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GUILFORD COUNTY – County property tax bill are on their way to mailboxes. Property tax bills are mailed to county taxpayers every July. Payments posted before the Sept. 1 due date can earn a discount. During the next few business days, the tax department will mail out thousands of bills to individuals and businesses. But if you don’t want to walk out into the summer heat to the mailbox, there is another way to pay. In addition to paying the bills in person or by mail, they also can be paid over the telephone or online. Instructions for paying taxes are included with each statement. A new computer upgrade provides billing and collections system information. Taxpayers can search for current and prior year tax statements for real estate, personal property, business personal property and motor vehicles. Once you find your bill or notice, you can pay online or by telephone. County officials have
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Raleigh’s Tommy Turner keeps his cool while waiting to run “Muscle Boat” in the Stock Eliminator class.
Crowd does its best to stay cool at drag races BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – While some people may have stayed clear of the Lucas Oil Oak Hollow Drag Boat Races because of the heat, those who attended the event over the three days in near 100-degree temperatures found several ways to cool off. “We’ve got two misting stations, which have been a huge hit,” said Ken Dollar, series director of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. Aside from the misting stations, dozens of umbrellas could be seen as residents tried to cool off from the sun on the banks of Festival Park. Racing fans also brought fans and towels, and many sought water bottles. Richmond, Va., resident Kevin Kilgour Sr. attended all three days of the event. Shortly after
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By the 1920s, North Carolina had achieved the reputation for having more illicit distilleries than any other state. Liquor became an important cargo for the skillful drivers who moved it, and bootlegging also contributed to part of NASCAR’s legendary roots. Read the tales of bootleggers and NASCAR only in The High Point Enterprise’s Hometowns section to be distributed Thursday.
which was the same amount as last year’s event. Because of the heat, the High Point Jaycees had to order another 6,000 pounds. “The ice is to keep everything cold,” Green said. “A lot of it goes down to the volunteers down on the ramp, over in the EMT section, as well as for the boat drivers.” Green said the Jaycees had some volunteers who got lightheaded from the heat, but all were fine. “A couple of people got a little flush and a little hot,” he said. “We parked them, put some ice on them, and they were ready to go.” Art Robertson, a vendor who sold steak and cheese sandwiches, sausages and pork tenderloin sandwiches, also had to stay cool. “We have to stay very hydrated,” Robertson said. “We have gone through cases and cases of Gatorade and water.”
HIGH POINT – The former Wesleyan Homes apartments will reopen this fall as High Point University student housing. North College Station will house as many as 300 students in two groups of renovated apartments. Last year, HPU purchased the apartments at 900 Eastchester Drive to expand student housing. The renovated North College Townhomes and North College Terrace offer studio and single and double apartments for juniors and seniors, said Chris Dudley, HPU vice president for administration. “These will be in the mid range of the accommodations we offer on campus,” Dudley said. North College Terrace is a three-story apartment building, and North College Townhomes has the studio apartments. All apartments have full kitchens, a washer and dryer, a living room and upgraded cable and Internet service. “Those residents will
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using the misting station Sunday, Kilgour said he made sure he had ice water, Gatorade and got cool often during the three days. “The guys working out there in the fields, we have been telling them to come in and get cool and take a few moments to get out of the heat,” said Kilgour, whose son, Kevin Kilgour Jr., is a boat racer. “We are doing everything we can to watch out over everybody here.” Aaron Harris, an Atlanta resident, attended the boat races Sunday with his wife, Portrice, and their three children, Aerial, Alfonza and Destiny. The family sat under a tent, had water bottles and a fan. “We are from Georgia, so this is cooler than what’s in Georgia,” Aaron Harris said. “We are OK.” Jordan Green, a High Point Jaycees co-chairman for the Lucas Oil Oak Hollow Drag Boat Races, said his group initially ordered 14,000 pounds of ice for the event,
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be part of the wireless campus,” Dudley said. Shuttle bus service will be available to take students to the center campus. Students will pay an additional $1,500 a year to live in the apartments, according to posted rates. After the complex opens, HPU will have 3,000 students living on campus, Dudley said. Last year, HPU opened three major projects as part of a $300 million expansion and renovation program. Campus leaders opened the $70 million University Center and dedicated the Plato Wilson
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Several NC cities hit record high temperatures RALEIGH (AP) – Several North Carolina cities have set new record high temperatures. The National Weather Service said Raleigh broke a 61-year-old record with a reading of 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. The previous high for July 25 was 98 degrees in 1949. In Charlotte, temperatures reached 101, eclipsing the previous record of 100 degrees set in 1987. New Bern was a little
cooler at 97 degrees, but that surpassed the record of 96 degrees set there in 1949. Forecasters say the heat is the result of a high pressure system that has brought in warm, moist air from the Southwest. But there is relief on the horizon. A cold front was forecast to move through central North Carolina Sunday night, bringing a welcome 10-degree drop in temperatures next week.
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Trudy Halstead puts up food and other supplies donated by local churches at the God’s Hope House, a new recovery home for women in Greenville, earlier this month.
