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'The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly"
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VOL. XVIII, NO. 35
speak out on
? National spokesman for the
Nation of Islam will be at Benton
Convention Center Tuesday night
By SAMANTHA McKENZIE
Chrontda Stall Writer
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, spokesperson for
the Nation of Islam, is scheduled to speak at the M.C. Benton
Convention Center Tuesday evening to address the attack on
black leaders nationwide. The event
will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open
at 5 pjn.
It is being sponsored by the Win
ston-Salem Four committee and The
Nation of Islam and is free to the
Publicity spokesman for the
Winston-Salem Four committee,
Rasheed Bey, said the event is
expected to attract more than 3,000
"He's coming to speak out and
address the community on the attack of our black leaders. His
9*ech will follow on the heels of (former Congressman Walter)
Faun troy who spoke at the NAACP banquet on the same issue,"
?aid Bey. The government has conspired to attack black leader*
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Calling all vendors!
? Aldermen vote eliminates bidding
loop-hole that worked against
By SAMANTHA McKENZlE
Chronide Staff Writer
Minority contractors told the Winston-Salem Board of
Aldermen that the city's subcontracting bidding process has
actually worked against them by allowing general contractors to
conduct "bid shopping" and other unethical practices.
In a 5-3 vote Monday night the board voted to shorten the
time allotted for general contractors to submit their list of
minority subcontractors, from five days to the "same-day," in
hopes of eliminating alleged discrimination activities.
Minority subcontractors complained that general contrac
tors were submitting a list of minority subcontracting bids to
obtain the project and then using the five-day period to obtain
lower bids. - ' ? ? . ? ? . ?
"What happens is that the general contractor will submit a
list of minority subcontractors and say that he is going to use
them, but then within those five days hell go talk to some of his
buddies who come up with a lower price. We are eliminated
altogether. We're cut out of the whole process,'' said James
Moore, president of Metropolitan Drywall & Ceiling Sysieips,
Moore Mid the general contractor can make a claim that
made to secure minority subcontrac
tors, but a tower bid id a non-minonty was accepted.
Gail Withers, president of Withers Construction Company,
, ppooiw also allowed general contractors
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By SAMANTHA McKENZlE
Chronicle Staff Writer
Despite the fad that Forsyth Coun
try Club has no black membership, the
Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of
Commerce is planning to hold its Corpo
rate Recognition Award black-tie dinner
and reception there next Thursday.
Ironically, the banquet is being held
to recognize Wachovia Corporation for
its "dedication to the communities where
the company is located, in particular,
Winston-Salem ... in support of eco
nomic development in the Winston -
Salem area." Wachovia Corporation will
receive Corporate Recognition Award
from the chamber.
Attending the event will be Alder
man Virginia Newell who said: "I feel
like when 1 attend these things I'm let
ting my people down but at the same
time I would like to go to show my sup
port and appreciation to Wachovia."
"But I do really feel that they
(Chambei) need to stop holding these
kinds of ffevents at places like this/
Fred Nordenholz, president of the
Chamber of Commerce, said the cham
ber originally elected to hold the event at
the Winston-Salem Stouffer Plaza Hotel,
but was unable to secure it
"We have key people coming to this
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Bridge tournament turnout exceeds expectations
? Two thousand players from across the country
fill up the tables at the Bention Convention Center
By YVETTEN. FREEMAN
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Coordinators of the 29th Annual
Spring Nationals Tournament of the
American Bridge Association (ABA)V
which is currently underway in Winston
Salem, say their expectations of the
event's success have been exceeded.
At least 2,000 people from around
the country have come to the Twin City
this week to gain master points, win
prizes and just have some plain old fun
in the tournament, being held at the M.C.
Benton Convention Center.
"It's going very smoothly thus far,
possibly greater than expectations," Ruth
Washington, president of the Triad
Bridge Unit, said Monday, the second
Will Richardson, chairman of the
National Tournament Authority (NTA),
agreed and stated that the turnout for the
event is "slightly higher" than what was
anticipated. "The tournament has been
very successful. Our table count is up.
People are turning out real good/ he
The Tournament began Sunday,
April 19 and will continue through this
Saturday, April 25. The players are sept*
rated by experience ? newer players in
one room and the more experienced
players in another. So far, everyone
involved is enjoying the hospitality of
the city's residents and the members of
the Triad Bridge Unit, which is hosting
the event locally.
This is the third year that Ethel Cur,
a retired school teacher from Dayton,
Ohio, has attended the ABA's tourna
ment, and she said Monday that it was
"the comradeship" that she enjoyed the
mn^t about the event. " 1 get along well
with the partners," she said.
New Player Director Dorothy Cum
berbatch of New York alio thought the
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