Mallory Honeycutt crowned Miss Thomasville 2010. See FOCUS, Page 4
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Local business columnist Marilyn Taylor gives TaylorMade advice on the pursuit of passion through work.
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TPD cars to sport new look BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer Thomasville’s officers in black are making a comeback. In an effort to both save taxpayer dollars and get more use out of their squad cars, Thomasville Police Department is going back to a black and white color scheme on its vehicles. “This is basically keeping with a trend of other law enforcement agencies,” Maj. James Mills said. “A vast majority of departments
are going to the black and white color schemes. We wanted to stay with the trend but we also wanted to remain unique.” Going back to the back and white scheme will save TPD thousands of dollars as the department makes the transition from the white and blue it has had for years. The new cars — a Dodge Charger and a Crown Victoria — will come in black, but will no longer require a paint job to personalize the vehicle for TPD. Instead, all the new logos will be
applied via a vinyl wrap that goes around the car and can easily be removed and replaced. The new wrap will cost TPD $550 per car compared to spending more than $1,000 to paint the vehicle. “The cost-savings should be significant,” said Mills. “We can wrap two cars for the price it costs to paint one.” Mills said that the transition will take some time before all three dozen cars in the depart-
See CARS, Page 6
EXCELLING IN READING Friendship Elementary School recently named its Accelerated Readers for the third nine weeks. Third grade students who excelled in readeing were (front, from left) Shakeel Moore, Jackson Cheek, Jimmy Dasher, Mackenzie Yaudes and Brianna Yokeley. Find more Accelerated Readers from the school in Saturday’s edition of the Times.
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School laid solid foundation for students
to do that,’” Jones-Byrd said. “I said, ‘I’m going to Staff Writer be in a movie.’” The school girl raced Editor’s note: The following is the final part home that night to tell in a three-part series on an over-tired mother that she would someday star Church Street School. in the movies. The older Lights dimmed to black. woman dubbed the giddy Shuffling feet, the crunch chatter as nothing more of popcorn, muffled than childish fantasies giggles — Shirley Jones- and told her daughter to Byrd the fifth-grader filed sit down and eat her dininto the movie theater ner. “But I kept it in the back with her Church Street School classmates to see of my mind,” Jones-Byrd Gone with the Wind, her said. “And 63 years later, now, I’ve gotten first-ever moin the movies.” tion picture. Jo n e s - B y r d “I didn’t even OVER THE YEARS achieved her know how to fifth-grade goal walk,” she said, laughing at the Find time line on — she acted in multiple commemory. “I was Church Street mercials and fumbling and School history, a few movies, everything beincluding Bare Page 6. cause I didn’t Hands and Gosknow how pel Hill, which dark it would airs on TV from time to be. People were trying to time. She is also involved hold me.” Lost in the excitement with community theater of her first movie, the and might go to Canada young Jones-Byrd didn’t to perform a piece. But all of her success realize then that the field trip would change the wouldn’t have been poscourse of her life. But she sible without her experidid feel the beginning tin- ences at Church Street gles of that when-I-grow- School, Jones-Byrd said, not just because of the up childhood dreaming. “When I watched the movie, I said, ‘Wow. I want See SOLID, Page 3
BY ERIN WILTGEN
Board accepts agreement with state for VIPER tower BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
LEXINGTON — Despite a lingering lack of clarity in the wording, the Davidson County Board of Commissioners unanimously accepted an agreement with the state at its Tuesday night meeting to use federal grant money to build a VIPER tower. VIPER, or Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders, is a networking project that would allow emergency personnel of varying agencies to communicate statewide. “The state is currently in the process of establishing the backbone of a statewide, interagency public safety voice trunked com-
munications network,” County Manager Robert Hyatt said in a memo to the board. The state proposed the agreement through the N.C. Highway Patrol last summer, and the county received a copy of the lease in the fall. The approved contract leases the currently county-owned property where the old animal shelter was to the state to build a new VIPER tower. Though the county already owns and maintains a tower on the site, county staff reports that the 40year-old structure is in poor condition and needs to be replaced. To temper costs of repair, the state applied for and received $706,000 in federal grant
money on the county’s behalf. While the board could have opted to use the funds to build a new tower independently but in compliance with state guidelines, the commissioners decided to turn the funds over to N.C. Highway Patrol to manage and implement the project. On such terms, the state will tear down the old tower, build a new one and would be responsible for ongoing insurance, utilities, operation and maintenance costs. The only glitch in an otherwise seemingly ideal plan is the absence of any official wording regarding future usage.
See TOWER, Page 6
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agement Departmnet have partnered together to collect old cell phones for recycling. Bring unused cell phones to one of the following locations: Lexington Senior Center, 106 Alma Ownes Drive; Thomasville Senior Center, 211 W. Colonial Drive; Davidson County landfill or at any of the county’s recycling centers. The collected phones will either be refurbished and reused or recycled according to EPA standards. For more information, contact Lexington Senior Center, 242-2290, or Thomasville Senior Center, 474-2754.
Free tax advice
The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program, in partnership with Davidson County Tax Coalition, is offering free tax advice and tax form preparation for residents of Davidson County at the Lexington and Thomasville Senior Centers. Assistance is available at the Thomasville Senior Center, 211 W. Colonial Drive, Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning February 1; and the Lexington Senior Center, 106 Alma Owens Drive, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning February 3. Persons wishing to use this free tax service should bring with them copies of last years tax return forms, both federal and state, Picture ID, Social Security Card, checking or savings account information for direct deposit of refunds, and 2009 income information, including W-2s and 1099s for wages, interest, and dividends. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment in Lexington, call 242-2290. For an appointment in Thomasville, call 474-2754. No Walk-Ins.
