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College officials wary of loan overhaul BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Local college financial aid advisors are skeptical about an attempt to overhaul college aid programs that was passed by Congress last week. The Student Aid and
Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 was approved 253171 on Sept. 17. The bill, awaiting a vote from the Senate, would eliminate the Federal Family Education Loan Program, or FFELP, to bolster the Pell Grant program. Rather than FFELP, students would use the William D.
Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, which already is an alternative to FFELP. Under a direct loan program, all funds would be distributed by the U.S. Department of Education rather than private lenders, such as Wachovia or Bank of America, both participants of FFELP.
The bill boasts that eliminating FFELP would save about $40 billion in taxpayer money. “It’s never going to be as cut and dry as the federal government presents it,” said Julie Setzer, director of student financial planning at High Point University. “If it paid off, it may
be worth it. But I’m not sure that those numbers will translate.” Setzer said the bill would eliminate the amount of choices that students have to finance their future. “Because of controversy in the student loan indus-
Julie Gehling joined Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in High Point as a new guidance counselor. Gehling, who sent all five of her children to IHM, has a background in community health and worked for the national board for certified counselors for several years.
Bicycle tour to make overnight visit to Thomasville BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
THOMASVILLE – Marge Hammond and Mark Scott will be welcoming approximately 1,100 cyclists, including NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte, as they stop in SONNY HEEDGECOCK | HPE the Chair City for an overnight Marge “Purple Grandma” Hammond and Mark Scott check out items in the Bicycle Gallery located in the stay Tuesday. Oakwood Furniture Galleries. Thomasville is one of six cities serving as overnight stops for Chair City an overnight stay this to arriving at Baptist Children’s will perform, and Miss Teen cyclists who are participating in year. During the brief stop, May- Home, the cyclists will come off North Carolina will make an or Joe Bennett handed out Big Martin Luther King Drive, turn appearance. The city of Thomasville will Chair lapel pins and Hammond, left on Main Street and cross the provide bicycle-guided tours of a longtime Thomasville Medical railroad tracks, Scott said. “We hope businesses might the Civil War Trail and free range Center volunteer known as “Purple Grandma,” hugged cyclists, see fit to either close or let half balls and golf lessons at Winding their employees leave for half Creek Golf Course, and live music Scott said. Serving as an overnight stay for an hour between 1 p.m. and 4:30 will be going on at the bandstand the event, the city of Thomasville p.m. to line the course,” Scott and amphitheater in downtown Thomasville. and Baptist Children’s Home of said. the 2009 Cycle N.C. “Mountains to N.C. have big plans for the cyLabonte also is expected to proThe Baptist Children’s Home, the Coast” bike ride, which began clists. which will have sleeping quar- vide remarks at a ceremony that Saturday in Blowing Rock. At noon, the majority of cyclists ters for the cyclists, will pro- evening. According to Scott, director will begin arriving at the Baptist vide entertainment, food and Scott said he anticipates the of Thomasville Tourism, a mid- Children’s Home from Waston an evening outdoor movie. The event will have a $75,000 econommorning pit stop in Thomsaville Avenue, going under the arch- Baptist Children’s Home chil- ic impact on Thomasville. three years ago helped entice way entrance to be greeted by dren also will sing, the East DaCycle N.C. officials to make the staff members and vendors. Prior vidson High School Jazz Band email@example.com | 888-3657
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N.C. 62 study moves well past halfway mark BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
ARCHDALE – A study that will guide development along N.C. 62 is about two-thirds completed, according to Jeff Wells, Archdale’s planning and zoning director. The Archdale City Council approved an agreement earlier this year with the N.C. Department of Transportation to commission a study – the N.C. 62 Corridor Access Management Plan – to examine how to take advantage of anticipated development along the N.C. 62 corridor near Interstate 85 and the Interstate 74/U.S. 311 Bypass. “What we are trying to do is ensure the traffic safety and mobility of N.C. 62 is maintained through
current and future years,” Wells said. “What we have found out is that the
‘What we are trying to do is ensure the traffic safety and mobility of N.C. 62 is maintained through current and future years.’ Jeff Wells Archdale planning and zoning director thoroughfare works and functions pretty well, but looking into the future, we have identified this area as an area that will be
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Parachute manufacturer offers sewing classes PINEBLUFF (AP) – Harold and Pat Clark always worked in textiles. But finding that kind of work is no longer easy for the Moore County couple, who are both in their mid-50s. Harold Clark said he’s been laid off three times in 11 months, while his wife has stayed home for about 15 years. Recently, the Clarks took advantage of a rare opportunity. They learned sewing skills from a parachute manufacturer in Pinebluff in hopes of getting jobs with the company, which contracts with the military. For four days, the couple went to the BRS Defense parachute plant in Pinebluff to learn how to sew low-velocity cargo parachutes. “I’m going to put everything I’ve got into this,” Pat Clark said while drawing a mock-up sewing pattern. Neither she nor her husband had ever sewed before. “I’m a believer,” she said. “If other people can learn it, I can learn it, too,” Pat Clark said. The parachute manu-
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try, we now have to give our students choices in lenders,” she said. “Under direct lending, there is no lender, only the Department of Education.” Lisa Koretoff, director of financial aid at Guilford Technical Community College, said the bill could eliminate thousands of jobs in the private lending sector that depend upon FFELP. “In the economy we have now, it’s a real shame that we’re killing jobs when we’re on the verge of recovery,” said Koretoff, who is also the president of the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Koretoff agreed with Setzer that students deserved more than one lender choice, and her organization has written letters to Congress in support of FFELP. Meanwhile, students also hang in the balance, wondering how the changes would affect them. “I’m OK with the way my loans are handled
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Shannon Taylor works on sewing together a draw string bag during job training at the BRS Defense parachute plant in Pinebluff. Students learn to sew simpler things to improve their sewing skills before moving on to parachutes. The students that finish the training will have a chance to be hired by the company. facturer took over an old curtain factory less than two years ago. In July, it announced plans to hire 80 shift workers. Less than two months later, parent company BRS Aerospace said about 20 or more workers will be needed.
