EUREKA! Hasty students show their smarts at science fair. 1B
March 11, 2010 126th year No. 70
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: Agency gets more inquiries, fewer complaints. 1B
www.hpe.com High Point, N.C.
GET TOUGH: Wake Forest braces for rugged ACC Tournament. 1D
Study: Sewer spill less than thought Officials discover no criminal intent BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
THOMASVILLE – A third-party environmental study of last summer’s sewer spill has been released by Thomasville officials, indicating the spill that led to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigation may have been much less than reported. The study, conducted by Brown and Caldwell Environmental Engineers and Consultants, investigated the actions of Thomasville employees, prioritized short-term and longterm needs of the collection system and determined the suspected length and severity of the spill. City Manager Kelly Craver said the investigation of Thomas-
50 Cents Daily $1.25 Sundays
INCENTIVE PAY Replacement for Mission Possible gains tentative approval BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
GUILFORD COUNTY – A revised teacher incentive pay plan won tentative approval this week from the Guilford County Board of Education. The board voted 7-2 for the plan so Superintendent Mo Green’s staff can start seeking grant funds to pay for as much as 40 percent of the annual $4.4 million cost. The proposed strategic compensation plan would replace Mission Possible and two other programs in August 2011 to help the district recruit and retain employees for hard-to-staff positions. “We will apply for the grants and then come back with a budget we can recommend,” said Amy Holcombe, the district’s executive director of talent development. The revised program would decrease incentives for principals at target schools from $15,000 to
Test scores: Most Mission Possible schools have made gains in annual test scores. Recruitment: Incentives have helped recruit highly qualified teachers to 30 low-performing schools. Turnover: Teacher and principal turnover has decreased from a high of 30 percent two years ago to about 12 percent.
$10,000 and raise them for math and other teachers of tested subjects. The maximum bonus for math teachers would be $16,500. Unlike Mission Possible schools, all employees at target schools, including cafeteria workers and custodians, would earn bonuses.
“I like that, but we need to make sure that the money is used so that students make progress,” said Sandra Alexander, an at-large board member. Target schools would be selected based on an index considering staffing difficulty and school test performance below district test averages. Schools that raise their performance would leave the program over several years. Several board members were uneasy about whether money would be available to pay incentives as economic troubles continue. Alexander and board member Paul Daniels voted against the proposal. Green assured the board that if budget adjustments are needed later, “we can ask to make changes.” The board also voted 10-0 to post on the Web until March 19 proposed changes to the district staff layoff policy. email@example.com | 888-3626
A SWEET JOB
Dr. John A. Porter will open Advance Neurology and Pain/ Advance Sleep Center on March 22 in Davie County. Porter, formerly a partner with another Cornerstone practice, Triad Neurological Associates, has been in private practice for the past 30 years.
Start Saving Sunday Don’t forget to set clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. AP
12 1 2 3
‘We did what lawyers call due diligence.’
Paul Mitchell Thomasville city attorney ville employees did not reveal any criminal intent to create a spill or cover up any spill information. Craver also said Pease Associates Engineering has prepared a preliminary engineering report that indicates primary construction needs. The spill, which began in mid-July and ended Aug. 4, came from the North Hamby Creek Outfall line near Baptist Children’s Home Road, and sewage spilled into the North Hamby Creek in the Yadkin/Pee Dee River Basin, which flows into High Rock Lake. The spill initially was reported by the city on Aug. 4 to the N.C. Division of Water Quality as 385,000 gallons, but the EPA made Thomasville employees recalculate the amount in September. Yadkin Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks initiated the EPA investigation after receiving a tip from an employee at the Thomasville Wastewater Treatment Plant
Fun & Games, TV pages shift Because of the high volume of local entertainment information in the Kazoo section this week, the Fun & Games page has been relocated to 6B and the TV listings have been relocated to 8A only for today’s edition. The High Point Enterprise regrets any inconvenience for the readers caused by relocation of these pages.
Carolyn Cardoni, 58 R. Dunkelberger, 90 Jewel Embler, 75 Roy Gibson, 63 Denver Grant, 70 Melba Hunter, 71 Ella Marshall, 85 Mary Price Reva Stephens, 79 Obituaries, 2B
---SONNY HEDGECOCK | HPE
Peggy Irwin uses an unorthodox way to calm her bees. She uses honey instead of smoke. She will be one of several instructors for an upcoming class on beekeeping from 10 a.m.-noon April 10 at the Piedmont Environmental Center. The cost is $3 per person.
