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Eight shopping days left Retailers expect heavy traffic through Christmas Eve BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Local retailers said traffic was surging through their stores as the Christmas shopping season nears its end, and sales are about the same as last year. Last week alone, national holiday sales rose 1.1 percent, according to ShopperTrak RCT Corp., a Chicago research firm that DON DAVIS JR. | HPE tracked sales at more than 50,000 stores. AnSi Bell took granddaughter Elizabeth Pierce to select her other research firm, comScore, reported a 4 Christmas gift at Target. She is visiting from Tennessee percent increase in online sales last week. “I would say sales are comparable to for the holidays.
last year,” said Joe Harmon, sales floor executive at Target at 1050 Mall Loop Road. “We’d like to be more positive in sales, but with the way the economy is, I guess comparable is always good.” Harmon said navigation systems and flat-screen televisions were selling out once the items went on sale. Jason Scott, manager of Belk at Oak Hollow, said he had noticed a new consumer trend this shopping season - buying for one’s self. “Because shoppers haven’t spent money during the first part of the year or over the summer, I think they are spending some on themselves that they haven’t in the past,” he said. The weekend of Dec. 18-20 is the busiest shopping weekend of the year after the
Amy Brown, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Thomasville Middle School, was named the Thomasville City Schools Teacher of the Year. Brown recently received her National Board Certification and is eligible for Regional Teacher of the Year.
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John Slack and Joyce and Harold Parrish are seen with some of the donated gifts the Silver Valley Civitans will distribute in the community.
Civitans brighten Christmas for needy kids BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
SILVER VALLEY – With more families requesting help this year than ever before, the Silver Valley Civitan Club is looking for some help for its annual project of giving families a Christmas. “Every year we see more and more need – especially this year,” said Gary Arnold, former club president. “This year will be
the greatest ever we have seen in the 43 years.” In 1966, Project Santa Claus was inspired by Arnold’s late father, Sam Arnold, and Tony Jarrell, when the two and many others were surprised to see some of the living conditions in Davidson County. The program, which helped more than 50 families last year, has continued ever since. “I think a number of them would not have a Christmas
without us,” Arnold said. “They might not have a decent Christmas dinner or would not have the proper clothing to wear to school – especially here in the winter, and the kids would not have toys at all.” As part of Project Santa Claus, members of the Silver Valley Civitan Club on Christmas Eve will deliver toys, clothing and food to 63 families. Clothing and toys will be distributed to at least 112 children in 50
families, which is up from 98 youngsters served last year. “Last year was a record year, and now this year it has increased again,” Arnold said. “Basically, the economy has hit so many people. So many more people are out of work or on short time if they are working. A number of people who are on the list this year may have been on it in the past, but last year they were not, but now be-
cause times are tough they are back on it.” Arnold said cash contributions for the project have totaled about $1,600. The Silver Valley Civitan Club still needs additional funds for a shopping trip set for Friday. Cash contributions, which will help the club buy food, clothing and toys, can be made by contacting Harold Parrish at 472-2379. email@example.com | 888-3657
Rape, kidnapping trial ends in acquittal BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a drug-related dispute in southeast High Point has been found not guilty by a jury. Leroy Ted Shankle, 52, was acquitted on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping in an alleged attack near E. Green Drive on March 29, 2008. Prosecutors claimed Shankle accosted the alleged victim at a convenience store because he believed
she had stolen crack cocaine from him. Shankle was accused of grabbing the woman by the hair, taking her across E. Green Drive to a Shankle shed in a secluded area and raping her. The woman identified Shankle as her suspected attacker and testified against him. Vikram Kapil, a Greensboro attorney who represented Shankle, argued that her identification of his client was unreliable because she had been using
cocaine and drinking alcohol prior to the incident. There was forensic evidence collected from the scene “but it appeared the state had not tested that evidence,” Kapil said. The state did not have DNA evidence in the case, but the woman had injuries indicating she was sexually assaulted, and she was consistent in her account of what happened when questioned by police, medical personnel and in her testimony, prosecutors said. The state’s case included testimony from a Guilford County Jail inmate who claimed Shankle had
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confessed to the alleged rape while incarcerated awaiting trial. Kapil argued that the inmate, who faces various fraud-related charges, testified in an effort to curry favor with prosecutors in the hopes of lighter punishment. He said he wasn’t sure how much weight the jury may have attached to this or any other issues in the trial. “I don’t know what their deliberations were,” Kapil said. “The state had a strong case.” firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3531
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New Hanover County Sheriff detectives remain on the scene in Wilmington Tuesday, investigating the death of an elderly woman who is believed to have passed away in the spring of this year.
