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Chair City native pens novel set in county

More people back to work, ESC says BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer

BY KARISSA MINN

up never having anything. While I was saying thank you with my mouth, I wasn’t saying it from heart. I realize that now.” This could easily be a time for doubt, a time to ask why after the Martin’s have already done so much, donating thousands of dollars to charities over the years. Through their faith, the Martin’s have chosen to not ask why but how. How can they keep giving when there is nothing left to give? “I questioned God, but I didn’t

North Carolina’s seesawing unemployment rate took a tip down in November. New statistics released by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission show the state’s unemployment rate dipped to 10.8 percent last month, marking a tenth of a percent decrease from October. Since reaching doubledigits earlier in the year, the state’s unemployment rate has remained around 11 percent and well above the national number. The overall unemployment rate for the United states registered 10 percent in November. Seasonally adjusted employment did increase by 12,453 workers last month with unemployment falling by more than 6,000. In the past year, however, unemployment in North Carolina has decreased by 143,801 people, according to ESC statistics. “Even though employment increased slightly over the month, we still need job growth,” ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. said. “It’s another month where we haven’t experienced much change.” Construction and manufacturing jobs continue to be the hardest hit from the current recession, which started two years ago. Since last November, construction and manufacturing jobs are down 16.5 and 11.6 percent, re-

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Some familiar places in Thomasville are now home to a murder mystery and love story, thanks to award-winning author Dawn M a r i o n Hudgins. Hudgins’ first novel, Without Regret, is set in Davidson County Hudgins in 1969. It is the story of a young farm girl who faces life-altering decisions when the Vietnam War drafts two very different men in her life. Torn between love and duty, she realizes that some people are self-sacrificing while others save themselves at the sacrifice of others. “As individuals, we’re very multifaceted people,” Hudgins said. “As we are faced with challenges, sometimes we make the right decisions and sometimes we don’t. That’s very much exemplified in the book.” Without Regret is a romance thriller, and Hudgins said that there are even some religious undertones, which come out of the Thomasville upbringing that she and her main character share. “I would not classify it as a religious book, but there is Scripture in there,” Hudgins said. “There are prayer portions in there.” Weather permitting, Hudgins will be signing books at Tommy’s Barbecue, located at 206 National Highway in Thomasville, from 5-7 p.m. today. Books will be available for purchase. Hudgins said that she wanted to include the

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Rodney and Wendy Martin, owners of Jed’s Bar-B-Que, are offering free meals to those in need every Tuesday night despite their own financial hardships.

Feast to Famine BY ELIOT DUKE Staff Writer Rodney and Wendy Martin remember a time when their restaurant was the place to be in Thomasville. Jed’s Bar-B-Que on National Highway flourished as the community around it did likewise, riding the wave of furniture making to prosperity Rodney never imagined possible. “We were always packed,” Rodney said. “You couldn’t get in the place. They lined up out the door and at the drive-in too. I grew up never having money and as soon

Even after losing their fortune, the Martin family continues giving to others

as I opened the doors, the money just kept coming in.” That symbiotic relationship between town and restaurant has taken a turn for the worse over the last decade, as both have fallen on times unimaginable. With unemployment over 10 percent, the days of lines out the door are long gone. As Jed’s remains empty, the bills keep coming. A car is already gone and the Martin’s say a home may follow as foreclosure awaits. “At one time, I was worth over $2 million,” said Rodney. “But I took so much for granted. I grew

Area children bring Christmas joy to local nursing homes

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BY KARISSA MINN Staff Writer Student from a local dance studio, along with other community groups, took some time this week to bring Christmas cheer to nursing home residents. On Tuesday, a group of dancers from N2Danzn, a dance school in Thomasville, performed and gave out cards at Graybriar Nursing Home in Trinity. On Wednesday, they joined groups from Thomasville Parks and Recreation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point in a visit to

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LibertyWood Nursing Center in Thomasville. The dance students performed dances to Christmas songs, sang a few carols and passed out homemade Christmas cards to the residents. Paige Wainright, owner and director of N2Danzn, said that her goal was to help the students learn that they can bring others joy through dance. “I think, when they were dancing for the residents and handing out their personal cards that they made for them, they really no-

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Staff and residents of LibertyWood Nursing Home were recently entertained by students at N2Danzn in Thomasville.

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A2 – Thomasville Times – Saturday, December 19, 2009 Civitan community service projecs including Project Santa Claus.

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.

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

Start Safe Preschool traning program Start Safe — a fire and burn safety program for preschoolers and their families — is being offered to preschooler teachers to pass along to children in the classroom. Classes will be held Jan. 11, 13, 19 and 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly at the Thomasville Fire Department headquarter, 7 E. Main St. Pre-registration is required by Dec. 30. The program is unique because it not only involves educating children about fire and burn safety, but encourages their parents to learn safety measures along with their child. The program covers easy-to-learn techniques such as Making a home safer, preventing burn injuries, using smoke alarms, making a home escape plan and how to get out of the home if there is a fire. The course can be integrated into any topic that may be discussed in a classroom. For more information, contact Dolly Hulin at 475-5545. Seating is limited to 15 per class. Three Child Care CEU Credit Hours will be awarded by the N.C. Division of Child Development.

Homiletics Conference United Cornerstone School of Divinity will hold its first Homiletics Conference on Friday at 1:30 p.m. with a theological luncheon and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring Pastor P. Michael McNair of Emmanuel Baptist Church and Pastor Keith McDaniel of First Baptist Elon, NC. Other participating ministers will be Prof. Herbert Miller, Prof. Nicole Road and Dr. George B Jackson, president of United Cornerstone School of Divinity. Special emphasis will be placed on capturing the sermon idea, exegesis, historical analysis, Biblical interpretation and more. The event, which is free, will be held at Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowhip at 7 J.W. Thomas Way. For more information, call 476-7218 or (877) 33UCSOD or visit www.ucsod.com.

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.

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Thomasville Library Trivia Q: What Christmas Ballet is the most famous of all? Q: Who wrote the song “Here Comes Santa Claus”? Q: What does Alvin want for Christmas? Q: What should little children leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve? Q: What is Frosty the Snowman’s nose made of ? Q: Who is Ebenezer?

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Q: What color is the Grinch? Q: Which reindeer’s name starts with a “B”? Q: Which ocean is Christmas Island in? Answers: The Nutcracker; Gene Autry; A Hula Hoop; Milk and Cookies; A button; The Scrooge; Green; Blitzen; Indian Ocean.

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MLK Award winners embody word service Minister gives time to encourage faith, spirituality

Ray committed to life of helping others TIMES STAFF REPORT

Minnie Ray has been chosen as 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award winner by the MLK Social Action Committee. “A heart of gold.” That is the phrase that most appropriately describes Minnie Ray. A soft-spoken unassuming lady, she has for decades gone about the business of helping those that need help. She asks for nothing in return — no fanfare, no IOUs, nothing. She just does it. Minnie Ray has five children. One of her sons, Gregory, died 14 years ago, so she simply took up where he left off and raised three of his five children. Besides raising her children and some of her grandchildren, Miss Minnie (as she is known around Thomasville) has also “adopted” and raised several children of the last 40 or so years who have been victims of neglect, or some form of abuse. She gave them a stable structured living environment complete with lots of love and an emphasis on finishing school. Many of them experienced things like presents under the Christmas tree, wholesome family gatherings, and unconditional love for the first time. Miss Minnie, for many, years delivered Thanksgiving baskets full of

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Minnie Ray has been named MLK Community Service Award winner for 2010. food to the elderly. She has been active behind the scenes in issues affecting Thomasville. The one most near and dear to her has been keeping adequate funding for Thomasville City Schools. One of the things she is well known for is her cooking. She loves to cook and at nearly 70 years old, she still cooks for her family from Sunday through Wednesday. Her house is the destination for many friends and family on Sundays after church. She always sends a plate of food to an elderly or sick person in the community just to make sure they have something to eat. Many times she will discreetly make sure some less fortunate person has enough to eat, or something to wear. She does her very best to do this while allowing them to maintain their dignity. Minnie’s two favorite passions are her God and her family. She is very active in her church where

she is president of the Pastor’s Aide group and an avid fundraiser. One of her favorite sayings is, “Prayer changes things.” Her emphasis on education extends down through her children, her 22 grandchildren (ranging in age from two to 30), and her eight g reat-g randchildren. Thirteen of those grandchildren have graduated from high school. Three of those have gone on to become teachers. One is a social worker. One is a registered nurse. Seven are undergraduate college students. One is in grad school at the University of Pittsburg. The rest know that college is the expectation for them all. She also is very proud and thankful that her grandchildren have helped Thomasville High School win several state championships in football, boy’s basketball and girl’s basketball. Between them, they have 26 state championship rings.

