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Vol. XXXV No. 51
THURSDAY, August 20, 2009
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Homeless children given back-to-school
BY TODD LUCK
I III CHRONICLE
Local children from homeless families were treated to
back-to-school haircuts, check-ups. clothes and school sup
plies last week during an event at Carter Vocational High
Sponsored by Project HOPE, which provides services to
homeless families with children in the local school system:
and Matt Murphy Motor Sports, the function drew 43 fami
lies with 91
made their way
around a room,
tage of the free
items and serv
in one area,
while jeans, for
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Photo by T,^ tuck ''
Demetrious Walker gives a child a haircut , pari m e n t
ments, tooth brushes and dental advice. Kids were given a
new haircut for the new school year by barbers from Cuttin'
Hair and Trimmerz barbershops. Families. even were treated
to a hot meal by Eagle's Catering.
Families who could not make it to last week's event will
receive clothes and school supplies at a later date. Many of
the families that were on hand were transported to the school
from local shelters by Project HOPE.
Michael and Lori Rupp picked up clothes and supplies for
their children, including their son. who is starting Pre-K this
"I know it's rough out there, but I don't want it to be any
rougher (on them) than it has to be." said Michael Rupp.
? The Rupps currently liv&-at the Salvation- Army shelter on
North Trade Street. He has applied for disability, and she lost
her job. Unemployment benefits didn't cover their bills, so
they lost the house they were renting. He said that it's an
adjustment for the children to live at the shelter. The kids left
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The Beaty Building
Photo by Lay la f-anner
Reaty holds a
Tuesday at a
opening of a
new city build
ing named for
him. See the
full story on
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From left: Mary Cooper, Rrenda Tuttle, Linda Lindsay and Kim McKenzie-Banks.
A Losing Battle
Family joins forces to shed pounds
BY I.AYl.A f-AKMfcK
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Linda Lindsay is helping her family
and friends become losers.
Lindsay, 66, has started a competi
tion amongst 14 family members and
friends to inspire them to lose weight.
The competition, which started Aug. 1.
includes motivational sessions, moral
support via Facebook.com and a great
big pot of money for the winner, who
will be determined at the last weigh-in.
slated tor Dec. 5..
Inspired by the popular "The Biggest
Loser" television show, the competitors
are divided into four groups, one in
Greensboro and three in Winston
Salem. Lindsay says.
"The groups support each other and
come up with weight loss ideas, but
you're basically on your own to cut
back and do your exercises." she
explained. "...At the end we're going
to have a big celebration with family
and friends. We're going to present the
winner and show off our new bodies.
There can only be one biggest loser
in this competition, but everybody who
participates will end up a winner,
"I want to sec mv family ... lose
weight so we can be healthier!" she
commented. "...We will live longer if
we eat healthier."
Lindsay's niece. Sonya Hart, was the
inspiration for the competition, she
says. Hart-. 28. had to be rushed to the
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16-year-old tasered during NBTF melee
BY LAYLA FARMER
The National Black
Theatre Festival (NBTF) has
long been known for the riv
eting plays it brings to the
Winston-Salem stage from
all over the nation.
Unfortunately, some in the
local community say this
year's festival wilT stick in
their minds for less savory
Isabelle Moore is in the
latter category. She says four
of her five sons headed
downtown on the night of
Aug. 8 in hopes of catching a
glimpse of some of some of
the NRTF celehri
festivities, but the young men
say the experience didn't
Drove to be the
Moore and his
Baker. 17. Cory
Baker, 16 and
Jeremy Potter. 13
White. 24 and
Kelvin Snow, 39
near the Benton
happy outing they
had hoped for.
ended with the
arrests of Baker
and Potter, a stu
dent at Walkertown
a.m. that Sunday
Baker says she
Convention Center to take in
the revelry of the culminating
received a frantic phone call
from her son Malcolm.
"He said. "Mama, they're
taking Cory and Jeremy to
jail!'" she related. "I asked
him to give one of the offi
cers the phone. I told (the
officer) Jeremy was only 13
years-old. He told me to
meet him at the Police
The scene she was met
with when she reached the
Public "Safety Center earty
that morning made her heart
plummet. Moore says.
"His shirt was torn off of
him: he had a knot on his
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Humble pastor praised at retirement dinner
BY T.KKVIN WALKER
THE CHRONICLE . _ ?
As people fawned all over him - giving him their
'thank-yous,' 'God bless yous' and 'congratulations'
- Dr. Samuel Stevenson was gracious, humble even,
shaking hands, nodding and spreading around his
Sunday afternoon's retirement gala for Stevenson
was big - with hundreds in attendance - brash and
bold, a contradictory send-off for a man known and
loved for his understated nature.
For 19 years. Stevenson stood behind the pulpit at
Grace Presbyterian, the Carver School Road church
that, with Stevenson at the helm, has developed a rep
utation for tremendous community service.
"He took the church from outside of the walls of
church," said longtime Grace member Vivian Burke,
the city's Mayor Pro Tempore.
When nearby Carver High School needed help,
Grace was at the front of the line to offer tutoring and
Photo by Kevin Walker
See Stevenson .m \X Dr. Samuel Stevenson with his wife. Mahle.