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bbu wesi r ii ui outv-w Winston-Salem, NC 2 7101 fc^INSTRATION FORSYTH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 660 W 5TH ST WINSTON SALE!* NC 27.01-2705 Vol. XXXVI No. 4 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, September 24, 2009 Chris Paul to host annual festivities -See Pane HV New nonprofit takes shape ?See Pufte ! Men wear high heels to make a point 111 See til 3lic Library van! i Photo by Layia Farmer Isabella Williams stands on the WFU campus. Young, Gifted and Homeless Wake graduate student says she's proof that it could happen to any one of us BY LAYLA FARMER THE CHRONICLE Isabella Williams is many things. A mother. A master's level student at Wake Forest University School Both of her previous teach ing positions evaporated because of budget cuts, Williams said. For the past year, she has supported her family by substitute teaching and taking on free* of Divinity. And "creatively home less," as she puts it. Williams. 36, already has an undergradute and master's degree under her belt. She has worked as a teacher in the Winston Salem/Forsyth County School Kurtz lance grant-writing and editing work. Times got harder late last year, when Williams says the home she and her family were living in burned to the ground. "We were rent ing and I didn't have renters' insurance - we had just moved system and at the charter school. Carter G. Woodson School of Challenge. She never imagined she would find herself in the precarious situa tion she and her two children are currently facing. "I equated education with finances. As a kid. I always pushed myself," related Williams, a native of Hammond. La. "I thought that gaining an education would pull me up out of poverty." in." she said of the fire, which took most of the little the fam ily still had. "We walked out with the shoes on our feet and whatever we had in my vehi cle." Support from the local faith community helped Williams barely stay afloat for a while, but earlier this month, she and her children found themselves truly homeless. See Homeless on A 10 MC Hatch WFll PW Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch, far left, helped the campus kickoff its United Way campaign last week by performing a United Way rap with the hacking of the a cappella student group. Plead the Fifth. Provost Jill Tiefenthaler, standing next to Hatch, also got her rap on. The Tree Still Stands Tall Legendary social club celebrates . 50th anniversary /> <f . JL. BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE Party-goers danced the night away last Friday at a Black and White Ball marking the 50th anniversary of Les Arbres Club. The shindig took place at Winston-Salem State University's Anderson Center. Les Arbres, French for "The Tree," is a private social" Brick and Mable Johnson club on New "Walkertown Road that became a popu lar hang-out for the city's most upwardly mobile Africans Americans after it opened v in 1959. Founders Manuel "Brick" Johnson and his wife, Mable, opened The .Tree - which got its name because an actual live tree sprouts in the club - because segregation was the rule at the time. African- Americans who wanted an upscale hangout had no options. "Blacks didn't have no place to go," said Brick Johnson. Les Arbres changed that in a major way. In its heyday, the club was used as a venue for some of the biggest names in jazz, and everyone who was anyone had a membership. "People were looking for somewhere to go and have an evening of fun. a night out and just relax.1' said Mable Johnson. "It has a very home-like atmosphere." The Black and White Ball has always been the club's premier event. It is such a large uffair that it is held at venues throughout the Sec Ball on A5 ItHrtos by Todd Luck Last weekend's ball featured music, dancing and food. Southeast candidates prepare for runoff BY LAYLA FARMER THE CHRONICLE ' Southeast Ward Democrats Evelyn Terry, the incumbent. and James Taylor will face off again in a Oct. 6 runoff. = 1 Taylor They were the top two finishers in the Sept. 15 primary, but nei ther received 40 percent of the vote - a require ment for North Carolina elec tions. Voter turnout in the ward and throughout the city was dismal. Only 446 people cast ballots in the Southeast Ward, which includes much of the Reynolds Park Road/ Waughtown Street area. Terry managed to snag the most votes, 160: Taylor finished 10 votes behind her, and Democrat Jimmy Evelyn Terry hits the streets to campaign. Phoio courtesy of the leny Campaign Boyd received 136 votes. Boyd said Monday that he has not yet endorsed either Ttfrry or Taylor. Taylor said he didn't expect the race to be so close. "To be honest. I really thought that 1 would pull it off." he commented. Sec K11110IT on A3 WORKOUT PARTNER Adams has been a fixture at local Y branch for a quarter century BYT. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE Over the decades, change has been one of the few constants at the city's historically African-American YMCA. It's moved from one side of town to the other; employees and members have come and gone; and an array of high-tech, calorie-burn ing machines now share space with traditional steel dumbbells. There to witness it all has been Alfred Adams Sr. - "Al." "Mr. Al" or "Big Al" to those who know, love and respect him. Adams has been a fixture in the Winston Lake Family YMCA Wellness Center for so long that even he has trouble remembering when his tenure began. "I've been here 24 ... 25 ... I'd just say 25 See Adams on \2 Photo by Kevin Walker Al Adams Sr. stands in the Winston l.ake Family Y's Wellness Center. 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