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THURSDAY, March 28, 2019

‘What’s right, what’s moral, what’s legal’ Sheriff Kimbrough addresses ICE agreement during community forum

To mark his first 100 days in office, on Monday, March 25, Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough held an open forum with the residents of Forsyth County to discuss some of the changes he’s made since taking the oath of office and to address any concerns the residents may have. A native of WinstonSalem with more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and after defeating longtime incumbent Bill Schatzman in the general election, Kimbrough was sworn in as the first African-American sheriff in Forsyth County. After taking the oath from Superior Court Judge Todd Burke, Kimbrough promised voters that while he’s in office, everyone in Forsyth County would have a voice within the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

diversity within the department, training, gun permits, guns in schools, the local SRO (School Resource Officer) Program, or the budget, Kimbrough and his staff addressed every question. “I think as an elected official, there’s an obligation to the people that vote you in that we come before you and give you the chance to put us to the test and ask difficult questions,” said Kimbrough. “…You have the right to know what’s going on in your sheriff’s office. We have an obligation to report back to you.” A large portion of the crowd during the forum were there to ask questions about the ForsythICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) jail agreement, which allows U.S. Marshals to use the Forsyth County Detention Center to detain immigrants. Before the forum,

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Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough shares his thoughts on the agreement with ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement, that allows U.S. Marshals to use the Forsyth County Detention Center during a recent community forum.

Before the community forum hosted by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, members of Siembra NC held a press conference asking Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough to ‘uncheck box 18’. During an interview with The Chronicle, Kimbrough said, “Everybody in this community we believe should have a voice. We want to serve all the community – the north, the south, the east, and the west. We believe that it’s going to take a village approach of law enforcement.” Staying true to his word, during the forum Kimbrough didn’t shy away from any of the concerns raised by residents. It did not matter if it was

Sheriff Kimbrough has been on record several times stating that he plans to withdraw from the current agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service, but the contract currently in place, which was signed by Schatzman, doesn’t end until next month. He said on April 30 when the contract is up for renewal, his team will have the power to make a decision on the future of the agreement, but until then he has to follow the contract. “…There are contractual agreements that I have to respect because I can’t cost the county money based on what I feel or what I think. My decisions are based on what is right, what is moral, and what is legal,” continued Kimbrough. “…We’re negotiating with the U.S.

Marshals Service because what you have to realize is ICE isn’t only immigration, ICE handles human trafficking, guns, and a whole slew of things.” Kimbrough said when he sits down to restructure the contract, he plans to make sure they aren’t housing individuals who have immigration violations. He noted since making his views on the Forsyth ICE-Jail Agreement public earlier this year, the sheriff’s office has not honored the I-203 form that orders the detainment of immigrants. He said, “…I’m aware of the box. Believe me, you have my support. I’m going to do what’s right, what’s moral, and what’s legal.” On a lighter note, several residents in attendance took the time to

thank Sheriff Kimbrough for his commitment to the citizens of Forsyth County. Community activist Yusef Suggs congratulated Kimbrough on his victory and thanked him for his stance against ICE. When discussing the changes within the FCSO, Sergeant W. Owens, who is also a native of Winston-Salem, said Kimbrough has brought a positive attitude to the sheriff’s office that wasn’t there before. “…The same way he was here today is the same way he is with us. He’s very welcoming, very open, and very transparent,” said Sgt. Owens. “He has brought a positive attitude to the sheriff’s office. He’s really changing the atmosphere.”

members of Siembra NC, a local grassroots Latinx organization that works to defend their communities from ICE detention and other forms of discrimination and exploitation, held a press conference to ask Kimbrough to ‘uncheck box 18’ of the U.S. Marshals Service agreement that gives ICE access to the jail. “We are asking Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough to simply change the U.S. Marshals’ jail agreement that is currently standing,” said Laura Garduño of Siembra NC during the press conference. “All he needs to do is uncheck the box on number 18. We’re asking him to change it so our immigrant families can stop living under the imminent threat of being separated During a community forum at the Central Library on Monday, March 26 Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough addressed several concerns from residents. Kimbrough said the forum is just the first of several forums his office plans to by Immigration Customs hold throughout the year. Enforcement.”

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Women’s History Month Sarah Brooks reigns as an Ambassador for Piedmont Plus Senior Games. BY JUDIE HOLCOMB-PACK THE CHRONICLE

At 91 years old, you would think that the former Ms. N.C. Senior America would be slowing down, but not Sarah Brooks. She squeezed in an interview with The Chronicle after her bowling league and an interview on WTOB radio, where she talked about the upcoming Senior Games. As well as an ambassador for the Piedmont Plus Senior Games/SilverArts, Sarah also wears the crown and sash of a former Ms. N.C. Senior America 1998. She had been a member of Snappy Tappers for 18 years, so she tap-danced her way to the crown. She went on to represent North Carolina in the National Ms. Senior America pageant in Biloxi, Miss., where she tapdanced to the Charleston. Although she didn’t win, she was voted Most Vivacious, an honor that fits her perfectly, even today. As a Senior Games ambassador, Brooks talks to groups about the fun and friendship that participating in Senior Games offers. And she walks the talk. Sarah participates in the bowling, cornhole and horseshoes competitions, as well as enters the SilverArts competition in photography, oil painting and hatmaking. “I’m trying to keep as active as I can,” Brooks explains. When asked about competing in the sports events in her age category, Brooks said that she was happy when she moved up to the age category of 90-94. “I do have competition,” she admits. A friend Marie Matthews is her main competition and she is looking forward to going up against her in the cornhole competition this year. Brooks graduated from Hampton University in 1950, received a master’s degree in business education from Hunter College in 1970, and a professional

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Sarah Brooks is interviewed on WTOB about Senior Games. diploma in school admin- which was screened at the istration from Fordham RiverRun Film Festival a University. She was in- couple years ago, and most ducted into the Phi Delta recently in a commercial Kappa honor society. She for Texas Pete. taught business education Being diabetic, Brooks in high school and became has been a motivational a school administrator speaker for diabetes eduat a school for pregnant cation for Wake Forest teens. She retired in 1986 Baptist Health for over from Mt. Vernon Pub- 20 years. She believes lic Schools. In 1991 she that keeping busy keeps moved to Winston-Salem her healthy. She loves to to be closer to her daughter bowl and bowls in two and her family. leagues and is president While living in New of the Golden Age SeYork, Brooks had been ac- niors league at Northside tive in Girl Scouts since the Lanes. She is a member of time her daughter was in St. Leo’s Catholic Church second grade. She laughed where she is a Eucharistic when she remarked, “My minister and lector. She daughter was in college was honored as a “7 Over and I was still in selling 70” award recipient in Girl Scout cookies!” She 2017. was the vice chair of the Brooks said her mother Westchester Putnam Girl always said, “Can’t was Scout Council and award- not in our vocabulary,” ed the Silver Cross Pro and “Do your best and be Juvente, the highest award the best that you can be.” you can receive in Catho- She believes people should lic Girl Scouts, which was “treat people like you want awarded in a ceremony at to be treated, not like they St. Patrick’s Cathedral. treat you.” Brooks continued her Looking back over her volunteerism when she lifetime and all her claims saw an ad in 1993 where to fame, the one she said the National Black Theatre is most special is “Dick Festival was looking for Clark was my chemisvolunteers. She thought try partner at Davis High that sounded like fun, so School.” she signed up and has been Dick Clark may have volunteering ever since, become more famous, but and also with the Little Sarah Brooks wears the Theatre as house manager crown. and usher. She has also had bit parts in movies, including “Goodbye, Solo,”

Rasheeda Shankle: Ending generational poverty one family at a time

BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE

When Rasheeda Shankle decided to follow her heart and start her own non-profit organization, she had no idea where to start but, she knew she wanted to help families in need end what seems to be a never ending cycle of poverty. “At the time I was a single mother living in the area and going to school. I’ve always had support, but I saw dozens of women who didn’t have that support. What people don’t realize is that more than 72 percent of African-American and Hispanic/Latino births are out of wedlock and that’s here in Winston-Salem,” continued Shankle. “…It’s ba-

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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING FOR PROPOSED BROAD STREET CONNECTOR IN WINSTON-SALEM FORSYTH COUNTY _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

STIP Project No. U-6063

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed project to construct a connector road using Peters Creek Parkway to tie Broad Street to the Business 40 improvements project, currently under construction, near the BB&T Ballpark. The Broad Street Connector project will create more efficient street connections to help manage future traffic volumes on Broad Street and adjacent streets. The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 11 from 4-6 p.m. in the Centenary United Methodist Church auditorium located at 646 West 5th Street in WinstonSalem. The public may drop in at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. The opportunity to submit comments will also be provided at the meeting or by phone, email or mail by May 13, 2019. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops. Project information and materials can be viewed as they become available online at https://www.ncdot.gov/news/public-meetings. For additional information, contact one of the following individuals: Connie James, P.E. Division Project Engineer NCDOT Division 9 375 Silas Creek Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27127 336-747-7800 ckjames1@ncdot.gov

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Rasheeda Shankle sically like these children are born into a poor family and its likely they’re going to grow up poor, so I decided I wanted to help

families find a way to obtain economic mobility.” After doing her research, Shankle said she See Family on A3

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‘Keeping it 100’

Rally Up Winston-Salem asks parents, youth to keep it real during forum BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE

Last week Rally Up Winston-Salem invited more than a dozen adults and young people to come together and keep it real about some of the issues hindering our local schools and communities during the second “Keep It 100” Parent/Youth Forum. Rally Up co-founder and operations manager

five minutes, then introduce their new friend to the entire group. After the icebreaker, parents and children openly answered questions posed by Rally Up coordinators Antoinette Aiken and Ceonica Clark. From bullying to gangs, drug use and conflict resolution, nothing was off limits during the forum held at Hanes Hosiery, and parents and children were encouraged

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found that the problem was a lot of single mothers in the area didn’t have access to jobs that could provide them with sustainable resources such as health care and allow time to raise their children. Shankle said when she decided to add a summer entrepreneur camp to the afterschool program offered by her non-profit, HonorableYouth, Inc., she noticed that a lot of parents wanted to find out how to become entrepreneurs as well. From there Shankle came up with the idea for the Two-Generations Program (TGP), an outreach program designed to meet the specific needs of women and girls that have the desire to obtain a higher education, start a new business, obtain financial stability, and/or home ownership. “The Two-Generations

