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Chambers Fabrics with a plant located at 1914 S. Elm St., has received incentives from the city.
INCE IN CENTI NTIVES: VES: Such issues have faded from view BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – One year after a policy debate about a measure to spark investment in inner-city areas, the discussion appears unlikely to resurface anytime soon among High Point leaders. Each City Council meeting agenda includes a pending item about revising the city’s economic incentives policy to “redirect” financial awards for economic development projects to core city areas and south High Point. But the council hasn’t broached the topic during any recent meetings. With the city facing an $8 million budget shortfall and other pressing matters, it appears to have slipped down the priorities list. “We need to get back to it, but I’m not sure it’s something that’s on the front burner,” said Councilman John Faircloth. “It would be a difficult time to do it right now, because of the economic situation and not knowing how soon we’re going to be fiscally stable again.” One of the options discussed last year would have lowered the amount of investment required by a business to be eligible for incentives in certain parts of the city. The idea was to raise the levels for north High Point – which has historically attracted more commercial development – and lower them for areas that have struggled to bring in businesses. This could steer economic development help to these areas, the thinking went. Despite the recession and budget deficit, some council members said they favor keeping the debate about revising the incentive
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Proposals discussed by the High Point City Council last year called for lowering minimum capital investment requirements for businesses to be eligible for economic incentives in five inner-city neighborhoods to $50,000 for existing businesses and $60,000 for new companies. For north High Point companies, the levels would have risen to $5 million for existing companies and $25 million for new companies. The incentives policy also carries minimum job-creation requirements.
policy on the table. “There’s not necessarily a lot of business coming to High Point, so we haven’t really considered very many (incentive cases) in the last year-and-a-half or so because of what’s going on with the economy,” said Councilwoman Bernita Sims. “But moving forward, I think that is a viable way to do some of the proposed things that we’ve talked about in the core city. I think to redirect those funds to our inner city or what’s basically the core part of High Point is probably a very good way to incentivize reinvestment in that part of our community and the city.” One issue that has hovered over the debate in the past is making sure investment thresholds are high enough so that companies that get incentives create enough jobs and add enough to the tax base to justify the awards. Councilman Latimer Alexander pointed out that the city’s existing incentives policy has capital investment requirements for some core city areas – a minimum of $250,000 for an existing High Point company and $500,000 for a new company – that are lower than what is required in other parts of the city. “We already have a policy for some of those areas, and the levels of investment are relatively low,” he said. “The core city area, Southside and the Kivett Drive area, would all qualify there, and that’s a fairly low threshold. It’s going to be hard for somebody to have really much of anything other than just a oneman shop if it’s going to have investment levels of that size.”
HIGH POINT – While a revamped incentives policy might not be forthcoming anytime soon, city leaders said there is another option to lure investment to core city areas that soon should be on the table. A roughly $9 million loan portfolio of fed-
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Some of the companies in the core city area that have had incentives authorized by the city include Southern Film Extruders and Chambers Fabrics. Thomas Built Buses had incentives authorized for its facility on Fairfield Road, which is not in the core city, but the company’s headquarters and its other plants are in the core city. Incentives were authorized for other companies in south High Point: Brayton International, Bindagraphics, Freud America, Future Foam, Transportation Systems Solutions and RalphLauren.com.
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Officials: ‘Master plan’ needed for City Project BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Among the things that the City Project needs in the future to further revitalization efforts in downtown High Point is a master plan for those efforts, according to officials. On its annual trip to a revitalized downtown area, Wendy Fuscoe, executive director of the City Project, said a master plan similar to the one that downtown Salisbury implemented nearly 10 years ago could attract future investors. “I think we need to be able to provide that to investors, so we
can show them where we hope to be in several years,” she said. “That’s what stuck with me the most (from the trip) is that we need a master plan.” Fuscoe and other city leaders toured downtown Salisbury on Friday and met with leaders from Downtown Salisbury Inc. Randall Hemann, executive director of DSI, said its master plan was developed to guide the growth and preservation of Salisbury’s downtown area. “When we talk about return tax base and where we get our most return from, your downtown is important because it’s a big chunk of your tax base,” Hemann said.
ed shops and spaces. The district was a great example of what High Point could do with empty factory space, said Aaron Clinard, chairman of City Project. Fuscoe said the group takes the annual trips to brainstorm and gain new insight on reviving a downtown area. In 2008, the group toured downtown Greenville, S.C. “We take these trips to look at downtowns that have successful uses,” Fuscoe said. “Salistion facilities which have been bury is a different downtown, but renovated for mixed-use purpos- I think some of their principles can translate to High Point as es. The buildings now house a small well.” live-performance theatre, several art galleries and other firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3617 The group toured the Lee Street Warehouse District, a group of buildings once used for Coca-Cola bottling plants or textile produc-
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Southern Film Extruders, with a plant at 2319 English Road, has received economic incentives from the city.
