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Another theory is that those who are trying to save money may be waiting until the last minute to file and pay those taxes, said Mahlon Pendry, who operates Pendry’s Accounting Service. Pendry has gained three new customers this year in addition to his regular clientele and expects to see more before the season ends, he said. “My customers are coming in pretty regularly,” said Pendry, a retired IRS agent. “Most people are going to owe taxes this year since the withholding rate on their W2 forms went down but tax rates didn’t. It may be that later, when people are ready to pay those funds, that we’ll see more coming in.” Hanson said it was too early in the 2009 tax season to tell if there had been a change in the number of people who use paid tax preparers.
TRINITY – Trinity officials discussed the fate of mobile home parks during its preagenda meeting Tuesday evening. With a public hearing scheduled on proposed text amendments to the city’s mobile parks ordinance for next Tuesday night, City Manager Ann Bailie asked the City Council for direction on what the governing body would like to do with mobile home parks. Councilwoman Karen Bridges said she wanted to have all mobile home parks eventually phased out as they “fall apart,” but noted she didn’t think that option was possible. Bob Wilhoit, the city’s attorney, told the City Council that it could not outlaw mobile parks in the city limits. Trinity officials, however, could designate a place in the city for mobile homes, he said. Councilman Kelly Grooms suggested the city would be taking income from mobile home park owners if it begins to phase out some in the city. He also said the residents in the mobile home parks need a place to live. “Don’t cut these people out,” Grooms said. Currently, the city has interest from residents who want to build a mobile home park and another person who wants to replace a mobile home, Bailie said. The City Council took no action Tuesday evening because the public hearing had already been set. Last month, Adam Stumb, the city’s planning and zoning administrator, said Trinity officials are discussing changes to the ordinance because they “want to improve the image and safety for all existing parks” in the city. Currently, Trinity has
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To save money, filers may dodge using paid tax preparers BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – In a time when consumers are cutting back on the amount of goods and services that they pay for, even paid tax preparers may be taking a hit this year. H&R Block reported that the number of returns prepared in retail operations fell 5.6 percent nationally, while the number of total tax returns prepared through Feb. 15 fell 6.3 percent. Some local tax preparers say they’ve seen a similar trend as consumers use other means, such as electronic filing or the Internal Revenue Service’s Free File option, while other paid preparers are waiting for another rush toward the end of the season. Patrick Laughrey, area Jackson Hewitt manager, said Triad offices have seen fewer customers walk through the doors this year.
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Mahlon Pendry, a retired IRS agent, works on his client’s tax return out of his home office. “There haven’t been as many (customers) as last year,” Laughrey said. “There could be a variety of reasons for that. There are some people trying to save money by doing their taxes online. A lot of people probably won’t be filing this year due to economic hardships and unemployment because they didn’t earn enough, so we just might not have as many refunds to issue this year.”
According to the IRS, most people who earn unemployment compensation would probably have to file. The first $2,400 in unemployment compensation is non-taxable. “Unemployment may affect some people this year,” said Mark Hanson, spokesman with the IRS, “But if they’ve earned more than that $2,400, they will probably have to file.”
LEXINGTON – The historic Wil-Cox Bridge will not be demolished as part of the project to replace the Interstate 85 bridge over the Yadkin River. The Davidson County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night agreed to take ownership of the Wil-Cox Bridge. Commissioners Larry Potts and Don Truell voted against the request by the N.C. Department of Transportation that Davidson County become the new owner of the bridge. Chairman Max Walser said the offer by the DOT was “simply too much to
pass up” before the board voted to take ownership of the bridge. DOT officials will give Davidson County $2.5 million for preservation of the bridge once the state stops allowing vehicular traffic on the bridge. The Wil-Cox Bridge is adjacent to the I-85 bridge over the Yadkin River and serves as a thoroughfare to the town of Spencer. If commissioners rejected the DOT’s offer to take ownership of the bridge, the structure would have been demolished as part of the I-85 bridge over the Yadkin River project, said Pat Ivey, a DOT division engineer out of Winston-Salem. Looking to make the Wil-
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High Point police are seeking the following wanted persons: â€˘ Mark Antonio Dye, black male, 29, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 145 pounds, wanted for assault on a female. *Registered Sex Offender* â€˘ Shaquita Michelle Collins, black female, 22, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 100 pounds, wanted for felony breaking and entering. â€˘ Larry Donnell Blocker, black male, 51, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, wanted for felony obtaining property by false pretenses. â€˘ Barry Lee Michael, black male, 48, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 185 pounds, wanted for felony failure to appear. â€˘ Shara Christine Rittermeyer, white female, 37, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 145 pounds, wanted for felony larceny. â€˘ Eva Ellis Inlow, white female, 46, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, wanted for felony failure to appear. Anyone with information about the above suspects is asked to call High Point Crimestoppers at 889-4000.