Relay For Life High Point’s 2010 Relay For Life will take place Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Southwest High School. Relay is a major annual fund raiser sponsored by the American Cancer Society in the fight to find a cure for cancer. This event will be a character builder for participants while having a lot of fun working with peers from throughout the area and supporting a very worthwhile cause. In addition to the fundraising, there will be plenty of fun, food, ceremony, entertainment and fellowship. This is a family event. To enter a team, contact Rich at 336905-7954, or at email@example.com.
Spring Daze vendor applications City Beautification, the sponsor of Spring Daze, is accepting vendor applications now until April 15. To get an application, download one at at tourismtourism.com, picked one up at city hall or call Carol Brown at 886-5189. Vendor spots cost $20. Spring Daze will be held Saturday, May 1, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. Admission is free.
Recycle cell phones
The Lexington and Thomasville Senior Centers will sponsor a movement to recycle old and used cell phones. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 500 million cell phones have been retired, meaning they are unused in someone’s home or in the trash. The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program along with the Davidson County Solid Waste Man-
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.
Kindergarten registration 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.
WDB meeting The DavidsonWorks Workforce Development Board of Directors will have their Board Meeting Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8 a.m., Davidson County Community College, Mendenhall Bldg. Room 226. If the college is closed due to weather, the meeting will not take place.
Downtown merchants meeting
A meeting for all downtown Thomasville merchants will be held today at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers. The meeting will center around developing ideas that promote commerce in the downtown business district. For more information, contact Shoppes on Main at 475-2222.
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.
Suitcase Seminar Paper Management System
A two hour, hands-on workshop will teach a simple system for managing papers. The workshop will be held March 4 and every first Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at Lake Jeanette Office park, 3820 North Elm St., in Greensboro. Bring a suitcase full of disorganized papers, files and photos and leave with everything filed and organized. For more information, call Dorothy at 314-1207 or visit www. SimpleSolutionsPro.com. Advance registration required and costs $20.
Vegetable Gardening Workshop
The Agricultural Building will hold a vegetable gardening workshop on Thursday, March 11, from 1-4 p.m. Learn how to grow fresh vegetables using organic and non-organic gardening techniques to produce healthy food in a limited space. In a time where food supply is uncertain and new precautions come out almost daily, it’s time to think about producing an independent supply of vegetables. Registration ends March 5. To register, call 336-242-2085.
Feb. 25, 2010
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FROM PAGE 1 CHURCH STREET SCHOOL HISTORY 1868 — John W. Thomas deeded a lot at Thomasville Methodist Episcopal Church, Colored, for a school for black children. Blacks first attended the school in an old log church, now the site of St. John’s Church 1904 — Thomasville School Board bought a larger lot, and a tworoom schoolhouse was erected farther down Church Street. Not long after that a larger frame school was built. 1935 — A fire damaged the building. Some classes were conducted in rooms behind the church while damage was repaired. 1936 — The present Church Street School was built. January 1937 — Church Street School, on Jasper Street, opens to students. The school had 515 students enrolled, and E.L. McClenny was the principal. 1964 — The junior and senior high school students at Church Street School were reassigned to Main Street School and Thomasville Senior High School as part of the Freedom of Choice Movement. Church Street School continued as an all-black elementary school. 1969 — Schools across North Carolina were integrated. 1970 — Classes fully integrated. Church Street was made a onegrade school, housing the eighth graders. Sixth and seventh graders were moved to Main Street School. 1975 — Thomasville Junior High School was built, and Church Street School was converted into an allsixth grade building. April 1976 — Teachers object to Thomasville School Board’s consideration to close Church Street School because of the steady decline in enrollment. February 1977 — Thomasville School Board decided to leave Church Street School open because the educational advantages of having a separate sixth grade building outweighed the costs. 1982 — Thomasville Board of Education voted to reorganize the city schools by closing Church Street School and moving the sixth grade to a middle school at the Junior High School Building and moving the ninth grade to the Senior High School. June, 1982 — The last day of classes at Church Street School. February 1984 — Thomasville Board of Education seeks citizen input about the future of Church Street School by appointing a six-member committee consisting of community members. May 1990 — Another fire swept through Church Street School’s gym. Firefighters suspect arson and said that it was the fourth fire at the school in two years. September 1991 — City Council issues a condemnation ordinance on Church Street School. July 2000 — A fire ravaged Church Street School and left the building a brick shell.
