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ARCHDALE – Carl and Linda Grubb were all smiles as they walked into the new YMCA in Archdale that’s named after them and scheduled to be open later this month. “This is unreal,” Linda Grubb said. “I think it’s simply magnificent,” her husband added. “This is something for Archdale.” The Grubbs, longtime Archdale-Trinity residents, made a significant contribution about two years ago to make a YMCA for the Archdale-Trinity area a reality. The Carl and Linda Grubb Family YMCA, located on N.C. 62 near the ArchdaleTrinity border, is scheduled to open at 9 a.m. May 28.
“I think it’s going to be something that’s just wonderful for the community,” Carl Pollock Grubb said. “I think they will be in awe. It’s really unbelievable. This little Archdale-Trinity, we didn’t have anything like this.” David Pollock, branch director of the Carl and Linda Grubb Family YMCA, said staff members are working this week to get equipment and office furniture into the 32,000-square-foot facility. Without having a facility to operate the YMCA’s programs for the last six years, Pollock described moving into the location as a “long time coming.”
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Carl and Linda Grubb in the weight room of new YMCA. “I’m very excited,” he said. “We have been doing programs here in the area. We still don’t have that identity in the community of just a focal point where the Y is at. We’ve got 1,200 kids in our programs ranging from youth soccer, girls softball, summer camp to swim les-
sons and baseball. We are spread out to our baseball fields in Archdale to our soccer fields in Trinity. It’s really big because our dynamics are really going to change. We are going to focus on wellness, membership and family programs right now.” The Carl and Linda Grubb
Family YMCA features a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-size basketball court, cardio machines and a cardio theater and a full range of weights, Pollock said. The YMCA still is raising funds to meet its campaign goal, and Pollack said a swimming pool will be built when the YMCA has enough funds.
Dr. Edward N. Robinson Jr. completed a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Robinson is medical director for Guilford County Department of Public Health.
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THOMASVILLE – Thomasville High School seniors BEATING Yanepsi AlTHE ODDS varado and Kimberly Graduates Hunter overcoming have differadversity ent stories ■■■ to tell, but they’ve had one common goal – graduating from high school next month. Alvarado, who immigrated to Thomasville from El Salvador her freshman year, has gotten past the language bar-
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High Point and Archdale are the only cities among more than 500 municipalities in North Carolina that hold local elections in even-numbered years instead of odd-numbered years. The two cities shifted their nonpartisan municipal elections last decade. The candidate filing period for the High Point and Archdale elections is July 2-16.
Kimberly Hunter (left) and Yanepsi Alvarado are set to graduate from Thomasville High School in June.
Council assured of 2 new members BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Voters won’t go to the polls for six months to pick members of the High Point City Council, but they already are assured of two new members representing High Point after the fall general election. Councilmen Bill Bencini and John Faircloth will depart the city’s governing body for new political roles. Bencini won the Republican District 2 Guilford County Board of Commissioners
primary earlier this month, while Faircloth triumphed in the Republican 61st State House District primary. Both men face no opponent in the Nov. 2 general election, virtually assuring their assumption to their new posts. That means the ninemember council, which includes the mayor, will have at least two freshman members when the new council takes the oath of office Dec. 6. Bencini represents Ward 4, while Faircloth serves in Ward 6. Each can continue
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Clinic deal with hospital groups gets tentative approval BY DAVID NIVENS ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
GUILFORD COUNTY – County officials gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a $2 million clinic deal with two hospital groups. Commissioner Skip Alston told the Guilford County Board of Commissioners that the Moses Cone and High Point Regional health systems agreed during contract negotiations to continue operating Guilford Adult Health and Guilford Child Health for $2 million over the next nine months with an additional $300,000 for social workers. Meanwhile, the partners will seek federally qualified health center status in hopes of qualifying for clinic grants. The county contributes about $1.6 million for Adult Health each year and about $1.8 million for Child Health. The two programs treat nearly 52,000 residents. The qualified health centers nationwide specialize in treating low-income residents and cannot turn away patients for any reason. Recently passed legislation is expected to pump as
Nationwide: The Federally Qualified Health Center program is a national network of more than 1,100 community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers. The organizations provide health care at more than 7,500 clinic sites across the country, ranging from large medical facilities to mobile vans. Patients: In 2008, the centers served more than 17 million people. Fees are based on income, allowing those with high-premium health insurance to seek primary and preventive care.
much as $11 billion into community health centers during the next five years. “In six months, we’ll talk about where we are and we’ll make sure we do what we have to do,” Alston said during a budget workshop. “We want to take care of the citizens of the county.”
