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Volume39,Number 14 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, November 29, 2012
Rep. Larry Womble appears at a local Juneteenth celebration ear
lier this year to accept a community service award.
Womble focusing on recovery now
that he will not face criminal charges
BY LAYLA GARMS
THE CHRONICLE ?
State Rep. Larry Womble has been absolved of all
responsibility in the Dec. 2, 2011
car collision that changed his life
forever, ending a months-long
ordeal for the longtime community
Womble was charged last
spring with misdemeanor death by
motor vehicle for the accident on
Reynolds Park Road that claimed
the life of the other motorist, David
Allen Carmichael, and left Womble
critically wounded. Carmichael,
who died at the scene, was later
found to have a blood alcohol content well above the
See Wombie on A3
Community Says Goodbye
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WSSU Photo by Oancs Ovm
Winston-Salem State *
Brenda Allen and
Reaves flank a smiling
Dr. Cedric Rodney
during Rodney's lively
last month. News of
in the community. The
pastor and all-around
good guy was laid to
rest on Monday. Read
more on page A2.
Thanksgiving has special
meaning at soup kitchen
Ptow by L?yU Otrrrm
Jonathan Reid prepares turkeys.
BY LAYLA OARMS
The Thanksgiving season has been difficult
for Winston-Salem resident Antonio Steele.
Early last week, Steele, a native of New
Haven, Conn., said it would
be the hrst t hanksgiving he
would have to spend without
his mother, who passed
away earlier this year.
"Thanksgiving's going to
be real sad for me," related
Steele, who has been "in and
out of homeless shelters," as
he puts it, for the past sever
Still, the 48-year-old
said there are things he's thankful for: his life and
the hot meal he knows he can expect to find at the
Samaritan Soup Kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
Volunteers pitched in the days leading up to
the holiday, to ensure that diners at the Soup
See Samaritan on A10
Shawan Gabriel came to the Winston
Lake Family Yin 2007.
BY LAYLA GARMS
After five years at the helm of Winston
Lake Family YMCA, Executive Director
Shawan Gabriel is preparing to embark on
a new career opportunity.
Effective Dec. 17, Gabriel, a native of
Charlotte, will become the CEO of the local
Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc.
Gabriel, 35, succeeds Amy Mack, who is
relocating to Seattle, Wash. Gabriel started
career as a case man
ager for Big Brothers
Big Sisters in High
Point in 2001, and
said he has always
held the work of the
agency - the nation's
largest donor and
mentoring network -
in high esteem.
"Growing up, 1
knew the impact of
having a caring adult in your lite other than
your parents. It means the world to young
people," declared Gabriel, the father of two
girls. "We need caring adults in the lives of
children and Big Brothers Big Sisters, for
100 years, has done that. I want to return to
serving the community in that way."
Gabriel credits his uncle with giving
him the additional guidance he needed as a
"He gave me a sense of a future, a sense
of belonging," Gabriel declared.".. .He was
able to educate me in a way that my parents
could not, and that my teachers could not."
Curtis Hazelbaker, CEO of the YMCA
Northwest North Carolina, hired Gabriel in
2007 and says he supports Gabriel's deci
sion to leave the organization.
"He's done a good job for us, and it's a
good move for him," said Hazelbaker, who
has spent nearly 30 years with the YMCA.
*.. .1 think he's ready for it. It's a role he has
the potential to do very well in."
Gabriel, a Guilford College alumnus,
says he believes Winston Lake has made
some important strides during his tenure.
"Part of the reason that I came to the Y
was to enhance programs and improve its
financial standing, and over the last five
years, we've done that," he remarked. "I
feel good about, pro grammatically and
financially how I'm leaving. It's better than
when I came, so I feel good about that"
Making the move to Big Brothers Big
See Gabriel on AM
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NBA star again treats seniors to holiday meal
BY TODD LUCK
THE CHRONICLE I
The Josh Howard Foundation continued its annual tradition last I
week of treating senior citizens to a free holiday meal.
Tickets were given to about 200 local seniors, entitling them to |
a free turkey meal at the K&W Cafeteria on Healy Drive on the day I
The Foundation is the charitable organization of NBA Player I
Josh Howard, a Winston-Salem native who was a standout player at I
Wake Forest University before going on to play for NBA teams like I
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