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The gates at Oak Hollow Festival Park, 1841 Eastchester Drive, open at 4:30 p.m. Sunday for High Point’s “Uncle Sam Jam.” Admission is $10 per carload. No cans, bottles or alcohol is allowed at the event. Pets also will not be allowed in the park.
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HIGH POINT – Musical entertainment, food and drink vendors, children’s games and, of course, a fireworks display are all on the agenda for High Point’s July Fourth celebration. The “Uncle Sam Jam” at Oak Hollow Festival Park is scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening. Despite cuts to some parts of the city budget, officials said they have not scaled back the event, which culminates with a fireworks show that lasts around 20 minutes. “We held the line on that,” said Richard Shore, city recreation supervisor. “We’ve done everything we can to keep it as high a level of quality, as high a
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level of fireworks as we can. We anticipate great weather, a really good day and good show, and we’re pleased to be able to offer this to the citizens of High Point and beyond.” The park gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and live music is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., featuring two bands – Shaggy Maggie, which plays a variety of types of music, and The Attractions, which features beach and oldies music. There is a fee for the children’s games and activities. Patrons can pay for individual rides or $10 wristbands will be available for purchase that will allow unlimited access to the giant slides, play houses and
TRIAD – Numerous North Carolinians who have put off summer vacations for the last few years due to economic constraints are expected to finally take to the streets during the Fourth of July weekend, according to AAA Carolinas. But the organization warns that anytime there is a significant increase in travel, there also is potential for an increase in traffic accidents and fatalities. AAA estimates road travel for the holiday weekend will increase by 12 percent this year – the largest year-to-year travel increase for the holiday in nearly a decade. About 930,000 people in the state will travel 50 miles or more from home. The most popular destinations for North Carolinians this weekend include Myrtle Beach, S.C., Washington D.C., Atlanta, Charleston and Charlotte. “What’s happening is a lot of people that were staying at home and waiting to go on that vacation are finally going this
other entertainment, Shore said. Other features on hand include face painting and 12 to 14 food and drink vendors. Organizers expect about 20,000 people at the park to watch the fireworks, which are put on by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale of Newcastle, Pa., and scheduled for 9:45 p.m. “It’s a great venue with the ampitheaterstyle bank, and shooting the fireworks out over the lake,” Shore said. “I don’t know that there’s a better venue, and a better place to get a full view of fireworks than there. It’s pretty awesome.” firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3531
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High Point attorney Jim Morgan recently was inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame. Morgan is one of six attorneys in the 2010 induction class. He has practiced law since 1969.
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Road work: The N.C. Department of Transportation notifies area drivers that both directions of I-40 in Greensboro are reduced to two lanes between mile marker 213 and 214 during the Fourth of July weekend due to construction of the Bridford Parkway Bridge.
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Now the recommendations and proposals for the Heart of the Triad will go to the folks who have the statutory authority over the areas – the county commissioners in Guilford and Forsyth counties and municipal officials on councils in High Point, Greensboro, Kernersville, Winston-Salem and Oak Ridge. The Strategic Planning Committee wants the seven governmental bodies who control land use in the Heart of the Triad to endorse its principles and implement them through county and municipal policies. The Heart of the Triad effort has evolved since its inception six years ago, when many residents were upset and felt locked out of the discussions. “We appreciate the opportu-
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The Heart of the Triad is an area identified as up to 18,000 acres along the Guilford/Forsyth county line that could become a mix of residential, retail and commercial development, along with preserving some land for open space. Most of the land is now used for farming or is open space.
GREENSBORO – The possible location of a Caterpillar Inc. plant in southeastern Forsyth County represents an example of why the Heart of the Triad discussion is taking place. Caterpillar is considering Forsyth County, along with Montgomery, Ala., and Spartanburg, S.C., for a new factory that could generate 500 jobs. The possible Caterpillar site would be on the western edge of what’s been dubbed the Heart of the Triad, a 18,000-acre region along the GuilfordForsyth county line that’s one of the last, large contiguous areas with major tracts of undeveloped land. A group of elected officials from the two counties and residents in the mostly rural Heart of the Triad have spent the last two years coming up with ideas for long-range land uses. The officials and residents, who make up the Heart of the Triad Strategic Planning Committee, approved a resolution outlining principles for development Wednesday. The committee members want to balance the need for economic development and job growth with preserving open space and farms and respecting the property rights of residents.
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The Heart of the Triad is a proposal to guide land use of about 18,000 acres in the center of the undeveloped area between High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Kernersville. Governmental bodies who have jurisdiction to decide on the mixed-use development concept are the Guilford and Forsyth county commissioners and the city councils of High Point, Greensboro, Kernersville, Oak Ridge and WinstonSalem. The shaded area covers the general Heart of the Triad planning area.
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ses illicit photographs, text messages e-mails or other material of sexual nature. In other business, the board of education made several administrative appointments. Sloan Denny was named the principal of Ledford Middle, replacing Evan Myers, who retired in February. She had previously served as the school’s interim principal. James Fitzgerald, assistant principal of North Middle, was named principal of Extended Day School. He will replace Bruce Johnson. Michael Foust, who shared responsibilities of assistant principal between Denton and Brier
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Creek elementary schools, was named the principal of Denton Elementary. Foust is replacing Marie Casiday, who is retiring. Billy Hunt, principal of South Davidson High, has been named the principal of East Davidson High. He is replacing Cathi Smith, who is retiring. Jonathan Hayes, assistant principal of Central Davidson High, was named the principal of South Davidson High, replacing Hunt. Stephanie Hall, co-assistant principal of Ledford Middle, was named the assistant principal of E. Lawson Brown Middle.
vide face-painting and July Fourth trinkets. The amusement rides and vendors will open at 3 p.m. Prices for the rides, food and items all vary. A DJ will be on-hand at 4 p.m. to provide music before the Part Time Party Time Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free and parking is limited. “Last year, the parking lots were filled to capacity,” said Elaine Albertson, director of the Archdale Parks and Recreation Department. “We are encouraging folks to get here as early as they can for parking.”
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JAMESTOWN – The delayed Ragsdale High School renovation project will mean a summer schedule change. While teachers and staff move from the old Jamestown Middle School to the new nearby middle school this summer to prepare for an August opening, school officials have canceled a planned move of high school classrooms to the old middle school to make way for construction. The project includes major renovations to Ragsdale High and joining it with the old middle school. A $10 million wing designed for as many as 100 autistic students will be added. With construction bids about $5.7 million over the $30 million budget, school officials are reviewing designs to see if they can rebid the project closer to the budget allowance. Andy LaRowe, the school district’s interim chief of operations, told community residents gathered at the school Tuesday
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that it will take about 90 days to prepare a second bid package. Once under way, it could take two years to finish all construction. “It was a great attempt for us to get started, but we do not want to put kids in harm’s way during construction,” LaRowe said. “There are some difficult engineering issues to deal with,” said Board of Education member Paul Daniels, who represents the Ragsdale district. “There will be a school. We will do what we promised in the 2008 bond referendum.” Daniels said the school board has the option to move money to the project from others “if we can’t get it engineered under budget.” The bid was the first for a 2008 bond project to go over budget. Many residents are mistrustful because the school board spent bond money listed for Ragsdale High and Jamestown Middle School on other voter-approved school projects on the 2003 bond referendum list.
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Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion, Denton Farm Park, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton. Music show starts at 1 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Preschoolers are free. HiToms vs. Forest City, 7003 Ballpark Road, Thomasville. Game starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin after the game. Single game box seat is $7, general admission is $6, child (6-11) $4, children 5 and younger are free. July Fourth Festival, Creekside Park, 214 Park Drive, Archdale. Amusement rides and vendors open at 3 p.m. Music starts at 4 p.m. Part Time Party Time Band begins playing at 7 p.m. and fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.
