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Volume40,Number20 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, January 9, 2014
Grandberry to leave
the Urban League
BY LAYLA GAR MS
The Winston-Salem Urban League and
Keith Grandberry - its president and CEO -
are parting ways.
The circumstances regarding his depar
ture are unclear, as both Grandberry and
members of the Urban League Board of
Directors have been elusive and circum
Grandberry told The Chronicle Saturday
that he is resigning from the agency and that
he would provide further details on Monday.
Numerous efforts to reach him Monday
were unsuccessful. After numerous more
attempts on Tuesday, Grandberry did con
tact the paper, but abruptly postponed inter
views, citing a medical emergency with a
Urban League Board Chair Evelyn
Acree, who also confirmed Saturday that
See Grandberry on A10
Keith Grandberry meets then Sen. Barack Obama at a 2008
National Urban League gathering.
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Jennifer Manner owns Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro.
Popular eateries to offer half-price menu favs
BY LAYLA GARMS
Foodies across the city will have the chance to sample some of the
best the TWin City has to offer this month.
More than two dozen downtown eateries are expected to offer some
of their most popular dishes at half price during dinner hours on
Tuesdays in January, as part of the Big Eat. The annual promotion has
become a staple in many restaurants' calendar year, a way of kicking
the new year off with an influx of sales, treating regulars to a great
meal at a reduced price and, hopefully, attracting some new faces to the
"The original intent was to kind of showcase a variety of our menus
and to reintroduce or introduce us to a wider audience of the Triad,"
Vivian Joiner, co-owner of the popular Sweet Potatoes. 529 N. Trade
St., said of The Big Eat "...It has worked. We get to see a lot of folks
who, for whatever reason, don't come out to dinner, and we get to high
light and showcase what we do. Most every year, we get new regulars "
At Sweet Potatoes, The Big Eat days coincide with Half Price Wine
Night, drawing a large crowd to the restaurant on a night that is typi
See Eat on A8
Vivian Joiner outside of Sweet Potatoes.
Chief Barry Rountree wants guns off the streets.
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spike in gun
BY TODD LUCK
THE CHRONICLE _
City leaders are making a push to reduce gun violence
this year after last year's spike in gun-related homicides.
Winston-Salem experienced a stark increase in mur
ders last year; there were 15 of them, compared to eight in
2012. Guns were used in all but one of the 2013 homi
"We all should be concerned that choices were made
to use a firearm to settle certain disputes that they had with
others," said Police Chief Barry Rountree.
The 2013 homicide
rate uiuii i nci <x ciiy
record. According to
Rountree, the '12 rate
was an anomaly. There
were also 15 homicides
in 2011 and 11 homi
cides in 2010. There
were 16 homicides in
the city in 2009.
Rountree. a 25-year
who became chief in
June, also pointed out
continues to have far
fewer homicides than
North Carolina cities
like Greensboro, which
had 28 murders last
year, and Durham, which experienced 32 homicides in
Rountree is pushing for funds to implement a gun buy
back program, which would pay residents up to $150 to
turn in weapons. Similar gun buypack programs across the
country exchange weapons for cash with no questions
asked. Rountree unsure if the local program will employ
He did say that after guns are purchased, they would
be checked to see if they have been stolen or used in the
commission of crime. Stolen weapons would be returned
to their rightful owners. The other guns the department
purchases can't be destroyed, per a state law that took
effect last year, but may be stored, donated or sold to
licensed gun dealers.
"That's not a cure all for everything. 1 know that as
well as everyone else in the city. That's just one small
piece of our overall strategy," Rountree said of the propos
al, which was first pitched to members of the City Council
late last year.
j- Tfief chief also has an alternative proposal that would
encourage residents to turn in weapons without being paid
Council members are being asked to approve $10,000
for the buyback program, with the Police Department con
tributing another $10,000. Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian
Burke had the Council's decision on the program tabled
until information about the city's previous gun payback
See Violence on A8
Mayor Pro Tempore Burke
Magnet programs to use upcoming fair to shine
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BY LAYLA GARMS
THE CHRONICLE ___ I
In her three years as principal of Mineral Springs
Middle School, a magnet school with an arts and leadership
theme, Danyelle Parker has worked hard to take the school
and its students and staff to the next level.
Reducing discipline problems, embracing a kid-focused
approach to learning and providing every possible opportu
nity for her 400-plus students to explore, learn and grow
See Magnets on A10
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