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Saturday, November 28, 2009
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Board questions DavidsonWorks actions
Recent expenditures by DavidsonWorks were the subject of intense discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Davidson County Board of Commissioners. Nancy Borrell, director of DavidsonWorks, first gave an overview of the organization’s recent activities. It received a $1.1 million federal stimulus grant this year, and so far, it has spent $775,390, or 65 percent of the grant. It is
required to spend 70 percent by June 30, 2010, and to spend all of it by June 30, 2011. “You know I didn’t support the stimulus money, Ms. Borrell,” said Commissioner Larry Potts. “I’ve got some questions for you.” Potts asked Borrell and Steven Moore, DavidsonWorks board of directors chairman, about the number of people served by DavidsonWorks pro-
‘It’s no secret that we as manufacturers are struggling just to survive in this county.’ — Martha Martin Door Tech Owner grams, and how many of them are employed as a result. They said they served 589 people. Of those, 64 received permanent jobs and the rest are
still in school or going through job training. Job training scholarships were given to 157 people. Borrell said that 96 young people were placed
at 65 employer work sites and paid by DavidsonWorks as part of the new summer youth employment program. Martha Martin, owner of Door Tech, was one of many employers invited to take part. “I thank those of you responsible for approving the funds for these young participants, not only for what it did for them, but what it did for us as an employer,” Martin said.
“It’s no secret that we as manufacturers are struggling just to survive in this county.” Ronte Burgess, a 16year-old who completed summer youth program with Davidson County Cooperative Extension, told the board that the program has encouraged him to go out and get another job, but he knows he needs to prepare for
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Lt. Gov. Dalton gives praise to DCCC
‘Makeover’ brings tourism dollars
BY KEVIN REID
BY KARISSA MINN
GREENSBORO — Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton expressed high regard for Davidson County Community College (DCCC) recently while attending the annual meeting of the N.C. Boards of Education Association meeting. “ D av i d son County Dalton Community College is doing a very good job, and I think the people in that county can be proud of the initiatives that you see going on there,” Dalton said in an interview on Nov. 16 at the Sheraton
When ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” came to Lexington, it not only impacted Tricia Creasey and her family, but also the county where they live. Robin Bivens, executive director of the Lexington Tourism Authority, said that visitors purchased a total of 940 room nights over the build period, which equates to about $140,000 in economic spending in Davidson County. In contrast, Lexington’s annual Barbecue Festival generated 480 confirmed hotel room nights this year. “We estimate that they spend about $150 a day,” Bivens said. “That in-
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SHOPPING FOR A DEAL Thomasville resident Annette Coryle shops for some Christmas presents on Black Friday at Peebles department store in Southgate Plaza. Many residents headed out to local stores to take advantage of some of the after Thanksgiving Day specials.
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Alternative Learning Center named Business of the Month BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
The Thomasville City Beautification Committee has named The Thomasville City Schools Alternative Learning Center as November Business of the Month for renovations that turned a vacant building into a school. The Alternative Learning Center assists students who have been expelled from other schools, typically for behavioral or truancy reasons, said Principal Terrell Scott. About 20 children in grades six through 12 currently attend the center, now located at 19 E. Guilford St. The Business of the Month recognition
is based on the most improved landscaping or structural improvements, and the Alternative Learning Center has both. Scott said that the building was constructed in the 1800s and had been vacant for several years before the center moved into it in August. “It had been occupied by an accounting firm, so it was a bunch of little 10-foot-by10-foot offices,” she said. “It was completely gutted — I think to the tune of over $300,000 in renovations to it from Thomasville City Schools.” The center had been housed on the Baptist Children’s Home Mills Home campus for about 12 years, but Mills Home had dif-
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From left, ALC students Garrick Terry Shemar Anderson, Daran Duncan, Michael Waddell and Andrew Freeman stand in front of the new school.
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A2 – Thomasville Times – Saturday, November 28, 2009 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
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: • 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
THS Class of 1962 Reunion
A reunion of the Thomasville High School Class of 1962 will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the Colonial Country Club in Thomasville. Organizers are looking for up-to-date addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for classmates. For more information, contact Alice Ervin at 561-732-1521.
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.
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 today 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.
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.
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 Jan. 18. Fee due upon registration.
Postage donations needed
Senior Services knows seniors love the Senior Living Paper, and we enjoy bringing it to you each month. As interest grows, so does the mailing list and in return the cost of postage. Our goal is to keep the Senior Living a self-supporting newspaper, and the only way that we can do that is through support of its recipients. A suggested donation of $10 per year would help cover the annual cost of postage and help those who may be unable to contribute. Every donation is appreciated. Send your donations to Davidson County Senior Services, 106 Alma Owens Drive, Lexington, NC 27292.
Nov. 28, 2009
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Arts United Silver Trout Arts returns to local school TIMES STAFF REPORT
Two DCCC students received scholarships valued at $5,000 from the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation. From left are Libby Swicegood, manager of the Lexington SECU branch; scholarship student Ashley Craver; Dr. Mary Rittling, DCCC president; scholarship student Jessica Hullette; and Myra Thompson, DCCC Public Information Officer and member of the Lexington SECU Advisory Board.
DCCC students awarded scholarships from SECU TIMES STAFF REPORT
The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation recently awarded $5,000 scholarships to Davidson County Community College students Ashley N. Craver and Jessica L. Hullette. The scholarships were presented in a ceremony in DCCC’s new Conference Center. Craver is from Lexington, and she graduated from West Davidson High School. Majoring in Human Services Technology, she plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in social work. In addition to the scholarship, Craver was selected as a DCCC Ambassador. Hullette, from Thomasville, is an honor graduate of East Davidson High School where she played in the band and was a member of the Beta Club. She is a Dean’s List student at DCCC majoring in medical assisting. She plans to pursue a four-year degree.
The scholarships provide each student with $1,250 per semester for up to four consecutive semesters. They are awarded based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” recognizing student leadership, character, integrity, and community involvement. The scholarships may be used for tuition, textbooks, educational supplies, and transportation. Libby Swicegood, vice president and manager of the Lexington SECU branch, helped present the scholarships. “DCCC and the SECU Foundation have a lot in common because both represent people helping people,” she said. “We are pleased that collectively, our members can continue to help DCCC students further their education. It is with great pleasure that we award these scholarships to two, high-achieving, deserving young women,” she said. In addition to the scholarships awarded to Craver and Hullette, the SECU
Foundation gives two $5,000 scholarships to students at the other 57 community colleges across the state, representing a total value of $580,000. In addition, it awards $10,000 scholarships to deserving seniors at public high schools across North Carolina. SECU is a non-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. With more than 1.5 million members, SECU is the second largest credit union in the United States. The SECU Foundation promotes local community development through projects in the areas of education, health, and human services.
