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Athlete killed by stray bullet
By CAROL WBATHBRFORD
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When Jacob Walker was 7 years old, his mother
moved him and his sister from the Philadelphia
suburb of Willingboro, N.J., to North Carolina,
hoping to escape the scourge of drugs, gangs and
violent crime. A decade later, Jacob, 17, lay dead in
the parking lot of a High Point convenience store,
the victim of a stray bullet.
After a football game Friday evening, Walker,
cornerback for the Andrews High School team,
went to hang out with other teens at the popular
Five Points area. He was sitting on a car trunk with
buddies when an argument erupted across the
street. About six ihota wm fired, polio* said ? at
taut one in the air and another into the crowd.
Walker and hit teammate Courtney Allan ducked
to dodge the bullets.
That's when he got hit," Allen said. The fatal
shot hit Walker in the forehead above his right eye.
"He rolled over on me and died in my arms," said
Allen, who had been friends with Walker since
Police recovered the handgun at the scene. Two
High Point residents, Matthew Oibson, 20, and
Marcus Harris, 21, have been charged with crimi
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IGOP Mayoral Race Focuses on Economics
A Different styles
By BRIDGET EVARTS
The Chronicle Staff Writer
At first glance, John Joseph "Jack"
CaVanagh Jr. and Alfred Abdo Jr. seem to
hafe little more in common than the end of
their names, and the fact that both are vying
for the Republican nomination for mayor of
*:j-;Dehrlng deeper, one discovers that these
&0 candidates have a surprising number of
similarities, from the trivial (both are natives
of New York) to their platforms (both list
economic development as the No. 1 issue this
Soft-spoken and mellow, Cavanagh's
demeanor belies an extensive history of mov
ing and shaking. He first came to the area to
attend Elon College, and moved to Winston
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A Business development in hot
demand this election year
By BRIDOET EVARTS
The Cheonicle SufT Writer
The catch-phrase of the year,
"Show me the money," may be
tired out, but the people are still
demanding to see the green. This
year's mayoral raca is no differ
What's new is the widespread
demand in the African
American community for devel
opment. Economic development
has replaced crime as the hot
topic of the moment, and the
black and white communities
seem united, at least on the sur
face, in a common interest.
Up until recently, crime was
the leading concern for many
African Americans in Winston
Salem, and well it should have
been. In 1993, Winston had the
greatest increase in violent crime
of North Carolina's major cities.
The 1989 victory of Mayor
Martha Wood, known for her
work as a community activist,
over a business candidate may
have been an indication of that
But with the drop of the
crime rate, attention has turned
to the city's economic outlook.
A number of people, includ
ing Republican candidate Jack
Cavanagh, have publicly nofed
Winston-Salem's lackluster repu
tation. Some have called the city
the laughingstock of the
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Business Opportunity conies to City
By BRIDGET EVARTS
The Chronicle Suff Writer
Attention minority contractors:
opportunity is knocking.
The 20th annual Business
Opportunity Council's Trade Expo
begins today at the Benton
Convention and Civic Center.
Sponsored by the Carolines
Minority Supplier Development
Councils (CMSDC), the Trade
Expo is part of the Business
Opportunity Conference, which,
The conference and trade expo
brings together corporations,
minority contractors and business
es. It is one of the largest network
ing event* facilitating these diverse
relationship* and partnerships.
All work and no play makes Jack
(and Jill) dull, so the conference is
also an opportunity for fun and
education. The conference kicked
off with the 4th annual Superball
Golf Tournament Sept. 9, and the
conference's keynote speaker, actor,
singer/songwriter Clifton Davis,
presided over the awards dinner,
held Wednesday evening at the
Adam's Mark Winston Plaza.
Davis, best known for his role as
the Rev. Reuben Gregory on the
NBC series "Amen," is also a minis
ter in real life. He also received a
Grammy nomination for his song,
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RHC's Magovern bowing out gracefully
By BRIDGET EVARTS
The Chmnkus Staff Writer
Reynolds Health Center administra
tor Dennis Magovern hasn't taken
much time to reflect upon the county's
decision to hand his operation over to
Bowman Gray/Baptist Hospital
"It may sound strange, but I'm really
very much involved with this transition
period," said Magovern, who will step
down as head of the health center when
Baptist Hospital assumes control in the
The transition period has been "sur
pritingly quiet" to far, Magovern said.
Employee meetings have been held since
the medical center first submitted its
proposal, and the staff has been kept up
to date on the negotiations between the
county and Baptist by county manager
At best, patients are pleased with the
decision to hand over Reynolds; most,
however, are indifferent.
"I think ifk a good idea," said one
man waiting in the health center's lobby.
"No concerns here." Another female
patient said, "If everything's pretty
much the same, it should be OK."
Magovern wasn't expecting much
feedback from Reynolds clients. "Our
patients are not outspoken ... as long as
they can have their health needs
addressed, there's no problem." he said.
Nothing much should change at
first. Patients will continue to be seen at
the present facility on Highland Avenue
until the middle of 1998. That's when
Baptist will open its new $5 million
health facility on East 14th Street.
The county will retain the building,
which opened in 1970 as Reynolds
Magovern's history is inextricably
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