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150 new furniture jobs coming to Lexington BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
DAVIDSON COUNTY – Lexington Mayor John Walser admitted Friday he was having a difficult time getting the smile off his face as he helped introduce a furniture company that’s pledging to create 150 jobs in the city. Walser was among several city, county and state officials who participated in a press conference announcing United Furniture Industries would be expanding in North Carolina by opening a new facility in Davidson County. In addition to jobs, the company plans to invest more than $3.3 million over the next three years in Lexington. “This is the best thing that’s happened in a long time to us,” Walser said. “I’m so happy to be a part of this occasion. ... This is the first and best news that we’ve had in a long time.” United Furniture Industries, headquartered in
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HIGH POINT – Brothers Greg and Jeff Huggins may be running low on sleep and energy by the time the High Point Market officially opens today. Owners of Triad Lighting, their business has been booming since last week – a sure sign that the furniture market is in town, said Greg Huggins. The brothers supply showrooms with “track head” lighting and light bulbs, he said. “I would say we are always about 70 to 80 percent busier this week than usual,” he said. “We probably have slept 16 hours for the last week, but we aren’t complaining one bit.” Traffic moved heavily through the downtown streets Friday along with crowds of marketgoers. The event, which runs through Thursday, has produced some activity at local businesses such as Triad Lighting and left others hoping for a boom as the market gets under way. Alex Hatzudis, owner of Plaza Cafe on S. Main Street, said business from the market had been “fair,” but he hoped for the best in the days to come. “We’ll get more (customers) later,” he said. “You always do better in the beginning (of market).” A rush usually hits the restaurant during breakfast and lunch hours, Hatzudis said. As far as predicting the amount of traffic he might see this spring, he said only time can tell. “I don’t know,” he said. “I just hope it’s going to be busy. The crowds also have already trickled into Sumela Restaurant on N. Main Street, according to owner Mehmet Cakal. “We’ve had good traffic this week,” Cakal said. “Everybody is expecting to see a larger crowd this year, but we haven’t seen any more than the usual crowds so far. It (the market) is important
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Okolona, Miss., produces living room furniture, including sofas, chairs, recliners, sleepers and other items. The company currently has five locations, including three in Mississippi and two in North Carolina. The facilities in Archdale and High Point, together employ about 400 people. According to the Davidson County Economic Development Commission, United Furniture Industries plans to purchase the vacant Stanley Furniture distribution facility on Hackney Street for a new plant in Lexington. The company will assemble frame materials, foam and upholstered material from outside vendors into finished furniture products. Larry George, president of United Furniture Industries, said his company chose Lexington because of the labor force in the area and the fact that the company’s other facilities would be close. He also said the old Stanley Furniture
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United Furniture President Larry George makes announcement Friday about company opening furniture plant in Lexington. distribution facility would meet the company’s needs. George didn’t give a specific time when the company would begin work at the Lexington plant but said he hoped it would be soon. Local officials said the announcement was made possible in part by a $125,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.
