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Library encourages patrons to sign-up BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and the Davidson County Public Library System has begun its annual celebration. “We try to highlight some of our resources that we have here in the library, and try to invite people in and make sure they come by,” said Sarah Hudson, the Thomasville branch librarian. The Davidson County Public Library is featuring a presentation titled Resources 2009 for library card holders. In addition, patrons who have lost their library card can get a replacement at no charge this month. Normally, there is a $3 fee, but the library is trying to make sure that everyone in Davidon County owns a card. “We also are playing a game called Library Bingo, where you can win some prizes,” Hudson said. “It gives you a chance to learn about some of the things we have here in the library.” Anyone with a Davidson County Public Library card can play Library Bingo. The Bingo card is made up of numbered squares with activities to be completed, including a free space for the library card. Players can present the Bingo card for a stamp from the library when an activity is completed, and the player will be handed a Bingo square review to rate the activity. Complet-
Gary Sink (right) presents Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia with a sample of locally grown Canola Seed and a sample of first biodiesel made in the state from locally grown, crushed and refined Canola Seed.
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Fueling the Future Local businessman joins efforts to produce biodiesel BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer Local businessman Gary Sink never thought of himself as an environmentalist, but lately he has found a passion for developing cleaner-burning biodiesel in a sustainable way. It all started when Dean Price, Sink’s soon-to-be partner, ran out of fuel after Hurricane Katrina hit and couldn’t refill his tank because the supply lines were cut off. To ensure that this problem never happened again, he decided to investigate making his own fuel.
Price asked Sink, a Davidson County resident retired from 34 years in sales, to come on board to help promote the new company. Price already owned two Red Birch truck stops in Virginia — one in Ridgeway and one in Bassett. They began to add on to the Bassett facility with the aim of producing biodiesel. “What we ended up creating is this nation’s first and only farmto-fuel closed loop system,” Sink said. “We go all the way from the farm to the fuel pump.” Sink said that normally, there are five separate links in the chain of production. A grower sells seed to a broker, who then sells it to a big conglomerate to be crushed. The resulting oil will then be sold to a refiner, who converts it into fuel and sells it to a “jobber,” who blends it with diesel and takes it to a fuel station. “We contract with farmers to
grow canola seed,” Sink said. “Then, we bring them to the plant and we crush it there, and we sell the meal back to farms for animal feed. We take the oil and refine it into biodiesel, blend it with diesel and sell it next door at our truck stop.” Because canola grows in the winter, this operation gives farmers a cash crop to produce instead of simply planting ground cover, Sink said. The feed meal that comes out of the crushing process is high in protein and nutritious for farm animals. Red Birch Energy is now a year old, and it sells a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent standard diesel at the Bassett truck stop. It collects rainwater for use in processing, and Sink hopes to equip it to produce its
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Local principals laid out their goals for the near future at the Thomasville City Schools meeting Tuesday night. While some of the initiatives varied, there seemed to be a solidarity amongst the schools when it comes to students following a common vision as they make their way through the system, particularly when it comes to reading. Thomasville Middle School, Thomasville Primary School and Liberty Drive Elementary have all implemented new reading initiatives that are designed to both encourage students to read while also recognizing where the child is in terms of reading comprehension. “We’re working hard to make sure we’re all speaking the same language,” TPS Principal Paula Gaylord said. Georgia Marshall, TMS principal, told board members that she met with a team at the end of the last school year to try and figure out why the accelerated reader program wasn’t working as well as it could. Marshall’s team came back with a new reading initiative called “We’re Into Reading Every Day” (WIRED). The new initiative is more teacher and student friendly and promotes a love of reading. The hopes are the program will increase End of Class scores while also getting students to enjoy
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City Schools opens doors to new Alternative Learning Center BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
Thomasville City Schools had to do some scrambling when Mills Home said it needed the building that was home to the Alternative Learning Center for the past 15 years. What started out as chaos eventually all worked out for the best as the new and improved ALC opened in time for the 2009-10 school year at 19 E. Guilford St. The Alternative Learning Center is a school for students with behavior problems who have trouble succeeding in traditional settings. “This is a very good thing for
our school system,” TCS Superintendent Keith Tobin said. “It helps keep a child in school rather than out on the streets. It has a great success rate, both academically and behaviorwise, and we’re really proud of it.” Once the site was selected, contractors started working on the project on June 15. TCS used the same architect who worked on the renovations at both the high school and primary school. Initial estimates said the renovation would take six weeks, but there were a few minor delays. The doors opened for teachers to move in on Aug. 19, and ALC Princi-
pal Terrell Scott said the new building has been a huge lift in terms of morale. “It’s just such a beautiful place,” said Scott. “It’s really going great. Our old facility wasn’t nearly as nice as this. It’s so bright and new, we just love it. It was really a rush job. A lot of people worked very hard to make this happen. It’s such a relief.” The ALC currently has six students there, but Scott said enrollment often picks up as the school year gets into full swing. The facility can hold up to 30 students, who often come
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What’s happening? Community Garden
Each Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, volunteers will gather to work on a community garden to help feed needy families. The garden is located at 9 Memorial Park Drive on land owned by Thomasville Habitat for Humanity. Organizers are asking for volunteers in the community to assist in this endeavor. Anyone wishing to volunteer can park in the Thomasville Farmer’s Market parking lot and bring basic garden hand tools. Donations of tools, plants, seeds and money will be accepted. Organizers are planning on expanding the program to other sites throughout the city next year. For more information, contact Doug Gore at 476-8433.
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Thomasville City Beautification Committee is taking orders for “Big Chair” tulip bulbs. The cost is 25 bulbs for $20; 50 bulbs for $35; 75 bulbs for $45; or 100 bulbs for $50. Make checks payable to City Beautification and mail to P.O. Box 368, Thomasville, N.C. 27361. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address. Deadline for ordering is Oct. 15. Delivery will be in November.
Fairgrove Family Resource Center will hold a five-week parenting class beginning Thursday, Sep. 3. The classes will be held at 6:45 p.m. at Fair Grove United Methodist Church, with dinner being served at 6 p.m. Dinner and free child care will be provided. Topics in-
clude a variety of discipline issues, as well as tactics for encouraging good behavior. The church is located at 204 Cedar Lodge Road. To register, call 472-7217.
Fire Prevention Week coloring contest Mighty Dollar and Thomasville Fire Department will be hosting the annual coloring contest for Fire Prevention Week. Copies of the Fire Safety Coloring Contest Form can be picked up at the Mighty Dollar at 856 Julian Ave. Entries must be returned in person to the Mighty Dollar by Sept. 23. Entries will be judged and winners will be put on display at the Mighty Dollar from Oct. 3-11. Only one entry per person is allowed. Entries will be judged on originality, color and creativity. Winners will be notified by phone. Contestants will be broken down into the following age categories: 4 and under, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a ribbon and gift bag. For more information, call Dolly Hulin of the Thomasville Fire Department at 475-5545 or Beverly Pierce of Mighty Dollar at 475-5082.
THS class reunion Thomasville High School Class of 1974 will have its 35th Reunion on Sept. 12 at Big Game Safari Steakhouse, 15 Laura Lane. Social hour will be from 7-8 p.m. For more information, contact Jerri Moore Murphy 476-4538.
Horse show The Humane Society of Davidson County will sponsor its sixth annual horse show sanctioned by the Piedmont Horseman’s Association on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fox Den Farms, 2585 Jerusalem Road, Lexington. Rain date is Sept. 20. Fox Den Farms is located on Old Hwy. 64 East, 4 miles east of I 85. Turn right on Young Road, go 2 miles and turn left on Jerusalem Road, go .2 miles to top of hill to gray barn on left, turn left into driveway. Admission for the public is adults $2 and children under 12 free. Concessions
will be available with all the proceeds going to the Humane Society. More than 1500 animals were helped last year. The public will enjoy a fun, inexpensive event while supporting the Humane Society. Bring yard chairs or blankets. The admission for showing horses is $7 for PHA members, $8 for nonmembers, and $10 for jackpot classes.
