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Endowment
Funds
ATLANTA. - The Frank T.
Wilson - Elder G. Hawkins
Endowment Fund, to aid in
the theological education of
minority students, has been
established by the Board of
Trustees of Johnson C. Smith.
.^Theological Seminary. Final
•^approval of the endowment
fund was given by the board in
its fall meeting this month.
The fund was named for the
- two men for their “dedicated
service...in the whole church
and especially to theological
education through their deci
sive roles in helping Johnson
C. Smith Theological Semina
ry develop a new dimension by
becoming a constituent school
of the Interdenominational
Theological Center,” the trus
tees said.
Assets now available for the
fund, as well as future gifts,
will be deposited with the
United Presbyterian Founda
tion, with income earned each
year to be used to help meet
the costs of the seminary.
Special emphasis in use of the
endowment money will be
placed upon scholarship aid.
Established in 1867 and mo
ved in 1970 from Charlotte,
N.C. to become a part of the
seven - denomination Center
in Atlanta, Johnson C. Smith
has been the primary training
ground for the denomination's
Black ministers. The need for
more seminary - trained
Black men and women was
- stressed Dy the trustees at
their decision to establish the
endowment fund.
Property
Taxes Due
Immediately
Please add this item to your
Christmas List: Pay your pro
perty taxes before Christmas!
This is the message from
J.A. Stone, City-County Tax
Collector.
The deadline for paying 1977
property taxes without inter
est is Tuesday, January 3,
1978.
Beginning Wednesday, Jan
uary 4, interest equal to two
percent of the tax bill will be
placed on all unpaid taxes,
'•«rl 3-4 per cent interest will
l3» added every month there
after until payment is made
The mailing address for the
Tax Collector’s Office is P.O.
Box 10897, Charlotte, N.C.
28234. Citizens are urged to
mail their payments. Be sure
to enclose your “Tax Payment
Card" when you send your
payment.
Parking-is available in the
County Parking Garage for
those people who find it neces
sary to come to the Tax
Collector’s Office. The park
ing fee is 50 cents, payable in
exact change as you leave the
garage. The access driveway
into the garage is on East
Fourth Street, between South
McDowell Street and South
Alexander Street
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LOVELY SYNOVIA SAMUELS
...Like mellow music
synovia Samuels
Is Beauty Of Week
ny jeri narvey
Post Staff Writer
Synovia Samuels, the
daughter of Rev. and Mrs.
Thomas Samuels, is The Post
Beauty of the Week. A native
of Fustis, Florida, Synovia is a
graduate of Bethune-Cookman
College in Daytona Beach.
When her father accepted
the pulpit of Mount Moriah
Baptist Church in Charlotte
four years ago, Synovia was
already enrolled at Bethune
Cookman and so has spent
mostly holidays here but she
says, “Charlotte is O.K. At
least there’s a lot more to do
than there was in the little
town where we lived in Flori
da. There was absolutely no
social activity there. When
I’m here I mostly bowl and
shop but at least there are
other things to do if I choose
to.”
Synovia majored in pre-law
history in college because cri
minal justice, her first choice,
wasn’t offered. She plans to
work with Probation and Pa
roles and, in fact will return to
Florida shortly to take the
State Boards examination for
a Darole officer
She hopes to work with
youth and young adults. Asked
for her views on why young
people get into trouble in the
first place, she said, ‘It usual
ly begins in the home. Often
they haven't been taught any
values and have trouble sepa
rating right from wrong. Ano
ther reason is trying to get
something for nothing. Things
just don't come that way.
You’ve got to be willing to
work for what you want. Rob
bing and stealing is not the
easy way because eventually
you have to pay a price of
some kind - usually prison."
As the daughter of a minis
ter, Synovia considers her
upbrining "very strict" but
adds, "It was helpful. Parents
should be concerned about
their children Some just don't
care so they let their kids do
anything they want to. I still
have a curfew to keep even
though I'm out of college but I
know it's because my parents
love me and don't want any
thing to happen to me."
CMS Announce**
Holiday** For
Student, Teacher**
Christmas holidays for stu
dents and teachers in Char
lotte-Mecklenburg Schools are
scheduled Monday. December
19 - Friday, December 30
Classes will resume on Janua
ry 2.
The Education Center and
other offices will be closed
December 22 . 23, 26 and 30
Because she doesn t spend
much time here, Synovia says
she doesn't have a lot of
friends in Charlotte but she
stays busy with a class at
Central Piedmont, working
pan-time at The Charlotte
Post, bowling and shopping.
She likes to listen to “mel
low music" and lists Roberta
Flack, Gladys Knight, Diana
Ross and Maze as some of her
favorite artists.
One of four children, Syno
via has an older sister, Genni
ta, who is a graduate of
Morgan State University and
works with the U.S. Agricul
ture Department in Washing
ton; and two brothers, Henry,
a student at Central Pied
mont; and Thomas, who at
tends Myers Park High.
Just because our beauty had
a “strict upbringing" and has
some serious views on life,
don’t think for one minute that
she’s a “stick in the mud."
Nothing could be farther from
the truth.
