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SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY
BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
A huge fish kill leaving thousands of carp, crappie, bass and other fish dead in the southern end of High Rock Lake was discovered Tuesday. There has been no definitive answer to why the kill occurred.
Huge fish kill reported at High Rock Lake BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
Residents living near a cove at the southern end of High Rock Lake discovered a smelly, gruesome scene on Tuesday. Thousands of dead fish littered the shoreline of the Fisherman’s Cove community near St. Matthews Church Road in Salisbury. David Lineberry first noticed the fish kill when he went to the cove for bait Tuesday morning. “It was crappie, largemouth bass, brim, shad, shiners and suckerfish,” Lineberry said. Yadkin Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks said he got a call from the Tamrac Marina the same day and traveled down to investigate.
‘I went back and paddled into some coves, and the whole cove was just filled with piles of dead fish.’ — Dean Naujoks Yadkin Riverkeeper “I went back and paddled into some coves, and the whole cove was just filled with piles of dead fish,” Naujoks said. “When we do see fish kills, we usually see it in the summer.” At the annual meeting of the Yadkin Riverkeeper last Friday,
Dr. JoAnn Burkholder, professor of aquatic ecology at N.C. State University, said that raw sewage from a spill can settle into a lake bottom and potentially cause problems for three to six months after the spill took place. Sediment at the bottom could be stirred up by human activity or changes in weather, like the wind and rain experienced over the weekend, Naujoks said. This could cause algae blooms to form, which would decrease the level of dissolved oxygen in the water. “The Thomasville sewage spill — added to the fact that we have declining water quality in High Rock Lake – definitely contributed to low dissolved oxygen levels,
See KILL, Page 12
Governmental center to get new roof BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
LEXINGTON — The Thomasville governmental center soon will receive a new roof, thanks to a vote by the Davidson County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting. Dwayne Childress, county purchasing director, brought the request before the board. He said the existing roof was last renovated in 1993, and it has been leaking for a while. “It’s tearing loose around the whole perimeter,” said Rick Prevette, capital projects manager
of the county public service and works department. “There’s some punctures coming up through the fasteners.” The county awarded the winning bid to Allied Roofing for $59,800 for a mechanically fastened EPDM roof. The next lowest bid was $195 higher, Childress said. Commissioner Don Truell raised a concern that because the governmental building is in a historical district, the county may have to ask for special permission to alter it. Robert Hyatt, county manager, said that officials would follow up on that question before beginning construction.
“Since it’s just a replacement, and it’s not changing the appearance or anything, I don’t think there will be an issue there,” Hyatt said. “We’ll double check and be sure.” Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners voted to accept a $60,000 grant for the Davidson County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC). In June, the JCPC applied for a Community Based Youth Gang Prevention Grant, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grant is specifically targeted
See ROOF, Page 12
A Thomasville man arrested last month for attempted first degree murder has escaped authorities, is at-large and considered armed and dangerous. Charles Gray Gordon, 41, of 603 Pennington Gordon Ave., turned himself into police on Sept. 11 for his involvement in a Trinity shooting and stabbing that left two men in the hospital with severe wounds, ending nearly a week-long manhunt. Gordon was
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Times Community Food Challenge underway BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer With need as great as ever, the Thomasville Times is hoping its seventh annual Community Food Challenge will be the biggest to date. From now until the end of the year, the Times will be collecting nonperishable food items at both its home office at the High Point Enterprise and Thomasville Parks and Recreation, located at 1 E. Main St. Donated items will go to local food pantries. “There are so many people that are suffering economically in our area and the food challenge helps to fill pantries of local assistance agencies who serve such families,” Times Editor Lisa Wall said. “If everyone were to just donate one item, it would go along way to helping stave off hunger in Thomasville.” The Times has set a goal of collecting 10,000 items this year. In 2008, nearly three dozen local businesses, churches
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charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first degree burglary, and impersonating a law enforcement officer. He was initially issued a $750,000 secured bond but had it reduced in court and was sentenced to house arrest until his trial. On Oct. 17, Gordon apparently removed a monitoring device from his leg and has not been seen or heard from since. Randolph County Sheriff ’s Office is leading the investigation and considers Gordon a threat. “[Gordon] was on a huge
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and other organizations helped gather more than 9,500 food items that went to Fairgrove Family Resource Center, Cooperative Community Ministries (CCM), His Laboring Few Ministries and Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship. All four agencies will be recipients again this year. “It always benefits our pantry every we’ve been a part of it,” Aurelia Sink, Director of CCM, said of the Community Food Drive Challenge. “It does help bring up our supply as we have a lot of folks coming in this time of year requesting food. Last year was very trying. We had a lot of requests. We expect it to be at least the same this year if not more.” Parks and Recreation stepped in last year when the Times office moved from its Turner Street office to High Point at 210 Church Ave. TPR Director Billy Freeman said his organization is looking forward to helping out again.
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What’s happening? WDB meeting
The DavidsonWorks Workforce Development Board of Directors will have its Board Meeting Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. at Sapona Country Club.
