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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, October 20, 2016, Image 1

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THE CHRONICLE Volume43,Numbe7 WINSTQN-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, October 20, 2016 ^ 'v^-^ ... -; - Kfli iNblUb: i m THE CHRONICLE ELECTION TAB City may buy Winston Lake YMCA BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE The Winston Lake YMCA could be transformed into the Mo Lucas Senior Inclusive Recreation Center as part of a partnership between the City of Winston-Salem and the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. The city is considering purchasing the 50,000-square foot Winston Lake Y for $1 and leasing 8300 square feet back to the YMCA to continue its branch services there for $1. The city would use its por tion, which would include the gym and pool, for recre ation services for seniors and special populations. The facility would be renamed after the late Mo Lucas, a for mer employee at the branch who volunteered there for decades and mentored several generations of young peo ple. The YMCA branch started on Depot Street in 1924 to serve African-Americans during segregation. It still con tinues to serve the black community as East Winston's See TMCAo A12 Fik\Pho<o The Winston Lake YMCA could be looking at big changes if the City of Winston-Salem decides to buy it. Phoyo by Tevin Srinson The NC Black Repertory Company's first production of the year "The Sting of White Roses" written by Angelica Cheri delivers the message of keeping the faith during hard times. (In Photo: Thea Seed played by Petri Gaaffney, David Seed played by Brandon Jones, Mina Seed played by Eboni Keita, and Esther Seed played by Jelia Browne) 'The Sting of White Roses' play addresses people touched by cancer indirect Local ministers discuss how they keep their faith BYTEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE During an interview with The Chronicle, shortly after the N.C. Black Repertory Company named him artistic director, Jackie Alexander vowed to widen the audi ence base, and bring productions to the area that entertain as well as edu cate the community on the role faith plays in coping with the diagnoses of an illness. "We decided this year we wanted to do more than just entertain," he said. And that's exactly what the first black professional theater company in the state accomplished with their first production of the season, "The Sting of White Roses," during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. A dollar from each ticket sale and 20 percent of an affiliated art exhibit was donated to the Susan G. Komen Northwest N.C. organization. Written by Angelica Cheri and directed by Alexander, "The Sting of White Roses" tells the story of David Seed, a gospel vocalist on the verge of stardom and expecting his first child with his wife, Mina. Everything seems to be fine in the Seed house hold when they arrive at David's mother house shortly before Mona's due date, but things quickly take a drastic turn for the worse. Shortly after giving birth to a healthy baby boy Mina is diagnosed See Play on A2 Forsyth County ready for early voting BY CASH MICHAELS FOR THE CHRONICLE . Thursday, Oct. 20, is the beginning of North Carolina's One Stop/Early Voting period, leading up to what many see as a decisive Nov. 8 General Election Day in both state and national politics. How is Forsyth County going to vote, and who is going to lead the way to the polls, especially during early voting? Forsyth County, as of Oct. 8, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections, has 250,105 registered total vot ers on the rolls. Of that number, 104,191 are Democrats; 75,949 are Republicans; 1,089 are Libertarians, and 68, 876 are unaffiliated voters. Racially, the county's African-American voters f* AIWIP AI f* N number 69,258, while Hispanic voters are way under ten thousand at 7,291. 3^J ? M ? 7"^^ White voters are almost 100,000 more than black YlHMMBfeBMilHfll voters at 162,621. In terms of gender, female voters outnumber their male counterparts in Forsyth County, with 135300 versus 109390. Given that high-profile women candidates are running for president and the U.S. Senate, it will be note worthy how the female voter advantage at the polls will figure into both races. One North Carolina voting statistic that seems to hold up at least during the last two presidential elections, dur ing 2008 and 2012, is that of black female Democrats. They led all groups regardless of gender or party during early voting - white ^female Democrats and Republicans (black female Republicans too); white male Democrats and Republicans; and black male Democrats and Republicans. For the first seven days of early voting/same - day reg istration in Forsyth County, ballots will be cast only at one location - the county Board of Elections office in the Forsyth County Government Center, 201 North Chestnut St., in downtown Winston-Salem.' In order to same-day register, those applicants must See Voting on A10 g WS/FCS graduation rates reach all time high ? > ? g ^ g filil BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE For the second year in a row, Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools' high school graduation rate has topped 85 percent. According to results submitted by the N.C. Board of Education, the graduation rate for the 2015-2016 school year reached an all time high . ? . Emory to 85.7 percent. The rate for the previous school year was 85.4 percent. The graduation rate for fifth-year students is up as well. Over the past seven years, WS/FCS's graduation rate has increased almost 15 percent. The local school board cred its the rate increase to the community pledge to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent by 2018. The United Way of Forsyth County, the Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and The Forsyth Promise have each sup ported programs to help studeiits graduate. See Rate* on K2 of Winston-Salem, LLC ? . *:** ? ? V

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