Ledford and East Davidson face off on the diamond. See SPORTS, Page 7
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Business Columnist Marilyn Taylor offers Taylor Made advice on implementing change. See BUSINESS, Page 3
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First Miss Thomasville receives new crown BY ERIN WILTGEN
BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
Local law enforcement agencies are joining together in an effort to keep unused or outdated prescription medications off the street. This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office, along with the Thomasville, Lexington and Denton police departments, are conducting Operation Medicine Drop throughout the area where people can properly discard any old or leftover prescriptions so they won’t end up in the wrong hands. “This is an excellent opportunity for these law enforcement agencies to partner together and address a problem that is affecting our whole community,” TPD Chief Jeff Insley said at a joint press conference Tuesday morning. “I think all of us, if you look in the medicine cabinet, have a bottle with a few pills left in it. These are the drugs that are re-circulating and getting into the hands of our kids. It’s becoming a very prevalent problem.” There will be a total of seven drop-off locations in the county, including Thomasville Fire Department Station 2 at 815 N.C. Highway 109 South and Wallburg Fire Department at 121 Georgetown Road. Drop-offs also can be made at Arcadia Fire Department at 1374 Ruff Leonard Road in Lexington, Tyro Fire Department at 4646 N.C. Highway 150 South in Lexington, Lexington Fire Department Station 1 at 200 E. Center St., Southmont Fire De-
The year was 1937. Elizabeth Darr Litwin stood in glory as she was declared the first Miss Thomasville in what would become the longestrunning pageant in the state of North Carolina. The young woman stood Litwin draped in her Miss Thomasville sash, clutching a bouquet of flowers, awaiting her crown. Her paper crown. “This just broke our heart,” said Nile Goad, current executive director of the Miss Thomasville Scholarship Pageant. “What a nice gesture it would be if we could present her with a new preliminary crown.” And the organization did just that. At the 2010 Miss Thomasville pageant on Feb. 13, Goad and his associates presented Litwin with an honorary, real crown through the efforts of the Thomasville Pageant Committee and the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Committee. “She was just overwhelmed,” said long-time Thomasville resident Patricia Carroll, who works full-time at the Baptist Children’s Home and part-time at Piedmont Crossing, where Litwin, now in her 90s, currently resides. “She was just really speechless.” The pageant Litwin competed in differed greatly from the one she attended
See DRUGS, Page 6
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Philip Young sits on one of the work stations at his business, Carolina Safety Sport, in Thomasville. Like many other small business owners, he is struggling to increase output and manpower at his facility.
Diversity, technology key to small business success BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer Editor’s note: The following is the second in a three-part series on the struggles of small businesses. Philip Young and Carolina Safety Sport have seen it all recently. It wasn’t all that long ago when a new contract left Young’s company struggling to keep up manufacturing high visibility safety apparel for the state. Once that order finished, however, so did the rush to keep up, leaving Carolina Safety Sport much like every other small business — struggling. “We’re back to square one
‘[New technology] would give us more capabilities to be custom ... Custom businesses keep people working’ — Philip Young Carolina Safety Sport again,” Young told members of the N.C. House Select Committee on Small Business last Thursday at Davidson County Community College. “The federal highway put some new requirements in place and our business took off. We couldn’t keep up. Then, everybody got outfitted, the econo-
my came into play and we nosedived right back in the other direction. We’re in the same boat as everybody else.” Young’s needs didn’t vary a common theme at last Thursday meeting, as a dozen state representatives heard the same story — small businesses need cash and affordable insurance amidst the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. As one of the last remaining cut and sew operations in the state, Carolina Safety Sport’s survival hinges on its ability is diversify and find news ways of doing business. Young is doing just that. Last month, Carolina Safety Sport partnered with H.T. Authentic Sportswear, a new
See CROWN, Page 6
See SUCCESS, Page 11
Childhood dream develops into fantasy novel BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
The ‘Gypsy Chronicles’ is the first in a five-part book series by local author T.L.Bailey.
The image blurred and then focused — a redhaired woman draped in a pale blue gown standing alone on a dock, silhouetted against black, turbulent clouds, gazing into the sea. At something. It’s impossible to squint in a dream, but the vision sharpened anyway into three ships. That picture — the only scrap she remembers from her childhood dream — followed Tammy Hall into adulthood, holding her in
resident has pubsuch fascination lished. even after all these “It’s like a dream years that it inspired come true,” said Hall, her to write its story. 38, who goes by the “I got these images pen name T.L. Bailey. in my head, and I “I keep feeling like just wanted to see I’m going to wake up how far it could go,” any minute.” Hall said. “It wasn’t Hall The book, set in the like I knew what the 1700s, stars a young book was going to be about, but I wanted to write girl named Gypsy who was born with a mark on her about this girl.” And the Gypsy Chroni- hand. She learns that she is cles were born. Released the last known descendent on March 15 as the first in a of a race destined to protect five-book series, the Gypsy mankind against an evil Chronicles also marks the race, the Rudari, set to put first book the Thomasville hell on earth.
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Also featuring a vampire and a host of pirates, the book echoes the science fiction and fantasy stories Hall loved in her younger days. “I grew up, and I knew that I wanted to write something that I knew about,” she said. “That’s what I loved doing.” The time period came about through not only the style of dress worn by the woman in her dream but also from Hall’s obsession with pirates. She said she
See NOVEL, Page 11
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a mock commercial under the direction of the producer. Voice actors can use their voices professionally in commercials, audio books, training material, educational recordings, the internet, telephone and on-hold messaging and more. Registration deadline is March 24, and enrollment is limited to 20 people. The class fee is $25. For more information or to register, call 224-4545.