Pastor Haywood N. Goode Sr., a native of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., has been named 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award winner by the MLK Social Action Committee. He and his family relocated to Greensboro, N.C. in 1970. He retired from Flowers Baking Company after 40 years of service. While employed, he broadens his knowledge base by completing several certifiction courses Goode at Clemson University in Management, the Science of Baking, Pest Control and Entomology. After retiring from Flowers, he has faithfully served the community. He has served as pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Thomasville since November of 1985. He is former moderator of Rsing Star Missionary Baptist Association and formerly served as chaplain for Thomasville General and High Point Regional hospitals. In addition, he has participated in numerous NAACP functions and has opened his church doors as an advocate for several public and community-related issues. During his tenure at Friendship and through his diligence, faithfulness, obedience to God, and the vision which God placed in his heart, he has led the Friendship Family to building additions and improvements, acquisition of

additional properties, a debt-free ministry, membership increase, and most importantly, heightened spiritual growth. He has vowed to lead Friendship, by the power of the Holy Ghost, from the land of not enough, through the land of just enough, to a land of more than enough. Although he serves his congregation with great compassion, conviction and humility, he most certainly is not an ordinary pastor. He not only serves his Friendship congregation, he also serves throughout Thomasville and neighboring communities. At any given time, he may be seen visiting with the sick and bereaved, whether they are his parishioners or not. After almost 81 years of life, he has been blessed to enjoy five generations of his family. He has one brother, one sisterin-law, six children, 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and six greatgreat grandchildren. Not to mention the host of children and grandchildren he has spiritually adopted throughout the years and holds dear to his heart. He was life-long partners with the late Henrietta Goode, who worked diligently with him in the ministry and having enjoyed 52 years of marriage until the Lord called her home in January 1999. He is a firm believer that the “life you live will spear for you” and “all you have in this life is your name.” Being a man of wisdom, character and integrity, he has become a mentor to many by counseling and sharing his testimnonies and experiences. He will forever proclaim without hesitation that his greatest priority and joy lies in his trust and relationship with God.

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DCCC students help serve families for the holidays TIMES STAFF REPORT

Students at Davidson County Community College worked on more than academics throughout the spring and fall semesters. Several student clubs and associations worked hard, long hours organizing and carrying out multiple fundraisers so they could support deserving families and children during the holidays. The DCCC Business Explorer’s Club, made up of about 60 business, accounting, computer and human resources majors, raised enough money to donate $1,000 to help families seeking aid from the Fairgrove Family Resource Center in Thomasville. In addition, their jewelry sales and other fundraisers allowed them to “adopt� U.S. Army Lt. George Gouge and his platoon of 40 infantry soldiers serving in Iraq. Gouge, who is from Thomasville and a graduate of Ledford High School and High Point University, met with club officers recently so they could learn what the platoon needed. Members decided to send care packages each month to Gouge and his soldiers during the entire year they are deployed. Already, they have mailed four large boxes filled with tolietries, snacks, playing cards, DVDs, and other items his soldiers requested. The boxes were so heavy the postage alone cost more than $100. Club members have big hearts, because some of them live from week to week, struggling to support their families, pay their tuition, and buy their books. That is why they believe so strongly in supporting agencies such as the Fairgrove Family Resource Center; they know how tough it is to make it through the holidays when money is tight because all but two club members are unemployed. Quietly and anonymously, club members dig deep in their own pockets to help purchase food or pay an electric bill for other members who are having trouble making ends meet. Taking a leadership role in the club are Sue Griegel, club president, and Sheila Wood, vice president. Both have served as leaders for two years and are middleaged students with families. They approach their club duties and responsibilities as they would a full-time job; they arrive on campus two hours prior to their first class meeting and use the quiet of the morning to plan,

organize and coordinate fundraising activities. “I am amazed at how committed our club members are to each other and to their community service projects,� said Steve Richards, the DCCC business and accounting instructor who advises the club along with Donna Shawley, of the instructional support staff of the School of Business, Engineering and Technical Studies at DCCC. “The club has strong student leaders, and they carry heavy academic loads. Yet, they devote so much time, energy and personal funds to help others,� Richards said. Griegel hopes to graduate in May 2010 with an associate degree in business administration, a diploma in accounting, and perhaps in the future, return to DCCC to pursue logistics. Eventually, she would like to earn her bachelor’s degree in business. “I joined the Business Explorers Club during my first semester at DCCC,� said Griegel. “Since I was new to North Carolina and didn’t know anyone, I decided to attend. At the end of that semester there were only six members. A year and one half later, we have approximately 60 members and we’re still growing.� Club officers took about 50 club members out to a recent holiday lunch and treated each with presents and prizes. “That is one way of letting them know how much we appreciate them,� said Wood. Griegel and Wood said club members frequently say they feel like they belong to a college sorority or fraternity. “There is a close camaraderie amongst the members and we are all dedicated to helping those less fortunate. We not only care about helping community organizations, but we help our own members, too,� said Griegel. Wood, who volunteers for the SPCA of the Triad and the Fairgrove Family Resource Center, plans to graduate in December 2010 with an associate degree in business. She hopes to get a job in the trucking or logistics industry since she has previous experience in those fields. She and Griegel have become skilled at motivating others since club work doesn’t stop on weekends when members sell pizza, make handmade crafts, and solicit items from businesses to auction. “This semester has seen the greatest growth

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Above, Students in the DCCC Criminal Justice/Paralegal Club collected toys for children who reside in the Lexington Housing Authority homes. Club members arranged for Santa to deliver the toys to children at the housing authority office. Monique Spencer, club vice president, (third from right) planned the fundraiser when she realized how many adult residents at the homes were without jobs. Members of the DCCC Business Explorers Club pack a fifth box to send to a platoon of 40 U.S. Army infantry soldiers in Iraq. From left are Pam Stegman; Donna Shawley, DCCC club advisor; Sue Griegel, president; Sheila Wood, vice president; and DCCC business instructor/club advisor Steve Richards.

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A story for the season: Lost dog, found Christmas VIEWPOINT

D.G. MARTIN N.C. Columnist Although he had pushed for her to spend a few days with him at Christmas time, he could not say he was happy that she was coming. Maybe, though, this little girl could turn things around for him. Nothing else this season had lifted him from the bleak, cold, dark loneliness that had surrounded his life like the heavy overbearing fog of a sick room since…well, since everything had turned south. These were his thoughts as he drove through the early darkness with the little girl in the front seat beside him. “Daddy, stop! Watch out for that poor dog.” He had seen the dark shadow loping, moving into the road and thought “Surely, it won’t be stupid enough to walk right into my path.” Until the little girl had spoken up, he had not intended to slow down. Now, with the car stopped and the dog standing still in the middle of the road, the little girl bolted. Wrapping her arms around the animal, she called out, “Daddy, we can’t just leave him out here. He’s lost and he’s hungry and he’s going to die if we don’t help him.” “Okay, put him in the car,” he winced, thinking, “I’ll call the animal control shelter as soon as I get these two back to the house.” At his house, the little girl filled bowls with water and cereal. While the dog ate and drank, she sat down on the floor began to pet and stroke it. “Thank you for calling animal control,” the recording said, “our office hours are…” Looking up from the telephone, he noticed that the dog had moved into the little girl’s lap and she was smiling for the first time that day. He kneeled beside them and touched her shoulder. And when the dog’s nose found his other hand, he, too, smiled a real smile for the first time in a long time. The three sat there together, silent, peaceful, happy. A little while later, the little girl wrinkled her forehead and asked him, “What if

its real owner is missing it? What should we do?” “Maybe, we can help it find a way to get back home,” the man said. Back in the car, with the three of them in the front seat together, he drove to where they had found the dog and parked. He took the dog to the sidewalk and the little girl rushed out to give it a long hug that was finally interrupted by the man’s calling to her, “Come back in the car and watch.” The dog ambled across the street again. “Daddy, it’s going to get hurt.” But the dog crossed safely and lumbered along towards downtown. The man and little girl followed, watching the dog cross another busy street, pick up the pace, past one house and then suddenly dash into the backyard of another house. “We’d better ask before we go into that backyard,” the man said. They walked on to the porch and were surrounded by decorations and blinking lights. He knocked on the door. A cheerful old man appeared at the door and said, “Merry Christmas to the two of you. Come inside.” The little girl said, “We are looking for a dog that got lost and we think it is in your backyard. Can we go look for it?” “There is no dog here except ours. I think I heard him come in from the back,” the old man laughed. “But you are welcome to look.” Just then, the dog came running into the hall and jumped up on the old man. Yes, it was the same dog, and it quickly came over to the little girl and gave her a warm look. “Come on into the backyard and see if your dog is there,” the old man invited. “No thanks,” the little girl said. “I think we found what we were looking for.” As they walked back towards the car, she said, “Oh daddy, you’re wonderful. We got that wonderful dog back to its home.” He grabbed her hand and thought, “No, it found its own way. And if that dog can make its way back to where it belongs at Christmas, then, just maybe, so can we.”

