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Vol. xxxvill No. 33 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, April 12, 2012 1
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Many accusations of
mudslinging in race for
State House seat
BY LAYLA FARMER
In less than a month, the election will be
over for two of the three Democratic candi- *
dates running for the
N.C. House District 72
seat, but Jimmie
Bonham, Ed Hanes Jr.
and S. Wayne Patterson
are embroiled in a battle
that could well continue
far beyond the May 8
began in earnest last
month, when Bonham, an
for the N.C. Employment
took both his opponents
before the Forsyth
County Board of
Elections, alleging that
neither man was a perma
nent resident of the 72nd
Both Patterson, a civil
rights attorney and presi
dent of the Winston
Salem Chapter of the
NAACP, and Hanes,
owner of the develop
ment services company
Monticello Park, were
found by the Board to be
legal residents of the
District, although each
man owns two homes.
Bonham has since
appealed that decision to
the State Board of Elections.
"1 know and they know that they don't
live wherever they filed at," said Bonham,
owner of Hair By Jimi. "...I am very confi
dent (that the state will overturn the local
Board's decision) because the law is clear."
See 72nd on A5
Y Splash program showing kids
in East Winston how to swim
Photo by Kevin Walker
students are all
ears Monday as
a life preserver
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
There is a new crop of kids learning swim
ming 101 at the Winston Lake Famityr^lCA this
week. * '
Jolyn Roberts, Winston Lake's membership
director, said that since Y Splash started two years
ago, more than 300 elementary school children
have received enough swimming basics to keep
them safe in and around the pool.
"They come here for four straight days after
school and basically learn how to swim," Roberts
This week and next, Y Splash is hosting kids
from Kimberley Park Elementary School, or more
specifically Kimberley's 21st Century
Community Learning Center, a countywide after
school program operated by the dropout preven
tion organization Communities in Schools of
Forsyth County. Already students from Petree and
Forest Park elementary schools have gone
through Y Splash training.
It is by design that innercity schools are being.
See Splash on A5
N.C.'s top teacher comes to town
Teacher of the Year gives pep talk to colleagues at North Hills
BY LAYLA FARMER
THE CHRONICLE I
Teachers at North Hills Elementary School welcomed a special guest
North Carolina Teacher of the Year Tyronna Hooker stopped by after the
school day had ended to offer encouragement and inspiration to teachers and
faculty members during their monthly meeting. *?
"I wish I could sfy I came today to tell you something, but I really came
Dr. Karen Morning Roseboro praises her
staff, calling them "Hot Tamales."
to applaud you," Hooker
told the roughly three dozen
teachers present in the
media center of the school.
"You guys,are amazing."
Hooker is an exceptional
children's teacher at
Graham Middle School in
Alamance County. Like
North Hills, Graham Middle
is a Title I school or a school
with a high number of stu
dents that hail from low
income families. But North
Hills, which has a student
population that is nearly all
black and brown, is beating
the odds. The school has
exceeded academic growth
expectations for the past two
Principal Dr. Karen Morning Roseboro said Hooker's appearance was
intended to energize teachers as they prepare for changes that will soon go into
effect under the READY initiative, which the N.C. Department of Public
instruction describes as "an ambitious alignment of our educational standards,
assessments and accountability methods." As a Race to the Top grantee, the
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system is required to adopt the model,
which is designed to make education standards mote uniform nationwide,
Roseboro said. Teacher evaluations and test formats will change under the
Phottw by Layla Farmer
Teacher of the Year Tyronna Hooker exposes the "sweet" side of
See Hooker on A2 public education.
Making the Cut ^
Photo by Laya Farmer
Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke (fourth from right) helps veterans and communi
ty partners officially open the new Veteran's Helping Veterans Heal facility last
week. The facility will house 30 formerly homeless veterans. Read more on page A3.
Film chronicles musical comeback
BY TODD LUCK
The subject of the documen
tary short "Kevin" will show
was so fasci
nated by his
Kevin Gale is
slated to perform live immediate
ly after the 38-minute documen
tary is screened.
"Kevin," which details how
Gale rekindled his long lost muse
See Film on Ai
Kevin Gale will give a live performance after each showing
of "Kevin" this weekend.
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