YOUR BEST ADVERTISING MEDIA IN THE LUCRATIVE BLACK MARKET CALL 376-049* THE CHARLOTTE POST "Chariotte'e Fastest Growing Community Weekly BLACK NEWSPAPERS EFFECTIVELY REACH BY FAR, MORE BLACK CONSUMERS Price 30 cents LOVELY PÀM DAVIS ...South Mecklenburg junior Pam Davis Is ' Beauty Of Week by Sherleen McKoy Post Staff Writer This week's beauty is Pam Davis, a junior at South Meck lenburg High School. Patn's ambition after grad uation is to attend fashion school in Atlanta to become a dfrnaflgel. . fgtteve clashes," she»said, "mil 1 decided that becoming a model would suit me." Another deciding factor she mentioned is that people often compliment her on her appearance. In the event that things change their course, Pam's alternate career preference is to work with children. "I love children," she said emphatically, "Oh, I do!" In her spare time, she usually babysits. Pam likes to play tennis, swim, roller skate, go to school discos after games and attend parties given by her friends. She also has another unusual interest.. ily father owns his own upnolstery business," she said, "and sometimes I like to go there and sew." Responding to the question of whether or not she likes school, Pam exclaimed, "Oh yes. school is one of my main things." Her favorite subjects are math, English and a child development class, respect ively. Pam said that her mother, a math teacher at Sterling Elementary School, aided in the development of her interest in ma' Being the your of three girls, 16-year-old Pam (her « birthday is next month) said, ™ "I seem to get more attention and concern. My family likes ' for me to be involved in things, but they like for my school work to come first." Pam recalls that the happ iest time in her life was when she was "old enough to date." ' Last summer was another momentous occasion when she. worked at Carowinds. "It was my very first Job," she said. "I loved meeting people and there was a lot to meet down at Carowinds." Pa m considers herself to be very friendly and to get along with practically everyone she meets. She said that she likes to talk with her friends and help them with their pro blems. Two weeks ago, Pam and her family test «-dur, close friend in the form of a dog named Apollo. "We had him for a long time," Pam said. "The family really misses him." Given one wish to be grant ed if only it could, Pam said, unselfishly, "I wish the whole world would straighten out so that everyone could get along and that there would be no more disruptions in the world." Pam is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Davis. Long Holiday Period Awaits CMS Students All Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed at the end of the school day on Thursday, December 21, for the Christmas holidays which will extend through New Year's Day. The Education Center and other offices will be closed December 22, 25, 26, and January 1. The School System, consist ing of approximately 107 schools with an estimated 79,000 students in attendance, will reopen and resume nor mal scheduling on January 2. WttMNK A Men who brags without J SHAME will find «reat diffi culty in living op to hit BRAG G1NG State Gets $384,726 Grant Governor Hunt and David Caldwell, Director of the At lanta Region, U.S. Civil Serv ice Commission, jointly announced Monday the approval of a want award in the amcnt of $384,726 to the State o. North Carolina. This award, which is match ed with 50 percent of State and local funds, will support pro jects designed to improve per sonnel and administrative management in State agenc ies and in local governments At the State level, projects include: the expansion of an executive development pro gram for key state officials, a career development training program, and a skills inven tory system for applicant referral. Projects for local governments include: person nel assistance for cities and counties in the area of classi fication and other personnel advisory services, a manage ment audit, and an extensive training program for state and local employees throughout North Carolina. uiner provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act include: the admission of State and local government employees to Federal training courses; graduate fellowships for employees in administra tive, professional and techni cal occupations; technical assistance in a wide range of personnel services; and the mobility program which allows for the temporary Interchange at employees be tween the Federal govern ment and State, local jurisdic tions and institutions of higher education. Six Federal employees are currently on assignments in North Carolina and twenty-five employees of the State are on assignments with the Federal eovenunent. Business Workshop Increasing your small busi ness, cash flow and protecting your business against crime will be the topics of a free workshop held .Saturday, Dec. 16. PHOTOGRAHPER JAMES MCCULLOUGH captured the idle buses of the City Transit System waiting gingerly for the settlement of the strike that is entering its fourth week Meanwnue, aowntown businesses and the poor people who ride the buses are facing a bleak Christmas. With Health Problems UNC-CH Program Trains Church Members To Help Congregation Dy Beverly H. Mills Special To The Post CHAPEnHTLL-Thé depart ment of health education at the University of North Caro lina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health will develop a community health education program with a $10,260 com munity service