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High school reunion The Denton High School classes of 1949 and 1950 will hold a joint reunion at the Classic Restaurant in Denton on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. Details have been mailed to each class member. For more information, call Jim Harrison at (704) 983-2186 or Mary Ruth Sheets (336) 357-2602.
Glass Bead Jewlery class Learn to make unique wearable jewelry Sep. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Thomasville Senior Center. Pre-register by calling 474-2754 by Sept. 15. The cost is $13.
Genealogy Jamboree The Genealogical Society of Davidson County, Inc., will host its 1st Annual Genealogy Jamboree at the Robbins Recreation Center, 512 S. Hargrave Street in Lexington, NC on Saturday, Sep. 19 from 10 a..m - 3 p.m. The event is free to the public and will feature local societies, libraries, and individuals sharing genealogical and historical information they have compiled or collected with the public. Participation is thought from those who have researched their ancestral lines or historical items of interest. For more information, contact Belinda Rodgers at (336) 798-3537.
Seniors Day at the Fair Seniors Day at the Davidson County Agricultural Fair will be Sep. 24 at the Davidson County Fair Ground. Admission is free for those 55 years and older. The fun begins at 9 a.m. There will be free drinks, snacks, door prizes, blood pressure checks, and health info. This event is sponsored by your Davidson County Department of Senior Services, “Senior Dynamics” and the Lexington Kiwanis Club.
Q: Why did candy maker Milton S. Hershey switch from making caramels to chocolate bars in 1903? A: Caramels didn’t retain the imprint of his name in summertime, chocolate did. Q: How many U.S. states border the Gulf of Mexico? A: Five Q: What spot once registered 134 degrees, the highest temperature ever in the U.S.? A: Death Valley Q: What was the first organ successfully transplanted from a cadaver to a live person? A: A kidney Q: What sport sparked a war between El Salvador and Honduras, after an unpopular referee’s call in 1969? A: Soccer
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Cycle North Carolina to tour through Thomasville TIMES STAFF REPORT
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The Davidson County Civitan Club delivered student supplies to Stoner-Thomas School recently. The delivery team included (from left) Jonathan Owens, President-elect Teresa Shaw, Principal Marivee Miles, Carlton Morris and Andrew Darr.
Local Civitan Club donates school supplies to Stoner-Thomas School TIMES STAFF REPORT
The Davidson County Civitan Club gathered school supplies at their meeting of August 25 and delivered more than 100 items to Stoner-Thomas School. The collection included a book bag, crayons, pencils, ink pens, paper, composition books, rulers, activity books, scissors, glue, erasers and other items. President-elect Teresa
Shaw presented the contributed items to Principal Marivee K. Miles in the school media center. The delivery team also included Andrew Darr, Carlton Morris and Jonathan Owens. The group toured the school vocational class during their visit. The Civitan mission is dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabili-
ties. Civitan has clubs in 30 nations. Special Olympics Davidson County hosted an ice cream social with varied toppings at the August club meeting. The 57 members of the Davidson County Civitan Club will celebrate their seventh anniversary in September at a meeting hosted by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Tyro. The club was chartered Sept. 24, 2002.
Local educators attend NCCAT seminars TIMES STAFF REPORT
Rhonda .J Florence and Teresa J. Harden of Hasty Elementary School recently attended seminar held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Participating educator from Thomasville City Schools was Cherie A. Johnson of Thomasville High School.
NCCAT’s main focus is a year-round series of five-day professional development seminars that embrace the sciences, arts, humanities, technology, leadership, communication, and health, giving teachers newfound knowledge for the classroom. The center’s research-based programming allows teachers to experience intellectual growth and reignite their love of learning through a broad range of thought-provoking subjects.
Stone completes basic training TIMES STAFF REPORT
Marine Corps Pfc. Johnny R. Stone, III, son of Susan Stone of Thomasville, N. C., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Stone and fellow re-
cruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Stone spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, handto-hand combat and assorted weapons training.
They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training. Stone and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers.
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Cycle North Carolina is gearing up for another all-new “Mountains to the Coast” tour of the Tar Heel State. The eleventh annual ride is a journey that showcases all of the unparalleled beauty of North Carolina from the scenic mountains to the sandy beaches. With wonderful tourist stops scheduled along picturesque back-roads, this year’s Cycle North Carolina fall ride promises to be the highlight of the year for cyclists from across the nation and several countries. Starting in Blowing Rock and ending in Surf City, bicyclists will see some of North Carolina’s most breathtaking sites, several of NC’s enjoyable small communities, and much more. Currently, registration is at 1,006 riders representing Ala, Calif., Colo., Conn, Fla., Ga., Iowa, Ill., Ind., Kan., Ky., Maine, Md., Mich., Miss. Minn. , Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., N.E., N.H., N.M., Ohio, Okl., Ore., Pa., S.C., S.D., Tenn., Tx., Utah, Va., Vt., Wash., Wis., W.V., and Ontario, Canada. Additional overnight stays are planned for the cities of Lenoir, Statesville, Thomasville, Sanford, Dunn, and Kenansville. Each host community has planned entertainment for cyclists including live music, beer gardens, wine tastings, and selections from neighborhood food vendors. Welcome tents will be available in all towns to offer insightful information on restaurants, local attractions, and town history. Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), Cycle North Carolina is a fully supported recreational bike tour of the state. Formed in 1999, CNC is designed to promote physical fitness and health, and provide economic impact and publicity to rural communi-
ties, while showcasing the state’s beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity. More than 1,200 bicyclists are expected to participate in this year’s 495-mile journey which averages 65 miles of cycling per day. Cycle North Carolina is the state’s only crossstate full-supported ride. Luggage is transported in vehicles from one overnight host community to the next; rider support vehicles are available to aid cyclists who experience physical or mechanical trouble; indoor and outdoor camping areas with amenities are set-up in overnight host communities; and rest stops will be available every 15-18 miles along the route, with beverages and snacks for all participants. Riders can register for the entire distance, multiple-day options, or single-day options. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development,
and the North Carolina News Network, a division of Capitol Broadcasting Company. Other sponsors include the NC Department of Transportation, the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Cycling Spoken Here, and Ryder Transportation. For more information on Cycle North Carolina, contact NCAS at, (800) 277-8763 or (919) 361-1133, or visit the Cycle North Carolina Web site at, www.cyclenorthcarolina. org. North Carolina Amateur Sports is a 501c(3) nonprofit charitable organization that annually organizes the State Games of North Carolina, Cycle North Carolina and the Be Active Challenge. NCAS is dedicated to the promotion of the spirit of amateur sports, physical fitness and health to all ages and skill levels through the participation in organized events which enrich the state of North Carolina. For more information on NCAS and its events, access www.ncsports.org.
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Spencer honored as ‘CFO of the Year’ finalist TIMES STAFF REPORT
David B. Spencer, CFO of Bank of North Carolina, recently was selected as one of four finalists for The Business Journal’s Chief Financial Officer of the Year Award. A resident of the Archdale-Trinity community, Spencer was honored for outstanding performance in the category of mid-
sized companies in the Triad area. The annual event recognizes outstanding financial professionals among the thousands of eligible companies in the Triad based on their performance as fiscal stewards at the executive level. This year’s awards ceremony was held on August 13 at Starmount Country Club in Greensboro.