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Ministries reopen women’s shelter in Greenville GREENVILLE (AP) – Once Lost Now Found always seemed to be a fitting name for the halfway house on Ninth Street. It was an apparent biblical reference to the prodigal son in the New Testament book of Luke who squandered his inheritance with reckless living before returning to his father. But the name took on a somewhat different meaning this spring, when the home for women recovering from substance abuse closed its doors. Last week, the home got a second chance as three women moved in to begin taking steps toward rehabilitation. Now known as God’s Hope House 118, it will provide shelter for seven women who have been addicted, homeless or in prison. The house, which will continue a Christianbased recovery program similar to that of Once Lost Now Found, will be operated by volunteers from God’s Love and Certain Hope ministries. The two ministries – one which provides furniture and clothing to the needy, the other an outreach to west Greenville – had initially planned to collaborate on another project: a recovery home for men. Directors Trudy Halstead and Walter Strathy
had begun efforts to purchase the Flynn Christian Fellowship Home, a 17-bed facility that was placed on the market last summer due to financial struggles, when the women’s home came to their attention. “When I learned in April that the woman that ran that house was go-
Now known as God’s Hope House 118, it will provide shelter for seven women who have been addicted, homeless or in prison. ing to give it up, I didn’t want that to happen,” said Emily Rouse, a longterm volunteer for Once Lost Now Found. “So I went to Walter and to Trudy and said, ‘This is what’s happening. What can we do?’ ” By May they had taken steps to take over the lease on the Ninth Street property. Then, without hosting a fundraiser, naming a board of directors or even crafting a formal mission statement, the ministries
began recruiting volunteers for the hasty renovation needed to get the house ready for its new residents on July 1. “If we waited to get the money to open this house, what’s going to happen to these girls that are struggling right now?” Halstead asked. “Where are they going to be? I just have to walk by faith and pray for God’s provision because that’s where it’s all coming from anyway.” She asked God for someone to help spruce up the place to make it warm and inviting to its new residents. Greenville interior designer Jennifer Elmore was an answer to that prayer. Elmore had kept Halstead’s card in her desk drawer since donating some items to God’s Love ministry at Christmas. Two months ago, Elmore had a mysterious yet overwhelming urge to call Halstead’s number. “I called her and I said, ‘Trudy, do you need for me to help you with anything? For some reason, God’s just telling me to call you,’ ” Elmore said. “She started crying. She said, ‘We have been praying; we just got this house.’ ”
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GUILFORD COUNTY – Guilford Center workers moved this week to leased space in Greensboro as repairs continue on the fire-damaged Edgeworth Building. Center Director Billie Martin Pierce said that the agency moved 44 administrative and management workers to 404-A N. Eugene St., Greensboro. Other staff members, dislocated by the May 9 electrical fire, will remain in offices
Guilford Center is the county’s management agency responsible for oversight of public mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services. The center also operates from High Point offices at 211 S. Centennial St. The Guilford Center’s toll-free Health Call Center numbers – (800) 853-5163 and (866) 518-6778 (TTY) – remain fully operational. Other services such as crisis/emergency and medication management clinics are unaffected.
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at the center’s Bellemeade treatment facility at 201 N. Eugene St. County leaders will determine a permanent location for the displaced staff. The fire that erupted from a transformer displaced about 75 workers. Only one person was in the building when the fire started in the 47-year-old, five-story building the county wants to sell for $2 million. County Facilities Director Fred Jones has said the building will be out of service for months.
‘Corpse flower’ bloom could stink up Texas wedding HOUSTON (AP) – The flower girl at Jessica Zabala’s wedding is purple, six-feet-tall, uninvited and smells like dead bodies. She is Lois, a rare “corpse flower,” deemed the world’s stinkiest bud. Lois is unexpectedly blooming in the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in the room
right next to where Zabala is marrying Jonathan Smith on Saturday. “I don’t need a florist anymore,” Zabala laughs. “I’ve got Lois.” The flower is an Amorphophallus titanum, which has only ever bloomed 29 times in the United States. It’s happened twice in Tex-
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as, but never before at the museum’s Cockrell Butterfly Center, which hosts about 50 weddings a year. “I did not know that Lois was quietly sprouting in the greenhouse across the street,” Zabala said, donning an “I Love Lois” button given to her by the museum.
19-year-old NC man charged with killing his mother FAYETTEVILLE (AP) – A 19-year-old North Carolina man has been charged with killing his mother and setting fire to the mobile home they shared. Multiple media outlets reported that Johnathon Gray of Fayetteville was arrested Saturday morning and charged with murder and arson. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail. A jail officer said Sunday
ASHEBORO (AP) – North Carolina officials have charged seven men with animal cruelty, seizing 400 chickens in a cockfighting bust. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said the men also were charged Saturday with felony cockfighting after a raid off U.S. Highway 64. Officers found 24 gam-
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ing roosters, three of which were dead from injuries sustained while fighting. Investigators also seized 400 chickens that were found to be living in deplorable conditions. Six of the men were being held by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation.
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Father seeks answers in sonâ€™s training death FAYETTEVILLE (AP) â€“ Pfc. Norman Murburg III was last seen alive at 7:21 a.m. June 9, 2008, after having successfully located his first point during a land navigation course that is part of Special Forces Assessment and Selection training. The soldier who last saw Murburg thought he looked dehydrated and tried to activate Murburgâ€™s tracking beacon to call for help, officials told Murburgâ€™s father. But Murburg â€“ who went by the nickname Ehren â€“ wasnâ€™t about to stop. He convinced his fellow soldier that he was OK, then continued on the course. Twenty-one hours later, 19-year-old Ehren Murburgâ€™s body was found leaning against a tree in the Hoffman Training Area near Fort Bragg. His father, Tampa lawyer Mike Murburg, was devastated. Mike Murburg said he assumed that a heat wave that brought 100-degree temperatures and high humidity to southeastern North Carolina was to blame. â€œMy suspicion right from the get-go was that my son had died from a heat stroke combined with dehydration,â€? he said.