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Program is specifically aimed to help single family households achieve intergenerational economic security. For an entire year we met up every month and had workshops for parents that were focused on economic security,” she said. “We helped participants get checking accounts, learn about home ownership, and career leadership courses, and at the same time the kids were learning the same course-related topics, but it was just age appropriate.” From humble beginnings as an after-school program for children, today Honorable Youth has grown to include more than a dozen programs for children and adults with different areas of focus including: college preparation, book club, financial literacy, anti-bullying, and several others. “I felt it was important to create this space for sin-

gle mothers and families because if it wasn’t for my support system, I would have been in the same situation,” continued Shankle. “A lot of people in our community are hindered by what they don’t know.” Since becoming a nonprofit in 2015, Honorable Youth, Inc. has also gained several supporters along the way. Recognizing the need for the program, the City of Winston-Salem and The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem have made significant donations to the non-profit and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. During a brief interview with The Chronicle, Shankle had no problems unveiling her five-year plan for the organization. When asked how she was able to balance being a single mother, the ups and downs of being a college student, and run a non-profit organization, Shankle said, “I’m so pas-

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Rally Up Winston-Salem co-founders Ceonica Clark and Corey McCann raise questions during the Keep It 100 Parent/Youth Forum last week. Corey McCann said the purpose of the forum was to create a space where parents and their children can have serious conversations about issues hindering our local schools and communities. McCann, who is a city native and graduate of Winston-Salem State University, said, “Keeping it 100 means keeping it real.

to say what was on their minds. At a place in time where we are more likely to share thoughts and feelings on social media and less likely to sit down and have a conversation with someone face to face, it was assuring to see parents and children conversing in such an open setting. Rally Up Winston-

is in

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Parents chat during the Keep It 100 Parent/Youth Forum on Thursday, March 21. “We wanted to bring the adults and youth together to have an unparalleled unrestricted talk because we need to have that. What we try to do is bridge that gap between adults and youth alike, not only dealing with senseless violence, but other nuances that we deal with in the community as well,” continued McCann. To begin the forum, attendees were instructed to introduce themselves to someone they didn’t know and learn as much as possible about them in

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Salem is a local grassroots organization focusing on ending street and gang violence by bringing individuals within the community together to share their thoughts, feelings and solutions to issues plaguing communities across the city. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center. For more information, visit Rally Up WinstonSalem on Facebook or contact Cory McCann at (336) 602-9844.

Commissioner McDaniel appointed to State Health Coordinating Council SUBMITTED ARTICLE

Forsyth County Commissioner Tonya McDaniel has been appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council. The Council directs the development of the State Medical Facilities Plan, an annual document that contains policies and methodologies used in determining the need for new healthcare facilities and services in North Carolina. The Council is charged with developing a plan that encourages quality healthcare services, promotes cost-effective approaches, and expands healthcare services to the medically underserved. The Council is supported by staff from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regula-

tion, Healthcare Planning, and Certificate of Need section. McDaniel serves on the council’s LongTerm Care committee. McDaniel said the governor’s appointment was an honor that fits in perfectly with her experience working in the healthcare field. “I’m excited to be a part of it,” she said. “My talents, skills and abilities are in alignment with this position.” McDaniel became a county commissioner for District A in December, after winning in last year’s primary. She works as a human resources director at United Health Centers, which operates federally qualified health centers governed by patients with a mission of providing quality, affordable, holistic healthcare. She is also second vice chair of the local NAACP chapter.

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sionate about this, I just feel like it has to get done.” Shankle, who is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, also credited her alma mater and the Simon Green Atkins Community Development Corporation for helping her dream of owning a nonprofit become reality. “Even though at times it can be overwhelming, it has to get done. I feel like the show doesn’t stop because you have a kid or because you’re busy, because there are people out here who have issues and needs that we have to find solutions for and that’s the overall goal and what keeps me going.” For more information on Honorable Youth visit www.honorableyouth.org.


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Superpowers University holds business expo BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE

As an entrepreneur and business owner, Anthony Ingram knows firsthand the ups and downs you can face when trying to pursue the dream of working for yourself. The owner and operator of Superpowers Bail Bonding and Superpowers University, a local apparel company, Ingram, who is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, said after he got his business up and running, he made it his mission to help other entrepreneurs in the area reach their goal. “As a small business owner, I saw some of the challenges you can face, so what I wanted to do was take those problems and find solutions,” Ingram said. Sticking with his mission to help others, last weekend Ingram used his “Superpowers” to help nearly a dozen entrepreneurs gain exposure during the Superpowers Business Expo held at Carl Russell Recreation Center on Saturday, March 23. When discussing the event with The Chronicle, Ingram said, “We want to help everybody grow. “We want to help business owners network business to business and business to consumer and I just love it. We hope to do this a few times a year and make people say ‘they’re Superpower University people,’” he continued. “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. I figured I would take initiative so I

The Superpowers Business Expo held on Saturday, March 23, was designed to give small businesses exposure and the opportunity to connect with other business owners in the area. got with a few friends who had the same vision to help me promote it and it just worked.” Participants and sponsors for the Superpowers Business Expo included: The Candle Nook, “Sleepy-Head” Pillows, Passionate CNA Home Care Services, Lilly Owens Appraisals, Oasis on Fifth, Transamerica Agency Network, Inc., The Big 4 Alumni Association, and several others. Published authors DeZyre Williams and Robyn Chavis also participated in the expo. After helping customers during the expo, Cherita Irving, owner of Oasis on Fifth, said when she heard about the expo, she jumped at the opportunity to connect with other business owners in the area. “Events like this are beneficial to everyone. The customers get the products they need and the business owners get to network. I’ve already connected with several other businesses here and talked about doing pop-up shops in the near future,”

March is Social Work Month SUBMITTED ARTICLE

Social workers at the Forsyth County Department of Social Services celebrated Social Work Month with a special appreciation luncheon held on Thursday, March 14. Family and Children’s Services Division held the event for its social workers last week with games, prizes, food and fellow-

States. March was first officially recognized as National Social Work Month in 1984 and this year’s theme is “Elevate Social Work.” “We try to tell them every day that we appreciate them, but this is a tangible way to show it,” said Social Work Program Manager Kim Nesbitt. Family and Children’s Services Director John

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Social Work Program Managers Sherita Cain, Kim Nesbitt and Linda Alexander pose with Family and Children’s Services Director John Thacker at an appreciation luncheon held for Social Work Month last week at the Department of Social Services. ship. The division’s mission is to encourage and provide for the safety, well being, and permanence of children by supporting and enhancing family systems. It has approximately 127 employees and its services include adoption and foster care, child protective services and family counseling. Last month, the division had more than 500 active cases, many involving multiple children. “Our goal is to protect the vulnerable children of our community, so that’s what we strive to do on a daily basis,” said Social Work Program Manager Linda Alexander. There are 680,000 social workers in the United

Thacker told the social workers gathered at the luncheon that they’re on the front lines of child welfare. “You are the heartbeat of Forsyth County when it comes to keeping children and families safe,” said Thacker. Department of Social Services Director Victor Isler also praised their hard work and told them they’re a beacon of best practices in their field. “There’s nothing like this division,” said Isler. For more pictures from the event, please visit Forsyth County’s Facebook page.

said Irving. “I think it’s important that we network because my customers can become your customer and vice-versa. We don’t support each other the way we should in our community

and events like this gives us that opportunity.” Along with helping local businesses and entrepreneurs gain exposure during the business expo, Ingram and Nechelle Samuel, owner of Passionate CNA Home Care Services, also planted a seed to help the next generation of entrepreneurs with the donation of scholarships. Ingram said he decided to Photos by Tevin Stinson include the scholarships Author Robyn Chavis chats with a fellow business ownbecause entrepreneurship er during the Superpowers Business Expo on Saturday, and education go hand in March 23. hand. Throughout the school business owner, you have gram said. For more information year, Ingram also visits lo- to be able to read, write and count. That’s why we on Superpowers Univercal schools to talk about decided to donate scholarsity, visit www.superpowbecoming an entrepreneur and the importance of edu- ships to deserving students ersheroic.com or visit Suto let them know how im- perpowers University on cation. “In order to become a portant education is,” In- Facebook.


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BUSTA’S PERSON OF THE WEEK

A nine-year-old future gazillionaire

BY BUSTA BROWN FOR THE CHRONICLE

“I’m going to have a gazillion stores nationwide. I wanna see my candles in everybody’s house, and I wanna inspire other kids to start their dreams,” said nine-year-old J’Avia. J’Avia owns a candle business, Chef J’Avia Scents, in Winston-Salem. Her kiosk is set up in the Marketplace Mall on Peters Creek Parkway. As people entered the mall, they couldn’t help but visit the kiosk, because it smells wonderful and the vibe is very inviting. The first face I noticed was a smiling Chef J’Avia, her beautiful family and lots of happy and satisfied Submitted photo customers surrounding the nine-year-old future gazil- J’Avia mingling with customers. lionaire’s kiosk. CaroJ’Avia has two imlyn Davis said she’s very even has a bacon-scented proud to support the young candle. “Nobody has the portant ingredients she entrepreneur. “I came out birthday or red velvet can- couldn’t keep a secret. here specifically for this dle, or Fruit Loops. You When you visit her kiosk candle. I got the lemon can’t find these candles at the Marketplace Mall, anywhere else. I have a it’s obvious: Family and pound cake.” Meldine Lee is another funny and crazy personal- love. One customer said satisfied customer. “I did ity and that’s how I came it best: her family is very come out just to see her. up with all the names for supportive. The entire famI’m really impressed.” my candles. If I didn’t ily was in full work mode. Meldine bought three can- have my personality, they Mom Philicia Carter Blue, dles - two orange loving would be regular candles.” dad Dion Blue, baby sister I bought the Fruit Dionna, and her 11-year spells and one warm apple. Chef J’Avia has a great Loops candle for my six- sister JCB, who’s also an “Dionna rapport with her custom- year-old son Nate and he entrepreneur. ers. When you meet the loves it. I asked J’Avia will be an entrepreneur as adorable nine-year-old, what the ingredients for well,” said Philicia. Both her positive spirit is con- the Fruit Loops candles Dion and Philicia credit tagious. Everyone walked are and she replied with a their daughter’s business away with candles and a cute smile, “It’s a secret.” sense and intellect due to warm smile. “Your candles I asked how it feels to own home schooling. “It has a smell beautiful. You’re a business at such a young huge impact on her skills. special and very blessed to age. “I’m a step ahead We’re able to work with have such a wonderful and having my own business her one on one, and that supportive family,” said a now, instead of waiting ‘til helps with developing her new customer before she I’m 18 and working, then ability to think quick. With working for somebody home school it’s easier to left with several candles. The names of the can- else. I started a candle focus on teaching her endles are fun and uplifting. business because I always trepreneurship. That helps “We have birthday cake liked making potions, so I her with math skills, and communication skills. and red velvet, and they have fun doing this.” Fun is written all over She knows how to count have different colors. We have Fruit Loops - It has her face. “I also love talk- quickly and think on the three layers and kids really ing and making them spot,” said mom. “The love that cause it’s a cereal. smile, so that’s one of the candle making process is We have magical unicorn things I love most about science. She must meafor little girls. They’re like my business.” And people sure the ingredients, create oooh! Is it magical? Black clearly love talking to her; fragrances, pour the ingretuxedo and black tea, these she was nearly sold out of dients into the vase. It’s a scents that men love,” candles in the 30 minutes lot of work that helps learn first hand about science,” Chef J’Avia shared. She we talked.