SOLID From page 1 field trip that started it all but because of the foundation she formed there. Church Street School opened in 1869 as the first school for black children. Though it re-located to a larger building on Church street in 1904 and then again to a bigger site on Jasper Street in 1937, the school remained an integral part of the AfricanAmerican community in Thomasville. Even now, years after the school was integrated in 1969 then closed in 1982 and later burned down in 2000, local alum still hold the school dear to their hearts. Part of that strong connection comes from the bonds formed there, particularly between student and teacher. Though Church Street School — a top-notch school in almost every aspect — used hand-medown text books from the all-white schools in the area, the teachers still held students to high expectations, said Jewel Welborn, who attended the school in the late 1950s. “Teachers instilled in us that you could be the best that you wanted to be regardless of the re-
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sources that you had,” she said. After teaching that lesson, teachers enforced it, helping students after school and encouraging kids in their life’s pursuits. “I knew that I was searching and wanting to be the best that I could be,” Jones-Byrd said. “I always had people there, teachers there, who always pushed me. They knew that you were interested in doing something, and they would push you. They would make sure that you were doing the right thing.” The school served as a developmental starting point, teaching kids not only to read and write but also the importance of interacting with other human beings and moral strength. “It was the start of my early life,” said Thomas Siler, a 1949 graduate. “That’s where I laid the foundation.” Though Siler went into the military after graduation instead of going to college, he said he still used the valuable lessons from his school days. “Learning how to work with others, be with others, learning how to mingle — it’s all a learned experience,” he said. Because the school
housed all black children, Church Street School students also learned about some of the hard truths about life. Just as with the hand-me-down textbooks, the kids learned that the clothes they wore and the houses they lived in didn’t dictate who they were, said Pauline Lyons, who graduated in 1956. “It didn’t matter what anybody thought about you, get your education and move forward,” she said. “Most people down there helped us and talked to us and taught us what’s right and wrong. That’s the way I try to raise my children now, and my grandchildren.” And the old school’s lessons have paid off. Besides producing graduates who went on to operate restaurants, beauty parlors, cafes and other privately owned businesses in Thomasville, Church Street School graduates also went on to make a list of Thomasville firsts. The Rev. Glenn Brooks and J.W. Mathis were the first black city council members. Leroy Worthy was the first black to be awarded the Lion of the Year plaque and perhaps the first black member in the Lion’s Club 58-year existence. Jones-Byrd was the
first black from Thomasville to land a major role in a movie. “A lot of great people, I mean great people, have come out of Church Street School,” she said. “And if you look back in all the history that has been done, it is a historic place.” But despite all of their great achievement JonesByrd said those great people are on some level still students at heart, and they all remember fondly their school days. “They all leave a great mark, and they all still
love Church Street School,” she said. ‘So many people that you can pull to and lean to. They’re always there to tell you more and to help you to build and remember how Church Street School has grown and how people have just networked together to save and to keep and to make sure that Church Street School will always live.”
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PublishAmerica is proud to present The Gypsy Chronicles by T.L. Bailey from Thomasville, North Carolina. In 1717 there is a woman named Gypsy, born with a mark on her hand. Outcast and abused, she learns that she is the last of a known race called the Katarasha, who protected the world against another vile race known as the Rudari. Together with six others, she must learn to use her powers if she will ever hope to defeat Ragnar, the most powerful necromancer born to the Rudari.
Area students named to Deanâ€™s list at Lenoir-Rhyne TIMES STAFF REPORT
Erin Jane Harrison of Thomasville and Chelsea Nichole Hill of Lexington were recently named to the Deanâ€™s List for the fall 2009 semester at LenoirRhyne University. Qualifying students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, provided no grade was below a â€œCâ€? and the student carried at least 12 hours of letter-graded courses. The following Deanâ€™s List students are listed by state and town of residence.
Honeycutt named Miss Thomasville 2010 TIMES STAFF REPORT The Miss Thomasville Scholarship Association is proud to announce that Mallory Deanne Honeycutt won the coveted title of Miss Thomasville 2010 on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at T. Austin Finch Auditorium. Honeycutt is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in nursing. She the 21-year-old daughter of Stanley and Rita Honeycutt of Salisbury, N.C. Kayla Renee Hollingsworth was crowned Thomasvilleâ€™s Outstanding Teen 2010. Hollingsworth is a junior at Randleman High School and is the 16-year-old daughter of Ted and Debbie Hollingsworth of Randleman. Honeycutt and Holllingsworth will compete at the Miss North Carolina and North Carolinaâ€™s Outstanding Teen Pageants, June 22â€“26 in Raleigh.
Six Miss Thomasville Contestants and the nine Outstanding Teen contestants competed in several phases of competition. Also crowned at the event was the 2010 Thomasville Outstanding Little Miss Royalty court. The court winners were: Aspen Troxler, Thomasvilleâ€™s Outstanding Little Miss; Tori Gross, Thomasvilleâ€™s Outstanding Preteen Miss; Isabella Siler, Thomasvilleâ€™s Outstanding Petite Miss; Emma Cassell, Thomasvilleâ€™s Outstanding Majestic Miss; Aneil Owens, Thomasvilleâ€™s Outstanding Young Miss; Macy Henson, Thomasvilleâ€™s Outstanding Junior Miss; and Thomasvilleâ€™s Baby Miss, Kadence Anderson. In addition, a special presentation was made to Elizabeth Darr Litwin, Miss Thomasville 1937, who was introduced on stage and presented with an official Miss America Crown.
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King graduates U.S. Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. TIMES STAFF REPORT Army Pvt. Justin B. King has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the training,
the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and
bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading,
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He is the son of Diane and Ray King of Thomasville, and a 2005 graduate of East Davidson High School, Thomasville.