The Davidson County Board of Commissioners and Lexington City Council also approved incentive packages to entice United Furniture Industries, which was previously codenamed Project Combined. The new positions will pay an average annual wage of $29,032, not including benefits, which is comparable to the Davidson County average annual wage of $29,640, according to the Davidson County EDC. For more information on job opportunities, contact Cindy Livengood, DavidsonWorks executive director, at 242-2065. email@example.com | 888-3657
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GUILFORD COUNTY – School district leaders started poring over Superintendent Mo Green’s 2011 proposed budget Friday after hearing Thursday that county commissioners probably will not increase the county’s $175 million contribution. Green wants an additional $6.4 million for his proposed 2011 school district budget of $651.5 million. But County Manager Brenda Jones-Fox did not recommend an increase Thursday in her proposed 2011 county budget of $568.9 million. Green’s budget includes an additional $3.4 million to cover increased expenses and $7 million for repairs and maintenance, up $3 million. The two boards have battled over the maintenance money for years. The budget also deals with $29 million in anticipated state cuts, and possible furloughs for some employees. “Commissioners will not give us the $6.4 million,” school board member Darlene Garrett said Friday during the budget review session. “We will have to eliminate positions that do not impact the schools.” The district will cut administrative expenses by an additional $6 million. Several department directors detailed their proposed cuts Friday in utilities, contracted services, staff development, travel and supplies. About 26 full-time positions would be eliminated, but most employees would be transferred to vacant jobs. Cuts include the director of employment in the human resources department and two positions in the accountability department, said Gongshu Zhang, chief accountability and research officer. “That makes me nervous,” said school board member Nancy Routh. “We do not know what the state wants us to do in accountability. If you want to measure growth (in academic performance) two times a year, this budget may not cover us.” Green also wants to withhold the remaining 50 percent of funds that go to schools for supplies and professional development. Last year, Green withheld $6 million until the state approved allotments. “We are holding this back,” Green said. “If we can provide it, we will.” By law, the school board must file a district budget with commissioners by May 15. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3626
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State: An additional $29 million cut. District Administrative Expenses: Cut $6 million Jobs: 26 full-time positions cut with many of those going to vacant positions. Teachers: No cuts proposed Furloughs: A possible salary reduction of up to two days for all district employees who make more than $25,000 per year. Stimulus: GCS has used more than $68 million in federal stimulus funds to keep about 750 employees working over the last two years.
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Gary Eastburn (left) is comforted by his daughter Jana Eastburn as they leave the Fort Bragg courthouse Thursday after a military jury sentenced Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis to die for the murders of a North Carolina mother and her two children in 1985.
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SPRING LAKE – Gary Eastburn has questions for Timothy Hennis, the man sentenced to death Thursday at a court-martial for murdering Eastburn’s wife and two of his daughters 25 years ago. “I always wondered: ‘What the hell were you thinking when you did that? What could any of them done to cause that?’ ” Eastburn said. Kathryn Eastburn and children Kara, 5, and Erin, 3, were stabbed to death in their home in the Summerhill neighborhood in Fayetteville in May 1985. A third child, 22-month-old Jana Eastburn, was left alive. Hennis, then a sergeant stationed at Fort Bragg, was convicted in a civilian trial on rape and murder charges in summer 1986. He won a new trial on appeal and was acquitted in April 1989. The Army this year court-martialed him at Fort Bragg for the murders after DNA evidence, previously untested, in 2006 connected him to the killings.
Hennis continues to maintain his innocence. Eastburn, now 61, still has mementos of his lost family – pictures, one of Kathryn’s nightgowns – but he thought he had buried the pain of his wife and daughters’ murders 21 years ago after Hennis was acquitted. It all came back in spring 2006 when Eastburn received a call from investigator Robert Bittle of the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office with the news of the DNA evidence. “When they called me, it almost knocked the air out of me. It was amazing,” Eastburn said Friday morning in an interview in the lobby of a hotel in Spring Lake. He said he was stunned at the sadness and other emotions that welled up. Eastburn’s eyes shone with tears at the memory. “I thought I had pretty much, kind of put that away and was dealing with everything OK, and it just, like out of nowhere, hit me like a ton of bricks,” he said. Eastburn was glad, too, he said, because there was a third chance
Feds indict former Blackwater president RALEIGH (AP) – The former president of Blackwater Worldwide was charged Friday with using straw purchases to stockpile automatic weapons at the security firm and filing false documents to cover up gifts given to the king of Jordan.
Gary Jackson, 52, who left the company last year in a management shakeup, was charged along with four of his former colleagues, according to the federal indictment. The prosecution opens a new front of the government’s oversight of the sullied security company.