An articulate, cheerful you
ng lady. Synovia brightens up
any room she enters with her
warm, friendly ways and her
bubbly personality.
We, at The Post, quickly
adopted her as a member of
our "family" and sort of hope
she fails the state boards when
she takes them so she’ll stay
with us a while longer.
Seriously, howevr, we know
she'll pass with flying colors
and we wish her all the luck
and happiness she deserves,
"o matter where she goes.
Lewis C. Coleman Has Gone To Arms
To Abort Area Fund’s Foreseeable Failures
By Jacquie Levister
Post Staff Writer
‘ The Charlotte Area Fund is
a great organization that has a
valid service to render this
community, but the present
director gives one cause for
concern," stated L.C. Cole
man.
Coleman, of the North West
Community Action Associa
tion and a highly vocal critic
of local issues, has gone to
arms in an effort to abort the
foreseeable failure of the
Charlotte Area Fund
“When the organization be
gan. its budget was S5 million,
it has been reduced yearly to
the present low of one-half
million. We have a lot of
people in this area that could
use the goods and services
that money afforded Had the
administrative end of the
Charlotte Area Fund used pru
dent judgement our city eco
nomy would have those added
funds, and. our poor people
would have some much need
ed services," Coleman stated
as he geared up to take on the
battle.
Coleman further stated as
examples of unsound judge
ments made by Sam Korne
gay, Director of Charlotte
Area Fund,” the resignations
of former fund organizers Da
ve Blevin and Bill Chnveny. a
lack of concerted effort to
work with council and other
elected boards and a total
disrespect for senior citizens
and their affairs."
Joining the Coleman s fight
to keep the Area Fund an
active part of our community
is Ms Luciel McNeil, member
of the Board of Directors of
the Area Fund, who was no
minated to the board by the
West Boulevard Coalition Ms
McNeil agrees with state
ments made by Coleman and
further states that the ulti
mate problem with the orga
nization is its Board of Direc
tors
Luciel McNeil stated 'a
poor board makes a poor
agency." She further cited
poor communications between
board members, improper
preparations, and deceptive
manuevers as causatives for
poor board performance
For Thursday night's board
meeting. Ms. McNeil, on
Tuesday, has yet to receive a
copy of the agenda According
to Ms McNeil "it was only
today (Tuesdayi that I receiv
ed the minutes from the last
meeting " "How can you pre
pare for issues called to a vote
when you only receive notices
the day before0 ", Ms McNeil
asked
According to both Ms Me
Neel, and Coleman, services
L C Coleman
Highly vocal critic
like hot lunches programs
need transportation (or the
aged to encouagr more parti
cipation. The poor peoples
store '(ormerlv on oaklawn
Avenue' and the Credit Union
'once in the organizing; arc
needed in this community It
is the Charlotte Area Fund
that should Ik- the provider of
such services and would be il
the program were effectively
run,' they chimed
( oleman shares Ms McNe
el s feeling that in kind money
necessary to maintain the
lund would be forth coming if
enough working programs
were organized and effective
In reference to a statement bv
Mayor Ken Harris Post Oct
20' stating he wondered if the
area fund was a duplication of
services the city can render.
Coleman stated 'you should
beware of people making
those types of statements
"ft could be Chat he is insensi
tive to people and their needs
il he doesn't see the good of
Head Start, a service adminis
tered by Area Fund and not
duplicated in other services.
Racial Discrimination Must
Be Solved In This Decade?
Families To
Get Help With
Utility Bilk
WASHINGTON -- Assistant
Secretary of Agriculture Carol
Tucker Foreman has an
nounced new rules that will
allow food stamp households
to have the purchase price of
their stamps reduced this win
ter if their heating or other
utility bills rise.
The new rules, effective
Jan. 1, require state welfare
agencies to count a house
hold's most recent utility bills
in computing the household's
food stamp purchase price.
The new rules also direct
states to recompute purchase
prices within 10 days when a
household's most recent bills
represent an increase of more
than $25 over the bills used to
certify the household initially.
“We want the food stamp
shelter deduction to reflect
current utility expenses,” As
sistant Secretary Foreman
said. “We don't want people to
have to choose between buy
ing food stamps and paying
the heating bill this winter.
Our new rules should enable
households with significantly
increased utility costs to con
tact their local food stamp
office and receive quick ser
vice.
Last winter, she said, utility
costs rose sharply for many
food stamp households, but
some did not get the corres
ponding increase in their shel
ter deduction which would
have lowered the food stamp
purchase price.
Under food stamp regula
tions now in effect, the amount
a household must pay for its
stamp allotment is based on
net income, after itemized
deductions.
The principal deduction is
for shelter costs -- rent or
mortgage payments, property
taxes, and utilities. If these
costs are more than 30 percent
of a household's income after
all other deductions, the a
mount over 30 percent is coun
ted as a “shelter deduction.’’
Allowable utility costs include
electricity, heating and cook
ing fuel, water and sewage,
trash collection, and basic
telephone service.