A powerful prayer and Christmas wishes THIS-N-THATS

LARRY MURDOCK Guest Columnist In several articles of “This-N-That” I have referred to “Wheels of Faith and Courage: A History of Thomasville, North Carolina,” a book written by Mary Matthews and Jewel Sink in 1951. Gayle inherited a copy and other books from her mother’s (Lib Johnson) library. There is a wealth of information about Thomasville. We pick it up frequently if a question arises about Thomasville’s history. I have discovered that Mark Scott and the folks at the Thomasville Tourism Office are selling copies of “Wheels of Faith and Courage” for the Historic Preservation Commission. Cost is $20each. I seriously doubt that there will be another printing of this book. So, this may be your last chance to get a copy. Proceeds go to the Historic Preservation Commission, who passes the proceeds on to Habitat for Humanity. This would make a good Christmas gift for a relative or friend. Or, you might want to purchase a copy to place in your personal library. Tourism office hours are 9-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 -1pm on Saturday. ••• In the last column I mentioned that Oscar Bailey had called wanting to know the name of a “drive-in theater” that at one time sat on National Highway near the Guilford County line. Two readers have come to the rescue. Mickey Childers thought the name might be “Starlight Drive In” then we ran into Al and Linda Finch at our favorite seafood restaurant the other night.

Al said that it was either the “Crescent” or “Moon Glow” Drive-In. Al went on to explain that it sat on the left side of National Highway going toward High Point near Cecil Road and somewhere near where Hill Electric now sits. Al told about a man (I won’t identify him) who went there to see a movie. At the ticket office, two people were visible in the car. After the driver parked the car, he came to the snack shop and purchased six hot-dogs and six soft drinks. Four people had hidden in the trunk when they came to the ticket box. When you were a teenager did you ever do that? Come on now, be honest. Al also told a story about the “Lantern Drive-In” which was located at the intersection of US-64 and NC Hwy 109 years ago. On Saturday nights they would show movies all night until daylight. He told a story about a fellow, (I won’t identify this fellow either), who had fallen asleep, with his car window down while watching one of those all night movies. Sometime around daybreak the fellow was awakened by a warm breath on his face and a moist lip on his cheek. He awakened to find a stray cow with its head in his window. Apparently it had wandered into the drive-in from a nearby pasture. ••• Now, let’s get on to something more serious and appropriate for the season.

HALO IN A STABLE Christmas is that star on top of the tree. It is a carol in the night. It is the gift of a cloak where a coat is asked. It is gold, frankincense and myrrh to the needy, the humble and saddened. It is “good tidings of great joy” to a wicked and weary world. Christmas is a stocking hung with faith and filled by love. It is a homecoming with the glow of an opened door. Christmas is the sacred promise of peace which came on the Holy Night and is directed to men of “good will.” Christmas is an insight into the joy of the heart. It is a message of peace. Christ-

mas is a miracle of love. It is a candle in the darkness which no wind can blow out. Christmas is a song from a star, a halo in a stable. ••• Several weeks ago Stan Styers taught the Sunday School lesson for the R.L. Pope Bible Class. On our way home from Church that Sunday, Gayle commented on Stan’s lesson and said she would like to have a copy of the prayer Stan used for her devotional book. So, I emailed Stan and asked if I could have a copy for Gayle and if I could share it with you in this column. He agreed to share it with us and with you. “I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity, that I might do better things. I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty, that I might be wise. I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need for God. I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing I asked for, but everything I had hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among men, most richly blessed.” What a powerful prayer and an appropriate time to end this article and wish each of you a Merry and Blessed Christmas as we celebrate the “Birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” I have enjoyed sharing “This-N-That” with you this year. Gayle and I would like to wish each of you a very “Merry Christmas” and a Happy New Year. May God bestow his richest blessings in the New Year and give you Peace! Guest Columnist Larry Murdock can be reached at lary.murdock@hotmail.com.

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. 27) guest is Jill McCorkle, author of “Going Away Shoes.”

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Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office has charged a Linwood teenager with multiple sex offenses involving two juveniles. According to a D C S O press rel e a s e , D a n i e l Gathings N i c h o l a s Gathings, 18, of 1968 Old Wesley Chapel Road, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of second degree rape, four counts of second degree sex offense, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of assault on a female, one count of sexual battery and two

counts of communicating threats after police received a report regarding an alleged sexual assault against a 12-year-old and 16-year-old. Following an investigation, detectives allege that between Aug.. 1 and Nov. 1, Gathings committed several acts of sexual and physical assault on the 16-year-old victim. Detectives also discovered that Gathings, during that same time period, inappropriately touched the 12-year-old victim. Both victims were verbally threatened by Gathings as well. Gathings is currently being detained in Davidson County Jail and was issued a $500,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 11.

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Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office busted two High Point men for trying to sell heroin to an undercover officer in Thomasville. Qumain Terez Pratt, 19, of 554 Forrest St. in High Point, and Allen Eugene

Mills, 24, of 201 Kendell Ave. in High Point, were arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of trafficking heroin and possession of paraphernalia after the duo sold 16.8 grams to an undercover detective at 1400 National Highway. They were issued $500,000 secured bonds.

FROM PAGE A1 NOVEL From page A1 names of local places in her book to let people remember and envision Thomasville in that era. Even though she grew up in the 1970s, not the 1960s, she used memories from her own past to help recreate the Chair City’s history. “I’ve been eating at Tommy’s Barbecue forever,” Hudgins said. “I used to work at Thomasville Furniture – that was my first adult job – and we would go to Tommy’s for lunch every day. Todd’s Seafood, which is basically a turning point in the book, sponsored my sixth grade softball team.” Other businesses and areas highlighted in Without Regret include Hills Feed and Seed, J.C. Green and Sons, Hasty High School, Wake Forest University, Old Guilford Mill, Midway Drive-In, Post Office, Salem Street, Highway 109, Friendship Ledford Road and Wallburg. Hudgins says that she gets a lot of feedback about the book from people who grew up in Thomasville during the Vietnam War era. “It really brought it close to home for them, because they remembered so much about those aspects,” Hudgins said. “People read it, and they go back and say, ‘Oh, gosh, I’d forgotten all about that. That brings back so many memories.’” Hudgins said she has wanted to be a writer since she was in the second grade. When she was in her 20s, she finally got an opportunity to write a series of children’s books with Glean Publications

called The Continuing Adventures of Timothy Glean. “The experience was great, and I got to do lot of book tours and that type of thing, but my goal was never to write children’s books,” Hudgins said. “I always wanted to write a novel, but I never had a story.” The story finally came to her when a colleague shared about a gruesome murder that had happened in an eastern North Carolina town. Hudgins thought the account was amazing and began to write about it, but she soon decided that it was too horrific for her to continue. “Once I started writing that, it just was not in me to go that route, so I lightened it a lot,” Hudgins said. “It’s not even the same story as the actual account, so it is truly fiction at this point.” A graduate of High Point University, Hudgins now lives in High Point with her husband Kevin and their four children, John, Cole, Ashley and Tara. She has no trouble finding stories these days, and in fact, she currently is working on two novels at once. They each include romance and a murder mystery. “I like to get out of my life a little bit and be entertained,” Hudgins said. “It’s an opportunity to be someone and experience something that life isn’t, for most of us.” Without Regret was released on Oct. 30 with Alacrity Publishing, and it is available at Amazon. com or www.alacritypublishing.com. Staff Writer Karissa Minn can be reached at 888-3576 or newsdesk@ tvilletimes.com.

Index Thomasville Lissie Williams, 82 Lexington Ricky Wayne Barrett, 49 Edward Lee Crook, 65 William Rollins, 90 Connie Simerson, 63 Other Areas Jo Carpenter Pattishall Joy Pope, 67

Ricky Barrett LEXINGTON – Richard (Ricky) Wayne Barrett, 49, of Whispering Oaks Drive in Lexington, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at his home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Darrell Ost officiating. Burial will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in Glen-Allen, Va., or the American Diabetes Association in Fairfax, Va. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.

