Dr. David Lipschitz discusses new drug research for malignant melanomas. See HEALTH, Page 3
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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Oakley honored by city council BY ERIN WILTGEN Staff Writer
Thomasville City Council voted to name the city cemetery chapel after former council member Danny Oakley. Oakley, who died of complications from diabetes, not only served on council but also taught in schools. Mayor Joe Bennett says the man played an integral part of the community. “I think everyone knew Mr. Oakley and the time that he
served on this council and what he did and what he meant not only to the cemetery and the city but also to the citizens of this town,” Bennett said. “This is a chapel that is nearing completion, and it would be named in his honor.” And apparently, the idea to build the chapel in Oakley’s honor wasn’t something spurred by his death. Oakley’s wife, Lori, said Nat Walker, cemetery groundskeeper, had words with Danny Oakley about the chapel.
“It’s something that’s been in the works for the while,” Lori said. She added that her late husband had put his heart and soul into the community, giving it everything he had. “I think that’s great for my husband,” Lori said. “He’s very well known in the community in many areas.” The council also approved animal control policies and procedure allowing animal control officers to carry a gun in the performance of their duties.
Officers will have to pass a certification course to qualify for the firearm. “All I’m looking at is making sure we have quality service,” said Thomasville Chief of Police Jeff Insley. “If we need to put an animal down, we’re just looking for quality service and the ability to protect our folks. We don’t want to be in the situation and the officer has to go, ‘Oh, hold on.’” The officer will only be al-
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TCS awaits amount of ‘Race to the Top’ funds BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
Now that North Carolina has been selected to receive a significant amount of money from the federally-funded “Race to the Top” program, just how much will trickle down to Thomasville could be determined as early as this week. North Carolina is in line to receive approximately $400 million from the “Race to the Top” program that will go toward transforming public schools through innovation initiatives in the classroom. According to Thomasville City Schools Superintendent Keith Tobin, a webinar session will be held today with education leaders that could shed more light as to how much of this money will make it to the Chair City. Early estimates are that TCS could get as much as $200,000 from the program. “We’re excited about it
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The S.T.A.R.S. Academy recently graduated 12 middle school students from its 2010 program.
S.T.A.R.S. Academy graduates class TIMES STAFF REPORT The Davidson County Education Foundation developed and sponsored a summer day program for rising seventh grade students in 1995. Each year, the program hosts 30-40 students from the six middle schools throughout the Davidson County School System. The S.T.A.R.S. Academy is proudly located on the campus of Davidson County Community College and provides selected
middle school students the opportunity to build skills in decision-making, self-confidence, leadership, cooperation and community responsibility. The S.T.A.R.S. coordinator and facilitators bring leadership to small and large group activities, individual conferencing, goal setting and daily evaluation of activities during their time together. All staff members are employees of the Davidson County School system, which has proven
to be an important asset to the program. Graduates for the 2010 STARS program were: Caramen Michael, Greg Collins and Styrling Tangusso, all of Central Middle School; Tristan Beck, Margeaux Briggs, Jody Smith, Abigail Bryant, Christopher Day and Carolina Mogollon, all of Ledford Middle School; and Courtney Cervone, Josue Hernandez and Tyler Rucker, all of North Davidson Middle School.
Annual festival promises action-packed day BY LISA WALL Editor
The 102nd Everybody’s Day Festival returns to the Chair City Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Historic downtown Thomasville and the rumble or passing trains will set the backdrop for a fun-filled day of music, shopping and entertainment created for … well … everybody. North Carolina’s oldest festival returns to usher in autumn in the Chair City on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 102nd Everybody’s Festival — organized by the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce - gathers more than 130 arts, crafts, and specialty vendors, along with live musical entertainment, amusement rides and a dance stage for a day of fun and excitement for the whole family.