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The Ron Paul delusion VIEWPOINT
DAVID HARSANYI Syndicated Columnist What are we to make of the Republican Party’s future now that libertarian Rep. Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the well-attended Conservative Political Action Conference last week? Is the GOP about to transform into the party of the gold standard? Let’s, for a moment, forget Paul (and how I wish this could be a permanent condition, considering the congressman is neither a serious politician nor — and I can’t stress this enough — a serious thinker). Libertarianism offers conservatives — many of them new to political activism — an earnest ideological alternative to the process-heavy politics that dominate Washington. It allows Republicans to cleanse themselves of the GOP’s failure to deliver on promises of smaller government and fiscal restraint. None of which is new. The 1964 Barry Goldwater would be considered a libertarian today by many measures. The National Review constructed a “fusionist” effort to bring the parties together. Ronald Reagan explained to Reason magazine back in 1975 that “the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” Two sticking points preventing this fling from turning into something more serious have been social issues and war. Has anything changed to alter the dynamics of the relationship? Probably not. Patrick Buchanan recently claimed that the GOP is showing signs of turning away from its recent foreign policy positions. The focus of policy may have changed — and perhaps there’s more reluctance in nation building — but polls pretty clearly illustrate Republicans still believe in a robust and proactive national defense. Social issues are far more complex — and they always have been, despite caricatures. But the reality is that most of the cultural issues that
divide Americans have been mired in political stalemates. You can debate abortion all day long; policy won’t be changing. Economics, on the other hand, touches almost everything in a tangible way. That — and one of the most aggressive left-wing economic agendas in American history — makes the libertarian fiscal message seductive. Does that mean we need Paul? “Congressman Paul is committed to bringing the conservative movement back to its traditional platform of limited government, balanced budgets and a foreign policy of nonintervention,” claims Jesse Benton, Paul’s spokesman. If only it stopped there. Paul isn’t a traditional conservative. His obsession with long-decided monetary policy and isolationism are not his only half-baked crusades. Paul’s newsletters of the ‘80s and ‘90s were filled with anti-Semitic and racist rants, proving his slumming in the ugliest corners of conspiracyland today is no mistake. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of Paul is that thousands of intellectually curious young people will have read his silly books, including “End the Fed,” as serious manifestoes. Though you wouldn’t know it by listening to Paul or reading his words, libertarians do have genuine ideas that conservatives might embrace. A serious libertarian, David Boaz at the Cato Institute, found that 14 percent of American voters could be classified as libertarian. “Other surveys,” he points out, “find a larger number of people who hold views that are neither consistently liberal nor conservative but are best described as libertarian.” Seeing as the two top concerns at CPAC were “reducing size of federal government” (35 percent) followed by “reducing government spending,” it is obvious the message of individual freedom and small government has resonance. But accepting Ron Paul as the leader of this — or, actually, any — charge is a mistake for both parties. 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 and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
Illegal immigrants: Not so scary BY STEVE CHAPMAN Syndicated Columnist From listening to the more vigorous critics of illegal immigration, our porous borders are a grave threat to safety. Not only can foreign terrorists sneak in to target us, but the most vicious criminals are free to walk in and inflict their worst on innocent Americans. In xenophobic circles, this prospect induces stark terror. Fox News’ Glenn Beck has decried an “illegal immigrant crime wave.” A contributor to Patrick Buchanan’s website asserts, “Every day, in the United States, thousands of illegal aliens unleash a reign of terror on Americans.” Sure they do. And I’m Penelope Cruz. There is a surface logic here. If people are willing to commit the crime of slipping into the country without permission, it might stand to reason that they have no respect for our laws and will break even more once they’re here. Add in Mexican drug lords and Central American gangs, and it looks like we should all be fleeing to Canada to save our hides. Chicago’s Latino residents have risen to 28 percent of the population, and among that population are many people who came illegally. So why doesn’t it feel like we’re fighting the battle of the Alamo? Simple: The things that would happen if the alarmists were right simply have not happened. A continuing inflow of violent, predatory Latinos would produce an unprecedented epidemic of larceny and slaughter. In reality, as the illegal immigrant population has grown, crime has, well, gone south. Since 1986, the year of the
infamous amnesty for illegal immigrants, the U.S. murder rate has plunged by 37 percent. (In Chicago, the number of homicides went from 747 in 1986 to 460 last year.) Forcible rape is down 23 percent. Drunk driving fatalities are off by more than half. You are safer today than you were before all those undocumented interlopers arrived. Much is made of the alleged fact that 30 percent of federal prison inmates are illegal immigrants. Actually, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the correct figure is 14 percent, and many are in just for violating immigration laws. In prisons at the state level, where most violent crime is prosecuted, illegal immigrants account for less than 5 percent of all inmates. How can all this be? It’s partly because nativeborn Americans are less prone to senseless mayhem than they used to be. But it’s also because people who come here from other countries are actually more law-abiding than the norm. A 2007 report by the Immigration Policy Center noted that “for every ethnic group, without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated. This holds true especially for the Mexicans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans who make up the bulk of the undocumented population.” Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson, who has focused his research on Chicago neighborhoods, documents that felonious behavior is less common among Mexican-Americans, who constitute the biggest share of Latinos, than among whites. Second and third generation Latinos, contrary
to what you might expect, fall into more crime than immigrants. But Sampson says that overall, “MexicanAmerican rates of violence are very similar to whites.” The phenomenon is so evident that it was even recognized in a recent article in The American Conservative — a magazine founded by the lusty nativist (“we’re gonna lose our country”) Patrick Buchanan. It was written by Ron Unz, who made some enemies among Latinos by pushing a California ballot initiative to sharply limit bilingual education in public schools, but who knows better than to regard Latinos as the enemy. Unz points out that in the five most heavily Hispanic cities in the country, violent crime is “10 percent below the national urban average and the homicide rate 40 percent lower.” In Los Angeles, which is half Hispanic and easily accessible to those sneaking over the southern border, the murder rate has plummeted to levels unseen since the tranquil years of the early 1960s. This is not really hard to understand. Today, as ever, most foreigners who make the sacrifice of leaving home and starting over in a strange land do so not to mug grandmothers or molest children, but to find work that will give them a better life. Coming here illegally does not alter that basic motivation. In other words, they want to become full-fledged Americans, and they’re succeeding. Is there something scary about that? Steve Chapman blogs daily at newsblogs.chicagotribune. com/steve_chapman. To find out more about Steve Chapman, visit www.creators.com.
