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courthouse for a pretrial hearing.
With increased cooperation and communication,
UNC and Chapel Hill town officials are making
development of University land
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710 Daily Tar Heel survey respondents rated how
important town cooperation with UNC to plan growth
should be to the next mayor. Town Council or Board
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Thousands of people came out to enjoy the sights and sounds of this year’s North Carolina State Fair, which ended
Sunday. Fairgoers this weekend enjoy the carousel swing, one of the many midway attractions.
From Fireworks to Food, Fair Had It All
BY LESLIE ANN TESENIAR
Throngs of people pressed shoulder to shoulder walked the
dirt-packed paths between game booths, food stands and noisy
Thousands gloried in the aroma of tasty roasted com and
grimaced at the smell of animals.
People turned out to watch pig races, thrill at tractor pulls and
enjoy concerts in Dorton Arena.
They went to fulfill the motto of the North Carolina State Fair.
They went to “let the good times grow.”
And they did.
“I had a great time at the fair, ” said Kim Jenkins, a 1995 UNC
graduate. “Watching the fireworks and smelling the food was
great. That was my favorite part.”
Jake Cornell, 7, from Marion, also had a good time at the fair.
He won a stuffed bear from the “Guess Your Age” booth. “They
guessed 5, but I’m 7," he said.
“We’re going to name him Pinky Bear," said his sister Jordie,
who is 8 years old.
Fairgoers even flocked to the freak show booths to see attrac
Williamson Trial Begins Today
BY WENDY GOODMAN
Jury selection in the trial of double
murder suspect Wendell Williamson be
gins today in Orange County Superior
Court in Hillsborough.
Williamson is charged in the shooting
deaths of UNC lacrosse player Kevin
Reichardt and Chapel Hill resident Ralph
Walker on Jan. 26 on Henderson Street.
Williamson is also charged with 11 counts
of felonious assault with a deadly weapon
with intent to kill.
Williamson has pleaded not guilty by
reason of insanity to the two counts of first
tions such as “Conga, the Wild Man” and a headless woman,
whose booth was labeled, “Headless woman still alive see her
An announcer described Conga as a man who had turned on to
drugs and had turned off from his life. “He used to be normal, but
he turned to animal,” the announcer said. “He put himself on
exhibition to stop one boy or girl from experiencing drugs.”
Brian Smith, a 1992 UNC graduate, went to see Conga. He
went in with about eight other people who crowded around
Conga's booth for 30 seconds before they screamed jumped back
and scattered. The announcer then called in the next group of
“The man is seriously screwed up," Smith said. "We gave
Conga popcorn, and he broke out of his cage. He’s got long hair.
He’s a scraggly guy. He looks like the guys running the rides here. ”
While some fairgoers gawked at the freak show booths, others
were intrigued by two women participating in a WDCG-105 FM
contest to win anew Hyundai while raising money for Interact, a
battered women’s shelter.
The women, Wendy Sutton of Wilson and Lillian Mascorro of
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 23,1995
At the pretrial hearings on Sept. 6, Judge
Gordon Battle said potential jurors for the
trial will be summoned for today, Tuesday
and Wednesday. He said the selection pro
cess for the jury could take longer than the
Although attorneys argued the poten
tial need for change of venue in order to
seat a fair and impartial jury, the trial
would stay in Orange County unless there
were legitimate problems finding jurors.
Orange-Chatham District Attorney Carl
Fox said at the pretrial hearings that it
would “be very difficult to sit and hear the
case in this county.” Fox also said that
BY ADAM GUSMAN
It was once said that UNC’s chancellor
acted with more power than any elected
official in Chapel Hill. Recent University
administrators, however, have opened the
way for increased communication and shar
ing of authority.
Chancellor Michael Hooker has arrived
in Chapel Hill at a time when the level of
cooperation between local and University
officials seems to be at an all-time high,
and both parties are being pressured to
interact in more formal and effective ways
than they have in the past.
“The town and the University need to
go a lot farther in acknowledging their
interdepehdency, ” Chapel Hill' mayoral
candidate Kevin Foy said. “What’s good
for one is good for the other.”
Ninety-two percent of Daily Tar Heel
survey respondents said cooperation with
the University to plan growth should be a
because of the publicity a “change of venue
may be necessary.”
Fox said the need for a change of venue
in this trial would be more easily deter
mined during the jury selection.
Defense attorney Kirk Osborn said at
the pretrial hearings that Orange County
had never had difficulties in finding jurors
in the past for high-profile cases.
“We are adamant that we want our
client’s constitutional right to have his trial
in this county honored,” Osborn said.
“There isnoreason why our clientshouldn’t
get a fair trial in this county.”
There has also been speculation that the
attorneys do not want tomovethecasedue
Drew Hissong (left) and John Domena say the Chapel Hill Flying Club
will have to relocate if the Horace Williams tract is developed by UNC.
somewhat or veiy important issue for the
next town government officials.
