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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, December 19, 2002, Image 1

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Sports Week Tennis club bringing back holiday dance ? ? ? ? Carver easily wins championship 1111 See SI See A4 See CI Community Old school gets a new look ? ? ? ? Local singer gets a chance to shine Ikr Chronicle 75 cents VV INSTON-S A L t M ? GREENSBORO ? HlOll POINT Vol. XXIX No.16 Closure near for Atkins location FROM STAFF REPORTS Before aldermen agreed to a deal that would turn over pre cious pari; land to the schop) sys tem, aldermen asked School Board members for assurances that the new school that is being proposed for Old Greensboro Road will live up to the hype. The park land is needed to con struct the $25 million Atkins High School. which school officials say will be a tech n o 1 o g y magnet school and like none other in the coun Johnson W V ? ? Geneva Brown, speaking on Behalf of her fellow School Board members, guaranteed the 'bOard that school officials would do all they could to make the new Atkins High School all that: it has been built up to be. * The aldermen OK'd a land Jwap deal Monday night that would give the school system 21 additional acres off Old Greens boro Road (the school system already had a deal with aldermen for 28 acres in the area) in exchange for several acres of school-owned land. Alderwoman Joycelyn Johnson led the call for the exchange. Because of aldermen's envi ronmental concerns, school offi cutis had decreased t - h e amount of acreage they were asking for to as little as 15 Sores, but Johnson said if a school is Terry to be built off Old Greensboro Road, comers should not be cut. Only two of the eight alder men voted against the land swap: Vernon Rohinson and Fred Terry. Terry said the school system should buy some of the land for the new school from a private owner. The board had voted to change the site of Atkins High when it seemed unlikely that the land swap would take place. At its next meeting, the board will decide if it will now move the school back to Old Greensboro Road. File Photo Judge Roland Hayes and his wife, Barbara, smile for the camera at a fund-raiser for Winston-Salem State University's library last year. Photos by Kevin Walker Clay Wilson laces up his dancing shoes before going on stage. He played one of the mice in "The Nutcracker." Mastering a Classic Diggs students take on ambitious 'Nutcracker' BY COURTNEY GAILLARD l lil CHRONICLE Dancing sugar plum fairies and fight ing mice took the stage at J.D. Diggs Ele mentary School earlier this week as the students put on a production of "The Nut cracker." Led by drama teacher Tiffany Burgess, the holiday production was a Diggs community collaboration that brought together students, faculty and p;irents, who all made the performance a ' success. Diggs, an arts magnet school, is halfway through its first year under the new curriculum that focuses on the arts. Grace Bennett-Pierre looks the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have been reading the story of "The Nutcracker" in class in preparation for the production. "The Nutcracker" is a holiday classic based on the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by E.T.A. Hoff man. It tells the story of a young girl named Clara, whose nutcracker doll comes to life in her dream. The Nut cracker leads the toy soldiers, who have also magically come to life, in a battle against an army of dancing mice. The Mouse King is about to attack the Nut cracker. but Clara saves his life. The Nut cracker becomes a prince. Clara accom panies him on a journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There, Clara is trans formed into the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a dance is held in their honor. The ballet See Diggs on A10 I Bowing Out Gracefully Judge Roland Hayes says goodbye to District Court bench after 18 years of service BY T KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE * It has often been said that defendants who came before Judge Roland Hayds would gel two punishments: first a stem verbal repri mand from the judge and then their actual sen tences. Observers say that both forms of pun ishments were equally as damning. "A lot of the times 1 think the people would have just preferred to go straight to jail," said Judge Denise Hartsfteld, the woman who won the District Court seat that Hayes gave up. Hartsfield, who argued before Hayes as an assistant county attorney, and many others say that Hayes can never be replaced. There are now voids in the courthouse where his trade mark humor, fatherly words of advice, and strict, yet evenhanded, style once reigned. Hayes' last official day of work was Nov. 27. Hartsfield's first day of work was a few days later. Hayes' decision not to seek re-elec tion in the Nov. 5 election was predicated solely on a state law that prohibits some judges from serving past the age of 72. Hayes will celebrate his 72nd birthday in February. "1 had to retire," Hayes said last week. "I did not want to, necessarily, but it was something that I had to do." Hayes was appointed to the bench in 1984. He ran unop posed in 1986, 1990 and 1994. By the time Hayes, a lifelong Democrat, faced his first opponent in 1998. he was well-established in See Hayes on A9 Hartsfield Photographer to teach craft to kids via new program Urban Shutterbugs initiative will provide youngsters with cameras and skills to master picture taking BY COURTNEY GAILLARD I III CHRONICLE : Area teens will get the chance to spend next summer with cameras in their hands as participants in a new pilot photography pro gram calied Urban Shutterbugs. This nation ally focused nonprofit organization is launching the program to introduce inner city youths to the world of photography right here in the Triad. A select group of 10 young people between the ages of 12 and 14 will learn the art of black-and white photogra phy through special projects, field assignments and course work. Each "shutterbug." or photog raphy enthusiast, will be given a brand new 35 mm camera complete with film and flash along with darkroom equipment. The youngsters will be nominated by several agencies/organizations in the area that work with young people. Local award-winning photographer Michael Cunningham, whose portraits of black women in church hats are featured in the best-selling book "Crowns," will lead courses that will focus on basic camera skills, shooting techniques, lighting and film processing. "All I want to do is expose youth to Sec Shutterbugs on A4 Cunningham A&T on mission to secure millions Photo by Charles Watkins/ NCATSU Janice Bryant Howroyd makes an appeal to graduates at A*rs fall commencement on Saturday. BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE Janice Bryant Howroyd is used to moti vating folks. She first began to hone that skill 25 years ago when she began a modest staffing agency in Southern Cali fornia. That company would grow to employ more than 15.000 tempo rary workers and make Howroyd the chief of the nation's largest female owned staffing agency. N.C. A&T State Uni versity is banking on Howroyd's motivational skills - literally. Howroyd, who attended A&T, is heading up the university's $100 million capital campaign. She is being charged with not only encouraging alumni and friends of the univer sity to open their wallets, but also corporations and individuals throughout the nation and world. "We are not limiting our campaign to just peo ple who have immediate contact with A&T. If you have ever been touched by A&T. A&T is reaching out to touch you," Howroyd said last week. "With the business I do today, we constantly come across people who See A&T on A4 Phrto by Kevin Walker A man shields his candle to keep it lit last Thursday dur ing a candlelight vigil for peace. The event was held to advocate a peace ful solution to the nation's current conflict with Iraq. High school stu dents organized the vigil. To read more about the event, see A3. WMSMBUNUUMiiCt^for African-A nwtican ami Community ^leSvs ?

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