Family kept corpse of NC woman in bed for months WILMINGTON (AP) – Relatives of an elderly North Carolina woman kept her corpse in their home for months, until authorities discovered the woman’s body this week, and a prosecutor said Wednesday that one of the family members will face a criminal charge. “There is no question it was known to the family and should have been communicated to law enforcement,” said New Hanover County District Attorney Benjamin R. David. “This is not tolerated under North Carolina law and it is not tolerated by this law enforcement community.” David said a member of the family would be charged with failure to report a death, which is a lowlevel felony in North Carolina. He declined to identify the relative being charged, referring questions to the local sheriff’s office, which could not be reached for comment after hours.
The sheriff’s department Web site later listed the arrest of Amy Blanche Stewart, a 47-year-old resident of the same home in this coastal North Carolina city. It was not immediately clear her relationship to the dead woman and the Web site did not specify a charge against her. The family did not return a message left seeking comment Wednesday evening. The allegations come a day after police said a 911 caller reported that Blanche Matilda Roth was unconscious and not breathing. They found Roth’s body in her bed. Police said Roth likely died in May, before her 88th birthday in September. New Hanover County Deputy Charles Smith said caretakers had been going in and out of the house on a quiet cul-de-sac on a daily basis. He would not specify if the caretakers were family members but said they were not nurses.
Neighbors said Roth’s family had been living in the house with her and continued to go on as normal after Roth’s reported death. A woman who answered the door at the home Wednesday morning refused to comment. David said an autopsy was completed Wednesday but he declined to reveal its results. He did not rule out additional charges for abetting concealment of a death, a misdemeanor. He also said investigators were looking into Roth’s financial records. Smith said the residence was very well kept. He said police hadn’t received any calls requesting checks on Roth’s welfare. “They were quiet and stayed to themselves all the time,” neighbor Ray Taylor, 72, said of the home’s residents. Martin Pedersen, another neighbor, said he had no idea Roth had died.
CVB reports further decline in tourism BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – The High Point Convention and Visitors bureau reported a decline in revenue for the fifth consecutive month since the beginning of its fiscal year in July at its meeting on Wednesday. Sales declined 10 percent last month compared to November 2008, the bureau reported. The bureau’s deficit for the year stands at about $72,000.
Treasurer Chris Greene said the 10 percent decline was less severe than declines in recent months such as August, when sales declined 18 percent. “We are operating with a lot less money than in years past and are hopefully doing an equal or better job without those funds,” she said. The bureau, which receives its funds through the hotel room occupancy tax, approved a $2,000 event booking incentive for the Southeastern
Regional Ballet Association in May 2010. The bureau estimates the event will bring 1,200 people to High Point with an estimated economic impact of $607,683. Marva Wells, sales manager for the bureau, said major leads for future events had been issued last month, including a lead for the North Carolina Society of Medical Assistants Regional Seminar. The event, which took place in High Point in past years, would bring 150
people to the city with 55 total hotel room nights. A lead for boys and girls tournaments for The Score Showcase also was issued, and the events would bring a combined 1,500 people to the city with 1,020 total room nights in July 2010. “Some of these groups that have been here in the past, it’s time for them to rotate locations,” Wells said. “Slowly but surely, they are beginning to travel again.” email@example.com| 888-3617
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City requires firefighters at candle services HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) – Churches in an Alabama city better count on a few extra guests at Christmas Eve candlelight ceremonies. The Birmingham suburb of Homewood requires a permit and four off-duty firefighters to attend any ser-
vice where candles are passed out to parishioners. Fire Chief John Bresnan says the rule has been in place for 10 years, but many churches didn’t know about it. Pastor Sid Burgess of Edgewood Presbyterian Church says rule “does seem like overkill” and
the cost of up to $400 to hire firefighters can be a lot for a small church. The rule doesn’t apply if ministers and other church leaders are the only ones handling the flames. The fire chief says the rule is all about ensuring safety in crowded rooms with open flames.