So it came as a surprise when, months later, an autopsy listed the cause of death as a snakebite, most likely from a water moccasin. Ehren, his father said, knew better than to be bitten by a snake. The two were avid hunters and fishers, Mike Murburg said. â€œMy son knew water moc-
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something was amiss. His interest was further piqued when he began making requests for records using the Freedom of Information Act. Thatâ€™s when he found out that, while one investigation into his sonâ€™s death had closed, another â€“ by the Army Criminal Investigation Command â€“ was ongoing. On Memorial Day 2009, an article in the St. Petersburg Times about Mike Murburgâ€™s struggles caught the attention of Bev Young and her husband, Congressman Bill Young of Florida. â€œWithout his involvement, I donâ€™t know where weâ€™d be today,â€? said Murburg. With Youngâ€™s help, the secretary of the Army became involved, and another investigation began. That investigation ended earlier this month, when four high-ranking Army officials went to Murburgâ€™s ranch near Dade City. The Army now lists Ehren Murburgâ€™s cause of death as undetermined, and officials said they may never know what killed him. â€œThere were a lot of shortcomings in the investigation,â€? Mike Murburg said he was told. â€œYou had a medical examiner that essentially went rogue.â€?
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We need leaders who will put America first Our nation is in a real dangerous situation. The federal government is not protecting our nation. Arizona should be suing the federal government for the cost of enforcing an existing federal law. I am not against legal immigration. But illegals come to our country, do not pay taxes, yet they can get more benefits than an American citizen that paid into the system for 50 years. They can get welfare, free health care, food stamps, housing, etc. President Obama wants America to export more products to help balance the trade deficit. Please tell me what we manufacture in America anymore? And how many people are still laughing at Ross Perot and the giant sucking sound he warned us about when our Democrats and Republicans passed NAFTA and called it so great? Perot was right. It is hard to even find a light bulb made in America anymore. We give foreign aid to countries that hate us and want to destroy us and our way of life. They come into our country and want to change our way of life. If they liked their way of life better than ours, why didn’t they stay home? The same road that brought them here will take them back. The most ridiculous thing is that our government thinks we should speak their language to communicate with them better. I am at home; I speak English. If they want to communicate with me, speak English. We are being invaded and if we do not get leaders with common sense that put America first, we are in deep trouble. We need to get rid of the idiot politicians we have in Washington, our states and local governments. W. MARSHALL WEAVIL Lexington
Only the ‘church party’ represents God Heaven (made for man) or hell (made for sinful man), will inherit all mankind, male, female, all “parties,” “colors,” “religions,” “nationalities” and denominations. “Race,” “racism,” “religion” and the power of “money,” are trump cards in Satan’s political forces of denial, denying, and the delusion, “no,” (not God nor man) for mankind to operate in the provoking destruction of one another. These four cards have been in operation since Adam
and Eve sinned. Jesus on Calvary disabled these sins only by faith to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart (old natural birth) that God resurrected Jesus from “His” death (spiritual sleep), you will be born again (new spiritual birth). We all are born of natural spirits (male to female – flesh), when we except Jesus Christ in the spirit, we become spiritual “spirits” (renewed minds and hearts). The old nature (man-woman) has to put on the new nature so we become unable instead of enabled to be tormented, terrorized, and tricked by the wiles of Satan (majestic magical allusions). The only party that represents God is the “church party” (body of Jesus Christ), all other parties are organized by Satan and his fallen angels (man-constituted). God has become the co-pilot (aid to the guide) for the church instead of the pilot (guided by Jesus Christ). The church has been the voice of “closet thinking” (private chamber theories), instead of the source for righteous, justice and truth “reasoning” by “purpose”! The only option left and right for the people are false negatives and a positive willingness to control others while being out of control themselves (politics). The “seed” (Jesus Christ) of the church “Christians,” are aborting the true foundation of America. Sin is always manifested in the hearts and minds (interior), rather than appearances on the surface (exterior)! JAMES R. RICKS JR. Trinity
We must defend our inheritance to keep it BY BILL MICHAL
any married couples and individuals in and near High Point were the beneficiaries of a priceless inheritance from their parents. In most cases, this treasure had actually been in their families for many generations. Not wanting to devote the time or effort necessary to protect and manage their inheritance, they made a contract with a smooth-talking man of dubious background who had no discernible track record in his chosen field and no reliable references. Almost immediately, many very troubling signs began to appear. His inexperience clearly revealed itself in myriad ways. His carefully-selected henchmen were soon exposed to have backgrounds even darker-than-dubious. The leader of this “team” began spending lavishly on travel and luxuries. Soon he was caught in multiple obvious lies which he made little effort to refute. Shortly thereafter, he even began to flagrantly ignore all complaints and input from the owners of the inheritance. Then irrefutable evidence surfaced that he and his cronies were aggressively squandering the assets of the inheritance. Some credible evidence even
began to appear that the squandering was not just a by-product of their inadequacies but might indeed be their fundamental intent. Amazingly, despite all of these flagrant warning signs, the owners steadfastly refused to listen to wise counsel provided by multiple sources and they never even investigated the evidence. Too busy with their daily lives, they did not even stop to really consider them. “Besides,” they assured themselves, “our inheritance was so great that it could never disappear.” Their blissful ignorance soon came to a shocking end. Do you know any of these local citizens? The only clue readers should need to interpret this parable is that the inheritance they lost was their freedom. These foolish, careless individuals have well-earned a Samuel Adams rebuke made in the Revolutionary War era: “If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude (better) than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands that feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget you were our countrymen.” Samuel Adams (1722-1803). If the shoe fits, wear it. BILL MICHAL lives in High Point. He can be reached at 883-2156 for discussion.
