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WEDNESDAY FAMILY EVENT: Fit and Fun Fair coming to Thomasville. 1B August 25, 2010 127th year No. 237 SAFE JOURNEY: Archdale approves sidewalk project. 2A High Point, N.C. TOP CATS: HPU men choice in Big South soccer poll. 1D 50 Cents Daily $1.25 Sundays Planners OK rezonings for new mosque BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER HIGH POINT – The High Point Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended the approval of two zoning requests that could allow a new mosque to built in the city after a lengthy public hearing that included several testimonies of support and several in opposition to the requests. Malik Hanif requested about 7 acres of land on the east side of Allen Jay Road be rezoned from a residential multi-family district to conditional use public and institutional with an accompanying conditional-use permit pertaining to development standards and vehicular access to build an Islamic worship center and educational facility on the land. The city allows churches or places of worship in all residential zoning districts, but the public institution zoning does not have parcel size or access restrictions for a place of worship. According to Uzma Zaman, a spokesperson for the Islamic Center of High Point, the city’s Muslim community has grown in recent years, and the two mosques that exist in the city – on Market Center Drive and Lexington Avenue – are too small. “We want a worship place since we have a big community, and every day that community is growing,” Zaman said. “Most Muslim families are in favor of this and would love to see this because the site is close to their families.” Others said they were in favor of the request because the land is often used for illegal activities at night. Surrounding neighbors opposed to the requests cited traffic and religious differences as major concerns. “I’ve owned property on Ingram Road for 15 years, and I’ve seen it go downhill,” Tommy Shipwash said when he addressed the commission. “I don’t know if these people building it are those that are (Islamic) radicals, but I don’t want it in my neighborhood. I’m sure you wouldn’t want it in yours.” David Campbell, a resident of Allen Jay Road, said traffic created by the Islamic center in addition to school bus traffic from Allen Jay Elementary School could be a safety hazard. There also have been talks about re- WHO’S NEWS – opening the former Allen Jay Middle School as a charter school, he said. The planning staff said a traffic analysis was not required because traffic from the Islamic center would not peak during the hours that school buses were en route. Commission member Martha Shepherd said approving the requests was constitutional. “Right down the road (from the site) is the Fairfield Enrichment Center,” she said. “A few blocks down is Allen Jay Baptist Church. I think our Constitution gives you freedom of religion. I’m glad that it gives us that.” The requests will go before City Council at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 in City Hall. R. Carter Pate, chairman of Greensboro College’s Board of Trustees, was appointed to a fouryear term on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. The board’s 16 voting members are responsible for policy-making and oversight at George Mason, a public university in Virginia. | 888-3617 SO LONG, SUMMER INSIDE – LONGTIME LEADER: PTIA’s Ted Johnson announces retirement. It’s back to school for students in the Triad BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER TRIAD – Opening new schools and adjusting academic improvement plans and bus routes will be at the top of the agenda today as schools across the Triad open their doors to students. Guilford County Schools starts the 2010-11 school year with two new local schools and plans to improve performance across the district. Opening today for students will be the new Jamestown Middle School and the nearby Haynes-Inman Education Center. CHANGES – 1B Bus routes: Guilford County Schools has posted bus stop information for the upcoming school year online at Some students may have to walk on average two-tenths of a mile farther to bus stops because of budget cuts. OBITUARIES – David Clark, 66 Cletus Davis, 89 Dean Gibson, 69 Myrtle Hill, 92 William Jennings, 89 Jimmy Martin, 59 Crystal Wheeler, 41 Martha Wood, 76 Obituaries, 2B Graduation: GCS high school graduations have been moved back a week, meaning seniors must attend school for the full, state-mandated 180 days. The last set of students will walk across the stage on June 13. The $33 million middle school will serve as many as 1,000 students. The old school will become part of the Rags- dale High school campus, which will undergo a renovation and addition FIRST DAY, 2A DON DAVIS JR. | HPE Sarah Hurley gets last-minute chores done to prepare her preK classroom at Oakview Elementary for today’s opening. Business owners compare recession to ‘bumpy ride’ Before you read... ---- Fourth in a seven-part series. BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER HIGH POINT – When local business owners look back on 2009, they don’t look back on it fondly. “That was our worst year ever,” said Russ Hildebrand, general manager at Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery on Mall Loop Road in High Point. “It was discouraging, but we saw signs of life and hung in there.” Small business owners say they didn’t see an immediate impact when the stock market crashed in 2008 and the word “recession” became common in the country’s vocabulary. Instead, decreased foot traffic and sales came in the form of a slow trickle. By mid-2009, most say they knew they were in for a long, bumpy ride. “It’s been gradual but relentless,” said Grateful Bread owner Teresa Mackey about the recession’s impact on her eatery on N. Main Street. “I don’t really look at it as this year verHARD TIMES sus last year anymore (in terms of Living in the sales). Now it’s this recession month versus last ■■■ month. If you’re a few hundred dollars off on one day and that trend continues, within a couple of weeks it has a strong, negative effect.” Foot traffic is something that decreased at both restaurants. But even when customers did walk in their doors, their orders were lighter, Hildebrand said. “The people that were coming in were buying less expensive entrees.” With items like beer and sandwiches experiencing sales declines, it’s no surprise that high-end retailers like Simon Jewelers in the Times Square shopping center on N. Main Street saw a drop in sales and traffic. “Luckily, we were diversified,” SERIES BREAKOUTS – MONDAY: Single mother tries to stay afloat TUESDAY: Charities feel the bite in down economy THURSDAY: The state of the lending, housing markets in the Triad FRIDAY: A look at today’s jobs picture SATURDAY: Are you better off now than you were last year? Two years ago? DON DAVIS JR. | HPE said store owner Gary Simon. “We have so many gift, bridal and repair services to offer. We continued a basic core amount of business.” But relief is in sight, the three business owners say, and they’ve seen improvement in 2010. Year-to-year Partly cloudy High 88, Low 67 6D SUNDAY: Is the recession over? TODAY: How local businesses are coping Gary Simon is the owner of Simon’s Jewelers on N. Main Street. WEATHER – sales at Liberty have improved every month since February. Like the downturn, however, the recovery also is turning out to be a slow, bumpy ride. “This economic climate is like taking a trip in a car,” Simon said. “We feel now that we’re going in the right direction, but at the same time, someone is pumping the breaks. 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