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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, January 03, 2008, Image 1

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"20 031509 1 *FIRK* ADMINST5ATIC^ FORSYTH BOUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Th ST ? ? ? SALEM NC 2710.-2705 Vf|j|y j 5-UIGIT 27101 THURSDAY, January 3, 2008 West wins Lash holiday tournament -See Page Bl Nonprofit jobs are big in Forsyth - See Page AS Black and single hits a new wave -See Page A3 75 cents . Qflf. - do iWea? , ''/i > -\S Mc 'Makeover m ? - I ? ? . rt f r~< tti? r> ropuiar Last Winston eatery reopens ajter being completely rebuilt, redesigned BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE After being closed for more than three months for an CAIiClIlC IIIOKCUVCI, the McDonald's on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive is back as a bigger, faster and sleeker restaurant. The East Winston McDonalcFs had not changed much over the last three decades-, but that rhanopH lacf VIIUll^VU 1UQI September when the old build ing was closed, completely torn dOwn and rebuilt into a modern McDonald's, onfc with more room inside for customers, an eye-catching interior and light fixtures and a double drive-thru lane that's designed to cut down on the amount of time customers have to wait. Customers inside can expect faster service too, said Restaurant Manager Cynthia Moody.- The new restaurant, which opened two weeks ago, has three registers, while the old one only had two. The crew working is also much bigger. While the old restaurant had 35 employees, the new one will have 55 to 60 with about 17 people working at a time. Moody said the increase in employ ees was needed to meet the higher demand that ? the revamped restaurant CApCClS. "With this rebuild, we will show at least a 20 percent increase in sales," said Moody, who has managed the MLK McDonald's for 11 years. The new dining area can accommo date more customers. There is enough room to comfortably seat 115. Moody said that the restau rant's owner, Ron Bailey, Jr, See McDonald's on A4 Moody Photos by Todd Luck The MLK Jr. Drive McDonald's has a new look and style. - Pnotot by Todd Luck Scholarship winners Brit' ny Towns, from left, Britney Onuma, Joshua Price and Brittani Mcknight. Freedom speaker urges blacks to keep faith, focus BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE The new year opened with a celebration of freedom and a commitment to Continue' to preserve it at the Annual Celebration of Emancipation held Tuesday at Union Chapel Baptist Church-. The service is held at a local church on Jan. 1 of eafih year by the Winston S a 1 e ml Fo r s y t h County Emancipation Association. It cele brates the signing of the emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. The procla mation, signed on January 1, 1863, freed slaves in the rebelling confederate states. The ratification of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, two years later, would formally end slavery. The service featured the annual reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by local attorney Dionne Tunstall and singing by Ralph Meadows and the Union Baptist Church Choir. There were also appear ances by many community leaders such City Council Member Nelson Malloy, who opened the program. "It's very appropriate we do this every year because in 1863 President Lincoln signed the procla mation freeing the slaves, and we have to be reminded every day of our lives that freedom is not free," said Malloy. N.C. Rep. Larry Womble used the service to announce that in February a ceremony will be held to complete the I See Emancipation on A 12 Rev. Stevenson "7"" Photo by Kevin Walker Luther Jones, a deacon at Union Baptist , hands over the last meal to a thankful man on Christmas Day. Beside Jones are sisters Shawn Brandon, left, andNekeesha Dover. A Touch of Love, / ndeed ? BY T. KEVIN WAfcRCR THE CHRONICLE I It was the day of Christmas - and all through downtown - not business was open ... well - that's not exactly true. A Liberty Street beauty salon was open Christmas Day and bustling with activi ty. But there were no emer gency perms being performed at A Touch of Love Hair Salon that day. no dye jobs or trims either. For the second consec utive year, sisters Shawn Brandon and Nekeesha Dover spent much of their Christmas Day at their salon handing out "Meals of Love" to the less Downtown salon . opens on Christmas solely to pass out food to the homeless fortunate." "Jesus is the true reason for the season," Brandon said when asked aboutjthe motiva tion for the event. "The best gift is bringing smiles to peo ple's faces." For several hours, the salon opened its doors and welcomed any and all in need of a hot meal and some holi day cheer. The sisters - with the help of "dozens of their church members, friends and salon regulars - filled close to 400 compartmentalized styro foam containers with fried turkey, rolls and traditional holiday fixings. As gospel music blasted from inside the salon, volunteers took turns standing outside, welcoming those who passed by to take a dinner. The section of Liberty where the salon sits gets a lot of foot traffic from the city's burgeoning homeless popula tion. Several shelters are in close proximity. ^ ' Word of the salon's gen erosity spread quickly. By * See Salon on A9 Residents urged to comment on police Tuesday's forum part of probe into missteps during Hunt investigation CHRONICLE STAFPREPORT Residents will get. a chance Tuesday to share their thoughts - good, bad or indif ferent - about the Winston Salem Police Department's Criminal - Investigation Division. An independent security firm will hold a public forum Jan. 8 at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center from 6:30 - 8 p.m. to collect comments rrom res idents , especial ly those who have had dealings with the detec tives who make up the crim i n a 1 Hunt investigation arm of the police department. The forum is part of an ongoing review by a city appointed committee that is looking into what went wrong two decades ago when the police department investigated the murder of Deborah Sykes, a 25-year-old white woman, whose body was found off of West End Boulevard in August 1984. A mpnth later. Darryl Hunt, then only 19, was charged with the_?rime, based on investigative work by police detectives. The arrest and eventual conviction of Hunt, who is African American,' created a racial divide in the city because most blacks believed that police and prosecutors, in their rush to find someone responsible for the crime, got the fcrong man. Most local whites, though, believed that Hunt was guilty, although there was no physi cal evidence linking him to the crime. Despite the doubts held by many. Hunt would spend near ly 20 years in prison for the crime. DNA evidence won him his freedom on Christmas Eve in 2003. DNA collected at the crime scene also led inves tigators to Wizard Brown, who confessed to killing See Forum on A12 In Grateful Memory of Our Founders, Florrie S. Russell and 4 Carl H. RusseU, Sr. " Growing and SUM Dedicated to Serve You Better " ffittgBcll Jfwteral ffitmxe Wishes to Thank Everyone For Their Support c< 82:2 earl Russell Ave. at IVfnrtJn Luther King Or.) Winston-Salem , NC 27101 o36) 722-3459 Fax (336) 631-8268 rusfhome ? bellsouth jiet j . . , r. ? ^ . . I

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