• Robert James Ratliff, 32, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, wanted for grand jury indictment for assault inflicting serious bodily injury. • Antonio Branae Baskins, 24, 6 feet tall, 165 pounds, wanted for grand jury indictment for habitual felon and common law robbery. • Jenitta Tichelle Grace, 28, 5 feet tall, 225 pounds, wanted for grand jury indictment for conspiring to sell/ deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for drugs. • David Leon Peoples Jr., 36, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 235 pounds, wanted for felony failure to appear. • Archia Cosmacarcey White, 27, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, wanted for grand jury indictment for felony sell/deliver cocaine. • Isaac Levon Wilson, 33, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 200 pounds, wanted for grand jury indictment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. • Cornelius Tremayne Goldston, 26, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 225 pounds, wanted for grand jury indictment for habitual felon. • Deborah Ann Slade, 52, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 200 pounds, wanted for identity theft. Anyone with information about any of the suspects is asked to call High Point Crimestoppers at 889-4000.
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Black Friday rush, Scott said. He said he expected traffic on Christmas Eve to be heavy because it falls on a Thursday. People will do their shopping earlier and travel out of town sooner if the holiday occurs just after a weekend, he said. Oak Hollow Mall has seen major traffic surges from shoppers as Christmas nears, said General Manager Vickee Armstrong. “This year, unlike prior years, we are seeing daily increases (in traffic) on weekdays,” Armstrong
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said. “Even though there is that skepticism about the economy, customers are optimistic and buying wiser this year.” Robert Hayes, store manager for Kmart at 2850 S. Main St., said he heard concerns from customers about financing Christmas shopping this year. “They aren’t sure how they are going to pay for everything this year,” he said. “A lot of stuff is going onto credit cards.”
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Police charge four teens in church break-in BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
DAVIDSON COUNTY – Four youths face charges in connection with a Lexington church break-in. Lexington police responded to a breaking and entering call at First Wesleyan Church, 1405 Winston Road, on Dec. 4, and discovered that someone had entered the church and stolen computers, electronics and musical instruments. Adam Frank Saferight, 17, of Broad Street, Lexington, was arrested and charged Tuesday with breaking and entering to a place of worship and felony larceny after breaking and entering, police said. Saferight was taken into custody at the Lexington Police Department. Saferight was placed in the Davidson County Jail
Resident holds suspect at gunpoint ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
DAVIDSON COUNTY – The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office has charged an Archdale man with a break-in after a witness caught him in the act of allegedly stealing scrap metal. According to a sheriff’s office press release, deputies received a report of a subject who had broken into an outbuilding located at 3728 Old Greensboro Road. A resident who caught the man in the act was holding him by gunpoint until deputies arrived. The sheriff’s office said deputies discovered that Joey D. Eads, 27, of 6148 Mendenhall Place, had entered an outbuilding without the owners’ consent and attempted to take scrap metal from it. After further investigation, deputies arrested Eads and charged him with two counts of breaking and entering and one count of attempted larceny. Eads was placed in the Davidson County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.
Deputies seize 20 pounds of marijuana ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
DAVIDSON COUNTY – A monthlong investigation by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office ended this week with vice and narcotics deputies locating nearly 20 pounds of marijuana and arresting two Lexington men. The sheriff’s office said deputies ended the investigation Monday at 3903 Horseshoe Neck Road in Lexington. Deputies have charged Timothy Neal Harrell, 48, of 3909 Horseshoe Neck Road, with trafficking marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance. Harrell received a $100,000 secured bond. Billy Ray Scott, 58, also of 3903 Horseshoe Neck Road, has been charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Scott received a $5,000 secured bond. The sheriff’s office said Harrell was found possession of 19.5 pounds of marijuana and $5,360 in cash. Scott was found in possession of 125 grams of marijuana and $587 in cash, according to the sheriff’s office.
under a $200,000 bond. Three others were charged with felony possession of stolen property: • Mary Leeanna Saferight, 19 of Broad Street, Lexington, charged on Tuesday and jailed un-
der a $1,000 bond. • Joseph Patrick Hanes, 20 of Lohr Street, Lexington, charged on Saturday and jailed under a $1,000 bond. • Ashley Nikkol Sean, 18 of Eller Road, Lexington, charged on Saturday
and released. All four defendants have court appearances scheduled for Jan. 27. In an unrelated case, Lexington police announced the arrest of Sherrie Louane Pennington, 29, of East Holly
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Iran tests missile, stoking tensions with West TEHRAN, Iran â€“ Iran on Wednesday test fired an upgraded version of an advanced missile capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe, an apparent show of strength aimed at discouraging attacks on its nuclear facilities. The test of the medium-range Sajjil-2 fueled calls for tougher sanctions against Tehran, which has resisted U.N. demands that it rein in its nuclear ambitions. Iran touted the launch as a success, proving it can deter any U.S. or Israeli military strike.