Battle of the Badge Piece Work
Davidson County Community College presents Piece Work on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Gee Auditorium as part of its activities for Women’s History Month. Piece Work is based on the poetry collection of North Caralina writer, Barbara Presnell, and celebrates North Carolina mill workers. Six actors and a musician bring the characters to life as they participate in lively conversations about their work, their history and traditions, their family life, relationships, and their values. Produced and performed by the Touring Theatre of North Carolina.
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Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications on Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at First Presbyterian Church, 21 Randolph St.
Voice acting class
Davidson County Community College will offer “Getting Paid to Talk,” an adult education class that teaches people how to use their voice to make money. The class, put on by Voice Coaches, will be held on March 31 at 6:30 p.m. Voice Coaches producer Paul Greenberg, a career broadcaster and voice acting professional, will present the class. The class covers everything from the basics of starting, working in the studio, effective demo production methods and industry pros and cons to where to look for opportunities around a community and how to land the job. Attendees will also have the opportunity to record
Battle of the Badge, a fundraiser for cancer patients Chris Bates of the Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office and Ritchie Athay of the DC Department of Corrections, will be held on Friday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at North Davidson Senior High School. The event will pit the North Carolina Probation Department against the Thomasville Police Department and DCSO and Lexington Police Department against the High Point Police Department in basketball. Donations will be accepted and concessions will be available.
Welcome Easter Parade The Welcome community will hold its 13th annual Welcome Easter Parade on Saturday, March 27 at 3 p.m. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, antique cars, beauty queens, dance studios, mini trucks, clowns and much more. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the entertainment. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be held Sunday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m.
H1N1 vaccine clinic The Davidson County Health Department will be offering the H1N1 vaccine on Saturday, March 27 at the Davidson County Health Department in Lexington from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no cost for the vaccine. Walk-ins only will be accepted for this clinic. The vaccine is available to anyone six months of age and older. Both the nasal mist and injectable vaccine will be available. Children under 10 years of age should receive two doses of H1N1 vaccine at least 28 days apart. Children who have
already received the first H1N1 vaccination, either from the health department or the doctor’s office, can receive their second dose at the health department.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Mary Lightfine: Nurse Without Boundaries Davidson County Community College presents Mary Lightfine: Nurse Without Boundaries on Monday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Conference Center 206 as part of its activities for Women’s History Month. Mary Lightfine has spent over ten years living and working in countries ravaged by war and disaster. In 1999 she was among those distinguished members of Doctors Without Borders to have been honored with the Nobel Peace prize.
All-a-Flutter Enjoy an afternoon with us at Piedmont Crossing on Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. in Unity Place for a lively, entertaining presentation from All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm. They will share a variety of gardening tips and ideas, spe-
cifically designed to attract Monarchs, Swallowtails and Painted Ladies. All-AFlutter has been raising butterflies on their farm, which is located here in the Piedmont Triad area, since 2001. To join in this fun and informative program or for more information, contact Blair White at 474-3605. This program is free and open to the public.
Davidson County Community College presents Vagina Monologues on March 24 and 31 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Gee Auditorium as part of its activities for Women’s History Month. Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery based on interviews with over 200 women about their stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self discovery. Excerpts performed by students of Humanities 150 — American Women’s Studies course.
America the Beautiful
Davidson County Community College presents America the Beautiful on Wednesday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Davie Campus Administration Building 110 as part of its activities for Women’s History Month. In a society where “celebutantes” like Paris Hilton dominate newsstands and models who weigh less than 90 pounds die from malnutrition, female body image is one of the more dire problems facing today’s society. “America the Beautiful,” a documentary by filmmaker Darryl Roberts, illuminates the issue by covering every base: child models, plastic surgery, celebrity worship, airbrushed advertising, dangerous cosmetics.
Females in the Military: The Invisible Gender
Davidson County Community College instructor, Shante Roseboro, discusses her personal experiences of female leadership in the military on Tuesday, March 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Mendenhall 116 as part of its activities for Women’s History Month.
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Change made easier TaylorMade
MARILYN TAYLOR Business Columnist
Whether launching a major change initiative in a large organization or buying new software for a small one, leaders know to expect resistance. People resist change for a variety of reasons — most of which boil down to “It would be easier for me right now if we did not do this.” It’s hard to argue that point, but change is often needed regardless. You might think that in today’s climate of high unemployment and scarce jobs that people would keep mum about their workplace gripes. Apparently, that isn’t the case everywhere. This past week, approximately 30 seasoned managers and supervisors assured me that resistance to change is alive and well — even now. They reported seeing even less cooperation in some cases, because of what they called negative “workplace attitudes.” Unable to simply announce “This IS what will be” and gain whole hearted compliance, they were working on new ways to communicate and lead change. People resistance, for
Old Dominion honored as ‘Top Green Shop’ TIMES STAFF REPORT
Fleet Equipment magazine and Citgo Petroleum Corp. have honored Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. as the Top Green Shop for 2009, citing the company’s commitment to building environmentally friendly facilities and using green technologies. The annual award recognizes fleets for reducing waste, recycling, complying with environmental regulations and/or turning to additional green initiatives. Members of the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council – with at least 15 years of trucking fleet maintenance experience – judged this year’s entries; the honor was announced in the magazine’s February issue. In recent years, Old Dominion has implemented a number of green measures in all of its 31 fleet shops located in the lower 48 states. In selecting Old Dominion for the honor, judges considered a number of measures the company has taken, ranging from building processes to equipment. These measures include: • Drive-through truck washers with custom built oil-water separators that allow wash water to be recycled • Building shops with “tilt-wall” construction that requires less mainte-
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them is alive and well. A valuable resource through the years, The Ken Blanchard companies have produced and offered some of the world’s best training materials on change. Led by Situational Leadership, the One Minute Manager, Gung Ho and a book bag full of other well known titles, this creative group often hits the mark on helping us look simply into complicated issues. Pat Zigarmi, a Blanchard speaker and author, has a six minute video (you can see it on YouTube) where she talks about typical change culprits and how informed leaders can be ready for them. Although there are many reasons why change fails, Zigarmi offers six types of concerns that leaders need to know about and should be prepared to deal with. They are all framed as “concerns,” (which she calls ‘unanswered questions’) — an important point for those trying to combat them. They follow: 1. Informational Concerns — What is it about? 2. Personal Concerns — Can I succeed? 3. Implementation Concerns — How is this going to work? 4. Impact Concerns — Is this going to make a difference? 5. Collaboration Concerns — How are people going to work together?