“A class act!” is what Mary Reidesel (Music Teacher, Pindhurst Schools) called Silver Trout Arts. This duo has been spreading their message of effective communication and creative writing throughout North Carolina and beyond. “Silver Trout carries inspiration and instruction to students through storytelling, poetry, puppetry and original music. “Susana and Timmy Abell are generous with their talent, energy and knowledge,” said Anne Rowson of Madison County Arts Council. Through ArtSmart, Arts United hires professional artists to go into the schools with relevant curriculum-based programs that are integrated into the standard course of study. Arts United for Davidson County believes that arts programs are essential to the intellectual and personal growth of every young person. The arts help young people develop self-confidence, higher order thinking skills, discipline, interpersonal skills, academic success and creativity. “During the past quarter century, literally thousands of school based programs have demonstrated beyond question that the arts can not only bring
coherence to our fragmented academic world, but through the arts, students’ performance in other academic disciplines can be enhanced as well,” said Ernest Boyer, President of Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. Susana and Timmy Abell will be performing for students at Liberty Drive Elementary School in Thomasville, Nov. 30Dec. 4.
Art provides the catalyst for connections between subjects. It aids comprehension and retention. When you integrate the arts into education, students are more excited about learning and teachers are more engaged in the whole learning process. Arts United develops, initiates, supports and nurtures quality arts projects throughout Davidson County.
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Christmas Castle, Elfland to open TIMES STAFF REPORT
Castle McCulloch and The Community Theatre of Greensboro will present its Fourth annual Christmas Castle and Elfland Dec. 10-23 from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly. The event will include live acts throughout the holiday trail, music, half a million twinkling lights and of course Santa. A new journey through our heated, covered, per-
formance areas begins every four minutes. Be sure to come hungry, elves dish up every imaginable holiday treat in Elfland while you shop for stocking stuffers. General admission is $13 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Skip to the front of the line, buy advanced tickets online at www.christmascastlenc.com. Receive two tickets for the price of one on Dec 10, 14, 15 and 16.
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MLK holiday events planned TIMES STAFF REPORT
INSTALLATION SERVICE The Optimist Club recently held and installation service for the upcoming year. Incoming officers for the Thomasville Optimists include Robert Safrit, president; Peggy Safrit and Regina Berube, vice presidents; Flora Harris, secretary; Gray Harris, treasurer; and Henry Embler, assistant secretary. One-year board members will be Greg Burcham and Charles Embler, while two-year board members are Joanne Henry and Gray Harris. Lt. Gov. Kathy Allen, of Salisbury, was in charge of the installation ceremony during the buffet-dinner meeting. Pictured, from left, are board members Gray Harris, Flora Harris, Robert Safrit, Peggy Safrit and Sharon Baldwin.
Cooperative Extension to hold Business course for farmers, entrepreneurs BY AMY-LYNN ALBERTSON Guest Columnist
During these tough economic times, many businesses are struggling to stay afloat and farm businesses are no different. A good business plan can help you determine if your business is viable and more importantly profitable. New and experienced business owners, regardless of history or current situation, can benefit from business planning. As an experienced producer, you may develop a business plan to: map out a transition from conventional to organic production management; expand your operation; incorporate more family members or partners into you business; transfer or sell the business; add value to your existing operation through product processing, direct sales or cooperative marketing. It’s never too late to begin planning! If you are a first time rural land owner or beginning farmer who may be considering the establishment of a pumpkin patch, horse boarding or community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprise, business planning can help you identify management tasks and financing options that are compatible with your long-term personal, environmental , economic and community values. Business planning is an on-going, problem solving process that can indentify business challenges and opportu-
nities that apply to your marketing, operations, human resources and finances, and develop strategic objectives to move your business beyond its current situation toward your future business vision. Once developed, your business plan can be used as a long-term, internal organizing tool or to communicate your plans to others outside your business. Cooperative Extension is offering a 5-week course on Business Planning for Farms and other Entrepreneurs, beginning Dec. 1, 2009. The class will meet from 9AM to noon at the Forsyth County Extension Office in Winston Salem. The fee is $100, per farm/ business and covers an excess of $150 worth of materials. More than
one participant for each farm/business is allowed and couples are encouraged to study together. Partial scholarships based on need are available. Please contact Amy-Lynn Albertson at 242-2085 for more information.
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Action Committee (MLK-SAC) announces the schedule of events for the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday celebration in Thomasville, N.C. to be held Sunday, Jan. 10 through Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. The celebration will mark the 24th anniversary of the King National Holiday. Our local theme is “America at the crossroads…Where do we go from here?” The committee is also happy to announce the recipients of the 2010 MLK Community Service Award: Pastor H. N. Goode, Friendship Baptist Church, Thomasville, N.C. and Mrs. Minnie Ray, Thomasville, N.C. One of the highlights of the celebration will be the tenth annual “Oratorical Contest” to be held at Rich Fork Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. King was an advocate for excellence in education and this major event is the organization’s effort to help bring to pass one of Dr. King’s mandates. This year the MLK-SAC has will award more than $5,000 in scholarships and awards. We hope to entice students from more diverse backgrounds to participate in the oratorical contest and to provide
needed resources for contestants preparing for college. For more information please, contact Dr. George B. Jackson, chairman at (336) 476-7218, e-mail at mlk-sac@carolina. rr.com, or visit www.mlksac.com. The following is a complete listing of the nineday, twelve-event celebration: • Sunday, Jan. 10 MLK Invitational Dance Concert DCCC ~ Brinkley Gymnasium – 4:30 p.m. • Monday, Jan. 11 MLK Holiday Revival Emmanuel ~ 7 p.m. • Tuesday, January 12 MLK Holiday Revival Mount Zion Outreach ~ 7 p.m. • Wednesday, January 13 MLK Holiday Revival First Baptist Church (Lexington) ~ 7 p.m. • Thursday, Jan. 14 MLK State of the Dream Forum DCCC ~New Confer-
ence Center ~ 11 a.m. MLK Holiday Revival Our Lady of the Highways Catholic Church ~ 7 p.m. • Friday, Jan. 15 MLK Holiday Revival Friendship Baptist Church ~ 7 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 16 MLK Awards Dinner & Oratorical Contest Rich Fork Baptist Church ~ 7 p.m. (Tickets $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12) • Sunday, January 17 MLK Gospel Contest T. Austin Finch Auditorium ~ 5 p.m. (Tickets are $10 in advance) • Monday, Jan. 18 MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast (Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority) Central United Methodist Church ~ 8 a.m. MLK Community Health Fair Thomasville Medical Center (TMC) ~ 9 a.m. MLK National Holiday Observance, TBA ~ Lexington, NC ~ 7 p.m.
