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STATE: N.C. House tries its hand at freeing 911 fees • Page 8A The Sanford Herald WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010 SANFORDHERALD.COM • 50 CENTS QUICKREAD CITY OF SANFORD SPORTS Budget passes; no tax cut Manager’s $41.4 million plan for 2010-11 garners approval by 4-3 vote By BILLY BALL SOUTHERN LEE’S MILLER OFF ON RIGHT FOOT SANFORD — A bitterly divided Sanford City Council signed off on a $41.4 million budget ordinance Tuesday, squashing some council Less than a week on the job, David Miller already has his first win in a Cavalier uniform Page 1B GULF OIL SPILL members’ calls for at least a 1cent property tax decrease for residents. The spending package that passed maintains the city’s current 54-cent property tax rate and included $46,000 for struggling local nonprofits. Proponents of City Manager Hal Hegwer’s proposed budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year said the city would be set back by the roughly $206,000 hit to revenues that would come from a 1-cent tax decrease. That money is better spent on projects like mending bumpy Sanford roads, said Councilman L.I. “Poly” Cohen. “It’s a great city and I want to keep it that way,” Cohen said. See Budget, Page 6A TRANSPORTATION Busload of ideas Billy Liggett Editor, The Sanford Herald ‘Attack’ vid surprising, but not a death knell OBAMA PLEDGES TO ‘MAKE BP PAY’ Dedicating new urgency to the Gulf oil spill, President Barack Obama accused BP of “recklessness” in the first Oval Office address of his presidency Tuesday and swore not to rest until the company has paid for the damage it has caused to lives, businesses and shorelines Page 10A WESLEY BEESON / Sanford Herald From right, Joy Barnes, Jonathan Whitehurst, Mike Rutkowski, Amber Robertson, Florence Bradshaw and Teresa Dew gather at Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford, to discuss public transportation Tuesday. CAROLINA Lee County’s COLTS program hosts workshops to find out ways to better serve those needing transit By ALEXA MILAN GOOD THINGS ARE GROWING ON VANCE This week’s satellite garden profile features the neighborhood garden on Vance Street Page 1C STATE SPECIAL FORCES LEADER LEAVING BRAGG The man who oversaw the start of the largest expansion of the Army’s Special Forces in history is leaving the command as the war in Afghanistan becomes more deadly and the outcome is unclear. Page 7A SANFORD — Better marketing and the addition of weekend hours are just a few ways the County of Lee Transit System can improve its service, members of the Lee County community said at a public transportation workshop Tuesday. COLTS hosted two workshops at the Civic Center to share information with the public about its five-year plan and receive feedback about changes people feel should be made to the system. With the assistance of Raleighbased consulting firm YOUR THOUGHTS What steps would the county’s COLTS program need to take to make public transportation more relevant in our area? E-mail your ideas to Editor Billy Liggett at Kimley-Horn and Associates, COLTS is in the early stages of a six-month development process for constructing a five-year plan. “You’ve got a great system today, but there’s always room for improvement,” Michael Rutkowski of KimleyHorn and Associates said. “You’re taking your existing services — good, bad and ugly — and looking at how it operates.” About 15 people from Sanford and Broadway attended the first workshop, and several of them mentioned that most people perceive COLTS as a service for the elderly and disabled. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen it marketed to the general public,” Stella Chester of Sanford said. Jonathan Whitehurst of Kimley-Horn and Associates said while COLTS does serve See COLTS, Page 6A LEE COUNTY EXTENSION Natural gas program expects full house NATION By BILLY BALL COLORADO MAN TRIED TO KILL BIN LADEN An American man has been detained in the mountains of Pakistan after authorities found him carrying a sword, pistol and night-vision goggles on a solo mission to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden Page 9A TO INFORM, CHALLENGE AND CELEBRATE Vol. 80, No. 139 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina SANFORD — Lee County Cooperative Extension officials are expecting a full house when they host a free workshop on natural gas drilling today. Cooperative Extension Directer Susan Condlin said pre-registration for the 6 p.m. seminar at Sanford’s McSwain Center has hit the maximum capacity of 250 HAPPENING TODAY n The Parkinson Support Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County CALENDAR, PAGE 2A TONIGHT A program titled, “Natural Gas Exploration: What You Need to Know,” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. people as of Tuesday afternoon. The attention on the Cooperative Extension workshop is a reflection of grow- ing local interest in scouring the area for potentially valuable natural gas stores, according to Condlin. With natural gas offering a particularly attractive alternative to oil, Condlin said companies are moving into Lee County looking to buy leases for land to one day drill. One of those companies, Denver-based Whitmar See Gas, Page 5A High: 90 Low: 72 Analysis: In history of political missteps, Etheridge’s is peanuts I f you know or have met Bob Etheridge — which I’m sure many of you do or have — then it’s likely you share my surprise at the video that has now made him the subject of nationwide public scrutiny. That surprise exists for a number of reasons, two of which stick out most. First, Bob’s a genuinely nice guy. In my three years in Sanford, North Carolina, he’s been nothing but cordial, funny and even a bit “folksy,” whether it’s a ribbon cutting, a veterans ceremony or a political appearance. We’ve seen calmly take heated questions in health care town halls … even answer those questions with a grin. Even his political enemies in North Carolina are shocked at his moment of “losing it.” Second, he’s smart. You don’t become a seven-term U.S. congressman without “knowing the score,” which makes it all the more shock- See Analysis, Page 5A ONLINE See the video of Congressman Bob Etheridge’s confrontation with an alleged student at our website, INDEX More Weather, Page 12A OBITUARIES R.V. HIGHT Sanford: Alvis Crisco, 69; Jim Glass, 74; Billy Richmond, 63 Broadway: Inez Winston, 92 Carthage: Howard Fields, 71 Fayetteville: Maxine Bishop, 79 The Herald’s special projects edittor recently took a muchneeded trip to Virginia Beach Page 4A Abby, Graham, Bridge, Sudoku............................. 6B Classifieds ..................... 10B Comics, Crosswords.......... 7B Community calendar .......... 2A Horoscope ........................ 6B Obituaries......................... 5A Opinion ............................ 4A Scoreboard ....................... 4B

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