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Police search leads to middle, high schools lockdown BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
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Officers with Thomasville Police Department carry the Special Olympics Torch Wednesday as a lead into the 2010 games in Raleigh.
Thomasville High School and Thomasville Middle School spent lunchtime on lockdown Wednesday morning as police searched for a pair of wanted men in the area. Thomasville Police Department notified Thomasville City School Superintendent Keith Tobin around 11:30 a.m. that two men involved in a disturbance on Lynella Lane were last seen on Memorial Park Drive, and that one of the suspects may be armed. Tobin elected
TPD carries on tradition of Special Olympics torch run BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
Area police officers participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wednesday in an effort to raise money for athletes who refuse to be told what they can’t do by accomplishing feats most people take for granted. Thomasville Police Department picked up the torch from both the State Highway Patrol and Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office nearby Pilot Elementary School around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and carried it through downtown onto National Highway. Officers then took the torch north where they passed it onto High Point Po-
‘Special Olympics really helps those with physical or mental disabilities find a place.’ — Kisha Yokeley TPD
lice Department, who will resume the run today at 9:30 a.m. starting at West English Road. The torch will travel 2,500 miles in 15 days and more than 2,000 officers and other law enforcement personnel will participate in the run. “It’s a lot of fun,” TPD officer
and torch bearer Kisha Yokeley said. “Special Olympics really helps those with physical or mental disabilities find a place. You forget some of the every day things we take for granted. You always hear the stories about the athletes who have benefited from this program.” The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser in the world, as more than 85,000 officers in all 50 states, every Canadian province and 35 countries carry the “Flame of Hope” through city streets. HPPD already has raised more than $16,000 for Special Olympics this year. The torch
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to issue a Code Red lockdown on both THS and TMS while police conducted their search. “Our school followed our safety plan to a tee,” Tobin said. “TPD said they were looking for possible suspects in a home invasion in that area. Because of that we decided to go ahead and lock down the two schools. We wanted to make sure we took every safety precaution to keep our kids safe in case there was someone on campus. Thank goodness there never was someone on our campus. TPD was
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County votes to keep Wil-Cox bridge deal BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer Despite concerns that the North Carolina Department of Transportation would use funds promised to Davidson County to repair WilCox bridge, DOT assured County Commissioners otherwise at the board’s Tuesday night meeting. The bridge — which the commissioners agreed to accept ownership of in March in return for $2.5 million from the state for bridge maintenance and repairs — was closed April 9 after a six-week
inspection by DOT engineers revealed major structural deficiencies. “Basically, back in February of this year, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Bridge Management Team began an in-depth inspection of the WilCox bridge,” said Pat Ivey, DOV Division 9 engineer. “When we did the in-depth investigation, obviously we found more problems out there than we’d anticipated.” Deciding that the bridge was needed for potential
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Mitchell House marks start of Baptist Children’s Homes BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
One, lonely, terrified little girl traveled through the countryside of North Carolina, crossing the 200 miles from Hertford County to Thomasville by train in the cold November of 1885. Mary Presson, escorted by the Rev. John Mitchell of the First Baptist Church in Ahoskie, N.C., arrived at Mills Home as Baptist Children’s Homes’ first child, frightened
at the huge change in her life, someone present recounted her saying. John H. Mills, BCH’s founder, greeted her at the home’s first cottage, which came to be known as the Mitchell House. The Mitchell House — formally known as the Rev. John Mitchell Building — was originally constructed as a cottage for girls. Now, it stands in the same spot as a restored museum, housing memorabilia, pictures and artifacts from BCH’s history.
“The Mitchell House really is kind of unique in that it’s still an original structure,” said Blake Ragsdale, BCH director of communications. BCH began in an era when Thomasville was still a village of 500 residents and 18 stores nestled along the railroad. Mills, along with J.C. Scarborough, bought an 80-acre tract of land just west of Thomasville. The two immediately began construction on the
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The Mitchell House at Baptist Children’s Homes now serves as a museum.