Obamas plan NC visit for weekend getaway WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama plans to spend next weekend in Asheville, N.C. The White House announced Friday that the president and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to the western North Carolina city on Friday, April 23.
to take Hennis to trial. “It was a glimmer of hope that we could right the wrong,” he said. Hennis was a retired Army master sergeant living in Lakewood, Wash., when the military in September 2006 told him to return to duty at Fort Bragg. The civilian prosecutors were barred by the U.S. Constitution from trying Hennis again for the crimes, so the Army pulled him back into the service to be court-martialed. Eastburn, now a resident of Puyallup, Wash. – about 10 miles from Hennis’ home – has stayed in hotels since the beginning of March to attend the court-martial. The third trial was the most difficult of the three, Eastburn said. His testimony on April 9 about the loss of Kathryn, Kara and Erin left him exhausted for two days. He wept on the stand, and many spectators cried in sympathy. Hennis is appealing the conviction. If the appeal results in a new trial, Eastburn doesn’t think he could go through the ordeal again. “No. Don’t want to,” he said. “It would have to be very compelling. I’m kind of just beat up. “
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HIGH POINT – High Point University will feature local author J. Phillips L. Johnston, who will speak to students at 7 p.m. on April 20 in Phillips Hall, room 218. The event is open to the public. Johnston, chairman and chief executive of The Center for Board Evaluations Inc. in
High Point, will speak about his newly released book, “Biscuitville: The Secret Recipe for Building a Sustainable Competitive Advantage.” Johnston has founded 10 successful venturebacked companies and is the author of “Success in Small Business is a Laughing Matter,” now in its fourth printing.
Unmanned excavator crashes into home NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) – Police in Connecticut say an unmanned, runaway excavator demolished a shed, knocked over trees, flattened a pop-up camper and smashed into a house. Charles Bystrack says he was drinking a cup of coffee Thursday morning
when his house in North Branford began to shake. When he looked out his window, he says he saw the construction vehicle sticking out of his garage. Police say it appears a crew working in a neighboring field turned on the excavator to warm it up, but its movable wind-
HIGH POINT – Patrice Faison will become principal at Oak Hill Elementary on June 1 as part of a leadership change to improve student performance. Faison, currently principal of The Academy at Smith, has worked in the district schools since 1995 and has been academy principal since 2007. While she has been principal, the school’s end-of-course composite score increased from 35.2 percent in 2006-07 to 77.9 percent in 2008-09. Faison also served as assistant principal at Ragsdale High and as the
Patrice Faison succeeds Principal Sara Roberts. middle college liaison at North Carolina A&T State University. She started her career as a teacher at Stokesdale Elementary. Faison succeeds principal Sara Roberts. “Ms. Faison is an effective leader with a proven track record,” Angelo Kidd, Western Region superintendent, said Friday. “We are fortunate to have such an accomplished and passionate principal to lead Oak Hill.” Last month, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction identified Oak Hill as a Tier I persistently low-achieving school and district officials decided to make changes to improve school performance. The Board of Education chose the transformation intervention model, which requires the leadership
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Tests: On end-of-grade testing, only 24.9 percent of students were proficient in 2008, and only 29.7 percent were proficient in 2009. Oak Hill made expected growth and Adequate Yearly Progress once in a five-year period.
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Flight disruptions in Europe get even worse LONDON â€“ Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars. Polish officials worried that the ash cloud could threaten the arrival of world leaders for Sundayâ€™s state funeral for President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in the southern city of Krakow. So far, President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among those coming and no one has canceled.
Chileâ€™s Pinera announces $8.43B plan to rebuild SANTIAGO, Chile â€“ President Sebastian Pinera announced his $8.43 billion plan Friday to finance Chileâ€™s reconstruction with tax increases, new government debt and withdrawals from the countryâ€™s copper savings. Pinera announced the four-year plan from the docks of the ravaged port of Coronel, which was hit by a tsunami after the Feb. 27 earthquake. The president said one phase of his governmentâ€™s response was ending, as basic services returned to the affected southern regions and families recovered the remains of the nearly 500 dead.
