Thomasville, East Davidson face off in CCC semifinals. See Sports, Page 7
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Business Columnist Marilyn Taylor ends series on the Paper Room and moving on to the new. See Page 4
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BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
Raleigh officials announced Wednesday that the White House denied North Carolina’s stimulus grant funding request for the Interstate 85 Yadkin River bridge replacement project despite months of hard work by the state’s national, state and local government officials. Even after multiple trips to Washington, D.C., by Davidson County Board of Commissioner Chairman Dr. Max Walser and Gov. Beverly Perdue, as well as the approval of all 14 North Carolina Representatives, the federal government decided to grant North Carolina only $10 million of the $300 million requested last summer. The remainder of the burden will fall to federal bonds and to the state. “I am disappointed that the Administration did not fund the reconstruction of the I-85/Yadkin River Bridge,” said Sen. Kay Hagan. “I-85 is one of the Eastern Seaboard’s most important economic corridors. Upgrading our nation’s decaying infrastructure was one of the goals of the Recovery Act, but the Administration did not make this crucial project a priority. I have spoken with Administration officials and state leaders and look forward to working with them and our congressional delegation to determine the best way forward for this essential project.” Gov. Perdue’s office selected the replacement of the I-85 bridge as North Carolina’s only submission to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery
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From left, William, Makayla, Tricia, MaKenzie and Brittany Creasey sit at their new dining room table handcrafted by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team.
Creaseys opening home to community BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer LEXINGTON — Now that the Creasey family has finally settled into their new dream house, they are ready to welcome all those people who made it possible. This Saturday and Sunday, the Creasey family is holding an open house for the public to see what Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designers accomplished in the span of a few short days. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and all proceeds will benefit Carolina Cancer Services, formerly known as Davidson County Cancer Services, and Relay For Life. Tickets will be sold at the home on Allred Road in Lexington and all parking will be at Central Davidson High School on N.C. Highway 47. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 12:30 -6:30 p.m.
“We love the new house, it’s beautiful,” Tricia Creasey, a teacher at Brown Middle School who is battling stage 4 colon cancer, said. “It’s exactly what we would’ve done if we could’ve built it. “The show was very flattering. There’s definitely a lot more cleaning but we really needed the extra space.” In the days leading up to the show’s premiere last month, the Creaseys had to live in secrecy and not let any details out of what the house looked like on the inside. With the show over, the Creaseys are hoping their new 3,100-square -oot home will help even more people who need it. “We wanted to open our home to the community because, after all, they are the ones who built the house for us,” said Tricia. “What better way than to support the fight against cancer and let people see the home.”
Tricia said her favorite part of the two-story log-cabin style house is the center where the living room, dining room and kitchen are all open and connected with a vaulted ceiling. In the middle of the room sits an old table made from remnants of their former home’s porch. Decorators gave the space a classic, southern-style flavor, complete with brand new appliances that match the design. Bookshelves line the wall, filled with momentos and Tricia’s collection of cookie jars. Slightly above the kitchen counter is a cookie jar of two girls holding an umbrella that was donated to Tricia from actress Reese Witherspoon. “It’s somewhere we can all have family time together,” Tricia said. “That’s what I like about it.” William, Tricia’s husband,
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While winter weather still lingers, the city of Thomasville is eagerly preparing for warmer weather and the seventh annual Spring Daze. The festival, which will take place May 1 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., has already begun its search for vendors. Area businesses are invited to buy one or more spaces on East Main Street and the adjacent parking lot until April 15. “We’re always looking for new things if someone has something unique and different that they want to do,” said Carol Brown, chairman of the City Beautification Committee, which sponsors the event. “Everybody’s wanting to get out, especially now after the winter we’ve had. They’re ready for their gardens.” Spring Daze started in 2004 as a gardening festival because Thomasville had no real spring event to bring people downtown. “It was just a way to kick off spring,” said Tourism Director Mark Scott. “People could buy the plants that needed to be planted at that time of year. I think it filled a niche that Thomasville didn’t have.” With free admission and a rain or shine date, the event has expanded since its origins of mostly food and plant vendors to include live music and stands boasting the works of various arts and craftsmen. Other organizations set up informational booths, such as Relay For Life’s stand on cancer aware-
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HiToms unveils new apparel line BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer H.T. Authentic Sportswear, a new local company founded by Thomasville HiToms president Greg Suire, unveiled its line of custom moisture management apparel Wednesday afternoon at the HiToms clubhouse on Ballpark Road. Offering a greater selection TIMES PHOTO/ELIOT DUKE at a cheaper price, hopes From left, are David Thomas, HiToms President Greg Suire are the H.T. Authentic Sportswear will not only and C.J. Beatty.
support other area businesses, but could lead to job creation as well. “If this product improves, we can put people back to work in the community,” Suire said. “That’s extremely important. Everybody plays sports in this area. If we can get people in this area who play sports to look at our product we can put people to work. It will take some time, but down the road the build up will help everybody in
the area.” With the help of former HiToms stars turned models David Thomas and C.J. Beatty, those in attendance got a firsthand look at both the apparel fabrics and the line. What separates H.T. Authentic Sportswear from other brand names is the selection, Suire said. H.T. Authentic offers 15 color choices, five apparel fabrics and five different lines, available to both men and women.
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“I can’t wait to get a shirt with green sleeves,” said Thomas, a former Ledford standout who is currently in the Oakland As organization. “I really like it. The gear is comfortable and fits great.” Suire partnered with Carolina Safety Sport in Thomasville and Talent Sport Inc. in High Point to handle the product manufacturing. The two partners will manufac-
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What’s happening? Habitat volunteers
Habitat For Humanity is seeking volunteers to help build decent and affordable homes in Thomasville. The work site is located at 814 Barnwell St. Work begins at 8 a.m. each Saturday and ends at noon. This Saturday’s work will include landscaping, weather permitting. No construction experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. For further information, contact Linda Berrier at 476-8570 or Butch Langfitt at 475-6843. For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitat.org.
