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Volume40,Number39 ^ja|^STON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, May 29, 2014
Local Special Olympian
raising money to compete
at National Games
BY TODD LUCK
An effort is afoot to raise money to help
Ghree Lockard compete in the Special
Olympics National Games.
She is slated to compete in bocce - a
sort of bowling-styling billiards where
players roll small balls in an effort to get it
close to an even smaller ball called "the
jack" - during the games, which will be
played from June 9-20 in Princeton, N.J.
"I love doing Special Olympics because
you gei 10
L o c k a r d ,
two golds in
bocce and a
Out of the
only 45 gold
through a random drawing - to go to the
national games, which are held every four
years. An athlete from Forsyth County has
n't been to nationals since 2006, the
games' inaugural year.
"She has a great disposition, a great
personality, very easy going," said Forsyth
County Special Olympics Coordinator Lisa
Kiser. "She is competitive, but in a fun
All Special Olympians have intellectual
disabilities, but some, like Lockard, also
have physical ones. Lockard has cerebral
palsy and ambulates with the aid of
crutches or a walker. Despite her disability,
she can swim with the best of them and has
enough upper body dexterity to excel in
both bocce and bowling.
She enjoys competing but gets an even
bigger thrill out of traveling and meeting
"I don't think they do it for competi
tion, I think they just do it because it's
fun," she said of Special Olympics athletes.
"It's fun for everybody, because it's fun to
meet new people and go places like that."
Her trip to Jersey will be her first time
out of the state and getting there will give
her her first-ever experience on an air
plane. The trip does have a financial obli
See Lockard on A7
PtxHo by Todd Lurk
Ghree Lockard wears her
Special Olympics medals.
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Phoios by Kevin Walker
Solid Rock Baptist Church's Rev. Waymon Monroe Jr. asks God to stem the city's murder rate.
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Congregants pray for an end
to streak of local homicides
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
Perturbed by the recent rash of homi
cides, the pastor and flock of an East
Winston church prayed in front City Hall
last week for better - and safer - tomor
The building had a already closed for
the day when the four dozen or so mem
bers of Solid Rock Baptist converged
around 7 p.m. on May 21. The gusty
evening meant that many of the miniature
white candles they held as they stood in
an oval formation were extinguished
before Pastor Waymon Monroe Jr.
stepped forward to pray, beseeching God
to heal and protect the city.
"We know that you can change hearts;
you can change minds," Monroe pro
The pastor said he was summoned by
See Vigil on A2
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Crystal Thompson (center) attends with one of her daughters.
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Job fair exclusively for young people draws big crowd
Photot by Ibdd Luck
D e o n n a
BY TODD LUCK
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina's Fourth
Annual Youth Job Fair was well-attended.
Held Thursday, May 22 at Goodwill headquarters on University
Parkway, the job fair drew a steady stream of 16-through 21-year
olds. More than 150 of them filed through during the first hour,
more than the total number who attended last year's event, accord
ing to Goodwill Youth Programs Manager Lakisha Jordan.
Several employers were on hand to accept applications. They
See Jobs on A 8
of Winston-Salem, LLC