Edward Lee Crook LEXINGTON – Edward Lee Crook, 65, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2009, at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. Crook was born Feb. 22, 1944, in Raleigh, W.V. to Theadore Crook and Ernestine Crook. He is preceded in death by his mother and a son, Mi-

chael Burns. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Thomasville Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Alan Mortin officiating. Entombment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Online audio and written condolences may be made through www.mem. com.

Jo Carpenter Pattishall CHARLOTTE – Jo Carpenter Pattishall, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed into the arms of our beloved Father after a long and rich life on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, after a three-decade battle with Lupus and Pattishall ye a r- l o n g battle with breast cancer. Jo is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Franklin David Pattishall; daughters, Laura McLean and husband Malcolm, of Charlotte, Jane Snyder and husband Michael, of Albemarle, and Melissa Mangham and husband Timothy, of Badin Lake; and a son, David Pattishall and wife Kathy, of Charlotte. She also is survived by her beloved grandchildren, Sinclair and Joe McLean; Jack, Caroline and Lily Snyder; and Chase and Matthew Mangham. Also surviving are “adopted” son Jean-Pierre Kazadi Sangai and wife Donna, and beloved companion Della Massey. A service to celebrate Jo’s life was held Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, con-

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Joy Pope DENTON – Joy Gail Morris Pope, 67, of Cedar Branch Road in Denton, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. The family will see friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Briggs Funeral Home.

William Rollins LEXINGTON – William Oscar Rollins, 90, of Swing Dairy Road, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Lexington Memorial Hospital. Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. Inurnment will be in Forest Hill Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.

Connie Simerson LEXINGTON – Connie Marie Swicegood Simerson, 63, of Simerson Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Alston Brook Nursing Center, following a four and a half year illness. Friends are invited to a covered dish meal to celebrate Connie’s life at 11:30 a.m. today at the fellowship hall of Tyro United Methodist Church. Words of encouragement will be given by the Rev. Randy Foster. The family will receive friends at Lisa Forrester’s home, 507 Simerson Road in Lexington. Memorials may be made to ALS Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter in

Raleigh or Hospice and Palliative Care of Rowan County in Salisbury. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.

Lissie Williams

Lissie Johnson Williams, 82, of 293 East Drive in Thomasville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 17, 2009. She had been in declining health since June. Williams was born March 10, 1927, in Mt. Airy, a daughter to the late Edgar Johnson and Lilly Johnson. She was married to Fred T. Williams Sr. before he preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1992. Williams came to High Point in 1942 and worked in the furniture factories, then moved on to the hosiery mills and after many years retired in 1993. Surviving are a son, Fred T. Williams Jr. and wife Shirley, of Level Cross; a daughter, Pattie Sue Shore and husband Rickey, of Trinity; a sister, Bertie Skeen, of Trinity; three grandsons, Eric Dwayne Shore, Samuel Dean Shore and Rickey Gene Shore; and a greatgranddaughter, McKenna Alexis Shore. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Cumby Family Funeral Chapel in Archdale. Visitation will be at 12 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point. Online condolences may be made through www. cumbyfuneral.com. The family would like to give a special thanks to Betsy, Cindy, Celina, Cheri and Pastor Don of Hospice, and Gay Wyche of Advanced Home Care, a loving and caring neighbor. ***

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FROM PAGE A1 FEAST From page A1 blame him,� Rodney said. “I felt like I was living the story of Jobe.� Three weeks ago, the Martin’s found a way to give. Every Tuesday, Jed’s Bar-B-Que, from 5-8 p.m., has given away meals to anyone that needs one, offering plates of flounder, shrimp and fries, hot dogs, and cold drinks to a community struggling to make it through to the next day. So even as the restaurant’s very existence goes day-by-day, the Martin’s are giving the last thing they have to give — food. “It has been overwhelming,� Wendy said. “Words can’t really describe it. We’re still here. Every day I look at the building behind us and say to myself, ‘four different businesses have been there and gone, and we’re still here.’ There were plenty of times I wanted to run away from home, but we’re still here. Our family has always been helpers and givers.� On the first Tuesday, 84 people showed up. A week later, 102. A week ago, Jed’s was packed again as more than 300 people came for a meal and a warm place to enjoy it,

forcing the Martin’s to turn some away. “I hated to have to do that, but there was just so many,� said Rodney. “I have always believed in treating somebody like a regular customer. I want other people to care. It’s easy for people to think they’re all alone and by themselves. We want

‘It’s easy for people to think they’re all alone and by themselves. We want them to know they’re not.’ — Rodney Martin

them to know they’re not.� Aside from the donation jug sitting on the front counter, these Tuesday’s put pressure on an already restricted budget, but the Martin’s are determined to keep it going. “We will do it again next week,� Rodney said. “As long as we are here,

WORK From page A1 spectively, as more than 90,000 jobs have been lost between the two. The current recession is now in its 23rd month, causing North Carolina’s unemployment to increase 115.9 percent and employment to fall 5.9 percent. During this time, North Carolina has lost a total of 252,000 non-farm jobs. “We continue to assist job seekers and eligible recipients of unemployment benefits,� said Carey. “We also are working to enroll eligible recipients for the

we’re going to do it. Just remember, $4 will feed a person.� As if the economy wasn’t enough, a string of even worse luck took a once millionaire family to its knees. A simple surgery turned into a fouryear horror for Rodney, filled with bad decisions and memories of a man he didn’t know. Through it all, his wife of 27 years stood by his side, even as all they had disappeared before their very eyes. “We’re not hungry,� said Wendy. “Our heat got cut off three years ago but we’re not cold. We have a roof over our head, for now. We have a beautiful family who believes in doing the right thing.� There is an appreciation in Rodney’s eyes and a look of acceptance in Wendy’s. Opening the doors to Jed’s Bar-B-Que is longer guaranteed and its future is uncertain. What it is certain is that as long as the Martin’s have food to give and a place to give it, Jed’s doors will open this Tuesday, and people that need to know someone cares will find it at a little restaurant that was once the beacon of a town long ago. Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.

new extension benefits.� In November, more than $200 million was paid out in unemployment benefits and 10,508 people filed initial claims with the ESC. More than half of those initial claims were attached, however, meaning employers expect to recall those positions. A total of 205,202 people received unemployment benefits in November. In the past year, the ESC has paid out more than $2 billion across the state, pushing the unemployment trust fund in the red by more than $1.3 billion. Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.

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JOY From page A1 ticed how they can affect people.� Wainright said. “I think they understood the importance of bringing happiness to others, helping others and volunteering.� Paige Shores, a 9-year-old from Archdale, said that she wants to help bring the Christmas spirit to people who don’t have families. “I like to dance at the nursing home to bring smiles to faces at Christmas time,� said Shores. “I am a kid and I can’t give much, so if dance brings smiles then let’s all dance.� Danielle Slaydon, activity director at LibertyWood, said that having visitors is meaningful to residents who may not have family to celebrate with during the holidays. “It really means a lot,� Slaydon said. “This weekend, we had a group come in, and it was a lady’s birthday. She actually sang to the church group, and I could see the joy in this lady’s eyes. Her eyes sparkled.� Katherine Puryear, a 15-year-old N2Danzn student from Trinity, said that she could see how much it meant to them when her group performed. “I like dancing for them, because it livens their spirits and makes them feel

good to know that young kids today still appreciate them,� Puryear said. This isn’t the only community activity that students at N2Danzn have participated in recently. They raised more than $9,000 in donations for the Creasey family for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� this fall, and they participated in the Relay for Life event held in Tricia Creasey’s honor. They currently are collecting cans for the Thomasville Times Community Food Challenge. “If they see this at an early age, they’ll continue to do it their whole life,� Wainright said. “It’s just something that I personally feel that every kid should experience.� Children from Thomasville Parks and Recreation made small gift bags for the residents and sang to them. The Carson Stout Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point also came to visit. They made a card quilt to hang in the nursing home and gave out imitation candles for all of the windows. “We haven’t had as many groups coming in this year as we did last year, but they’re coming,� Slaydon said. “The ones that have always come are coming, and it makes a difference. These people know it, and it does make a difference to them.�

