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GREENSBORO – Two education professionals from a pair of High Point schools were recognized as Guilford County Schools top teacher and principal Monday. Terri Roberts of Southwest Elementary School and Cheri Keels of Triangle Lake Montessori School were named the respective winners of the district’s 2008-09 Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year awards at the
school system’s annual “Celebrating Excellence in Education” event at War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro. Roberts, who was selected for the honor by a committee of principals, administrators and veteran educators, has been teach-
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ing advanced learners in kindergarten through fifth grade at Southwest Elementary for the last three years. The award carries a $1,500 prize, and she will represent teachers across the district at various local and state events. She said she developed “a real addiction to the classroom” after a professional background in other fields. “What an honor to represent the teachers of Guilford County and have an opportunity to represent a message of hope,” said
Roberts, who has 17 years of teaching experience. “We have the very best staff, the best PTO and the best students anyone could ever hope for.” In addition to being named the top teacher, Roberts was named the elementary school teacher of the year. Deanna Wynn, a science teacher at Southern Middle School, was named middle school teacher of the year and Darren Corbett, an English teacher at Grimsley High School, was named high school teacher of the
year. Jennifer Caligan, a fifth-grade science and social studies teacher at Nathanael Greene Elementary School, and Joan Kimmel, an English teacher at Weaver Academy, were the other finalists for Teacher of the Year. Keels, principal at Triangle Lake Montessori since 2006, was previously assistant principal at Allen Jay Middle School. “What an honor and a blessing. ... Thank you to my staff, students and par-
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End of summer travel season causes gas prices to fall BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
TRIAD – Motorists in the Triad can breathe a sigh of relief as fluctuating gas prices fell for the second week in a row and are expected to continue to decline. The end of summer travel has caused oil prices to drop along with other economic indicators, according to AAA officials. The association predicts that
prices will continue to fall another 5 cents to 10 cents over the next few weeks. “We’re coming out of the summer driving season, so there’s always a drop in demand,” said Brendan Byrnes, public relations manager for AAA Carolinas. “The gas prices are reflective of that low demand.” While some aspects of the economy have displayed an improvement in recent months, such as
automobile sales, Byrnes said the overall sluggish recovery continues to keep oil prices down. “Although there are some positive economic reports out there, the fact of the matter is that the state still has an unemployment rate over 11 percent,” he said. “There are still people that aren’t driving to work every day and taking those day trips.” “Our recovery is probably happening, but it’s still very uneven,” added Mike McCully, associate professor of economics at High Point University. “The other factor that seems to be influencing prices is
there are very high supplies of oil right now. We haven’t had any supply disruptions from hurricanes so far this year.” The holiday season is approaching, but Byrnes said it shouldn’t have a startling effect on prices this year. “Prices traditionally don’t go up too much over the winter holidays,” he said. “It’s too soon to tell, but with all of the unemployment, there may be slightly less travel than last year.” With a $2.35 average price per gallon in the Triad, the area fares better than most in the state.
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HIGH POINT – The High Point Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a proposal at its meeting tonight that could determine the future growth of High Point University. The University Area Plan will go before the commission at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 211 S. Hamilton St. in the City Council chambers. The plan was created by the Planning and Development Department to propose areas where the university could grow over the next 20 years based on its anticipated needs, according to
tions to guide the orderly growth of the university area,” Galanti said. Galanti will be presenting the plan at the meeting. Don ScarThe University Area Plan will borough, vice president of comgo before the Planning and munity relations at High Point Zoning Commission tonight at University, will speak on behalf its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. of the school. The meeting will be held in the The map is divided into three Municipal Building at 211 S. phases. University officials said if Hamilton St. in the City Council passed, the land from those phases chambers. A final version of the would be required as needed, with plan can be found at http:// phase one acquired first. www.high-point.net/plan/UniThe plan first was presented to vArea.cfm. the public at a meeting last December at Christ United MethodHeidi Galanti, planning adminis- ist Church. trator for the city. Public comments were taken “The purpose was to conduct a at another meeting in July, and study and prepare recommenda- a public open house was held on
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MOORESVILLE – Police continued to search for two missing Mooresville girls and their adoptive father today. The girls’ mother said one of the missing girls is nine months pregnant and needs urgent medical care. Missing are 12-year-old Keara Lasha Hess, who is pregnant, and Sierra Nicole Hess, 11. They haven’t been seen since leaving home with their adoptive father Thursday morning, investigators said. Iredell Sheriff’s Office Lt. Julie Gibson said Sunday night that investigators haven’t received any tips from the public and have no concrete informa-
tion about where their father, Mathew Hess, might have taken them. “We’re not able to track any activity that he’s done at all,” such as cell-phone calls, Gibson said. Jeanette Hess, the girls’ mother, is especially concerned about Keara because she was due to give birth to a baby boy over the weekend, she said in an interview with the Observer. She told the Observer that she wants her daughter’s pregnancy disclosed because she is scared Keara won’t receive medical care and because it will help people notice them. “I want people to know – she sticks out like a sore thumb,” Hess said. “I want someone to call police, I need to know something.”
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THOMASVILLE – The North Carolina Division of Water Quality announced Monday that it has fined the city of Thomasville $35,116 for a wastewater spill over the summer. The unpermitted sewer system overflow of 15.93 million gallons into Hamby Creek in July and August was initially reported by the city as 385,000 gallons on Aug. 3. Later, the city amended its report when it discovered that the spill had begun earlier. The total amount of the spill, as amended, is the largest on record with the division.