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As it has for the last few years, The High Point Enterprise again is publishing tidbits of history provided by Glenn R. Chavis daily except Sundays through February and into early March. And again this year, Chavis and the Enterprise are providing a contest to accompany listing of streets in the black community and who lived on them – including those who owned property and had telephones – in 1949, as recorded in a city of
eral funds is expected to be available specifically to help businesses that want to invest in the core city. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds will take the form of low-interest loans. “It’s for people who want to open a business or expand in the core city,” said City Manager Strib Boynton. “It’s pretty open-ended. They’re going to have to be qualified. We’re not giving money away. They’ll be screened by a committee of people from banks and the city.” The city’s incentives program generally focuses on manufacturing and distribution facilities, office complexes and other large-scale projects. Officials said smaller projects like retail and service establishments, such as restaurants, are more apt to come to the core city. “From my standpoint, our incentive program has worked very well in growing employment and the tax base in High Point in the last decade,” Boynton said. “It’s worked exceedingly well. It’s delivered everything we wanted it to. Some revisions are prob-
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FAYETTEVILLE – A month after its formation, a task force continues to try to solve a series of rapes in the area. Task force members say they have pored over every burglary and assault case in the past year trying to find similarities to the assaults that were reported between June and January. They’ve sent evidence for testing to the State Bureau of Investigation. “The SBI has completed testing of some evidence
and provided results,” an SBI spokeswoman said in an e-mail Friday. She did not disclose the results or say what evidence has been tested. Earlier this month, Fort Bragg police charged Spc. Aaron Pernell, 22, with two burglaries and a rape that occurred in military housing on Fort Bragg. Fayetteville police called Pernell a “person of interest” in the six rapes and an attempted sexual assault that happened in the city. No charges have been filed in those cases. Pernell was charged in
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September with breaking into a home off Cliffdale Road. A woman was home with her child at the time. Pernell was released from jail a month later, after posting bond. The task force is meeting each day to review the rape cases, said Fayetteville police Capt. Mark Bridgeman, the designated spokesman for the task force. “These cases are being vigorously investigated,” he said. But Bridgeman would not say whether Pernell still is considered a per-
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ably appropriate. We’ve tweaked it three or four times over those 10 years to make it more beneficial for people wanting to invest in the central and south side of High Point.” The current incentives policy has different capital investment requirements for existing and new companies based on geographic areas. In five targeted neighborhoods – Macedonia, Washington Drive, E. Green Drive, Five Points and West End – the minimum is $250,000 for an existing company and $500,000 for a new company. That compares to $1 million and $4 million for south High Point and $2 million and $17.5 million for north High Point. “We’ve tweaked it so that the investment dollars a business has to kick in are higher on the north side of town and significantly lower in the core city and south side, and it’s worked very well,” Boynton said. “The dollars are going to be limited in the future during this recession.”
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son of interest, how many tips police have received, whether there is a suspect or if police still are searching for anyone. “We have the resolve to work this case to conclusion,” Bridgeman said. “That’s why we’re very guarded (with details). We want to keep in mind that these types of crimes are very personal and horrific to victims.” Between June and January, six women between the ages of 20 and 57 – all living in apartments or condominiums – reported that they had been raped.
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New evidence re-energizes investigation of 1990 murder MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Saying new evidence has surfaced, police are intensifying their investigation into the 1990 killing of womenâ€™s rights activist Kim Thomas â€“ one of Charlotteâ€™s most enduring crime mysteries. Police announced their new efforts Wednesday, nearly 20 years after Thomas â€“ a new mother and the wife of a doctor â€“ was found handcuffed and dead on her dining room floor. Two cold case detectives have been assigned to the
case and are â€œconducting additional interviews of witnesses and/or suspects,â€? according to a statement by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Police wonâ€™t say what new evidence has surfaced, but the move by investigators comes nearly two years after the department said it was using the latest â€œtouch DNAâ€? technology on evidence collected in the case. In â€œtouch DNAâ€? testing, forensic scientists scrape clothing and other evidence for skin cells left by someone who may have briefly touched the items.
The genetic material extracted can help identify a suspect. Police departments around the country have used the technology since 2007. In addition, CMPD periodically runs DNA evidence through a national database that is regularly updated in a search for matches. Thomas, a leader in Charlotteâ€™s National Organization for Women and an advocate for battered women, was stabbed to death in her southeast Charlotte home on July 27, 1990. The killer handcuffed her, chased her through
the house and slashed her more than 20 times, leaving her bleeding on the dining room floor. Through it all, her 10month-old son, Elliot, lay in his crib, unharmed. Police charged Thomasâ€™ husband, Dr. Ed Friedland, with murder four years after the crime, but the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence. Court papers that were unsealed in 2003 spoke of Friedlandâ€™s two-year affair and a troubled marriage he didnâ€™t think he could escape without a hefty divorce bill.