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in membership,� said Griegel. “We have come up with innovative ideas for raising money. Not only have I become a better person by belonging to the BEC, I’ve made lifelong friends,� she said. One new member is Donna Turner, who said joining the club helped her acclimate to college life. The fall 2009 semester was her first at DCCC, and she knew no one on campus. “Being a stay home mom for the past 10 years, I was more than a little apprehensive about making friends at school. However, that was never a problem after I found the Business Explorers Club during club day,� Turner said. “I was amazed at the number of service projects this club had accomplished last year. The best part was meeting and becoming friends with the members,� she

added. “They were very welcoming and accepting of the new members and are very quick to get you involved in the projects. My first semester has been a wonderful experience, and a lot of the credit for that goes to the Business Explorer Club members.� Other club officers are Marita Lopez, secretary; Karen Winkle, treasurer; and SGA representatives De Aries Jackson, Evelyn Baxter, Paul Cromer and Denny Fishel. Throughout the year, the club will collect the following items to mail to “their soldiers� in Iraq: instant coffee, tea bags, single serve packs of Kool-Aid and Crystal Light, single serve bags of chips, beef jerky, dried fruit, dry cereal, cookies, hard candy that won’t melt, Little Debbie’s snack cakes, instant soup, Slim Jims, baby wipes, soap, eye drops, Chapstick, sunscreen, lotion, powder, contact lens cleaner, shampoo, condi-

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God is with us in the battlefield of life awards. You are proud of their accomplishments. They worked hard, had a little luck, and they won. I talk with them about the next step, which is the state conference. Their eyes are excited and they are grinning from ear to ear. As a teacher, you share in the joy they are experiencing. The trouble for me is figuring out what to say to the students who did not win. Some would say they are the losers. Nothing could be further from the truth in my book. When students are willing to put themselves to the test in a competitive event they are taking a risk, they are stretching themselves. No one succeeds every time they step out and take a risk. But you are successful if you can turn that into a learning experience. Why didn’t things turn out the way the students

KEEPING THE FAITH

DOUG CREAMER Guest Columnist

Recently, I took my DECA students to the district competition. They are always nervous at this first level of competition. As their teacher, I want my students to do well. The hard reality is that when we get back on the bus after competing, some of the students will be winners and some will go home empty-handed. It’s easy to talk with the students who won

desired? First, as the judges in the event I was working discussed today, it’s the luck of the draw. One never knows if your judge will be harsh, fair, or easy. I’ve seen excellent presentations scored low and weak ones scored high. On the other hand, students have to take ownership if they didn’t study for the test or take the role-play seriously. I think it is wrong to reward poor performance because that is not how the real world works. Bosses reward hard work and good effort. The truth is I am proud of my students who went to competition today whether they won an award or not. I am proud of them because they dressed professionally and represented our school well. I am proud of them because they faced their fears, gave a good effort, and

behaved like responsible young adults. I find it hard to tell my students these things, especially when they don’t win the awards. They are learning a valuable life lesson that we often fail to teach them in school; you don’t win every time. Let me make this clear, I like winning. When the events are being called I am on the edge of my seat wishing that the announcer will call my students’ names. I know it’s really not all about winning. I am more concerned about how they carry themselves, that they learn to compete, and win or lose I want them to develop the drive that will push them to be successful in life. I sometimes wonder if that isn’t exactly how God views our lives here on earth. When we choose to follow Him, He wants us to be successful. The trouble is we sin

and we fail God left and right. I am slowly coming to the realization that God is not wringing His hands in heaven every time I choose to sin. He views it as an opportunity for me to learn. When I make the right choices and walk away from temptation God is proud of me. Stop and consider that, God is proud of us! Even when I fail, God still loves me. God looks at me in much the same way I look at my students. He sees the potential in me. He knows that I will make the right choices and that I will be successful. God believes in me and knows that I am destined to win the fight even though I may lose a few battles along the way. God wants me to be prepared and to give my best every day, but no matter what happens in the battlefield of life, if I win or lose, God still

loves and is proud of me. I want to encourage you to stop worrying about winning every battle you face in life, because you won’t win them all. I believe God is more concerned about how we represent Him to the world around us than whether we lead a perfect life. I believe He wants us to know the depth of His love more than the list of our failures. I believe God wants us to succeed but still loves us when we fail. These simple truths can help us look past our losses and hear in our hearts that God is so very proud of us. Doug Creamer teaches Marketing at East Davidson High School. His Web site is located at www. dougcreamer.com Contact him at PO Box 777, Faith, NC 28041 or email doug@dougcreamer.com.

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Thursday, Dec. 24 is Christmas Eve everywhere, but for Heidelberg United Church of Thomasville it has a special significance. This will be the 115th Christmas Eve for Heidelberg, located at 118 Salem St. The church was founded in 1894. This Christmas Eve at 11 p.m., the church will celebrate the traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight and Holy Communion Service. The service will consist of the Processional Hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” the Recessional Hymn “Joy to the World!” and the carol sung during the Candlelight Service will

be “Silent Night.” These are the same selections which have been used for more than a century at the gothic church located in the historical district of the city. The antique stained glass windows are from Bavaria, the church has beautiful wood carvings in the sanctuary, which has a vaulted ceiling and some of the best acoustics to be found in Thomasville. This is only the second year that the Heidelberg Processional Cross will be used in the Christmas Even Service. The handcarved cross of mahogany, touched with gold-leaf was a gift to the church last year — given by the King family in memory

of the late Wilfred King. Although a new acquisition, it looks very authentic and goes well with the other century old appointments within the church. As one would expect of an old-word service, it will consist of a procession of torchbearers, the processional cross, the choir and the minister; and a number of wellknown carols for congregational singing. There also will be scripture readings and brief homily by Jamie Fonville, the church pastor, as well as the traditional Christmas Even Holy Communion Service.

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Today’s Word

”I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live. And may love the Lord your God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” — Deuteronomy 30:19-20. Moses challenged the people of Israel to choose life and to obey God so they could continue to experience His blessings. Did you know that you are a prod-

Live nativity There will be a live nativity at Fairfield United Methodist Church, located at 1505 N.C. 62 West in High Point, on Dec. 19 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each night. There will be two one-hour sessions of the Christmas story. Canned food donations will be accepted for the food pantry at Fairfield United Methodist Church. For more information, call the church at 431-5743.

uct of the choices you make everyday? God loves us and has given us the freedom to choose. God will not force His will, His plans or His ways on anyone. However, it is a life or death decision. God will always deal with people privately concerning poor decisions and sin. He is not into public embarrassment or humiliation. He loves us enough that He gave us His Word and His Spirit of Truth to help us to make the right choices. Most of us however, have missed the mark and experienced the uncomfortable consequences of making a bad choice. When we ask for forgiveness, by grace we are restored. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we

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Christmas musical The Central Wesleyan Church Choir will present its Christmas musical, “The Gift Goes On,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The children’s Christmas program will be presented at 6 p.m. A candlelight communion service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday. The church is located at 300 Hinkle St. in Thomasville. For more information, call 472-7053. Christmas cantata The adult choir at Greenwood Baptist Church, located at 1010 Lexington Ave., will present the Christmas cantata, “The Spirit of Christmas,” at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 108 Salem St. in Thomasville, will host a Christmas Eve candlelight communion service beginning at 11 p..m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The service will include special instrumental and vocal music. The Rev. Henry R. Sink, the new vicar at St. Paul’s, will preach on the subject, “Christmas Presence,” and will celebrate the Holy Eucharist. The public is cordially invited.

Guest speaker The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem, located at 4055 Robinhood Road, will hear the Rev. D. Charles Davis speak about “Is Solstice the Reason for the Season?” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. At the 9 a.m. preservice forum, Sara Skinner, a retired teacher, will talk about her two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. For more information, visit www.uufws. org.

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The Christian education ministry of Emmanuel Baptist Church will host a Christmas play called “My God Will Deliver” on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m., at the EBC Life Center located next to the church. The play will remind both young and old about the reason for the season. For more information, call the church office at 475-1018.

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The beauty of the service, according to Josef Walker, organist/choirmaster of Heidelberg, is the realization that in every country in the entire world there are Christmas Eve services being held at the very same hour “There is something very meaningful about entering the sanctuary on Christmas Even and leaving on Christmas Day,” Walker said. “You realize as you leave at approximately midnight that all over the world, other people, other nationalities, other cultures are celebrating Christmas Day with you.” This service brings to mind a time over half a century ago when there were three churches, side by side, in the 100 block of Salem Street. There was the Lutheran church, the Episcopal church and Heidelberg church. Each of the churches held a Christmas Eve service at midnight. Then the three congregations, with candles in hand, would gather on the lawn of the Episcopal church and join in the singing of “Silent Night.” Thus would end Christmas Even for the citizens of Thomasville up until the mid to late 1950s. That was a simpler time when “peace on Earth” and “brotherly love” somehow seem more plausible. The church hopes to recreate that special feeling again this year for all who attend this traditional Christmas service. The service is open to all and the community is encouraged to attend. Heidelberg United Church of Christ is located at 118 Salem St. For additional information or directions, call 472-7024.

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WALLBURG — Ledford had something to prove to themselves and the area Thursday night against Trinity, and as the final score indicates, they were successful in their mission. Putting forth one of the finest defensive efforts the Panthers have achieved in quite some time, they pulled off a somewhat surprising 6641 thumping of a quality Bulldog team. “We feel like we have a great team this year and it was a chance for us to make a statement about what we think we can be,” said Ledford head coach Scott Dalton. “I thought the guys rose to the occasion tonight against a really, really good team. We want this to be a highlight and not the highlight of our season.” Ledford placed four players in double figures in scoring with Dylan Smith pacing them with 17. Daniel Lawson added 15, Will Essick 14 and Steven Fuquay 10. The biggest stat of the night was Matt Watkins having just

WALLBURG — Ledford needed the smallest girl on the court to come up with the biggest shot of the night on Thursday to knock off Trinity. Down two with 12 seconds remaining, Taylor Parks (”TP” known to many) calmly swished a 3-pointer to lift the Lady Panthers to a palpitating 45-44 victory over the visiting Bulldogs. That play overshadowed a terrific night by Trinity’s Logan Terry, who poured in a game-high 27 points. Ralls “What a big shot,” said LHS head coach John Ralls. “She showed a lot of mental toughness because she had been sitting. To come in and be ready and make that shot is huge. That should be a good boost of confidence for her and this team.” Ledford probably should have never been in that position leading 42-31 with 5:30 left to play. Terry put the Bulldogs on her back scoring nine points over the next three minutes, as Trinity pulled even at 42-42. Two free throws by Hannah Mebane allowed THS to forge ahead by two, leading to Parks’ heroics. TIMES PHOTO/FRANK RAUCCIO Ledford brought the ball into the front-

The field was probably 30 acres or so and had strips of ankle high winter wheat and knee high milo in alternating 10-yard wide strips. There were three dogs with handlers and six hunters. It was my young lab, Larry’s, second field hunt with lots of hunters and dogs. Larry was excited beyond belief. I’d put a check cord on him to slow him a little and I recognized immediately that I needed to hold the cord to keep him from ranging all over everyone. The plan in a pheasant field shoot is to cover the field methodically, each dog covering a specified amount of the field while the hunters advance in an orderly line. Ideally, the hunters amble along giving the dogs time to work their area thoroughly. It’s tantamount that the dogs stay within about 20 yards of the hunters since birds flushed beyond that range are almost impossible to bag. The one continuous line makes shooting safer — at the same time it makes it hard for the birds to sneak back past the hunters. Larry, in his excitement, jerked and strained at the check cord, excited by all the commotion and acted like a general idiot. The problem was that I couldn’t keep him in shooting range and he bolted every time a bird got up. In the process of training a dog, there are several things you must accomplish. First, you must be able to anchor your dog with a “whoa” or sit command. A hunting dog must whoa when the need arises. This can improve your chances in the field and it can save the dogs life. Second, the dog must come when you call him. Otherwise, you can spend the day hunting your dog instead of birds. Third, the dog must be able to hunt within range and heel. While pointers and setters should stay within the sight of the hunter, flushing dogs must never get beyond the range of the shotgun except during a retrieve. If they do, the bird will get up and be out of range of

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the hunter. Teaching this is not really that hard. With Larry, I simply walked him across a field repeatedly calling him back when he ranged too far. He learned it fast, although, everything with a dog requires lots of repetition. Larry did a great job when we trained without distractions but on this day, there were multiple distractions. No bad experience is all bad provided you learn something and both Larry and I learned that day. By the end of the hunt, Larry had settled down enough that he was getting some accolades from the hunters who realized how green he was and noted his progress. I learned that I must teach him to deal with distractions in the field as well as around the house. All this gets me to my observance that there is a huge void in the dog training market that we have adequate technology to fill. We have electronic containment systems that allow a dog freedom in his yard without his owner putting up an ugly fence. We have zones that complement that training fence that teach dogs to avoid problems like turning over trash cans and entering areas in the house where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not welcome. Of course, for years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had training collars that allow owners to train their dog effectively without traumatizing the dog or creating fear of the owner. Containment and training collars utilize radio waves to allow the trainer to remotely signal the dog. We now need an electronic leash, a collar that would train the dog to stay, heel and range. The concept already exists in the

er could simply teach the dog to stay by placing the control at the spot the dog is placed. If the dog started to move, he would be reminded of his command to stay. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to say that Larry and I did another field shoot this week and he did a great job. While he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flawless, his performance was 90 percent improved over his first attempt. He winded birds, did much better at ignoring the other dog, and restrained himself most of the time allowing me to send him instead of him taking off like a race horse every time he thought a bird went down. In fact, he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stumble over a single bird that was out of range of the guns. OK Larry, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting there and maybe we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need my idea to get you trained. It sure would have made some parts of your training a lot simpler though. OK, so it really wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a miracle, it would be a big help. The folks at Sportdog have provided most of the electronic aids that have gotten Larry and I where we are. Come on guys, get us that electronic leash.

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form of a child leash that alerts the parent if the child strays beyond a preset distance. There is a simple transmitter thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pinned on the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothes and the parent carries a key fob like device with a knob that adjusts the distance. The device allows adjustment in range from about two feet to about twenty feet. When the child exceeds the distance, the parents key fob beeps alerting the parent. I bought one of these and Larry and I tried it in a canine application. For our purpose, Larry needed to be reminded that he had strayed too far from me so he wore the key fob and I kept the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pin on transmitter. While the system is hardly sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of Larry thrashing around in a pheasant field, it worked perfectly. Larry is conditioned to know that a beep means heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing something wrong from his experience with his containment system and training collars. When he heard the beep from his key fob, he instantly corrected the distance between us. The maximum distance allowed by the child system wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sufficient to work as a ranging trainer, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something any engineer worth his salt could correct easily. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think the maximum distance should be about 30 to 40 yards. Having the collar set at 20 yards, a dog that bolts on the birds flush would often run outside his range and get an instant correction. True, there should be a disable switch to allow the dog to exceed the distance once heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been released to do the retrieve and the trainer would have to be careful to hit that disable before releasing the dog. With the collar set at minimum distance, it would be effortless to train a dog to heel and the own-

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From page B1 nine points for Trinity. The big man was plagued by foul trouble all night long in a closely officiated game. To start the contest, Ledford was on fire on the offensive end. Up by four with 2:30 remaining in the opening quarter, Ledford went on a 8-0 run to post a 19-7 lead. Fuquay hit two 3s during the stretch including one that was well beyond NBA range. Smith added a spinning runner in the lane to start the second quarter before Watkins quieted the run with a mid-range jumper. That would be the last shot Watkins would make for a while, as he was whistled for a third foul with 5:18 to go in the first half. That opened up the lane and Ledford started attacking. They would make just one basket in the time left, but sank eight straight free throws to open up a 31-14 halftime lead. Trinity began to climb back in contention and gain momentum, but Lawson brought delight to the Ledford student section (Ledford Loonies) behind him by draining a 3-pointer in the corner. The sophomore was at it again to end the third quarter, driving the baseline for a layup to send LHS out to a commanding 47-35 lead. “He has just tapped into his potential and buying in on the defensive end,” Dalton said of Lawson. “Offensively, he can do some things you just cannot teach, and it is very exciting to have him.” Ledford’s defense continued to harass the

PARKS From page B1 court with 20 seconds remaining, looking for the best available shot. Parks had the chance to pull the trigger the first time she touched the ball, but opted to pass to a teammate. When the ball came back her way, she was not hesitant and hit nothing but the cords of the net. Terry raced down the floor driving to the hole for a contested layup, but the ball teetered on the rim and fell off with the Lady Panthers securing it. Still, it was a terrific night for the Trinity point guard, who did what she wanted throughout the game. “We needed to do a better job helping when she penetrates,” Ralls said. “Several times she drove the baseline and had no help, so we need to get better at that.” Ledford was ecstatic about the win, but may be without yet another starter for upcoming games. Stevi Williams

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Ledford’s Dylan Smith shoots over the top of Trinity’s Matt Watkins (No.25) and David Clausel. frustrated Bulldogs in the fourth, and Watkins soon fouled out of the game. The lead would reach 26 at one point as the Panthers enjoyed a phenomenal outing on the court. “Our kids took the challenge on defense tonight,” said Dalton. Defensively, I look forward to looking at the stats, because we did a lot of good things and it is going to be fun to watch.” Not only are the Panthers back to being a contender, but their fan base is out in full force as well. There is excite-

went down after driving to the basket and making contact with a Trinity player in the air during the third quarter. She fell to the ground injuring her leg, and would not return as she later emerged from the training room on crutches. “Sometimes these things happen, but this is crazy,” Ralls said. “We have got to get healthy. This is six people now that we have had be out.” Needing someone to fill in, Katelyn Otey provided a huge boost off the bench. She scored seven straight points to open the final quarter that helped lift the Ledford lead to 11. “She gave us some quickness defensively and did a great job running the floor and getting open down low,” said Ralls. Ledford will visit rival East Davidson on Monday for a game rescheduled from Friday due to inclement weather.

ment around this team and fans are starting to come out and see what it is all about. “Our Loonies are giving us a little bit of a home court advantage and we have not had that in a while,” said Dalton. “It is special for our guys to play in an environment like this.” Ledford visits East Davidson on Monday in a game rescheduled from Friday due to inclement weather. Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or at kepley@tvilletimes.com.