“This is an event that attracts as many as 80,000 people and has a $62,000 budget, but costs absolutely nothing to attend,” said Doug Croft, Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce president. “There are no turn stalls, just come and have a good time and enjoy some great entertainment.” The award-winning festival — sponsored by Thomasville Medical Center — will expand its footprint this year, incorporating the new PACE Park Amphitheater, which will serve as the main stage. Magician and mind reader Erik Dobell will mesmerize the audience with his illusionary skills at 11 a.m., and local favorite, Street Party
Jobless rate continues to see decrease BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped for the sixth straight month in August and is near the national rate for the first time in more than two years. According to statistics released by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, the state unemployment rate in August came in at 9.7 percent, just slightly above the national rate of 9.6 percent. The last time the two rates have been this close was in January 2008, when the state rate was 4.9 percent, compared to 5 percent nationally. “The August data showed improvement in job growth,” ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes said. “Several employment sectors experienced an increase in jobs. While local education accounted for most of the job growth, there was an increase of 4,800 jobs in the private sector. We are beginning to see growth in the professional and business services and the manufacturing sectors.” Seasonally adjusted employment increased by 18,600 jobs in August, with the largest gains coming in government (13,800). Leisure and hospitality suffered the largest drop in jobs, losing 1,000. In the past year, however, non-farm employment has increased by 36,700 jobs. “A good sign of recovery and a good indication that the economy is turning around is see-
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offered on Tuesdays. The first session begins today and runs through Oct. 12, and the second session begins on Nov. 2 through Nov. 23. Morning and evening class times are available. These classes provide a time for children to explore singing and instrument play with an adult partner. Cost for each four-week session is $15 per child with special family rates available. To register and for other information, call Linda Selleck at the church office at (336) 884-1359.
Each rising sixth grade student for the 2010-11 school year is required by law to receive the Tdap vaccine by Sept. 24, 2010, unless they have had a Tdap or tetanus shot in the last 5 years. Student who have not had the vaccine by the above date will be excluded from school until they receive the vaccine. The vaccines are available from primary medical providers or the Davidson County Health Department. The health department in Lexington will be holding a Tdap clinic on Sept. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. Call the health department at (336) 236-3096 to schedule an appointment. If your a has already had this vaccine, send proof to the school as soon as possible. The students who received the vaccine at school this past school year do not need to send proof. For more information, call Gwen Yates at (336) 2422327.
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.
Little Music Makers classes
Little Music Makers classes for children 18 months old to 5 years of age, and children preschool and older with special physical and learning challenges, will be offered at High Point Friends Meeting, located at 800 Quaker Lane, this fall. Two four-week sessions will be
Litter sweep will take place Thursday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 24, at 12:30 p.m. Meet at the clock tower. Bring your own gloves. Vests and orange bags will be provided.
DavidsonWorks, Inc., meeting The DavidsonWorks, Inc., Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 8 until 9:30 a.m. at Davidson County Community College, Mendenhall Building, Room #226. RSVP by Sept. 21. To RSVP, call Carol Carrick at (336) 242-2065 or e-mail Carol.Carrick @ DavidsonCountyNC.gov.
Beautification booth at Everybody’s Day Thomasville City Beautification will have a booth at Everybody’s Day, held Saturday, Sept. 25. The booth will sell two different past scenes of Howard Degarde prints and two different past scenes of Thomasville postcards. The organization will also be taking orders for tulip bulbs and will have a raffle for potted plants.
Free screening Dialysis Action Committee (D.A.C.) and the National Kidney Foundation have come together to offer Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at High Point City Lake Park, 602 W. Main St., in Jamestown. The program gives a free screening for the community to check for high blood pressure or diabetes. Participants must be 18 years old to qualify for the free screening. High blood pres-
sure and diabetes are the leading causes for E.S.R.D. or kidney disease. Registration is required. To register for a free screening, call Denise Hockaday of the National Kidney Foundation at (877) 858-3808. Volunteer nurses, technical help, PT techs and manual labor is also needed. To volunteer, call Harvey Jones at (336) 993-8431.
Republican Women meeting The Davidson County Republican Women would like to send an open invitation to all county Republican women to its monthly meeting. The meeting is held the fourth Monday of every month at Tricia’s Catering, located at 408 Piedmont Drive, in Lexington. September’s meeting will be held on Sept. 27. Buffet dinner is at 6:15 p.m. and meeting will start at 7 p.m.
Fire Prevention Week coloring contest Pick up a copy of the FPW Fire Safety Coloring Contest Official Rules/Coloring Sheet at any of the Thomasville Fire Stations. Entries must be returned to the TFD — Headquarters Station at 712 East Main St. — by Oct. 1. Entries will be judged and winners will be put on display at the Thomasville FD Headquarters Station Oct. 3-9. Only one entry per child allowed. Entries will be judged on originality, color and creativity. Winners will be notified by phone. Contestants will be broken down into age categories — ages 5 and under, ages 6-9, ages 10-12 and ages 13-15. First Place winners in each category will receive a ribbon and gift bag. Second and third place winners in each category will receive a ribbon and gift bag. For more information, call the Thomasville Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Division at (336) 475-5545.
