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Triad slowly thaws out Road conditions remain treacherous BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
TRIAD – The commute for the start of the work week could be dicey for motorists across the region as snow that melted Sunday refreezes into ice sheets along roads this morning. Work crews, aided by sunny skies Sunday, made progress clearing all or parts of main highways, but secondary and neighborhood streets remained packed with snow and ice in the High Point area. All area public schools will be closed today, and the N.C. State Highway Patrol urges motorists to use caution when driving to work this morning. “It could be bad traffic,” said Randy Knight with the Highway Patrol district office in Greensboro. Road conditions should remain treacherous for the next several mornings as low temperatures overnight dip below freezing, and any melted snow refreezes. “It ain’t going away quick,” Knight said Sunday. As is usually the case after storms, N.C. Department of Transportation snow removal crews are concentrating on main highways. “The department policy regarding which roads are cleared first DON DAVIS JR. | HPE focuses on strategic corridors such A vehicle makes its way down Centennial Street near Montlieu Avenue as interstates and other multilane primary routes that are essenon Saturday afternoon.
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GUILFORD COUNTY – School district officials are reviewing an alternative for the Mission Possible incentive pay plan that would pay bonuses to all school workers at targeted schools for achieving school improvement goals. The proposal offered during a Guilford County Board of Education retreat last week still would target schools with a history of staff retention problems, and math teachers could earn even more. If approved, portions of the new pay plan could start as soon as August 2011. The plan comes from a study group of teachers and administrators led by Amy Holcombe, district executive director of
Here are some of the pay scales in the proposed school district incentives plan: Principals: The maximum bonus would drop to $10,000 from $15,000. Teachers: The maximum award for math teachers would go up to $16,500, from $14,000, for those teaching tested subjects. The bonus for other math teachers would drop from $14,000 to a maximum of $6,500. Those at the next highest level would be third to fifth grade teachers who could get a maximum bonus of $8,000, up from $6,500. Others: Custodians and bus drivers could get a bonus of as much as $750.
William Wheeler, partner with the High Point law firm of Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler, was named to the 2010 Super Lawyers list. The recognition is published each year by Law and Politics.
Service at Piedmont Triad International Airport was back to normal Sunday afternoon after flights were delayed or cancelled Saturday due to the winter storm, a PTIA representative said. Because of the inclement weather, travelers are encouraged to check with their airline for the status of flights today.
tial for regional traffic. N.C. DOT crews then work to clear lowervolume primary roads and secondary roads, and then subdivision streets,” the DOT reported. Most secondary roads in the state have not been plowed, according to the DOT. The majority of the secondary road clearing by the DOT began Sunday. City of High Point crews have been clearing priority roads but don’t have the resources to tackle snow removal from neighborhood streets, said Public Services Director Chris Thompson. Crews will continue plowing today, he said. While most people find coping with the cold an inconvenience, the volunteers at Open Door Ministries in High Point were contending with situations that could involve life or death. The men’s shelter housed more homeless people than usual on Saturday night, said weekend shelter manager Theodore Jones. “All comers accepted. We have people sleeping wherever we can find spaces,” Jones said Sunday. email@example.com | 888-3528
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HIGH POINT – Weeks after the City Council scrapped the controversial Market Overlay District, the City Project says they’ll seek alternative ideas about revitalizing the downtown area from showroom owners who opposed the district plan. “We were all a bit surprised that (the plan) didn’t pass,” said Wendy Fuscoe, executive director of the City Project, the organization that helped create the market district plan. “We didn’t have any other plans at the time because we thought it was a matter of where the lines would be drawn, not if the lines would be drawn.” The boundaries of the plan, which determined where new showrooms could be built in the downtown area, were the most debated issue. Fuscoe said the plan was designed to confine furniture showrooms to one area so other businesses could thrive downtown, such as retail shops and restaurants. The owners of showrooms excluded from the boundaries, however, said their showrooms could be considered “secondary” by marketgoers if their properties were left outside of the lines. Aaron Clinard, chairman of the City Project, said those showroom owners and others who attended the public hearings will be invited to a “brainstorm meeting” in early February to outline new ways to revitalize the downtown area. “We’re trying to turn this into a positive,” Clinard
