potential to make money,
but the reason I do this is because I love
it,* he said.
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