The volcano in southern Icelandâ€™s Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air just prior to sunset Friday. Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday.
Volcanic cloud casts pall over world spreads depends entirely on two unpredictable events: Whether the volcano beneath Icelandâ€™s Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAHâ€™-plah-yerkuh-duhl) glacier keeps pumping tons of dust into the air and what wind patterns do. The invisible cloud could split, reaching down into northern Italy, and perhaps break apart over the Alps. Scientists say the volcano could continue erupting for months, with more chaos ensuing with each big belch of basalt powder and gas. â€œItâ€™s going to be a mess,â€? said volcanologist Michael Rampino of New York University. â€œItâ€™s a men-
PARIS (AP) â€“ A cloud of ash hovered over Europe on Friday, casting a pall over an interwoven world. Made up of microscopic particles as hard as a knifeâ€™s blade, the dust cloud coughed up by an Icelandic volcano crept across the industrial powerhouses of Europe, into the steppes of Russia and as far south as Hungary. It left behind stranded travelers, grounded cargo flights, political confusion and even fears the cloud of grit settling on Earth will endanger the lungs of children, asthmatics and others with respiratory ailments. How long it lasts and how far it
Afghan â€˜friendly fireâ€™ may have killed UN employee UNITED NATIONS â€“ The United Nations says â€œfriendly fireâ€? from Afghan security forces may have killed a U.N. employee during a Taliban attack in October on a guest house filled with U.N. staff. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the preliminary conclusions of the U.N. mission in Afghanistanâ€™s investigation raised â€œthe disturbing possibilityâ€? that an American U.N. staff member died from â€œfriendly fire.â€? A high-level board of inquiry established in January is expected to submit a final report on the attack soon, he said.
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China earthquake toll rises to 1,144 JIEGU, China (AP) â€“ Tibetan monks prayed Friday over hundreds of bodies at a makeshift morgue next to their monastery after powerful earthquakes destroyed the remote mountain town of Jiegu in western China and left at least 1,144 people dead. State media on Friday reported that another 417 people remain missing â€“ as rescuers neared the end of the 72-hour period viewed as best for finding people alive.
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Kyrgyz leaders vow to prosecute ex-president JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan â€“ With the tremors of Kyrgyzstanâ€™s violent revolution subsiding, the countryâ€™s provisional leader said Friday that her government will push for an international probe of the former president, who has fled the country. Ousted leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev left Thursday for neighboring Kazakhstan on a flight arranged by the U.S., Russian and Kazakh leaders in an unusual joint mediation effort. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
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They continued to dig for survivors in the rubble, often by hand. The official toll was likely to climb further. Gerlai Tenzing, a redrobed monk from the Jiegu Monastery, estimated that about 1,000 bodies had been brought to a hillside clearing in the shadow of the monastery. He said a precise count was difficult because bodies continued to trickle in and some had already been taken away by family members.
UN: Spanish military chopper crashes in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) â€“ A Spanish military helicopter crashed in rugged terrain in Haiti on Friday and the fate of the four aboard was not yet known, the United Nations said.