Gary Moore, a spokesman for BRS Aerospace, said 110 to 120 people could be hired. The most needed workers are sewers, who will be trained to use industrial sewing machines to stitch parachute panels together. Cutters,
lifters, inspectors and packers also are in short supply. In all, the contract will bring in more than $6.6 million, Moore said. The Clarks, who attended all four classes, said they plan to put in job applications.
Special vaccine clinic set for Guilford students ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
GUILFORD COUNTY – County health officials will hold two additional immunization clinics in High Point and Greensboro on Tuesday to administer free Tdap vaccines to sixth-graders and other 12-year-olds who need the shot for school. Many of the students may have been sent home Thursday because they had not taken the shot. School district officials reported at the end of last week that out of the district’s 5,547 sixth-grade students, 201 were missing documentation of an upto-date Tdap vaccination. By state law, Thursday was the first day students were required to be excluded from school if a record of the vaccination was not provided. All of the district’s 25 middle schools had less than 30 students each without the vaccination.
Last year: On the first day of suspension last year, 1,150 students still needed the vaccination or needed to provide shot documentation. Information: Parents with questions about the special clinics should contact the Guilford County Department of Public Health at (336) 641-7777. The special clinics will be held 8:30–11:30 a.m. at both health department locations, 1100 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, and 501 E. Green Drive, High Point. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will be seen on a first-come, firstserved basis.
Parents or guardians should bring the child’s shot record and insurance card with them. The Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis was made available by the health department at free community clinics during the summer and at middle school open houses in August. The Tdap vaccine can protect adolescents and adults against three serious diseases caused by bacteria. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches or wounds. Tetanus, which also is known as lockjaw, can lead to “locking” of the jaw to stop swallowing. Tetanus leads to death in up to two cases out of 10. Diphtheria can cause breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and even death. Whooping cough can lead to pneumonia and hospitalization.
Once-bustling N.C. airport looks to forge revival WINSTON-SALEM (AP) – It has been nearly 10 years since once-bustling Smith Reynolds Airport had regularly scheduled passenger service, and while there are those who would like to see a return to those days, some officials say it’s not likely. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Tom McKim, an attorney for R.J. Reynolds who serves as chairman of the five-member airport commission and others familiar with the airport said that there are obstacles to progress at the airport – the chief being that the airport is essentially landlocked, with little room to grow. “It has taken a while for some people to come to terms with the notion that Winston-Salem may never really be an air-carrier airport again,” McKim said. “That would be nice but that is not realistic.”
The joint meeting of Rotary Club of Furnitureland and host Rotary Club of High Point featuring Robert J. Skotnicki of Global Licensing will be held at noon Oct. 22 at High Point Country Club. A report in Friday’s edition incorrectly said the meeting would be Oct. 19.
5 Washington bikini baristas accused of prostitution down while fixing lattes and mochas. During a two-month investigation, detectives also saw the women lick whipped cream off each other and pose naked for pictures at the Grab-n-Go Espresso stand in Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle. Owner Bill Wheeler told KCPQ-TV employees sign a policy prohibiting the kind of behavior alleged by police. He said anyone caught doing anything
illegal would be fired. The women, ages 18 to 24, were not arrested, said Sgt. Robert Goetz. They were expected to be in Municipal Court in a few weeks to answer misdemeanor charges. Police have received more than 40 complaints in the past year of women exposing themselves at coffee stands. Goetz said the department investigated Grab-n-Go because it had the most complaints.
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Troubles have continued for the airport. Last month, the airport lost its director and a subcontractor complained that it hadn’t been paid by the prime contractor. An airline suspended operations on Sept. 17 and its owner was arrested last week and charged with failing to pay health-insurance premiums. In 1963, the Winston-Salem airport had 130,000 takeoffs and landings. But by the time Piedmont merged with USAir in 1989, Smith Reynolds Airport had long been surpassed by Greensboro as the Triad’s destination airport. Passenger boardings at Smith Reynolds dropped from about 33,000 in 1980 to 2,711 in 1984. The number of boardings rebounded somewhat, and the airport served about 8,000 passengers in 1999 before passenger service was stopped in early 2000.
