Ledford faces Central Davidson on the diamond. See SPORTS, Page 7
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Business Columnist Marilyn Taylor continues her series on coping with change in the workplace.
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BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer The City of Thomasville on Wednesday released an executive summary from a sewage spill assessment, outlining the events that led to last summer’s multi-million gallon wastewater spill into High Rock Lake and how to prevent another system failure. Despite the latest report, City Manager Kelly Craver said some things will never be known for sure. “We had hoped for more definitive answers,” Craver said. “We had a lot of professionals studying what happened, but nothing was conclusive. The most important thing was the reassurance from
BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
It started out as a simple vacation, one brother visiting another in a foreign country. But when Nunzio di Puorto returned to his home in Villa Literno, Italy, he began itching to go back to the United States. Now, 15 years later, di Puorto is the proud recipient of his U.S. citizenship. Thomasville Mayor Joe Bennett presented the new citizen an honorary certificate in a small ceremony at Elizabeth’s Pizza on Main Street, owned by di Puorto and his family. “It’s another step for my life,” di Puorto said. “I came here with nothing. Then five years later, I got my green card. And 10 years later, I got my citizenship.” To become a U.S. citizen, an individual must first have a green card — which indicates permanent residency — for at least five years. Then the citizen-to-be must apply for the naturalization test, which includes an interview to test skills at reading, writing and speaking English as well as knowledge of civics. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recommends that individuals study for the naturalization test before applying. And that’s exactly what di Puorto did, hitting the books without much help of friends or family. “He’s the first of his immediate family,” said Cecil Spencer, a longtime customer and now family friend. “That’s a big accomplishment, to do it all on your own.” Di Puorto will be the first to admit, however, that it wasn’t an easy road. Even now he said he can only speak English at about a 50 percent accuracy level and write it at 20 percent. “It’s hard when I do something, I have to translate into Italian then from Italian to English,” he said. Despite the difficulties, di Pu-
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scientists that they don’t expect any environmental impact at High Rock Lake.” Last summer, the city reported an estimated 15 million gallons of untreated wastewater spilled from a manhole and associated pipeline near Baptist Children’s Home Mills campus between July 31 and Aug. 4. Brown and Caldwell Environmental Engineers and Consultants prepared the summary, stating that “the likely cause of the failure was a combination of compromised structural integrity due to corrosion and high flows resulting from intense rainfall.” City
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State unemployment rate hits all-time high BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
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From right, Mayor Joe Bennett hands a honorary certificate to Nunzio di Puorto, who recently obtained his U.S. citizenship, as his wife Marianna and 13-year-old son Aldo look on. orto said it was worth the effort to be able to contribute to the community. “I want to see me with the people,” he said. “I want to participate.” Though di Puorto said he still loves his native Italy, he doesn’t view his changing citizenship as abandoning his homeland. “I think there’s more opportunity for the family, for the children,” he said. “Italy is a beautiful coun-
try, but it is too small.” Spencer, a dual citizen himself since his parents were from England, said he watched his friend work through the process with pride. “I know how important, how big of a deal it is,” Spencer said. While di Puorto studied for the tests, he even helped other foreigners navigate the system, Spencer
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Wil-Cox Bridge accepted BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
LEXINGTON — One final round of debate ended it all. In a 5-2 vote, the Davidson County Board of Commissioners accepted the historic Wil-Cox Bridge at its March 9 meeting after almost a year of deliberation between county and state. The bridge, which extends over the Yadkin River, would have been demolished as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Interstate 85 bridge reconstruction project had the county not stepped in. “It boils down to what the board believes is best for Davidson County,” Commissioner Fred McClure said. “I have no doubt that every person on this board, whether they vote against it or for it, will
be voting for what they think is best for Davidson County.” The Wil-Cox Bridge issue first came before the board last spring when the state offered Davidson County a one-time payment of $2.5 million — the cost to demolish the bridge — provided the bridge was only used by pedestrians. At the board meeting on March 4, commissioners expressed concerns about the bridge contract, which already had been revised multiple times. Since the bridge won’t be transferred to the county until the I-85 bridge is complete, commissioners worried that funds for maintenance and repairs made during that lag time would come from the allotted $2.5 million. Revised wording mandates that the DOT would have to request
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After months of relative stability, North Carolina’s unemployment rate jumped to an all-time high in January. According to the latest statistics released by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, the state unemployment rate reached a record 11.1 percent as the number of people without a job surged past half a million. The rate hovered around 10.9 percent since last May but increased despite the ESC announcing the state actually experienced some job growth. “North Carolina gained
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EXTREME REMODEL Cellular Sales Verizon Retail Store Regional Directors Scott Love (left) and Don White display a before-and-after sign of their newest store location at 1042 Randolph Street. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the store Tuesday. See Story, Page 4. TIMES PHOTO/LISA WALL
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8,000 jobs in January,” new ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes said. “However, we must be cautious and realize that we have a long way to go to get back to pre-recession employment levels.” Trade, Transportation and Utilities employment accounted for gaining all 8,000 jobs in January with Construction experiencing the largest decrease, losing 5,000. In the past year, unemployment increased by 82,208 people and employment fell by 123,732 workers. Last January’s unemployment rate registered 9.2 percent, and the total number
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What’s happening? Special presentation Enjoy an afternoon with at Piedmont Crossing on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Unity Place as husband and wife, William and Sue Wills, portray a live, hour-long presentation to make people of American history spring to life. These two veteran actors have over 7,700 performances and use their talents to entertain and educate. Their 2010 featured couple on tour is Andrew and Eliza Johnson. To join us for this exciting, eye opening show about an almost forgotten President or for more information, please contact Blair White at 336-4743605. This program is free and open to the public.
Reitred School Personnel Thomasville Retired School Personnel will meet today at 11:15 a.m. at Loflin’s Restaurant. Legislators representing Davidson County have been invited to present the program — Senator Stan Bingham, Representative Hugh Holliman, Representative Jerry Dockham, Representative Larry Brown. All Retired School Personnel are invited to attend. For more information, contact Deanna Geter at 476-5252.
Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications on Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at First Presbyterian Church, 21 Randolph St.
