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Stores, residents prepare for Black Friday BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
This Friday, shoppers all over the city, county and nation are expected to fill retail stores, taking advantage of the retailers’ major sales as they get started on their Christmas shopping. Black Friday is typically the biggest single shopping day of the year, but in a recession, it may be harder for some to justify purchasing much — even at heavily discounted prices.
Thomasville resident Angela Wood said that she wants to take advantage of the Black Friday sales, but she may not have the money to shop. “It’s been really tough, especially with my husband being the only one working, and he has to work according to the weather,” Wood said. “I’m unemployed right now, unfortunately. I’ve been looking for a job, but it’s hard, because in our financial situation, we don’t have a computer. Everybody wants to do everything online, and we’re not there yet.”
Wood said that she has gone shopping on Black Friday before and doesn’t like the crowds, but she goes to buy items while they are on sale. “I hate crowds, but I know I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do sometimes,” she said. Carol Foley, also of Thomasville, said that fighting the holiday crowd has become too much for her. “It ain’t worth it,” Foley said. “I just do my shopping before then, and after everybody else calms down.”
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She said she went shopping on Black Friday once in Lexington and once in Thomasville, and then she decided she was done with that chaotic experience. Not everyone minds the crowds and the excitement, though. Thomasville resident Craig McDaniel said that he would love to shop on Black Friday, but he won’t be able to this year. “I would go if I didn’t have to work,” said McDaniels, an airplane mechanic
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Purdue pushes for Yadkin bridge replacement funds
“I have been very hopeful ever since we put the application in,” the govGREENSBORO — Gov. ernor said. “The North Beverly Perdue reiter- Carolina Railroad has a ated, during a recent visit project [for which they to the Triad, how the state want stimulus money] and I just simply told leadership them, ‘Your project is was wholeimportant, but North heartedly Carolina has one project behind the [competing for aid from effort to sethe federal discretionary cure a fedfund] and that’s the I-85 eral grant Yadkin River Bridge.’” to pay for One reason Perdue has replacebeen so upbeat about the Perdue ment of the state’s chances of receivbridge that crosses the Yadkin River ing this grant is that it has received support outon Interstate 85. “Every member of the side of North Carolina. “We’ve had the mayor [N.C.] congressional delegation has signed on of Atlanta and other folks [in support of this proj- from out-of-state weigh in ect],” Perdue said dur- that, even though it is in ing a recent interview at our state and that comthe Sheraton Greensboro munity (at the DavidsonRowan county line), the At Four Seasons. “All of our state’s [U.S.] repre- bridge is extremely imsentatives and senators portant for I-85,” she said. agree with me that, even “It’s really a major hub for interstate commerce up though there and down the are other eastern seaprojects, this board. If that is the one we ‘It’s really a bridge were must concenmajor hub for to collapse, it trate on.” would totally Last Februinterstate comdecimate ary, Perdue merce up and America’s announced economy.” that North down the eastInterstate Carolina had ern seaboard.’ 85 runs from made only — Gov. Bev Perdue Petersburg, one request Va., to Montto the newly gomery, Ala. created fedThere are eral discrecurrently no tionary fund — and that was $300 mil- toll booths on this heavlion to replace the Yadkin ily traveled highway, but River Bridge. She said elected officials have said there was $1.5 billion in privately and publicly this fund and last week that if the federal grant is Sen. Kay Hagan pointed not received, a toll charge out there were already would be necessary to $58 billion in requests help pay for a replacement throughout the country bridge in that location. In for assistance from this addition to replacing the bridge on I-85, the projfund. Despite the stiff com- ect would widen a stretch petition for these dollars, of 6.8 miles of the interPerdue remains optimis- state in both counties tic that North Carolina from four lanes to eight, will be successful in its as well as improve interefforts to receive this $300 See BRIDGE, Page 3 million grant.
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Above, children from Bobbi’s School of Dance wave to onlookers at the annual Christmas Parade Saturday. At right, Susie Truell (aka Cat in the Hat) rides with children from Communities in Schools on the Thomasville Times parade float. The parade was sponsored by the Fair Grove Lions Club. TIMES PHOTOS/ZACH KEPLEY
Ministry offers free Thanksgiving dinner BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
His Laboring Few Ministries is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving dinner, which serves anyone who needs a hot meal this Thursday. Preacher Steve, with His Laboring Few, said that people can sit and eat the free meal at Carter Brothers Barbecue, 2305 North Main St. in High Point, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. They also can pick up meals to go.
