East Davidson Boosters Club holding event to raise funds.
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CAR SHOW TO RAISE DOUGH Proceeds from event go towards Fairgrove Family Resource Center
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BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer With motorcycles and the occasional tractor slipping in with rare trucks and classic automobiles, it certainly won’t be a typical car show. But then again, the motivation for the event isn’t exactly run-of-the-mill, either. Sure, organizer Robert Smith fits the profile of a car enthusiast, cruising in his own automobiles and attending various shows in the area. But Show-U-Care Car Show, held Saturday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fair Grove Elementary School, has a far deeper purpose. The event will help fund the Fairgrove Family Resource Center. “I’m hoping we get a good turnout so we can raise some money for them because it’s for a good cause,” Smith said. Smith is no stranger to the Resource Center’s integral part in the local community. When a fire destroyed his home last November, he and his family of six — him, his wife, three daughters and a son — were left not only without a place to sleep but with little to no worldly possessions. “If it had not been for them, we would’ve starved to death,” Smith said. “The Resource Center really tried to make sure we had something to eat every day.” To return the favor, Smith decided to give back in the only way he knew how. “My thing is hot rods,” he said. “I’m a
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Businesses discuss impacts of health bill Staff Writer The Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce held a Lunch and Learn seminar for local businesses Friday afternoon to discuss the health care reform bill and its impact on business. The seminar, held at the Tom A. Finch Community YMCA in Thomasville from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., was led by Marci Wilding, director of government relations at Novant Health. “It was such a hot topic — there wasn’t a day in my office while the debate was going on in Washington that I didn’t get e-mails and phone calls,” said Chamber President Doug Croft, who added that most discussions and coverage he had encountered talked about effects on consumers. “I represent the business
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“It came in right around $1.4 million,” council member Mark Swaim said. “We’re very pleased. We will be able to pay off the building as soon as it’s finished, which is what we wanted to do from the very start.” Neil Jarrell, co-owner of Jarrell Contractors, said the
LEXINGTON — Davidson County Sheriff David Grice’s day started well before the sun came up. A phone call of a wanted man refusing to get out of his car on Interstate 85 jumpstarted an Grice already b u s y Tuesday morning. The wily veteran, with his uniform laid out the night before, arrived at the scene around 5 a.m. and began coordinating efforts to negotiate the South Carolina man, who was on the run after allegedly murdering his wife hours earlier, out of his truck so traffic on the now backed up interstate could return to normal. Grice, a sheriff who prides himself on being able to work with different law enforcement agencies, contacted High Point police for use of their armored vehicle, negotiated with the suspect with the help of a Rowan County deputy and coordinated traffic with the highway patrol. “Being a sheriff is running the whole operation and not just blowing up in front of the media,” Grice said. “I take the job seriously, but you don’t want to micro-manage everybody. That’s why you have people out there. If you do make the decisions, you have to make sure they’re carried through. I carry through with what I do.” By 8:30 a.m., Grice and the Davidson County
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Robert Smith will host the Show-U-Care Car Show May 8 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fair Grove Elementary. Entry fee is $10 the day of the show and $8 if preregistered.
Wallburg to break ground on new town hall Monday BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
BY ERIN WILTGEN
Grice feels actions speak louder than words
Wallburg’s wait is finally over. On Monday, Wallburg town council members will take part in a ground breaking ceremony for the new town Hall at the corner of Franklin Drive and Highway 109, ending year’s of fiscal and developmental plan-
ning. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Once the ceremony is over, Jarrell Contractors, Inc., out of Salisbury, will begin the construction process. Jarrell Contractors was awarded the project because it submitted the lowest bid, a number that was right in line with what council members had in the budget.
East principal retiring after school year BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer Cathi Smith’s friends always told her she would know when it was time to retire. They were right. Smith, the principal at East Davidson High School, announced to faculty and students this week that she plans to retire at the end of the school year, ending her 11-year run at the helm of her alma mater. Smith’s retirement is effective June 30.
“Yes, I am,” Smith said. “I announced it [Thursday] that after 34 years in education and 11 years as principal it was time to hang it up for a little while. Everybody kept telling me I would know when it was time and it is. You just feel it. I still love what I do and I love my school, but it’s time for me to take some time for me and my family.” After graduating from EDHS in 1972, Smith taught math at the school for 19 years before leaving for Ledford High School to take the job as assistant
principal. She spent two and a half years there and moved on to the same position at North Davidson High School. After more than a year at NDHS, she returned to East in 1999 as principal. “I’ve spent 34 years of my life in this building,” Smith said of EDHS. “I’m going to miss the students of course. They’re fun to be around, they’re energetic, and they’re just wonderful. They are the heart of any
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East Davidson High School Principal Cathi Smith will retire at the See RETIRING, Page A3 end of the school year.