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POLICE REPORTS

All entries in the section are based on information provided in police reports from the Thomasville Police Department.

Dec. 8

• Courtney Victoria Mills (WF, 20) arrested on charge of using telephone to threaten bodily harm at 150 Mockingbird Lane.

Dec. 9

• Raymond David Wampler (WM, 38) arrested on charge of durg paraphernalia at 13 Cloninger Drive. • John Richard Foster (WM, 52) arrested on charge of possessing a controlled substance at 13 Cloniger Drive. • Bill Eugene Boyd (WM, 37) arrested ncharge of misdemeanor larceny at 1418 National Highway. • Sandra Kindley Hunt (WF, 40) arrested on charge of assault with a deadly weapon at 411 Hill St. • Shane Franklin Gardner (WM, 23) arrested on charge of larceny shoplifting at 1418 National Highway. • Justin Lee Smith (WM, 23) arrested on charge of larceny shoplifting at 1418 National Highway. • Thomas Glenn Adams (WM, 18) arrested on charge of larceny shoplifting at 1418 National Highway. • Justin Thomas Wilkes (WM, 18) arrested on charge of larceny shoplifting at 1585 Liberty Drive. • Christopher :Lee Williams (BM, 21) arrested on charge of aiding and abetting underage person/minor to buy alcohol at 722 Salem St. • Juan Perez (WM, 20) arrested on charge of underage consumption of alcohol at 722 Salem St. • Alicia Marie Mendoza (WF, 18) arrested on charge of underage consumption of alcohol at 722 Salem St. • Lafayette Rashun Sanders 9BM, 17) arrested on charge of underage consumption of alcohol at 722 Salem St. • Kysean Izeck Green (BM, 16) arrested on charge of underage comsumption of alcohol at 722 Salem St. • Danarius Edward Tremaine Little (BM, 17) arrested on underage consumption of alcohol at 722 Salem St. • James Weldon Winfree (WM, 45) arrested on charge of failure to appear at 407 National Highway. • Randolph Mobil Mart victim of misdemeanor larceny at 314 Randolph St. • Victim of assault by pointing a gun at 4014 Ballpark Road. • Victim of forgery at 30 Cedar Lodge Road. • Walmart victim of larceny shoplifting at 1585 Liberty Drive.

Dec. 11

• Jennifer Ledford Wiles (WF, 26) arrested on charge of DWI at 190 Pine Oak Drive. • Shara Christine Rittermeyer (WF, 36) arrested on charge of felony larceny at 646 Koontz Ave. • Jim Henry Downey (BM, 51) arrested o charge of failure to appear at 1100 Lexington Ave. • Headlines & Co. victim of misdemeanor breaking and entering at 1329 National Highway. • City of Thomasville victim of misdemeanor larceny at 401 Mason Way.

charge of assault on a female at 171 Leonard Ave. • Tyrone Stevenson Matthews (BM, 27) arrested on charge of communicating threats at 513 Afton St. • Gregory Hunt (BM, 51) arrested on charge of failure to appear 212 Arthur Drive. • Craven Lynn Fordham (BM, 49) arrested on charge of DWI at 206 Winston St. • Mario Nunez (WM, 16) arrested on charge of carrying a concealed weapon

• Dustin Scott Giles (WM, 20) arrested on

Dec. 13 • Jamie Hopkins (BM, 32) arrested on charge of possession wit intent to sell a controlled substance at 311 Griffith St.

Dec. 14 • Mannington Mills victim of felony breakinbg and entering at 105 Poplar Lane. • Te’taurus Diangello Dunlap (BM, 18) arrested on charge of first degree

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charge of possessing a controlled substance at 609 Lexington Ave.

Dec. 15 • Bunce Buildings victim of vandalism at 1125 Lexington Ave. • Victim of strongarm robbery at 3710 Highway 109. • Victim of forgery at 521 National Highway. • Tylon Lee Carpenter (BM, 22) arrested on charge of possessing a controlled substance at 609 Lexington Ave.

• Patrick Daniel Grogan (WM, 28) arrested on charge of possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell at West Holly Hill Road. • Ashley Renea Isley (BF, 21) arrested on charge of obtaining property by false pretenses at 521 National Highway. • Veronica Latishia Powell (BF, 220 arrested on charge of obtaining property by false pretenses at 521 National Highway.