Spring Daze vendor applications City Beautification, the sponsor of Spring Daze, is accepting vendor ap-
plications now until April 15. To get an application, download one at thomasvilletourism.com, pick 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.
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.
those 55 and older that plan to participate in the 2010 Thomasville/Davidson County/Lexington Senior Games. The event is hosted by the Davidson County Department of Senior Services, Davidson County Recreation Department, and the Lexington and Thomasville Recreation Departments. The sports clinic will be held at the Lexington Recreation Center, (formerly the Davidson Academy Building) located at 555 W. Center Street Ext. on Thursday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advanced registration is required by March 9. To register, please contact the Lexington Senior Center (242-2290) or Thomasville Senior Center (474-2754) to reserve a time slot for the event(s) in which you plan to practice. For more information, please contact Rodney Queen at 474-2755.
Make handmade Easter baskets Little Miss Thomasville Pageant Mini, Little, Junior, Young and Teen divisions of the 14th annual Little Miss Thomasville Pageant will be held Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the T. Austin Finch Auditorium. Little Miss Thomasville is a preliminary to Little Miss and Teen Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. Tickets are available at the door for $10. The Mini and Little Division competition begins at 11 a.m. with crowning at 6 p.m. The Junior, Young and Teen Divisions competition begins at 6 p.m. All proceeds to benefit Baptist Children’s Home and Little Miss Thomasville. For more information, call 475-3899 or 870-7624, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Web site at www. littlemissthomasville.com. Senior Games clinic The Thomasville/Davidson County/ Lexington Senior Games is offering a free, one-day Senior Games sports clinic for adults 55 and older gearing up for Senior Games. Event managers will be on hand to demonstrate the football throw, softball toss, horseshoes, table tennis, discus, shot-put and more. The clinic is designed to provide training, review official rules for the sporting events, and plenty of practice for
Join the Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program to make Easter baskets. There will be several different patterns to choose from. Classes will be held on March 15, 22 and 29 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Thomasville Senior Center, located at 211 W. Colonial Drive in suite 103. The fee for this program is $3.00. All materials will be provided. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 474-2754. Deadline for registration is today. Space is limited. Open to all Davidson County residents 55 and older.
Spaghetti dinner The Gumtree Fire & Rescue, Inc.’s Auxiliary will sponsor a spaghetti dinner as a fundraiser on Saturday from 4 until 7 p.m. The adult dinner is $7 per person. A senior citizen’s dinner (age 65 and older) is $6 per person. A child’s dinner (younger than 12 years) is $4 per person. Hotdogs are $1 each. All takeout orders are $7 each. Extra salad or dessert is $1 each, and extra bread (two slices) is $1 each. The meal includes all-you-can-eat of salad, spaghetti, bread, dessert, tea or coffee.
The money will be used to purchase items needed by the firefighters and rescue squad members as they serve the community and surrounding areas. The newly renovated fire station is located at 2466 Gumtree Road, in Winston-Salem. For more information, call the station at 336-788-3544.
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Join the Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program on March 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lexington Senior Center, located at 106 Alma Owens Drive, for this informative and interactive program. All supplies will be provided, including an herb growing starter kit. Herbs can be used for medicinal, seasoning, aromatic, or culinary purposes. This workshop will teach participants how to choose the right herbs, where and how to grow them, as well as how to preserve them for future use. Fee for this program is $5. Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, please call the Lexington Senior Center at 242-2290. Deadline for registration is March 15. Class is open to all residents of Davidson County age 55 and older.
The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program, along with Lexington Memorial Hospital, will hold a free educational two part seminar on arthritis on March 18 and March 25. The seminars will be held at the Lexington Senior Center located at 106 Alma Owens Drive. Drive. Gordon Kammire with Lexington Orthopedic Clinic will discuss arthritis diagnosis, different types of arthritis, treatments and medications on March 18 from 1-2 p.m. Monette Fry, Director of Lexington Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services, will discuss more on the treatment as it relates to physical therapy on March 25 from 1-2 p.m. To register, please call the Lexington Senior Center at 242-2290. Open to all Davidson County residents 18 and older. Registration deadline is March 15.
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HIGH POINT â€” Westchester Country Day School senior Mickey Williard was the Student of the Month for the Rotary Club of Willow Creek. He was recognized and spoke at the clubâ€™s breakfast meeting at High Point Country Club on March 4. Williard is the son of Coy Williard of High Point and Mary Jane Johnson of Thomasville. The Rotary Student of the Month program recognizes outstanding students who excel in both school performance and community volunteer activity. Williard is an all-A student at Westchester and is a member of the National FILE PHOTO Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He was named All-Conference in baseball his junior year, serves as an umpire for Above is a team photo of an early Thomasville girls basketball team. Pictured, from left: Unidentified, Cricket Varner, Little League baseball, Odessa Perdue, Dorothy Moore, Imogene Boyles, Sara Claire Hazel, unidentified, Isabel Boyles, Libby Moore, music and organizes and runs a strengthening and conditeacher Margaret Newell and Maxine Hall. Find another â€˜Snapshot in Timeâ€™ in next Thursdayâ€™s Times. tioning summer camp for
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â€œWhite flowering dogwoods will add yearround beauty to your home and neighborhood,â€? said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. â€œDogwoods have showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage, and red berries which attract songbirds all winter.â€? The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between March 1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The six
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Mayor Joe Bennett and Cellular Sales Verizon Store Regional Directors Don White and Scott Love, along with store and city council representatives, cut the ribbon for the new retail outlet Tuesday.