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SPECIAL INTEREST A membership drive and fish fry will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 87, 409 W. High St. It is sponsored by Sons of the American Legion. $6 per plate â€œHerbals and Alternative Medicationsâ€? is the subject of a program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Millis Regional Health Education Center, 601 N. Elm St. The program is part of the â€œRed Hot Mamasâ€? series, and Amy Greeson will be the guest speaker. Common treatments for menopause also will be discussed. Free, registration required by calling 878-6888 Ladies Day 2010 will be celebrated 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Hillside Park Baptist Church, 7593 E. Holly Grove Road, Thomasville. Kay Chandler of Graham will be guest speaker. Cost of $10 includes lunch. Freda Truitt, 476-1875 Northwest Randolph County Arts County holds a membership gala at 7 p.m. Friday at Beck & Call, 304 Trindale Road, Archdale. Free to members, $10 for nonmembers, 802-1957
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RALEIGH â€“ Kathy Taft, the state Board of Education member found badly beaten in a West Raleigh home over the weekend, died shortly after noon Tuesday, police announced. Police had mistakenly announced her death Tuesday morning, then said she remained alive. A police spokesman confirmed her death at about 1 p.m., saying they are treating it as a homicide. Taft, who lives in Greenville, was found injured at the home of tax attorney John Geil at 2710 Cartier Drive just after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, authorities reported. Police immediately launched a criminal investigation, cordoning off Cartier Street and searching the two-story home for evidence of a criminal assault. Police have not made an arrest in connection with the assault, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
DAVIDSON COUNTY â€“ An overturned tanker truck that spilled several chemicals blocked N.C. 150 in Lexington Tuesday morning. The crash happened just before 8 a.m., near the Captain Stevenâ€™s Seafood Restaurant, WXII-12 TV reported. Authorities said a hazardous material team from Greensboro arrived at about 10 a.m. to assist in cleaning up the chemicals that leaked from the truck into a waterway that spills into Reedy Creek. Authorities said one of the chemicals, toluene, was highly flammable. Troopers said the in-
cident happened when the driver of the truck missed his turn on Highway 150 and pulled into a parking lot to turn around. As he made his turn, the back axles of the truck slid into a ditch, causing the trailer to topple over. According to WXII-12 TV, six nearby businesses and 12 homes were evacuated while crews worked to clean up. N.C. 150, which was closed from Rob Shoaf Road to Friendship Church Road. Davidson County authorities expected the road to be closed eight to 12 hours. No injuries were reported.
mation about the robbery suspect. Deputies DAVIDSON COUNTY â€“ A from the sheriffâ€™s office description of the vehi- Breaking and Entering cle involved in a bank Task Force began seekrobbery was credited ing the suspectâ€™s car and with helping Davidson encountered a vehicle County sheriffâ€™s deputies that fit the description apprehend a suspect. near Denton. A be-on-the-lookout Officers stopped Jason notice from the Stanly Michael Hilton, 30, of County Sheriffâ€™s Office Johnson Road, Denton, in regard to an armed as he was returning to robbery at First Bank his home, according to in Richfield on Monday the sheriffâ€™s office. was received by DavidHilton was approached son deputies shortly af- and detained by deputer the incident was re- ties until Stanly County ported. Sheriffâ€™s Office units arA description of the rived to take him into suspect vehicle was custody on armed robgiven, along with infor- bery charges.
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DAVIDSON COUNTY â€“ The Davidson County Sheriffâ€™s Office alleges a Brier Creek Elementary School student hit a teacher twice with a closed fist. According to a sheriffâ€™s office press release, Brier Creek Elementary
Prosecutors say no need to delay trial RALEIGH (AP) â€“ Federal prosecutors say a former aide to ex-North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley should go on trial this spring because Ruffin Poole and his attorney have had enough time and help to prepare. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Bruce and Dennis Duffy this week filed a response to a request by Pooleâ€™s lawyer to delay his corruption trial from April 26 to August. Defense attorney Joe Zeszotarski said he has to go through 36,000 pages of documents and scores of boxes, folders and grand jury transcripts. Judge Terrence Boyle will decide whether to delay the trial.
school officials notified deputies last week that an assault occurred. School officials said that a student under the age of 16 struck a teacher in the chest two times with a closed fist. A petition will be filed with juvenile services regarding the incident, the sheriffâ€™s office said.
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Afghan suicide attack kills 2 NATO troops KHOST, Afghanistan â€“ A suicide attack Tuesday at a joint NATO-Afghan base in eastern Afghanistan killed two international service members and wounded several others, the military alliance said. The attack in remote Khost province near the Pakistan border was on a compound used by both international forces and the Afghan Border Police, NATO said.
Gunshots heard in violence-wracked Nigeria JOS, Nigeria â€“ Automatic weapons fire punctuated by screams erupted after dark Tuesday in a Nigerian city located near villages where massacres just two days ago left more than 200 people dead. Nerves remained on edge, despite a long-standing dusk-til-dawn curfew in Jos, the capital of Plateau state. When sustained gunfire rang out for about three minutes, apparently from several automatic rifles, people ran screaming through the streets.
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Popeâ€™s brother: I ignored abuse reports BERLIN â€“ The popeâ€™s brother said in a newspaper interview published Tuesday that he slapped pupils as punishment after he took over a renowned German boysâ€™ choir in the 1960s. He also said he was aware of allegations of physical abuse at an elementary school linked to the choir but did nothing about it. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, 86, said he was unaware of allegations of sexual abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir, part of a string of charges of sex abuse by church employees across Europe.
Ex-spy chief: US misled allies over detainees LONDON â€“ United States intelligence agencies misled key allies, including Britain, about its mistreatment of suspected terrorists, the former head of the countryâ€™s domestic spy agency, MI5, said Tuesday. Eliza Manningham-Buller said the U.S. deliberately suppressed details of its harsh handling of some detainees, including accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
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A California Highway Patrol officer helped slow this runaway Toyota Prius from 94 mph to a safe stop on Monday after the carâ€™s accelerator became stuck on a San Diego County freeway, the CHP said.
Feds to probe cause of runaway Prius EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) â€“ The government sent investigators Tuesday to examine a Prius that sped out of control on a California freeway, and Toyota said it wanted to interview the driver as the besieged automaker dealt with a high-profile new headache that raised questions about the safety of its beloved hybrid. A day after state troopers helped the car slow to a stop and its driver to emerge unharmed, Toyota could shed no new light on what might have gone wrong. The Prius is not part of Toyotaâ€™s vast
Workers urge faster rebuilding at ground zero NEW YORK (AP) â€“ Hundreds of construction workers raised a rallying cry of â€œBuild it now!â€? on Tuesday, gathering with elected officials at the World Trade Center site to urge a quick rebuilding of the complex. â€œInstead of a shining American symbol of resilience and strength, we have a hole in the ground,â€? U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney told the crowd. â€œRebuilding the towers and ground zero is a moral imperative. Putting 10,000 people to work in the middle of a severe recession is an economic imperative.â€? The protest comes days before a Friday deadline for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and developer Larry Silverstein to work out a new schedule for rebuilding parts of the site. Construction is under way on 1 World Trade Center.
