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Volume39,Number43 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, June 20, 2013
Grant calls for dramatic
faculty changes at Cook
BY LAYLA GARMS
When students return to Cook Elementary School in the fall,
they will see a lot of new faces.
Cook, which is among the lowest performing in the state,
will be making some big changes over the summer break as a
result of the $ 1.7 million school improvement grant it recently
received from the U.S. Department of Education to improve its
academic standing over the course of the next three years.
Among the terms of the grant is a staff restructuring that
requires every faculty and staff member to re-interview for their
current posts. The grant stipulates that the school can choose tp
re-hire no more than half its existing staff. Those who aren't re
hired at Cook will be placed at other schools, leaving Cook
room to hire new faces.
"What the grant does is it's going to help us to find teachers
See Cook on A7
Photo* by Todd Luck
Nana Vee Terry
W o m b I e
An Ode to Freedom
Annual cultural celebration returns
BY TODD LUCK
THE CHRONICLE .
The struggles and triumphs of African
Americans, past and present, were cele
brated Saturday at the annual Triad
Juneteenth Africana Festival at the
Lawrence . Joel Veterans Memorial
The local event
and Juneteenth fes
tivals around the
nation mark the day
- June 19. 1965 -
that the last slaves
in the then-burgeon
ing nation learned
of their freedom.
Cheryl Harry is
encouraged that the
festival draws thou
sands of loyal attendees year after year.
The event is a celebration of how far
African-Americans have come, she said.
"Freedom and independence is perpet
ual. the celebration never ends," said Hany
"..It represents progress to me."
Food, music and special guests helped
to make the event memorable, as did the
bevy of historical displays and cultural
LaVon Williams, a self-described
"urban folk artist" generated a lot of atten
tion. The Florida native and current
Kentucky resident is a woodcarver who
created the National Black Theatre Festival
logo at the request of NBTF founder Larry
Leon Hamlin. The logo has garnered
Williams attention from across the globe.
"Larry said it would have the power to
travel everywhere, it would be that power
ful," said Williams. "It's kind of amazing.
When I first did it I just didn't realize what
it would end up meaning and would mean
to so many people when they see it."
Williams' original oval-shaped carving
of the logo was on display. At Hamlin's
See J u net tenth on A8
BY LAYLA GARMS
The Winston-Salem Transit
Authority and Trans-Aid are poised to
begin offering Sunday service later this
year, city officials say.
City Council members voted
approve a $378.9
The budget sets
the property tax ?
rate at 53 cents
per $100 of .
assessed value. I
which is 3.9 *
cents higher than |
the cunent rate |
of 49.1 cents.
But since more
than 60 percent
of city property
owners saw a
drop in their
will pay less
taxes this year.
The budget I
includes funding I
for seven WSTA |
routes that are
expected to be offered starting in the
"I think it will be a good thing for
our community," commented City
Council Member James Taylor. "We've
had a lot of outcry for Sunday service,
and the new budget does just that "
Assistant City Manager Greg
Turner says the addition of Sunday
services will create around a dozen jobs
and help get Winston-Salem in line
with other large cities in the state.
"We're one of the last, if not the
last, major city in North Carolina that
doesn't have it," he commented "...
We're a seven days a week city just like
everyone else, so we wanted the public
to be able to use public transportation
seven days a week."
The city will offer Sunday service
on seven of its most highly utilized
routes. The routes may have slight vari
ations on Sundays but will be modeled
after the Saturday schedule. Turner
said. It is the first time in Turner's more
than 30 year career that the city has
Qffered Sunday service, and he believes
it will improve the quality of life for
See Buses on A8
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The Greatest Generation
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Retired educators recall how they strived
in the toughest times
BY LAYLA GARMS
In Winston-Salem, like in countless cities across the South I
during the Jim Crow era, black students fought against the odds I
to get a sound education.
Educators of the 1960s and earlier were forced to use ere- I
. See Educators on A10 J
Photo by 1 jyla Gamw
tors (from left):
of Winston-Salem, LLC