6. Refinement Concerns — How will we make it better? Thinking back over change efforts I’ve been involved in, I’d have to say I’ve run into every one of these concerns. Recognizing their validity may be step one. But close behind is step two — actually using this framework as a tool to truly lead people through change. Look for some ideas on doing that in next week’s column. And if you got a great story on change, get in touch. Collaboration increases impact! Contact marilyn@ taylortrain.com to provide professional support services in leading organizational and personal change. Marilyn Taylor is the owner of Taylor Training and a certified coach/corporate trainer with the Boston Coaching Company, home of PaperRoom System for Coaching. For more information, contact Marilyn locally at 2493194 or visit on the web at www.taylortrain.com Taylor Training & Development, Inc. provides consulting services and has also provided coaching and team development in this region for 18+ years. Team tools include Strengths Finder 2.0, EDGE 360, TKI, CPI 260, the Enneagram and the MyersBriggs Type Indicator.
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GREEN From page 1 nance â€˘ Energy-efficient lighting and HVAC units, and no use of CFC refrigerants â€˘ Roofing material that is solar reflective index 80 â€˘ Licensed companies pick up for recycling waste oil, filters and antifreeze â€œBeing environmentally friendly is a never-ending promise, and we are always looking for the next technology or the newest process that will help us with our commitment,â€? said Ed Richardson, Old Dominionâ€™s vice president of equipment and maintenance. â€œWe are honored to receive this award because weâ€™ve put a lot of thought into ensuring that our decisions are right for both our customers and the environment. Ultimately, being green makes good business sense and helps foster a better community.â€? Old Dominion is a partner with the Environmental Protection Agen-
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About Old Dominion Freight Line Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. is a less-thantruckload multi-regional motor carrier providing one-to-five day service among six regions in the United States and nextday and second-day service within these regions. Through its four product groups, OD-Domestic, OD-Expedited, OD-Global and OD-Technology, the Company offers an array of innovative products and services that provide direct service to 48 states within the Southeast, Gulf Coast, Northeast, Midwest, Central and West regions of the country. In addition to domestic less-than-truckload services, the Company offers assembly and distribution services as well as container delivery.
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Why are we still bowing? VIEWPOINT
DAVID HARSANYI Syndicated Columnist Not long after President Barack Obama gave his conciliatory speeches to the Islamic world, he chose not to meddle in the sham election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In fact, he offered not a word of support for the men and women who took to the streets against that totalitarian regime. Then, as “man-made disasters” continued to erupt spontaneously around the world — including at a United States military base — the administration held steadfast in using non-offensive euphemisms, lest anyone be slighted by our jingoist need to use words that mean something. And when the president was given a chance to fulfill a campaign promise and acknowledge the genocide of 1.5 million Christian Armenians by Turks during World War I, he instead did everything he could to block the resolution. These days, as Christian farmers are being slaughtered by Muslim machetes in Nigeria, outrage from the White House is difficult to find — though it made sure to instruct our Libyan ambassador to apologize to “Colonel” Moammar Gadhafi after he offered some mildly critical comments about the dictator’s call for jihad against Switzerland (true story). Gadhafi can be forgiven, but there are transgressions that can’t. One such sin was perpetrated by Israel after the nation’s decision to allow a new housing project to be built for its citizens in its capital city, Jerusalem. The White House became so agitated with the future 1,600unit housing project — and the ill-advised timing of the announcement, which came during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit — that the casual onlooker might have been led to believe that the Jerusalem neighborhood in question was part of some unfinished negotiation with Palestinians or even that it was one of those “settlements.” It was neither. Still, according to The Jerusalem Post, Hillary Clinton telephoned Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who, along with many other Israeli officials, apologized for the ill timing of the project’s announcement — to “berate,” “rebuke,” “warn” and “condemn” Israel. White House senior adviser David Axelrod used NBC’s “Meet the Press” to say that the incident was an “affront,” an “insult” and “very, very destructive.” As the administration was manufacturing this anger, the Palestinian Authority was preparing the newly minted Dalal Mughrabi Square. You know, just a place for folks to gather and commemorate the 32nd anniversary of 1978’s Coastal Road Massacre, in which 37 Israelis — 13 of them children — were murdered in a bus hijacking. An American named Gail Rubin, who happened to be snapping some nature pictures in the area, also was gunned down. No worries. No affront taken. That’s not “very, very destructive” to the process. We are above the fray, above frivolous notions of “allies” or “friends.” History only matters when our enemies deem it important. We don’t want to tweak the fragile mood of the Arab street. If the purpose of this manufactured angst is to pressure Israel into handing parts of Jerusalem over to a corrupt Fatah (we don’t need to discuss Hamas, which, unlike Fatah, has the decency not to pretend to recognize Israel’s right to exist), then someone is exhibiting a profound naiveté. And if the purpose of pursuing a Jewish-free West Bank is to create good will with the Muslim world, good luck. It is this administration’s prerogative to change our foreign policy — and allies. Yet it would be nice if someone reiterated to our new Muslim friends that the United States has yet to deploy a single soldier to risk life and limb for the security of Israel. It has, however — only recently — sent thousands of Americans to perish for, in part, the cause of Muslim freedom in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. That sacrifice alone should be enough to absolve us from any more bowing — or kowtowing. 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.