Letters to the Editor To the Editor My name is Kellie Rabon and I am a local Meals On Wheels volunteer. For the last three years I have had the opportunity to serve some of the most loving and appreciative members of our community. I can not begin to relate in words what a blessing I have received from my clients. They are all very special to me but I am writing today about a lady that was not only special to me but to everyone that knew her. That lady was Doris Elaine Bryant Hepler. Mrs. Hepler passed away Feb. 3, 2010. The news of her passing left an emptiness in my heart that remains today. I did not learn of the news until I arrived at The Piedmont Center last Friday to pick up my meals for delivery and I must
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confess that from the beginning of my route to the end, I was in a state of denial, for you see, the Hepler residence was my last stop. Only seeing the wreath on the door did I truly realize I would no longer be met at the door by that beautiful, most gracious smiling face of Mrs. Hepler. As I entered the residence, I was met by Mr. Hepler who fought back the tears as I gently set down a single meal (instead of the usual two). We shared a hug and I conveyed my condolences as Mr. Hepler walked me to the door. I had only met Mr. Hepler once before because Mrs.Hepler was always the one at the door. She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful spirit that just brightened the cloudiest of days. Confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk,
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she always had a positive and encouraging word to share. I am sure there were many days that she did not feel well but she never let that be known, not to me anyway. I always left their house feeling a sense of peace and a heart filled with warmth. My heart and prayers go out to this family, especially Mr. Hepler. I only got to know Mrs. Hepler for three years and then only once a month, but I will treasure every memory. My hope is that her family and close friends know that she touched many lives and she will not be forgotten. I count her and all my other clients a blessing and they all hold a special place in my heart. Kellie Rabon Thomasville
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â€œThe county attorneyâ€™s office submitted a request to the state that certain amendments be made to clarify certain issues,â€? said County Attorney Chuck Frye. â€œThe major issue was trying to set out the parameters by which Davidson County could add equipment to the tower in the future.â€? Given that the new tower is estimated to last 30 years, Frye said that drastic improvements in technology five, maybe even 10 years down the road canâ€™t be planned for. The attorney wanted a provision in the lease outlining how the county could go about requesting permission from the state to add such technology. â€œRight now we own the tower, we own the property, so we have control of whatever we want to do,â€? Hyatt said. â€œIf we lease to the state, we no longer have control of that property. Weâ€™re trying to look into the future and
hopefully get some flexibility.â€? While the state assured county officials that it would be willing to negotiate changes to the tower and other counties havenâ€™t experienced any issues, the state refused to put in writing how negotiations will take place. â€œThe final bottom line is that clarityâ€™s not going to be forthcoming,â€? Frye said. Despite the uncertainty, however, the commissioners voted 7-0 to enter into agreement with the state given the advantages. â€œI think the bottom line is ultimately the benefit derived by the county from the tower outweighs the concern we have,â€? Frye said. In other news, the board also discussed using federal funds to erect a message board advertising H1N1 vaccinations and a request for the designation of the sheriff to make recommendations to the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on ABC permit applications.
Index Thomasville Minnie T. Gilmore, 84 Rhonda Lewis, 48 Lincoln Liles Jr., 70 Harvey J. McNeil, 79 Lexington Brenda Ellis, 55 Walt Hamm, 90 Vangie McCombs, 80 Mary F. Michael, 88 Dot Shaw, 81 Faye B. Wrenn, 88
Brenda Ellis LEXINGTON â€” Brenda Jean Funk Ellis, 55, of Lorie Belle Lane, Lexington, died Monday Feb. 22, 2010, at Forsyth Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
other times at the home. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net. Rhonda Lewis Ms. Rhonda Lewis, 48, of 806 Bowerwood Drive, died Feb. 20, 2010, at Hospice Home, in High Point. Memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Haizlip Funeral Home Chapel, 206 Fourth St., in High Point. Online condolences may be made at www.haizlipfuneralhome.com.
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Mary F. Michael
Lincoln Liles Jr., 70, of 102 Brown St., died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Born July 15, 1939, in Anson County, N.C. to the late Lincoln Liles, Sr. and Emma Jean Thompson Liles, he retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries after working for over 30 years as a machine operator. Funeral arrangement entrusted to Hooverâ€™s Funeral Home, in High Point.
LEXINGTON â€” Mary Frances Shoaf Michael, age 88, of Rockway Drive, Lexington, diedTuesday, Feb.23, 2010, at her home. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Paulâ€™s Chapel United Church of Christ with the Rev. Dr. Dave Ambroso officiating. Burial will follow in Paulâ€™s Chapel United Church of Christ Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Church prior to the service from 2 until 3 p.m. Friday in the church parlor. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Minnie T. Gilmore
TPD will go back to a traditional black and white scheme on police cars.
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ment are the new black and whites. There are currently two Crown Victorias already slated to receive the wrap within the next few weeks, and as new cars come into the fleet, they will all take on the new scheme. â€œAs administrators we want to be good stewards with taxpayer dollars,â€? Mills said. â€œThis is not something weâ€™re doing to the entire fleet at one time. As they come in, they will be transitioned over and the old cars will be phased out.â€? Chief Jeff Insley said a transition team headed up by Sgt. Toby Smith, TPDâ€™s planning and research supervisor, came up with several different designs for the new scheme. Out of seven new designs, four were selected as finalists and put to a vote by TPD officers. â€œWhat we looked at was trying to get as much participation from the department as possible,â€? Insley said. â€œA lot of guys came up with different concepts and we just put it to a vote. Weâ€™re excited
about the new design.â€? Just how long a squad car stays in the fleet depends on its condition. Mills said older cars are usually used during winter months to avoid damaging a new vehicle. Another plus from the new wrap is that it can be taken off and the car can be designated to other departments to serve as an unmarked vehicle. The wrap also sustains the value of the vehicle when the times comes to sell it. TPD is already using the new wrap on its trailer that will be used for checkpoints and other various appearances.