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Jury recommends death for serial killer SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) â€“ A California jury on Tuesday recommended a death sentence for convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala, only hours after the 66-year-old pleaded for his life to be spared. Alcala was convicted last month of murdering 12-year-old Robin Samsoe and four Los Angeles County women in the late 1970s. It was the third time he was sentenced to death in the Samsoe case. The previous sentences were overturned.
Relatives broke out in applause in the courtroom and Samsoeâ€™s brother shouted out, â€œYes!â€? when the juryâ€™s recommendation was read. Alcala gave his own closing arguments earlier Tuesday afternoon, telling jurors that if they recommend death instead of life in prison without parole, his case would be on appeal for another 15 to 20 years. â€œBut if you choose life in prison you will end the matter now,â€? he told the Orange County jury.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â€“ An Ohio State University janitor who was about to lose his job walked into a maintenance building for his early morning shift Tuesday and shot two supervisors, killing one of them and fatally shooting himself. No students were hurt. Nathaniel Brown, 51, arrived for work at the nationâ€™s largest university dressed in dark clothing, a hooded sweat shirt and a backpack. He then opened fire in an office suite using two handguns, campus Police Chief Paul Denton said.
Brown spent five years in prison in the 1970s and â€™80s for receiving stolen property but lied about it on his job application, records show. It wasnâ€™t immediately clear whether Ohio State had done the required background check on him. Ohio State released documents from Brownâ€™s personnel file showing that supervisors complained he was tardy, slept on the job and had problems following instructions. The university sent him a letter March 2 informing him that his employment was to end Saturday.
Massa denies he sexually groped male staffer WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Former Rep. Eric Massa, who resigned from Congress amid sexual harassment allegations, acknowledged Tuesday groping a staffer but denied it was sexual. â€œIt doesnâ€™t make any difference what my intentions were, itâ€™s how itâ€™s perceived by the in-
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Vehicles with inspection woes might get wavier My daughter’s check engine light came on in December and her car registration (and inspection) was due in January. I had always been told that a car could not get inspected if the check engine light was on, so I took her 2000 Explorer to my trustworthy mechanic. My mechanic doesn’t do inspections but has the equipment to “read” the car’s computer and determine what needs to be fixed. He replaced the least expensive part listed as possible failures. Unfortunately, the light came back on before we could get it inspected, so I told the guys at another place to just fix it and inspect it. The repairs cost nearly $1,000 and we had to drive it 50 miles to clear the computer then bring it back for inspection. Less than 20 miles later, the check engine light came back on, this time a completely different code. Totally frustrated, I asked my mechanic what he would do, and he mentioned a waiver. I had never heard of a waiver, so I went to the Web site for N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles and learned that if you spend at least $200 trying to repair your vehicle to pass inspection and it still won’t pass, you may qualify for a waiver so that you can get your registration renewed. Here’s what you have to do: (1) Have the car inspected and fail; (2) spend at least $200 to repair; (3) have it reinspected and fail; (4) take both inspections and receipts to the License and Theft Bureau; (5) if you get your waiver, take it to get inspected again and they have a waiver code to input that is sent to DMV; (6) get your registration! I learned a lot from all of this and wanted to pass the informa-
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Focus turns to home furnishings W his winter’s colder than normal temperatures appear to be letting up as March rolls in, so now attention begins turning to High Point’s spring home furnishings events. And there has been good news on that front during the last few days. The High Point Market Authority announced late last week that pre-registration is up for next week’s Premarket event. Authority officials said pre-registrations for Premarket include 161 buyers representing 70 home furnishings companies. Then this week, we learn that 42 showrooms already have announced that they will be open for business during next week’s event. Slowly but surely, the Authority is rebuilding Premarket and its importance to the industry toward the level of involvement it commanded a decade or two ago. We doubt we’ll see Premarket numbers of 5,000 or more as back then, but an attendance of several hundred and growing is much preferable to stopping Premarket events, as was considered just a few years ago. And certainly, it was great news from the Authority that for this spring’s market (April 17-22), attendees will pay hotel rates averaging just $134 a night compared to $175 last year. That is an indication to us that hotel operators around the city finally are realizing the long-term value of reasonable market rates and the long-term harm of unreasonably inflated market rates. And it’s a realization vitally important to the High Point Market’s future.