The new McCarthyism VIEWPOINT
JOE CONASON Syndicated Columnist The national madness known as “McCarthyism” began 60 years ago in Wheeling, W.V., when Joseph R. McCarthy held up a scrap of paper that supposedly listed the names of 57 State Department officials he said were actually Communists and traitors. Eventually, America learned that the Wisconsin Republican’s famous list was a fabrication, that he was a liar and a demagogue as well as an alcoholic — and that his authoritarian appeals to fear were worse than useless in defending our security. But by then, McCarthyism’s self-serving and fundamentally unpatriotic promoters had inflicted grave damage on the body politic and international prestige of the United States. Today, McCarthy’s heirs are more slick and glib than he ever was, yet their fundamental methods are the same. When Elizabeth Cheney, William Kristol and their media friends slander Justice Department attorneys as the “al-Qaida 7” and malign the “Department of Jihad,” they are engaging in the smear tactics that became synonymous with McCarthy. What is different now is the cynical hypocrisy of the new McCarthyites, who know that the flimsy accusations they level against Democrats in the Obama administration could just as easily be turned on Republicans who served President Bush. Cheney and Kristol have
charged that certain lawyers in the Justice Department represented alleged terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp — and that by so doing, those attorneys rendered themselves unfit for government service. “Whose values do they share?” asks an ominous advertisement aired by their front group, known as Keep America Safe. They mean to insinuate that the values of those Justice Department attorneys, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are somehow closer to the jihadism of al-Qaida than to those shared by most Americans. The values that most of us share include honesty and fairness — and this sleazy campaign violates both. If every lawyer who represents someone accused of terrorism is by definition a terrorist sympathizer, then our entire system of justice is in doubt, since it requires counsel for everyone accused of a crime. More specifically, if the lawyers who have counseled terror suspects are by definition untrustworthy, then the dark cloud of suspicion extends well beyond the current roster of the Justice Department — and into the heart of the Republican Party. As Scott Horton points out in Harper’s magazine, the McCarthyite list would have to include Michael Chertoff, who headed the Justice Department’s criminal division before President Bush nominated him as secretary of the department of homeland security. Among Chertoff ’s clients in private practice was a New Jersey doctor named Magdy el-Amir, identified as a conduit for moneylaundering to al-Qaida and other jihadist outfits. He became a Chertoff client when the state of New Jersey sued him to recoup illicit money from a health maintenance organization he controlled, which had sent more than $5 million by wire transfers to bank accounts “where the beneficial owner
is unknown.” In other words, a very dubious character who had been under surveillance by the FBI for years. There was never any reason to believe that by representing Magdy el-Amir (who was recently arrested in a prescription drug racket), Chertoff somehow disqualified himself from government service. But similar phony questions could be raised about Michael Mukasey, the former Bush attorney general whose law firm provides pro bono representation to Guantanamo detainees. Or Rudolph Giuliani, the mayor of Sept. 11, whose firm has also represented detainees because, like all prisoners, they are entitled to counsel. If this seems confusing, here’s a simple principle to keep in mind: Representing someone in an American court does not mean agreeing with that person’s actions or ideology. Here’s another: Guilt by association is an unworthy tactic that ought to raise suspicions about those who use it rather than those against whom it is used. The career of McCarthy and the specter of McCarthyism ended only when a handful of decent Republicans — notably including Prescott Bush, the grandfather of George W. Bush — joined in a Senate resolution of censure against him and his tactics. Perhaps we have witnessed such a moment of truth this week, when 19 prominent Republican attorneys, including Kenneth Starr and several former Bush Justice and Defense Department appointees, denounced the Keep America Safe smears as shameful, unjust and destructive. Conservatives can effectively discredit this disgraceful campaign — and it is their responsibility to do so. Joe Conason writes for the New York Observer (www. observer.com). To find out more about Joe Conason, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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partment at 11030 N.C. Highway 8 in Lexington and Denton Fire Department at 101 Newsom Ave. Everything collected will be catalogued and taken to the State Bureau of Investigation for disposal. Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said that misused prescriptions are second only to marijuana in the nation’s fight against drug abuse. More than 2.2 million youth in the country between ages 12 and 17 use prescription drugs for non-medical reasons and 70 percent of teens who abuse these medications admit to obtaining the drugs free, mostly from friends and relatives. It’s estimated that 2,500 children between 12 and 17 abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time every day. Drug treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 300 percent from 1995 to 2005. “We want to get these drugs to a safe location,” said Grice. “This is a growing problem. These are diverted drugs that are not being used for their intended purposes. These drugs are literally killing people. Young people are crushing them up, snorting them and overdosing. This is one small
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wanted a setting that incorporated the seafaring thieves, and the climate of the 1700s fit perfectly with what she sought to embody. “I love the darkness of the 18th century,” Hall said. “It’s a really good era to create an exciting fantasy around.” But the story didn’t jump easily from dream to paper. Hall encountered problems along the way — both personal and technological. Shortly after Hall first began penning her thoughts, her son, Dylan, now 8, was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. “When you hear the word autism, it just shatters your world,” Hall said. “I pushed the book to the side and focused on being a parent.” Another time, Hall’s computer contracted a virus and wiped the 100plus pages she had typed up. With no backup copy, the struggling author would have to start from scratch. “I had to fight really hard to get this book out there,” she said. “There were so many times that I had lost it. I had given up on this book.” But something in the back of her mind encouraged Hall to keep pushing forward. “I could see the things in my head, almost like the characters would not let me give up on them,” she said. “It sounds very weird, but for some reason I just kept at it.” Creating those lifelike characters — lifelike enough to nag at her, anyway — forms a majority of what fascinates Hall about writing. “That’s what I love most about it is being able to create something and to see it come to life,” she said. Hall’s passion for the written word started early when she would read with her mom. Eventually reading other stories transformed into writing her own.
