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Thomasville family shares passion for the stage
BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
Davidson County’s unemployment rate climbed in October as more and more people continue struggling to find work. According to statistics released by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, the unemployment rate in Davidson County rose to 13.1 percent last month, which is up from September’s mark of 12.5 percent. Davidson was one of 74 counties in the state that saw an increase in unemployment. “While some of the increases are seasonal, there is a continued effort throughout the state from this recession,” ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. said. “Helping the jobless find work continues to be one of our major
BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
At this year’s Shakespeare Festival in High Point, one local family will bring a definite Thomasville flare to the play “A Christmas Carol.” Meredith Stephens, a Chair City native, and her four children will all take part in the 32nd anniversary of the play based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, which starts this Friday night at the High Point Theater. The show will run until Dec. 20. “It’s great because I think these are the memories that they will carry with them,” Meredith Stephens said. “These are the stories they will tell their children and these are the experiences, I hope, they will want to recreate with the next generation.” This year marks the fifth year Meredith Stephens has been involved with the play, and her children are no strangers to the limelight either. Megan, 15, Laura, 13, James, 11, and Sarah, 7, are all appearing for at least a third time. Two years ago, Sarah, at age five, became the youngest person ever to take part in the show. Friday will be the first time all five family members are performing in “A Christmas Carol” together. Meredith, who home schools her children, relishes spending time with them and feels the acting experience teaches all four invaluable life lessons.
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The Stephens Family — mom Meredith and children Megan, Laura, James and Sarah — all are acting in the Shakespeare Festival’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’
“They get a lot more out of acting than just the acting,” said Meredith. “They learn about self-control, discipline, working with others in an ensemble situation, giving of yourself because people are depending you, and those are the most important things we take away from it. The confidence they gain from being on stage in front of 900-plus audience member allows them to take that skill into anything they do later in life.” James Stephens is making his third appearance in the play, but this year will be much different than the previous two. James assumes the role of Tiny Tim, the son
of Bob Cratchit who suffers from a debilitating disease in the play. While James said there are some challenges to playing Tiny Tim, living with a family full of actors does have its advantages. “It’s going to be hard being Tiny Tim at my size,” James said. “I’m 4’9” and that will be a little challenging. It’s really fun doing this with my family because we can work on the scripts and can practice lines with each other and still have fun with it. Our family is very happy with our acting.” Laura is playing Tiny Tim’s sister, Martha Cratchit, Sarah will be Ebenezer Scrooge’s finance’s
THS to sponsor Latino College Night Dec. 15 BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer
Most students take for granted the chance to go to college, as the opportunity is often known to them from a very early age. Latino students, however, are often unaware what direction to take when it comes to furthering their education beyond high school. Thomasville High School will be offering such students a chance to find out more information about what opportunities are out there for those who would like to earn a college education. On Dec. 15, THS, in conjunction with Fayetteville State University (FSU), is
holding Latino College Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. where Hispanic students can find out more information on applying to a university or community college and financial aid and scholarship availability. “This is intended to encourage students to take advantage of educational opportunities,” THS counselor Karen Harris said. “This is the first time we’ve had a joint partnership with the university system to get the word out. Latino students will get to learn what’s available for college and what resources are available to them.”
daughter, as well as the character Want, and Megan is part of the guests at Fezziwig’s. James also will play a young Scrooge with Meredith filling a variety of roles, including Mrs. Dilber. “A Christmas Carol” debuted at the Shakespeare Festival in 1977 and has become a holiday tradition in the Piedmont. The play, currently directed by Pedro Silva, has been performed more than 600 times, seating more than 400,000. Ticket prices range from $10 to $31 and are now on sale. For more information, call 8873001 or visit www.highpointtheater.com. Discounts are available.
goals. We have seen some hiring over the past month, but we also know that layoffs continue to take place. Meanwhile, the ESC is aggressively working to finish the necessary programming of our computer system so that the new extension of claims can be filed and paid.” There are currently 10,091 people out of work who are actively seeking employment in Davidson County, where more than $95 million in unemployment benefits has already been paid out in the past year. Davidson County’s labor force is 76,863, which is down some 3,500 workers from February. In that span, the number of unemployed people decreased by nearly 700
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TREE GLORY Thomasville Medical Center held its annual Tree Lighting Tuesday night in the main lobby. The trees will be on display now through Dec. 28. TIMES PHOTO/LISA WALL
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What’s happening? Toys for Tots
Easy Street Tavern in Thomasville will be collecting Toys for Tots during its concert Thursday at 8 p.m. An unwrapped toy or $3 donation grants admission to see three bands — Kry Havok, Buster Gnome and Hydroplane.
Prior to the holiday season, the participating local organizations identified needy and isolated seniors in the community and provided those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Christmas trees that went up in community stores and banks the first week of November feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them in a gift bag, along with the ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care volunteers will collect and distribute the gifts to these seniors the week of Christmas. Businesses are encouraged to contact the Home Instead Senior Care offices about adopting groups of seniors. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sarah Chambers at 249-1011 or visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.
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.