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Checkouts and markups VIEWPOINT
SUSAN ESTRICK Syndicated Columnist It’s that time of the year again. Time to feel like a fool. I started early this year, at Bed Bath and Beyond. Mind you, I love the store — two shiny new floors of beautiful things that you don’t have to try on. I’m a goner for candles and diffusers, not to mention cordless vacuum cleaners. And they even have beauty products and potato chips in the checkout line. It should be bliss. It is, until I see everyone else heading for the register fingering their stacks of full-size coupons, each one good for 20 percent off. I get coupons, too. They come in the mail once in a while, and I put them in a pile, and then they disappear. I have tried keeping them in my car, but they don’t stay there, either. One way or another, they are rarely with me when I take the turn on Beyond Way (I’m telling you, it’s a great store). And even if they were, how many would I have? Before I moved this last time, I saved every one of the coupons I saw for weeks, and maybe I had six. Believe me, six is nothing compared to everyone else in line. The most I ever saw was a woman who had them organized by denomination — some for 20 percent off, some for $10 dollars off, etc. For each item, she’d do the math and hand the cashier a coupon. She had a lot of items. I asked her how she did it. My mother-in-law, she responded, and everyone nodded. They deliver piles of those coupons to apartment buildings around town that other women’s mothers and mothers-in-law live in. I don’t have either, a mother or a mother-in-law. I hear
my mother’s voice telling me that if only I’d done something different, she’d still be alive and living in a condo where women collect coupons for their daughters and daughters-in-law. It’s a slow process, with all the coupons. And it’s hard not to think, as you stand there watching the person in front of you pay less for each item, that you are paying way too much. If they can afford to charge 20 percent less for every item in the store, they must be marking everything up by more than enough to cover those margins. And then you wonder: What kind of an idiot would pay full price for everything? Gotta be a complete fool. That’s my mother talking, and of course, she’s talking about me. Even when I have my “courtesy card” with me or can remember which phone number it’s attached to, if I don’t get the discount on the spot — and often that’s not how it works — I’m likely to “lose” it, which is to say I’ll misplace the money-off coupon on the register tape or the “reward” that comes by mail. And then it expires. And neither of my children will go with me if I am going to demand that they honor my expired coupon. So there I am, the sucker again. I remember when one of the car dealers announced that they would simply tell people the price of a car. That’s what I want when I go shopping. I don’t want to have to bring a guy or a calculator. I don’t want to have to work. Some people love to negotiate. I fight for a living. I think I’m very good at it. It’s not what I do for pleasure. For pleasure, I like to shop, not calculate and negotiate. It’s bad enough when you travel and realize the people sitting next to you paid half of what you paid for the ticket. OK, they decided earlier. Fair enough. But why should I need a mother-inlaw to buy great candles?
Understanding our hollow ‘centrists’ VIEWPOINT
JOE CONASON Syndicated Columnist The puzzling thing about politicians of either party who claim to be “centrist” or “moderate” is how much they sometimes sound like party-line right-wing Republicans. Distinguishing among these species of politicians can be almost impossible during the current struggle over health care reform, especially when a senator like Blanche Lambert Lincoln of Arkansas tries to explain herself. Like so many of the Republicans they try to emulate, the conservative Democrats claim to worry about spending and deficits — except with respect to programs that benefit them, their favorite constituents or the lobbyists who pay their campaign expenses. Facing re-election and plummeting poll numbers, Lincoln voted to commence debate last weekend. But then she turned around and warned that she would probably join a Republican filibuster against the Democratic health reform bill. Why? Because the Democratic legislation, favored by a clear majority, is likely to include a public option. Last July, Lincoln published an essay on the op-ed page of the largest daily paper in Arkansas that stated clearly why a public option should be part of a broader reform plan: “Individuals should be able to choose
from a range of quality health insurance plans. Options should include private plans as well as a quality, affordable public plan or non-profit plan that can accomplish the same goals as those of a public plan.” That makes perfect sense in her state, where Blue Cross-Blue Shield controls 75 percent of the insurance market, and throughout much of the South, where similar monopoly conditions prevail. But over the summer, Lincoln and certain other members of her party were simultaneously spooked by low poll numbers and persuaded by big insurance and pharmaceutical donations. So more recently, she has learned to parrot the Republican talking points about the public option and the general topic of health care. The fact that those talking points are largely untrue doesn’t seem to trouble her or the other nominally Democratic senators who have likewise threatened to join the filibuster. “For some in my caucus, when they talk about a public option, they’re talking about another entitlement program, and we can’t afford that right now as a nation. ... I would not support a solely government-funded public option. We can’t afford that,” she has said. Yet if Lincoln has actually read the Democratic health care bill — and the analysis provided by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office — then she knows that none of those complaints are valid. The public option is not an entitlement program, although the health care bill will provide subsidies to help families that cannot afford health insurance to buy either public or private plans. Second, the public option proposed in either the Senate or House versions of
the bill would not be funded solely by the government, because both bills require the plan to be supported fully through premiums paid by the insured. Third, the proposed bill is not only deficit-neutral but is estimated to reduce the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next two decades. Now, of course, Lincoln — just like her fellow selfproclaimed moderates — is well aware of all those basic aspects of the bill because she insists that she has read every word. Still, she tells the world that we cannot afford real reform. What can we afford? According to these worthy senators, we can afford to spend a million dollars per soldier to send another 40,000 troops to Afghanistan — an amount that would add up over the coming decade to approximately $400 billion, with no obvious benefit. And according to Lincoln, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, we can afford to spend $14 billion a year or more on subsidies that mainly enrich corporate farms and wealthy growers. Back home in Phillips County, Ark., for example, where her family owns considerable acreage in rice and soybeans, big farmers have cashed U.S. government checks totaling more than $300 million over the past 10 years. So when these centrists warn that we cannot afford health care reform, doublecheck their facts — and ask why they prefer to spend tax dollars on wasteful wars and corporate subsidies rather than health care for every American. Joe Conason writes for the New York Observer (www. observer.com). To find out more about Joe Conason, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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ferent plans for the building it was renting. Scott said that construction took place over the summer months, so that the Alternative Learning Center could move into the new building at the start of the 2009-10 school year. Now, there are more spacious classrooms and office areas for the students and teachers. Changes to the buildingâ€™s exterior and the surrounding property were made as well. The parking lot has been resurfaced, and a basketball court soon will be added. Some of the students recently helped plant pansies in flower boxes in front of the building. â€œWe put up a flagpole, and that will make it look
more like a school,â€? Scott said. â€œWe still have a sign and a mailbox coming, and some other things that will make it look a little better.â€? Scott said that both students and teachers appreciate the new working space. â€œItâ€™s beautiful,â€? she said. â€œEverything is brand new. Itâ€™s like night and day. The other place was really dark and old, so this is just a lot brighter and a lot better to boost everybodyâ€™s morale.â€? Scott said that the goal of the Alternative Learning Center is to get the students back into regular schools by fixing the behaviors that got them kicked out. â€œTheyâ€™re put on a contract when they get here, and if theyâ€™re able to do those things, then they get back pretty quickly,â€? she said. â€œIf they donâ€™t meet the goals on the
ACTIONS From page A1 college by focusing on school. Whitney McLaughlin, a college advisor at Lexington and Thomasville High Schools, said that money spent in the Carolina Advising Core program has helped students at the two city school systems prepare for college. â€œIn Thomasville, we had over 85 seniors register to take the SAT for the October test, and that was a school record,â€? McLaughlin said. â€œWe recently had a college application day last week at both schools. In Lexington, out of 166 seniors, we had 126 seniors submit college applications.â€? Borrell said that DavidsonWorks offers training scholarships for adults through its JobsNOW program, which is a partnership between the organization and Davidson County Community College. It also has awarded three business employee training grants to Bunce Building, SII Dry Kilns and IV-S Metal Stamping. Linda Burgess was a dislocated worker who completed DavidsonWorksâ€™ work experience program and is now employed full-time with the Davidson County Health Department. â€œWe worked to figure out how I was going to use my training after being laid off from Thomasville Furniture,â€? Burgess said. â€œWithout that program, there wouldnâ€™t have been that success for me, and I thank you for giving us that opportunity.â€? Ineta Cherry, who works with DavidsonWorks in the JobLink system in Thomasville, also helps to run Project Re-entry, which helps prisoners integrate back into society. Community involvement makes them much less likely to be repeat offenders, she said, and one of the summer youth employment program participants found work through the project. After the success stories were told,
contract, they donâ€™t get to go, but we try to get them back.â€? The students take four 90-minute classes per day, in addition to a 40-minute group counseling session, where they work on anger management, goalsetting and social skills. Judy Younts, executive director of Communities In Schools of Thomasville, currently comes in on Wednesdays to teach the students etiquette and plans to take them out to dinner. â€œItâ€™s a very structured environment, but itâ€™s also very nurturing,â€? Scott said. â€œThese kids know, without a doubt, that we care about them and want them to get it together and get out of here.â€? Staff Writer Karissa Minn can be reached at 888-3576 or newsdesk@ tvilletimes.com.