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What’s happening? UCSoD Homiletics Conference
United Cornerstone School of Divinity (UCSoD) is pleased to announce its first Homiletics Conference on Friday and May 29 to be held at Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship located at 7 JW Thomas Way. The conference opens with a theological luncheon at 1:30 p.m. and continues with plenary sessions through 7 p.m. The Conference Proclamation Event I will be held at 7:30 p.m. with conference preacher Dr. John T. Teabout of Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Newark, N.J. The Conference continues on Saturday morning with breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. followed by plenary sessions until 2:30 p.m. at which time the concluding Conference Proclamation Event II will be held. The conference will place special emphasis on: capturing the sermon ideal, exegesis, historical analysis, biblical interpretation, addressing textual problems and sermon conclusions. Conference facilitators include: Professors Herbert Miller and Nicole Roach and Dr. George B. Jackson, president. The event is free and open to all interpreters of the Gospel. For more information, call (336) 4767218 or visit the web site at www.ucsod. com.
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Thomasville City Beautification is taking orders for Big Chair tulip bulbs. Cost is 25 bulbs for $20, 50 bulbs for $35, 75 bulbs for $45, 100 bulbs for $50. Mail checks or money orders to Thomasville City Beautification, PO Box 368, in Thomasville. Deadline is October 15.
Yard of the Week The City Beautification Committee is currently seeking nominations for Yard of the Week. To be eligible for Yard of the Week, the yard must be maintained by the homeowner. Yards that are professionally maintained are not eligible. To nominate a yard, contact Crystal Hodges at 476-8675. Have the homeowner’s name, telephone number and address when calling. Yards are named for the weeks May 1 through July 31.
Raffle The Silver Valley Civitan Club is conducting a summer raffle with proceeds designated for various service projects, including those that benefit people with disabilities. The grand prize is a 32-inch flat screen television with the winning ticket to be drawn July 26. Tickets are available at $2 each or three for $5 from any Civitan member or by contacting President Roger Barker at 474-1438.
a marketing opportunity to a larger audience of regional business-to-business connections. The event will be on June 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the International Home Furnishing Center. A three-chamber Business After Hours will follow that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Online registration for all three chambers is centralized through the High Point Chamber. To register, visit http://highpointchamber.org/Expo/index.htm.
Suitcase Seminar Paper Management System Two hour, hands-on workshop teaches a simple system for managing papers. Bring a suitcase full of disorganized papers, files and photos. Leave with everything filed and organized. The seminar will take place June 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Lake Jeanette Office Park, 3820 North Elm St., Suite 101, in Greensboro. For more information, call Dorothy at 314-1207 or visit www.SimpleSolutionsPro.com. Advance registration required. Cost is $20.
Book fair Hasty Elementary School will host a buy one, get ond free book fair Monday, May 31, through Thursday, June 3. Customers pay for the more expensive book, and the lower priced book is free. This Scholastic Book Fair is a great opportunity to get summer reading materials for children. It is very important that children continue reading over the summer vacation so that they do not lose skills learned in the classroom. Hours for the book fair are Monday, May 31, from noon to 3 p.m., and Tuesday, June 1, through Thursday, June 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers should park in the back parking lot of the school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Monday, it is OK to part in the front parking lot of the school (where the busses park). Hasty Elementary School is located at 325 Hasty School Road
Business expo The Thomasville Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the High Point and Archdale-Trinity Chambers to offer
Sound Factor Country Band will hold a family-style (alcohol & smoke-free) country dance Saturday, June 5. Bring a covered dish to eat at 6:30 p.m. Linedancing begins at 7. Band starts at 7:30. The event will take place at Lil Carolina Opry Dance Hall, formlerly J.R. County Line Music Hall, 8154 Highway 64-West, in Trinity. Cost is free for children 12 and under, and $6 adults. Also, linedance lessons begin every Tuesday night at 6:30. For more info call: 336- 847-9740 or go to www.lilcarolinaopry.com
Hospice of Davidson County volunteer training classes Hospice of Davidson County will hold volunteer training classes June 7–9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Home Care and Administration Building located at 200 Hospice Way, in Lexington. The consecutive afternoon sessions will offer training to equip volunteers in helping patients and caregivers receiving home care services. To find out more about volunteer
opportunities with Hospice of Davidson County or to register for the June training sessions, contact Windy ColeHedrick, volunteer manager, at (336) 474-2068 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are also available online on the volunteer section of the agency web site, www. hospiceofdavidson.org.
