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Davidson officials debate fate of Wil-Cox Bridge BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
LEXINGTON – Davidson County commissioners want several questions answered by the N.C. De-
If commissioners elect to not take ownership of the bridge, the structure could be demolished. partment of Transportation before making a decision Tuesday night on whether they will take ownership of the historic Wil-Cox Bridge. During the Davidson County Board of Commissioners informational meeting Thursday morning, commissioners heard a presentation from David Fischetti, president of DCF Engineering. Com-
missioners hired Fischetti last month to examine the structure of the WilCox Bridge, which was built in 1922 and is eligible to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. If commissioners elect to not take ownership of the bridge, the structure, which is adjacent to the Interstate 85 bridge over the Yadkin River and serves as a thoroughfare to the town of Spencer, could be demolished as part of the project to replace the Interstate 85 bridge over the Yadkin River – a project that received the green light last month when DOT officials learned the state would receive stimulus funding. Using photos to show the Wil-Cox Bridge’s deterioration and other damage, Fischetti said some of the damage and deterioration could be attributed to the use of road salt and high water that periodi-
HIGH POINT – If you’re wondering where the 11-square-mile Uptowne High Point area – on which The City Project has focused its revitalization efforts – is located, you won’t have to wonder much longer. The City Project hung its first Uptowne High Point banner on Tuesday morning at the intersection of N. Main Street and State Avenue, in front of the High Point Chamber of Commerce. The banner’s location marks the northern boundary of the Uptowne area, and another 27 banners will span to its southern boundary at the N. Main Street and Ray Avenue intersection. City workers were joined by Jay Wagner, vice chairman of the nonprofit organization, who wore a harness and a hard hat as he helped workers hang the banner on a utility pole at the intersection. Aaron Clinard, chairman of the organization, said the banners were needed to visually designate the Uptowne area. “It’s something visible, and that’s what we’ve been waiting for,” Clinard said. “We think it will bring some excitement to our merchants and excitement to some potential merchants.” The banners were designed by Guilford Technical Community College student Thomas McGuire. McGuire is enrolled in the school’s graphic design program, and he created the banner to depict a city streetscape. “The idea to create the logo was brought to my class a few years ago,” he said. “I made the logo, and last semester someone came back to me and said that The City Project liked it and wanted to take it further.” McGuire said the banner reflects the types of buildings found along
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HIGH POINT – The U.S. Postal Service’s announcement this week to possibly cut Saturday delivery didn’t bother customers at the main High Point post office on Thursday – especially if the cut would keep other charges down. “If it (cutting Saturday delivery) is needed to keep postal charges from going up further, then sure,” said Jeanne Glenn, who operates Showroom Sources, at the post office on E. Green Drive. “I have 630 interior designers on my catalog mailing list, and I’m mailing to as few people as I can lately. I’m sending electronic copies if I can.” Glenn sells furniture lines directly to interior
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Josh Lawson waits for assistance at local post office. designers. She said shipping rate hikes that have taken place over the years have almost caused her to go out of business. Increasing shipping rates and eliminating personal delivery on Saturday are part of a larger group of options being considered by the USPS, which is
projected to lose $7 billion this year, to cut operating costs. It would save the postal service $3 billion by consolidating delivery to five days a week, said Carl Walton, spokesman for the USPS. “The biggest issue is that we have a business model that has served us
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Jay Wagner, vice chairman of City Project board of directors, rides in the bucket while John Mooney puts up banner at the corner of N. Main Street and State Avenue near where the Chamber of Commerce is located. N. Main Street. “Each building (on the banner) is a genuine representation of a generic building you see in the area, such as shops, churches and historic homes,” he said. The banners were produced by Fast Signs and funded by the High
Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Arts and Tourism grants program. The CVB granted $7,000 to the City Project for the fiscal year, and about half of those funds produced the banners, Clinard said. email@example.com | 888-3617
Customers not worried about five-day postal week BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
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Don’t miss the 2010 Spring Sports Preview Guide inside today’s edition of The High Point Enterprise! The cover features Ragsdale baseball standout DeSean Anderson and Trinity softball star Scout Albertson, but there’s plenty for everybody inside this 48-page, full-color section. Preview stories, photos and season-long schedules can be found for the 16 schools in the Enterprise coverage area as they begin the hunt for championships in baseball, softball, girls soccer, boys tennis, track and field, golf and lacrosse. What better way to swing into spring than by getting to know this year’s crop of top high school athletes!
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very well over the years that doesn’t work as well anymore,” said Walton from his Greensboro office. “With technological advances and issues in the economy, there is a tremendous decline in mail volume.” Rate hikes usually are limited to inflation, but increases may be allowed beyond inflation rates during extreme economic situations. Glenn said previous rate increases had hurt small business owners across the nation who already were struggling in a down economy. Canceling delivery on Saturday won’t matter to Cindy Walker, also a customer at the post office, if she continues to get her bills on time. “I don’t depend on Saturday delivery, but I might
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miss it because of bills and magazines and things being delivered on that day,” she said. “I do understand why they are doing it if they need to cut costs.” Murdoch McMillan, retail supervisor at the High Point post office, said the cancellation of Saturday delivery would not impact the post office’s hours on Saturday, which are 9 a.m. to noon. “We’ll still be processing mail on Saturday, we’ll just be canceling personal delivery,” he said. “Monday mail would be ready on time.” McMillan said cutting Saturday delivery also would not affect full-time employees, but the post office may lose eight to 10 part-time employees. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3617
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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.