2 to 3 cents higher than last year with no major fluctuation in sight. The average gas price for the Triad on Wednesday was $2.59. “The fact that prices are almost the same as last year is pretty encouraging to people,” he said. A nationwide increase in consumer confidence is another reason AAA expects travel
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from AAA’s mapping services has seen a 17.5 percent increase since Memorial Day, and hotel bookings and airline ticket sales have increased 50 percent from last year, according to AAA Vacations. Stable gas prices are one major motivator for vacationers this year, Crosby said. Despite the increase in travel, gas prices remain only
$7 for a single game box seat, $6 for general admission, $4 for a child between the ages of 6 to 11, and children 5 and younger are free. Tickets also are available for purchase online at www.hitoms.com under the ‘Tickets’ link. The city of Archdale’s July Fourth Festival will be held at Creekside Park at 214 Park Drive. The event will feature various rides such as a Ferris wheel and a giant slide to be enjoyed by all ages. Several vendors will be on hand to provide pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, frozen lemonade, homemade ice cream and much more to hungry festivalgoers. Other vendors will pro-
TRIAD – Fireworks will be lighting up the sky Sunday night as parks around the Triad welcome crowds in the hundreds to thousands to celebrate the Fourth of July. In Denton, the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion ushers in music and food along with the explosive show. The reunion is it in its 40th year, but the fireworks show was brought back just four years ago after a long hiatus. “The fireworks are the last event of the reunion,” said Karen Miller, general manager of Denton FarmPark, site of the Threshers’ Reunion. “About 10,000 people come out each year, but we’re hoping for more.” While a lot of spectators generally watch from the parking lot, tickets are available. Admission is $14 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Preschoolers are free. If you are one for watching America’s pastime, the HiToms are playing the Forest City Owls on the Fourth with a fireworks show to follow. The baseball game begins at 5 p.m. at the HiToms Ballpark at 7003 Ballpark Road in Thomasville. Tickets are
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DAVIDSON COUNTY – Davidson County Schools students will face tougher restrictions on cell phones when they return to class in August. The Davidson County Board of Education on Wednesday approved revisions to its policy concerning wireless communication devices. The policy allows students to possess cell phones and other similar wireless communication devices on school property, but the devices are not allowed to be in use, displayed or visible during the instructional day.
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High Point police are seeking the following individuals: â€˘ Gerald Dwayne Williamson Jr., 25, 6 feet, 180 pounds. Wanted for felony possession with intent to sell controlled substance. *MAY BE ARMED* â€˘ Robert Lee Smith, 40, 6 feet, 1 inch, 140 pounds. Wanted for felony breaking and entering. â€˘ Judy Mitchell Quick, 40, 5 feet, 5 inches, 125 pounds. Wanted for felony receiving stolen property. *MAY BE ARMED*
Anyone with information on the location of these individuals is asked to call High Point Crimestoppers at (336) 887-7905.
Noe places first in Masters Category BY DIANNA BELL ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT â€“ Greg Noe came home victorious after Saturdayâ€™s 19th annual Natural Atlantic Coast Bodybuilding Championship swept through the High Point Theatre in all of its muscle-packed glory. Noe, who is president of Samuel Lawrence Furniture in High Point, competed in the Masters category and was seeking a first-place finish in order to be awarded a pro card. The card will allow him to compete in competitions within the International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation that are not open to athletes of amateur status. Seven men were in Noeâ€™s category, all jockeying for the card. â€œThose men were extremely sharp competitors,â€? Noe said. â€œThey were probably the best
group of competitors I have ever gone up against.â€? Noe added that all competitors were in extremely good shape, which made for an even tougher and tighter competition. When Noe, 54, was announced as the winner of the Masters class, he was overjoyed. â€œI was ecstatic,â€? Noe said. â€œIâ€™ve been working for this for four years, and I feel very good when I look at the competition from that day.â€? Noe also decided to compete in the Menâ€™s Open Lightweight division at the last minute that day, where he placed second. As for the future, Noe has no immediate competitions coming up. His first INBF pro card event will probably be at the beginning of next year. â€œAll that hard work finally paid off,â€? Noe said. email@example.com | 888-3537
Voters poised to judge sheriffsâ€™ qualifications RALEIGH (AP) â€“ Voters in six counties decided in May they didnâ€™t want former lawbreakers as their sheriffs. Now voters across North Carolina are poised to get a chance this November to remove them permanently from the candidate pool for the centuries-old office. The House unanimously agreed Wednesday with
the Senateâ€™s proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit convicted felons from serving as sheriff. The chamber will need to approve the language one more time Thursday before it shows up on the Nov. 2 ballot. A majority of voters would have to agree to the amendment before itâ€™s embossed in the constitution.
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Laura Ingram Cornelison LEXINGTON â€“ Laura Ingram Cornelison, 85, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Lexington Extended Care in Lexington, SC. Mrs. Cornelison, a native of Thomasville, NC and former resident of New Ellenton, SC, was the wife of the late Jack Cornelison and daughter of the late Joe Ingram and Laura Gooch Ingram. Mrs. Cornelison was the former owner of Southern Molding Company in New Ellenton and a member of Foreman Memorial Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters, LaVerne C. Phibbs and Diane C. Paynter; two grandsons, Charles Robert Phibbs, III and Wesley Tolbert Phibbs
and two sons-in-law, Doyle Gregg Paynter and Charles Robert Phibbs, Jr., all of Lexington. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at Foreman Memorial Baptist Church with visitation immediately following the service. Memorials in Mrs. Cornelisonâ€™s honor may be made to Area Seven Special Olympics, 1276 Assembly St. Columbia, SC 29201. Graveside services will be held at Holly Hill Memorial Cemetery in Thomasville, NC on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family.
David Speaks HIGH POINT â€“ David Brian Speaks, 45, died June 28, 2010, in Hickory.
RALEIGH (AP) â€” The North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to a new state government budget that contains no raises for state employees for a second straight year and threatens to underfund pension contributions even more if extra money doesnâ€™t arrive from Congress. The House voted 66-50 and the Senate voted 28-15 in favor of the nearly $19 billion spending plan in mostly party-line votes. Preliminary votes were taken Tuesday. About two hours after the final vote, Gov. Beverly Perdue signed the bill into law. With the start of the new fiscal year Thursday, it marked the first time a budget was approved on schedule since 2003. Democrats like Perdue said they had to narrow another larger budget gap â€” this time it was $800 million â€” due to sputtering state revenues caused by the global recession, but protected public school teacher positions. Perdue predicted the law would create or protect 20,000 jobs over the next three years in part through a small-business tax credit and new transportation fund. Last year, Democrats calculated the gap at more than $4 billion when federal stimulus money was included.
â€œOne more time, weâ€™re doing more with less,â€? Perdue said in a ceremony outside the old Capitol building, which was already decked out in bunting and a large U.S. flag in advance of July 4, and surrounded by public school teachers, children, legislators and Cabinet secretaries. â€œWe understood that the times were tough, the choices were going to be hard, just like we did last year,â€? Perdue said. Republicans, who sit in the minority in both chambers, said the spending plan falls short by spending too much during a deep recession and doesnâ€™t prepare enough for a potential $3 billion shortfall in mid-2011 when temporary tax increases expire and federal stimulus money dries up. GOP leaders said theyâ€™ve offered ways in recent years to save money or generate additional revenues without new taxes but theyâ€™ve been dismissed by Democrats. â€œThe truth is the majority likes to tax more and spend more, and we want to tax less and spend less,â€? said House Minority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake. One Democrat, Rep. Earl Jones of Guilford County, voted against the final budget Wednesday. He is unhappy the state hasnâ€™t strongly considered reviving the video poker industry to tap into new revenues
for the state. The budget bill gives local school districts and the University of North Carolina system the ability to force employees to take unpaid time off to save money, but lawmakers didnâ€™t mandate furloughs across state government. â€œWeâ€™re definitely pleased to see there are no (broad) furloughs and pay cuts,â€? said Erica Baldwin with the State Employees Association of North Carolina. State Treasurer Janet Cowell said the state was â€œstarting down a dangerous pathâ€? because off how little additional money was set aside to sustain the state employee pension fund. Cowell, a Democrat, told lawmakers in early 2009 the pension fund needed an additional $359 million from the Legislature during the next two years to keep it financially sound, but the two-year budget only provided a little more than half of the amount. The problem will get worse, according to Cowell, if the state doesnâ€™t receive any of the money expected from Washington to extend a more generous Medicaid formula for six months. Lawmakers created a contingency plan in the budget that would hold back $139 million in scheduled contributions from the state to the pension plan.
Officers seize 170 pounds of pot BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
DAVIDSON COUNTY â€“ A Thomasville man faces drug-trafficking charges after more than 170 pounds of marijuana was seized from his residence. On June 1, Davidson County Sheriffâ€™s Office Vice & Narcotics officers, along with members of the High Point Police Departmentâ€™s Vice & Narcotics Unit, conducted a drug investigation at 195
New Castle Court, Thomasville, authorities said. During a search of the house, detectives seized about 172 pounds of marijuana, a pistol and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. Detectives arrested Adriana Yanet Rodriguez Valdez in connection with the drugs found at the residence. While police were there, Rodriguezâ€™s boyfriend, Andres Santillan Villa, who also lived at the residence, arrived at
the scene, police said. Detectives attempted to arrest Villa in the driveway of the residence, but he â€œassaulted detectives with his vehicleâ€? and drove away, according to the sheriffâ€™s office. Villa was apprehended June 10 in Corpus Christie, Texas, allegedly attempting to enter Mexico. He has since been extradited to Davidson County and served with arrest warrants charging him with trafficking in mari-
juana by possession and manufacture, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, resisting, obstructing or delaying a public officer, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriffâ€™s office. Villa, 35, was booked into the Davidson County Jail under a $1 million bond. firstname.lastname@example.org 888-3531
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DAVIDSON COUNTY â€“ A Davidson County man faces drug charges after an investigation by authorities. While conducting a drug investigation at 676 N.C. 150 South on Monday, Davidson County Sheriffâ€™s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit officers seized 114 grams of co-
Trooper texted co-worker 2,600 times RALEIGH (AP) â€“ A high-ranking North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper sent more than 2,600 text messages to a female coworker in the months leading up to his resignation.
caine and 227 OxyContin pills from a storage unit at the address, authorities said. Detectives arrested Kerry Lamar Sheppard, 42, of Thomason Street, Lexington, and charged him with two counts of trafficking cocaine and two counts of trafficking opium in relation to the OxyContin, according to the sheriffâ€™s office.