to go to Vietnam to train “their” workers to make “our” furniture! What a slap in the face to all the generations of hardworking former furniture employees from this area. It’s not enough that we lost American lives and wasted millions of dollars fighting for Vietnam against the Viet Cong. But hey, give them all our jobs. They already have our textile manufacturing. We’ll just keep the empty plants and ghost towns. What’s next? Our recipe for barbecue! All I can say is that the greed of these companies is sickening. JOAN WHITE Thomasville
have died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide vapors were actually coming from the heat vents into every room. And the carbon monoxide alarm was beeping incessantly, but we didn’t hear it. Unknowingly, we had been in a “dead” sleep for hours and too sleepy to hear the alarm. Once we were awakened, Harper advised us to immediately get out of the house and to call the High Point Fire Department, EMTs and Piedmont Natural Gas Company, whom I would also like to thank for their efficiency and patience in answering all of my questions and for monitoring my children through this ordeal. Consequently, I was still without heat, but Harper brought a kerosene heater (and the kerosene to put in it) for us to use: What a hero! PARCEASTA HENRY High Point
ith all the controversies, charges, counter-charges and buzzwords swirling around the issue of medical care in the United States, there is a lot to be said for going back to square one and asking just what is the fundamental problem. The quality of the medical care itself is not the problem. Few – if any – countries can match American medical training, medical technology or the development of life-saving pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. Most countries with government-controlled medical care cannot come close to matching how fast an American can get medical treatment, particularly from specialists. Political hype is no reason to throw all that away. In fact, policies based on political hype over the years are what have gotten us into what is most wrong with medical care today – namely, the way it is paid for. Insurance companies or the government pay directly for most of the costs of most medical treatment in the United States. That is virtually a guarantee that more people will demand more medical treatment than they would if they were paying directly out of their own pockets, instead of paying indirectly in premiums and taxes. Since people who staff either insurance company bureaucracies or government bureaucracies have to be paid, this is not bringing down the cost of medical care, but adding to it. What also adds to the costs are politicians at both state and federal levels who mandate additional benefits to be paid for by insurance companies, thereby driving up the cost of insurance. If medical insurance simply covered risks – which is what insurance is all about – that would be far less expensive than covering completely predictable things like annual checkups. Far more people could afford medical insurance, thereby reducing the ranks of the uninsured. But all the political incentives are for politicians to create mandates forcing insurance companies to cover an ever increasing range of treatments, and thereby forcing those who buy insurance to pay ever higher premiums to cover the costs of these mandates. That way, politicians can play Santa Claus and make insurance companies play Scrooge. It is great political theater. Politicians who are pushing for a government-controlled medical
care system say that it will “keep insurance companies honest.” The very idea of politicians keeping other people honest ought to tell us what a farce this is. But if we keep buying it, they will keep selling it. One of the ways of reducing the OPINION costs of medical insurance would be to pass federal legislation putThomas ting an end to state regulation of Sowell insurance companies. That would ■■■ instantly eliminate thousands of state mandates, which force insurance to cover everything from wigs to marriage counseling, depending on which special interests are influential in which states. It would also promote nationwide competition among insurance companies – and competition keeps prices down better than politicians will. Moreover, competition can bring down the costs behind the prices, in part by forcing less efficient insurance companies out of business. Another very real and very big cost behind the high prices for medical treatment are the many forms of expensive “defensive medicine” that doctors and hospitals have to practice, in order to avoid being sued by unscrupulous lawyers. Expensive and unnecessary tests and treatments cost even more than the multimillion dollar awards that clever lawyers can get from gullible juries. Tightening up the laws, so that junk science does not prevail in courts, would create some real savings in medical costs. But, since plaintiff’s lawyers are big financial contributors to the Democratic Party, that is unlikely to happen during this administration. Finally, there are costs that are high because people want medical care in more comfortable surroundings – a private room rather than a bed in a ward, for example – and are willing to pay for it. This is more common among Americans. There is no reason for others to interfere with that, just because of a mindless mantra of “bringing down the cost of medical care” or class warfare rhetoric about “Cadillac health plans.” 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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good argument can be made either way as to whether the White House â€“ specifically, the presidentâ€™s wife â€“ should be so focused on childhood obesity, but the very fact that it has risen to the top, so to speak, as an issue of national importance should alarm us. Itâ€™s a problem. A society comprised mostly of people too lazy to take care of themselves just a few minutes a day with good exercise and healthy eating habits have more problems than might meet the eye. Physical and mental health â€“ and by the latter I mean not simply being free of mental disease or neuroses, but the peace of mind, spiritual strength and clarity of focus that result from physical well-being â€“ cannot be overlooked as key virtues.
If only as a practical matter of cost and efficiency, physical and mental health of individuals deserve our utmost focus, because how much OPINION less would health care cost individuArmstrong als, and therefore Williams society, if most of us were committed to our own physical health? And how much more disciplined, mentally clear, and happy would we be if we werenâ€™t â€“ let me put this bluntly â€“ fat and out of shape, and getting worse every generation? Obviously, happiness and mental acuity arenâ€™t purely functions of oneâ€™s waist size and mile-run time. But can anyone credibly argue that a man who is already
generally happy and successful wouldnâ€™t be much happier and perhaps a bit more successful as a result, if his senses were clear, his arteries flowing optimally with nutrient-rich blood â€“ and his waistline rivaling that of his own high school days? Studies have confirmed common sense in this regard time and time again: the obese suffer from a general malaise, a lack of selfesteem, and even depression at far greater rates and to much more extreme depths (all else being equal) than do those who are trimmer and spend more time on their own physical well-being. ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS, a former High Point resident, is a Washington-based political commentator. His Web site is www. armstrongwilliams.com. Williams can be heard nightly on Sirius/XM Power 169 9-10 p.m. EST.
people. s Iâ€™m writing this And column, Iâ€™m sitting thereâ€™s in the cafeteria a practiof East Davidson High cal aspect School on a Saturday. involved as Around me are dozens well: Music of students with black students, instrument cases, and especially out in the halls and in the TEEN VIEW those heavgym are hundreds more. Julie ily involved We are all here to comor wishing pete for a spot in the high Fox â– â– â– to study school All-State clinic, music in two groups composed of college, the top student musicians must learn discipline and across the state. Being how to set goals, both of here, surrounded by felwhich further achievelow musicians, and with a column to write, has led ment in school. Lessons, band and orchestra me to reflect on what an influence music can be in practices, competitions and auditions all require a personâ€™s life. the student to work a I love music. I take lessignificant amount in sons on the horn and piprivate, in addition to ano, play trumpet in jazz actual rehearsal time. Deband, and hope to pick up the flute this summer. layed gratification must be learned; no one is I have been a member of perfect, or even tolerable, the Greensboro Symphowhen they first pick up ny Youth Orchestra for an instrument. In fact, I several years and have participated in countless have compared my early french horn sounds to the music activities. I love seagull from â€œThe Little it because music is the Mermaid.â€? Not pretty. place where I can relax Also, look at all the and be myself, and pour friendships you make! out my emotions when Sitting together in Iâ€™m troubled or happy. rehearsal for hours or Itâ€™s the art form where waiting together before I can close my eyes and an audition has a strong still paint beautiful porbonding power. Iâ€™ve often traits. heard that the music Aside from that, music world is a small world. is a great connector. It That seems to be true links people who have today. I have seen several spent hundreds or thoupeople with whom Iâ€™ve sands of hours secluded played before. in their own little boxes, I also made some great playing minor scales and friends at the Carolina diminished arpeggios, Band Festival the other with others who have weekend. And of course, done the same thing; band and chorus at the funny thing is, these school have let me get to people actually like it. And more than the enjoy- know quite a few others ment of practicing (about who are music-minded like myself. Music gives which many people tend to have mixed emotions), people something in common, and this common the real reward comes bond can last a lifetime. when musicians can So best of luck to my come together and make beautiful, unified sounds. fellow musicians, and I hope to see you at AllNothing beats the rush State! after weaving together a duet between two instruTeen View columnist JULIE ments, except perhaps FOX is a senior at High Point the excitement of doing Christian Academy. it with a hundred other
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After slow start, tornado season under way OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€“ Forecasters say a wetterthan-usual winter and a jet stream ripping over the part of the country known as â€œTornado Alleyâ€? could lead to an active spring â€“ perhaps starting with the strong twister that nicked a small western Oklaho-
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mon. The nation typically will see 70-100 tornadoes by early March, but only 42 had been reported until Monday nightâ€™s Oklahoma tornado. There was only one tornado nationwide during February. â€œNo one would argue
that weâ€™re going to see a pretty good increase in the number of severe storms,â€? said Greg Carbin, the warning coordination meteorologist with the national Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. â€œBut each yearâ€™s a little different. The num-
ber, magnitude, number of days are all very tentative at this point.â€? In the short term, storms will be generated and fueled by the usual tornado trigger â€“ Gulf moisture colliding with storm systems driven by the jet stream.