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Thomasville officials paint poor picture of city Regarding the Thomasville controversy over where city employees should live, I believe these two members of City Council have made profound statements: Neal Grimes said, “The main thing we’ve got to do is ensure that we get the best people qualified to do the jobs for our department heads.” David Yemm said, “The type of home that they are going to want to live in, there are not many places in Thomasville that somebody who is making that kind of money is going to look to purchase a home.” I personally would like to have the most qualified people we can get serving on City Council. Unfortunately, the state constitution says a person is disqualified for office if not qualified to vote in an election for that office. Thus, we, the citizens of Thomasville, are stuck with voting for less qualified people because they must live in the city limits to run for City Council. I am sorry we have City Council members who do not think we have people living in Thomasville who are qualified to run the town, and I am sorry Yemm thinks we don’t have housing that would suit the needs of department heads. I have seen quite a few houses in this area that I think would be quite suitable. We have roughly 20 people who are department heads and most have worked for the city more than 10 years with several around
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20 years. We have very little turnover, so it should not be a problem. Certainly a requirement could be made to move in after the probationary period. Obviously, the town is close to death, and with the thinking of our current City Council, it should not be long before it will be totally dead. Maybe we should just unincorporate and be part of the county. MARY ELLIOTT Thomasville
World War II vets are getting to see memorial I would like to commend Jeff Sims for his outstanding leadership as flight director of the Triad
Flight of Honor Program. In 2009, this Rotary district service project flew 200 World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial was opened in 2004, and the veterans who are taking the flights have never had the opportunity to visit it. In 2010, an additional 600 Triad WWII veterans will take the flight to visit the memorial. This program is a major positive for our community, and it unites community organizations and businesses to honor our veterans for their courage, valor and sacrifice to our country. Sims also recently received the West Point Society of the Piedmont’s Leadership Award. GENE PARKER Greensboro
The Gaston Gazette, April 12 As the months clip along, North Carolina moves closer to having a toll road. It’s a development that decades ago many thought we’d never see in the Tarheel State. Economics, rapid population growth and the cost of environmental regulations forced state lawmakers and transportation officials to take a hard look at new ways to come up with the money to build roads. The solution they came up with involves toll roads and bridges. Toll roads have some advantages over other methods of paying for such roads. The major one is that it’s a direct user fee. People using those roads will be footing the bill for grading and asphalt. Another advantage is that most other solutions generally involve increasing old taxes or establishing new ones. That doesn’t mean that our lawmakers in Raleigh won’t find a way to increase those taxes. But they’ll have to come up with a better excuse. Having toll projects also means that the selected highways and bridges will be built a lot sooner than they would have using traditional revenues – up to two to three decades sooner. Most of the projects are quite expensive, some totaling several hundreds of millions of dollars. Building those roads with traditional revenues would have siphoned off funds for other roads also. One more good thing about toll roads: Once the bonds that were used to finance the toll road or bridge are paid off, the tolls will come off. We’re sure that some folks see images of long lines. North Carolina’s toll roads aren’t being designed that way. Modern technology will allow motorists to pay their tolls without having to slow down. The N.C. Turnpike Authority will pay for high-speed cameras to photograph license plates as cars enter a toll road. Owners of the cars will then be sent monthly bills. Motorists who travel toll roads and bridges frequently might decide to purchase a transponder (costing from $9 to $20) to place in their vehicle’s windshield. That will send out a radio signal telling turnpike computers that you’re on a toll road and to charge your account accordingly. By using transponders, motorists will be able to avoid the administrative costs associated with looking up license plate numbers and mailing out bills. ... Toll roads will bring a reality into focus in North Carolina. Major highway projects, like all big government projects, cost a lot of money. With toll roads and bridges, unlike many other government programs, those who use the roads will be paying for them.