A Taste of Judaism
Want to learn more? Join Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn for “A Taste of Judaism” — three one-hour presentations that are open to the public on Thursday evenings in October, at Temple Emanuel on Oakwood Drive in Winston-Salem. Each presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a half-hour social. They are free, but donations are accepted. Topics and dates are “Sex in the Text” on Oct. 15, “Miracles in Jewish history” on Oct. 22 and “Jesus and Judaism” on Oct. 29. Additional topics will be covered during presentations in February and April. Register by calling the Temple at 722-6640 or sending a note to email@example.com.
The annual Harvest Festival will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Thomasville Recreation Center. There will be treats, games, a coloring contest and a costume contest. Children are invited to dress as a storybook character or what they want to be when they grow up. Pizza, candy and drinks will be sold for $1 each. Everyone should be sure that they have a ride home at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Communities In Schools of Thomasville, in partnership with Thomasville Park and Recreation Center, Tom A. Finch Com-
munity YMCA, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, The Girl Scouts, Thomasville Fire Department and Thomasville Police Department.
Lexington Youth Theatre presents Cinderella Lexington Youth Theatre is proud to celebrate its 25th season with the production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the Enchanted Edition. Performances will be held Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center (217 South Main St.) in beautiful downtown Lexington. Performance times are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The cast will feature over 90 young performers in grades K-12 and includes some of the area’s best local talent. Come and watch mice turn into horses, the pumpkin turn into a carriage, and Cinderella transform from rags to a beautiful ball gown. Tickets are $8 pre-sale or $10 at the door plus a can of food for local charities. Tickets are available from cast members, the Smith Civic Center office (336) 249-7875 or on the Web site at www. lexingtonyouththeatreinc.com.
Fraser Fir sale Wheatmore Athletic booster club is now pre-selling discounted premium grade Fraser Fir trees 6’-7’ ($35.00 preorder) and 7’-8’ ($40.00 pre-order) until Nov. 20. Pay $25.00 deposit now, and balance upon receipt. Great for businesses and home, while supporting a great cause. For ordering information, contact Kevin Meyers at 870-2536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospice annual meeting Hospice of Davidson County will hold its 26th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Thomasville Memorial United Methodist Church located at 101 Randolph Street in Thomasville. Dr. Ray N. Howell III, Senior Minister at First Baptist Church in Lexington, will be the keynote speaker. Hospice of DC volunteers and the community are invited to attend. For reservations, call 475-5444.
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Annual meeting North Lexington Triangle Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual meeting Nov. 17 at the fire station at 7 p.m. The station is located at 2976 Greensboro St. Ext., across from Lexington Water Works. After the business meeting there will be door prizes and refreshments.
Claxton fruit cakes The Silver Valley Civitan Club has over 1,000 pounds Claxton Old Fashion Fruit Cake available for sale. The holiday treat may be obtained from any member, several local businesses or by calling Sales Manager Jerry Surratt at 472-1428. One and two pound cakes are available at $3.50 per pound. This is the 51st year that the Silver Valley club has sold Claxton Fruit Cake and now exceeds 73,000 pounds in total sales. Proceeds are used for numerous Civitan community service projects including Project Santa Claus.
Christmas Parade The Fair Grove Lions Club is now accepting applications for entry into the Thomasville Christmas Parade. The parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 and will begin at 3 p.m. Luther Watford, who is the parade chairman, reports that entry forms and instructions can be printed from the Lions website at www.fairgrovelions.com or picked up at the Thomasville Arera Chamber of Commerce located in downtown Thomasville. Downtown Thomasville, near the Big Chair, there will be a stage with P.A. system, announcers, judges, live cable TV coverage and bleacher seating. The judges will determine winners in several categories, including Most Creative, Best Religious, Best Musical, Best Dance, Best Spirit and Best Overall. This year the Lions plan to add the Most Humorous award — an old favorite — to the float competition. For additional parade information, contact Luther Watford at 905-1232.
Questions 1: Which president was related by either blood or marriage to eleven other presidents? 2: On Three’s Company, what city did the trio live in? 3: What breakfast cereal was Sonny the Cuckoo Bird “cuckoo for”? 4: What American city produces most of the egg rolls sold in grocery stores in the United States? 5: What continent is cut into two fairly equal halves by the Tropic of Capricorn? Answers 1. Franklin D. Roosevelt 2. Santa Monica 3. Cocoa Puffs 4. Houston, Texas 5. Australia
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Watch them grow TaylorMade
Good relationship management, according to Emotional Intelligence expert Daniel Goleman, includes developing others. Managers and Supervisors will quickly acknowledge that developing people is an important aspect of their jobs. But clearly they’ve got company… What about parents? Teachers? Health care workers? Production line associates? Have you have ever taught another person at work how to do their job better? Many of us have and with good reason. If every team is only as strong as its weakest link, then new knowledge or skills gained by the ‘least of these’ benefits all. How DO you develop someone else? Give advice? Point out their mistakes? Light a fire under them? Read them the riot act? Yes, you may do all these things at times. But I find that these tactics are used all too often, while better ones are underutilized. Here are three steps to developing others that works in a wide variety of applications. SHOW RESPECT This is so basic, yet so key. Sometimes adult learners young and old (and aren’t we all having to learn these days?) are afraid of failure, disappointment, loss of status or employment. This fearful state is NOT con-
ducive to personal/professional growth. On the contrary, such individuals tend to hunker down, dig in their heels and appear totally disinterested in development opportunities ~ all because of fear. Showing respect helps melt that fear, and allows the person to open up to the possibility of a better outcome. Here’s one example… Ray was an experienced tech in a manufacturing facility who knew his stuff. When a new program came into the facility that impacted the technical side, he was quick to point out every potential flaw and kick up some noise about how it wasn’t going to work. In a situation like this, the sound people developer has to ask himself: So what is the REAL goal here? Is it to make Ray tow the line, or to launch a successful program? If the real goal is the latter, than it is more effective to develop Ray ~ to use his expertise to build a solid team who will ensure success. It starts with showing respect for his skills, his skepticism (which can be a strong team’s best friend) and his influence with others. You can expect that he respect you, as well. Given all that, Ray became a valuable asset to the team and the program, not the troublemaker he was predicted to be.
