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IWSSU ChantmMor AMn Schexntdmr hugs
President Mo*y Broad.
University staff 'stunned'
by Schexnider resignation
Broad promises to be a frequent visitor at WSSU
BY CHERIS HODGES AND
T. KEVIN WALKER
Goodbye or good riddance?
It was hard to decipher what
Winston-Salem State University
staffers were thinking behind
their blank stares and expres
sionless faces as their controver
sial leader announced that he
was bowing out.
Talk of Chancellor Alvin
Schexnider's resignation from
WSSU had come before. The
city's rumor mill went into over
drive with resignation murmurs
just three months ago after the
university's annual audit put the
school's finances in an unflatter
Schexnider made it official
last Thursday: first, at an early
morning meeting before mem
bers of the school's board of
trustees and his executive staff",
and then to a group of more
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? Following,is the second of a
I two-part series detailing a trip to
Eastern North (hruliw by stu
dents from Winston-Salem State
University. The trip was part of a
statewide effort to get students at
historically blade colleges and uni
versities involved in helping areas I
decimated by flooding brought by
Hurricane Floyd. The students
spent the day talking with resi
dents of tiny Snow Hill, N. C., and
passing out information about dis
aster relief efforts
BY JEW YOUNG
V THE CHRONICLE
2:15 p.m. - Fourway is the
kind of African American com
munity found in small towns
throughout the state.
The area, which was not listed
on any map given to the students
of areas hit by flooding, lies on
the outskirts of Snow Hill, a no
man's land of mobile hoiros and
small patches of cotton.
Most of the residents are
; related somehow, and it's the kind
of community where everyone
I knows one another and people
I help Put where they can.
At first, evidence of flooding
is hard to find, but lurking behind
the community's immaculate
double-wide trailers are piles of
clothes, insulation and children's
clothing coated in thick red mud.
i At the entrance to the com
munity quaint Antioch Church
of Christ Disciples of Christ
Photo by Jeri Young
Pamela Blow makes a list of children in need of toys as student volunteer Darryl Hamilton looks
on. Blow, a resident of Snow Hill, lost everything in the flooding that followed Hurricane Floyd.
The area's only brick build
ing, the church was destroyed by
Bibles are stacked at the entrance.
The church's stained glass win
dows have been removed.
Near the church stand rows of
weather beaten wooden stairs
washed away from mobile homes
by the receding floodwaters.
Residents were evacuated by
boat and taken by dump truck to
the nearest shelter.
In a spacious double-wide
mobile near the back of the trail
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Man of the century: Geter turns 100
Photo by J?ri Young
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BY JERI YOUNG
THE CHRONICLE '
Harry Geter Sr. slowly made his
way through the hallways of the
Dressed in a sharp forest green
suit and his trademark matching
fedora with a peacock feather, he
took his time, balancing himself
carefully on his cane - his posture
as erect as he could make it.
"Getting tired. Daddy?" asked
one of his sons.
"Yeah," Geter said. "But I'm
going to make it."
It was Geter s big day. Just a day
before, he turned 100. And last Sat
urday, a banquet room at the inn
was filled to overflowing with his
offspring. His 12 surviving chil
dren, 45 grandchildren and a large
portion of his more than 120 great- <
grandchildren gathered to celebrate j
Geter's life and legacy. i
Over steaming plates of fried i
chicken, potatoes and green beans, !
more than 300 paid homage to
Geter during a two-hour dinner
that included stories, hugs, presents
and huge slices of birthday cake.
For Geter, the party was a
dream come true.'
"This feels good to me," Geter
said as he stopped to shake hands
with a group of well-wishers. "I'm
telling you, this feels good to me." ?
A humbled Geter watched as
friends and family walked to a
podium to pay tribute to him.
Most of the tributes were
They kidded him about his
;hild bearing "potency." They
loked about his age and joked
ibout his memory - which every
ane admitted was remarkably
sharp for his age.
They even joked about the
order of his children. The family
was blessed with eight daughters
before his first son. Harry Geter Jr..
was born, marking the beginning of
an almost 10-year run of boys -
five in all.
"Everyone in the neighborhood
was rejoicing." master of cere
monies Hayes McConnell said of
Harry Jr.'s birth. "We figured.
'There, we finally reached the end
of the Geters.' But we should have
known they would figure out a way
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Students pctfotni o song duving the opening of Retree flcmcfitoy School*
School is first new
elementary in the inner city
BYT.KEVIN WALKER 4.
Each morning before their school day begins, students at Petree Ele
mentat> School take an oath. They pledge to honor themselves and their
fafTtffcf Byworlring hand; they vow to be the best that they can be and to
take pride in their school.
Petree staff, faculty and students proudly recited their oath at the end of
a dedication program last week, capping off an evening of song, praise and
Built on the site of a former school and named for a much-respected
principal and coach, David H. Petree Elementary School opened its doors
in August and immediately found that it had a unique niche to fill as a brand
new elementary school in the inner city.
"(Parents) are very pleased to have a school that is local and easily acces
sible," said Dennis Rutledge, the school's principal.
It's immense size and immaculate design makes the school stand out on
Old Greensboro Road. Among the numerous row houses and apartment
complexes on the stretch of road, Petree is the newest-looking thing around.
Many parents and students from the surrounding community came out
for the dedication. They sat in the school's large multipurpose room with
School Board members, system administrators and Petree teachers and stafT
The architects, engineers and contractors who constructed the school
were also on hand for the ceremony.
The crowd was treated to uplifting selections by student choirs and a
constant dose of pledges from Rutledge and administrators, pledges to
make Petree a source of top-notch education, promises to make the school,
a viable part of the community.
"We are very appreciative of having this school in our community,"
Sec Petree .?n AS
Biggs addresses ;
concerns about j
SACSI initiative I j
Assistant U.S. attorney says community has
been involved in program from the beginning
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BY PAUL COLLINS
THE CHRONICLE . "
At a meeting of the Black Leadership Roundtable last Thursday night.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Loretta Biggs addressed concerns and questions
that some of the Roundtable members had expressed about an initiative to
reduce juvenile violence in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
The initiative is called SACSI. which stands for Strategic Approaches to
Community Safety Initiative.
One of the strategies the program uses is to target juveniles who have
been identified as serious offenders or friends of serious offenders and adults
using juveniles to commit serious offenses.
SACSI notifies these people that they're being watched. Program officials
will offer services but SACSI officials will investigate and prosecute offend
ers to the fullest.
At the October meeting of the Roundtable. some members of the group
expressed concern that SACSI might criminalize an element of young peo
ple who are redeemable.
Biggs reassured BLR members that the program would not criminalize
youths nor target black youths
"The SACSI initiative is extremely broad." she said. "It is not a bunch of
law enforcement officers sitting around the table making decisions about our
juveniles ... The (initiative began) about five years ago when we were expe
riencing a peak in juvenile violence throughout this country."
Biggs also told Roundtable members that SACSI would make law
enforcement officials more accessible to communities
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