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Habitat For Humanity is seeking volunteers to help build decent and affordable homes in Thomasville. The work site is located at 814 Barnwell St. Work begins at 8 a.m. each Saturday and ends at noon. This Saturday’s work will include framing. No construction experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. For further information, contact Linda Berrier at 476-8570 or Butch Langfitt at 475-6843. For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitat.org.
Learn the Suitcase Seminar Paper Management System in a two hour, hands-on workshop. Bring a suitcase full of disorganized papers, files or photos, and leave with everything filed and organized. There are two sessions to choose from — Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, from 1-3 p.m., at Lake Jeanette Office Park, 3820 North Elm St., Suite 101, in Greensboro. Advance registration required for $20. For more information, contact Dorothy Merchant at 314-1207 or www.SimpleSolutionsPro.com.
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From Nov. 1 through Dec. 11, Home Instead Senior Care is again sponsoring the Be a Santa to a Senior program to make sure that isolated seniors in Davie and Davidson counties receive gifts and companionship. The Lexington office of Home Instead Senior Care has joined Chelsea’s Manor, Suntrust Bank, Newbridge Bank, other businesses and agencies that serve older adults to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season. The Home Instead office in Lexington also has a tree with ornaments, located at 206 East Center St. in Lexington.
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
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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.
Questions No. 1: What is the name of the World’s Smallest Horse and how tall is she? No. 2: What three color words can not be rhymed? No. 3: What county is home to the highest waterfall in the eastern United States? No. 4: Who was the only president to serve two non consecutive terms? Answers No. 1: Thumbelina at 17.5 inches tall No. 2: Orange, Purple, and Silver
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.
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CRIME BRIEFS Two charged with armed robbery
Thomasville Police Department charged two men Wednesday for their involvement in an armed robbery. Stevie Ray Horne and MarQuise Devon McLean are charged with breaking and entering, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon for an armed robbery that occurred on Nov. 19 at 808 Douglas Drive. Horne is in custody and was issued a $500,00 secured bond, but Mclean is still at-large. According to a TPD press release, Horne and McLean entered the home and held the resident at gunpoint, demanding money. A struggle ensued where the resident was as-
saulted with a small caliber handgun and robbed of his wallet, containing money and personal identifications. TPD asks anyone with information of the robbery of McLeanâ€™s location to call the Criminal Investigations division at 475-5540 or Crime Stoppers at 476-8477.
Archdale man arrested for child pornography An Archdale man was arrested Tuesday and is facing more than a dozen counts of sexual exploitation of a child linked to child pornography. According to a Randolph County Sheriff â€™s Office press release, Jeremy Brandon Russell, 26, is charged with 14 counts of second degree sexual
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exploitation of a child and two counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a child after detectives found several videos of child pornography on the suspectâ€™s computers. On Nov. 13, RCSO detectives, with the assistance of the Archdale Police Department, executed a search warrant at 105 Oakmont Circle in Archdale as part of the Piedmont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigating child pornography on the Internet. A search of the residence led to the seizure of several laptop and desktop computers and other electronic media containing videos of child pornography. Russell was placed in Randolph County Jail and issued a $14,000 secured bond.
TIMES STAFF REPORT RALEIGH â€“ Governor Bev Perdue invites the public to visit the Executive Mansion â€“ the Peopleâ€™s House â€“ for a Holiday Open House Dec. 10-13. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the mansionâ€™s beautiful decorations and enjoy holiday entertainment provided by musical and choral groups from across the state. The Western Residence board of directors also invites visitors to the Asheville home to view its holiday decorations Dec. 5-6. Western Residence in Asheville Holiday Open House Dates and Times: â€˘ Saturday, Dec. 5 10 a.m. â€“ 7 p.m. â€˘ Sunday, Dec. 6 1 p.m. â€“ 6 p.m.
No advance reservation is necessary. The Governorâ€™s Western Residence is located at 45 Patton Mountain Road. For questions regarding the Western Residence open house, visitors should contact Juleigh Sitton at 828-430-0054. The Holiday Open House will be oopen on the following days: â€˘ Thursday, Dec. 10 12 p.m. â€“ 8 p.m. Coinciding with the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting â€˘ Friday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m. â€˘ Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m. â€˘ Sunday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m. â€“ 4 p.m. No advance reservation is necessary but due to the popularity of this event, visitors should try to arrive at least an hour prior to closing.
FROM PAGE 1 RATE From page 1 while the number of people employed is down 3,000 workers. â€œThe number of people employed went down and the number of people unemployed went up,â€? said ESC spokesperson Larry Parker. â€œThatâ€™s a huge cause for the increase. Weâ€™re seeing a drop in the labor force, so where are the workers going if theyâ€™re falling out of the
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The session is available to students in all three local school systems â€” Davidson County, Thomasville and Lexington. A presentation will be given entirely in Spanish by Gilberto Alvarado, assistant director of admissions at FSU. Whitney McLaughlin, a college advisor for both THS and Lexington High School, coordinated the session and feels itâ€™s important parents can hear the presentation in their native language so they can fully understand the college application process. McLaughlin, who coordinates different programs to target at-risk students who may not have the opportunity to attend college, said she got the idea after attending a similar presentation in WinstonSalem and seeing how much Hispanic families didnâ€™t understand about
labor force? The question is why has the labor force shrunk.â€? Unemployment in Thomasville registered 12.0 percent, as there are currently 1,562 people actively looking for work in the Chair City, according to ESC statistics. â€œItâ€™s a floating number,â€? Pat Hillard, manager of the ESC office in Lexington, said. â€œI canâ€™t identify any particular employer that caused (the increase in Davidson Countyâ€™s unemployment rate) to happen. Itâ€™s not unexpected.â€?