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and other symptoms. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants, such as air pollution, chemical fumes or dust, may also contribute to COPD. To learn more about COPD, join the Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program, along with guest speaker Tom Bainbridge, director of respiratory therapy with Lexington Memorial Hospital, on June 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Lexington Senior Center, located at 106 Alma Owens Drive, for a free educational seminar. For more information or to register, call 242-2290 or email Stefanie.Poore@ DavidsonCountyNC.Gov. Registration deadline is June 7. Open to Davidson County residents 18 and older.
THS Class of 1962 Reunion
A reunion of the Thomasville High School Class of 1962 will be held on Saturday, June 12, at the Colonial Country Club in Thomasville. Organizers are looking for up-to-date addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for classmates. For more information, contact Alice Ervin at 561-732-1521.
On June 19, Harlem Nights returns as a benefit show for the Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Sorority. Joe Robinson heads the Cotton Club Quartet featuring Nick Hayes; Diana Tuffin portrays First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald; Saundra Crenshaw portrays celebrated jazz singer Lena Horne; Phyllis Ottley portrays Lady Day, Billie Holliday.
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FOCUS Military wives and childrenâ€™s plight Guest Writer
YARD OF THE WEEK The City Beautification Committee has selected the yard of Jack and Ruth Hill of 521 Lakeview Drive as â€œYard of the Weekâ€? for the week of May 22. Yards that are professionally maintained are not eligible for yard of the week..
Courses address sustainable practices in construction TIMES STAFF REPORT
Energy efficiency and other sustainable practices related to building construction will be topics for courses to be offered at Davidson County Community College beginning in June and continuing through November. The â€œSustainable Tuesdaysâ€? courses are sponsored by the Collegeâ€™s Small Business Center. A series of six, eight-hour courses will be offered one Tuesday each month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Davidson Campus. There is no charge for the courses. â€œThese courses should interest contractors and all people in the construction trade industries,â€? said Toby Royston, SBC director. â€œThey are designed for architects, mechanical contractors, engineers, home builders, general contractors, real estate personnel and others building a home or interested in building science, the building envelope - the space we live in - and energy efficiency.â€? Course dates and titles: â€˘ June 22 â€“ Comprehensive Building Science:
This advanced building science course will cover the basics of building science as well as more advanced concepts of how building work, balancing energy, moisture and indoor air quality, rain and moisture management, ventilation and optimizing HVAC systems. â€˘ July 27 â€“ Residential HVAC as if Comfort Really Matters: Common HVAC problems associated with energy waste and comfort reduction will be addressed, along with advice on how to avoid â€œfixesâ€? that result in additional problems. Practical â€œuse-it-todayâ€? information and demonstrations will provide instruction on how to properly correct these problems. â€˘ August 24 â€“ Building an Energy Efficient Home: Using the newest technologies to construct energy efficient buildings will be covered. A concentration of the â€œwhole house systemâ€? will be presented in this course which focuses totally on energy efficiency. â€˘ September 21 â€“ Weatherization Diagnostics: This course is designed to provide students
with the fundamentals of common residential central heating systems, combustion analysis and appliance safety, air duct sealing, insulation properties and applications, base load measures, blower door testing, and an introduction to heating and cooling systems (HVAC). â€˘ October 19 â€“ Is it True? Can You Get a House Too Tight?: This course is designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of air sealing and the results of properly developing an energy efficient home. The class will take a field trip and see demonstrations of diagnostic tools. â€˘ November 16 â€“ Single Family Dwelling Tune-ups: Students will take a comprehensive look at homes and demonstrate how to evaluate the thermal efficiency of the home. Topics will include insulation, windows, doors, lighting, appliances and HVAC. For additional information, contact Royston at 336.224.4545. To register, call the Davidson Campus at 336-249-8186 or the Davie Campus at 336-7512885.