Lexington Nancy T. Everhart, 76 Pete Miller, 89 Carolyn Rojo, 47 Other areas Sandra Edwards, 52 Tricia L. Rozier, 35 Bobby D. Stanley, 77
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Pete Miller LEXINGTON — H.G. “Pete” Miller, age 89, of Lexington, died Tuesday. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.
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Thomasville resident Leslie Miller drops off some unused prescription drugs to Thomasville Police Capt. Darren Smith Wednesday at the Thomasville Fire Department as part of Operation Medicine Drop. step to get these drugs out of circulation.” Some of the most abused drugs are “opiod” pain relievers such as oxycotin, vicodin and products containing codeine and morphine. Unintentional poisoning from prescriptions medications also is on the rise as nearly 4,500 people have died from it since 1999. Both Thomasville fire stations held similar drop-off sites on Wednesday. “I think it’s great,” Leslie Miller said after dropping off a bag of unused meds, including some vicodin and hydrocodone. “I didn’t know what to do with the stuff. I didn’t want to throw it away or
flush it down the toilet so I just kept it in the cupboard.” Operation Medicine Drop is promoted by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the State Bureau of Investigation, and encourages participation from law enforcement agencies from throughout the state. Grice and Insley were joined by Denton Chief of Police Mark Hicks and Lexington Chief of Police John Lollis. Anyone found with prescription drugs that are not their own can be charged with possession of a controlled substance.
“I used to write short stories all through middle school and high school,” Hall said. But even though she had cultivated this passion for years, Hall said she had never pictured herself actually becoming an author. In fact, she currently works in High Point as a hair dresser. “This was not something I ever intended to do,” she said. “I just love writing, and it just came to me.” A friend encouraged Hall to publish her work, and she sent it in to Publish America in August 2009. In September, Hall got the call saying her book had been accepted for publication. “I think it’s exciting that we’ve got someone local,” said Karen Lawrence, an employee at the High Point Public Library and one of Hall’s customers. “I think it sounds interesting.” So far, Hall has heard nothing but positive feedback, both from random Barnes & Noble shoppers to family members. One of Hall’s uncles — a man who has read nothing but hunting magazines for about 40 years — fell in love with the novel. “When he bought it, he said he was going to read it, just to be nice,” Hall
said, laughing. “He called me to tell me that he loved it and he was mad at me because he had to wait for the second one.” With the second book in the works, Hall said she is excited that her unsought-for writing career is underway. “I’m hoping that this will entertain people, that they’ll walk away and they’ll love the characters,” she said. “For me it’s the greatest thing that could happen. It’s living my dream.”
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Sandra Edwards DENTON — Mrs. Sandra Smith Edwards, 52, of Sanford, died Sunday, March 14, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at High Rock Baptist Church near Denton. Briggs Funeral Home, in Denton, is in charge of arrangements.
Nancy T. Everhart LEXINGTON — Nancy Tussey Everhart, age 76, of Central Heights, Lexington, died Monday, March 15, 2010, in Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center after six months of declining health. Born April 3, 1933, in Davidson County to Lacy Gilmore Tussey and Geneva Miller Tussey, she was a homemaker and a member of the United Church of Christ faith. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way,
Randolph Memorial Park in Asheboro with the Rev. James Andrews officiating. The body will remain at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until the hour of service. The family will be at the funeral home today from 6 until 8 p.m. and other times at the residence. Online condolences may be made to the Rozier family at www. jcgreenandsons.com.
LEXINGTON — Carolyn Diane Wise Rojo, 47, a resident of Lexington, died Saturday, March 13, 2010, at her home. Born Jan. 27, 1963, in Avery County a daughter of Howard Randolph Wise and Frances Bailey Wise, she had lived in Davidson County for the past six years. Memorial service will be held at a later date, and the family will receive friends at their residence. J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.