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HIGH POINT â€“ Pennybyrn at Maryfield will kickoff the 2010 Campaign for Charitable Care on Monday with a goal of $300,000. The annual campaign helps to offset the cost of care for those residents in the health care households and the skilled nursing facility who do not have the financial resources needed for their care. The charitable effort is in keeping with the 63-year-old mission of the founders of Maryfield, the Sisters
of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, which included the care for the sick and elderly, regardless of their financial ability, according to Dr. Frank Houston of Greensboro, a campaign co-chairman. High Point businessman Tim Ilderton is the other campaign cochairman. The chairmen will supervise a number of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem volunteers who will help solicit contributions from individuals and corporations. In 2008, more than $1.5 million
in resident care was underwritten by Pennybyrn at Maryfield. One need to address is the financial gap between Medicaid coverage and the actual cost of medical care here. Pennybyrn at Maryfield is a full continuing care retirement community with independent and assisted living facilities. The campus includes six health care households surrounding a town square. Each household has a front porch, a parlor, a den, a kitchen, a patio and a charm all its own.
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GREENSBORO â€“ Police Chief Tim Bellamy said Friday his decision to retire in July was influenced by Bill Knightâ€™s election as mayor, and he defended his tenure as police chief, saying the city is safer. â€œHis comments about my race, it hurt as a person and as a police professional,â€? Bellamy, 50, said
School secretary accused of embezzlement GREENVILLE (AP) â€“ A North Carolina secretary has been charged with taking more than $2,000 from Pitt County Schools. Officials say 27-year-old Adrienne Yvonnia Collier was released from the Pitt County jail Friday morning on $5,000 bail. A phone listing for Collier could not be found and a jail officer did not know whether she has an attorney. Investigators say she had worked with the school system less than a year.
Friday. â€œComments like that did play a role in my decision.â€? While on the campaign trail last September, Knight said he believed former police Chief Robert White and Bellamy, both black, were hired because of their race. On Friday, Knight declined to comment, saying, â€œI congratulate (Bellamy) for his work with
the City of Greensboro, and I wish him well in his retirement.â€? Bellamy said if Knight felt there were problems with the police department, he wanted a reason other than race. â€œExplain to me what it is Iâ€™m not doing to make Greensboro safer,â€? Bellamy said. Bellamy said other candidates running for the
City Council met with him to learn about his job and the duties of the police department. Bellamy said such a meeting never happened with Knight.
Family Court judge assigned to Sanford divorce case peared for five days last summer, telling his staff he was walking along the Appalachian Trail. He returned to admit he was in Argentina where he was having an affair. Jenny Sanford, who said she found out about the affair in January of last year, later moved out of the Governorâ€™s Mansion in Columbia and is living with the coupleâ€™s four sons at their beachside home on Sullivans Island. She filed for divorce in December on the grounds of adultery.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) â€“ Family Court Judge Jocelyn Cate of Charleston was assigned Friday to preside over the hearing ending the marriage of Gov. Mark Sanford and his wife Jenny â€“ the first time a sitting South Carolina governor has divorced. A court roster published Friday shows Cate, who has served on the family court bench for eight years, will preside over the final divorce hearing set for Feb. 26. Mark Sanford disap-
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Iran: VOA, BBC arms of US, UK spy agencies TEHRAN, Iran â€“ Iranâ€™s police chief on Saturday accused the Voice of America and the BBC of being the arms of U.S. and British intelligence agencies, and warned of severe repercussions for journalists and activists caught having contacts with them, state media reported. Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying opposition activists have cooperated with the BBC and the Voice of America â€œwith the aim of weakening and overthrowing the (ruling) system.â€?
Jailed ex-president hospitalized in Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY â€“ The Guatemalan government says jailed former President Alfonso Portillo has been taken to a military hospital after developing respiratory problems. Interior Minister Raul Velasquez says the 58-yearold Portillo is under observation because he also suffers heart problems. He was taken under heavy guard to the hospital early Saturday. Portilloâ€™s lawyer, Telesforo Guerra says his client developed bronchitis.
Cops find 2 bodies on road near Acapulco ACAPULCO, Mexico â€“ Police found the bound bodies of two men on a highway just outside Mexicoâ€™s Pacific coast resort of Acapulco on Saturday. The Public Safety Department in the southern state of Guerrero said the two men had been shot in the head and a handwritten message was left near the bodies. The body of a third man was found in Ciudad Altamirano, an inland city in Guerrero near the border with neighboring Michoacan state.