Potts asked if a TriadWorks summit costing $34,382.90 also was funded by stimulus money. â€œI realize that all summits and all conferences are important,â€? Potts said, â€œbut paying $600 for flowers, $22,000 for two speakers from Illinois, and $8,800 for beverages and food, I find to be an outrage in this economy.â€? Moore said that the summit was not funded by the stimulus grant or local tax dollars, but rather from a federal investment grant that could not be used for participant programs. Potts said that the money still came from taxpayers and didnâ€™t have to be spent. He also noted that the summit was approved not by the 31-member board of directors, but the seven-member executive committee. â€œWe had a budget set aside of over $37,000 for the summit, and we were under budget,â€? Borrell said. Borrell said that the summit was a requirement of a transformation action plan with the U.S. Department of Labor. She said that if DavidsonWorks did not spend the money, it would receive less federal funding the following year and be able to help fewer people. Moore said that his goal for the summit was to energize and inform people about economic development. He acknowledged that the organization may have made a bad decision. â€œIâ€™m not volunteering my time for summits,â€? Moore said. â€œIâ€™m volunteering my time because of what these folks over here told you.â€? Commissioner Max Walser, who serves on the DavidsonWorks board of directors, said that he supported the stimulus grant, but he was very concerned about the amount spent on the summit. â€œThat does not mean I want to detract from the good work that Iâ€™ve heard about in here,â€? Walser said. â€œTo say that you had to spend this money or it would go back, I think, is pretty shallow. Let some money go back if you have to.â€?
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David Lee Younts, 92, died Nov. 26, 2009, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, after several years of declining health. He was born Feb. 7, 1917, in Davidson County, to Samuel Younts and Effie Grubb Younts. He was retired from Commercial Carvings Company, and he served in the U.S. Army, Company D, 405th infantry. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Baptist Church in Thomasville, with the Revs. Billy Foote and Tim Miller officiating. Interment will follow with Masonic Rites in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Thomasville Funeral Home and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Hinkle Hospice Home of Davidson County in Lexington or Liberty Baptist Church in Thomasville. Audio and written condolences may be made through www. mem.com.
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Two letters and a chance meeting KEEPING THE FAITH
DOUG CREAMER Guest Columnist
My wife and I were shopping one day when a young couple approached me. The fellow seemed to recognize me. As he approached he asked, “Didn’t you use to teach at North Stanly?” I smiled and said yes. He wasn’t one of my students; he just remembered I taught there. Then he told me he enjoyed reading my column in the paper. I went to my PO Box and picked up my mail. Tucked between all the junk mail was a letter from a reader who wanted to let me know how much they enjoyed my columns. The writer told me that they had used my column in their Sunday school class on several occasions. It is so encouraging to receive those kinds of letters. I received another letter this week that has a good story that goes along with it. It begins seventeen years ago when a friend asked for a favor. The individual was moving into an apartment and needed a character reference in order to avoid putting down a deposit with the power company. I understood the situation and wanted to help my friend avoid this deposit. When I went to sign the form for my friend I noticed it said that I would have to pay up to one hundred and fifty dollars if my friend failed to pay their bill. I remember a slight hesitation before signing the letter, but knew my friend would be fine. I should have listened to that still, small voice. One day I received a letter informing me that I would be charged the entire amount because my friend had failed to pay their bill. I was stunned and went to my friend to straighten out the matter. They were shocked at the situation and promised it would be fixed. Long story short, it wasn’t and I had to pay. I stewed over the problem for quite a while. One day I read the parable of the unforgiving servant. You remember the story; it’s where a servant was forgiven for a multimillion dollar debt. The servant immediately goes out and puts a fellow servant in prison for owing him less than twenty dollars. He showed no mercy after
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receiving such great mercy from his master. God began working on me about my own situation. He reminded me of all the things he had forgiven me for and wondered why I couldn’t forgive this little debt. I pointed out to God that I didn’t consider this a little debt. He helped me to see that I was acting like the unforgiving servant in the story. One evening, I sat down and wrote my friend a letter telling the story of the parable and ending the letter with our situation. I told the individual that I forgave them from the bottom of my heart. I also included in the letter a copy of the letter I received from the power company. It took a little while for my faith to overcome my feelings about the situation. Time passed and we lost contact with each other. The other evening I dropped the mail on the counter like always. My wife pointed out that there was a letter hidden among the bills. I checked the return address and didn’t recognize it. When I opened the envelop I discovered a card with a letter and a check inside. The check was for a debt that was no longer owed, with a note thanking me for my kindness and forgiveness. The letter was the letter I sent my friend seventeen years earlier. I cannot express the joy I felt in my heart. When we show kindness and forgiveness to others we are exhibiting the loving character of God. Whether we know God or not, experiencing mercy can change our perspective on life. We desperately need the love and mercy of God every day for the many ways we walk away from Him. Isn’t it
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The Madrigal Singers of Greensboro will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday at First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lexington, as part of the church’s Christmas Cantata.
