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Vol.XXXVIII No.26 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- THURSDAY, February 23, 2012
Stiu. an Anomaly
City's only three female black firefighters honored
BY LAYLA FARMER
Wadesboro native Angela Sowell joined the Winston-Salem
Fire Department on a dare 18 years ago.
She was working at a local daycare center when the parent
ol one oi tne kids, a captain with the
Fire Department, mentioned that the
Department was hiring.
"I said, 'I betcha I can do it,'"
related the Winston-Salem State
University alumna. "He said, 'Yeah,
right.' 1 said, 'I,can and I will make
it a career.' I was hired within six
While it was a twist of fate that
landed Sowell, a former WSSU
cheerleader, in rookie training
school, it was nothing short of old
fashioned persistence that has sus
tained the 44 year-old's nearly two
aecaoe long career.
"Once 1 put my mind to something, I'm gonna go for it
full force," she said.
See Firefighters on A2
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Mayor Allen Joines' congratulates (from left): Angela Sowell, Angie
Richardson and Shirese Moore.
Photos by Todd Luck
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Kids help welcome chefs to the city
BY TODD LUCK
Chefs prepare food for others for a living.
So when chefs from around the Southeast
come to Winston-Salem for an American
Culinary Federation (ACF) conference, who
prepares the food for them?
The answer, in part, is local children.
Kids got into the culinary action Sunday,
preparing nutritious treats enjoyed by atten
dees at the conference's opening banquet at the
Millennium Center. The young helpers are
part of Chef and Child, a national ACF initia
tive that encourages member chefs to teach
children and their parents how to cook healthy
meals. The reception was also a fundraiser for
both the Second Harvest Food Bank of
Northwest North Carolina and the Chef and
Child Foundation. The general public pur
chased tickets to attend the event. They were
joined by about 300 members of ACF, a pro
fessional organization for chefs and cooks
with 20,000 members nationwide.
The young cooks hailed from the Arts
Based Elementary School, N.C. Cooperative
Extension locations in Forsyth and Stokes
counties and Family Services, Inc. Childhood
See Chefs on A6
Promoters reap benefits
of CIAA Tourney, but few
support the conference
BY CHERIS F. HODGES
FOR THE CHRONICLE
The CIAA Basketball
Tournament has been profitable for
the league and the city of Charlotte.
Last year, the tournament brought
190,000 fans into the Queen City
and made a more than $44.3 million
But in reality, only a relatively
small number of fans are shelling
out dollars for basketball games and
other ClAA-sponsored events.
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but the CIAA - whose basketball
tournament is at the center of it all
- sees little of this windfall.
Promoters, unless they have
clearance by the league, aren't
allowed to use the CIAA logo or
name to promote their events, but
the link between Charlotte's elevat
ed party scene and the CIAA
Tournament is quite clear. Some
promoters do feel a responsibility to
give back to the CIAA.
Take, for instance, Johnson C.
Smith University graduate York
Reed. He is not a full time promot
er. but said that he organizes events
around the basketball tournament
and his alma mater's homecoming
as a way to give back to the univer
sity and to provide his classmates
and friends with a good time.
"When 1 saw that our parties
See CIAA on AS
Mixed response to police checkpoint changes
BY LAYLA FARMER
Winston-Salem Police Chief Scott Cunningham tried to
calm a growing controversy last week when he announced
changes to the Department's stationary
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The Police Department came under
fire last year, when the North Carolina
American Civil Liberties Union began
investigating area police departments and
asked for records documenting the
WSPD's implementation of stationary
license checkpoints. The ACLU, which
later joined forces with the local
NAACP. has said that the records
showed 244 checkpoints staged in a 12
month period, the vast majority of
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Attorney Raul Pinto, a racial justice fellow for the ACLU,
says he has also received complaints froqi citizens that minor
ity ckivers were being targeted at the checkpoints.
See Policy on A6
Police Chief Scott Cunningham is tweaking his
department's license checkpoints policy.
Making it Official
Photo by Layla Farmer
County Commissioner Everette Witherspoon
files Tuesday to run for the N.C. House
District 71 seat. Read more on page A2.
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