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History-making Carmon sworiin. ,
Winston-Salem added two
entries to its history book
Monday with a single appoint
Angela I. Carmon became
the city's first female and first
African American city attorney
after she was sworn-in during
the City Council meeting.
"1 am looking forward to
serving the city in my new
role," said Carmon, \vho has
served as an assistant city
" attorneys since 19$8. "Ever
since I went to law school, I
have been drawn to public
service as a means of improv
ing the health, safety and wel
fare of the less-fortunate."
Carmon replaces longtime
City Attorney Ron Seeber, who
retired at the end of last year.
Mayor Allen Joines and the
City Council chose Carmon
from a handful of other, well
qualified legal professionals
from across the state.
"I've had the pleasure of
working with Angela \^ien I
was a deputy city mana^f and
as an elected official," said
Joines. "I have always been
impressed by her work ethic
and her calm demeanor in deal
ing with tough issues."
As city attorney, Carmon
will serve as the chief legal
counsel to the City Council, the
Angela Carmon
mayor and the city staff. She
will also oversee the city legal
staff in negotiating and review
ing contracts, drafting ordi
nances and legislation, repre
senting the city in state and
federal courts, and advising the
city on federal and state regula
tions, bond financing and other
issues as requested.
Carmon is a Phi Beta
Kappa graduate of Howard
University. She earned her law
degree from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After being admitted to the
state Bar in 1987, Carmon
worked for the Winston-Salem
regional office of the National
Labor Relations Board for 10
months before joining the City
Attorney's Office in August
As assistant city attorney,
Carmon, 45, provided legal
advice for the city's
Departments of . Housing and
Neighborhood Development,
Human ? Relations,
Neighborhood Services and
Human Resources. She also
provided legal advice to the
Human Relations Commission,
the Citizen Police Review
Board and the Wjnston-Salem
Police Officers' Retirement
Away from work, she is a
member of the Women's
See Carmon on All
Finn will help
some vets win
their benefits
Free service program will take place '
on Jan. 16
Womble Carlyle Sandridge
& Rice law firm, in conjunc
tion with the Young Lawyers
Division (YLD) of the North
Carolina Bar Association, is
hosting When Duty
Calls, a large-scale,
pro bono initiative
designed to help
disabled veterans
negotiate the
process of procur
_ ing the benefits^
they are entitled Wr*
. The day-long event
will be housed at
the Womole
Carlyle office in
winsioii-oaicm jan
. 16. It is one of several clinics
hosted by the firm - which
boasts of locations in 1 1 cities
and six states - since it was
launched in spring of 2007, but
is first to be held in the Triad
area. "
Veterans must complete a
series of forms in order to
receive aid from the govern
ment, aind although the paper
work can be completed inde
/ pendently, many vets are dis
couraged by the complicity of
it, says Tim McClain of the
Washington, D.C. office.
McClain joined the firm last
year, after a five year stint as
general counsel for the U.S.
Department of Veteran Affairs
(VA). .
"The obstacles, number
one, are a very complicated
system and a bureau
cratic system that, to
a veteran who has no
familiarity with it,
I'm sure appears very
daunting," he stated.
"If you look at the
application - form
itself, it's quite
lengthy, and I know
that many veterans
initially get frustrat
ed and decide that
it s not wortn really
going after the ' benefits to
which they are entitled."
Since the first clinic was
held in Raleigh, less than a
;year ago, When Duty Calls has
taken on a life 6f Its own,
according to Tripp Greason, an
attorney in the Winston-Salem
office who helped spearhead
the project.
"It's really caught fire,"
Greason said of the project. "I
think by and large, there's a
See Vets on A6
Daddy's Boy
Photo Ito-Lwla Farmer
Seven-year-old Corey Byrd is the splitting image of his father, famed local mutycian
Keith Bryd. The two were dressed to the nines at the recent Kwanzaa Ball held at
WhiteSpace Gallery. The event drew a healthy crowd and featured the elder Bryd and
singer Tichina Vaughn. To read more about the ball , see page B7.
Photo by Layla Farmer
Instruments line the wall of
Reynolds ' music facility.
New programs, others will ,
be touted at weekend fair
r The Winston-Salem/
Forsyth County School system
will showcase three new mag
n e t "
p r o -
grams at
its annU
a 1
S c h o o 1
School ( __ Morrison
H a n e s ;
Middle School and Reynolds
High School are all imple
menting new magnet programs
at the start of the 2008-2009
school year. Representatives
from each of the three new
programs will join parents and
educators from the 12 existing
magnet school programs at the
fair, which is slated for Jan. 12
at the Marriott Hotel down
town. Several groups from the
existing magnet school pro
grams witl perform at the
event. ^
The fair is held in the midst
of - the enrollment period,
which extends through the
month of January. It is a haven
for parents and students to
learn about the various educa
tional opportunities available
to them through the magnet
See Magnets on A4
P ost Christmas holiday event draws crowd
Three Kings Day is
celebrated in Latin nations
throughout the world
People came out in droves Saturday
for the Children's Museum of Winston
Salem's second annual Three Kings Day
Three Kings Dafc.(Dia de los Tres
Reyes Magos), also known as the
Epiphany, is # Christian holiday com
monly celebrated in Latin American
countries and parts of Europe. It falls 12
days after Christmas on Jan. 6, observing
the day when Kings Malchoir, Caspar
and Balthazar gave gifts to the Christ
child. Different countries have different
See Kings on A12
Photo hy Todd
J o i g e
Cherry ,
from left,
and Ray
garde a.
In Grateful Memory of Our
Florrie S. Russell and
Carl H. Russell, Sr.
"Growing and Still Dedicated to Serve You Better "
?JRusscIl fflmKEral 33ome
Wishes to Thank Everyone For Their Support
822 Carl Russell Ave.
(at Martin Luther King E>r.)
Winston-Salem , NC 27101
(336) 722-3459
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