Cellular Sales Verizon store hits the ground running BY LISA WALL Editor
Less than one month after opening the doors to its new Thomasville location at 1042 Randolph St., Cellular Sales Verizon Store already is receiving honors. Thomasville City Beautification Committee named the Verizon outlet store Business of the Month for March for its efforts in revitalizing an old Sunoco Gas Station into a modernized facility. On Tuesday, Mayor Joe Bennett and City Councilman Raleigh York helped with the official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. â€œI drove up and down this street [Randolph] and this building was the only one that excited me,â€? Don White, regional director of Cellular Sales, said of the new location. â€œI said â€˜Itâ€™s terrible, but yet itâ€™s perfect.â€™ Now this is probably the nicest store model we have and itâ€™s what we want our future stores to look like. It came together better than any other.â€? The storeâ€™s look and its Verizon product options have appealed to Thom-
asville residents as well, as the location quickly rose to No. 1 in sales of Cellular Salesâ€™ 40 Verizon outlet stores in the state. â€œWe have stores in Charlotte, so to have this store rank as No. 1 is unreal,â€? White said. â€œWeâ€™re really excited.â€? White, along with coowner Scott Love, said the City of Thomasville was instrumental in making the transformation process run smoothly, as building permits were issued the day after he signed the lease. Once the underground gas tanks were removed and soil testing completed, the building process went quickly. The finished product is even better than White imagined. Mayor Bennett agreed as he welcomed the business owners to the Chair City. â€œI can only say that these gentlemen saw positives in Thomasville to come and invest in this property,â€? Bennett said. â€œThe before and after is fantastic. Iâ€™m so happy to be here and cut the ribbon on their new store in Thomasville, N.C.â€? The honorary cutting of the ribbon was anoth-
er surprise bestowed by the city. â€œThis is the first time any mayor has ever called us and wanted to have a ribbon cutting,â€? White said. Currently, the store has six sales stations to accommodate customers, but with the overwhelming response to its opening, White says a seventh station soon will be added. The store also has expanded its Sunday hours to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. â€” a two-hour extension â€” and has plans to extend Monday through Saturday hours to 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cellular Sales is the largest Verizon retailer, offering the latest Verizon wireless products.
that money from the County. Another issue addressed dealt with the language that was added to the original draft outlining consequences to the county if it didnâ€™t follow through. County Attorney Chuck Frye said new wording had been put in outlining mutual liability. While those concerns were resolved, the last issue â€” brought up by Commissioner Billy Joe Kepley â€” was left hanging. That issue dealt with the amount of land the state would give Davidson County. A small piece of land on either side of the bridge will be deeded to Davidson County. That land put together adds to less than an acre. Another 15 acres of land, listed as belonging to, but unused by the state, could be requested by Davidson County in the future as a separate proposal, said Pat Ivey, DOT Division 9 engineer. The aspect of land ownership that remains unclear involves the property directly underneath the bridge, which is un-researched because it doesnâ€™t affect the I-85 project. Ivey said that while the DOT gained the right-of-way from Alcoa for that property years ago, itâ€™s unclear who actually maintains ownership. If the state does own the property, Ivey said he thought the state would
deed the land over to the County. If the state is merely being allowed to use the property but doesnâ€™t own it, Ivey said it will be claimed as a legal right-of-way, accessible to the county. Appraisers are still looking into ownership details. Even with the land issue unresolved, Kepley said the benefits far outweighed the concerns. With a new campground, a transportation museum and the civil war site nearby, the addition of the bridge makes it a destination spot. â€œI donâ€™t know any other area in the state that has all those assets that close together,â€? he said. McClure said that he didnâ€™t think the estimated $100,000 a year in maintenance costs would apply to the bridge after it is restricted to pedestrian and bicycle use. And since engineer reports say that most of the concrete problems are superficial and not structural, McClure said he didnâ€™t think the County would use all of the $2.5 million allotted. â€œThis can be something for Davidson County in the future that our grandkids and great-grandkids can be proud of,â€? he said. That potential of ongoing value swayed Commissioner Cathy Dunn to the bridgeâ€™s side. Even though she was unsure of what the future held for the structure, she referenced bridges in foreign countries that have remained standing since the 1200s. â€œOnce the bridge is a
pedestrian bridge and resurfaced and brought up to standards, I think the structure is going to be there for decades and decades,â€? Dunn said. On the other side of the fence, Commissioner Don Truell said he still didnâ€™t completely understand why the board wanted the bridge. â€œAbout all the bridges that turn historic are in big cities,â€? he said. â€œWe have to drive 20 miles to see this bridge, so the tourism would be more for Rowan County than ours.â€? For Commissioner Larry Potts, his main concerns lay in the potential repairs needed underwater. â€œYou canâ€™t use two guys in a pickup truck with a trowel to do that,â€? he said. He also expressed concern that the historic look the board was trying to preserve couldnâ€™t even be seen from the road. â€œWe all drove across it as young men and now as old men, and you canâ€™t see the real beauty without going down,â€? he said. In the final vote, Truell and Potts voted against acceptance of the bridge, while McClure, Dunn, Watford, Kepley and Chairman Dr. Max Walser voted in favor. In other news, a public hearing will be held on March 23 to discuss economic development incentive issues.
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A sorry complaint about Obama BY STEVE CHAPMAN Syndicated Columnist Don’t you miss the days when we had a Republican president who was not afraid to speak up for America in the face of foreign criticism? The kind of president who didn’t feel the United States is always in the wrong? I have fond memories of when George W. Bush ventured abroad to defend his country: “The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known. We were born out of revolution against an empire. We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal, and we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words — within our borders, and around the world.” Beg your pardon? Oh, my mistake. Those were not the words of President Bush. They were the words of President Barack Obama, in a speech in Cairo last June — one stop on what Republicans see as his neverending “apology tour.” Among many conservatives, the rule is: Being American means never having to say you’re sorry. Speaking at the National Tea Party convention last month, Sarah Palin lambasted Obama for “apologizing for America.” Mitt Romney’s new book — titled, naturally, “No Apology” — says the president has a deplorable impulse to “apologize for so many American misdeeds, both real and imagined.” Oh? In that Cairo speech, Obama wasn’t exactly groveling in self-abasement. He argued that America was entirely justified in confronting “violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security.” He called on Muslims to disavow terrorism. He urged democracy and religious freedom in the Islamic world. But he made a mistake inexcusable to conservatives: acknowledging that the United States has not always conducted itself in perfect accord with its highest ideals. Romney is appalled that an American president would express regret for “unjustly interfering in the internal affairs of other nations,” “committing torture” and “selectively promoting democracy.” As in libel cases, though, truth is a defense. No grownup can deny that the U.S. government has sometimes done things in the world arena that do not inspire pride — our acceptance of the Soviet colonization of Eastern Europe, our role in overthrowing Iran’s democratically elected government in 1953, our handling of the Vietnam war (where we were either wrong for going in or wrong for getting out). Republicans who take credit
for toppling Saddam Hussein often forget that the U.S. provided help to him during the Iran-Iraq war. Even though Saudi Arabia is a repressive monarchy, presidents have always treasured it as an ally because of its immense oil reserves. Democracy in Tehran? For sure. In Riyadh? Let’s not get carried away. Obama’s critics think it’s shameful for him to decry the brutal treatment of enemy captives. But if he had lost in 2008, we would have a president — John McCain — who is on record saying that the Bush administration used torture, that it “harmed us,” and that it should “never happen again.” Ronald Reagan didn’t believe that pride is the only acceptable sentiment about our history. He made one of the most extravagant apologies ever by signing a law providing compensation to Japanese-Americans who were locked in internment camps during World War II. Said Reagan: “Here we admit a wrong; here we reaffirm our commitment as a nation to equal justice under the law.” Imagine that — admitting we were wrong merely because it was true. Even George W. Bush was not above confessing American misdeeds to foreign audiences. In 2005, he traveled to Latvia to publicly disavow the post-World War II deal that consigned it to the loving embrace of Josef Stalin. The Yalta agreement, said Bush, “followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable.” Obama no more deserves condemnation for recognizing our dark moments than does Bush. No government is perfect, and no nation is exempt from the temptations of self-interest and hypocrisy. We’ve all known people who can never admit error or make amends to those they have wronged. We do not regard such people as strong and wise. We regard them as weak and immature. A vice in an individual is not a virtue in a president. Romney ends his book by quoting from “America the Beautiful”: “America! America! God shed his grace on thee.” Never mind another of the lyricist’s hopes for her country: “God mend thine every flaw.”