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The word Easter is in the King James Bible one time, Acts 12: 4. This is what the earlier manuscripts say: “... whom also capturing he put (him) to four sets of four soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him up to the people after the Passover.” The scribe who copied this verse for the King James was wrong when he wrote Easter or did this to bring into the church pagan things. Christ became our Passover. Wake up! Just check out the words like the writers of the King James told you to do in the letters in the Old King James. Get a Strongs Concordance. The KJV is best thing the English reader has, but break it back to the old language. TERRY DYER Archdale
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ecently, two stories were revealed to the American public. They were mentioned only briefly in the mainstream corporate news. I’m not sure which is the more shocking, the stories themselves or the fact that so few people seem to care about their significance. The first story concerns an official report by NATO that stated a joint US-Afghan unit had been engaged by Taliban insurgents near Gardez, Afghanistan, and that following the attack, the bodies of three women were discovered who had been “tied up, gagged and killed.” NATO reported to the news media that the women were probably victims of an honor killing. NATO lied. On the night of Feb. 12, Special Forces soldiers, working on a tip, surrounded a home near Gardz, and murdered two men, a teenage girl, and two women (one four months, the other five months pregnant), all part of the same family. The official story of insurgents and honor killings concocted by NATO was proven to be a lie by Jerome Starkey, a reporter for The Times of London. Starkey’s reporting forced the military to acknowledge that the nighttime raid was botched. They took responsibility for it. It was also alleged that the soldiers covered up their own actions by using knives to cut the bullets out of the dead immediately after the incident. NATO denies this. According to Starkey, Afghan investigators said, “U.S. special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of [the] botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened.” The Times reported that Special Forces officer, Vice Admiral William McRaven, delivered an apology to Haji Sharabuddin, who suffered the loss of the five members of his family, saying, “I am the commander of the men who accidentally killed your loved ones. I came here today to send my condolences to you and to your family and to your friends. I also came today to ask your forgiveness for these terrible tragedies.” Accidentally killed? Then “acciden-
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tally” covered up? No. It wasn’t an accident. It was murder. That’s why the soldiers, NATO and the U.S. military covered it up – because killing those people, all of whom OPINION were innocent, was a crime. The damage Robert done to America in Healy Afghani eyes is almost ■■■ insurmountable now. NATO gave Mr. Sharabuddin some money as compensation. Starkey later quotes Sharabuddin: “I don’t want money. I want justice,” he said. “All our family, we now don’t care about our lives. We will all do suicide attacks and [the whole province] will support us.” The other story is the video released by Wiki Leaks (www.collateralmurder.com). The video depicts an attack from an American helicopter against suspected insurgents on the ground in Iraq on July 12, 2007. There’s some controversy about the edited version of the video being misleading, so watch the longer, unedited version. The appalling discussion between the soldiers demonstrates how desensitized they are and how anxious they are to kill. Though some of the men who were killed were armed, the video shows no aggressive actions were taken against the helicopter crew. There’s nothing misleading about American soldiers killing wounded people and unarmed people who clearly posed no threat. The military issued a press release saying American and Iraqi forces “were conducting a coordinated raid as part of a planned operation when they were attacked by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Coalition Forces returned fire and called in attack aviation reinforcement. Nine insurgents were killed in the ensuing firefight.” When you watch the video, keep that “ensuing firefight” in mind. The military lied. ROBERT HEALY is a veteran of the U.S. Army and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He lives in High Point. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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JESUS WAY HOUSE OF PRAYER A gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. today at Jesus Way House of Prayer, 5020 Meadowbrook Road, Trinity. Featured will be Heirs of Salvation and Wade Weaver, formerly with Heaven Bound.
LIVING WATER BAPTIST The Evangelists will have a “hat program” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Living Water Baptist Church, 1300 Brentwood St.
NEW DIMENSION COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CENTER The Male Chorus will celebrate its 4th anniver-
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The Missionary Department will present the Rev. Corey D. Moses, pastor of New Mt. Zion F.B.H. Church of God of the Americas, York, SC, as guest speaker at 4 p.m. Sunday at Zion Tabernacle F.B.H. Church, 710 FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY Douglas Drive, ThomasBAPTIST The Deaconess Ministry ville. will sponsor “Gospel Extravaganza” featuring “100 UNION BAPTIST Women in Hats” at 3 p.m. The Nurses’ Board will Sunday at Friendship Mis- celebrate its anniversary sionary Baptist Church, at 4 p.m. Sunday at Union 715 W. Willis Ave. Guest Baptist Church, 828 Mary speaker will be Joyce Mc- James Ave., Thomasville. Carter, co-pastor of Greater Guest speaker will be PasCleveland Avenue Chris- tor Van R. Johnson. tian Church, Winston-Salem. Men are also welcome SOUTHSIDE BAPTIST to attend. The singing group, Rejoice, will be in concert at 11 a.m. Sunday at SouthBROWN’S CHAPEL side Baptist Church, 712 HOLINESS Bishop Jessie O’banner Fisher Ferry St., Thomasof Temple of Destiny Free- ville. dom Center will be guest speaker at 11 a.m. Sunday BETHANY BAPTIST at Brown’s Chapel HoliThe 9th anniversary ness Church, 2210 Cham- commemoration will be bers St. Minister James held beginning at 7:15
p.m. Wednesday at Bethany Baptist Church, 707-D W. Main St., Jamestown. Guest speaker will be Pastor Ellis McClendon of Brookhaven Baptist Church. Continuing at 7:15 p.m., Thursday with Pastor Frank Thomas of Mt. Zion Baptist Church; and Friday with Pastor William Alston Sr. of Bethel AME Church, Greensboro. The celebration continues at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and with guest speaker Pastor Alfonzo Martin of Solid Rock Baptist Church at 4 p.m. April 25.
