CMYK Ex-Easley aide indicted on 51 counts Dems should abandon sinking ship Southern, Northern meet in the pool State & Nation, Page 9A Opinion, Page 10A Sports, Page 1B FRIDAY, January 22, 2010 Volume XCVI, No. 18 (252) 436-2700 Money missing in Dec. www.hendersondispatch.com Daily Dispatch publisher earns award for 2009 By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer By DAVID IRVINE Daily Dispatch Writer Please see MONEY, page 3A Index Our Hometown . . . . . 2A Business & Farm. . . . 5A Opinion . . . . . . . . . . 10A Light Side . . . . . . . . 11A Sports. . . . . . . . . . 1-4B Comics . . . . . . . . . . . 5B Classifieds. . . . . . . 6-9B Weather Today Rain likely High: 41 Low: 32 Saturday 50 cents Edwards Citizen of Year Tax office waited 11 days before reporting loss County officials were still tight-lipped Thursday about the disappearance of a bank deposit bag from the Vance County Tax Office. Vance County Manager Jerry Ayscue said the bag, which contained as much as $6,000 to $7,000 in cash and several thousands more in checks, was first suspected to be missing on Dec. 17. He said the loss was reported to the sheriff’s department on Dec. 28. Ayscue did not elaborate on why 11 days passed before it was reported to the sheriff’s department. “According to Sheriff (Peter) White, the SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) is assisting with the investigation,” Ayscue said. County officials have declined to answer questions such as: • What is the total amount of missing cash and checks? • What procedures does the county use to deposit public funds? • Who is tasked with the job of transporting public Daily Dispatch/ASHLEY STEVEN AYSCUE James Edwards, right, poses for a photo with Bennett H. Perry Jr., last year’s recipient of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year award. Edwards is the 2009 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Daily Dispatch Publisher James Edwards is the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year. “It’s rare for me to be at a loss for words,” the Henderson resident said to laughs from the audience after receiving his plaque Thursday evening at the civic organization’s 72nd annual banquet, held at Vance-Granville Community College. Edwards, in thanking the selection committee, said, “I’ll be honest with you: I sat there, hoping and praying that the person who is going to get this award tonight is the one that I nominated.” Edwards said that the award means much to him and added that, “I love Henderson. I love Vance County. I do what I do because of that love. “And I simply feel like that we all have that responsibility of making at least — playing some small role in making our place better. And so, to get an award for that — wow, that’s wonderful.” Edwards expressed apprePlease see EDWARDS, page 3A First Baptist ‘Shining Moment’ award winner By DISPATCH STAFF First Baptist Church of Henderson is this year’s recipient of the Shining Moment in Education Award from Vance County Schools. The purpose of the award is to recognize the most outstanding business partner for local schools. The award was presented Thursday evening at the annual Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce banquet. First Baptist was honored for being instrumental in working with E.M. Rollins Elementary School, including by sponsoring programs such as in the arts, by providing book bags, school supplies and warm clothing, by providing a smile and sitting with the schoolchildren at lunchtime. A new initiative, the backpack buddies program, provides specially selected students with the chance to take backpacks full of non-perishable items home for the weekend when they cannot be at school to eat a hot meal. Carol Ann Franklin accepted the award on behalf of the church. Additionally on Thursday evening, Zeb Vance Elementary School Principal Anne Garrison was recognized as principal of the year by the chamber, the county School District and the County Public School Foundation. Tessa Webb-Lewis received congratulations from the chamber, the county School District and the County Public School Foundation as the district’s teacher of the year. Webb-Lewis teaches eighth grade mathematics at Henderson Middle School. The following teachers were recognized for having received National Board Certification: • Cora Boyd of Henderson Middle. • Karen Rowland of E.M. Rollins. • Tameka Glass of Aycock Elementary School. • Valerie Hairston of Zeb Vance Elementary. Also on Thursday evening, the chamber’s officers for this year were announced. They are: • Vanessa Jones of VanceGranville Community College, chairman. Jones is the first African-American to hold the position. • David Ruggles of Maria Parham Medical Center, first vice chairman. • Catherine Hughes of Satterwhite Point Marina, second vice chairman. • Dean Overby of William L. Stark and Co., treasurer. Paul Harris of Harris Inc. of Henderson is the past chairman. Send comments to email@example.com. Oxford minister serving on Golden LEAF board Lacy Joyner, recommended by Sen. Doug Berger, will hold position until 2013 Mostly sunny High: 46 Low: 37 By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer Details, 3A Deaths Creedmoor Mae N. Cash, 84 William Smith Jr. Henderson Elvin Terry, 51 High Point Reynalda B. Lopez, 54 Kittrell William M. Pegram, 65 Oxford William A. Sanford, 52 Kirk Wright Raleigh Larry D. Hargrove, 43 Shelia A. Morrow Warren County Lottie Mae Davis, 100 Obituaries, 4A OXFORD — An Oxford minister is now serving on the Golden LEAF Foundation’s board of directors. The Rev. Lacy Joyner was appointed by state Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare, at the recommendation of state Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin and who additionally represents Vance, Granville and Warren counties. Joyner thanked Berger and said, “It is a wonderful honor to be appointed and I am very excited about the prospects of this new endeavor. Joyner This position will allow me to do what I value most and, that is, to help the people of North Carolina.” Berger said Joyner has committed a significant part of his adult life to the betterment of Granville County, both as a minister and as an advocate for opportunities for the disadvantaged. Golden LEAF, which is based in Rocky Mount, was created in 1999 to receive half the funds coming to North Carolina from the tobacco master settlement agreement resulting from lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers over smoking-related diseases. Joyner replaced John Harmon, an attorney from New Bern whose four-year term on the board had expired, Foundation President Dan Gerlach said. Basnight’s appointment of Joyner took effect Tuesday. Joyner’s term expires Nov. 30, 2013. The board is comprised of 15 members, with the governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate president pro tem each having the power to appoint five members. Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trucks at utility’s Henderson center hit by thieves By DISPATCH STAFF A $2 bottle of orange Gatorade was the least of the loss when thieves broke into trucks parked at Progress Energy’s Henderson line and service center at 1201 Martin Creek Road. According to Vance sheriff’s reports, workmen discovered that thousands of dollars in tools and material were missing Wednesday about 6 a.m. from vehicles belonging to the utility and two contractors. Progress Energy reported the theft of the following items and their values: 6 Husqvarna chain saws, $3,000; assorted tools and a tool bag, $1,000; 2 rolls of copper wire, $200; and a 500-foot roll of minors cable, $1,000. E&R Electric of Kinston reported the following missing items and their values: 2 small hoists, $200; large belt hoist, $200; 2 reels of copper wire, $250; 2 hot cutters, $100; pair of circle cutters, $50; set of rachet cutters, $200; Husqvarna chain saw, $300; and yellow ground cable, $50. Pike Electric Co. of Mt. Airy missed 65 feet of yellow ground wire but did not list a value — and the Gatorade taken from a cooler. Progress Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks said the utility could not comment because the investigation is ongoing. Send comments to email@example.com.