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Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Rhodes arrested on sexual assault charges, again BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
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From left, students Brandon Turner, Jesus Jimenez, THS Certified Craft Instructor Dwight Brodar, Gary Flannery, Jonathan McLendon and Devin Nelson work to lay the foundation of a Habitat for Humanity home.
LAYING SOLID FOUNDATIONS Local masonry students help build Habitat Homes BY KARISSA MINN
it.” THS partners with East Davidson and Ledford High Schools for their trade programs, so Brodar instructs students from all three schools, who carpool back and forth to the job site. Once the foundation for the house is laid, the Carpentry 2 class from THS will construct most of its wooden frame. Later, an electrical class from Ledford will arrive to add and connect electrical wire. Each year, the classes may work together on three Habitat houses, Brodar said. They also do projects for individuals and local governments. “They love coming out here,” Brodar said. “It’s dirty work, it’s hard work, but it’s real gratifying
‘They love coming out here. It’s dirty work, it’s hard work, but it’s real gratifying work.’
— Dwight Brodar
While helping build the foundation of a house for a family in need, some local high school students are also laying the footings for their future careers. Ten students from the Masonry 2 class at Thomasville High School have been working daily on the beginning stages of a Habitat for Humanity house. Dwight Brodar, who has been teaching masonry and carpentry at THS for three years, says that the ser-
THS Masonry & Carpentry Instructor
vice work helps the students to learn valuable lessons outside of the classroom. “It gives them first-hand experience, other than working in the lab,” Brodar said. “I can work them in the lab all day long using training mortar, but it’s not until they get out here on an actual job site ... that they get a good feel for
See SOLID, Page A6
A Thomasville teen found that a third visit from the Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office was definitely not the charm when it came to his involvement in allegedly assaulting females. Rhodes For the third time in the past three months, Chase Anthony Rhodes, 19, of 359 Stacey St., has been arrested by DCSO on charges of sexually attacking a female acquain-
tance. Rhodes has been charged with two counts of attempted second degree sexual offense and one count of assault on a female for an incident that detectives allege occurred in the spring. Rhodes is currently being held in jail after being issued a $20,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Lexington District Court on Sept. 30. “It seems to be more of the same problem,” Sheriff David Grice said. “I can’t really say too much, but it’s a situation we’ll continue to investigate. I think he is taking advantage of some of the peo-
See ASSAULT, Page A6
Cycle North Carolina to stop in Chair City BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer Thomasville can expect to see an economic boost come through the Chair City next week in the form of a two-wheeled caravan. Cycle North Carolina’s “Mountain to the Coast” ride will make an overnight stop in Thomasville on Tuesday, bringing more than 1,000 cyclists to town and an estimated $75,000 in revenue to a city that sorely needs some positive economic news. “This is a big event that will bring 1,000-plus
people to the town,” Mark Scott, Thomasville Tourism Director, said. “It’s a great opportunity for businesses and civic organizations and people who work together for the same common interest in trying to be proud of our city and show it a positive light. You figure $75,000 in a period of about 16 hours is nothing to sneeze about.” Thomasville was a morning pit stop for the event three years ago, and made an good impression with its hospitality efforts towards the cyclists.
See CYCLE, Page A6
College policy changes for immigrants BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
Undocumented immigrants will be allowed to enroll in North Carolina community colleges next year, the State Board of Community Colleges decided last week. On Sept. 18, the board voted 16to-1 on the policy, which will take effect April 1, 2010. To attend one of the system’s 58 campuses, an undocumented immigrant must be a graduate of a U.S. high school, must pay out-of-state tuition and may not displace a North Carolina or U.S. resident from a class or program.
Myra Thompson, public information officer for Davidson County Community College, said that she hadn’t heard of any undocumented students wanting to enroll at that school so far. “I don’t think this will change that much, because out-of-state tuition is so high,” Thompson said. “I think it would put it out of the price range of most of our prospective students.” Out-of-state tuition is $7,700 per academic year, compared to $1,600 for in-state tuition. Undocumented students also would be barred from taking certain courses, such as those that are part of certifica-
tion programs or that have limited admissions. Dr. R. Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College System, said in his report to the board that the new policy still places more restrictions on the admission of undocumented immigrants than those of several other states. “In my opinion, it is a policy that is the right thing to do, because it maintains that all-important hope for students who were brought to our country as minors and who are graduates of our high schools,” Ralls said. “It keeps the path to a
See POLICY, Page A6
Jane Wilder, TMC public relations specialist, gives a back massage to a Cycle N.C. rider during their last tour.
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Senior Center beginning Sept. 28. Classes will meet each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30. Each class will consist of exercise and arthritis/exercise education and discussion. “Fit and Strong” is an evidence-based physical activity program developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Research on Healthy Aging. The fee is $5. Call (336) 242-2290 by Sept. 18 to register.