While attending a Guilford County Board of Health meeting on Monday, Alston, chairman of the Board of Commissioners and a health board member, said the partners had reached a compromise after months of negotiations to operate clinics in Greensboro and High Point. Intense negotiations began after County Manager Brenda Jones-Fox proposed eliminating $1.6 million for Guilford Adult Health in her $568.9 million 2011 budget plan. During negotiations, county officials considered hiring another provider or replacing some services, if no contract was approved, according to Health Director Merle Green. The proposed contract change for Guilford Adult Health is part of a proposed reorganization of the health department. The 2011 budget proposal also cuts $2.1 million from the clinical health section that serves the needy and $1.4 million from health preparedness, the section that deals with public health emergencies, such as influenza outbreaks, and disasters. The agency will rely instead on federal grants.
High Point Police are seeking the following wanted persons: • Frank Arthur Gladney III, 24, 6 feet 2 inches, 145 pounds, Wanted for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and First Degree Kidnapping. *May Be Armed* • Cory Delvon Williams, 29, 5 feet 1 inch, 125 pounds, Wanted for Felony Conspiracy Sell/Deliver Cocaine and Felony Possession with Intent to Sell/ Deliver Cocaine. *May Be Armed* • Tyre Donta Payne, 18, 5 feet 7 inches, 140 pounds, Wanted for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and First Degree Kidnapping. *May Be Armed* • Robert Lee Worcester, 45, 5 feet 9 inches, 165 pounds, Wanted for True Bill of Indictment for Habitual Felon. *May Be Armed* • Iziah (Isaac) Hayes Williams, 39, 6 feet 2 inches, 215 pounds, Wanted for True Bill of Indictment for Habitual Felon. • Mario Antwon Donahue, 22, 6 feet, 205 pounds, Wanted for True Bill of Indictment for Habitual Felon and Misdemeanor Stalking. *May Be Armed* Anyone with information about the above Wanted Persons is asked to contact High Point Crimestoppers at 889-4000.
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rier as she now is fluent in English and Spanish. Hunter has overcome the loss of her mother to cancer as well as battling systemic lupus erythematosus, which is an autoimmune disorder known for damaging major organs. “When I traveled to America from El Salvador almost four years ago only knowing how to speak Spanish, this was just the beginning of my struggles that I would have to face in my new life,” Alvarado said. “I came to America crossing three frontiers that were Guatemala, Mexico and finally the United States. Immigrating to the United States was a horrible experience for me when I was only 14 about to turn 15 years old. My experience crossing three borders are unforgettable memories that have marked my life.” Reflecting on her journey to the United States, Alvarado, who was accompanied by her sister, remembers suffering from hunger and thirst. She describes the trip as being like a “nightmare” that lasted for 20 days, but seemed like 20 years.
“I remember the day when I crossed the Rio Grande,” she said. “I cried so badly and I thanked God for allowing me and my sister get to America safe.” Once in America, she said she promised herself that she would study hard and have a career one day. As a Thomasville High student, she said one of her biggest obstacles was learning how to speak English. By her junior year, she started making A’s and B’s and became fluent in English. “This has been a blessed year for myself,” said Alvarado, who has been awarded a $100,000 scholarship to attend Lenior-Rhyne University. “I know my GPA might not be a 4.0 something, but I am proud of what I have achieved. Because of not knowing English your first three years and then get it up so quickly, it’s hard, but I feel proud of myself. Hunter was diagnosed with lupus when she was in eighth grade, making her homebound the last semester before entering ninth grade at Thomasville High. Once in high
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SUNDAY: Single parent at Andrews High turns her life around MONDAY: Disease doesn’t slow down Trinity High student TUESDAY: Ledford student refuses to let diabetes get in the way of her dreams TODAY: Thomasville student reflects on brutal journey through three countries while another battles disease and loss of mother school, she couldn’t walk and had to be placed in a wheelchair. In 2007, she was able to get out of the wheelchair and walk. But after battling her way out of one obstacle, her mother lost her bout with cancer. “I still haven’t overcome losing my mom and with the lupus, it just keeps getting harder,” she said. “What motivated me to be more serious about my illness and really take it into consideration that I have to do this and I want to beat this was my mom passing because the only thing she wanted for her kids was to see all of her kids graduate.” After losing her mother, she says she also has been helping raise her two sib-
lings. She’s planning on attending a college nearby so she can be near her younger brother and sister. Despite fighting lupus and losing her mother, Hunter has excelled in the classroom. She has been accepted to five colleges – Fayetteville State University, Livingstone College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina Central University and Forsyth Technical Community College. For Hunter, graduation will have a special meaning. “It will mean that I am officially my mom because she graduated from high school,” she said.