N.C. lawmakers positive even with mental health cuts RALEIGH (AP) – Legislative leaders who monitor North Carolina’s mental health system are surprisingly positive after negative actions they took last month to close a budget hole. They’re pleased with new Department of Health and Human Services leaders who oversee treatment for more than 300,000 mentally ill patients, substance abusers and the developmentally disabled. However, spending cuts for treatment reaching as high as $400 million this fiscal year mean there’s no doubt patients will lose local treatment options and see other services curbed. “I’d be optimistic if we didn’t cut the budget 20 percent,” said Dave Richard, executive director of the Arc of North Carolina, which advocates for the mentally disabled. “You can’t do what they’re doing without hurting thousands upon thousands of people in the state.” The cuts had to be deep, accord-
ing to Democrats who calculated the budget gap for this year at more than $4 billion. But improved cooperation with the de-
Improved cooperation with the department helped prevent patient cuts from getting worse, said Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe. partment helped prevent patient cuts from getting worse, said Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe. “We now have people we can work with,” said Nesbitt, co-chairman of the Legislature’s mental health oversight committee. “This (reduction) is what we had to do to preserve the system.” The good feelings contrast with
eight years of frustrations and setbacks for a mental health reform effort that a legislative watchdog agency said in July ultimately wasted up to $635 million in government money on one initiative alone. The positive vibes are traced to Secretary Lanier Cansler, who was hardly a newcomer when Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed him in January. The former House member, from Buncombe County like Nesbitt, was deputy secretary during then-Gov. Mike Easley’s first term before a brief consulting career. Under Easley, the department struggled to carry out a 2001 law designed to shift the state’s mental health programs away from institutional care to community-based treatment offered by private providers. Lawmakers and advocates clashed with the department under then-Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom because they said she didn’t seek their input enough. But advocates say Cansler wasn’t part of the problem.
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ents for your continued support. Without you, I couldn’t do this job,” said Keels, who also received a $1,500 award. Also recognized Monday were 16 schools that demonstrated the greatest academic improvement during the past school year. Each school received a $9,600 gift. The schools are Bessemer, Cone, Guilford, Kirkman
N.C. doctor indicted for crash that killed ballerina Cook of Raleigh was indicted Monday by a Wake County grand jury on charges of second-degree murder, careless and reckless driving and driving while impaired.
Officials say the 42year-old plastic surgeon was driving 85 mph in a 45 mph zone when he struck the car of Elena Bright Shapiro, a Winston-Salem ballerina, earlier this month. Shap-
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The priest who married them never filed a return of marriage document proving he performed the ceremony. The Skrouts are working with the church to fix the problem but for now are joking about it and say they have no plans to live apart.
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Couple has 49-year marriage but no documents WILMORE, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania couple still plan to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary next month even though they recently learned their marriage paperwork was never filed. Frank and Betty Skrout were married Oct. 6, 1960,
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RALEIGH (AP) – A North Carolina grand jury has indicted a doctor on multiple charges in connection with a wreck that killed a 20-year-old ballerina. Raymond Dwight
The untreated wastewater spill, which began July 13 and ended Aug. 4, came from the North Hamby Creek Outfall Line near Baptist Children’s Home Road, and sewage spilled into the North Hamby Creek in the Yadkin/Pee Dee River Basin, which flows into High Rock Lake. City officials have said the spill happened as a result of a manhole that collapsed, possibly during or after a rainstorm on July 13. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division continues to probe the spill. The city is also investigating.
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Officials seek witnesses to fatal S.C. helicopter crash GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) â€“ As federal investigators looked for witnesses to the crash of a medical helicopter, funeral services were set Monday for two of the three crew members killed in the rainy weekend accident. Investigators said they found no immediate indication there was any malfunction with the aircraft before the Friday night crash and that the engine seemed to be working properly. The helicopter went down in a pine stand in a sparsely populated area south of Georgetown, about 60 miles northeast of Charleston, S.C.
â€œWeâ€™re not surprised, it being so rural, we have not heard from anybody,â€? Peter Knudson, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman. He said two NTSB investigators would remain at the scene for the next day or two documenting wreckage that, at this point, provides no obvious clue what happened. â€œThere is nothing we have found so far to indicate there was anything wrong with the aircraft prior to the accident,â€? he said. The helicopter did not have, and was not required to have, a flight voice recorder.
As part of the investigation, experts will take apart the engine to make sure it was operating properly, Knudson said. Omniflight, the Texasbased company that operated the helicopter, identified the crew members as pilot Patrick Walters, 45, of Murrells Inlet, flight nurse Diana Conner, 42, of Florence and paramedic Randolph Claxton Dove, 39, of Bladenboro, N.C. The helicopter had just dropped off a patient at a hospital in Charleston and was flying to Conway, about 90 miles to AP the northeast, when it Ralph Hicks (left) and Todd Gunther, investigators with the National Transportation crashed. Safety Board, inspect debris from the crash site.
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Seyi Tayo Odueso strangled his girlfriend and slashed her wrist after their relationship had soured, a prosecutor told jurors Monday. â€œHe decided if he couldnâ€™t have her, no one would,â€? Mecklenburg County Assistant District Attorney Glenn Cole told the jury during opening arguments of Oduesoâ€™s murder trial. Cole said after Odueso, now 28, killed Christy Ann Galvin, he took her car and credit card and fled Charlotte. Galvin, 26, was found slain in her bed in July 2005. Her silver 2003 Nissan was missing from the apartment complex off Old Concord Road.
Authorities in upstate New York found Odueso trying to cross into Canada fourteen hours later, driving her car. Odueso has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Joe VonKallist, told jurors Odueso is not a â€œthug or a hood.â€? VonKallist said Odueso and Galvin were talking about problems in their relationship when she got angry. â€œShe came at him, swung a fist at him,â€? VonKallist said. Odueso saw a knife, his lawyers said, and he tried to subdue Galvin with his arm around her neck. Odueso left the apartment momentarily and when he returned she was dead, VonKallist said.
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