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TRIAD – A leader in the state House of Representatives said he expects quick passage of a bill that would allow voters to decide this fall whether to bar felons Hege Holliman Bingham from serving as a county sheriff in North Carolina. state Senate Wednesday was asRep. Hugh Holliman, D-David- signed Thursday for considerson and House majority leader, ation by a House committee. said the bill that passed in the “I think it will pass and move
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House Bill 1307 would give North Carolina voters the chance to decide in the Nov. 2 general election whether to amend the North Carolina Constitution to provide that no person convicted of a felony is eligible to be elected a county sheriff.
quickly through the House,” Holliman said. If the House approves the legislation as passed by the Senate, the constitutional amendment referendum issue would be set for the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson and primary sponsor of Senate version of the legislation,
A Senate version of the legislation passed this week. The bill now awaits what’s known as concurrence by the House. If a majority of votes cast in the general election are in favor of the proposal, the State Board of Elections would certify the amendment to the N.C. Secretary of State. The constitutional amendment is effective upon certification.
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At right, Anita Lovejoy was minding a snoozing Kevian Gaskins, who was seemingly oblivious to the jazz at Party on the Plank Thursday evening at Mendenhall Station. Below the crowd enjoys the music provided by a couple of bands. A comfortable chair complete with umbrella was a good thing at Party on the Plank, due to high temperatures and humidity. Thursday night’s festivities had a special cause as the Prentice Foundation helped use the night to bring attention to John Coltrane as a precursor to starting a jazz festival in High Point.
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GUILFORD COUNTY – Oak Hill Elementary will have a new schedule, a new principal and new teachers when it opens Aug. 11. The Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to add 10 days to the school year and 45 minutes to each day. The change is part of a three-year school reform plan financed by a $6 million federal grant. Overall, the grant money will provide additional funds to provide more support for teachers, students and parents than provided by state and district appropriations. Extending the school day by 45 minutes and the school year by 10 days will cost $325,000 a year from grant funds to pay staff for 11 months. “Parents want this extended learning time,” said Western Regional Superintendent Angelo Kidd. “And we expect to use every minute of the 190 days.” The school had started as early as July under a former year-round calendar but attendance suffered. The calendar also includes 10 paid teacher work days for training and development. About half of the annual $2 million grant revenue would go to staff bonuses at $424,000 and supplies and materials at $600,000. An estimated $215,000 would go into a parent involvement program for supplies and contracted services. Oak Hill Elementary is one of the eight lowest performing schools in the state. The district goal is to raise the Adequate Yearly Progress score to 50 percent by the 201213 school year, partly by offering a longer school day and year. Patrice Faison became principal on June 1. She is a former assistant principal at Ragsdale High School. email@example.com | 888-3626
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Achievement: District experts predict that Oak Hill Elementary has less than a 45 percent chance to make growth goals and less than a 35 percent chance to exceed a performance composite of 50 percent.
Vision for Uptowne takes shape BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – The City Project has made its vision for the 11square-mile Uptowne High Point area where the group has been focusing its revitalization efforts into something tangible. The group shared artist rendering designs for the area, developed by local architect Peter Freeman, with city leaders this week. It shows the group’s ideal scenario for the area around N. Main Street and Lexington Avenue, with a traffic circle instead of a stop light at that intersection, on-street parking, buried utility
lines and streetscapes in an environment that depicts a pedestrian-friendly community – “a place to shop, walk, ride a bike and hang around ... where cars slow down.” Group representatives said they’re continuing to work to bring the vision to reality. “We know you don’t have any money to give us,” City Project Chairman Aaron Clinard told council members and city officials during a briefing. “We’ve got a lot of stuff going on. Don’t give up on us.” Vice Chairman Jay Wagner said plans are in the works to hold a sidewalk sale by Uptowne busi-
nesses in August, and possibly to make it a monthly event. “The whole idea is to get people out of their cars, walking to businesses and thinking about coming there to have a good time,” Wagner said. The group also will seek to get the speed limit lowered to 25 mph throughout Uptowne, a stretch of N. Main Street where vehicles typically travel up to 45 or 50 mph. “We hope you’re willing to consider that,” Wagner told council members. “If not, we’re planning to petition you to do that. Some of the restaurants are looking at serving dinners outside, but with cars whizzing by six feet away,
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their customers don’t feel safe.” While interest from developers in City Project areas has not picked up markedly, Clinard said the group has been meeting behind the scenes with developers to discuss ideas for areas like S. Main Street near the High Point campus of Guilford Technical Community College. In addition, the group has found creative ways to get its message out, including the “Uptowne Theme Song,” which has been posted on YouTube. It can be viewed at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Bo2TFzMCmUo. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3531
Dana Cummings joined the Office of Admissions at High Point University as the enrollment services assistant. Cummings, a native of High Point, graduated from HPU in 2005 with a bachelor’s of science degree in interior design.