Deputies said the OxyContin, a type of narcotic painkiller, was found in 80-milligram pill form. Authorities did not disclose what form the cocaine was allegedly found in or what they suspect the destination was for the drugs. It also was unclear what evidence led investigators to Sheppard. The seized cocaine has
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Strong earthquake hits southern Mexico MEXICO CITY â€“ A strong earthquake rattled southern Mexico early Wednesday, killing at least one man who was crushed beneath a rafter that fell from his roof. The magnitude-6.2 quake was felt as far north as Mexico City, where people fled homes and hotels in their pajamas. City officials reported no injuries or significant damage.
Uzbeks plead for help after return home OSH, Kyrgyzstan â€“ A simple plea is scrawled in meter-high letters across the charred remains of homes torched in violence against ethnic Uzbeks: SOS. But, Uzbeks who have returned to ruined neighborhoods after a promise of help from the Kyrgyz government say officials tricked them and are ignoring their calls for help â€“ and worse. Men in uniform have been detaining and beating Uzbek men, some fatally, eight of the returnees told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
2 Egyptian officers charged in brutal slaying CAIRO â€“ Two plainclothes police officers were charged Wednesday with illegal arrest and brutality in the death of a businessman in Alexandria in a case that has drawn attention from governments and human rights activists. Khaled Said, 28, died June 6. Witnesses said the two officers dragged Said out of a cafe and beat him to death. However, two state autopsies determined he died of suffocation from swallowing a packet of drugs.
Official: Militants kill 11 gendarmes in Algeria ALGIERS, Algeria â€“ An Algerian security official says suspected Islamic militants have killed 11 Algerian gendarmes in a mortar and grenade attack near the North African nationâ€™s border with Mali. The official says the gendarmes were carrying out a patrol in 4X4 vehicles in the town of Tinzaouatine when the attackers struck Wednesday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of his departmentâ€™s policy.
Brother to replace slain candidate in Mexico CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico â€“ The brother of a gubernatorial candidate assassinated in northern Mexico was named Wednesday to run as his replacement in this weekendâ€™s election. Egidio Torre, older brother of slain candidate Rodolfo Torre, said he consulted with his family before agreeing to fill in as the Institutional Revolutionary Partyâ€™s candidate for governor of Tamaulipas state, across the border from Texas.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel applauds Germanyâ€™s new president, Christian Wulff (right), at the Reichstag building in Berlin on Wednesday.
Merkelâ€™s candidate elected German president BERLIN â€“ Chancellor Angela Merkelâ€™s candidate was elected German president Wednesday in a lackluster victory that took an embarrassing three rounds of voting and dashed hopes of a strong show of support from her governing coalition. Christian Wulff, a 51-year-old deputy leader of Merkelâ€™s conservative party, won 625 votes in a special parliamentary assembly compared to 494 for opposition candidate Joachim Gauck; 121 delegates abstained â€“ mostly from the Left Party.
Prosecutors seek 10-year term for Noriega PARIS â€“ The prosecutor in a French money laundering case against former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega asked Wednesday that he be sentenced to 10 years in prison, but his defense lawyers countered the charges were part of a political plot against him. Prosecutor Michel Maes insisted that millions of dollars that passed through Noriegaâ€™s French accounts during the late 1980s were kickbacks from the powerful Medellin cocaine cartel.
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An activist enjoys the sun in â€œDemocracy Villageâ€? at Parliament Square in central London, Wednesday. London Mayor Boris Johnson won a high court bid Tuesday to evict peace campaigners from the grassy area opposite the capitalâ€™s parliament building. The tent community was set up at the square on May 1 and has remained there since. Organizers say it aims to press for an end to the war in Afghanistan.
US, Afghans repel attack against major base KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ U.S. and Afghan troops repelled an attack Wednesday on one of the biggest NATO bases in eastern Afghanistan by militants who used a suicide car bomb, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons in a failed attempt to breach the defenses. It was the third ground assault against a major coalition base in Afghanistan in the past five weeks â€“ a sign that the insurgents have not been cowed by U.S. efforts to ramp up the war. Eight militants were killed in the
attack, which occurred at the airport base on the outskirts of Jalalabad about 75 miles east of Kabul on the main road between the Afghan capital and the Pakistan border. The attack began with a suicide car bomber detonating his explosives near the gate to the base, followed by a halfhour gunbattle, Afghan officials said. An Afghan soldier and one international service member were wounded, NATO said. Chief NATO spokesman Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz said the attackers were unable to penetrate the defenses.
LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) â€“ Cypriot police began searching Wednesday for an alleged Russian spy wanted in the United States who vanished after being released on bail a day earlier in the Mediterranean island nation. Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said Christopher Robert Metsos, 54, who says he is Canadian, failed to report to police in the southern coastal town of Larnaca between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m. EDT and 1:00 p.m. EDT) Wednesday according to the terms of release imposed on him Tuesday by a Cypriot court. Katsounotos said a search failed to locate Metsos and authorities have begun the procedures to issue a warrant for his arrest for breaching the terms of his release. Andreas Pastellides, one of two lawyers representing Metsos in Cyprus, told the Associated Press that theyâ€™d had no contact with their client since Tuesday afternoon. Pastellides said Metsos did not show up for a meeting he was supposed to have Wednesday afternoon in Larnaca with Pastellidesâ€™ partner, Michalis Papathanasiou. Metsosâ€™ quick disappearance raised questions about why Cypriot authorities released him on bail. â€œIâ€™m truly surprised the court issued no such detention order against an individual who is alleged to be a spy,â€? said Ionas Nicolaou, member of parliament for the opposition Disy party.
Israel police arrest Hamas man set for expulsion JERUSALEM (AP) â€“ A Palestinian politician slated for expulsion from Jerusalem because of his ties to Hamas was arrested by Israeli police Wednesday and now faces a court hearing over whether he will be forced to leave the city. Policemen arrested Mohammed Abu Teir in east Jerusalem for ignoring a court order to vacate his home, according to police spokes-
man Micky Rosenfeld. Abu Teir was taken to a police compound in downtown Jerusalem and will appear in court today, he said, and any further decision on if and when the Palestinian lawmaker will be expelled will be made by the court. If Israel goes ahead, the move could ignite tensions in the holy city. Palestinians in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured and
2 officers killed in Iraq shootout BAGHDAD (AP) â€“ Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed two police officers in western Iraq. The intelligence officer and his bodyguard were ambushed on Wednesday by three gunmen at the entrance
to a clinic in the town of Hit in Iraqâ€™s Sunni-dominated Anbar province. The bodyguard managed to shoot and kill one attacker and wound the two others before he died, a Hit police officer said.
annexed in 1967 in a move that has not been internationally recognized, are angry over Israeli settlement construction in the cityâ€™s eastern sector and over a municipal plan that includes the slated demolition of Palestinian homes in the neighborhood of Silwan. The neighborhood has recently been the scene of rioting directed at police and Israeli settlers.
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Confirmation all but sure, Kagan ends testimony WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Cruising toward confirmation, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan completed grueling Senate questioning Wednesday, unscathed by Republican challenges on abortion, gays in the military and gun rights while sidestepping partisan debate about GOP-named judges pulling the court to the right. Kagan emerged from three days of vetting by the Senate Judiciary Committee much as she had begun, declaring sheâ€™d be an independent and impartial judge and denying Republican suggestions that she would be unable to separate her political leanings from her job as a justice. Democrats said President Barack Obamaâ€™s nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens was on track to become the fourth woman in Supreme Court history. â€œSolicitor General Kagan will be confirmed,â€? declared Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the panel chairman. Republicans, despairing of their inability to get Kagan to reveal her legal views or say anything that might threaten her confirmation
Workers remove plywood from a Payless Shoe Store in downtown Brownsville, Texas, as the city waits for Hurricane Alex Wednesday. The plywood was placed early in the morning and later removed after learning the storm was expected to make landfall south of Brownsville in northeastern Mexico.