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now,” said Dustin Jenkins, a junior at High Point University. “If the government would try to help out in some way or increase the flow of availability, that would sound good to me as well.” Setzer said students who qualify for the Pell Grant would see an increase in funds, but other changes would fall upon administration costs financial aid offices. “Students wouldn’t see a real change in the loan process until they graduated,” she said, noting that each student would have to call the Department of Education with questions about their loan instead of a private lender. “This will be more labor intensive for schools. Some schools may have to hire more staff to handle the changes, but I don’t see as many jobs coming back as would be lost.”
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Police make arrest in bank robbery ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
HIGH POINT – Police on Saturday announced an arrest in connection with a bank robbery last week. Matthew David Floyd, 33, of High Point, was charged Friday with robbery with a dangerous weapon in the
Wednesday robbery of High Point Bank, 2758 S. Main St., according to police. Floyd, who has no known permanent address, was arrested at 2429 W. Green Drive, room 115 without incident and jailed under a $150,000 bond.
He’s accused of stealing cash from the bank after threatening the use of a weapon and fleeing on foot before getting into a white car on Bellemeade Street. Police said the robbery is still under investigation and more charges are expected.
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Reform health care to help the uninsured I will have to work full time until age 69 just to have health insurance for my wife, who is four years younger than me. After 42 years with my company, Hanesbrands decided to eliminate my position at age 62. I thought that this was a great gift of early retirement until they decided to no longer subsidize the retiree medical premiums, increasing them from $126/month to $1,000/month, and drastically reducing the benefits. I don’t mind work, I’ve worked for 50 years, but my wife has medical problems that require me to be with her more. It’s hard to give her quality time working 40 hours a week. Also, my three sons were recently all laid off their jobs because of the economy, losing not only their income but also their health insurance. We keep our fingers crossed that they won’t have any serious medical issues. Have you been to the emergency room lately? It is often overflowing. We took my mother-in-law a few weeks ago. It was several hours before she even got a bed, and 12 hours before being discharged. We’re glad that it turned out to not be as bad as we feared. I would like to know how many of the folks that were being treated there had insurance or the ability to pay. This conservative is also a realist, and knows that health care for all is of the utmost importance. DAVID PENKAVA Asheboro
Congress was not forced to approve 19th Amendment I was perplexed by Bill Brewer’s letter (Your View, Sept. 22) asking people to join in his crusade to amend the Constitution even though his letter contained inaccuracies and he doesn’t posses even a remedial understanding of how the U.S. Constitution is amended. First some inaccuracies, Teddy Kennedy is not one of the most liberal members of Congress (I’m assuming I don’t have to say why). It’s not two-thirds of the state legislatures that are needed to pass a constitutional amendment but three-fourths. The Suffrage Act of 1920 never existed. And Congress was not “forced by
constitutional law to accept this movement into the national Bill of Rights” (his words) since the Bill of Rights refers to only the first 10 Amendments. Now, his 19th Amendment (commonly known as women’s suffrage) errors: This amendment was not “forced on Congress,” rather it was passed by Congress, the House voted 304-89 on May 21, 1919, the Senate voted 56-25, on June 4, 1919, to send the amendment to the states for ratification. It was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, by Tennessee (the 36th of 48 total states – see three-fourths!) and it became part of the Constitution. I’m sure Brewer has an awesome encyclopedia, but unfortunately (for him) the most awesome encyclopedia isn’t needed when you can read the Constitution itself. There are four (and only four) ways to amend the Constitution: 1) Proposal by convention of states, ratification by state conventions (never used), 2) Proposal by convention of states, ratification by state legislatures (never used), 3) Passed by Congress, ratification by state conventions (used only once for the 21st amendment which repealed the 18th Amendment (prohibition), 4) Passed by Congress, ratification by state legislatures (used all other times). Brewer clearly aims to follow No. 1 or No. 2, but factually the 19th did not. RON LOREN PITTS High Point
fact, actuality and truth, while realist concerns reality and practical matters with imaginary or visionary results. The failures of real and true ideas have created impossibilities for the realization in life. The Constitution is a made-up, make-up (idealist decree) organization of fundamental laws, principles and standards by rules of liberal, conservative or independent persons for certain people. The Bible is “the word” and “history” (Jesus’ story of redemption) of God through Jesus Christ for “the way,” “the truth” and “the life,” for all “earthly mankind”! We (mankind) are to present our bodies (life, lives) “as living sacrifices,” “holy” (spiritually whole, sound) acceptable to God (not willfully mistreatment) which is our reasonable service Obama, Congress should let (rational living). Many people have become conformed to society (world sysentire Patriot Act expire tematic mind-set) through their senses of feeling, tasting, touchPresident Obama wants Congress to extend parts of the Patriot ing, seeing and hearing. The Bible teaches a transformation (born Act that are about to expire. I again), renewing (cleanse from think that the entire Patriot Act sin), restoring (return to original should be repealed. George Bush and most, if not all, state) of our minds for that which is good, acceptable, and the perof the members of Congress who fect (being morally mature) will made this law didn’t even read of God. All script (law, legislation, it. Many Americans don’t know how many rights we lose with this customs, culture) of the Constitution was given by the inspiration act. One provision gives governof men, but not inspired for all ment agents the power to enter men. All Scripture was given by your home or business without the aspiration and inspiration of a warrant. They can then search God (through godly men), but all and plant wiretaps. Then there Scripture is not inspired by God are roving wiretaps. And don’t for mankind. forget they can still copy your The so-called Christian church medical, financial and library and its people, “saints that ain’t” records. The Founding Fathers (apostles, prophets, evangelists, would have opposed the Patriot Act. Benjamin Franklin once said, pastors, teachers and members), have diverted to a sacrilege luke“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary warm religion that Heaven cannot accept, and Hades would detest if security, deserve neither liberty it could. Jesus Christ, the revelanor security.’’ CHUCK MANN tion, resurrection and salvation Greensboro are for His most discriminating customer, mankind! JAMES R. RICKS JR. Trinity The Christian church has
become lukewarm Ideas, idealist, real and realist mirror different body languages, meanings and results. Ideas form appearances of things favorable or unfavorable to reality, while idealist behavior and thoughts focus strictly on ideas. Reality exists or happens as
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It really was Tom DeLay, and he danced OK “Do you love me, now that I can dance?” – The Contours, 1962
ell, no. Love is hardly the first word that comes to mind when one considers Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader who threatened judges and otherwise trampled the constitutional separation of powers during the Terri Schiavo affair, who once likened the Environmental Protection Agency to the Gestapo, who said in the wake of the Columbine massacre that guns have “little or nothing” to do with juvenile violence, who fought to make this country a fundamentalist Christian theocracy, and who left Congress in 2006 under scandal clouds and criminal indictment. And indeed, very little love is evident in the comments that have attended DeLay’s stint as a contestant on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars,” the ABC television competition that pairs professional hoofers with “stars” (that term being very loosely interpreted) who strut, shake and shimmy their way through various feats of Terpsichore. Gail Collins of The New York Times compared him to “your crusty Uncle Fred” who “got drunk at your graduation party
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and tried to sing “My Way.” Jon Stewart pronounced his performance fatally gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that). And a viewer speculated on an ABC message board that the show must’ve invited DeLay only because Bernie Madoff was
not available. But you know what? I can’t hate on the guy. I’d love to, but I can’t. In the first place, DeLay’s debut performance last week – he danced to the old frat party standard, “Wild Thing” – was alarmingly un-terrible. If, that is, you discount the unfortunate moment where the camera zeroed in as he gave his backside a rather emphatic wiggle. The sight of Tom DeLay shaking his booty was profoundly disturbing on so many levels that I momentarily considered taking an ice cream scoop to my eyeballs. But other than that, he was stunningly not-awful. The other reason I can’t pile up on DeLay is that it would be the height of hypocrisy. I have seldom spoken of this in so public a forum, but you see, your correspondent is one of many Americans
afflicted with a crippling disease. I have Rhythm Impairment, compounded by a bad case of Granite Hips. This is also known as Elaine Benes Syndrome, after the “Seinfeld” episode where Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character did a dance that was likened to “a full-body dry heave set to music.” I am to dancing what Roseanne
So who am I to make fun of Tom DeLay, this archest of conservatives throwing his body around a dance floor with liberal abandon? is to singing and Donald Duck to motivational speeches. I am as graceful as a refrigerator falling down a flight of stairs. Some years ago, I confessed all this while speaking before a room full of elementary school kids. They responded with the tender compassion that is unique to children, chanting “Dance! Dance! Dance!” in a mounting tone of command. I felt not unlike a man standing on a high ledge with
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the crowd below yelling, “Jump! Jump! Jump!” A braver man would have at least tried to bust a move. Me, I waited them out, then went back to my Career Day presentation. So who am I to make fun of Tom DeLay, this archest of conservatives throwing his body around a dance floor with liberal abandon? I couldn’t do what he’s doing if you put a gun to a puppy’s head, if you promised it would bring world peace, if you gave me Taraji P. Henson’s phone number scribbled on the back of a billion dollar bill. He is, yes, as forward-thinking as a tyrannosaur – and about as warm and cuddly. But in shaking his 62-year-old backside before an audience of millions, Tom DeLay struck a blow for every Elaine Benes that ever was, one that made you want to stand and shout, “Yes I can!” As one of the rhythmically impaired, I’m here to tell you: It was a brave and inspiring sight. And I hope to Heaven I “never” see it again. LEONARD PITTS JR., winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a columnist for the Miami Herald. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He chats with readers Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT on www.MiamiHerald.com.
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PARIS – Three French soldiers were killed Sunday in a violent storm in northeastern Afghanistan, while another was killed when an armored vehicle fell into a ravine, French officials said. In the storm deaths, one soldier was struck by lightning, while two others were swept away in a flooding river, French military spokesman Christophe Prazuck said.
South African marries 4 women at same time WEENEN, South Africa – Milton Mbhele showed up for his wedding in a white limousine – with four brides. The women in white gowns each received rings and a kiss from the groom at a ceremony Saturday attended by hundreds of people. On Sunday, the families gathered for a second traditional Zulu wedding and planned to exchange gifts on Monday. South African recognizes traditional polygamous marriages.
