j 'Limo-gate' still shadows Greensboro nonprofit!
? ; ?y BRIDGET EVAJTTS
I- Tut Ch*omcle Staff Writer
!* Since late last year, contro
versy over a soured lease agree
ment has cast a shadow on a
Greensboro nonprofit housing
Project Homestead, lauded
for providing more opportuni
ties for home ownership than all
of that city's other nonprofits
combined, is also being scruti
nized for its leader's partnership
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in a limousine business.
In April 1996, Project
Homestead's president, the Rev.
Michael King, entered a verbal
agreement with Dale Bledsoe,
owner of the defunct East Coast
Limousines. The nonprofit
would purchase two limos, a
1988 Lincoln Town Car and a
1990 Lincoln Town Car Double
Super Stretch, and Bledsoe
would lease the cars for his busi
The agreement provided 60
percent of the profits generated
from the cars to Project
Homestead. Bledsoe and King
also agreed to allow Project
Homestead the use of the cars,
as long as no profits were gener
Project Homestead, founded
in 1991 by King, is also a desig
nated community development
corporation (CDC). As such,
the organization's charge is to
revitalize blighted neighbor
hoods and stimulate economic
development by forming public
Project Homestead flew
Bledsoe to Michigan in May
1996 to negotiate for the 1990
Lincoln. Project Homestead
took out a $43,500 bank loan to
purchase the vehicle; Bledsoe
brought the car back and the
partners began renting it and
According to King, that's
when the problems began. He
said that his partner failed to
file expense reports in a timely
manner, and did not maintain
the cars properly.
But Bledsoe said that he was
n't aware anything was amiss,
until he saw the 1990 Lincoln
advertised in the Yellow Pages
for a limo company he had
never heard of.
The 1990 stretch limo is one
of the largest vehicles of its type
in North Carolina. It seats 14
passengers, while most limou
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By PATRICK O'NEILL
Special to The Chronicle
After several failed tries at firing the
town police chief, Enfield Mayor E. Kai
Hardaway thought his opportunity had
One of the town's three white commis
sioners was sick, so a vote to fire the chief
would be tied 2-2, giving the mayor, who is
black, the opportunity to cast the tie
breaking vote to fire the woman who had
? accused him of being "a crime figure."
ed. Hardaway was never charged with a
To the surprise of Hardaway and the
two black commissioners, none of the
white commissioners showed up for the
commission meeting. Without a quorum,
the meeting was canceled.
"1 just made a mental note of that tac
tic," Hardaway said.
Today Hardaway, the savvy mayor who
champions himself as an advocate for
dozens of the town's poorest residents.
many of whom lack indoor plumbing in
their shanty-like homes, has used the same
tactic to bring national media attention to
this small Halifax County town located 60
miles northeast of Raleigh along the 301
"This is as close as
you can get to
being back an the
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corridor near the Virginia line.
Hardaway, 51, and black commission-^
ers Bud A.Whitaker and James E. Sledge
have refused to attend a town commission
meeting since June LbtThe tripfwho
appear to have strong suppbrt-ttmong the
town's African-American majority, have
See ENFKLD on A6 '
Facts on Alderman Candidates for Primary Election
By BRIDGET EVARTS
The Chronicle Staff Writer
/ Registered voter population: 3,212
white, 8,273 African-American, 112 other
Majority Democratic ward
No Republicans filed to run in the
Incumbent Democrat Joycelyn V.
Johnson works for Baptist Hospital as a
social worker. She replaced Winston
Salem State University professor Virginia
Newell on the board of aldermen in 1993.
Johnson wants to see the Martin Luther
King Jr. Drive extension finished, which
will serve as a bridge from East Winston
to University Parkway. She is also an
affordable-housing advocate, and serves
on the board's Public Works Committee
and is vice chair of the Community
Her opponent, Thelma Westbrook, is a
nursing student at WSSU. Westbrook
admits that she lacks political experience,
but says she will "listen to the elders" of
the community for guidance. She is con
cerned with the lack of well-paying jobs
in East Winston, and wants to address
issues of red-lining. Fighting crime is also
See ELECTION o*A12
Bolton Park hot topic in South, SW races
By BRIDGET EVARTS
The Chronicle Staff Writer
One of the most controversial
issues debated by candidates vying
for aldermen seats in the South
and Southwest Wards may be
Two weeks ago, the Board of
Aldermen listened to a proposal
by a developer who wished to turn
a portion of Bolton Park, located
in the South Ward and bordered
by the Southwest Ward, into a
strip mall. Since then, residents
have passed out petitions and held
meetings to stop any potential
Some of the youngest residents
protesting the proposal visited a
forum held Sept. 10 by the
Association at Moore Elementary.
A group of children held up signs
supporting the park's preservation
during the forum.
Torie Steinberg, Nicole Trowel,
Nick Trowel, Molly Perini and
Eric Scott Perini are part of a
home school group and visit
Bolton Park every Wednesday as
part of their education. When
their parens told them about the
proposal, the children went to
work to save the park they love.
"We want trees," said Nicole
Trowel. She and her friends had
just finished a clean-up project at
Miller Park that day. Steinberg
said that the home schoolers par-,
ticularly liked Bolton, thought
because of the creek that runs*
through the park.
South Ward contender Vernon "
Robinson called the youngsters
"early vigilant citizens."
"We can see that there's biparti
san support to keep the park,"
said Robinson, who will face fel
low Republican Jere Dailey in the
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Nick AvwW, fbrle Steinberg, Irk Scoff Rerlnl, Nieob
Trowml and Molly Rerlnl lot South and SoufhwMf
Ward candidates know that thay oppose tolling
park land for commercial development.
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