Showers likely High 59, Low 54 6D
Open Door Ministries celebrates helping hands BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
WANT TO GO?
HIGH POINT – Open Door Ministries is inviting the community to hear about its work with the homeless and others in need at its annual Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction. Scheduled for March 23 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, the event will serve as an opportunity for the High Point nonprofit organization to showcase its work over the past year, as well as some of the achievements of its clients and staff members. Organizers plan to have all the catering for the dinner done by clients of the ministry who have gone through culinary school at Second Harvest Food Bank. “We’ll also talk about new programs and update progress with the Community Resource Network, which is our new network of eight organizations that are doing financial assistance in the city of High Point,” said Steve Key, Open Door Ministries’ executive director. “That’s been a real excit-
Open Door Ministries Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 23 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chesnut Drive. Tickets are $25 per person and can be obtained by calling Open Door Ministries at 885-0191 or sending checks made out to Open Door Ministries to its office at P.O. Box 1528, High Point, NC 27261. The silent auction opens at 5:30 p.m. and the program is scheduled for 7 p.m. ing project, one that just started officially in September, but we’ve seen a lot of really good things happening with that.” The evening will include a video presentation about an Open Door Ministries staffer who was recognized with an award from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation that
YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR NEWSPAPER.
showcases the agency’s Housing First program, which places chronically homeless individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse addictions into permanent supportive housing. A progress report will be given on a 3-year, $900,000 homeless prevention and re-housing state grant Open Door Ministries received in November 2009, as well as the status of the Community Resource Network, which recently established a computerized data system to help agencies across the city keep track of who is being helped and what kind of assistance they’re receiving. The event typically raises about $20,000 for Open Door Ministries. Some of the proceeds come from ticket sales for the dinner as well as the silent auction, which will include several large furniture items, gift certificates to various restaurants, luggage and other items on which those in attendance can bid. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3531
INDEX ABBY 3B BUSINESS 5-6D CLASSIFIED 5-8C COMICS 5B CROSSWORD 6B DONOHUE 5B FUN & GAMES 6B LIFE&STYLE 1-4C LOCAL 2A, 1B LOTTERY 2A MOVIES 8A NEIGHBORS 3B NATION 4-5A, 8A, 6D NOTABLES 8A OBITUARIES 2B OPINION 6-7A SPORTS 1-4D STATE 2A, 2B STOCKS 5D TV 8A WEATHER 6D WORLD 3A
INFO Circulation Classified Newsroom Newsroom fax
888-3511 888-3555 888-3527 888-3644
CAROLINAS 2A www.hpe.com THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 THE HIGH POINT ENTERPRISE
Forsyth teachers plan rally against cuts
Trial of man charged in police killing goes to jury
MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
WINSTON-SALEM –The Forsyth County Association of Educators invited all 3,250 members to a meeting Wednesday to urge the state to restore cuts to local school systems. Because of state cuts and increases in costs for retirement and health-care costs, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system is looking at having to cut $5.2 million from its budget for the 2010-2011 school year. At a Tuesday meeting of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Edu-
MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
WINSTON-SALEM – Attorneys in the murder trial of Keith Antoine Carter finished closing arguments just after noon Wednesday. Carter is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Howard Plouff, who was fatally shot outside the former Red Rooster nightclub on Jonestown Road in the morning hours of Feb. 23, 2007. He had gone to the nightclub to help off-duty sheriff’s deputies who were trying to break up fights that had spilled out into the parking lot. Assistant District Attorney David Hall said in his closing argument that Plouff was a man who dedicated his life to protecting and serving his community as a police officer and that he was protecting and serving when he went to the Red Rooster. “On Feb. 23, 2007, he laid down his life doing just that,” Hall said. Hall said Carter threw a chair at another man while he was in the club and then when he was outside, full of anger, went to his car, grabbed a gun, loaded it and shot into a crowd of people. He fired a 9mm handgun seven times, with one of the bullets hitting Plouff.
Significant long-term impact not expected FROM PAGE 1
‘The Thinker’ goes up Workers at the North Carolina Museum of Art install a 6-foot-5 inch cast of Auguste Rodin’s classic work, “The Thinker”, in the Entry Plaza in Raleigh. The installation is in preparation for the opening of the newly constructed museum expansion. The bronze statue is on loan from the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University for two years.