Hurricane threatens Mexico, Texas coasts MIAMI (AP) â€“ The first Atlantic hurricane of the year has strengthened to a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of near 100 mph (155 kph) as it plows ahead toward a collision with the Mexican Gulf coast and south Texas. The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Alex was expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico sometime Wednesday night. The storm is far from the Gulf oil spill, but cleanup vessels were sidelined by the hurricaneâ€™s ripple effects. Six-foot waves churned up by the hurricane splattered beaches in Louisiana, Alabama
and Florida with oil and tar balls. Hurricane Alex flooded roads and forced thousands of people to evacuate fishing villages. Meanwhile, with hurricanewhipped waves pushing more oil onto the Gulf of Mexicoâ€™s oncewhite beaches, the government pinned its latest cleanup hopes Wednesday on a huge new piece of equipment: the worldâ€™s largest oil-skimming vessel. The Taiwanese-flagged former tanker named the â€œA Whaleâ€? is the length of 31â „2 football fields and stands 10 stories high. It just emerged from an extensive retrofitting to prepare it specifically
for the Gulf, where officials hope it will be able to suck up as much as 21 million gallons of oil-fouled water per day. â€œIt is absolutely gigantic. Itâ€™s unbelievable,â€? said Louisiana State University environmental sciences professor Ed Overton, who saw the ship last week in Norfolk, Va. As the monstrous vessel made its way toward the Gulf Coast, large waves churned up by distant Hurricane Alex left Alabama beaches splattered with oil and tar balls the size of apples. The rough seas forced most smaller skimming boats into port for a second consecutive day.
Insurance premiums for new high-risk pool could be steep WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ President Barack Obamaâ€™s new health coverage for uninsured people with health problems wonâ€™t be cheap â€“ monthly premiums as high as $900, administration officials said Wednesday. Prices will vary by state and type of coverage from a low of $140 a month to as much as $900, said Richard Popper, deputy director of a new insurance office at the federal Health and Human Services depart-
ment. Officials provided details of the plan, which starts enrolling people today. The price range is so wide because premiums will be keyed to standard individual health insurance rates in each state, which can differ dramatically because of medical costs and the scope of coverage. Independent experts estimate premiums will average around $400 to $600 a month. Younger people will pay less. â€œThere are going to be
meaningful premiums that are going to be required to stay in this plan ... in the hundreds of dollars,â€? said Popper, with the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Despite the cost, consumer advocates are urging uninsured people with health problems to sign up soon, because they cannot be turned away for medical reasons. Family members may be able to help with premiums.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan gestures as she tries to hear a Senatorâ€™s statement as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday. over more than 15 hours of questioning, acknowledged as much. â€œI assume she will be,â€? said Sen. John Cornyn, RTexas. Kagan, prompted by Democratic supporters on the panel, gave a blunt denunciation of â€œresults-oriented judging,â€? deciding cases based on preconceived conclusions, but she refused to join them in applying the criticism to the current court under conservative Chief Justice John Roberts.
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Florida police seek suspect in deaths of 2 officers TAMPA, Fla. (AP) â€“ Police in body armor blanketed Tampa on Wednesday, searching for a man accused of shooting two Tampa officers to death, and officials revealed that the convicted felon was released from prison in April even though he had a warrant for his arrest. Tampa police were looking into why Dontae Rashawn Morris, 24,
was not picked up from prison by the Jacksonville Sheriffâ€™s Office, who wanted him on bad check charges. â€œThe warrant was issued while he was still in prison,â€? said Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor. Morris is accused of killing officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab during an early Tuesday morning traffic stop.
Feds recall more kidâ€™s jewelry LOS ANGELES (AP) â€“ Federal regulators said Wednesday they have found high levels of the toxic metal cadmium in trinkets that were distributed for free to children at some doctor and dentist offices over the past five years. The news came as the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of nearly 70,000 charm
bracelets and rings â€“ the fourth time this year that the federal government has said cheap Chinese-made jewelry was being pulled from shelves because of cadmium, a known carcinogen. What stood out about this recall was that kids got the items in places where they are taken to stay healthy or get better.
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Some detest big government until they need it People rail and rant about big government and socialism. One writer recently referred to property taxes as piracy. But I have not seen any writers volunteering to return to the U. S. Treasury all the money which taxpayers have provided to take care of those writers’ parents and grandparents over the years. I am incredibly grateful for the money which Social Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare and Medicaid provided for my parents when cancer and Alzheimer’s disease ravaged their bodies and their personal finances. Were it not for those “big government” programs, my sisters and I would still be paying our parents’ medical bills, 12 years after our folks passed away. Many people write that they want less government. Where shall we begin? Should we make do with fewer public school teachers, fewer police officers and firefighters, fewer people to inspect the quality of our food, water, air and soil, fewer paramedics, fewer paved roads, fewer school buildings, fewer air traffic
controllers and fewer dollars to help us care for our aging parents and grandparents? Sarcasm aside, some would call the foregoing items to be big government. I call them elements of a civilized society – the pooling of resources for the benefit of the community at large. Go ahead. Rail about big government. But don’t forget to thank your fellow taxpayers when that big red socialist government truck arrives to prevent your house from burning to the ground. JODY MCGHEE High Point
We should be kinder to animals and humans Gov. Beverly Perdue and the General Assembly did the right thing by passing “Susie’s Law.’’ Some people who abuse animals abuse people as well. We, as a society, need to be kinder
to animals as well as humans. CHUCK MANN Greensboro
National security, nutritional standards are linked As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we should be thinking about a recent report finding that the obesity epidemic is endangering national security. In the “Mission: Readiness report, Too Fat to Fight,” retired military leaders note that 75 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds are unfit for the military, with overweight and obesity as the primary medical reasons. The report calls for federal legislation to improve the nutritional standards of school lunches. As a dietitian working to help schools add healthier foods, I strongly agree that the National School Lunch Program needs to be revamped to fight childhood obesity. The majority of meals
served in schools exceed saturated fat targets set by the federal government. A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives could help change that. The Healthy School Meals Act, House Resolution 4870, would create a program that would reward schools for offering more fruits, vegetables, and healthy, low-fat vegetarian options. This is the best way to help schools fight obesity, comply with federal standards and meet all children’s dietary needs. SUSAN LEVIN Washington, D.C. The writer is director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine based in Washington.