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Teachers want more time to improve school BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
GUILFORD COUNTY – Several Oak Hill Elementary teachers urged district leaders Tuesday to give them more time to improve student performance at the lowperforming school. While Principal Sara Roberts and Regional Superintendent Angelo Kidd met with parents at the High Point school, the teachers called on the Board of Education to let their programs work. Located in a decaying factory district, Oak Hill has challenges. Sixty percent of K-2 students speak English as a second language and 99 percent of students receive free meals. “We do serve the homeless and the poor,” said teacher Monica Smith. “We have taught students to read. If that is not growth, I do not know what is. Don’t give up on us. We have not given up on them.” Only about 24 percent of students scored proficient in reading on state exams last year, and 39 percent were proficient in math. Several teachers said it could take several more years before students show improvement in all grades. “The performance of our third-graders has improved,” said first-grade teacher Jennifer McClinton. “In two years, all students would have the same preparation. We need time.” School district leaders have not decided if they will change the school reform plan that includes tutoring and mentoring by high school students and individual student performance plans. “Each student is part of the family,” said Angela Jackson. “We help parents find jobs and the students get clothes. We look at the whole child at Oak Hill.” If they want to use a federal grant from the No Child Left Behind program or others to reform the school, district officials may have to replace the principal and half of the teachers. “Teachers are involved there and making progress,” said Tijuana Hayes, president of the Guilford County Association of Educators. “Students are more than a test score.” To receive the federal grant, school districts must agree to either closing the school, turning the school over to a charter school organization or reforming the school by replacing the principal and half the teachers. School board member Garth Hebert of High Point, who supports strict reforms, said harsh reform measures may not work at Oak Hill. “We have seen the best of humanity at that school helping these children,” Hebert said. “You have to stand up for what is right. This school does not fit the round hole. I thank these teachers for feeding the poor and helping the fatherless.” email@example.com | 888-3626
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Buyer beware Post office launches consumer awareness campaign BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – With consumer complaints about scams and fraud on the rise, one government enterprise is spearheading an education campaign aimed at helping people protect themselves. National Consumer Protection Week, which runs through Saturday, will include an information session by the U.S. Postal Service at the main High Point post office on Thursday. Postal service officials will join with consumer protection organizations at the post office to offer information on how people can protect their privacy and avoid
identity theft and scams. “Most of the stuff that we will have information on are things that are related to the mail service and how people use it to commit fraud and that type of thing,” said Carl Walton, USPS spokesperson for the Greensboro district. The investigative arm of the USPS, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Better Business Bureau are among the agencies involved. Much of the education campaign centers on common-sense tips, such as awareness of the fact that banks never e-mail or call for account numbers. Consumers also are advised to watch for warning signs, such as of-
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A free information session as part of National Consumer Protection Week is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Main Post Office in High Point, 315 E. Green Drive. Consumers also can visit www.deliveringtrust. com for free fraud education and prevention videos. Viewers can follow the Chief Postal Inspector and Postal Service Consumer Advocate as they walk through the top 10 scams to watch for and tips on recognizing and reporting scams. fers that apply pressure to act “right away.” The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office received 22,665 consumer complaints in 2009, an increase of nearly 19 percent over the previous year. Complaints about health care, lending and telemarketing fraud topped the list, followed by Do Not Call violators, collections and credit companies, health clubs, motor ve-
hicles, home furnishings, telecommunications and home repair. “Hard times can be boom times for scammers, especially those promising help with debts, loan modifications and lower credit card rates. We’re cracking down on these scams, but consumers have got to keep up their guard,” said Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Conchita Ndege, professor of history at North Carolina A&T State University, will be a guest curator of the gallery, “The African Marketplace: Selections from the Collection of Bobbie Person and Adam Wolkon.” The gallery will run from March 22- May 2 in the Guilford College Art Gallery in Hege Library.
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Lori Ann Harrison works on computerized seating chart, part of the new online system Mama Mia’s is using to generate more customers. The system allows costumers to order meals and make reservations online.