said dad. Dion also helps J’Avia make the candles. The future gazillionaire is very independent, says mom. “We don’t have to do much. She talks to the customers, make sales, order supplies, come up with the scents, choose the wax that we use. She’s involved in all the decision making.” She’s also very animated about the candles being all-natural soy, safe, and no toxins. As a parent, I love knowing that information. My son Nate was smelling his Fruit Loop candle the entire ride home. Before we went home, we made a quick stop to the grocery store to pick up a box of Fruit Loops cereal. I can see Chef J’Avia on the cereal box, with that contagious smile. Gazillions! I asked little business princess how she has fun. “I play on my phone researching new ideas for my business. I like to stay updated. I like to learn Spanish. I know Spanish. And I like to watch TV with my sister and play with my sister.” I asked who her favorite celebrity is, and she confidently said, “Me. I’m my favorite celebrity.” And she didn’t break a smile. At that point, she became one of my favorite celebrities as well. She credits her parents for her success. “I followed in their footsteps. They always told me I should never work for anybody. I seen them and my sister start a business, and they told me that I can do it, too.” What’s her 10-year plan? “I want to move to Los Angeles and open up lots of stores there.” Chef J’Avia is also a great cook and plans to open a gazillion restaurants as well. Stop by Chef J’Avia Scents kiosk at the Marketplace Mall in WinstonSalem. You can contact her at 336-893-4209 or www. chefjaviascents.com. To see my interview with J’Avia go to our YouTube channel at winstonsalem chronicle.

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The minimum wage is now less about pay and more about inequality cartoon films for kids and late night short films for night owls. These suggestions are not complete listings, by any stretch. With over 160 showings this year, your “must see” list should fill up fast. In addition, directors and filmmakers will have discussions and/ or Q&As after most showings. All regular festival screenings are $12 for adults and $10 for students (students must purchase tickets in person and present a valid student ID to receive discounted price), except for the Opening Gala, which is $20. There will also be special matinee pricing of $6 for all films screened Monday – Friday before 5 p.m. These ticket prices are about the same as movie theater tickets. For a complete listing of films, genres, times and locations, go to www. riverrunfilm.com. Get out and support RiverRun and the City of Arts and Innovation.

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As a practical matter, the minimum wage doesn’t apply to the vast majority of workers. In North Carolina in 2016, only 38,000 out of 2.5 million workers earned exactly the

The richest 1 percent now holds 40 percent of the nation’s household wealth. In the 1950s, a typical CEO made 20 times the pay of the average worker in his or her company. Now it’s

ployees. UNC Health Care has done the same. Gov. Roy Cooper has called for a minimum wage increase and on Tuesday a group of Democratic state lawmakers introduced legislation

sponsive to that reality, but some lawmakers worry that raising the minimum wage will lead to job losses and higher prices. The experience of states that have raised the wage has shown

minimum wage. (Another 52,000 workers – mostly youth workers, workers with disabilities and tipped employees – earned less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.) Nonetheless, the minimum wage is an important indicator of how much a state or local government cares about rising income inequality. The broader significance of increasing the federal minimum wage – the last increase was in 2009 – isn’t what it does for minimum wage earners, but how it creates a pressure to increase the wages of all hourly workers. And upward pressure is needed. Income inequality is now the greatest in the U.S. since the 1920s.

more than 360 times. Other states are pushing to narrow this gap by increasing their state minimum wages. On Jan 1 the minimum wage rose in 18 states through ballot measures or an annual adjustment for inflation. Twentyfour cities and counties also increased their local minimum wage. North Carolina and states across the South, except for Florida and Arkansas, are holding out against approving a minimum wage above a federal minimum that long ago stopped being a living wage. But that resistance may be cracking in North Carolina. The Republicanled General Assembly last year agreed to a $15 minimum wage for state em-

to make it happen. The bill would increase the minimum wage gradually to $15 an hour by 2024. Thereafter, it would be indexed to inflation. The bill would also gradually increase the minimum wage for tipped workers. Rep. Susan C. Fisher (D-Buncombe), one of the bill’s sponsors, said the increase is needed to restore the minimum wage to its original purpose _ the minimum needed to meet basic needs for food, housing and transportation. For example, Fisher said, a minimum-wage worker now would have to work 122 hours a week every week all year to afford a modest apartment. A truly representative government would be re-

mixed results, but the overall effect is a healthier wage structure for those just above minimum wage. Fisher estimates that raising the minimum wage to just $12 would benefit 1.3 million workers in North Carolina. It’s encouraging that Republican House leaders sent the minimum wage bill to the Finance Committee. There may be a hearing, possibly even a floor debate about how to help those at the bottom of the page scale. And the more lawmakers learn about the minimum wage, the more likely they are to agree on the need to raise it.


Richard Davis Guest Columnist There they were on the front row at the Washington National Cathedral, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and, Jimmy Carter - the Presidents Club, commanders-inchief, most of whom never served, or served lightly, attending the funeral of one who served valiantly. Navy Lieutenant George H. W. Bush was literally plucked from the Pacific Ocean during World War II like a mythic hero. His funeral procession across Texas hearkened back to Abraham Lincoln’s prototypical train procession through throngs of sightseers along the tracks from Washington, D. C. to his final resting place in Springfield,

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Illinois. Without question, Lincoln was our most controversial and consequential president. But even the most inconsequential, incompetent, or corrupt president can often be made a hero through the alchemy of skillful hagiography. Growing up, we used to include presidents in our games of Pick-a-Hero. Maybe because we had a framed, fake tintype portrait of Abraham Lincoln in our living room, he and John F. Kennedy were among mine. I was so impressed with JFK’s open invitation to heroism in that famous Harvardtinged Boston accent: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” To a 13-year-old boy, JFK, the commander of PT-109 and author of “Profiles in Courage,” was right up there with Mickey Mantle. Hagiography about the many tragedies of the Kennedy clan recalled by his assassina-

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This Band of Brothers tion and funeral added to the majesty of Camelot, including the elegance of First Lady Jackie Kennedy and three-year old John-John saluting his father’s horse-drawn casket, both adhering to the family adage: “Kennedys don’t cry.” The fantasy of Camelot also began to unravel with his assassination in 1963. Five years later Jackie remarried, and John-John died in 1999 when he crashed his single-engine Piper Saratoga off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. I imagine I would have walked through a wall for JFK. He was a knight in shining armor to our generation. He wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. I considered volunteering for Viet Nam, like three of my brothers, two of whom were critically wounded; Robert, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division on his second tour of duty, and Dwyian, a Marine at Khe Sanh. James,

the eldest, was an Air Policeman in the Korean War, and Charles, next in line, was an air traffic controller in Viet Nam. Charles and Robert were career soldiers; none of us were officers, but all of us were proud to say none of Mother’s “boys had to be drafted.” But like so many of my generation, I became a realist and followed my two oldest brothers into the Air Force - the one certainty in my life, not baseball and not college. No one ever picked Franklin Delano Roosevelt - our most singular president - as a hero. He was a wartime commander-in-chief, elected four times, served in a wheelchair, died in office, and had the most transformative administration in our history. Yet, somehow, he is remembered with a taint, despite his focus on the little man, the truly forgotten American. But then Herbert Hoover, who preceded him in office and

ushered in the Great Depression that my parents lived through and always referred to as “Hoover Days,” was never picked either. On the other hand, his distant cousin, Teddy, got plenty of picks; after all, our elite 3rd grade reading group was nicknamed the Rough Riders, Colonel Roosevelt’s cavalry troop that charged up San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War. We live in such “interesting times.” It’s high time we leave the past where it belongs, alongside pre-packaged images of flag-draped coffins passed through fantasized small towns in middle- and fly-over America that help us create the stories we tell ourselves about the good ole days, including a time when Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and his Republican nemesis President Ronald Reagan were “less tribal” on issues that threaten our most cherished values. Such myths cheapen the

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lives of heroes because there was certainly one thing they didn’t agree on - Reagan served, O’Neill didn’t. We who did not serve, or who served lightly - the uninvited on St. Crispin’s Day - should salute this band of brothers for stepping into harm’s way, especially those who did not grow old with us. Daniel Patrick Moynihan tried to console his disconsolate friend, Mary McGrory, on the death of JFK. She said we’ll never laugh again. He said, “Heavens, Mary. We’ll laugh again. It’s just that we’ll never be young again.” Well, with all there is to do, thank goodness for grandchildren. Dr. Richard A. Davis is a social psychologist who writes about acceptable corruption in public institutions - an ordinary evil.

The rich are no smarter than you Matt Johnson Guest Columnist Nothing makes me angrier than stupid rich people getting unfair advantages. These same entitled rich people then turn around and fight against so-called entitlement programs and affirmative action because they seem to think their achievements are based on merit while the rest of us who actually work for a living - or at least try to - are nothing more than lazy freeloaders or unscrupulous welfare queens who deserve to die if we can’t afford our hospital bill. Now we see some richies arrested for lying, bribing and cheating to get unfair advantages for their offspring. To hell with

them and their unearned privilege. May they suffer the indignity of a secondrate college or otherwise rot in a minimum-security prison. The college bribery scandal is just the latest example of what anyone who’s been paying attention should already know: the United States is not a meritocracy. The biggest marker of success seems to be the zip code you are born into - regardless of how talented, intelligent or charismatic you are. The Horatio Alger story has gone from mythical to fraudulent. The real tragedy is that many average people whose parents cannot afford to spend millions to send them to Harvard, operate under the assumption that a person’s financial net worth is equivalent to actual worth. I blame this primarily on our education system and our mainstream media, both

of which do the masses a grave injustice by shielding them from class-based analysis. I recall learning about Helen Keller and watching “Miracle Worker” as early as elementary school. Missing from the lessons was the important detail that Keller, who joined the Socialist Party of America as an adult, acknowledged that she would not have achieved personal success - much less celebrity status - if she had not been born of wealthy parents. This would have been a far more useful classroom discussion-starter than questions about overcoming disability that omit any mention of class or other structural considerations. I was led to believe in my formative years, thanks to public schools, that every achievement, no matter how suspicious or improbable, can be attributed solely to personal ambition and talent.