HIGH POINT — Mr. Bobby Dean Stanley, 77, of 301A Royal Oak Ave., High Point, died March 15, 2010, at Hospice Home at High Point. He was born on Sept. 23, 1932, in Randolph County to Daniel Frederick Stanley and Minnie Ann Langley Stanley. Private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Tricia L. Rozier Sophia — Mrs. Tricia Lynn Rozier, 35, a resident of 5836 Branson Davis Road, died Saturday, March 13, 2010, at High Point Regional Hospital. Born in Rockford, Ill., Jan. 11, 1975 and a resident of Morris, Ill., before moving to this area 18 years ago, she was employed in the restaurant industry and enjoyed art, working on computers, and making jewelry. Graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at
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CALENDAR TODAY BASEBALL Trinity @ Thomasville 5 p.m. GOLF Ledford @ NE Guilford 4 p.m. TENNIS W. Davidson @ Ledford 4:30 p.m. TIMES PHOTO/ZACH KEPLEY
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East Davidson pitcher Tyler Lequire attempts to make the tag but Ledford’s Josh Phillips slides safely into home after a wild pitch.
Ledford hammers East in five Connolly, Shelton homer to lead 13-hit attack BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor Ledford ended East Davidson’s season in embarrassing fashion last season, dominating the Golden Eagles in the 2-A state playoffs. East coach Dan Tricarico was hoping his team would use that motivation when the Panthers invaded their home field on Tuesday, but it turned out to be more of the same. Jonathan Shelton batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a home run, and Brian Connolly blasted a three-run shot himself in his four-RBI day, as Ledford blasted their rivals 14-4 in five innings. “I am not real pleased today with our play,” Tricarico said. “After what happened last year in the state playoffs, I was hoping we could come out today and redeem ourselves a little bit. But it was like a continuation of what happened last year.” Ledford struggled to even put the bat
on the ball Monday at West Davidson, but banged out 13 hits on this night. The Panthers scored at least one run in each of the innings. “After last night at West Davidson, it could not get any worse,” said LHS coach Kemp Smith. “That is why we play and what is so great about baseball. You can turn around the next day and everything can go right.” Ledford wasted no time jumping on the Eagles, scoring four runs in the opening frame. An RBI single by Pete Guy scored one, then Josh Phillips raced home on a wild pitch. Brock Phillips grounded out to plate the third run, then Shelton belted a solo home run to center for a 4-0 Ledford lead. Connolly pitched three innings of two-hit ball, keeping the East bats cooled off while Ledford kept piling on the runs. The Panthers scored a run in the sec-
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Ledford pitcher Brian Connolly steps in front of the mound to make the throw over to first on Tuesday.
Embler signs with Stingers Duke counting on experience to make deep NCAA run
BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor
As one of the top softball pitchers in Davidson County, East Davidson’s Spencer Embler has been a dominant force in the circle, making life tough on opposing hitters. A three-time All-Conference selection in the 2-A Central Carolina Conference and reigning Co-Player of the year, Embler will get a chance to showcase her talents at the next level, signing with Florence-Darlington Technical College Wednesday afternoon. “This is a big step,” she said. “You always dream about it, and when it gets here you are shocked, but then excited.” Embler was tossed in the fire from the start of her freshman season, and has impressed ever since. Playing against some of the top teams in the state
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Spencer Embler signed with Florence-Darlington Tech Wednesday with her parents and coach present. in her own conference, she has held her own. She can swing the bat as well, anchoring down the middle of the lineup and driving in plenty of runs. “She is a hard-working young lady, has a great attitude, and when she goes out there to pitch, you know you are going to get her best effort,” said East
coach Greg Fowler. “She hates to lose, and that is something you cannot teach.” Embler came across the Stinger program through travel ball. The daughter of her coach went to play for the program, and Embler decided to check it out. What she found was
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DURHAM — None of Duke’s current players has experienced the kind of deep NCAA Tournament run that they could look back upon fondly, but the now older and taller Blue Devils believe it could be a different story this season. Duke plays its firstround game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which beat Winthrop 61-44 in Tuesday night’s openinground game, on Friday in Jacksonville (7:25 p.m., WRAL). “Since J.J.’s senior year, this is our best team since then,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
said Tuesday in reference to the J.J. Redickled team that entered the 2006 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 in the nation. “The best thing is experienced talent. “I think it’s important to just be fresh and be yourself, and experience is always good.” In some ways, Krzyzewski was stating the obvious. The Blue Devils are a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, and they’re coming off their first ACC regularseason championship since ’06 as well. But it’s more than that, more than any record or
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Kimber 82 Few people know the U.S. government is in the business of selling target rifles. While the government connection is not quite as closely connected with the Civilian Marksmanship Program as it once was, our government is a wonderful source of competitive smallbore rifles as well as classic military rifles like M1s, Enfields, and Springfields. The CMP, as the government supported corporation is known, is an offshoot of the old Director of Civilian Marksmanship, a department of the U.S. Army that was formed to encourage rifle marksmanship among U.S. citizens. For over 100 years the US government has encouraged marksmanship by selling surplus military firearms to citizens through the DCM and conduction matches through the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice. Over the years, those guns have included Krags, Springfields, Enfields, M1 Carbines and M1 Garands, 1911 service pistols, and various small bore target/training rifles. Currently, the CMP is selling new Anchutz commercial target rifles and new surplus Kimber Government Model 82 target rifles. The Kimbers are a wonderful bargain, selling, to qualified civilians, for $600 with sights. These guns have 26â€? barrels and walnut target stocks
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SPORTS AREA SPORTS BRIEFS SOFTBALL Lady Eagles cage Bulldogs East Davidson got plenty of offensive production handing visiting Trinity an 11-5 loss on Wednesday. Spencer Embler was the winning pitcher, helping East to a 2-1 record. Morgan Gallimore plated three runs on three hits, Jessica Esquivel four runs on two hits, Paige Byrd had two hits with an RBI, Caroline Fowler had an RBI and Addie Chaney added two RBIs. East welcomes Wheatmore on Friday.
