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Volume43,Number49 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, August 18, 2016
No more Hacking and packing' for 18
BY CASH MICHAELS
FOR THE CHRONICLE '
Once again the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of
Appeals has ruled ' that North Carolina's
Republican-led General Assembly has illegally
employed race to ensure partisan, yet unconsti
tutional outcomes. In the 2011 redistricting, it
was nine state Senate districts and 19 N.C.
House districts of the state's 170 legislative dis
tricts that the three-judge panel ruled were
racially gerrymandered in absence of any com
pelling state interests.
"We appreciate the unconstitutional ruling
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trict maps were
designed t o
silence voters and deprive African-Americans
of their right to fair and equal protection under
the law," Sen. Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) told The
Chronicle. "It is imperative that we work
together in a bipartisan approach to protect the
people's rights to fair representation."
Legally it's called "stacking and packing,"
where Democratic black voters were drawn into
majority-minority districts for the sole purpose
of removing them from swing districts so that
white Republicans could easily defeat white
Those legislative maps have already been
used in two prior elections, and will be used
again for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election
because there isn't time to redraw them, the fed
eral appellate court said. But when the N.C.
General Assembly goes back into session next
January, the court has ordered it to redraw those
voting districts so that the maps comply consti
See Maps on A5
Sen. Paul Lowe
over 100 attend
Expectations of Aquatic Park
uplift spirits in East Winston
BY TEVIN ST1NSON
Just before Winston Lake Family Day was scheduled
to start at Ray Agnew Field on Sunday, Aug. 14, the swel
jj tering sun gave way to an unexpected summer shower that
r$tenched the entire eastern portion of the city.
While the rain soaked much of the area that was set up
for games, live entertainment and other activities for chil
dren and their families, volunteers from the Winston
Salem Department of Recreation and Paries, SciTech and
the Josh Howard
Foundation put on '
their thinking caps
and made arrange
ments for the
event to go on as
As the parking
lot of the football
complex began to
fill with families,
the merriment out
of the rain and
tents. While wait
ing for her son to
pick his prize after
winning one of
offered during the
said she was
impressed by the
effort of the soon
have easily can
celled the event
because of rain,
but seeing what
thev did to move
Photo By Tevin Stinson
A young boy attempts to win a
prize by competing in one of sev
eral games offered during
Winston Lake Family Day on
Sunday, Aug. 14.
everything in such a short period of time showed a lot of
dedication," she said. "For them do that, really shows how
they are trying to make a difference in this community."
14th Street Recreation Center supervisor Louis
Lowery said it felt ? . , . .,
J See Winston Lake on A2
Photo by Tevin Stinson
President of the local NAACP branch and student at 14th Street School Isaac "Ike" Howard (L) greets an
old classmate and teammate during the all-class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 13. Howard, who played profes
sional football for the Dallas Cowboys, said 14th Street School made a major impact on the lives of many
African-Americans in East Winston.
14th Street School,
holds all-class reunion
Atymni of segregated j
school look back during
their first homecoming
BY TEVIN STINSON
THE CHRONICLE I
After years of discussions and '
months of planning and preparing, '
more than 200 former students, teach- '
ers and others with ties to 14th Street
School got together last weekend for !
their first all-class reunion. '
The school that once stood on the
corner of E. 14th Street and Cameron 1
Avenue educated African-American
students in Forsyth County before 1
forced integration in the early 1970s. I
Since earlier this year, alumni have
held monthly and at times, weekly
meetings to prepare for the reunion.
President of the East Winston
Neighborhood Association and 14th
Street alumnus Marva Reid said she
was happy to be able to connect with
people she hasn't seen in years.
According to Reid, since May, alumni
have been meeting at 14th Street
Recreation Center planning the week
;nd of festivities.
She said every week more people
showed up for the meeting, asking
how they could help.
"It began as just a small group of
us, but once word got out about what
we were trying to do, the group began
to grow," continued Reid. "It feels
good to see all the hard work come to
During the reunion held on
Saturday, Aug. 13, at the site where
the school once stood, Lester Davis
was armed with his camera to docu
ment the special moment.
"It feels good to see people you
haven't seen in years," continued
Davis. "Just being here today brings
back a lot of memories."
While catching up with his former
classmates, president of the local
NAACP branch Isaac "Ike" Howard
said 14th Street School was where his
infatuation with the game of football
first began. Howard, who played at
Carver High School, went on to play
at Colorado University. In 1969,
Howard signed a contract to play for
See Reunion on A2
11 City OKs Goler hydroponics facility at Kimberley Park
BY TODD LUCK
THE CHRONICLE ?_
During its Monday, Aug. 15, meeting, the
Winston-Salem City Council approved a new
facility that will deliver fresh produce to the
Kimberley Park community, which is a food
desert, meaning that there's not a grocery store
within one mile.
Goler Community Development
Corporation s hydroponics and aquaponics facili
ty at Kimberley Park was approved.
Hydroponics involves growing produce with
water instead of soil and aquaponics involves
fanning fish, whose waste will provide nutrients
for the plants to grow.
The city is leasing nearly three acres for 25
years to Goler CDC with up to three 25-year
extensions. The city also authorized up to
$962X100 to help with the project. There .are
expected to be five jobs created at the facility.
Helping Our People Eat (HOPE), which pre
pares and delivers meals to food insecure commu
nities, will be subleasing part of the land for a new
facility it will construct there.
During last week's finance committee meet
1 See Park on A4
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