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Bridgit’s Bridal has relocated from Oak Hollow Mall to its new location on N. Main Street. said. “Individuals who came to the various hearings talked about things they could do to improve the vitality of the downtown area. We want to take advantage of that and basically ask for their ideas as to what they can do to help us.” Fuscoe said the Aquarius Music Hall, which began holding live concerts in December in the former Natale showroom building on English Road, could demonstrate that properties in the downtown area can be utilized for other uses. Similar entertainment venues, restaurants and bars should be the first businesses to spur revitalization downtown, she said, and retail shops would likely follow. Making that vision a reality still is the main goal of the City Project, she said. “The zoning didn’t pass, but that’s not to say that a vision of
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A quiz put together by Glenn R. Chavis provides this year’s Black History Month lessons in The High Point Enterprise. Get a coupon from this past Sunday’s Enterprise, fill in the blanks with what you believe to be the correct answers and send it to the Enterprise – addresses are on the bottom of the coupon. Contest prizes: A $25 gift certificate for Gullah Gullah or dinner for two at Becky & Mary’s restaurants. Tidbits of history: Streets in the black community and who lived on them (names and spelling are the same as they were recorded).
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Even though this information was p u b lished in January of 1950, records are actually for the year ending in 1949.
Alder Street – 1950 From end of Alta east to Coolidge Street, one block south of Hoover Street 1102 – Maggie Crutchfield (owned home)
to as Baptist Bottom) From 120 N. Perry Street to Hobson, 1 block south of Washington Street 305 – Bertha Shoffner 307 – John Lindsay 308 – Elwood Eastern 311 – Edward Nelson 401 – Marie Nelson (403 – Duke Power – store room)
1103 – Fletcher Welborn 1104 – David Feemster (phone) 1105 – Hayes McCoy 1106 – Andrew Corbitt (owned home), (phone) 1107 – Sylvester Richardson (owned home), (phone) 1108 – Allen B. Steele (phone) 1109 – Dean Maddox (owned home), (phone) 1110 – Jesse Ricks (phone) 1111 – Flander Peterson (owned home) 1112 – Clarence Lytle (owned home), (phone)
Barber’s Alley – 1950 From 806 Leonard Street south ½ block to dead end, 1 block east of Beamon Street 806 – Wilber Easterling 808 – Carrie Atkins 810 – Roy Easters
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Alli (front) and Buddy go for a romp along Monument Avenue, Saturday, in Richmond, Va. A storm that blanketed the South with snow had children eager to sled down hills, while grown-ups were warned to stay off slippery roads as officials worked to clear a mess of wrecks and downed power lines.
overnight, there were no deaths or serious injuries reported. A central Tennessee woman was killed when a tree weighed down with ice crashed into her mobile home early Saturday, Maury County officials said. In southern Maryland, one person was found dead after a house fire in Accokeek that firefighters said they had a hard time getting to because of the snow. Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark Brady said the winter storm and snowfall made driving conditions hazardous. In northern Virginia, the weather caused several multi-vehicle crashes along Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County, Virginia State Police said. Four people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The weather also cut short a
HIGH POINT – For 15 years, High Point and Thomasville have had an agreement that sets out growth boundaries between the cities. Officials for both municipalities favor maintaining the current boundaries in a proposed new annexation agreement which the High Point City Council will consider adopting during its meeting today. It would take effect March 1 and remain in place for 20 years. The new agreement would delineate the same potential growth areas for the two cities in an unincorporated portion of northwestern Randolph County that are now in place. Under the arrangement, the area is divided into sections in which both cities agree not to seek annexations – voluntarily or involuntarily. High Point’s growth area includes territory north and south of Interstate 85 Business Loop and east of Prospect Street. Some of that territory could be ceded to Trinity’s growth area if High Point establishes an an-
farewell celebration Saturday at the National Zoo in Washington for young panda Tai Shan, who will be flown to China on Thursday to become part of a breeding program. In Smyrna, Tenn., southeast of Nashville, a high school bowling tournament was postponed after snow and ice caused the roof to collapse at the bowling alley where it was to be held, according to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Will O’Halloran, publisher of City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, La., got caught in the storm in both directions of his monthly trip to pick up the publication from a printer outside Louisville, Ky. At one point he thought his headlights were broken, only to find they were covered in ice.