First Reformed UCC in Lexington holds Christmas Cantata TIMES STAFF REPORT The public is invited to a series of upcoming choral events at First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lexington every Sunday through Dec. 13, with a Christmas Cantata performance. with a full orchestra during the 11 a.m. service Dec. 13. This service will feature the combined choirs of First Reformed United Church of Christ and the Second Reformed United Church of Christ. The combined choir will perform a choral arrangement of “Hymn of Grateful Praise” by John Carter, led by director Paul Freeman. Dr. Walter Patten, interim intentional minister of First Reformed UCC, will officiate the service, and the Rev. Joe Coltrane will share the message. Both ministers will serve Holy Communion, and a reception will follow in the fellowship hall. First Reformed UCC is partnering with Uptown Lexington to collect non-perishable items for local food banks from 1 to 5 p.m. during the Uptown Christmas Open House festivities Nov. 22. Curbside service to collect donated food items will be provided in front of the sanctuary, located at 104 East Center Street, Lexington. On Sunday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m., the Madrigal Singers of Greensboro will sing at First Reformed United Church of Christ, with the concert made possible by the Arthur and Maggie Thomason Endowment.
The concert will kick off the Advent Season and will be held in the sanctuary followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. The Madrigals’ repertoire is primarily a cappello, and the ensemble is known throughout the state and nation for its authentic Renaissance attire and high standards of musicianship and professionalism. Singers are Grimsley High School juniors and seniors, and they are directed by Emmy-winning choral conductor Marshall Johnson. Recent tours have taken them to France, Italy, England, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C., where they performed for President Obama’s Inaugural Ceremony. The ensemble’s other venues include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Saint Bartholomew’s Church, and
the Mission Dolores Basilica. On Sunday, Dec. 13, the public is invited to First Reformed United Church of Christ for a Christmas Cantata accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra. The choir and orchestra, directed by Paul Freeman, will perform “A Christmas Carol Gallery: Portraits of the Season,” arranged and orchestrated by Larry Shackley. Narration by the Rev. Lee Jessup will introduce the Cantata and provide transitions between the choral selections. The 14-piece orchestra, featuring strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, will perform a prelude of the Brandenburg Concerto prior to the Cantata, and their offertory selection will be “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” by Bach. For more information, call First Reformed United Church of Christ at 248-2617.
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CHURCH NOTES Special annual singing
Landmark Baptist Church, located at 6055 Sunset View Drive in Archdale, will have a special annual singing at 7 p.m. Saturday with The Singing Echoes from Cleveland, Tenn.
Benefit singing and hot dog supper
Godâ€™s House of Prayer For His Glory Church in High Point is sponsoring a benefit singing and hot dog supper that has been set up for Alice Hale Turner from 12-6 p.m. today. It will be at the Trinity Grange in Trinity, with Tim and Faye Maynard, Not Ashamed Singers, Land Beyond the Starâ€™s singer and many more groups. To donate, e-mail Evangelist Roy Hale at christ_in_me20052000@ yahoo.com or call 8044203. For more information, call 476-8132.
Tim Greene will be giving his testimony of how God has healed him at First Pentecostal Holiness Church, located at 1448 East U.S. Highway 64 in Lexington, on Sunday. He will be at the morning service singing and also will be the guest speaker. The service starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 249-6598.
Fifth Sunday Singspiration
Thomasville Friends Church will have its Fifth Sunday Singspiration this Sunday. It will feature youth and adults under the leadership of Roy Coble and Gaye Willard. One of these young people, Carrie Anna Spencer, auditioned for the Voices of Lee at Lee University, one of the top acappello groups in the nation, and made it. In fact, Voices of Lee is the only group of its nature in the South to be represented in the â€œSing-Off â€? program, which will be aired on Dec. 14 on NBC.
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have special singing from the NJUCC Choir for their Fifth Sunday Services on Sunday. In addition, the ladies will have their traditional chicken pie lunch consisting of chicken pie, green beans, macaroni and cheese, slaw, dessert and a drink for $6 per plate. Take-outs will be available. NJUCC is located in the Silver Valley Community just off Old Highway 64 at 4104 Jerusalem Road, and Butch Conrad is the pastor. For more information, call 746-5046.
Spaghetti supper New Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, located at 6408 Friendship-Ledford Road in the Wallburg community, will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 5-7 p.m. The buffet-style meal will feature spaghetti with meat sauce or plain sauce, a salad bar, garlic bread, dessert and a beverage. The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 612 and free for children under age 6. Take-outs cost $8. The supper is sponsored by the United Methodist Men.
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To place an order, call 688- wonderful when we are 2218 by Friday, Dec. 4. given the opportunity to share that with others? I want to encourage Breakfast with Santa Parents and children you to give some unare invited to come to deserving person your Pleasant Grove United kindness and forgiveMethodist Church, locat- ness. In the beginning ed at the corner of Hasty School Road and South Road in Thomasville, for a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. There will be pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee and milk served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Donations will be accepted. For more information or directions, call 475-1124.
Fairfield United Methodist Church, located at 1505 N.C. Highway 62 West in High Point, will hold a fundraiser for local missions on Saturday, Dec. 5 starting at 5 p.m. A meal of grilled chicken, vegetables and dessert will be served, followed by fun and games. Cost is by donation only. For more information, call 431-5743.
The Mission Building Team at First Pentecostal Holiness Church, located at 1448 East U.S. Highway 64 in Lexington, will sponsor a gospel singing with Quinton Mills on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Quinton is known as a writer, a singer and an anointed evangelist. Tickets are $12, and the event will raise money to build a church in Argentina. For more information, call 249-6598.
On Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., the Memorial United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Orchestra, located at 101 Randolph St. in Thomasville, will present its annual Christmas Cantata, â€œHave You Seen the Star?â€? The lessons and carols program will feature anthems by John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, Joseph Martin, Barlow Bradford and John Williams. MUMC Chancel Choir and Orchestra is conducted by Bill Cates, MUMC director of music, and accompanied by Brian Vannoy, organist, and will number more than 75 musicians. Gathering music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be provided by da Capo Brass. All are welcome. For further information, contact the church office at 472-7718.