Parker said the ESC has borrowed $1.4 billion from the government to pay unemployment benefits. The ESC has until next December to pay the money back without any interest. Davidson County wasnâ€™t alone in seeing an increase in unemployment, as Randolph, Guilford and Rowan County all went up as well.
what opportunities were available to their children. â€œWhen I went to the Latino night in WinstonSalem, there was a lot of questions regarding how to go about applying to schools, financial aid, and what scholarships to look for,â€? said McLaughlin. â€œSome parents simply didnâ€™t know. The presen-
tation helped walk them through the process and cater to their immediate questions.â€? For more information on Latino College Night, call Alvarado at 910-6721372 or McLaughlin at 474-4250,
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Invest in strengths TaylorMade
MARILYN TAYLOR Business Columnist
In Strengths Finder 2.0 (Rath, 2009) one particular equation is stressed: TALENT X INVESTMENT = STRENGTH The point here is even though we are born with ‘talent’ we must spend time practicing, developing skills and increasing our knowledge base in order for the talent to become strength. Guess all the parents and coaches out there that insisted we do IT (throw the ball, run the play, say the multiplication tables) again and again had it right - assuming we had some talent for IT to start with. Another recent bestseller also sheds light on the strengths topic. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Outliers: Outliers is a non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell and published by Little, Brown and Company on Nov. 18, 2008. In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. To support his thesis, he examines the causes of why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the calendar year, how Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, and
how two people with exceptional intelligence, Christopher Langan and J. Robert Oppenheimer, end up with such vastly different fortunes. Gladwell asserts that one particular factor, what he calls the “10,000 hour rule,” helps explain why certain individuals achieve greatness. He claims that practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours is critical to success in any field. This equates somewhat to Rath’s “Investment” piece, which also includes practice and acquiring new knowledge. Both authors admit that other success factors are at work as well. Even talent and hard work don’t tell the whole story. Rath speaks of the “right development opportunities”. Gladwell talks about cultural advantages. Again, both make the point that we are not in this alone…. When asked about the message he would like readers to take from Outliers, Gladwell had this to say: “What we do as a community, as a society, for each other, matters as much as what we do for ourselves. It sounds a little trite, but there’s a powerful amount of truth in that, I think.” Rath’s message is more direct: Far too many people spend a lifetime headed in the wrong direction… This is why it is essential not only to discover and develop your strengths as early as possible, but also to help the people around you build on their natural talents. If you take the SF 2.0 assessment (www. strengthstest.com) you’ll
find your strengths, as defined by this system. And if any of your strengths turn out to be Developer, Empathy, Includer, Individualization, Maximizer, or Relator, you may be a natural at helping others build their strengths. If not, just ask a ‘Woo’ to introduce you to someone who is and lend a hand with your own strengths. As Rath concludes, “Every human being has talents just waiting to be uncovered.” Taylor Training & Development, Inc. provides consulting services
Johnson reaches new level with Celebrating Home business TIMES STAFF REPORT
Kathy Johnson, Winston Salem resident and accomplished Designer with Celebrating Home, was recently promoted to Senior Rising Star Designer with the company. Johnson received this promotion for remarkable recruitment efforts, which increased the Designer team serving the Winston-Salem area. “I am so happy to have reached this coveted achievement with Celebrating Home and to be acknowledged for my determination in successfully maintaining my business here in the Winston Salem area,” John-
son said. Besides its high quality products, like wall décor, home accents, dining and entertainment pieces, as well as gourmet food, Celebrating Home provides a way for people to grow financially while also giving them flexible hours, freedom and time with their families, Johnson said.
