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The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly
I.XIV, No. 30
U.S.P.S. No. 067910
Thursday, March 17,1988
32 Pages This Week
iroup starts national Tundraising ettorts for accused
ly ANGELA WRIGHT
Kconicle Managing Editor
A local group of Afro-American
i iromcri raised S1.500 at a rally Saturday
n behalf of a domestic worker facing
organized themselves in defense of
Fuller. The group is chaired by Dr. Dolly
McPherson, associate professor of
English at Wake Forest University.
McPherson said that, in addition to
the 51,500 raised during Saturday's rally.
:^^e^0.:Fuiler is a gift to us: We are allowed
Uk her. to purify ourselves... If she loses, we all lose.
f.our past,our presentandwillbeour future,
■■■■ ■■■ Maya Angetou
fges 01 larceny and I'orgery,
Mrs. Vcrsell McDaniel Fuller, of
35 El Rancho Drive, Rural Hall, was
he subject of the rally sponsored by
llaek Women for Justice, a group of pro-
sional Afro-American women who
received significant donations from cele
brated talk show host Oprah Winfrey,
singer Roberta Flack and author Alex
Haley. She said the group's goal is to
raise about $20,000 for legal fees and
A» prominent local Afro-American
woman lended her support to tlie lally.
Maya Angelou, nationally acclaimed
author, poet and playwright, spoke in
Fuller's behalf and donated SI,000 for
"You have to be picked out to be
picked upon," Angelou told Fuller.
"There is a reason for this that is larger
To the audience she said, "Vcrsell
Fuller is a gift to us. We are allowed
through her to purify ourselves. If she
loses, we all lose. She is our past, our
present and will be our future."
Fuller is accused by tour former
employers of stealing their personal
properly over a period of several months.
The women for whom she worked, who
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The Rev. Leon White (left) was the keynote speaker at rally for Versell Fuller (right),
who is accused of larceny and forgery (photo by Santana).
his is the first in a
Fi—».part series on Hos-
ice home care.
■e Managing Editor
Blrs, Veritas Jones .says she is 72 years old. but
!«>oks 20 years younger. She has high cheek
; bones, flawless skin and, at first glance, seems to be
tiro jicturc of health. But she is a terminally ill
pat&nt suffering from chronic lymphocytic
jper leukemia was first diagnosed in 1983, but
Itve^ndiiion has worsened over the past year. She
says'she also has heart trouble and rheumatism.
Sometimes her legs stiffen and she calls her grand
son to help her bend them.
|Hcr 23-year-old grandson, Keith Sherad, Wkes
care of her during the day. He is what Hospice of
WinSton-Salem/Forsylh County, Inc. calls a "primary
Jones has been receiving Hospice services since
Iasi July. Hospice is a non-profit agency providing
physical, emotional and spiritual support to terminal
ly ill persons and their families in their own homes.
Nblunieers work directly with the patients and/or
J)ianc Bourassa is Jones' patient/ family volun
teer; she visits the family at least once a week.
"I love it," said Bourassa. "When I was going
Love Always Helps
Seated left to right: Grandson Keith Sherad, Mrs. Veritas Jones and Mrs. Diane Bouras
sa, Hospice patient/family volunteer (photo by Angela Wright).
through training, I learned that the mission
of Hospice was to improve the quality of
life for the patients and their families. But, it
greatly improved the quality of my life. It
was the most rewarding experience."
Bourassa said she decided to volunteer
her time to Hospice after being diagnosed as
having cancer and beating it through
chemotherapy. "I came out of it OK and
wanted to do something with my life to
improve the quality of the lives of others,"
Sherad said Bourassa's visits give him
the chance to get out and do things that he
normally docs not have the opportunity to
do. BuL he quickly adds that taking care of
his grandmother is not a burden.
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Hotel staff walks out
By KENNETH RAYMOND
Chronicle SaK Writer
Staff members and housekeep
ers of the Quality Inn Triad Plaza
on N. Cherry Street walked off
their jobs Thursday and expressed
their grievances to the U.S Labor
■ Department last Friday after new
mangagement cut staff personnel
and changed from a weekly to a bi
weekly payroll schedule.