Terror monitor: Tape of captured US soldier due KABUL â€“ The Taliban have announced they will release a new video of a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan, a U.S.-based terrorism monitoring group said Wednesday. SITE Intelligence Group said the media arm of the Afghan Taliban made the announcement Wednesday on their Web site. The Taliban did not name the American. The only U.S. soldier known to be in captivity is Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, who disappeared more than five months ago in Afghanistan.
Al-Maliki implicates security in Baghdad blasts BAGHDAD â€“ Dozens of suspected plotters in last weekâ€™s deadly suicide bombings that killed 127 people in Baghdad were linked to security forces, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday. The revelation came as the Shiite prime minister, who is running for re-election in March, sought to assure Iraqis that he has security under control. But repeated security lapses attracted withering criticism from the Sunni vice president who hinted that the prime minister should resign.
Pakistani court deals president big blow ISLAMABAD â€“ Pakistanâ€™s top court struck down an amnesty Wednesday that had protected U.S.-allied President Asif Ali Zardari from corruption charges, setting the stage for political turmoil at a time when America seeks a united front against militants along the Afghan border. The ruling is a major blow to the desperately unpopular Zardari and could mark the beginning of his downfall, analysts said.
Protestors with a group called Lobbyists for Profitable Climate Solutions, one holding fake dollar bills, heckle demonstrators near Bella Center, the venue of the U.N. climate change conference, in Copenhagen Wednesday.
Climate talks deadlocked COPENHAGEN (AP) â€“ The 10-day-old climate talks ran into disputes and paralysis as they entered a critical stage Wednesday, just two days before President Barack Obama and more than 100 other national leaders hope to sign a historic agreement to fight global warming. Poorer nations stalled the talks in resistance to
what they saw as efforts by the rich to impose decisions falling short of strong commitments to reduce greenhouse gases and to help those countries hurt by climate change. Conference observers said, however, that negotiators still had time to reach agreements. Outside the meeting site in Copenhagenâ€™s sub-
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Berlusconi has trouble eating, stays in hospital ROME â€“ Premier Silvio Berlusconi is in pain and having trouble eating and will stay in the hospital at least until today recovering from an attack by a mentally ill man that broke his nose and two teeth, doctors said. Doctors said they had ordered Berlusconi, 73, to cancel or reduce public appearances at least for the next two weeks, meaning he will skip climate talks in Copenhagen.
Toddler has 50 sewing needles inside body BRASILIA, Brazil â€“ A 2-year-old Brazilian boy has as many as 50 metal sewing needles inside his body and a doctor treating the boy said Wednesday they were apparently stuck there one by one. Dr. Luiz Cesar Soltoski said surgeons hope to remove most of the needles but because some are stuck in his lungs, they have to wait until the childâ€™s breathing improves. The boyâ€™s mother told police she doesnâ€™t know how the needles got inside her son, but police have opened an investigation.
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Poll: Gains for Obama, not his Afghan plans WASHINGTON â€“ Americans like seeing President Barack Obama finally tackle Afghanistan â€“ even if most donâ€™t support his plans. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows the presidentâ€™s marks for handling the eight-yearold war have jumped by double digits â€“ more than half now approve â€“ since he capped a three-month strategy review by announcing a big troop increase. He said he would boost U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 100,000 â€“ and begin bringing them home in July 2011.
House passes defense bill, rushes to adjournment WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The House voted on Wednesday to pay for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and ensure the jobless donâ€™t lose their benefits, spearheading a flurry of legislative activity as lawmakers hurried to finish their work for the year. On the last day of what has
been a tumultuous year, the House also took action to prevent the government from defaulting on its mushrooming debt and voted for a $174 billion package to stimulate job growth through infrastructure projects, help for teachers and first responders, and extended safety nets for the unemployed.
White majority to end by mid-century WASHINGTON â€“ The estimated time when whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans has been pushed back eight years â€“ to 2050 â€“ because the recession and stricter immigration policies have slowed the flow of foreigners into the U.S. Census Bureau figures released Wednesday update last yearâ€™s prediction that white children would become a minority in 2023 and the overall white population would follow in 2042.