Flapjack fundraiser The pubic is invited to an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support the Humane Society of Davidson County. The event is Saturday, October 3, 7-10 am, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 71 Plaza Parkway, Lexington. Tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at Bank of the Carolinas, 119 West Center Street, Lexington or by calling 336-248-2706.
Keeping Thomasville Strong Habitat applications suspended
Because its waiting list has reached its maximum at this time, Habitat For Humanity of Thomasville has suspended accepting applications for new potential family partners for six months. They will resume accepting applications on Saturday, March 20,2010, at First Presbyterian Church, 21 Randolph St.
The City Beautification Committee is holding a raffle for a Pamela Crawford planter. The planters are the same as those recently installed at the Big Chair. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and the drawing will be held at Everybody’s Day. Proceeds will benefit the City Beautification Committee. See City Administration or a Beautification Committee member for tickets or purchase at Everybody’s Day.
Big Chair tulips
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.
”Fit and Strong” Exercise Program
An eight-week physical fitness program will be offered at the Lexington
Tom A. Finch Community YMCA, located on 1010 Mendenhall St., is hosting a community-wide event called Keeping Thomasville Strong on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thomasville Medical Center is providing a free lunch, beginning at noon, for the first 300 attendees. People are invited to visit with a multitude of community agencies that want to make life better for everyone, especially during these economically challenging times. They will be able to talk to professionals offering sound advice on family services and activities, child care, managing money, creating a safe home for the family, economical grocery shopping, staying healthy and much more. For more information, contact the Tom A. Finch Community YMCA at 4756125 or ymcathomasvillenc.org.
Chili Cook-off First Presbyterian Church, 21 Randolph St., will hold its fourth annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Cooperative Community Ministries, His Laboring Few, Fairgrove Family Resource Center and Saint Stephens Missionary Baptist Church. The event, sponsored by Thomasville Medical Center Heartburn Treatment Center, will include live music by The Father’s Four and Carolina Country Grass, as well as hot dogs, bake sale and cold drinks. For more information, contact the Rev. Mike Lamm at 476-4110, fpcpastor@ northstate.net, or Phil Griffin, Chairman of Men of the Church at 880-2019, or email@example.com.
Class reunion Thomasville High School Class of 1969 will hold its 40th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Colonial Country Club. Reservations need to be made by Thursday, Oct. 9. For more information or to register, call Pat Harris Shelton at 4752562.
Salvation Army Christmas assistance The Salvation Army of Davidson County will be taking applications for Christmas assistance on the following days: Lexington office (314 W. Ninth Ave. • Monday, Oct. 5 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 6 p.m. • Tuesday, Oct. 6 — 10 a.m. to noon, 3 to 6 p.m. • Wednesday, Oct. 7 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m. • Thursday, Oct. 8 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m. • Friday, Oct. 9 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 6 p.m. Thomasville office (10 Pine St.) • Monday, Oct. 12 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 6 p.m. • Tuesday, Oct. 13 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 6 p.m. • Wednesday, Oct. 14 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m. • Thursday, Oct. 15 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 6 p.m. • Friday, Oct. 16 — 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 6 p.m. For applications to be processed, the following information must be provided: Driver’s license or picture identification, Social Security Car for each person applying, proof of residence, proof of income, and last month’s expenses, including rent, utilities, etc.
Thomasville Library Trivia Q: What did Hyman Lipman do in 1858 that made life easier for students? A: He put pencil and eraser together. Q: Under what name did the Domino’s Pizza chain get its start? A: DomNick’s Q: What are the two top selling spices in the world? A: Pepper is 1st and mustard is second. Q: What is the only essential vitamin not found in the white potato? A: Vitamin A Q: What’s the ballet term for a 360-degree turn on one foot? A: Pirouette. Q: What is the most widely eaten fish in the world? A: The Herring Q: What is the literal meaning of the Italian word linguine?
Sept. 26, 2009
Thomasville Times Weather 7-Day Local Forecast
Weather Trivia What is the Greenhouse Effect?
Sunday Isolated T-storms 79/62
Monday Mostly Sunny 82/58
Tuesday Mostly Sunny 74/51
Wednesday Sunny 75/50
Almanac Last Week High Day 70 Thursday 72 Friday 72 Saturday 78 Sunday 79 Monday 74 Tuesday Wednesday 82
Low Normals Precip 66 79/60 0.27" 67 79/60 0.08" 64 79/59 0.00" 66 78/59 0.00" 63 78/58 0.00" 63 78/58 0.09" 69 77/58 0.85"
Sunrise 7:11 a.m. 7:12 a.m. 7:13 a.m. 7:14 a.m. 7:14 a.m. 7:15 a.m. 7:16 a.m.
Today we will see cloudy skies with a 60% chance of rain, high temperature of 68º, humidity of 89% and an overnight low of 63º. The record high temperature for today is 92º set in 1986. The record Average temperature . . . . . . .70.4º low is 35º set in 1950. Sunday, skies will be mostly Average normal temperature .68.6º cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderDeparture from normal . . . . .+1.8º storms, high temperature of 79º, humidity of 57% Data as reported from Greensboro and an overnight low of 62º.