The mainstream media took over where schooling left off. It’s no exaggeration to say that media personalities are obsessed with actors, athletes, monomaniacs, zealots, wealthy entrepreneurs, eccentric politicians, and anyone else who can be spotlighted rather than contextualized. To put it simply, we do not celebrate team players - we celebrate ball hogs. We celebrate people who would suffocate their own twin just so that they could emerge from the womb a little sooner. And when I say “we,” I am talking about everyone - even those of us who stand to gain nothing from this celebrity-obsessed culture except the juvenile diversion of vicarious living. Think of what the common people would gain from a feature story that, instead of lionizing a mediocre celebrity, questioned whether he or she

was worth such honorifics in the first place. The reporters could scrutinize the celebrity’s past performance in school, talk to the friends they had before they were famous, browse their tax returns, learn how they performed on standardized tests, and so on. This is what journalism is supposed to be, but often is not. What if they had produced stories like this in 2016 about Trump and ran them on the major networks as often as they ran his childish rants? I doubt he would have garnered many votes. But instead, we as Americans pretend as if every rich person is smarter, more attractive or otherwise better than we are because we didn’t win the (zip-code) lottery. We like celebrities for the sole reason that they are celebrities. We let our inadequate education and uncritical media determine how we think about those with

more power and privilege. This serves the purpose of keeping us in intellectual chains so that we would never dare organize ourselves and challenge these two-bit oppressors with their baseless braggadocio and ghastly comb-overs. Most of us would rather be them than fight them. Please. The rich are no smarter than you. But they think they are, they want you to think that, and they are pushing you around like you’re the small kid on the playground. They have been stealing your lunch money and sense of self-respect for generations. What are you going to do about it? Matt Johnson, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is co-author of “Trumpism.”

America’s indefensible immigration problems began with Columbus and forced slavery Henry Pankey Guest Columnist We should not hypocritically act like North America just started separating minority children from the loving arms of their parents. From the 16th to 18th century alone, over 12 million African slaves were transported across the treacherous seas of the Atlantic. Approximately three million were children as young as three years old. Pregnant mothers were also part of the cargo. Babies were not born as dreamers, but in-

herited chains and shackles. Due to the explosive demand for free labor, slave traders were ruthless in search of cargo for the continental United States of America. Pirate caravans followed slave ships and battled for ships’ illicit bounty. Women and children were the most vulnerable prisoners of open sea warfare. The human freight was branded as subhuman with hot irons on the chest or back (like cattle) to authenticate ownership. Anchor babies were the property of the birth mother’s owner. The original DACA infants were never intended to return home, but to work in the fields and enrich the riches of a nation’s wealth built on their blood, sweat

and tears. It is easy for a country to get rich with over 400 years of free labor. Plus, centuries of individuals working their fingers to the bone with substandard payment is a historical financial bonanza for a country’s ruling class. There has never been a deferred action for adults brought to America against their will. They are not dreamers, but living through nightmares of being in the cast system of disentrancement. They did not land at Plymouth Rock. The boulder landed on them. There is no such thing as artificial facts. Our leaders lack the moral courage to call out liars, but pretend they are imaginations of lunatics and crazies drinking false news Kool-

Aid. People are dying at the borders. Real life humans are not able to pay bills during a government shutdown. 0ver 7,500 lies have infiltrated the airwaves. A racially divisive wall has not been built. The original founding fathers’ invaders never consulted with Native Americans for permission to cross the borders, confiscate land or claim asylum. The gluttony of chronic misinformation, bureaucratic bullying, talking profane trash, threats and blustering, as well as scripted press conferences or television addresses, will not solve our current immigration problem. Creating a self-imposed state of emergency, calling immigrants racists,

thieves, gang members, murderers and freeloaders institutionalize pain, racism, xenophobia, irrational fear, hatred, national depression and anxiety. We are a thriving nation due to contributions of immigrants who came on their own or in chains. If not blocked by political gamesmanship or used as helpless pawns, our citizenry can painstakingly and collectively solve many immigration problems. Immigration problems and solutions are a historical worldwide phenomenon. Rudyard Kipling offers useful wisdom that may help us out of this quagmire with our honor, pride, dignity and bruised egos intact: If you can walk with the crowd and keep your

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virtue, or walk with Kingsnor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much… If you can dream, but don’t make dreams your master. Henry Pankey, CEO of Success Strategies NCUSA, is in the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ Hall of Fame, a former Principal of the Year, as well as recipient of the NCAE 2012 Assistant Principal of The Year. He is the author of eight books, an editorial writer, national school improvement consultant, and keynote speaker. He can be reached at eaglehjp@aol. com.

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Forsyth County Public Health officials have confirmed the outbreak of sudden illness on Wednesday March 20, at Petree Elementary was not caused by an infectious disease, a foodborne disease, or an airborne/environmental agent. The agency says there is “no evidence” that suggests or confirms those as causes. They have concluded that there is no current threat to the students, Petree Elementary School faculty or staff at Petree. Health officials, however, evacuation plan. do feel a combination of “Due to the high numstudents drinking undilut- ber of students feeling ed liquid concentrates, eat- sick, the sudden timing, ing large amounts of hot and the unclear connection and spicy flavored chips, as to why certain students sympathetic vomiting, and weren’t feeling well, it food and liquid-sharing became clear we needed are the causes of sudden to immediately check the illness. building, the surrounding “This has been a very environment, the food, difficult puzzle to piece anything possible to figure together and we are thank- out what was causing this,” ful our city, county and re- says Heather Horton, pringional first responders and cipal at Petree. “Student public health officials went safety is my number one to great lengths to figure priority and I will not take out why students suddenly any chances.” felt sick,” says Dr. KenAll students sick or neth Simington, interim feeling ill were seen by superintendent. “This is EMS onsite, as staff esdefinitely a moment we can corted all other students all learn from. We have to to the gym at Atkins High help students understand School, per the district that drinking liquid con- evacuation plan. centrate against the prod“We are grateful to the uct directions is not safe. staff at Atkins for helping Eating large amounts of secure their building and hot and spicy foods alone provide a separate and safe can upset one’s stomach. space for our students and This has definitely height- staff while our building ened our awareness to be was being checked out,” on the lookout for those says Horton. “I’m proud of behaviors.” how our staff came togethOn Wednesday, March er quickly and executed 20, after students had re- the evacuation plan.” turned to class from lunch After hazmat officials and recess, more than 20 deemed the building safe, stundents began exhibit- late Wednesday a contracting signs of stomach ill- ed cleaning service saniness. After consulting with tized the entire building health officials and calling before students returned in emergency medical ser- on Thursday. vices to monitor the stu“First and foremost, dents, the administrative we are thankful no stuteam at Petree executed dents were seriously ill,” the school’s emergency says Simington. “While

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the snacks sold in our cafeteria are pre-packaged by the manufacturer and federally approved for schools, along with our Child Nutrition Department, we will re-evaluate the snack products that are currently sold in our cafeterias. I hope parents at Petree and across our district will join us in taking this opportunity to remind children they should always follow directions on any food packaging and reiterate that sharing food or drinks with classmates is not a good idea. This is important because of food allergies, to prevent the spread of germs, and more. “I know that Wednesday afternoon may have been frightening for students and parents. Our school has never seen that many agencies respond at one time, but I am so thankful they all immediately came to our aid,” says Horton. “In the coming days, our staff will remind students to always wash their hands before they eat and not share items from other student’s lunches.” Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools would like to thank all the city, county, regional and state agencies that helped make sure students and the school environment are safe.

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March Madness hits the nation once again The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has begun, which means millions of people across the country have filled out their brackets to predict the eventual national champion. Even those who are not college basketball fans get geared up for the tournament. Once the tournament began, people stayed glued to their electronic devices to stay abreast of how their brackets were doing. Almost every company has an office pool that allows everyone to participate in the madness. Those office pools allow the most casual of college basketball fans to engage in the game. They also let the people who know nothing about college basketball get into the game as well. Anyone and everyone has a chance to win the office pools, because the NCAA tournament is so unpredictable. Every year there are major upsets and “Cinderella” teams that come from out of nowhere to make a run, so picking teams is really a crap shoot. I remember one office pool I was involved in was won by a noncollege basketball fan who only picked winners based on how their uniforms looked. I remember another pool where one person only chose winners based on the states she had visited in the past and she finished in second place. That really shows how difficult it is to predict a perfect bracket and that there is no sure-fire formula for picking winners. The excitement and buzz the tournament creates is unparalleled in American sports. Not only do the fans get excited, it’s great to see those smaller schools get a chance to play on the biggest stage. You can really tell they are enjoying every moment of their experience. Luckily for me, I am a fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels and they routinely are national championship contenders. But the Tar Heels are only one of several teams that have a chance to cut down the nets, which makes this tournament so exciting. To me, the tournament is so unpredictable because of the different playing styles of the teams involved. Some of the matchups that happened during the tournament would have never happened during the season. So some of the lesserknown teams can sneak up and beat one of the college blue bloods. Everyone loves an underdog story. So far this year in the tournament, we have seen more of the usual. There have been upsets from lower seeds, dominant teams almost getting beaten, and lesser known players shining on the big stage. The odds-on favorite to win it all is the Duke Blue Devils. As a die-hard Tar Heel fan, I want to see anyone else win but Duke. Honestly, I must admit they are a tough team with terrific freshman talent, but I would not put my money on them simply due to the nature of the tournament. I can’t wait to see who cuts down the nets.

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Spring is here and that means soccer season is upon us. Last week, on March

18, the Lady Camels of Atkins faced off against the Greyhounds of North Surry. Atkins defended their home turf with a shutout victory against North Surry by the score of 5-0.

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Youth basketball team wins YMCA championship BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY THE CHRONICLE

Lester Nowlin is no stranger to winning. Over the years, he has won several championships with youth basketball teams at the Winston Lake YMCA. Nowlin’s added to his impressive coaching career with another championship; this time it was the 2019 Winter YMCA Basketball League championship. Nowlin has a tradition of holding a banquet for his championship teams at Tony’s Lounge, 117 Walkertown Avenue in Winston Salem. This year’s banquet was held this past Sunday, March 24. This was the first year Nowlin coached a travel team at the YMCA. His teams competed against the best teams from Ys across the city in the 1314 year old age group. He said this was one of his favorite teams to coach in all his years of coaching. “This season was great and I was doing the travel team for the first time, which meant we went all over the city to play the elite teams at other YMCAs,” said Nowlin. “Everything was great, the players were great, and I enjoyed coaching them.” During the banquet, Nowlin handed out several awards to his players. He also provided a meal for

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The Winter League YMCA champions celebrate their victory during the banquet. Amare Barber (not pictured), Chad Goldsmith, Alvin Hughes, Michael Jordan, Corion Marshall, Justin Powell (not pictured), Remy Pratt, Chris Thorns and Desmond Williford were the players on the team. the players and their families for their hard work during the season. Nowlin said this year’s team was more educated in the game of basketball than others he has coached in the past. He said he still has to mold the young men into becoming team play-

ers versus individual players. As a first year travel team head coach, Nowlin said his goal was just to try and “get his feet wet.” Coming away with a championship his first time out was not an immediate expectation of his,

but once he saw the talent on the team, it became an achievable goal. “Once I saw the players I had and once they decided to buy into the system I implemented, I knew what I had and I knew we were headed towards the championship,” he said. “I

kind of knew we were going to get there, but didn’t know we were going to win. “This was probably my favorite season that I had, probably because of the three MVPs that I had and it was very hard to choose just one,” said Nowlin.