and continuing education grant from the Uni versity of North Carolina under Title I of the Higher Education Act. The program, which has been set up in Chatham Coun ty, may be used as a demon stration model for other areas of the state. Three members from eight churches in a six-mile radius of Siler City are participating in the program, said Dr. John W. Hatch, UNC-CH associate professor of health education and program director. These representatives are learning Rood health practices in order to deal with problems such as hypertension and diabetes. "We ïëàTize that advice Is important in the process of seeking help, and health be haviors are influenced by peo ple who are perceived as knowledgeable," Hatch said. "We selected people from churches because churches are usually the center for community cohesiveness " Several things demonstrate that the small, rural church is the focal point of a commu nity, Hatch said. Communities are often named for churches, and vice versa Also, mem bers of these churches usually belong to a small number of extended families. "We asked these churches to select from the congregat ion persons who give advice or who are leaders to participate in a series of sessions on high risk health problems " When the sessions have been completed. Hatch said each of the communities will have three persons who ere know ledgeable about community resources to help control health problems and what individual families and com munities can do to manage them. The participants are also learning how to run movie projectors and lead small group sessions so they will be able to conduct their own workshops to help educate the rest of the community. They are being given infor mation about nutrition and proper diets that often accom pany a particular health con dition, Hatch said. The impor tance of social support that members of the tamily, church and community can give a person who is having to adjust to new habits is also stressed Working on the program with Hatch are Chatham County resident Margaret Brown, community co-ordina tor, and UNC-CH graduate students Marquis Eure and Kate Iyovelace, assistant com munity co-ordinators Before coming to UNC-CH in 1970, Hatch was associate director of a rural health program in Mississippi He is currently working on another rural health program in Chat ham County and one in Africa. Presbyterian Pediatrics Set Chrietmae Party The annual Presbyterian Hospital Pediatrics Cnrisimas party will be held this year on Saturday, December 18, beginning at 2 ρ m in the hocpital auditorium Entertainment will include the Carolina Clowns, dancers from the Groae School of Dancing, Trey Vaughn a young Charlotte magician, as well as a visit from .Santa Claus who will give each child a present "3* To Be Released Before Christmas? by Susan Ellsworth Poet Staff Writer WiU the Charlotte Three be among those prisotNn to ben ei t front the traditional pack age of pardons handed out by the governor? Officials are predicting that the Three may be released before Christmas "Pressure la quietly mount ing," for Oovernwr James Hunt to take action, according to throe officials In the Hunt administration The Charlotte Three were convicted ia &rz of burning a. riding stable in 19M Governor Hunt is receiving .pressurefrom the North Caro tin· Human Relations Council (which he appointed) to com-' mute the sentences to time already served in prison, ascertained the officials. Other administration insid ers discount the likelihood of Governor Hunt pardoning the civil rights sctivists or reduc ing their sentences. The Charlotte Three have been designated ss political prisoner* by groups and indi ama 78 TJ. Roddy ...In prison vidua U throughout the world. Group· such m Amnesty International have asked Hunt to pardon the Three. A Charlotte newspaper dis covered in 1974, witnesses against the Three were paid 94,000 in casn nod given prose cution favors for their testi mony Jim Grant, T.J Reddy, and Charlie Parker were engaged in draft counseling with young blacks at the time of the convictions. Since their impri sonment support for a pardon has increased. Thirty-six law professors from three state law schools sent Hunt a letter in mid-Nov ember requesting a pardon. "We are concerned that the procedures by which the con victions of these persons were I obtained deprived them of a fair trial and cast grave doubt ^ on their guilt." the latter read. "The improper procedures used in this case began with the actions of federal and not state officers," the letter con tinued. Sixty professors at North Carolina State University attracted state and national attention through media expo sure wben they asked Gover nor Hunt to pardon the Three The Charlotte City Council has indicated that there is little or no local resistance to the three being pardoned. The council adopted a resolution urging Hunt to grant the Char lo^te Three a pardon ' Candfenght March Planned • Support«n of UN Wilmlng tan 10 and Charlotte a will hold a candMight march In down tow· Charlotte on Friday, D*C. 15 beginning at the Main Library at 5:30 pm The march will proceed down lYyon to the Square where a brief rally will be held The march will be led by is individuals «hrooded In black symbolizing the injuatice· done to the 1,3 defendant* Sponsored by People United for Justice, the march will be a public appeal m Gov .lames Hunt to take action on the two caaea before Christmas The human ri*hti organization ia calling for pardona of inno