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The Choice for African-American News and Information
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 1994
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VOL. XX, No. 43
Family Mourns Death of 6-Year-v. -
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A Police search for black sport-utility vehicle in hit-and-run accident on Thurmond Stre e*
By RICHARD L. WILLIAMS
Chronicle Executive Editor
Little 6-year-old Rhashard Armod Scott
dreamed of one day playing playmg-feotbaHr
He would have gotten his chance this summer
as a member of the Tiny Indians, his father,
Thomas "June" Warren, said.
But yesterday Warren sat numbly in the
living room of his wife's apartment at Happy
Hill.oardens trying to make sense of why
Rhashard had been run down a day earlier by
If hit-and-run driver.
"Sometimes when something bad hapr
pens," he said* "it's really something good that
comes from it. It's another test that Satan is
taking me through. He's Trying to destroy my
family and my faith. But I'm going to keep on
fighting for the Lord. I can't give up. I know
I'll see him again one day!"
Sgt. J.k. Moser of the Winston-Salem
Police Department said Rhashard was struck
by a. small, black sport-utility vehicle, proba
bly a Suzuki or Chevrolet Geo, in the 1600
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block of Thurmond Street about 3:30 Tues
"He literally ran out in front of the sus
pect's vehicle," Moser said."We really need
everybody's help in solving this thing. It's a
. tragedy for that 6-year-old boy to be struck
like that and the person not even stop."
Moser said the driver definitely knew that
he hit the child. He said the truck, which had
silver wheels and a silver wheel in the rear,
suffered extensive damage.
Warren said his nephew called him at his
job, a Liberty Street barbershop, and told him
*hai Rhashard had been hit by a car.
"I had to leave a customer in the chair,"
he said. "I told him he had to find someone
else to tinish him. I had to go.
He said his nephew told him that
Rhashard "was laying in the street with a hole
in his head."
Rhashard would have been a second
grader at Old Town Elementary School War
see FAMILY page 3
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A Department to add
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six new case workers
Bv VERONICA CLEMONS
Chn icle Staff Writer
The six new employees that will be added to the
? staff uf the child-suppon enforcenrem office at the
Department of Social Services will put a minor dent
in the child-support enforcement officer's case over
That case load in Forsyth County is the highest
___ among the state s largest counties and is currently
- almost five times what the federal government rec
"We are happy to get the six. but it's not going
to be nearly enough to provide the level of serv ice
see DSS page 3
The Penn family ? Jayne, Casaundria, Lawandria , Waddell and Anthony ? have been writing for years and they often
complement each other when looking for subjects about which to write^ ? ' ?
? Writing comes easily
to the Penn family
By VERONICA CLEMONS
Chronicle Staff Writer
Writing has always come easy for Jaync
For that matter, the same is true for her
daughters, son, sister, nieces and nephews.
Her twin daughters, Casaundria and
Lawandria, are award-winning speech writ
ers; oldest son,^Waddell, is an aspiring song
The 1 6-year old -twins, who attend
Forsyth Country Day, said speech writing
comes easy for them because of their method.
- see WRITING page J
Salisbury NAACP Issues Caution About New Superintendent
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A Says although Martin Worked welt with the African-American community, Macks sHoutd not get lax ~ ~
By DAVID L. DILLARD
Chronicle Staff Writer
A community activist in Salisbury said
Winston-Salemrs new city/county school
Superintendent Donald Martin is sensitive to
the black community, but warned African
Americans not to become complacent.
Tommy Hairston, president of the Salis
bury branch of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People, said
Martin has had a good relationship with the
NAACP, but that the group has had to push
"I think you will find him willing to put
forth an effort to be fair, but that doesn't
mpan the black community should sit back
on the laurels and hope for something to
happen.'' Hairston said. "You've got to get
out there and make sure it happens."
Hairston said the Rowan-Salisbury
school system has few minorities in admin
istrative positions and throughout the entire
school system. He said the school system
has been slow in eliminating the disparity,
but Martin shows willingness to work with
black students and putting minorities in the_
"To my knowledge nothing new has
Donald Martin (I), new superintendent.
been-added to the curriculum, but some high
schools have black-history clubs," Hairston
said. "He has a lot of innovative ideas an^
has become more involved and sensitive to
the black community."
Rowan-Salisbury school system has
17,500 students, of which 24 percent are
minority. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
' school system has 38.000 students and
nearly 38 percent are minority.
The school board chose Martin on. Fri
day and signed him to a four- year contract
worth $95,000 a year. He begins working
Aug. 8. Martin replaces Bob Coble who left
the school system in February foLa position
with the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro. Coble s salary was a minimum
of $121,000 and could have reached
$150,000 with extra incentives.
Martin said he plans to take the first six
months to meet with community leaders and
visit all 57 schools in the system. He said he
wanted to understand the different concerns
of the school board and the African- Ameri
can community and bring them to an accord
"1 want to understand the dynamics bet
ter," he said. "I think it's important to listen
to the school board and their priorities,
1 which might be different from the priorities
of~the African-American community. I
see NAACP page 3
GOP Commissioners Oppose Program for At-Risk Kids
By VERONICA CLEMONS
Chronicle Staff Writer
Forsyth County Republican Commission
ers Peter Brunstetter and Richard Linville
voted against the the county budget laM week
because they opposed setting aside $650,000
for a program to help "at-risk" 4-year-olds
prepare for kindergarten.
Commissioner John Holleman Jr.. a
Democrat who proposed the program, said it
will help these youth prepare for kindere:r :*n
and give them a better chance to succc. tn
the school system and not enter behind tc. ?
"By third grade it's too late," Hollema'
said. "By then you can usually identify who's
going to drop out of school and who's going to
be a problem in society."
He said many youth who enter school
unprepared usually drop out, and many of
them end up in the criminal -justice system.
"1 see it all the time," Commissioner Ear
line Parmon said.
Parmon is executive director of LIFT
Academy, a program that attempts to educate
students who have been suspended from the
regular school system.
"If children are not dealt with early, by
the time they get to LIFT it's too late." she
said. "Sometimes leadership must take a stand
and implement things that are better for the
community." . .1 ? 1
The proposal initially called for $1.1 mil
lion to support the program from January to
June. Holleman suggested taking $350,000
from the school system's appropriations and
the rest from certain items within the budget.
Brunstetter said he supported the concept,
but didn't feel comfortable approving it
_ because all of the pros and cons had not been
viewed/ and it had not been thoroughly
"shaken out in the public process."
In a presentation to commissioners during
budget hearings last week, Holleman cited
three pilot projects in Winston-Salem and
other statistics that showed s'udents who enter
early-education programs r ire better in the
school system. One project he cited was a pro
gram at Latham Elementary School. Scores of
the 16 students ai the beginning of the pro
gram showed a significant increase by the pro
Holleman said there are more than 800
children in Forsyth County who could be
labeled "at risk" and could benefit from this
type program. Children who enter these type
programs have a better chance to emerge from
"The educational system is the pipeline to
help. break the cycle of poverty," he said.
Linville said his biggest problem with the
see GOP page 3
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This Week In Black History 
June 24, 1968
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