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HPU students are full participants in city’s life My classmates and I were hurt by Ruth Sedon’s letter to the editor Dec. 4 (Your View, “Here’s a solution for mall woes and HPU’s needs”). Her comments were a slap in the face. I don’t know where she got the information that allowed her to paint all of us with one wide stroke of her brush. High Point University students have been a part of this neighborhood and city for 85 years. We contributed 30,000-plus volunteer hours to local nonprofit organizations in 2009 – virtually every nonprofit organization in town. We come from all over the country and make High Point our home. Some in this city, it sounds, wish the university would just close down. Our fraternities’ and sororities’ service projects include Red Cross blood drives, funding for Open Door Ministries, Breast Cancer Awareness, Push America (Pi Kappa Phi’s National Disabilities’ Foundation), The American Cancer Society, Diabetes Research, The Prevention of Child abuse, United Way, and others. We have raised tens of thousands to help all kind of High Point causes. I am so proud that the HPU family increased its giving to the United Way from $30,000 to $120,000 in only four years. Our Student Government Association conducted several fundraising events this fall to help United Way. We shop and dine at the local stores and restaurants every day. The university has enabled our student passport cards to be used as a debit card at over 40 local businesses and each week other businesses are added to the list. We buy clothes, dine, buy gas, get
our cars repaired and go to the movies, etc., across the city. Our parents stay in hotel rooms when they visit. The university’s buses take us to shopping areas across the city and even to the mall regularly. High Point University is a wonderful institution, and I am so very proud to be the student body president at HPU. ANDREW REALON High Point
why they are pushing Christmas on us so early? What good can come from this? Their reason for pushing Christmas? It’s “the” major consumer event of the year. A grand slam for retailers, advertisers and sweat shop operators from around the non-Christian world to get us to consume. Stock markets worldwide watch closely as we good Christians open our wallets to purchase the products that show our love for God. Their hope is that Christmas shoppers will fix Let’s have a world constantly the economy, to think it doesn’t even get a stimulus package! We know Christmas doesn’t celebrating Christmas need a stimulus package. Because Christmas begins Dec. 25 and is every day we Christians embrace Christ’s teachings. We don’t need celebrated for 12 days, ending on the Feast of the Epiphany. When I stimulation to be kind, to forgive see holiday displays in stores and those that trespass against us or radio stations playing holiday mu- to love your neighbor as yourself. We don’t need stimulation sic before we even have a chance to prevent stealing, killing, lying to enjoy a slice of canned cranberry sauce with turkey, I wonder or coveting the neighbor’s wife,
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ometimes we seem like people on a pleasure boat drifting down the Niagara river, unaware that there are waterfalls up ahead. I don’t know what people think is going to happen when a nation that already sponsors international terrorism has nuclear bombs to give to terrorists around the world. Since this is an era when many people are concerned about “fairness” and “social justice,” what is your “fair share” of what someone else has worked for? Here is a math problem for you: Assume that the legislation establishing government control of medical care is passed and that it “brings down the cost of medical care.” You pay $500 a year less for your medical care, but the new costs put on employers is passed on to consumers, so that you pay $300 a year more for groceries and $200 a year more for gasoline, while the new mandates put on insurance companies raise your premiums by $300 a year, how much money have you saved? I seldom read fiction – and I tend to regard autobiographies as fiction. In response to news of President Obama receiving the Nobel Prize for peace, an email from a reader recalled a black classmate’s comments upon graduating from high school many years ago. When asked to list the advantages and disadvantages of being black, the black student facetiously listed as an advantage “being praised for infinitesimal accomplishments.” Many colleges claim that they develop “leaders.” All too often, that means turning out graduates who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do. There are already too many people like that, and they are a menace to everyone else’s freedom. Some people are so busy being clever that they don’t have time enough to be wise. No one likes to admit having been played for a fool. So it will probably take a mushroom cloud over some American city before some Obama supporters wake up. Even so, the true believers among the survivors will probably say that this was all George Bush’s fault. Stepping beyond your competence can be
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like stepping off a cliff. Too many people with brilliance and talent within some field do not realize how ignorant – or, worse yet, misinformed – they are when talking like philosopher-kings about other things. OPINION There has probably never before been as drastic a Thomas decline in the quality of Sowell vice presidents as there has ■■■ been when Dick Cheney was replaced by Joe Biden. Yet the New York Times is lionizing Biden as a wise counselor to President Obama. When you support the liberal agenda, that makes you brilliant ex-officio in the media, whether or not you are vice president – and whether or not you have even common sense. Government pressures on mortgage lenders to accept less than the full amount they are owed may win votes for politicians, since there are far more borrowers than lenders. But how much future lending can be expected when the lenders know that politicians are ready to intervene at any time to prevent them from getting their money back? Some people think that the Obama administration is going to get rid of Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, making him the scapegoat for its economics failures. This would be consistent with the president’s acting as if the people under him are not carrying out his policies. But if they get rid of Geithner too early, that will not help if things still do not get better after he is gone and before the 2010 elections. Can you name the only .400 hitter who never won a batting title during his whole career? Or a pitcher who stole home? If you are one of the first 10 to answer either of these questions, you will receive a free copy of my most recent book, “The Housing Boom and Bust.” THOMAS SOWELL, a native of North Carolina, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www. tsowell.com.