In addition, His Laboring Few delivers plates to shut-ins and the elderly who can’t come get a meal. “It’s something that we started in 1993 to help people who may not have the opportunity to have a Thanksgiving meal, and who may be alone,” Steve said. “We get to minister with them, talk with them, pray with them and just spend time with them.” It has since expanded into a partnership with Carter Brothers, which opened its doors to the
ministry eight years ago and donates some of the food. The dinner will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal that includes turkey, yams, green beans, dressing, gravy and dessert. Steve said that there is typically enough food on each plate to feed two people. “It’s just an opportunity to help in the community, draw people together, and share Thanksgiving and truly be thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ, first of all, and then
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What’s happening? Holiday waste collection schedule
The Solid Waste Department will be closed Nov. 26 and 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. Garbage and Recycling routes will be altered the following days: Garbage and recycling routes week of Nov. 23-27: • Monday will be regular schedule • Tuesday will be regular schedule • Wednesday and Thursday routes will be collected Wednesday. • Week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4 • Friday Nov. 27 route will be collected on Monday • Monday route will be collected Tuesday • Tuesday route will be collected Wednesday • Wednesday and Thursday routes will be collected Thursday • Friday will be regular schedule If items are not collected on listed day, please leave at the curb for next day collection
Fairgrove Family Resource Center will hold its annual auction on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at Fair Grove Elementary School gymnasium. A variety of items will be up for auction, including a Dempsey Essick painting, signed NASCAR memorablia, furniture, gift baskets, Wake Forest basketball tickets and more. All proceeds will benefit the center’s programs, which assists local families in crisis.
Loose leaf collection
The City of Thomasville currently is working to on Loose Leaf Collection. Please rake all leaves to the curb free
of any debris (i.e. rocks, trash, limbs). If leaves are mixed with any debris, they will not be collected. Pursuant to solid waste code; section 66-4; leaves should be kept out of the street so as not to impede traffic flow.
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 projecs including Project Santa Claus.
Gifts from the Heart Fairgrove Family Resource Center is now collecting gifts for local children for Christmas. Residents can call the resource center at 472-7217 to select a child to fill their wish list. Individual gifts of clothes and toys are also accepted. Donations can also be made to help the resource center purchase gifts for children of families in crisis. For more information about the program, call Terri Nelson at 472-7217.
Midway Christmas Parade The Midway Christmas Parade will be held Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. Starting at 9:30 a.m., there will be food, craft and music on the lawn of Oak Forest Methodist Church across from Cagney’s (formerly Country Kitchen Rest.) The event is free and open to the public. Midway is located on Old US Hwy 52, 10 miles north of Lexington.
Craft event The High Point Public Library at 901 North Main St., will host a series of free demonstrations of fun and easy seasonal crafts on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Many people enjoy creating handmade decorations and gifts to share with family and friends. They are a great way to spend quality time with loved ones and
can even be an economical way to celebrate the holidays. Library staff will be sharing their favorite seasonal crafts throughout the day. Every hour a new decoration or gift idea will be demonstrated. Several of the crafts may be made by participants as they follow the demonstration. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 883-3646.
Christmas crafts Join the Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program to create several different Christmas Ornaments to hang on a loved ones Christmas tree or your own tree at home. The classes will be held on Mondays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Thomasville Senior Center, located at 211 W. Colonial Drive in suite 103. The fee for this program is $2. All materials will be provided. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 474-2754. Deadline for registration is Dec. 2. Space is limited, so register for this fun and creative class today.
Luminary Service Forest Hill Memorial Park in Lexington will hold a Luminary Service on Dec. 5. There will be a flame burning to celebrate the lives of loved ones cherished and missed. Donations for each luminary will be accepted to raise money for the American Red Cross, West Lexington Volunteer Firemen and Locks of Love. For more information, call 248-5312.
Fit and Strong classes
Are you an older adult with arthritis? Do you have stiffness or pain in your lower back, hips, knees, ankles or feet? Not participating in exercise regularly, or have you NEVER exercised? If you answered YES to any of these questions, join Fit and Strong!. Fit and Strong! is an award-winning, evidence-based physical activity program developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Research on Healthy Aging (CRHA) proven to benefit arthritis symptoms and promote an active lifestyle. Join the CHRA in partnership with the Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program for this life-changing course. Classes will begin on January 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a total of eight (8) weeks. Each class will consist of exercise and arthritis/exercise education and discussion. Fee for 8 week program is $5.00. All equipment will be provided. To register, please call the Lexington Senior Center at 242-2290. Advanced registration is required. Class size is limited, so sign up today! Deadline for registration is January 18. Fee due upon registration.
Davidson County Cancer Services, 25 W. Sixth Ave., offers “SHARE” and “Living with Cancer” support meetings every third Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Call 249-7265 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Humane society meeting Blood pressure checks The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program offers free bi-monthly blood pressure checks. Visit the Lexington Senior Center at 106 Alma Owens Drive the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. and the last Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. to have your blood pressure checked. The blood pressure checks are being provided by CareSouth Home Care Professionals and Piedmont Home Care. For more information, please call the Senior Center 242-2290.
Humane Society of Davidson County meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Bank of the Carolinas, West Center Street, Lexington at 7 p.m. For more information, call 248-2706.
The Davidson County Parents of Children with Disabilities will meet on the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Library Meeting Room on South Main Street. For more information, call Vickie at 746-4456.
