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Vol. XXXVIII No. 20 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, January 12, 2012
company has yet to reach
out to those in Rolling Hills
BY LAYLA FARMER
Residents of the Rolling Hills Apartments
community say they are uncertain about their
future, following the Winston-Salem Housing
Authority's recent sale of the property.
The Housing Authority, which had man
aged the 114-unit complex off New"
Walkertown Road since
the city purchased it in
1996, announced late
last month that it had
sold Rolling Hills,
which is subsidized by
Development (HUD), to
PK Management for
$1.9 million. The
company describes itself
as a "nationwide man
agement company that
specializes in Section 8
properties." The sale removes all financial and
management interests for the Housing
. Authority and the city, according to local offi
cials. Rolling Hills residents of the community
received a letter notifying them of the sale on
Dec. 28. The letter stated that a company
called Rolling Hills Investors, LLC, is the new
owner of the apartments. Rolling Hills
Investors is headed by PK Management's
majority owner, Gregory F. Perlman, according
to information provided by HAWS.
"PK Management is a private firm with vast
experience in the management of similar prop
erties," HAWS CEO Larry Woods said in a
Dec. 30 statement denoting the sale.
Rolling Hill residents, who have long com
plained that the physical conditions at Rolling
Hills are subpar, are not convinced that HAWS
and the city were acting in their best interests
when they unloaded the property.
Longtime community activist Ramona
See Sale on AS
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Two to Become One?
Another pair of minority schools slated for possible merger C
BY LAYLA FARMER
THE CHRONICLE _v
Superintendent Don Martin and other
school system officials met last week with
parents, students, teachers, faculty and oth
ers to discuss the possibility of merging
Hill and Philo middle schools.
Hill is a visual arts, performing arts and
technology magnet school; Philo offers a *
i 1 focused on Mandarin
Chinese, global tech
nology and interna
tional business and
world cultures. The
schools' unique offer
ings have not attracted
students. Both schools
have student popula
tions of less than 300.
County Board of
schools as a cost-saving measure, said
Martin, who addressed attendees at Hill,
which is located on Sprague Street. Philo is
located a fairly short distance away on
Haverhill Street, off South Main Street. A
meeting at Philo was slated for Jan. 9.
If approved by the Board, the two
schools will become one, with Hill's stu
dents and staff joining the Philo campus in
the 2012-13 school year.
The Hill facility would be closed for at
least a year, and system officials are still
considering how to best u.'ilize the property!
Martin said. The moVe would save the sys
tem^more than $300,000 in operating costs, .
and while it would require some shifts in
staffing, no one would lose their job as a
result of the merger, Martin said.
"State resources and local resources
have been limited for the past four years,
and we've all been looking for ways we can
be more economical," the superintendent
explained. "We've been looking at
economies we have in both our fiscal and
The Hill-Philo merger would be the sec
ond the school system has undertaken in
recent years. In 2009, the School BoaTd
approved the merging of Latham and Diggs
elementary schools to create Diggs
Latham. The blended school, which opened
in 2010, occupies a renovated facility on
See Hill on A9 '
Education is c
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Phoio by Lay a Farmer
Hill Principal Ingrid Medlock speaks as Philo Principal Mark Hairston listens.
LEADing to a New Path
-*? Photo by Todd Luck
Media personality Manard "Busta" Brown congratulates college stu
dents at a ceremony last week held by the Housing Authority of
Winston-Salem's LEAD program. Read more on page A2.
I Active MLK Day planned in Winston-Salem
BY LAYLA FARMER
^^THE CHRONICLE - __
Winston-Salem' residents will
Bk have their pick of activities to take
B part in this Martin Luther King Day.
r^WLV As usual, groups across the city
> ?pR will honor the fallen civil rights
icon with an array of programs
throughout the day that pay hom
age to King's message of harmony,
social justice and hope. On the
B morning of Jan. 16 at 7 a.m.. The
B Chronjcle will kick off the day
with its 11th annual Dr. Martin
BLuther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at
Bfa the Benton Convention Center.
Br A crowd of hundreds will hear
Br from Rev. Donald Jenkins, pastor of
St. Paul United Methodist Church; Rev.
Nathan Scovens, pastor of Galilee
Missionary Baptist Church; and Rev. Darryl
I Aaron, pastor of First Baptist Church Highland
I Avenue. The men will preach on the topics
I faith, hope and love, respectively.
Mayor Allen Joines, Dr. Barbee Oakes,
^assistant provost for Diversity and Inclusion
at Wake Forest; Mr. Winston-Salem State
Bt University Theophilus Linwood Woodley;
Sharee Fowler, director of the United Way's
Empowering Effective Teachers Initiative; and
Salem College Student Body President Love
Lemon wiWalso speak. Willie Mason and Friends
will provide the entertainment.
"The choir this year is outstanding. They're
Hvnumir thpv'rp full nf thp
spirit, and they will shake
your soul," declared
Chronicle Publisher Ernie
Pitt. "It's going to be a great
time, a celebration of unity
with a diverse audience. We
have a lot to celebrate; we
have a lot to reflect on; and
we have a lot to be thankful
The Ministers Conference
of Winston-Salem* and
Vicinity will host a MLK Day Youth Rally and
Fellowship Breakfast at 8 a.m. The breakfast will
be followed by the annual MLK Day March, which
will extend from Mt. Zion Baptist Church to
Winston-Salem State University's Anderson
Center, where a series of workshops will be held
from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
At noon, the Benton Convention Center will
See MLK on A6
Residents, cops work jointly tor safety
BY LAYLA FARMER
In the last year, Rev. Dr. Chris
McCoy's car has been broken into twice.
The incidents, both of which occurred
while the car was parked at McCoy's home
in the Lasley Ridge community off Carver
School Road, have contributed to a grow
ing sense of unease that McCoy says that
he and his wife now feel in their commu
"A lot of things have transpired there,"
he said. "I'm a sitting duck. Sometimes,
we are very uncomfortable!*'
McCoy, who pastors Everlasting Faith
United Church, says he's seen suspicious
cars lurking near his property, and admits
he has taken his pistol with him when
delivering his garbage can to the curb on
more than one occasion.
See Watches on A9
Photo by Layla Farmer
'Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Charles McCoy speaks as
Sgt. Mark Snow looks on.