ASK QUESTIONS Giving advice isn’t often isn’t the best way
to develop others ~ particularly when they have some knowledge or ability in the area being developed. Hands down, it is far better to ask questions. Be sure to include these: • What do YOU think? • How do you think it should be done? • Could you show me your idea? • What option do think is best? • What is the best/ worst case here? Empowering others in this way builds on the respect mentioned above. You demonstrate respect by just asking these questions. You offer support by making it OK to try – even OK to fail – but NOT OK to do nothing. Parents of young adults, consider this as your child starts to navigate the grown-up world. It is very tempting to advise, but better to ask good questions and watch them grow into healthy, functioning adults.
ENCOURAGE To encourage – to put courage into – is the final point in this three point lesson. If you’re sending someone out to try something new, untested and challenging, do it with some added courage…YOURS. Remind them of past successes; point out steps they have already taken, or skills already in place that will contribute to a good outcome. Once I was working with a colleague in a challenging environment far away from home.
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A lot of people were depending on his work to be well organized and smoothly functioning. For some reason, he was at an impasse when it came to completing one critical task. I knew he could do the work and started offering several suggestions about how he might approach it. The next morning he was all smiles and showed me a spreadsheet that worked. I hoped one of my suggestions made the difference. But it wasn’t one my suggestions at all. He told me it was something I said just before I walked away. Apparently it clicked when I said: ”You’ll get it…You know how to do this and you do work like this all the time.” Show respect. Ask questions. Encourage. And be around to watch them grow. Taylor Training & Development, Inc. has provided coaching and team development in this region for 18+ years. Team tools include EDGE 360, TKI, CPI 260, the Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Marilyn Taylor is the owner of Taylor Training and a certified coach/corporate trainer with the Boston Coaching Company, home of PaperRoom System for Coaching. For more information, call 249-3194.
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Harold Kennedy of Rex Oil Co. presents a $750 check to Myra Cannon, Math Chair and Greg Fowler, Science Co-Chair of East Davidson High School.
East Davidon receives grant from ExxonMobile Educational Alliance TIMES STAFF REPORT
East Davidson High School has received a $750 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to support the schools math and science programs. Harold Kennedy of Rex Oil Company worked with school officials to secure the grant, which is one of 2,400 available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations. The grants were made possible by fund-
ing from the ExxonMobil Corporation. â€œEast Davidson works hard to make learning interesting and fun,â€? said Kennedy. As an ExxonMobil retailer, we are proud to help the young people of East Davidson. The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood
schools. ExxonMobil believes that, as members of the community, local retailers are best qualified to work with local educators to help identify schools and programs most in need of support. Rex Oil Company and Randolph Mobil met stringent eligibility criteria before applying for and being awarded this grant, including having a commitment to provide a superior buying experience for customers.
Hospice offers â€˜Hope for the Holidaysâ€™ workshop TIMES STAFF REPORT
Families and friends who are grieving the death of a loved one are invited to attend â€œHope for the Holidaysâ€? â€“ a workshop hosted by Hospice of the Piedmont on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program includes activities that focus on relieving holiday stress, coping and managing grief, and honoring those who have died. Children and teens (ages 5 to 18) participate in their own Kids Path program during the workshop. Babysitting for pre-school children is provided upon prior request. Hope for the Holidays is offered free of charge to anyone in the commu-
nity who has experienced a loss through death. Please call Jan Hoffmann, bereavement coordinator, at 878.7219 by Nov. 5 to register. Space is limited. Hope for the Holidays is held in Hospice of the Piedmontâ€™s community conference room at its administrative office, 1801 Westchester Drive in High Point. Since 1981, Hospice of the Piedmont has provid-
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MONA CHAREN Syndicated Columnist You’ve seen those commercials in which an airline pilot, or surgeon, or nuclear engineer is giving expert advice only to acknowledge eventually to his nonplussed listeners that while he is not actually a fill-in-the-blank, he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Do you ever get the feeling that we are getting Holiday Inn Express government? Does anything they say make basic economic sense? President Obama and the Democratic Party propose to save money (or what they call “bend the cost curve”) on health care spending. They will spend less, they say, but also cover more people — the 47 million or 30 million uninsured (Obama has used both numbers). This will be accomplished without reducing care for anyone and without raising taxes on anyone except the rich. In fact, care will be improved. Sounds great. But do these people know what they’re doing? They mouth the words “choice” and “competition” but only, ironically, in praise of a “public option.” The concept of encouraging choice and competition in the health insurance market — say by permitting interstate sales — is off the table. The Wall Street Journal provided a handy chart of “Uncle Sam’s Cost Overruns.” In 1965, when Medicaid was enacted, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that first year costs would amount to about $238 million. The actual price was $1 billion. The program now costs $251 billion annually and is climbing fast. The record is similar for Medicare. In 1965, Congress predicted that by 1990, Medicare would be costing $12 billion. The actual cost — $90 billion. As Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget has admitted, “If costs per enrollee in Medicare and Medicaid grow at the same rate over the next four decades as they have over the past four, those two programs will increase from 5 percent of GDP today to 20 percent by 2050.” So the same people who brought you cost spirals in Medicare and Medicaid now propose to introduce another government health program. Don’t worry, they assure us, we know how to provide ef-