A group of 10 employees met
with Compliance Officer Bill
Woodend to discuss their differ
ences with Tri-Properties, the
hotel's new owner.
"So far Tri-Properties hasn't
done anything illegal," Woodend
said. "It's the owner's prerogative
to pay his employees any way he
wants, as long as it's within federal
law, and the new owners haven't
Tri-Properties, a Richmond-
based organization which handles
various businesses throughout the
South, bought the hotel March 6
and hired the Sky Management
Firm, also based in Richmond, to
run it. The new management met
with the staff the next day and told
them of the changes about to be
Some changes included alter
ing the pay period from a weekly
to a bi-weekly schedule and cutting
back on the number of employees
and work hours. Consequently,
some employees did not receive
pay for working from the week of
March 6 through March II until
Friday, March 18 and others were
Former Executive House
Keeper and group spokeswoman
Linda Martin, who also walked out
and later resigned, said they were
not informed of those changes and
claims they are unfair.
"They did not tell us they were
going to do that,”' Martin said. "All
they said was that a few changes
would be made but they didn't say
what. We did not find out until
three days after the meeting and I
don't think it was fair."
Hotel General Manager Jill
Hillman said they did not know
until Thursday that they would be
making those changes and believes
they are neccessary to operate the
"We met with the staff and
explained that there were going to
be a few changes," Hillman said.
"But we didn't know about the pay
roll ourselves until later.”
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Mutter Evans, owner of WAAA
SBA to foreclose on
local black station
The Small Busine.ss Administration has issued a
notice of public foreclosure sale at the premises of the
Evans Broadcasting Corp., 4950 Indiana Ave. Ext.,
operating as WAAA radio station.
The SBA will sell at "public outcry to the highest
bidder for cash...machinery, equipment, furniture, fix
tures, and one 1976 Ford Station Wagon."
^ Procecd.s from the sale of the above items will be
•elapplied against a loan which was originally for
Mutter Evans, owner of WAAA could not be
reached for comment. Michael A. Grace, attorney for
Evans Broadcasiing Coip., declined comment.
THE NATION'S NEWS
BALTIMORE - Rosa L. Parks, 75, who sparked
the 1955 Alabama bus boycott, was discharged last
Friday from Johns Hopkins Hospital three days after
receiving a pacemaker, a spokesman said.
Black college funds sought
JACKSON, Miss. - Represeniaiives of about 30
black schools met last Thursday with government
and private corporation leaders to learn how to
secure grants and contracts for research projects and
S. Africa talks set in D.C.
WASHINGTON - Asst. Sec. of Slate Chester A.
Crocker will hold his first talks in two years with
South Africa's foreign minister in an effort to
advance a U.S. peace initiative for southern Africa.
Botha; Angola troops will stay
WASHINGTON — South African military forces
will not leave Angola unless Cuban troops also
depart, last week's Washington Times reported in ref
erence to comments by President P.W. Botha.
Southeast ward Alderman Larry Womble leads the discussion at a town meeting held at Emmanuel
Baptist Church (photo by Santana).
Citizens speak out at town meeting
By KENNETH RAYMOND
Chronicle Staff Writer
Police Chief George Sweat
was confronted by several resi
dents expressing ardent dissatisfac
tion with police protection in the
Salem Lake area. The residents
also challenged Curtis Bostian,
director of public works, on the
safety of children walking up
Reynolds Park Road. The issues
were discussed during a town
meeting at Emmanuel Baptist
Church on Shalimar Drive Tuesday
Citizens of the southeast area
surrounding Reynolds Park Road
were given access to city hall offi
cials. Others at the meeting were
Alderman Larry Womble, Fire
Chief Lester Ervin, Housing Direc
tor David Brooks, and Parks and
Recreations Director Nick Jami
son. The meeting was called to
give citizens an opportunity to
bvpass the formal city hall proce
dures for expressing their opinions.
Some residents spoke calmly
with officials, others seemed a bit
angered by the lack of services.
One of the main concerns was
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