Florida man severely burned during fight DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Officials say a man was airlifted to a central Florida hospital for treatment after he was severely burned during a fight over beer, cigarettes and money. Ambulance company spokesman Mark O’Keefe says 47-year-old Dean Allen Fultz suffered “serious burns.” 42-year-old John Harper dragged Fultz into a wooded area, poured gasoline on his face and lit a fire, according to a police report.
Clinton: Hard for Iran to make peace claim WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she doesn’t believe Iran can convince the U.S. and other world powers that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, putting Tehran on course for tougher economic penalties beyond the current “leaky sanctions.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates played down the effectiveness of mili-
tary strikes against Iran’s newly disclosed secret uranium-enriching facility. Gates and Clinton said economic and diplomatic pressure would have a better chance of changing Iranian policies. “The reality is, there is no military option that does anything more than buy time,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union” in an interview broadcast Sunday. The nuclear program,
which Iran claims is designed to generate electricity, is at the top of the agenda at a meeting Thursday in Geneva.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) – In letters written to her mother, the woman charged in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart has sought forgiveness for any pain she has caused and says she expects to spend the rest of her life in prison. Wanda Eileen Barzee, 63, however, makes just one reference to Smart
in the 12 letters obtained by The Associated Press. And she doesn’t provide details about the nine months the girl allegedly spent with her and her now-estranged husband Brian David Mitchell. The couple is charged with multiple felonies in state court and last year was indicted by a federal grand jury.
Afghan official may quit after attack KABUL (AP) – A powerful member of President Hamid Karzai’s Cabinet threatened to quit after a suicide car bomb attack targeted him Sunday, killing five people, in the latest Taliban attempt to destabi-
lize Afghanistan’s struggling government. Two Americans were among six NATO troop deaths elsewhere. Energy Minister Ismail Khan railed against the dramatic rise in violence in Afghanistan.
IRAN FIRES TESTS Meanwhile, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said it successfully test-fired short-range missiles Sunday in drills meant to show Tehran is prepared to crush any military threat from another country.
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MANILA, Philippines – Many Filipino villagers managed to save only the clothes on their backs but began to rebuild Sunday as the flood waters receded from a tropical storm that set off the worst flooding in the Philippine capital in 42 years and left about 80 dead. Army troops, police and volunteers plucked dead bodies from muddy flood waters and rescued drenched survivors from rooftops after Tropical Storm Ketsana came through.
Meet Leo, a retired truck driver who has lived in High Point for over 40 years. At one point, Leo found himself living in a rooming house, where he was only able to afford to eat one meal a day. He eventually began receiving food stamps, but only enough to feed himself for 2 – 3 weeks. Finally, he was referred to the High Point Housing Authority and Senior Resources of Guilford, who worked together to get him into Elm Towers, where he lived for 2 years. Thanks in part to the lunch program provided at Elm Towers by Senior Resources, Leo was able to live --- and eat --- normally. Today Leo is married and lives with his wife in a home of their own. But he hasn’t forgotten what hunger felt like. Leo now volunteers for Senior Resources for several hours each week at Elm Towers. “I am grateful for all they did for me,” he says, “and I always try to give something back.” No one in our community should have to experience true hunger --- and especially not our most vulnerable citizens like children and senior citizens. Thanks to your support, older adults like Leo can ﬁnd the help they need to meet their basic needs. When we reach out a hand to one, we can inﬂuence the condition of all. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.
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California GOP looks to 2010 races INDIAN WELLS, Calif. â€“ The Republicans are gearing up to challenge liberal stalwart Barbara Boxer for her U.S. Senate seat next year. Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and John McCain confidante, is not yet an official candidate, but she has registered a campaign committee, â€œCarly for California,â€? and her team had a strong presence at this weekendâ€™s statewide party convention.
Attorney: OKC bombing tapes appear edited OKLAHOMA CITY â€“ Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sunday. â€œThe real story is whatâ€™s missing,â€? said Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney.
6 hurt in multi-vehicle collision near Tampa TAMPA, Fla. â€“ Authorities say a crash involving 15 vehicles including a charter bus injured six people on Interstate 75 near Tampa, Fla. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Craig Lynn says none of the injuries are considered life threatening. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Defense Secretary Robert Gates says itâ€™s a mistake to set a deadline to end American military action, as some liberals have sought, and that a defeat would be disastrous for the U.S. In a stern warning to critics of a continued
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Job losses hurt Social Security WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years, the first time thatâ€™s happened since the 1980s. The deficits â€“ $10 billion in 2010 and $9 billion in 2011 â€“ wonâ€™t affect payments to retirees because Social Security has accumulated surpluses from previous years totaling $2.5 trillion. But
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Racing film debuts in front of packed house BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
THOMASVILLE – Bill Blair’s father, a racing legend and early star of the sport in the 1940s, lived to see stock car racing become a national sensation. But his son said that the elder Bill Blair, who died 14 years ago, never could have envisioned his life would become a subject for the silver screen. “He never imagined any of this would happen,” Blair said Sunday afternoon as he greeted friends and well-wishers outside T. Austin Finch Auditorium before the public screening debut of “Red Dirt Rising.”