ficiencies. It’s not necessary to dwell on the risible claim that they will cut half a trillion in waste from the Medicare budget. If they know where that waste is, why aren’t they cutting it now? Where, on the books, are the federal waste-cutting initiatives? The administration has also highlighted two other ideas that will supposedly provide tremendous cost savings. Both have been in the news lately. Starting during the campaign, President Obama touted digital medical records to reduce errors, improve care, and cut costs. More than $19 billion of stimulus funds were earmarked for it. But when the Washington Post examined the matter, they discovered that digital records not only fail to produce the promised benefits, they actually reduce efficiency and cause errors. The digital systems currently available give physicians too much information. Pages upon pages of digital information document every conceivable ailment a patient might have. Doctors have difficulty wading through all of the unnecessary data to reach the critical information. One emergency room physician at a hospital that had adopted a digital system complained, “It’s been a complete nightmare. I can’t see my patients because I’m at a screen entering data ... Physician productivity and satisfaction have fallen off a cliff.” Some hospitals have adopted digital systems only to abandon them. Another silver bullet the administration has peddled is preventive care. Everyone knows that a timely PSA test will detect prostate cancer at an early and treatable phase thus saving the patient’s life and saving money, right? Not exactly. The test is obviously worthwhile for that individual. But testing all men for prostate cancer — an overwhelming majority of whom will never get the disease — is expensive. If more and more of us are tested for more and more diseases — even accounting for some illnesses found early — health spending will rise, not fall. Further complicating the picture, the National Cancer Society has announced that the benefits of cancer screenings, particularly for breast and prostate cancers, have been oversold. They aren’t saving very many lives, but they are causing needless tests and surgeries. The Baucus bill — even before being melded with House versions — weighed in at 1,502 pages of new taxes, fees, and mandates. Every single page proclaims something that is dubious — that the Democrats know what they are doing. To find out more about Mona Charen and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.
Letters to the Editor To the Editor Recently, I was afforded the opportunity to sit down and talk to mayoral candidate Terry L. Hill. I wish that the people of Thomasville know just a bit about Mr. Hill prior to the upcoming election on Nov. 3. It was a pleasure to sit down with Mr. Hill and listen to some of his ideas for the growth of Thomasville. I was very impressed with Mr. Hill’s knowledge of Thomasville’s history and his apparent understanding of how local government is supposed to function. I believe that given the opportunity, Mr. Hill will do an outstanding job as mayor, and I hope that the citizens of Thomasville will give him that opportunity come Nov. 3. It says a lot that Mr. Hill would take over an hour of his own personal time to sit down with me, just an ordinary citizen of our great city, to express his views and concerns, as well as future plans that he has for putting Thomasville on a long term plan for success. Mr. Hill is a lifelong resident of Thomasville and after my conversation with him I am certain that he has Thomasville’s best interest at heart. So why don’t we do ourselves a favor and put Mr. Hill in office! Dustin Hunt Thomasville
To the Editor I don’t know about the one trick pony Barney Hill was referring to the night he addressed the Thomasville City Council on July 20, but I agree with his assessment on the referendum changing the terms of Mayor and City Council. The April 2003 referendum was initiated by a petition signed by more than 10 percent of the registered voters in Thomasville and passed in a fair and free election. The initiative to change the terms of the electoral process this November was initiated not by the voters, but by Council. This is a red flag as to who benefits from the passage of this referendum. Staggered four-year terms increase cost to challengers, and increase the difficulty of defeating incumbents. Incumbents have name recognition, a voter base and time for the electorate to forget votes they rather not discuss. If they are good at recycling their signs (and many are) they may never have to spend money to get reelected. Continuity of government is a fancy term used when outside interests and elected officials become comfortable in the decision
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making process with each other. Ordinary citizens usually don’t benefit from such arrangements. “Outside interests” count on keeping their contacts on Council and letting them bring along new members. Elections every two years will keep council more focused on governing for the people and hopefully keep the influence of “outside groups” to a minimum. I was one of two council members at the time that supported at-large elections every two years. I believed then, as now, it would weaken political machines and special interests giving challengers a better opportunity to win and increase participation in the political process. Staggered terms with fewer available positions will decrease the opportunity for minority representation and people of moderate incomes to participate. We face learning curves everyday in life. Preparing and serving on Council is not rocket science. Attend Council and Committee meetings for a year and research the issues. I did it and I get embarrassed watching “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” with my son. So there you have it, VOTE NO, not once, but TWICE against Charter Amendment 1 and Charter Amendment 2. The only people to benefit from a change in the voting process are the incumbents and special interest groups. Even a rocket scientist and a one trick pony can figure that out. Dwight D. Cornelison Thomasville City Council 1999-2007