The United Methodist Men of Hopewell United Methodist Church, located at 4540 Hopewell Church Road in Trinity, will be having a Barbecue Shoulder and Quart Sale on Saturday, Dec. 5. Shoulders will be $45, and quarts will be $9. The pick-up time will be between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
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FROM PAGE A1 attract business here? What can we do to provide educational opportunities that give the job skills for people who will fill those jobs?â€? Last month, Dalton became founding chairman of the Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Commission. The purpose of JOBS is to align high school curricula closer to local economies. â€œOur state has seven defined economic development regions,â€? Dalton said. â€œAs members of the JOBS Commission, we want leaders of each of these regions to pay attention to what they want their economy to be in five or ten years. What can they reasonably expect it to be and are we providing the job skills through our educational initiatives to address those job needs.â€? The lieutenant governor is optimistic that North Carolina will be able to improve its economic situation in the near future. â€œObviously, we would prefer a better economy, but it is a global situation,â€? he said. â€œI think North Carolina is well positioned, as we pull out of this recession.â€? Dalton pointed to national business-oriented publications to under-
DCCC From page A1 Greensboro Four Seasons. â€œOne is their mobile health lab. Allied health will continue to be a major force in the economy and there will continue to be jobs in this field. The babyboomers are aging out, and youâ€™re not going to go to China or India for your health care.â€? Dalton, 60, is a babyboomer himself. The Rutherfordton native who earned undergraduate (in Business Administration) and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, was completing his sixth term in the N.C. Senate when he was elected lieutenant governor last year. The practicing attorney campaigned in Thomasville for the Democratic nomination for the stateâ€™s No. 2 executive position and is aware of the Chair Cityâ€™s challenges in a global economy. â€œIâ€™m from an area that was very much the same way â€” very heavily invested in textiles and furniture â€” and both of those are now gone,â€? Dalton said. â€œThatâ€™s the reason we need to focus on those future years and what we are going to define that economy as being. What can we do to
score his optimism. â€œRecently Site Selection Magazine rated us the best place in the United States for businesses to do business,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™ve had that rating for eight out of the last nine years. Forbes magazine rated us No. 5; CEO magazine rated us No. 2. Weâ€™re a great state in which to do business. What we need to see is the capital markets allow money to be available for businesses again. When we see that, youâ€™ll see this economy bounce back and I think youâ€™ll see North Carolina as a leader.â€? The lieutenant governor enjoys being a leader and compared his new job with his six terms in the state senate. â€œItâ€™s a little bit different, because before I was involved in passing legislation and creating the laws,â€? Dalton said. â€œNow Iâ€™m in charge of leading the state and directing it forward, but they go hand in glove. You cannot accomplish much as a leader in the executive branch without the assistance in the General Assembly, but I think
my experience there has helped this administration to move forward.â€? On Nov. 2 Dalton was the featured speaker at a meeting, hosted by the DCCC Small Business Center and the Davidson County Young Leadership Forum. â€œThis community college has a program going in advanced manufacturing,â€? he said of DCCC during the Greensboro interview. â€œWe still have a lot of manufacturing jobs, but it will be more in the advanced manufacturing area.â€? As lieutenant governor, Dalton has a seat on the N.C. Board of Community Colleges and the N.C., Board of Education. He apparently enjoyed his visit to DCCC, which seems to fit in well with what he is trying to accomplish. â€œWe look forward to going back to that region,â€? he said, â€œand talking again about the future economy and what we can do with our educational system to make sure weâ€™re providing those job skills that we need for the future.â€?
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From page A1 cludes the hotel room, gas, the food that they eat, and anything that they may do in the area.â€? Bivens said that when the episode airs in February, it will generate excitement and publicity for the Lexington area. â€œI think it has already been good for the community, with everybody working together,â€? Bivens said. â€œI think that when program is aired, the nation will see just how well our community has worked together to step up to this, and thatâ€™s a good thing for us.â€? Mark Scott, Thomasville Tourism director, said he has not yet noticed an increase in tourism from the event. It may get a boost when ABC airs the episode, which will feature local furniture. Robert Stamper, senior vice president of marketing at Lexington Home Brands, said that his company donated more than 40 furniture items to the house. The company first invited the showâ€™s designers to browse its retail store in Lexington, and then allowed them to select items from its wholesale showroom on National Highway in Thomasville. â€œA couple of things in that home were literally brand new from the October market, and our dealers wonâ€™t have them for another several weeks,â€? Stamper said.
He estimated that more than 50 Lexington Home Brands employees volunteered during the build. About an additional dozen were onsite to help install the furniture in the house. â€œA lot of our employees knew [Tricia] as a teacher, because their kids went to her school,â€? Stamper said. Brian Starnes, president of Linwood Furniture, said that his company donated occasional pieces to the house, including some from the Hart Square Collection made of solid hickory. They also built a large shelving unit especially for the Creasey family, which was made of wood from their original porch. â€œItâ€™s part of our community down here, so we were glad to help,â€? Starnes said. â€œIt was a little tiring, but it was worth it.â€? Also contributing to the house was Bob Timberlake Inc. of Lexington. Local nonprofit organizations also benefited from the event. More than 20,000 food and drink items were collected during a food drive held by â€œExtreme Makeover: Home Edition,â€? many of them donated by Walmart. Volunteers were asked to bring items of canned food, drinks and pet food when they visited the site. The items were split and delivered to Pastorâ€™s Pantry and Crisis Ministry of Davidson County.
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On NASCAR Cathy Elliott gives her take on the latest news in NASCAR. See Column, Page B2
THOMASVILLE 21, LEXINGTON 28 CALENDAR TODAY WRESTLING Ledford @ Tigerland Classic 9 a.m.
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Lexington tailback Grayson Marquez finds room to run over the left side as the Thomasville defense gives chase in the third round of the NCHSAA 2-A state playoffs Friday night at Cushwa Stadium.
STREAK ENDED, RIVALRY CHARGED Yellow Jackets dash Bulldogs’ chance at another state championship BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor It is safe to say the Lexington-Thomasville rivalry is officially back to being one of the most hotly contested in the state. Spotting the Yellow Jackets a 20-point lead midway through the third quarter of its third round playoff game, Thomasville roared back to lead 21-20 with 5:56 to play. Unfazed, the Jackets responded with a score, stunning Thomasville 28-21 in front of a packed
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Davidson County Community College is nearing Region X conference play, and will finally be getting some of its key players back from injury and illness for Monday’s game against Vance-Granville Community College. Phillip Williams and Kimani Hunt will return to the lineup, and Justin Glover should not be far behind. Glover could be expected back as soon as the first conference game against Oxford on Dec. 5, pending a release from his doctor. “Hopefully, those guys will be able to come back, fit in and continue to play together,” said head coach Matt Ridge. Division II Vance-Granville will challenge the Storm, led by their 6-8, 300-pound center that averages a double-double. They also return the division leader in scoring a year ago. The 5-3 Storm have seen various players step up in the absence of the injured, which will help them on Monday night. “We are going to have our work cut out for us,” said Ridge.