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“Red Dirt Rising,” which debuted Sunday afternoon in a screening at T. Austin Finch Auditorium in Thomasville, is based on the book published earlier this decade by local author Gail Cauble Gurley. She co-wrote the screenplay with J. Amanda Davidson. The movie chronicles the lives of the early race car drivers in the Piedmont in the 1940s, who were the pioneers of the sport that has evolved into NASCAR. For more information, check the Web site www.reddirtrising.com.
The film, based on a book written by local author Gail Cauble Gurley, chronicles characters based on the lives of early race car drivers in the Piedmont. Blair said that his father, who continued to farm
on High Point area land much of his life while racing, cherished the thrill of high speeds and the camaraderie among his fellow drivers and fans. “It was romantic – like the American West era
of racing,” Blair said. More than 1,100 fans packed the auditorium for the film’s screening, with some moviegoers arriving more than an hour before the early afternoon event. Replicas of early stock cars were parked along Unity Street in front of the auditorium for fans to see upclose. Gurley said that she was thrilled years ago just to achieve the publication of her book, “Red Dirt Tracks: The Forgotten Heroes of Early Stockcar Racing.” “This is unbelievable,” she said as the moviegoers line up around the auditorium waiting to take their seats.
Gurley, who co-wrote the screenplay for “Red Dirt Rising,” said the movie will be distributed to film festivals to see if a studio will pick it up for general distribution to theaters or release it to a DVD format for sale in stores and through the Internet. Retired Archdale Police Chief Gary Lewallen, whose father Jimmie is one of the early racers depicted in the film, credits fans of racing in the region for helping come up with the funding and other support for the movie. Lewallen and Gurley are executive producers of “Red Dirt Racing.” firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3528
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Yaohang Li, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department and the Department of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, received the National Science Foundation Career Award in the area of computational science and engineering. The Faculty Early Career Development Program is a foundation-wide activity that offers National Science Foundation’s awards in support of the early career-development activities of teacherscholars.
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DENTON – For Debra Swaim, branch mananger of Denton Public Library, the days of worrying about the lack of space for library workers and patrons are now over. According to Swaim, construction crews should be finished with a 7,016square-foot addition to the library by the end of this week. Crews have been working on the new addition since February. While the new addition is not currently ready for the public, Bar Construction allowed library workers to start moving books and shelves into it Monday. The library has been closed this week, so library workers can make the transition to the new addition. As part of the third and final phase, the old part of the library will be renovated when the new addition opens for the public in the near future. The renovation should be completed by December, Swaim said. The Denton Public Library needs more space because workers have
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Debra Swaim, branch manager for Denton Public Library, sorts books. Swaim says construction should be completed on the addition by the end of the week. to shelve books behind books at the existing 4,476square-foot building. “For the first time, people will be able to see what our collection actually is,” Swaim said. “We have been crowded so long. They haven’t even seen the books that have been behind the books.”
In 1992, the library moved from the former City Hall building to its current location, which formerly served as the home to agricultural and home economics programs for the former Denton High School. The facility is the fifth location in the library’s history.
Bar Construction, one of 37 bidders for the expansion and renovation project, placed a bid that was well below what the county had projected.. The county expected the project to cost $1.7 million. Commissioners agreed to fund $1.1 million of the
project, but asked the Denton community to raise $600,000. The community’s contribution was decreased to $300,000 when the bid came in lower. Swaim said the library raised $250,000 through the community and grants.
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Walkers show support for victims of violence ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
HIGH POINT – Last year, 83 domestic violence murders occurred in North Carolina and three victims were Guilford County residents. The High Point Task Force of the Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality will hold a “Walking Out on Domestic Violence” event Oct. 7 to bring attention to the problem and ways for victims to find help. The walk will be followed by a luncheon and program with speakers and displays of local service providers. Walkers should meet at 11 a.m.
at the High Point Regional Hospital Emergency Room, 601 N. Elm St. From the hospital, participants will walk to the YWCA at 112 Gatewood Ave. Immediately following the walk and during a 1 p.m. luncheon, participants will hear advocates and survivors address domestic violence issues. In five of the six years from 1997 to 2002, North Carolina has ranked in the top 10 in homicide rates for females murdered by males, according to the N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five women in North Carolina has been sexually assaulted. The Coalition on Infant Mortality is a nonprofit organization housed within the Guilford County Department of Public Health. The goal of the coalition is to ensure that babies are born healthy and thrive beyond their first year of life. The group works to eliminate infant death and disability, and disparities through community education and involvement.
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Problem: Between 2002 and 2003, North Carolina’s Domestic Violence Hotline received 90,341 crisis or support calls. Information: For more information, contact Deborah Caesar at 845-6143 or Teresa McKeon at 336-883-0650 ext. 230. To get help for a victim of domestic violence, call the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-888-232-9124.
