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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, February 21, 1985, Image 1

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DTI l*P«T»T» VOUR BEST W\ till ft ► AOV«RTI*IHC media iil*i fill* zsi'Esr “The Voice Of Tlu- Mack Ommaiailx " *“l _ THE CHARLOTTE POST - Thursday, February 21, 1985 Voiume 10, Number 37 Charlotte's ! " Th* * ' . • '■ • .r '' | Achievers | ^ j . See Section B Coca-Cola Celebrates Black History Month See Section C SHAMARLA ELENA JACKSON ...J>e(i(e beauty Bunny,’’ “Webeter,” and "Sesame Street.’’ She also enjoys listening to the music of Prince. A four-year student of Miss Donna’s School of Dance, Shamarla has received one trophy for dancing and three dance appreciation cer tificates. These dance lessons, she predicts, will help her reach her ambition. “When I grow up,” says Shamarla, “I want to be a ballerina and a ‘Solid Gold’ Dancer.” For now, she likes Up dancing best. Shamarla also insisted that she wants U be a flower girl. Her mother’s friend told her she could be the flower girl in her wedding, Shamarla explains. But the wedding hasn’t taken place yet. Shamarla remains hopeful though. Maybe she can pretend she’s a flower girl during one of her favorite activities called, “Let’s Pretend.” She participates in this program at the Children’s Theater. She has Uken drama classes there for two years. Shamarla has also taken one year of piano at the Community School of the Arts. All these creative instructions will probably give her an advantage during the “Little Jr. Miss America” Pageant. The contest involves a personal interview with the judges, a gown competition and an appearance competition. Shamarla, who has three sponsors: The Chimney Bee, Guerra Signs, Inc., Dr. Richard Shanks, and Mr. John Crockett, is all prepared for the show. “I have a baby blue gown with a sash bow, and I have my T-shirt (to be worn with red shorts), and my white shoes," she lists. When Shamarla goes to compete she’ll have to leave behind her Cabbage Patch Doll, whom she’s named Christine Hancock. But when she has time, Shamarla says, “I teach her to write her ABCs and I give her plenty of love like my Mommy gives me." Her mother is Mrs. Patricia Jackson. If Shamarla wins the pageant in Charlotte she will go on to compete in the national program. If she wins there she wilj undoubtedly receive many prizes. But what she wants most in the world, Shamarla admits, ia “A Barbie doll house.” She explains that she has five Barbie dolls who are currently homeless. Shamarla and her mother attend South Try on Presbyterian Church. President Reagan zones and the Job training partner ship act iVo One Excels As Leader Of AU Blacks! Who Are Charlotte’s Black Leaders? _ J y By Jelyne Strong Poet Staff Writer As a Black citizen in Charlotte, alba has a civic coocern effecting yourself or the welfare of your community, who would you go to for choice of a parson to aid you would be difficult. The fact is, there •re many people in this dty who have been designated as “Mack Community Loaders while there is the additional fact that no one esceU ga the leader of all Macks ‘“fore are loaders in educational, medical, political, labor «»* em fiantt Councilman Ron^per and Rev. George Battle as the top Black Leaders” that coma to mind SarHh sfeJS,1 S$S I%idf2 the late Dr C.W Williams as James Polk • -Warts effectively significant leaders in their respec tive fields Marsh picked James K. Folk, of the Black Political Caucus. Rev George Battle, for his work with the School Board and Mel Watts, recent ly elected to the State Senate Marsh ako included Bob Davis and Bob Walton Though these parsons are per ceived as ‘Black Leaders'' of the Gbarlotte community both Coleman and Marsh feel that a ko-called list Rev. Oeerge Battle Plays major rale has the tendency to exclude thoee whom Marsh calls, “the people who work in the trenches ’ “There are many people who work hard on the behalf of their people yet their work Is Ml acclaimed," Marsh explains These people, be suggests, me as l«M "Black Lenders" than the more recognisable persons already men tioned. Coleman agrees, "One person cannot say they are the leader of the nee Black Leaders aa Pegs IK City Inspection Is No Guarantee Home Will Be Problem Free By Audrey C. Lodato Post Staff Writer You’re in the market for a home, and you’ve finally found one that you like and can afford. The standard contract you’ve signed has an in spection clause. You've been into the attic and down in the crawl space, and you’d just as soon not put out any money that you don’t abso lutely have to. How important is it, really, to get a professional inspec tion of the major systems in the house, such as heating, plumbing, and electrical? And besides, doesn’t the City inspect a house before it’s sold? Although a certificate showing that a house has met the minimum housing codes must be obtained — before the-«&a]£ of any house in Charlote, Stanley