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VoI.XXXVHINo.34 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, April 19, 2012
Old School vs.
Parmon cites her decades of experience,
while Taylor says he will bring fresh
ideas to the N.C. Senate
BY LAYLA FARMER
City Council member James Taylor has had plenty to say
about his opponents in the Democratic Primary race for
North Carolina Senate District 32 in recent weeks.
Taylor has made several allegations against State Rep.
Earline Parmon, a member of the General Assembly since
2003 and one of two Democrats challenging him for the seat.
Two weeks ago, Taylor, who
represents the city s southeast
Ward, posted a comment on his
Facebook page accusing Parmon of
stealing his campaign signs.
Taylor said he was given the infor
mation by a witness who allegedly
caught Parmon in the act. He later
apologized and removed the post,
but says he still believes Parmon
"All I'm doing is acting in
response to some of the things that
have been done and said," remarked
the city native. "I will no longer do
that going forward. I am just going
to run my campaign."
Parmon, a former County
Commissioner who is giving up
her 72nd House seat to run for the
state Senate, vehemently denies
"As a candidate who has served
the public for 22 years, I would not i
go around stealing signs," she i
declared. " I have more to do." <
Parmon, who worked alongside 1
State Rep. Larry Womble on the i
bill to award compensation to vie- ]
tims of the state s eugenics pro
gram and served as a primary sponsor on bills to instate early |
voting and Silver Alerts for missing elderly residents, said |
she is running on her record. <
"I'm the only experienced candidate in this race," said ]
Parmon, who also joined Womble to push through the Racial <
Justice Act. "1 have a record to run on - I am a proven |
Taylor, who joined the City Council in December 2009,
said Parmon and others in the General Assembly are "asleep (
at the wheel." He believes constituents across North Carolina
are ready for a different kind of leadership.
"There are new leaders who are mobilizing all over the
state of North Carolina who are tired of politics as usual," he |
declared. "If we are going to move the state forward, we need ,
new vision and fresh leadership."
Parmon, who chaired the House Education Committee
from 2003-2010, says she has been an effective legislator.
See 32nd on A6
A Few Good (Sports) Men
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* Photo by Kevin Walker
The Winston-SalemlForsyth County Sports Hall of Fame's newest inductees are (from left)
Maurice Atwood, L. Douglas Wall, Colon Nifong, Daren Lee Hart, Jeff Bradley, Christopher
McCoy, Jeff Jones, Herman McKinnie Jr., Marty Stanley, Art Blevins, Durwood Pack and Howard
West. Read more about the Class of 2012 on page A10.
links Battle the Bulge
Volunteer service group designs event to combat childhood obesity
BY TODD LUCK
The newest members of
the Winston-Salem Chapter
of The Links, Inc. got stu
dents and parents at Petree
Elementary School thinking,
moving and eating healthy
New Links inductees Dr.
Pam Dockery-Howard, Pat
Hickman and Lisa Caldwell
organized "Blast Off to a
Healthy Lifestyle" at the
school to help combat child
hood obesity. The Links has
signed on to Mayor Allen
Prevention Program, which
is bringing together several
local organizations to push
health, wellness and fitness ,
to kids between the ages of
seven and 10.
Well over 100 students
and parents crammed into the
Petree library for the open
Photo by Todd Luck
Dr. Pam Dockery-Howard serves salad to students as other members of the
Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links, Inc. stand nearby.
ing information session on
healthy living before mov
ing on to an exercise ses
sion. The attendees enjoyed a
healthy dinner at the end of
Caldwell, Hickman and
required to complete a com
munity service project as
See Links on A6
Legal eagles judge Cook
Elementary speech contest
Photo by Layla Fanner 1
Judges (from left) Dr. Cynthia Rothschild of <
Kilpatrick Townsend, Ivey Brown, Winston-Salem i
State's assistant attorney and WFU Law Dean Blake
Morant listen to a contestant.
BY LAYLA FARMER
Nine year-old Nadia Wisley isn't wasting
any time in honing her public speaking
The Cook Elementary School fourth
grader showed her oratory prowess last week
t>y winning an essay contest sponsored by
the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton law
firm and Wake Forest School of Law.
"It was a great experience," she said of
the contest. "Now, when 1 grow up and 1 go
3ut and I have to speak to a group or a
erowd, I won't be as nervous, and I'll
remember this experience when I do it."
Nadia, who says she wants to be "a per
son who saves lives, an artist or a comedian"
when she grows up, prevailed over five of
tier schoolmates. Nadia and the others were
selected as finalists by Kilpatrick Stockton
representatives and Cook staffers and given
See Cook on A2
Cancer slayer hosting other
women who have overcome
BY LAYLA FARMER
As an ovarian cancer survivor, Linda McRae knows firsthand how unpre
chctable life can be. But instead ot tearing .
what's around the next bend, McRae, who A
has been in remission - or "healed" as she ?
prefers to put it - for nearly two years, says ^
she appreciates every moment.
"If I can take anything away from i
my experience, it's just that we need A
to celebrate each day like it's our A
very last," said McRae, a
who pastors Little
Church in Reidsville along- "
side her husband, Ronald.
"...I celebrate my own life and my I
own wellness and I want to encourage "
others to do that too, because life is
Rev. Linda McRat
in nopes 01 snanng ner victory over
cancer and encouraging others who face seemingly insurmountable challenges
See McRae on A9
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