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Local track athlete wins AAU national championship BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY THE CHRONICLE

Even though Terrell Robinson Jr. is a freshman at Mt. Tabor High School, his track and field resume is already impressive. Earlier this month, Robinson added two national championships to his growing list of accomplishments. At the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Club National Championships in Landover, Maryland, Robinson Jr. stole the show by winning the 60-meter and 200-meter dash races. To make his feat even more impressive, the 14-yearold was racing in age against 15- and 16-year old’s. Robinson Jr. also finished 9th in the 400-meter dash. “I was confident I was going to be able to perform well,” said Robinson Jr. “All indoor season, I have been up there with the top high school seniors, so I was confident in my ability coming off of last season.” Robinson Jr. is no stranger to the big stage. In 2018 he won the AAU 60-meter dash national championship for his age group. He said that was a great experience that set him up perfectly for high school track. The 60-meter dash seems to be Robinson Jr.’s

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Terrell Robinson Jr. center, poses with his parents Terrell Robinson Sr. and Celia Cager. best race. Along with win- the track and in the weight ning the national champi- room to improve his onship, he set a new meet strength. “I was very proud after record for his age group with a blazing time of 7.09 the 200 and I was kind of surprised that I won, but seconds. “I knew I had to get all of the hard work I put out strong, because there in paid off,” he said. To get him to this level, was a guy right beside me that had a really good Robinson’s parents, Terrell start and finished second Robinson Sr. and Celia in the prelims, so I knew Cager, sends him to a perI had to get out,” he said. sonal trainer up to three “When I heard I set a new days a week. “Rain, sleet or snow record, I was excited and overwhelmed with joy and we are out there,” said Robinson Sr. “We were thankful to God.” The 200-m dash is out there training on New the race where Robinson Year’s Day and it was only Jr. has shown the most 30 degrees. We are just his improvement from last support group, he is the season. He has trimmed one out there putting in the almost an entire second work. “It is a lot of sacrifice off his personal best, putting in countless hours on and compromise on our

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part, but we are willing to do that for him to be successful and achieving his goals.” Robinson Sr. said he was a little concerned about where his son would finish due to him running with older runners. “I was a little nervous, but I knew with the determination and willpower he has, I knew he could accomplish his goal,” Robinson Sr. continued. “I was nervous, but he tells me daily that he could do it, so I know if he sets his mind to it, that’s what he will accomplish,” said Cager. “My main concern is to just make sure he doesn’t get injured or anything like that.” Robinson Sr. and Cager said they have seen a maturation in their son over the past year. They stated he has a “natural gift” for running, but now takes it more seriously than ever before. They feel when it’s all said and done, their son will make it to his ultimate goal, the Olympics in 2024. Robinson is not just banking on his athletic talent to take him where he wants to go. He currently has a 4.3 GPA in all honors classes. He plays nine instruments and would love to attend Clemson University upon graduation.

Piedmont Environmental Alliance’s (PEA) fourth annual Environmental Debate Tournament in partnership with Wake Debate was held on Saturday, March 16th. We welcomed young leaders from our community to debate both sides of the topic: Should Triad cities ban cars in central/downtown areas? Sixty-two students from six high schools participated in Saturday’s tournament, bringing so much energy and excitement to the day’s events. Students spent the morning competing in three rounds of debates judged by local community leaders. Five teams finished the morning having won all three debates. Of these teams, honorable mention was awarded to Lisa Tripathy and Himani Bhat from Mount Tabor

High School, and semifinalists included Aisha Riddick and Michelle Cho from Early College of Forsyth and Kristof Starets and Carter Ledgenwood from Mount Tabor High School. In an exciting finish to the day, two teams from Atkins High School were celebrated as the 2019 Environmental Debate Finalists. Ghazal Mizazadeh and Kiran Kapileshwari and Lillie Franklin and Neil Wilson will compete for the winning trophy in the final round of the debate on April 13th at Piedmont Earth Day Fair at 11 a.m. Piedmont Environmental Alliance is thankful for students, teachers, parents and guests who came out to support this year’s tournament as well as all of our wonderful sponsors who made this event possible.

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A modern-day renaissance man BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE

A Renaissance man is defined as a person with many talents or areas of knowledge. While he may not be a painter or sculptor like Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, the names most people connect with the term, Atkins High School senior shooting guard Trey Baker is a prime example of a modern-day “renaissance man.” As a captain on a young team, Baker led the Camels to two consecutive 18-win seasons and appearances in the state playoffs. He is also a member of the track team, National Honor Society, and allcounty band.

And did I mention he currently has a 4.4 GPA? When asked how he’s able to balance it all, Baker said at times it can get hectic, but with careful planning he finds time to do it all. “It’s defiantly a challenge, but being efficient with my time I’m able to get everything done,” said Baker. “ … I always keep a planner on me so I’m not getting drowned trying to remember stuff.” In the fall Baker will attend Hampton University where he received a full academic scholarship. He said after visiting the campus, he instantly knew it was where he wanted to go. “I love water and Hampton is surrounded by water and I loved the cam-

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Trey Baker, a senior at Atkins High School, is a prime example of a modern-day renaissance man.

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Atkins High School standout guard Trey Baker is setting an example for others on and off the court. pus. It’s beautiful and they have what I want to major in,” Baker said. Baker said he intends to major in architecture and plans to attend a “pre-college” program at Hampton to get a head start on his degree. As for sports, Baker said he plans to wait until he’s on campus to make a decision. He said, “I’m not sure yet. “I want to get there and see what it’s like and see what I can handle and what I can’t. But I’m definitely going to at least play intramural, I’m not just going to drop off,” he said. Marlon Brim, Atkins head basketball coach, said he has seen Baker grow from a “wide-eyed” freshman into a leader on and off the court. Brim

said Baker is a prime example of what it means to be a well-rounded student athlete. “I can see Trey being a CEO of a company or big engineer consultant. I think he has a bright future ahead of him and he has all the tools to make his own path.” Brim said. Baker said no matter what he decides to do in the future, people are to know his name. He said, “My name is going to be known. No matter what I’m doing, I want to have an impact on my community with whatever I decide to go into, but you’re definitely going to be hearing from me.”

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Church celebrates 15-year anniversary

Elder Richard Wayne Wood Sunday School Lesson

Called to Discipleship Scriptures: Matthew 4:12-22

In this lesson we will: *Recognize how the disciples accepted Jesus. *Reflect on how choosing to follow Jesus transformed their lives. *Worship God for the blessings in our lives that have come because we follow Jesus. Background: The lesson starts with a prophecy being fulfilled from the Old Testament in the book of Isaiah of Naphtali and Zebulun being made glorious by the Messiah’s presence, and also speaks to Jesus’s preaching starting there. Isaiah also tells of His birth and the accomplishments of Jesus, going also into the varied names that will be used to describe Him. The scripture also speaks of the ultimate mission of salvation and peace to the world. (Isaiah 9:1-7) John the Baptist’s imprisonment was the signal for Jesus to go to Galilee and openly start His ministry. The message to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” was started by John, but brought to full understanding by Jesus. Lesson: In verse 12, Matthew tells us that Jesus went to Galilee, but omits the part where He was violently rejected by the people of Nazareth, who also attempted to murder Him. Jesus leaves Galilee and settles in Capernaum, fulfilling prophecy of Isaiah in verses 13-16. Jesus’s public ministry is started at the close of John the Baptist’s ministry. His message is, however, an echo of John’s: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Note in all other Gospels “the kingdom of heaven” is called “the kingdom of God.”) Repentance was a constant message in Jesus’s preaching (verse 17). Jesus calls two brothers, Peter and Andrew, who were disciples of John the Baptist, as He walks the coast of the Sea of Galilee. They are called from their work to His. They were to be fishermen still, but fishers of men. The nets were no longer needed. Jesus would supply them with new nets: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (verses 18-20). Continuing on His walk by the sea, Jesus spots another pair of brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were busy mending nets where fish had slipped through. At Jesus’s request, the nets are dropped and they too offer their wholehearted obedience to His call, even to the point of walking away from their father (verses 21-22). The nature of true Christian discipleship is illustrated by these brothers. The obedience portrayed here is the same obedience which is expected of all, whatever the cost or sacrifice may be. (The UMI Annual Commentary 2018-2019, the Oxford Bible Commentary, MacArthur Study Bible). For Your Consideration: What is the importance of Matthew’s reference to Isaiah and to whom does it matter? If we are indeed fishers of men as promised by Jesus, are we using a net or are we using bait? Application: Jesus calls each of us to follow Him and to use all that we have for the kingdom of heaven. When He asks us to serve Him, we must be like the disciples. We must act immediately and know that we are not called to part-time ministry, but to long-term discipleship. We must be dedicated followers of Jesus. “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

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St. James Missionary Baptist Church just celebrated their 15-year anniversary in grand style by holding a gala at the Village Inn Event Center in Clemmons this past Sunday. St. James began on March 28, 2004, in a conference room at the Holiday Inn Express in Winston-Salem. They started with 46 members, including Senior Pastor Mack H. L. McConnel. A month later the church was blessed with the building it currently resides at 3606 Ogburn Ave. The theme for the evening was “Journey of God’s Faithfulness.” The celebration included reflections and history of the church, an appetizing dinner, a dance routine, and a thoughtful sermon. “We are just happy to have the opportunity to enjoy ourselves for 15 years and thank God for allowing us to have all of our guests to be with us here today,” said McConnel. “We are just glad that everything is just going according to God and we want to thank everyone that has helped us in His

kingdom building.” McConnel touched on the church’s humble beginnings inside of a hotel. He says there were so many of them, they were sent to another hotel to accommodate their numbers. Soon afterwards they were able to find their current location on Ogburn Ave. Another point emphasized during the celebration was the 17 members that have gone on to be with the Lord since the church began in 2004. McConnel said they wanted to honor those who are no longer here, because without them the church would not be where it is today. Nicole Parsons, original member of the church and church secretary, said the anniversary was a time to celebrate, recognize the members past and present, and to reflect on where the church has come from over the past 15 years. “Pastor McConnel gathered us and organized St. James and we have come a long way, so it was only right for us to celebrate these 15 years,” said Parsons. “We started out pretty good, but of course over the years, some members are gone on to be with the Lord and some who have advanced in their

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It was a packed house at the Village Inn Event Center on Sunday afternoon as St. James Missionary Baptist Church celebrated their 15-year anniversary. walk with Christ by going on to other places. “God just saw fit for St. James to stand and after 15 years, we are pretty proud,” she continued. Pastor Robert L. Dikes Jr.’s sermon was entitled “You did the work, but God deserves the praise.” His message to the congregation was that in due season they will reap if they “faint not.” He said the next five years will test their faithfulness, but for St. James not to give up because God gives you breath; use it. He told the church they will continue to grow, but will have to do it differ-

ently than how they approached the first 15 years. “Keep doing the work of God and never stop giving God the praise,” Dikes said. McConnel jokingly said if he is around 15 years from now, he would love to move into a larger structure that will allow them to do the will of God on a bigger stage. “I just pray to God that He just keeps us growing the way we are and if everything works out, we should be in a structure we consider as our own,” said McConnel.