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owner of the Brown Funeral Home found her in the coffin and held her until police arrived. Kelly remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail. It’s not clear whether she has an attorney. The funeral home is seek restitution for damage to the coffin.
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Deadliest day this year for US troops in Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a U.S. convoy Tuesday, killing 18 people, including six troops â€“ five Americans and a Canadian â€“ in the deadliest attack on NATO in the Afghan capital in eight months. Two other American service members were killed in separate attacks in the south, making Tuesday the deadliest day of the year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The Canadian, Col. Geoff Parker, 42, was the highest-ranking member of the Canadian Forces to die in Afghanistan since the Canadian mission be-
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) â€“ The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.
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UN powers back new sanctions against Iran UNITED NATIONS â€“ The United States introduced a resolution backed by all veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that would impose new sanctions against Iranâ€™s powerful Revolutionary Guard and seek to curtail military, financial and shipping activities linked to its suspect nuclear program. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the proposal would give â€œgreater teethâ€? to existing sanctions and add â€œstrongâ€? new measures to intensify pressure on Iran.
Detained militant in Iraq details World Cup plot BAGHDAD â€“ An alleged al-Qaida militant detained in Iraq said Tuesday he had talked to friends about attacking Danish and Dutch teams at the World Cup in South Africa next month to avenge insults against the Prophet Muhammad. Iraqi security forces holding Saudi citizen identified as Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani arranged for The Associated Press to interview him at an unidentified government building in Baghdad.
Floods worsen in Europe; Auschwitz closed WARSAW, Poland â€“ Flooding in southern Poland has killed at least five people, and officials closed the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site on Tuesday to protect its Holocaust archives and artifacts. Heavy rains that began in central Europe last weekend also are causing flooding in areas of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with rivers bursting their banks and inundating low-lying homes and roads, and cutting off villages.
Official: Hopes fade for 30 trapped miners ANKARA, Turkey â€“ Hope for the survival of 30 trapped Turkish miners was fading Tuesday as rescue workers struggled to reach them a day after a methane gas explosion collapsed parts of a major coal mine in northern Turkey, an engineer said. The explosion at the Karadon mine near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak buried the miners nearly 1,770 feet below the surface Monday afternoon.
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Jefferson’s ‘Great Wall’ statement is misused I’m concerned how far back our nation has regressed since its founding. Thomas Jefferson was our third president and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. At this time, there was talk of having a “state church.” Roger Williams, a Baptist preacher in New England concerned about the prospect of having a state church, wrote Jefferson his concerns. Being Baptist, he wasn’t in favor of that situation. Jefferson responded with the idea of the “Great Wall of Separation.” In effect, he was saying “No” to state church, which was not intended as an affront to Christianity. As we see from a clarification of his beliefs, “My views are the result of a life of inquiry and reflections – very different from the anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity, I am indeed opposed, but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus Himself. I am a Christian in the only sense He wished anyone to be.” We can see in those early days of our religious freedom we were under attack by anti-God people who did not want our nation to be a Christian nation. The so-called “Great Wall” has been greatly misused by our enemies today, who would like to see all Christians put under restrictions by the government and have made it a law to stop us from using “Jesus’ name” in our public prayers. As the Supreme Court stated so clearly in 1892, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon the teaching of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise, and to this sense and to the extent, our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” Is there any wonder that we
million new cases are diagnosed each year. There are many different types and forms of skin cancer. The deadliest form is melanoma. Melanoma can occur in areas that do not receive much sun exposure, such as the soles of our feet, palms of our hands and on our fingernail beds. We read and hear about the dangers of the sun, but like everything else in life we ignore the warnings. On May 27, 2009, my father was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma with initial symptoms of nausea, vomiting, anemia and severe headache. There were no moles, freckles or unusual places hear the phrase “Let’s reclaim him. That may sound strange to on my father. Sadly, the cancer America for God” often repeated? someone who would challenge the had spread to the brain where Amen. incumbent, but Coble is honest a tumor was wrapped around JAMES KESTLER and has the integrity we must the brain stem. His dermatoloHigh Point have in a Washington. I have algist could not find the primary ways maintained the only thing I origin of the melanoma. It was too wanted him to do was fight Demo- late and the melanoma cells had crats with more vigor. With five already reached another layer of I just want Coble to fight challengers nipping at his heels my father’s skin. this time, I think he may take that On the morning of July 26, Democrats harder to heart. 