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GREENSBORO – The National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad has selected this year’s recipients of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award. Jim Melvin of Greensboro and Jim Morgan of High Point will receive their award at the 44th annual Citation Award Dinner on Nov. 17 at the Koury Convention Center, which is NCCJ’s largest fundraising program. The winners were selected based on their dedication to creating an unprejudiced and
all-encompassing Triad community. Jim Morgan is a managing partner and attorney with Morgan Herring in High Point who served three terms in the NC House of Representatives and was the founding chairman of the High Point Community Foundation and the Guilford Education Alliance. He also served as a leader in more than
60 community organizations such as the United Way of North Carolina. “NCCJ is an organization my family and I respect and admire,” Morgan stated in a news release. “We are honored to be recognized with Jim Melvin and the past recipients with this important award. Jim Melvin serves as president and CEO of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro and served as the mayor of Greensboro from 1971 to 1981. He also has chaired more than a dozen nonprofit and university boards. Morgan currently is on
the board of directors for the Greensboro Partnership and is a chairman for Action Greensboro. “I am certainly proud to be recognized by such a significant organization as NCCJ and equally proud to be recognized with such an honorable person as Jim Morgan,” Melvin stated in the release. NCCJ is an organization that pushes for respect among all races, religions and cultures. By educating and communicating, the group hopes to improve communities through leadership. Its offices are located at 713 N. Greene St. in Greensboro.
State budget negotiations continue RALEIGH (AP) – House and Senate Democrats worked Thursday toward finalizing a roughly $19 billion North Carolina government budget for the coming year but still had to fix another $525 million gap as Congress appears increasingly unwilling to extend a more
generous Medicaid formula to the states. The budget negotiators traded offers on how to adjust public education spending in the second year of the two-year budget approved last summer. Once a compromise is worked out, they’ll try to figure out which
extra cuts to make if a six-month extension of federal support fails to materialize. Lawmakers want to present the budget, with the contingency plan for additional cuts, to Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue for her signature before the new fiscal year
begins July 1. A budget bill hasn’t been passed on time since 2003. “There are some issues that remain but movement has been very deliberate but regular, and so I think they’re moving along pretty well,” Hackney, D-Orange, told reporters.
Man faces assault, firearms charges BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
DAVIDSON COUNTY – A Davidson County man faces aggravated assault and firearms charges after sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call. Officers went to a King Richard Drive address outside Lexington Monday afternoon to investigate a reported dis-
turbance involving two friends. Deputies discovered that an altercation took place between 27-year-old Robert DeVault of Lexington – who authorities said was the victim in the case – and Gregory Nill, in which Nill allegedly fired a .12-gauge shotgun into the radiator of a car, according to the sheriff’s office. During the course of
their investigation, deputies discovered that Nill is a convicted felon. According to the North Carolina Department of Correction, he has a record of convictions going back nearly 25 years, for offenses including driving while impaired, felony breaking and entering and larceny. Nill, 43, of King Richard Drive, Lexington, was charged with assault
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Preventing Hege from running was primary motive Hege made a comeback bid during the spring primary, but was beaten soundly for the Republican Party nomination by Sheriff David Grice May 4. Hege said following the primary defeat that he was retiring from politics. Hege was among a handful of convicted felons running for sheriff seats throughout the
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RALEIGH (AP) – The General Assembly is formally celebrating a men’s NCAA basketball title coming to North Carolina for a second straight year. The Legislature held a
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joint session Thursday to honor Duke University’s national championship, the school’s fourth under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. The team was introduced by Sen. Dan Blue, a Wake County Democrat.