house at Cushwa Stadium Friday night. The Yellow Jackets snapped a losing streak to the Bulldogs that dates back to 1993. “I told our kids that you are not just playing for us this year, you are playing for all of those guys over the last 16 years that have lost to these guys,” said an emotional head coach of the Jackets, Chris Deal. “What a great crowd tonight. A lot of these people that came home for Thanksgiving saw something special.” Leading 20-0 in the third quarter, the Jack-
ets were cruising, controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides. With its hopes of advancing hanging in the balance, Thomasville pulled itself up off the canvas in dramatic fashion. Quin Riley scored two rushing touchdowns and Kesean Green one, as the Bulldogs barked and snarled their way back to lead 21-20 with 5:56 to play. Lexington looked nothing like it did the first time around against the Bulldogs, and
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Having the guts to be a hat man Certain types of clothing mark the type of person you are. Blue jeans and T-shirts give the wearer a cavalier look of relaxed appearance, even if they are $200 jeans and a $50 T-shirt. Sweaters look preppy on most guys. I assume what I wear is thought of as trying to evoke a certain image and I suppose subconsciously, it is. The thing I wear that brings more comment and yet it’s worn solely for utility is a hat. I can trace the time I decided to wear a hat down to a specific year and week. I was fishing Nag’s Head. There were small blues stealing my bait and I resolved to catch them. I learned how to catch small blues that day and I learned I need to wear a hat. It was a cool day with a brisk wind. The sun was bright and, since it was late November,
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DICK JONES Outdoor Columnist shining from the south. I absolutely toasted my right ear that day. It was sore for weeks, it blistered up and got downright crispy. It didn’t get straightened out until almost Christmas. Up to that time, I was a cap man. When I was riding motorcycles, I wore stroker caps. These were little English caps with a Bell Helmet logo on the face of the cap. When I started shooting competi-
tively, I started wearing ball caps with various shooting logos on the face. Both were functional and kept the sun out of my eyes, but afforded no protection for the sides of my face and my ears. When I decided to try a hat, I put a fedora type hat on and thought I looked pompous. I’d always prided myself on not being prissy and I guess the hat just made me feel prissy. I tried a boonie hat, (a floppy hat kind of like a sailor’s hat that has a short, floppy brim all around). It served the purpose but I decided it looked too sloppy. Once again, I was aware that apparently, I did care about how I looked. I think it may be “reverse vanity.” Finally, I bit the bullet and started wearing the fedora. The first one was canvas. It worked but it
See HAT, Page B3
B2 – Thomasville Times – Saturday, November 28, 2009
Vegas vacation ﬁtting Resolve to avoid injury when exercising for NASCAR MS
Las Vegas doesn’t beckon visitors like an oasis in the desert; Las Vegas literally IS an oasis in the desert. And this one is no mirage. According to the Chamber of Commerce’s Web Site, about 40 million tourists visit Las Vegas annually. On Monday, Nov. 30, a large number of them will arrive, shall we say, much more speedily than usual, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week blows into town for the first time in history. After three decades in New York City, and with the very active cooperation and support of the state of Nevada, NASCAR decided the time had come for a change of pace (pun definitely intended). The season-ending 2009 Cup Series awards dinner will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury resort located on the famed Strip. Other events and appearances during the week, including things like the Aflac Pit Stop Tour, the NASCAR Street Tour, the Chasers for Charity Fanfest and Tony Stewart’s annual Stewie Awards, will be taking place in venues all over town, from world-famous hotels and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
to the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign; you gotta love that one. Frank Caliendo will host the premier event of the week, the awards dinner on Friday night. However, there is no word yet on whether Caliendo, a well-known celebrity impersonator, will be appearing as himself. When you attempt to describe one of the most outrageously exciting things in America, phrases like “heartpounding,” “pulse-racing” and “adrenaline rush” come to mind. The trick is trying to figure out what you’re talking about: NASCAR or Las Vegas. The idea of this marriage between the two is really kind of dazzling. The visionary builders of the city seemed to know this day would come; they named some of their most famous landmarks in its honor. King Arthur of England was known for his honesty, chivalry and valiance. With the help of his teacher and mentor Merlin, he ruled his kingdom for many years with fairness and honor. In NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus have accomplished much the same thing. So one couldn’t
See VEGAS, Page B4
Of the millions of New Year’s resolutions made each year, perhaps none is more repeated than the resolution to get in better shape. Each year, millions of people resolve to shed a few extra pounds or simply get healthier, with varying degrees of success. One of the ways to ensure the resolve to get healthier is successful is to exercise safely. Veteran athletes and seasoned professional trainers all note the importance of safety when it comes to exercise. Simply diving right into exercise can be a recipe for disaster, often leading to injury, especially for those people new to exercise or returning after a long layoff. For those who have resolved to get in better shape this season, consider the following exercise safety tips. • Don’t push it. The body responds differently to exercise as it ages, and many people who were once exercise afficionados but stopped regularly exercising could likely make the mistake that they can still exercise as hard as they did in their youth. However, pushing it after a long layoff is potentially dangerous and could result in a number of injuries. While you might one day be able to return to form, initially it’s best to take it easy. Stop exercising immediately if you begin to experience any of the following symptoms: - Dizziness - Nausea - Cold sweats - Muscle cramps - Pain or pressure in the chest (particularly leftchest or mid-chest) - Joint pain • Maintain proper breathing or cease exercising if you can’t. Whenever exercising, you should
Utilizing the services of a personal trainer is one way to ensure a new workout regimen goes as smoothly as possible. be able to walk without gasping for breath. If you cannot breathe properly, stop exercising immediately. Once your system has rebounded and you begin to feel better, if you’re going to return to your exercise regimen, simply tone it down, performing each exercise more slowly. • Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated throughout an exercise routine will increase flexibility and replace the water you lose by sweating. While some might feel this will counteract any weight loss, losing water weight
is not the type of weight loss you should be aiming for. Be sure to drink lots of water before, during and after workouts. • Remember the wisdom of Mom and Dad. Nearly everyone who ever went to the beach as a child recalls Mom and Dad advising them to stay out of the water after eating. That same advice you heard as a child is still applicable today as an adult. While it’s acceptable to go for a light walk after a small meal, avoid
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Saturday, November 28, 2009 â€“ Thomasville Times â€“ B3
Gifting the family golfer this holiday MS According to the Golf Research Group, a leading consultant and publisher of business information to the golfing industry, an estimated 57 million people play golf across the globe. Those people play on 31,548 courses, nearly
RIVALRY From page B1 proved one final time they belonged this deep in the playoffs. All it took was three plays beginning at its own 39 to find paydirt. Duke Horton ran for two yards on first down, then quarterback Al Challenger hit Marcus Pittman over the middle for a big gain to the Thomasville 23. Then, on an unusual play, the Jackets took the lead for good. Challenger pitched to Marquez Grayson, who momentarily fumbled the ball. He scooped it up and was hit on the play, but kept his feet moving and escaped for a 23-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was successful, and Thomasville was unable to do anything with the ball on two final drives as time expired in the game and their season. â€œWe struggled really
60 percent of which are in North America. That said, golfing is clearly a popular sport, which makes gifting the family golfer an easy and enjoyable endeavor, whether itâ€™s the holiday season, Fatherâ€™s Day or even Motherâ€™s Day. The family golfer might like a set of custom made golf clubs,
though thatâ€™s best purchased with the golfer on hand. Other gifts that are sure to please are a set of personalized or top-of-the-line golf balls, a new golf bag emblazoned with your loved oneâ€™s initials or even a free round of golf at one of his or her favorite nearby golf courses.
bad blocking them,â€? said THS head coach Allen Brown, who could have won his 300th game at THS with a victory. â€œWe struggled last week and again this week.â€? F i v e plays is all Lexington needed to start the game, as they overcame a Brown key thirdand-nine play during the drive. After just getting the first down, Duke Horton made his second huge run of the drive, ripping through the heart of the THS defense virtually untouched, racing 47 yards to the house to put Lexington up 7-0 with 10:06 showing in the first quarter. Feeding off the momentum created by its offense, the Yellow Jacket defense came alive, limiting what the Bulldogs could do with the ball.