2009, my brother and I stood by I will continue to write and my father’s hospital bed as we To the 1,468 people who supexpose those things corrupt, nam- watched our mother hold and kiss ported my platform and voted for ing names and doing all I can as a her soul mate for the last time. We me, thank you! citizen to save our country in the deeply miss our father, as do his Allow me to share what I next two critical years. I will sup- grandchildren and friends. This learned during this campaign. port Howard Coble with any infor- Sunday, he would have celebrated Some said I was in over my head, mation that I find and help him in his 59th birthday. In honor of my but I disagree. True, I did learn a father I want to encourage you great deal about politics, but poli- all ways. Primary numbers seem to reflect that many are waiting to take the time to do at home tics and business have much in screenings for skin cancer. common. One reads the signs and for others to save the country or Early detection is vital. Just uses communication skills, which make a change – but it will take all of us to do that, regardless of know that today we live by choicI learned years ago in business; es. I hope that you will choose to the game is not so different. I use what party we are registered. All must be vigilant! take precautions when you and the word “game” because to men CATHY B. HINSON your family are outdoors. politics is a game, and I am sorry High Point Go with your own glow this to say, the individual usually summer! Remember when you are with the most money wins – that applying sunscreen on your chilindividual can afford to get his or dren and teens tell them that it her name out in the most ways, May is skin cancer only takes one blistering sunburn i.e. yard signs, commercials, other to increase the chances of melatypes of literature, etc. awareness month noma in life. On April 10, in Moore County, I ASHLEY GLISSON told my friend Howard Coble that, Skin cancer affects one in five Thomasville if I could not win, I would endorse Americans, and more than one
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igh Point City Manager Strib Boynton appeared to be pretty much on the right philosophical track Monday in proposing a general operating budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. He’s proposing no property tax rate increase, and at $308 million, the proposed budget is nearly 4 percent less than the current year’s amount for operations. Boynton said the city’s major revenue sources continue to decrease because of the effects of the tough economy. So among budget cuts he proposes are eliminating 51 full and part-time positions that are vacant and freezing city workers’ salaries for a second year. Those are moves private sector businesses make in dealing with revenue declines, so there’s nothing wrong with the city making them, too. But Boynton and City Council must be careful as they review the budget. They must make cuts that result in reductions of expenses. But they must be selective with cuts so as not to significantly reduce services – or give the impression of reduced services – to the public at a time when they really are questioning the return on their tax dollars paid. For instance, would closing the city library on Mondays be viewed as a drastic reduction in services? If savings must be gained in the library budget, are there other ways? Could hours of operation a few days a week be shortened, instead, to effect the same budget reductions? Dropping Mondays would be almost a 15 percent cut in service.
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ne of the many shallow statements that sound good – if you don’t stop and think about it – is that “at some point, you have made enough money.” The key word in this statement, made by President Barack Obama recently, is “you.” There is nothing wrong with my deciding how much money is enough for me or your deciding how much money is enough for you, but when politicians think that they should be deciding how much money is enough for other people, that is starting down a very slippery slope. Politicians with the power to determine each citizen’s income are no longer public servants. They are public masters. Are we really so eaten up with envy, or so mesmerized by rhetoric, that we are willing to sacrifice our own freedom by giving politicians the power to decide how much money anybody can make or keep? Of course, that will start only with “the rich,” but surely history tells us that it will not end there. The French Revolution began arbitrary executions among the hereditary aristocracy, but ended up arbitrarily executing all sorts of other people, including eventually even leaders of the Revolution itself. Very similar patterns appeared in the Bolshevik Revolution, in the rise of the Nazis and in numerous other times and places, where expanded and arbitrary powers were put into the hands of politicians – and were used against the population as a whole. Once you buy the argument that some segment of the citizenry should lose their rights, just because they are envied or resented, you are putting your own rights in jeopardy – quite aside from undermining any moral basis for respecting anybody’s rights. You are opening the floodgates to arbitrary power. The moral bankruptcy of the notion that third parties can decide when somebody else has “enough” money is matched by its economic illiteracy. The rest of the country is not poorer by the amount of Bill Gates’ fortune today and was not poorer by the amount of John D. Rockefeller’s fortune a century ago. Both men were selling a product that others were also selling, but more people chose to buy theirs. The fortunes that the sellers amassed were not a deduction from the buyers’ wealth.
