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Ah-choo! Pollen reaches record levels BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural ReTRIAD – It may be hard to sources issues these tips to fight allergies caused by see the joys of spring’s arrecord levels of pollen in the state: rival when a thick, yellow blanket of pollen is covering • Limit your time outdoors, especially in the morning: Peothe eyes – and vehicles. ple who are bothered by allergies may want to limit their And there’s little relief in time outdoors until pollen levels subside, particularly dursight. ing early morning hours and when it is windy outside. Record levels of pollen have been recorded both • Rely on air conditioning until pollination subsides: in the Triad and across the Keeping doors and windows shut with air conditioners state this year with the highrunning will help reduce pollen levels indoors. est concentrations since air quality agencies started measuring pollen in the late and Natural Resources. per cubic meter on Wednes1990s, according to the N.C. The pollen count in RaPOLLEN, 2A Department of Environment leigh reached 3,524 grains
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Former state treasurer Richard H. Moore is a new board of directors member for First Bancorp, the parent company of First Bank. Moore serves as a managing director of Relational Investors, a registered investment adviser.
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TRIAD – Property owners in High Point and Davidson County who suffered damages from the March 28 tornadoes will be eligible to receive state disaster relief assistance, Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office announced Thursday. Perdue issued a state disaster declaration for Davidson and Guilford counties to help pay for home repairs for families who incurred damage from the three tornadoes. Two tornadoes struck parts of Davidson County, while one cut through sections of north High Point. The state disaster declaration means residents who suffered qualified losses can receive grants to help cover housing repair or replacement costs, as well as to pay for replacement clothing and medical expenses. The maximum eligible amount is $29,900 per applicant, the governor’s office reports. The governor’s office also requested and received a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration, which makes lowinterest loans available to help pay for repairs. The SBA disaster declaration allows low-interest federal loans of up to $240,000 to homeowners and up to $40,000 to renters, the governor’s office reports.
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Scene at house on Hampton Park Drive and Silverstone Court after the tornado came through on March 28. Anyone who doesn’t qualify for the loans may be eligible for a state individual assistance grant, according to the governor’s office. “These were damaging storms that impacted hundreds of families in the Triad area. We’re going to do everything we can to ensure that those residents who suffered losses from the storm will qualify for some type of financial assistance if they need it,” Perdue said. The governor’s office an-
The Thomasville City Council currently is considering a policy that would require all department heads to live within the city. The High Point Enterprise has asked for general information on how many, or what percentage, of employees live inside the city vs. outside. Thomasville officials have steadfastly refused to release any information concerning residency, saying it is illegal to release information from individual employees’ files. The High Point Enterprise, however, has not requested specific information from individual employees’ files, only general information as to how many employees live inside the city. The city of High Point released similar information to The High Point Enterprise in 2006.
nounced that more than 460 homes were deemed to have qualified as damaged in the two counties, making them eligible for assistance. Damage assessment teams determined that 40 homes were destroyed. In addition, three businesses were destroyed and 18 more damaged, the governor’s office reports. High Point City Manager Strib Boynton said city officials appreciate Perdue’s quick response. “It will speed up the process of making financial
State Emergency Management officials will be available from today through April 15 to meet with tornado victims and help them complete state disaster relief loan applications. Disaster recovery centers will be open 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, except Sunday, in the West Jefferson Government Complex at 555 W. Center St. in Lexington and at Fire Station 12 at 4538 Barrow Road in High Point. assistance available to the Emergency Management Agency on direct federal families,” he said. Boynton said local of- relief aid. ficials are awaiting a decision from the Federal email@example.com | 888-3528
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Truell: Thomasville should be more open THOMASVILLE – A Davidson County commissioner who served 14 years as Thomasville’s police chief said this week he believes Thomasville should be more transparent when it comes to discussions and information about employee residency. Responding to Thomasville’s refusal to release general information concerning the residency of employees to The High Point Enterprise, such as the number of employees who live in Thomasville, Don Truell, who retired as the city’s police chief in 1994, said he still believes local governments should operate openly. “When I operated my police department and all, I believed in transparency,” he said. “Naturally, if you came up and asked me to give you the telephone number for every man I had, no, I wouldn’t do that. However, the questions that you’re asking should be public record, such as residency and how many live out and how many live in (Thomasville).” Truell, a former journalist who
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went to work for Thomasville police in 1963, said he was given 60 days to move into the city limits of Thomasville when hired by the department. When he was promoted to chief in 1980 by Thomasville’s city manager, Truell was told again that he would have to live within the city limits, which he already did. “We went to a take-home car plan while I was chief,” he said. “My plan was, if you lived in the city, you could take a car home. If you lived outside of the city, you didn’t take a car home. I did that honestly and mainly to give them an incentive to move into the city.” Ronald Bratton, a Thomasville councilman who retired last year as the city’s police chief after more than 30 years with the agency, said the
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Thomasville Police Department’s residency policy “sort of loosened up” over the years. Bratton estimates about 40 percent of Thomasville officers lived in the city when he became police chief in 2006, while about 25 percent lived in Thomasville when he retired. “It wasn’t a large number,” he said. “We are a more of an urban type community now. We have had people who live in Concord or Kannapolis work here.” Current Chief Jeff Insley, a Salisbury resident who replaced Bratton as chief last August, said the Thomasville’s police department’s current policy states that officers should have a working phone so they can be reached when needed, but there is no specific requirement for residency. Insley, who noted that only on-call investigators and K-9 officers can drive their company cars home, said he has chosen to drive his personal vehicle to work every day, as his company vehicle is only for police business. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3657
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County reports 6th rabies case ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
Dusting up In preparation for a media preview of the new North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, Stacey Kirby, conservation technician, dusts the pollen off of “Naked Muse”, a statue by Auguste Rodin, in a garden at the facility. The 127,000-square-foot expansion opens to the public April 24.