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A reason to be skeptical VIEWPOINT
DAVID HARSANYI Syndicated Columnist
Who knows? In the long run, global warming skeptics may be wrong, but the importance of healthy skepticism in the face of conventional thinking is, once again, validated. What we know now is that someone hacked into the e-mails of leading climate researchers at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and others, including noted alarmists Michael Mann at Pennsylvania State University and Kevin Trenberth of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. We found out that respected men discussed the manipulation of science, the blocking of Freedom of Information requests, the exclusion of dissenting scientists from debate, the removal of dissent from the peer-reviewed publications, and the discarding of historical temperature data and e-mail evidence. You may suppose that those with resilient faith in end-ofdays global warming would be more distraught than anyone over these actions. You’d be wrong. In the wake of the scandal, we are told there is nothing to see. The administration, the United Nations and most of the leftwing punditry and political establishment have shrugged it off. What else can they do? To many of these folks, the science of global warming is only a tool of ideology. To step back and re-examine their thinking would also mean — at least temporarily — ceding a foothold on policy that allows government to control behavior. It would mean putting the brakes on the billions of dollars allocated to force fundamental economic and societal manipulations through cap-and-trade schemes and fabricated “new energy economies,” among many other intrusive policies. We have little choice but to place a certain level of trust in scientists — even when it comes to the model-driven speculative discipline of climate change. And, need it be said, most scientists take
great care in being honest, principled and precise. In the same way, a conscientious citizen has little choice but to be uneasy when those with financial, ideological and political interest in peddling the most overthe-top ecological doomsday scenarios also become the most zealous evangelizers. As President Barack Obama heads to Copenhagen to work on an international deal that surrenders even more of our unsightly carbon-driven prosperity to the now-somewhat-less-than-irrefutable science of climate change, shouldn’t he offer more than a flippant statement through a spokesman on the scandal? The talks, after all, will be based on the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report, which partially was put together by the very same scandal-ridden scientists. Now, I do not, on any level, possess the expertise to argue about the science of anthropological global warming. Nor do you, most likely. This certainly doesn’t mean an average citizen has the duty to do the lock step. Yes, you apostates will be tagged “denialists” — because skepticism is synonymous with the Holocaust denial, don’t you know — or some other equally unfriendly moniker. Don’t worry; you won’t be alone. Gallup recently found that 41 percent of Americans now believe global warming news reports are exaggerated — the highest number in more than a decade despite the fact that this time frame has coincided with concentrated and highly funded scaremongering. That number is sure to rise as soon as word of this scandal spreads. The uglier the names get, the more anger you see, the more that science-challenged politicians push invasive legislation, the more skeptics will join you. True believers will question your intelligence, your sanity and your intentions. But as ClimateGate proves, a bit of skepticism rarely steers you wrong. In fact, it’s one of the key elements of rational thinking.
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TOM PURCELL Syndicated Columnist Ah, the Christmas season is upon us. What better time to make our children more socially and environmentally aware. I refer to an interesting item in The National Post: More toymakers are producing products designed to make children sensitive to important issues. Little Billy wants a truck this year? How about a bright green recycling truck made from recycled milk jugs? Little Susie wants a doll? How about the American Girl doll? The doll and her single mother are homeless and live in the back seat of a car. Unfortunately for me, my parents were unenlightened in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. When I was 5, they gave me a set of wood blocks for Christmas. They didn’t care about the trees that were felled — or the fossil fuels that were consumed — to produce such an environmentally “damaging” toy. One Christmas, they got my sisters an Easy-Bake Oven. That thoughtless
product encouraged my sisters to become homemakers — rather than pursue important careers in government or academia — at the same time it employed an energy-gobbling incandescent light bulb to bake the cake. I trust this menace of a product will cease production when Congress’ ban on the incandescent bulb goes into full effect in 2014. Worse than the Easy-Bake Oven were the Barbie dolls my sisters got one year. Barbie was unrealistically trim, busty and beautiful and, therefore, bad for their self-esteem — not to mention she was made from nonrecyclable plastic. And worse than the wood blocks I received as a youngster was the GI Joe action figure I got another year. That toy, of course, taught me to celebrate war and aggressive male behavior. Whereas testosterone-induced risk taking has been bred out of many American men, I still suffer from its effects — in no small part because of the lessons Joe instilled in me. As my sisters and I grew older, our parents gave us other wrongheaded gifts for Christmas. One year I received a Hot Wheels set. Hot Wheels are miniature die-cast cars — replicas of popular muscle cars — that whipped around a plastic track at lightning speed. I credit that awful product with my lifelong passion for cars that go fast at the expense of the environment.
The worst gift we ever got, though, was the board game my parents bought us in the ‘70s: Monopoly. It taught us to celebrate property ownership and that it is better to own than to rent. It taught us to celebrate capitalism and that only through cautious risk may one attain wealth. It taught us to be unconcerned for the needy or the precious resources American capitalists so mindlessly consume. It is because of this heartless game that I registered as a Republican. I know my parents did the best they could to raise their six children. I know they thought a child’s job was to play, invent, roam and discover, not be indoctrinated by adults about matters of the adult world. I know they were so consumed with teaching us basic morals and values, they had little time for much else. Still, Christmas would have been so much more productive had they been as enlightened as parents are today. As I said, the Christmas season is upon us. What better time to make our children more socially and environmentally aware. Tom Purcell, a humor columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Visit Tom on the web at www.TomPurcell. com or e-mail him at Purcell@caglecartoons.com.
David Harsanyi is a columnist at The Denver Post and the author of “Nanny State.” Visit his Web site at www.DavidHarsanyi.com. To find out more about David Harsanyi and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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â€˘ Erica Mabe Davis (W,F,21) was arrested on a charge of simple assault and battery at 7 W. Guilford St. â€˘ Christopher Jermaine Morrison (B,M,21) was arrested for failure to appear.
