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Volunteers fix up house in Happy Hill
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
They don't make houses like
Floy Howie's any more.
"You can't hardly get a bed
room suit in some of these new
houses nowadays," Howie said
near the porch of her house on
The house's solid wood con
struction, brick foundation and
spacious rooms are no match
for the vinyl-sided modulars
that line many a subdivision
these days. Located in the his
toric Happy Hill community,
the house has been Howie's safe
haven for the past 40 years.
But the house has seen wear
and tear, over the decades. The
wooden planks on the front and
back porches have become
creaky and rough. Dime- and
quarter-size holes can be seen in
the house's foundation. And in
some areas, the house's once
pristine white paint has become
dull or dingy.
Saturday, an army of more
than 10 men and women arrived
at Howie's house armed with
shovels, paint brushes and ham
mers. Their mission - to restore
the house to its former glory.
The project was part of the
city's first annual Raise the Roof
Day Celebration, a nationwide
project sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Housing and
Urban Development and the
U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The Housing Partnership of
Winston Salem/ Forsyth Coun
.ty Inc., Local Initiatives Sup
port Corp. and the city of Win
ston-Salem spearheaded the
improvements to Howie s house.
"We will work until we,
eventually, have taken care of all
the repairs," said Richie Brooks,
director of the city's Housing
and Neighborhoods Depart
ment. "We are not just con
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Survivors build float on faith
BY JERI YOUNG
The Rev. Cornita Hunt and
Gloria Carter have a message to
share with other black women -
early detection for breast cancer
is a life saver.
This weekend, they'll use
Winston-Salem State Universi
ty's homecoming to take that
message to the street - literally.
The duo - both of whom sur
vived life-threatening bouts with
breast .cancer - are part Of a
group of breast cancer survivors
putting together a float for
WSSU's homecoming parade.
But, Carter promises the
float will be upbeat.
"We're happy and we want
other people to be happy." she
said. "We wanted to do a float
with mannequins showing differ
ent things that happen during
breast cancer. But we thought
this would be better."
The float will be shaped like a
giant pink birthday cake, com
plete with multiple layers of
"frosted" cardboard. Each layer
will include a message that
encourages women to have a
mammogram and do monthly
The happy theme is no acci
dent, the two say.
"This is a celebration," said
Hunt, an associate pastor at
Goler Memorial AME Zion
Church. "We're celebrating the
fact that we survived. We want
to show people that they can sur
vive this thing, too."
Although the two have
known each other since child
hood, the struggle to deal with
cancer has forged a special bond
They poke fun at their match
ing haircuts - close-cropped
Afros that are a stark reminder
"We have the same barber,"
Hunt said with a chuckle.
They complete each other's
sentences as they talk about the
rounds of chemotherapy and
radiation they endure and the
rigid drug regimens that keep
Diagnosed in 1997, Carter is
the elder statesman. Since her
diagnosis, she's spent the past
two years talking with other
women about the importance of
getting mammograms - some
thing she didn't do.
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Beatty sworn in as
state's first black SBI chief
BY ANGELA BURRUS
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RALEIGH - Former Deputy Attorney General for Planning and
Policy Bryan Beatty made history this week when he became the first
African American director of the State Bureau of Investigation.
"1 had no ambition to be the first black to do it because 1 defi
nitely wasn't the first black that was capable of doing the job," he
said. "That is more of a tribute to the attorney general (Mike Easley)
and his courage and vision. 1 just wanted to do the best job I could
Easley appointed Beatty director earlier this month. Beatty is the
second African American Easley has appointed to a high-powered
position within a six-month period.
"One of the great pleasures of being an attorney general is to be
able to watch people grow and mature, and I have seen that in Bryan
Beatty more than anybody else," Easley said.
Easley said he sought advice from a host of law enforcement offi
cials, judges as well as officials from the private sector to replace for
mer director Jim Corman. Beatty's "unusual experience" in law
enforcement, the law and as inspector general made him a shoo-in for
the position, feasley said. ^ * ?
"Bryan's first job was with the bureau, and the roles he has
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WSSU gears up
FROM STAFF REPORTS : - *
The granddaughter of the founder of Winston-Salem State Uni
versity highlights a flurry of activities for the university's homecoming
celebration this weekend. %?>
Joy Gleason Carew, the granddaughter of Simon G. Atkins the
school's founder, will be the keynote speaker for Founder's Day Con
vocation Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Carew is the director for the Center for the Study of Critical Lan
guages and Cultures at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
The event, which will begin at 8:45 a.m. with
the rounders Day Wreath-Placing Ceremony, will
take place in front of Williams Auditorium.
Carew's address will follow at 9:45 a.m. During
the convocation ceremony, the alumni achievers
will be honored. There will be one recipient from
each of the four academic divisions.
Alumni registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the
Alumni House. At noon a reception will be held
for the convocation platform guests and the alum
ni achievers from noon until 1 p.m. in the Diggs
uaiiery. . .
The event is free and open to the public.
? loday, the school will honor seniors during Senior Class Day.
Seniors will distribute homecoming spirit buttons to all students,
alumni, staff and friends. A Ram spirit banner contest involving all
residence halls and student organizations will be held throughout the
day. The banners will be judged beginning at 6 p.m. Also that day, ven
dors in the area will set up shop for three days in front of the old Alum
ni Building along "Vendor's Row" starting at 8 a.m.
At 7 p.m., the university will present the play "The Symphony of
Life" in Dillard Auditorium of the Albert H. Anderson Conference
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