Blood pressure checks
The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program offers free bi-monthly blood pressure checks. Visit the Lexington Senior Center at 106 Alma Owens Drive the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. and the last Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. to have your blood pressure checked. The blood pressure checks are being provided by CareSouth Home Care Professionals and Piedmont Home Care. For more information, call the Senior Center 242-2290.
Beginning Feb. 8, 2010, parents whose children will be entering kindergarten next fall are asked to register their children for kindergarten immediately so they may receive necessary information concerning health forms and pre-kindergarten assessment. Children are to be registered at the elementary school in the attendance area in which
they live. Students are eligible to begin kindergarten in the fall if they will be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2010. At the time of kindergarten registration, students will be scheduled for a pre-kindergarten assessment so teachers will have information about students for planning purposes before school begins in the fall. A conference will be held with each parent on the day of the assessment. The following is needed for enrollment: A copy of the child’s birth certificate or other legally acceptable proof of age; A health assessment completed no more than 12 months prior to the date of school entry; Proof of required immunizations; The child’s social security card. Proof of residency may include: Legal guardian’s driver’s license with 911 address; Voter registration or tax listing with 911 address; Utility bill at 911 address. Principals may ask for further information to verify permanent residency in the Davidson County school district. For more information, contact Sonja Parks, director of elementary education, at 336-249-8181.
Going Red Fashion Show Carolina Regional Heart Center at High Point Regional Health System is sponsoring a community education event on Friday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at High Point Country Club. Cardiologist, Dr. Kathryn McFarland, will discuss heart healthy tips for women. A fashion show and lunch are planned. The cost of the event is $20 and registration is required. The Country Club is located at 800 Country Club Road in High Point. Call (336) 878-6888 for registration. Seating is limited.
Civitan steak supper The Silver Valley Civitan annual steak supper on Feb. 20 will again provide funds for the Civitan-Troy Jarrell Memorial Scholarships at South David-
son High School. The club has presented 43 scholarships since 1989 totaling $39,000. Two grants for higher education of $1,000 each will be presented in June. Dine-in or take-out from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. at this enjoyable dining experience. The evening meal will include a salad bar, baked potato, dessert table, bread and beverage. The meal will be served at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located on Old Highway 64 at the Davidson-Randolph County line. Tickets are sold in advance only at $12 from any Civitan member or by contacting Harold Parrish at 472-2379.
WDB meeting The DavidsonWorks Workforce Development Board of Directors will have their Board Meeting Thursday, Febr. 25 at 8 a.m., Davidson County Community College, Mendenhall Bldg. Room 226.
Harlem Nights Studio B celebrates Black History Month on Feb. 27 with performances by Bertha Young, Joe Robinson, Saundra Crenshaw, Phyllis Ottley and Diana Ruffin. Come see and hear the sounds of Billie Holliday, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and the music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Admission is $20 in advance and includes food from The Vine Catering. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are available at The African American Art Store located on the first floor of Four Seasons Mall. For more information, call 336-253-6795.
ment will also be limited so registrants need to commit to all four sessions.
Triad’s Human Race
The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, Inc., a nonprofit, will hold the annual Triad Human Race, a community fundraising event that allows participants to raise money for their favorite nonprofit organization. On March 27, fundraisers will gather at Grimsley High School to walk, run, or roll in support of their chosen nonprofit either as individuals as a team. Race day features a 5K walk and competitive run, free food, live music, prizes, and other activities. The race day schedule includes: 9:00 am - Gates Open 9:00 am - 10:00 am - Competitive Runner Registration -Check-in and Family Fun 10:00 am - Opening Ceremony and Race Start 10:30 am - 11:45 am - Food and Entertainment 11:45 am - Awards Ceremony 12:00 noon - End of 2010 Human Race For more information and to pre-register visit www.yadkinriverkeeper.org and click on events.
THS Class of 1962 Reunion
A reunion of the Thomasville High School Class of 1962 will be held on Saturday, June 12, at the Colonial Country Club in Thomasville. Organizers are looking for up-to-date addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for classmates. For more information, contact Alice Ervin at 561-732-1521.
Genealogy class The Lexington Public Library will be offering a free class in beginning genealogy during the month of March for people interested in researching their family history. It will be held on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 each evening in the genealogy room at the library located at 602 S. Main St. in Lexington. To register call 242-2935 or register by e-mail at genealogy@davidsoncountync. gov. Registration also can in person at the library. Due to limited space, enroll-
Davidson County Cancer Services, 25 W. Sixth Ave., offers “SHARE” and “Living with Cancer” support meetings every third Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Call 249-7265 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humane society meeting
Humane Society of Davidson County meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Bank of the Carolinas, West Center Street, Lexington at 7 p.m. For more information, call 248-2706.
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FROM PAGE 1 FUNDS From page 1
(TIGER) Discretionary Grants Program, which is funded nationwide by $1.5 billion of the nearly $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Chrissy Pearson, spokesperson for Perdue, said the North Carolina Department of Transportation had a plan in place should the funding be denied, essentially having the state finance the remaining $150 million — the cost of the project’s first phase — through GARVEE bonds. “Basically what that means is we are going to be financing it using proceeds from future federal revenues and paying it back over a 12-year term,” said Pat Ivey, a DOT division engineer out of Winston-Salem. The first phase of the project focuses on widening the three-mile portion of I-85 from Long Ferry Road to the NC-150 interchange and includes the Yadkin bridge. The second phase — which will repair the section from NC-150 to I-85 Business and was included in the original $300 million estimate — has been put on hold since further funding has not been identified.