The wives of our troops and those that are stationed around the world with their military husbands play an important part. I talked to a lady who shared her experience of loneliness while overseas. Her military husband was kept busy. Our government issues the call to the troops and their commitments of loyalty are immediately displayed. Language barrier in communication of another country is very limited. Dealing with boredom and sometimes depression is experienced by some wives as they wait out the tour of duty. The wives are given a choice to go to many places around the world. Sacrifice is made by both as they proudly have a part in serving their country. Wives are to be commended as well as the troops for they all make a loyal sacrifice. Yours is an important role in morale and spirits of your companion. With a role of loyalty to your mate and your country we owe you gratitude. America is worth defending, worth fighting for. Dwight D. Eisenhower said, â€œThe eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.â€? If you should come to the point where you feel like giving up, hold steadfast to God. He is with you. Have patience with yourself; put out of your mind yesterdayâ€™s regrets
and tomorrows fears. God is your strength and your shield. Hold on for you need not walk alone. You both will be proud of your accomplishments. You have what it takes; now take care of what you have... Military wives are also true American heros. Letâ€™s not forget the militaryâ€™s little people. Hearts must ache as they watch their soldier Dad and Mom march off to war. It is hard for our troops to deal with their emotions. I do not believe their extensive training prepares them to say goodbye to their children. These little ones do not understand the â€œwhyâ€? of mommies and daddies saying goodbye, but in time they will be proud of their military parents. Family members need to be patient, loving with care for those innocent young children. They are venerable, and need a lot of security from family, church, school administrators and friends. A lot of T.L.C. Children deserve happiness and a feeling of belonging. Their future will be filled with uncertainty. Military life is a big difference and especially returning to civilian life requires much understanding. Jesus puts a lot of importance on children. Jesus called a little child and said, â€œVerily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones
MARRIAGE LICENSES May 2010 Gary Eugene Moore, 50, of Thomasville, to Patsy Ann Penny, 49, of Thomassville. Micheal Chad Potts, 32, of Denton, to Tonya Ryan Cody, 23, of Dentn. David Dean Grimwood, 66, of Lexington, to Barbara Ann Richardson, 58, of Lexington. Mark Randall Weaver, 55, of Lexington, to Rheba Lynn Turner, 48, of Lexington.
Johnnie Lee Parker Jr., 46, of Dallas, Ga, to Julia Lesley Burnit, 44, of Dallas, Ga. Michael Lawrence Ausburn, 19, of High Point, to Courtney Michelle Shafer, 19, of Fulton Md.
which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the seaâ€? Matthew 18:2,3,6. We as adults have the choice of helping to make choices with our children. Prayers, Bible reading and teaching in the home, along with a blessing at meal times are very important. God gives us children and expects us to be fully responsible for their training, physically and emotionally. I believe those who would willfully mistreat children will answer to almighty God. Thank God for our military families, moms and dads and pray that God will help them to have a part in the raising of their children for the future generations. Remember to build a safe bridge for your child to cross. Their future is in your hands, Van E. Brinkley is a military veteran and retired hospital chaplain.
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FOCUS Texas Pete Twin City RibFest coming to Winston-Salem TIMES STAFF REPORT
The sixth annual Texas Pete Twin City RibFest will be held at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds June 10 through 13. Several new sponsors have joined the event this year, including the N.C. Department of Agriculture, which will sponsor the Homegrown Music Stage, and “Got to be NC” Village. The 2010 Texas Pete Twin City RibFest also will feature several new rib cookers (ribbers), including for the first time an entrant from Lexington. Joining Lexington’s Whitley’s BBQ as newcomers to the RibFest will be “2 Fat Guys” from Massillon, Ohio, “BBQ Masters” from Morrow, Ga., and BBQ circuit superstars, “Camp 31” from Castleberry, Ala. Returning ribbers include Bib’s Downtown (Winston-Salem), Carolina Rib King (Spartanburg, S.C.), Big Boned BBQ (Hixson, Tenn.), Pigfoot BBQ (Salem, Ohio), and Smokin’ Rednecks (Gainesville, Fla.) This year’s musical line-up is the largest in the event’s history. More than 24 acts will fill up three performance stages. AKA Entertainment & Media will produce the event.