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Harvey J. McNeil Harvey Junior McNeil, 79, died Feb. 9, 2010, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, W.Va. He was formerly of Thomasville and was a retired foreman for Viking Sprinkler in High Point. Harvey was born Oct. 27, 1930, in Troy, N.C. the son of the late Ella McNeil. In addition to his mother, his wife, Nelda Page McNeil, preceded him in death. Surviving is one daughter, Linda Shawver,
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Walt Hamm LEXINGTON â€” Stephen Walter Hamm, age 90, of Burgess Street, Lexington, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at his home. Funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Friday in Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel with the Hospice Chaplin Rev. Tim Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3064. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home and
Center after declining health. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the funeral service. Memorials may be made to the donorâ€™s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
LEXINGTON â€” Mrs. Dorothy Shoake (Dot) Shaw, age 81, of Cap Ingram Road, Lexington, died Wednesday, Feb. 24. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Baptist Church. The family will see friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton
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Vangie McCombs LEXINGTON â€” Vangie Lee White McCombs, 80, of Ravenwood Lane, Lexington, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
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of High Point; one grandson, Galen E. Shawver; and one great grandson, Coen Shawver. Also surviving is companion, Marie Allen, of Beckley, and her children. In keeping with Harveyâ€™s wishes, his body has been cremated. There will be a family-only service at a later date. On line condolences may be sent at www.seaverfuneralservice.com Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton, W.Va. is serving the McNeil family. ***
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010
Lady Eagles face ‘mirror image’
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CALENDAR TODAY BASKETBALL Tarheel Conference Tourney @ DCCC Sandhills CC vs. Central CCC 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY BASKETBALL Tarheel Conference Tourney @ DCCC 5:30 p.m. BASKETBALL NCHSAA 2-A/3-A Sectionals TBD
SATURDAY BASKETBALL Tarheel Conference Tourney @ DCCC 3 p.m.
MONDAY TENNIS Ledford @ Trinity 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY BASKETBALL NCHSAA 2-A/3-A Regionals TBD BASEBALL Trinity @ E. Davidson 4:30 p.m. BASEBALL Ledford @ C. Davidson 5 p.m. GOLF Ledford @ Davie 3 p.m. TENNIS E. Davidson @ Wheatmore 4 p.m. TENNIS Ledford @ Salisbury 4:30 p.m.
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Staff Writer As much as the recent winiter weather has played havoc on the basketball schedule, having a game postponed is becoming pretty common of late. That’s the scenario again facing the East Davidson High School Lady Golden Eagles. More snow pushed back East’s second round 2-A playoff game at Shelby High School from Wednesday to this evening, giving the Lady Eagles an extra day to prepare for the Lady Lions. Fresh off an impressive 65-44 victory over Lincolnton Monday night in the opening round of the playoffs, EDHS, the No. 2 seed from the Central Carolina Conference, is looking to keep its momentum going against a Shelby squad that is very similar to the Lady Eagles. “From what I understand about Shelby, they are pretty evenly matched with us as far as height and guards,” East coach Brian Eddinger said. “It will probably come down to who comes out of the gates ready to go, who has the intensity and who wants it more. I have a feeling that’s what this game will be.” If Monday night is any indication, the Lady Eagles may have more basketball to play. East jumped all over the Lady Wolves, building a 20-point lead by halftime and stretching the bulge to 30 after three quarters. Eddinger said he was a little shocked his team built such a big lead. “We came out with a lot of defensive intensity and pressure,” said Eddinger. “That’s always led to offense for us. That kind of got us going from there. It was good to see us hit the ground running. “For this team, we are ones who grind it out. We don’t usually get big leads like that. We always come and play and either get a lit-
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Living the dream
tation. Since it launched in 2006, The NASCAR Foundation has contributed more than $1.97 million to the camp helping to provide 789 kids with a life-changing experience. To date, Victory Junction has served more than 12,900 campers and their families through the week-long summer sessions and family weekends that take place throughout the year. In 2009, Vic-
Some dreams are so big, and seem so unattainable, that even the dreamer doesn’t believe they can ever come true. Just ask 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray. After the race, McMurray talked about the experience of seeing the checkered flag in front of him ... and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., one of the best superspeedway racers in NASCAR, coming up behind him. Fast. “To be honest, I was like, ‘Crap,’” he said. “This guy has won a lot of races here; he has incredible history here. I hope this isn’t his turn to win the Daytona 500. “I hope it’s my turn.” That’s a great line, and as it turned out, it WAS McMurray’s turn to win the most prestigious event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. But when it’s all said and done, Jamie will be best remembered not for what he said, but for what he couldn’t say, because he was crying too hard. There is a tremendous difference between things we plan to do and things we dream of doing. Plans take on the personality of achievable goals, usually with some sort of deadline attached. “I’m going to have all the laundry done by the end of the day,” for example, or “I’m going to burn off 500 calories before I leave this gym.” Dreams, on the other hand, are where we really cut loose. Some people have never seen the ocean, for example, or the
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Senior Haley Grimsley will try to lead the Lady Eagles to a playoff win against Shelby High School tonight. tle bit of a lead or are right there close. It was surprising getting up by that much.” Haley Grimsley paced the Lady Eagles with 28 points. Amanda Baker added nine points, Candace Fox chipped in six and Chelsea
Turner scored five. “[Grimsley] was able to get out and run the floor which is always a big part of her game,” Eddinger said of his star senior. “It’s fun to
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NASCAR Foundation offers gift to Victory Junction TIMES STAFF REPORT CHARLOTTE — The NASCAR Foundation announced Wednesday a $408,000 contribution to Victory Junction to help send critically ill kids to camp for a lifechanging experience. The donation was made possible through a variety of 2009 fundraisers including The NASCAR Foundation Charity Auctions, an annual partnership with Sprint,
Inc. through Friends of the Foundation and the foundation’s signature event, NASCAR Day. “This donation is what The NASCAR Foundation is all about,” said the foundation’s chairperson, Betty Jane France. “Victory Junction is most deserving of whatever assistance we can provide. It’s a special place, and we are proud to help.” The donation will allow over 160 kids to attend the camp, as well as assisting with camper transpor-
Storm await semiﬁnal foe BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer Davidson County Community College head coach Matt Ridge doesn’t have to look far to find a motivational tool for his team heading into this weekend’s Region X, Division III Tarheel Conference at Brinkley Gymnasium. Even though the Storm won their conference with a perfect record, climbed into the top-five of the national polls and haven’t lost a game since 2009, all Ridge has to do is bring up how last season ended in the blink of an eye. A year ago, DCCC sat
on the cusp of a Tarheel Conference Tournament title and a possible berth in the national tournament only to see a buzzerbeating 3-pointer end its season. On Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Storm, winners of 18 games in a row, will take their first step towards burying that dreaded memory when they face the winner of Sandhills Community College and Central Carolina Community College in the tournament semifinal. “We’ve mentioned it throughout the season, but we haven’t harped on it,” Ridge said. “This is a new year, a new championship and a new team.