Walser said he was frustrated that the state would have to borrow money to fund the repairs of a national bridge. “What is so upsetting to me about this is that this is not a Davidson County bridge,” Walser said. “This is not a Rowan County bridge. This is not a North Carolina bridge. This is an interstate bridge. Now we’ve got to pay back for this bridge that is not ours.” But grant money or no grant money, Walser said the repairs were necessary given that the bridge had been declared dangerous by bridge safety officials in Washington. “Everyone knows that it should be replaced and needs to be replaced,” Walser said. “It’s a tragedy waiting to happen.” And with 70,000 vehicles in daily traffic and a projected increase to 144,000 vehicles in the next 20 years, the section of I-85 over the Yadkin River is one of the most heavily traveled highways in the state, according to the DOT. And not just by North Carolinians, either. “The bridge is essential to making sure that traffic can continue,” Pearson said. “While Washington may not understand the importance of this corridor to interstate com-
merce and travel within North Carolina, the Perdue administration certainly does.” Denied funding for the I-85 project shouldn’t affect Davidson County plans for Wilcox bridge, Walser said, though the process might be delayed if the I-85 bridge isn’t built in the projected three-year schedule. However, Walser said the setback in funds could place a tax burden on Davidson County residents as well as citizens statewide. “To take state tax dollars to build 50 percent of that bridge I think is asking a little bit too much of our taxpaying citizens,” he said. “We’ve got other needs.” Part of those needs include bridge repair projects in Davidson County and near Winston-Salem. Thus the County will discuss the White House’s decision and the state’s plan carefully over the next week, Walser said. “I’m just a pea in the pod, but I’ve worked pretty hard on this project,” he said. “It’s been a major undertaking, and now to find out we don’t get the money, it’s a major disappointment.” Staff Writer Erin Wiltgen can be reached at 8883576, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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VENDORS From page 1 ness. The hospital even hosts a Spring Daze 5K in conjunction with the downtown festival. Also together with Spring Daze, Thomasville Tourism will hold the first Chainsaw Sculpting Competition in hopes of capitalizing on festival crowds, which numbered between 1,500 and 2,000 last year despite the rain. And the event certainly has a draw to bring people out no matter the weather, Brown said. “It’s not a traveling circuit,” she said. “The unique thing about all of our vendors is they’re
considered local. So you’re basically putting back into our local economy.” Even though a few vendors travel from out of town — one woman from Virginia and others from Salisbury — Brown said the majority of businesses spring from Thomasville and the surrounding areas. “They like the uniqueness of it because it’s not very commercialized, and it’s things that you can put in your garden,” she said. In a community that loves to garden and work outdoors, a festival like Spring Daze fits right in with local culture, Scott said.
“It’s kind of folksy,” he said. “You come in, you interact with the vendors, you see all the different things from hanging baskets to bedding plants. I think we’re a community of people that likes to get out, work in our yard.” It’s also a social event. Scott said that local residents tend to thrive on the feeling of community Spring Daze embodies. “I think people like getting out, being among the people, supporting events that groups put out there,” he said. “Spring Daze typifies the type of thing that Tourism wants to help promote — a good organization that tries to help the city and bring people downtown.”
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North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) is hosting in partnership with SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) an event for Medicare beneficiaries to access help through social security in paying prescription drug costs. The one-day event is February 18, 2010, from 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and is held at the NCBAM Administration Office at 201-A Idol Drive in Thomasville. To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-506-2226. Appointments last about 10 minutes and are CONFIDENTIAL. However, appointments are not required – walk-ins welcome. Individuals will need to provide name, address and date of birth. Please know, or bring, social security number and income before any deductions. Refreshments and door prizes provided throughout the day. Established in 2009, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry is Christcentered and seeks to treat the aging with dignity and respect enabling individuals to maintain independence, dignity and a quality life. The ministry focuses on providing information and referrals, on connecting the aging and their families with resources to meet needs, and on coordinating practical ministries. NCBAM is a ministry of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, Inc.
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On with the new: Survey all PRS panels
MARILYN TAYLOR Syndicated Columnist
GOALS, ORGINS, TOP TEN, PATTERNS. These headers top the panels of the PaperRoom Systemâ„˘ work described in Choice Points. Weâ€˜ve discussed how to gather and record all the data, now what do we do with it? Whether you use Riceâ€™s self help book or engage a specially trained PRS coach , processing the information is key to breaking the code imbedded in your answers. When you look at a handmade quilt, you initially see beautiful, yarn-dyed colors carefully displayed in pattern. Turn it over and youâ€™ll see something else. Tiny stitches, lots of them. Hundreds of hand-tied knots. Some threaded areas that look irregular and uneven. You see whatâ€™s beneath the attractive, colorful exterior and how it came to be. You might say the same thing about looking under the surface of the panels we work with in the PaperRoom. The GOALS panel, for instance asks how we would like to see our lives unfolding in twenty years. I hear answers like â€œAt the top of my game, by thenâ€?, or â€œWorking part time in a job that really means something to meâ€? or â€œSpending time with grandchildrenâ€?. The answers, however varied, consistently reflect the authentic values of the speaker. They are quite simply, what matters most. Time can be spent chasing or attending to any number of things, but the entries on the GOALS pattern tell the real story. Another part of each personâ€™s story unfolds in the next panel, called ORIGINS. After listing the characteristics of the most influential people in your life, its time to consider afresh their present day influence. With real choice as the goal, each of us has a
window here through which to quickly view the past and air out dated notions. Through the â€˜MEâ€™ quadrant we see both clutter and the confirmation of genuine attributes. Guided by our values, we can choose the behaviors to carry us forward. Your story takes a heady turn with the TOP TEN â€“ who doesnâ€™t love to relive lifeâ€™s most exciting and rewarding moments? Whether re-telling accounts of graduation ceremonies, significant career accomplishments, or fondly remembering a very special celebration, these memorable experiences reflect the moments that punctuate all the rest. And they do something else. Taken together, they describe the kinds of experiences you need to have from time to time to be your best self. To be on top of your game. To feel satisfied and fulfilled. Given that, it makes sense that the TOP TEN entries provide a metaphor for your ideal work environment. In one his most famous stories, Thomas Wolfe asserted â€œyou canâ€™t go home againâ€?. And certainly, you canâ€™t go back to TOP TEN moments. Not literally anyway. But figuratively, you can go back every time you see a snapshot, look at the diploma or hold that greeting card in your hand again. In fact, we need to go there in some fashion if that type of experience made it to the TOP TEN. Such key natural selection takes the chosen words beyond the â€˜it would be nice if â€™ level and elevates them to the core need level. So critical is our understanding and pursuit of core needs that an additional panel was developed to articulate them. This adjunct panel entitled CORE NEEDS asks: â€œWhat are my core needs and how can I meet them in new ways?â€? Part of the answer
may be found in the last panel(s), PATTERNS. Through a thorough review of lifetime jobs, one can see the kinds of environments that have enlivened you. An examination of various locations, employers, and types of tasks will readily remind us of where our needs were met, and where they were not. Often length of employment is an indicator. Places we didnâ€™t hang around very long likely clashed headon with our core needs and values. Taking the EXIT is the ultimate values statement. And the story takes a new turnâ€Ś Last weekâ€™s column ended with this comment about writing your PaperRoom story: â€œItâ€™s a compelling collection of pertinent facts and information. Itâ€™s all about you. And its potential lessons abound.â€? To that Iâ€™d like to add that the gestalt, the full set of thoughts and experiences written on the grey and white panels, offer nothing short of a panoramic view that is your life. Taken in together, each stand alone panel also bends to shape and inform the others. Itâ€™s an excellent way to tell your story. Contact marilyn@ taylortrain.com to complete your PaperRoom panels and make your way to authentic choices. Marilyn Taylor is the owner of Taylor Training and a certified coach/ corporate trainer with the Boston Coaching Company, home of PaperRoom System for Coaching.
