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CEO since January 2003, tendered his resignation to the authority’s Board of CommisBY PAT KIMBROUGH sioners on TuesENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER day. His departure takes effect Kenner HIGH POINT – The leader of the May 31. High Point Housing Authority “As far as he could tell me, he has announced plans to leave the doesn’t have any plans. He said agency. he just felt like he had taken the Robert L. Kenner, authority housing authority about as far as
“I think if he’d wanted to stay, we probably would have renewed it,” he said. Kenner could not be reached for Tenure marked by numerous accomment Thursday. Davis said he complishments, challenges. 1B expected the process of naming an interim replacement and starting he could,” said board Chairman a search for a permanent replaceBob Davis. “Everything seemed ment to start soon. to be running real well.” “I was a little surprised,” said Davis said Kenner’s three-year authority Commissioner Matt contract, which paid him $117,000 per year, expires June 1. KENNER, 2A
Brandon pulls big surprise in primaries
Make it two in the House for High Point. 4A BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Marcus Brandon has one race to go to win his first general election campaign, but the 35-year-old Democrat realizes he’s already accomplished an amazing political feat. On Tuesday, Brandon defeated four-term Rep. Earl Jones, D-Guilford, in the 60th State House District Democratic primary. He won by a margin of 20 percentage points in the district that covers parts of High Point, Greensboro and southern Guilford County. Defeating an incumbent in any party primary is one of the rarest victories for a challenger. Brandon, a Guilford County native who moved to High Point a year ago, said he was able to advance to the general election through on-theground organizing, door-to-door campaigning and enough fundraising to allow his message of change to reach voters. “Jobs is the biggest issue right now. People are not working. They are tired of their representatives sitting around a table deciding what’s best for them,” Brandon said during an interview Thursday at his Thissell Street home and campaign office east of downtown High Point. The longtime Democratic Party organizer will face Republican Lonnie Wilson of High Point in the Nov. 2 general election in the Democratic-leaning district. The winner will take the oath of office when the N.C. General Assembly convenes for the 2011 session in late January. Jones will serve until the start of next year’s session. Brandon launched his campaign in April 2009 and spoke with thousands of voters. He’s enjoyed a core
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Education: Attended Southern Guilford High School and North Carolina A&T State University, serving as a leader in various organizations Professional/political: Served as a national account executive at NGP Software, a Democratic campaign software firm; involved in fundraising events with former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; served as national finance director for presidential campaign of Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary of 25 to 30 campaign volunteers to spread his message. Brandon campaigned on the need for job opportunities for people in the district and the lack of effective representation by Jones, a former Greensboro councilman. While respectful of the legacy of the civil rights movement, Brandon said politics can’t remain stagnant. “We’ve got to move beyond the politics of the sit-in movement. The conversation has changed from who can eat at the restaurant to who can afford to eat at the restaurant,” he said. Brandon, who got started in politics as a teenager in southern Guilford County, said he’s promoting ideas to create good-paying, sustainable jobs within communities. He also picked up on the energy
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HIGH POINT – Mother’s Day is a day for children to show appreciation to the woman they call “mom.” But for a restaurateur, it’s a day for big business. “Everybody wants to treat their mother right,” said Sammy Gianopoulos, owner of Gianno’s Stone Oven Pizzeria and part owner of o’So Tavern in High Point. “Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for us, over Valentine’s Day and any other day.” He says both restaurants will be open Sunday. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend an average of $126.90 on their mothers this year, up from $123.89
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last year. Total spending on the holiday is expected to reach $14.6 billion, with $1.9 billion spent on flowers and $2.9 billion spent on food. “It’s even busier than Father’s Day, Gianopoulos said. “Mothers are taken out, where as families usually cook out on Father’s Day.” Area florists already have seen the annual rush brought on by Mother’s Day, also one of their busiest times of the year. “Most moms already have everything that they need as far as stuff, so they like to get flowers,” said Tommie Hughes, an owner of Ellington’s Florist and Greenhouse in High Point. Hughes said the shop will sell between 500 and 600 mixed arrangements through Sunday.