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Complaint against NC Realtors over dues dismissed RALEIGH (AP) – The State Board of Elections dismissed Thursday a complaint against one of the most powerful interest groups in North Carolina politics over requiring its members to give extra dues while they fought local votes over raising the land sales tax. Following more than two hours of arguments and testimony, board members determined the 38,000-member North Carolina Association of Realtors
didn’t break the law when it required up to $75 extra from each member in 2008. The proceeds went to an “Issues Mobilization Fund” to extend the association’s efforts to oppose county referenda to raise the land transfer tax. All of the more than 20 county ballot measures have failed. Becky Harper, a Wake County real estate agent who filed the complaint, argued it was unlawful for the association to demand extra dues from her and
access to a key home buying and selling database if they didn’t pay the special assessment because they would lose their association membership. “If in fact you were going to kick this woman out for not making an assessment payment for this one issue, that’s morally wrong,” Leake said, but “I’m not sure that we have under this specific fact situation a legal peg to hang our hat to address this moral wrong.”
other Realtors to oppose the land transaction tax. Her lawyer cited a law preventing referendum committees from seeking money by threat of “job discrimination or financial reprisals.” The board determined the law didn’t apply to the association in part because defeating the referenda isn’t the association’s main purpose. But board Chairman Larry Leake criticized the association for denying people
Obama nominates area policeman for US marshal post ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
TRIAD – A veteran law enforcement officer and investigator with the Greensboro Police Department was nominated this week by President Barack Obama as the next U.S. marshal for the federal Middle
District of North Carolina. Willie R. Stafford currently serves as a background investigator for the Greensboro police. He’s also an independent consultant providing pre-employment screening and promotional testing services for law
enforcement agencies. From 1975-2004, Stafford served with the Greensboro police in a variety of roles. He retired as the assistant chief of police for the Western Operations Bureau. Stafford was one of three nominees suggest-
ed to the White House last year by Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro. “Bill’s long history with the Greensboro Police Department has given him the unique experience to serve North Carolina in this important federal law enforcement position,” Hagan said.
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Wilcox Bridge, built in 1924, crosses the Yadkin River at the Davidson-Rowan county line.
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cally comes in contact with the bridge. The bridge’s condition has been characterized as “poor,” with “advanced deterioration” and requires significant repairs, according to Fischetti’s report. Although Fischetti said the bridge’s condition is poor and repairs need to be made, he reported to commissioners the bridge’s structure is “monumental” and “very difficult to duplicate today.” He also said the bridge could serve as a pedestrian bridge for many years – the reason Davidson County officials decided to pursue ownership of it. Fischetti cautioned Davidson County officials to not take ownership of the bridge until it’s closed to vehicular traffic – that way the county does not have to pay for expensive repairs, a possible cost that commissioners strongly oppose. While the DOT has offered Davidson County $2.5 million – the amount the DOT says it will pay to demolish the bridge – for preservation
THOMASVILLE – The city of Thomasville promoted two officers during a ceremony at the Thomasville Police Department Thursday. Sgt. D.J. Rowe was
promoted to lieutenant and Detective Tony Lewis was promoted to sergeant. “Both of these guys went through an extensive promotional process, which involved various aspects to gauge
police veteran of 18 years, will be assigned as district commander and will supervise traffic. Lewis, who has been with Thomasville police for 13 years, will supervise a patrol squad as a sergeant.
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of the bridge, Fischetti told commissioners the 2008 Underwater Bridge Inspection Report projects the cost to be $4.7 million for proposed improvements. “It’s something that I’d like to see us do, but not at any cost,” said Max Walser, chairman of the Davidson County Board of Commissioners. “... It’s a serious thing when you are dealing with taxpayers’ money. You just can’t do things like this without getting solid answers from the DOT.” Based on Fischetti’s report and a proposed contract with the DOT, commissioners also are unclear when they would get ownership of the bridge and if they would be able to obtain land on both sides of the bridge. The Davidson County Board of Commissioners will consider taking ownership of the bridge during its meeting at the Lexington Governmental Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday. DOT officials are expected to attend.
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Davis expected to make decision on run for House BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT â€“ County Commissioner Bruce Davis is expected to end speculation today during a press conference about whether he will enter the crowded race
for the District 28 House seat. The High Point Democrat ran against Sen. Katie Dorsett in the Democratic primary two years ago. Davis earlier said he thought it was unfair for Dorsett to pull out of the race this year at
the last minute. He then said he was considering other options. Davis, who is unopposed for re-election to his District 1 Board of Commissioners seat, said Thursday in Greensboro that he has researched petition and
GUILFORD COUNTY â€“ High Point leaders may see a proposed resolution aimed at consolidating local government services as soon as next week. The Board of Commissioners approved Thursday on a 9-0 vote changes in a resolution that seeks to explore consolidating planning departments with Greensboro. Partly led by Democratic Commissioner Bruce Davis of High Point, commissioners declined last month to approve a resolution Greensboro City Council approved minutes earlier to evaluate and consider a city-county consolidation. The resolution creates another committee to recommend how government leaders should approach any consolida-
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Greensboro leaders earlier suggested merger reviews for these agencies: human resources, purchasing, geographic information services, parks and recreation, and law enforcement.
ments also contact with one another to operate parks, for example. The county currently bills taxes and administers elections for the cities and towns. The revised resolution urges merger reviews of any other departments that may be â€œbeneficial.â€? Commissioners also endorsed a joint watersewer incentive fund of $2.5 million to $5 million aimed at small towns that have Greensboro services nearby. â€œGreensboro will have to make a commitment on this,â€? said Republican Commissioner Billy Yow. â€œSo far, they have shut us out.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org|888-3626
UNC dedicates garden in memory of slain student CHAPEL HILL. (AP) â€“ The University of North Carolina has marked the second anniversary of the shooting death of the schoolâ€™s former student body president with the dedication of a garden in her memory. Multiple media outlets reported that several hundred people gath-
Bomb found at courthouse MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
HICKORY â€“ A bomb shaped like a coffee can, covered with duct tape and filled with gunpowder along with what look like shotgun pellets, was found in the trunk of a car Wednesday morning at the Newton government center. The car, a silver Toyota Corolla, belongs to Annie Elizabeth Stein, 43, of Newton. Stein was arrested and charged with animal cruelty on Feb. 23 after the remains of at least six horses were found in and around a pasture sheâ€™d leased.
ered on the Chapel Hill campus on Thursday to dedicate the Eve Marie Carson Garden, which is located in Polk Place, a grassy area behind the Campus Y. The 22-year-old student from Athens, Ga., was found shot death in the early morning of March 5, 2008, in a Cha-
pel Hill neighborhood. Two men are charged in her death. The garden also features an inscription wall made of Georgia marble with a quote from Carson. WRAL-TV reported that Carsonâ€™s parents were at the ceremony but did not speak.