Local girls receive Girl Scout GOLD award TIMES STAFF REPORT Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Council has awarded 153 girls with the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn- the Girl Scout Gold Award. The following Davidson County Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award. Natalie Beck, Troop 40984, painted a mural at the Davidson County homeless shelter to help brighten the days of the children who live there. She also led arts and crafts classes with the children, planning crafts they could give to their parents for different holidays. Allison Bourguet, Troop 40815, sewed 150 bags for the residents of Maryfield Nursing Home so they would be able to easily carry around things such as tissues, books or pictures of loved ones. She designed three styles of bags that attached to the residents’ wheelchairs or walkers by Velcro, snaps or ribbon. Sarah Bowers, Troop 41384, devoted two hours a week to helping children at the Martha Best Children’s Center. She read and did activities with the children and helped the older ones with their homework. She also ran a book drive that collected 400 books and built a new bookshelf for the center. Ivey Fritts, Troop 41384,
collected more than 200 scarves through the help of donations and workshops she held where girls learned to knit, crochet or felt scarves. All the scarves were donated to various organizations in the community including the Lexington Health Care Center nursing home, the Crisis Ministry of Davidson County’s homeless shelter, the Genesis House and the battered women’s shelter. Mary Beth Geyer, Troop 41035, developed two community events to raise awareness about equine rescue. She worked with the Horse Education and Rescue Organization, Inc. (H.E.R.O.) and was able to bring in donations of gently used tack for the program. Shana Harmon, Troop 40221, collected supplies for the Pastor’s Pantry, a non-profit organization that provides food for impoverished senior citizens in Davidson County. She educated the community about the organization and also helped organize the food supplies. Rachel Huffman, Troop 40381, gathered donations for the Baby Basics Closet at the High Point YWCA, which provides 55 families a month with basic baby needs. She also organized “Lunch and Learn” sessions and had experts come in and talk with expecting and new mothers about proper infant and child care.
Jennifer Parks, Troop 41384, participated in the Four Freedoms Gratitude Quilt project, sponsored by the organization Operation Quiet Comfort. These quilts are given to injured service members receiving medical care abroad. After jeans were collected, washed and cut into squares, Parks organized a block signing throughout the community and collected enough squares for nine quilts. She also coordinated some church volunteers to make prayer shawls for the soldiers. As one final component, she organized an event for children in the community to learn about patriotism, flag etiquette and flag ceremonies. Jordan Smink, Troop 40353, organized volunteers to make blankets and teddy bears for the children at Victory Junction Gang. She donated more than 50 handmade blankets. Brittney Vaughn, Troop 41153, painted Landmark Estates dining room and hallway. She worked with volunteers to use painter’s tape, replace the tablecloths and sew new curtains. She renovated the outdoors by laying out stepping stones that lead to the residents’ rocking swing. As a final component, she organized a health fair for the senior citizens. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest
earned award for Girl Scouts grades 9-12. The Girl Scout Gold Award follows in the footsteps of the Golden Eaglet, First Class and Curved Bar awards – previously the highest awards in Girl Scouting. It is a reflection of the dedication and determination of each recipient. After the minimum requirements are completed, the Gold Award project is the culmination of a girl’s demonstration of self-discipline, leadership ability, time management, creativity, initiative and a significant mastery of skills. Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 65 hours to planning and implementing her project, which must benefit the community and have long lasting impact. “It is quite an accomplishment to be one of 150 girls in western and central North Carolina who earn this distinguished award,” said Gayle Rose, vice president of membership/adult learning/ program and property.
“These girls have pursued a personal passion and are leaving a Girl Scout legacy that meets a need within their community. They have also gained valuable leadership skills that will last them a lifetime.” Many colleges look at the Girl Scout Gold Award as an important criterion for college admission, financial assistance and scholarships. Through hard work and determination, this year’s recipients were able to donate a minimum of 9,945 hours of service within their communities throughout western and central North Carolina.