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High Point woman charged after vehicle hits store ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
HIGH POINT – A High Point woman has been charged with failing to secure a motor vehicle after a child inside her car caused the vehicle to crash into a business Wednesday night. Lt. Steve Myers said the accident happened at 7:44 p.m. Wednesday at the Green Market at 900 W. Green Drive. Police
said people were in the store, but no one was injured. Shakiema Tiane Donaldson has been charged with failure to secure a motor vehicle. Myers said there was a minor in Donaldson’s car and somehow the child knocked it into gear and it coasted into the business. The damage to the business was estimated at $30,000.
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HPU graduation preparation Workers set up chairs on the lawn at High Point University in advance of Saturday’s graduation ceremonies. This year’s commencement, set for 9 a.m., will feature speaker Muhtar Kent, chairman of the board and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co. The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes will be the featured Baccalaureate speaker. The event is not open to the public.
Several county officials endorse clinic approval BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
had a case go bad,” Green said. PHS has provided jail health services since 1995. Lease: The county will pay $4,500 “PHS has provided good service per month for a 59-month lease for us,” said Sheriff BJ Barnes. for 4,100 square feet of space in The county has donated as Benbow Professional Center in much as $250,000 for the project. the 2000 block of Martin Luther A $150,000 grant will pay for clinic King Jr. Drive in Greensboro. equipment. “We do not cut corners and we Services: The county will pay stand behind our record,” said clinic rent, utilities and mainteRodney Holliman, PHS communance costs. nity corrections president. The clinic would be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. Health officials call the area to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Initial north of Business 40-85 the “27406 plans call for some uninsured Community” based on its postal patients to pay per-visit. The ZIP code. clinic also would accept Medic“We looked at several options aid and Medicare payments, Holand this one was the best one liman said. to operate a real clinic,” Green Commissioners decided to take said. “Other contracts came into another look at library funding play with Cone and we saw that it during budget negotiations this would not work out with Cone. It month and funding for Guilford did work out with PHS.” Adult Health, which faces a cutSeveral commissioners became back in the county’s proposed 2011 concerned about PHS following re- million budget of $568.9 million. ports of service complaints. “There is not a clinic that has not firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3626
GUILFORD COUNTY – Several county officials endorsed a Tennessee company Thursday that will operate a new clinic for a needy southeast Greensboro neighborhood. Prison Health Services Inc., based in Brentwood, Tenn., provides health-care services for the Guilford County jails and the county Juvenile Detention Center. The Guilford County Board of Health contracted with the company after negotiations with Moses Cone Health Care failed, Health Director Merle Green told the Guilford County Board of Commissioners during a work session. PHS physicians and nurses will work in a building the county has leased in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Greensboro. Commissioners approved the lease last year. County officials have worked on the project for several years.
Gibsonville residents eye library funding BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
GUILFORD COUNTY – Gibsonville residents, fearful that a $55,000 county budget cut could close their library, lobbied commissioners Thursday for full funding. The cut is part of a $17.2 million cutback County Manager Brenda JonesFox proposed in her 2011 budget that offers no property tax increase, staff cuts and a reorganization of the public health department. Earlier, commissioners decided in a work session to review library funding before they pass the new budget. The Gibsonville library’s budget is less than $100,000. “We need this library and the people want it,” Gibsonville Mayor Leonard Williams said during a public hearing. Under a contract, the county will maintain funding at $385,000 for the High Point Public Library. The Greensboro library would take
Total: $568.9 million, down $ 17.2 million Tax rate: Unchanged at 73.74 cents per $100 valuation, or $1,475 for the owner of a $200,000 home. School Operations: Remains the same at $175 million for the school district operating budget; $13.2 million for Guilford Technical Community college. Public Safety: $86.6 million, down $1 million, with 10 additional paramedics included. Negotiations: Commissioners will hold another workshop May 18. a $600,000 cut based on a formula of serving 16 percent of the county population. “Our library complements the education system,” said Ben Baxley, Gibsonville town manager. Half of the library’s customers live in Ala-
mance County, where half the town is located. That was offered as one reason to cut support. One speaker offered commissioners a petition with 190 signatures supporting the library donation. The county also contributes to the Jamestown library under a contract, Jones-Fox said. “Why does a contract give the others status for funding?” Democratic Commissioner Paul Gibson asked during the work session. • Arts: The proposed budget includes cuts for arts and community groups to $435,000, or 46.5 percent in line with the county’s policy of a declining donation cycle. The High Point Area Arts Council would get a 66 percent cut to $25,000. Arts are important for communities to help develop creative thinking, said Debbie Lumpkins, arts council executive director. “If we are to remain competitive, we must focus on creativity and imagination,” she said.