Pine needles will be for sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each Saturday of the month at Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 Randolph St., Thomasville. Cost is $4.50 per bale. Volunteers will deliver for $5.50 per bale. Proceeds
GOP pushes strategy in House speakerâ€™s district PITTSBORO (AP) â€“ North Carolina Republicans say theyâ€™re conceding very few seats in the General Assembly to the Democrats in the fall elections. GOP legislative leaders and party Chairman Tom Fetzer sought to symbolize efforts to win majorities in the House and Senate with a news conference on Thursday in Pittsboro in the district of Democratic House Speaker Joe Hackney.
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running again. Four Republicans, including Greensboro Councilwoman Trudy Wade, filed for the race. Two Democrats, Gladys Robinson and Evelyn Miller have filed for the seat. Davis, a retired Marine who owns a day-
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Tea Party is neither Republican nor Democrat Letter writer James Brigham (Feb. 28, “Protesters should drink that tea responsibly”) seems somewhat disturbed by the actions of the Tea Party activists and the Republican Party. Perhaps he should take a deep breath and understand the Tea Party is composed of people who are not satisfied with the Democratic current administration/ Congress, nor the Republicans in Congress. They have made this very clear in numerous venues, interviews and statements over several months. The Tea Party is independent. It has no loyalty to the Republicans or the Democrats. These activists want our government to respond to the country’s needs, including national defense, the economy, fiscal responsibility, jobs and more jobs. They are firmly opposed to Obamacare and the Democrats’ humongous health care plans. The Tea Party wants the country to return to its basic rights and responsibilities in line with the Constitution. Not someone’s idea of the Constitution, but the Constitution under which we have worked and prospered since the founding of this great nation. I would advise Brigham to relax. This marvelous country made up of caring, decent, giving and honest people will survive these times and grow again into the country we know and love. The Tea Party is part of the solution. DON MULLIGAN High Point
End Hege era by voting all supporters out of office I have observed the Gerald Hege saga from beginning to end, from the removal of TVs in the jail to his conviction and sentencing. For nearly 10 years, I listened to his lies, distortions of the truth, power-grabbing tactics, total disregard for other law enforcement agencies, self-promotion schemes and his handling of crime statistics. It would be an understatement to say I was disappointed with the disposition of his case, firmly believing a much harsher sentence would be more appropriate. But the Hege era was at an end, and, in my opinion, one of Davidson County’s most shameful enterprises had collapsed. Truth being stranger than fiction, Hege has now filed as a
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ell, at least House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer sounds a bit reasonable about an impending health care reform vote – much more so than President Obama. On Wednesday, Obama challenged the Congress controlled by Democrats to pass health care reform legislation during the next two or three weeks. Hoyer said that might be doable, that March 29 might be more doable and that “the world doesn’t fall apart” if neither of those artificial deadlines is met. Even after some supposed revisions and concessions to Republicans in the health care bill backed by the Democrats, President Obama continues to push, push, push for quick consideration and approval of the legislation. It’s currently unavailable for congressional and public scrutiny. “I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote,” the president said, and there’s nothing wrong with that position. However, Obama shouldn’t be in such a hurry for an “up or down vote” on the legislation without time for it to be examined by Congress and the public. After all, the bill’s provisions won’t take effect for another four years or so. It’s not like people are going to drop dead in the streets unless the bill is rushed to passage tomorrow. It’s not unreasonable to ask that the public and Congress be given ample time to review the revised bill. It’s supposed to contain revisions that more or less are Obama concessions to Republicans and also to members of his own party who have objections. But who knows what it might contain if it’s not reviewed before a vote? We want Rep. Howard Coble, Rep. Mel Watt, Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Kay Hagan and all the other members of Congress to know what the bill contains before voting. We do agree with the president when he says, “I don’t see how another year of negotiations would help.” That much time isn’t necessary, only enough for the bill to be read and digested by Congress and the public before that up or down vote.