To the Editor In a letter that appeared on this page on Oct. 22, 2009, E. Thompson Smith Jr. endorsed Charter Amendment 2. He likes staggered terms. His rationale was heavy on “continuity.” He cited the Davidson County Board of Commissioners as a model to emulate. Except for a hiatus in 2004-2006, Billy Joe Kepley has been a commissioner since 1990. Since Larry Potts and Fred McClure joined the board in 1994, only in 2002-2004 did we have to do without them. Don Truell, Sam Watford and Max Walser have served continuously since 2002. Add to that the year almost completed by Cathy Dunn, and the total comes to 65. It would be difficult to find a better showcase for “continuity.” But do we really want to remake the Thomasville City Council in the image of the Davidson County
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Board of Commissioners? Before you answer that question in the affirmative, review our commissioners’ recent antics in the search for a site for the new jail, the creation of the fire service districts, the revision of the land development plan, and the purchase of the Davidson Country Day School property. A board composed entirely of rookies could not have embarrassed us more. Maybe experience teaches the wrong lessons. Maybe longtime incumbents begin to regard themselves as infallible. Maybe they get sloppy because they start to believe the propaganda disseminated by the evangelists on “continuity.” Thomasville Jefferson maintained that the tree of liberty must be periodically fertilized with the blood of patriots and tyrants. But I don’t hold with violence. I will settle for making the members of the Thomasville City Council sit a little less comfortably in their chairs. That’s why, on Oct. 15, 2009, I voted NO on Charter Amendment 2. Barney Hill Thomasville
To the Editor I wasn’t going to write you, but I felt this was too important of an issue to not say anything. Some of the people on our City Council here in Thomasville would have you think that running for re-election every two years is a bad thing, but I beg to differ. What they don’t like about the two-year terms is they can and will be held accountable to the citizens of Thomasville every two years. I’ve been around a long time, and I’ve seen how politics work. On some occasions when they have four-year terms, it seems that if an issue comes up that’s not popular with the citizens of Thomasville, the ones that are not up for reelection will be the very ones to push the issue, and if you pay attention, the ones up for reelection in most cases don’t want anything to do with it. And as far back as I can remember, the mayor has been and should stay a two-year term. So I urge all of my friends and neighbors in Thomasville to vote against this referendum. Vote NO in the City Council race and NO in the mayor’s race. Remember, you have to vote NO twice against this referendum. Don Swink Thomasville
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â€œThis is our second year as a drop-off point and weâ€™re glad to be a part of it,â€? Freeman said. â€œItâ€™s a very worthy event. The economy is tough and people are out of work. Even those who arenâ€™t out of work have less money. We just hope that those who have will come through for those who donâ€™t.â€? People donating at the TPR office are asked to pull around to the back and walk to the front door. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and somebody will be there to help unload any donations. Any of the participating food pantries also can serve as drop-off locations, but donations need to directly specified that its going to the Times Community Food Challenge.
SUSPECT From page 1 bond but he got it reduced to $1,000,â€? Randolph County Sheriff Maynard Reid said. â€œHe was placed under electronic house arrest, but that was nothing more than leg band with a monitor on it. He cut if off and now heâ€™s absconded, heâ€™s gone. He didnâ€™t want to play by the rules. Weâ€™re looking for him. We consider him armed and dangerous because he has already shot one man. Weâ€™re looking for him real hard and want to get him back in custody. Weâ€™ll get him.â€? Reid believes Gordon is still in the Thomasville and Davidson County area. RCSO detectives are working with Thomasville police and the Davidson County Sheriff â€™s Office to bring Gordon back in. Reid said Gordon managed to get his bond reduced due to several factors like showing he had a steady job and a family, but that avenue wonâ€™t be open the next time. Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said heâ€™s happy those options arenâ€™t available in his jurisdiction. â€œWe helped when they arrested him initially,â€? said Grice. â€œWe trying to help locate him again for his connections in the area. We think he moves back and forth between Silver Valley and Thomasville. The allegations
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against him are pretty severe. â€œI donâ€™t know who made the decision [to reduce Gordonâ€™s bond] but Iâ€™m glad we donâ€™t have that here. I thought that was typically reserved for non-violent offenders to help reduce overcrowding in the jails. He was already hard to catch.â€? Gordonâ€™s son, Dustin, and five other people also were arrested for their role in the altercation at 5985 Jim Pierce Road in Trinity that left Toby McDowell shot and Trevor Kindley suffering from multiple stab wounds. Reid said Dustin Gordon is still accounted for. Anyone with information on Charles Gordonâ€™s whereabouts is asked to call RCSO at 318-6699 or Randolph County Crime Stoppers at 672-7463. â€œUnfortunately, we canâ€™t be everywhere all the time,â€? Reid said. â€œWe depend on our citizens out here to be our eyes and ears. If someone gives us a call, weâ€™ll certainly try to apprehend this fool and get him off the street before he hurts somebody else.â€? Reid said the two victims have been notified of Gordonâ€™s situation for their own safety. A condition of Gordonâ€™s bond says he canâ€™t come within a certain amount of feet of the men. Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or email@example.com.