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In the more than 90 years since St. Paul’s Episcopal Church laid its cornerstone at the intersection of Summit and Pilot View streets in downtown Winston-Salem, the church has played a leading role in establishing many of the city’s most important outreach efforts, including Crisis Control, what is now the Humane Society, and most recently, ReadWS. The energy and vibrancy behind those efforts are as strong as ever and St. Paul’s is celebrating this spirit of community and service by launching its reNEWal capital campaign and undertaking nearly $9 million of renovations and improvements to ensure future generations have the facilities they need to worship, be in community and serve others. “We chose ‘reNEWal’ for our campaign theme because it’s naming something that’s true at St. Paul’s. We are in a time of renewal and it’s not simply numeric growth. It’s also about what is happening inside people and in our community,” said The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser, rector at St. Paul’s. “There is a stirring of hunger for God and for faith and for church that is really amazing. It’s renewed energy to serve our community in bigger and better ways.” Renovations will focus on the main church building at 520 Summit Street and the building across

the street at 875 West Fifth Street, the former home of WSJS radio, which St. Paul’s purchased in 2016. The new building will create the added space St. Paul’s needs to expand its current community services and give room for new ones in the future. A detailed renovation plan for the main church building, which was built in 1928 and designed by acclaimed architect Ralph Adams Cram, came after intensive diagnostic work by teams of experts in historic building and stained glass restoration and preservation. Their work included having experts repel from the church’s highest points to catalog areas in need of repair. Restoration architect and St. Paul’s parishioner Joe Oppermann is overseeing renovations to the iconic neo-Gothic structure. “At 90 years old, the building has been showing signs of some increasingly serious issues, particularly with water leaking in,” said Oppermann. “As a result of the diagnostic work done last spring, we know precisely what the issues are and can now plan how to best deal with them.” Renovations to the property across the street will transform the interior space of this classic mid- century modern office building into bigger, better accommodations for St. Paul’s youth and outreach programs, including ReadWS, Kids’ Café and the Backpack Program. St.

Paul’s parishioner and architect Larry Robbs leads the work on this property. Work on the main church building will begin in mid-March with scaffolding erected around much of the church exterior. Interior work at the property across the street is already underway. The work at 875 Summit Street will be completed by fall of 2019 and the renovations to the main church building will be completed

by early 2020. Following the building renovations, St. Paul’s will make significant improvements to the church grounds, including Dalton Memorial Garden on Summit Street. “We could not be more excited to get this work started,” said Kinser. “We’re ready to build on the long-standing commitment here at St. Paul’s of serving this community.”

Kimberly Park Holiness Church 417 Burton Street Winston-Salem, NC 27105

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord.” -Zechariah 4:6

100th Anniversary Celebration Festivities begin with celebration of Vice Ruling Elder Robert Edmond’s 25th Pastoral Anniversary Banquet Saturday, April 6, 6:00pm DoubleTree by Hilton 5790 University Pkwy., Winston-Salem, NC

-Sunday, April 7, 11:00am Service- Pastor Vice Elder Robert Edmond Jr. -Sunday, April 7, 4:00pm Service- Pastor Elder Anthony Blair & Miracle Mt. Carmel Church, Kimball, West Virgina -Sunday, April 14, 11:00am Service- Elder Thomas Dalton of Mt. Zion Holiness Church, Mocksville, NC -Sunday, April 14, 4:00pm Service- The Holiness Church of God, Inc.- Very own Bishop Theodore Rice & Mercy Seat Holiness Church -Sunday, April 21, 11:00am Service- Pastor Vice Elder Robert Edmond Jr. -Sunday April 28, 11:00am Service- Kimberly Park Holiness Church Associate Minister Elder Preston Jones

RELIGION CALENDAR Mar. 30 Easter play On Saturday, March 30, “The Upper Room to Calvary” play will be presented at Mt. Olive fellowship hall at 6 p.m. For ticket information, contact the church at (336) 721-1959. The church is located at 1301 C. E. Gray Drive. Mar. 30 Leadership Master Class Join St. Peter’s World Outreach for the “Leadership Master Class - Topic: Communication (Leadership Style)” on Saturday, March 30 from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Administration Building. This is an opportunity to develop critical leadership skills that will help you be a more effective leader where you live, work and worship. Guest speakers are Mr. Nigel Alston and Mrs. Michelle Cook. Host pastors are Bishop James C. & Mrs. Joyce Hash. These classes are free and open to the public. St. Peter’s is located at 3683 Old Lexington Road. Call (336) 6500200 for more information. Mar. 30 Missionary Society program Christ Temple C.M.E Church, 2935 N. Glenn Av-

enue, Missionary Society will sponsor a program from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on March 30. It will be followed by a “Feast of Salads” celebration from noon to 2 p.m. Donation is $10 per plate. The public is cordially invited to attend. Pastor Nathaniel Williams Jr. is the host pastor.

Mar. 31 5th Sunday Church School The Union Chapel Baptist Church Sunday School will have evening church school on March 31 at 6 p.m. The school will delve into traditional and non-traditional subjects and programs designed to enhance and improve the quality of living and development for all participants. The public is invited to attend. For information, call (336) 767-7613. Mar. 31 Women’s Day Saints Home United Methodist Church is celebrating Women’s Day, Sunday, March 31st at 10:30 a.m. Our Guest Speaker is the Honorable Denise S. Hartsfield, Forsyth County District Court Judge. Our theme is “Celebrating Our Legacy Through

Works Of Faith.” Saints Home is located at 1390 Thurmond St.

Mar. 31 Worship services The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of WinstonSalem, 4055 Robinhood Road, will have two worship services on March 30. At the Awake service at 9 a.m. member Anne Murray will lead the group in a spiritual practice of Mahatma Gandhi. At the 11 a.m. traditional service, the Rev. Liam Hooper, director of Ministries Beyond Welcome, will speak about the deep and often hidden roots of racism and misogyny. At Explorations, 9:15 a.m., Susan David will present “A Creation Story: A Post-Apocalyptic World.” At the 9:15 a.m. Forum, Mike Ralls will describe what he did when he won $1,000 in the lottery. For more information, see UUFWS.org. Mar. 31 Family and Friends Day The Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 1905 N Jackson Ave., will celebrate Missionary and Family and Friends Day on Sunday March 31 at the 11 a.m. worship service. Everyone is invited as Pastor Hart closes out a series of messages titled “God Allows U-turns.”


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Community Calendar NOW – April 8 – “Donate 2 Educate” Bring unwanted items to the Goodwill trailer in the school parking lot of Carter High School. Donations will help people in the community find jobs and become more independent. For more information, plese call Dana Conte at (336) 201-0794 or email at dconte@goodwillnwnc. org. NOW – May 31 – Annual literary competition Flying South, the annual literary competition sponsored by Winston-Salem Writers, is accepting entries now through May 31. There will be $2,000 in prizes awarded. Best in category winners will be published in Flying South magazine and will receive $500 each. The WinstonSalem Writers President’s Favorite will also receive $500. For complete rules and submission details, go to www.wswriters.org and click on the contest tab. Winners will be announced on July 1, 2019. NOW – July 1 – Help Support LEAD Girls of NC From now until July 1 and through the Quotes for Good Program, State Farm agent, Donna Jones will donate $10 to LEAD Girls of NC for each call her office receives requesting an auto and home/renters quote. To get a quote and support LEAD Girls of NC, call Donna Jones at (336) 602-2980. TODAY, March 28 – Spring Job Event Davidson County Community College hosts its annual Spring Job Fair Thursday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Rittling Conference Center of the Davidson Campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Job Fair, including a full list of scheduled employers, visit DavidsonCCC.edu/ JobFair. TODAY, March 28 – Information session State Representative Derwin L. Montgomery and the North Ward Council Member D. D. Adams will co-host a Joint Town Hall/Ward meeting on March 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at Kimberley Park Elementary School, 1701 N. Cherry St. Join your neighbors and receive updates from both your local and state level of government. TODAY, March 28 – Airport board meeting The Smith Reynolds Airport Board will have its next meeting on Thursday,

March 21at 4 p.m. in the boardroom, Suite 204, of the Terminal Building at Smith Reynolds Airport, 3801 N. Liberty St, Winston-Salem. TODAY, March 28 – Workshop The city’s Office of Business Inclusion & Advancement is holding two free workshops on Thursday, March 28, to help professionals ensure that their good-faith efforts to meet M/WBE subcontracting goals are sufficient. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, and again from 2 to 4 p.m., in Suite 122 of the Joycelyn V. Johnson Municipal Services Center, 2000 Lowery St. Pre-registration is requested by March 26 by contacting Hasani Mitchell at hasanim@cityofws.org. TODAY, March 28-31 – “Metropolis” “Metropolis” returns to the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N Spruce St., on March 28-31. Opening night is Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Additional productions will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30. The showing on March 31 will at 2 p.m. See Winstonsalemfestivalballet.org for tickets prices or call (336) 747-1414. March 30 – Urban League Gala The Winston-Salem Urban League is grateful for your support of the Whitney M. Young Gala originally scheduled for Oct. 27 will be held on March 30 at 6 p.m. at BioTech Place, 575 Patterson Ave. If you already purchased tickets for the original date (October 27), your purchase will carry over to the new date, so there is no need to re-purchase a ticket. If however, you would like to seek a refund, please contact Kenneth Pettigrew (kpettigrew@wsurban.org). March 30 – Annual fundraiser “FlapJacks & Funnies” will help Hoops4L.Y.F.E. continue to be committed to the youth and their families in Winston-Salem. The fundraiser will be held on March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and located at Bib’s Downtown, 675 West 5th Street. See eventbrite.com for tickets and more details. March 30 – Deacon Dash for Down Syndrome The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem (formerly PDSSN) has announced plans for the fourth annual “3-2-1 Deacon Dash

for Down Syndrome,” which will take place on Saturday, March 30 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. This will be a 5K race starting at 9 a.m. with an additional .11 mile added for a total distance of 3.21 miles. Participants can register for both the 5K and the Fun Run through March 26 by visiting http://pdssn.ezeventsolutions.com/321Dash. Fees for the races will be $40 and $30, respectively. March 30 – Fundraiser gala A fundraising gala for World Relief Triad will be held on Saturday, March 30 at The Warehouse, 1245 Ivy Ave. from 7 - 11 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.worldrelieftriad. org. For more information, write to worldinwinston@ gmail.com. March 30 – Field of Dreams Fest The Enrichment Center and The Arc of North Carolina presents Field of Dreams Fest on March 30 from noon to 4 p.m. This community-wide event will be held at BB&T Ballpark. Admission is free. For more information about Field of Dreams Fest, visit the event Website at https://www.enrichmentarc.org/field-dreamsfest. March 30, April 6 & 13 – Writer’s workshop Winston-Salem Writers will hold three workshops for writers on successive Saturdays, March 30, April 6 and April 13, on various topics on the craft of writing. All workshops will be held at the new offices of the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, 419 N. Spruce Street, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per workshop; free to members of Winston-Salem Writers. Nonmembers can join for $36 and attend all three workshops for free. To register, email programs@ wswriters.org. Payment is at the door, cash or check March 31 & April 2 – Concerts The Winston-Salem Symphony will present Classics Series concerts. The concerts will take place on Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University Tickets begin at $20 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at WSsymphony. org. April 2 – Society meeting The Forsyth County Genealogical Society will