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A2 – Thomasville Times – Saturday, May 1, 2010 Relay For Life
What’s happening? The Robert Doares Art Exhibit
The Robert Doares Art Exhibit will be held at Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina’s Mills Home, Sadler Library, 500 Biggs Ave., now until July 31 by appointment only. The Robert Doares art exhibit is a series of 49 graphite pencil drawings and five oil paintings depicting the life of Jesus Christ. The late Doares was a Salisbury resident who spent 30 years of his life producing the series. Retired minister Dr. Dale Steele serves as host for the exhibit and will lead tours for the display when his schedule allows. The exhibit is free. Groups and individuals are welcome by appointment only. To set up an appointment or for more information, call Ruby Pennington at (336) 474-1260.
Hazardous waste facility closed
The Davidson County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the Davidson County landfill will be closed until May 5, 2010. For any questions, contact the facility supervisor at (336) 240-0298.
Habitat For Humanity
Habitat For Humanity is seeking volunteers to help build decent and affordable homes in Thomasville. No construction experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. The work site is located at 508 Jarrett St. Work begins at 8 a.m. each Saturday and ends at noon. This Saturday’s work will include framing. For further information contact Linda Berrier at 4768570 or visit www.habitat.org.
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.
Kindergarten registration Parents whose children will be entering kindergarten next fall are asked to register their children for kindergarten immediately so they may receive necessary information concerning health forms and pre-kindergarten assessment. Children are to be registered at the elementary school in the attendance area in which they live. Students are eligible to begin kindergarten in the fall if they will be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2010. At the time of kindergarten registration, students will be scheduled for a pre-kindergarten assessment so teachers will have information about students for planning purposes before school begins in the fall. A conference will be held with each parent on the day of the assessment. The following is needed for enrollment: A copy of the child’s birth certificate or other legally acceptable proof of age; A health assessment completed no more than 12 months prior to the date of school entry; Proof of required immunizations; The child’s social security card. Proof of residency may include: Legal guardian’s driver’s license with 911 address; Voter registration or tax listing with 911 address; Utility bill at 911 address. Principals may ask for further information to verify permanent residency
in the Davidson County school district. For more information, contact Sonja Parks, director of elementary education, at 249-8181.
Raymond Bradley & the Ramblin’ Fever Band Raymond Bradley & the Ramblin’ Fever Band will perform today in a family-style (alcohol and smoke-free) country dance at Lil Carolina Opry Dance Hall, formerly J. R. County Line Music Hall, 8154 Highway 64-West, in Trinity. Bring a covered dish to eat at 6:30 p.m. Linedancing begins at 7 p.m. Band begins at 7:30 p.m. Children 12 and under are free. Adults pay $6. Line dance lessons begin each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. for $5. For more information, call 336-847-9740.
Davidson County Relay For Life yard sale and celebration Thomasville Funeral Home will hold a yard sale and celebration will be held today from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Yard sale, food, drinks, snacks, clothing, jewelry, raffle items, Heroes for Hope t-shirts and bingo will be included. Music will be provided by Sophisticated Blues. For more information, please contact Nancy at (336) 885-0249. Proceeds benefit Relay For Life.
River Rally The Riverkeeper will paddle down Lake Tillery and finishe at the Swift Island boat access, at NC 24/27 bridge over Lake Tillery today. Bring friends and lawn chairs to show support. Hot dogs and drinks provided. Bring homemade signs to support clean water and our efforts to protect the river and lakes for future generations. Demonstrate opposition to Aloca or Fibrowatt and their negative effects on the river and lakes, or show support for clean rivers and clean drinking water. The person who creates the sign judged by Yadkin Riverkeeper staff as most creative and meaningful will win $100. Paddlers and boaters may paddle or cruise alongside Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks during part of or all of his trip down Lake Tillery. The trip will begin at 9 am at Morrow Mountain State Park boat launch and
continue eight miles south down Lake Tillery to the Swift Island boat access. Boat rental and shuttle available.
Ride to Survive
Ride to Survive will take place today leaving out of the RCR Museum, 236 Industrial Drive in Welcome, and finishing at Tilley Harley-Davidson in Salisbury. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and leave at 10 a.m. For more information, go to davidsoncountycancerservices.com, carolinacancerservices.org or call 249-7265.
The Tempest auditions
The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NCSF) will hold auditions for Equity and non-Equity actors for its 2010 MainStage season production of The Tempest. Auditions for non-Equity actors will be held today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Actors must bring a resume, an 8 x 10 black and white headshot, and prepare one Shakespeare monologue of their choice that cannot exceed two minutes. NCSF has a strong history of non-traditional casting and invites actors of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and disabilities to audition. Call backs will be held May 4 and 5. Auditions will be held at The Festival’s Spirit Center campus located at 807 W. Ward Avenue, High Point, North Carolina, 27260. For mor information or to schedule an audition, please call the NCSF offices on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 336-841-2273, ext. 226. Additional information about these auditions is available on the NCSF website at www.ncshakes.org; click on ‘About NCSF’, then ‘News’ and look for the audition listing.
Hotdog sale and bingo
The Pilot Fire Department, 4205 Old Hwy 29, will hold a hotdog sale at 4 p.m. and bingo at 6 p.m. today. Cash prizes will be available for all winners. Bring this ad and receive free quickie bingo game, one per person please.