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he N.C. House of Representatives was expected to give final approval to legislation today that calls for a statewide vote in November on a constitutional amendment barring convicted felons from running for sheriff in North Carolina. Approved last week in the N.C. Senate by a 46-1 vote, after House approval the bill will go to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s desk where she’s also expected to sign it, setting up the Nov. 2 constitutional amendment referendum. If all goes as expected, Tarheel voters will see on the ballot: “[ ] For [ ] Against Constitutional amendment providing that no person convicted of a felony may serve as Sheriff.” Earlier this year, we said this legislation, House Bill 1307, was all about former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege. When we wrote that last spring, the former sheriff and convicted felon was poised to run in the May Republican primary for sheriff in Davidson County. But no, we were told, this wasn’t about just Hege because a handful of other convicted felons across North Carolina were running for sheriff’s posts. It was about the notion that any convicted felon should be barred from seeking a sheriff’s post. OK, we’ll concede that point; maybe Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, and House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, both strong backers of the bill, and a host of others weren’t out just to derail Hege’s re-election chances or his ability to serve if he won the primary and general election. But Hege’s bid for re-election surely was derailed – by the voters of Davidson County. In virtually a three-candidate race, current Sheriff David Grice handily won the primary, whipping Hege by a 61 percent to 25 percent total. And in that handful of other sheriff’s races around the state featuring felons, the voters said no to the felons there, too. Give the voters in Davidson County and in those other areas across the state credit for letting their preferences be known, which in these cases were not the felons. So why does the Legislature even need to approve such a bill calling for this referendum? Let the voters in each county around the state decide whom they want to be their sheriff – felon or no felon. We don’t place such prohibitions on other offices. But since we’re apparently going to have a referendum Nov. 2, let us go ahead and mark our ballot now: [ ✔ ] Against
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From Arizona, abundant accusations, absence of proof
e all know that President Obama was secretly born in Kenya. And that there will soon be enough Muslims here to take over the country. And that Presidents Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower collectively deported 15 million illegal aliens. We all know these things – if by “we” you mean certain conservative bloggers and the gullible people who believe them and if by “know” you mean, “take as gospel, even in the absence of evidence.” Otherwise, “we” don’t know anything of the sort. So I am intrigued by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s recent statement: “We all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now becoming drug mules.” She was responding to a reporter who had asked her for proof of an earlier statement that most illegal immigrants carry narcotics for drug cartels. Brewer went on to say, “They’re coming across our borders in huge numbers. The drug cartels have taken control of the immigration. ... So they are criminals. They’re breaking the law when they are trespassing and they’re criminals when they pack the marijuana and the drugs on their backs.” You’ll notice the one thing she didn’t do was answer the question. The one thing she didn’t do, or even “attempt” to do, was explain upon what statistics, facts or chain of logic she based her claim. I will say right here that I have no idea whether that claim is true, though I suspect it’s not, given that those who stand literally on the front lines of the immigration battle – U.S. Border Patrol agents – have cast doubt upon it. Mario Escalante, a spokesman for the Border Patrol, told The Associated Press the service could not even provide the number of detainees caught carrying drugs, but “I wouldn’t say that every person that is apprehended is being used as a mule.” T.J. Bonner, speaking for the union that represents the agents, went a step further, telling CNN Brewer’s claim doesn’t “comport with reality.” You’d think these men, because of their professional standing, could speak with au-
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thority on the matter. You’d think their opinions would carry weight. You’d think that would give pause to the governor’s airy, unsubstantiated assertions. You’d be naive. Indeed, hours after speaking with the reporter, Brewer repeated those assertions in a statement. It is, she said, “common knowledge” that Mexican drug cartels use illegal immigrants to smuggle
narcotics. “Common knowledge.” she says. “We all know,” she says. Again, note the lack of proof. The statement is quantifiable, yet the governor doesn’t bother to quantify. But then, you only quantify for the benefit of the head. You toss the raw, red meat of emotion for the benefit of the heart. In this case, the emotions being appealed to could hardly be clearer: nativism, xenophobia, and that old standby, fear. And they don’t ask any questions. Maybe you remember the Information Age. At the dawn of the Internet, we were promised a Jeffersonian utopia of instantly available information that would make us a wiser, more enlightened citizenry. Instead, we find ourselves stranded in a Misinformation Age where truth is multiple choice, geared to your political beliefs and one need never burden one’s cherished and preconceived ideas with anything as fusty and outdated as a demand for verification, authentication, fact. But some of us are cantankerous apostles of the old school, some of us reflexively suspicious of appeals to the heart that willfully bypass the head – especially when made by those in position to make policy and law on the basis of things “we all know.” So it seems not a lot to ask that next time Gov. Brewer says the majority of illegal immigrants are drug mules, she finally do the one thing she has failed in three attempts to do. ... Prove it. LEONARD PITTS JR., winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a columnist for the Miami Herald. E-mail him at email@example.com.
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World could use some manners, kindness
ave manners become an antiquated tradition? Are kind words and courtesy optional in our world today? I certainly hope not. I am very proud that both of my children and their spouses are teaching their children to say â€œpleaseâ€? and â€œthank youâ€? and â€œyes, maâ€™amâ€? and â€œyes, sir.â€? Children need to learn such important habits and how to reciprocate kindness at an early age. Manners are not just for children, however. Every day, the news is filled with examples of adults with no manners â€“ road rage and rudeness can be found on every corner these
I was raised to call only close personal adult friends of our family by their first names. Otherwise, I called them Mr. Smith or Mrs. Jones.
Our Congress is getting some age on it
s our nation has aged, so, too, has our Congress, perhaps even more acutely. A 2008 Congressional Research Service report found that the 110th Congress that year was the oldest of any Congress in U.S. history. The Congress currently in session today broke even that record. The average age of senators at the beginning of this 111th OPINION Congress was 62.7 years. By compariArmstrong son, the average age Williams in the first Congress more than 200 years ago was a mere 47. Clearly, longevity and the miracles of modern medicine explain away these differentials. Yet a closer look at the age breakdowns will reveal a heavy tilt in the upper chamber toward those entering or currently in the
eighth decade of their lives. As of last week, four sitting U.S. senators were currently in their 80s, and 22 are in their 70s. One senator â€“ the once indefatigable Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia passed away this week at
We are the recipients of the policies these â€˜eldersâ€™ enact. We are entitled to their personal and vested involvement. the ripe old age of 92. Even at that tender age, Byrd did not reach the pinnacle of my old boss and mentor. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina was 100 years old when he left the Senate. But is that a good thing? Is our nation better off because individ-
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ual lawmakers tried to outlast one another and die in their jobs? We are the recipients of the policies these â€œeldersâ€? enact. We are entitled to their personal and vested involvement. President Reagan quipped, â€œThomas Jefferson once said, â€˜We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.â€™ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.â€? Unfortunately, Iâ€™m still worrying. Worrying that our oldest lawmakers are more consumed with the trappings of the office they hold than the work they provide, leaving the dirty work to faceless staff members who are neither elected nor directly accountable for their actions. ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS, a former High Point resident, is a Washington-based political commentator. His Web site is www. armstrongwilliams.com. Williams can be heard nightly on Sirius/XM Power 169 9-10 p.m. EST.
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asked a young potential employee over the phone how many LESSONS hours LEARNED he could work. Paula The Williams young â– â– â– man replied, â€œDude, I could really use the money so whatever youâ€™ve got.â€? Another young man continues to send short e-mails that simply say, â€œAnything yet?â€? This interviewer said that most potential hires come into an interview calling him by his first name and are very informal right from the start. I was raised to call only close personal adult friends of our family by their first names. Otherwise, I called them Mr. Smith or Mrs. Jones. Why? I think it shows respect, and I still do so with most adults older than myself (of which there are fewer and fewer these days!). I would never have considered calling a teacher or a principal or a boss by their first names. Oldfashioned? I think it is just good manners. My friend suggested that colleges should offer college seniors as they prepare to enter the work force a course on â€œtuxedoâ€? language vs. â€œT-shirtâ€? language to differentiate between the way you talk to an adult or a professional versus a friend in a casual setting. I couldnâ€™t agree more! Meanwhile, I think we all could use a little more kindness in word and deed. Wouldnâ€™t it make the world a better place?
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Individual choices at stake as new laws take effect THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Gun owners with permits can carry concealed weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol in New Mexico and Virginia. Young and old alike must show proof of age when buying alcohol in Indiana. Georgia and Kentucky are hitting the delete key on texting while driving. New laws taking effect today reflect statesâ€™ ongoing debates over individual freedoms, touching on everything from smoking restrictions to measures seeking to fight crime. A widely publicized Arizona measure, requiring police conducting investiga-
tions to ask those involved about their immigration status if thereâ€™s a â€œreasonable suspicionâ€? theyâ€™re in the country illegally, takes effect at monthâ€™s end, though a court challenge is likely. Several states are also reducing programs and cutting spending to deal with record budget deficits. In Wisconsin, a new law aimed at curbing drunken driving increases mandatory jail time for repeat offenders, but drivers still wonâ€™t face criminal charges the first time they are caught. Police remain prohibited from setting up roadside sobriety checks. Convicted drunken drivers in four California counties, including Los An-
geles, will have to prove they are sober before they can start their vehicles. The test program requires first-time offenders to install ignition interlock devices. In Indiana, anyone buying alcohol after today must show ID regardless of their age. One goal of the legislation is to make it easier on clerks who may be reluctant to ask for proof. One lawmaker who opposed the measure called it overkill. â€œIf Iâ€™m 70 years old and I go to a liquor store to buy a six-pack of beer, they obviously know that Iâ€™m over 21 years old,â€? state Rep. Woody Burton said Wednesday. â€œItâ€™s ridiculous.â€?
In New Hampshire, the stateâ€™s antibullying law added a definition that includes the use of electronic devices, such as telephones, cell phones, computers, pagers, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging and websites. Nevada added similar bullying restrictions. A pair of laws taking effect in Georgia ban anyone with a first-time license from texting or talking on a cell phone while driving â€“ aimed mostly at new teenage drivers â€“ and bans all drivers from texting. Smokers will pay higher cigarette taxes in New Mexico and South Carolina, where the per pack excise tax is rising 50 cents.
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In this July 30, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama (right) and Vice President Joe Biden (left) have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., (second from left), and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
Review panel: Harvard scholarâ€™s arrest avoidable CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) â€“ A black Harvard scholar and the white police sergeant who arrested him last July after a confrontation outside his home both missed opportunities to â€œratchet downâ€? the situation and end it more calmly, according to a review of the case released Wednesday. The independent review said
â€œmisunderstandings and failed communicationsâ€? and a â€œcertain degree of fearâ€? each man had for the other led to the six-minute dispute that ended with the renowned scholar being placed in handcuffs by the veteran Cambridge police sergeant. Sgt. James Crowley arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr. for disorderly conduct at his Cambridge
home July 16 while investigating a possible burglary. Gates alleged he was a victim of racial profiling. Charges were later dropped. The conflict sparked a national debate on race relations, and President Barack Obama invited both men to the White House for a â€œbeer summit.â€? â€œThe committee believes if
Sgt. Crowley and Professor Gates had been able to make their positions understood, and had made greater efforts to de-escalate the tensions of the encounter, the incident could have been resolved quickly and peacefully,â€? said Charles Wexler, chairman of a 12-member panel that studied the case and wrote the review.