Local eatery goes high-tech to compete with larger chains BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Mark Basile, director of operations at Mamma Mia’s Italian Restaurant, had a crazy idea once. For several years, he wanted to implement an advance ordering service that would allow busy, on-the-go customers who wanted to have a sit-down meal at the restaurant to place their orders in advance so meals could be ready when they arrived. After some technological advances drove down the cost of such a system, Basile and Sal Looz, owner of the restaurant, implemented an advance online ordering system last week that allows customers to do just that. “I’ve been wanting to try this for a couple of years, but the technology wasn’t where it needed to be,” said Basile, a restaurant industry veteran who joined Mamma Mia’s last year. “Now the process is simple and the cost is affordable.” By visiting www.mammamiasonline.net, which is formatted for Apple’s iPhone and other smartphones and mobile devices, cus-
tomers can reserve a table and place their full orders online as well as placing to-go orders. Once a reservation or an order is placed, the restaurant’s computer system
‘I called my 80-yearold grandmother and had her test out the system. If she can use it, anyone can use it.’ Mark Basile Owner, Mama Mia’s Italian Restaurant is notified, and Basile receives a notification on his mobile phone. Looz admittedly says business at his restaurant has suffered in an economic recession. The investment in the system, however, allows Mamma Mia’s to compete with larger, chain restaurants that offer similar services. In fact, it may be the only independent restaurant in the area that has an advance ordering system, Basile said.
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“I’ve spoken to a lot of restaurants in the area, and I haven’t seen anything like this there,” he said. “Some pizza places let you order online, but even bigger restaurants like Olive Garden won’t let you order in advance. This cuts out that whole middle process of placing your order when you arrive and waiting for the cooks to prepare it.” The system also could draw more workers who have limited lunch breaks, Looz said. “This should be good for our customers in the medical profession coming in at lunch or dinner,” he said. “It’s good for when you are on the go or having a lunch meeting.” The restaurant is now receiving several orders online each day, and Basile believes the process will be used more once customers become familiar with it. “I think once people get the hang of it, this is going to be very popular in the future,” he said. “I called my 80-year-old grandmother and had her test out the system. If she can use it, anyone can use it.” firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3617
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Brenda K. Latta THOMASVILLE – Mrs. Brenda Kimball Latta, 60, of Thomasville, died peacefully on Monday, March 08, 2010, at her residence. Born October 22, 1949, in Guilford County, she was the daughter of the late John Whitson Kimball, II and Grace Beatrice Eller Kimball. She was a member of Rankin Memorial United Methodist Church and had worked as a claims analyst for Prudential Insurance. She loved traveling, especially to the beach, and enjoyed working in her garden. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, James Arnold Rollins in 1981. Survivors include two children, Wendy Rollins, of Thomasville, and Christopher James Rollins, of Thomasville; two brothers, Johnny Kimball and wife, Janet, of High Point, and Arnold Kimball and wife, Zella, of Archdale; three sisters-in-law, Vicky Rollins Moon and husband, Frank, Renee Rollins, and Angela Rollins Neal and husband, David; a brother-in-law, Barry Rollins and wife, Mable; and her beloved dog, Spike. She is also survived by Laura Monroe, whom she loved like a daughter. Funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at Rankin Memorial United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Boyd Holliday and Rev. Randy Quate. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday night from 6 until 8 at the funeral home. The family would like to thank all of the wonderful and caring doctors, nurses and cna’s at the Cancer Center for the superb care and affection they provided for Brenda over the last four years. It was truly a blessing. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407. Online condolences can be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
Larry Johnson JAMESTOWN – Mr. George Larry Johnson, 68 of Jamestown died Monday at the Hospice Home at High Point. Born October 20, 1941, in High Point, Mr. Johnson is a son of the late J.C. Johnson and Madge Kersey Johnson. He worked with his father for many years in the house moving business. After his father’s death Mr. Johnson became a grading and backhoe contractor. He was an avid motorcyclist and a member of the GWRR, Chapter R in Thomasville where he served as the treasurer. He enjoyed restoring trucks and tractors. In addition to his parents, Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy Johnson and Tommy Johnson. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife Jenny N. Johnson of the home, one sister Phyllis Oldaugh and husband Ron of Statesville. He is also survived by two nieces, Christy Renn and husband Kevin of Archdale, Lisa Cheatham and husband Danny of Troupe, TX and two nephews Sam Nunn and wife Lana and their son Adam of High Point, Lee Forst and wife Debbie and children, Kyle Forst and Allison Forst of Troupe, TX. Graveside services for Mr. Johnson will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Guilford Memorial Park. The family will greet friends at the cemetery following the service. The family requests that memorials be given to Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church, 301 Hickory Chapel Road, High Point, NC 27260 or The Praise and Worship Center, Old National Highway, Thomasville, NC 27360 or the Hospice Home at High Point, NC, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences may be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangement by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
Franklin “Frank” Thomas HIGH POINT – Franklin D. “Frank” Thomas, passed away Thursday at High Point Regional Hospital. Surviving is his loving and devoted wife, Mrs. Patricia Thomas of the home; a sister, Mrs. Alyce B. Quaintance of High Point; one daughter, Denise Thomas of Thomasville; one son, Tony Thomas of Thomasville, grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Private funeral services were held on Tuesday at Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Humane Society.
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Evelyn Mock Stokes HIGH POINT – Evelyn Mock Stokes, 94, of High Point, went to be with the Lord at 3:50 a.m. on Tues, March 9, 2010, at Hospice Home in High Point, NC. She had been in declining health for 13 months and critically ill for five weeks. Mrs. Stokes was born on October 3, 1915, in Davie County to Bertha Elizabeth Williams Mock and Thaddeus Simeon Mock. She spent most of her early childhood years in Davie County before the family moved to High Point where she lived until she married Earnest Christopher Stokes on March 7, 1948. Mr. Stokes preceded her passing in 1982. Mrs. Stokes lived in High Point until 1957 and moved to Hollywood, Fla. The family moved back to High Point in 1967. She worked prior to moving to Florida at Adams Millis Hosiery Mill and after she returned to High Point worked at Burlington Industries in Kernersville. Mrs. Stokes was a member of Springfield Baptist Church on Baker Road. Surviving are her two daughters Marie Hester and Trudy Brown and her husband Wilson Brown, five grandchildren, Richard Hester, Sarah Hester, Valerie Messenheimer, Chris Brown, Michael Brown and five greatgrandchildren. She was also survived by one sister Helen Tucker of Brevard, NC. She is also survived by nieces and nephews who loved and appreciated her. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed cooking for them and fellowshipping with them. She will be greatly missed. Funeral will be held at Springfield Baptist Church by the Rev. Bobby Loving at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 11, followed by burial at Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Cumby Family Funeral Service on Eastchester Drive in High Point, Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials can be sent to Hospice Home at High Point, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 Online condolences may be made at www. cumbyfuneral.com Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.
