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by Jordan Green

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BLACK PANTHERS HISTORIC MARK- ER IN WINSTON-SALEM DESTROYED BY TRUCK

A local historic marker commemorating the Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party at the intersection of East Fifth Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive was hit by a truck and destroyed sometime before Christmas.

LeAnn Pegram with the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission said a replacement has been ordered from a foundry in Ohio. She said such accidents are not uncommon.

“That’s happened with a couple other markers,” Pegram said. “Especially when [the trucks] round the corner, they’ll whop it.”

Currently, there is only a naked post at the site, and Pegram said that typically the signs cannot be repaired when they are accidentally damaged.

Erected in October 2012, the marker commemorates the Winston-Salem Black Panthers as the first chapter in a Southern city and reflects the organization’s efforts to “protect African-American neighborhoods from police brutal ity”

and to provide “community service programs, including free breakfasts for school children, sickle cell anemia testing and the Joseph Waddell People’s Free Ambulance Service.”

NC A&T ALLOWED TO INCREASE OUT-OF-STATE ENROLLMENT

The UNC Board of Governors has granted NC A&T University’s request to raise its out-of-state enrollment cap from 18 percent to 25 percent.

University Chancellor Harold Martin said he was pleased with the decision, which came on Jan. 10, adding, “We will continue to increase the university’s academic competitiveness and prepare more students for careers in high-need disciplines locally, regionally and nationally.”

The university will focus recruitment efforts for out-of-state students in the science, technology, engineering, nursing, education and agricultural disciplines.

Martin argued to UNC President Tom Ross in a Jan. 3 letter that the university could serve additional numbers of out-ofstate students with no negative impact on in-state enrollment. !

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