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school.â€? Smith will finish out the rest of the school year and said sheâ€™s in no hurry finding her next challenge. As a lifetime educator, Smith said she isnâ€™t ruling out returning to education, but her plans are to see whatâ€™s available before making any final decisions. â€œIâ€™m looking at all kinds of options and am just seeing what is out there,â€? Smith said. â€œIâ€™m going to make some decision down the line a little bit. Iâ€™m going to take a little time off and then start thinking about some decisions for me. I donâ€™t doubt for a minute that Iâ€™ll find some things to do, maybe in the educational end, maybe not.â€? What stands out most to Smith and her career as principal at East is the collaborative effort she built within the faculty. Smith credits her staff for their ability to address a situation, good or bad, and handle it in a matter that was in the best interest of the students. â€œWe are a group that was never afraid to attack something head-on,â€? said Smith. â€œIf we had an issue or problem at school, we werenâ€™t afraid to get together and talk about it and what we needed to do to fix it. We didnâ€™t tip-toe around stuff. We tried to do things that made East the best place we could for every student in this building. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ll remember the most.â€? Davidson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Mock said Smith will be missed and that he hopes to have a successor in place by the July school board meeting. â€œCathi Smith has been a dynamic principal who was highly involved in her school, her student body and her entire student population her entire career,â€? Mock said. â€œI know of no principal who puts in more time on a daily basis, tending to the needs of her school children. I respect her ability as an educator, problem solver and wish her the very best in her retirement.â€? Over the course of her career, Smith was named county teacher of the year in 1992, assistant principal of the year for the state in 1999 and twice named DCS principal of the year in 2002 and 2008. Smith has a 23year-old daughter, Shanon, and is married to Mark â€œMoochieâ€? Smith. During the past year, EDHS opened a new English and foreign languages building as well as an addition the cafeteria.
Sheriff â€™s Office convinced the man to surrender, ending the standoff as peacefully as possible. Griceâ€™s morning was off and running. He finally made it to his office by 11:30, after speaking to a radio station and a dozen other media outlets wanting information about the standoff, where a man needing some forms signed waited patiently. With his secretary passing him another handful of messages, Grice took a few minutes to help the man by signing his permits before finally making it to his office at the end of the hall. This is Griceâ€™s politics. He has attended all the forums and refuted all the arguments against him, but for him, the best way to get his point across is by doing what he does best â€” his job. â€œI think that is the best way for people to know what Iâ€™m doing,â€? said Grice. â€œIâ€™m out there, every day, doing my job, and the people know that by how many arrests weâ€™ve made, the cooperation we have with other agencies and how proactive we are in the community. Thatâ€™s what is important to me.â€?
Thereâ€™s no question not stay home. Iâ€™ve done Grice took over as sher- what Iâ€™m supposed to do. iff under less than ide- Iâ€™ve been a good steward al circumstances. The of the budget, and Iâ€™ve Sheriff â€™s office had just run this place honestly suffered a major black and fairly.â€? Griceâ€™s family history eye when Gerald Hege in Davidwas reson County m o v e d dates back from his to 1778. duties in â€˜I think I offer the He gradu2004, leavbest qualifications ated high ing Grice in a posiin all aspects of law school in Denton, tion of enforcement.â€™ and his having to wife and not only uphold â€” David Grice m o t h e r are both the law Sheriff of Davidson County former edbut reucators in store pubthe county. lic trust in the department. In Having spent a large part 2006, with a little more of his career teaching law enforcement at Dathan a year as sheriff under his belt, Grice vidson County Commuran for re-election and nity college, Grice sports won, defeating five oppo- a long list of former stunents. Four years later, dents in the area who are the incumbent is back for more and trying to fend off challenges from his predecessor, Hege, and the man who came in second in 2006, Terry Price. â€œI have people who have been behind me for years,â€? Grice said. â€œItâ€™s now up to the people to decide. The people have a clear choice, and if the people who are pleased with whatâ€™s going on want to keep me here, and not have a return to the shenanigans of the past, then they should come out and vote and
now actively working in law enforcement. DCSO has arrested more than 450 sex offenders and all but eradicated meth labs in the county under Grice, in addition to reducing the crime rate by 25 percent in the past year. â€œI think I offer the best qualifications in all aspects of law enforcement,â€? Grice said. â€œI think my formal education, in which I have real college degrees, and my management experience are what the citizens of the county come to expect from their sheriff.â€? During the next four years, Grice hopes to find a resolution to solve the jail space needs for DCSO and continue making end roads in combating the diverted pill problem that has become
the latest drug issue facing the community. â€œWe are always trying to catch the thieves,â€? said Grice. â€œWeâ€™ll continue working with the breaking and entering task force as well as the student resource officer programs.â€? Once a month, Grice sits down with representatives from throughout the county for breakfast, discussing ways to improve life for Davidson County residents. He has spent the last five-plus years implementing that idea. For him, this version of politics outweighs any signs or mis-interpretation of statistics. Grice calls it just doing his job. Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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