Moonrise 2:15 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:39 p.m. 4:13 p.m. 4:42 p.m. 5:09 p.m. 5:35 p.m. New 10/18
Moonset 11:51 p.m. 12:48 a.m. 1:46 a.m. 2:44 a.m. 3:43 a.m. 4:41 a.m. 5:39 a.m.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009 â€“ Thomasville Times â€“ A3
Grant to provide funding for Mendenhall Station in High Point Coble, who secured more than $6 million in the soon-to-expire, sixyear highway spending bill, said that these funds fulfill the federal governmentâ€™s commitment to this important project. â€œIt was vital to the future of the High Point Furniture Market that we develop a modern transportation system to move thousands of visitors around the city and beyond,â€? Rep. Coble said. â€œHigh Point went ahead and completed building Mendenhall Station with the knowledge that at some point the federal government would come through with the necessary funds.â€?
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WASHINGTON, D.C. â€” The last payment of two federal grants to High Point will provide funds for the final bills connected with construction of Mendenhall Station that serves the Furniture Market, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) announced today. Coble said the Federal Transit Administration has approved grants totaling $1,683,320 for the intermodal facility that assists in the moving of thousands of visitors who come to High Point twice a year for the international furniture show.
Congressman Coble, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, was able to secure $6.216 million in the last multi-year transportation spending bill. The funds released today, from the Bus and Bus Facilities Program, were the final payments from the appropriation obtained by the 6th District representative. One grant was $1,354,320 and the other was $329,000. Mendenhall Station is named for Judy Mendenhall, the former mayor of High Point and president of the High Point Market Authority.
Student wins scholarship from S&ME a Southeastern U.S. engineering and environmental services firm headquartered in Raleigh, with an office in Greensboro. The scholarship competition is open to the children of the firmâ€™s 700 employees located in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Vezinaâ€™s father, Perry Vezina, is assistant manager of the metals department in S&MEâ€™s Raleigh
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Colby Vezina, whose grandparents Waldo and Barbara Inman reside in Thomasville, has won a $1,500 Lawrence R. Matthews scholarship. He is a first-year student at North Carolina State University, who will study biomedical engineering. Vezina won the financial aid from S&ME, Inc.,
Branch. The scholarship awards are based on the candidatesâ€™ academic achievement, school and community participation, leadership qualities, and honors achieved. S&ME established the program, now in its 12th year, to honor Lawrence R. Matthews who served as S&ME president from 1992-1997. Ten students received scholarships this year.
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Monday, Sept. 28 â€” Breakfast: Cinnamon crisp, graham crackers, fruit juice, milk; Lunch: Chicken nuggets chef salad, cabbage saute, creamed potatoes, sherbet, fresh fruit, milk. Tuesday, Sept. 29 â€” Breakfast: Chicken biscuit, fruit juice, milk; Lunch: Creamed turkey, rice, chef salad, green peas, blueberry cobbler, oranges, milk. Wednesday, Sept. 30 â€” Breakfast: Cereal w/ munchies, fruit juice, milk. Thursday, Oct. 1 â€” Breakfast: Pancake on a stick, fruit juice, milk; Lunch: Hot dog, chef salad, potato tots, cole slaw, pineapple, fresh fruit, milk. Friday, Oct. 2 â€” Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, fruit juice, milk; Lunch: Nachos w/ground beef, chef salad, pinto beans, corn, pears, fresh fruit.
Monday, Sept. 28 â€” Breakfast: French toast sticks, assorted fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Pizza, sloppy Joe on a bun, chicken and noodles w/ roll, peas and carrots, hash brown sticks, garden salad, peach cups, assorted fresh fruit. Tuesday, Sept. 29 â€” Breakfast: Goody bun, assorted fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Hot dog w/slaw and chili, oven baked chicken w/roll, hoagie sandwich, vegetarian beans, steamed broccoli, garden salad, strawberry fruit pop, assorted fresh fruit. Wednesday, Sept. 30 â€” Breakfast: Breakfast bagel, assorted fresh fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Chicken nuggets w/roll, beans and franks w/buttered Texas toast, soft chicken taco, baby potatoes, green beans, garden salad, pears, assorted fresh fruit.
Thursday, Oct. 1 â€” Breakfast: Cinnamon bun, assorted fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Nachos, lasagna w/roll, rib-b-que, lima beans and corn, onion rings, garden salad, baked apples, assorted fresh fruit, cherry crisp. Friday, Oct. 2 â€” Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, assorted fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Chicken fillet, chicken tetrazzine, grilled cheese, squash casserole, corn, garden salad, fruit mix, assorted fresh fruit. * Cereal and toast served daily with breakfast. * Chef salad meal w/ crackers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and boxed raisins offered daily with lunch.
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