UNC is outgrowing its current space
and is expected to expand significantly by
the end of the century to make room for
new facilities. A February 1994 report by
the Facilities Use Planning Committee
called for the establishment of a second
and possibly a third campus in Chapel
Hill to meet the University’s needs for
Most core program facilities will prob
ably remain on or near the central campus
so that students will be minimally inconve
nienced by the expansion.
BSM Candidate Named Queen,
Still Wants to Do Service Project
■ Homecoming Queen
Pamela Alston said she
wanted to do a service
project although it was no
longer a requirement.
BY RUTH BORLAND
Homecoming Queen Pamela Alston
said she wanted to complete a special ser
vice project this year, even though the
Carolina Athletic Association no longer
requires her to do one.
Alston, a senior biology major from
Rocky Mount, was crowned the 1995
Homecoming queen during halftime at
Saturday’s UNC-Wake Forest football
game. AJston, who was nominated by the
Black Student Movement, competed
against six other finalists.
Alston did not specify what sort of
project she wanted to undertake during her
term, but said she felt completing a service
project was an important way for her to
represent the University.
“I would still like to do a service project, ”
Alston said. “I do service in other activi
ties, but I would like to do something
specifically as the Homecoming queen. I
will do my best to do anything the student
body requires of me as Homecoming
Previously, Homecoming queen nomi
nees were required to propose service
projects. Once elected, queens were re
quired to complete their proposal.
CAA President Anthony Reid said the
requirement was dropped this fall because
the CAA felt the duties of the honorary
position were becoming too broad.
Alston said she would contact Reid to
find out more about how she could still do
a service project.
“She said on her application that she
would still like to do a service project,”
Reid said. “I’m not surprised in any way,
because I know her as a person, and I know
she will follow through on the things she
said she would do.”
to the liberal atmosphere in the county.
The last time an Orange County jury sen
tenced someone to death was in 1972.
Williamson was determined competent
to stand trial in June, following a psychiat
ric evaluation. However, the defense re
quested Oct. 16 that Williamson be exam
ined again to update the decision.
Fox is seeking the death penalty against
Williamson. The defense conceded in a set
ofmotions filed on Oct. 16 that Williamson
shot and killed Reichardt and Walker.
Because of these motions, the trial will
chiefly question whether ornot Williamson
was mentally unstable when the shooting
rampage took place.
But the effects of UNC’s expansion on
the community at large will be consider
able as the University develops its outlying
lands lands that now are more integral
to life in the town than to life at UNC.
Given the possibility of major impact
on the way Chapel Hill looks and operates,
current town officials and candidates for
the Nov. 7 elections have taken a great
interest in UNC’s plans for expansion.
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Senior Pamela Alston is crowned Homecoming queen during halftime of the
UNC-Wake Forest football game Saturday. Alston was escorted by her brother.
Altson is also Miss BSM, a position
which requires her to do a service project.
Alston said she was surprised and hon
ored to be crowned queen. “It was amaz
ing,” she said. “It felt wonderful seeing the
crowd’s support for me. I was just over
“All seven of us were excited about
what was going on. We were all so deserv
ing. None of us could have expected to
know for sure who was going to win.”
Ladell Robbins, president of the BSM,
said he thought all the nominees were
strong candidates for the title, and he said
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■ The Chapel Hill Town
Council will decide on the
zoning for the Meadowmont
development at the meeting.
BY LAURA GODWIN
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Nearly five years of debate, public hear
ings and proposals will come down to one
vote tonight for the Chapel Hill Town
The council will cast their final votes on
whether to issue a special use land permit,
which could give the go-ahead to the devel
opment of the 435 acre mixed-use land
tract known as Meadowmont.
Roger Perry of East West Partners, the
firm handling the development of
Meadowmont, said he is confident the
council will make their decision based on
what is in the best interest of the town.
“They (the council) are nine individual
thinkers, and they are all interested in what’s
in the best interest of the town,” Perry said.
In their first vote concerning
Meadowmont, the council asked Perry to
donate 18 acres, rather than the 10 acres
originally offered, to the town for anew
school. Perry originally stated he was not
in a position to donate more than 10 acres,
but he has now offered the council 16
acres, with the option to buy two more
acres within six years, if needed.
“It seemed like it was so important to
the town to get a school site,” Perry said.
By restructuring certain aspects of the de
velopment plan, like the mass transit corri
dor, Perry was able to offer the additional
land without a sacrifice on his behalf.
“We think it accomplishes all their (the
council’s) goals,” Perry said. “Idon’tthink
anyone is giving up anything. It is a win
Perry said although he thought the pro
cess he has gone through has been a lengthy
one, he understands the council’s desire to
“I think the process has been too long,”
he said. “It’s a wonderful situation for the
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he was honored Miss BSM was crowned
queen. “It’s a reflection of how strong a
candidate she was,” he said. “We were all
really impressed by the strong qualifica
tions that all the candidates had. For me,
this has been by far the best court I have
seen since I’ve been here. To see Pam win
out of all those was nice.”
TODAY: Sunny; high 75.
TUESDAY: Sunny; high mid-70s.