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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, July 07, 1994, Image 1

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Chronicle Staff Writer .. - \ Northeast Ward Alderman Vivian fturke won her way on a controversial decision that started at last month's board meeting when Alderman Robert Northington questioned the. city's rule requiring contractors to hire minor ity subcontractors for a storage building at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Burke said Northington put the Minor ity/Women Business Enterprise "on the spot" when he questioned the good-faith effort con tractors have to make in searching for minor ity and women subcontractors. Burke, who moved to have the item receive a vote of "no consideration" at the June 20 meeting, said Northington's concerns should have been cleared up in the finance committee^ meeting before it reached the full board Tuesday night. "It wasn't right to have them on the spot answering those questions. These things should have come out at the finance commit tee, but apparently they did not," she said. "So we needed to reject all bids and have them = ? resubmitted." ? ? ^ ? : ? ? Northington is chairman of the finance committee, which had previously reconk. mended a resolution awarding the contract to Turner Building Systems. He voted against see JUDDERS page 3 Judge Biggs to Join U.S. Attorney's Office r 1 ^ ' M ' ' .'I. By RICHARD L. WILLIAMS Chronicle Executive Editor ? : \ : " " Loretta C. Biggs. Forsyth County's first black woman judge who won a narrow and bitter re-elec tion campaign in 1992, said yesterday that she will step down from the bench to become an assistant U.S. attorney. Her resignation will become effective July 21, and she will begin her new federal position on Aug.v 8 In addition to prosecutorial duties. Biggs will oversee the coordination of crime-prevention efforts in the Middle District. Crime prevention is a critical area of concern of Attorney General Janet Reno, who oversees all U.S. attorneys' offices. Reno has stressed that their offices will be evalu ated on crime reduction rather than the number of indictments signed. Biggs, a staunch advocate of children, said the move will allow her to have a greater impact on curbing youth violence. ? ?^I-feel -I ^should 4*e -affecting -some-change iind not just reacting to situations I cannot control," she said. "While I certainly will miss not being on the bench, my- new position will give me an opportu-^ see JUDGE page 3 For Reference Not to be taken ; from this library Loretta C. Biggs announces resignation as Forsyth County judge. "Reacttorrto JudgeBiggs' Resignation In an open letter, Judge Biggs thanks residents for ^ allowing her to serve them, page 3 Lawyers, judges and legislators were not shocked by ? Judge Biggs' resignation, page 3 ? ? Loretta Biggs was a role model for many young blacks _ p in Forysth County, page 12 John Mendei talks about Loretta Biggs, a friend = ? and parishioner, page 13 Biggs Could Be Positioned For Federal # . ' . ? * v ? ? , . ' y ? *? v Judgeship By RICHARD L,. WILLIAMS y ' . Chronicle Executive Editor Although the talk is premature, by stepping down from the state bench and becoming a federal prosecutor, Forsyth County District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs could be positioning herself for a federal judge appointment somewhere down the road. ANALYSIS *? ...... As one legal expert notedrttas sort of "rounds out the resume." But by no stretch of the imagination does this make Biggs a shoo-in for a future seat on the fed eral bench. Nor has there been any indication that's what she wants. But one thing's for certain: If she wants it and is recommended to the president for a seat, she'll have the qualifications. "There's always possibilities," said Superior Court Judge James A. -Beaty of Winston-Salem. "To get into that realm certainly does help your chances down the road." Serving in a federal office ? or on a bench at see BIGGS page 3 , , ? - ' ?? ? ? > _ ' Va Forsyth Tech Branch Near Carver Road Receives Commitment By VERONICA CLEMONS Chronicle Staff Writer Forsyth Technical Community College board of directors approved the recommendation of two satellite campuses in northeast Winston-Salem and Kernersville last Thursday. The project now needs a financial commitment from the county commissioners. James Rousseau, Forsyth Tech's vice president of planning and development, said the project will prob laby need about $2 million the first year for operational expenses. This commitment is needed before the project moves on to Raleigh for a final approval from "the state. He added that the funds may be needed in the fiscal budget for next year or maybe even 1 996. That amount funded by the county will decrease by about 25 percent each year, Rousseau said. By the fourth year, the facilities should be self -sufficient. Forsyth Tech will receive funds from the state for each full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrolled. That num ber is. expected to rise, eventually being able to cover the amount previously funded by the county. A feasibility study summary shows that Forsyth Tech expects 217 (FTEs) from the Lansing Drive site the first year and 203 from the Kernersville site. Carver Road-area residents were concerned that the Kernersville site would be approved and not the one in their neighborhood. But college officials assured the commitment for both sites during a community meeting at Carver High School before the vote on Thursday. Rousseau said demographics from the feasibility study conducted by the school show there is a need for both sites. And school officials said at that community meeting there was enough money to construct both facilities. Forsyth County owns the 8-acre tract of land for the proposed Carver Road/Lansing Drive site. Dud ley Products donated land for the Kemersville site. x. ? The state will look at several criteria in determining if the proposed sites will be approved. Some of those criteria are showing that there are enough students to support each site and what impact the sites will have on neighboring educational facilities. The only criteria not yet satisfied is a resolution from county commissioners agreeing to financially support the facilities. Rousseau said by approving a resolution, the com missioners would be allowing Forsyth Tech to be able to do a great service to the community, especially in these proposed site areas where the high-school drop out rates and the unemployment rates are high. Tentative curriculums include basic education courses such as English and math, GED courses and other courses such as occupational extension that involve training for police and fire departments to get individuals trained to enter the work force. w Computer classes will also be offered, which will ' be beneficial to nearby businesses who may want employees to get computer training. Rousseau said through the study both sites were found to have similar needs and therefore will offer a lot of the same classes. Rousseau added that he wasn't sure when the issue will come before the county commis sioners. FTCC President Bob Greene said he was all but certain the state board would approve both sites. Economic Development Key Challenge for Blacks A Topic is one of several to be discussed at Leadership Black Caucus here July 14-17 By VERONICA CLEMONS Chronicle Staff Writer lenges for African Americans in the 21st century is to be equally included, said Andrea Harris, president of the N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development. "We've got to make them realize that they can onty go so far without the African American community," she said. Harris will moderate a workshop on -economic development during the 18th annual N.C. Leadership Black Caucus, which will be held in Winston-Salem July 14-17. see ECONOMIC page 3 Business 24 Classifieds 28 Community News... 4 Opinion .....12 Entertainment 25 Obituaries 27 Religion 26 Sports ...17 This Week In Blnrk History Wl Imiu ("Satrhm") Anmtro*? ifietl rn f.omtio, Queens, Net? nl the ape of 71. East Winston CDC Gets $ 1 60,000 in Grant Money By VERONICA CLEMONS Chronicle Staff Writer The East Winston Community Develop; ment Corp. has been awarded $163,500 in grant funds from state organizations dedicated to affordable housing and stimulating CDCs across the state. The N.C. Community Development Initia tive Inc. awarded the East Win "storTCDC SI 50.000 of the $2.1 million that it is investing in CDCs and minority financial institutions throughout the state. Kimberly Williams, who works with CDI, said there was an very aggressive grant process, and the money awarded is available for up to three years. Every CDC that wants to continue to be funded must reapply. "The criteria may be different, but we'll use the same basic information," she said. "Now, we're just trying to get through the first phase." Only lO to 13 CDCs were approved for funding. Williams said only mature and high performing CDCs were considered for the grar^tfioney. CDCs that have been in opera ? see EAST page 3 TO SUBSCRIBE CALL 91 0-722-8624

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