Lady Panthers bounce East Kristen Murphy struck out six Tuesday to lead Ledford past East Davidson 6-3 in Wallburg. Ashley Best and Mel Green each had two hits
and two RBIs for the Lady Panthers. East got three hits and an RBI from Morgan Gallimore, three hits from Spencer Embler, two from Paige Byrd, two by Caroline Fowler and two RBIs from Jessica Esquivel. Ledford improved to 3-2 and East fell to 1-1.
East JVs blank Ledford Haley Ray picked up the win as East Davidson drilled Ledford 9-0 on Tuesday in Wallburg. Taylor Allred had three hits and Terri Vance two for the Golden Eagles.
BASEBALL Eagles nab win on road East Davidson got its second win of the year on Monday edging out Southern Guilford 7-6.
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HAMMERS From page 7 ond, then put a five-spot on the board in the third off East starter Tyler Lequire. Shelton doubled off the fence to plate a run in the third inning, with Connolly bringing home one as well with an RBI single. Victor Zecca and Phillips brought home two additional runs and a wild pitch made it five in the inning, pushing the Panther lead to 10-0. “We put the ball in play, and when you do that, good things happen,” Smith said. East changed pitchers in the fourth bringing in Justin Mounts, but the move did not slow down the sizzling bats of the Panthers. Connolly hammered a Mounts offering off the top of the scoreboard for a three-run dinger, further adding to the lead. “They hit the ball and we did not control the strike zone very well,” said Tricarico. East broke through in the bottom half as Phillip Coggins delivered a twoRBI single, but it was answered with another Ledford run in the fifth. The Golden Eagles kept playing, drawing within 10 after Keaton Hawks sent a booming shot over the fence for two runs. That would be the end, though, as Brock Phillips recorded the final two outs to end the night early. “We had some positives and did not totally pack the tents up and go home,
BRIEFS From page 9 Avery Bowles grabbed the win on the mound while Keaton Hawks got the save. Hawks batted 3-for-3 at the plate with Davin Lawson chipping in two hits.
Ledford JV trips up West Ledford’s junior varsity squeaked out an 1110 victory at home over West Davidson Monday. Trevor Beal got the win
DUKE From page 7 ranking can communicate. The Blue Devils not only believe they can advance deeper than they have in recent years, they expect it. “Going into this tournament, we’re definitely more confident,” Duke junior Nolan Smith said. “We’re definitely better.” Where exactly is that confidence coming from? The obvious answer would be to point to the big three on the perimeter — the combination of Smith, Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler — that just led the Blue Devils to the ACC Tournament title. But having three capable perimeter plays is nothing new for Duke. In 2009, the Blue Devils had Smith and Scheyer along with NBA lottery pick Gerald Henderson, and the year before that they had Scheyer, Henderson and DeMarcus Nelson. The difference, according to Scheyer, has to do with big men as much as it does a big three. “I think we’re the most complete team I’ve been on since I’ve been here,” he said. “It’s Brian [Zoubek], first of all. He’s just given our team a whole lot of confidence. Along with him, there’s Lance [Thomas], and then with Miles and Mason [Plumlee] coming off the bench, that’s just a dynamic that our team just hasn’t had since I’ve been here. “Our defensive rebounding keeps us in games when our offense isn’t there, and when our offense is there, we have
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Ledford second baseman Josh Phillips makes the throw to first for the out in the second inning Tuesday at East. but there is a lot of room for improvement,” said Tricarico. Notes: Justin Weavil had two hits for East ... Ledford moves to 3-3 while the Eagles fall to 2-3. Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or at email@example.com.
and Alex Allen the save. Dylan Miller went 4-for5 with four RBIs, Brandon Olivey 3-for-4 and Jordan Anderson 2-for-3 with two RBIs. The Panthers are 3-1 on the year.
BASKETBALL Storm offers camp Davidson County Community College will conduct a camp June 28-July 2 for players grades 4-12. The camp will run each day from 8:30 a.m.-noon. The goal of the camp is to give campers instruction in the fundamentals
a chance to blow people out.” Duke’s 2006 team had All-American big man Shelden Williams to go with Redick. This team doesn’t have that kind of presence in the post, but the collective impact may be even greater: Duke enters the postseason ranked 19th in the nation with a plus-5.9 rebounding margin per game, the biggest margin for a Duke team since the 199899 squad that went 37-2 and made it to the NCAA title game. “Our bigs are playing well, and our perimeter plays both sides of the ball,” Singler said. “We just play hard, and we know what we have to do. “We’re older, and overall we’re just better. We have more guys who can contribute.” While the Blue Devils are more confident and more complete than the past three Duke teams — which lost in the first round in ’07, the second round in ’08 and the third round in ’09 — it’s still important to remember that the ’06 team faltered in the third round, as well. “We’re going to take it one game at a time,” Smith said. “We have to prepare for each team as if it’s the championship game.” Notes: Friday’s game will mark just the second time in the last 10 NCAA Tournaments that the Blue Devils haven’t opened play on a Thursday. Krzyzewski said he was happy about the extra day but would like for the ACC to consider moving its tournament title game to Saturday to assure an extra day.
of basketball as well as emphasize team play and sportsmanship. Campers will be divided into groups based on age and ability level. Instruction will be provided by members of DCCC coaching staff, players and other area coaches. Cost is $75 per camper. Make checks payable to DCCC, P.O. Box 1287, Lexington, N.C. 27293. Please mark the bottom left corner ‘basketball camp.’ For questions, contact coach Matt Ridge at 2393819.