Senate confirms Petraeus as Afghan war chief WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The Senate has unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the next commander of the Afghanistan war. The vote was 99-0. Petraeus replaces Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whose three-decade career ended in disgrace because of inflammatory remarks he and his aides made to Rolling Stone magazine. As U.S. Central Command chief,
Petraeus was McChrystalâ€™s boss and already overseeing operations in Afghanistan. His replacement at Central Command has not been announced. Petraeus offered a mixed assessment of the progress of the Afghanistan war, predicting that violence would get worse in coming months but asserting that the U.S. and its allies have made progress in Helmand province and other areas.
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Former Philadelphia Eagles football player Randall Cunningham holds his son, Christian, in 2007.
Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Randall Cunninghamâ€™s son dies in hot tub accident LAS VEGAS (AP) â€“ The 2-year-old son of former NFL star quarterback Randall Cunningham has died in what authorities on Wednesday called an apparent backyard hot tub accident. The Clark County coronerâ€™s office identified the child as Christian Cunningham, and said the cause of death was pending. Las Vegas police Officer Marcus Martin, a department spokesman, said the death appeared to have been an accidental drowning, but authorities were still investigating.
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HIGH POINT – One person was killed and three others were injured in a midday traffic accident in southwest High Point Wednesday. The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. when a minivan collided with a passenger car in front of the Westchester Centre shopping center at 2200 Westchester Drive. When High Point police officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman who had been ejected during the crash lying in the road. EMS units quickly arrived and pronounced the victim dead. Police identified her as Talia Oxendine, 29, of Thomasville. Oxendine was driving a 2000 Chrysler minivan south on Westchester Drive with three passengers. According to witnesses, a 2007 Lincoln
Police identified the victim as Talia Oxendine of Thomasville. Town Car pulled out from the shopping center parking lot on to Westchester Drive and collided with the side of the minivan, causing it to roll over, police said. All three minivan passengers were taken to High Point Regional Hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries. They were identified as Rhianna Annette Swinney, 28, Tyrell LaShawn Scott, 9, and Alexis Shantel Swinney, 11. The driver of the Lincoln was identified as Dainese Kennedy Hazzard, 77, of High Point. Her husband, Albert Berndale Hazzard, 79, was a passenger in the car and was not injured. Police said they did not suspect alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident and they weren’t sure late Wednesday whether charges would be filed. Police said their investigation is ongoing and asked anyone with information about the collision to call High Point Crimestoppers at 8894000.
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Gordon Minor put this steam shovel through its paces. This is one of the more popular exhibits at the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion. The engine is a Type B Erie Shovel built in Erie, Pa., around 1919.
Threshers’ Reunion cranks up BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
DENTON – Matt Smith said the Denton FarmPark’s Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion is a way to keep the “classics alive.” “You get to learn about the way things were done back in the old days – in the 1800s and early 1900s,” Smith said of the reunion. “There was a lot of work and ingenuity that went into this stuff that you just don’t know about unless you come to a place like this and learn about it.” Smith, a member of the Southeast Antique Machinery Society and a Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion volunteer, helped kick off the 40th annual Southeast Old Thresher’s Reunion on Wednesday. Along with members of the Denton-based Southeast Antique Machinery Society, Smith will help operate several steam engines during the five-day event, which is now called the greatest steam, gas and antique farm machine show in the Southeast. The reunion, which ends Sunday with a fireworks show at 9 p.m., is expected to draw 50,000 to 60,000 people, according to organizers. Roger Calhoun brought his 7-yearold son Austin to the reunion. The Calhouns have a 1960 model tractor on display at the event. “We like to look at stuff like this,” Roger Calhoun said, adding that the reunion is an educational experience for his son. “I think it’s pretty neat.” North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler visited the reunion Wednesday. “This always is one of my favorite places on the Fourth of July weekend,” Troxler said. “I love North Carolina’s agriculture heritage.
HIGH POINT – A High Point benefactor known widely for her deep faith and humble spirit has died. Jesse Millis, wife of the late Jim Millis, died Tuesday at the Hospice Home at High Point after a prolonged illness. A Chattanooga, Tenn., native, she moved to High Point after marrying Jim Millis, a leader in the textile industry, and spent the remainder of her life in the city. Together, the couple created and was involved in numerous
charitable projects in High Point. They donated the initial $5 million that Millis started the High Point Community Foundation in 1998, and made substantial gifts to the United Way of Greater High Point, the N.C. Zoo, High Point Regional Hospital, where the Millis Regional Health Education Center is named for them, and High Point University, where The Millis Athletic and Convocation Center is named for them.
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What: 40th annual Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion Where: Denton FarmPark, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton When: Today to Sunday. Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Shows start at 9 a.m. Trams are in operation 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: General admission to get in to the park will be $14 for adults, $6 for children under 12 and free for those of preschool age. Additional prices for rides, games and food. I’m actually an antique tractor and equipment collector myself, so this is my kind of thing.” Wallburg resident Robert Osborne participated in his 30th reunion Wednesday. He assisted with a 1924 steam engine that saws lumber. “This is one of the things that people remember from that past working around,” Osborne said of the steam engine. Aside from steam engines and an-
tique tractors, the reunion features live music daily, as well as numerous food and craft vendors. “It’s a very family-oriented event,” Smith said. “There’s lots of rides and games for people to do. The kids have a great time. The adults have a great time. You get to see a lot of antique tractors and machinery. You get to learn a lot.” firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3657
Philanthropist dies, leaves lasting legacy BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
Heath T. Andrews of Thomasville recently participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh. Andrews spent a week providing administrative support as a page for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He is the son of Jill and David Andrews and is a rising senior at Wesleyan Christian Academy.
Paul Lessard, president of the HPCF, said the organization would not have been possible without the Millis’ monetary gift. “They were community leaders who really thought about what the city needed and understood the power of wise investments,” he said. Through his years of working for the HPCF, Lessard said he came to know Jesse Millis as “the most godly woman I have ever met.” “In her mind, she always felt like her family were stewards of God’s money,” he said. “That’s
why they did such good. It shows through her children.” The couple have four children: Jim Millis Jr., Bill Millis, Emily Millis Hiatt and Molly Millis Hedgecock. All four received the Philanthropist of the Year award from the HPCF in 2008 and remain active in the community. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University, remembers Millis as a woman who never sought recognition. “She was a clear thinker who measured everything against Christian principles and human values,” Qubein said. “She sought
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absolutely no spotlight and, in fact, denied every opportunity for personal gain.” Karen McNeill Harris, president of the McNeill Communications Group Inc., carpooled to a Bible study with Millis every Monday night. “The thing about Jesse is that she was the epitome of grace and love,” she said. “She was constantly taking food to people of all levels. She loved to bake and cook and give with her hands. If she heard you weren’t feeling well, she would bring something over.” email@example.com | 888-3617
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Wilmer Ethan Richards, Jr. SHARPSVILLE, Pa. – Wilmer Ethan Richards, Jr., 464 South 4th Street, Sharpsville, PA, formerly of Thomasville, NC., passed away at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday (6/29/10) in Clepper Manor, Sharon. He was 78. Mr. Richards was born in Macon, GA, on October 3, 1931 the son of Wilmer E. and Ivy Clayton Richards. He graduated from high school in Macon, Georgia. He retired in 1998 from Golden State Foods where he was a bakery manager for over 20 years. After his retirement he returned to work for the Ikon Co., Charlotte, NC where he worked for another 10 years. A long time resident of North Carolina, he belonged to the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Thomasville, NC. He was a member of the VFW in North Carolina and early in his life was active with the Boy Scouts. Mr. Richards was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. and served during the Korean War. His wife of 50 years, the former Anne Griffin, whom he married January 24, 1959, passed away December 28, 2009. He is survived by two sons, Randall Richards and his wife Traci, Sharpsville and Rodney Richards, Sharon; five grandchildren Andrew Richards, Kellina and Nate Blakeman, Ariella Richards, and Zachary Thompson and one great grandson, Andrew Richards. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister Dorothy. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to Sharon Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, 2320 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148 Calling hours: None Arrangements by the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State Street, Sharon. Condolences may be sent to our website at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
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DENTON – Mrs.Ellen Jacquelene Hulin Small Flannery, 78, of Carillon Assisted Living died June 30, 2010, at Randolph Hospital. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Pierce’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Briggs Funeral Home, Denton, is in charge of arrangements.