Repeal Obamacare? Unlikely VIEWPOINT
DAVID HARSANYI Syndicated Columnist There seems to be growing optimism among some Republicans that if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finagles the votes to pass Obamacare, the GOP triumphantly will sweep into power and immediately repeal it. Though short-term GOP gains are almost certain, there are numerous problems with this kind of quixotic thinking. To begin with, there exists almost no historical evidence to suggest Republicans will possess either the fortitude or the power to undo a massive government entitlement program. Can we trust them? Most of you will remember it was the Republican Party’s leadership that pressured conservatives to vote for the fiscally irresponsible Medicare Part D program in 2003. (Democrats like to argue that this illustrates GOP hypocrisy. Perhaps. With Obamacare, the GOP has a chance at redemption.) Then there are conspicuous problems to consider. Republicans do not possess 60 votes in the Senate — and likely won’t for a while. Best-case scenario: They will have to deal with a president
who will veto their efforts to undo the sole “accomplishment” of his presidency. Obama spent last week campaigning for health care reform, at one point getting some college-age fans worked up about all the free stuff — “free” preventive care and “free” checkups and so forth — they would receive if his version of health care reform passed. Which brings us to another stumbling block. If health care is now a “right” and “free” to an ever-growing group of Americans — people who believe stuff can be had for “free”— are Republicans really going to snatch it away from them? You can picture the hideous debate already, as Republicans fold in the face of accusations that they are working for the murderous profit-mongers against the underprivileged victims of a wretched capitalistic system. (Even today, Jim Bunning stood nearly alone.) Admittedly, the GOP also has a few things going for it. If enacted, perhaps no other major federal program will have been more unpopular with the American people. A new Rasmussen survey claims only 25 percent of Americans believe Obamacare would “help the U.S. economy.” Fifty percent of the nation believes it would hurt the economy, and 78 percent of those polled believe the middle class would be paying the bill. Sixty-six percent of Americans believe the plan would increase the federal deficit, and 10 percent, apparently, will believe anything. Republicans are now also free to unsheathe a seldomused weapon to push through
legislation. The Democrats have already made the case that ignoring committee hearings and relying on unilateral parliamentary tricks — despite the objections of the lowly proles — is acceptable, as long as you deem a bill important enough. Republicans also have the advantage of utilizing the Democrats’ own deception on cost estimates. Most of the imagined benefits of Obamacare would not kick in until 2014, so Republicans have a few years’ cushion to move forward as seniors lose their Medicare Advantage program and taxes begin to rise along with premiums. But none of that can erase history. Once government infiltrates, it rarely retreats. There are precious few examples of federal programs shrinking rather than growing — most often in extraordinary ways. Democrats know it. Perhaps a re-branded Republican Party will be able to deflect the emotionalism of liberal arguments and reject the lure of spending, though the past decade hasn’t exactly inspired confidence. Soon enough, we’ll find out whether the GOP has transformed into a party that matches its rhetoric. But repealing Obamacare? That’s a tall order. 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.
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From page 1 workers were first called to the manhole on Aug. 3 and within a day had a bypass installed around the failed section of pipe. On Aug. 8, repairs to the pipeline were completed and it was returned to service. The report stated â€œinsufficient data exists to quantify the duration and volume of the sanitary sewer overflow with certainty.â€? Reduced flows to the wastewater treatment plant on Lake Road initially were observed on July 14 when influent flow levels dropped. Brown and Caldwell developed a model to estimate the difference between measured and expected flows at the treatment plant between July 14 and Aug. 4. The model indicated that metered flows were between 12.5 and 15 million gallons lower than typical volumes under the rainfall conditions during that timespan. â€œThe release of this document is an essential component of the City of Thomasvilleâ€™s comprehensive strategy to address sewer collection issues,â€? said Craver. â€œThe city is moving forward to correct sewer collection system shortcomings, better train its personnel and better equip itself to meet future sewer challenges.â€? Brown and Caldwell listed five measures the city should take to avoid another spill due to pipe failure. The city has to replace the remaining corroded sewer pipe and manhole downhill of the spill location at BCH, implement standard operating procedures for review of wastewater treatment plant influent flow data, conduct a critical analysis of the system to identify high risk assets likely to result in another failure, inspect high risk sewers and manholes using closed-circuit television and digital cameras, and develop and implement a repair and replacement plan. Craver said the city has already appropriated $600,000 to replace the BCH collector line, but another $2 million is needed. Craver said he is seeking help from Congressmen Mel Watt and Howard Coble to get money from the state to avoid passing the expense on to taxpayers. â€œThere is never a good time for a massive expense like this,â€? Craver said. â€œHad we had plans in place before stimulus money became available, Iâ€™m sure we wouldâ€™ve qualified for some of it. That time has passed. Iâ€™m looking under every rock possible so we can continue making improvements to our collection system.â€? Craver added that work is expected to start on the BCH collector line with 60 days.