state this year. All were defeated in the primaries. If the constitutional amendment is approved by voters this fall, it would preclude Hege from ever running again for sheriff in North Carolina. Bingham said he’s asked sheriffs of both parties to contact their representatives in Ra-
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer acted correctly when he seized 15 cats from a woman who was driving with the animals running free inside her car. In a 3-2 decision Thursday, the justices
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HIGH POINT – High Point Bank President Charles Myers will retire at the end of the year. Myers said Thursday that after 43 years in banking, and 22 years at High Point Bank, the time has come to retire. Myers, 64, was appointed the bank’s seventh president in 2002 following the death of Robert McInnis, who had been bank chairman and CEO since 1986. Myers told bank employees of his decision this week in an e-mail. “I told our board that I think change is good,” Myers said. “I have enjoyed my tenure at the bank and all of the friends and customers. I think it is time to leave when I have good health to enjoy my time.” Retirement will afford more time for Myers to visit his children in the Midwest and spend time on his Virginia farm. Myers has been with the bank since 1988. He is a former executive vice president in charge of trust and financial services. Under Myers’ supervision, the bank has added new products and services and expanded to nine locations in High Point, Jamestown, Kernersville and Greensboro. Choosing the right people made that possible, Myers said. “We were able to bring in people who fit in very well here,” Myers said. Mark L. Williamson will join the bank Aug. 2
as president of both High Point Bank and HPB Corp., Myers said. Williamson has Myers an extensive and diversified banking background, having started his career with Deposit Guaranty National Bank in 1974. Williamson and his family will move to High Point from Jackson, Miss., Myers said. “We were fortunate to attract someone of his caliber for the job,” Myers said. The bank, which was founded in 1905, handles assets in excess of $775 million. HPB Insurance Group is the bank’s insurance subsidiary. “And we have a trust department that is the same size as the banks,” Myers said. “That is extremely rare.” Myers served as a city trust manager and a western regional manager for Bank of America and as a national bank examiner for the U.S. comptroller of the currency prior to joining High Point Bank & Trust. Myers was recognized in 2008 by Business Leader Magazine of Charlotte as an Impact Financial Leader. He has served on the boards of several civic and business groups, including the High Point Chamber of Commerce and Furnitureland Rotary.
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originally introduced the bill during last year’s session. But it failed to pass the General Assembly in 2009. A primary motive for Bingham is to prevent former Davison County Sheriff Gerald Hege, who pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice counts six years ago, from becoming Davidson County sheriff again.
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NC atheists put billboard on Billy Graham Parkway CHARLOTTE (AP) â€“ A statewide coalition of atheists and agnostics has placed billboards in six North Carolina cities to show that nonreligious also are patriotic, including one along a parkway named for a famous evangelist. Multiple media outlets reported that one sign, with the American flag in the background and the words â€œOne Nation Indivisible,â€? is on the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte. The group intentionally left out the words â€œUnder God,â€? which were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. Placing the billboard along the parkway is not a criticism of the evangelist, who now lives in Montreat, said William Warren with Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics. The Billy Graham Parkway was simply the most visible location the North Carolina Secular Association could afford in Charlotte, Warren told The Charlotte Observer. â€œIt was basically an economic decision,â€? Warren said.
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Australia gets its 1st female prime minister CANBERRA, Australia â€“ Australiaâ€™s ruling Labor Party ousted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday in a sudden, stunning revolt that also delivered the country its first female leader. Ruddâ€™s deputy, Julia Gillard, was elected leader in an uncontested vote about 12 hours after she surprised many colleagues by challenging a prime minister who until recently had been among the countryâ€™s most popular.
TORONTO â€“ World leaders trickled into Canadaâ€™s largest city on Thursday for global economic talks. With recoveries in their countries proceeding at starkly different paces, leaders of the 20 largest industrial and developing nations found themselves at odds over how to strike the right balance between continued government stimulus spending and confronting ballooning budget deficits. Also police say theyâ€™ve made an arrest after searching a car and finding containers of gasoline and weapons near the G-20 summit site.
Blast rocks office of Greek official ATHENS, Greece â€“ Greek Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrisohoidis says a bomb attack inside his ministry has killed one of his close associates. Officials said the bomb, disguised as a gift, exploded on the seventh floor of the ministry, near Chrisohoidisâ€™ office, on Thursday night. The minister was inside the building at the time but he was not harmed.
Bill Clinton meets with Nelson Mandela JOHANNESBURG â€“ Former U.S. President Bill Clinton paid a visit to South Africaâ€™s Former President Nelson Mandela on the sidelines of the World Cup tournament. After the meeting, Clinton spoke at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Thursday, praising Mandelaâ€™s life and encouraging the celebration of the former South African leaderâ€™s legacy. He said Mandelaâ€™s birthday should be a day of service.
Missing from Brazil floods drops to 135 RIO LARGO, Brazil â€“ Brazilians stranded for days by floods returned to ruined homes on Thursday in riverside towns that have been reduced to twisted piles of rubble and mud. Brazilian authorities said 135 people remain unaccounted for â€“ down from 607 the previous day â€“ in massive floods that hit the nationâ€™s northeast. â€œItâ€™s a relief. We knew the number would come down, now we have to focus on finding the rest of those missing,â€? said Rafael Felipe, a spokesman with the Alagoas stateâ€™s fire department. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
Castelldefels Playa station is pictured in Castelldefels, Spain, Thursday. A train speeding through the station near Barcelona on Wednesday ran over a group of young people crossing the tracks, killing at least 12 and injuring 14, a Spanish official said.
