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Volume43,Number40 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, June 16, 2016
Bond lacks L Winston middle school
November vote expected
also on bonds for parks
and Forsyth Tech
BY TODD LUCK
County commissioners have begun the
process to place bonds for public schools,'
Forsyth Technical Community College
and paries and recreation on the November
Forsyth County commissioners made
the decision on the bonds during a
Thursday, June I
9 briefing, and
June 12, |
approved a res
olution to begin
the process for
was the sole I
"no" vote. She
said that, while she wants a school bond,
she felt the one that her colleagues
too large and
the tax increase
endums let vot
ers approve the
for bond proj
ects and the tax
ed to pay for it.
Out of $595.6
requests, the commissidners narrowed it
down to three separate t onds that will be
on the ballot: a $350 million Winston
Salem/Forsyth County Schools bond, a
$65 million Forsyth Tech bond and a $15
million county parks and recreation bond.
If all three are approved, county prop
erty taxes will increase by 3.6 cents per
each $100 valuation in property in 2018
and another 3.8 cents in 2022.
"I agree with putting them on there and
letting people make the choice," said
Commissioner Walter Marshall.
The school bond deals with aging
buildings and technology along with hav
ing enough classrooms to accommodate
the growing student body. It'll pay for two
See Bonds on A4
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Photo by Timothy Ramsey
The procession of hearses pulls up to Roberts Funeral Home for the "Stop the Violence Rally" on Monday,
June 13. The Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina sponsored the rally.
group leads 'Stop
the Violence' rally
A motorcade of hearses started at
Douthit Funeral home before travel
ing through the streets of local neigh
borhoods. It ended at Roberts
Funeral Home, where a rally was
With the recent gun slaying in the
city of Winstori-Salem, along with
the alarming number of shootings
that took place in Chicago during the
Memorial Day weekend, the annual
"Stop the Violence Rally" held by
the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North
Carolina (FDMANC) seemed to be right pn time.
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The rally was held as part of the FDMANC convention
taking place in Winston-Salem this week. Funeral direc
tors from across the state gathered at Roberts Funeral
Home to bring awareness to the senseless black-on-black
crime that has plagued the community.
Pastor Curtis Friday of The Love Church said he feels
this is just a start, and it's going to take more to make an
impact on the community.
"It's a good start by bringing everyone together and
getting the information out so everyone knows what needs
to be done," Friday said. "We are going to have to take a
step of unity to get out there into the community and have
less talk and more action. I believe we forget what Jesus
did when he was here on earth and that was going out and
loving people. If the church can come together in unity
and make an impact there will be less crime."
See Rally on A2
BY TODD LUCK
A bill letting large counties set up their own eugenics
compensation programs passed the N.C. House of
Representatives, 100-11, on Monday, June 13.
The bill, SB 29, is a response to those who didn't qual
ify for the state's eugenics compensation program
because their sterilization was authorized by a county and
not the state. It lets counties with populations of more
ffrjn people set up their own compensation pro
gram for such victims, which the counties would pay for
There are looming questions involving where more
counties will be added to those eligible, whether local
county commission boards will use their discretion to pay
eligible victims out of their county general funds and how
much, and whether the N.C. Senate and House can agree
on final details so that the bill can be made law. The meas
ure that passed the House Monday differs substantially
from the original Senate bill which passed in March 2015.
The legislation applies to Forsyth, Guilford, Wake and
Mecklenburg counties. It passed the N.C. Senate without
a single "nay" vote, where it was co-sponsored by Senator
Joyce Krawiec, a Republican whose district includes
Forsyth. Despite the overwhelming bipartisan support,
there was still a split among the Forsyth county legislative
delegation on it.
"I support this legislation one hundred percent," said
N.C. Rep. Ed Hanes in a statement. "I had to fight some
people close to home to ensure Forsyth's inclusion, and
that's a disgrace."
N.C. Rep. Debra Conrad was among 11 Republicans
that voted against the "bill, and the only Forsyth County
lawmaker to oppose it.
See Eugenics on A2
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