Trucker crashes, says he choked on chili LOWELL, Mass. (AP) – Police say a lumber truck crashed into a Massachusetts home after the driver was knocked unconscious when he choked on chili from Wendy’s. Lowell police say Eric Gremm reported that he choked on the chili when the truck hit a bump, causing him to pass out.
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year in addition to their regular salaries. The proposed plan offers incentives of as much as $16,500 for math teachers. Math teachers also would receive the top placement incentive of $5,000. The individual math teacher bonus jumps from $5,000 to $10,000 for top results based on district criteria. “Recruitment is the key issue,” Holcombe said. “We want good teachers in all the classrooms, not substitutes. Math and science teacher awards
need to be the highest because good ones are hard to find.” The plan rewards lowperforming schools when students earn expected or high-achieving status on the Adequate Yearly Progress report, the federal accountability standard under the No Child Left Behind Act. “Student growth is where our focus is,” Holcombe said. “Growth is a good investment.”
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The flatbed truck veered off the road and slammed into the foundation of the home. The 59-year-old Tyngsboro resident was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police say he could be cited for eating while driving.
Recruitment is key issue ford County Association of Educators wants to retain the seniority pay plan. “Everyone should be recognized. It could be a negative impact if not all in the school are included,” Holcombe said. Mission Possible was installed in 2006 in 30 schools to pay teachers additional money for teaching certain subjects at low-performing schools. Teachers can earn more than $2,500 a
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talent development. The team has been evaluating the Mission Possible incentives plan for months. Teachers insisted that all school employees, including custodians and cafeteria workers, receive bonuses when a participating school either meets or exceeds performance goals. Since Mission Possible started, there have been morale complaints from teachers who could not participate. The Guil-
nexation agreement with that city. A new agreement with Thomasville is not being sought because annexations are expected to pick up. Instead, the current agreement expires in March. The land in High Point’s growth area is not considered ripe for annexation because it currently would not offer a significant addition to the city’s tax base. City officials are also working toward renewing High Point’s annexation agreement with Archdale. At its meeting, the council is also expected to consider approving a $626,679.50 contract for water and sewer line improvements at various locations and a contract amendment that would clear the way for design, permitting and bidding for phase three improvements to the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant. The meeting is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. at City Hall, 211 S. Hamilton St. The proposed annexation agreement will be the subject of a public hearing scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Snowstorm heads off to sea RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A winter storm that crossed in a nearly straight line dumping snow, sleet and ice this week from northern Texas to Washington was heading off the Atlantic coast early Sunday. More than 5 inches of dry, fluffy snow was reported in Washington but it was finishing up by late Saturday night, National Weather Service forecaster Matthew Kramar said. The storm left a wake of damage beginning in northern Texas and Oklahoma, where snow and ice shut down interstates and snapped power lines to thousands of customers. It left roads icy and snowpacked across the South, and thousands were without power as ice accumulated. Although police said they had to clear hundreds of wrecks