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Who doesn’t trust science now? VIEWPOINT
DAVID HARSANYI Syndicated Columnist
All of you deniers and flat-earthers who are exploiting the glacial temperatures and bizarre snowfall to mock global warming fears are missing the point: Weather isn’t the same as climate. Shoddy evidence, bogus fears and a lack of transparency, on the other hand, are worth talking about. Yet the lack of skepticism by those who claim a sacred deference to scientific integrity proves that flat-earthers aren’t the only ones susceptible to some faith-based ideology. Recently, Tim Wirth, who is the president of the U.N. Foundation and a former senator, said the manipulated evidence uncovered by the ClimateGate e-mail scandal was a mere “opening” to attack science that “has to be defended just like evolution has to be defended.” Get it? Those unreasonable people who deny evolution — despite the overwhelming evidence — are the same brand of illiterate hoi polloi who won’t hand over their gas-powered lawn mowers on the word of an oracle weather model and haphazardly placed weather station. Problems keep popping up for the true believer. Phil Jones, the former director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (and the only one held responsible for ClimateGate), admits that lots of his decades’ worth of data were sloppy or missing, i.e., not very scientific. Jones, when recently asked whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period, admitted that it had not been proved — and the importance of this can’t be stressed enough. Is Jones just being careful now? Probably. Which is more than can be said for others. The important Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claimed that Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035. Turns out this was based on the conjecture of a single researcher. The 2007 IPCC report also warned that by 2020, global warming may reduce crop yields in Africa by 50 percent, though there was no real science to back the claim.
We all have heard the average environmentalist get a bit hysterical with tales of impending catastrophes as a way to motivate us. But these reports were edited by scientists. Can we count on them always to be honest and apolitical? The only way to know is transparency. So let’s revisit the case of Kevin Trenberth, who is head of the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Climate Analysis Section. This week on National Public Radio, he blamed the heavy snowfall, in part, on global warming, proving that even very smart experts can use weather to further the cause. Trenberth, who has no problem taking a salary and nearly full funding from taxpayers, is not as keen on complying with Freedom of Information Act requests. He, through NCAR lawyers — also paid for by you (and doing a wonderful job) — claims to be immune from such intrusions. Then there is NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Chris Horner at the free market-advocating Competitive Enterprise Institute has been trying for years to have NASA release information about the inner workings of Goddard. As a government agency without any national security issues to worry about, it has an obligation to comply. Shouldn’t NASA want to comply? After all, the science of climate tragedy is irrefutable — so obvious, in fact, that those who resist can be compared to Holocaust deniers. It is true that most reasonable people concede there has been warming on the planet and that most concede they can’t possibly fully understand the underlying science. I certainly can’t, despite my best efforts. The problem is that reasonable people also understand economic trade-offs. Many don’t like intrusive legislation. Others can sniff out fear-mongering for what it is. Some even trust in humanity’s ability to adapt to any changes in climate trends. In the end, though, the burden of proof is on the believers. And if they’re going to ask a nation — a world — to fundamentally alter its economy and ask citizens to alter their lifestyles, the believers’ credibility and evidence had better be unassailable.
The real reason for Obama’s unpopularity VIEWPOINT
STEVE CHAPMAN Syndicated Columnist When a president suffers a sharp decline in popularity early in his term, it seems safe to conclude he has badly misjudged the mood of the electorate, pushed the wrong policies and set himself on the path to becoming a one-term president. That, it’s widely agreed, is the sad tale of Barack Obama, who has managed to demoralize liberals while inspiring a wave of gloating among conservatives. A new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds that already, most Americans want to vote him out in 2012. But both Democrats and Republicans are jumping the gun. They forget that this storyline also describes Ronald Reagan, who saw his approval rating sink over his first 12 months — yet rebounded to carry 49 states in his 1984 re-election bid. Bill Clinton was significantly less popular than Obama for most of his initial year, and we all know how that turned out. George W. Bush likewise managed to hack off a lot of onetime supporters soon after taking office, and when his popularity soared eight months into his term, it was not because of anything he did but because of the 9/11 attacks. He, too, won re-election. American politicians and commentators are generally not afflicted by a deep knowledge or appreciation of history. If they were, they would
not waste their time laboring to explain something that requires little explanation. They could simply state the obvious — new presidents invariably lose public esteem in the first year of their terms — and go on to try to explicate something truly mysterious, like Lady Gaga. That’s the implication of research by Douglas Rivers, a professor of political science at Stanford University, scholar at the Hoover Institution and professional pollster. Though Obama rated the lowest of recent presidents at the end of his first year, Rivers says the pattern “is pretty much in line with what you would expect.” What we see is “more a continuing trend than an Obama phenomenon.” That’s not to say Obama has made no mistakes. You can’t occupy the White House without disappointing a lot of people. Every president bungles some things, and every president pays a price. His fiscal policy and health care plan, in particular, have energized the opposition and spawned public resentment. On the other hand, his grades on gay rights and immigration have actually improved — possibly because he has done less than expected on either issue. There is no real evidence to suggest that the public finds Obama far more fallible or detestable than they usually find presidents at this stage. On health care reform, it’s not clear what he could have done differently to appease a notoriously demanding citizenry. Surveys indicate people think that if his plan passes, they will get “worse care at a higher cost,” says Rivers. What do they expect if his plan doesn’t pass? “They’ll get worse care at a higher cost.” I wish I could say Americans’ suspicion of health care reform shows a sensible appreciation of the limits
of government power and responsibility. But I suspect the real problem is they fear it will not guarantee them everything they want at someone else’s expense. Rivers notes that when you ask people about specific components of the plan, they turn out to be “fairly popular.” If Americans distrust the government, they also take a dim view of the private sector, or parts of it. “Anything negative for insurance companies is popular,” says Rivers. Most people blame insurers for rising health care expenditures, even though insurance companies are one of the few constituencies with a powerful interest in reducing outlays. This is not really quite the contradiction it may appear. People don’t mind when national health care costs rise. They do mind when their personal health care costs rise. When that happens, they blame health insurers. They may also blame the president, even if costs were rising before he arrived and threaten to keep rising long after he leaves. It’s a mistake to think every political trend has deep meaning. Most of the disillusionment with Obama is the result of a natural process that tells nothing about the future. Every honeymoon ends, but the end of the honeymoon is not a harbinger of divorce. The good news for Obama is that he has lost ground with the electorate mainly because of things he can’t control. The bad news for Obama is that making it up will require the help of things he also can’t control. Steve Chapman blogs daily at newsblogs.chicagotribune. com/steve_chapman. To find out more about Steve Chapman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.