Groups aim again to reduce spanking in schools
RALEIGH (AP) – The eldest son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a North Carolina political appearance he doesn’t expect his father to make a run for president in 2012. George P. Bush made the comments on Wednesday at state Republican Party headquarters in Raleigh while in the state on business. He said his father is enjoying the private sector while staying active in conservative causes and education reform. Jeb Bush left his job as Florida governor in 2007 and has been among a handful of GOP notables mentioned as possible presidential candidates.
RALEIGH (AP) – Children’s advocates in North Carolina are this year seeking a spanking ban on students with disabilities after losing political tussles over corporal punishment in public schools the past few years. Equipped with a report showing corporal punishment was used more than 1,400 times in 26 school districts last school year, speakers at a General Assembly education committee asked lawmakers Wednesday to consider a paddling ban for children with physical, mental or learning challenges when they reconvene in Raleigh in May. There are better and more positive ways for teachers and administrators to deal with these children for their disruptive behavior than
Jeb Bush’s son doesn’t expect dad to run in 2012
The High Point Enterprise strives for accuracy. Readers who think a factual error has been made are encouraged to call the newsroom at 888-3500. When a factual error has been found a correction will be published.
Is your hearing current? 211 W. Lexington Avenue, Suite 104, High Point, NC
hitting them, said Sheri Strickland, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators and a longtime teacher of disabled children, which comprise about 13 percent of the state’s public school population. “I didn’t hit my children for not knowing how to read ... and I wasn’t going to hit my children for not knowing appropriate behavior,” Strickland said. “We know that it’s critical to a child’s academic success to have positive contact with caring adults.” The new effort comes after the Legislature has declined to approve broader spanking bans. The House rejected in 2007 a statewide prohibition in all 115 school districts as opponents argued current state law should remain in place giving local education
boards the choice to decide whether spanking is effective. The House approved by a wide margin last year a bill giving parents the option of exempting their children from corporal punishment in the district where such a penalty is still carried out, but the Senate narrowly defeated the idea. Now advocates have scaled back their request. “That’s our limited request to you to consider in this session,” Tom Vitaglione, a senior fellow at Action for Children, told legislators. Thirty states and the District of Columbia have barred corporal punishment in the public schools, according to The Center for Effective Discipline, an Ohiobased group seeking to end the practice.
‘Midnight knitter’ leaves sweaters across town WEST CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) – Someone is spinning quite a yarn over one New Jersey shore town. An unknown person dubbed The Midnight Knitter by West Cape May residents is covering tree branches and lamp poles with little sweaters under cover of darkness. Mayor Pam Kaithern
says police are looking into the guerrilla crocheting, which technically is against the law because it is being done on public property without permission. The mayor and many residents admit they’re enthralled by the rainbow of colors that has popped up.
Resident Susan Longacre takes a walk each morning in Wilbraham Park, where several tree branches and light poles have gotten the treatment. She thinks it’s great. Even those who aren’t thrilled admit the yarn is better than spray-painted graffiti.
who claimed plant officials intentionally underreported the spill totals to the media. After the EPA made Thomasville officials recalculate the spill, the city reported to the N.C. Division of Water Quality that 15.93 million gallons of raw sewage entered Hamby Creek in July and August. Although they released that amount, Thomasville officials questioned if the spill was actually 15.93 million gallons, causing the city to hire Brown and Caldwell to conduct the study, among several other reasons. “We did what lawyers call due diligence,” City Attorney Paul Mitchell said. “That’s when you think something is true, but you just go the extra mile just to prove that it’s true, so we got an outside agency, these scientists, to do all the research we possibly could get done. What we have there in front of you, the public, God and everybody else, is the best evidence as to what we know.”
Established in 1885 Published mornings Sunday through Saturday by: The High Point Enterprise Inc. 210 Church Ave., High Point, N.C. Phone: 888-3500 Periodical Class Postage paid at High Point, N.C. Post Master: Send address change to above.