We’ve talked about not getting big-headed. The guys have done well with it to date and I hope that continues.” DCCC’s job is pretty simple — keep winning and the season continues, lose and it’s over with. The Storm are 26-4, including a perfect 10-0 in the Tarheel conference. Two more wins over the weekend and DCCC will play for the District 7 championship on March 6 and a trip to the NJCAA national tournament in Delhi, N.Y. A loss either Friday or Saturday ends the season like the past two — in disappointment.
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Grand Canyon. Airplane pilots can fly, but most of them will never set foot on the moon. Many writers can tell great stories, but most of them will never publish a book. And race car drivers can drive, but most of them will never win the Daytona 500. McMurray has established himself as being a very good restrictor plate racer, but he seemed just as surprised by his victory as anyone else, remarking that his wife had asked him earlier in the race week what it would mean for him to win the Daytona 500. He had no answer for her. â€œI donâ€™t know that I had ever asked myself that question before,â€? he said. Itâ€™s fun to dream big, but on those rare occasions when dreams become reality, it can really knock the wind out of
your sails. It is impossible to predict what any given personâ€™s reaction will be. In McMurrayâ€™s case, it was a spectacularly surprising one. One of the best race car drivers in the world, a member of NASCARâ€™s elite Sprint Cup Series, completely broke down. He fell to his knees and kissed the race logo on the infield grass. He buried his face in a towel in Victory Lane and sobbed. A crowd of seasoned reporters sat in respectful silence in the media room, waiting for him to compose himself as he cried on stage. Under different circumstances, the scene might have provided comic relief for sports shows nationwide, complete with jokes about potential Kleenex sponsorships and such. But the beauty of this particular driver, on this particular day, was that not even the most jaded among us could find anything to laugh about.
IMAGE From page 7 watch her when everything is going her way.â€? For East to advance, the Lady Eagles will need a total team effort to match up with a Lady Lions team that has several proven scorers. Shelby, the No. 1 seed from the South Mountain Athletic Conference, is 22-3 on the year with all three defeats coming at the hands of Freedom High School, including last Fridayâ€™s tournament title game. The Lady Lions rebounded from the loss by handing West Stanly a 75-42 beating in their playoff opener. Matrice Sweezy led Shelby
STORM From page 7 Sophomores Reco Geter, Phillip Williams and Eric Potts were all on the team last season, and Ridge said they are sharing that bitter memory with the freshmen in an attempt to avoid another letdown. â€œThe sophomores all understand itâ€™s one-anddone,â€? said Ridge. â€œIf you lose, thatâ€™s it. I told the guys coming back from last year to not forget that loss and use it as motivation to work harder. Those three guys have reminded the freshman to not get big-headed and go finish our season the way we want to. We want to base our season on what weâ€™re getting ready to do.â€? Regardless of the opponent Friday, Ridge knows his team will have to play well in order to advance. Sandhills led DCCC by 15 points a week ago and CCC stayed close with the Storm in both regular season contests. The key to the DCCCâ€™s success so far has been its balance as seven players average at least nine points on a team that scores 90 a game. â€œWeâ€™re a difficult matchup because weâ€™re so balanced offensively,â€? Ridge said. â€œYou canâ€™t key in on one or two guys and that works to our advantage. â€œBoth teams will present a major challenge for us and we know weâ€™ll have a big bulls-eye on our chest being 10-0 in the league. We know weâ€™re going to get everybodyâ€™s best shot.â€? Playing at Brinkley Gymnasium should work in the Stormâ€™s favor. In three seasons, DCCC has lost only two games at home. â€œI think a big part of the credit goes to our fans,â€?
Because we were all crying right along with him. In terms of sports images, Jamie McMurrayâ€™s victory in the Daytona 500 will surely go down in history as one of the most emotional moments of 2010. It was raw, and it was real. And like the magic dust of fairy tales, a little bit of it rubbed off on all of us, because we didnâ€™t just sit back and observe it -- we felt it. I am a huge admirer of Jimmie Johnson, but letâ€™s face it. We have gotten so accustomed to seeing him win that a lot of the thrill is gone. McMurray did us a huge favor on February 14; his behavior served as a reminder of the thing that attracted us to the sport of NASCAR in the first place -- emotion. If tears speak where words fail, he pretty much said it all. What a wonderful moment it was, watching a grown man cry.
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said Ridge. â€œThey make it exciting but at the same time a difficult place for our opponents to play. I call them our sixth man and they have certainly helped us win a lot of games. They provide us with a lot of energy.â€? Tournament play starts today at 5:30 p.m. with the Sandhills/CCC tilt, followed by Caldwell against
Oxford. The winner of the Caldwell/Oxford game plays second-seeded Southwest Virginia in the second semifinal Friday night at 8 p.m. The championship game tips at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
BASKETBALL East falls at T.W. Andrews A hot-shooting night by T.W. Andrews ended East Davidsonâ€™s season Monday night in High Point, as the Red Raiders eliminated the Golden Eagles in the first-round of the 2-A state playoffs with a convincing 90-48 victory. EDHS trailed 53-26 at halftime, and every time the Golden Eagles tried to rally, the Red Raiders, champions of the PAC-6 conference, had an answer of their own. East ends the year at 12-12, notching three more wins than a season ago.