David Harsanyi is a columnist at The Denver Post and the author of “Nanny State.” Visit his Web site at www.DavidHarsanyi.com. To find out more about David Harsanyi, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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SPENCER – The N.C. Transportation Museum will honor Black History Month this February with a special program on the Tuskegee Airmen. Historian Leonard Hunter will speak about the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military fighter pilots. The program was originally scheduled for Feb. 6, but due to the threat of wintry weather, has been postponed to Feb. 13 Hunter is a member of North Carolina’s Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. This chapter is part of the national Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a group formed to honor the accomplishments and history of African Americans who participated in the Army Air Corps in WWII. Hunter will tell the story of the nearly 1,000 pilots who graduated flight training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama between 1941 and 1946. The airmen were segregated on army bases and in the air, flying P-51’s with the tail painted vermillion. Their successes in the air, however, led other pilots to nickname the Tuskegee Airmen the “red tailed angels.” Nearly half of those pilots saw action overseas, earning an outstanding record of service, while breaking down barriers of ignorance. It was said that the Tuskegee Airmen faced two battles, the war overseas and the battle against racism in Europe and at home. Leonard Hunter’s program will take place Feb. 13 in the Bob Julian Roundhouse Orientation Room at 1 p.m. The program is free, but space is limited, so please call 704636-2889 ext. 232 for reservations. The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or WinstonSalem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Visit www.nctrans. org for more information. For information on the Department of Cultural Resources, call (919) 8077385 or visit www.ncculture.com.
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Thomasville Malissa Lambert, 57 Elizabeth R. Callahan, 55 Lexington Mary Billings, 77 Ray E. Fritts, 89 Nancy N. Gilchrist, 75 Edward Z. Norton, 55 Donald E. Pressley, 73 Other areas Luther Owen, 85 Turner Royal, 96 Roshier Watts, Jr., 64
Lula Wilhiem Fritts, he was a former volunteer fireman for South Lexington Fire Department, a Mason and member of Lexington Memorial Lodge 473 A.F. & A.M. and a Shriner. Masonic graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Forest Hill Memorial Park by Lexington Memorial Lodge 473 followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at Fairmont Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Randy Hall officiating. Family will greet friends following the Memorial service at the church. Memorials should be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, in Lexington, or to Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 1436 Cotton Grove Road, in Lexington. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Nancy N. Gilchrist Mary Billings LEXINGTON — Mary Kate Stallard Billings, 77, of Southview Road, died Tuesday, Feb.16, 2010, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel, with the Revs. Brian D. Alexander and Billy Sloop officiating. Burial will follow in Cotton Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and other times at the home of her daughter, Penny Leonard, at 840 Floyd Church Road. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Elizabeth R. Callahan Ms. Elizabeth Roberts Callahan, 55, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at her residence. Born Nov. 22, 1954, in California, she was employed with Furnitureland South, Inc. of Jamestown. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with the Rev. Ron Grillo officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family request that memorials be directed to Friends in Need Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1641, in Lexington. On-line condolences may be sent to the Callahan family at www. jcgreenandsons.com.
Ray E. Fritts LEXINGTON — Ray Ethridge Fritts, age 89, of Fairview Drive, Lexington, diedWednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Hinkle Hospice House. Born in Davidson County Dec. 1, 1920, to Shirley George Fritts and
LEXINGTON — Nancy Neeb Gilchrist, 75, of Dearr Drive, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Rowan Regional Medical Center, following several years of declining health. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Shady Side Presbyterian Church, where she was a member, with the Rev. Calvin Crump officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net. Davidson Funeral Home will assist the family.
Malissa Lambert Malissa Ann Everhart Lambert, age 57, of Britthaven Of Davidson, died Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010, in the Hinkle Hospice Home. Born Feb 15, 1953, in Davidson County the daughter of the late Franklin Dallas Everhart and Pauline Sullivan Everhart, she was formerly employed with Thomasville Furniture Ind. and was a member of Emanuel Reformed Church.
Funeral service will be conducted Friday at 4 p.m. in J. C. Green & Sons Chapel with the Rev. Rickey Payne officiating. The family will greet friends Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the Lambert family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Edward Z. Norton LEXINGTON — Edward Z. Norton, 55, of Winston-Salem, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at his home. Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Becks Lutheran Church, with Pastors Ray and Ruth Ann Sipe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be directed to Beck’s Lutheran Church, 441 Becks Church Road, in Lexington. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net. Davidson Funeral Home will assist the family.