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Lexington Willie B. Grubb, 83 Lee Michael Millie Mae Parker, 84 Spurgeon S. Trantham, 84 Other Areas Cathie Honeycutt, 55 John Blakely John Lewis Blakely, 66, of Thomasville, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at Thomasville Medical Center. John was born Nov. 27, 1942, in Charlotte, the son of Arthur W. Blakely and Evelyn Louise Skinner Blakely. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, and he was an electrician and a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. today, officiated by Pastor David Davis at the Thomasville Funeral Home Chapel, 18 Randolph St. in Thomasville. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Audio and written condolences may be made through www.mem.com.
Willie B. Grubb LEXINGTON â€” Willie Beck Grubb, 83, of Lexington, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Lukeâ€™s Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. in Pless Hall at the church. Piedmont Funeral Home is serving the
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TRINITY â€” Catherine â€œCathieâ€? White Honeycutt, 55, of Trinity, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at the High Point Regional Hospital Cancer Center. Born Feb. 13, 1954, in Guilford County, she was the daughter of the late John Cameron White and Etta King White. She was a 1972 graduate of Trinity High School and was employed with Serta Mattress. She was a member of Trindale Community Church, where she was very active in the Royal Rangers program, the couples ministry, and the music and drama ministries. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Cameron White Jr. On April 12, 1974, she was married to Mike Honeycutt, who survives of the home. Also surviving are two children, Amanda Clodfelter and husband Andy, of Sophia, and Jason Honeycutt and wife Michelle, of Denton; and six grandchildren, Avery, Sydney, Austin, Nathan, Anna and Skyler. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Trindale Community Church, officiated by the Rev. Ottis Collins. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements are by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
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Lee Michael LEXINGTON â€” Rodney Lee Michael, of Beech Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at his home following a 15-month illness. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Piedmont Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Hedrick officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Davidson County Cancer Services or Hospice of Davidson County in Lexington. Online condolences may be made at www.piedmontfuneralhome.com.
geon Smith Trantham, 84, of Alston Brook Nursing Center, formerly of Eastside Drive in Lexington, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the nursing center following a period of declining health. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Ray Howell III officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington City Cemetery, with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3074. The family will receive friends from 68 p.m. Friday and other times at the home of the sister, Naomi Owen, 6319 N.C. Highway 8. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donorâ€™s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Millie Mae Parker LEXINGTON â€” Millie Mae Parker, 84, died Tuesday Oct. 27, 2009, at her home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Thomasville Funeral home. Interment will follow at Pierce Chapel Primative Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Audio and written condolences may be made through www.mem.com.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009
• Off the Porch with Dick Jones • East volleyball competes in third round of NCHSAA playoffs.
CROWNING A CHAMPION Thomasville, Salisbury set for clash to decide Central Carolina Conference BY ZACH KEPLEY
CALENDAR TODAY VOLLEYBALL NCHSAA Playoffs E. Davidson @ E. Lincoln 6 p.m.
FRIDAY FOOTBALL Salisbury @ Thomasville 7:30 p.m. FOOTBALL W. Davidson @ E. Davidson 7:30 p.m.
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Sports Editor Several weeks ago, fans of the Thomasville Bulldogs were not thinking about a Central Carolina Conference championship, rather wondering when they would see another win. A win finally did come to break a fourgame skid, and now four shutouts and wins later, THS is busy preparing on the eve of what could be a Central Carolina Conference title. To do it, they will have to beat a quality Salisbury squad Friday night at Cushwa Stadium. Salisbury had no problem whipping Lexington 57-6, and the Bulldogs motored past West Davidson 42-0 last week. Now, the two will meet as one will gain at least of share of the championship, and will have the inside track to win it outright with one more week to play. “Anytime a game can decide a conference champion, I’d say it is a pretty big game,” said Thomasville head coach Allen Brown. Not often can a team match the speed of the Bulldogs, but the Hornets can do just that and some. Averaging over 44 points in three conference games, it is hard to compete with Salisbury on both sides of the ball. “These guys overall our faster than we
FOOTBALL So. Guilford @ Ledford 7:30 p.m.
Salisbury Hornets @ Thomasville Bulldogs Cushwa Stadium 7:30 p.m. W. Davidson Dragons @ E. Davidson Golden Eagles Eagle Stadium 7:30 p.m. Southern Guilford Storm @ Ledford Panthers Panther Stadium 7:30 p.m. are, and that is one of our huge concerns,” Brown said. “They have skill people that are really fast and their defense is quick. They are explosive and will be a handful for us.” Much of the Hornet offense runs through the hands of Romar Morris. He is averaging over 100 yards per game rushing and has 15 total touchdowns. Nearing 1,000 yards for the season, he is tough to contain in the option offense. Thomasville’s defense has not allowed a point in over a month, but three of those shutouts have come against conference opponents with a combined record of 2-7 in the league. If the Hornets have similar success Friday as they have in the previous three games, it will be an uphill battle for THS.
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SATURDAY VOLLEYBALL DCCC @ Passaic CC 11 a.m.
Former Ledford standout Whitley Saintsing was named to the all-region team last weekend at the Region X championship won by Davidson County Community College. Saintsing and the Storm will compete in the district tournament this Saturday in Paterson, N.J. for a chance to compete in the national tournament.
