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West gets the best of Parkland -See Page BIO Wiley students adopted by Quarter -See Page HI The Chronic le Volume41,Number4 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, October 2, 2014 Clock winding down to register BY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE Hints Patterson The voter registration machine is in full-throttle now that the Oct. 10 deadline is in plain sight. "We have trained a lot of other groups on voting registration. We are making that last minute push," said Linda Sutton of Democracy Winston-Salem: The Voting Rights Coalition. "We have been working in surrounding counties also helping vari ous groups get their registration together." Republican lawmakers did away with cnmp.Hau rpoiclru. 0HIIIV VJM T IV^IJtlU tion (although the NC NAACP is still challenging that in court), so those who are not registered by the deadline will not be able to vote in the crucial midterms. NAACP branch es across the state have been encour aged to hold or join registration efforts, according to S. Wayne Patterson, the president of the Winston-Salem branch. Patterson said his branch has held eight registration drives this year, three of those were just in the past few weeks. we are trying to push the efforts through churches and community events," he said. "The local elections are very important for the school board, judges and the U.S. Senate race between Kay Hagan and Thorn Tillis. These are races that everyone should be focused on." While residents can go to the Forsyth County Board of Elections web site (http://www.co.forsyth.nc.us/elections/) to register or drop by the office in the Forsyth County Government Center (201 N. Chestnut St.), advocates are making it even easier to register. Temporary workers have been hired - at $ 12 an hour - by grassroots organizing firms to scour the city looking See Register on A9 Controversial 'wall' removed Critics say bar tried to shield itself from neighbor's black patrons BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE ? Daoheang Photos by Todd Luck The Tate's 'wall' as it looked last week. Part ofWingz and Spirtz's patio - with the black benches - can also be seen. A wooden, retractable wall at Tate's Craft Cocktails that shielded its front patio from that of - *!/? . . neignooring wingz and Spirtz Sports Bar has been removed after months of specula tion about it. Tate's said the wall - a more than six-foot tall picket fence-like struc ture - was erected as a noise barrier. wingz ana spinz owner Souphab "Soup" Daoheang and many of his customers maintain it went up to shield Tate's largely white, profes sional customer base from the over whelmingly black clientele who frequent the sports bar. Last week, when the wall was still up. Daoheang said he felt his sports bar, one of several watering holes along Fourth Street, has not been embraced by other downtown businesses, especially Tate's, because of a misconception that the bar is dangerous and rowdy. He said the race of his customers is fueling those stereotypes. The erection of the wall earlier this year was a manifestation of that bias and mis perception, he said. "I find it offensive for both me and my costumers." Daoheang said of the wall. "Their actions speak much louder than words." See Wall on A*> vs ssi Photo h> Garrett?- mm Dr. Elwood Robinson (right) poses with his wife, Denise, and son, Devin, last week at WSSU. Where is My Office? Sedwick Incoming chancellor ready to get started at WSSU BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICU During his first public remarks on the campus that he will soon lead, Winston Salem State Chancellor-in-waiting Dr. Elwood Robinson quoted one of the greats - Lebron James. "I'm coming home," Robinson said, echo ing the NBA star's declaration after he announced his return to his hometown team: the Cleveland Cavaliers. A superstar in his own right - at least in educational circles - Robinson will leave his post as provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs at Cambridge (Mass.) College to return to North Carolina, where he was born, raised and spent the bulk of his career. On Jan. 1, the 58 year-old will succeed Dr. Donald Reaves, who is retiring after eight years as WSSU's chancellor. The UNC Board of Governors met at See Robinson on A8 Greener Grass Teachers find respect, more money in Lone Star State Ellis BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE North Carolina is losing teachers as they look for better pay and working conditions in other states. North Carolina, before this school year's raise, was ranked 46th in the nation in teacher pay by the National Education Association. Moving to states as close as South Carolina can net teach ers a $10,000 or more salary increase. The new pay scale this year will range from $33,000 to $50,000 for teach ers with bachelor's degrees, but many say See Teachers on A 7 ASSURED STORAGE of Winston-Salem, LLC _ r i" ? - < s 5 | | ? t . d ^ _r- ? ~ (J ^ i Z liJil r & Submitted Photo Bobbie Lynch, a former local edu cator, has a new career in Texas.