Luther Owen DENTON — Luther Waldo Owen, 85, of Crousetown Road, Denton, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Mountain Vista Health Park in Denton. Born March 21, 1924, in Davidson County, to George F. Owen and Frankie Wall Owen, he was employed on a parttime basis with Briggs Funeral Home and it’s predecessor Hoover Funeral Home for 40 years. Funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Fairview United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Rowe and Rev. James T. (Chip) Webb officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.
Family will see friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Briggs Funeral Home and other times at the residence on Crousetown Road. Memorials may be made to the Fairview United Methodist Building Fund, c/o Frances Tysinger, 403 Dogwood Road, in Denton. Online condolences may be sent to www.briggsfuneralhome.com
Donald E. Pressley LEXINGTON — Donald Edward Pressley, 73, of Tilden Nursery Road, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Lexington Memorial Hospital. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, where he was a member, with Pastor Howard G. Baker and Pastor Max Shoaf officiating. Burial will follow in Sandy Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Roshier Watts, Jr.
BENBROOK, Texas — Roshier “Bill” Watts, Jr., 64, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born Oct. 28, 1945, in Whitesville, N.C., heserved in the U.S. Navy from July 10, 1963, to March 8, 1974. He was a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star, and the National Defense Service Medal. Funeral service was held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Winscott Road Memorial Chapel, 1001 Winscott Road. Interment pending in D/FW National Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Winscott Road Funeral Home will assist the family.
Turner Royal DENTON — Mrs. Birdie Mae (Turner) Royal, age 96, of Lutheran Home, Hickory, and formerly of South Main Street, in Denton, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Hickory. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville with the Rev. Vern Peterson officiating. Briggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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CCC & MPC TOURNAMENT FINALS SET FOR FRIDAY THOMASVILLE TIMES
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010
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CCC TOURNAMENT GIRLS SEMIFINAL
Lady Eagles hold out for 49-35 win BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor
TODAY BASKETBALL DCCC @ Sandhills CC 7 p.m. BASKETBALL CCC Tourney (boys) @ Thomasville 6 p.m.
FRIDAY BASKETBALL CCC Finals @ Thomasville 6 p.m. BASKETBALL MPC Finals @ Asheboro 6 p.m. BASKETBALL Carolina Prep @ DCCC 8 p.m. Davie High School
SATURDAY SOFTBALL Scrimmage E. Davidson @ W. Forsyth TBA SOFTBALL Scrimmage Ledford @ Hickory 11 a.m. BASEBALL Scrimmage Trinity @ Ledford 1 p.m.
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Two familiar Central Carolina Conference foes will meet up in the finals on Friday night. East Davidson overcame a slow start to defeat Thomasville 49-35 on Wednesday, and Salisbury dropped Central Davidson to set up a rematch of last year’s final. Thomasville did not shoot the ball well to start the game, but neither did the Golden Eagles. THS was just a bit better in its offensive effort in the first quarter, though, taking an 11-9 edge in after eight minutes. East would regain the lead 49 seconds into the second quarter, as Candace Fox stole the ball away and drove in for the layup and Taylor Alexander made a free throw. Alexis Lambert made a free throw for herself to tie the score, and Thomasville got a bonus with Haley Grimsley going to the bench with her third foul for East. Her absence was no issue for the Golden Eagles. Chelsea Turner filled the shoes of her teammate, finishing off the half in style to help EDHS build a 25-17 halftime lead. She was fearless on the offensive glass, taking missed shots by teammates and turning them into points for herself. She got a 3point play the hard way moments after Fox had rattled home a 3 from the top. Lambert missed a shot at the other end but cleaned up her unfinished business to halt a 6-0 East run, but Turner used her strength again underneath to add on to the lead. She tipped the ball out after a missed shot to reset the offense, then was rewarded with another deuce with 24 seconds left. Thomasville trailed by just 10 at the end of three quarters, but East would leave no doubt what the outcome would be in the fourth. With its shot not falling, the Eagles got out and ran, and ran and ran. Grimsley was the leader of the pack breaking away for several easy layups. Her deuce at the 5:44 mark put East ahead by 14, and the Golden Eagles were well on their way to a tourney final showdown with Salisbury. Turner finished with 16 points to lead East. Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3632 or at email@example.com.
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East Davidson’s Candace Fox closely defends Thomasville guard Christina Carter in the second half of Wednesday’s Central Carolina Conference semifinal contest won by East.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Golden Eagles whip CDHS
Yellow Jackets blow out Heels in 68-51 rout
BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor SOUTHMONT — Twenty-four hours can make all the difference in the world. One night after a disappointing effort at Salisbury, the East Davidson Golden Eagles traveled to Central Davidson, doing everything it did wrong against the Hornets, right on Tuesday night, demolishing the Spartans 90-61. Taylor Warren scored 22 points and Keaton Hawks 18, as the Golden Eagles got after every loose ball and hit the offensive glass. A 32-point second quarter set the table for the impressive blowout. “Tonight we battled on the floor and got a bunch of offensive rebounds, and all of that stuff leads to us shooting the ball extremely well,” said East coach Matt Jacobs. “If we come out like that then my job is easy.” The game was tied at 1313 in the first quarter, but East closed on a 6-0 run to build a 19-13 lead.
Hawks and his senior leadership took over in the second quarter — one that would pretty much decide the game. The guard connected for 15 of his points in the frame, drilling a trio of 3-pointers. When his shots were not falling, he was quick to follow his shot and get the offensive rebound. “When we have a senior Jacobs like him focused like that and making all the little plays, it filters down,” said Jacobs. The game was called tight by the officiating crew, and that immediately gave the advantage to the deeper Eagles. Two of Central’s starters had four fouls before intermission, and one other had three fouls. By the time the game reached halftime, East was up 52-32 and were in complete control.