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It’s time for overlay district action S he High Point City Council and city planning and zoning officials are making this Market Overlay District matter much more complicated and much more controversial than it should be. Those officials have held numerous meetings and hearings during the past year, and still there won’t be a decision on the issue until sometime next year after more review and discussion – some public and some likely in private. Such machinating gives the impression to people who live here and to those who come here during the High Point Market that community leaders don’t have a clue about what they’re doing or either are trying to slide something by them. It is past time that City Council get on with drawing appropriate lines for the overlay district (lines we suggested a few weeks ago would work just fine) and approving creation of the district. That action is needed now to set the stage for continued activity in the market showroom district and to spur ideas for developing areas adjoining the market district. Areas surrounding the Market Overlay District will be prime locations for business ventures that have the potential to benefit marketgoers and also bring people back to the center city area when home furnishings markets are not in session. Entertainment venues, restaurants, other commercial establishments, arts and historical attractions, office developments and even urban housing are types of developments that can be successful if revitalization plans are properly prepared and carried out with the intent of stimulating activity downtown year-round. Certainly, the Market Overlay District matter is important to the future of High Point and shouldn’t be taken lightly. But the future begins today, so it’s time to get on with it.
because we don’t do those things, that much. So there’s a little stealing, killing, lying and coveting that happens in our Christian world, maybe a little too much. Maybe Christmas could use a stimulus package and be pushed even earlier! Here’s my idea: Immediately after Christmas we start again. For the entire year, the radio stations play holiday music 24/7 and the stores keep the festive displays up. Maybe if they do that, we’ll have more time to learn the teachings of Christ Jesus. Imagine a world constantly celebrating Christmas. That should make real good Christians out of all of us. Maybe pushing Christmas early is a good idea. Maybe good can come from this! Merry Christmas. JAMES BRIGHAM High Point
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tâ€™s the Christmas season in full swing, and I am looking at it rather differently this year. That is because a video I recently viewed just blew up my view of God. Just a few weeks ago, our church viewed the â€œHow Great Is Our Godâ€? video by Louie Giglio. If you have never heard of Giglio or never seen one of his videos, I challenge to find him on the Internet (it wonâ€™t be difficult), sit back and watch. Have you looked up on a clear night lately? I know that I donâ€™t do that enough. I get stuck on the mundane details of my personal affairs and forget how enormous Almighty God truly is. I forget that He is beyond anything we could possibly dream of or imagine. After all, Psalms 33:6 says: â€œBy the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.â€? Giglio said God spoke light into existence and it came out of His mouth traveling at 186,000 miles per second. In fact, miles are useless when it comes to God. Thatâ€™s because a light year is 5.88 trillion miles, and many other galaxies lie thousands of light years away from our own planet. Wow! But look at that verse again. Giglio calls God a â€œstar breather!â€? Thatâ€™s right â€“ those giant balls of light were made simply by the breath of His mouth! You really must watch the video to hear some of the details of the stars beyond our own galaxy. After careful consideration of the greatness of God, my praying has changed. I am trying to avoid the laundry list of things I want God to do â€“ or not to do! Instead, I am trying to focus on worshiping who He is. I am trying to do more listening than talking, too! The beauty of beginning to grasp how great God is includes the dawning that if He can hold the stars and galaxies in place, then He is truly able to hold on to us. And I am more amazed than
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Single-payer health care plan dies in Senate WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The liberalsâ€™ longtime dream of a governmentrun health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vowed it will return when the realization dawns that private insurance companies â€œare no longer needed.â€? The proposalâ€™s demise came as Senate Democratic leaders and the White House sought agreement with Sen. Ben Nelson, DNeb., to become the 60th supporter of President Barack Obamaâ€™s health AP
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