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Spencer and other CFO’s were celebrated for their impressive contributions in developing sound, efficient and sustainable financial strategies for their respective companies. A summary of the event and list of finalists and winners was published in a special section of the August 14 edition of The Business Journal.
SECU supports its National Guard employee reservists TIMES STAFF REPORT
State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) continues to rally in support of its National Guard employee-reservists as deployments continue and SECU’s men and women are called to serve our Country. As an employer, the Credit Union offers one week paid military leave annually, provides a pay differential when an employee is deployed and keeps the benefits of soldiers active when they are mobilized. In addition to the employer benefits, SECU staff members consistently send care packages to deployed employee-reservists to show their support for these dedicated soldiers, and assist the reservists’ families as needed. Earlier this year, SECU was a recipient of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR’s) State Chairman’s “Above and Beyond” Award, which is presented to employers who have exceeded legal requirements for providing support to Service Members who serve in the Guard and Reserve. 1st Lieutenant Benjamin Liebermann, an SECU Operations employee who is deployed with the National Guard, nominated the Credit Union
for the award. In 2005, State Employees’ Credit Union received ESGR’s Five Star Recognition for its support of Guardsmen and Reservists. Jamie Applequist, SECU Senior Vice President in Jacksonville, is a Master Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves who is being deployed this week. Applequist states, “I have been an active reservist in the 916th Air Refueling Wing in Goldsboro, NC during my entire career at State Employees’ Credit Union. Initially, I had concerns on how the two jobs could coexist, but from day one, SECU at all levels has gone above and beyond to provide maximum support for all employees who serve in the reserves. Whether it is sending care packages or offering differential pay to those who are deployed, SECU leadership has recognized the importance of military service, especially during the past eight years that our nation has been at war. Twice, the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has recognized SECU for their outstanding efforts.” “As I prepare for my third deployment in ten years, the support I receive throughout the organization has only intensified. Senior man-
agement continues to provide unwavering support and makes sure that the gaps are filled while I am gone. Many of my coworkers will assume additional responsibilities in my absence. The offers of support at work are also extended to my family. It is hard to explain how much this means to me. What is generally a difficult transition going from a civilian job directly into military service, the culture that has been established within the Credit Union eliminates this burden. As far as I am concerned, SECU and the fine men and women within the organization are a vital part of the military team.” Major General William E. Ingram Jr., The Adjutant General of the NC National Guard responded, “The great employers of our NC National Guardsmen… and the State Employees’ Credit Union is a sterling example... are true patriots, absolutely critical to our state and the nation’s defense. We sincerely appreciate employers that provide the time, encouragement and support for our Guardsmen and their families so they can perform military duty. Thank you for all you do for these remarkable men and women in uniform.”
First Bancorp announces cash dividend TIMES STAFF REPORT
The Board of Directors of First Bancorp (NASDAQ - FBNC), the parent company of First Bank, has declared a cash dividend of $0.08 per share payable October 23, 2009 to shareholders of record as of September 30, 2009. The $0.08 per share dividend rate is the same as
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What’s your EQ? That’s a question for all of us involved in the world of work. Regardless of the type of work we do, or the level at which we work, EQ is becoming a fundamental concept. Short for ‘Emotional Intelligence’, EQ principles provide a way for people to understand and assess people’s behaviors, management styles, attitudes, and interpersonal skills. Just as we measure an individual’s ability to successfully complete an e-learning module or operate a complicated piece of machinery, we can also measure one’s EQ. Through EQ assessment (and there are many different ones out there) we can measure these more elusive yet critical skills, talents and abilities. The essential premise of EQ is that “to be successful requires the effective awareness, control and management of one’s own emotions and those of other people.” (Source: The Consortium on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.) From 80%-90% of all top performers are high in EQ, while just 20% of low performers are high in EQ. Strong leaders who demonstrate Emotional Intelligence experience greater employee loyalty and better job performance
in this column, we’ll attempt to walk through these five domains, learning more about each competency set and how to develop our EQ in that particular area. Again, this information is beneficial for managers, staff members and associates. I’m hoping to make this series interactive, featuring responses to your questions or comments. Are you out there? Reading this column from time to time? If you have an EQ query, a story to share, or need specific information ~ please email me at HYPERLINK “mailto: taylortrain@lexcominc. net” email@example.com. I’m ready when you are……. Taylor Training & Development, Inc. has provided team development in this region for 18+ years. Team tools include EDGE 360, TKI, CPI 260, the Enneagram and the MyersBriggs Type Indicator. 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 at taylortrain@lexcominc. net or 249-3194. You may visit on the web at www.taylortrain.com .
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from their direct reports. So, how do we get Emotional Intelligence? Are we born with it? Can we develop it or improve it? While some of us may have been born with a keen interest in people skills or may have seen some good EQ habits modeled by family, all of us can improve. EQ is not a static score, such as IQ. That is good news, since we are all affected by the EQ skills (or the lack thereof) of those with whom we work. When an entire team, department, or functional area experiences professional growth in EQ, documented ROI includes fewer employee grievances, reduction in lost-time accidents and improved problem solving. So how do we get started? Daniel Goleman is considered the expert’s expert in the field of Emotional Intelligence. His model, called ‘The Five Domains’, is a good place to start. Dr. Goleman groups all of the EQ competencies into the following: Knowing your emotions. Managing your own emotions. Motivating yourself. Recognizing and understanding other people’s emotions. Managing relationships. In the weeks ahead
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George Will is right VIEWPOINT
DAVID HARSANYI Syndicated Columnist
This week, prominent conservative pundit George Will wrote a column advocating the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. His piece, not surprisingly, was met with instantaneous anger, disdain and derision from most of the right. “But let’s be honest,” wrote noted neoconservative William Kristol on The Washington Post’s blog. “Will is not calling on the United States to accept a moderate degree of success in Afghanistan, and simply to stop short of some overly ambitious goal. Will is urging retreat, and accepting defeat.” Tossing around the words “retreat” and “defeat” — or, as one critic more creatively asserted, Will’s column “could have been written in Japanese aboard the USS Missouri” — is the rhetorical equivalent of the vacuous “chicken hawk” charge leveled at any civilian who supports military action. It’s emotive and hyperbolic, and I probably have used it myself, but it’s not an effective argument. Judging from their harsh reaction to Will, it’s not clear when, if ever, some conservatives believe the U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan. Even less clear is how the victory narrative is supposed to play out. Does this triumphant day arrive when every Islamic radical in the region has met his virgins? If so, after eight years of American lives lost, the goal seems farther away than ever. Or is victory achieved when we finally usher this primitive tribal culture, with its violent warlords and religious extremism, from the eighth century all the way to modernity? If so, we’re on course for a centuries-long enterprise of nation building and baby-sitting, not a war. The war was won in 2002. If the goal is to establish a stable government to fill the vacuum created by our ousting of the Taliban and al-Qaida, we’ve done quite a job. Most Americans can accept a Marine’s risking life
and limb to safeguard our freedoms. But when that Marine is protector of a corrupt and depraved foreign parliament — one that recently legalized marital rape and demands women ask permission from male relatives to leave their homes — it is not a victory worth celebrating. You know, idealism regarding Afghanistan’s future begins to dissipate the first time we read the words “why don’t we negotiate with the moderate Taliban?” But while strict Shariah law is acceptable, illicit drugs are not. If most of us agree that America has no business foisting its notions of wrong and right on other cultures, why, then, did we spend hundreds of millions of dollars eradicating poppy crops (one of the only productive crops of the Afghan farmers)? Was it because our own war on drugs has gone so splendidly? It is perplexing that advocates of a long-term engagement in Afghanistan — folks who often reject social engineering as a tool of public policy — accept the idea that a nation with scores of ethnic groups, widespread corruption, no industry and no bonding of language or nationality can be coaxed into constructing a stable and lasting democratic society. What seemed to irk Will’s detractors most, however, was his inconsistency. You can go from patriot to cheese-eating surrender monkeys in a mere 750 words. And if you once supported Operation Enduring Freedom, you apparently have cast your lot with Kabul forever. Which makes sense, because it’s going to take that long for American troops to find a puppet Islamic state that pretends to value any enduring freedoms. Naturally, the invasion made sense after the 9/11 attacks. Fighting terrorism with force makes sense. The subsequent military victory was worth celebrating. But if every military engagement includes an open-ended plan for nation building that pins our fortunes on the predilections of a backward nation, we are, indeed, setting ourselves up for failure. 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.