Warren and Hawks opened the third quarter with 3s after a Blake Dodd basket, pushing the lead out to 60-32. Jacobs cleared his bench to not show the Spartans up, but the lead continued to increase and Senior Night became quite embarrassing for Central. East went up 72-37 with 2:26 left in the third quarter and eased its way home. It was just the type of showing East needed heading into the Central Carolina Conference tournament that begins today. The Golden Eagles will have a tough task facing second-seeded Salisbury, but at least they have some momentum built and have confidence in their game. “Last night (Monday) I was no the verge of depression, but today was just the opposite,” Jacobs said. “Momentum is huge and I will take what we had today.” Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY BRYAN STRICKLAND Durham Herald Sun ATLANTA — For the second time in roughly a month, the North Carolina Tar Heels found themselves in a 20-point hole before halftime against Georgia Tech. This time, having endured a rough month by any standard, the Tar Heels could do little to dig their way out. The first time around, a UNC team still harboring hope for a solid season came all the way back to take a brief lead before losing. But the Tar Heels made no such comeback bid Tuesday night, falling 68-51 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Down by 41-21 at halftime, UNC trailed by as many as 28 points in the second half and never got closer than 16. A late flourish helped the Tar Heels avoid the most lopsided loss in Coach Roy Williams’ tenure but couldn’t prevent the lowest offensive output under Williams, falling short of the 54-point effort a week ago against Duke. The damage was done in the first half, when the Tar Heels established two other lows for the Williams era — 21 points on 22.6percent shooting.
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SPORTS ROUT From page 7 “I’m at a loss,” Williams said. “I’m totally shocked, totally stunned by our performance in the first half. Mentally and physically, we were somewhere but it wasn’t here for the basketball game.” The loss assures that UNC (14-12, 3-8 ACC) won’t finish over .500 in the ACC for the first time since 2004, though the Tar Heels surely would take that season’s 8-8 finish. Georgia Tech (18-8, 6-6), losers of three of four games entering Tuesday, swept a pair of regular season games against UNC for the first time since 1996. The Tar Heels were 125 and ranked No. 12 in the nation entering the first meeting; they’ve lost seven of nine games since, the lone victories coming at the expense of last-place N.C. State. Freshman big man Derrick Favors paced four Yellow Jackets with 13 points, including 11 in the first half. UNC senior Deon Thompson led all scorers with 17 points, and freshman John Henson had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his second start. When the teams met on Jan. 13, point guard Iman Shumpert scored 30 points to lead the Jackets to a 73-71 victory but not before UNC erased a 20-point deficit behind a career game from sophomore Will Graves. “He’s not Superman; he can’t do it every night,” UNC point guard Larry Drew II said. “You can’t depend on just one person to carry it on his shoulders.” Neither Graves nor Shumpert made much of a mark Tuesday, with Shumpert held scoreless and with Graves’ lone first-half basket (he finished with six points) actually signaling the
beginning of the end for UNC. The Tar Heels had their typical difficulties scoring and hanging onto the ball in the early going, but a spirited defensive effort helped them hang around. Eventually, though, UNC’s defense started to struggle right along with its offense, and Georgia Tech took command. After Graves drilled a 3-pointer and Drew hit a free throw at the 10:59 mark to bring the Tar Heels within 17-15, the rest of the half was a disaster. UNC hit just two more field goals, including 1of-14 shooting with six turnovers during Georgia Tech’s 21-3 run over the next eight minutes for a 38-18 lead. “The minute a team makes a run on us, if we’re not able to respond to that run, we kind of just shut down,” said Drew, who had six of his eight turnovers in the first half. “After one [bad] thing happens, instead of responding with a good play, it has a
snowball effect. “It just keeps happening and keeps happening and keeps happening, and other teams capitalize on that.” All told, the Tar Heels turned it over 15 times before halftime. Fouls further hampered the Heels. Thompson paced UNC with eight first-half points despite three fouls, and Dexter Strickland was whistled for three fouls as well. With the fouls, and with Ed Davis, Travis Wear and Tyler Zeller out with injuries (though Zeller was in uniform for the first time in more than a month), Jordan High School product Justin Watts played three minutes in the first half and four total. He had totaled four minutes in ACC play. “Somehow, some way I’ve got to get us going better than we were tonight,” Williams said. “We had a nice win Saturday and I thought we would come out and play well, but we didn’t.”
Lady Panthers win MPC TIMES STAFF REPORT Playing at the 3-A level in the MidPiedmont Conference after realignment, the Ledford Lady Panthers found it to be no problem, winning the regular season championship outright with a 63-54 win over Asheboro on Monday. Ledford finished with a 8-1 league mark, winning its last seven games. Chelsea Freeman scored a team-high 17 points for the Lady Panthers and Carman Pericozzi chipped in 12 points in the winning effort.
The Panthers took the lead in the first quarter and never relinquished it. Asheboro closed to within 21-20 in the second quarter, but a quick six points gave Ledford the cushion they needed. In the boys’ game, Ledford suffered a crushing defeat with Asheboro’s Antonio Thomas hitting a shot at the buzzer to defeat the Panthers, 81-80. Dylan Smith scored 20 points for Ledford while Will Essick netted 19 points and Steven Fuquay 17. The Mid-Piedmont Conference tournament began on Wednesday with the finals set for Friday at Asheboro.
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SPORTS AREA SPORTS BRIEFS FOOTBALL Ledford coaching job available Ledford High School is currently accepting applications until March 19 for the head coaching position. At this time there is only a P.E. teaching position available. Applicants may email resumes to Athletic Director Donald Palmer at Dpalmer@ davidson.k12.nc.us, or mail them to the school at 140 Jesse Green Road, Thomasville, N.C. 27360. The athletic department will review resumes the week of March 22 and begin the interview process the week of March 29.
BASKETBALL Lady Bulldogs trounce Dragons Thomasville scored 25 first quarter points and cruised on to a convincing 69-26 win over West Davidson on Tuesday in Tyro. The Lady Bulldogs put four players in double figures with Christina leading the way with 20 points. Jojo Davis added
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East JV girls win conference The East Davidson junior varsity Lady Golden Eagles won the Central Carolina Conference championship Tuesday night, defeating Central Davidson 45-34. Mallory Lovingood paced East with 15 points, while Brittany Gordon and Kori Shadrick had 11 and 10 points, respectively. East finished the season with a 7-1 league record.
