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^^'^n-Salem Chronicle
The Twin City’s Award-Winning Weekly
XIV, No. 47
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Thursday, July 14,1988
32 Pages This Week
Hatcher: Britt threat to minorities statewide
Chronicle Managing Editor
Saying that his mission was "to
stop Joe Freeman Britt" from
becoming a Superior Court judge, J.
Eddie Hatcher arrived in Winston-
Salem last week and began a cru
sade among the city's minority
Hatcher and Timothy B. Jacobs
are accused of holding several peo
ple hostage for 10 hours at gun
point atr/KJ^odeson/on newspaper
office in Lumberton Feb. 1. They
were released from the Craven
County Jail last week after a ruling
by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of
Appeals. The two had been impris
oned without a bond hearing for
five months.
Hatcher has maintained that
the hostage-taking was an act of
desperation brought on by his
belief that his life was in danger.
Both Hatcher and Jacobs, who are
American Indians, have accused
Robeson County law officials of
corruption and drug trafficking.
"I believed I was going to be
killed because I knew too much
about what was going on," said
Hatcher. He said that he wanted to
draw national attention to the
alleged corruption in the county.
He and Jacobs now face the
J The Winston-Salem/Forsyth
liiiiity Board of Education will
Id a public hearing on the qualifi-
lions for the selection of a new
lerintendent on Monday, July 18,
K:30p.m., according to Sue Car-
Vthe school/community relations
I The school board is allowing
|)ie citizens in the community
hovant to make recommenda-
fer/or the selection process to
p before the board an hour
wore their regularly scheduled
Carson said that citizens wish-
speak will be allowed three
inutes for their presentation. She
id that the board is asking that
inments also be submitted in
riling, but that a written statement
not required.
The meeting will be held in the
■hool administration building
ditorium at 1605 Miller Su
The current superintendent,
me Eargle, has resigned, effective
iy 31. The board named as acting
perintendent Nelson Jessup,
iistant superintendent for auxil-
ry services.
The appointment of Jessup
used concern among the Afro-
lerican community. Many com-
nnniiy leaders expressed their
’lief that the board had been unfair
to Dr. Barbara K. Phillips, an Affo-
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ji^oto by Mike Cunningham
McGruff the Crime Dog shares a happy, carefree moment wHh one of the youngsters at
last weekend's Shriner's picnic for area foster children. More than 60 children attended
the picnic held at Washington Park.
Compiled From AP Wire
iaitian activist stabbed
J PORT-AU-prinCE, Haiti - LafontaM Joseph, a
human rights activist, was found beaten and
P bbed K) death Monday in a jeep near dte Port-au-
airpon, police said. Paul LatcHtuc, a fcmmer sena-
■onai candidate who lives in exile in Puerto Rico,
2fned the murder on government leader Ll Gen.
Queens whites attack blacks
yORK - A black corrections officer was
r ped with a steel pipe on a Queens beach by a man
■rip whites, who told the officer and his
Kav" M ^ belong here," authorities said Mon-
Kuirr 1 Bonitto suffered cuts and bruits. Paul
Ig was charged with felony assault, aggravated
t and criminal possession of a deadly
I Pw. Officials said more arrests were expected.
Jackson's brother sues NBC
-- Noah Robinson, a half-brother to Jesse
lion ‘‘Wed by NBC and a local televi-,
reported he ordered a killing.
‘Chicago businessman, filed a lawsuit ask-
V million each frwn the network.
Neal taps Afro-American woman
Chronicle Staff Writer
U. S. Congressman Stephen Neal
recently hired an Afro-American female as
the number-two person on his re-election
campaign staff.
Paula McCoy was named head of field
operations last week, putting
her in charge of coordinating
community groups to sup
port Neal at the precinct and
ward level throughout the
5th Congressional DisiricL
McCoy played a similar
role at the North Carolina
Black Leadership Caucus
held two weeks ago. As
chair of the registration com
mittee and materials, McCoy
had a visible role at the cau- « .
cus, bringing her to the
attention of Neal’s Campaign Manager
Kevin Keefe.