Big Chair tulip bulbs Thomasville City Beautification is taking orders for Big Chair tulip bulbs. Cost is 25 bulbs for $20, 50 bulbs for $35, 75 bulbs for $45, 100 bulbs for $50. Mail checks or money orders to Thomasville City Beautification, PO Box 368, in Thomasville. Deadline is Oct. 15. Delivery will be in November.
This Week in History Sept. 25, 1978 MANAGUA, Nicaragua — President Anastasio Somoza accepted an offer from the United States to help Nicaragua find peaceful solutions to end its bloody civil crisis.
Sept. 19, 1983 The No. 10 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill football team pummeled Miami of Ohio 48-17.
Sept. 23, 1993 Davidson County health officials advise citizens to wash hands well as the number of Shigellosis cases continued to rise. The bacterial disease has symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramps, vomiting and fever. The disease is spread from feces by skin contact or contaminated water. In August the number was 15, and by Sept. 1 the number was 115. About 10 or 11 North Carolina counties were in the outbreak stages, but Davidson and Randolph counties seemed to be experiencing the heaviest outbreak. Randolph reported 241 cases on Sept. 1.
Sept. 22, 1999 WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued the nation’s tobacco industry, seeking billions of dollars spent treating smoke-related illnesses, accusing cigarette-makers of a 45-year campaign of deceit to ensure enormous profit at the cost of human lives. The lawsuit alleged the companies have conspired since the 1950s to defraud and mislead the public. The industry concealed data that showed nicotine is addictive and smoking causes disease, sponsored and publicized biased research and suppressed development of safer cigarettes in violation of federal anti-racketeering law, the suit alleged.
Sept. 21, 2010
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Thursday Sunny 93/64
Friday Mostly Sunny 93/67
Saturday Sunny 91/69
Almanac Last Week High Day 76 Saturday 86 Sunday 85 Monday 92 Tuesday Wednesday 91 89 Thursday 92 Friday
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Drug research targets malignant melanoma LIFELONG HEALTH
DR. DAVID LIPSCHITZ Syndicated Columnist
Advances in research and technology have come to typify American medicine. Through a focus on high technology, acute care brings many problems, but it also has allowed for some incredible breakthroughs. In a recent study released in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers may have identified the next frontier in cancer therapy. In a clinical trial, researchers described a remarkable response in the treatment of malignant melanoma. All of the pa-
tients in this study were battling terminal disease and had a life expectancy of less than two months. Treatment with this experimental medication prolonged life in half of the 54 patients by an average of nine months. Three of the patients have been in complete remission for two years. This breakthrough comes from fundamental research in the laboratory. When studying malignant melanoma cells, basic scientists identified a genetic alteration, referred to as the BRAF mutation, in about half the patients with malignant melanoma. This specific gene mutation allows the cancer cells to multiply and spread aggressively. (BRAF stands for “v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1.”) By identifying a gene that may be associated with cancer progression, a group of scientists then created a drug, currently known as PLX4032, which specifi-
Fitness club argues against common beliefs about overweight children TIMES STAFF REPORT
Nearly one out of every three American children is clinically overweight or obese. The health and well-being of future generations is undeniably at risk. And yet the fastest-growing fitness club chain in the world is about to launch a nationwide campaign featuring TV commercials and full-page ads in USA Today and People magazine which declare “There is no childhood obesity epidemic.” What’s up with that? “Too much blame is being placed on the kids,” said Anytime Fitness club owner Richard Ennis. “Adults need to step up and be better role models if we want our kids to be healthy. That’s what this is all about.” The campaign will feature an organization called COAK – the Coalition of Angry Kids. The kids are “angry” because adults aren’t doing enough to help children lead healthy lifestyles. The timing of the campaign is no accident. September is the first “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.” Richard predicts politicians and the media will suggest that kids need to put away their video games and cell phones and get outside and play. They’ll also declare war on school lunches, fast food and vending machines. “But nobody will be offering any real solutions,” Richard said. “Somebody needs the courage to stand up and say, ‘The primary reason we have so many overweight kids is because they have poor role models: overweight adults.’” Richard points to recent research as evidence: “If one parent is obese, there is a 50 percent chance that the children will also be obese. However, when both parents are obese, the children have an 80 percent chance of being obese.” - American Academy of Child & Adolescent Phychiatry. According to Staford University of Medicine researches, the factor that puts children at greatest risk of being overweight is having obese parents. More than two-thirds of states (38 out of 50) now have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no
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