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Volume43,Number33 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ^THURSDAY, April 21, 2016
10 digit-dialing: You ready?
BY TEVIN STINSON
THE CHRONICLE '
This Saturday, dialing only seven digits
to call friends or relatives in the Piedmont
Triad will become a thing of the past. As of
April 23, all local calls made within the
336 area code must be placed by using the
10-digit telephone number.
The same dialing procedure will apply
to new telephone numbers that will be
assigned a new 743 area code as well.
According to the N.C. Utilities
Commission, the new area code will be
introduced to ensure that enough telephone
numbers are available for residents in the
Cities affected by the change include
Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville,
High Point, Burlington, North Wilkesboro,
Roxboro, and Asheboro.
While the change is expected to go into
effect this weekend, a number of people in
the area said they didn't know anything
about the change when asked if they were
prepared. Amanda Jones of Winston
Salem said she was unaware of the change
until she received an automated message
from her cell phone provider earlier this
"I had no idea that the change was tak
ing place this weekend," said Jones. "I'm
sure there are a lot of people in the corn
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Source: ATAT "V Chrooicle graphic by Roo Rogers
Photo by Tevin Stinson
Flemming El-Amin, with the microphone, a member of the Forsyth County Board of Elections, discusses
the state of education in North Carolina as other panelists listen during the first Transforming Education
Community Roundtable held on the campus of Winston-Salem State University Friday, April 15. Other pan
elists are (L-R) Kimya Dennis, Salem College;Ruth Hopkins, Carter G. Woodson School; Imam Khalid
Griggs, Wake Forest University; Donna Rogers, The Chronicle; and Kenneth Simington, Winston
Salem/Forsyth County Schools. T. Sharee Fowler, Forsyth Promise is not visible.
WSSU, community frankly
talk about education reform
University sparks impor
tant conversations during
BY TEV1N STINSON
Community members from all
walks of life gathered on the campus
of Winston-Salem State University
(WSSU) to discuss ways to enhance
public education in the area last
The first Transforming Education
Community Roundtable brought
together a variety of community rep
resentatives and stakeholders from
the city and surrounding areas to
engage in a series of roundtable dis
cussions on a number of topics
including the state of education in
North Carolina, creating cultures of
curiosity for minority students, and
the links between thriving schools
and thriving societies.
During the opening roundtable
discussion, Forsyth County Board of
Elections member Flemming El
Amin said he will not be satisfied
with the public school system until
people of color are exceeding expec
tations, not just meeting them. El
Amin mentioned it is up to teachers
and members of the community to
ensure that students understand the
importance of education.
"In the 21st century, meeting
expectations is not enough," he said.
"We as a community have to make
sure that our students understand how
important education is."
El-Amin told those in attendance
that when he was a student, he had
teachers like Flonnie Anderson who
would accept nothing but the best
from her students.
Director of Carter G. Woodson
School Ruth Hopkins said those who
instruct in the public school system
need to address the "unconscious
internalization of the external social
and cultural reality of inferiority that
is continually practiced in these
United States of America.
"Until that is addressed, they will
be unable to instruct those who are in
need of instruction," said Hopkins.
See WSSli on A2
of March vote
?BY TODD LUCK
Democracy North Carolina leaders and volunteers
met with Forsyth Board of Elections Director Tim Tsujii
on Tuesday, April" 19, to discuss issues with the March 15
The topic of the meeting was the more than 130 pro
visional ballots that were rejected because of a lack of sig
nature. Democracy NC Director Bob Hall said that there
was an unusually high percentage of provisional ballots
rejected in Forsyth. _______
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of provisionals were count
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sional ballots counted. The
program that was used to ViBNMhkMHiMi
print out the provisional
application slips failed to always print out the signature
line and, though poll
workers were trained to "As it happens
get a signature anyway, |n PorSVth CountV
many failed to do so.
Haii said that Forsyth African- American
was the only county and Latino VOterS
that had this problem ? f f
according to the State dre PCrCCIll OI
Board of Elections. the registered
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African-American and Were 61 percent of
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were 61 percent of the the lack Ot
voters who were tossed sifillSltureS."
out for the lack of sig
natures; that's very
concerning to us," said ,
Democracy NC Director
NC organizer Linda Sutton called the list of discounted
provisional voters a "travesty." The voting rights organi
zation is hoping Forsyth County does its canvas for the
primary again and count the discounted ballots. Tsujii
said that it's possible the State Board of Elections, which
is currently doing its own due diligence on the primary,
may order the county to redo the canvas.
Regardless, Tsujii said that actions will be taken to
prevent the problems from happening in the June 7 pri
mary. He said that the program used to print out the pro
visional applications will not be used again and the BOE
will use a rrfenual process that he said will be easier and
more efficient for poll workers. He said there will also be
additional training for poll workers.
See Election on A2
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