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column although I like very much his premise: that we need to say “no” or have politicians who say it for us. Admittedly I disagree about what we or they should say that magic word about. I would begin by saying no to all politicians who follow blindly their so-called leaders. When I vote, no matter what election, I hope to vote for the independent thinker who studies each question and votes his conscience and his concerns for the needs of his constituents and not simply in response to the demands of his political party. I would hope that very soon we, candidate for the same office he so as a country, and our political leaders speaking for us, will say thoroughly disgraced. However slight his chances are of regaining no to rape in the armed services and our current policy to ignore that position, it proves the Hege it and not prosecute those who era isn’t over yet. commit it. It will not be over until all Again thinking of the armed elected officials who supported forces, I would like us to say no to Hege and all those who rode into office on Hege’s coattails are once hired mercenaries. Stepping an inch back. I would and for all voted out of office. say no to all those politicians That is the final solution to a who base their careers on lies, totally corrupt and fascist-like who speak out of one side of their administration. GLENN PAYNE mouths when out on the stump Lexington and out of the other in the halls of Congress. And looking closely at our society, I would say no to all who We also need voters who worship money. And to those who ascribe to will stand up and say no Jesus of Nazareth words he never spoke and thoughts he never had It is seldom that I agree with Mike Hughes and the opinions he while blithely ignoring what he did teach. expresses in his column for your TOM KAK paper. Actually, I cannot say that High Point I agree with him in last Sunday’s
ost discussions of health care are like something out of Alice in Wonderland. What is the biggest complaint about the current medical care situation? “It costs too much.” Yet one looks in vain for anything in the pending legislation that will lower those costs. One of the biggest reasons for higher medical costs is that somebody else is paying those costs, whether an insurance company or the government. What is the politicians’ answer? To have more costs paid by insurance companies and the government. Back when the “single payer” was the patient, people were more selective in what they spent their own money on. You went to a doctor when you had a broken leg but not necessarily every time you had the sniffles or a skin rash. But, when someone else is paying, that is when medical care gets overused – and bureaucratic rationing is then imposed, to replace self-rationing. Money is just one of the costs of people seeking more medical care than they would if they were paying for it with their own money. Both waiting lines and waiting lists grow longer when people with sniffles and minor skin rashes take up the time of doctors, while people with cancer are waiting. In country after country, the original estimates of government medical care costs almost always turn out to be gross underestimates of what it ultimately turns out to cost. Even when the estimates are done honestly, they are based on how much medical care people use when they are paying for it themselves. But having someone else pay for medical care virtually guarantees that a lot more of it will be used. Nothing would lower costs more than having each patient pay those costs. And nothing is less likely to happen. One of the big costs that have actually forced some hospitals to close is the federal mandate that hospitals treat everyone who comes to an emergency room, whether they pay or not. But those who talk about “bringing down the cost of medical care” are not about to repeal that mandate. Often they want to add more mandates. The most fundamental issue is not whether treating everyone who comes to an emergency room is a good policy or a bad policy in itself. If it is a good policy, then the federal government should pay for what it wants done, not force other institutions to pay for it. Then let the voters decide at
the next election whether that is what they want their tax money spent for. Confusion between costs and prices add to the Alice in Wonderland sense of unreality. What is called lowering the OPINION costs is simply refusing to pay all the costs, by having the Thomas government set lower prices, Sowell whether for doctors’ fees, ■■■ hospital reimbursements or other charges. Surely no one believes that there will be no repercussions from refusing to pay for what we want. Some doctors are already refusing to accept Medicare or Medicaid patients because the government’s reimbursement levels are so low. Similarly, if it costs a billion dollars to create one new pharmaceutical drug, then either we are going to pay the billion dollars or we are not going to keep on getting new pharmaceutical drugs produced. There is no free lunch. Virtually everything that is proposed by those who are talking about bringing down the costs of medical care will in fact raise those costs. Mandates on insurance companies? Why are insurance companies not already doing those things that new mandates would require? Because those things raise costs by an amount that people are unwilling to pay to get those benefits. If not, it would be a slam dunk for the insurance companies to add those benefits to the policies and raise the premiums to cover them. What politicians want to do is look good by imposing mandates, and then let the insurance companies look bad by raising the premiums to cover the additional costs. It is a great political game, but it does nothing to lower medical costs. Politicians who want a government monopoly on health insurance can easily get it, just by making it impossible for private insurance companies to charge enough to cover the costs mandated by politicians. The “public option” will then be the only option – which is to say, we will no longer have any real option. THOMAS SOWELL, a native of North Carolina, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www. tsowell.com.
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Man arrested in Pakistan in boy’s kidnapping LONDON – A man was arrested in Pakistan on Thursday in connection with the kidnapping of a 5-year-old British boy there, Britain’s Foreign Office said. Police in Pakistan made the arrest and were detaining the man for questioning, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said. British consular staff were in close contact with the investigating Pakistani officer, she said, without providing other details.
Clinton: US to restore aid to Honduras SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration will restore aid to Honduras that was suspended after a coup last year. Clinton is urging Latin America to recognize the new Honduran government. Speaking Thursday in Costa Rica, Clinton said the post-coup government, which took office in January, was democratically elected.
Brazil quarantines cruise ship over food poisoning SAO PAULO – Hundreds of passengers aboard an international cruise ship were stricken with vomiting and diarrhea, prompting a temporary quarantine of the vessel in southeastern Brazil, health authorities said Thursday. At least 310 people suffered “some kind of food poisoning aboard” the Vision of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, a spokeswoman for the National Agency for Sanitary Vigilance said. She spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with department policy.
4 ferries stuck in ice off Swedish coast STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s sea rescue service says four passenger ferries with more than 1,000 people on board are trapped in ice in the Baltic Sea. The Swedish Maritime Administration says that there are 1,133 passengers and crew on the four ships, which have been stuck for hours just off the Swedish coast. Rescue spokesman Peter Lindquist says no one is hurt and there are currently no plans to evacuate.
An unidentified woman reacts after a stampede at a temple in Kunda, India, Thursday.
63 die in Indian temple stampede KUNDA, India (AP) – A stampede among thousands of poor villagers scrambling for free food and clothes at a commemorative event killed 63 people Thursday at a Hindu temple in northern India and injured dozens of others. Nearly all the victims were women and children. The stam-
pede was so intense it knocked down a gate at the compound surrounding the temple in the small town of Kunda, on the northern plains of Uttar Pradesh state. “How could this happen in such a holy place?” cried Phool Chand Saroj, a 48-year-old farmer whose wife, daughter and grandmother
were killed in the stampede. “If they had been more careful about letting in the crowds this would not have happened.” While most men in the farming region worked in their fields, women from surrounding villages gathered with their children Thursday in Kunda for a midday handout of donations.
BAGHDAD (AP) – A string of deadly blasts shattered an early round of voting in Iraq Thursday, killing 17 people and highlighting the fragile nature of the country’s security gains ahead of crucial parliamentary elections this Sunday. Iraq security forces were out in full force, trying to protect early voters in an election that will determine who will lead the country through the crucial period of the U.S. troop drawdown and help decide whether the country can overcome its deep sectarian divisions. But three explosions – a rocket attack and two suicide bombings – showed the ability of insurgents to carry out bloody attacks.