Linda Floyd LEXINGTON – Linda Faye Gallimore Floyd, 69, died March 8, 2010, at her residence. Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Faith Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Briggs Funeral Home, Denton.
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SOPHIA – Mr. Benjamin B. Brown, III, 53, 4570 Nelson Park Rd., Sophia, NC, died on Saturday March 6, 2010, at High Point Regional Hospital in High Point, NC. Funeral Services will be held on Friday March 12, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at C.C. Hodges Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jeffery K. Looney and Mary Moore, officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Rd. Baptist Chruch Cemetery in Randleman, N.C. He was a native of Covington, VA. He was a unique person with a personality that could make anyone smile. He was a dedicated father and grandfather, a person with integrity. He lived life to the fullest, and enjoyed all that it had to offer. He devoted much of his time to helping others with what means he had available. Known as Ben to those that loved him, his individuality, perseverance, honesty, and kindness will forever be remembered. He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Bunyan Brown II. He is survived by Wife, Debra Hodges Brown of Sophia; daughters, Kimberly Brown Babula of Asheboro: Brandi Brown of Winston-Salem; Miranda Brown of Guam: Mother, Betty Brown Adkins of Asheboro; grandchildren, Maxton, Tristan, And Kassidy Babula, Bethany Brown, Johnathon Elkin, Hailey Borzumati, Natalie Brown, Tyler Brewer, and Dawson and Tyler Mallard, two step children, seven brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at C.C Hodges Funeral Home in Asheboro, N.C. from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Thursday Memorials can be in care of his wife of the home.
ASHEBORO – Richard “Dean” Rocchi, 48, died March 7, 2010. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel, Asheboro.
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DENTON – David S. Gallimore, 94, died March 8, 2010, at Hinkle Hospice House, Lexington. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at New Jerusalem United Church of Christ. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Briggs Funeral Home, Denton.
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ASHEBORO â€“ Mrs. Helen Carter Wray, 85, formerly of Carter Lumber Plant Road, departed this life on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Carolina House of Asheboro. She was born in Thomasville on November 4, 1924, daughter of the late William A Carter and Jennie Bryant Carter. In addition to her parents, her husband, Floyd D. Wray, Sr. and six siblings preceded her in death. She was employed with Wal-Mart, North Main Street in High Point for many years before her health declined. Surviving to cherish precious memories are three daughters, Bonnie (James) Garner of Denton, Dianne (Gilbert) Paganini of Olympia, WA and Kimberly (Joe) Cranford of High Point; two sons, Floyd D. (Lynne) Wray, Jr. of Lexington and Robert (Sherri) Wray of North Adams, MA; eight grandsons; fifteen great grandchildren; brother, Thomas (Virginia) Carter of Thomasville and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. On line condolences may be sent to the family at www. peoplesfuneralservice. net. Peopleâ€™s Funeral Service, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
LEXINGTON â€“ Mrs. Peggy Potts Osborne, 80, of NC Highway 150 South died March 8, 2010, at High Point Regional Medical Center. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tyro United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Piedmont Funeral Home, Lexington.
PITTSBORO (AP) â€“ A judge said Tuesday he is considering whether to send a former John Edwards aide to jail for contempt over his handling of a purported sex tape showing the former presidential candidate. Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones said he was â€œtroubledâ€? by discrepancies in Andrew Youngâ€™s statements. He said he would place Young and his wife in jail for up to 75 days for failing to turn over a DVD of pictures but allowed them time to explain themselves on the stand Tuesday afternoon. â€œI donâ€™t want to lock them up, but the pattern is really painful to me,â€? Jones said. â€œI canâ€™t get my gut to rest right now.â€? Lawyers for Edwardsâ€™ mistress, Rielle Hunter, accused Andrew Young of â€œdozens of lies.â€? They took issue with Youngâ€™s handling of materials that Hunter is seeking, including the tape. Young described in written affidavits a limited number of people who have seen parts of the tape. But Hunterâ€™s attorneys produced an affidavit Tuesday of another man, freelance journalist Robert Draper, who said in a written statement to
Robert McCandies Sr. LEXINGTON â€“ Robert Alexander â€œPepperâ€? McCandies, Sr., 57, of Osprey Trail died March 6, 2010, at Kindred Hospital, Greensboro. Funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Files Chapel Baptist Church. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Service.
Thelma Leonard LEXINGTON â€“ Thelma Biesecker Leonard, 85, of James Street died March 8, 2010, at Carolina House in Lexington. Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel. Visitation will from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Andrew Young, former aide to former Sen. John Edwards, and his wife Cheri Young, listen to the prosecutionâ€™s arguments during a hearing at the Chatham County Superior Court House in Pittsboro on Tuesday. the court that Young also showed the tape to him in March 2009. Young said in testimony Tuesday afternoon that he and Draper had been drinking one night at their home and does not recall showing Draper the video. â€œWhether itâ€™s the wine, the time or the stress, I donâ€™t know,â€? Young said. â€œBut I have no recollection.â€? After the testimony,
Jones called for a brief break without making a decision on their fate. Cheri Young sobbed on a bench behind their attorneys. Hunterâ€™s attorneys have also accused Young of lying when he initially claimed that the only copies of the tape had been sealed for more than a year in an Atlanta safety deposit box. Young has since said he recently showed the video to ABC
News as he prepared to promote his tell-all book with the program. An attorney for Young chalked up the discrepancies to â€œmemory lapsesâ€? and said Young had done everything he could to turn over the materials to the court. The sex tape, along with photos and documents, have been placed under seal. â€œTheyâ€™ve turned over everything,â€? said lawyer Robert Elliot.