â€˘ Larceny of automobile accessories was reported at 179 Pine Woods Church Road. â€˘ Breaking and entering of a building was reported at 618 Council St. â€˘ Affray, fighting was reported at 106 Spruce St. â€˘ Resist, delay and obstruction of a police officer was reported at Moore Street and Evans Avenue. â€˘ Connie McDowell Glasgow (W,F,44) was arrested on a charge of simple assault and battery at 7 W. Guilford St. â€˘ Gary Michael Sullivan (W,M,53) was arrested on a charge of second degree trespassing at 1585 Liberty Drive. â€˘ Donna Lynn Woodlief (WF, 38) arrested on charge of larceny shoplifting at 989 Loflin Hill Road. â€˘ Doland Ronnie Farabee (BM, 29) arrested on charge of larceny by servants and other employees at 1033 Randolph St.
â€˘ Jimmy Jeffrey (BM, 48) arrested on charge of resisting a police offcer at 209 MLK Drive. â€˘ Jeremy Bradley Smith (WM, 35) arrested on charge of drving with a suspended license at 303 Duke St. â€˘ Jane Hughes Cox (WF, 39) arrested on charge of simple assault at 100 Hasty Hill Road. â€˘ Juan Alberto Alvardo (WM, 31) arrested on citation of speeding 15 mph over limit at 198 Salem St. â€˘ Ever Antonio Cruz (WM, 28) arrested on citation of failing to move over for parked emergency vehicle at 7745 Bus. 29.
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(Shameka) of Thomasville and Freddie Johnson, Jr. (Kristen) of Charlotte; five grandchildren; brothers Jimmy Johnson (Louise) of Philadelphia, Pa. and Ephram Johnson, Jr. of Thomasville; sister Sarah Jean Johnson-Varnum of Atlanta, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at 4 p.m. in Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 716 Leonard Street, High Point, N.C. The family will receive friends at home of his sister-in-law Audrey Clay, 200 Long Street, Thomasville, N.C. S.E. Thomas Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. ***
Joseph M. Moser Natalie P. Abrams Ms. Natalie Patrice Abrams, 49, of 5 Jasper St., died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. in St. John A.M.E. Zion Church. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday 30 minutes before the funeral service and other times at the home. S.E. Thomas Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Novelle Bean LEXINGTON â€” Mrs. Novelle Carrick Bean, age 92, of Shoreline Drive in Lexington, died Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Holloways Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Craig Barnhill and the Rev. Roy Queen. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will see friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence on Shoreline Drive.
James H. Blair HIGH POINT â€” Mr. James Herbert Blair, 84, a resident of High Point, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at 2 p.m. in Fair Grove United Methodist Church in Thomasville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church fellowship hall. J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville is assisting the family.
Freddie Johnson Sr. HIGH POINT â€“ Mr. Freddie Johnson Sr., 59, of 2104 Briarcliff Drive, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Surviving are his wife Anginette R. Johnson of High Point, N.C.; sons Lamont Johnson
Mr. Joseph Michael Moser, 64, a resident of Ball Park Road, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2009, in the Thomasville Medical Center. He was born January 30, 1945 in Davidson County, a son of the late Cletus Moser and Vista Hilton Moser. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with the Rev. Steve Jarvis officiating. Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home of the son and daughter-in-law, Ken and LeAnn Moser, 1060 Hastings Hill Road, Kernersville.
Mary â€œLibâ€? Pardue LEXINGTON â€” Mary Elizabeth Waddell Pardue, 71, of Quail Hill Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Forsyth Medical Center. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carlton Waddell officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Roaring River. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at the funeral home and other times a the home.
Cotton Powell LEXINGTON â€” Carlton James â€œCottonâ€? Powell, 63, of Brooks Circle, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel, with Preacher Clyde Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1242, Lexington, NC 27293; or a charity of the donorâ€™s choice.
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Gorrell Warren Proctor Mr. Gorrell Warren Proctor, 61, died peacefully on Dec. 1, 2009, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. His courage and determination during his nearly 12year cancer jourProctor ney have been an inspiration to many. Gorrell was born on Sept. 7, 1948 in High Point, N.C., the third child of the late Bascom Elcana Proctor and Bertha Jones Proctor. Surviving relatives include his high school sweetheart and devoted wife of 40 years, Kathy Bryant Proctor; a daughter, Amelia (Amy) P. West and husband, Rev. Allen West of Autryville, N.C.; grandsons, Benjamin Scott West and Brady Warren West. He is also survived by his brother, Ernest Proctor, and wife Jean of Thomasville; his sister, Grace Powell, and husband, Harrell Powell Jr. of Bermuda Run; several nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Jessie B. Bryant of High Point and other in-laws he loved as brothers and sisters. In addition to his family, Gorrell had a community of neighbors and church friends who encouraged and nurtured him during his youth. (His mother passed away when he was seven.) Gorrell was a 1966 graduate of Ledford High School. He became an Eagle Scout in 1966 also. Gorrell was a 1970 graduate of Catawba College. He served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1974. He received Masterâ€™s Degrees from N.C. A&T State University in 1984 and 1985. In 1991, he received his Education Specialist Degree from Appalachian State University. Gorrell retired from Davidson County Schools. His career in education included English teacher at Ledford High School, 1986-87 Davidson County Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal at Wallburg Elementary School and Assistant Principal at Northwest Elementary School. Gorrell was a former member of the Wallburg Lions Club, where he had served as President. Gorrell was an active member of Zion United Church of Christ, where he had served as Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Elder, and Consistory President. He
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was the part-time Youth Director at Zion for five years. His daily life was an example of his strong Christian faith. A celebration of Gorrellâ€™s life will be Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ with the Rev. James Simonds and the Rev. Allen West officiating. Burial will follow in the Zion UCC cemetery with military honors provided by the Randolph County Honor Guard. Mr. Proctor will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Wallburg until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Family visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Wallburg. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. George Sanders and the staff of Emerywood Hematology/Oncology and Dr. David Hurd and the staff at WFUBMC Comprehensive Cancer Center and the many others at both High Point Regional Health System and WFUBMC who provided loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Zion United Church of Christ, 130 Hasty School Road, Thomasville, NC 27360 or Union Grove Baptist Church, 395 Vander Road, Salemburg, NC 28385. On-line condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com. ***
LEXINGTON â€” Mildred Marie Byerly Robinson, age 79, of Lexington, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Piedmont Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 Fridayat Piedmont Funeral Home, and other times at the home on Eleanor Drive. Online condolences may be made at www. piedmontfuneralhome. com.