Jesse Evans Millis HIGH POINT – Jesse Evans Millis of High Point died peacefully Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at the Hospice Home. Jesse was the wife of the late James Henry Millis. She was the daughter of Jesse Ellsworth Evans and Anne Lupton Evans of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was sister to the late Thomas Carter Evans of Houston, Texas and J. Frank Harrison Jr. of Chattanooga. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Elizabeth “Presh” Pattee of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. She is also survived by her son, Jim Millis, Jr. and wife Debbie of the Outer Banks and their daughter Debbie Long and husband Jeff, son Dak Millis, and son Jonathan Kappes and wife Kelly; son, Bill Millis of High Point and daughters Casey, Maggie, Jesse, Jenny and husband Glenn Gizzi; daughter, Emily Millis Hiatt of High Point and son Ryan and wife Karla, and Haley and husband Nick Kiser; daughter, Molly Millis Hedgecock of High Point and daughter Ashley and husband Jeff Medley and son Justin Hedgecock. Jesse “Grammy” also had seven great-grandchildren Emma and Charlie Hupe, Ren, Fulton and Lola Millis, Briar Hiatt and Noah Gizzi. She is also survived by her wonderful dog, “Ellie”. Jesse was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she lived until she met and married her late husband Jim. She moved to High Point where she lived the remainder of her life. Jesse was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. She regularly attended Bible study at
Canaan Land. She was a member of the Hospital Guild, the Junior League of High Point and the “Garden Makers” Garden Club. She also served on the Board of the YWCA and volunteered with Cities in Schools. She loved cooking, knitting, gardening and her neighbors. She was the co-founder of the Millis Foundation and served on the board for many years. She and her husband Jim loved High Point and Jesse loved quietly giving back many of the blessings that she had been given. Above all Jesse “loved the Lord, her family and her friends” The family offers a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bernard Chinnasami, all her caregivers, Hospice of the Piedmont and the High Point Cancer Center. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2010 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley, Bishop Tom Stockton and Doug Carty officiating. Entombment will be in the family mausoleum at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery. She will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home 10301 N.NC Hwy. 109 (Wallburg) until placed in the church thirty minutes before the service. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 1, 2010 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Asbury Room at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church 1225 Chestnut Dr. High Point, NC 27262. Memorials can be directed to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the Millis family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
James Wallace Russell HIGH POINT – Mr. James Wallace Russell passed away at his residence on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. The son of the late Mr. John Wade Russell and Mrs. Lina Chesson Russell, he was born in Guilford County on November 4, 1940. Wallace graduated in 1959 at High Point High School. Following graduation, he served in the North Carolina Army National Guard. He worked for and retired from Thomas Built Buses after 47 years of service. Wallace was a Birth Rite member of Oak Hill Friends Meeting, he held many roles in the committees of the church throughout the years. He was also a member of the Serendipity Sunday School Class and a member of the Oak Hill Choir. At the present time, he was Chairman of the Finance Committee, a member of the House and Grounds Committee and the Kitchen Committee. In addition to his parents, Wallace was preceded in death by his sister, Lina Irene Russell. Surviving are his loving wife of 45 years, Betty Dianne Poston Russell
of the home; son, Jeffrey Wade Russell of High Point; grandchildren, Haley Rebekah Russell and Nathan Jarrett Russell; sister, Linda Russell Willard (Harold); Aunts Dot Chesson English and Marjorie Russell Bivens (Winifred); brothers-inlaw, whom he considered brothers too, Tim Poston (Joyce) and Gary Poston (Janet); special cousins and best friends, Roland and Hope Harvell; Carolina Football friend, Jimmy Trivette, who he watched many a football game at Chapel Hill and many cousins and more friends than any one person could name. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 2, 2010 at Oak Hill Friends Meeting, burial will follow in Floral Garden Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. this evening at Sechrest Funeral Service on E. Lexington Avenue. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Hill Friends Meeting, 2001 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Please go to www. sechrestfunerals.com for online condolences.
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THOMASVILLE – Mr. Jerry Arthur Seamon, 62, passed away with his family surrounding him on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at The Cancer Center at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born March 19, 1948 in Rowan County, the son of Grover and Evelyn Sharpe Seamon Conrad. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Thomasville and was retired from Old Dominion Freight Line. Jerry has previously worked as a Firefighter in High Point for 13 years and had worked at Henry’s Bait & Tackle in Morehead City. He enjoyed billiards and was an avid award winning fisherman. Jerry’s easy going and selflessness style was known to all who knew him. A man who was devoted to his family, he is preceded in death by his father, Grover Seamon. Survivors include his three sons, Michael Seamon of High Point, David Seamon and wife, Michelle of Thomasville and Matthew Seamon of High Point; a daughter, Kelly Garwood and husband, David of Lexington; his mother Evelyn Conrad of High Point; a brother, Larry Seamon of Thomasville; a sister, Pat Wood of Oak Ridge, four grandchildren, Brandon, Lauren, Trey and Julian Seamon and his beloved pet, Jody. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church on Unity St., Thomasville by Pastor Mike Hoffman. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Davis Funerals and Cremations, 976 Phillips Ave. Memorials May be directed to Grace Lutheran Church, 115 Unity St., Thomasville, NC 27360 Online condolences may be made at www.davisfuneralsandcremations.com
LEXINGTON – William “Bill” Waters Myers, 82, died June 30, 2010, at his home. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at New Vision Baptit Worship Center, Clemmons. Visitation will follow the service. Davidson Funeral Home, Winston-Salem, is assisting the family.
John Thomas Palmer, Jr. THOMASVILLE – Mr. John Thomas Palmer, Jr., 63, of Thomasville, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at his home. He was born on September 28, 1946, in Davidson County to the late John Thomas Palmer, Sr. and Wilma Morris Palmer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra B. Palmer of the home; daughter, Tina K. Phillips and husband James; grandson, Adam D. Phillips and wife Kristen; two sisters, Sylvia Bodenheimer and husband Boyce, and Judy Chaney and husband Eddie; two brothers, Dale Palmer and wife Martha, and Barry Palmer; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 2, 2010, at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville from 6-8 p.m. and at other times at the home. The family requests memorials be given to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. On-line condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.