China backs diplomacy plan on Iran UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Western powers pressed for new sanctions against Iran on Thursday but China and Russia called for diplomatic negotiations as the best way to achieve a peaceful settlement of the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
China and Russia also urged Iran to resolve a standoff with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency and key powers on how to supply nuclear fuel for Tehran’s research reactor, saying this is key to easing current tensions. Neither China’s deputy
UN envoy: It’s ‘time to talk’ to the Taliban KABUL (AP) – The head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said Thursday that it’s “high time” a political solution is found with the Taliban to resolve the more than 8-year-old conflict. “It’s time to talk,” Kai Eide said. In his last news conference as the U.N. representative, Eide said he hoped a spring peace jirga – or conference – that Afghan President
Hamid Karzai is organizing would result in a national consensus for peace that the entire nation could rally around. In a wide-ranging news conference at the heavily secured U.N. compound, Eide said he has always been behind a policy of engagement, but has no allusions about the complexities of negotiating peace with Taliban leaders.
Haitian family survives 2 big quakes in 2 months SAN BERNARDO, Chile (AP) – The Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Portau-Prince. Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It
was shattered at 3:43 a.m. Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on record shook a swath of Chile. All the Desarmes’ immediate family survived both quakes. But twice cursed, the family now sleeps in the garden of a home that the eldest son, Pierre Desarmes, found for them.
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House passes tax breaks for new hires WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite doubts among many lawmakers that it will create many jobs, the House on Thursday passed legislation giving companies that hire the jobless a temporary payroll tax break. AP The measure passed 217House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill 201 on a mostly party-line in Washington, Thursday. vote. The bill also extends
Chelsea King suspect investigated for other crimes SAN DIEGO (AP) – A convicted sex offender charged with murdering Chelsea King in Southern California is under investigation in last year’s disappearance of a 14-year-old girl and the attempted kidnapping of another teenager, authorities said. John Albert Gardner III remained jailed Thursday in San Diego County, a day after he pleaded not guilty to murdering the 17-year-old King. The sheriff believes a body found Tuesday in a shallow grave on the shore of Lake Hodges is that of King, but the medical examiner’s office had not yet confirmed the identity. Gardner, once described by a psychiatrist as a threat to underage girls, was under scrutiny in two other cases.
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RANDLEMAN – Victory Junction kicked off its “Keeping the Dream Alive” campaign this week by announcing that NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join the elite list of Victory Junction Founders. Earnhardt committed to donate $1 million to build and maintain The Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre at the Randleman-based camp, which caters to children with serious illnesses. Victory Junction was a dream of racer Adam Petty. His passion for helping children drove him to think of ways to directly change the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. During a Nationwide Series practice session in 2000, Adam tragically lost his life. But his dream was realized by his father, Kyle Patty, and Kyle’s wife, Pattie. The camp impacts the lives of more than 13,000 children and families that have suffered from more than two dozen diseases such as cancer, hemophilia, spina bifida, physical disabilities and sickle cell. On March 27, during The Dale Jr. Foundation Physical Disabilities Weekend at Victory Junction, Earnhardt will join the Victory Junction family as a founder and will break ground on a one-of-akind project, The Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre. Eighty-eight members of The JR Nation Crew, The Official Fan Club of Dale Jr., will be randomly selected to be special guests for the private groundbreaking ceremony. To become a part of the FREE JR Nation Crew fan club and be eligible to attend, go to www. dalejr.com/jrnation. “There are many reasons why we wanted to get involved with Victory Junction and build this amphitheatre, and it starts with the tremendous impact the camp has on these kids. It’s incredible how one week changes lives,” Earnhardt said. “Just as important to me is my friendship with Kyle and Pattie Petty, and the memory of my buddy, Adam Petty. “Adam and I met each other at an early age, and from that point on our lives and careers were virtually parallel. He was as genuine as they get and a great friend. If I can play a small part in helping Kyle and Pattie keep his dream alive, it doesn’t require a second thought.” The interactive outdoor amphitheatre will provide campers the opportunity to sing a song, act in a play, tell a joke, play an instrument, watch a movie or even get their face pictured on an old, Western “Wanted” poster along with the infamous outlaw, “Junior.”
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Thomasville considers incentives BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
THOMASVILLE – The Thomasville City Council will consider an economic incentives package for a company Monday that could have a “good future” in the Chair City, Councilman Raleigh York Jr. said this week. If the City Council approves the incentives package for the company, which is being code-named Project 3C, it would join the Davidson County Board of Commissioners in trying to entice the company to the county.
Last month, commissioners agreed to give the company $5,400 annually for five years if it accepts the package with Davidson County. Council members will consider an economic development incentive grant for Project 3C at .0028 times the total investment of approximately $2 million in the plant, machinery and equipment. The company, which would create and maintain 20 jobs and provide wages equal to or above the county average, would receive the grant annually for five years. York said the council has received the name of the
company, but very little information about the project. City and county officials have yet to release the name of the company. “It’s projected to create 20 jobs in the short term, and an investment to increase our tax base, with the potential of other jobs,” York said. “I see the company that the (Davidson County Economic Development Commission) is dealing with as one that possibly has a good future in Thomasville.” Steve Googe, executive director of the Davidson County Economic Development Commission,
said last month he was contacted by the company about a year ago before it returned several months ago. He wouldn’t provide any other details on the company until it decides to make an official announcement. “We haven’t been given a whole lot of details about it,” Councilman Scott Styers said of the project. “Hopefully, it’s going to be something that will be a responsible employer that we can seriously consider because obviously, we, like most small towns, need jobs and tax base.”