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For several years now, Tommy Bryant and his Pro Teem Sports staff have been broadcasting local high school and middle school games on TimeWarner Channel 13. Though it has been a useful tool to allow family members to see and hear the games, Bryant felt they needed to expand to keep up with today’s technology. So starting just a couple weeks ago, he decided to venture out into Cyberspace to better accommodate his audience.
Pro Teem Sports can now be heard and seen at pennatlantic.com, a service that will allow the sports programming company to show more than just what airs on the local channel. “The way everything is gravitating towards the Internet, I wanted to give more kids an opportunity to get more positive exposure,” Bryant said. “We wanted to expand from what we do on Channel 13, and give the kids even more exposure. This will also allow us to do other events that we cannot get on Channel 13. The Internet is going to be the
wave of the future.” This media outlet is free of charge, but registration and a password are required. Once regis-
tered, simply click on the conference scroll-down box and select Pro Teem. Many folks, especially Thomasville High School graduates and support-
ers, have moved away, but still keep up with how the Bulldogs are doing. By using an Internet broadcast, it will allow them to watch the game and keep up with their friends and family members. “It will allow relatives who are not in the Channel 13 viewing area to be able to watch the kids,” Bryant said. “I make DVDs for people who live outside the city all of the time, so this will give them a chance to see them.” Bryant is having to pay out of pocket to get started, but has a strong backing from primary spon-
sor Thomasville Medical Center and many other local businesses. Anyone wishing to become a sponsor can contact Bryant at 442-2518. “We have some fine sponsors that come on and help pay for our equipment, but we could use more,” said Bryant. Outside of high school sports, Bryant plans to cover more middle school games, local drivers in stock car racing and the car cruise-ins during the summer. Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East girls open up with win
Eagle boys fall hard to Trinity
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A new era began for the East Davidson Lady Golden Eagles Tuesday night on the hardwood, but the outcome remained the same for at least one night. W i t h a new coach and totally Eddinger dif ferent look, East overcame a ragged start, overwhelming Trinity in the second half to win 4937 in their season opener at home. The Golden Eagles trailed 13-8 after the first quarter and led by two at the half, but a strong third quarter helped build an eight-point lead they would build on in the fourth. Haley Grimsley paced East with 17 points, while Stacy Hicks added 12 points and Candace Fox 11. Fox also had six steals and three assists. “You could tell in the first quarter or two it was our first game of the season, but as the game progressed we kept getting better and better, so that was a good sign to see,” said first-year head coach Brian Eddinger. Coming out of halftime, the Lady Bulldogs tied the game with a Courtney Cox layup under the basket. Grimsley swished a 3pointer from the wing to put East up by three, then Hicks took center-stage over the final six minutes of the quarter. The senior scored 10 straight points for the Eagles, finished by a pair of 3s 23 seconds apart. By that time East had built a 37-29 advantage with a quarter to play. Trinity made things interesting with four minutes remaining chipping away at the lead to get
If there is one thing the East Davidson boys can take away from their season-opening 68-50 loss to the Trinity Bulldogs, it is they are going to compete until the final horn sounds. Falling Jacobs behind by 23 in the second half, the Golden Eagles strung together a great couple of minutes to get it almost to single digits, before fading in the end. Matt Watkins was a force to be reckoned with all night in the post for the Bulldogs, racking up a game-high 28 points. Blake Dodd and Taylor Warren scored 12 and 10 points, apiece in the losing effort. “That was a heck of a way to start the season against a team like that,” said East coach Matt Jacobs. “We committed 27 turnovers — I think we forced a lot of turnovers, but they were very disciplined and we didn’t really speed them up like we were hoping to do.” Watkins tallied eight points in the opening frame as the Bulldogs raced out to a 19-8 lead. It would expand to 28-13 in the second quarter as Watkins hit one of two from the charity stripe, but the Eagles managed to get it down to eight on a spin move in the lane by Dodd. Just before the half, East caught a break when Watkins went to the bench with his third foul. Trinity played the final minute without him and pushed the lead back to double-digits at 34-23. It was all Bulldogs in the third quarter, as the guests outscored the
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Above, East’s Blake Dodd draws contact from a Trinity defender on his way up for a shot. Below, East’s Taylor Hallman looks for help around Courtney Cox of Trinity.