Index Thomasville Jewell N. Embler, 75 Roy Dale â€œBudâ€? Gibson, 63 Mary N. Sappington, 86 Reva Irene Stephens, 79 Lexington Linda Floyd, 69 William â€œBillâ€? Hedrick, 62 Melba B. Hunter, 71 Thelma Leonard, 85 Peggy P. Osborne, 80 Other areas David S. Gallimore, 94 Florence N. Kultzow, 94 Dean Rocchi, 48 Jewell N. Embler Mrs. Jewell Nancy Embler, 75, a resident of 268 Old Embler Road, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at her residence. She was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Davidson County, a daughter of the late Edward Nance and Anna Swing Nance. She was a retired employee with Lank of Lexington. Mrs. Ember attended Faith Community Chapel. On Oct. 23, 1948, she was married to Colon Oscar Embler, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Irene Howard and Elizabeth Godfrey, and brothers, Willie Nance, Frances â€œDocâ€? Nance and Garland Nance. Surviving are a daughter, Connie Embler, of the home; sons, Donnie Embler and wife, Katrina, of Thomasville, and Ronnie Embler and wife, Barbara, of Shallotte; a brother, Forrest Nance and wife, Sue, of Lexington; Grandchildren, Candy Bullabough and Ricky Floyd; and great-grandchildren, Courtney, Tiffany, Anthony, Garrett, Harrison and Makale. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Faith Community Chapel with the Rev. Mike Wetherald officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Embler will remain at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home until taken to the church thirty minutes prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home. The family request memorials be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 202 Hospice Way, in Lexington, or to Carolina Christian Academy, 367 Academy Drive. Online condolences may be sent to the Embler Family at www.jcgreenandsons.com. ***
LEXINGTON â€” Linda Faye Gallimore Floyd, 69, of Floyd Road, in Lexington, died Monday, March 08, 2010, at her residence. Born Oct. 28, 1940, in Davidson County to James Madison Gallimore and Virgia Daniel Gallimore, she was a member of Faith Baptist Church and of the Faith Womenâ€™s Circle. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Freddie Moretz officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will see friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the donorâ€™s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www. briggsfuneralhome.com.
David S. Gallimore DENTON â€” Mr. David S. Gallimore, age 94, of Frank Road, in Denton, died Monday, March 8, at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. Born Nov. 2, 1915, in Davidson County to John Walter and Eula Elizabeth Hedrick Gallimore, he was a lifelong farmer and had worked for 30 years at Cummingham Brick Co. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at New Jerusalem United Church of Christ with the Rev. Butch Conrad and Mr. Scott Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton. Memorials may be sent to New Jerusalem United Church of Christ, 4104 Jerusalem Church Road, in Lexington, or to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, in Lexington.
Roy Dale â€œBudâ€? Gibson Mr. Roy Dale â€œBudâ€? Gibson, 63, a resident of 2901 Lower Lake Road, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at Thomasville Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 22, 1946, in D av i d s o n County Roy Gibson to Charles Gibson and Clarice Curry Gibson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Rhonda Holder Landreth, and a grandmother, Maggie Curry. On May 21, 1967, he mar-
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ried Betty Watts, who survives, of the home; also surviving is a son, Rodney Gibson, of Lexington; daughter, Sherry Gibson Grainger and husband, Kirby, of Thomasville; three granddaughters, Chassidy Walters, Tiffany Grainger and Haley Grainger, all of Thomasville; his precious greatgranddaughter, Taylor Branson, of Thomasville; brother, Kenneth Gibson and Penny, of Thomasville; sister, Elizabeth Saintsing and husband, Larry, of Thomasville; and Wayne Porter, who was like a son. Funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Workman officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Gibson will remain at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and at other times at the home of his daughter, Sherry, 321 Rock Quarry Drive. On-line condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com. ***
William â€œBillâ€? Hedrick LEXINGTON â€” William Lee â€œBillâ€? Hedrick, 62, of Abbid Street, in Lexington, died Monday, March 8, 2010. Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at New Testament Baptist Church. Piedmont Funeral Home is serving the family.
Melba B. Hunter LEXINGTON â€” Mrs. Melba Biddle Hunter, 71, of Raymond Clodfelter Road, died Sunday at Thomasville Medical Center. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Second Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Doug Gebhard and Bill Sosebee officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday prior to the funeral ser-
vice. Online condolences may be made at www. piedmontfuneralhome. com. Piedmont Funeral Home is serving the family.
Florence N. Kultzow WINSTON SALEM â€” Florence Eleanor Nugent Kultzow, age 94, of Quail Drive, Winston Salen, former resident of Putnam County, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at her home. Memorial Mass service will be held at 11 am Saturday at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, in Lexington, where she was a member, with Father Al Gondek officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net. Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree is assisting the family.
Thelma Leonard LEXINGTON â€” Thelma Virginia Biesecker Leonard, 85, of James Street, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at Carolina House in Lexington. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Daugherty officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service Friday at the funeral home and other times at the home on James Street. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Peggy P. Osborne LEXINGTON â€” Mrs. Peggy Potts Osborne, 80, of NC Highway 150 South, died Monday at High Point Regional Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Tyro United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Randy Foster officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Piedmont Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Piedmont Funeral Home is serving the family.
ASHEBORO â€” Richard â€œDeanâ€? Rocchi, age 48, of Denton, died Sunday, March 7, 2010. Memorial service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel, in Asheboro.
Mary N. Sappington
Mrs. Mary Newsom Sappington, age 86, formerly of Fayetteville,died Monday, March 8, 2010, at Thomasville Medical Center. She was a graduate from Montreat College and Flora MacDonald College. She was a retired teacher with Fayetteville City Schools and was also a member of Retired School Personnel. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church Chapel with Mr. Andy Foley officiating. Mrs. Sappington will be laid to rest in Lafayette Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors from 9:45 until 10:45 a.m. Friday in the parlor of First Presbyterian Church, at 102 Ann St., in Fayetteville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 569, in Fayetteville. Services entrusted to Rogers & Breece Funeral Home.