Nov. 24, 2009
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Thursday Mostly Sunny 61/37
Friday Mostly Sunny 55/34
Saturday Mostly Sunny 54/32
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FROM PAGE 1 BRIDGE From page 1 changes and eliminate sharp curves. Also two other bridges crossing the Yadkin River in the area would be replaced. The project is â€œshovel readyâ€? and expected to be completed in a period of about three years. â€œIn order to give the project more of a national focus, we have switched the name of it from Yadkin River Bridge to the
I-85 Corridor Improvement Project,â€? Perdue said. â€œSecretary [Eugene] Conti (of N.C.DOT] has been going to Washington about twice a month trying to push as many buttons as he can push for this project.â€? Another stimulus federal grant that Perdue expressed hopes in obtaining for North Carolina is the â€œRace to the Top grant. A total of $4 billion will be awarded next year to states that show the powers that be progressive changes in
DINNER From page 1 for our community and fact that we can all be together and just fellowship together during Thanksgiving,â€? Steve said. â€œThatâ€™s really what Thanksgiving is about.â€? Steve estimated that between 3,500 and 3,800 people were served at last yearâ€™s Thanksgiving dinner. He expects that they will serve more than 4,000 this year. Nearly 400 volunteers help make the dinner happen, either by delivering meals or helping in the kitchen. Volunteers began cooking 400 turkeys last week, which were then cut into servings and frozen. They will fix all of the side dishes Wednesday night, mix
their education systems. Perdue spoke of this at the Sheraton to attendees of the annual conference of the N.C. School Boards Association. â€œWe are very aggressively pursuing the â€˜Race to the Topâ€™ grant,â€? Perdue said. â€œWe may or may not get it, but in my mind, North Carolina will be chosen. To be successful, itâ€™s critical that we are able to partner with the superintendents, the school board members and the NCAE (N.C. Educators Association).â€?
the turkey with the gravy in a big pot, and begin filling the to-go trays. On Thanksgiving day, more volunteers will begin delivering the meals at about 8:30 or 9 a.m., each visiting 10 to 15 houses and spending a little time with the people receiving the meals. They try to be done by 1 p.m., Steve said. â€œWe are thankful for all the volunteers that have helped over the years and will help this year,â€? Steve said. â€œWe look forward to being able to help a lot of people this year.â€? The process will begin again for the ministryâ€™s annual Christmas dinner, which takes place at the same times on Christmas day at Carter Brothers Barbecue. For more information about His Laboring Few Ministries or to request a meal delivery, call 475-2455.
Four arrested on charges of assault TIMES STAFF REPORT
Four people from Denton were arrested Thursday for assaulting a man with a variety of weapons. James Donald Graves, 58, of 333 Turkey Trail in Denton, Debora Ann Graves, 34, and Amber Graves, of 395 Turkey
Trail, and Jared Owens, of 1855 Lick Creek Church Road are all facing a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury stemming from a Thursday altercation involving James Donald Graves Jr. According to a DCSO press release, Graves Jr. was assaulted by family members while attempt-
ing to retrieve his son at his fatherâ€™s house on Turkey Trail. Graves Jr. was treated at Thomasville Medical Center for lacerations to his forehead and back, as well as a concussion. A number of weapons were used during the assault, including a metal baseball bat, a wooden stick, the stock of a rifle and a piece of wood.
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PREPARE From page 1 who works in Greensboro. â€œIn the past, Iâ€™ve gone for deals on games and electronics.â€? While some local residents are ambivalent about the shopping holiday, store owners are preparing for a busy weekend. Stephanie Chamberlin, store manager of Peebles in Thomasville, said that she thinks Fridayâ€™s sales will be comparable to those in previous years. â€œOur business has been good, so Iâ€™m really expecting a good dayâ€? Chamberlin said. â€œOur sales are usually very good, and comparable to what is out in the community.â€? Chamberlin said Peebles will have â€œearly birdâ€? specials from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday on a variety of items. Some toys will be buy one, get one free, and there will be sales on some items from virtually every department. Avis Brewer, owner of Avisâ€™ Fine Jewelry in Thomasville, said that she isnâ€™t sure what to expect on Friday. â€œThe way the economy is, this year is kind of unpredictable,â€? Brewer said. â€œThatâ€™s why weâ€™re doing buy one, get one free on Friday and Satur-
day. Usually, we do it in July and March.â€? Brewer said that business has been a little down lately, but not too bad. She says that the store typically gets a boost in sales the weekend after Thanksgiving, but those arenâ€™t the days she expects to be busiest. â€œIn the jewelry business, the last two weeks before Christmas tell the tale,â€? Brewer said. â€œA lot
of men procrastinate, and the last two weeks are when they come in to buy.â€? Still, Brewer shared Chamberlinâ€™s optimism about Black Friday this year. â€œI really think Friday and Saturday will be good â€” I do,â€? Brewer said. â€œPeople are out looking for bargains, and weâ€™ve got them.â€?
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