Bulldogs bow out in playoff opener Fresh off a strong run to the Central Carolina Conference tournament final, the Thomasville Bulldogs had momentum heading into the 2-A state playoffs Monday night. Unfortunately, an up and down season for the Bulldogs ended on a sour note as THS fell to Berry Academy, 69-63. The bulldogs finish the season 8-14.
Ledford ends season at Concord
The Ledford Panthersâ€™ 2009-10 campaign came to a crashing halt Monday night in the opening round of the 3-A state playoffs. Concord defeated visiting Ledford, 77-59, ending the Panthers season with a 15-10 record.
EDHS grappler qualifies for state tourney East Davidson High Schoolâ€™s Jamar Harrington placed third in the 2-A Midwest Regional at 119 pounds. Harrington will compete in this weekendâ€™s state tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday and Saturday.
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Duke preparing for the gridiron BY BRYAN STRICKLAND Durham Herald-Sun
DURHAM — Matt Lubick, the son of longtime Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick, has been hired to coach Duke’s wide receivers and to take on the role of recruiting coordinator. Lubick, who spent the past three seasons as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Arizona State, replaces Scottie Montgomery as wide receivers coach after he left earlier in the month for the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lubick also will spell running backs and special teams coach Zac Roper as recruiting coordinator and will carry the title of passing game coordinator. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity I have been given to coach at Duke,” Lubick said in a statement released by the school. “Duke is a special place with great people. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of it as a member of Coach Cutcliffe’s staff.” Lubick coached safeties for the Sun Devils, but before that he coached wide receivers from 2001-04 at Colorado State, where his father was head coach from 1993-2007. He then coached the receivers at Ole Miss in 2005-06. On the recruiting front, Lubick is credited with signing linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the highest-rated prospect in Arizona State football history, as well as former Ole Miss standout Dexter McClusker, who in 2009 became the first player in SEC history to amass 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with Matt joining the Duke football family,” Coach David Cutcliffe said. “Number one, he is a good man from an out-
standing football family. I’ve known his father a long time, and Sonny Lubick’s sensational track record in this business speaks for itself. “Matt has proven that he is one of the top young coaches and certainly one of the top recruiters in the country. His knowledge and work ethic will pay dividends for us offensively, especially with our passing schemes. We know him to be a tireless worker and feel he will be an outstanding addition to our program.” Lubick has big shoes to fill. Montgomery, one of the top receivers in Duke history, was the only holdover from former Duke coach Ted Roof ’s staff when Cutcliffe took over two years ago. This past season, he helped the Blue Devils produce three receivers with 50 catches for the first time in school history. “I hate to lose him, and I really appreciate his contributions to the program,” Cutcliffe said. “He has a great love for Duke. It was his first coaching job; it’s the only place he has ever been. “He didn’t pursue that. The Steelers pursued him. I respect him for following a dream.”
NFL Combine convenes Former Duke quarterback Thad Lewis and defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase hope to put their best foot forward and kick-start their draft status at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week. Both will go through four days of intense scrutiny with every NFL team watching. Lewis will report on Thursday with the other quarterbacks; Oghobaase will report with the defensive linemen on Friday. Two UNC and two N.C. State players have been invited to participate as
well: defensive end E.J. Wilson and offensive tackle Kyle Jolly for the Tar Heels, and defensive end Willie Young and center Ted Larsen for the Wolfpack. “I’m looking forward to showing scouts that I am worthy of being drafted,” Oghobaase said. “I have been working hard the last month in workouts so that I can prove I am healthy and my body is in good shape. “Hopefully, everything will fall into place on draft day.” Currently, Oghobaase looks to be a solid bet to be selected toward the back half of the sevenround draft, while Lewis may be drafted or may have to go the free-agent route. The combine, however, can make or break a prospect. “I’m looking forward to it,” Lewis said. “I’m thankful for this chance, and now it’s time to make the most of the opportunity.”
dinator, will take some time for himself in the offseason. “I hope he’s able to rest a little bit; he doesn’t stop much,” Cutcliffe said. “The last 30 minutes of the conversation were about offseason and next year.”
Manning mending Cutcliffe said he had a lengthy phone conversation with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning after his team Zs loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl. “I had a long talk with him, probably a good solid hour,” Cutcliffe said. “I think it was probably therapy for both of us. I was frustrated for him. He certainly is a competitor, and it’s a tough thing to go through.” Cutcliffe said he hopes Manning, who played quarterback at Tennessee when Cutcliffe was the Vols’ offensive coor-
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Awesome Otters These river otter pups are Asian small-clawed otters, the smallest otter species. Adults might weigh as little as 2 pounds.
Have you ever watched otters playing and swimming at a zoo or aquarium? People often feel happy after watching otters play. The Mini Page takes a closer look at this bright, fun and fierce animal.
A family of smelly fighters Otters come from the same family as weasels, polecats, mink, badgers and wolverines. Badger Most of these mustelids Mink (MUS-tuhlids) give off Wolverine powerful smells. Members of this family produce strong-smelling odors to mark their territory, attract mates and defend themselves. Sea otters donâ€™t do this, but river otters do. They are also great hunters and strong fighters.
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Two branches of the family tree There are two types of otters â€” sea otters and river, or freshwater, otters. Here are some of their differences: