Saturday, September 4, 2010
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Local officials optimistic, despite trying times BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
City of Thomasville and Davidson County officials alike gathered for a moment of jovial socializing, taking a brief escape from the daunting task of keeping the area afloat amidst the floundering economy and listening with at least slight optimism to the not-sobleak city and county reports. Police officers, com-
missioners, school b o a r d and city council members heard a brief overview from Craver Thomasville City Manager Kelly Craver and County Commission Chair Dr. Max Walser at Colonial Country Club Thursday, as part of the Thomasville Area
Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City and County. “ We ’ r e very fortunate to Walser have leaders in our community that are passionate about our community,” said Keith Tobin, superintendent of Thomasville City Schools and chamber board chair.
“I feel blessed to be in this community because of the leaders we have. I’m excited about the direction in which we’re headed.” Craver took the podium with a fairly somber demeanor. “I’d like to say I’m coming to you with all the answers to all of the questions in our community,” he told the crowd. “But we’re really facing the elusive question of, what is the new normal?”
‘I’d like to say I’m coming to you with all the answers ... But we’re really facing the elusive question of, what is the new normal?.’ — Kelly Craver City Manager With the hard economy marching right on the heels of the departure of Thomasville’s once-thriving furniture and textile industries, the Chair City has struggled to find
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an identity, to recover the thriving bustle of city life it once had. Sales tax revenues have declined 11 percent in
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LEXINGTON — With a dismal decade in the rear-view mirror, the Davidson County Economic Development Commission is focusing its sights on the future in hopes of turning around the local economy. During the annual EDC meeting at Sapona Country Club Tuesday, executive director Steve Googe said Davidson County has taken several economic hits since 2000. A doubledigit unemployment rate, a slumping housing market, high foreclosures and shrinking employment opportunities have plagued the county in recent years, but Googe said there may be signs of recovery. “We didn’t have a great year but there were some significant new and expanding industries to come to Davidson County,” Googe said. “We ranked fourth in the state in jobs announced with 1,360 and sixth in job investments. We also have been in the top 10 of the 780 micopolitans in the country just about every year. Although it’s a very
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RIDING THE RAILS Sveral rail fans from Colorado visited Thomasville Thursday to watch the passing trains. Their guide was Bruce Faulkner from Raleigh, who had been told that Thomasville was one of the better places to watch trains in the area. Faulkner said because of the Bandstand, Depot and shade from nearby trees, it was a great place to take photos and video of the trains. Visiting from Colorado was John Parker, Doug Geiger, Bill Wood and Rodney Black.
Sand mining threatens Rich For Creek water quality BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
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LEXINGTON — Despite wastewater from three cities pouring into Rich Fork Creek, Davidson County Board of Commissioners learned Thursday that the most imminent problem for the stream’s water quality actually comes as a result of sand mining. According to Tetra Tech, a third-party firm brought in to study water quality at Rich Fork Creek, sand mining has widened and deepened the stream, slowing stream flow and reducing the quality of the aquatic environment. Tetra Tech analyzed the water’s dissolved oxygen levels and looked at the 79-square-mile discharge coming from Westside wastewater treatment plant. “If we break this down, what we see is most of the time oxygen up stream of
the plant and down stream of the plant is well above state standard,” said Tetra Tech Director Trevor Clements. “But all of a sudden, between Highway 109 and Middle School Road there is a small decrease, and that is significant in water quality terms.” After collecting this data, Clements and his staff walked the stream, searching for clues pointing to the decrease in water quality. What they found was sand mining at three bridges crossing over the river. “In each of those areas, instead of the stream looking like it should, it had been carved out,” Clements said. “It had extra width and the stream bank was very steep.” A normal stream boasts a bed 20 to 30 feet wide with a sloping bank and cov-
Getting accustomed to a new school year is difficult for just about everyone. Students have to wake up early, parents have to make sure their children get up on time and motorists heading to work have to account for the extra traffic surrounding school buses and their many stops along the way. Schedule changes, particularly in the morning, can often lead to hurrying, both at home and on the roads. One of the biggest changes surrounding the start of school are the speed limits in school zones. Every year, for the first few weeks of school, motorists forget that going 35 or 40 mph in a school zone is speeding and will lead to a tick-
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Davidson County Schools to pursue construction bonds BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer Davidson County Board of Commissioners gave Davidson County Schools the go-ahead to apply for more Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB) to use to build a new middle school. QSCB bonds are federal bonds that came out of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and can only be used to finance construction or renovation of public schools. Davidson County Schools applied for and received $3 million in QSCB bonds at the end of July, but the 2010 QSCB fund had about $50 million remaining even after all off the applicants received their bid. School systems are able to apply for up to $10 million of the excess, and applications must be received by Sept. 8 — the reason why commissioners approved the application Thursday rather than waiting for the next regular meeting on
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What’s happening? Youth Leadership program
Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Youth Leadership program in the fall. The program is targeted for 11th graders at any high school within the county. For more information or to apply, e-mail dougcroft@ northstate.net.
Barbie™ A Fashion Fairytale
Kidtoons Films Inc., a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., will bring Barbie™ A Fashion Fairytale to 155 Kidtoons theatres across the nation beginning today just in time to celebrate Kidtoons 6th birthday. While at the theatre, Barbie® fans of all ages will be whisked away to a colorful, modern-day fairytale filled with fashion, friends and fun. Viewers will join Barbie® and her dog Sequin on a fantastical journey to Paris. Through her Parisian adventures, Barbie® discovers that magic is what happens when you believe in yourself. In addition to viewing the new film, audience members will receive a complimentary giveaway item and an opportunity to win a Barbie™ A Fashion Fairytale raffle prize. Barbie™ is offering a buy one get one free coupon for admission to Kidtoons. The coupon can be found at kidtoonfilms.com. A full list of participating theatres can be found at www.kidtoonfilms.com
The schedule will be as follows for the week of Sept. 6 – Sept. 10: Monday’s garbage route will collect on Tuesday. Tuesday’s garbage route will collect on Wednesday. Wednesday and Thursday will collect on Thursday. Friday will be regular schedule.
The Piedmont Wind Symphony The Piedmont Wind Symphony, under the direction of Robert Simon, opens its 21st season with its annual Labor Day concert at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty Street in Winston-Salem, Monday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. Admission is free. This year’s concert, called “Music To Eat Popcorn By,” features music from films. Directed by Robert Simon and Jeff Whitsett, concert highlights include medleys such as “Chillers & Thrillers,” “Disney at the Oscars,” “Grease,” “James Bond Suite,” John Williams’ “Fantasy of Flight,” “Mission Impossible,” “Pink Panther,” Theme from “Shaft” and many others. Children are invited to dress up as their favorite movie characters and walk the red carpet. Food will also be available for purchase from a variety of local vendors. For more information, call the PWS at (336) 722-9328, or the Children’s Museum at (336) 723-9111, or visit www. piedmontwindsymphony.com or www. childrensmuseumofws.org.
Relay For Life committee meeting Relay For Life of Davidson County will hold its first Committee Meeting to begin planning the 2011 Relay on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at Rich Fork Baptist Church, 3993 Old Highway 29. To become a committee volunteer, contact DavidsonRFL@triad.rr.com or our local American Cancer Society office at (336) 834-0844.
TMC golf tournament Holiday garbage schedule
The City of Thomasville will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day.
Thomasville Medical Center Foundation to host 16th annual golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The event will take place at The Hale Irwin Signature Course at Meadow-
lands Golf Club in Wallburg. The tournament is a four-person captain’s choice tournament. There is an $85 entry fee for each golfer. There are two shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. while snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the day. Participants will also receive a goody bag. Several of the holes have been identified as the “competition holes,” “longest drive” and “closest to the pin.” There is also unlimited range balls, and the price includes green fees and cart. Thomasville Medical Center Foundation pays for prescription drugs for people without means to buy their medication; renovations of the hospital; asthma camp for children; a book program called “Reach Out and Read” to help low-income families read to their children; and free clothes for the homeless who are patients in the hospital and rape victims brought to the emergency department. Proceeds from the golf tournament will assist the Foundation in furthering its mission of supporting Thomasville Medical Center the healthcare needs of the community. Questions should be directed to Linda Hunt, TMC Foundation executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 4762881.
Conversational Spanish for beginners Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program in conjunction with Davidson County Community College will be holding an eight-week course in conversational Spanish on Friday afternoons at the Lexington Senior Center, 555-B West Center Street Extension, from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning Sept. 17. Participants will learn useful everyday expressions and phrases, the alphabet, numbers, and more in order to have basic conversations with Spanishspeaking individuals in their community and while traveling. The cost for the course is $75, which includes textbook, CD and handouts. The course is open to all Davidson County residents age 55 and older. Fees are due upon registration. For more in-
formation or to pre-register, call (336) 242-2290 or e-mail Stefanie.Poore@davidsoncountync.gov. Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 7.
Baptist Children’s Home children, staff and the local community will gather on Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. to encourage cyclist Chris Boone, who leaves for a cross-state bike ride on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in an effort to raise money for BCH and break the record of 40 hours. Boone is estimated to ride through at approximately 3 p.m. The rally will take place at the historic train depot (Farmer’s Market) in Lexington at 29 Rail Road St.
Smart Start will host its third parent training Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Learn about ways to use items found in nature to promote learning and exploration. Parents will get ideas for creating play and learning experiences inside using materials found from their backyards. Limited child care is available. For more information, call (336) 249-6688.
Triple P parenting program
Fairgrove Family Resource Center will hold a parenting program, Triple P, which will suggest simple routines and small changes that can make a big difference to a family, help parents understand the way families work and uses the things parents already say, think, feel and do in new ways that encourage good behavior, create a stable and happy family, learn how to handle problem behavior, build positive relationships with children so conflict can be resolved, and plan ahead to avoid or manage potentially difficult situations. The class, dinner and child care are free. The class will include eight Thursday sessions beginning Sept. 9 at 6:45 p.m. each session at Fair Grove United Methodist Church, 204 Cedar Lodge Road. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Reservations for dinner are required, as is registration for the class. For more information or to register, call (336) 472-7217.
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Compassion UNCLE BILLâ€™S CORNER
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CHANGING OF THE GUARD Hasty Lions Club outgoing president Sharon Kennendy gives the presentation of the new president plaque to incoming president Eddie Craven.
90-YEARS-YOUNG A birthday celebrations was held on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, honoring Frances Tysinger, who was born on Aug. 13, 2920. Mrs. Tysinger observed her 90th birthday with a party hosted by her sons, Bill and Charles, and her granddaughter, Lori Wattay. More than 50 friends and family members attended the event held at Thom-a-Lex Park in Lexington. Mrs. Tysinger, widow of the late Floyd Tysinger, retired at age 87 from Kmart where she had 30 years of service.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GRACIE Gracie Rose Ferguson, born Aug. 29, 2009, celebrated her first birthday on Sunday. Gracie is the daughter of Andy Ferguson and Kristal Rose, of Lexington. She is the sister of Drew Ferguson, 17, and Jessica Ferguson, 13. She is the granddaughter of Don and Dianne Ferguson, of Thomasville, and Randy and Lateffa Rose, of Lexington. She is the great-granddaughter of Donna Mae Ferguson, of Thomasville, and Austin Rose, of Lexington.
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Padial returns from deployment
Army Reserve Spec. Ricardo A. Padial is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom, respectively. The soldiers return to Fort Dix, N.J. for debriefing, evaluations and outprocessing procedures before returning to their regularly assigned Army Reserve or National Guard units. The specialist served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Iraq Theater of Operations. Padial, a civil affairs specialist, is assigned to the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Greensboro, N.C. He has served in the military for three years. He is the son of Ivan L. and Alba F. Padial of Childers Court, Lexington, N.C. In 2004, the specialist
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Hames returns from deployment Army Reserve Spec. Shenia E. Hames is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom, respectively. The soldiers return to Fort Dix, N.J. for debriefing, evaluations and outprocessing procedures before returning to their
regularly assigned Army Reserve or National Guard units. The specialist served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Iraq Theater of Operations. Hames, a civil affairs specialist, is assigned to the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Greensboro, N.C. She has served in the military for more than two years. She is the daughter of Melinda L. and stepdaughter of Tony A. Graham of Albemarle St., Lexington, N.C.
Websterâ€™s New World Dictionary defined compassion as: â€œsympathy, to feel petty, sorrow for suffering, or troubles of others, accompanied by an urge to help someone in need.â€? Come with me to a third grade classroom. This is a true story and I am not giving out real names. There was an 8-year-old little boy sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there was a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants were wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. Itâ€™s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, theyâ€™ll never speak to him as long as he lives. He is horribly upset and distraught about the situation. The boy is at the verge of tears. He puts his head down and prays this prayer, â€œDear GOD, this is an emergency! I need help right this minute! People will always make fun of me and I am ashamed, please Dear GOD, help me!â€? He looks up from his prayer and there
comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered. As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate I will name Linda is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Linda, trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the little boyâ€™s lap. The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, â€œThank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!â€? Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning around the desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has now transferred to someone else â€” Linda! She tries to help, but the classmates tell her to get out. â€œYouâ€™ve done enough, you Klutz!â€? And the ugly comments continued through the day!â€? Finally, at the end of the day, the boy walks over to Linda and whispers, â€œYou did that on purpose, didnâ€™t you?â€? Linda whispers back, â€œI wet my pants once, too.â€? This little story makes us all stop and think about other peoples actions and compassion for one another. Sometimes, we learn it from children. May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good. Remem-
ber, just going to church doesnâ€™t make you a Christian anymore than standing in your garage makes you a mechanic. Each and everyone of us is going through tough times right now with this economy, and loss of jobs, loss of medical insurance, loss of homes, less food on our tables, and the list could go on. But I truly believe God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. I say to you, â€œKeep the Faith my Friend.â€? So, I will end this column today with a prayer just for you; Father, I ask You, bless these friends, relatives and those that we care about deeply. I pray for those who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. When there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs, if this is Your will. Bless their homes, finances, their goings and their comings. Amen! Have a safe Labor Day weekend, and remember, show someone compassion today, tomorrow, and forever. Be a giver in life, not a Taker. Be safe, be strong, be happy! Uncle Bill is over and out for this week. â€œSee yaâ€™ soon! Guest Columnist Bill F. Hill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correction In the Aug. 31 edition of the Times, a headline on the Focus Page incorrectly identified the Pilot Club of Thomasville as the Pilot Lions Club. The Times apologizes for any confusion.
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FROM PAGE 1 QUALITY From page 1 ered in trees for stabilization. Rich Fork Creek spanned 75 to 100 feet wide with a steep bank and no trees. Clements said they also found excessive treefall between the mining areas. But not only did sand mining widen and deepen the stream, Clements says such erosive practices also disconnected Rich Fork Creek from the flood plane and affected the velocity of the water. The decreased reaeration and increased sediment oxygen demand resulting from this, as well as an increased heating from the loss of a tree canopy, has lowered water quality Tetra Tech then spent two years collecting data and measurements from the river, hoping that from there they could create a model to see whether or not fixing sand-mined areas would improve water quality. The model was composed of two what-if scenarios — removing the discharge and restoring the stream. If the county decided to just remove the wastewater discharge, Tetra Tech’s model shows the system completely crashing, void of oxygen and life. Clements said that over time the ecosystem would adapt and quality would improve, but it would be well under the state limit. Restoring the stream, according to the model, would put quality at or above the standard. “That’s not the only thing that needs
to be done in the stream,” Clements said. “There are other things that need to happen in terms of restoring water quality. But restoring the sand mine areas is going to have wide-range impacts on the stream, including improving hydraulics and improving water quality of that stream.” Another change that should improve the river’s condition does, in fact, have to do with the wastewater discharge. But instead of eliminating such discharge all together, Chris Thompson, public services director for the City of High Point, says that Westside wastewater treatment plant will merely improve treatment processes for the already good quality water discharging from the facility. “We’re going to our new process — the biological nutrient removal process,” Thompson said. “That upgrade treats water much more effectively.” Thompson mentioned that the east side plant has already begun using the process and puts its discharge in Randleman Lake, a drinking reservoir. Clements added that such discharge — especially with the improved treatment process — will actually help Rich Fork Creek. “In low-flow conditions, it’s better to have the wastewater coming from High Point than no water,” Clements said. “Water no longer infiltrates at a rate that provides sufficient base flow under normal summer conditions. This wastewater being treated to the level that it’s being treated is actually providing a resource to this stream.”
American Cancer Society in need of volunteers TIMES STAFF REPORT
The American Cancer Society and it’s Davidson County committee members are currently seeking volunteers in the surrounding areas to assist with the 2011 event. The committee is responsible for organizing the event, recruiting fundraising teams, garnering community support, coordinating logistics, planning
entertainment and seeking donations to ensure the continued success of Relay For Life. The first volunteer committee meeting will be held on Tuesday in Lexington. This meeting will begin the planning process for Relay, which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by find-
A Lexington man was charged with sex offenses against a juvenile. According to a Davidson County Sheriff ’s office press release, Robert lee Rich, 38, of 414 Allen Yountz Road in Lexington, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of indecent liber-
From page 1 et. The speed limit in a school zone is 25 mph. “An Important point for the motoring public to remember is pedestrians have the right of way,” Capt. Loren Wesley with Thomasville Police Department said. “There’s a lot of children who walk to school and it’s hard enough to see them and stop going 25 mph. This is a safety piece we want to emphasize as a department.” According to Wesley, the area in town that has seen the most citations through the first two weeks of school is Unity Street, in front of Thomasville High School and Thomasville Middle School. Wesley said one
BONDS From page 1 Sept. 14. Though applying for the bonds doesn’t lock the system into anything, the full $10 million would give the county a full $13 million to put towards building a new, much-needed middle school in the northern part of the county that the commission had included in its fiveyear plan. “I am personally committed to building that school because we’re very overcrowded up there,” said Chairman Dr.
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Max Walser. “You’re not making any kind of commitment to anybody anywhere by applying for these bonds.” Middle schools typically cost between $15 and $24 million. Although the bond money — if the schools received the full amount requested — would only cover a portion of that, Assistant County Manager Zeb Hanner says that because the bonds come at zero interest the county would end up saving $300,000 a year over the life of the loan. “This is a God-send,” said Commissioner Billy Joe Kepley. “We’re going to have to build a school sooner or later. If we can do it with no interest — this is just a really good offer for us.”
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ing cures and by fighting back against the disease. To join the Relay for Life committee or for more information, e-mail name, address and phone number to DavidsonRFL@triad.rr.com or call the local ACS office at (336) -8340844 by Sept. 6. To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help anytime, day or night, call 800-ACS-2345 or visit cancer.org.
high traffic volume in the morning. TPD, along with deputies from the Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office, spent time at the intersection of Kendall Mill and Lake Road last week due to complaints of traffic backing up. Liberty Drive, Sunrise Avenue, Hasty School Road and Pilot School Road also are areas where the speed limit drops to 25 mph. “TPD is very proactive in ensuring our children are safe,” Maj. James Mills said. “The ongoing endeavor to reduce speeding and accidents in school districts is our primary concern. People just need to pay attention and use discretion.”
of the reasons is Unity Street is four lanes in that area, unlike Sunrise Avenue that sees very few citations for speeding. TPD issued a total of 31 citations for speeding in a school zone and 10 warnings from Aug. 25-27 — the first three days of school. “It generally takes a couple of days and people start noticing the school buses on the road,” said Wesley. “So far, its been pretty good. People are adhering to the posted limits. We’re just trying to emphasize safety and we’re making progress. We haven’t had a lot of instances regarding school zone speeding, but we’re still going to be out there, enforcing these limits.” There are several school zones throughout Thomasville that see
ties with a minor in connection to an investigation of sex offenses. Detectives received a report regarding a possible sex offense on Aug. 18, and are alleging that Rich committed acts of indecent liberties with a child between Sept.., 15, 2005 and Sept. 14, 2006. Rich is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 21.
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Happy Labor Day VIEWPOINT
WILL DURST Syndicated Columnist Poor Labor Day. Gets no respect. It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of celebrations. The runt of the holiday litter. Just hearing the name conjures up depressing images of a last plastic souvenir sports bottle of lemonade poured on the dying charcoal briquettes of summer. It’s the end of the bright light and the beginning of the darkness. Vacation is over and the fun has expired. White shoes are put back in the closet and storm windows taken out. Watermelons are replaced on the floor next to produce bins by pumpkins. Swimming pools get drained and ice cream trucks convoy back into their hibernatory garages. All the red, white and blue motifs give way to orange and black. The solstice is dead. Long live the autumnal equinox. As a kid, I was too busy running from the shadow of school’s return and the end of my freedom to pay much attention to the meaning of the holiday. And when I did, it made no sense. Honor work? Who would do that? Might as well set aside a day to venerate broccoli. I thought of work as a thing to be avoided, not celebrated. Chores squared. But then I entered the real world and desired things, like food and shelter and clothing and gasoline, which forced me into gainful employment. And it was surprisingly enjoyable. Not the getting up at 4 a.m. part, but the fruit of accomplishment deal -- yeah. Got my Social Security number at the age of 12. Held over 100 different jobs. Then in 1981, I was able to earn a living at my chosen craft. Making me an extremely lucky man. Without labor, we would still be nomads, boiling river water
to wash down our nightly meal of beans and mush and roots and moss. Getting way too friendly with the livestock. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. From the people who brought you the weekend, not to mention the 40-hour work week and the lunch hour and the smoke break and the potty run and the punch-clock dash. Our society’s love affair with the genetically blessed can get tiresome. The rich and the beautiful and the fast and the strong. The lucky sperm club. People who were in the right place at the right time, and most of those places were wombal. That’s why it’s important to have this one 24-hour period to honor ordinary Americans. Real folks who don’t think “work ethic” is a dirty word. Or a dirty two words. Or whatever. No, there’s no fireworks to watch or ugly birds to cook or chocolate-covered bunnies to steal marshmallows from. Just one Monday off for all those regular guys and gals trying to make ends meet; raising 2.3 kids while juggling a mortgage and trying to cover the monthly cable bill with at least one premium channel thrown in. One day to celebrate what it is that we do for a living by taking the day off from work. Paying tribute, not to some dead presidents or a religious fertility ritual or the valiant who have fallen defending democracy, but to the living. To us. The true American heroes. The ones who keep democracy alive and shaking and moving and growing. You and me. All right. All right. Fine. Mostly you. Happy Labor Day, everybody. Will Durst is a San Francisco-based political comedian who writes sometimes. This being an example. Catch Durst with Johnny Steele and Deb & Mike, Sunday, Labor Day Eve, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Calif., and then Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11, at the Town Hall in Lafayette, Calif. His new CD, “Raging Moderate,” is now available from Stand Up! Records on I both Tunes and Amazon. Coming early next year: “Where the Rogue Things Go.”
Rating the nation’s smile index VIEWPOINT
PETER FUNT Syndicated Columnist So, how was your summer? I just finished a threeweek trip, mostly by car, covering thousands of miles and sampling hundreds of opinions. I went to big cities -- LA, Chicago, Washington, New York and Boston -- and small towns -- from Lancaster, Calif., to Lenox, Mass. And what I found in my unscientific sample was that despite horrible economic conditions and political unrest, Americans remain remarkably resilient. Maybe I was influenced by late summer’s burst of perfect weather and resulting Kodachrome views -- from the 95th floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago looking out over a glistening Lake Michigan, to the lawn at Tanglewood in Lenox, as the Boston Symphony concluded its season with Beethoven’s rousing “Ode to Joy.” Perhaps it was the mercifully peaceful behavior of Glenn Beck’s throng in Washington which, considering the opinions unleashed, could have been much worse. Maybe it was President Obama going on TV to declare that the most nightmarish aspects of the fighting in Iraq seem to be behind us. Or maybe it was just that the ice cream at Handel’s landmark stand in Youngstown, Ohio, was so pleasing on an evening
when the breeze was warm and the mint chip sweet. With gas prices lower than last summer (although it’s hard to fathom why a gallon cost me $2.57 in Massachusetts and $3.19 in Connecticut), many Americans are on the road. In some spots the traffic is jammed, but often for good cause, since federal stimulus money is funding some 12,000 highway projects and creating construction jobs along the way. Still, nearly 15 million Americans are out of work, and many are hurting because of it. I saw a shopping plaza not far from Tanglewood that’s now 75 percent vacant. Even on bucolic Main Street in New Canaan, Conn., family-owned shops are closing at an alarming rate. Up and down the Salinas Valley in Central California, where the air is thick with dust, thousands of workers dot the fields, with scarves protecting their faces and hats blocking the sun, hunched over for hours to pick our lettuce and broccoli. They ride to and from the fields in old buses that look just like the vehicles used to transport prisoners to nearby Soledad prison. At least they’ve got jobs. At O’Toole’s in Chicago, diehard fans continued to cheer for their hapless Cubs, even as the manager, Lou Piniella, appeared on the TV screen in tears to say goodbye following a 16-5 loss to the Braves. Despite the recession, there were big crowds at the mall in Providence, R.I., with the wait for a table at the Cheesecake Factory running an hour or longer, as many people enjoyed an end-of-summer treat. At all these stops I used my own Smile Index to measure the mood of people I met. Most seemed resigned. There’s almost a palpable
sense that we’re all in this together, and it shows up in the way folks smile and say hello. Indeed, it was all on display Saturday morning at the Cafe on the Common in Mansfield, Mass., where the breakfast is terrific and the cheerful service is even better. It was the first week of school football, and the place was packed. But those seated at the window could look straight across the town green at families standing in the sun, waiting for a free meal at the food pantry run by a local church. A few miles up the road in Norton, a guy was standing at an intersection with a folding table and a large poster that read: “Stop to Impeach Obama.” I didn’t stop to talk, but I could see he wasn’t happy. That’s too bad, because America’s got a lot going for it, and President Obama isn’t part of the problem, he’s helping to provide the solutions. What I see is a nation that feels slightly safer, resigned to tough it out, and hoping we’re turning the corner. That same week, as the President returned from his own vacation, he got a look at the new rug in the Oval Office on which appear five memorable quotes from great Americans. One is from Teddy Roosevelt: “The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.” And whether your vantage point is an exit on the Interstate, or standing on the White House rug, the vision is of renewed hope in America. Peter Funt is a writer and public speaker. He’s also the long-time host of “Candid Camera.” A collection of his DVDs is available at www.candidcamera.com.
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the times they have shared. “Regardless of how you feel philosophically, I have learned in eight years that being an elected official is a tough job,” said the board’s sole Democrat. the last two years — a source of income “And when people step up to the plate, that had been relatively stable in the you should give them their due.” past. The water and sewer department With an 11.7 percent county unemployis suffering from high debt, partially ment rate and the dramatic increase in from the wastewater spill last summer. social services and health department Though Winding Creek Golf Course demands given the slow economy, the continues to make a profit, the debt county commissioners have had their from the course’s construction won’t be work cut out for them. retired until February of 2013, at which “As we all know, this great recession point Craver says the city hopes to conwas supposedly over in the fourth quarstruct a new police buildter of 2009,” Walser said. ing. “I don’t think a lot of peo“We have a modern ple in Davidson County police department,” he feel like it’s over.” said. “They should have In fact, a county servica modern facility to work es pamphlet pooling the out of.” various agency contact But despite a few bumps information in one locain the road, Craver says tion has seen almost daiThomasville has fared ly use since the original pretty well in the past printing of 20,000 copies. year. The general fund “I consider that one of balance has increased the better things that’s from 0 percent five years been done since I’ve been ago to 17.5 percent in a commissioner,” Walser 2010. Property evaluation — Max Walser said. “That’s something has increased 1.6 percent in this down economy County Commission — modest, but growth, that’s hopefully helping Chair Craver pointed out. our system.” And though the city But all that aside, has cut 20 employees Walser spoke with relaover the past five years, tive optimism. Craver says Chair City services have re“Your county is in good shape,” he mained stable — a fact most cities can’t said. “In fact, our revenues are pretty boast at this point. good. The real challenge for the com“We’ve not cut back any services,” munity going forward is job creation, Craver said. “We’ve re-organized, which will help smooth over this ecoworked smarter and we’ve outsourced nomic recovery.” some hats to save money. These outside The chairman gave kudos to the Ecoinfluences on businesses are seemingly nomic Development Commission, sayout of our control. It will take the sucing the county has done well in attractcessful efforts of us all to get through ing new industries to the area. these complicated, beautifully com“There is a lot of work going on, and plicated, times in which we’ve been yes, we are giving incentives,” he said. thrust.” “That’s just part of the game. But it’s Walser’s overview focused first on working.” the commissioners themselves. Since the chairman has decided not to run in Staff Writer Erin Wiltgen can be November’s election, he took the time reached at 888-3576. to thank his fellow commissioners for
of New Jerusalem United Church of Christ where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and was a member of the Women’s Guild of the Church. Mrs. Floyd was married to Edgar Floyd who died April 25, 2007. She was also preceded in death by a son, Steve Floyd, on Nov. 17, 2006. She is survived by a son, Gary Floyd, of Denton, by daughters Sonja Reid and husband, Lamar, of Roswell, Ga.; and Carol Jean Elliott, of High Point. She is also survived by grandchildren, Kristin Reid and Andrea Walker and husband, Mark, greatgrandchildren Brantley and Brayden Walker, and by a brother Everett Gallimore and wife, Clara, of Greensboro. Memorials may be made to New Jerusalem United Church of Christ, 4104 Jerusalem Church Road, in Lexington, or to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, in Lexington. Online condolences may be sent to www.briggsfuneralhome. com.
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‘The real challenge for the community going forward is job creation, which will help smooth over this economic recovery.’
FUTURE From page 1 uncomfortable situation, we’re still faring better than a lot of other communities. ” In 2009, Googe said seven new industries brought 506 jobs to the area and invested more than $197 million. Existing industries also expanded, adding close to 700 jobs while investing $10 million. The Sun Edison Solar Farm alone made a $207.9 million investment in the county. Googe feels Davidson County is still an attractive area to companies, both foreign and domestic, and expects to see more growth in the near future. The past decade was especially hard on manufacturing. Since 2000, average annual employment in manufacturing dropped by more than 10,000 people, leading to an unemployment rate that has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. “Our economy is primarily a manufacturing economy,” said Googe. “In the 80s, we had 50 percent
of our people employed in manufacturing. Now it’s down to about 25 percent. Manufacturing suffers quicker and recovers last. We have an awful lot of interest in the county and we continue to have that from domestic manufacturers and also foreign manufacturers. We feel the two things that are very attractive to companies looking at the southeast region of the United States is location and our workforce. We have a trained manufacturing workforce and that is very appealing to a lot companies. It’s something we take for granted here. If you go to other places around the world, that is a very valuable asset and we try to market that.” High unemployment also affects others areas of the economy. In 2000, more than 1,300 new homes were built in Davidson County, compared to 273 last year. During the same time, foreclosures are up 497 percent and the county is averaging about 77 foreclosures a month. “The key number to look at is wages,” Googe said. “From 2000 to 2003,
we lost $160 million worth of payroll. That’s devastating, but we built it back over the next three years and added $14 million to it. Just about the time we got our heads above water, it fell out again. I think we’ll certainly build it back again, but it will probably take another three to four years.” Googe also pointed out that the high school dropout rate in the three area school systems — Thomasville, Lexington and Davidson County — decreased last year and property tax revenues are up. Thomasville experienced the largest population expansion since 2000 with an increase of 35.5 percent. In other news: • David Powell was introduced as the new president and CEO of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, an economic development group. Powell, a former executive with Verizon and NetJets, outlined his plan on how to develop the region economically, saying “the road to economic success is always under construction.”
Index Thomasville Odine Adams, 82 Audrey Johnson Lexington Johnny R. Kennedy, 57 Mable B. Leonard, 87 Other areas Pauline G. Floyd, 92 Barbara B. Marsh, 49 Linda D. Tate, 63
Odine Adams Mr. Odine Adams, 82, a resident of Abbotts Creek Nursing Center in Lexington, formerly of Thomasville, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at the nursing center. Born May 8, 1928, in Commerce, Ga., a son of Jesse Y. and Willie Adams, he was employed with Parkdale Mills, retiring following 40 years of service. Funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. in Hillside Park Baptist Church with Dr. Steve Chipps and the Rev. Terry Boles officiating. Burial will follow in the Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m. and other times at 1681 Warf Road, Southmont Community, in Lexington. J.C. Green & Son Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to the Adams family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Pauline G. Floyd DENTON — Mrs. Pauline Gallimore Floyd, age 92, of NC Hwy # 47, Denton, died Wednesday, Sept. 1 at her residence. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at New Jerusalem United Church of Christ with the Rev. Butch Conrad officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family saw friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence on NC Hwy # 47. Mrs. Floyd was born Oct. 1, 1917, in Davidson County to John Walter Gallimore and Eula Elizabeth Hedrick Gallimore. She was a retired employee of Bill’s Hosiery Mill and was a member
Audrey Johnson Audrey Louise Goforth Johnson died on Sept. 1, 2010, after a long illness. Born Nov. 10, 1926, in the Midway Section of Bluefield, W.Va., she loved to research records of family heritage and leaves her family with a long history. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service today at 10 a.m. at Brentwood Baptist Church on Gordon Road, in High Point. There will be an interment service at 4 p.m. at Grandview Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Bluefield, Va., and the family will receive friends after the service. The family would like to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Advance Home Care. Memorials may be directed to Brentwood Baptist Church, 2426 Gordon Road, in High Point. Online condolences may be sent to the Johnson family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Johnny R. Kennedy LEXINGTON — Johnny Ray Kennedy, 57, of Fair Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at his home. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel with Preacher Clyde Akers officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Lexington City Cemetery. The family will re-
Mable B. Leonard
LEXINGTON — Mable Byerly Leonard, 87, of Leonard Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Hinkle Hospice House following a short illness. Funeral will be held 3 p.m. today at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Sluder officiating. Burial will follow in Center United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home and other times at the home of Marie Whitlock on East Holly Grove Road. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Barbara B. Marsh
WINSTON-SALEM — Barbara Booker Marsh, age 49, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at her home with her family. Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Faith Missionary Alliance Church with Pastor Michael Gates and Pastor Albert Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Linda D. Tate
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Linda Darlene Tate, age 63, of 223 Jay Place, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, in High Point Regional Hospital. Born April 8, 1947, in Guilford County daughter of Darrell Hackler and Helen Louise Tate, she was formerly employed with Alma Desk Co. and Morgan Fence Co. and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in J. C. Green & Sons Chapel with the Rev. Amos Mashburn officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and other times at the home. Online condolences may be sent to the Tate family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
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Find results from the weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, as well as college football highlights.
