Dr. David Lipschitz discusses how the true story of Christmas can help improve health and longevity. See Page 3.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Thomasville-High Point Chapter of the Red Cross is holding its biggest blood drive of the year today, and the poster child for the event is a local girl who epitomizes the word perseverance. Working in conjunction with WGHP Fox 8, the Red Cross will hold its annual fall blood drive at Showplace in High Point at 211 E. Commerce Ave. from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last year’s drive set an alltime record in terms of collections as 461 pints of blood were donated. Hopes are this year will do even better. “This is one of the largest blood drives in the state,” Bob Ziegler, Executive Director of Thomasville-High Point Red Cross, said. “It’s our biggest for this chapter, and we’re looking for a big turnout. We’re having a lot of fun with it. Today’s guest of honor will be Kate Thornton, a 5-year-old Thomasville girl who is battling a rare form of childhood leukemia. Thornton has been the face of both the Red Cross and the United Way
WINSTON-SALEM — For the past several years, a group of volunteers have come to Thomasville’s Vietnam Memorial as part of a nationwide effort to recognize veterans in a wreath laying ceremony. Due to a current repair and cleaning project on Interstate I-85, however, the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony on Saturday moved from the Chair City to WinstonSalem at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. A change of location still delivered the same message, as the Winston-Salem composite squadron paid its respects to seven local veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. “The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price,” Maj. Ron Cheek of the Civil Air Patrol said. “Lying before us and in cemeteries throughout the nation are men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom and without fear.” “Wreaths Across America” marked its 18th anniversary this year and is made possible through the efforts of Civil Air Patrol members from across the country. What started out as a way to honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery has now spread throughout the United States, involving more than 58,000 volunteers every year. A total of seven ceremonial wreaths are placed at a
Red Cross to hold largest blood drive of the year
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Public hearing to address Unilin contract changes BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
memory I’ve never forgotten. So, I hoped Arlington [Cemetery] would allow me to decorate the graves — they did, and so here we are.” Cheek, who is the leader of the Winston-Salem composite squadron, said Saturday went better than expected despite in-
Thomasville City Council will hold a public hearing at its Dec. 21 meeting about changes to its incentive contract with Unilin Flooring Inc. The amendment would waive the contract’s job requirement if, during one of the past six reporting months prior to a grant request, the unemployment numbers from the N.C. Employment Security Commission were in the double digits. The grant amount paid would be proportionally reduced relative to the percentage of jobs originally required. Council also plans to discuss a resolution asking the N.C. General Assembly to re-evaluate the formula it uses to distribute transportation funds. Large interstate projects often are governed by this formula, which may cause a lack of local funding if the I-85 bridge over the Yadkin River is replaced. “This has come to light because of the Yadkin
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A member of the Civil Air Patrol places a wreath at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Saturday as part of Wreaths Across America. memorial or cemetery to honor veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POWs and MIAs. People can purchase a wreath with a red ribbon on it for a loved one who is a veteran. Founded by Morrill Worcester, president of Worcester Wreath com-
pany, “Wreaths Across America” visits more than 230 state and national cemeteries, leaving more than 5,000 wreaths on headstones on fallen veterans. “I saw the changing of the guard, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the acres and acres of graves and it all just struck me,” said Worcester. “It’s a
Grant to help keep students in school BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer
The North Carolina General Assembly’s Dropout Prevention Grant program has awarded a grant to a local agency to keep students in school and motivate them to graduate. Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County recently received a grant of $86,790 for the Graduation Coach: Achieve More Program (AMP). In this program, a graduation coach mentors at-risk students and interacts directly with students and teachers to help prevent students from dropping out. Christina Howell, executive director
of CIS of Lexington/Davidson County, said that AMP is meant to help students who are “falling between the cracks” — who aren’t being served by other programs, either because they don’t qualify or their needs aren’t being met. “It’s a way to take students who have the potential for dropping out and getting them to believe in themselves and to see the potential that they have,” Howell said. “We really try and make it a very positive program for them, so it’s something that they want to be involved in.” Howell said that the agency first
BUSINESS EXPO Jeff Nance receives a haircut from Marc Goodman of Marc’s Barber Shop Saturday at the first Thomasville Business Expo held downtown. The event, sponsored by the Thomasville Civitans, brought residents a chance to experience the many businesses downtown.
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What’s happening? Habitat volunteers
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.
Masonic Lodge Installation Banquet
Thomasville Masonic Lodge No. 214 A.F. & A.M. will install the officers for its Sesquicentennial Anniversary 150th year today at the Thomasville Masonic Lodge on Salem Street. The installation banquet will begin at 6 p.m. with a meal prepared by the Order of the Eastern Star and installation will begin at 7 p.m. Installation will be conducted by North Carolina Past Grand Master Rev. David Cash. Please contact Darrell Wilson, 475-2128, to attend this open ceremony. Freemasonry is the oldest and the largest fraternal order in the world. It is a universal brotherhood of men dedicated to serving God, family, fellowmen and country.
Loose leaf collection
The City of Thomasville currently is working to on Loose Leaf Collection. Please rake all leaves to the curb free
of any debris (i.e. rocks, trash, limbs). If leaves are mixed with any debris, they will not be collected. Pursuant to solid waste code; section 66-4; leaves should be kept out of the street so as not to impede traffic flow.
Claxton fruit cakes The Silver Valley Civitan Club has over 1,000 pounds Claxton Old Fashion Fruit Cake available for sale. The holiday treat may be obtained from any member, several local businesses or by calling Sales Manager Jerry Surratt at 472-1428. One and two pound cakes are available at $3.50 per pound. This is the 51st year that the Silver Valley club has sold Claxton Fruit Cake and now exceeds 73,000 pounds in total sales. Proceeds are used for numerous Civitan community service projecs including Project Santa Claus.
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.
Gumtree spaghetti dinner Gumtree Fire and Rescue Auxiliary will sponsor a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m. The meal includes all you eat of salad, spaghetti, bread, dessert, tea and coffee. Adult dinner is $7, senior’s (age 65 and older) dinner is $6, and child’s dinner (12 and under) is $4. Hotdogs also will be available for $1. All takeout orders are $7. Extra dessert or bread is $1 each. The money will be used to puchase items needed by the firefighters and rescue squad members as they serve the area.
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 Jan. 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a total of eight (8) weeks. Each class will consist of exercise and arthritis/exercise education and discussion. Fee for 8 week program is $5.00. All equipment will be provided. To register, please call the Lexington Senior Center at 242-2290. Advanced registration is required. Class size is limited, so sign up today! Deadline for registration is January 18. Fee due upon registration.
for young children. The track is a gift to the Hasty community. The community is invited to exercise at the track.
Piedmont hiking club seeks members
Piedmont Hiking and Outing Club — a wholly volunteer organization of approximately 250 people — is currently seeking new members. They participate in four hikes/outings per week, 52 weeks per year. Annual dues are $20 per year per family/individual. Visit our website at www.piedmonthikingandoutingclub.org/ for schedules and information.
Davidson County Cancer Services, 25 W. Sixth Ave., offers “SHARE” and “Living with Cancer” support meetings every third Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Call 249-7265 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humane society meeting
Humane Society of Davidson County meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Bank of the Carolinas, West Center Street, Lexington at 7 p.m. For more information, call 248-2706.
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.
Hasty Community Walking Track Zion United Church of Christ of 130 Hasty School Road in Thomasville is pleased to announce the completion of their Hasty Community Walking Track. The track is a walking track on the outside edge of their upper parking lot. Seven times around the track equals one mile. They have also installed a Hasty Community Walking Track sign, five resting benches and a playground
The Davidson County Parents of Children with Disabilities will meet on the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Library Meeting Room on South Main Street. For more information, call Vickie at 746-4456.