Pakistani anti-terror court convicts 5 Americans SARGODHA, Pakistan (AP) â€“ Five young American Muslims were convicted of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced to 10 years in jail Thursday in a case that highlights concerns about Westerners traveling to Pakistan to link up with al-Qaida and other extremist groups. Prosecutors said email records, documents and witness statements proved the men from the Washington, D.C., area used the Internet to plot terror attacks in Pakistan and allied nations and meet militant organizations in the country. They sought life imprisonment for the defendants. Defense lawyers said
Attacks targeting Iraqi forces kill 10 BAGHDAD (AP) â€“ A spate of attacks targeting Iraqi security forces and their allies killed at least 10 people on Thursday, half in suicide bombings in the northern city of Mosul, officials said. The ability of insurgents to strike against Iraqi police and soldiers has raised worries about their competence as Iraq takes over its own security ahead of the planned U.S. withdrawal of combat troops by the end of August. Fears also are high that militants will take advantage of public anger over the political deadlock in the recent parliamentary elections.
Hurricane Darby forms off Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) â€“ Hurricane Darby formed in the Pacific off Mexicoâ€™s southwest coast Thursday, while Hurricane Celia strengthened farther out at sea. Neither hurricane posed an immediate threat to land. Darby is Category 1 with winds of 75 mph.
the evidence was faked and the men were innocent. They vowed to appeal. The father of one of the men said they were in Pakistan to attend his sonâ€™s wedding, but had also intended to cross into Afghanistan for humanitarian work. In November, family members in the United States informed authorities the men had gone to Pakistan after one left behind a farewell video showing scenes of war and casualties and saying Muslims must be defended. â€œThere is no question of them wanting to fight, they canâ€™t even kill an ant,â€? said the father, Khalid Farooq, a Pakistani-American.
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CASTELLDEFELS, Spain (AP) â€“ The last thing they heard was the piercing whistle of an oncoming train. Moments later, dozens of mostly Latin American immigrants who crossed the tracks instead of using an underground passageway to reach a beach party in this seaside resort were dead or injured, their body parts strewn among the rails. The express train that barreled through the station in northeastern Spain plowed into a group of young men and women that included Ecuadoreans, Chileans, Colombians and Bolivians â€“ leaving 12 people dead, injuring 14.
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Findings to be released in Palin ethics probe ANCHORAGE, Alaska â€“ An investigator for the Alaska Personnel Board plans Thursday to release the findings in an ethics complaint filed against Sarah Palin when she was governor that claimed a legal defense fund set up for her was illegal. Another board investigator found evidence that Palin may have violated ethics laws by trading on her position as she sought money to pay legal expenses.
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Woman sentenced for role in NJ teenâ€™s death JERSEY CITY, N.J. â€“ A judge sentenced a woman to as many as 30 years in prison Thursday for her role in the death of a New Jersey teen whose body was found in a trash bin in a case that led to a crackdown on New York City nightclubs. Krystal Riordan pleaded guilty in May to kidnapping and hindering apprehension.
Obama, Medvedev â€˜resetâ€™ US-Russia ties WASHINGTON â€“ President Barack Obama declared Thursday that he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have â€œsucceeded in resettingâ€? the relationship between the former Cold War adversaries. Obama acknowledged differences in some areas. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
Beach walkers pass tar balls that line a long stretch of sand in Pensacola Beach, Fla., Thursday. Pensacola Beach officials have closed the public beaches to swimmers.
Gulf oil closes Florida beach NEW ORLEANS (AP) â€“ Oil from the massive Gulf spill neared fertile barrier islands in Mississippi on Thursday as crude forced Florida officials to close a popular section of beach near the Alabama border. It was yet another reminder that the oil gushing from the blown-out well on the seafloor is having a very real effect along the Gulf coast, washing up on beaches, damaging wetlands and killing animals. The cap that has been the most effective method so far to contain some of the oil was back in place after a deep-sea blunder a day earlier forced crews
to remove it for about 10 hours. While the cap was off, clouds of black oil gushed unchecked at up to 104,000 gallons per hour, though a specialized ship at the surface managed to suck up and incinerate some. Meanwhile, the governors of Louisiana and Texas declared Sunday a day to pray for help rebuilding communities and restoring the environment. Darlene Kimball, owner of Kimballâ€™s Seafood on the docks in Pass Christian, Miss., has been doing that all along. â€œI kept praying and praying that weâ€™d be
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