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SPORTS ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Heels defeat Spartans once again UNC freshmen contribute big minutes in win BY BRIANA GORMAN Durham Herald Sun CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolinaâ€™s Deon Thompson looked at the scoreboard at halftime of Tuesdayâ€™s game against Michigan State and had a little bit of dĂŠjĂ vu. The Tar Heels defeated the Spartans twice during the 2008-09 season, including the national championship game in April. And the 50 points in the first half of Tuesday nightâ€™s Big Ten/ACC Challenge made it three games in a row against MSU for the Heels to lead by double-digits. But Thompson, the only returning starter from that national title squad, also knew the game wasnâ€™t over. Just as Thompson expected, MSU made a run in the second half, but No. 10 UNC held off the No. 9 Spartans for an 8982 victory at the Smith Center. â€œItâ€™s a great win for this team,â€? said Thompson, who finished with 14 points. â€œItâ€™s something that we really did need at this point in time where weâ€™ve got [No. 5] Kentucky and [No. 2] Texas waiting for us. A win like this where guys are playing intense is just really good for us.â€? Itâ€™s the fourth straight game the Tar Heels have topped the Spartans, but Tuesdayâ€™s game wasnâ€™t the blowouts of a year ago. UNC (7-1) led by as many as 19, but the Spartans (5-2) cut the lead to six with 1:28 to play. Ed Davis then sunk two free throws to put the Tar Heels back up by eight with 1:08 to go, but the Tar Heels kept things interesting over the fi-
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UNC guard Dexter Strickland was one of several freshmen that came up big for the Tar Heels Tuesday. nal minute as by making just 5-of-10 from the free throw line. But Will Graves came up with two big tip-outs that allowed the Tar Heels to come up with defensive rebounds, and the Spartans never got any closer. â€œItâ€™s not typical for our team to miss free throws, and it is not typical for Will Graves to do the little things he did on the two big tip-outs,â€? UNC coach Roy Williams said. â€œI told him he has been in my doghouse so bad and I said a few things to him that I would never say in public, but those were two big plays.â€? Davis led the Tar Heels with a career-high 22 points and sophomore Larry Drew II also add-
ed a career-high with 18 points. Yet the players who had the biggest impact on the game might have been UNCâ€™s freshmen. So far, the Tar Heelsâ€™ five freshmen have been underwhelming, but they broke out of their shells in their teamâ€™s biggest game this season. With the scored tied at 19 eight minutes into the game, the freshmen scored UNCâ€™s next 11 points to put their team up 30-21. John Henson made a follow up dunk, Dexter Strickland hit a 3, each Wear brother hit a jumper and then Strickland took an outlet pass and dribbled almost the entire length of the court for a layup. Strickland then capped
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a 10-2 Tar Heel run at the end of the first half that gave UNC a lead 50-34 at the break. Strickland grabbed a rebound with three seconds left in the half, dribbled down the court, pulled up for a 3 and watched as the ball went through the net as the buzzer sounded. Strickland finished with nine points, which tied his career-high. â€œThe key thing in the first half was everyone that came in gave us something positive,â€? Williams said. UNC couldnâ€™t seem to miss in the first half and shot a blistering 63.6 percent while holding MSU to 38.9 percent from the floor. But while Williams thought his team played well in the first half, he wasnâ€™t as happy with the second. The Tar Heels made just four field goals over the final nine minutes of the game, and Williams said his team got stagnant, which allowed the Spartans to chip away at the lead. Raymar Morgan led MSU with 18 points and three other players finished in double figures. â€œItâ€™s hard to be disappointed and proud of your team at the same time,â€? Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. â€œI was really disappointed in the first half. We made a couple of sloppy plays, â€Ś and then that shot at the buzzer really took the wind out of our sails.â€?
Rives garners honor from NJCAA TIMES STAFF REPORT Davidson County Community Collegeâ€™s Robbie Rives, a 6-3, 180-pound. guard from Mt. Airy, scored over 20 points in back-to-back victories last week. On Nov. 21, he netted 21 points on 8of-15 shooting, including 3-for-6 on three-point attempts, to go with four
OPEN From page 7 within four, but a 9-1 run by the Eagles shut the door to keep the Bulldogs out. Defense was the driving force behind the strong second half of the Eagles. With not a lot of size on the inside, boxing out is extremely important for East. They were able to force a lot of one-and-done trips for Trinity, something they had trouble doing in the opening 16 minutes. â€œWhen you start limiting teams on second chance points, that gives you a good advantage on
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defense,â€? Eddinger said. A guard-laden team, East did find themselves settling for shots from behind the arc. Eddinger would like to eliminate some of that as the season progresses. â€œI have a feeling that is probably the way the season will go for a little while,â€? he said. â€œWe are trying to work more on getting that dribble penetration and getting in there to the post, but right now we are still trying to feel things out and see where we are. Hopefully, we are heading in the right direction with that.â€?