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Myrtice Bowman.....Pinnacle Eugene Bush......Elyria, Ohio Gary Collins..........High Point HIGH POINT – Mr. Gary Mae Gray..............High Point Jan Lindsay............Lexington Lee Collins, 56, of High Roy Parks...............Asheboro Point died Sept. 18, 2009, unexpectedly after a brief The High Point Enter- illness. A lifelong resident of prise publishes death notices without charge. Ad- High Point, he was born ditional information is Aug. 12, 1953, to M.W. and published for a fee. Obitu- Grace Flow Collins. He ary information should be was preceded in death by submitted through a fu- his father. Survivors include his neral home. mother of High Point; brother, George Edward (Peggy) Collins and sister, Deborah C. (Clay) Haynes, HIGH POINT – Mae Spen- both of Trinity; sisters, cer Gray died on Sept. 23, Sharon C. Smith of High 2009 at Westchester Man- Point and Sandra C. Talton of Middlesex; nephew, or. She was born on June Robert M. Smith of Las 26, 1911, the daughter of Vegas; nieces, Pamela Joseph Clayton and Han- (Bryan) Brinkley of Trinnah Newlin Spencer. Her ity, Tracey (James) Watdeceased brothers and son of Bailey and Angela sister were William Wiley Garrett of Wake Forest; Spencer, Winifred S. and also two great nephCanoy and Clayton New- ews and two great nieces. A private memorial serlin Spencer. vice was held on Sunday, On June 24, 1933, she married James Leonard Sept. 27, 2009. Memorials may be Gray, who died in 1986. made to the charity of the Mrs. Gray is survived by her son, James L. Gray donor’s choice. Online Jr. of Winston Salem; condolences may be made her daughter, Brenda G. through www.cumbyfuHaworth of High Point; neral.com. Arrangements by her six grandchildren and eight great-grandchil- Cumby Family Funeral dren; her brother, Ruffin Service in High Point.
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ASHEBORO – Roy L. Parks, 78, died Sept. 26, 2009. The family will hold visitation at the home, and the graveside service will be private.
Eugene P. Bush ELYRIA, Ohio – Eugene P. Bush, 84, of Elyria, Ohio, died Sept. 24, 2009. The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Elyria. The family will be at the home of a brother, Melvin Bush, on Dixie Street in Lexington.
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DURHAM – The trial for the woman accused in the 2007 killing of an N.C. Central University graduate student has been postponed, Assistant District Attorney David Saacks said. The trial was supposed to get under way this week, but two of the state’s witnesses will be out of the county for the next two weeks, Saacks said. The trial may begin in November, but that’s not certain, he said. Shannon Elizabeth Crawley is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Denita Monique Smith. Crawley was a 911 worker in Guilford County. Smith, 25, was a popular NCCU student who wrote for the Campus Echo, the school’s newspaper.
PINNACLE – Myrtice Elizabeth Marshall Bowman, 89, formerly of Pinnacle, died Sept. 27, 2009. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Volunteer Baptist Church. The family will hold visitation from 1-3 p.m. prior to the service.
Jan Lindsay LEXINGTON – Jan Walser Lindsay, 73, of Oak Avenue, died Sept. 24, 2009, at the Brian Center Nursing Home of Lexington. The funeral will be at noon Tuesday at Files Chapel Baptist Church with family visitation at 11:30 a.m.
NEW YORK (AP) – William Safire, the conservative columnist and word warrior who feared no politician or corner of the English language, died Sunday at age 79. The Pulitzer Prize winner died at a hospice in Rockville, Md. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, family friend Martin Tolchin said. Safire spent more than 30 years writing on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. In his “On Language” column in The New York Times Magazine and more than a
dozen books, Safire traced the origins of words and everyday phrases such as “straw man,” “under the bus” and “the proof is in the pudding.” New York Times Co. Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement: “For decades, Bill’s columns on The Times’s Op-Ed Page and in our Sunday Magazine delighted our readers with his insightful political commentary, his thoughtful analysis of our national discourse and, of course, his wonderful sermons on the use and abuse of lan-
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Gap Inc. co-founder succumbs to illness PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Donald G. Fisher, who co-founded apparel giant Gap Inc., has died at age 81 after a long battle with cancer. The company said Fisher died at his home in San Francisco on Sunday morning surrounded by his family. Those who knew him said he was a great entrepreneur and philanthropist who helped shape the retail world and his local community. Fisher and his wife Doris opened the first Gap in 1969 in San Francisco, after running into difficulties finding jeans that fit. They named the store after the idea of “The Generation Gap” and sold jeans and music, to appeal to a younger crowd. The simple, affordable style that became the namesake brand’s trademark resonated with shoppers and took off quickly. A former real estate developer with no previous retailing experience, Fisher initially anticipated maybe “as many as 10” stores. But Gap grew to be one of the nation’s largest specialty retailers with
guage. Bill will be greatly missed.” Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor of The Associated Press, who served as a correspondent and Washington bureau chief of the Times during Safire’s years as a columnist, said the conservative writer was a mentor and friend to a generation of Washington journalists of all political persuasions. “He believed in the values of journalism – of ferreting out the truth and holding leaders to account, Republicans and Democrats,” Oreskes said.
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RANDOLPH COUNTY – The office of the Randolph County Economic Development Corp. will relocate to the Randolph County Historical Courthouse in Asheboro next month. The EDC said Thursday it will move to the courthouse, 145 Worth St., effective Oct. 1. The EDC office will be closed on Sept. 30 for the move. The renovated 1909 Randolph County Historical Courthouse is located in downtown Asheboro. Randolph County workers have spent the last two years renovating the building for new users. The building, empty since 2002, has received a complete renovation while keeping most of the original architectural features. “Randolph County has done a magnificent job of renovating the historical landmark, and we are very proud to be its first new occupant”, said EDC President Bonnie Renfro. The EDC will operate in first-floor offices that originally were home to the clerk of Superior Court, solicitor, grand jury and sheriff’s offices in 1909. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and received the county’s first Local Historic Landmark designation. Built at an original cost of $34,000, the building also will house the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority at a future date. The EDC mailing address is P.O. Box 2001, Asheboro, NC 27204. The office can be contacted at 626-2233.