Buyers and sellers both gained from these transactions or the transactions wouldn’t have continued. Ida Tarbell’s famous muckraking book, “History of the Standard Oil Company,” said that Rockefeller “should have been OPINION satisfied” with the money he had acquired by 1870, implying Thomas greed in his continued efforts to Sowell increase the size and profitability ■■■ of Standard Oil. But would the public have been better off or worse off if Rockefeller had retired in 1870? One of the crucial facts left out of Ida Tarbell’s book was that Rockefeller’s improvements in the oil industry brought down the price of oil to a fraction of what it had been before. As just one example, oil was first shipped in barrels, which is why we still measure oil in terms of the number of barrels today, even though oil is seldom – if ever – actually shipped in barrels any more. John D. Rockefeller shipped his oil in railroad tank cars, reducing transportation costs, among other costs that he found ways of reducing. Would the public have been better off if older and more costly methods of producing, processing and shipping oil had continued to be used, leading to prices far higher than necessary? Apparently Rockefeller himself decided at some point that he had enough money, and then donated enough of it to create a worldclass university from day one – the University of Chicago – as well as donating to innumerable other philanthropic projects. But that is wholly different from having politicians make such decisions for other people. Politicians who take on that role stifle economic progress and drain away other people’s money, in order to hand out goodies that will help get themselves re-elected. Some people call that “social justice,” even when it is antisocial politics. THOMAS SOWELL, a native of North Carolina, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www.tsowell.com.
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A kinder world is possible if we’ll just try to seek it
s hard as we try to believe the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words shall never hurt me,” we know that cruel words can hurt just as much or even more than physical pain. A hurtful remark can take your breath away just as easily as a swift punch to the stomach, so why is it that only physical assaults are taken seriously until someone dies? A heartbreaking number of people, (mostly teenagers) are starting to commit suicide because of the trauma they are forced to endure daily, and no one did anything until they killed themselves, and by that time it’s too late. A few days ago, a group came to my school. When I trudged into the packed auditorium, I assumed this would be just another boring assembly. Instead, I found myself instantly captivated by a story involving the first person murdered at Columbine High School in 1999. Her name was Rachel Scott and she was a person to be admired. The speaker told about her mission, known as Rachel’s Challenge, to bring more kindness into the world and her ideas on how to start a “chain reaction.” I could never capture the magnificence of the life-changing views of Rachel Scott, so I will not try to relay all of them now. But I will say that if we all made kindness a priority like she did, there would be far fewer people taking their own lives in this world. If one person, just one person, makes an effort to reach out to someone, then that could truly be the difference between life and death. Actions as simple as smiling and
throwing out a kind word can have a huge effect on the lives of people around us. I can’t even imagine the level of desperation and pain a person would have to drop to before actually taking their own life, but I do know that TEEN VIEW having a friend or even just having someone be nice to Hailey them can keep a hopeless soul Hendrix from ending their life prema■■■ turely. I know this because many people talked about how Rachel Scott, herself, and the effect Rachel’s Challenge had on their lives and had kept them from committing suicide. Since I know that everyone will not take part in Rachel’s Challenge, I know that bullying will not cease to exist. I know that I haven’t read about the last student driven to the lowest of the low by their classmates; but I do know that if we all tried hard enough to make kindness a priority in our lives, then we could really do what Rachel wanted. We could ignite a chain reaction. For this reason, I accept Rachel’s Challenge and will attempt to change my admittedly snarky ways. I want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. I want the world around me to be a better place, filled with less hate and less terminally depressed children. I want to be part of the change. Teen View columnist HAILEY HENDRIX is a sophomore at High Point Central High School.
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