Fisher, inspection supervisor with the City Rousing Inspections Department, empha sises that a City inspector is only looking for code violations. “We check only for minimum housing code standards," he advises. “This does not require extensive research on such systems as heating or plumbing.” While the inspection will reveal such problems as a leaking roof, cracked windows, ex cessive air cracks around doors, leaking pipes, and dripping faucets, and will check for the presence of proper piers under the house and adequate ventilation, it does not cover whether or not the furnace will work, or potential plumbing pro blems, or the condition of the roof if there isn’t obvious leakage Urges Fisher, “A buyer should have a more extensive research done on major items.” Julius Cousar. of J.C. Cousar Realty and Insurance Co.,agrees.“A • • ' J.C. Cousar ...Local realtor _First In Series buyer should have the right to have an inspection written into the con tract,” he notes, adding that the contract should specify that it is the seller’s responsibility to repair or replace any items found defective. “This is a safety rule. Most of the people I sell homes to, I advise to. do it, ’ he confirms. According to Cousar, the cost of an independent inspection of major systems ranges from about $65 to about $110. Muriel Helms, president of the Charlotte Board of Realtors, also recommends pre-sale inspections. According to Helms, the agent who is working with the buyer usually arranges for the inspections The buyer pays the inspection fee and the seller usually pays for repairs. Inspection fees vary, depending on whether one firm inspects all the systems or if a separate firm in spects each system. Total inspec tions, she says, range from about $90 to $125 Syd Chipman, a registered Profes sional Engineer, formed Home In spection Consultants of Western North Carolina in 1979. Chipman recommends an inspection even before signing the contract “Unfor tunately,” he comments, “most cli ents sign purchase contracts before' they call me. Some have lost their earnest money, loan fee, and incur red unnecessary attorney’s fees when they were not willing to accept the house with the deficiencies I found.” According to Chipman, many pur chase contracts tally provide that all equipment and utilities are working at the time of ctoeing the sale, and many inspection companies check only this minimum requirement. The engineer notes that builC£ codes address health and safety issues and a minimum standard of quality. “I think the usual inspec tion which is limited just to seeing that the equipment and appliances are working is too little and too late,” he remarks , adding, “I -haven’t found much correlation be tween the appearance or price of houses and their inherent quality." Chipman’s company offers a two part inspection program, the cost of which is tied to the price range of the home under consideration. Fees vary from $125 to $250 and above for houses in the $200,000 range The initial inspection is performed, with the buyer present, before an offer to buy is made. The second inspection is near the closing date Next week: The Post will take a look at the availability of housing in Charlotte at all income levels. Black Voter Registration Turnout Improved ‘"Dramatically In 1984” Two-thirds of voting-age Blacks said they registered and 56 percent reported casting ballots in last November’s presidential election, according to a survey by the Commerce Department’s Census Bureau. The Black voter registration rate of 66 percent matched previous highs recorded in 1968 and 1972, and the actual turnout was the highest since 1968, when 58 percent reported voting. A total of 12 2 million Blacks reported being registered and 10 3 million said they voted in 1984 compared with 9.8 million and 8 3 million in 1980 The 1984 registration rate was 6 percentage points higher than in 1980 and 8 over 1976; the turnout was 5 points higher than in 1960 and 7 over 1976. Young Blacks under 25 made the most dramatic gains, increasing 12 percentage points over i960 in registration and 10 in turnout, both highs since the voting age was lowered to 18 years. In 1960, the under 25 Black registration was 41.1 percent and turnout 30.1 In the South, Black voter registration rose 6 percentage points over 1960 to 66 percent and in the North and West combined, it went up from 61 to 67 percent Black voter turnout in the South rose from 48 to S3 percent For the rest of the country it grew from 53 to |9 percent The White registration in 1964 eras 70 percent, or 1 point higher than in both 1960 and 1976. The Wbtte voter turnout of 61 percent showed no change from I860. Hispanic turnout was M piety is, 1964, net statistically different *006 1666. But the 1964 rate rises to 46 percent when ineligible non-cMeaqjf are excluded. V »' This survey was conducted two weeks after the November 6 election T r ... Wallace Wallac^^™1

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