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Vice Chairman Steve Arnold (R) District 2, 1610 Bridges Drive, High Point, NC 27262; 887-8383 h
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Chewing up the innocent and spewing racism
ast week, the conservative outrage machine tried to chew up Shirley Sherrod. You are familiar with that machine if you have access to the Internet or Fox News. As the name implies, it exists to stoke and maintain a state of perpetual apoplexy on the political right by feeding it a never-ending stream of perceived sins against conservative orthodoxy. While the machine will use any available fuel (health care, immigration, Muslims) to manufacture fury, it has a special fondness for race. Specifically, for stories that depict the God-fearing white conservative as a victim of oppression. So Sherrod must have seemed a godsend to blogger Andrew Breitbart. Last Monday, he posted an excerpted video of Sherrod, an African-American employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, telling a NAACP audience how she once hesitated, because he was white, to help a farmer stave off bankruptcy. “Evidence of racism,” Breitbart sniffs righteously in an accompanying post. Except that it wasn’t.
“After” the NAACP pronounced the video appalling, “after” Bill O’Reilly called her words unacceptable, and “after” the USDA OPINION demanded her resignation (all have Leonard since apologized) Pitts the truth came out, ■■■ via the full video. It turns out Sherrod is a daughter of Baker County, Ga., which she describes as having been the sort of proudly unreconstructed place where a black man might be murdered by a white one and despite three witnesses, the grand jury would decline to indict. In 1965, Sherrod’s father was that black man, one of many. So there she is in 1986, working at a nonprofit agency established to help farmers, and in comes this white farmer she finds condescending. She didn’t do all she could’ve for him, she told the audience. Instead, she handed him off to a white lawyer, figuring one of “his own kind” would take care of him.
Which would indeed be appalling and unacceptable, except that when the white lawyer failed to help that farmer, Sherrod resolved to help him herself, to overcome the bitterness and bias of her own heart. That farmer credits her with saving his farm. Breitbart used a snippet of video to misrepresent her as a black bureaucrat bragging of how she stuck it to the white man. Sherrod’s point was actually about reconciliation, redemption, learning to embrace the wholeness of humanity. Invited by CNN to explain the dissonance between his video and the truth, Breitbart chose instead to reiterate his charge of “racist” sentiment. For Breitbart, the video was an attempt to embarrass the NAACP, because it recently passed a resolution denouncing racist elements in the Tea Party movement. This is not about Sherrod, he insisted, though she might beg to differ. In the interview, Breitbart came across as not overly concerned with “truth,” and much less with racial injustice, except insofar as it can be used to further his cause.
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And isn’t it telling how often conservatives will discover their burning concern over race just when it becomes useful to them? We saw this last year. In a nation where one state may soon require Latinos to show their papers, conservatives hyperventilated over the “racism” of Sonia Sotomayor extolling the virtues of a “wise Latina.” Now, against the backdrop of an Agriculture Department that long ago admitted to decades of discrimination against black farmers, Breitbart weeps over the “racism” of Shirley Sherrod refusing to assist a white farmer – right up until she did. It is probably useless to say Breitbart should be ashamed. There is little evidence he possesses the ability. But Sherrod is pondering a defamation suit, and a judgment in her favor might help him fix that defect. May she win big. And may the outrage machine choke on the bill. LEONARD PITTS JR., winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a columnist for the Miami Herald. E-mail him at email@example.com. Pitts chats with readers 1-2 p.m. Wednesday on www. MiamiHerald.com.
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OIL CEO OUT: BP leader reportedly will be replaced. 6A
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Taliban claim to capture American sailor, kill another
US holds drills; Pyongyang talks war ABOARD USS GEORGE WASHINGTON – Fighter jets and a flotilla of U.S. and South Korean warships led by a nuclearpowered U.S. supercarrier began exercises that have enraged North Korea. The country’s capital Pyongyang sees it as a “unpardonable provocation” as a rehearsal for an invasion. The U.S. keeps 28,500 troops in South Korea.
8 people killed in Somalia’s capital MOGADISHU, Somalia – A Somali official says eight people were killed in weekend skirmishes between insurgents and troops in the capital. Mogadishu ambulance service chief Ali Muse says five people died and seven were wounded late Saturday. Muse says three died and seven were wounded Sunday.
Mexico: Prison guards let killers out, lent guns MEXICO CITY – Mexican prosecutors say guards at a prison let inmates out and lent them guns. They were let back in their cells after 17 were killed in a massacre at a party. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
Demolished crowd barriers are lying in the tunnel in Duisburg, Germany, Sunday, where more than a dozen died in a stampede at Saturday’s Love Parade music festival.
Shock lingers after 19 trampled at German festival DUISBURG, Germany (AP) – Throngs of techno fans followed the floats, the dancers and the throbbing music to the festival venue: an old freight railway station that local media estimated could handle 300,000 people. German media reported that as many as 1.4 million people showed up to the Love
Parade, where a mass panic Saturday left 19 people crushed to death and 342 injured. Police blamed organizers and officials in Duisburg, an industrial city that gave the world’s largest techno music festival a home after it was driven from Berlin because of noise and overcrowding. Witnesses, however,
blamed police and private security staff, saying the panic broke out after they closed the end of a tunnel‚ the only entrance to the festival grounds‚ when the venue became too full. Police denied that and said they actually opened a second exit to disperse the masses before the accident happened.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Taliban claimed Sunday that they killed a U.S. sailor and kidnapped another as NATO forces ramped up a massive search for the servicemen, who went missing two days earlier in an area held by the militants. The coalition force set up checkpoints and distributed fliers with the sailors’ pictures and are offering thousands of dollars in rewards for their return. There were conflicting reports about whether the body of one of the two had been recovered. U.S. and NATO officials confirmed that two
American Navy personnel went missing Friday in the eastern province of Logar, after an armored sport utility vehicle was seen driving into a Taliban-held area. NATO officials were unable to say what they were doing in such a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid also said the pair drove into an area under insurgent control, prompting a brief gunfight in which one American was killed and the other was captured. He said both were taken to a “safe area” and “are in the hands of the Taliban.”