Keefe first spotted McCoy at a minority
business conference, held June 24, to help
minority-owned businesses get government
contracts. "She seemed bright and articu
late," Keefe said.
McCoy’s venture into the political arena
will have to fit into an already crowded and
possibility of life in prison, but
Hatcher says that won't stop him
from speaking out.
Hatcher said there had been
”15 questionable deaths" since the
Feb. 1 hostage incident. He said
that 13 of the 15 people who have
died had auempted to talk with his
lawyers and had evidence against
Robeson County law officials.
But, Hatcher says his main
concern now is to prevent the
Robeson County district attorney,
Joe Freeman Britt, from becoming
the I6th District Superior Court
"I know the evil he can do,”
said Hatcher. "Tens...hundreds of
thousands of people don't realize
that if he wins he's going to be in
their courtroom too. He won't serve
only in Robeson County, he'll serve
all over the state.”
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"Everything he has done at the bank, he has
done well."
- John F. McNair iil
Tidwell named head
of city, county offices
From Chronicle Staff Reports
On Jan. 1, Isaiah Tidwell will
move into the highest position ever
held by an
can at
Bank and
Trust Co.
He will
executive in
charge of the
bank's Win
and Forsyth County offices.
Dalton D. Ruffin, Wachovia’s
Northwest Region and Winston-
Salem office executive, will retire
Dec. 31.
Tidwell joined Wachovia’s
Charlotte office in 1972 and trans
ferred to Winston-Salem in 1975.
He has been senior vice president
and regional loan administration
"He is a super fellow. He has
certainly earned the promotion,"
said John F. McNair Ill, president
of Wachovia Bank and Trust Co.
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County challenged
Minority recruitment not a priority goal
McCoy to head field staff
Chronicle Staff Writer
Forsyth County is not trying
hard enough to recruit, train or pro
mote Afro-Americans for manage
ment positions, the county Board of
Commissioners was told at a meet
ing Monday, and a policy of inter
nal hiring without advertising
vacant positions may be perpetuat
ing the problem.
"It's time to raise the percent
ages (of minorities) in all areas, not
just in job fields, but in promotions,
training programs and manage
ment," former candidate for the
board S. Ann Simmons told the
board. "We, as taxpayers and vot
ers, are very concerned when our
tax dollar is not going towards aid
ing the growth of our people in
county jobs."
Commission Chairman Dr.
James N. Ziglar Jr. said he did not
know much about the county’s
minority recruitment efforts. "I
don’t know...l don’t know how
aggressively we have been pursuing
that now,” he said in an interview.
"It's obvious that some things are
going on, we have over 30 percent
minorities (as county employees)."
Ziglar conceded, however, that
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busy schedule, she said.
A mother of two, entrepreneur with a
growing business, and community activist,
McCoy often finds herself cooking dinner
for the kids while clutching her briefcase.
"My children are still my first priority," she
Despite the stress of jug-
ig so many roles, McCoy
says she has reached a very
satisfying and fulfilling time
in her life and has often sur
prised herself in recent years.
She recently incorporated her
own branch of a career devel
opment and management con
sulting firm. Arrival Inc. of
the Southeast McCoy is also
^ * A vice president of the Minority
Business League and coordi-
naior for the local "Buy Free
dom" movement which pro
motes minority-owned businesses.
McCoy has been involved with Demo
cratic Party politics in the past, following
the footsteps of her father, Birden D.
McCoy, and sister, Alinda Foote Austin.
She has been chairman of the Mineral
Springs Fire Station precinct and the local
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photo by Mike Cunningham
Frank P. Hicks proudly displays ills large harvest of cab
bages, weighing more than 10 pounds each. He has been
growing cabpages tor 10 to 15 years.

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