DOT cuts back on mowing routes VIEWPOINT
LARRY MURDOCK Guest Columnist I’m sure everyone has heard of the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. This family has paid dearly in the loss of their family members. President John and his brother Bobby were both assassinated as you recall. You also might recall seeing the TV shot of “John-John” in short pants saluting the caisson pulling the casket bearing the body of his dad during the funeral. John F. Kennedy Jr. went on to later die in a July 1999 airplane crash near Martha’s Vineyard along with his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren. ••• This is the 59th “More of This-N- That” column I have written. I’ve had quite a few folks ask if I was going to do a story on the June “Canadian Rockies” trip put together by Dr. David Williams. It was a great trip! I wrote a story on our Italy trip a couple of years ago. It takes a lot of time to put the information together, and honestly, I have lost some of my enthusiasm. I still enjoy writing the column every third week. At one time, I had thought about every other week but think I’ll stick with every third week if I decide to continue to write. Only time will tell. What makes it worth writing to me is when I’m “out and about,” I appreciate those of you who stop to mention how much they enjoy reading the column. I also appreciate the e-mails I receive. One local couple, Ray and Nancy Haltom, went to the trouble of mailing me a letter telling me how much they enjoy reading the column. They said they didn’t have a computer to send an
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trians walking in the roadway to avoid the tall grass. Gayle called a city official who said it was the state’s (DOT) responsibility. So, she called an official at the DOT Highway Maintenance office in Lexington. He said it was the City of Thomasville’s responsibility. In any event, it was finally mowed before a herd of elephants stampeded out of the grassy jungle. I did contact the NC Department of Transportation asking why the right of ways were not being mowed. Here is an edited portion of their reply: “Unfortunately, we have had to delay our mowing cycles across the state this year due to budgetary issues, and in some cases, related staffing issues as we had to lay off any part-time workers who were involved in the mowing work. This was a difficult decision that we made with respect to mowing, but it was one that we felt was necessary. In many cases, we will only perform three mowing cycles this year, instead of our normal six. However, our crews have been instructed to mow/maintain all sight distances as necessary to maintain safe passage through intersections. If you know of any specific locations where there seems to be a safety concern, please let us know where and we will get that information to the local NCDOT maintenance office.” ••• Have you noticed the improved look at “CV Ice” in the old City Ice and Fuel Building on Lexington Avenue? It has a fresh new coat of paint and part of the old building has been torn away. Owners of some other old dilapidated buildings should do likewise! ••• Latest Reports indicate that Senior Citizens are the Nation’s leading carrier of Aids. Hearing Aids; Band Aids; Roll Aids; Walking Aids; Medical Aids; Government Aids, and most of all, Monetary Aid to their children. Guest Columnist Larry Murdock can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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e-mail, so they decided to send me a letter. Their letter took more effort than an e-mail. That was very nice and I appreciate their letter. Boy, I like those folks and I’ve got them fooled. They complimented me as having a great talent for writing. They wanted to know why I hadn’t mentioned “Monkey Holler” when talking about different neighborhoods and communities in the Thomasville area. I thought I had, but then I checked back and couldn’t find anything I had written on “Monkey Holler.” It could also be known as Monkey Hollow or Monkey Holler. I called Ray and Nancy to find out if they knew the location. They say that “Monkey Holler” is located in the Council, Jewel, and Maple Street and Hobbs Avenue area. Kern Street might even be included in “Monkey Holler.” Why it is called “Monkey Holler?” Along those same lines, in the last column I mentioned “Forty Crossings” as the location of the Beauty Shop with the “old timey” electric curler or permanent machine. I went to get my haircut this past Tuesday and was told that they haven’t heard the “Johnsontown Road/ Lake Road” intersection called by that name. Can anybody help me with this one? ••• I noticed in a neighboring city’s paper that Oakley’s Books and Gifts’ 219 U.S. Highway 64 West will be closing at the end of October. Lori Oakley cited the ability of customers to buy “on-line” cheaper than she could purchase the items at wholesale. Oakley’s Thomasville Store closed about two years ago. ••• When Gayle and I have been riding around town and in other parts of the state, we have noticed that “right of ways” are not being mowed. Some could be just a matter of who is responsible. One such location in town was the sidewalk at the Minnie Payne Bridge near Mills Home. Grass had covered the sidewalk. We saw pedes-
I admit, my heart sank. It sank late in the fourth quarter at Cushwa. My dogs fought hard, despite the outcome. Without a doubt, I know this team will grow and live up to all expectations. But that’s not the purpose of this letter.
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I saw and heard something that I haven’t heard in many years. After we fell on the high snap in the end zone and kicked off. I heard to roar of the crowd. The thunderous sound of the bleachers. It was like old times. We’ve been spoiled for too long. It’s tim for the
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DEATHS Deborah H. Vaughn
LEXINGTON — Deborah Diane Hicks Vaughn, 52, of Lazy River Drive in Lexington, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at her home after an extended illness. Vaughn was born Sep. 22, 1956, in Forsyth County, to Billy Gray Hicks and the late Ennis Gertrude Mayes Thompson. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. A private service was held on Aug. 31, 2009. Davidson Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
From page 1 own energy. One of the partners’ next goals is to redo its crushing operation to meet FDA standards for producing food-grade canola oil. Once that is accomplished, they can sell it to restaurants, who will cook with it and send back the waste oil to be refined. This will lower expenses and make the business truly sustainable, Sink said. Last week, Sink and Price attended an energy briefing at the White House with 75 leaders from across the Midwest and the Atlantic. There, they spoke to government officials and other alternative energy industry representatives about their vision. “We have to grow our energy; we can no longer continue to drill for it,” Sink said. “We’ve extracted all of the easy oil. Since 1972, we’ve become extremely dependent on importing oil, which is a pretty dangerous situation for us to be in.” The two partners have been assigned a contact with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which
LIBRARY From page 1 ed Bingo square reviews will be eligible for weekly drawings for the library goodie bag. After five spaces are stamped by library staff and five reviews are completed, players may turn in the Library Bingo card for another. Each five completed activities on the Library Bingo card allows players one entry into the grand prize drawing at the end of the month. At the end of the month, each library will
A canola growers stands in the middle of one his fields. plans to help with research and development. Moving forward, Sink and Price hope to convert their idea into a franchise with multiple locations across the Southeast, run in large part by local farmers and businesses. “We advocate community-owned, farmer-supplied, renewable energy facilities,” Sink said. “What we really would
like to do is replicate this and have the area community businesses own the facilities.” In a decade when Davidson County has seen great losses in its manufacturing industries, Sink said he wants to give local people hope that “green” jobs will help get the county back on its feet. If brought here, his model would keep most of the
profits in this area. “About 90 percent of every dollar spent on our fuel stays in the local community,” Sink said. “About 10 percent goes to other states, but not one penny leaves this country.” Davidson County’s agricultural industry also would stand to benefit from operations like Red Birch Energy, he said.