Easter BY KAEDE BOST

I’m done shutting myself in my room for last supper alone no longer awaiting my scheduled crucifixion tomorrow ready for a seat at the table, not getting passed over this time preparation for liberation that light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter have to slip my shades on when I look at my future my third day is approaching fast on the road to rise again push that stone away and step into the light phoenix from the ashes and messiah of my own destiny time to bring myself some good news

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meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in the auditorium of the Reynolda Manor Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library, 2839 Fairlawn Drive. All meetings are free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. More information about this or the Genealogical Society is at forsythgen.org. April 2-3 – Social Mobility Summit Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will bring together academic, community leaders, researchers and students to share knowledge at the Social Mobility Summit 2019. The summit, themed “Innovative Approaches on Campus and in the Community,” is April 2-3. The summit is free; however, registration is required. For more information or to register, visit https:// www.wssu.edu/academics/ colleges-and-departments/ college-of-arts-sciences-business-education/ center-for-study-of-economic-mobility/social-mobility-summit.html. April 4-14 – RiverRun volunteers needed The RiverRun International Film Festival is seeking volunteers to work during this year’s festival, which will take place April 4-14. Volunteer jobs include film venue ushering, selling and taking tickets, serving at parties, office work, promotional work in advance of the festival and a wide range of hospitality services. Those interested in becoming a volunteer should go to riverrunfilm. com and click on “get involved” for more information. April 4-5 – Entrepreneur conference Entrepalooza, a twoday conference hosted by Wake Forest University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, will be held April 4 and 5. Events are free and open to the public. For complete schedule of events, http://entrepreneurship.wfu.edu. How to submit items to the community calendar: We appreciate your community news. Here’s how you can help us to process your news more efficiently: *Please give us complete information about the event, such as the sponsor and address, date, time and place of the event and contact information so that the public can con-

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the requirements of Article 19 of Chapter 160A of the General Statutes of North Carolina, that the City Council of the City of Winston-Salem will hold a public hearing in the Council Chamber at City Hall, Room 230, 101 N. Main Street, WinstonSalem, NC at 7:00Â p.m. on April 1, 2019, on the following proposed amendments to the Official Zoning Map of the City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina: 1. Zoning petition of Gary Smith and Carol Smith, to amend and change from AG to RS20: the zoning classification and Official Zoning Map of the property lo-cated on the south side of Glenn Hi Road, across from Country View Drive; property consists of Âą1.09 acres and is a portion of PIN# 6864-75-0196 as shown on the Forsyth County Tax Maps (Zoning Docket W-3399). 2. Zoning petition of Forsyth County, to amend and change from IP to GB-S (Group Care Facility C; Child Care, Drop-In; Church or Religious Institution, Neigh-borhood; Golf Course; Government Offices, Neighborhood Organization, or Post Office; Habilitation Facility A; Ha-bilitation Facility B; Habilitation Facility C; Library, Public; Museum or Art Gallery; Nursing Care Institution; Police or Fire Station; Recreation Facility, Pub-lic; Utilities; Academic Biomedical Re-search Facility; Adult Day Care Center; Child Care Institution; Child Care, Sick Children; Child Day Care Center; Church or Religious Institution, Community; Family Group Home B; Park and Shuttle Lot; School, Private; School, Public; School, Vocational or Professional; Club or Lodge; College or University; Family Group Home C; Recreation Services, In-door; Recreation Services, Outdoor; Transmission Tower; Access Easement, Private Off-Site; and Animal Shelter, Pub-lic): the zoning classification and Official Zoning Map of the property located on the northwest side of Sturmer Park Circle, north of Shattalon Dr; propety consists ofÂą5.49 acres and is a portion of PIN# 6828-13-9481 as shown on the Forsyth County Tax Maps (Zoning Docket W-3403). All parties in interest and citizens are invited to attend said hearing at which time they shall have an opportunity to be heard in favor of or in opposition to the foregoing proposed changes. During the public hearing the City Council may hear other proposals to amend the zoning of the above-described property or any portion thereof. At the end of the public hearing, the City Council may continue the matter, deny the proposed rezoning, in whole or in part, grant the proposed rezoning, in whole or in part, or rezone the above-described property or any portion thereof to some other zoning classification. Prior to the hearing, all persons interested may obtain any additional information on these proposals which is in the possession of the City-County Planning Board by inquiring in the office of the City-County Planning Board in the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All requests for appropriate and necessary auxiliary aids and services must be made, within a reasonable time prior to the hearing, to Angela Carmon at 747-7404 or to T.D.D. 727-8319. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL Sandra Keeney, Secretary to the City Council of the City of Winston-Salem The Chronicle March 21, 28, 2019

This the 21st day of March, 2019. William Love Administrator for Archie W. Love, deceased 235 Bogart Circle Winston-Salem, NC 27104 The Chronicle March 21, 28, and April 4, 11, 2019

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Fiduciary of the Estate of Donald Warren Herb, (19E410), also known as Donald Herb, Donald W. Herb, Rev. Donald W. Herb deceased February 20, 2019 Forsyth County, North Carolina, this is to Notify all persons, firms, and corporation having claims against the Estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before June 24, 2019 this Notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons indebted to the said decedent or estate shall please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 19th day of March, 2019. Sandra H. Averitt Fiduciary for Donald Warren Herb, deceased 7225 Ridge Road Tobaccoville, NC 27050 The Chronicle March 21, 28, and April 4, 11, 2019

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Fiduciary of the Estate of Annie C. Dew (19 E 70), also known as Annie Clark Dew, Annie Morris Clark Dew deceased December 2, 2018 Forsyth County, North Carolina, this is to Notify all persons, firms, and corporation having claims against the Estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before June 24, 2019 this Notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons indebted to the said decedent or estate shall please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

The City of Winston-Salem is looking to fill the positions for Sr. Recreation Leader- 900011 Please visit: www.cityofws.org for job description and application process.

This the 17th day of January, 2019. Charles Edward Gray Fiduciary for Annie C. Dew, deceased 3840 Carver School Road WinstonSalem, NC 27105 The Chronicle March 21, 28, and April, 4, 11, 2019

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RiverRun Film Festival comes to town Here are my tips to get you started BY JUDIE HOLCOMB-PACK THE CHRONICLE

With over 160 films being screened at the RiverRun International Film Festival, there will certainly be films many seniors will find entertaining. As a volunteer for several years, as well as a movie buff, I’m offering these tips to help you make plans to attend film screenings. Details: Running April 4-14, RiverRun screens films at various venues including Aperture Arts House Cinema downtown, the UNC School of the Arts, SECCA and Hanesbrands Theatre. Tickets are $12 and matinee screenings are $6. There are also several free offerings. Getting started: Choose your films. Go to www.riverfunfilm.com and click on the schedule to see the list of all the films by day and time. By clicking on the film, you will see a brief summary, along with a link to a trailer. Because there are so many films to choose from, I recommended you make a list of those that interest you and the days and times they are showing. If you’re like me, you will end up with a long list that you will need to narrow down. Purchase tickets. The box office is located at the Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth Street. You can also purchase tickets online at www.riverrunfilm.com, but there will be a $1.50 service fee. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue an hour before start time of the screening, if there are any tickets available. If a film is sold out, you can put your name on a wait list. If any empty seats remain, theatre staff will sell tickets, first come, first served, 15

minutes before the film begins. Where to park. For Aperture Cinema downtown, it is recommended you park in nearby parking decks for daytime films. On-street parking on Fourth, Cherry and Marshall Streets is available at no charge after 6 p.m. There are a few designated handicapped on-street spots. For films at the School of the Arts, parking is at the Novant Health Facility at the Gateway Center Building, 1405 S. Broad Street. A shuttle will take you to the three screens located at the ACE Theatre Complex and pick you up afterward. Shuttles run about every 15-20 minutes. Attending the screening. You must be in your seat at least 15 minutes before the movie begins. Any empty seats will be sold just prior to the movie beginning. Late seating is not allowed, so allow plenty of time to get to the venue. Some venues offer snacks and beverages. Aperture Cinema and Hanesbrand Theatre offer soft drinks, coffee, wine and beer, along with popcorn and candy at their concessions. The School of the Arts does not allow food or beverages in the screening rooms. Talk-backs and Q&A. Many of the films will have a talk-back or Q&A following the screening. These are often conducted by directors or filmmakers and offer background information or interesting stories about the making of the film. Here are a few of my picks: * Care to Laugh – Jesus Trejo is relentless in his pursuit of standup stardom, while caring for his aging parents. * While I Breathe, I Hope

Volunteers offer healing through arts and crafts at SECU House BY LISA NORTHRUP

Every Monday, the SECU Family House partners with Sawtooth School for Visual Art for an evening of Art and Wellness. This program gives guests a creative way to heal outside of the hospital and to help their minds rest from their illness or that of their loved one. Patients and caregivers use this time to talk and laugh. One volunteer is Vickie Clontz of Annie’s Keepsakes. She facilitates monthly wool felting activities with guests and recalls a story from one evening. “We had a large lively group! It was an eclec-

tic group. We even had a three-year old boy felting with the help of his grandma. Everyone was joking around and cutting up with each other as though they had been best friends forever as they wet-felted colorful wool fibers into beads and made necklaces. I remember one lady in particular was so outgoing and friendly. She was really the life of the party and stayed until everyone else had left. As she was helping me pack up, she shared with me that her daughter was in the hospital, had just had surgery that day, and was in intensive care. She wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. I was so glad that I was able to provide a little distraction See Heal on B7

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Audience at a film screening at a previous RiverRun Film Festival. – Documentary film that explores what it means to be young, black and Democrat in America. * One Last Deal – An elderly art dealer disconnected from his family is about to retire when an old painting by an unidentified artist catches his attention at auction. * Don’t Get in Trouble with Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story – The film documents the story of three African-Americans from the hip-hop generation who found a mentor in an 87-year-old fiddler. * Olympia – Olympia Dukakis lovingly captured as the actress travels back to Greece, shares stories and reflects on her extraordinary career. * Miles Davis, Birth of the Cool – Stanley Nelson’s latest film uses archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues to explore the man behind the music.