Thomasvilleâ€™s five possessions in the first half ended punt, interception, punt, interception, punt. The interceptions came deep into Lexington territory. Lexingtonâ€™s offense continued to have success, scoring once more before the half and midway through the third quarter. Like the champions they are, Thomasville stormed back, but Brown did not think for a second they were out of danger. â€œIt was a good place to be in, but we did not play enough defense there at the end,â€? said Brown. â€œThey have a lot of weapons and you had to be worried. You were glad to be ahead, but you didnâ€™t think you were out of the woods yet.â€? Thomasville ends its season at 9-5. Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 8883631, or at tvillesports@ yahoo.com.
HAT From page B1 was too hot. Then I tried a Lite Felt hat from Eddie Bauer, (this was back when Eddie Bauer made menâ€™s clothes). I was a little self conscious, but I soon realized the wonderful benefits of wearing a hat. Iâ€™ve been wearing felt fedoras and straw panama hats ever since and canâ€™t imagine life outdoors without one. Iâ€™ve noticed since Iâ€™ve been wearing a hat that I get comments from both women and men. I got an occasional â€œcowboyâ€? or â€œTexâ€? comment when I was younger but now I suppose I look more natural in a hat or maybe I just look grumpy. Guys often tell me theyâ€™d like to wear a hat but they donâ€™t have the nerve. Itâ€™s that â€œreverse vanityâ€? thing. The shade benefits of fedoras and straw hats are obvious. The 360 degree brim protects your neck and ears as well as your face. It keeps the sun out of your eyes, too. If given the choice between a hat and sunglasses, Iâ€™ll take the hat every time. True, the wind can blow it off your head but itâ€™s premium protection. A felt hat keeps you dry by shedding rain. A decent straw hat will
keep you drier than a waterproof ball cap. I spray my hats with Scotchguard to keep them from wilting in the heavy rain. The fact that a good felt hat holds water comes in handy when I need to water my lab, Larry; I just pour the water from the bottle into it and let him drink. In hot weather, the damp hat really feels good when you put it back on your head. I wear straw in summer for coolness and felt in winter. I donâ€™t like stiff hats, they must be soft and pliable for me to wear in either straw or felt. The Lite Felt labeled hats work best for me. Theyâ€™re also the cheapest. Iâ€™ve tried quality Stetson hats and donâ€™t like the stiffness. They get knocked off by limbs, stuff on the boat, or the door frame on the truck. Give me a cheap, soft hat every time. I like about a three and a half inch brim. Under three inches and thereâ€™s not enough protection, over four inches and the hat wonâ€™t stay on in the wind. On a boat, I keep a cap for when weâ€™re running and switch to the hat when we anchor or drift. I probably have about a dozen hats in my closet and I have a hard time passing up a nice one in a store. I was reminded of another positive aspect of wearing a hat this
week. Cherie and I were cutting a shooting lane for a deer stand and she was constantly getting slapped in the face by branches. My hat protected me and I was able to cut small trees with immunity from being scratched by falling limbs and briars. I tried to convince her to wear my hat, but sheâ€™d have nothing of it. Itâ€™s probably that vanity thing for her, too, though maybe the â€œreverse vanityâ€? thing isnâ€™t the cause. There was a reason why folks used to wear hats; they make life outdoors in the elements easier. OK, so they arenâ€™t trendy and it does take some getting used to. The fact is, Iâ€™m up for something that makes me more comfortable. Iâ€™ll admit a fedora on a woman isnâ€™t flattering. Of course squinty eyes, crispy ears, and facial scratches arenâ€™t either. Dick and Cherie Jones are outdoor writers living in High Point. They do public speaking for clubs and organizations, host outdoor events, are NRA Shooting Instructors, and help church and youth groups raise money with outdoor events. You can visit their website at offtheporchmedia.com and contact them at email@example.com.
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SPORTS AVOID From page B2 strenuous exercise for at least 2 hours after eating a big meal. â€˘ Wear appropriate attire. When working out, proper attire isnâ€™t whatever looks good on you. Itâ€™s important to purchase sneakers that support weight-bearing activities and tops that promote movement but arenâ€™t too loose. If jogging outdoors, be sure to wear a knit cap in colder weather or a baseball cap in warmer temperatures. Both of these will help you maintain a proper body temperature and ward off harmful side effects such as cold, flu or sunburn. â€˘ Stretch, stretch, stretch. Professional athletes make their living with their bodies, and they stretch extensively before each
and every game. Just because you donâ€™t earn a ballplayerâ€™s paycheck doesnâ€™t mean you can avoid stretching. Stretching helps prevent muscle pulls, strains and other injuries, so make sure an adequate stretching routine is a part of your workout. â€˘ Consult or hire a professional. Those who have had an extensive layoff from exercise might want to employ a personal trainer, at least until they get comfortable with a routine. In fact, many fitness clubs offer a handful of free personal training sessions to new members to ensure all members start off safe and avoid injury. Take advantage of such sessions if theyâ€™re available. If not, hire one of the clubâ€™s personal trainers, even if itâ€™s only for a few sessions, at the onset of your routine.
VEGAS From page B2 fault them if they experienced a flash of deja vu while passing by the hotel-slash-castle â€œExcaliburâ€? on their way down the Strip. No official plans have been announced to change the hotelâ€™s name to the â€œLoweâ€™s Chevroletâ€? anytime soon, but hey, itâ€™s Vegas. More outrageous things have happened. There is a spectacle that combines splitsecond timing, showmanship and the most difficult and delicate of balancing acts into a package sometimes referred to as the greatest show on earth.
High roller that I am, I am so ready for Las Vegas. My $25-a-day blackjack budget is all saved up and loaded for bear. You know that quote that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Thatâ€™s my money theyâ€™re talking about ... except it isnâ€™t too terribly happening, if you know what I mean. So while I donâ€™t expect to come back home much more financially solvent than when I leave, like everyone else fortunate enough to be involved in this sport, still I feel like a winner; or, in this case, a Wynn-er. Because I have a feeling that by moving the 2009 Championâ€™s Week to Las Vegas, NASCAR has hit the jackpot.
York, New York,â€? but this apple will offer a taste of something its bigger, East Coast counterpart did not. A favorite event of Championâ€™s Week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Victory Lap was black-flagged by NYC officials last year due to various logistical issues. Las Vegasâ€™ answer to scaling logistical obstacles, rather than canceling them, is to simply drive around them. The Victory Lap, including all 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, will return this year. The stock cars will roar down Las Vegas Boulevard on December 3, complete with pit stops and a burnout by the champion. Start spreadinâ€™ the news ...
Sometimes, its headliners even resemble human cannonballs hurtling through space. What a great way to describe the hotel Circus Circus ... or a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Take your pick. Some of us may still believe we will miss Manhattan, but canny Las Vegas was several steps ahead of us. Architecture on the Strip includes familiar towers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The Statue of Liberty is there, along with the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, Grand Central Terminal and, for the more culturally minded, the Whitney Museum of American Art. It is the hotel â€œNew
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