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Catch and release Kelsey Ford (from left) and Aillia Milsun, both students at Southeast Guilford High School, hold tracking equipment while Dick Thomas, Piedmont Environmental Center director, shows them a box turtle like the one they will be tracking. Some of the turtles on the PEC property have been fitted with a device that can be picked up by the trackers.
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Petitions: Contact Samara Johnson, supervisor of high school counseling, at 336-370-2332. Forms are available on the GCS Web site www.gcsnc. com/parents/petition.htm.
GUILFORD COUNTY – Former students who earned certificates from Guilford County Schools because they failed a computer test can petition to receive a diploma, but it could take a while to get an answer. District officials will accept petitions for diplomas during a five-
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Dear Abby: I am 20 years old and during this past year I have been exposed to more drugs than I ever thought possible. I have tried many of them – from prescription drugs, marijuana and cocaine to ecstasy. I know my decisions were reckless. Abby, I’m writing this in the hope of reaching out to anyone who will listen. I was blessed that I didn’t become addicted, and even luckier that I’m still alive. There are those who are not as fortunate as I am. I have heard more stories about drug abuse, overdoses and drug-related deaths in my town than I can handle. I want to change this. I want to make a difference. But I need help. How can I get involved and make people in my community more aware that our town has a problem? – Reaching Out in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Dear Reaching Out:
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graduates, we will have to do the research to check it out in the old records,” Terrence Young, chief technology officer, told the Guilford County Board of Education on Thursday. Legislators decided this summer to stop requiring a passing grade on the computer competency test because of budget cuts. Students have been
tested on computer literacy in the eighth grade since 1996. The reading and math tests were used since the 1980s. The state also eliminated the third-grade reading and math competency pre-tests and the end-of-course tests for physics and chemistry. But none of those exams was required for graduation.
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Anxiety-ridden student seeks help learning to relax ear Abby: I am sick of being afraid of everything in my life. I’m a 21-yearold college student who wakes up every morning wondering what will go wrong today or what I am going to screw up this time. I don’t know how to get beyond the little misfortunes that occur on a daily basis, and I take every form of criticism to heart, even if it’s a joke. I get nervous before and during every activity I take part in. I also get nervous talking to close friends and relatives and have a hard time articulating what I mean to say because I’m afraid everyone is judging me. Please tell me how to relax for once; I honestly do not know how. My stress level is over the top, and it exhausts me beyond belief. I know I have a problem, and counseling is not an option. – Messed Up in Ohio
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he Imperial Foods chicken processing plant in Hamlet was the location of the deadliest industrial fire in our stateâ€™s history. This avoidable tragedy occurred Sept. 3, 1991, resulted in 25 deaths, as well as 54 injuries, and led to a federal investigation. Ninety employees were on duty when a hydraulic line powering a conveyor belt supplying the cooker failed, igniting the fire. The building dated back to the early 1900s, so the fire spread rapidly. Unbelievably, emergency response was delayed because telephones inside the plant could not be used, so the ownerâ€™s son drove to the fire station to report the fire. He did not inform firefighters that people were still inside the plant. The fast-moving fire caused the workers to panic, resulting in many of them suffering injuries while trying to escape. Most of those that escaped unharmed were workers located in the front of the building who were able to use the main entrance. Unfortunately, many of the workers were trapped in the back of the building by a curtain of thick black smoke. The terrible tragedy of this fire is that those trapped in the back could not escape because exit doors had been locked from the outside by management to prevent theft and vandalism. A few workers were able to escape by kicking down locked doors, and many left indentations in the doors that
were found later by investigators. Most of those in the rear FIREHOUSE that were lucky CHAT enough to escape Lee found Knight their â– â– â– way out through a loading bay door. The opening was blocked by a tractor-trailer, but rescuers moved the truck when they heard workers pounding on the inside of the trailer. In the aftermath it was discovered that the plant had not received a state inspection in the 11 years it had been open because of a lack of inspectors. The owner, Emmett J. Roe, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to almost 20 years but served less than four. Imperial Foods was fined $808,150, the most in North Carolina history. The factory never reopened, causing the loss of 215 jobs. 24/7/365: You call; we respond. KENNETH LEE KNIGHT is a battalion chief in the High Point Fire Department. He can be contacted at kenneth.knight@ highpointnc.gov.
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 Club, 15 Elliott Drive. KIWANIS of Downtown High Point meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the String and Splinter Club, 305 W. High Ave. Elizabeth Allen at 881-3204. 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
Yesterdayâ€™s Bible quiz: Complete: â€œThis Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the ... hand of God ..., and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy ..., he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.â€? Answer to yesterdayâ€™s quiz: right, exalted, Ghost (Acts 2:32-33)
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