Two of the most popular alternative fuels, biodiesel and ethanol, are produced from crops grown by farmers. “Farmers are going to be the oil barons of the future,” Sink said. “I think every farmer has an oil well. All they’ve got to do is plant it.” For more information, visit redbirchenergy.com or call 276-632-2530.
draw for a grand prize winner. “We also are trying to show our teachers appreciation this month,” Hudson said. “We are giving away two baskets full of school supplies for our teachers. If they come in, they can enter their name in the drawings.” One basket contains useful items for elementary school educators, and the second is filled with material targeted toward middle and high school educators. Library staff also visited each local school during teacher workdays to offer teacher rebate coupons to the fac-
ulty. “With school starting, it’s a good time for everybody to be reminded that the library is here to help them get back into the groove of things for the year,” Hudson said. “It’s a great time to remember that we have a lot of resources.” Online resources exclusive to Davidson County Public Library card holders include the NC Digital Library, America’s Genealogy Bank, Historical Newspapers, P4Antiques, Global Road Warrior, Small Engine Repair, TumbleBooks, LibraryThing for Librar-
ies, Online Book Clubs and Book News. Resources available to library card holders throughout the state include NC Knows, which is staffed by public and academic librarians 24/7 to provide answers, information and online assistance; and NC LIVE, which includes complete articles from more than 16,000 publications and access to more than 25,000 online print and e-audiobooks. For more information about the Thomasville library, located at 14 Randolph St., call 474-2690.
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CENTER From page 1 from Thomasville High School and Thomasville Middle School. Scott said many of the students who attend the ALC simply have social disorders that keep them from excelling in a traditional classroom environment. Students can stay at the ALC for an entire semester, but Tobin said they usually go between six weeks and a semester before returning to their original institu-
READING From page 1 reading and encouraging accountability. “Literacy has come full circle,” said Marshall. “Accelerated reading wasn’t working for us and wasn’t benefiting the students the way we wanted it to. They did a great job with this new initiative and I couldn’t be more proud.” Liberty Drive started a program call “Wake and Read” where students come to school and pick a book before classes begin. Principal Benjie Brown has brought in hundreds of new books to
tion. “When you can help somebody with some difficulty in their life, it’s worth it,” Scott said. “These kids are not bad kids, they just lack social skills. We spend a lot of time working with them on respect and responsibility. That’s what got them into trouble to start with.” Construction isn’t finished yet as a basketball court is being completed and there are plans to add a computer lab and work station. Tobin said funds for the project are nearly maxed out but he’s deter-
the school in an effort to identify where a student is performing in terms of reading. The goal is not just to get kids to read more but to help them comprehend the material better so the school has a better idea of what direction to take them in order to see a student excel. Also during the meeting, Thomasville High School Principal Deboy Beamon told board members he is determined to have more of his students taking the SAT test. Beamon said that nearly half of the seniors at THS have taken the SAT so far and participation last year was only 42 percent. “It’s not acceptable”
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Beamon said. “We’ve got a lot of championships at Thomasville High. Now we have to get more of our students in college.” Superintendent Keith Tobin also outlined his goals for the new year. Tobin said the goals for TCS are in line with ones set by the North Carolina state board of education and include giving students 21st Century skills taught by 21st Century professionals and making sure students are healthy and responsible and guided by innovation. “I’m excited about where we’re heading,” said Tobin. “There’s a lot of new initiatives to ensure our kids are more focused. We made a big jump last year but
we can’t rest on our laurels.” Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or at duke@tvilletimes. com.
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Road gets tougher for Dogs BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor
CALENDAR TODAY SOCCER Thomasville @ S. Davidson 6:30 p.m. VOLLEYBALL N. Davidson @ E. Davidson 4:30 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Ledford @ W. Davidson 5:30 p.m. SOCCER Thomasville @ S. Davidson 6:30 p.m. GOLF N. Davidson @ Ledford 4 p.m. TENNIS Trinity @ E. Davidson 4 p.m.
FRIDAY FOOTBALL A.L Brown @ Thomasville 7:30 p.m. FOOTBALL N. Davidson @ E. Davidson 7:30 p.m. FOOTBALL Ledford @ SW Guilford 7:30 p.m.
Thomasville picked up a rare loss in the regular season losing to Mt. Airy last week, and a second straight loss is very possible with a talented A.L. Brown team scheduled to line up across the way at Cushwa Stadium Friday night. Mental mistakes played a large factor into THS’ loss to the Granite Bears, but they can be expected with the youth of the team. As head coach Allen Brown will tell you, a championship is not won in Week 2. That is why the team has went back to the practice field to work that much harder in the days leading up to the game with the Wonders. “We have been pushing them as hard as we can to try and make some improvement,” Brown said. “They have been putting forth effort in practice this week to try and get better, but we want to get more.” Besides turning the ball over three times,
WEEK 3 SCHEDULE A.L. Brown Wonders @ Thomasville Bulldogs Cushwa Stadium 7:30 p.m. N. Davidson Knights @ E. Davidson Golden Eagles Eagle Stadium 7:30 p.m. Ledford Panthers @ SW Guilford Cowboys Jim Coggins Stadium 7:30 p.m. stopping the run was an Achilles-heel in the contest for the Bulldogs. Andy Temoney rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears, something not many tailbacks have been able to do against past THS defenses. Temoney will not be lining up this week against Thomasville, but another aggressive back that has already put up large numbers awaits his chance to run wild. In two games, Travis Riley has compiled 366 yards rush-
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Panthers sweep by Eagles to remain perfect BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor Having the undefeated and dominant Ledford Panthers coming to their house on Tuesday, East Davidson’s volleyball team could have easily went through the motions and taken their bumps and bruises in stride. Instead, they gave LHS a tougher game than expected, but still found themselves on the losing end. Ledford held its breath to scratch out a win in the second set and had to fight through mental mistakes in the third, pulling it together for a 25-15, 25-23, 25-19 sweep over its former Central Carolina Conference rivals. “It was a slow-paced win, but a win is a win,” said LHS head coach Kara Berrier. “We wanted to pick up the pace but we couldn’t, but we will take the win.” Ledford (5-0) held a slim 10-9 lead midway through the first set, but turned that into a 25-15 game win in the end. In the second set the score was 10-9 once more, only this time it was East with the edge. The teams would trade points up until Ledford started to stretch it out. Leading 15-14, Kaitlyn Otey went down the line for a kill to put Ledford up by two. The Panthers
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ing for the Wonders, with Antwoine Jordan chipping in 126 on the ground. “Riley is really good and is stronger and faster I would say than the one we saw last week,” said Brown. “In terms of the physical part of it they can pop you better than Mt. Airy can, so we have our work cut out for us.” Thomasville will counter with a Riley of its own in Quin Riley, who is joined by tailback Kesean Green. The two have put up positive yardage in the first two contests, but could use a little more help from the line. Holding onto the pigskin is something that needs improvement as well. “The running backs have done well other than turning the ball over,” Brown said. “I am never happy when we turn it over but they have done well. Some of our problem has been with assignments in terms of picking the right guy to block. Mental mistakes
East’s Taylor Alexander (No. 15) tries to spike the ball over Ledford’s Sara Persiani.