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As morally curious as a root canal BY MONA CHAREN Syndicated Columnist I’m often asked whether I support Sarah Palin for president. I don’t. But I do very much support her as America’s next Oprah. Her cultural antennae are exquisitely sensitive, and she relishes combat. “Sarah’s book club” would be an improvement. After a recent speech in which she argued that “choosing life may not be the easiest path, but it’s always the right path,” the Washington Post Web edition invited responses. Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America, thundered that “Palin calls herself a ‘frontier feminist,’ but she sounds more like a Pat Robertson feminist.” Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, a professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary, noted that “A woman’s life is a human life: Those who would deny women the right to moral autonomy, the ability to engage in moral reasoning about whether to continue a pregnancy to term or to have an abortion, develop their arguments based on assumptions of women’s moral ineptitude.” Debra Haffner, of the Religious Institute, wrote, “In more than 30 years of working with women struggling with the question of continuing a pregnancy to term or having an abortion, I can think of fewer than a handful who approached the decision lightly. Almost every woman wrestled with what would be best in her individual circumstances, and with what her faith taught her.” This is fatuous moral reasoning. Thistlethwaite suggests that to oppose abortion on moral grounds is to “deny women the right to moral autonomy.” Rights talk, as Mary Ann Glendon has observed, has invaded every arena of American life and impoverished civic discourse. Of course women are moral actors. But what is “moral autonomy”? Is it a new right to make immoral choices without being criticized? Does it apply in areas beyond abortion? Do laws against prostitution or baby selling compromise women’s “moral autonomy”? Do all laws? Haffner’s argument is also familiar — not to say hackneyed. We’ve heard it many times. Abortion is a an “agonizing personal choice.” Women struggle with the decision. Well, some doubtless do agonize, but, let’s face it, many do not. Feminist writer Naomi Wolf admitted in 2004 that, “I used to think of abortion as being somewhat trivial; the moral equivalent of serious root canal dentistry.” A recent survey by the Allan Guttmacher Institute found that 50 percent of women undergoing abortions each year are having
their second or more. If the process of deciding on abortion were truly that wrenching, repeat abortions would not be nearly as common. But, in any case, agony is irrelevant. If, before robbing a bank, the thief agonizes about the act, does that make the decision a moral one? Is it a “very personal choice” whether to libel someone? Shall we say that making insider trading illegal compromises people’s “moral autonomy”? These terms are designed to obscure the issue rather than clarify it. Though the pro-life position continues to be characterized by the press as marginal, it has in fact become the majority view. A 2009 Gallup poll found that 51 percent of Americans described themselves as “pro-life” versus 45 percent saying they are “prochoice.” This year’s poll saw some narrowing, but with the pro-life position still outnumbering pro-choice. Only 38 percent of respondents said abortion was “morally acceptable.” The poll also found that young people, ages 18 to 29, were much more likely to say that they oppose abortion in all circumstances today than a decade ago (one in four, versus one in seven). National Abortion Rights Action League president Nancy Keenan has noticed this collapse of support among the young, even referring to herself and her contemporaries as the “postmenopausal militia.” Partisans among the press, meanwhile, continue their rear guard actions, making themselves ridiculous with semantic gymnastics. It is not abortion, it’s “reproductive choice” or “abortion rights.” The New York Times consistently skirts the term “partial birth abortion” as in this story about Sen. Blanche Lincoln: “... Even Emily’s List ... joined the pile-on last week, reminding followers that it stopped supporting Mrs. Lincoln ... after she voted to ban a form of late-term abortion in 1999.” A form. For decades, feminists have argued that the unfettered discretion to harm their unborn children was the foundational women’s “right.” The law has changed little in that time, but the psychological shift has been significant. The number of annual abortions has been steadily declining since 1981, and polls suggest that people see through such cynical manipulations as calling abortion “choice.” By provoking their ire, Palin reminds us of the shallowness of the “pro-choice” case.