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Forum features area House, county commission candidates BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Voters will have the opportunity to see and hear from candidates in three key High Point area races during a forum Monday night at High Point City Hall. The High Point Republican Party will sponsor a candidates forum for four Republicans seeking the 61st State House District and two Republicans squaring off for the District 2 seat on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. The event also will feature the four Republican candidates for the 28th State Senate District, a seat being vacated this year by retiring Sen. Katie Dorsett, D-Guilford. The forum is at 7 p.m. Monday in the City Council chambers downtown. No Democrats are running in the Nov. 2 general election in 61st State House District or Guilford commissioners district, meaning that the Republican winners in the May 4 primary are all but assured of taking the seats. And both seats will be open, since state
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The High Point Republican Party will host a candidates forum at 7 p.m. Monday at the High Point City Council chambers downtown. The forum is for Republican candidates in the 61st State House District, Guilford County Board of Commissioners District 2 and 28th State Senate District. For more information, call the local Republican Party at 259-8085. Rep. Laura Wiley, R-Guilford, and Republican commissioner Steve Arnold, both of High Point, aren’t seeking re-election. The 61st State House District candidates are High Point City Councilman John Faircloth, High Point real estate businessman Gerald Grubb, High Point businessman and Phoenix Academy charter school co-founder Paul Norcross and Jamestown Town Councilwoman and attorney Georgia Nixon-Roney. The district covers parts of High Point, Jamestown and southwestern Guilford
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Garry Austin....................Thomasville Glenn Berger......................High Point Julie Cheek...........................Asheboro Douglas Childress Sr..Sherrill’s Ford Gary Cox...............................Asheboro Donald Foster Sr................Lexington Johnny Gibson..............Thomasville Winifred Green.................Lexington Ruth Lee............................Thomasville Kathyn Linton.............................Trinity Iris Mooney.........................High Point James Watson...................High Point Fannie Weekly...................High Point MichaelWright..............Thomasville The High Point Enterprise publishes death notices without charge. Additional information is published for a fee. ObituHIGH POINT – Mr. Glenn ary information should be submitted through a fu- A. Berger, 85, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. neral home. Glenn was devoted to his wife of sixty years, Mary Louise Berger, his daughters Kathy Hazlewood and Connie Price, his grandchildren, his friends and his church. Glenn was a kind and gentle man who lived in service to others. He was loved by all who knew him. Glenn was born in Winston-Salem on September 28, 1924 son of Charles Henry Berger and Nettie Marie Holder Berger. He graduated from Hanes High School and served three and half years in the U.S. ASHEBORO – Gary Lee Navy during World War Cox, “Poochie”, 56, lost II. Following his dishis battle with cancer charge from the Navy he Wednesday, March 3, graduated from Lenoir2010 at 11:50 p.m., pass- Rhyne College. He maring peacefully at home. ried Mary Louise WilHe will be remembered liams and they moved to for his infectious smile High Point, NC where he and love of life. was in the auto finance Funeral service business for 40 years. will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Following his retireat Oakhurst Baptist ment he started a career Church with the Dr. with Quality Salvage Richard Crider officiat- and worked there until ing. There will be a Cele- his death. bration of Life gathering Glenn was a very acimmediately following tive member of Fairview the service at Cox’s Har- Moravian Church where ley Davidson, 2795 NC he served as a member Hwy 134. of the Board of Trustees He was a native of Ran- and he was a member of dolph County, owner the Friendship Sunday and operator of Cox’s School Class. Harley-Davidson dealerHe was preceded in ships in Asheboro, Rock death by a brother, WilHill, SC and Cox’s North- son Lee Berger. ern Tier Harley-DavidSurviving are his wife, son in Mansfield, PA. He Mary Louise Williams was an Asheboro Parks Berger, of the home, his and Recreation baseball daughter Connie Berger coach from 1982-1996 Price and her husband and basketball coach Robert Alan Price, High from 1982-1994. He was Point and their children a member and past Sec- Kelly Jane Price, Bosretary of the Carolina ton, MA and Robert AnHarley-Davidson Deal- drew Price, Savannah, er’s Association. He was GA, his daughter Kathy the official starter for Berger Hazlewood, the AMA Pro Flat Track Asheboro, and her chilMotorcycle Racing Se- dren, Kristin Spears and ries from 1974-2010, as her husband Bob, Ft. well as past racer in the Myers, FL and their four series himself. He was children, and Joe Wakeinvolved in fundraising field and his wife Maria, for Randolph County Re- Lafayette, LA and their lay for Life, the Jimmy three children and KaV Foundation, Randolph tie Wakefield, Asheboro, Hospice, Muscular Dys- and her two children, trophy Association one brother, Charles and Baptist Children’s Douglas Berger and his Homes. He was a mem- wife Roslyn, Surprise, ber of Oakhurst Baptist AZ and a sister in law, Church. Hilda Simmons Berger, Poochie is survived Greensboro and special by his wife Janatha Ce- friends Jerry and Sara cil Cox, his two sons, Pool. Robbie and wife SuMemorial services will zanne Badgett Cox, and be held at 2:00 p.m. SatStephen and wife Kara urday at Fairview MoraSimpson Cox, of Greens- vian Church, 6550 Silas boro; three grandchil- Creek Parkway, Windren Andrew, Sydney, ston-Salem, NC 27106 and Avery and his fa- . Burial will follow in ther, Recil. He was pre- God’s Acre at Salem ceded in death by his Moravian Graveyard. mother, Betty Cox and The family will receive brother, Jerry. friends from 12:00 p.m. The family will be at until 2:00 p.m. at the Pugh Funeral Home Sat- church prior to the serurday, 6-9 p.m. vice and at other times In lieu of flowers, me- at the home. Memorials morials may be made may be made to Fairto Randolph County Re- view Moravian Church lay for Life Attn: Emily or the Friendship SunLeach 4-A Oak Branch day School Class of FairDr., Greensboro, NC view Moravian Church 27407or Baptist Chil- or to the charity of the dren’s Homes of NC Attn: donor’s choice. Michael C. Blackwell, Salem Funeral Service P.O. Box 338, Thomas- is assisting the Berger ville, NC 27361-9911. family. Online condoOnline condolences lences may be made may be made at www. through www.salemfh. pughfuneralhome.com com.