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ear Abby: My mother-in-law, Edye, was a wonderful cook and an accomplished hostess. Friends and family enjoyed being a part of her events, not only because of the food but also because she made everyone feel so welcome. Before my husband and I were married, I met Edye for the first time at a dinner she hosted in my honor. Of course, I was nervous about meeting her and wanted to make a good impression. After the introductions, I followed her into the kitchen and offered to do what I could to help. She smiled and said, â€œNo thank you, dear. I like to do things my way,â€? and then she pointed to a poem she had framed and hung on her wall. The title was, â€œStay out of My Kitchen,â€? and she told me it had come from your â€œKeepersâ€? booklet. Edye passed away two years ago, and the poem now hangs in my sisterin-lawâ€™s kitchen. I think of my dear mother-inlaw every time I see it. How can I get some copies of your â€œKeepersâ€? booklet? I will be hosting a wedding shower for my niece and would like to use them as part of the gift bags Iâ€™m as-
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Dear Missing Edye: â– â– â– Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your mother-in-law. From your description, she must have been a talented and special lady. Iâ€™m pleased Edye found my Keepers Booklet enjoyable, and I hope your guests will, too. It can be ordered by sending your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds), to: Dear Abby â€“ Keepers Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 610540447. Shipping and handling are included in the price. Youâ€™ll find it contains a collection of humorous and inspirational letters, poems and essays that were longtime favorites of my own dear mother â€“ which is why she included them in an inspiring, easy-to-read booklet for anyone who needs a â€œlift.â€? The poem your mother-in-law framed is brief, polite and succinct â€“ and here it is: Dear Abby
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ear Dr. Donohue: I have suffered with interstitial cystitis for four years. A urologist treated me for two years by instilling heparin into my bladder. He dismissed me by saying, “I don’t want to see you again.” I am at my wits’ end with having to urinate so frequently. Is there anything that can be done for this condition? – J.M.
Urgently and constantly running to the bathroom to empty the bladder is the principal sign of interstitial cystitis. Painful urination is another sign. It can make intercourse uncomfortable. Many women have seen doctor after doctor and have been treated for bladder infections, when the actual problem is IC. It often takes years before a light comes on to a doctor who finally makes the correct diagnosis. It’s something that can happen to men, but women are the predominant victims. Something disrupts the protective layer of the bladder’s surface. Irritating substances in the urine bathe the bladder surface to cause the symptoms. Helpful in making the diagnosis is a direct look into the bladder with a scope and finding changes typical of IC. One way to treat it is through dietary changes. Eliminate any food that seems to make matters worse. Acidic foods are the ones most often not tolerated. Citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, chocolate, carbonated beverages, coffee, tea and alcohol frequently appear
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be a matter of preference. About groundnuts, I am ignorant. In some parts of the country, peanuts are called groundnuts. But there is another kind of nut that sprouts from the roots of a plant called Apios americana and is called a groundnut. I don’t know if this qualifies as a real nut with the same benefits of those I mentioned. Dear Dr. Donohue: Please address musical ear syndrome and its causes and remedies. I have a 93-year-old friend who hears music playing, but no one else hears it. His doctors haven’t heard of this syndrome. My friend is afraid to tell others out of fear of being institutionalized. – J.T.
Musical hallucinations – hearing a song or a series of songs or music almost without stop – afflicts more people than you might think. Many of them have poor hearing. Dulled hearing puts Dear Dr. Donohue: I am 75 and in good health. a person in a soundproof environment. Background I love nuts, groundnuts noise that assaults our being my favorite. For ears constantly suppressyears I have eaten my oatmeal with flaxseed, oat es sounds that the brain generates on its own. bran, six or eight prunes That’s one explanation for and a small handful of musical hallucinations. A walnuts. I hear almonds hearing aid might do away are better for you than with the music. Having walnuts, and now they a radio playing, day and say pistachios are the best. Please set the record night, is another way to drown out the inner mustraight. It’s about to sic. Medicines that reduce drive me nuts. – B.W. anxiety can help afflicted people get to sleep. Most nutty experts put walnuts in first place. When this topic comes They’ve been shown to up, readers write about reduce heart disease. loose dental fillings capturOther nuts are just about ing radio waves and broadas good – almonds, maca- casting them to the brain. damias, pistachios and Repairing those fillings, peanuts. It seems to me to they say, stops the music.
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Westchester competes in mock trial regionals Students on the Mock Trial Team at Westchester Country Day School won individual awards at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice High School Mock Trial Regionals in Charlotte on Feb. 20. Junior Rede Wilson won two individual awards, Round One Best Attorney and Second Round Best Witness, and junior Jessica Grzyb won Second Round Best Witness. The team won
its first round trial 3-0, and lost the second round trial in a split decision. Team members who attended are (from left) Dylan Gaffney, Andrew Bauer, Claire Councill, Jessica Grzyb, Grace Lee, Rede Wilson and Will Davis. Two additional team members, Ike Nwamu and Jay Kennedy, were unable to compete due to schedule conflicts.
Rotary names Ford student of the month
Yesterdayâ€™s Bible question: How old was Methuselah when he died?
Preston Ford, a senior at High Point Christian Academy and son of Valerie and Brad Ford, was selected as Februaryâ€™s Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Ford High Point. Preston is captain of the Varsity Soccer Team and president of both the Beta Club and the National Honor Society. He also participated in the Charlotte Eagles Youth Soccer Tour to Brazil and a mission trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn.
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Answer to yesterdayâ€™s question: â€œAnd all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.â€? (Genesis 5:27) Todayâ€™s Bible question: How old was Noah when the flood was upon the earth?
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