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Volume 40, Number 44 WINSTON-S A LEM, N.C. THURSDAY, July 10,2014
Franco Campaign Photo
Valene Franco rides in Kernersville's recent 4th of
July parade behind a supporter holding her sign. ,
District Court hopeful looks
forward to head-to-head challenge
BY TODD LUCK
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Parades, neighborhood gatherings, 5Ks.
Valene Franco is using every avenue available to
introduce herself to county voters and talk to them
about her run for the newly-created District Court
Franco, managing attorney for the Family Law
Department at Legal Aid
oi North Carolina's
has been everywhere as
of late Last week, she
spoke to young girls at ^
Performing Arts' Dance
Camp and waved from a
convertible to parade
goers at Kernersville's
Independence Day cele
bration. as her supporters
passed out bags of pop
corn and candy.
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lot of hands ... meeting a
lot of people," said Nigel
Alston, a motivational speaker and columnist who
serves on Franco's campaign committee. "Particularly
since the May 6th primary, she's been very, very
active and engaged in the community."
Franco came in a distant second in that primary to
Ted Kazakos, an assistant district attorney in the
Forsyth County DA's office. Kazakos received 47 per
cent of the vote in the five-person, non-partisan race.
Franco garnered 24 percent, setting up the general
election contest between the two. Franco said the two
person race will allow her to accentuate her qualifica
Franco has worked at Legal Aid. providing legal
assistance to those who can't afford it, since 2002.
Previously, she worked at Kilpatrick Stockton; she
says her 15 years in the profession are more than her
opponent has. She is also a former president of the
Forsyth County Bar Association and the Winston
Salem Bar Association, a group made up of legal pro
fessionals of color. Franco's numerous community
involvements include serving on the board of the teen
arts outreach program Authoring Action.
A survey of North Carolina Bar Association mem
bers released during the primary campaign, shows that
Franco is the hands-down choice among her col
leagues. She garnered the most votes in all of the sur
vey's categories, including "Legal Ability,"
See Franco on A8
An Independence Day They'll Never Forget
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Photo b> Todd Luck
Boy Scouts from Troop 730 lead the Pledge of Allegiance at Old Salem Museums and Gardens' national
ization ceremony on Independence Day. Nearly 50 area residents officially became United States citizens
during the event, which was witnessed by a crowd of hundreds. Read more on page Bl.
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Mary King stands in her shop, Keona's Boutique.
Still Going Strong
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BY CHANEL DAVIS
Mary King's Keona's Boutique is one of downtown's most enduring businesses.
She fills her 235 W. 5th St. shop with fancy hats, smart dresses and ensembles that
she hand picks. She believes clothing should make women feel like queens.
"I want my customers to look right and be happy," King said. "1 want them to look
good. They are representing me, and 1 want them to come back again."
The boutique, named after King's daughter Keon, caters to professional women
who want to find that special outfit, whether it is for an important occasion or a
church service. She has run the shop for 31 years. It has been at its current downtown
location for 27 of those years.
Unlike many other black-owned businesses, Keona's Boutique has survived | < ^
See King on A2 Wellman Roebuck
Ralliers call for change at NAACP 'March'
Photo* by Chanel
BY CHANEL DAVIS I
Chants of "Forward together, not one step back"
rang through downtown Winston-Salem Monday 1
evening as the N.C, NAACP brought its Moral |
March to the Polls initiative to town.
Hundreds assembled at Corpening Plaza to show |
their opposition to new GOP-enacted laws that I
many believe curtail the voting rights of some North [
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