“We need to develop a work force that can work creatively.” • Health: As part of cuts in human services, the budget eliminates the annual $1.58 million payment to Guilford Adult Health service for uninsured and needy people. The health department could take over the clinic or seek a contractor. “To balance the budget on the back of these people is morally reprehensible,” said the Rev. Julie Peeples. Commissioners also will review service alternatives in their next work session. Dr. David Talbot of HealthServe Community Clinic said his patients were shocked at the prospect of having to go to a proposed new clinic in southeast Greensboro operated by Prison Health Services Inc., based in Brentwood, Tenn. “They can’t believe that would happen,” he said.
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Witmeyer. “Robert always seemed to be a hard-working guy and I know he had a lot of challenges to deal with there, but I admire the work he did for the authority.” Kenner came to High Point from the housing authority in Columbia, S.C. Prior to that, he spent nearly 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring with the rank of Command Sergeant Major in 1996. When he came to High Point, he took over an agency that now oversees 2,681 public housing units and rental assistance contracts throughout the city. Kenner was credited with guiding the authority through federal budget cuts and increased scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Housing and
Driver earns license on 960th try SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A South Korean woman who earned a driver’s license after 960 tries is ready to buy a car and get behind the wheel. Yonhap news agency reported Thursday that
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LONDON (AP) â€“ In an electrifying race that could change the face of British politics, voters turned out in droves Thursday for an election that could return the party of right-wing icon Margaret Thatcher to power after a long stretch in the political wilderness. Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the Labour Party was trailing in the polls against Conservative David Cameron, with Nick Clegg of the perennially third-placed Liberal Democrats gunning for a historic strong showing that could catapult his party into the ranks of the heavyweights. Polls point to a â€œhung Parliamentâ€? â€“ a rare situation for Britain in which no party wins the absoAP lute majority of seats â€“ 326 David Cameron, leader of the Conservatives, Britainâ€™s opout of 650 â€“ needed to rule position party, leaves with his wife Samantha after voteffectively. ing at a polling station in Witney, England, Thursday.
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Recovery from tornado continues for residents On March 28, the F3 tornado hit our home and property with full force. Damage was major to our home, garage, dog kennels. Two vehicles were totaled. Numerous massive 100-year-old trees were uprooted or split in half. The beautiful woods behind our home were almost completely obliterated. After 12 days, we got power and phone service back. Our rebuilding and recovery are ongoing since the morning after the tornado. As City Manager Strib Boynton stated in an article, the blessing is that lives were spared throughout the county. Words are inadequate to express our heartfelt thanks to friends, neighbors, family, church members and even total strangers who showed us such kindness. Hot cups of coffee and breakfast foods delivered by friends in the mornings helped to start the day. Bottles of ice water on hot cleanup days were so welcome. There were those who prepared food for us; others took us out for meals. Community Bible Church was there for all the tornado victims in so many ways. The policeman who sat night after night guarding our darkened house gave such a sense of security. Other policemen patrolled the neighborhood regularly. Those who volunteered on a hot Saturday included Boy Scouts and leaders from West End and Covenant churches. Students came from High Point Christian Academy. There were members from Green Street Baptist Church. Many individual workers volunteered as well. How we appreciate them! To the Red Cross workers who came by, all city employees who daily removed debris from the streets, the crews who have worked nonstop with rebuilding, the police chaplain who came by, friends who have given support
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Merchants must tell public what they offer You are exactly right ... again! In your “Our View” editorial on Tuesday, April 27, you said the merchants at Oak Hollow Mall couldn’t expect the general public to come there if they failed to advertise. We buyers have no way of knowing what goods and services are offered without advertising. A prime example is the K&W Cafeteria satellite, which was opened in the food court a couple of years ago. I enjoyed it immensely – the food was delicious, well-prepared, and with a variety of reasonably priced choices. But I never saw it advertised and every time I mentioned it to friends, they had no idea the mall had a cafeteria. Results – it wasn’t