Fouling the Gulf - and much more VIEWPOINT
DAVID HARSANYI Syndicated Columnist Every crisis is an opportunity for someone. The giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one for both Democrats and Republicans, who are shaping the same facts to fit very different narratives. Democrats see it as an example of the dangers of petroleum addiction and unchecked capitalism. Republicans think it shows the administration is proving both its excessively cozy relationship with Big Oil and its chronic ineptitude. But they may both miss the larger vein of popular sentiment that this mammoth catastrophe taps. It’s one of a series of horrifying, infuriating and preventable debacles that has served to spread disillusionment and disgust with important institutions. Rather than generate a search for solutions, it feeds the notion that there are none. It sows a sense of helplessness in the face of events that hurtle out of anyone’s control. BP was drilling for oil at depths that only recently were impossible. The company had solved the puzzle of how to carry out extraction a mile underwater. Unfortunately, it neglected to devise a reliable way to cap an unplanned blowout at that depth. It’s as though the Apollo engineers landed men on the moon without being entirely sure how
it would get them back. So the problem has rapidly expanded, as the smart folks in charge turn out to be not so smart, the government is unable to discharge its obligation and ordinary people who had nothing to do with the failure suffer the consequences. Hubris induced leaders to take big chances without appreciating or preparing for the likely consequences if they turned out to be wrong — which they were, in spades. This is not a new story but a recurring one. It describes the invasion of Iraq. It describes the failures that led to the destruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It describes the financial crisis that led to the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. It describes the explosion of the federal budget and the government debt in the last two years. The aftermath of each event was chaos and pain, which seemed to surprise no one more than the architects of each failure. But the cost of their errors ended up being borne by those beneath them — soldiers in Iraq, homeowners in New Orleans, workers in companies far removed from Wall Street and taxpayers whose liabilities multiply like rabbits. Those at the top, by contrast, get off easy. George W. Bush earns $7 million for his memoirs, while Goldman Sachs remains in business, making record profits. Time and again, we are led into uncharted territory by leaders of one kind or another. We end up wandering in the wilderness while they proceed to the Promised Land. The culprits bring to mind the description of the Buchanans in “The Great Gatsby”: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy
— they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” Is it any wonder that angry populism and dark paranoia now dominate our discourse? Is it any wonder that so many citizens harbor so much distrust for established institutions? In 1966, four out of five Americans trusted government to do the right thing all or most of the time. Today, four out of five do not. The disenchantment is not just with politicians. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that most of us have negative opinions of financial institutions, large corporations, the national news media and the entertainment industry. Even scientists have no great credibility. The more climate specialists converge in alarm about global warming, the less public support they find for measures to counter it. Asked to make sacrifices by experts who claim to know what they’re doing, a lot of Americans think they should go hug a tree. None of this facilitates rational policymaking or sensible use of our imperfect knowledge. It just fosters cynicism, nihilism and conspiracy-mongering. It suggests that honest, well-intentioned effort is a waste of time. It leaves us all feeling like a Louisiana beach — drenched in filth and very badly used. Steve Chapman blogs daily at newsblogs.chicagotribune. com/steve_chapman. To find out more about Steve Chapman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit website at www.creators.com.
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Thomasville William D. Howington, 87 Nova Kennedy, 95 Lexington Doris T. Bivens, 83 Donald L. Parrish, 68
Doris T. Bivens
LEXINGTON — Doris Tackett Bivens, age 83, of Lexington, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Tyro United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.