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DCCC volleyball earns berth into district round BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor Kevin Hammond had a feeling his Davidson County Community College volleyball team might be pretty special this season. His speculation was right, as the Storm is only one game away from the NJCAA Division III national championships. This past weekend, DCCC traveled to Sandhills Community College and came away with the Region X title. Their efforts have now earned them a spot in the district round, where they will play Passaic Community College in Paterson, N.J. Getting the opportunity to play in the next round
was not as easy as expected, as the Storm dropped their first game of the conference season to Sandhills in the championship. But despite being fatigued from a previous g a m e , DCCC put it together when it had to in claiming a 23-25, 2523, 25-19, Hammond 25-12 victory. “I was at a loss because it was almost like they were dead,” said Hammond of the first set loss. “We were running our offense and the proper defense, but everything was like in slow
motion. They finally woke up and realized this was for the plane ride to New Jersey.” The trip should bring plenty of excitement for the ladies. A couple of them have never flown before, and a rigourous schedule on Friday will be quite tiring for them. Hammond said the team plans to meet at 4 a.m. on Friday, and head for the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The plane is expected to land in Newark, N.J. at around 11 and the team will participate in an early afternoon practice. A banquet will be held later in the day, then the players will get
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Thomasville wide receiver Brandon Lucas will need to make some big plays in the THS passing game Friday against Salisbury.
Panthers eye tough game with Storm BY MATTHEW AMICK Times Correspondent The Ledford Panthers look for another important Mid-Piedmont 3-A conference victory as they host the Southern Guilford Storm this Friday on Senior Night. “They are a good solid team and they are coming off of a big win against North Forsyth last week,” said Panthers head coach Chuck Henderson. The Storm (5-4, 2-1) edged the Raiders 10-6, after losing 28-0 to Northeast Guilford the week prior. Junior running back Warren Scott, at 5’6 and 150 pounds, is an Henderson explosive package in Southern’s backfield. The Panthers (5-4, 2-1) overcame a lackluster first half against Asheboro, but dominated the second half and beat the Blue Comets 21-13. Strong defensive play kept Ledford in the game and Jack Shelton sparked their offense with three touchdowns. Quarterback Steven Fuquay finished 11 of 20 in passing, giving Ledford a balanced attack. The key factor was the defense of the Panthers who stopped the Comets on two fourth down conversions and held their offense to a total of 64 yards for the entire second half. “We just tell the kids that we have to go out there and play hard and take care of our end of the bargain, and if we can do that we will be playing for a conference championship next week up at Northeast,” said Henderson. W. Davidson @ E. Davidson East Davidson will try to stay afloat in the Central Carolina 2-A conference as they welcome West Davidson to their home field. The Golden Eagles (4-5, 1-2) almost pulled off a victory last week at Central Davidson, but fell short 21-14. East’s defense has played extremely well, considering the losses of two starting linebackers, and they will have to continue to execute on offense and impose their brand of smash-mouth football in the remaining two games. The Dragons (2-7, 0-3) will be looking for their first conference win, coming off a rough loss to Thomasville, 42-0.
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SPORTS VOLLEYBALL East knocks off Chase
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East Davidson made the long trip to Forest City on Tuesday and came home with a 25-16, 25-20, 17-25, 25-15 win against Chase in the second round of the 2-A state playoffs. The Golden Eagles (1411) will play at East Lincoln today at 6 p.m.
There will be a concealed handgun class Nov. 28 at the Fairgrove Fire Department. The class runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This class is mandatory for anyone wishing to get a concealed handgun permit. The class is covered by Jason Livingston, N.C. certified firearms instructor and 16 years law enforcement experience. The class covers laws for citizens governing the use of deadly force to protect their homes, as well as deadly force laws in general as they pertain to citizens of N.C. Also, gun safety, marksmanship and fundamentals are covered and practiced during the class, with hands on range time. To sign up for the class call Livingston at 687-0290 or go by the fire department.
BASKETBALL YMCA registration The Tom A. Finch YMCA will be holding registration for youth basketball leagues Oct. 26-Nov. 20. Costs are $18 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Leagues are available for children ages 5-15. Everyone plays at least one half each game. Team practices will begin the week of Nov. 30 for all teams. For more information contact Jamie Mills at 474-5249.