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James D. Watson HIGH POINT – Mr. James Dale Watson, 52, of 1451 Bailey Circle, died March 2, 2010, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Mr. Watson was born on April 3, 1958, to Catherine Singleton Watson and James Arthur Watson in Guilford County. A lifelong resident of High Point, he was a graduate of T. Wingate Andrews High School where he was a member of the 1976 football team. James attended Bell & Howard Engineering School and he was employed as a Lineman for the City of High Point until his health failed. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, loved music and loved to cook. He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving relatives include his mother, Catherine Singleton Campbell of High Point; one brother, Antonio Watson of High Point; five sisters, Vickey D. Reid (Donald) of Charlotte, Teresa Stone (Julius) of Charlotte, Clara Crouch (Jimmie) of Lexington, Virginia Gaither of High Point, and Lisa Gidderon of Charlotte; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, many other friends and relatives. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Eternal Life Ministry, 425 Nathan Hunt Drive, with Bishop Joseph Gardner officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park. Family visitation will be 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the church and other times at the residence. Haizlip Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.haizlipfuneralhome. com.
Douglas Donald Childress Sr. SHERRILL’S FORD – Douglas Donald Childress, Sr., 76, formerly of Thomasville, son of M.A. and Mary Childress, and now of Sherrill’s Ford, NC, died at the Gordon’s Hospice House at Statesville on March 3, 2010. His funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home Chapel in Lincolnton. The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 p.m., or before the service. He had served as minister of music at Long Shoals Wesleyan Church and First Wesleyan Church in Gastonia. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Hoffman Childress of the home; four children, Carol Cook and husband, Richard, Douglas Donald Childress, Jr. and wife, Lynne, Cynthia Minner and husband, Mark, and Jon Mark Childress and wife, Cynthia; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Carolyn Childress Conrad and husband, Richard, of Thomasville; and a brother, Ben Childress and wife, Becky, of Chamblee, GA. He was preceded in death by Marcella Johnson Childress, his first wife. Memorials may be made to Gordon’s Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
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HIGH POINT – Mrs. Fannie G. Weekly, 104, died Monday March 1, 2010 at the Hospice Home of High Point. Mrs. Weekly resided on Forest St. until she was 100. She was a resident at the Evergreens Health Care Center. Mrs. Weekly was born October 3, 1905 in Elbert Co., GA, a daughter of Frank and Addie Cargill Greenway. She worked for Tomlinson Furniture Co. for 25 years. Mrs. Weekly was the oldest living member of Montlieu Ave. United Methodist Church where she was active in the Bible Study, the United Methodist Women and her Sunday School Class. On August 14, 1929 she was married to Carl Y. Weekly, Sr. who preceded her in death on December 31, 1947. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, four brothers, two grandsons, one great granddaughter, a son-in-law and a step son-in-law. Mrs. Weekly is survived by a daughter, Jean Amick of High Point; a step-daughter, Polly Rowlett of Washington, NC; one son, Carl Y. Weekly, Jr. and wife Betty Delk Weekly of Jamestown; two sisters, Tee Seymore and Flora Reid of Marietta, GA; 20 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Montlieu Ave. United Methodist Church conducted by the Reverend Dr. Karen Hudson and the Reverend Dr. Jim Martin. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Weekly will remain at Sechrest Funeral Service, 1301 East Lexington Ave. until placed into the church thirty minutes before the service. The family will receive friends at Sechrest Funeral Service on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Serving as active pallbearers will be grandsons; Vic, Kent and Chris Amick, Phil, Joe and David Weekly. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to Montlieu Ave. United Methodist Church, 1210 Montlieu Ave., High Point, NC 27262 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262 The family would like to thank the Reverend Dr. Karen Hudson and the doctors, nurses and staff at the Hospice Home of High Point for their loving care to Fannie Weekly and to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.sechrestfunerals.com.
THOMASVILLE – Mr. Johnny Milton Gibson, 70, a resident of Sunset Lane, died Wednesday evening, March 3, 2010, at his home. He was born May 17, 1939, in Randolph County, a son of the late Charlie Gibson and Rosie Hunt Gibson. He was a retired employee with Trinity Furniture Company. Surviving are a daughter, Lynn Gibson of Greensboro; a son, Gregg Gibson and wife Lori of Thomasville; sisters, Arlene Driver of Love Valley and Ruby Young of Lexington and a grandchild, Ashley Gibson. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 11 a.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with Rev. Brian Workman officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. The family request memorials be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 202 Hospice Way, Lexington, N.C. 27292. On-line condolences may be sent to the Gibson family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Donald L. Foster Sr. RICHFIELD – Donald Lee “Bubber” Foster, Sr., 69, of Wild Access Road died March 4, 2010, at Hinkle Hospice House. The family will receive friends at the home of his son, Ronnie Foster, Wafford Road, Lexington. Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington, is assisting the family.
Garry L. Austin THOMASVILLE – Garry Lee Austin, 48, died March 3, 2010. He will be cremated and no services are planned at this time. J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home, Thomasville, is assisting the family.
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GREENSBORO – For opening her door to help a brother in need, authorities believe Mary Ferrell Jones ended up giving her life. Before a packed courtroom Wednesday afternoon, her brother – 43-year-old Connell Ferrell – pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He admitted to brutally beating and stabbing her on Oct. 11 inside the apartment they shared at 317-A E. Florida St. “Whatever happened, I am sorry,” Ferrell told family members at Guilford County Superior Court. “Whatever happened that day was way out of my control.” Ferrell agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. Judge Ed Wilson Jr. sentenced Ferrell to life in prison. Howard Neumann, chief assistant district attorney, said Ferrell beat and stabbed Jones to death after an argument over money that Ferrell had used to buy crack cocaine. Neumann said Jones, 55, had allowed her younger brother to live with her last summer. He had just been released from prison in Virginia after serving six years on convictions of forgery and breaking and entering. Of seven siblings, Jones was the only one willing to take in Ferrell. All was well until Oct. 10, when Jones left to go to work at a local restaurant, Neumann said. Jones had left her brother $150 to pay bills.