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hen the N.C. General Assembly convenes in 2011 after this year’s general elections on Nov. 2, there will be more of a High Point presence in the N.C. House of Representatives. For the first time in just over 10 years, two residents of High Point will hold seats in the House. Barring any political twists between now and then, John Faircloth, who won 43 percent of the vote in his GOP primary to capture a seat Tuesday, will hold down the 61st District seat. He faces no Democratic opposition in November. In the 60th District, both candidates are High Point residents. Marcus Brandon bested incumbent Earl Jones of Greensboro in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Republican Lonnie Wilson faced no opposition then. Next year will mark the first time two High Point residents have held seats in the House chamber simultaneously since 2000, when Mary Jarrell held one of the two old 89th District seats and Steve Wood held the old 27th District seat. After redistricting by the Legislature, the new 61st District seat became basically a High Point/ Jamestown seat, with Wood holding it from 2003 to 2005 and Laura Wiley holding it from 2005 until now. The new 60th District seat, which includes a few precincts in east High Point was designed basically to elect a Democrat from Greensboro. Jones has held that seat since 2003. We’ve been saying for years that High Point needs more voices in the Legislature. It’s about time. Now, if Bruce Davis were to successfully mount an independent campaign in the Senate’s 28th District, wouldn’t that be interesting?
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Triad theatre communities, while showing sincere appreciation for those participating in present productions. Experienced in every aspect of theatre production, Blevins provided expertise in every facet of mounting a production. Blevins’ unwavering expectations of quality motivated all of us to do our very best, frequently resulting in higher quality productions than we expected. Since leaving North Carolina, I have continued as musical director/conductor for numerous community theatres, universities and served as chorus master for Minnesota Opera. A number of years ago, I was hired at Creighton University to implement a bachelor’s long until the K&W closed its degree in musical theatre. I owe a serving line. tremendous portion of my knowlThis is a plea to all merchants edge to Blevins, the former board whether your place of business members and volunteers of previis large or small – please let your potential buyers know of the won- ous productions for those invaluderful things you offer. We would able experiences which so richly love to have our needs met locally. informed my development. Admittedly, I do not know all of Just give us a fair chance. PEGGY A. WILSON the current circumstances under Trinity which the current board members have made this recent decision, but speculate that the recent economy is a huge factor. As a lifetime Blevins departure is bad professional in this field, the expertise of a successful veteran for Community Theatre like Blevins was your best hope toward a successful future. I am I must express my grave disappointment in High Point Commu- saddened by this terrible blow to a respected colleague, and mourn nity Theatre’s recent short-sightfor the theatrical community that ed decision to let go long-time I value so much. Executive Director Jennifer STEPHEN W.R. SHEFTZ Blevins. Having served as musiOmaha, Neb. cal director/conductor for HPCTs musicals from 1985 to 1993, I had the pleasure of working and growing under Blevins’ leadership. She treated those of us on the artistic staff with great respect while Did you take advantage of the guiding us gently, yet firmly, on earlier voting opportunities availfinancial and artistic matters. She excited a huge volunteer base able now? Why or why not? In 30 words or less (no name, address about upcoming shows, nurtured required), e-mail us your thoughts relationships within the High to letterbox@hpe. com. Point business community and
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irst, I have a news note: June 10, 2009, up to 266,000 veterans from Priority 8 (this is the group of veterans with lower to middle income and no service connected medical conditions) became eligible to enroll in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. It is very surprising to me that in early March this year only 31,000 in the Priority 8 group had enrolled. The VA reports that department officials had expected the number to be much greater since notices were sent to approximately 450,000 veterans who had been turned down. The eligibility income level was raised by 10 percent. That increase makes the new national-means threshold became $32,342 for a veteran with no dependents and $38,812 with one dependent. In certain high cost of living areas, the income can go up much higher. If you