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TRINDALE BAPTIST The 50th anniversary will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sunday at Trindale Baptist Church, 10407 Archdale Road, Trinity. Pastor Dave Williams will be guest speaker. Covered-dish luncheon will follow the service.
Bishop James C. Hash Sr. of St. Peter’s World Outreach Center, Winston-Salem, will be guest speaker at 5 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Tuesday at High Point Christian Center, 234 Dorothy St.
Yesterday’s Bible question: After the resurrection in Luke 24, what did Jesus say the prophets had said concerning Him? Answer to yesterday’s question: “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, that all things must be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” (Luke 24:44) Today’s Bible question: How does Luke 24 describe Christ’s ascension? BIBLE QUIZ is provided by Hugh B. Brittain of Shelby.
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In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Psalms 71:1 (KJV)
To every thing there is a season, and The God of my rock; in him will I trust: a time to every purpose under the he is my shield, and the horn of my salvaheaven: A time to be born, and a time tion, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. 2 Samuel 22:3 KJV
he tenth work of the flesh mentioned by Paul in his epistle to the Galatians is selfishness, a translation of the Greek word “eritheia.” The word “eritheia” refers to a selfcentered attitude, exemplified by someone who seeks political office for personal gain, or who does good works for the purpose of recognition or ambition. This particular vice is contrary to a central theme in the Gospels, namely, Jesus’ warning that “If any man These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow peace. In the world ye shall have me. For whoever would save his life will tribulation: but be of good cheer; lose it, and whoever loses his life for my I have overcome the world. sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) John 16:33 Who of us can honestly say that we have denied ourselves and are truly willing to lose our lives for someone else? True selflessness is so rare that when we see a genuine case of someone putting other people’s interests ahead of their own, especially when it has significant costs to that individual, we consider it heroic. The question, however, is whether we can truly make these heroic sacrifices in a selfless way, or whether we are doing it with the aim of some otherworldly reward. Many of us make these sacrifices with the secret hope that we will be rewarded in heaven, and this is simply another version of selfishness. Indeed, an emphasis on one’s “personal salvation” is a form of eritheia. We should always consider whether our acts of goodness are done for selfishness or from a more pure motive.
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The Rev. John Mason and congregation of New Bethel Baptist Church will be guests at 3 p.m. Sunday at Assemblies of Christ Church Ministries, 301 E. Lexington Ave. FIRST EMMANUEL BAPTIST The Senior Usher Board #2 will celebrate WORD OF LIFE its 48th anniversary at 4 TABERNACLE Dr. Nasir Siddiki will p.m. Sunday at First Embe guest speaker at 10:30 manuel Baptist Church, a.m., 6:30 p.m. Sunday 833 Leonard St. Pastor and 7:30 p.m. Monday and Roy Fitzgerald of GethTuesday at Word of Life semane Baptist Church Tabernacle, 1801 Deep will be guest speaker.