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Ivan Becker ARCHDALE â€“ Mr. Ivan F. Becker, 74, resident of 113 Brook Hollow Ln. passed away accompanied by the angels to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 28th, 2010 at Adams Farm Living and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Becker was born July 6th, 1935 in Amsterdam New York, a son to Harry R. and Irene Fauteux Becker. He graduated from Johnstown High School and St. Lawrence University in New York state and in 1956, married the former Joan Duesler who survives of the residence. In 1990 they moved to North Carolina while he was working with a NY Leather Firm and decided to stay after the closing of the company in 1992. He retired in 2007 from Hanes Brands in Winston-Salem NC. He was a generous, caring and honest man who always put God and family first. He was a bright light in our lives and al-
ways said, â€œThis is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.â€? no matter what the circumstance. He attended Cowboy Church in Archdale NC. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Laura Cathcart and husband John of Hampton VA; a brother, Richard Becker of Mayfield NY; two grandchildren, Marissa and Nokomise Cathcart; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Rev. Doug Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and other times at the residence. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
Cleadell M. Williamson SEAGROVE â€“ Mrs. Cleadell McNeill Williamson, 85, died June 29, 2010. Funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Victory
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ear Abby: You did a disservice to the truly disabled on May 1 when you advised â€œJennifer in Maineâ€? it was OK to use the handicapped restroom stall because her large size made it uncomfortable using a regular one. I am married to a disabled person. He cannot get off a toilet without the grab bars available in a designated stall. What some individuals may not know is that many disabled people also suffer from bladder and bowel control issues and are desperate to use the facilities when they enter a restroom. A minute or two delay for them can spell disaster. Finding it â€œdifficultâ€? to squeeze into a tiny stall is not the same as finding it impossible. The same goes for abusers of handicapped parking tags. The only persons entitled to these accommodations are the disabled â€“ not the lazy, not the obese, or even necessarily the elderly. We who are blessed with the gift of mobility should make sure that accommodations are always available for those who are not. â€“ Voice Of Reason in Ohio
special stall are evident. Have you ever tried to fit two adults into a regular ADVICE stall when one of them Dear is disabled Abby and needs â– â– â– assistance? This happens when someone else uses the bigger stall even though there were other ones available. It infuriates me knowing my parents suffer because people ignore disabilityspecific setups. â€“ Daughter Of Disabled Dear Abby: Handicapped parking spaces are legally reserved for people who have a disability. Handicapped restroom stalls are built to accommodate the disabled â€“ not reserved for them. â€“ Barbara in San Luis Obispo
Dear Abby: I believe the larger stalls are there for anyone who needs them. If a woman has to change clothes, that stall is helpful, but she should be quick so as not to leave a disabled person waiting. Dear Voice: Thank you Women with small for correcting me. I told children or a baby in a â€œJenniferâ€? I saw nothing stroller should use this wrong with using the stall and keep the kids larger stall as long as she in there with her. I was deferred to a disabled appalled when I saw a woman needing it at woman leave her baby in the same time â€“ and not a stroller outside a small everyone agreed with my stall while she used it. reply. Read on: â€“ Heddy, Out West Dear Abby: Not all reasons for needing the
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people with disabilities and sometimes get dirty looks. I have a back injury and because the seats are much higher in a disabled stall, it allows me to conduct my business without enduring extreme pain. Please remind your readers that disabilities have many faces. â€“ Lady Who Knows In El Centro, Calif. Dear Abby: I also exclusively use the larger stall. I am a perfectly healthy 36-year-old woman with a thin build and no physical limitations. What I do have is moderate obsessive-compulsive disorder. The thought of using the smaller stall makes my heart race and my skin crawl. I touch most of the outside world with a tissue or handkerchief. In a restroom I need enough space to be sure I will not touch the toilet, door, walls, trash can or paper dispenser. I realize my disorder is quirky, but I adapt. And obviously, I would yield to any person in need. â€“ Denton, Texas, Reader Dear Abby: You may have overlooked the real concern of â€œJenniferâ€™sâ€? mother about her obese daughterâ€™s use of the handicapped stall. Jennifer needs to shape up before she is the one in the wheelchair. â€“ Valerie in Florida DEAR ABBY is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
John Henry Totten HIGH POINT â€“ Mr. John Henry Totten, 71 of 402 Cable Street departed his life on June 26, 2010, at High Point Regional Hospital. John was born November 7th, 1938, in Caswell County, North Carolina to the late James Totten and Ethel Lewis Totten. John had one son who preceded him in death; Elverso Totten and his brother Ellis Totten. He has been a long time resident of High Point and was employed as a Machinist with Dillard Plastic for thirty years. Left to cherish Johnâ€™s memory are: his devoted wife Juanita Totten, six sons John and Ricky Totten of Virginia, Michael, Demetrius, and Corey Boggan of High Point, and Johnny Rivers of Greensboro, Three daughters Theresa Totten of Virginia, Usla Totten and Jessica Phifer (Eric James) of High Point. His Sisters Elise (Nate) Johnson and Madeline (Robert) Weatherford, and his brother James Totten. 13 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, other friends, family and loved ones. Funeral services will be held Friday June 30, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at First Emmanuel Baptist Church 831 Leonard Ave High Point. Visitation is at 1:30 prior to service. Funeral services are entrusted to Hooverâ€™s Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to www. hooversfuneralhome. com.
WILMINGTON â€“ Mr. Ellery William Portis, 81 died Monday at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, NC. Born September 28, 1928 in Craig County, VA, Mr. Portis is a son of the late John Allen Portis and Eva Fisher Portis. He a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army and receiving the Army of Occupation Medal-Japan and the WWII Victory Medal. In September of 1974 he opened Portis Sewing Machine. Mr. Portis was preceded in death by his wife Doris Glenn Portis in 2004 Mr. Portis is survived by three children, Carol Dashiell of Homes Beach, FL, Alan Wade Portis and wife Lorraine of Supply, Randall Portis and wife Debbie of Archdale, four grandchildren; Jonathan Portis, Sara Portis, Ashley Portis, Amber Passmore and two great grandchildren, Lilly Por-
tis and Brooklynn Portis. He is also survived by a sister Shirley Hutchinson and husband Ray of New London and two brothers, Johnny Odell Portis and wife Mioka of Avon Park, FL and Lewis Cleo Portis and wife Lorita of Topsail Beach, NC. Funeral services for Mr. Portis will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale with the Reverend David Stratton officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Lower Cape Fear, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. Online condolences may be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
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JAMESTOWN â€“ Mrs. Evelyn Smoot McKeel, age 85, of Jamestown died June 28, 2010, at her home. Mrs. McKeel was born in High Point on October 18, 1924, to George W. and Frances McDowell Smoot. She was a registered nurse and had worked at High Point Memorial Hospital previously. On January 26, 1952, she married John William â€œJackâ€? McKeel, Sr. who preceded her in death on August 29, 1985. Also preceding her in death was a son, James â€œJimâ€? Howard McKeel on June 11, 2007, and a brother, Gaston Smoot. Surviving are her daughter, Janet McKeel Whalen and husband Barry of Charleston, SC and sons, John McKeel and wife Frieda of Danville, Va. and Richard McKeel and wife Karen of Okotoks, Alberta Canada. Mrs. McKeel has ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and two brothers, Alvas Smoot of Asheboro and Wilbur Smoot of High Point and her beloved caregiver, Mary Wolfe Memorial services will be conducted Friday, July 2, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Cross Church, 304 E. Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Interment will be in the church gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the home of Norbert and Susan Smoot, 6227 Welborn Road, Trinity, NC 27370. Memorials may be directed to The Victory Junction Gang Camp, 311 Branson Mill Road, Randleman, NC 27317. Please share your condolences with the family at www.sechrestfunerals. com.
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fund similar chimpanzee conservation projects. As with the three other winners, Jesue was the first recipient of his award, given to recognize individuals in the zoological community who have been actively involved in projects, studies and research concerning zoo- and aquatic-animal nutrition. Jesue was additionally recognized in his award for his dedication that goes far beyond the daily care of his animals. Studies shown that captive gorillas often suffer from maladies, such as high cholesterol and heart disease, more than their wild counterparts. Since June 2008, gorillas at the N.C. Zoo have been offered a new diet high in fiber and low in starch and sugars, more like the diet they eat in the wild. Jesue and his coworkers closely monitored the animals and collected data as the gorillas adjusted to this new diet. While all the zooâ€™s gorilla keepers took part in the data collection throughout the process, Jesue went one step further, compiling the initial data and presenting it at national zoological gatherings.
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ASHEBORO â€“ Four North Carolina Zoo keepers won awards given by the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Three keepers, Beth McChesney, Becky Kloepfer and Kelly Murphy, won a Certificate of Merit in Conservation Award for their contributions on the Kendall Project. The fourth recipient, gorilla keeper Aaron Jesue, won the Mazuri Animal Nutrition Award for his work in gorilla diet, health and nutrition. McChesney, Kloepfer and Murphy are the first recipients of their awards that are presented in recognition of outstanding keeper-initiated contributions to conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats. Their project, ongoing at the zoo, centers on the integration of a former entertainment chimpanzee, named Kendall, into the zooâ€™s established troop of 12 other chimps. Considered â€œsocially inappropriateâ€? for normal introduction, the chimp initially presented enormous challenges to the chimp keepers. Upon his arrival at the zoo from a private
facility where he had been singly housed, the young Kendall did not know how to be a chimp, according to a keeper. But the chimpâ€™s struggles touched the hearts of the keepers and inspired them to create the project. In addition to the introduction of the young chimp into the zooâ€™s established troop, the Kendall Project has three other missions: to educate people about great-ape biology, husbandry and their endangered status in the wild; to provide information regarding the misuse of great apes in entertainment; and to raise funds for organizations that promote the welfare of apes in entertainment and those that may provide assistance for retired entertainment apes. The keepers and the N.C. Zoo Society began a website on the project at ww.kendallproject.org. Though the focus of the website is education, it also gives updates on Kendall and provides general chimpanzee facts and information on current fundraising projects. The website also uses online fundraising by selling Kendall Project merchandise to help
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ear Dr. Donohue: In 1951, I caught polio, and it affected mostly my right leg. I didn’t have it as tough as those who had to be put in an iron lung, but I had trouble walking for many years. Finally, I could get around without too much difficulty. Now I’m losing strength in my right leg, and I think my left might be slightly affected. My doctor says I have postpolio syndrome. Does that mean the virus is active again? – M.H.
People born after 1955, the year of the polio vaccine, have no idea of the fear this illness engendered. Many of the stricken had to spend long periods in an iron lung, a cylindrical metal unit through which only their heads were visible. It made it possible for polio patients whose breathing muscles had been paralyzed. In 1952, more than 57,000 people were stricken. Today, in developed countries, few cases occur, and those cases are usually in people who have come from developing countries. The virus attacks motor nerves in the central nervous system, nerves that control muscle action. Often, the first signs of an attack are neck and back pain. Muscle weakness and paralysis follow for some. Now, many, many decades later, some people who had polio in the distant past are finding that limbs that had regained their strength after convalescence from the original attack are becoming weak. That is
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