Yates taking criticism in stride BY BRIANA GORMAN Durham Herald Sun CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates hears the criticism. He hears it on campus when heâ€™s going to class, and when he walks off the field after a loss. The Tar Heels are 4-3 overall, 0-3 in the ACC, and Yates is becoming the prime target of fansâ€™ discontent since his numbers are down from the past two years. But the third-year starter said he also has learned how to block out all that noise and to not take any of it personal. â€œYou can get all the
Durham Herald Sun CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina defensive end E.J. Wilson didnâ€™t try to mince words earlier this week. â€œWe are desperate for a win,â€? he said. â€œWe need to get our first conference win, and we really, really need to get back on track because weâ€™ve let a couple games slip away from us that we had a great opportunity to win.â€? UNC heads to No. 14 Virginia Tech tonight (7:30 p.m., ESPN) still searching for its first conference victory after losing its first three ACC games. The Tar Heels are
CLASH From page 7 â€œIf it gets to be a track meet, we are going to be in real trouble because we cannot match that,â€? Brown said. â€œThey are going to want a high scoring game but we are going to want it to be a field position type game.â€? Offensively, the Bulldogs are getting better with each passing week. The scoring average is rising and the big plays have been plentiful, but a fast Salisbury defense should be able to deter a lot of what Thomasville likes to do. Quarterback Sam Nelson is 51 yards away from 1,000 yards passing, and could be the wild card in the game as SHS will do everything it can to stop the rushing attack of Kesean Green and Quin Riley. If Nelson can spread out the Hornet defense and open up the run, Thomasville stands a good chance of wrapping up the league crown. That is if they can prevent Salisbury from executing the same plan. â€œWe are going to have a difficult time getting big plays with their speed,â€? said Brown. â€œOnce you canâ€™t get big plays, now you have to execute, get your assignments right and take care of the ball. They are an attack de-
just one of two winless teams in the conference â€” the other being N.C. State â€” and they sit at the bottom of the ACC after talking in the preseason about winning the conference championship. But getting a victory over the Hokies is easier said than done. Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-1) is 9-2 in Thursday night games played at Lane Stadium and has beaten UNC (4-3, 0-3) in the past five meetings. Earlier in the week, UNC coach Butch Davis said he thinks this yearâ€™s Virginia Tech team is the
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Heels arenâ€™t producing wins, but heâ€™s also disappointed in some of the results. â€œ[The criticism] is getting laid on a little bit more thicker than in yearâ€™s past, but itâ€™s the kind of thing Iâ€™ve learned to deal with,â€? Yates said. There is no question Yatesâ€™ interceptions have hurt the Tar Heels the past few games, but there have been other offensive and defensive breakdowns. His interception in the third quarter of Thursdayâ€™s game â€” which he called a stupid decision â€” only gave the Seminoles the ball on
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I try my hardest just to block all that stuff out,â€? Yates said. The junior has thrown eight interceptions along with seven touchdown passes this season and has one of the lowest passer efficiency ratings in the ACC. Yates admitted that heâ€™s played better in the past, but heâ€™s also working with a young and inexperienced offense this year. After the 2008 season, his top three receivers left for the NFL and the offensive line has been plagued with injuries all season. Yates said he understands why the fans are frustrated since the Tar
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“They’re a very physical offense,” Wilson said. “They like to run the ball downhill, which is my kind of game. I like a physical, downhill running kind of game where it’s mano-a-mano. It’s you either man up or you can’t play this game.” But Williams’ isn’t the Hokies’ only offensive threat. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is ranked fourth nationally in pass efficiency, having thrown just three interceptions compared to nine touchdowns this season. He’s a mobile, athletic quarterback that can keep broken plays alive. “He makes plays,” Davis said. “He’s got a 159 quarterback efficiency rating, and that’s about as high as I guess you can get.” But even though the Hokies are heavily favored on paper, the Tar Heels have kept it close the past two years. Virginia Tech won 17-10 in 2007, and a year ago in Chapel Hill, UNC led by two touchdowns before the Hokies rallied to es-
cape with a 20-17 victory. Wilson said he expects this year’s game to be another low-scoring affair since Virginia Tech’s defense is ranked fifth in the ACC. “We got a battle coming in here [tonight],” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “This North Carolina team is ranked seventh in the nation in total defense. … [It’s] a very, very good, talented defense.” The Tar Heels said they need a win tonight to get back in the win column and get some confidence, but they also need a victory to help their postseason chances. UNC needs to finish at least 3-2 the rest of the way if it wants to earn a bowl bid — something the players said they’re not thinking about just yet. “I’m not too worried about the bowl game, I’m just worried about [today’s] game,” wide receiver Greg Little said. “I think if you intend to look at things like that your season will slip away.”
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EARNS From page 7 some time to relax before the game at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Panthers have a 165 record, and are paced by Camen Santos, Carmen Castillo and Rafaela Ramierez. It was a slow start for Passaic this season, as they held a 4-5 record through nine games. They are currently in the midst of a 12-game winning streak, though, and will have a decisive advantage playing on its home floor. Hammond knows little about them, but continues to express how important it was for his team to play such a tough nonconference schedule in preparation for a game like this. “They look almost like a mirror image of us except we might have a height advantage,” said Hammond. “This
STRIDE From page 8 their 3, but FSU turned it into a 98-yard touchdown that cut UNC’s lead to four. “When I threw that interception, ... it kind of turned the whole game around,” Yates said. “I’m pretty hard on myself about things like that, so I took it pretty hard after the game and the day after. “I’ve got to look at the situation and kind of see what I can do better.” Despite Yates’ struggles, teammates said they still have full confidence in him. The team recent-
game right here is why I scheduled all of these harder schools in hopes of giving my team some hard games to physically and mentally get them ready.” Hammond has coached at both the high school and Junior Olympic level, reaching some big games during his time. But a win Saturday and berth into the national championships would put him in some uncharted waters. He also wouldn’t mind one more plane ride to Rochester, Minn. in mid-November. “I would love to take this team all the way to the top because it would be a first for me,” he said.
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ly voted Yates — along with Quan Sturdivant, E.J. Wilson, Kendric Burney and Kyle Jolly — as permanent captains. Junior wide receiver Greg Little said he still trusts Yates completely and that the offense needs to help him out more. “I feel like he needs more guys around him to give him a place to go with the ball,” Little said. “I feel like we need to work harder to get open, as well as our line needs to block to give more time for him to throw the ball. … “It’s not T.J.’s fault, and I feel like there’s some things that we can do as a whole offense to better his situation.”
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