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For student, not seeing is believing Armaly has read about some of Duckâ€™s experiences on a blog that Duck is keeping for the project and says heâ€™s looking forward to more. â€œIâ€™ve been living with it all my life and would be interested in hearing from someone adapting to it later in life,â€? Armaly said. Duck is on the final week of the project, which will involve him spending two days this week as deaf and blind. During the projectâ€™s first week, he wore a mask and dark glasses so he couldnâ€™t see. He didnâ€™t sleep in the glasses, but he kept the mask taped to his face. AP He took the glasses and Twenty-year-old Stephyn Duck, a junior psychology major at Wofford College, is in- mask off while showervolved in a sensory deprivation project in Spartanburg, S.C. He decided to deprive ing, but his bathroom was kept pitch black by coverhimself of two of his senses as part of an interim project. ing the space between the â€œHis answer was, â€˜Itâ€™s roomâ€™s floor and door. major at Furman Univer- There once was a discussion about dreams in a really hard to explain, but sity. The two met during class, and Armaly talked itâ€™s what Iâ€™ve felt before. speech and debate in high about a dream in which Itâ€™s just the sensations school. Duck remembers he was falling from a tall Iâ€™ve felt on a tall building watching teammates and building into a giant bath- or in a bath-tub,â€™ â€? Duck competitors taking notes tub. A classmate asked remembers. Armaly loaned Duck a during debates and Arma- how he knew the building ly standing calmly, think- was tall, since heâ€™d never cane to use for his â€œblindâ€? weeks during the project. ing of his talking points. seen one.
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Divorce Care meets 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at The CrossSPECIAL INTEREST ing Church, Oak Hollow Angela Shackelford, Mall (first floor, near Centre district aide for Congress- Court), Eastchester Drive. man Mel Watt, will meet with any constituent in the PFLAG (Parents, Friends 12th District during the of Lesbians and Gays) High following times: 9-11 a.m. Point meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Lexington City first Tuesday at Roy B. CullHall, Council Chamber, 28 er Jr. Senior Center, 600 N. W. Center St.; 11:30 a.m.-1 Hamilton St. 889-4549 p.m. Tuesday at Thomasville City Office, 10 Salem â€œLook Good, Feel BetSt.; and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday ter,â€? an American Canat High Point City Hall, 211 cer Society program that S. Hamilton St. teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients, meets 10 a.m.-noon the first Monday of the month at High Point Regional Cancer Center, Cancer Resource Center Conference Room, 302 Westwood Ave. Registration is required, call (800) 227-2345.
Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency offer free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, HIV and sickle cell disease 1-5 p.m. every first and third Thursday at 401 Taylor Ave. Call 8862437 or visit the Web site www.piedmonthealthserMother Baby PEP (Postvices.org. partum Emotion with Possibilities) Talks, for mothSUPPORT GROUPS ers of new babies, and â€œBearâ€? Essentials of afternoon tea are held at 4 Grief, a Kids Path group for p.m. every Thursday at the elementary school children YWCA of High Point, 112 dealing with the death of Gatewood Ave. Free, 812a loved one, meets 5-6:30 3937, e-mail motherbabyp.m. Monday at Hospice of foundation@northstate. the Piedmont, 1801 West- net, online at www.mothchester Drive. Children cre- erbabyfoundation.org ate stuffed fabric bears. The aim of the group is for Co-Dependents Anonychildren to learn healthy mous, a 12-step group for coping skills. Registration men and women to reand a pre-session interview cover from co-dependence are required; call 889-8446 and to develop and main8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. tain healthy relationships, Noon Group, for those meets 6-7 p.m. each Thurswho have experienced day at Lebanon United the death of a loved one Methodist Church, 237 Idol and who are unable to at- Drive. Jan, 882-6480 tend another group, meets
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CHARLOTTE (AP) â€“ Some children playing in the snow found human remains, and police in North Carolina largest city are trying to determine what happened to the victim. The Charlotte Observer reported someone called Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police just before noon Saturday to report the skeletal remains, which were determined to be human. The remains were found in the woods on the cityâ€™s west side near Interstate 85. Police werenâ€™t immediately able to determine the gender, race or age of the body and didnâ€™t know yet how long it had been in the woods.