? Dismissed members back on Guilford social services board
\A Long-term status to be determined
* By BRIDGET EVARTS
?Community News Reporter
I GUILFORD COUNTY? A court
Iissued restraining order prevented the
'Guilford County Commissioners from
?dismissing two members from the Social
?Services Board ? for the time being.
*? In a 6-5 vote, the Republican majority
*of the commissioners board decided to
I remove Isaac Barnett and fellow commis
-sioner Warren Dorsett from the Social
Services Board at an April 10 meeting.
LaVonne Napper and Commissioner
Mary Rakestraw were appointed to
replace Barnett and Dorsett.
Napper is the wife of Ted Napper, the
Republican candidate for District 8 who
was defeated by incumbent Melvin
"Skip" Alston last fall. Rakestraw, also a
Republican, won Margaret Arbuckle's
District 7 seat.
Barnett and Dorsett filed a restraining
order against the board of commission
ers and were granted a reprieve by Judge
Judson DeRamus one week later. ?
The commissioners must prove just
cause for removing Bamett and Dorsett
from the board, said De Ramus A hear
ing will be scheduled for May or June.
County commissioners appoint two
of the five-member social services board.
Other members are selected as follows:
one appointment by the governor, one by
the state office, and the fifth is selected by
a consensus of the other four members.
If the four cannot come to an agreement.
the chief superior court selects the fifth
"Our two board members have been
lax in their duty," said Commissioner
Steve Arnold, who served as the commis
sioner liaison to the social services board
until July 1995, when commissioners
voted for Dorsett to replace him. Unlike
that of other county entities, such as the ?
health and mental health boards, the; ?
power of the commissioners begins and
ends with appointments to the social
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Quake in Foundation cracks
board; 18 out of 25 affected
By BRIDGET EVARTS
Community News Reporter
Last week, nine members of the
Winston-Salem State University
Foundation Board announced their
resignations, and others indicated that
they would not seek reelection when
terms expire in June.
Out of the shake-up, only seven of
the 25 board members are unaffected.
Ovifi.?to foundation bylaws that limit
service on the board, five members
; ? ?' ?
must sit out for a year after their terms
expire in June.
One of those members, Brenda
Diggs, said that she would not return
to the board. Diggs, the secretary of
the foundation, is the only member of
the executive committee who did not
resign. Chairman Marshall Bass and
vice chairperson Jean Irvin resigned at
the April 25 meeting, treasurer Robert
C. Brandquist resigned about one
month prior to the special meeting.
Among the resigning executive
committee were the most seasoned
foundation board members. Bass first
joined the board in 1978; Brandquist
and Irvin were elected in 1988 and
Other departing senior members
include Dr. Virginia K. Newell, who
has served nine years on the board,
and Neal A. Bedinger Jr., who served
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WSSU Chancellor AMn Schexnidor ha* yat to appoint a now vice chancellor for develop
ment, who will serve a* liaison between the university and the foundation.
Marshall Bass, pkturad with mxm<utive effractor Dorothy Graham Whoolor, has eonsistmntly
supported thm Bast Choko Cantor.
Bass gift boosts Best Choice
By BILL TURNER
Special to the Chronicle
^ At the moment this week when President
Clinton and a star-studded group were kick
ing ofT the Summit for America's Future in
Philadelphia ? led by Colin Powell's call to
"go save our children" ? Marshall B. Bass
donated $30,000 to the Best Choice Center in
The Best Choice Center is a grassroots,
community-based, primary prevention, inter
vention, counseling and referral center. The
United Way agency has been featured on
NBC, spotlighted as a model neighborhood
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Powell says racism still a serious problem
Rmtirmd U.S. Army On. Colin Pawall laugh* during a
light momont with o HOPS for Kid* participant
Saturday, April 26, 1997, at tha Philadalphia Art
Mutmum during an arant far tha Protidontt' Summit
far Amarita't Futurm. (AP Photo/Dan Loh)
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Racism remains a serious
barrier to equal opportunity in America, retired Gen.
Colin Powell said Sunday in urging the continued use
of affirmative action to help minorities.
Powell, co-chairman of the summit on volunteering
that opened Sunday in Philadelphia, also said he's
bothered by the effects that last year's law overhauling
the U.S. welfare system will have on legal immigrants
and others who may lose benefits.
"We may have gone too far both with respect to the
legal immigrants and I think we will have to watch very
very carefully in the months ahead to see whether or
not we have ripped apart too much of the social safety
net," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Powell, a Republican, has had fundamental differ
ences with more conservative GOP lawmakers on the
need for social safety nets and programs to promote
minority participation in jobs, contracts and education.
"We've got to realize that the revolution is not over,"
he said of the drive to end discrimination in America.
"The suggestion that we've reached a point in this
country where your skin color doesn't make any differ
ence ? it's fine if you are Tiger Woods or Colin Powell,
(but) it doesn't mean the same thing to a young black
kid in the inner section of Philadelphia."
He said that "color regrettably still makes a differ
ence in this country. We still need the kind of programs
that break down barriers. ... And that's why affirmative
action is still so very very important."
Asked about comments by Woods, the young golfing
sensation who won the Masters Tournament, that he "
prefers not to be called black because he comes from a
variety of racial backgrounds, Powell said: "In this
country, which I love to
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Elon College sponsors Black Excellence Awards
A Wells takes Scholar-Athlete Award; Ruff in keynote speaker
By Felecia P. McMillan
Special to the Chronicle
L'Tanya Richmond, director of
minority affairs and associate direc
tor of admissions at Eton College
was pleased to invite parents and stu
dents to the fifth Black Awards
Banquet held Sunday, April 20, at the
Moseley Center in Elon College,
North Carolina. Fifty-nine African
American students were recognized
at the banquet for having grade-point
averages of 3.0 and above.
Sophomore Reginald Lamonl Wells
of Walkertown, N.C., received the
Scholar-Athlete Award, having
earned a 3.57 GPA. An outfielder for
the school's baseball team, he has
managed to balance academics with
sports. Benjamin Ruffin, vice presi
dent of corporate affairs at R.J.
Reynolds Tobacco Company, was the
Ruffin spoke on the topic "Are
You Listening?" He commended the
students for their achievement, recog
nizing that at least 59 African
American students at Elon College
are listening to their instructors, to
their parents, grandparents, and
neighbors who continue to support
their achievements. He encouraged
them to listen to history and identify
with the struggles of African
He recalled the legacy of Jackie
Robinson and William Howard, who
gave rise to an athlete like Tiger
Wood. Howard wanted to play golf
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