Free PAD screening
Thomasville Medical Center is offering a free Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD) screening each Monday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by appointment. The simple screening takes just minutes and will help you and your physician create a plan to improve your health and possibly save your life. All screenings are held in the Outpatient Specialty Clinic at TMC. To schedule an appointment for the next free screening, call 474-3410.
Dec. 15, 2009
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Weather Trivia Does lightning strike more women or men?
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Today we will see cloudy skies with a 50% chance of showers, high temperature of 59º, humidity of 77% and an overnight low of 33º. The record high temperature for today is 78º set in 1998. The record low is 11º set Average temperature . . . . . . .38.7º in 1995. Wednesday, skies will be sunny with a high Average normal temperature .42.6º temperature of 47º, humidity of 48% and an overnight Departure from normal . . . . . .-3.9º low of 25º. Expect sunny skies to continue Thursday Data as reported from Greensboro with a high temperature of 46º.
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HEALTH Prolong your life with the message of Christmas Cornerstone Health Care LIFELONG HEALTH
DR. DAVID LIPSCHITZ Syndicated Columnist
For me and millions of other Americans, the Christmas season is among the best times of the year. Even for those of us who do not follow the Christian faith, it is hard not to get swept up in the joy and enthusiasm of this special holiday. Unfortunately, a good Christmas is often typified by how much we spend and who gets the â€œbestâ€? presents. While the mercantile elements are obviously important, it is the spirit of the season, the message of peace and love, which sustains us and actually helps to improve health. The link between faith and health is clearly documented through extensive research. So, no matter your religious belief, I urge that you take this holiday season to consider the importance of spirituality in your life. Health is promoted not because of which religion you belong to, whether you attend religious services or if
spirituality and the key to longevity. Love assures a better and longer life. Men who are in longstanding, loving, intimate and monogamous relationships live 10 years longer than those who are not. While women in relationships do not get quite such a large benefit, they live an average of three years longer. Love is not relegated only to the realm of intimate relationships. Love can be expressed in many ways: between parent and a child, student and teacher, doctor and patient, family, friends and community. Without love, there is no life. A central component of every faith is to be charitable and more giving. Volunteering 14 hours a week (at any age) prolongs life for five years. Giving your time or your money to good causes is an insurance policy to a longer life. Research shows that more you give in relation to what you have, the greater the benefit. A man of faith once told me that if you are unwilling to give, you cannot receive. Give to others and we all benefit. Finally, remember forgiveness. The willingness to forgive others and ask for forgiveness in return may be the most powerful linkage between spirituality and health. Most of us have great difficulty with forgiveness; it requires work. But bearing a grudge
read the religious texts, but rather whether you practice the principles of love, compassion and peace that are the cornerstones of every faith. Here are the core elements of faith that contribute to your health: First, seek peace, not only for the nation but also for yourself. The stressful life leads to illness. Stress is a major contributor to heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, depression and obesity. Learning to be peaceful requires commitment, time and education. A qualified therapist can help teach easy techniques to control stress and improve the ability to cope with challenging situations. Second, be hopeful. Have more hope that the future will be better, our lives richer and our bodies healthier. Should you become ill, simply being hopeful can be a key element to responding to treatment. Along with hope comes faith -- faith not only in a higher power but also in ourselves and in others. We must have faith that life will be fulfilling and goals will be realized. Without faith, we will never lose weight, commit to exercise and do what it takes to live a healthy disease-free life. We must also have faith in our friends, neighbors and community members. Next, have more love. More than anything, love is the essence of
and carrying the weight of unresolved conflict is a heavy burden to bear. It weighs on your heart and mind, affecting more than just friendships. Striving for atonement, attempting to be a better person and forgiving the faults of others is a powerful motivator that leads to a longer, healthier and more fulfilled life. To all of you who read this column, and no matter your faith, I wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that a New Year brings comfort, peace, prosperity and good health. Health is so much more than fitness and nutrition, so take advantage of the season of giving and do a little extra for your health.
welcomes new staff TIMES STAFF REPORT Cornerstone Health Care announces that Certified Physician Assistant Eric Phillips has joined High Point Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Phillips completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia in Athens, and earned a Master of Science in Public Health at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine of Tulane University in New Or-
leans, LA. He also earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Savannah, GA. Mr. Phillips has extensive experience providing sports medicine care to college level athletes, and prior to joining Cornerstone, served as a physician assistant at West Salem Clinic, a family practice office in Salem, OR. High Point Orthopae-
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FOCUS Liberty Drive Elementary named Signature School Staff Writer
This year has already been a good one for Liberty Drive Elementary. Not only did LDE make its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) after coming up short in recent years, the school also made growth, meaning all its students are moving successfully forward from one grade to the next. Feats like this donâ€™t happen by accident and require total effort from an entire school working together for one common cause. One local organization has taken notice to LDEâ€™s accomplishments and recognized the school with a special honor. Piedmont Triad Educational Consortium (PTEC) named LDE a recipient of the â€œSignature School of the Triadâ€? award Friday morning for making significant improvement in the past 12 months. PTEC is a collaboration of 15 public school districts and 17 higher education institutions in central North Carolina that chooses one school from each district as its annual award winner. LDE represented Thomasville City Schools. â€œThis is a great honor for our school,â€? LDE principal Benjie Brown said. â€œIt illustrates the amount of effort and hard work our staff has put into trying to help each individual child. We put an emphasis on trying to individualize education for each child to be successful. We are making strides in the right direction and this award signifies that for our school.â€? PTEC Executive Director Larry Coble presented Brown with a plaque and a check for $500 on the campus of UNC-Greensboro Friday morning, but the first-year principal says the recognition is due to the entire school. Brown said his staff â€™s willingness to work together in order to ensure every student is moving forward is the reason for the honor. â€œA lot of work has been done as far as literacy and they have been working together to look at data to decide what to with a child that is behind,â€? said Brown. â€œThey worked hard in that area. Itâ€™s a good thing that theyâ€™ve gotten the recognition they deserve. LDE has had a great run and has been doing whatâ€™s right for children for a long time.â€? Keith Tobin, TCS superintendent, said LDEâ€™s innovative literacy programs and dedication to the individual child
is what led to the school making both AYP and growth in the same year â€” a feat not easily accomplished he noted. â€œLiberty Drive is very deserving of the signature school award,â€? Tobin said. â€œIâ€™m very proud of where theyâ€™re at and what direction theyâ€™re moving. Theyâ€™re looking at each child individually and determining what they can do to help that child. Theyâ€™re differentiating their instruction to make sure that happens. This a pretty good honor and a big deal.â€? Brown credits one reason for LDEâ€™s recent success to teacher continuity. There hasnâ€™t been as much staff turnover in recent years, making it easier to keep everyone on the same page, focused on the same goals. By using technology more in the classroom and working together as a staff to solve problems and find ways to better serve the kids, Brown said the school has been able to make great strides in the past year. â€œWe have all put in a lot of hard work,â€? said Patty Means, a special education teacher who has spent the better part of two decades at LDE. â€œItâ€™s not just one person but a team effort of everyone working together from the top to the bottom. This gives the community an opportunity to realize how hard we do work.â€? Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sorting donated toys at Santa Central by the Silver Valley Civitan Club were (from left)Daniel Miller, Leigh Gallimore, Dale Hughes, Peggy Harrison, President Roger Barker, Joyce Parrish, Junior Civitan Haley Snider, Jerry Surratt, Harold Parrish, Sara Barker, Kenneth Gallimore, Susan and Randy Hulin and Jonathan Hughes.
Project Santa list nearly ďŹ lled The 43rd edition of Silver Valley Civitan Project Santa Claus is moving rapidly to its conclusion with the delivery of gifts planned to around 330 people next week. The Visitation Team has found more families in need than ever before. Volunteers contacted over 85 families to determine those needs. The list is near completion with 63 families, up from 54 served last year. There are 43 new families added for 2009. Five families helped in 2008 declined assistance this year. Clothing and toys will be distributed to at least 112 children in 50 families, up from 98 youth served last year. Food will be distributed to 13 families with children and another 13 house-
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holds with seniors. Cash contributions totaling $1,580 have been received. They include $1,000 from John Bender Worship Center of High Point, Silver Valley Baptist Church ($200) and MKM Sales ($100). Three individuals gave a total of $280. A unanimous contribution of shares of stock has been received for a third year with the sale proceeds used for the project. Additional funds are still needed for the shopping trip this Friday. John Hughes, Harold Parrish, Clyde Jarrell and Leroy Hensley have visited the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem. They obtained nearly one ton of food to be distributed to those in need. The es-
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Civil Rights Commission blunders again BY MONA CHAREN Syndicated Columnist The U.S. Civil Rights Commission (yes, it’s still around and yes, it’s outlived its usefulness) is about to subtract from national wisdom about college admissions by focusing on exactly the wrong problem. The commission has undertaken an inquiry to determine whether colleges may be discriminating against female applicants. The question turns on whether admissions officers, in an attempt to maintain rough gender parity on campuses, are putting a thumb on the scale in favor of underrepresented male applicants, thus disadvantaging the more qualified females. That this is happening -- though it theoretically violates the law for public institutions -- is an open secret. Women now earn 62 percent of associate degrees, 58 percent of bachelor’s degrees, and 60 percent of master’s degrees. Women’s dominance in higher education would be even more pronounced if colleges were truly gender blind in admissions. But they are not. Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania admitted 19 percent of male applicants last year but only 14 percent of females. The College of William and Mary, a public college in Virginia, admitted 43 percent of its male applicants and 29 percent of its female applicants last year. Administrators worry that a severe imbalance of women to men will make the campus less desirable for all applicants. Director of Admissions Henry Broaddus told US News and World Report, “Even women who enroll ... expect to see men on campus. It’s not the College of Mary and Mary; it’s the College of William and Mary.” US News estimates that most of the 1,400 colleges that participate in its annual survey are offering more favorable admissions standards to male than female applicants. Boys now need the extra help. So we seem to have a problem here. For every 100 women who earn a college degree, only 73 men do. These statistics practically shout “boy crisis.” Yet the Civil Rights Commission apparently sees the problem as one of discrimination. Let’s suppose the commission finds the discrimination it is seeking (which won’t be hard). And let’s imagine that they issue a blistering report exhorting Congress and the nation to remedy this injustice. Will women be happier at campuses in which men comprise only 35 or 40 percent of the student population? Will our society be better off with women outpacing men in education and income? Or might it be better to address the flagging achievement of boys in our school system? As nearly everyone who
is not president of Harvard can acknowledge, boys are the intellectual equals and sometimes superiors of girls. Despite their diminished numbers in higher education, boys continue to perform narrowly better on verbal standardized tests than girls, and significantly better than girls in math. IQ experts agree that boys are more represented at both ends of the bell curve than girls. James Q. Wilson summed it up: “There are more male geniuses and more male idiots.” But girls are racking up the A’s in primary, middle, and high school. They are excelling at extracurricular activities. They are assuming leadership posts, multitasking, and polishing the kinds of resumes admissions officers admire. Christina Hoff Sommers argued nearly a decade ago in “The War Against Boys” that in our zeal to remedy past discrimination against girls, we had managed to pathologize normal male behavior. The schools in particular, she wrote, discouraged male strengths like competition and drive in favor of female strengths like cooperation and detail work. Let’s concede that the campaign to boost girls’ performance succeeded very well. But with more than two decades of data showing diminishing achievement by boys, it is past time to focus on reviving their fortunes. Is it the schools’ bias against competition? It’s worth examining -- particularly when we know that all of our kids, boys and girls alike, will be competing against highly disciplined students from India, China, and elsewhere who work twice as hard. Or could it be another aspect of male brain development? The New York Times profiled a fast-growing service catering to upper-middle-class parents in New York -- organizational tutors. They help kids (overwhelmingly boys) who are capable students but who cannot seem to hand in assignments on time, keep their backpacks orderly, or their notes current. “The guys just don’t seem to develop the skills that involve organization as early,” explained psychologist Judith Kleinfeld. The boy crisis may be an artifact of our weakened families, or our feminized school environments, or Take Your Daughter to Work Day, or all of the above. But as the mother of three sons, that messy backpack with crumpled math homework due last week really resonated. The Civil Rights Commission can do us all a favor by going away. Bring on the organization gurus!
Memories of Mom VIEWPOINT
D.G. MARTIN N.C. Columnist Last year, when Governor Perdue selected Keith Crisco from Asheboro to serve as Secretary of Commerce in her cabinet, we had to admit that he was not exactly a household name in most of North Carolina. But his name has held an honored place in my household since ... well, that is the story I want to tell you again. About 12 years ago, just a couple of years after my mother died, I visited Asheboro to give a talk to a civic club. Later, my host, Alan Pugh, took me to see Keith Crisco at Asheboro Elastics Corp. “He has a great business, and you all have some things in common politically,” he said. As I walked into the lobby of the mill, I saw a giant framed color picture hanging on the wall. It was a blowup of an advertisement for Asheboro Elastics. In the middle of the ad was an older, gray-headed woman seated in a rocking chair, surrounded by a shawl, smiling down towards her hands which were busy crocheting a long strip of elastic. The woman in the pic-
ture was my mom. First I was shocked to see her, almost as big as life, and looking really alive, active and happy. What a coincidence, I thought. Just then, Keith Crisco appeared to explain that he brought out the poster just for me to see. He then explained the history of the ad. Asheboro Elastics wanted to find a way to tell its potential customers that its ultra modern equipment gave it an edge in responding to orders quickly and reliably. So they designed an ad with a “grandmother-type” woman slowly crocheting elastic webbing side-byside a photo of their modern machinery that could do the job thousands and thousands of times faster. My mom had just happened to be the model selected for the job. Seeing the ad brought back all the memories of my mom’s professional life as a model and actress — as it developed for her at an age long after most folks have retired. First, she broke into television ads, making a little bit of money and having a lot of fun with the production crews — and then watching for the ads as they appeared on TV. Then, when she was about 75, she was cast in a professional stage production of “Steel Magnolias” — so successfully that when the production was revived several months later, she was called back to play her role again. She didn’t let a little surgery for breast cancer get in the way. The play had to go on, so she recovered very quickly.
Soon after the revival of “Steel Magnolias” came a stroke that took away my mom’s right side mobility and made it very difficult to speak. It meant the end of many things — including, of course, her acting career. But after a long hard rehabilitation, she figured out a way to get back into modeling, and she landed the job for Asheboro Elastics’ ad. I remember how proud she was of the photo in the rocking chair. She had lots of copies made for family members and friends. “I could hardly hold the needles, and I surely couldn’t crochet in my condition — but it looks pretty good, doesn’t it?” It did. It does. Keith Crisco gave me a copy of the ad, which I treasure. So, after all this time, she is still there, looking “pretty good,” and saying to me strongly, “Don’t ever stop trying. We can all do more than we might think. And you can never know when something good we do might help someone else now ... or years later.” As it did me, seeing her there in the lobby of the Asheboro Elastics mill. D.G. Martin is hosting his final season of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, which airs Sundays at 5 p.m. For more information or to view prior programs visit the webpage at www.unctv. org/ncbookwatch/. This Sunday’s (Dec. 20 ) guest is Paul Escott, author of “What Shall We Do with the Negro?: Lincoln, White Racism, and Civil War America.”
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All entries in the section are based on information provided in police reports from the Thomasville Police Department.
â€˘ Bryant Thomas (BM, 18) arrested on charge of failure to appear at Old Lexington Road. â€˘ Jeremy Shane Boileau (WM, 22) arrested on charge of possessing drug paraphernalia at 699 Lexington Ave. â€˘ Justin Taylor Crabtice (WM, 29) arrested on charge of possessing stolen goods at 1157 W. Green St. â€˘ Keisha Lynn Alba (AF, 24) arrested o charge of failure to appear at Doak Street. â€˘ Waffle House victim of defrauding Innkeeper or campground owner at 1032 Randolph St. â€˘ Curry Brothers Auto Sales victim of breaking entering at 810 Lexington Ave.
â€˘ Juston Taylor Crabtree (WM, 29) arrested on charge of possessing stolen goods at 1157 W. Green St. â€˘ Tammie Ann Wall (WF, 38) arrested on charge of pbtainibng property by false pretenses at 1 Candlestick Drive.
â€˘ Shelia Shenette Sanders (BF, 320 arrested on charge of failure to appear at 1019 Ensley St. â€˘ Joshua Crotts (WM, 27) arrested on charge of assault on a female at 7 W. Guilford St. â€˘ Jesus Rodrigues Medina (WM, 37) arrested on citation of no operators license 1299 National Highway. â€˘ Cindi Lizeth Perez (WF, 20) arrested on citation of no operators license at 1315 National Highway. â€˘ Marsha Staley (BF, 47) arrested on citation of no operators license at 1315 National Highway. â€˘ Antonio James Bahena (WM, 23) arrested on citation of no operators license at 1315 National Highway.
â€˘ Anthony Wayne Meadows (WM, 36) arrested on charge of communicating threats at 7 W. Guilford St. â€˘ Stevie Ray Horne (BM, 19) arrested on charge of robbery with a firearm at 808 Douglas Drive. â€˘ Casey Leigh Hughes (WF, 29) arrested on charge of first degree trespassing at 501 Alberston Road. â€˘ Christopher Alan Hughes 9WM, 29) arrested on charge of vandalism to real property at 501 Albertson Road. â€˘ Terri Nostrandt Dula (WF, 48) arrested on charge of sell or deliver controlled substnace at Blair Street. â€˘ Whitney Nicole Montford (BF, 19) arrested on charge of second degree trespassing at Marshall Street.
lin arrested of citation speeding more tha 15 mph over limit at 5759 S. Bus. 29/70. â€˘ Donald Jerry Kropira (WM, 41) arrested on charge of failure to appear at 7 W. Guilford St. â€˘ Lori Ann Bullard (WF, 39) arrested on charge of possessing a controlled substance at 306 Walker St.
Dec. 4 â€˘ David Mithcell Harris (BM, 49) arrested on charge of misdemeanor breaking and entering at 501 Martin Luther King â€˘ Bradley Shane Boyd (WM, 20) arrested on charge of disorderly conduct at 5010 Westhaven Lane. â€˘ Becky Lovern Lowman (WF, 42) arrested on charge of possessing a controlled substance at 1120 Sunset Drive. â€˘ Stephanie Vestal (WF, 30) arrested on charge of assaulting a law enforcemEnt officer at 128 Pilot Drive. â€˘ Joshua Aaron Williams (WM, 29) arrested on charge of resist, obstruct, delay not aggravated at 218 Pilot Drive. â€˘ Midway Mobile Mart victim of larceny shoplifting at 1340 National Highway. â€˘ National Guard Armory victim of damage to real property at 130 Culbreth Ave. â€˘ Christian Angel (HM, 21) arrested on citation of no operators license at 1315 National Highway.
Dec. 5 â€˘ Kasey Wynne Woodle (WF, 27) arrested on charge of larceny at 1585 Liberty Drive. â€˘ Tamara Sears Pegram (WF, 42) arrested on charge of DUI at Naitonal Highway. â€˘ Tavarious Rahsad Henderson (BM, 22) arrested on charge of resist, delay & obstruct police officer at 409 West St. â€˘ Stephanie Ann Oxendine (WF, 21) arrested on charge of larceny shoplifting at 1585 Liberty Drive. â€˘ Tony Demetris Jones (BM, 35) arrested on charge of simply assault at 825 Willow Place in High Point. â€˘ Priscilla Kaye Riffe (WF, 52) arreste din charge of larceny of 1585 Liberty Drive. â€˘ Victim of credit card fraud at 423 Hasty School Road. â€˘ Murhpy Oil Company victim of larceny shoplifting at 1583 Liberty Drive. â€˘ Walmart victim of larceny shoplifting at 1585 Liberty Drive.
Dec. 6 â€˘ Colian Lee Little (BM, 20) Arrested on charge of disorderly conduct at 14 Church St. â€˘ Quantac Lonae Gadson (BF, 19) arrested on charge of disorederly conduct at Highland Avenue. â€˘ Monica Shermaine Wynn (BF, 17) arrested on charge of disorderly conduct at Highland Avenue.
OBITUARIES Index Thomasville Sharon Ward, 61 Lexington Lorene Benfield, 90 Mattie Myers, 84 Hazel Cox Snider, 95 Other Areas Bernice Carter, 89 Rev. Billie Lewis, 81 Mildred Ann Palmer Gladys â€œPaulineâ€? Sparks, 75 Lorene Benfield LEXINGTON â€” Lorene Marie Martin Benfield, 90, formerly of Fairview Drive, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Lexington Health Care. Benfield was born Jan. 11, 1919, in Sweetwater, Tenn., to Billy Martin and Rosalee Snyder Martin. She was a longtime member of First Alliance Church, where she had been a member of the choir and a Sunday school teacher. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Paul Titus and Dr. Lee Zehmer officiating. Burial followed at Forest Hill Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to First Alliance Church in Lexington or the American Heart Association in Greensboro. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Bernice Carter HIGH POINT â€” Bernice Dennis Carter, 89, of 306 North Rotary Drive, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, in High Point Regional Hospital. Carter was born March 21, 1920, in Albemarle, daughter of Oliver Dennis and Gertrude Hunsucker Dennis. She was employed with North State Telephone with 31 years of service and was a member of Westchester Baptist Church. Funeral service was held at 7 p.m. Monday at Westchester Baptist Church in High Point. A private family graveside service was held Monday in the Rich Fork Baptist Church cemetery. Memorials may be directed to High Point Regional Hospital or Westchester Baptist Church in High Point. Online condolences may be sent to the Carter Family at www. jcgreenandsons.com.
Rev. Billie Lewis DENTON â€” The Rev. Billie Edward Lewis, 81, of Piedmont School Road in Denton, died Sunday,
Mattie Myers LEXINGTON â€” Mattie Brewer Myers, 84, of Lexington, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wesley Heights United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jay Belk. Interment will follow in the Shoaf-Brewer Cemetery in Churchland. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Piedmont Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www. piedmontfuneralhome. com.
Mildred Ann Palmer Waynesboro, Ga. â€” Mildred Ann Palmer, devoted wife of the late John T. Palmer Jr., entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. The family will receive friends at the DeLoach- McKerley Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 1 â€“ 2:15 p.m. Graveside funeral service, performed by Sheriff Greg Coursey, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: John Palmer, Ben Palmer, Scott Berry, Ashley Hammett, Scott Hardin, and Jason Hughes. Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary P. Berry (Jerry) of Fayetteville, N.C., two sons, John T. â€œTedâ€? Palmer, III (Cookie) of Gainesville, Ga. and Charles J. â€œJeff â€? Palmer (Nancy) of Waynesboro. Grandchildren, Deanna B. Hardin (Scott), Scott Berry both of Fayetteville, N.C., John Palmer (Bobbi) of Locust Grove, Ben Palmer of Gainesville, Ga., Laura P. Hughes (Jason) of Grayson, Emily Palmer, Krista Palmer of Gainesville, Ga., Suzanne Palmer of Macon, Ga. and Jena Palmer of Waynesboro, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Born in Thomasville, N.C. on July 17, 1920, to the late Charlie Gloston Millis, and Hattie Tomlinson Millis, she was proud of being a â€œTarheelâ€? even
Hazel Cox Snider LEXINGTON â€” Hazel Snyder Cox Snider, 95, of Junior Order Road, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at her home following a twomonth illness. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Linwood United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with the Rev. Max Shoaf officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home on Junior Order Home Road. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davidson County in Lexington or Linwood United Methodist Church in Linwood. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
Gladys â€œPaulineâ€? Sparks
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Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, in the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. Sparks was born Apri 21, 1934, in Davidson County, a daughter of the late Brantley Kepley and Lillian Hughes Kepley She retired in 1996 from Miller Desk Co. Inc. of High Point, and she was a member of Community Baptist Church in the Sil ver Valley Community in Lexington. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednes day in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with the Rev. John Harmon officiating. En tombment will follow in Floral Garden Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the J.C Green & Sons Funera Home in Thomasville and other times at the home of Ruby Kepley, 592 Pinec roft Road in Lexington. The family requests memorials be directed to Hospice of Davidson County in Lexington.
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after moving to Waynesboro in 1945 to marry her sweetheart. She retired as a Magistrate Judge after serving for 14 years. The Palmer family operated Palmer Hardware in downtown Waynesboro for many years. Mrs. Palmer was a longtime member of Town and Country Womanâ€™s Club. For many years she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Waynesboro. She possessed a unique sense of humor which never left her and she always made the best of any situation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions may be made in her memory to: Tallulah Falls School, 201 Campus Drive, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573 or the Georgia Sheriff â€™s Youth Home, Attention Development Division, P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281. D e L o a ch - M c Ke rl e y Funeral Home & Cremation Service 842 N. Liberty St. Waynesboro, GA. 30830 (706-554-3531), is serving the family of Mildred Ann Palmer. You may sign the familyâ€™s personal guestbook at www.deloachfuneralhomes.com. ***
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Dec. 13, 2009, at Mountain Vista Health Park. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at High Rock Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Claudie Harrison and Flynn Richardson. Burial will follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. The family will see friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Briggs Funeral Home and other times at the residence of the son on Wynona Lane in Denton. Memorials may be made to High Rock Baptist Church, care of Ava Shaw, in Denton. Online condolences may be sent to www.briggsfuneralhome.com.
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Ledford entertains former CCC foe West Davidson in nonconference basketball action.
CALENDAR CATHY ELLIOTT NASCAR Columnist
TODAY SWIMMING CCC Meet @ Lexington 3:30 p.m.
Taking stock of a most valuable year in NASCAR
BASKETBALL E. Davidson @ Wheatmore 6 p.m.
ary measure because of pain in his left foot. Ginyard missed all but three games last season after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left fifth metatarsal, but he said the pain he is experiencing now is a different feeling and in a different spot. He said the pain began after practice Monday, and he’s just trying to stay off of that foot.
OK, it’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lists. Some of them are forward-looking. There are lists of what we plan to gain — and in the case of those of us with hips, to lose — in 2010. There are lists of which credit card bills we can get away with making the minimum payments on, and lists of numbers to block from our cell phones. But this is also traditionally a time to look back on another nearly completed year, and specifically in this case, to look back on the year in NASCAR. I’ve spent some time checking out a few of my fellow motorsports writers’ opinions on the “top” stories of 2009, and for the most part they’re on the money. This year has been quite remarkable, and there are a lot of spectacular and historic things for which it will be remembered. But this particular list is comprised of the things in NASCAR that made the greatest impact on me personally. They may not be the “biggest” stories of the year per se, but they are the things I will remember most about 2009. The first is Kyle Busch. It seemed that no matter where I looked or what I read, Kyle was right there. He was either talking too much, or not at all. He seemed to win something every week; remind me to ask him to buy me a lottery ticket when he’s in Darlington next year. Specifically, I will remember the nearly unanimous national outrage when Busch smashed that Sam Bass original guitar following his win at Nashville Speedway. Most people considered it disrespectful, and maybe they were right. But I will never watch another race at Nashville without remembering that incident. When someone constantly keeps you in suspense as to what they might do or say, it’s interesting. And memorable. This is a poor reflection on me, but I have generally been one of those people who doesn’t hold out much hope for open-wheel drivers who make the switch to stock car racing. So when Juan Pablo Montoya
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BASKETBALL W. Davidson @ Ledford 6 p.m. WRESTLING E. Davidson @ Chatham C. 7:45 p.m.
WEDNESDAY BASKETBALL Thomasville @ Andrews 6 p.m. BASKETBALL N. Davidson @ E. Davidson 6 p.m.
THURSDAY WRESTLING Albemarle @ Thomasville 7 p.m. WRESTLING So. Guilford @ Ledford 7:30 p.m. BASKETBALL Trinity @ Ledford 6 p.m. SWIMMING Ledford @ N. Forsyth 6 p.m.
FRIDAY BASKETBALL Ledford @ E. Davidson 6 p.m.
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Zack Williams goes up for an alley-oop slam on Saturday in DCCC’s win over Southwest Virginia.
DCCC heads into break with victory BY ZACH KEPLEY Sports Editor LEXINGTON — When a team hits the century mark in a game and wins, that would be considered to most as a pretty successful outing. But after Davidson County Community College’s 100-77 rout of Southwest Virginia, there was not much patting of each other’s back in the player lounge. The important note of Saturday’s Tarheel Conference game was the Storm got a win, but it was not a very satisfying and momentum building effort as they head into the holiday break. “I don’t know if we were mentally on Christmas break already or what, but it sure looked like it,” said head coach Matt Ridge. “I am happy to get the win when we were not at our best.” DCCC placed four players in double figures led
‘I don’t know if we were mentally on Christmas break already or what, but it sure looked like it.’ — Matt Ridge DCCC head coach
by Kimani Hunt’s 17, followed by Eric Potts with 16 points, Robbie Rives 14 and Rico Geter with 10. The Flying Eagles were paced by Davon Crawford with 31 points and Otto Fletcher’s 26. Davidson managed to outscore Southwest Virginia 45-31 in the first half, but did not look impressive building the big lead. Down 13-12 six minutes into the contest, DCCC went on a a 16-3 run over the next eight minutes to build a 28-16 advantage. Seven different players contributed to the run. Crawford kissed the ball off the glass later on a short jumper with 11 seconds left in the frame to get within 11, but A.J. Finney found Justin Glover in the corner for a 3pointer as time expired. Play got really sloppy for the Storm to start the second half, as Fletcher controlled the offensive glass.
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Watts, Tar Heels enjoy easy night on hardwood BY BRIANA GORMAN Durham Herald Sun CHAPEL HILL — Jordan High alum Justin Watts found out he would be making his first career start for No. 11 North Carolina in the team’s pregame meal a couple hours before Saturday’s tipoff with Presbyterian College. But the sophomore decided to keep the information to himself, not even telling his mom,
who was going to be in the stands. So after Watts scored nine points to help the Tar Heels cruise to a 10364 victory at the Smith Center, he anticipated his mom would be pretty surprised. “She gets excited about a lot of things,” Watts said. “She’ll probably just tell me good job.” But Watts also admitted he was also pretty excited to make his first collegiate start, and he
said he thinks he did pretty well. He finished with four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes of work. “I did what Coach told me to do,” Watts said. “Play hard on the defensive end and execute our plays on offense and just play smart.” Watts got the nod against Presbyterian (28) because senior Marcus Ginyard, the regular starter at shooting guard, sat out as a precaution-
8 â€“ Thomasville Times â€“ Tuesday, December 15, 2009
SPORTS STOCK From page 7 came over to NASCAR three years ago, I basically just ignored him. But this year, he wouldnâ€™t let me. A combination of strong performances on the track all season, which earned him a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and a truly engaging personality have inspired me to reserve a permanent seat on his bandwagon. In 2009, I learned that my preconceptions were actually misconceptions, and I have JPM to thank for that. Iâ€™ve been watching Jeff Gordon race since the early 1990s, and I canâ€™t remember him having so much as a sniffle before. This year, however, Gordon experienced some much-discussed back problems. Time races on, and inevitably, change will come. I will remember 2009 as the year I realized that my heroes may be super, but they are not invincible. Of course there was the big stuff. The resurgence of Mark Martin brought something back to NASCAR that had been missing for a while -- hope. Tony Stewart just refuses to fail at anything. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski gave us â€œFamous since 1987â€?
a glimpse of our future, and it looks bright. NASCAR dug itself out of its comfortable recliner and moved the season-ending Championâ€™s Week from New York to Las Vegas. The drivers, the fans, and their money were all well received. Danica Patrick, who finally admitted she would engage in a little stock car racing in 2010, and Lesa France Kennedy, who was named the most powerful woman in sports, proved that history is her story, too. And then, of course, there is Jimmie Johnson, a man about whom there is nothing new to say. Quietly and methodically, with his fourth consecutive championship, he blazed a trail that many will follow, but unlikely will ever surpass. In all things, we need balance. This may be an unorthodox list, but to me, it represents the very best of NASCAR â€” heroes and villains, tradition and change, the old and the new, respect and even a little bit of rebelliousness. Every time history is made, the price goes up. By that standard, 2009 was a most valuable year indeed.
HEADS From page 7 His two quick buckets and another by Crawford made it 45-37, forcing Ridge to ask for a timeout. A 7-2 run for DCCC ensued, but the Flying Eagles soared right back into contention, working hard on the offensive end. Consecutive stickbacks trimmed the lead back down to six, as Ridge called for time again showing great displeasure for his teamâ€™s hustle â€” especially in the rebounding department where the Storm
allowed 25 offensive boards for the night. â€œIt is absolutely ridiculous,â€? he said. â€œWe emphasize rebounding every doggone day and it is embarrassing. At times we just did not try to block out and rebound. If we do not rebound, then we will not win the championship.â€? The message still was not across to the Storm with 10 minutes to play, as the dwindled down to five. One final timeout finally seemed to do the trick for DCCC. Playing with more intensity and determination on the glass, Davidson ran off a 19-2 spurt
to ground the Eagles. Hunt caught fire scoring 10 points, and the interior passing of the Storm was beautiful to watch as they sprinted ahead 84-62. â€œThat four minute stretch we were outstanding attacking the zone and getting great looks,â€? Ridge said. â€œBut we have to get better at our zone offense, so I need to put more emphasis on that in practice.â€? DCCC will take a break from basketball until after the new year, as plenty of guys still need time to get healthy and rested. The break is also a much-needed one for
the rest of the staff. â€œWe have been practicing since August, so the guys need a break and I need a break,â€? said Ridge. â€œIt gives me and my staff a chance to go out and see Christmas tournaments and recruit, and to also spend time with our families.â€? Notes: DCCC had 35 points off turnovers compared to Southwest Virginiaâ€™s 12 ... Davidson also held a 49-7 advantage in points off the bench ... The Storm will next play Jan. 4 against Vance-Granville Community College.
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SPORTS Kyle Busch Motorsports to run truck series ENJOY NASCARMEDIA.COM CHARLOTTE â€” Kyle Busch has announced that he will enter two Toyota Tundras full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series beginning in 2010. Busch will pilot the No. 18 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Toyota Tundra whenever the Camping World Truck Series runs in companion with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For the non-companion races, the No. 18 Tundra will be driven by 24-year-old Brian Ickler. Running the full schedule for KBM will be 20-yearold Tayler Malsam in the No. 56 Toyota Tundra. â€œEveryone knows how much I love to race, and the Camping World Truck Series is one of my favorite places to race, so to be a team owner in this series is a perfect match,â€? said Busch, who has 16 career Camping World Truck Series victories and a combined 62 wins among NASCARâ€™s top three divisions. â€œWe started KBM two years ago with the Late Model program and this seemed like the next natural step. Iâ€™m also very pleased with our driver lineup â€” having young and talented guys like Tayler Malsam and Brian Ickler.â€? Busch recently purchased the assets of Xpress Motorsports, the Camping World Truck Series team that won in June at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and finished the 2009 season among the top-10 in points. KBM will operate from the Xpress Motorsports shop in Mooresville, until its new shop, also in Mooresville and currently under construction, is completed. Overseeing the threedriver, two-Truck outfit will be Rick Ren, who will serve as the teamâ€™s director of competition. The 52-year-old from Tilton, Ill., is a NASCAR veteran who won two Camp-
ing World Truck Series championships as crew chief for Ron Hornaday Jr., (2007 and 2009) while at Kevin Harvick Inc. â€œA person can work their whole career in any profession and not get an opportunity like this,â€? Ren said. â€œIâ€™ve been involved in some other start-up, groundfloor programs, but not of this magnitude. Itâ€™s a great opportunity for me and everyone who will be a part of Kyle Busch Motorsports. There have been great racecar drivers, but Kyle has the opportunity to be one of the all-time greats. Getting the chance to help a guy like that who has a dream of building his own race team is an honor.â€? â€œRick Ren is an important part of what weâ€™re trying to build at Kyle Busch Motorsports,â€? Busch added. â€œRick has won multiple championships as a crew chief and is the perfect person to lead this race team and build it into an organization capable of winning races and contending for championships. His record speaks for itself, and in order for me to take on a team ownership role in the Camping World Truck Series, it was important to have the right people in place to make this work. Having Rick on board is a great first step in that process. Itâ€™s no secret how much I want to win as a driver, and I want to win as a team owner just as badly.â€? Much of Buschâ€™s success has come with Toyota. The talented 24-yearold has scored 41 of his 62 NASCAR victories with Toyota, and his Camping World Truck Series team will undoubtedly add to those numbers. â€œWe are excited to welcome Kyle Busch Motorsports to the Toyota racing family in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,â€? said Lee White, president and general manager of TRD, USA
(Toyota Racing Development). â€œKyle has demonstrated his passion for the sport through his determination and will to win on the racetrack, and creating this team is another big step forward in his racing career. Toyota has experienced significant success on the racetrack with Kyle since 2008, and we look forward to this expansion of our relationship.â€? â€œIt can be a little intimidating for a young guy like me to work for a guy like Kyle Busch, who has already done so much in his career,â€? said Malsam, whose path from his hometown of Sammamish, Wash., located just outside Seattle, to the Camping World Truck Series came via winged Sprint cars. â€œBut we have a lot of the same characteristics in the way we drive, so I think itâ€™s a good fit. And to have Rick Ren on board â€” heâ€™s been successful wherever heâ€™s been. To team with someone who has won two of the last three series championships is going to be awesome. And Iâ€™m proud to continue my relationship with Toyota. This is going to be one of the best years of my life.â€? â€œKyle has done so much for my career by helping me get some experience in the Truck Series last year, along with some Late Model races for KBM,â€? said the San Diego-grown Ickler. â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to racing for Kyle with all the success heâ€™s had in the sport. I hope we can continue the winning tradition. Every ride Iâ€™ve had since I moved to North Carolina has been because of Kyle. Heâ€™s been able to get me some valuable seat time. I really canâ€™t thank him enough for this new opportunity with KBM and to everyone at Toyota for their support as well. Itâ€™s just an honor to be a part of it all.â€?
From page 7 â€œI know a lot of people are worried about the fact that I didnâ€™t play today, but weâ€™re just trying to take some time to rest it and make sure that itâ€™s ready to go Saturday [against No. 2 Texas],â€? Ginyard said. But Ginyard wasnâ€™t the only Tar Heel (8-2) to miss Saturdayâ€™s game as freshman guard Dexter Strickland was out with a sore hamstring. UNC coach Roy Williams said Strickland hurt himself in practice Friday and was a little stiff and swollen Saturday, but was held out mostly as a precaution. Even with two guards out of action, however, the Tar Heels had little trouble executing their game plan. Along with Watts, senior reserve point guard Marc Campbell also saw plenty of playing time as UNC took a 56-21 lead into halftime. Ed Davis scored 16 of his team-high 20 in the first half, and Watts recorded
seven of his nine. â€œJustin stepped up to the plate just like I thought he would,â€? said UNC starting point guard Larry Drew II, who had 12 points and nine assists. â€œJustinâ€™s a good player. Heâ€™s here for a reason. ...Given the opportunity Justin can make some things happen out there for us so thatâ€™s what he did tonight.â€? PC shot 57.1 percent in the second half â€” led by Chase Holmesâ€™ game-high 29 points â€” but it never got closer than 34 points in the second period and at one point UNC led by as many as 47. But the Tar Heelsâ€™ defense wasnâ€™t the only thing Williams wasnâ€™t pleased with in the second half. As Deon Thompson stepped to the free-throw line with 6:45 remaining, a man wearing a white shirt with a PC logo who was sitting about 20 rows behind UNCâ€™s bench, yelled out for Thompson to miss. Thompson sank both free throws, but Williams turned around to seek out the heckler. The fans in the surrounding
area all pointed to the heckler to help Williams find him, and then the coach motioned for security guards. â€œI donâ€™t think anybody should yell anything negative at our players, period,â€? Williams said. â€œLetâ€™s donâ€™t make it a bigger thing than it is. But I just donâ€™t think anybody should yell negative things towards our players. You come in on our tickets to watch our game.â€? Three policemen went into the stands to remove the heckler from his seat and eventually from the stadium. A team spokesman said they believed the man to be intoxicated and he had been asked to move several times because those were not his ticketed seats. Thompson said he heard the heckler, but wasnâ€™t bothered. He and Drew said they werenâ€™t surprised by Williamsâ€™ reaction. â€œHe has a lot of pull around here, huh?â€? said Thompson, who finished with 19 points. â€œTo be able to get somebody kicked out of game, thatâ€™s pretty impressive.â€?
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FROM PAGE 1 From page 1 for the past couple of years, and is recognized for her strength and fortitude as she fights a deadly disease at such a young age. “We’re excited,” said Jerry Williamson, Kate’s grandfather. “She has been doing really good. Two weeks ago, she was able to take a trip to Disney World that the MakeA-Wish foundation made possible. We’re hoping a lot of people show up and help us collect as much as blood as possible for this worthy cause.” What separates this blood drive from others the Red Cross holds throughout the year is the amount of services that will be available to those making a donation. Local restaurants are donating plenty of
CHANGES From page 1 River Bridge and the $300 million to be spent out there,” said City Manager Kelly Craver. “Under the current equity formula, we wouldn’t qualify for funding for future construction projects in our region for probably 10 years.” The City of High Point and the High Point Metropolitan Planning Organization have passed similar resolutions already, Craver said.
food and drinks for everybody, and there also will be a wall of pictures featuring Kate and friends she made while staying at Brenners Children’s Hospital. “This is not the standard, every day drive,” Ziegler said. “We have entertainment, plenty of food and it’s at a beautiful facility. It’s just a big, big event and we need more people to come out and give blood.” Earlier this year, the Red Cross made Kate an honorary volunteer and presented her with a badge and a plaque at its annual meeting. Since being diagnosed with leukemia, Kate has used 31 units of blood and that many in platelets while receiving chemotherapy, Ziegler said. “There are dozens of kids just like her across the state who need blood,” said Ziegler. “They use blood every day to survive. Most of
At its Dec. 21 meeting, council also will consider a budget amendment allocating $35,959 for software and equipment for the police department. “This will enhance our ability to track evidence through the police department and create a barcode system,” Craver said. In addition, council members will consider an amendment to the code of ordinances dealing with canvassers and solicitors, in order to require a criminal background check for applicants. Council members plan
the time, those of us don’t see the face on the other side of the donation. Kate Thornton allows us to see that face. It brings it home to a lot of people, including me. Unfortunately, she knows more about life and doctors then she needs to at five years old.” Ziegler asks that anyone wishing to donate blood make an appointment before hand. The Red Cross is trying to make the blood drive go as smoothly as possible and scheduling appointments is a faster way to get people in and out without having to spend time on paperwork. Ziegler said walk-ins are still welcome. To make an appointment, visit www.redcross.org. Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
to approve a Community Development Block Grant program that will provide housing assistance to low-income and moderate-income families. Also on the consent agenda is a resolution of support for a Fit Community Designation and Grant Initiative. The N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund will be awarding grants of up to $60,000 to applicants that demonstrate need, proven capacity and opportunity for positive change in addressing physical activity and/or healthy eating in North
Carolina. Grant applicants must first apply for the Fit Community designation, said Billy Freeman, director of Parks and Recreation for Thomasville. “This is a way to pursue a designation that would be a positive thing in terms of health,” Freeman said. “You must pursue the designation in order to pursue the grant, but you don’t have to be awarded the designation to be awarded the grant.” Staff Writer Karissa Minn can be reached at 888-3576.
Blue Devils break leads to pair on injuries BY BRYAN STRICKLAND Durham Herald-Sun
DURHAM — Exam week affords college basketball players the opportunity to get their academic affairs in order and to recharge their basketball batteries. It didn’t quite work out that way for the Duke Blue Devils. Duke’s players did get some physical rest thanks to a four-day stretch with no full-team practices, but their return to practice Sunday to prepare for tonight’s game against Gardner-Webb (7 p.m., ESPN2) produced a pair of injuries. Kyle Singler, a preseason first-team AllAmerican, is questionable for tonight’s game with a right ankle sprain suffered in a scrimmage Sunday. Senior post player Brian Zoubek suffered a fall in the same practice that resulted in an injury to his back and hip but is expected to play. In addition, junior guard Nolan Smith continues to be somewhat
WREATHS From page 1 clement weather, and as a result, the ceremony will probably return to LJVM Coliseum next year, ending the annual trip to Thomasville. “It all worked out great,” Cheek said. “We do it rain or shine. A cadet told me that the people we’re honoring didn’t have a choice of whether it was raining or not. We don’t either. That’s a great way for a 17-yearold to think. This is an absolutely great way to honor veterans.” For more information on “Wreaths Across America”, visit www. wreathsacrossamerica. org.
slowed by a left knee injury suffered in Duke’s lone loss this season, a 7369 setback at Wisconsin on Dec. 2. Smith also is expected to play tonight, as is freshman Andre Dawkins, who returned to school Saturday after spending a week with his family in Virginia in the wake of his sister’s death in an automobile accident on Dec. 5. Singler, who ranks a tenth of a point behind Smith in scoring with a 17.1-points per game, was the only Duke player to sit out Monday’s practice. Singler, a junior, has played in all 79 games since his arrival on campus. If there’s any good news, it’s that the No. 7 Blue Devils (7-1) probably can err on the side of caution with Gardner-Webb visiting Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Bulldogs (3-4), playing Duke for the first time, have dropped four
consecutive games, including a 29-point loss to Charlotte on Saturday. Duke beat Charlotte by 42 points on Nov. 17. Duke also will be careful because the Blue Devils’ other game before the holiday break is against No. 15 Gonzaga on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils never have lost their first game after the exam break under Coach Mike Krzyzewski, winning all 29. Duke also has a 73game winning streak in non-conference games at Cameron dating to a loss to St. John’s in 2000. Duke’s most recent game was 10 days ago, also against St. John’s, an 80-71 victory over the previously unbeaten Red Storm. The Blue Devils should be able to shake off any rust tonight, but now they have to hope they can shake off their suddenly long list of injuries, as well.
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DCCC nurses assistant DVD now used statewide TIMES STAFF REPORT
Since it was first developed as an instructional tool at Davidson County Community College in 2005, a nursing assistant instructional DVD for use in college classrooms has become popular in community colleges and high schools across the state and nation where it has become a popular teaching tool. The instructional DVDs contain hands-on skills demonstrated by nursing instructors and students portraying patients. They teach skills that Nursing Assistant I students must learn and perfect before taking their state examinations. Money to produce the DVDs came from the DCCC Foundation after Rose RunionMcDaniel, assistant dean of Health, Wellness and Public Safety at DCCC, applied for a grant. The videos were shot by McDaniel and Marsha Roddenberry and edited
GRANT From page 1 received grant funds last year, and a graduation coach was installed at Lexington High School in July. The coach currently case manages 80 students, and the grant is only written based on 60. “We went ahead and applied for continuation funding, because we’re already seeing fantastic results,” Howell said. The Dropout Prevention Grant program was created in 2007 and has awarded more than 200 small grants since then, worth a total of $34 million. Rep. Hugh Holliman, House Majority Leader representing the 81st district, said that the General Assembly’s Department of Public Instruction is doing everything it can to
High Point man charged with sexual offenses
A High Point man has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a 13-year-old. According to a DCSO press release, William Figueroa, 35, of 1714 Windsor Drive in High Point, is facing five counts of indecent liberties with a child in regards to a sex
by Christopher Ferrell, a former DCCC student. The original intent was to film the learning sequences to supplement DCCC students’ classroom study. Since then, the five-series DVD set has become useful not only to DCCC students but to other nursing assistant instructors and students at all other community colleges in the state as well as individuals and health care providers for use in staff development training. “People tell us the DVDs are useful because they appeal to visual and auditory learners,” said McDaniel. “It has impacted health care across the state because it is used as a laboratory aid and a supplemental instructional tool. We hope it has helped increase the quality of care for hospital patients and residential care residents.” The state requires certain skills sets and the DVD shows steps within those sets so that stu-
dents have a written and a visual demonstration. They can watch the DVD as many times as they need to understand the concepts of care. Nursing Assistant I classes are often the first step to other health care careers offered at DCCC. Around 100 to 130 students take Nursing Assistant I classes each semester. The one- semester training program qualifies students to take a state test so they can be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. Day, evening, and hybrid classes are offered on the Davidson and Davie campuses of DCCC. “The Nursing Assistant course is a good entry point for students to see if nursing is a career they would like to pursue,” McDaniel said. “This would be the first step in a career ladder process for nursing.” For more information, contact Theresa Daniels at 249-8186, ext. 6106.
finance programs across the state that reduce the dropout rate. “The Graduation Coach: Achieve More Program will help reach young people who may otherwise never graduate from high school,” Holliman said. “Too many of our students in Lexington and Davidson County have dropped out of school. It is my hope this project will give at-risk students the opportunity to successfully complete their education and earn their high school degree.” Howell said that Lexington City Schools collaborated with Davidson County Schools on a similar grant, but so far, the county schools did not receive funding. CIS of Lexington/Davidson County works on dropout prevention in both systems, though, and is supported by local citizens
throughout the county. “I know the economic situation is hitting everyone hard, but it’s affecting our students in a multitude of ways,” Howell said. “We’re just thankful for all of the community support that we receive as we work to meet our students’ needs. That comes from the Thomasville area, too, as well as every other part of the county.”
offense with a 13-year-old juvenile. DCSO received a report regarding the sex offense on Dec. 9. Detectives allege that between Aug. 1, 2008 and Dec. 9, Figueroa did take or attempt to take indecent liberties with the juvenile family member on several different occasions. Figueroa was issued a $30,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 11.
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Man jailed for alleged abuse
A Lexington man is in jail for allegedly abusing his girlfriend’s two children. George Alexander Hamilton II, 29, of 1195 Michael Road Apt. B, is charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse after police allege he physically abused a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old. Detectives received a report from Davidson County Child Protective Services that two children had suffered extreme bruising to the lower parts of their bodies. Detectives interviewed the two children before obtaining warrants for Hamilton. Hamilton was placed in Davidson County Jail and issued a $6,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 11.
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Cash contributions may be made by contacting Santa Brigade Commander Harold Parrish at 472-2379 or mail to 12986 Old Highway 64, Lexington NC 27292. Volunteers have been busy since the middle of November. They have complied and revised lists, visited families as well as shopped, sorted and wrapped presents. Members of the South Davidson High School Junior Civitan have been involved several ways including the addressing about 200 Christmas cards for seniors and people with disabilities. Over 120 seniors will receive Christmas cards and fruit bags. Thirty-six people with disabilities will receive cards and presents. On Dec. 16 Project Santa will make its annual visit to Kateland Family Care and will also include the residents from Westanna Family Care. Food boxes and fruit bags will be assembled Dec. 23 at Santa Central. The delivery of gifts will begin about 8 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Project Santa has been recognized six times by North Carolina District West Civitan as the Most Outstanding Service Project.
STAFF From page 3 dics and Sports Medicine is located at 611 Lindsay Street, Suite 200, in High Point, and will open a second office in March 2010 in the new Premier Medical Plaza building at the corner of Wendover Avenue and Premier Drive in north High Point. The practice is accepting new patients and appointments may be made by calling 336 802-2250.
Busse Joins Deep River Family Medicine
Cornerstone Health Care announces that certified Nurse Practitioner Sharda N. Busse has joined Deep River Family Medicine. B u s s e earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Busse at Greensboro and was awarded her Master’s of Science degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Busse, who has a special interest in women’s health, pediatrics and preventive care, will assist Dr. Michael J. Kalish. River Family Medicine has recently moved into the new Premier Medical Plaza building at 4515 Premier Drive at the corner of Wendover Avenue in north High Point. New patients are welcome. Appointments can be made by calling 802-2610.
A prisoner in Davidson County Jail faces additional charges after he was found with a homemade weapon. Jason Lee Gordon, 25, of 1912 Hill Road in Lexington, is charged with one count of felony possession of a weapon by a prisoner after detectives discovered he was going to use a piece of concrete to assault a detention officer in an effort to escape. According to a Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office press release, on Dec. 10 at 1 a.m., detention
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Woman arrested for selling stolen golf clubs A Lexington woman has been arrested for allegedly selling stolen golf clubs in local pawn shops. According to a DCSO press release, Stephanie Marie Brownlow, 25, of 1185 Musgrave Road in Lexington, is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. During an investigation of an unrelated crime, deputies found several sets of
golf clubs had been pawned in area pawn shops, both inside and outside Davidson County. Most of the golf clubs were stolen outside the county and brought to local pawn shops, including Thomasville Pawn and Jewelry. Working with surrounding law enforcement agencies, the Breaking and Entering Task Force discovered the club’s rightful owners. Warrants were taken out for Brownlow when she pawned a set of clubs stolen from Salisbury. She was placed in Davidson County Jail and issued a $3,000 secured bond.
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scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 13.
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officers were informed Gordon made unlawful access to a plumbing panel above a toilet in his cell and got a hold of a large piece of concrete mortar used to stabilize pipes. Following several interviews with inmates, detectives discovered that Gordon was planning on using the concrete that he wrapped in toilet paper as a weapon to assault a detention officer. Detectives found the weapon and placed it into evidence. Gordon was placed back in jail and issued an additional $10,000 secured bond, raising his total bond to $115,000. He is
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