WIZARD OF ID
BY TONY RUBINO AND GARY MARKSTEIN
BY MELL LAZARUS
BY PARKER AND HART
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FROM PAGE 1 SUCCESS From page 1 company started by HiToms president Greg Suire that produces custom performance moisture management apparel. Young also is picking up work from as far as Minnesota where a recent order led to two people being hired. What Young would like to see the state do is offer tax credits for businesses that invest in technology. Young said he would love to have an automated cutter at Carolina Safety Sports for a variety of reasons. “It would save us money,” said Young of the cutter. “We would just increase output, we wouldn’t lose manpower, we would still have the same amount of employees, but we would be more efficient. It would give us more capabilities to be custom, which is what’s required to be able to manufacture in the United States. Custom businesses keep people working.” Doug Croft, president of the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce, told the House committee that the business world today already is different than it was a year ago and it takes innovative ideas from small businesses to keep going. “We’re all used to business cycles, they go up and they go down,” Croft said. “This time is a little different. I don’t think it’s going to turn up just because it always does. It’s going to turn up because these folks are doing new
and creative things, and changing the way they do business every single day.” Carolina Safety Sport currently has 40 employees, but Young said he could easily add more if the state would work with him in awarding contracts that are now being given the Department of Corrections. Orders that he could easily fill are being handled by a DOC program that allows inmates to produce similar products without a competitive bidding process. Young said he could bring on at least five more people to handle the DOC volume. “The DOC makes some of the same products I do,” Young said. “What gets me is that I don’t have the chance to compete with them. They get preferential treatment. The DOT has to buy from the prison system. Right off the top, that’s five jobs. There has been 70,000 of these type of jobs go away in the last five years so why are we training somebody to do that when I can put food on the table for five people here.” What Young wanted to say to state representatives was that he developed the design for the safety vests being made by the DOC, yet he didn’t have a chance to bid on the order. Like other small businesses, Young isn’t looking for charity, he’s looking for help from the state. With a little help from the state, Young and Carolina Safety Sport could help a community. Young and partner Tammy Joyce have operated Carolina Safety Sport since 1998 and have been at 124 Sunrise Center Drive since 2004.
Odedere graduates basic combat training TIMES STAFF REPORT
Army Spec. Psalm O. Odedere has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physi-
cal 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, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches,
and field training exercises. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Odedere of Lancey Drive, Thomasville, N.C. The specialist graduated in 2004 from Grimsley High School, Greensboro, N.C., and received a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Fayetteville State University, N.C.
CROWN From page 1 in February, Carroll said. The older pageants didn’t include a talent portion, and participants didn’t bring in a platform — a cause to endorse during the Miss Thomasville reign. In the swimsuit competition, contestants could only wear a one piece and had to wear high heels, whereas women today can wear two pieces, and heels are optional. Also, all the contestants had to reside in Thomasville, while the competition now extends a 50-mile radius and includes Rowan, Guilford, Forsyth and Davidson Counties. At the first event in 1937, the concept of pageanting was a foreign one. Many people in the community came to watch. “[Litwin] thinks the reason that a lot of them came was really out of curiosity,” said Carroll, who has talked extensively with Litwin at Piedmont Crossing. “It was just entirely different from what anybody had done before.” Part of the shock factor came from the sudden focus on female talent and achievement. “Back then, women were so conservative, and the women took the back seat,” Carroll said. “They weren’t really forthcoming or anything like the women are now.” Just as in today’s pageants, Litwin toured the community after her victory, making speeches and appearances at schools,
NOTABLE MISS THOMASVILLE WINNERS • After the first Miss Thomasville pageant in 1937, the city didn’t hold another one until 1941 because of World War II. • Sharon Finch: Miss Thomasville 1964, Miss North Carolina 1964 • Susan Lawrence: Miss Thomasville 1975, Miss North Carolina 1975, first runner up to Miss America • Jennifer Roberts: Miss Thomasville 1996, Miss North Carolina 1996 • Jessica Jacobs: Miss Thomasville 2007, Miss North Carolina 2007, fourth runner up to Miss America churches and civic organizations. “What they do is they represent their city,” Carroll said. “That was such a new thing that everybody wanted her to come and speak.” And while Litwin said she thoroughly enjoyed her time in the pageant and as Miss Thomasville, she said she originally hadn’t planned on participating. The 1937 pageant only had about seven or eight contestants signed up, and somebody approacher her to join. Litwin, a senior in high school at the time, told them she didn’t have the means to afford the outfits, but she was told someone would provide the money for her. “She had no idea she’d win,” Carroll said. “She was so shocked because she was not going to be in the pageant.” Part of Litwin’s motivation to enter the pageant, besides the monetary assistance, was a chance to grow as a person and gain some scholarship money. “That was the whole purpose, so that they could further their education,” Carroll said. “I
think it was a big impact on her life because first of all it gave her scholarship money that she probably would never have had.” The pageant process also teaches contestants poise and confidence through the interview process and can help them grow as individuals, Goad said. “Because of the interview being a phase of the competition, they learn self-confidence, they learn to be able to speak in public,” he said. Litwin went on from high school to High Point College, now known as High Point University. She worked at Jewel Cotton Mill as a bookkeeper until 1970, when she went to work in the finance office of Thomasville City Schools. But Litwin frequently looks back on her pageanting days. “She thought that there should be more girls now involved in pageantry because of the learning experience and all you get from being in a pageant because it taught so much,” Carroll said. “She said it was something that she would never, ever forget.”
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