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Volume41,Number25 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, March 5, 2015
Scovens, Pender named Man and Woman of Year
BY DONNA ROGERS
Because of their out
standing community serv
ice, the Rev. Dr. Nathan
Edward Scovens, pastor of
Galilee Missionary Baptist
Church, and Randon
Blackmon Pender, presi
dent and a charter member
of the Winston Salem
Black Chamber of
Commerce, have been
selected to receive top hon
ors at The Chronicle's 30th
Service Awards Gala later
Dr. El wood L.
Robinson, the new chancel
lor of Winston-Salem State
University, will be the
keynote speaker at the
Scovens and Pender
were chosen by a commit
nominations for about sev
eral more categories of
nity who are making a dif
ference," said Chronicle
/ JOTH ANNl lAI
Publisher Ernie Pitt.
Under Scovens' leader
ship. Galilee Missionary
Baptist moved onto a new
28-acre campus. He is a
chaplain for the Winston
Salem Police Department
and a member of the
NAACP Legal Redress
in Schools Board, Board of
Directors for the Bethesda
Center and Board of
Directors for the United
Way. He was also recently
See Awards on A3
UJS. ATTORNERY GENERAL NOMINATION
Tillis, Burr reject N.C. native
as attorney general pick;
Senate panel OKs nominee
Both of North
Carolina's U.S. senators are
opposing the confirmation
of Greensboro native
Loretta Lynch for attorney
general, citing in part pend
ing elections-law litigation
by the Justice Department
against the state.
Lynch, who went to
high school in Durham,
would be the nation's first
black female attorney gen
eral if confirmed.
lis. Sen. Richard Burr
said Thursday, Feb. 26 that
See more local
on page A6
new Sen. ThornTillis voted
Thursday morning against
Lynch in the Senate
Judiciary Committee. The
panel still recommended
her confirmation to the full
Senate in a 12-8 vote, as
three Republicans joined
Democrats in voting for
Lynch, the U.S. attorney
for eastern New York. Her
ultimate approval is still
The North Carolina
Republicans both singled
out what they consider
Lynch's support to continue
the Justice Department's
lawsuit, filed under current
Attorney General Eric ;
Holder, challenging a 2013 1
election overhaul passed t
by the General Assembly i
while Tillis was state
"I believe states have
in obligation to ensure the
airness and accuracy of
heir elections, but unfortu
lately this hyper partisan
See Lynch on A2
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in
Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28,2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee's
hearing on her nomination. Lynch defended President Barack Obama's decision
to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the coun
try illegally but she said they have no right to citizenship under the law. If con
firmed, Lynch would become the nation's first black female attorney general. It
is the first confirmation proceeding since Republicans took control of the
Senate this month.
Rep. Hanes urges Tillis and Burr to resist party pressure
On Tuesday, March 3, Rep.
Edward Hanes Jr. commented on the
decision of North Carolina U.S. Sens.
Thorn Tillis and Richard Burr not to
support the nomination of
Greensboro native Loretta Lynch for
U.S. attorney general.
"Neecltfcss to say I was disappoint
ed that our Congressional representa
tives chose n<y to publicly support
Ms. Lynch. She has demonstrated her
qualifications to be second to none.
She is a North Carolinian who has
achieved at the highest levels and will
continue to represent this State well.
It is sad when our body politic is
stratified to the point that great people
with supreme qualifications become
ensnared and potentially undone. It is
my hope that Senator Tillis and
Senator Burr going forward will resist
party-pressure when it comes to sup
porting the appointment of exception
ally qualified North Carolinians and
people of character/excellence more
open to help
BY CHANEL DAVIS
With temperatures dropping into the single digits and
more than a few inches of our "Southern" snow this win
ter, shelters across the city are trying to keep those they
service warm and out of the elements.
The city's homeless population relied heavily on the
organizations that are in place to assist them, and those
organizations made sure to come through.
Officials with Samaritan Ministries, on E. Northwest
Boulevard, made the decision to allow the men they serv
ice to stay in during the day. The shelter, which is alao a
soup kitchen, houses men at night for a maximum of 90
days. Typically, the shelter would close its doors at 7:30
a.m. and open them back up at 7 p.m.
"I told the guys on Thursday and Friday that they
didn't have to go out," said Willis Miller, assistant director
at the shelter. "We had a lot of guys who physically Could
n't go out there and walk to the day shelter. Once you get
down to single digits, especially with the population that
we are serving, it's not good for them to be out walking."
The nearest day shelter is at the Bethesda Center, on
Patterson Avenue, almost half a mile.
"Especially with a lot of the older men that we have in
here. We definitely did not want themto go out there
because they might not have made it there," he said.
Miller said that the shelter has been full during the last
two weeks, but it's not out of the ordinary for them. On the
days that the shelter remained opened during the day, the
men housed there took full advantage of it. They were
cooperative with the daytime volunteers and helped any
way they could, according to Miller.
"The only time they would go out is to smoke ciga
rettes but they would come back in," he said. "We just left
the television on all day, guys could stay in their beds or
come down and watch television, doing some reading or
Miller said that he's sure that those at the Bethesda
Center appreciated it.
"It kept Bethesda from being overcrowded. You have
to think about the fact that not just our men go up there,
but also other homeless men and women," he said.
Bethesda is the only day shelter in Winston-Salem. It
provides night shelter for men and women.
Shelter Director Carl Potter said that an increase of
numbers is not a shock to them because they are used to
seeing guests from other shelters.
With the Central Library being closed for renovations,
many homeless people are not able to use the facilities in
the daytime. They have, however, found other places to
"We always see a high volume. Now, instead of them
leaving out or going to the library, they stay here," he said.
See Cold on A9
Grad duo use basketball to help students
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Two graduate students
at Winston-Salem State
University are making sure
that local students are win
ning on and off the court.
Brittany Ward, 29, and
Joel Ward, 28, operate the
local Hoops 4 L.Y.F.E.
(Low-income Youth and
Everywhere). The two are
working on their master's
degrees in arts for teaching
middle grades, with a con
centration in Language
The brother and sister
team started the nonprofit
in an attempt to give fami
lies and children an oppor
tunity to reap the benefits
that being involved in
sports can give someone.
"Because we went
through programs similar
to Hoops 4 L.YP.E. grow
ing up, that ultimately
made us who we are
today," Brittany said.
The pair grew up on the
south side of Winston
Salem and frequented
Belview Recreation Center.
Brittany went to Parkland
High School, where she
played basketball, football
See Hoops on A2
Brittany Ward (center) with men froom The local Masonic
Lodge who stood in at the nonprofit's father/daughter dance
for those young girls who didn't have a father present.
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