cence for the 13 civil rights activist* Traditionally, the Governor grants pardons be fore the holidav Managers Estimate Business Has Decreased By 50 Percent by Susan Ellsworth Post Staff Writer On a crisp, clear December afternoon, downtown Char lotte is frequently a scene of busy shoppers bustling about from store to store As many ι as 75 people have been known to congregate at the corner of Trade and Tryon Street waiting for buses-but that hasn't happened in a while. There's hardly anyone now when the store is usually jam-packed for this time of the year," said Mrs Broad nax, co-manager of The Bad Man, a men's clothing store This description could apply to almost all of the shops along Tryon Street since the begin ning of the bus strike. Busi ness in downtown Charlotte has dec 1 ined drastica 1 ly Peo ple who were dependent' upon buses to transport them down town cannot get there to shop. Many business managers estimated a decrease of 50 percent and some as high as 70 percent below their sales for the 1977 Christmas Season. The Style Setter, a men's shop, usually has 300-400 shop ,pers a day; that number has now dwindled to a possible 10 daily, according to manager David Goings. The strike has resulted in a loss of at least (3.000 in sales weekly, Goings ascertained. ... Other-businesses have suf fered more severe losses Friedman's Jewelers, which typically services 80 custom ers a day during the Christ mas season, according to manager. Clinton Preston, is down to 25 customers a day. $12,000 since the strike began and now is $1.500 daily. Friedman's Jewelers has been in existence for 54 years. Although all downtown bus inesses have been curtailed, some are more fortunate than others ine nig siores are noi affected like the little stores," asserted Ron Bliss, manager of Mr High Style His state ment is especially true of downtown Woolworth's which has experienced oniy a 15-25 percent decline in business, and credited this compara tively small reduction to a good lunchtime business most ly from office workers What actions are business men taking to entice custom ers into making an extended effort to shop downtown-* Stores like the Style Setter, are offering discounts The managers of the Soul Shack, a record mart, and Friedman's Jewelers affirmed that they cannot afford to cut back the prices on many items Mr High Style and The Bad Man favored subsidizing taxi serv ice for a short time by paying a portion of the coet of trans portating customers down town if the shoppers make purchases in their stores What will happen to down town businesses if the strike continues? "A prolonged strike may put people out of business," warned Hon Bliss "If the strike continues it will severely cripple mast merchants Businessmen will suffer as far as paying for merchandise already ordered for the Christmas season," explained David Goings The most optimistic state ment came from Clinton Pree ton who said, "downtown businesses will survive but be hurt." Even if the strike ended tomorrow, irreparable dam age has severely paralyzed most businesses Store man agers agree that they can't compensate for losses during the entire Christmas season in one week before Christmas. "It takes four weeks of business to catch up to one week of loss." acknowledged Clinton Preston One downtown merchant alleged that bus drivers inten tionally chose Christmastime to strike hoping that desper ate downtown merchants would pressure the city into producing a quick end to the strike. That hasn't happened, and it appears too late for downtown businessmen to benefit from this year's Christmas season. "The City wasn't ready for a strike,'" commented Ron Uliss. "Alter Christmas, put ting pressure on the city won't matter because of the losses already suffered." he contin ued. Chain stores and shopping malls in suburban areas are doing a booming business Sales in Friedman's Jewelers in the suburbs for example, is high while the downtown stores need customers. Who is suffering the most because of the strike? Commuters "having to find alternate means of transpor tation to work, poor people and local businesses, were the most common responses. One businessman predicted the strike will end "when bus Cab Companies Extends *Share A-Ride" Service Starting Monday. December 11, local taxicab companies offered an additional "Share· Α-Cab" service to assist persons during the bus strike. The new program permits customers t6 call for immedi ate cab service and still receive a substantial reduct ion off the regular meter rate. The new "Share-A-Cab" works this way 1 Call any local cab operator and request immediate ser vice under the "Share-A-Cab" program 2 A cab will be dispatched immediately and the custom er will be given the amount of the fare 3 Under the plan, cab cust omers will pay $1 25 for the first mile, and $ 30 for each additional mile (Normal meter rates are Si 35 for the first mile and f 60 for each additional mile The new plan results in a savings of $ 10 for the first mile and I 30 for each additional mile) The new "Share-A-Cab" plan is being offered due to public demand for immediate cab service at reduced rates On December 1, the four hour advanced-notice was announ ced. Under that program, eus torn ers pay a flat St 25 for service as long as four hours notice is given This service is still available Local taxi cab companies would like to remind passen gers to call only one cab company per trip

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