In hopes of snapping an early season two-game losing skid, Ledford’s football team will travel to Southwest Guilford this Friday night, looking to find the win column. “It is a new year and a new team for both of us,” said Ledford head coach Chuck Henderson. “All
games count and they are keeping score, so we want to try and win all of them, but really what we are working toward is the conference season in the Piedmont 3-A.” Last year, the Panthers corralled the Cowboys 4429, but their offense has been struggling so far as they have only tallied 13 points on the scoreboard. Albeit, Ledford has played
two outstanding defensive teams in Trinity and North Davidson, and they will have to work hard to iron out their kinks against a tough Southwest squad. “Right now we are trying to establish our identity offensively,” said Henderson. “We are trying to see what we can
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Former Ledford QB getting his chance BY STEVE HANF HPE He played all 11 games for a high-level college football team last fall, which in and of itself isn’t bad for a sophomore. He gained 29 yards on six rushes and picked up 34 more yards with five receptions, finding the end zone twice. Heck, he even returned a kickoff 18 yards and had three tackles. Not too shabby, really, except for one thing: Michael Blanchard is a quarterback — and he didn’t attempt a single pass last season for the Davidson Wildcats. “Obviously when you’re playing, you want to be able to start at your position,” Blanchard said. “But ultimately I think every player’s goal should be to help his team and get better. Last year they asked me to do a bunch of different things and that was the way I got on the field.” Still, “starting quarterback” has a nice ring to it, and that’s exactly where the former Ledford star finds himself now. The junior arrived at Davidson two years ago as a hard-nosed prep QB who
ROAD From page 7 have hurt us.” Brown is being patient with quarterback Sam Nelson, but sees a bright future down the road once he gets plenty of repetition. Nelson impressed against the fledgling Cox Mill program, but only completed 40 percent of his passes last week accounting for a mere 55 yards. His accuracy will need to improve to keep the defense honest and not allow the Wonders to
could run over linebackers or fool defensive backs with sharp passes. During his senior year with the Panthers, Blanchard picked up 2,657 yards of total offense and scored 20 TDs. The Wildcats, however, happened to have a guy by the name of Ryan Alexander who would go on to become the school’s all-time passing leader. Blanchard didn’t play at all as a freshman, and he certainly wasn’t going to get many snaps behind Alexander last fall. “Last year I told our coaching staff, ‘Look, he is too good of a football player to have him sit and watch the game,’ ” fifth-year Davidson coach Tripp Merritt said. “Especially here, we don’t have the luxury of red-shirting guys. I’ve got to utilize my best athletes. But he has never, ever given up hope of being our starting quarterback, and we’ve never given up hope on him.” Blanchard, now 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, still possesses the size, strength and speed to excel as a runner — “If he gets up a head of steam, our own players hate tackling him,” Merritt said. An offseason filled with more throwing than ever proved to be the difference in
load up the box with hungry tacklers. “Sam has had some good moments and then has had some problems,” Brown said. “I thought he came back and competed late in the game last week. It is a mixed bag with him. I think he has improved a lot, and I think he is going to be a good quarterback, but we have not got there yet.” Kannapolis may be without the services of their No. 1 quarterback who went down in Week 1. He missed last week and is questionable for Friday.
SEEKS From page 7 and cannot do, and work from there.” After last week’s game was postponed due to inclement weather, the Panthers will be playing on a short three-day rest. “Where we stand right now, we had two starters get hurt Monday night against North (Davidson). Jacob Decker, our corner, sprained his ankle (the one that kept
the passing game. Most years, Blanchard said he would throw about twice a week in the offseason. The past year saw him out four or five times a week. Many days it would be the dueling quarterbacks — Blanchard and Matt Heavner — throwing together. Over the summer, Blanchard elected to stay in Davidson with receiver Andrew Aldrich for even more work. “Michael had a fantastic spring and summer, and a lot of it was his own determination,” Merritt praised. “He stayed here this summer: We don’t have summer school, so there’s nothing I can do to help young men stick around.” He might not have been taking classes, but school definitely was in session: Blanchard hit the weights every morning at 7:15, served all day as a lifeguard overseeing the Davidson Day Camp, then would either throw or run in the evenings before crashing. “It was tiring. I fell asleep pretty early every day,” Blanchard said with a laugh. “I wish I could say the same now that I have class.” When he’s not kept hopping with his political science major and anthropology minor, Blanchard seems to be ei-
him out last year), and Jonathon Shelton has a sprained knee.” On a positive note, both players should be returning to the field in the next couple of weeks, and with a bye in the upcoming week, they may be able to see some action when they face West Davidson. “The good thing is that it is during non-conference games. The bad thing is that you need your starters in there when you are trying to establish something and build a team,” said the
ther at practice or watching film. But the work has paid dividends in the form of a new-found confidence and comfort level in the pocket. “Once practice started, I could tell the game had slowed down a little bit,” Blanchard explained. “That was pretty exciting.” As Davidson heads into its season-opener Saturday night at Elon, Blanchard and his teammates will be striving to have a bit more control in the Pioneer Football League race. The Wildcats finished 4-7 last season, but lost four games by six points or less. Granted, Davidson will be trying to improve without a record-setting QB under center. Oh, and that utility guy who got some carries, caught some passes and played special teams last year won’t be around either. You’ll find No. 12 playing quarterback this fall. Right where he belongs. “He’s come a long way,” Merritt said. “Michael is an unbelievable athlete. I’ve been coaching 20 years and he’s one of the most competitive, hard-working young men I’ve had the pleasure of being around.”
Panthers coach. N. Davidson @ E. Davidson East Davidson will host North Davidson Friday night. The Golden Eagles lost a lopsided contest to the Black Knights last season 45-0, and they will need all the homefield advantage that they can get. “Well, we are trying to improve on what we do, that is about all we can control,” said Eagle head coach Bryan Lingerfelt. After winning its debut opener, East fell last week to Trinity 23-6. Ac-
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SPORTS AREA SPORTS BRIEFS CROSS COUNTRY Tri-meet results
East Davidson, Ledford and West Davidson held a tri-meet on Tuesday with Ledford winning for the boys and West Davidson for the girls. The Panthers won in boys action with 17 points, followed by a 55 from the Golden Eagles and 65 from the Green Dragons. West won the girls with 21 points followed by Ledford’s 41 and East’s 64. Chris Murphy was tops for Ledford coming in at 17:22, joined closely by teammates Josh Phillips (17:26) and Jonathan Perdomo (17:30). Rodney Wright was tops for East in a time of 18:30. Olivia Myers of West won with a 20:54 for the girls. Haley Grimsley
of East had a 23:23 and Alex Crouch of Ledford a 23:55.
GENERAL Panthers tickets The Thomasville Parks and Recreation Department has a limited number of tickets available for the Carolina Panthers game on Dec. 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is first come first serve. To secure tickets contact Tony Ingram at 4754280.
Concealed Hangun classes There will be a concealed handgun class Sept. 12 at Fairgrove Fire Department and Sept. 26 at Pilot Fire Department.
Both classes are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This class is mandatory for anyone wishing to get a concealed handgun permit. The classes are covered by Jason Livingston, N.C. certified firearms instructor and 16 years law enforcement experience. The classes cover laws for citizens governing the use of deadly force to protect their homes, as well as deadly force laws in general as they pertain to citizens of N.C. Also, gun safety, marksmanship and fundamentals are covered and practiced during the class, with hands on range time. To sign up for either class call Livingston at 6870290 or go by the respective fire department for date desired.
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Lewis looks for redemption as he reﬂects on ﬁrst game with Duke BY BRYAN STRICKLAND Durham Herald Sun DURHAM — Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary of Duke quarterback Thad Lewis first college snap, but its pretty safe to say he didn’t blow out any candles in celebration given the way that he blew it. “I was so nervous,” Lewis said, recalling his first college play against Richmond, which will return to Wallace Wade Stadium for Saturdays season opener. “I called the play in the huddle. It was a dig/post combination. I forgot who had the dig; I forgot who had the post.