GUILFORD COUNTY – A rabid skunk found on Bunch Road in Summerfield became the county’s sixth case of rabies this week, health officials reported. The skunk had contact with three dogs. North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets 4 months of age and older to have vaccinations against rabies and that their vaccinations are kept current. The law applies even if pets are exclusively kept indoors. Barnyard pets such as goats, horses and cows should also be vaccinated against rabies for their protection against this deadly virus. Unvaccinated pets ex-
Guilford commissioners focus on budget additions BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
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GUILFORD COUNTY – Four county commissioners focused sharply Thursday on the additional $6.4 million Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green wants for the 2011 school district budget. Green presented his $651.5 million budget to the Board of Education on Tuesday. The budget includes a request for $187.4 million for the operations budget, up $3.4 million, to cover increased expenses, and $7 million for repairs and maintenance, up $3 million. The district wants the increase in maintenance funds partly to replace money from a discontinued state program. Commissioner Bruce Davis of High Point, joint budget committee co-chair, focused on emergencies, how the district uses the money and how fast. The district has money remaining from the $4 million commissioners provided last year for repairs.
State: $348.2 million Federal: $71.4 million Local: $187.4 million Local capital outlay: $7.0 million Child nutrition: $30.9 million After-school care enrichment services: $6.6 million Total: $651.5 million “Let’s get the $4 million out of the way,” Davis said. “If there is an emergency, then we could look at it when it happens. Maybe we should define an emergency.” Most school buildings are repaired during summers and vacations when classes are not in session. “We’ll use the $4 million,” said school board Chairman Alan Duncan. “We have several emergencies every year.” Green ruled out using a $3 million reserve fund set aside to cover any state givebacks. During the 200809 school year, the state reclaimed
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more than $8 million from the school district. “If we did not get the $4 million, we’d be at your door for every emergency,” Green said. “This is a respectful request. We need the funds.” “We don’t want to be pests with this,” Duncan said. Republican Commissioner Steve Arnold of High Point suggested the school board sell vacant buildings to raise money and consolidate some operations with the county. “Everybody else in the county is getting cut, so hold-the-line on the budget is generous,” he said. The additional $3.4 million for operations would cover the cost of enrollment increases and $162,000 for the summer opening of the new $33 million Jamestown Middle School and nearby $10 million Haynes-Inman Education Center. “Last year we did cuts to cover expenses in these areas,” Green said. email@example.com | 888-3626
State cuts threaten driver education BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
GUILFORD COUNTY – A group of county commissioners and educators agreed on one thing this week. The state should continue support for drivers’ education programs in the public schools. The state stopped funding while an effectiveness study was under way. Experts have debated for years whether the train-
ing reduces accidents among teen drivers. School district leaders said the district can’t afford to pay the $1.7 million it would cost to continue the free classes. The Department of Transportation has paid $33 million a year statewide for the program. Meanwhile, legislators have started the debate over whether the money should go to roads as they stare at a possible $1.2 billion budget shortfall.
“If the state does not put the money back, we can’t put it up,” Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green said during a Thursday budget discussion with four commissioners. Teens have taken the courses for decades. “We want our students to be good drivers,” Guilford County Board of Education Chairman Alan Duncan said during a Tuesday school board budget discussion.
“It is a shame to be in this spot.” Many states, including North Carolina, require teens to complete a driver’s education course to get a provisional license. “This will be a hot issue for young drivers,” said Democratic Commissioner Kay Cashion. “I suspect the program will be sustained. We want youngsters trained.” firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3626
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San Francisco’s Meat-Free Mondays gets shrug
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Besides approving rules against using plastic grocery bags, mixing recycling with compost, and smoking in sidewalk cafes, San Francisco supervisors have passed a resolution asking residents to observe meatless Mondays. San Francisco su-
pervisors passed the resolution Tuesday for no-meat Mondays in their latest legislative endorsement of healthy, eco-conscious living. It cannot stop the city’s residents from eating meat. Instead, it is meant to call attention to the relationship between diet and climate change.
To some, the resolution is a welcome reminder of the small part that residents play in solving a larger problem. Others, however, were left asking for Board of SupervisorFree Fridays. Most shrugged it off as another one of those “only in San Francisco” initiatives that many forget about soon after passage.
day and 3,099 grains per cubic meter on Tuesday, the Division of Air Quality’s central office reports. Those numbers might seem small compared to the 9,632 grains per cubic meter recorded Tuesday in Winston-Salem, according to the Forsyth County Environmental Af fairs Department. Pollen levels Wednesday in Winston-Salem were listed as “very high” and also surpassed the 9,000 cubic meter mark at one point. Laura Pagano, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, contributes the increase to heavy rainfalls in the past two months and above-average temperatures that may have jump-started the pollination process. “This year we’ve had a stretch of very dry and very warm conditions,” Pagano said. “It was just during that time that the trees started to bloom, and they started to bloom very fast.” The cold winter also
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could have delayed some trees that normally flower earlier in the spring, so that more different tree species are flowering at the same time, said the DENR. The rain that came through the area Thursday night may lower today’s pollen count, weather officials said. “The rain should bring the pollen count down some,” said Andrew Ulrich, a meteorologist with Accuweather. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a substantial change, but it should at least wash it off of our cars for the day.” But more dry weather is on its way, leaving little hope for relief next week, Pagano added. “It’s gotten a lot out of its system,” she said about the pollination process, “but we’ll have another stretch of dry weather that will allow it to continue.”