Here is how the new rules on
increased utility bills will
See FAMILIES On Page 12
Mrs. Eva Connor of Gastonia, along wittrher a hectic shopping spree at Eastland Mall last
daughter and neices take a breather during week.
neighborhood Groups Air
Proposals To City Council
By Jacquie Levister
Post Staff Writer
At a public hearing held
Tuesday night Dec. 13, mem
bers of the City Council and
Community Development De
partment listened as Neigh
borhood organizations presen
ted their proposals for area
improvements to be conduct
ed by the community develop
ment department.
The highly visible Cherry
community organization that
fears a squeeze on their neigh
borhood by business encroach
ment, announced a new work
ing agreement with communi
ty development department.
Of immediate concern to the
Cherry residents is a partition
before council seeking to re
zone a partial of land to
facilitate business usage. Re
sidents feel through Commu
nity Development the land
could be purchased and main
tained in accordance to the
areas classification as a “re
habilitation. conservation,
and re-conditioning area" as
stated by the Charlotte-Meek
lenburg Planning Commission
in June 1976
The Council has yet to act
upon the rezoning request
made by Dwelle of Dwelle
Realty. The Cherry Communi
ty Organization seized the
moment to inlorm the council
of their shedding of the "real
tor" role (sometimes attribut
ed to the organization because
of its failure to agree on
previous plans presented for
the community) and the shar
ing of a cooperative spirit with
Vernon Sawyer, director, and
the Community Development
Department
In her presentation to city
council. Mary McLaughlin of
Cherry, presented documen
tation stating the establish
ment of the Cherry Communi
ty Organization is a non-profit
neighborhood corporation un
der North Carolina State Law
“By incorporation, we will be
anie to take a more active role
in the development and imple
mentation of the community
development plans." she said
The organization requested
that the council appropriate
approx $10,000 lor the hiring
of a full-time staff person with
sufficient resources to organ
ize a survey of the social and
physical characteristics of the
community through door to
door canvassing The results
of which would be the bases ol
the communities development
thrust
The fate of the community is
still to be decided The Cherry
Community has let it i>e know
n that they plan to have a
voice in their destiny
I oole Named Superintendent
uoraon iv t'ooie nas oeen
appointed Superintendent of
the Motor Transport Division
of the Public Works Depart
ment. He replaces E G.
•'Buck' Davis who retired in
May
For the past five years.
f'ooic nas worked in tin ruhiic
Works Engineering Dmsioh
as Project Control Otlirer In
that position, he was response
hie lor providing the overall
coordination lor Federal pro
grams and projects assigned
to the division
Goal Is
Equality For
M\ People
The problem of racial di*
crimination must and wul h.
solved in this decade, one 01
the live members of the \.i
tionai Labor Relations Hoard
said Tuesdax in Knoxville
Speaking to the South .- lead
ing labor relations expert.'
attending L'T's -is' annua:
seminar on trends in roller
live bargaining Howard Jet.
kins. Jr said "One of the great
problems confronting V-hhtk
ca todax is the extent n w.hu l
blaek people are brought inti
the industrial work foreo
"The programs designed *q '
accomplish this have not boon
to effective." he said it took
the I^ibor Board a quarter of a
cenlurx to discover it had the
power to require fair an i
equitable representation of
black apt! white workers
regard this as nm o' Ihe big
issues which has i r ri -on
ed in this decade .
A native ot Denver. Jerkin
said the goal is equalitx tor
persons of anx race, re'igion
or sex in opportunities tor
emplox ment. adx aneerro i '
u Mil ii/i/xn.mxi. - ii/ii i ri 1 <
The NLKB menitie: sain
Tennessee was making pre
gress that great!', exceeded
the "lagging ettorts nl other
sections ot the nation He
commended ttiose attending
for their enlightened, progre.s
sive labor relations programs
involving the employment ol
minorities and women
He noted Tennessee's pro
gress had not produced riots
disruptions of hearings or ol
her programs us had happen
ed in some of our larger cities
limiting from the Kenter
Commission report which sin
died the urban riols pi HUiK
M.ldi Jenkins said. "We will
have not one America hut
two." unless Ihe racial discri
initiation problem is solved
According to Jenkins ano
iher NLKB problem demand
mg solution is the Hoard *
every increasing caseload He
said the NLKB load has in
t reased 7 percent a year over
the iast l."> years
"We in the National I abor
Kelal ions lioard take our work
senouslv he said We know
and Congress knows we have
certain problems Congress
and the 5-member board are
ii’(iLinil iii'iir i off orl <lo
something about them
He said he could not make
any suggestions to Congress
that had not or were no' lining
considered He noted Con
gress has before it now a
rather comprehensive propo
sal to restructure the hoard
and to change its procedures
The hoard now hears ap
peals from its judges The
next step on the appeals lad
der is the I S Courts of
Appeals
' In fiscal 1977, we had-^a
caseload exceeding 53.«oo
the NLRB member said
Local Mtitledt*
Five Charlotte residents are
among the 35 Winston Salem
State University students ap
proved for listing in the 1977 78
edition of Who's Who Among
Student In American College
And Universities They are.
Hegina Hailey. Asonia it Bat
tie, Alice M Johnson. Ronnie
Kakestraw. Dianne Strong
and Robert Lewis Weeks
    

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