Hamas: Assassinated leader put himself at risk GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip â€“ A Hamas leader assassinated during a visit to Dubai last month exposed himself to attack when he breached security protocol by talking about his trip over the phone and making hotel reservations on the Internet, the militant Islamic group said Saturday. The methodical stalking and killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a luxury hotel room â€“ widely blamed on Israelâ€™s Mossad spy agency â€“ has put Hamas on the defensive over purported security lapses.
Darfur rebels sign truce deal with Sudan Nâ€™DJAMENA, Chad â€“ Darfurâ€™s most powerful rebel group has initialed a truce with the Sudanese government, officials said Saturday, marking the groupâ€™s return to peace talks aimed at ending the Darfur conflict. The truce between the rebel Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese government takes effect immediately, said Idriss Deby, Chadâ€™s president, in a statement. Justice and Equality Movement spokesman Ahmed Hussein said the deal was a framework agreement to guide future peace negotiations, including talks on a permanent cease-fire.
Fighting rages in Afghanistan MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers advanced through poppy fields of Marjah on Saturday under withering gunfire from Taliban fighters shooting from mudbrick homes and compounds where families huddled in terror. President Hamid Karzai urged NATO to do more to protect civilians during combat operations to secure Marjah, a southern Taliban stronghold and scene of the biggest allied ground assault of the eightyear war. NATO forces have repeatedly
said they want to prevent civilian casualties but acknowledged that it is not always possible. On Saturday, the alliance said its troops Karzai killed another civilian in the Marjah area, bringing the civilian death toll from the operation to at least 16. Addressing the opening session of the Afghan parliament in Kabul, Karzai held up a picture of an 8year-old girl who lost 12 relatives
in a NATO rocket attack during the second day of the Marjah assault, which began Feb. 13. Karzai said NATO had made progress in reducing civilian casualties and thanked the top commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, for â€œstanding with us honestly in this effort.â€? But Karzai said more needed to be done to protect civilians caught up in the fighting. â€œWe need to reach the point where there are no civilian casualties,â€? Karzai said. â€œOur effort and our criticism will continue until we reach that goal.â€?
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Key Sunni group boycott deals setback to Iraq vote BAGHDAD (AP) â€“ A top Sunni Arab lawmaker banned from running in Iraqâ€™s March 7 election withdrew his entire party from the campaign Saturday and called on other groups to join the boycott, a move that threatened to undermine the credibility of the vote and raise sectarian tensions. In announcing his de-
cision, Saleh al-Mutlaq seized on U.S. concerns about Iranâ€™s influence in the political process, an allegation likely to resonate with a Sunni community that is historically suspicious of the intentions in Iraq of Tehranâ€™s clerical rulers. Al-Mutlaqâ€™s National Dialogue Front has 11 seats in the outgoing legislature, the second-
largest Sunni bloc in parliament, and fared surprisingly well in provincial elections in January last year. The group is the main Sunni faction of the Iraqi National Movement, the nationâ€™s top secular alliance that has been expected to pose a tough challenge to Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikiâ€™s Shiite-led coalition.
A man is helped while trying to cross a flooded street in Funchal, the Madeira Islandâ€™s capital, Saturday. Heavy rain caused flash floods all around the Portuguese island.
MADRID (AP) â€“ Flooding and landslides swept away cars and knocked down houses as a violent storm killed at least 32 people Saturday on the Portuguese island of Madeira, a news agency reported. The Lusa agency quoted the vice president of the Madeira regional government, Joao Cunha e Silva, as saying another 68 people have been hospitalized in the islandâ€™s main city, Funchal. Madeira is the main island of a Portuguese archipelago of the same name, in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa.
Floods tore down houses as the storm hit early Saturday. Roads were blocked by fallen trees and rocks carried by flood waters, and some bridges were also downed, Lusa said. Phone lines were knocked out, forcing emergency rescue services to appeal over local radio stations for off-duty doctors and nurses to report for duty. Local authorities called in employees to operate heavy machinery like bulldozers to clear roads and remove debris. People in low-lying areas of Funchal fled as flood waters rose, Lusa said.
All Haitian â€˜orphansâ€™ with Baptists had parents PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) â€“ There is not one orphan among the 33 children that a U.S. Baptist group tried to take from Haiti in a do-it-yourself rescue mission following a devastating earthquake, The Associated Press has determined. In a visit Saturday to the rubble-riddled Citron slum where 13 of the children lived, parents who gave their children away confirmed that each one of the youngsters had living parents. Their testimony echoed that of parents in the mountain town of Callabas, outside the capital of Port-au-Prince, who told the AP on Feb. 3 that desperation and blind faith led them to hand over 20 children to the religious Americans who promised them a better life. Now the Citron parents worry they may never see their children again. One mother who gave up all four of her children is locked in a trance-like state but sometimes erupts into fits of hysteria.
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