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rebounds, two steals and two assists in a 72-67 win over Tidewater. A day later he scored 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting with all six made field goals coming from behind the three-point line. He added two made free throws along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal in DCCCâ€™s 87-59 win over CCBC-Dundalk.
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FALL From page 7 Golden Eagles 21-13, leaving only eight minutes for East to make something of the night. They did, scoring 11 of the first 14 points of the period. A 3-pointer by Duncan Bean from the corner made it 58-41,then a basket by Dodd and two from Warren closed it down to 58-47 with 5:30 to go. They would get no closer, though, as Watkins scored six points down the stretch to lead Trinity out of town with
GENERAL Concealed Handgun class There will be a concealed handgun class Dec. 19 at the Fairgrove Fire Department. The class runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This class is mandatory for anyone wishing to get a concealed handgun permit. The class is covered by Jason Livingston, N.C. certified firearms in-
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SPORTS What happens in Vegas: Speech rehearsal Juan Pablo Montoya is already talking when he walks through the door of Alsace 1, AKA the teleprompter room, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday morning of Champion’s Week. “I don’t want to read this stuff,” he says as he strides to the front of the room. “Can’t I just talk?” The teleprompter room is the place where all those smooth, carefully worded speeches you will hear on Friday night at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards ceremony come together. Long gone — and lamented, by some — are the days when celebrities would pull handwritten speeches out of their pockets at awards show when their names were announced, stumbling over the words and invariably forgetting to thank someone really important, who probably never let them live it down. Nowadays, drivers work with their public relations staff members prior to Champion’s Week to construct concise, prepared speeches. It’s like assembling the ingredients to cook a perfect meal: Take equal parts of congratulating the champion, thanking the owner, the team, the sponsors, the family, and the fans, mix well and serve. Visible to the speaker but not the listeners, the words scroll across the teleprompter, which looks to me like an ordinary TV set. The driver reads them, the audience applauds and that’s it. Bring on the dessert. But like all of the world’s great chefs, Montoya prefers not
CATHY ELLIOTT NASCAR Columnist to adhere too closely to the recipe. “I just want to say it, not read it,” he says again. “It doesn’t sound natural when I read it.” “Ideally, this is how we would like all the speeches to be done,” says Herb Branham of NASCAR’s Public Relations department, who works with the drivers and other celebrities on their remarks. “They would just have some bullet points, important things they need to mention, and from there they can go where they want, tell a story or whatever.” Of course, Montoya is given the green light to “just talk.” As if he needs anyone’s permission. He takes his place behind the podium and lets it fly. It has a stream of consciousness vibe, how one might imagine an actual conversation with him might go. He acknowledges Jimmie Johnson, noting that “I’ve been in NASCAR three years and he’s kicked my [threeletter word meaning derriere that rhymes with ‘gas’] all three years.” He thanks what sounds like a trio of bands from the 1960s
— “Target and Partners, Brian and the Team, and Connie and the Kids.” He thanks his team owners, Teresa Earnhardt, Felix Sabates, and particularly Chip Ganassi — “I’ve known Chip for 10 years. I won my CART Series championship with him in 1999. He’s crazy.” A speech that is systematically written and then read aloud in front of a large group all too often sounds, for lack of a better word, stiff. It isn’t anyone’s fault. That’s just the way things are. Professional athletes aren’t movie actors, paid to make words on paper sound like normal dialogue. Nor are they motivational speakers whose purpose is to make crowds jump up from their seats and get excited; NASCAR drivers use stock cars for that particular job. One of the best things about JPM is his knack for keeping things real. It’s refreshing and makes him fun to be around. He uses all the correct ingredients in the proper amounts. He just likes to spice things up a little bit. In Montoya’s case, the term “speech rehearsal” is a misnomer. When he stands in front of you and talks about NASCAR and all the people associated with it and what it has meant to him to be a part of this sport, you believe his words come from the heart. He isn’t reading something to you, or parroting phrases he has memorized and then practiced for hours to perfectly recite. He’s just talking. And that’s something worth listening to.
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Strength Training Weekly Strength Training Classes meet each Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the Lexington Senior Center at 106 Alma Owens Drive. This 45-minute low-impact program will consist of strength training and flexibility exercises. The strength exercises increase endurance, improve reaction time, prevent back problems, tone muscles and build calorie burning muscle tissue, which aids in losing weight. The flexibility exercises help maintain an individual’s range of motion, slow down the development of arthritis, and strengthen muscles to prevent them from becoming short and tight. All Davidson County residents 55 and older are invited to attend. For more information or to register, call 242-2290.
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Thomasville history books The Thomasville Historic Preservation Commission joined with Thomasville Habitat for Humanity as the exclusive distributor of “Wheels of Faith and Courage.” Copies of the book are available at the Thomasville Visitor’s Center for $20 and proceeds will benefit both organizations. Wheels of Faith and Courage was published in 1952 and dedicated as a Centennial Memorial. The book written by Mary Green Matthews and M. Jewell Sink contains a definitive history Thomasville for the first one hundred years. In 2002 Habitat for Humanity of Thomasville reprinted the book as a fundraiser.
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