OFF THE PORCH
THOMASVILLE 20, A.L. BROWN 7
CALENDAR DICK JONES Outdoor Columnist
TODAY FOOTBALL Elon @ Duke 7 p.m.
What’s in your tackle box?
LSU vs. UNC 8 p.m. Tulsa @ E. Carolina 7:30 p.m. N. Texas @ Clemson 3:30 p.m. E. Davidson @ N. Davidson 7:30 p.m. RACING Nationwide Series from Atlanta 6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY SOCCER Randleman @ E. Davidson 7 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY E. Davidson @ N. Davidson 5 p.m. Ledford @ W. Davidson 5 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Ledford @ Trinity 6 p.m. TENNIS Lexington @ E. Davidson 4:30 p.m.
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A Thomasville runner works for extra yards and an A.L. Brown defender tries to pull him down Friday night in Kannapolis.
Bulldogs roll past Wonders BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer KANNAPOLIS — Thomasville High School’s Keseasn Green ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown a Kannapolis Memorial Stadium Friday night against the A.L. Brown Wonders. The Bulldogs defense took it from there. In its most complete game of the young season, THS moved the ball on offense, dominated defensively and played solid special teams in a 20-7 victory over the Wonders, marking the Bulldogs third straight road win to start the year. “This was a great team effort,” THS offensive coordinator and assistant coach Dickie Cline said. “We played tough and we played physical on both sides of the ball. We’re extremely pleased with the win. [The kickoff return] got momentum on our side and we sustained it the whole game.” A week after struggling against Mount Airy, Green sparked immediate life into the team with
‘We played tough and we played physical on both sides of the ball.’ — Dickie Cline Thomasville Assistant Coach his 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown just 15 seconds into the game. Green escaped the Wonders initial wall and broke free into open field, outrunning defenders down the far sideline. “It felt really good,” said Green. “I wanted to get us good field position so we could run at them. Everybody played lights out. I was able to give the defense the lead and they knew what to do with it. Once we get in front we have to stay in front and match the other team’s intensity.” Still clinging to their early lead, the Bulldogs defense provided a big play late in the first quarter. On second and long, Wonders
quarterback Martel Campbell rolled right and pitched the ball to Xavier Stanback. Robert Davis and Tevin Davis read the play perfectly, disrupting the toss and causing a fumble. Jay Spires scooped up the loose ball at the A.L. Brown 42, giving THS great field position with 1:54 to go in the opening quarter. “We worked hard this week getting the game plan ready for their option,” linebacker James Boyd said. “When game time came, it was like practice. Their quarterback is their focal point but coach also told us that anyone on their offense was capable of making plays.” Not wanting to squander a prime scoring chance, head coach Allen Brown spent two time outs in a span of five seconds on third and 8 from the Wonders 23-yard line. The move paid off as Sam Nelson rolled to his left and found Shaquan Johnson open in the flat for a touchdown with three second left on the clock. The duo kept
See BULLDOGS, Page 9
September has finally arrived. As a boy, I greeted September with mixed emotion because, while the best time of the year begins this month, I had to return to school. While some would argue that getting old is a distinct disadvantage, and on many facets I would agree, being a bit of a codger can be sweet if you can manage some time to enjoy the fruits of your labor with that schoolboy dread far behind you. Right now, we still have hot weather that makes old men sweat and dogs pant, so today Larry and I are passing the hot part of the day in the office. My best friend, Billy Lagle, says that getting ready is half the fun, so I’d suggest spending the next hot afternoon in the comfort of air conditioning going through your surf fishing tackle box. In fact, you might want to get your stuff together and get down to the coast. Often the fish really turn on after a storm and the bite might well be on as you read this. There’s nothing more frustrating than being where the fish are without what you need to catch them so a pretrip check is always a good idea. I say tackle box but I haven’t used a traditional tackle box in years. Instead I put my
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Cowboys’ big plays spell doom for Ledford BY DANIEL KENNEDY Times Correspondent
WEDNESDAY SOCCER Randleman @ E. Davidson 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL E. Davidson @ Ledford 5:30 p.m.
GAME REPORT DEADLINES: Monday-Friday 9 p.m.
WALLBURG — The opening minute of Friday night’s game versus Southwest Guilford set a bad precedent for the Ledford Panthers. Braxton Daye foreshadowed the Panthers’ misfortune with a 50-yard return of the game’s initial kickoff to begin Southwest’s first drive deep in Ledford territory. A fumble by quarterback Airyn Willis inside the 5-yard line temporarily stalled the Cowboys’ promising drive, but on the following play, Panthers running back De Greene could not get out of the end zone and was taken down for a safety. Raymond Bridges fielded the ensuing free kick and rushed 70 yards down the sideline and into the end zone to give Southwest a 8-0 lead with 11:32 remaining in the first. The disastrous first series for Ledford gave the Cowboys the only points they would need, as they rolled to a decisive 36-3 victory and advanced to a 3-0 start. “I’m proud of the effort tonight of our kids,” Cowboys coach Scott Schwarzer said. “Defensively, offen-
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RACERS OFFER KISS FOR KATE
NASCAR Truck Series driver Carl Long No. 6 car — owned by Rick Ware Racing — donned the ‘Kisses4Kate’ logo during Friday night’s truck race at Kentucky Speedway. The logo also will be used today on Brandon Ware’s No. 62 car at the Pro All-State Series - Super Late Model Touring: Labor Day Classic 200 at Wilkesboro Speedway. y The car is owned by Jeff Day of New Day Motorsports.