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Nova Kennedy Mrs. Nova Alice Hunt Kennedy, 95, a resident of Sullivan Road, died Monday evening, May 24, 2010, in the Hospice Home at High Point. She was born April 23, 1915, in Davidson County, a daughter of William Causey Hunt and Daisy Imbler Hunt. She was a retired employee of Kayby Hosiery Mills, Inc. Mrs. Kennedy was a member of Victory Chapel of Thomasville. She loved crocheting and gardening. Mrs. Kennedy loved and truly cared for people. On Aug. 20, 1931, she was married to Arthur Clifford Kennedy, who died Aug. 15, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Bertha and Myrtle; brothers, Harvey, Dew-
HOUSE From page 1 Mitchell House for girls and the Watson House for boys, both built from the stumps of trees cut when clearing the property. The houses were designed to hold about 24 children, a teacher and a matron — or cottage mother — though in bad times the cottages packed 35 or even 40 children under their roofs. In about 1966, the Mitchell House became a family-style cottage with brothers and sisters living together. After undergoing multiple renovations over the years, BCH turned the Mitchell House over to alumni of the home in 1982. Four alumni in particular spearheaded the movement to turn the old cottage into a museum — Estie and Richard Bennington, Lib Johnson, and Elizabeth Dull. Together, the alumni restored the house and worked to get it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They raised their own funds to cover their efforts and set up a small endowment fund. Inside the museum, artifacts from Mills Home’s history rest in display cases and on shelves. One of the first printing presses owned by Mills Home and used to print the Orphanage newspaper Charity and Children sits there, along with the desk of John Mills. Furniture from various buildings that have been torn down over the years litters the rooms, including a bed and
SEARCH From page 1 out there and really made us feel safe.” The lockdown lasted for less than an hour, THS principal Deboy Beamon said, and no students were in any danger. Police eventually arrested the two suspects a short time later at a nearby apartment complex. According to a TPD press release, officers responded to a disturbance call Wednesday morning at 203 Lynella Lane. Sgt. Les Rickard said the exact nature of the disturbance is still under investigation, but three suspects, two males and one female, were involved. Shortly after receiving the call, officers stopped a vehicle
matching the description of the one seen leaving the incident on Memorial Park Drive. Two black males and a black female ran from the vehicle, but the woman stopped and returned where police arrested her. “The nature of what happened is still pretty vague,” said Rickard. “We don’t know if it was a robbery or really what happened at this time.” Police continued searching for the other two suspects and later arrested them on Salem Street near Salem Point Apartments without incident. Aldrika Dashun Davis, 22, of United Street in Greensboro, is charged with felony kidnapping. Frank Arthur Gladney III, 24, of Thomas Street in High Point, and Tyree
dental equipment from the old infirmary. Band instruments lay strewn atop armchair-style desks the children had in their cottages for study hall. “It’s our heritage,” Ragsdale said. “We harken back to our origins in history.” An old school bell, minted in 1887, also sits in the Mitchell House museum. The bell at one time called children to school when they still attended class on campus. In 1952, that bell moved to a church, calling kids to mass as well as to outdoor play in the summertime. “The bell is probably one of the most cherished items in the building because it sort of governed our lives for us,” Johnson said. Right outside the Mitchell House sits a circular swing the BCH children used to call an ocean wave. Johnson says she remembers standing on the huge contraption, her friends pushing her while she used her body motion to propel the swing around and around and around. “It was a good life we had, and it was a secure life,” said Johnson, who lived in the Mitchell House in her days at BCH from 1946-57. “My friends I made there are my best friends today still.” For Johnson and many of the BCH alumni, the museum serves as a source of family heirlooms, in a sense, tying them to their own history. “The people that grew up in Mills Home, most of them get a real attachment to it,” Johnson said. “It’s kind of a way to claim ownership and a way to preserve what for us was a really good life. It’s just like anybody who hangs on to the good childhood memories.”
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Donald L. Parrish LEXINGTON — Mr. Donald Lee Parrish, age 68, of 698 Hill Road, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at his residence. Born June 2, 1941, in Davidson County, son of Roy Edgar Parrish and Emma Jane Gordon Parrish, Mr. Parrish was selfemployed in Auto Body Repair and served in the U. S. Army. Gathering of friends will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of the brother, Ralph Parrish, 13308 Old Hwy 64 East, in Lexington. Online condolences may be sent to the Parrish Family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Donta Payne, 19, of Alpha Street in High Point, had outstanding warrants and were turned over to High Point Police Department. Rickard said he didn’t know what the two suspects were wanted for in High Point, but that they also would be charged with felony kidnapping from TPD. Rickard said a weapon was involved the incident. Tobin said a Code Red lockdown means all the doors are locked and no outsiders can enter the school or any classrooms.
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