Reva Irene Stephens
Reva Irene Stephens, 79, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Libertywood Nursing Home. Stephens was born Oct. 22, 1930, in Richmond, Va. to Melvin and Maddie Southard. The family will receive friends today from 6 until 8 p.m. at Thomasville Funeral Home. Service will be held at noon Friday at the funeral home chapel followed by interment at Holly Hill Memorial Park. Written and audio condolences may be made through www.thomasvillefh.com.
NCAA BASKETBALL: ACC TOURNAMENT BEGINS TODAY THOMASVILLE TIMES
THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010
Coming Saturday • DCCC Storm update • 2010 baseball preview
Storm begin tourney today BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor
CALENDAR TODAY BASEBALL Ledford @ Reynolds 6 p.m. BASKETBALL NJCAA Tourney DCCC vs Roxbury 6 p.m. GOLF W. Davidson @ Ledford 3 p.m.
Davidson County Community College has arrived in Delhi, NY, in search of a National Junior College Athletic Association Division III national championship. “We are not in Thomasville, that is for sure,” coach Matt Ridge said in a phone interview Tuesday. Playing big-time basketball has landed them in a big-time place, as the Storm prepare for a quarterfinal contest with Roxbury (Mass.) Community College today at 6 p.m. Davidson (29-4) will play a Roxbury squad that is nearly identical to Montgomery College-Germantown, the team the Storm beat 85-83 to advance to the national tournament. Playing an up and down pace, Roxbury can fill up the scoreboard with points, but so can DCCC. “We are hoping we can stop them from scoring, but it does not look like too many people have been able to do that this year,” said Ridge. Roxbury (23-3) is the No. 4 ranked team in the latest Division III poll, and has three play-
SOCCER Ledford @ C. Davidson 7 p.m.
ers that could cause plenty of worry for Davidson. Forward Jeffrey Cannon averages 26 points, which is good enough for fourth in the nation at this level. Ravon Dunbar averages 24 points per game and Darnell Martin controls the inside averaging 14 points, 13 boards and six blocks. Davidson will see plenty of pressure from Roxbury, which uses its athleticism to its advantage and tries to get into a fast-paced game. DCCC can be careless with the ball at times, so each possession is an important one. “They play a lot like we do, said Ridge. “One of the keys to the game is whether or not we turn the ball over. Their offense is created by their defense. If we take care of the ball we should have a decent chance at the end.” Justin Glover leads DCCC in scoring with a 19.3 average. He and point guard Phillip Williams contained the guards of Montgomery, but keeping up with Roxbury will be a bit tougher. The Storm will play again Friday regardless of what happens in the quarterfinals. Each team plays three games to decide the final seedings.
DCCC head coach Matt Ridge hopes to lead his team to a national title this weekend.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Spartans, Beck shut down LHS
TENNIS Wheatmore @ E. Davidson 4 p.m.
BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor
TENNIS C. Davidson @ Ledford 4:30 p.m. TRACK E. Davidson @ Ledford 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY BASEBALL J-M @ Thomasville 5 p.m. BASEBALL E. Davidson @ Trinity 4:30 p.m. BASEBALL Ledford @ W. Davidson 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Trinity @ E. Davidson 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Ledford @ N. Davidson 6:30 p.m.
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East Davidson’s Justin Hulin watches the flight of the ball as does Southwest Guilford catcher Elliott Slack on Wednesday at East. The Cowboys dropped the Golden Eagles 12-6.
Eagles lose 12-6 contest to Cowboys Questionable call allows Southwest Guilford to score six runs in 2nd BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor The beauty of baseball. A sport where judgement calls can change the entire makeup and flow, which can lead to big things. Southwest Guilford used a call by the first base umpire to its advantage on Wednesday, cashing in on six second inning runs to surge by East Davidson 12-6 in nonconference action. The Cowboys were up 2-1 at the time, and had one man on with two outs. Elliot Slack hit a grounder to third that was fielded East’s Tyler Lequire and thrown on to first. Lequire’s throw was just a hair off the
mark, but first baseman Preston Gammons appeared to have handled it and stayed on the bag. The field umpire saw it differently, saying Gammons’ foot had come off the sack. That allowed the inning to continue, and the Cowboys jumped on the extra life. Southwest scored six times in the frame, finished off by Matt Orth’s grand slam off Keaton Hawks to lead 8-1. “Good teams, when they get extra opportunities wind up taking advantage of it,” said Golden Eagle coach Dan Tricarico. “A lot of credit to them for getting the
clutch hits and taking advantage of their opportunities.” East got one back in the second with an RBI single by Justin Weavil, and showed life in the fourth as Weavil again plated one with a single and Lequire drove home another with a double. A third run also crossed, turning a sizable Cowboy lead into a close 8-6 contest. “I was pleased with our guys battling back and not packing it in,” Tricarico said. “I see a lot of promise for us down the road.” A run in the fifth gave Southwest a little working room, then a two-run
homer by Brock Hudgens in the sixth made it an 116 game. Andrew Madsen tacked on one more for good measure in the seventh on a solo shot. Hawks took the loss for East lasting three innings. Braxton Shetley did well in relief over the middle innings before Avery Bowles came in to relieve him with one out in the sixth. Madsen got credit for the win going four innings for the Cowboys. Weavil had three hits and two RBI for East while Hawks added two hits including an RBI triple in the first inning. Lequire, Luis Tejada and Justin Mounts also had two hits each. East will visit Trinity on Friday.