7 Day Delivery 7 Day Delivery By Mail (in state) 7 Day Delivery By Mail (out of state) Sunday Only Delivered By Mail EZ Pay – 7 Day Home Delivery
$10.50 $17.12 $16.00
$31.50 $51.36 $48.00 $24.50 $30.00
$63.00 $102.72 $96.00 $49.00 $60.00
$126.00 $205.44 $192.00 $98.00 $115.00
Realize a savings and sign up for EZ Pay and your Credit/Debit card or Checking account will be charged automatically. All carriers, dealers and distributors are independent contractors and not employees of The High Point Enterprise.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The winning numbers selected Tuesday in the North Carolina Lottery: MID-DAY Pick 3: 3-9-3
Member of The Associated Press Portions of The High Point Enterprise are printed on recycled paper. The Enterprise also uses soybean oil-based color inks, which break down easily in the environment.
NIGHT Pick 3: 2-3-1 Pick 4: 3-2-0-2 Carolina Cash 5: 2-3-21-24-34
The winning numbers selected Tuesday in the Virginia Lottery: NIGHT DAY Pick 3: 3-5-6 Pick 3: 7-2-9 Pick 4: 7-3-4-3 Pick 4: 3-4-1-1 Cash 5: 11-13-16-17-34 Cash 5: 19-24-25-28-32 Mega Millions: 14-16-18-19-29 1-804-662-5825 Mega Ball: 16 The winning numbers selected Wednesday in the South Carolina Lottery: DAY Pick 3: 5-3-9 Pick 4: 6-6-8-4
NIGHT Pick 3: 4-4-0 Pick 4: 0-8-2-5 Palmetto 5: 8-9-13-26-31 Multiplier: 2
The winning numbers selected Wednesday in the Tennessee Lottery: DAY Cash 3: 3-6-5 Cash 4: 8-6-4-3
How to Contact Us Advertising Classified........................................................... 888-3555 Classified Fax .................................................... 888-3639 Retail................................................................. 888-3585 Retail Fax .......................................................... 888-3642 Circulation Delivery ............................................................. 888-3511 If you have not received your paper by 6 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. weekends, call our Circulation Department before 11 a.m. for same day delivery. News
(C) 2009 The High Point Enterprise All contents of this newspaper produced in whole or in part by this newspaper belong to The High Point Enterprise.
email@example.com | 888-3657
The study’s executive summary states that “insufficient data exist to quantify the duration and volume” of the wastewater spill with certainty. Brown and Caldwell, however, did estimate the spill to be about 4.6 million gallons. Significant long-term environmental impacts from the sewer spill are not expected and the raw sewage was not discharged into a drinking water supply, according to the study’s executive summary. “The city of Thomasville is moving forward to correct sewer collection system shortcomings, better train its personnel and equip itself to meet future sewer challenges,” Craver said. “Tremendous funding challenges face this city to reach these goals. The city is dedicated to securing these funds by whatever means necessary, dedicating them to the betterment of the sewer system.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT US The High Point Enterprise
cation, the association’s president, Tripp Jeffers, said that none of the cuts would be acceptable. “We refuse to beat up on this school district, when these cuts are proposed only because of the irresponsible actions of the state in cutting public education by $225 million this year and $350 million next year,” Jeffers said. “Our local school district is only reacting to the actions of the state.” With organizing efforts to lobby for changes at the state level in mind, the association turned its regular monthly meeting for representatives into an informational session.
City Editor ......... 888-3537 Editor ................ 888-3543 Opinion Page Editor 888-3517 Entertainment .... 888-3601
Newsroom Info ... 888-3527 Obituaries ......... 888-3618 Sports Editor ..... 888-3520 Fax .................... 888-3644
NIGHT Cash 3: 0-2-8 Cash 4: 7-6-3-5
Thursday March 11, 2010
ACTOR DIES: 1980s teen heartthrob dead at 38. 2B
Managing Editor: Sherrie Dockery firstname.lastname@example.org (336) 888-3539
Israeli plan overshadows Biden visit
Families: 3 Americans detained in Iran call home MINNEAPOLIS â€“ Cindy Hickey had rehearsed what she would say to her son when she finally got to talk to him months after he was detained in Iran. When the time came, the conversation lasted only about a minute, she said, â€œso it was hard to say a lot.â€? But Hickey came away from the phone call hopeful that her son, Shane Bauer, 27, and two other Americans held for nearly eight months in Iran, will be home soon. The families of Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, also said they received calls Tuesday. The families say the three were hiking in Iraq when they accidentally crossed the border into Iran.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) â€“ Vice President Joe Bidenâ€™s displeasure over an Israeli plan to enlarge an east Jerusalem settlement was on display Wednesday as he warned against actions that â€œinflame tensionsâ€? and reassured his Palestinian hosts that they deserve a sustainable, independent state. The Israeli plans have overshadowed Bidenâ€™s visit, meant to promote a new round of U.S.-led negotiations.