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t approximately 3:30 Monday afternoon, April 5, 2010, my cousin, Alex Perry, Larry McKinney and I were engaged in common backyard conversation. We had talked about the crowd of people who came to church on Easter Sunday, the tremendous choir directed by Mandy Bohm and the first-class sermon by Dr. Melissa Pratt on â€œThe Ins and Outs of the Resurrection.â€? We heard about a small-scale earthquake that shook things around Sutton, West Virginia, a beautiful area 90 miles north and 40 miles south of Jacksonâ€™s Mill, the boyhood home of Civil War General, Thomas â€œStonewallâ€? Jackson. I have been a guest speaker at this world famous 4-H Camp and convention center numerous times. Little did we know that on this beautiful day in Raleigh County, 60 miles from where we live, tragedy was taking place with all the force and fury of a
devastating explosion. Gov. Joe Manchin told us in one of his many television SHARING appearances that THE SPIRIT the large steel rails Bill had been Ellis twisted by this gigantic power to resemble â€œtwisted pretzels.â€? Manchin and Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Coal Co., impressed me with their concern for the bereaved families of the 29 coal miners who were killed, apparently instantly. Rescue and recovery attempts were delayed by poisonous gases. Perry told me that his wife, Montena, had five cousins involved with the Montcoal mine. Three were killed and two survived without injury. Network news departments were on hand with their top crews. Diane
Pope Benedict XVI turns 83, gets a cake VATICAN CITY (AP) â€“ Pope Benedict XVI asked for prayers for the church Friday as he spent his 83rd birthday quietly working, treated to a cake but otherwise keeping to his schedule ahead of a weekend pilgrimage to Malta. The Papal Foundation, an American Catholic fundraising organization for papal charities, presented the pontiff with a large cake during its annual visit to Rome and sang â€œHappy Birthdayâ€? to him in English. In brief remarks thanking the group for its support for missionaries and other charitable works around the world, the pontiff made an indirect reference to the clerical sex abuse crisis buffeting the Catholic church. â€œIn these days, I ask you to pray for the needs of the universal churchâ€? so it might receive renewed â€œholiness, unity and missionary zeal,â€?
Benedict said. The Vatican doesnâ€™t officially celebrate popesâ€™ birthBenedict days. But on Monday â€“ the fifth anniversary of Benedictâ€™s election as pope â€“ cardinals who live in Rome will offer him a luncheon in an ornate hall of the papal palace. His doctors say the pontiff is in generally good health for his age. But as the clerical sex abuse crisis batters the church, Benedict has been looking pale and gaunt.
Sawyer, ABC-TV evening news anchor, who grew up in another coal-producing state, Kentucky, spoke with knowledge of what it was all about. Both my parentâ€™s families were coal miners. I remember the fear that gripped little boys and girls and other family members when news began to spread through our small community that there had been a mining accident. Fear and anxiety would tear at the heart and mind of all of us. You may recall the terrifying mining accident of Jan. 2, 2006, at the Sago Mine in our state. Hundreds of men and women have been involved in hands-on rescue work and support. Money has been freely given to assist mining families in their recovery and with immediate and long-range expenses.
Communities are pulling together. Part of the coal mining culture has everybody joining in when anything goes wrong. Coal mining is hard, dangerous and always life-threatening. In some mountain areas, that may be the only work available. It pays well and provides a living for the miners and their families. A network news host asked one miner, â€œWhy do you work in the mines?â€? His answer shocked me wide awake. It echoed the words of my coal-mining Dad, who died at the young age of 58. â€œI work in the mines so my son will not have to.â€? I vividly recall hearing my dad say when I was in the fourth grade, â€œYou are not working in the mines. You are going to college. That is the only way you can stay out of the mines.â€?
All my family were coal miners. One cousin, Oliver â€œTodyâ€? Hodge, after coming home from military service with the Air Force in France, was killed in a mine accident early one Monday morning. Mining families survive on the faith they have in family, friends and the God whom they love and trust. The words of Psalm 23 and 121, daily offer hope to coal miners and their families. A favor-
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