THOMASVILLE – Mr. Michael Curtis Wright, age 57, of 1124 Johnsontown Rd. died Wednesday March 3, 2010, at Thomasville Medical Center. He was born April 25, 1952, in Davidson County, a son of Fred William Wright and Doris Rogers Wright. Mr. Wright was of the Baptist faith. Surviving is a daughter, Crystal Rowe and husband Del of Thomasville; sisters, Cathy Lambert of Loudon, TN, and Donna Peterson and husband James of Lexington; brothers, Ronnie Wright and fiancée Denise of the home, and Gary Wright and fiancée Misty of Thomasville; granddaughters, Kirby, Casey, and Courtney Rowe; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Wade Powell officiating. The family will be at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and at other times at the home of his daughter Crystal, 307 Long St., Thomasville. Online condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.
HIGH POINT – Mrs. Iris Marie Fulp Mooney, 92, resident of 948 Marlboro St. died March 4th, 2010, at High Point Regional Hospital. Mrs. Mooney was born September 5th, 1917, in Guilford County, a daughter to Floyd I. and Eugenia Jones Fulp. A resident of this area all her life, she was a homemaker and had attended Mitchell’s Grove United Methodist Church. She was married to L.C. Mooney who preceded her in death. Surviving is a son, David Mooney and wife Vickie of High Point; two sisters, Faye Paschal of Greensboro and Thelma Shaw of Asheville; three grandchildren, James Thomas, Katherine Thomas and Jennifer Turner; and six great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum with Rev. Dr. Tim Porter officiating. Memorials may be directed to Mitchell’s Grove United Methodist Church, 3511 E. Kivett Dr. High Point NC 27260. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.
THOMASVILLE – Ruth Jones Lee age 87 of Fair Grove Forest went to be with the Lord Thursday March 4, 2010, at her residence. She was born on March 25, 1922, in Stokes County to James Sidney Jones and Bessie Lillian Snyder Jones. She was a supervisor with Sara Lee, formerly Adams Millis Corporation, for more than 40 years. She was a member of Fair Grove United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. She was a people person, who loved to cook, bake, and do for others. Her husband doted on her and made sure that she did not have to go into a nursing facility. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and grandpuppies very much. On August 24, 1945, she married Harry Austin Lee, who survives of the home; also surviving is a daughter, Betty L. Easley and husband Steve of Thomasville; two sons, Darrell Lee and wife Linda, and Jerry Lee and wife Dianne, all of Thomasville; three grandchildren, Stephen Easley and wife Brooke of Thomasville, Jeffrey Lee of Jefferson, and Tiffany Allen and husband Brent of Archdale; and two greatgrandchildren, Carson and Chloe Easley. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. David Noyes and Mrs. Jane Baity officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215-3220 or to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292. The family would like to express a sincere thank you to a friend and caregiver, Pattie Mitchell. On-line condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons. com.
Infant Kathyn Linton TRINITY – Infant Kathyn Iona Fay Linton passed away February 28, 2010, at 6181 Welborn Road. She is survived by her parents, Kimberly Lampkins and Kenneth Linton. She is preceded in death by a brother, Gabreal Antonio Linton. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Guilford Memorial Park. Condolences may be sent to Kimberly Lampkins, 6181 Welborn Road, Lot #1, Trinity, NC.
Winifred Green THOMASVILLE – Mrs. Winifred Virginia Ebelein Zimmerman Green, 98, of Piedmont Crossing Homes, formerly of Kildee Drive, Lexington, died March 1, 2010, at the Homes. Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.
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ear Abby: I have been dating a guy who is wonderful, caring – everything a woman would want. There’s just one problem. When he takes off his shirt, he has an extremely ugly mole. It looks suspicious and is irregularly shaped. I can’t stand looking at it, but my eyes are drawn to it like to a car wreck. To top it off, it has hair growing out of it. I know he probably pays no attention to it because it’s on his back. But I see it staring back at me. How do you tell a loving and caring man that you’re turned off by his scary mole? – Grossed Out in Oklahoma City Dear Grossed Out: Because man was not born equipped with a rearview mirror, it takes a caring friend to tell him – or her – what’s going on behind his/her back. It’s not necessary to say that you are “grossed out” at the sight of the mole. All you need to say is: “Honey, you have a large, irregularly shaped mole on your back that looks suspicious. It doesn’t look right, and you need to have it checked out by a dermatologist as soon as possible because I’m worried about you.” Dear Abby: It’s tax season, and once again, my husband and I are
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Julie Cheek ASHEBORO – Julie Cheek, 79, died March 3, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete with Gailes Funeral Home, Asheboro.
Man turns to fishing lures after losing job SALISBURY (AP) – When Rob Fisher lost his job last year due to NASCAR mergers, he decided to turn one of his lifetime goals into a reality. “There are only two ways I can think clearly,” he said. “Either sitting in a tree stand or sitting in a boat.” Fisher, of Salisbury, was fishing with his father last April, discussing a dream of his to design his own fishing lure, and see it in stores. Fueled by his passion, Fisher set a goal for himself to have a fishing lure ready for stores by spring 2010, and he has done just that. He named his company Lil’ Robbies Soft Baits, made completely in the United States. “Nowadays, it seems like everything comes from overseas,” Fisher said. “I wanted to do everything in the U.S. and keep it cheap for the fishermen. “My other goal was to sell the end product at $2 a bag.”
Fisher designed the lure himself. “I kind of had an idea of what I wanted, and wanted something different I hadn’t seen,” he said, noting that his lure was modeled after a crawdad. “I made my own prototype out of metal, and found an established company to pour the bait.” The U.S. company used his prototype to make a mold, and sent him several samples. “I fished with it, I liked it, and I gave them the OK to make a production mold,” Fisher said. Fisher then chose the color combinations for the 15 lures he offers, saying he chose them, “just knowing what seems to work pretty good,” he said. “Most fishermen know.” Colors vary from black to red to orange, silver and red glitter, to color combos such as pink and green. By July 2009, Fisher had prototypes in his hand, and the different-colored lures came in at the beginning of October.
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