WALLBURG — Central Davidson pitcher Cody Beck, baffled Ledford hitters all night long on Tuesday, striking out 10 in five innings to lead the Spartans past the Panthers 3-2 in a non-league contest. Beck, a lefty, mixed his speeds effectively, using the fastball as an out pitch against many of the batters he faced. When he left after five innings, he had given up no runs and yielded only one hit. “Beck kept us off balance all day and only gave up one hit,” said LHS coach Kemp Smith. “Right now, we are kind of sitting back on our heels which is not our nature. We like to be aggressive, but you do have to tip your hat to him.” Central plated the first run in the third inning when Brett Woodard doubled down the line in right and came home on an RBI single to right by Landon Clark. The Spartans were hungry for more as a hit-and-run single by Beck moved Clark to third, but Ledford hurler Brian Connolly shut the rally down striking out the next two batters to end the half inning. CDHS tacked on a pair in the fifth off Connolly, as a single and error put runners on first and second with no outs. They were successfully sacrificed over by Ethan Conrad’s bunt. Connolly got the second out himself with a strikeout, and was a few pitches away from escaping again. Colby
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Duke bench could play important role during postseason run BY BRYAN STRICKLAND Durham Herald Sun DURHAM â€” In theory, Duke canâ€™t do much better than it did in the regular season. In Duke junior Nolan Smithâ€™s theoretical take on the team, the Blue Devils actually can do much better in the postseason. The Blue Devils are the No. 4-ranked team in the nation and the top seed heading into their ACC Tournament opener Friday, but they havenâ€™t come close to their potential in Smithâ€™s estimation because their bench is only beginning to scratch the surface of its potential. â€œIf the team reaches that point, it will be scary,â€? Smith said. â€œWe have so much talent on this team, with guys like Mason and Miles [Plumlee] and Andre [Dawkins] who are still figuring out their roles and can play their roles even better than they are right now. â€œBoth of [the Plumlees], they can do so much, whether itâ€™s going up for an offensive rebound and dunking on somebody or blocking shots. Defensively, when they finally get to help-side every time, people wonâ€™t be able to get layups or anything in the paint. â€œAnd Andre, heâ€™s a scorer. In practice, he scores in so many ways, more than just shooting [3-pointers]. If we can get all that before the end of
the year, itâ€™s going to be tremendous.â€? But it is realistic that young players such as Dawkins, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly â€” all freshmen â€” could put it all together this late in the season? Sophomore Miles Plumlee, the elder of the group, certainly believes so. â€œI think thatâ€™s definitely true,â€? Plumlee said. â€œThatâ€™s going to be a big thing for our team as the tournaments go along. â€œMe, Ryan, â€™Dre and Mason, weâ€™re all talented. We can all help the team out. When we come in and really play strong defense and play confident, we can really take our team to another level.â€? After Plumlee put up 19 points and 14 rebounds in an ultra-physical game against Wake Forest in mid-January, it took him 10 games to total 19 more points. He has, however, started to again show signs of Smithâ€™s vision for the reserves, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds over Dukeâ€™s final three regular-season games. Itâ€™s much the same story for Dawkins, who has 16 points and four 3-pointers over the last three games after scoring 15 points with three 3-pointers over Dukeâ€™s previous 12 games. No one is pulling for the reserves harder than the starters. Thatâ€™s particularly the case with senior Brian Zoubek, who
replaced Miles Plumlee in the starting lineup for the last seven games of the regular season and clearly is playing the best basketball of his college career. â€œIâ€™m finally playing well, and itâ€™s the very, very end of my career,â€? Zoubek said. â€œI certainly donâ€™t want them to wait. Selfishly, this is the end of my career, and I need them to win.â€? Dukeâ€™s subs share the sentiment. â€œThereâ€™s always a little frustration, but thatâ€™s part of the motivation to get better,â€? Miles Plumlee said. â€œWhen you see what the other guys are doing and you know what you can do, youâ€™re thinking, â€˜Why donâ€™t I start playing
like that?â€™ â€œItâ€™s all good motivation. It isnâ€™t a negative mindset or anything.â€? So if the subs arenâ€™t playing fully to their potential, what exactly is holding them back? â€œThe biggest thing is just realizing that thereâ€™s nothing holding us back,â€? Plumlee said. â€œI think Iâ€™ve realized that. I just hope all of us get that same mentality.â€? Dukeâ€™s veterans, especially the seniors who are embarking on their final postseason, are hoping for the same. â€œSince the beginning of the year, Iâ€™ve said this team has a really high ceiling,â€? said senior Jon Scheyer, who was named a second-team All-Amer-
ica by Sporting News on Tuesday. â€œTheyâ€™re young. They have a lot of room to grow still. Theyâ€™re re-
ally good players. â€œFrom the beginning, Iâ€™ve really known they can help us a lot.â€?
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Harvick at home in Hot-Lanta Leading into any given NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend, you always hear a lot of talk about hometown heroes. In Las Vegas, it focused on Kurt and Kyle Busch. In Richmond, Va., Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton find themselves even more popular than usual. At Auto Club Speedway, native Californians like Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon get a lot of attention; no big surprise there. But you canâ€™t help wondering if all the drivers necessarily consider their hometowns as their home tracks. Kevin Harvick is a great example. The NASCAR world was still reeling from the death of Dale Earnhardt when the 2001 race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway rolled around. Every track on the series circuit that year would carry its own memories of Earnhardt, but perhaps none more so than AMS, where â€œThe Intimidatorâ€? to this day holds the records for most wins, most top five finishes, and fastest race speed. He loved the place, and it loved him right back. Just one year earlier, he and Bobby Labonte gave fans a finish that still ranks as one of the closest and most thrilling in NASCAR history. But this year, the familiar black No. 3 was gone, replaced by its aesthetic opposite, a startlingly white No. 29 Chevy piloted by a largely unfamiliar driver, called up by owner Richard Childress to fill the most famous seat in racing â€” 25-yearold Kevin Harvick. Hacks donâ€™t catch the eye of seasoned team owners like Mr. Childress, and Harvick had already proven he could drive. After working his way up through the gokart, various NASCAR touring series and Camp-
CATHY ELLIOTT NASCAR Columnist ing World Truck Series ranks, Richard Childress Racing brought him on board in 2000 to compete full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he won Rookie of the Year honors. He was well on his way to securing a spot in NASCARâ€™s premier Sprint Cup Series, but no one suspected it would come quite so soon, or so tragically. The 2001 race in Atlanta was only Harvickâ€™s third career start in the Cup Series. Fans were conflicted. Earnhardtâ€™s car was on the track, but some new guy was now driving it. On the flip side, most Earnhardt fans already liked his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., by association, and he, too, was competing at Atlanta. But being jolted into choosing a new driver allegiance is a task much easier said than done. Where should their loyalties lie? At the end of that day, no doubt remained. Whether Earnhardt fans eventually aligned themselves with Junior, Harvick or a different driver entirely, every person at the racetrack on March 11, 2001, along with the millions watching at home, simultaneously cheered and cried as the No. 29 took the checkered flag, giving Harvick his first Cup win and the NASCAR community some small sense of closure.