US drones kill 12 militants in northwest Pakistan DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) – Unmanned U.S. aircraft fired missiles at houses in two different parts of northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 12 militants in attacks that occurred hours apart, intelligence officials said. The U.S. has launched
more than 100 missile strikes in Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal area along the Afghan border over the past several years. Most of them have targeted militants in North and South Waziristan, important sanctuaries for Afghan and Pakistani Taliban fighters.
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Ex-CIA chief: Strike on Iran more likely now
WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ A former CIA director says military action against Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the U.S. does diplomatically, Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program. Michael Hayden, a CIA chief under President George W. Bush, says during his tenure a strike was â€œway down the listâ€? of options. But he tells CNNâ€™s â€œState of the Unionâ€? that such action
Ex-R. Kelly lawyer to close for Blagojevich CHICAGO â€“ Sam Adam Jr. made his name with a fire-and-brimstone style at Chicagoâ€™s grim, gritty Criminal Courts Building, where his decisive closing arguments once helped acquit R&B singer R. Kelly on child pornography charges. The 37-year-old defense attorney will try to work the same magic today, closing for Rod Blagojevich at the ousted governorâ€™s corruption trial. But he will do it â€“ for the first time in his career â€“ at the Dirksen Federal Building, a more staid atmosphere where many believe Adamâ€™s theatrics and booming rhetoric canâ€™t win.
Allegiant flight makes emergency landing FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. â€“ Federal aviation officials say a Phoenixbound Allegiant Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Flagstaff after an indicator light showed a possible fire in one of its two engines. The flight was flying from Billings, Mont., on Sunday morning when the indicator light showed a possible fire in the planeâ€™s No. 2 engine. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says itâ€™s not clear whether there was an actual fire. The plane was diverted to Flagstaff and landed safely at about 10:30 a.m.
Flags lowered for 2 firefighters who died HARTFORD, Conn. â€“ Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has ordered flags at half-staff in honor of two Bridgeport firefighters who died battling a house fire. Lt. Steven Velasquez, 40, and Michel Baik, 49, were dispatched Saturday to the third floor of the residence to rip down the ceiling, reach hot spots and search for anyone trapped. City fire officials say the two men were found unconscious after they sent out mayday calls. They were pronounced dead at hospitals. Fire Captain Ed McCann told The Hartford Courant that smoke inhalation may have caused the deaths. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
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Official: BP CEO being replaced NEW ORLEANS (AP) â€“ Gaffe-prone BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward â€“ who incensed many on the Gulf Coast by saying he wanted his life back as they struggled with the fallout from the companyâ€™s massive oil spill â€“ will be replaced, a senior U.S. government official said Sunday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made, was briefed on the decision by a senior BP official late last week. The government official did not know who will replace Hayward or when it will happen. One of the most likely
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Race vendors report ‘steady’ business
BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – As vendors reported steady sales on the last day of the Lucas Oil Oak Hollow Drag Boat Races, organizers had different views of how many people attended the three-day event. For the second consecutive year, Lucas Oil served as the anchor sponsor while the High Point Jaycees organized portions of the event including beer sales, food vendors and parking, said Jordan Green, the High Point Jaycees cochairman for the Lucas Oil Oak Hollow Drag Boat Races. “It’s tough to say,” Green said Sunday when asked how sales for the event have been. “It doesn’t look like a big crowd mostly because of the heat. We’ve sold a whole lot more water than we have beer.” Ken Dollar, series director for the of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, said he hadn’t reviewed the numbers, but he thought attendance was “good.” While the event attracted about 5,000 people last year, Dollar said Sunday that he still thinks this year’s three-day event will meet his goal of 15,000 race fans. Green said Lucas Oil gets 100 percent of the gate sales because the company is the promoter and puts up the purse. The High Point Jaycees gets 70 percent of its vendor sales while Lucas Oil receives the other 30 percent, according to Green. “(Final sales) will be impossible to tell right now until we do our final count (Sunday night),” he said. “This will be our big day, so this is when we will know whether we made a killing or just made a little bit or broke even. If we made $50,000 for the Jaycees, that would be a huge success. All of that money would be funneled back into the charities we support.” Along with the High Point Jaycee’s beverage tents, two other vendors were at the event. “It’s been pretty steady,” said Madison resident Jimmy Hill, whose father owns Frank’s Peanuts. “It started off kind of slow. The heat has kind of kept people from coming out ... I’m not making a lot of money, but it’s not about that. It’s about selling a quality product.” Art Robertson, a vendor who sold steak and cheese sandwiches, sausages and pork tenderloin sandwiches, also reported steady traffic. “It’s steady,” Robertson said. “We are not complaining at all. Considering the heat, it’s pretty neat that we have stayed as steady as we have been. It’s been a good turnout so far this year.” Angela Nasouluk, general manager of the Biltmore Suites Hotel, said Sunday that her hotel was sold out Friday night due to the boat races. On Saturday night, Biltmore Suites Hotel, which served as the official hotel sponsor for the event, was almost at complete capacity. Comfort Inn in Archdale and The Courtyard by Marriott on Mall Loop Road in High Point on Sunday reported minimal impact from the boat races. email@example.com | 888-3657
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Janie SInk, (left) Fairgrove Family Resource Center board member, and Terri Nelson, executive director, say more teams are needed for the upcoming Howard Hayes Fore the Families Golf Tournament at Winding Creek golf course in Thomasville.
Fore a good cause Organizers of Fore the Family Golf Tournament say teams are needed BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
DAVIDSON COUNTY – With less than two weeks before the Howard Hayes Fore the Families Golf Tournament, Terri Nelson issued a plea last week for the community’s help with her nonprofit’s annual fundraiser. “We just need support,” said Nelson, executive director of the Fairgrove Family Resource Center. “Our goal is to serve families and help them through crisis situations. We are in a stage where this tournament is a crisis situation. We really need to have the dedication of the community to support us. “Last month was the second highest we have ever had in serving through our food pantry,” Nelson added. “It was a near record last month. The needs are up and of course donations are down, which makes it more critical that our fundraisers are successful.” The golf tournament is scheduled for Aug. 4, with registration ending July 30. The tournament is named after Hayes, a former teacher and football coach in Davidson County. “(Hayes) is one of the most dedicated board members we have ever had and he loves golf,” Nelson
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What: The annual Howard Hayes Fore the Families Golf Tournament
Shirley HymonParker, associate dean for research in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Presented annually, the award is the professional association’s highest honor, awarded in recognition of superior achievements in family and consumer sciences, outstanding contributions to the family and consumer sciences profession, and sustained association leadership at both state and national levels.
When: Aug. 4. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. The rain date is Aug. 11. Registration ends July 30. Where: Winding Creek Golf Course, 72 Winding Creek Road, Thomasville. Cost: Each entrant is $60 and a team is $240. Mulligan, lunch, beverages, snacks and a goody bag is included. Prizes will be given for closest to the pin, longest drive, putting contest, as well as door prizes will be handed out.
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For more information, contact Fairgrove Family Resource Center at 472-7217. said. “People recognize the name Howard Hayes and they just want to participate in something Howard Hayes is a part of.” Nelson is asking for hole sponsors and for participants to sign up in teams of four. All proceeds will benefit the Fairgrove Family Resource Center. “We have different levels of sponsorship,” Nelson said. “If a business would like to be a gold sponsor, that’s $500 and they get a four player team. A silver sponsor is $250 and a bronze sponsor is $100. So far, registration is down, Nelson said, adding that eight
teams have registered as of Wednesday. Cash prizes will be awarded if the tournament gets 18 teams registered. Fairgrove Family Resource Center hopes to have 25 teams. “We just want to raise a lot of money,” said Janie Sink, a Fairgrove Family Resource Center board member. “Every bit of the money we make goes right back into the community. With the sinking economy and as it continues to get more worse, it seems like our food pantries are getting more and more depleted.” email@example.com | 888-3657
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ASHEBORO – The N.C. Zoological Park has hired Hendrick Construction Inc. to build five barns and expand the North Carolina Zoo’s 37-acre African Plains habitat. The project includes a rhinoceros barn, three hoof-stock barns and a treatment barn with connected paddocks and animal holding facilities. Hendrick Construction will also repair the exhibit’s existing barns and complete the associated site work. The buildings will house rhinoceroses, gazelles, antelope and other plains animals. The 11-acre expansion will feature extensive wood- and vinylcoated fencing, as well as indigenous turf, plants and landscaping to control erosion and mimic the animals’ natural environments. “This project is next to occupied corrals and paddock areas, and the animals are very
sensitive to heavy vibrations, loud noises and other distractions found on typical construction sites,” said Jon Hattaway, project manager for Hendrick Construction. “Our work will require careful planning and consideration so we don’t disrupt their daily routines.” Designed by Raleigh, N.C.based Schema Architecture, the facilities incorporate a mix of construction techniques, including pre-engineered metal buildings with standing-seam roofs, a steel-pole barn, concrete masonry units and castin-place concrete walls. “This is our second project for the zoo, and it’s unique for us because the primary users of the buildings are animals,” said Dave Hardin, project manager for Schema. “Our structural engineer had the biggest challenge, since part of his scope included making one of the barns rhino-proof.”
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The treatment barn will be the new headquarters for the African Plains keepers, complete with office and meeting space. The building will also feature space for minor veterinarian procedures, recovery stalls, nursery stalls, an animal food preparation area and a special workspace for restraining antelope without the stress and risk of chemical immobilization. “The treatment barn will provide for our antelope medical needs and complement our anticipated growth in numbers,” said Guy Lichty, curator of mammals at the zoo. The three new hoof-stock barns will include community stalls, keeper areas, feed storage and isolation stalls. The barns also will incorporate translucent wall panels to allow for natural light.
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SC expands bear hunting limit COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) â€“ South Carolina wildlife officials are increasing the number of bears that hunting parties can kill because of an increase in the bear population. The Natural Resources Department told The State of Columbia that the number of bears a hunting party can take has been increased to five from three, but individual hunters are still limited to one bear per season. Natural Resources officials said the number of black bears in South Carolina has gotten so large that the animals are boldly looking for food in residential areas. Black bears can get up to 600 pounds. â€œAll our indicators are that we have a very healthy bear population,â€? said Tom Swayngham, a supervisor with the state Natural Resources Department. Natural Resources Department officials also can expand the two-week lateOctober hunting season to areas outside the stateâ€™s three mountain counties of Greenville, Pickens and Oconee where most of the stateâ€™s bears live. Last year, hunters bagged 92 bears â€“ the most ever recorded in a season. That previous high was 58 killed in 2007.
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National Park Service fights uphill battle against development along Blue Ridge Parkway ASHEVILLE (AP) â€“ Stowed in the Blue Ridge Parkway archives are more than 850 architectural drawings from the 1930s depicting every curving mile of the scenic road, down to where wildflowers would be planted, picnic tables placed and trees cut to open panoramic mountain vistas. Viewed this way, as a 469-milelong garden whose meandering path is a two-lane highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the largest landscape architecture project in the history of the United States. Seventy-five years after construction started, the parkwayâ€™s collective gardener, the National Park Service, struggles to keep the forest and the development beyond it from closing in. Though the parkway passes through four national forests and other protected land as it stretches from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, two-thirds of the land adjacent to the road is privately held. On much of that, nothing prevents a landowner from building a house or a condominium complex or clear-cutting the trees in plain view of one of the nationâ€™s most-visited parks. â€œYou have no idea a piece of land is privately held until the owner goes and builds something there,â€? says Rusty Painter, land protection director for the Conserva-
tion Trust of North Carolina, one of several lands trusts that have worked for years to protect the parkway â€œviewshedâ€? by purchasing adjacent land or negotiating conservation easements. â€œYou might have 10 acres of protected land, but it only takes 1 acre with one giant house on it to essentially destroy the integrity of that view,â€? Painter said. Over the years, the Conservation Trust has worked with other land trusts and government agencies to protect more than 30,000 acres along the Parkway. This year, the organization is pushing a bill introduced in both houses of Congress that would appropriate $75 million over five years to buy land and easements for 50,000 additional highpriority acres along the parkway. Even on land over which it does have control, the Park Service is at a disadvantage. A decade of tight budgets has forced the loss of about a third of the parkwayâ€™s maintenance staff, leaving 80 people to mow the grassy shoulders, trim the trees, keep up the campgrounds and tend the historic buildings. Seasonal employees and a legion of volunteers help, but in some places overlooks are completely blocked by overgrown trees, and sections of road were closed into the spring because of winter rockslides that had to cleared. â€œIt really makes the operation more challenging,â€? says Phil Fran-
cis, parkway superintendent. On the parkwayâ€™s 75th anniversary, the view has other threats, too. Especially where it comes close to urban areas â€“ Asheville and Blowing Rock and Roanoke and Wintergreen, Va. â€“ trespasses by adjacent landowners is a problem. Neighbors have cut parkway trees to improve the views from their porches, built driveways, sheds or garages on parkway land or used it to dump trash. In more rural areas, professional poachers have illegally harvested so much galax, black cohosh and ginseng off parkway lands that local, legal hunters are unable to find the plants to sell. Natural pests harass the parkway; the woolly adelgid is busy killing Fraser firs at higher elevations. Smog has helped diminish ridgetop views in some areas by as much 80 percent since the road was built. But the biggest problem, Francis says, is protecting the parkway views, those carefully imagined landscapes painted in the minds of long-ago architects and brought to life through the windshields of as many as 20 million visitors a year. If too many of those pristine views are lost, visitors have said in surveys, theyâ€™ll stop coming. They will stop spending their money in the hotels and rental cabins, restaurants, gift shops and attractions that bring an estimated $2.3 billion a year to communities near the parkway in the two states.
Perdue keeps revenue options open RALEIGH (AP) â€“ A day after Gov. Beverly Perdue signed into law a bill banning video sweepstakes games, she suggested sheâ€™d listen to proposals to legalize video poker again in North Carolina. And after Perdue signed a bill designed to reform the state Alcoholic Beverage Control system, she said she still was interested in privatizing parts of the liquor system, although the idea was panned before this yearâ€™s session began. An outside evaluation of the system is moving ahead. â€œI am not through with the ABC system yet,â€? Perdue said. So why stir the pot for a pair of politically charged issues like alcohol and gambling? She could believe that heavily regulation of video gaming, which has kept
popping up in new forms in North Carolina since a 2006 ban on traditional video poker machines, is the best way to control it. But her willingness may be the result of the harsh fiscal realities state government may face for the third year in a row. With a shortfall already projected to exceed more than $3 billion beginning in mid2011, Perdue doesnâ€™t want to close any avenue that could generate new state revenues. Video poker and ABC privatization could bring in several hundred million dollars. While Senate leader Marc Basnight, D-Dare, and House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange, strongly oppose video poker, about two dozen House members declined to support the sweepstakes ban when it was approved earlier this month.
A huge shortfall could help bring more support for legalizing video poker if sweepstakes games owner find another way to get around a ban. Bill Brooks with the North Carolina Family Policy Council is puzzled why Perdue would even consider giving video poker a new foothold in North Carolina. â€œEvery governor wants to make their mark,â€? Brooks said. â€œMaybe Gov. Perdue wants to be known for gambling.â€? As for the ABC system, selling or leasing a chunk of the ABC system to an outside group seemed dead this spring. â€œThe system has been a good system overall and we would like to keep it that way,â€? said Al Brown, a Concord city council member who opposes privatization.
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NC man, girlfriend plead guilty to robbing 3 banks MOBILE, Ala. (AP) â€“ A North Carolina man and his girlfriend have pleaded guilty to a bank robbery spree across Alabama last March. Court documents show the duo â€“ Jerry Hover Tinsley of Rutherfordton and Rhianna Marie Jones of California â€“ admitted last week to robbing banks in Flomaton, Florala and East Brewton. Prosecu-
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Boy Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary in Virginia RICHMOND, Va. (AP) â€“ The Boy Scouts of America are preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary with the national jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, about an hour south of the nationâ€™s capital. More than 46,000 Boy Scouts, leaders, staff and volunteers from around the world are expected at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree starting today in Caroline County. Organizers also anticipate around 250,000 visitors. Tents will help transform the 76,000-acre base into the stateâ€™s seventh or eighth largest city. For 10 days, Scouts ages 12 to 18 will spend their time participating in archery, fishing and other events like geocaching, a GPS-based scav-
enger hunt. Other events include skeet shooting, robotics and a chance for Scouts to analyze a sample of their own DNA. The Boy Scouts have held the event at the Army base every four years since 1981, but it skipped a year so the event could mark the organizationâ€™s 100th anniversary. The group has hosted the gathering since 1937. â€œThe jamboree is kind of the crown jewel of the 100th anniversary, so itâ€™s a big deal for us,â€? said director Larry Pritchard. â€œFor the Scouts, I think the important thing is that this is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something thatâ€™s bigger than anything youâ€™ve ever been a part of. ... It gives them
a chance to put their Boy Scout citizenship training to use.â€? The event traditionally features a presidential address, but Pritchard said President Barack Obama will address Scouts with a video message. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is scheduled to speak during the event. The 2005 event was marred by tragedy when four Boy Scout leaders were fatally electrocuted when the center pole of a large tent they were erecting touched overhead electrical lines. The deaths also were followed by days of intense heat that sickened more than 300 Scouts and visitors. Organizers have taken extra precautions to help those in attendance to stay safe in the hot temperatures.
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Items to be published in the Club Calendar should be in writing to the Enterprise by noon on Wednesday prior to publication. CHAIR CITY Toastmasters Club meets at noon Monday at the Thomasville Public Library, 14 Randolph St. Sharon Hill at 431-8041. FURNITURELAND ROTARY Club meets at noon Monday at the String and Splinter Club, 305 W. High Ave. FAIRGROVE LIONS Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 502 Willowbrook Drive, Thomasville. 476-4655. ARCHDALE-TRINITY Lions Club meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Lions Den, 213 Balfour Drive, Archdale. THOMASVILLE CIVITAN Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Womanâ€™s
Cl ub, 1 5 E l l i ot t Dr i ve. BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS of The Triad meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Womanâ€™s Club of High Point, 4106 Johnson St. Eva Nifong at 887-9350. TRIAD ROTARY Club meets at noon Tuesday at the String and Splinter Club, 305 W. High Ave. HIGH POINT CIVITAN Club meets at noon Tuesday at High Point Country Club, 800 Country Club Drive. LEXINGTON ROTARY Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the YMCA, 119 W. 3rd Ave. HIGH POINT TOASTMASTERS meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Coldwell Banker Triad Realtors, 2212 Eastchester Drive (side entrance). JAMESTOWN ROTARY Club meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday
at Jamestown Town Hall, 301 E. Main St. HIGH POINT ELKS LODGE 1155 meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 700 Old Mill Road. 869-7313. ARCHDALE-TRINITY ROTARY Club meets at noon Wednesday at Archdale United Methodist Church, 11543 N. Main St. KERNERSVILLE ROTARY Club meets at 7 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, 1130 N. Main St., Kernersville. THOMASVILLE ROTARY Club meets at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Womanâ€™s Club, 15 Elliott Drive. ASHEBORO-RANDOLPH ROTARY Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at AVS Banquet Centre, 2045 N. Fayetteville St.
HIGH POINT BUSINESS and Professional Menâ€™s Club meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Carl Chavis YMCA, 2351 Granville St. BUSINESS NETWORK International meets noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Golden Corral at Oak Hollow Mall. PIEDMONT/TRIAD TOASTMASTERS Club meets at noon Wednesday at Clarion Hotel, 415 Swing Road, Greensboro. J.C. Coggins at 665-3204 or 301-0289 (cell). TRIAD WOMENâ€™S Forum of High Point meets at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at High Point Country Club, 800 Country Club Drive. BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN of the Triad meets 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at The Moose Cafe, Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, 2914 Sandy Ridge
Road, Colfax. Members pay for the cost of dinner. info@ bpwofthetriad.org ROTARY CLUB of Willow Creek meets at 7:15 a.m. Thursday at High Point Country Club, 800 Country Club Drive. Karen Morris, 887-7435 ROTARY CLUB of High Point meets at noon Thursday at High Point Country Club, 800 Country Club Drive. THOMASVILLE LIONS Club meets at noon Thursday at Big Game Safari Steakhouse, 15 Laura Lane, Room 300, Thomasville. HIGH POINT KIWANIS meets at 11:45 a.m. Friday at High Point Country Club, 800 Country Club Drive. Wendy Rivers, 882-4167 ASHEBORO ROTARY Club meets at noon Friday at AVS Banquet Centre, 2045 N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro.
Army Pvt. Jesse L. Grover graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. He is the nephew of Tiffany Vansickler of Kernersville and a 2008
graduate of East Forsyth High School, Kernersville. Army Pfc. Darren A. Bates graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jack-
son, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of William Bates of Winston-Salem and Luetta West of High Point. He is a 2005 graduate of T. Wingate Andrews High School, and he received
an associate degree in 2008 from ECPI College of Technology, Greensboro. Army Pvt. Maranda N. Jeter graduated from basic combat training at
Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Vanessa Jeter of High Point and a 2005 graduate of T. Wingate Andrews High School.
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