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stuff in the divided tray 3600 boxes and carry the boxes in a soft shoulder bag. My surf fishing bag is the smallest bag I have with only four boxes. Of course, what you put in your bag is greatly determined by where youâ€™re going to fish. I like to fish the big water of Hatteras and Lookout and for that, I need heavy sinkers and big rigs. Starting with the tackle for bait fishing makes sense in surf fishing because most surf anglers fish bait until something gives them reason to break out the artificials. Of course, everyone needs extra line, snaps, sinker slides, pliers and a scale in their box but these should be in any tackle box. The rest of the stuff is specific to surf fishing. I carry Frog Tongue sinkers in 12-ounces to 4ounces for fishing when the current is strong. Unless you have a rod that will throw this kind of weight, thereâ€™s no need to load down your box but, in a pinch, most rods will throw an ounce or two more than their rated weight. I normally fish heavy water with 8ounces with my long distance rods. If things are really calm, Iâ€™ll go down to 6-ounces but these rods donâ€™t really do well below that weight. My lighter sinkers from 4ounces down are regular pyramid configuration sinkers. For fishing the Carolina coast south of Lookout, a 6-ounce pyramid is about all youâ€™ll ever need, with a 4-ounce being plenty most days. Rigs are another part of the bait fishing equation and they vary widely based on the species you target and the conditions youâ€™re fishing. For bluefish and Spanish mackerel, a floater rig will out-fish a bottom rig two to one. For other species like sea mullet, flounder, spots, and toadfish, a bottom rig works best. I think both work equally well for sea-trout and puppy drum. Unlike many other surf zone fish, blues and Spanish donâ€™t really scavenge the bottom. They are often much higher in the water column. I make all my own rigs. Iâ€™ve had several good bites when the rig came in without a fish but with a straightened snap. Most rigs are put together for low cost and I tie my own, not to save money but to have better rigs. I normally tie my rigs with a 6/0 drum hook on the bottom without a floater and a quality snap on the top with a floater. This allows me to fish on the bottom for puppies and drum and have a hook of the size I need a little further up to snag a blue or an occasional bottom fish. Sometimes, late in the season when there are stripers in the water, Iâ€™ll tie the rig with two big hooks and about 30â€? of leader between the two. I call this a hi/lo rig and itâ€™s a great rig to use when stripers and big drum are around. I tie most of my rigs with 100 pound test and crimp most of my connections. If all this sounds to you like Iâ€™m obsessed with catching the bigger fish to the exclusion of smaller ones, youâ€™re right. Iâ€™d rather catch a single 40â€? fish than forty 12â€? fish. I like the pull of a big fish in the surf.
SPORTS You need to tie your rigs up before you leave for the trip if possible. I tie mine and put them in zip-lock bags so I can rig up fast if I break off. There are specialty rigs I sometimes use and I keep materials in my line bag to allow me to tie any kind of rig I dream up for a special need. Every surf angler should have a smaller box with a variety of hooks to cover every use. My hook box contains hooks from 10/0 to 6. Match the hook size to the species and size of the fish targeted. Often, you can catch a big fish on a small hook and vice versa but sizing the hook to the fish works best. Finally, we come to artificials, the most fun kind of surf fishing when there are enough fish present. I only throw artificials when I have a reason. If I see birds working within casting range, Iâ€™ill always make a few casts. If I catch a few blues in fairly fast succession, I start throwing a spoon. If I see bait being blasted out of the water, I fish what I think is an appropriate artificial. In the surf, I like spoons best. Most saltwater fish that will hit an artificial have real teeth and soft plastics and plugs get destroyed in short order. If I have to destroy plugs and jigs to catch fish, I figure thatâ€™s just good for the plug makers but normally spoons cast better and work just as well. I like Hopkins and Stingsilvers and the many knockoffs. I really donâ€™t think fish can tell the difference and, since I donâ€™t get any money from the name brand guys, Iâ€™ll tie a two dollar lure on before a six dollar one. You should have a variety of colors of spoons as well as silver and gold, but if theyâ€™re really in there, I can never really tell which color is best. When they want a spoon, theyâ€™ll hit a can opener. Ad some grubs in varied colors for sea-trout, a
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Dick Jones is a freelance writer living in High Point. Heâ€™s an NRA Certified Instructor and an upcoming member of the board of directors of the Southeast Outdoor Press Association. He writes about hunting, fishing, dogs, and shooting for several NC newspapers as well as magazines. If youâ€™d like to have him speak to your group, he can be reached at email@example.com.
SPORTS BRIEFS VOLLEYBALL Lady Panther split a pair Ledfordâ€™s Lady Panthers suffered their first loss of the season Thursday, falling to West Davidson in five games, 25-19, 16-25, 23-25, 25-19, 13-15. It was the first loss in eight matches for the Panthers. Cady Ray had 7 aces, and 6 kills, Emily Vernon tallied 12 assists, Stevi Williams finished with 7 aces and Kaitlyn Otley added 7 kills. In the JV match, Ledford defeated the lady Green Dragons in three games, 20-25, 25-16, 25-18, improving the Lady Panthers record to 2-4. On Wednesday, Ledford beat North Davidson in four games, 25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-7. Ray had 12 assists, 5 kills and 6 aces, Vernon registered 12 assists, Williams finished with 9 kills and 4 blocks
and Haylee Leonard chipped in 5 kills. The Lady Panthers JV squad fell to North Davidson, 20-25, 11-25. Ledford travels to Trinity Tuesday night.
day on the hard courts. Kathryn Stroup, Elona Jones, Catherine Sullivan, Drew Sapp, Brielle Anthony and Logan Allen swept singles action.
GENERAL HiToms to host fall tourney
SOCCER East tops Ledford Nick Lopez provided all the offense East Davidson would need Wednesday as the Golden Eagles downed rival Ledford, 31, in Thomasville. Lopez scored all three goals, one off a penalty kick, for East in helping the Eagles improve to 5-0-1 on the season. East hosts Randleman on Tuesday.
TENNIS Panthers weather Storm Ledford won for the eighth time in eight matches, beating Southern Guilford 9-0 Wednes-
The Thomasville HiToms are hosting a fall high school baseball tournament September 25th and 26th at Historic Finch Field. Open to American Legion programs and showcase squads, the round-robin will provide teams with a three-game guarantee against highlevel competition. For more information please call the HiToms office at 336-472-8667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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