Nine years later, a very different Kevin Harvick â€” who originally hails from California, by the way â€” walked through the gates of Atlanta Motor Speedway. He is a NASCAR success story now. He has won 11 Sprint Cup Series points paying races, including the 2007 Daytona 500. He was the 2001 and 2006 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, and his company, Kevin Harvick Inc., has won two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships with driver Ron Hornaday Jr., in 2007 and 2009. He is motivated, sometimes controversial and extremely popular. And headed into the March 7 race at Atlanta, he was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader. Talk about coming full circle. Sometimes, our memories and emotions can serve the same purpose as city limit signs, constituting the boundaries of home. NASCAR drivers are a superstitious group, and to a man, each one can tell you where he got his first win, and how that particular spot will always hold a special place in his heart or, to put it another way, will take up residence and live there forever. Author Christian Morgenstern once said that home is not where you live, but where they understand you. If that is true, then Kevin Harvick must have experienced a strong sense of homecoming at Atlanta Motor Speedway, never forgetting that for one emotional day nearly a decade ago, he, the track and everyone in it understood each other completely. NASCAR Columnist Cathy Elliott can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From page 7 Hunt would hit a laser to second that Erik Connolly could not find the handle on, though, allowing both runs to score. With it still being early in the season, Central saved Beckâ€™s arm for another day and brought in Jacob Swaney. He was greeted with a two-RBI double by Brock Phillips that scored Victor Zecca and Pete Guy, but the Panthers had no
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HOOVER LET GO The Carolina Panthers released Ledford High School alum Brad Hoover on Monday, ending a 10-year stint with the team. Hoover is seen here Jan. 3 in what turned out to be his final game as a Carolina Panther.
Volunteer Manager Nicole Webb (far left) is with volunteers from the Silver Valley Civitan Club that organized awards ceremonies at the SONC Western Basketball Tournament. Others standing (from left) are Dale L. Hughes, Chris Hughes, Silver Valley President Roger Barker, Charles Barker and Winnie Crow. Seated (from left) are Joyce Hughes, Leigh Gallimore, Sara and Shelby Barker.
Civitan clubs help at SONC games TIMES STAFF REPORT A group of sixteen volunteers from the South Davidson area presented awards at the 2010 Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Western Basketball Tournament and Cheerleading Championships. Members of the South Davidson High School Junior Civitan and Silver Valley Civitan Clubs provided the workers March 6 in WinstonSalem. Dale L. Hughes and Chris Hughes served on the Games Management Team (GMT) as Awards Managers. Other Silver Valley volunteers
were President Roger Barker and his wife, Sara, Charles and Shelby Barker, Joyce Hughes, Kenneth and Leigh Gallimore. Winnie Crow and Joy Gallimore also assisted. Junior Civitan volunteers included Casey Jones, Brena Ferrell, Callie McGee, Melody Riffle and Stacy Wagner. They presented awards to athletes in the 3-on-3 basketball competition at Summit School. The Silver Valley Civitan Club has supported Special Olympics at the local, state, national and world levels for 32 years.
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AREA SPORTS BRIEFS GOLF Eagles get second East Davidson shot a team totalof 165 to finish second in a fourteam match on Monday at Wilshire Golf Course. West Forsyth won with a 154, North Davidson shot 168 and West Stokes had a 169. Chris Cox paced East with a 38.
GENERAL Concealed handgun class There will be a concealed handgun class March 27 at the Fairgrove Fire Department. The class is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This class is manda-
tory for anyone wishing to get a concealed handgun permit. The class is covered by Jason Livingston, N.C. certified firearms instructor and 16 years law enforcement experience. The class covers laws for citizens governing the use of deadly force to protect their homes, as well as deadly force laws in general as they pertain to citizens of N.C. Also, gun safety, marksmanship and fundamentals are covered and practiced during the class, with hands on range time. To sign up for the class call Livingston at 6870290 or go by the fire department.
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Go Yoga! Have you ever tried yoga? Yoga (YOH-gah) is an ancient practice and form of fitness. It can help people be healthy and feel good by building selfawareness, strength and flexibility in both mind and body. This week, The Mini Page learns more about this popular practice.
Alexandria and Julia practice yoga with their mom, who is an instructor, or yogi. Kids can learn many things from yoga practice, such as self-esteem, better focus and concentration, and respect for themselves and others.
Yoga postures, or asanas (AH-sahnahs), are practiced by people of all ages all over the world. People donâ€™t have to be athletic or in great shape to do yoga. Practicing yoga helps relieve stress and pain, improves circulation and digestion, and improves balance and concentration. Yoga is non-competitive and fun to learn for kids and adults. Sometimes kids feel pressure or stress about their schoolwork, their friends or about competitive sports. They might become too critical of themselves and lose confidence. Yoga can help; there is no judgment in doing a pose â€œperfectly.â€? Instead, yoga encourages people to learn to relax and have fun while practicing.
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Many experts believe there is a strong connection between our mind and our body. Emotions and worries can show up in our bodies as tension, pain and upset stomachs. When we feel sad, we can be more likely to get sick. If we can learn to release the tension in the body, the mind will relax, too. In yoga, guided imagery is used to help our imagination change our emotions and our body. An instructor leads our thoughts so that we become relaxed and focused. Breathing connects the body to the mind and helps create calmness.
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James Cameron wrote, directed and produced the movie â€œAvatar.â€? He helped create a new camera to film the movie. The new camera shoots more realistic computer graphics involving live actors. *AMES WAS BORN IN +APUSKASING Ontario, Canada, and grew up near Niagara Falls. He moved to Brea, Calif., to study physics in college. There he worked as a machinist and truck driver. He quit his truckdriving job to make his first short film. He raised money to do it from a group of local dentists. He has written and directed many movies, including â€œTitanic.â€? James co-developed a special 3-D camera system to film documentaries under the ocean. His company, Earthship Productions, has made several documentaries about life under the sea. from The Mini Page ÂŠ 2010 Universal Uclick
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