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posed to a rabid animal must be euthanized or confined for six months in a veterinarian’s facility at the owner’s expense. As the weather warms, health officials warn that more will be out and close to yards. The Department of Public Health has scheduled a series of $5 animal rabies vaccination clinics starting at 4 p.m. April 2 at WGHP FOX 8 studio, 2005 Francis St., High Point. For a complete clinic schedule, visit www.guilfordhealth.org or www. askguilfordhealth.com. Contact the Guilford County Department of Public Health at 641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at 641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org
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DOT closes bridge over Yadkin River ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
DAVIDSON COUNTY â€“ The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the Wil-Cox Bridge over the Yadkin River to traffic. DOT officials said the bridge would be closed to traffic as of 3 p.m. Thursday. The closure of the bridge, which the Davidson County Board of Commissioners recently decided to take ownership of, comes
after a special bridge inspection completed Wednesday found exposed rebar, deteriorating concrete and deep cracks in the structure. â€œSafety is our No. 1 priority,â€? said Pay Ivey, the DOTâ€™s Division 9 engineer who oversees projects in Davidson County. â€œAs soon as we learned how concerning the problems with the Wil-Cox Bridge were, we made plans quickly to close it down and reroute traffic.â€?
straints continued to push that project back, the department took a proactive step and scheduled a special inspection to update the analysis of the bridgeâ€™s current condition. The monthlong, in-depth inspection began in March and concluded Wednesday. Engineers found conditions had changed significantly enough to warrant closing the bridge. During the closure, a detour will be in place. Motorists
During a routine inspection in December 2008, engineers noted cracks and areas where concrete was coming off the bridge. The DOT determined the findings did not require immediate attention and would not need to be repaired since the bridge was scheduled to be taken out of service as part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project. According to a DOT news release, when funding con-
should follow I-85 South for three miles and take Exit 79 to Spencer. Turn right onto Andrews Street and then go about 1.25 miles and turn left onto U.S. 29/70 at the traffic signal. Signs will guide motorists along the route. The department is forming its plan of action for addressing the safety concerns and has not determined how long the bridge will be closed at this time.
Man mistakenly released from prison turns himself in MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
RALEIGH â€“ An Apex man charged with murder who was mistakenly released from prison this month has turned himself in, according to the Wake County Sheriffâ€™s Office. Shortly after 11:00 a.m. Thursday, William Otis â€œJaboâ€? Bryant was arrested without incident at his parentsâ€™ home on Sheffield Street in Apex. Bryantâ€™s parents had called the sheriffâ€™s department to tell deputies he was at the house. Authorities had been looking for Bryant, who along with his brother is charged with killing a taxi driver in 1999. Wake County sheriffâ€™s deputies and members of the U.S. Marshals Service went to his parentsâ€™ house earlier this week. His mother told them Bryant had stayed there the previous three nights but refused to let them in to see whether he was still there, according to court documents. Investigators secured a warrant and returned to search the house Tuesday, but Bryant was not there. In February, Wake sheriffâ€™s deputies charged Bryant and his brother, Eric Reney Bryant, with first-degree murder in the 11-year-old case. William Bryant, however, was being held at the Bertie Correctional Institution, where he was serving time for felony drug convictions. On April 2, Bryant was released from Bertie after serving less than two years. The Department of Correction said it never received notice of the murder charge against Bryant, so it did not notify Wake County to come pick him up.
Brush fire rages John Chiles (top) watches a controlled burn used to contain a brush fire off Tunnel Road in Asheville Wednesday. Crews were hoping that rain Thursday would tamp down the outbreak boosted by high temperatures and dry weather in the past week. Harold Parker (left) with the Riceville Fire Department digs trenches and clears brush away from the brush fire.
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Apply tighter regulations to drivers of scooters On March 27, a tragic accident claimed the life of a young woman and unborn child when the woman was thrown from the back of a scooter driven by a man who was charged with driving while impaired. Or was it an accident? Is it an accident when tragedy occurs in situations when unlicensed, uninsured people are allowed to operate motor vehicles on our streets after DWI convictions? The slogan at the scooter store should be “DUI? No license? No insurance? ... No problem!” When will the powers that be figure out the insured, licensed, taxpaying citizens in our state are paying for these “scooter people” to menace our roads? The laws must be changed to protect us all from the drunks that continue to find a way to drive. SARAH WALTON Jamestown
Install videotape systems for disciplinary purposes The candidates for election to the Guilford County Board of Education all pretty much agree that one area that needs more attention is that of discipline in the schools. I am one of those candidates. As a former teacher, I can tell you that, in general, parents have more control over a student’s behavior than teachers do. So we must involve parents much more than we do at present. I propose that a teacher-controlled video monitoring system be installed in four or five discipline-plagued classrooms as a test. These systems could be installed at a very nominal cost. When a student undermines and disrupts the learning process of other students, a visual recording of his actions could be used in a meeting with the parents of that
see people loved by God. The black race was done wrong. It breaks my heart because what wrongs were done. I try to see others’ points of view. Leonard Pitts does want us to go forward. He writes about injustice regardless of the victim. Sometimes looking back helps us not make the same mistakes in the future. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream ... some of us share that dream. We should all be raised not to see color. SHERRY BROWN High Point
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Right to health care trumps right to wealth disruptive student to insist that they take action to correct their child’s behavior. Disruptive students usually deny any wrongdoing to their parents – a videotape would remove all doubt. It’s time we stopped holding our teachers responsible for instructing students on right and wrong behavior. That lesson belongs at home. RICHARD BECKER High Point The writer is a candidate for the board of education in District 2.
Politicians use ‘chain of command’ to insulate them Mighty oaks from little ACORNS grow, but Chicago politicians are not the only “mighty” who line their pockets with dollars and power. Popular sports figures and others let popularity cloud their vision. Two past N.C. governors got really special real estate deals. One of them was N.C. attorney general when Bald Head Island had an unfortunate incident, ruled a suicide by the news media, of an officer
Be careful with drilling compromise
resident Obama seemed clearly in the mood for compromise last week when he announced he’ll lift the ban on offshore drilling for oil and natural gas along much of the eastern U.S. coastline, including off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Call the president what you wish, but among all the labels, we certainly see shrewd political operator as one that describes him very well. Truth be known, Obama probably detests the idea of once again allowing oil and gas exploration along part of the nation’s coastline. But with this move, he’s surely throwing a political bone to a number of Republicans – including North Carolina’s Richard Burr – and maybe even some conservative Democrats, in hopes they will support other energy and climate/environmental legislation now before Congress and to come. Offshore drilling is a reasonable avenue in a broad approach to achieving energy independence for this nation. Also, this lifting of the ban will have positive economic impact along parts of the nation’s coastline in addition to increasing energy supplies. But just as surely as lifting the drilling ban is a positive action, approval of an energy and climate/environmental bill that is overly restrictive and driven by radical environmentalist theory will have a negative impact on the nation’s economy. Burr, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and others cannot allow themselves to be roped into supporting bad energy/climate legislation just because President Obama is reaching out to them through offshore drilling. Let’s hope they remember that.
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there. That governor’s attorney general had his prosecutor let the press convict Duke University lacrosse young men. That governor blamed his assistant, and the present governor said she just found out about large contributions, and a present elected congressman says if it is found that his people have gotten illegal donations he will return same. Most executives have learned to use a chain of command which keeps them informed. Please remember that these things that fall from trees do not fall far from same. JACK W. GOURLEY High Point
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I am so grateful to Rep. Brad Miller, D-13th, and others who were courageous enough to stand up for health care reform. This debate has often been framed in terms of taking money away from wealthy to pay for coverage for the poor. I believe that there’s something wrong with a society in which an individual’s right to keep money he doesn’t need is more sacred than another’s right to care (health or otherwise) that he can’t afford. The Christian Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil, and by passing health care reform, America has shown its commitment to its citizens. DANIEL SHIRLEY Greensboro
regardless of victim I am a 44-year old white female and I love Leonard Pitts. He is my favorite columnist. I can’t wait to read his next column. I cut a lot of them out to keep or share with friends. I don’t see Leonard Pitts as a racist or sexist, but then again I am not a racist. I was not raised to see color. I was raised to
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often am asked “What do I need to file a claim with the VA?” So I just thought it would be a good idea to list the documents that most often might be needed in order to apply for veterans benefits. I know it is easier to start off with this material in hand; the wait time can be long enough without having to send documents in at a later date. When you apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, be sure you have the following documents with you: • Discharge or DD-214 • Death certificate • Marriage license • Adoption papers • Divorce decree • Military medical records • Birth certificates of children • Civilian medical records. Benefits available to veterans are: disability compensation, pension, free health care, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) and many more. All of these documents may not be needed when applying for a specific benefits program. But it’s still a good idea to have them all in one safe, convenient place. Here is another helpful bit of information: Taryn Davis and Nicole Hart are two young military widows who learned that in leaning upon each other they found the strength to build new lives. They started a nonprofit American widows project in 2007, and they reach out to other young war widows. Their Web site is AmericanWidowProject.org. There are so many helpful veterans organizations and groups of volunteers available to help veterans, spouses, survivors and families. So if you should happen to need any help at all, don’t hesitate, they are waiting to give you assistance in any way. Many of you may already know about The Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park. This is a joint initiative by Forsyth and Guilford Counties to honor those who
serve this great nation. In the years of Triad history, our residents have answered the call to duty in every conflict from World War I through today in Iraq and Afghanistan. This service to our Triad area and to AmeriVETERAN’S ca has not gone without great sacrifice. VIEWS Upon completion, this special place in the middle of Stan the Triad will have a refuge Spangle Sr. of solace for all of us to pay ■■■ honor and respect to our brave men and women who served and are presently serving in the armed forces. Future generations will see that “All gave some, some gave all” … for our freedom. Remember please, this is a duty that we cannot neglect. There are no facilities in the Triad that provide such a respectful tribute. The Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park, will provide both counties a ceremonial platform that can be used by veterans, active duty military units in the area, law enforcement, Boy Scouts and many other community groups. This Saturday, we will be serving lunch to veterans and their guests at Highland United Methodist Church located at 1015 Mill Ave. We are easy to find, just off W. Green Drive between Ward Street and Market Center Drive. We start at 11 a.m., and most of the time, we finish up around 2 p.m. If you are trying to work through benefit problems, perhaps we can help. We will have Disabled American Veterans volunteer members there to help answer your questions. Hope to see you there, and tell other veteran friends about this luncheon. Semper Fi, and God bless America and all other nations. STAN SPANGLE SR. is a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He’s a member of numerous veterans organizations.
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Kyrgyz opposition says it will rule for 6 months BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan â€“ Consolidating their victory after a bloody uprising, opposition leaders declared Thursday they would hold power in Kyrgyzstan for six months and assured the U.S. it can keep a strategic air base here â€“ at least for now. There were signs of instability, though, as deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev refused to relinquish power after the revolt, which left at least 75 people dead and hundreds wounded. As he spoke, gunfire broke out after nightfall in the capital, Bishkek. With darkness descending, roving bands of armed marauders trawled the streets of the capital.
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BELGRADE, Serbia â€“ A man was attacked and seriously injured Thursday by an elephant as he rescued his grandchild who had sneaked into the animalâ€™s enclosure at the Belgrade Zoo, doctors and local media said. The man had several broken ribs and severe injuries to the abdominal area and chest, but was in stable condition after surgery, Belgrade emergency hospital spokesman Drago Jovanovic said.
US envoy says vote is going â€˜awryâ€™ in Sudan UNITED NATIONS â€“ U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice brushed aside Sudanâ€™s assurances that it will hold fair elections this month, telling reporters Thursday that what she heard about the situation at a U.N. Security Council briefing was troubling. â€œUnfortunately, the trends on the ground are very disturbing,â€? Rice said after a closed-door briefing by U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy on Sudanâ€™s first multiparty elections in more than two decades, set to begin on April 11. â€œThe larger picture is that much is awry in this process, and that is a real concern.â€?
Lunch-only beer policy prompts Carlsberg strike COPENHAGEN â€“ Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said. The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the companyâ€™s new alcohol policy, which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen. Previously, they could help themselves to beer throughout the day, from coolers placed around the work sites.
Odong Obong, barely 3 days old, is tended to by his mother, as he lays under a mosquito net with his triplet brothers Opiew and Ochan.
Emaciated children signal crisis in Sudan AKOBO, Sudan â€“ Three-day-old Odong Obong lay in the hospital bed, his pencil-thin arms almost motionless and his shriveled, gaunt face resembling that of an elderly man. Emaciated babies and young children throughout the ward bore the signs of hunger: exposed ribs and distended stomachs. Outside, old villagers reclined motionless in the shade, too frail to walk. The U.N. calls this the â€œhungriest place on Earthâ€? after years of drought and conflict, with aid agencies already feeding 80,000 people here. A doctor says the worst is yet to come. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
US President Barack Obama (right) greets Hungaryâ€™s Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai (left) before a dinner with Central and Eastern European leaders at the US Ambassadorâ€™s Residence in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday. Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev signed a nuclear arms reduction pact.
Obama signs nuke deal Treaty with Russia cuts arsenals to lowest level since 1960s PRAGUE (AP) â€“ The nuclear weapons cuts President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed on Thursday would shrink the Cold War superpowersâ€™ arsenals to the lowest point since the frightening arms race of the 1960s. But they wonâ€™t touch the â€œloose nukesâ€? and suitcase bombs seen as the real menace in todayâ€™s age of terrorism. â€œThis ceremony is a testament to
First talks start on new Iran sanctions UNITED NATIONS (AP) â€“ Ambassadors from China and five major powers met for the first time Thursday to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran, which is refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and start negotiations on its suspect nuclear program. Heading into the meeting with U.N. envoys from the United States, Britain, Russia, France and Germany, Chinaâ€™s new Ambassador Li Baodong said this was a â€œvery important negotiation.â€? China and Russia traditionally oppose sanctions, even though both backed the first three sanctions resolutions against Iran. Both countries have repeatedly said they believe there is still room for negotiations with Iran.
the truth that old adversaries can forge new partnerships,â€? Obama declared. â€œIt is just one step on a longer journey.â€? The warheads covered by the treaty are lethal relics of the Cold War, and even with the planned reductions there will be enough firepower on each side to devastate the world many times over. And of more immediate concern are attempts by terrorist groups such as al-Qaida and nations such as Iran
200 dead in Rio mudslide NITEROI, Brazil (AP) â€“ They are all gone. The Evangelical church where worshippers were praying. A daycare center where kids were playing. The pizza parlor where a family was eating. All were buried under a mountain of mud, garbage and stone when yet another landslide hit metropolitan Rio de Janeiro late Wednesday. AP This one swept through A home lays in ruins after a landslide in the Morro do the Morro Bumba slum, Bumba neighborhood of Niteroi near Rio de Janeiro. engulfing as many as 200 people and 60 homes. minutes, my community tary Sergio Cortes said it Nothing was left behind collapsed,â€? said Patricia was hard to say how many but a massive crater of Faria, 28, crying as she people were buried in the blackened, sodden earth watched heavy machin- latest slide. â€œA worse-case and the remnants of flim- ery dump the remains scenario is 200,â€? he told sy brick shacks. of her life into a waiting The Associated Press. â€œWe â€œI had just picked truck. â€œAll I have left is know that about 60 houses up my 10-year-old son what you see on me â€“ and were buried.â€? from the day care. We my son. Thank God, I Already 161 people have walked down the hill to have my son.â€? been confirmed dead in the street, and within 10 Rio state health secre- the heavy rains.
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Afghan police: 5 suicide bombers arrested in Kabul KABUL (AP) â€“ Acting on an intelligence tip, Afghan police said they arrested five would-be suicide bombers Thursday as they tried to enter Kabul, thwarting a major attack and capturing the largest such team ever in the capital.
Police believe the bombers were sent by an al-Qaida-linked insurgent group based in Pakistan, and their capture follows widespread rumors that militants were planning attacks in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul.
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Mine rescue stalls; teams eager to resume search MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) â€“ Rescuers running on adrenaline waited Thursday for a massive drill to vent noxious gas so they could safely resume the underground search for four coal miners missing in an explosion that killed 25 colleagues. They had spent more than four hours working their way through the Upper Big Branch mine by rail car and on foot, but had to turn back because of an explosive mix of gases in the area they needed to search. Crews at the surface resumed drilling in an effort to get fresh air into the mine and hoped 32 rescuers could return by about 7 p.m. They had made it within 500 feet of an airtight chamber with four days
worth of food, water and oxygen where they hoped the miners might have sought refuge after the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades. Chris Adkins, chief operating officer for mine owner Massey Energy Co., said the rescue teams were â€œvery angryâ€? when told to abandon the mission, but their safety was paramount. He said the teams are off their feet and resting, but too anxious to sleep. Masseyâ€™s chief executive officer, Don Blankenship, continued to defend his companyâ€™s record and disputed accusations from miners that he puts coal profits ahead of safety. â€œTo some extent the fact that there were more survivors than those that
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are lost suggests that the mine was in pretty good shape relative to what mines would have been in the past and hopefully by todayâ€™s standards,â€? he told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. There were 61 min-
ers in Upper Big Branch when it was rocked by the blast. Despite the increasingly slim chance of finding anyone alive, Adkins said he considers the effort a rescue mission. â€œI still believe in God, I
believe, and Iâ€™m not gonna give up,â€? he said. The rescue crews did not get far enough to see the bodies of the dead or if anyone had made it to the chamber. They knew where the bodies would be because rescuers made it that far
before gases forced them out of the mine after the explosion Monday. Officials were not sure what caused the high gas levels this time but said a drop in barometric pressure as a storm rolled in might be to blame.
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of the nicest reduced pieces,” Scott said. “I hope they go for enough money that carvers get some of their value back for it, but I really think it’s going to be a buyer’s market. They may see a $2,000 piece that may be able to get for $1,000. They may see a $800 piece that they can get for $300 or $400.” After the competition, some of the pieces will be placed in businesses in Thomasvillle, according to Scott. “We think we have got the event and something that will help revitalize downtown and help with tourism throughout the year,” Scott said. Scott and Randy Everett, a carver from Colfax, have been promoting the event. “(Randy) has been helping us put this together,” Scott said. “He is a very good carver. This is his living. He gave us eight or nine pieces to put around town to promote our event. He needs to have them around other places selling them, but he is just that nice of a guy.” For more information on the event, contact Scott at 472-4422.
DAVIDSON COUNTY – A Winston-Salem man faces drug charges after a traffic stop by Davidson County sheriff’s deputies. Vice & Narcotics Unit officers from the sheriff’s office on Wednesday stopped a vehicle driven by Rodney Lee Lindsay on Hinkle Lane at Stephanie Drive near Lexington and seized 5.6 grams of cocaine, deputies said. Lindsay, 41, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia and was booked into the Davidson County Jail under a $5,000 bond. In an unrelated case investigated by the sheriff’s office and the Lexington Police Department, two men were charged with carrying out several vehicle break-ins in which money, medication and electronic equipment were stolen. Lexington police responding to the Waffle House restaurant on Piedmont Drive at 3 a.m. Wednesday in response to a call about two suspicious subjects. Both men were found in possession of medication that didn’t belong to them. After an investigation, they were accused of breaking into four vehicles on Greensboro Street Extension. Douglas Mitchell Smith, 30, of Bristol Street, Lexington, was charged with four counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and four counts of larceny from a motor vehicle and was booked into the Davidson County Jail under a $50,000 bond, deputies said. Alexander Cornelius Flowers, 18, also of Lexington, was assessed the same charges as well as two counts of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer after he allegedly escaped custody, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies used a K-9 to locate him hiding in a Dumpster behind Lexington Senior High School, deputies said. He was also jailed under a $50,000 bond.
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Director of Thomasville Tourism Mark Scott looks over this 6-foot chain saw sculpture of a black bear in the foyer of Thomasville Medical Center.
Chain saw mania Carving competition comes to Thomasville AT A GLANCE
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THOMASVILLE – Woodworking enthusiasts will not have to look any farther than Thomasville to enjoy a unique art form. Thirteen carvers from across the country, including several from North Carolina, are set to compete in the first Thomasville Tourism, ECHO Power Equipment Company Chainsaw Sculpting Invitational that is set for Thursday, April 29, April 30 and May 1, said Mark Scott, director of Thomasville Tourism. The event coincides with Thomasville’s annual Spring Daze – an event that attracts about 2,000 people each year and allows vendors to peddle food, crafts and jewelry, “I really think this is going to be a big deal,” Scott said, adding he didn’t know of another such an event in the Southeast. “The carvers are from New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania ... All of the guys have placed high in national competitions. These are accomplished people.” The event will begin with
What: Thomasville Tourism, ECHO Chainsaw Sculpting Invitational. Where: Clock Tower parking lot across from the Big Chair on Main Street in Thomasville. When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29 and April 30; starts at 10 a.m. May 1. Admission: Free. Highlights: Thirteen carvers are set to compete in the competition, which coincides with Spring Daze. The public will be given an opportunity to purchase sculptures during an auction Saturday. carvers working on sculptures 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29 and April 30. On May 1, the day of Spring Daze, carvers will have 45 minutes for a “quick carve” starting at 10 a.m. and the public will have the opportunity to buy sculptures at 2 p.m, Scott said. “They are going to get some
Great American Cleanup is Saturday BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Organizers of Saturday’s Great American Cleanup hope High Point will be a few thousand pounds of trash lighter after this weekend. The event is open to anyone who wishes to volunteer a few morning hours to clean up trash and debris around the city. City officials prioritize target areas that need cleaning – such as trash dump sites in wooded areas, areas along roads that are heavily littered, streams and
lakes – and direct volunteers to those places. Volunteers also can choose where they want to go. Last year, state prison inmates took part and helped clean about 10 miles of roadway. The program that provided the inmates for this type of work has since been eliminated, officials said. “We won’t have 10-mile coverage this year, but we should have a good number of volunteers,” said Melanie Bruton, superintendent of the city’s Material Recovery Facility. “The biggest priority area I have for the spring
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cleanup are the main thoroughfares. We want to get those clean before the furniture market.” Last year, 316 volunteers took part and collected 4,180 pounds of trash. They also planted
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Judy Webster TRINITY – Mrs. Judy Carolyn Overby Webster, 67, a resident of 8613 Hillsville Road died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at her residence. She was born in Moore County, January 15, 1943, a daughter of William Harvey Overby and Pearl Whitaker Overby and had been a resident of Trinity most of her life. She was of the Baptist faith. She was married to Arthur Lee (Jack) Webster who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Teresa Hutchens of Trinity and Lisa Hagar of Archdale; three sons, John Webster and wife Mitzi of Thomasville, Russell Webster and wife Rita of Trinity, and Terry Webster of Conover; three sisters, Joan Andrews and her husband Jimmy of Trinity, Clara Martin and her husband Ralph of Thomasville, and Brenda Straungh and her husband Charlie of Trinity; two brothers, Hal Overby and Clifford Overby and his wife Henrietta, both of Trinity Also surviving are nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting in Hillsville by the Rev. Randy Quate and the Rev. Jimmy Andrews. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will remain at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. The family will be at the funeral home Friday from 7 until 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Liberty Hospice, 1007 Lexington Avenue, Thomasville, NC 27360. The family would like to thank Liberty Hospice for their warm and loving care. Online condolences may be made to www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Vassie Evans Sanders KERNERSVILLE – Mrs. Vassie Evans Sanders died April 8, 2010, in Kernersville. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
Hobert Rayford Peace ARCHDALE – Hobert Rayford Peace, 77 of 5278 Jessica Drive, Archdale died Tuesday at the VA Hospital in Salisbury. Funeral will be held 11 am Saturday at Prospect United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6 until 8 pm at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. Arrangement by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale
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Melda Tucker Smith Holder HIGH POINT – Melda Tucker Smith Holder, 80, died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Westchester Manor and formerly of Piedmont Christian Home and Wakefield Place. She had been a resident of High Point for more than 50 years and was a member of Green Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Holder was born in Monroe, and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Connie Hargett Brown. She was first married to Rev. Clyde Tucker, pastor of Reavis Memorial Baptist Church in High Point for over 18 years before his death in 1975. In 1986, she married G. Dewey Smith of High Point. She retired, after 20 years, from High Point City Schools, where she had worked at Andrews High School and Fairview Elementary School. After retiring, she and Dewey enjoyed traveling and spending time in the mountains. After Dewey’s death in 1993, Melda devoted herself to her family and friends. Once again she demonstrated her ability to overcome difficult circumstances. In July 2000 she married long time family friend, Roy Holder, of Boone who survives her. During their years of marriage they were devoted to each other and divided their time between High Point and Boone. Melda enjoyed sitting in a rocker on the porch enjoying the view or sitting by the fire. In addition to her husband, Roy, Melda is survived by four daughters: Brenda Oxford, and her husband Steve, of High Point; Peggy Johnson, and her husband Philip, of Maldonado, Uruguay, South America; Sherri Thomas, and her husband Jackie, of Archdale; and Terri Tucker of Banner Elk. Other survivors include
her three grandchildren: Andrew Johnson of Raleigh, James Johnson of Davidson, and Adam Thomas of Archdale; and two step grandchildren: Stephanie Jackson, and her husband Wiley of Greensboro and Scott Oxford of Archdale; Roy’s two children: Jimmy Holder, and his wife Trish of California and their children, Josh and Katie; Julie Robertson, and her husband Roger of Blowing Rock, and their children, Brock and Jesse; and Melda’s sister Gerry Vaughan and her husband Ken of Poquoson, VA: niece Karen Stone and nephew Alan Vaughan. Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., at Cumby Family Funeral, 1015 Eastchester Dr., High Point, NC, with Rev. Frank Hensley officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will greet friends Friday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, International Mission Board, PO Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230; Baptist Children’s Home of NC, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361, or Hospice of the Piedmont at 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Sam Woods, the staffs of Piedmont Christian Home, Westchester Manor and Hospice for their love and support during her illness. Melda was a loving wife, a wonderful mother, a devoted grandmother, and one who lived her faith, loved her family, and cherished her friends. Online condolences may be made through www. cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.
John Winford Smith THOMASVILLE – Mr. John Winford Smith, 70, a resident of 108 Hilltop Rd. died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Gloucester County, VA on January 22, 1940, to Wilson Baker Smith and Edna Pearl Haywood Smith. He retired from Landstar Trucking. On April 6, 1958, he married Magdalene “Maggie” Leonard, who survives of the home; also surviving are his sons, Floyd Dwight McKenzie of Thomasville, Mark Hodgin Smith and wife Dawn of Asheboro, and John Winford “Tink” Smith, II and wife Sandi of Archdale; daughters, Mary Annette Smith Gray and husband Benny of Greensboro, Drema Starr Smith Smith and husband Clay of High Point, Lora Belle Smith Luther and husband Roy
of Thomasville; brother, Wilson B. Smith, Jr. of Gloucester, VA; sisters, Mary Esther Smith Hogge and Joyce Ann Smith, both of Gloucester, VA; eleven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. David McLeese 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. and at other times at the home. Memorials may be directed to Lakeview Mission Building Fund, 108 Hilltop Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360. On-line condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Sex Pistols’ former manager McLaren dies at 64 LONDON (AP) – The former manager of the Sex Pistols and one of the seminal figures of the punk rock era, Malcolm McLaren, died Thursday, his son said. He was 64. Joe Corre said his father died of an aggressive form of cancer in Switzerland, declining to give the exact location because he said he wanted to avoid a media scrum. “He was the original punk rocker and revolu-
tionized the world,” Corre told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “He’s somebody I’m incredibly proud of. He’s a real beacon of a man for people to look up to.” The multitalented McLaren rose to fame as the colorful manager of The Sex Pistols, but the art college dropout is also known for the infamous clothes shop he opened on London’s King’s Road.
Carlos Roger Smith WEDGEFIELD, S.C. – Carlos Roger Smith, 94, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the Veterans Victory House Nursing Home in Walterboro after an extended illness. Born February 3, 1916, in Stokes County, North Carolina he was a son of the late Millard James Smith and Virginia Adeline Vinable Smith Mr. Smith accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and served as deacon, Sunday school teacher in several churches in North and South Carolina. He was the retired owner and operator of Smith’s Upholstery. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Carl is survived by Louise Willis Smith of the home. He was first married to Mary Lois Rebel Smith and leaves three children, Susan Marie (Richard) Lewis of Seagrove, NC, Ted (Gina) Smith of Ramseur, NC; Paul (Sarah) Smith of Little River, SC; five granddaughters, Andi (Jason) Lamb, Beth (Kevin) Langley, Jamie (Ken) Jordan, Lyn Smith, Emily Smith; two grandsons, Kevin(Lisa) Lewis, Ethan Smith; and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Lestie Watson; several nieces and nephews; two step-daughters, Sherrell Horton of Columbia and Rose (Lee) Holland of Pinewood; three stepgranddaughters, Rebecca (Roger) Dennis, Angela (Stevie) Wheeler, Brittany (Rob) Raleigh; two step-great-grandsons; two step-great-granddaughters. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wedgefield Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Goff and Rev. Neil Poole officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Lewis, Lee Holland, Ken Jordan, Kevin Langley, Sidney Smith, Noah Lamb and Jason Lamb. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wedgefield Baptist Church, P. O. Box 265, Wedgefield, SC 29168. On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street Sumter is in charge of the arrangements (803) 7759386.
Bernice Proctor ATHENS, Ga. – Bernice Proctor, 98, died Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Mrs. Proctor was a resident of High Point, NC for many years and was a member of Wesleyan Church. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Christian Life Worship Center. Entombment will be in Evergreen Memorial Park. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sue and C. B. Wagoner of Athens, GA; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Ernestine Proctor of Orlando, FL and Ronnie and Daisy Proctor of High Point, NC; seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice. Lord and Stephens, EAST, Athens, GA, is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Jean Payne Smith THOMASVILLE – Mrs. Betty Jean Payne Smith, 72, a resident of 1115 Forest Ln. went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at The Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House. She was born on June 23, 1937, in Thomasville to James Floyd Payne and Maggie D. Chandler Payne. She retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries. She was a member of Central Wesleyan Church and The Willing Workers Class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Samuel Richard Smith on January 22, 2007. Surviving are two sisters, Shirley Ikard of Newton, and Brenda Kay Payne of the home; brother, James Lee Payne of New Port Richy, FL; special nieces and nephews, Debbie Sylvester, Lora Evans, Keith Baxter and wife Kimberly, Chad Baxter and Kristin Rogers and husband Brandon; special friends, Phyllis and Donald Rheuark; very special young man, Matthew Hill; and her pet dog, Baby. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. at Central Wesleyan Church with Rev. David Albertson officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Smith will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and at other times at the home. Memorials may be directed to Central Wesleyan Church, Family Life Center, 300 Hinkle St. Thomasville, NC 27360 or to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292. On-line condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons. com.
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Fire roars through NC stable, kills 13 horses about 1,000 feet away. “I thought I was having a nightmare. It’s just unbelievable,” said Wheeler, who lives in a house on the farm, which has been a riding school for young girls since 1996. The dead horses had about 10 different owners who boarded the animals at the farm, Wheeler said. Nine other horses in an adjacent stable were removed to safety in a pasture and that building was saved from the fire, Wheeler said. The blaze also consumed about five acres of woods on the property, which ignited easily after days of low humidity and steady winds, Holmes said. “The leaves or any material in
the woods burn real easy right now,” Holmes said. “The tops are dry as powder.” He said a crew of firefighters remained on the scene Thursday afternoon in case strong winds blowing through the area rekindled the blaze. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined. The county’s fire marshal was investigating, and the State Bureau of Investigation had brought out a dog to check for the presence of any fire accelerants, Holmes said. Wheeler said the barn contained no straw and little sawdust, and his barn manager had turned off the lights hours earlier when closing the stables for the night.
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NC legislative panel rolls out draft of ABC bill RALEIGH (AP) – A General Assembly panel examining North Carolina’s liquor system doesn’t sound interested in privatizing sales but want to keep the current local ABC store method largely in place. Instead, the Joint Study Committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control discussed draft legislation on Thursday that would require poorly performing ABC stores to meet profitability or operating efficiency standards or face seizure by the state ABC commission. Some members questionned a proposal that would require no more than one local ABC board per county and force mergers in multi-board counties.
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Cunningham gets union backing despite stance RALEIGH (AP) – While two leading Democratic U.S. Senate candidates support a proposal making it easier for unions to organize, a third candidate who won a major union endorsement is taking a more conservative stance. Cal Cunningham said in an interview with The Associated Press that he supports elections as the sole way for there to be unions created, but opposed so-
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RALEIGH (AP) – The head of the North Carolina Republican Party asked Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to step down Thursday, saying the resignation is the only way to end scrutiny of the national party over lavish spending. A day earlier, national party leaders had a conference call with Steele but didn’t bring up the prospect of his resignation — seen as a positive sign for the embattled national chairman. North Carolina’s Tom Fetzer is the first state party chairman to call for Steele’s resignation, a spokesman for Fetzer said. Fetzer said the move would ensure Republicans maximize gains during the mid-term elections. “I believe that the best service you can render to your party at this critical juncture is to graciously step aside and allow the party to move on from this current quagmire,” Fetzer wrote in a letter to Steele. Steele, who has been a lightning rod for criticism since taking the job last year, has come under renewed scrutiny recently after the committee paid a nearly $2,000 bill at a sexthemed nightclub in Los Angeles. The RNC fired a staffer it blamed for the outing. Also this week, Steele accepted the resignation of his chief of staff and allowed one of his senior advisers to leave in an attempt to reassure GOP
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attend the state competition. The High Point Friends team had to design and build balsa wood columns that functioned together to balance and support as much weight as possible. Their columns held 25 pounds and weighed less than 18 grams. Team members pictured (from left) are Jerod Hartsoe, J.B. Fulton, Sebastian Bivins, Katie Kennett, Ellie Wheatley, Ethan Barbour and Erin Hughes. Coaches are Kim and John Kennett, and Katie Nance is staff adviser.
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Contestants needed for Ms. Randolph County Pageant Contestants are being sought for the 2010 Senior Ms. Randolph County Pageant, which this year will feature the theme â€œA Celebration of Todayâ€™s Senior Woman.â€? The entry deadline is April 16. The Senior Ms. Randolph County Pageant is an annual event that honors Randolph County women 60 years of age and older. Contestants must
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