DCCC ranked 5th Davidson County Community College keeps climing up the NJCAA Division III National poll, making its way into the No. 5 spot. Now 244 overall and 9-0 in the Region X Tarheel Conference, the Storm will close out league play today at Sandhills Commu-
SOCCER YMCA registration The Tom A. Finch YMCA is holding registration for youth soccer. Everyone plays at least half of each game. Registration runs through March 3. Costs are $20 for YMCA members and $65 for nonmembers. There are five levels for boys and girls ages 3-14. Open practive for draft evaluations will be held for ages six and up on March 6. Register at the YMCA or online at YMCAThomasvilleNC.org.
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Diamond Heels have new faces BY BRIANA GORMAN Durham Herald Sun CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina junior Colin Bates admitted it was a little weird walking into the locker room for the first time this fall and not seeing firstround MLB draft picks Dustin Ackley and Alex White, as well as draftees Kyle Seager, Mark Fleury, Adam Warren and Brian Moran. But with the Tar Heels’ season set to start Friday against George Washington (3 p.m.) at Boshamer Stadium, Bates also said he has gotten over that weirdness. “There’s no sense in missing them,” Bates said Monday. “We would only be hurting ourselves if we were worrying about what we had and what we don’t have anymore.” What the Tar Heels do have are 17 new players and lots of question marks. UNC is coming off a fourth straight trip to the College World Series and is ranked No. 20 in Baseball America’s preseason poll, but the Tar Heels will have a lot of new faces in the lineup. “We do have some unknowns just because about half of our team is new,” UNC coach Mike Fox said. “Probably the biggest unknown for us is how well we’re going to swing the bat and who’s coming out of the bullpen for us.” Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick, and Seager, a third-round pick, accounted for much of the Tar Heels’ offensive production last season as they combined for 214 hits, 135 RBIs and 28 of
UNC’s 69 home runs. The Tar Heels return four starters — left fielder Ben Bunting (.336), center fielder Mike Cavasinni (.272), shortstop Ryan Graepel (.283) and Levi Michael (.296), who will be making the move from second to third base. To fill in the holes, highly touted freshman Brian Goodwin is projected to start in right field and freshman Tommy Coyle is expected to play second. At first base, junior college transfer Dillon Hazlett and sophomore Matt Harrison will be competing for playing time, while sophomore Jacob Stalling and junior college transfer Jesse Wierzbicki will be vying at catcher. “[Ackley’s] a once-ina-lifetime player that you’re never, ever going to replace,” Fox said. “And so we’re going to have to have guys all up and down our lineup, one through nine, try to somehow help with all that production that we lost.” On the mound, the Tar Heels lost two of their weekend starters in White and Warren but return junior righthander Matt Harvey (7-2), who is now the No. 1 pitcher. Redshirt junior Colin Bates is slated as the No. 2 weekend starter after coming out of the bullpen in 2009. Former midweek starter Patrick Johnson will slide into the weekend starting rotation. In the bullpen, junior Nate Striz is the Tar Heels’ most experienced reliever with 26 appearances a year ago, but Fox said UNC will be relying heavily on its nine new
‘Hoppers Moore awarded TIMES STAFF REPORT The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation announced last Thursday that Donald Moore, President and General Manager of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, earned its 2010 Unsung Community Hero Award. The Bryan Foundation awards this honor annually in recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the community, but whose good works are not widely recognized. “I am extremely humbled to have been selected from amongst my peers for this prestigious distinction,” said Moore. “As a life-long resident of Greensboro, I have tremendous passion for this community and the potential that it holds.” Carole Bruce, a member of the board of directors of the Bryan Foundation, presented the award to Moore during the Bryan Foundation’s annual luncheon and meeting, with his family and staff present. As part of the award, the Bryan Foundation will give $25,000 to the Atlantic Coast Conference in Moore’s honor to be used on behalf of the ACC Baseball Tourna-
ment that will be hosted in May at NewBridge Bank Park. Under his leadership, the Hoppers have welcomed over 2.1 million fans in their first five seasons, becoming the only Class A team in the history of Minor League Baseball to draw over 400,000 fans and grow its attendance four straight years in a new ballpark. The Grasshoppers were the proud recipients of the South Atlantic League’s Club Merit Award four of the past five years, with Moore garnering additional accolades as the league’s General Manager of the Year Award in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Baseball America honored Moore and the Grasshoppers with the prestigious Bob Freitas Award for the Single-A level in 2008. Moore has created several college scholarship funds, including the Bill Lee Memorial Scholarship and the Charlie Harville Memorial Scholarship. He currently sits on the board of The Bryan Family YMCA, The Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, Downtown Greensboro, Inc., and is President-Elect of the Greensboro Sports Council.
SONC volunteers still needed TIMES STAFF REPORT More than 200 volunteers are needed for the 2010 Special Olympics North Carolina Western Basketball & Cheerlead-
ing Tournament to take place in Winston-Salem March 6. Interested individuals can register online at www.specialolympicsnc. com.
pitchers. “We’re going to run some freshmen out of the bullpen,” Fox said. “We’re going to have to run them out there and see how they do.” Another change is that Fox will not be coaching at third base for the first time in 27 years. Instead, assistant coach Scott Jackson will take over third base duties, while Fox will be stationed in the dugout. Fox said it was a move he has considered for the past year or two, but there is not one specific reason for the switch. “I felt a little safer there last year with that helmet on, but I am not as quick as I used to be — but I don’t know if I’ll be any safer in the dugout or not,” Fox said. “I will do my part in the dugout as I need to, and it may change halfway through the year — I don’t know. … Coach Jackson knows our team and our players just as much as I do, and he will do a good job over there.” Fox said the start of the season will be a work in progress, as the lineup may change daily and he really does not know what to expect from his young team. “It’s got the potential to be a really difficult season, but to be honest with you, we really don’t know what to expect,” Graepel said. “We could just keep rolling like the way we have been in the past or things could be a little bit different, but who knows? [There are] a lot of question marks this year, but that’s what kind of makes it exciting.”
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