US-Iran tension plays out in Afghan capital KABUL â€“ Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used a brief visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday to lob insults at the United States and argue that international forces wonâ€™t stop terrorism and will only lead to more civilian deaths. Ahmadinejad said the United States was playing a â€œdouble gameâ€? in Afghanistan, fighting militants it once supported. AP
JOS, Nigeria â€“ Soldiers opened fire on a crowd of youth after curfew and killed two people, witnesses said Wednesday, just days after more than 200 people including dozens of children were slaughtered in several mostly Christian villages nearby. Hundreds of people swarmed the streets of Jos on Wednesday morning, where one truckâ€™s windshield was a spider web of bullet holes with the word â€œrejoiceâ€? scrawled on it.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates (center) inspects troops as he tours the training grounds of Camp Blackhorse in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.
Gates: Some troops could leave Afghanistan early PUL-E-CHARKHI, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised the possibility Wednesday that some of the U.S. forces involved in the Afghanistan surge could leave the country before President Barack Obamaâ€™s announced July 2011 date to begin withdrawal. Without giving specifics, Gates said, â€œIt would have to be conditionsbased.â€? Gates made the remarks during a visit to a dust-blown training ground in
Swedish artist Lars Vilks talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday.
Artist has no regrets over prophet drawing STOCKHOLM â€“ The point of a caricature depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog was to show that artistic freedom allows mockery of all religions, including the most sacred symbols of Islam, the Swedish artist who created it said Wednesday. Lars Vilks â€“ the target of an alleged murder plot involving an American who dubbed herself â€œJihad Janeâ€? â€“ said he has no regrets about the drawing.
Kabul province where Afghan soldiers come for weeks of training under U.S. and British instruction. In a press conference with Gates, Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said his country is ashamed to have foreigners assuming its defense, and eager to take over the job. He referred repeatedly to the goal of some handover of responsibility by the fall of next year. The goal is to expand the Afghan National Army to 171,000 by then, and the police force to 134,000.
Aid group attacked in Pakistan northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six Pakistani employees, police said. The attack prompted World Vision to suspend its operations in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD (AP) â€“ Suspected militants armed with assault rifles and a homemade bomb attacked the offices of a U.S.-based Christian aid group helping earthquake survivors in
Arab League calls for ending support for talks CAIRO â€“ The Arab League recommended on Wednesday to withdraw its support for indirect talks between Palestinians and Israelis due to recent announcements of new settlement building in east Jerusalem. The leagueâ€™s peace initiative committeeâ€™s decision is only a recommendation and a final decision will have to be made by the foreign ministers of the Arab nations.
Church abuse scandal reaches popeâ€™s brother VATICAN CITY â€“ Church abuse scandals in Germany have reached the older brother of Pope Benedict XVI and are creeping ever closer to the pontiff himself. While there has been no suggestion of wrongdoing by Benedict, the launch of an inquiry by German Catholic officials after his brother admitted he slapped children years ago is stirring Vatican fears of a major crisis for the papacy.
CLIP & SAVE BBQ Sandwiches ches
Bacon orr Sausage g Bi Biscuit it w/Egg /E Combo
Cheese: 35Â˘. Includes tea or coffee, grits, gravy or hashbrowns
(reg. $3 (reg $3.29 29 each) offer expires March 27 27, 2010
offer expires March 27 27, 2010
SAVE ON HEATING BILLS ...with a Quartz Infrared Heater!
WE REFILL EdenPURE GEN3 PROPANE Model 1000 CYLINDERS Only $397
EdenPURE GEN3 Model 500 Only $
Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s & Kids s TSHIRTS s BAGS s ACCESSORIES MORE s HATS
Palladium Shopping Center Next to Palladium Cinemas
5824 Samet Dr., Suite 165 (IGH 0OINT s 336-905-7051 -ON 4HUR s &RI 3AT s 3UN
Free &REE Hearing
(EARING Tests 4ESTS Set for
SET FOR High Point & (IGH 0OINT AND Thomasville 4HOMASVILLE