* This Changes Everything – An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists. * Dr. No – Special screening of the 1962 film that launched the longest continuing film franchise of James Bond. * The Sunshine Boys – Special screening of the 1975 film starring George Burns and Walther Matthau, two legendary comedians reluctantly agree to reunite for a television special; however, they can’t stand each other. People come from all over the country to attend RiverRun International Film Festival. It is an honor that WinstonSalem is home to this prestigious event. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this international film festival that is in our own backyard.

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April Senior Events Calendar: * Friday Social Club every Friday, 2-3:30 p.m., at the Shepherd’s Center, 1700 Ebert St. Free, but registration is required due to limited space. Call 336-748-0217 for more information. * Parkland High School Class of 1971 Reunion Committee is planning the class reunion. Members of the class are asked to send name, address, phone number and email to parklandreunion@gmail.com. * Registration is now being accepted for the next Powerful Tools for Caregivers which will be held April 23-May 28, 1–3 p.m., at the Kernersville Senior Center, 130 E. Mountain St. Call the Shepherd’s Center for more information or to register at 336-7480217. * RiverRun International Film Festival will be held at various venues throughout WinstonSalem April 4–14. The Festival will present about 160 screenings. For film schedule and to purchase tickets, go to www.riverrunfilm.com. * Open Mic, hosted by Winston-Salem Writers, (first Tuesday of each month), April 2, 6:308:30 p.m., Liberty Arts Coffee House, 526 N. Liberty St. Free event that offers beginning and experienced writers an opportunity to read five minutes of their work to a friendly audience. For information, visit www.wswriters.org. * Piedmont Plus Senior Games/SilverArts Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 5, 11 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 5000 Country Club Road. For more information, visit www.WePlay.ws and click on Seniors tab. * Winston-Salem State University Department of Music will present the Singing Rams’ annual Spring Concert on April 7 at 4 p.m. at the K.R. Williams Auditorium on the campus. Admission is free and donations will be accepted. Contact 336-750-2525 or burkedw@wssu.edu for more information. * Lunch and Learn: Medicare, hosted

by Compass Financial Services, April 8, 11:00 a.m., Bleu Restaurant, 3425 Frontis St. Free, but registration is recommended. Call 336-768-5111. * Aging Well series presented by Wake Forest Baptist Health, April 9, 6:00 p.m., Central Public Library auditorium. The topic is “How Lowering Blood Pressure in Older Adults Can Lower the Risk for Cognitive Impairment” presented by Dr. Jeff D. Williamson. The seminar is free but registration suggested. Call 336713-2378 to RSVP. * Second Thursday Seniors Writers Group, (second Thursday), April 11, 11 a.m., Carver School Branch Library, 4915 Lansing Drive. All writers, whether just starting out or experienced, are invited to attend, discuss the craft of writing and share their work. Call Charlene Edwards at 336-703-2910 for information. * Piedmont Earth Day Festival, April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. The 14th annual Earth Day is a family-friendly event and an opportunity to learn about living a more sustainable lifestyle. Live music, food trucks, over 100 vendors and exhibitors, and ongoing demonstrations. Free. For more information, visit www.peanc.org. * Adult Children of Aging Parents meeting, third Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Knollwood Baptist Church, 330 Knollwood St. All are welcome, but the focus will be on the needs of adult children who are caring for their aging parents. For more information, visit www. http://acapwinston-salem.org/. * Clemmons Cookin’ Book Club, (third Wednesday), April 17, 12:15 p.m., Clemmons Public Library, 3554 Clemmons Road. Choose a recipe from the cookbook selected for the month and bring in the finished dish on meeting day to share and discuss the recipes. Call 336-703-2921 for details. * Vets Coffee, (third Thursday), April 18, 9 a.m., PDQ, 285 Harvey St. All veterans and friends

are invited to attend. For more information, call Don Timmons at 336-331-1309 or email don.timmons@hospicecarecenter.org. * Free shredding day hosted by AARP, April 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive. Drive in and drop off documents to be safely and confidentially shredded. * AARP Chapter will present CarFit on April 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive. CarFit is a free program designed to improve older drivers’ safety. Trained volunteers provide information to ensure the safest “fit” for older drivers and their vehicles. To register to attend, contact Carolyn Samuel at 336-577-5331. * Third Thursday Adult Coloring Club, April 18, 11:00 a.m., Carver School Road Branch Library, 4915 Lansing Dr. Call 336-703-2910 for information. * Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Winston-Salem, (fourth Tuesday except December), April 23, 9:45 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1416 Bolton St. Coffee and monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. Open to women who are new or established residents of the greater Winston-Salem area. For more information, email wsnewcomers@gmail.com. * Maple Springers Monthly Fellowship Luncheon, (fourth Thursdays), April 25, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Maple Springs United Methodist Church, $5 for lunch. To RSVP, contact the church office at 336-7227563 by 5:00 p.m. Monday of the week of luncheon. * Sisters in Crime writers group, April 28, 1:30-4 p.m., High Point Library, 901 N. Main St. Topic is “Handling Humor in Light as well as Heavy Fiction” presented by Diane Kelly. Free and open to all writers, all levels. For more information, visit www. murderwewrite.org.


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for this worried mom. You just never know what’s going on in someone’s life.” Volunteers, many of them active seniors, make the Family House more than just a place to stay. When the stress of caring for an ill loved one far from home starts to take a toll, it means the world to guests when they are greeted with a warm smile and a distraction such as an art activity. “I actually get as much Submitted photo or more from my ‘students’ at the Family House as they Sawtooth volunteer helps Family House guest learning the art of paper marbling. get from me in our little work of art.” overnight guests since workshops,” said Vickie The 45-room Family opening in 2011. A special Clontz. “It’s a real wake- House is an affordable al- team of 85 regular volunup call for me as I compare ternative to a hospital wait- teers helps the house run my problems with theirs, ing room or an expensive smoothly and puts an extra which are often serious hotel for people coming special touch of hospitality health issues either with to Winston-Salem for out- to their stay. themselves or their family of-town medical care. It Vickie’s advice for members. I truly love shar- has hosted families from anyone looking to voluning my passion for creating 95 North Carolina coun- teer: “Do what you love with others and seeing the ties and 42 states, and has and find a way to share it joy they derive from mak- served more than 33,000 with others. There are so ing their own exquisite

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many needy people in today’s world. I heard on the news that today’s teenagers are lonelier than ever, even with all the social media they pursue. So imagine how much more is needed in places like the Family House. Can you cook? Volunteer to help serve a meal. Do you play music or like to make crafts? Find an organization that can use your talent. You will be blessed much more than you can imagine by giving of yourself, and you will be a blessing to others too!” Lisa Northrup is the director of donor relations for SECU House. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available at the SECU Family House. Please contact Lindley Curtis at Lindley.curtis@familyhousews.org or visit www. familyhousews.org to find out how you can join the Family House family.

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Age-Friendly Forsyth looking for community volunteers BY THERESA HOFFMAN-MAKAR, MPH, CHES, CHC

Forsyth County became an Age-Friendly Community in 2018, working with Forsyth County commissioners in committing to make Forsyth County an age-friendly community by joining the AARP/WHO network of communities. Age-Friendly Forsyth connects, informs and engages aging adults and community partners to create a livable community through collaborative planning and action. Focus areas include: *Physical and mental health *Financial health *Housing and safety *Accessibility and mobility *Support network *Empowerment and engagement We have completed a community report on aging in Forsyth County and built out the process for collective action planning. Our next step is forming the Community Engagement Council, which is a volunteer group of resident leaders aged 60 or older (or their caregivers) that will help set priorities to make Forsyth County a place where people can live their best lives. If you are interested in volunteering to serve as a community representative, please contact Arleatha Patterson at 336-701-1700 ext. 112 or email arleatha@forsythfutures.org for an application. To learn more about Age-Friendly Forsyth, our process and our partners, please visit www.agefriendlyforsyth.org. Theresa Hoffman-Makar is the project manager at Age-Friendly Forsyth.

The 4th quarter doesn’t have to be the last quarter

BY DR. JAMES B. EWERS JR.

I am a senior citizen and proud of it. As I mused recently, I have been around a long time. God has allowed me to live a fulfilled and enriched life. And there is still some sand left in my hourglass. Growing up in Winston-Salem, we had older residents in my East Winston community. For children like me, what was my definition of old? Upon some reflection now, did I base old on age, movement, looks, or speech? Age came into play, yet we as kids didn’t know the ages of older neighbors. We didn’t hear people giving their ages. Why? Because we weren’t allowed in adult conversations. In fact, we had to leave the

room when adults were talking. So was 50 years old? Maybe 60 years? What about 75 years or even 80 years of age? I gave some thought to the question of aging some years ago. I don’t wonder about it as much now because I am in it. Movement, in the opinion of some, creates a perception of old age. Certainly in my young days, if you “looked” old and\or moved slowly, then I designated you as old. If you had gray hair or spoke slowly, I would dub you as an older person. Now, especially from a hair perspective, having gray hair is not necessarily a sign of being an older American. There are young people who purposefully have gray hair. In fact, they have purple

hair and green hair. So it is safe to say hair norms have changed. Having gray hair back in the day was a sign of aging and wisdom. Today, it is a sign of the popular culture. As a Baby Boomer, I looked at aging through a traditional lens. Aging gracefully was truly a gift of longevity and “good” living. There was a dearth of research on living into your golden years. To my knowledge, there was not a Council on Aging or an AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). There wasn’t an Internet that was full of facts about how to slow down the aging process. We didn’t know about the benefits of apple cider vinegar or beet juice. I guess the long-standing view was that when you retired, you

James B. Ewers Jr. sat at home and watched the “young and the restless” become the “bold and the beautiful.” We know now that Americans are living longer. Researchers at Harvard University in Massachusetts say you can increase your life span by three years if you exercise for fifteen minutes daily. Another report says that longer life expectancy is linked to a steady exercise

regimen of about two and a half hours. And that people in their 70s who exercise regularly have the hearts and lungs of people thirty years younger. Wow! Are you kidding? No, I’m not. I am a 4th quarter guy trying to get to overtime. Playing tennis over the years has really helped me, both physically and mentally. I use the expression “tennis for life” to describe my involvement in the sport. Last year, I joined my wife in a stretching and aerobics class which is held at a recreation center in our neighborhood. I left our first class and met some muscles I didn’t know I had. The stretching portion is one hour, and the aerobics portion is one hour. When we finish, I’m cooked! You can stick

a fork in me and call me done. Our instructor, Carly Bourgeois, is excellent. She is a senior dance fitness instructor with the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA). We average between 50 and 55 seniors per week. It is the most fun and is as physical as you want it to be. Go to your community center and sign up. Mothers were right when they told us to eat our vegetables and that hated spinach. And an apple a day does keep youknow-who away. We’re living longer. You see the 4th quarter doesn’t have to be the last quarter because we are headed to overtime!

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