PERFECT From page 7 took four of the next five points in building a fivepoint advantage. East roared back to tie it at 2121 with the serve in hand. Carman Pericozzi showed her leadership by getting a kill to creep over the net and blocking the shot of East’s Candace Fox for two straight points, as the Panthers were just two points away from the set win. Fox’s emphatic kill with a grunt closed the gap to 24-23, but a mistake by East gave Ledford the point it needed to
“In the back on my mind, I was thinking, I haven’t been hit yet. I want to see how they hit in college football. I got hit, and I threw the ball at the same time. “The pass was incomplete down the middle of the field. I don’t know where I was throwing it. My excuse when I came to the sideline was, I got hit. “ Lewis settled down after the play, but four years later, he hopes to settle a score. Lewis played well enough against Richmond that night to wrestle the starting job away from Marcus Jones, but he didn’t play well enough to preto make mistakes, suddenly bringing the score to one at 14-13. The Panthers went to their ace Pericozzi at the net, and she came through. Two tips and a kill helped build a 20-15 lead. East had one last ditch effort on three Panther miscues that made it 21-18, but LHS kept its composure to close it out. “These girls are very versatile and we have a deep bench,” said Berrier. “They want to win and we have done just that.” For the 1-4 Eagles, it was a step in the right direction, but the road still remains a long one
vent the Blue Devils from suffering the lone loss to a Football Championship Subdivision team in school history, a 13-0 setback on the way to an 0-12 season. “We remember 06, and that’s just a tool to push you through,” Lewis said. “We remember that bitter taste we had after that game, although I was probably too young to have it all sink in.” That also was the first college game for Richmond quarterback Eric Ward, who, like Lewis, has started under center ever since. Both quarterbacks now
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‘These girls are capable of doing it and are very scappy ... They will make it and I have full confidence in them.’ — Kim Warrick EDHS Head Coach
hang on. “The mental mistakes are really hurting us right now,” East coach Kim Warrick, said. “It is a lot better than when we started, and that is what I told the girls. Our passing does need to get better and we need to work on communicating.” Ledford raced out to a 14-6 lead in the third as East began to unravel. Warrick steadied her team and a comeback slowly took place. Trailing 14-7, the Eagles reeled off six straight points as Ledford began
before they can think about contending for a CCC title. “They are beating each other up, but we have to look past that and just come back for the next point,” Warrick said. “These girls are capable of doing it and are very scrappy. They will make it and I have full confidence in them.” Pericozzi finished with 11 kills and six blocks with Cady Ray providing 12 assists. Fox led East with seven kills.
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SPORTS LEWIS From page 9 are in prime position to break several of their schools career passing records. But while Wards win-loss record is 30-10, including nine consecutive victories to end the 2008 season on the way to the NCAA championship, Lewis is 5-29 as a starter. Lewis said the only word he had to hear to convince him to come to Duke was “opportunity,” and a program struggling at that point could accommodate his request. Now, as his final college season begins, Lewis sees another opportunity. “Its no longer OK just to say that we got close,” Lewis said. “That’s the attitude we have to have to get over the hump.” Lewis may experience déjà vu Saturday, because Duke coach David Cutcliffe has said that backup quarterback Sean Renfree, a redshirt freshman, will take his first college snap at some point against the Spiders. “I’ll be his biggest cheerleader when he gets put in,” Lewis said. “I want him to get in there to get some experience. I want to see him do well. “Coach Cutcliffe is building a program, and that’s bigger than me. I want to help build the program, so whatever we have to do to groom Sean to be the guy next year to keep this program rolling, I’m down with it.” Cutcliffe has had his share of adventures with debuting quarterbacks. He didn’t recall either Peyton or Eli Manning melting down on their first college snaps, but in the 1998 Independence Bowl, when Cutcliffe made his head coaching debut for Ole Miss, quarterback Romero Miller did make an interesting first impression. “He was running run plays that we didn’t have; I don’t know where he was getting them from,” Cutcliffe said. “The great part of it was that they were working. “I was saying, What the hell is he doing? and then I was saying, Dang, that was good. Attaboy. “ Lewis said Tuesday that he hadn’t gone back and watched the Richmond game from four years ago. Whether he watches it before the season opener, he knows he doesn’t want a replay come Saturday. “I might go back and watch it and think, I cant let this happen again.”
Heels need to distribute ball better BY BRIANA GORMAN Durham Herald Sun CHAPEL HILL — When North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates dropped back in the pocket a year ago, he automatically looked for one of his three top wide receivers — Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate or Brooks Foster. But the loss of those three players to the NFL left behind a receiving corps with little college experience, and its part of the reason why the Tar Heels will be looking for more balance in their passing game this year. “I think for us to take the next step offensively, we’ve got to do a better job distributing the ball,” said John Shoop, UNC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The offense spent the preseason working on spreading the ball more among the running backs, halfbacks and tight ends. Running back Shaun Draughn said Shoop keeps telling him he’s going to have eight to 10 catches a game this season. The most Nicks had in a game a year ago was nine.
“He might have hyped it up a bit,” Draughn said with a laugh. But what Shoop wasn’t exaggerating was UNC’s need to look beyond its receivers. In 2008, 74 percent of the passes went to the wide receivers, and the year before that, 75 percent were to the wideouts. “The message that I would like is that I would like us to be a lot more balanced offense,” Coach Butch Davis said. “We had three phenomenally talented wide receivers last year, and they deserved all the opportunities to touch the ball. “I think it would have made us even more lethal and a better offense had we been able to incorporate other people besides those three.” Besides Draughn and the rest of the running backs, tight end Zack Pianalto could see an increased role in the offense. Pianalto was hurt for most of the 2008 season, but he has received much praise during preseason training camp. “I feel like Coach Shoop is trying to spread the ball around, not just get it to the receiv-
FYI Bingo Join those at the Lexington Senior Center for Bingo and fellowship each Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.. The center is located at 106 Alma Owens Drive, Each person is requested to bring two small gifts for prizes. All Davidson County residents 55 and older are welcome to attend. For more information, please call 242-2290.
Strength Training Weekly Strength Training Classes meet each Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the Lexington Senior Center at 106 Alma Owens Drive. This 45-minute low-impact program will consist of strength training and flexibility exercises. The strength exercises increase endurance, improve reaction time, prevent back problems, tone muscles and build calorie burning muscle tissue, which aids in losing weight. The flexibility exercises help maintain an individual’s range of motion, slow down the development of arthritis, and strengthen muscles to prevent them from becoming short and tight.
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Thomasville history books The Thomasville Historic Preservation Commission joined with Thomasville Habitat for Humanity as the exclusive distributor of “Wheels of Faith and Courage.” Copies of the book are available at the Thomasville
Visitor’s Center for $20 and proceeds will benefit both organizations. Wheels of Faith and Courage was published in 1952 and dedicated as a Centennial Memorial. The book written by Mary Green Matthews and M. Jewell Sink contains a definitive history Thomasville for the first one hundred years. In 2002 Habitat for Humanity of Thomasville reprinted the book as a fundraiser.
Hasty Community Walking Track Zion United Church of Christ of 130 Hasty School Road in Thomasville is pleased to announce the opening of their Hasty Community Walking Track. The track is a walking track on the outside edge of their upper parking lot. Seven times around the track equals one mile. They have also installed a Hasty Community Walking Track sign, five resting benches and a playground for young children. The community is invited to exercise at the track.
UNC basketball will rotate assistant coaches DURHAM STAFF REPORT CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina men’s basketball assistant coaching duties will now have three-man rotation instead of a two-man rotation. Joe Holladay, who enters his 16th season on Coach Roy Williams’ staff, will move from the assistant coaching position on the bench to the director of basketball operations for the upcoming season. Holladay joins the rotation with assistants C.B. McGrath and Jerod
Haase, who both enter their 10th season under Williams. McGrath and Haase have been rotating between the bench and director of basketball operations on a yearly basis and will both be on the bench for the 2009-10 season. Williams’ other assistant, Steve Robinson, is not in the rotation and will remain on the bench. “As Coach [Roy] Williams said, we’ve got the depth let’s use it,” UNC sports information director Steve Kirschner said.
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ers,” Draughn said. “We’ve got receivers that are coming in, and they have to be acclimated to the system. … Coach Shoop, he’s incorporated plays where the ball comes to me.” Druaghn never has played receiver, but he said he feels comfortable catching the ball. He had 16 catches for 81 yards a year ago, and his career receiving game (28 yards) was against Duke. The win over the Blue Devils and the bowl loss to West Virginia were the two games in which Shoop said the Tar Heels’ distributed the ball the best last season. In those final two games, six players caught passes and four of them were not wide receivers. “Last year, we had the three guys and we liked to throw to them a lot and we didn’t get as much to the backs and [tight ends] as we should have,” Yates said. “But since we had those guys, we really didn’t have to. But now we don’t have them anymore, so we definitely have to distribute the ball more throughout the all skill players on the offense.”
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Helping the Earth
Sorting Through Recycling Do you and your family recycle? You probably have already learned how important it is for the environment. Have you ever wondered what happens after you put the newspaper, cans or glass in the bin? The Mini Page takes a closer look at this important activity.
A recycling tradition
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People have always recycled. Before machines and big factories, most things were made by hand. Materials were so hard to get and items took so long to make that everyone recycled. For centuries, people have: s MELTED DOWN METAL goods to make new tools or jewelry; s TORN DOWN OLD buildings and reused the bricks or wood to build something new; s CUT UP OLD CLOTHES AND other cloth goods to make other clothes, quilts and rugs; s RECYCLED PAPER TO make new paper.
The first time there was a major government campaign to educate people about the importance of recycling was during World War II. The government urged people to salvage, or save, metal, paper, rubber and other material.
World War II
During World War II, America needed metal and other materials to fight the war. The government started a campaign to convince people to recycle. Signs urged people to pile up their scrap metal for collection. This could include things such as pots and pans, rakes, irons or birdcages. These metal objects might then be recycled as bullets. Kids pulled wagons from door to door gathering the metal. After the war was over, materials remained scarce, and people continued to recycle for many years.
In the 1960s, people became more concerned about the environment. They started to realize we were using up the Earthâ€™s resources. In the 1970s, rising energy costs and a gasoline shortage made people pay attention to vanishing fuel. At the same time, landfills got full and there was no place to put the waste. People re-learned how important it is not to waste resources. It became clear that recycling was necessary. In 1960, the United States recycled around 6 percent of its waste. Today we are recycling about 33 percent, or one-third, of our waste. Americans create about 254 million tons of garbage each year. We recycle only about 85 million tons of that.
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Rookie Cookieâ€™s Recipe
Crispy Ice Cream Surprise Youâ€™ll need: s TABLESPOONS BUTTER OR MARGARINE s 3/4 cup flaked coconut s 1/3 cup brown sugar s 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal s 1/2 quarts reduced-fat ice cream, s 1/2 cup chopped walnuts any flavor What to do: 1. Mix coconut, rice cereal and walnuts in a shallow baking pan. Toast at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, remove ice cream from container and soften for 15 minutes. .EXT POUR CEREAL MIXTURE INTO A MEDIUM SIZED BOWL AND STIR IN BUTTER OR margarine and brown sugar. 4. Spread half of mixture in a medium-size baking dish. 5. Slice softened ice cream and layer on top of mixture. 6. Top with remaining half of mixture and freeze overnight. 7. Cut into squares to serve. Serves 12. You will need an adultâ€™s help with this recipe. from The Mini Page ÂŠ 2009 Universal Press Syndicate from The Mini Page ÂŠ 2009 Universal Press Syndicate
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Supersport: Catherine Osterman Birthdate: 4-16-83 Hometown: Houston Height: 6-2 Residence: Chicago There are some softball players who would probably rather spend a day trying to rope a wild Texas steer than batting against Houston native Cat Osterman. It would be less frustrating. The â€œCatâ€? has been baffling opposing hitters for years. 4ALL TALENTED AND TENACIOUS ON THE MOUND /STERMAN WON THREE .ATIONAL Player of the Year awards in four years at the University of Texas, where she SET AN .#!! RECORD WITH CAREER STRIKEOUTS 3HE HELPED THE 53 WIN AN Olympic gold medal in 2004 and has contributed to three straight World Cup titles, the most recent one this past July. Osterman, who earned a psychology degree at Texas, is working as an assistant softball coach at DePaul University and doing graduate work when not traveling with the U.S. national team. She is taking taekwondo and wants to skydive and bungee jump, too.
Special Recycling Needs Electronic waste Items such as computers, TVs and cell phones create special recycling problems. They are made of so many different materials, they must be handled extra-carefully. Communities may have special times or places for people to bring electronic waste, or E WASTE, for recycling. E-waste cannot be mixed with other recycling materials. E-waste recyclers take special care so that nobody is hurt. There have been problems with some e-waste facilities in China. Circuit board metals have ended up in Chinese rivers, polluting the water. People have gotten sick.
Products with mercury
Recycling workers must take computers and other electronic products apart by hand. They break up the circuit boards. Circuit board parts are then melted down, and the metals are separated from each other. Regular recyclable materials such as plastic or glass are sent to businesses that re-use those materials.
Reusing recycled materials
Other types of waste, such as Sometimes recycled material is fluorescent bulbs and thermometers, turned back into what it was in the also need special care. Workers wear first place. For example, recycled paper protective clothing when recycling is turned into new paper products. these products. Other materials Mercury is a dangerous material used are turned into in fluorescent bulbs and thermometers. something completely different. It is safe when it is contained in glass. For example, plastic However, mercury VAPORIZES, or turns soda bottles might to gas, easily when it is not contained. be made into carpet Workers break the glass in special rooms or clothing, such as where the mercury gas cannot escape. this jacket.
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Penelope Cruz is the voice of Juarez in the Disney movie â€œG-Force.â€? She has appeared in many movies in several countries. Penelope, 35, was born in Madrid, Spain. She began taking ballet lessons when she was a child. When she was 15, she won a talent agency competition. This brought her roles in music videos and TV shows in Spain. She speaks Spanish, French, Italian and English. She has volunteered with Mother Teresaâ€™s childrenâ€™s sanctuary in Calcutta, India, and has volunteered to help needy people in Uganda. She helped found a charitable group to set up a home, clinic and school for homeless girls in Calcutta.
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Meet Penelope Cruz
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Sorting and Saving Materials
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Waste Management workers stand along the conveyor belt to pull out anything that might have been thrown in by mistake, such as food. Workers keep checking to make sure nothing gets in that would contaminate, or ruin, the mixture of the recycled material.
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Sorting through the stream In single-stream recycling, everything is dumped all together onto a large moving belt, or CONVEYOR BELT. Then: s 2UBBER ROLLERS SHAPED LIKE STARS knock off the cardboard onto its own moving belt. s "LASTS OF AIR BLOW PAPER ONTO ITS belt. s 'LASS IS PUSHED DOWN INTO BIG bins under the moving belt, where it is smashed. The glass is pushed under the belts so none of it flies up and hurts workers. s /PTICAL* machinery sorts the glass by color. Another optical sorter separates plastic by color. *Optical (AHP-ti-kul) means something that deals with seeing. Optical machinery uses light to â€œseeâ€? what itâ€™s looking for.