were classified as Priority 8 before July, 2009, be sure to claim your eligibility for this benefit. Since Memorial Day will soon be here, I wanted to share with readers some information in an article I read written by Max Cleland headlined – “The Whole Earth As Their Tomb: Around the world, fallen heroes are not forgotten this Memorial Day.” The article contained information about memorials and monuments around the world to Americans who have given their lives in defense of freedom. There are 24 overseas U.S. military cemeteries and 25 memorials, monuments and markers. They are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. All of these special places share the same purpose, and that is to honor the fallen by commemorating the service, achievements and sacrifice of our nation’s armed forces – our war dead, missing in action and those who fought at their side. The American Battle Monuments Commission was established in 1923. President Warren G. Harding appointed the first chairman, General of the Armies John “Black Jack” Pershing, who lead the American Expeditionary Forces to victory in
World War I. Pershing made this his life’s work until his death in 1948. He so eloquently defined the commission’s purpose when he promised that the U.S. Government would perpetuate the memory of the bravery and sacriVETERAN’S fice of our men and women in uniform. He said, “Time VIEWS will not dim the glory of their Stan deeds.” Spangle Sr. The overseas cemeteries ■■■ serve as a resting place for 124,917 war dead: from World War I, 30,921; from World War II, 93,246; and from the Mexican American War (18461848), 750. Another 94,135 U.S. servicemen and women are missing in action or were lost or buried at sea during the world wars, Korean and Vietnam wars. Many of the dead are buried in cemeteries located on or near the battled-scarred fields they died liberating. In all cases, the countries where these cemeteries are located provide the land to the U.S. government free of charge or taxation. You may go to the Web site www.abmc. gov. for more information. I don’t recall ever seeing this much information about American Battle Monuments Commission. I hope you find this bit of information interesting. Poet Archibald MacLeish, in his poem written after his younger brother Kenneth died in World War I, “The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak,” calls on all of us to remember those who died in war and gives us these words: “They say, We leave you our deaths; Give them their meaning.” I see a great responsibility placed upon all of us in those words. May God Bless America and all the other nations. ... Semper Fi! 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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WASHINGTON â€“ Lettuce sold to retailers in 23 states, including North Carolina, and the District of Columbia has been recalled because of a possible link to 19 cases of E. coli. Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, announced on Thursday a recall of romaine lettuce after illnesses were reported in Michigan, Ohio and New York. The Food and Drug Administration said the illnesses included 12 people who have been hospitalized and three with potentially life-threatening symptoms. The New York state Public Health Laboratory in Albany discovered the contamination in a bag of Freshway Foods shredded romaine lettuce on Wednesday.
HOUSTON (AP) â€“ Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has ordered a halt to all new offshore drilling permits nationwide until at least the end of the month. Salazar spoke to reporters
Thursday outside BPâ€™s Houston crisis center. He said lifting the moratorium on new permits will depend on the outcome of a federal investigation over the Gulf spill and the recommendations
to be delivered to the president May 28. He said until then, â€œWe are putting things on hold relative to the granting of permits for well construction on the outer
Feds: Times Square probe will take time WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The White House sidestepped questions about whether the attempted Times Square bomber was linked to foreign terror groups Thursday as the FBI sought to tamp down reports that it had either confirmed or disproved such connections. Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-born U.S. citizen accused of carrying out Saturdayâ€™s failed attack, has told authorities
he received training at a terror camp in Pakistan. The FBI is investigating whether that claim is true and is trying to figure out if the bombing was financed or supported by one of several terrorist or militant groups in Pakistanâ€™s lawless tribal region. If the bomb was sponsored by a foreign group, it would be a nearly catastrophic reminder that overseas terror organizations can still reach into
the United States nearly a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. The 30-year-old former budget analyst was arrested Monday night on board a plane bound for the United Arab Emirates.
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