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8 PM 8:30 9 PM 9:30 10 PM 10:30 11 PM 11:30 12 AM 12:30 1 AM 1:30 Survivor: Samoa (Season Finale) (N) Å Survivor: Samoa Å ËNews Griffith (12:05) CSI: NY Å Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Tree Christmas Tree Lighting Nature Å (DVS) Masterpiece Classic “Cranford” Å (DVS) EastEnders EastEnders Served Served Time Goes Wait... Ê(4:00) NFL Football ÊThe OT Simpsons Cleveland Family Guy Amer Dad ËFOX 8 10:00 News (N) TMZ (N) Å American Idol Rewind Grey’s Anatomy Å ËNBC News ÊFootball Night Ê(:15) NFL Football Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers. (Live) Å ËNews Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Christmas “Christmas Town” (2008) Nicole de Boer. “Golden Christmas” (2009, Comedy) Andrea Roth. In Touch-Dr Paid Prog. Feed Paid Prog. CSN-Coin Vault The Hills Hates Chris Hates Chris “Movie” The Outer Limits Å Cold Case Å Lost “The Economist” ËLatiNation ËLatino ËABC News Funniest Home Videos Desperate Housewives Frasier ÊCoaches Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Paid Prog. › “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” Da Vinci Legend of the Seeker CSI: Miami Å Deadliest Catch Å Triad Jim Paid Prog. Van Impe Desperate Housewives Half & Half Half & Half Calvary Deliverance Manna-Fest Van Impe Come In Believers ËTriad Pulpit Restoration Bates Ask the Pastor Answers in Genesis TCT Today Health and 6:30 7 PM 7:30 8 PM 8:30 9 PM 9:30 10 PM 10:30 11 PM 11:30 12 AM 12:30 1 AM 1:30 Criminal Criminal Minds Å Criminal Minds Å Criminal Minds Å Jackson Family Jackson Family (12:01) Criminal Minds (:01) Criminal Minds (5:00) ››› “Ghost” (1990) Å ›› “A Christmas Carol” (1984) George C. Scott. ›› “Prancer” (1989, Fantasy) Sam Elliott. Å ›› “A Christmas Carol” (1984) George C. Scott. Haunted The Haunted Å The Haunted Untamed and Uncut (N) The Haunted (N) The Haunted Untamed and Uncut The Haunted (5:30) ››› “Polly” Monica BET Inspiration Popoff BET’s Weekend Inspiration ›› “A Raisin in the Sun” (2008) Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad. Å Law CI Law Order: CI Law Order: CI Law Order: CI Law Order: CI Law Order: CI Law Order: CI Law Order: CI (5:30) ››› “Urban Cowboy” (1980, Drama) CMT Music ››› “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) Richard Gere. Strictest Parents Strict Parents Parents Insanity Diabetes Wall St Coca-Cola Stry Biography on CNBC Illegal Gambling Dirty Money: Prostitution American Greed Porn: Business ËNewsroom ËNewsroom ËCampbell Brown ËLarry King Live ËNewsroom State of the Union ËLarry King Live State of the Union (:00) ››› “Napoleon Dynamite” ››› “American Pie” (1999) Jason Biggs. Å ›› “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” (2002) ››› “American Pie” (1999) Jason Biggs. Å American Politics Q&A Intl American Politics Q&A Intl American Politics Words Book TV Book TV Book TV: After Words Book TV Book TV Book TV: After Words Book TV Man Wild Man vs. Wild “Texas” Two Weeks in Hell (N) Å Secret Service Two Weeks in Hell Å Secret Service Sonny Sonny Sonny “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” Phineas Phineas Montana Wizards Montana Suite Life Cory Replace K. Possible Evan Alm Bank of Hollywood Kardashian Kendra: Baby Kardashian Giuliana The Soup ËChelsea Kardashian Giuliana Kendra: Baby ÊBilliards ÊSportsCenter (Live) Å ÊCollege Football: R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ÊSportsCenter (Live) Å ÊSportsCtr. ÊPoker ÊWorld Series ÊWorld Series ÊWorld Series ÊPokerstars (Taped) ÊSportsCtr. ÊWorld Series ÊWorld Series ÊPoker (:00) ››› “Ratatouille” (2007) Ian Holm Å Funniest Home Videos J. Osteen Feed Zola Levitt Paid Prog. ››› “The Incredibles” (2004) Voices of Craig T. Nelson. Challenge Challenge Challenge Iron Chef America Moments Bobby Flay Bobby Flay Iron Chef America Moments Christmas ›› “The Family Stone” (2005) Dermot Mulroney. ››› “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006, Comedy) Meryl Streep. Nip/Tuck ’70s Show ’70s Show Spin City News Sun. FOX Report ËHuckabee ËHannity ËGeraldo at Large Å ËHuckabee ËRed Eye ËGeraldo at Large Å ÊCollege Basketball ÊCollege Basketball North Carolina State at Wake Forest. (Live) ÊFinal Score ÊFinal Score ÊGame 365 ÊFinal Score ÊPremier League Review ÊFinal Score ÊFinal Score ÊGolf Videos ÊPGA Championship First Tee 2009 ÊDuel ÊTop 10 ÊPGA Championship ÊGolf Tips ÊGolfCentrl ÊUltimate Matches ÊMatches (:00) “Our First Christmas” (2008) “The Three Gifts” (2009, Drama) Dean Cain. Å “The Christmas Choir” (2008) Jason Gedrick. Å ›› “A Smoky Mountain Christmas” (1986) Å To Sell Curb House To Be Announced House House Holmes on Homes For Rent Income House House Holmes on Homes (:00) Modern Marvels Å Gangland “Street Law” Sniper: Inside the Crosshairs (N) Å High Impact: M-16 (12:01) Gangland Å Sniper: Inside Call Claus “Deck the Halls” (2005) Gabrielle Carteris. Å “Eve’s Christmas” (2004) Elisa Donovan. Å “Eve’s Christmas” (2004) Elisa Donovan. Å How I Met How I Met Caught Caught on Camera Caught on Camera Caught on Camera Future Earth 2025 Caught on Camera Caught on Camera Future Earth 2025 Jersey South Park South Park ›› “Men in Black II” (2002) Tommy Lee Jones. Jersey Shore Å Decade of Cribs ›› “Men in Black II” (2002) Tommy Lee Jones. Troopers Hooked Girl With Eight Limbs China’s Elephant Man Explorer Girl With Eight Limbs China’s Elephant Man Explorer Drake Drake Drake iCarly iCarly iCarly iCarly Lopez Lopez The Nanny The Nanny The Nanny The Nanny The Nanny The Nanny CSI: Crime CSI: Crime Scn CSI: Crime Scn CSI: Crime Scn CSI: Crime Scn Lethal 3 ››› “Lethal Weapon 2” (1989, Action) Mel Gibson. Å Wedding Whose Wedding Is It? Whose Wedding Is It? Whose Wedding Is It? Whose Wedding Is It? Wedding Do’s ››› “The Wedding Singer” (1998) 100 Feet 100 Feet ›› “The Skeleton Key” (2005) Kate Hudson. ›› “Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist” (2005) Premiere. ›› “The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations” (2009) (:00) ››› “Blades of Glory” (2007) ››› “Wedding Crashers” (2005) Owen Wilson. Å ››› “The School of Rock” (2003, Comedy) Jack Black. Å ››› “Freaky Friday” (4:00) ›››› “Ben-Hur” (1959) Night at the Movies (N) ››› “King of Kings” (1961) Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna. Å ››› “King of Kings” (1927) H.B. Warner. 48 Hours 48 Hr-Evidence Obese and Pregnant She Survived/Pregnant?! Addicted to Psychics (N) Obese and Pregnant She Survived/Pregnant?! Addicted to Psychics (5:45) ›››› “The Wizard of Oz” Washington Washington ›› “The Nativity Story” (2006) Oscar Isaac Å ›› “The Nativity Story” (2006) Oscar Isaac Å Reindeer ›› “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” (2004) Dr. Seuss’ Scooby King of Hill Family Guy Family Guy Chicken Venture Metal Mighty King of Hill Natives Meet the Natives: USA Meet the Natives: USA Meet the Natives: USA Meet the Natives: USA Meet the Natives: USA Meet the Natives: USA Meet the Natives: USA PoliceVids Cops Å Cops Å Cops Å Cops Å Cops Å Cops Å Cops Å Cops Å Forensic Forensic Missing Missing Missing Missing Griffith Griffith Griffith Griffith Griffith Griffith M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H Roseanne Roseanne Roseanne Roseanne Roseanne ËNoticiero ›› “Zurdo” (2003, Drama) Álex Perea. Impacto ËNoticiero Tras la Verdad ËLos Archivos de Cristina ››› “La Misma Luna” (2007) Adrian Alonso. (:01) ›› “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002) Å Law & Order: SVU ›› “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002) Reese Witherspoon. Å ››› “Enchanted” (2007) Amy Adams. Å “Austin Powers-Spy” Tough Love Tough Love Sex-Dr. Drew Tough Love Sex-Dr. Drew Work for Diddy “It’s-Very Merry Muppet” Newhart Newhart BarneyM BarneyM ËWGN News ÊReplay Cheers Cheers Becker Becker Cosby Cosby 6:30 7 PM 7:30 8 PM 8:30 9 PM 9:30 10 PM 10:30 11 PM 11:30 12 AM 12:30 1 AM 1:30 (5:45) “He’s Just Not That Into You” (11:55) ›› “Body of Lies” (2008) ‘R’ Å ›› “Eagle Eye” (2008) Shia LaBeouf. ‘PG-13’ ››› “The Incredible Hulk” (2008) ‘PG-13’ Å (:15) › “Friday the 13th” (2009) Jared Padalecki. “Sin City Diaries 2: Inside Out” (2007) ‘NR’ Å ›› “Yes Man” (2008) Jim Carrey. ››› “Spider-Man” (2002) Tobey Maguire. Å (:25) “Killer Movie” (2008) iTV. ‘R’ Dexter “The Getaway” (:10) › “The Shipment” ››› “Transsiberian” (2008) Woody Harrelson. ››› “Donnie Brasco” (1997) Al Pacino. iTV. ‘R’ “The Darkroom” (2006, Horror) ‘NR’ “The Model Solution” ›› “Explicit Ills” (2008) ‘R’ Å › “Awake” (2007, Suspense) ‘R’ › “Black Point” (2001) David Caruso. ‘R’ ËCBS News 60 Minutes (N) Å

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trespassing at 7 W. Guilford St. • Kesha Smith (BF, 16) arrested on charge of possessing stolen property at 1006 Doak Court. • Jawan Lament Sturdivant (BM, 29) arrested on charge of locate wanted Ncic at 13 Cloninger Drive. • Willie Junior Johnson (BM, 31) arrested on charge of misdemeanor child abuse at 1019 Ensley. • Tylon Lee Carpenter (BM, 220 arrested on

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7:30 8 PM 8:30 9 PM 9:30 10 PM 10:30 11 PM 11:30 12 AM 12:30 1 AM 1:30 Jeopardy! How I Met On Purpose Two Men Big Bang CSI: Miami Å ËNews ËLate Show W/Letterman ËLate Late Show/Craig Paid Prog. NewsHour Business N.C. Now Antiques Roadshow (N) Great Performances Å ËBBC News ËCharlie Rose (N) Å ËT. Smiley N.C. Now Business ËAccess H. TMZ (N) Smarter House “Epic Fail” Å Lie to Me Å ËFOX 8 10:00 News (N) Seinfeld Seinfeld Bernie Mac King of Hill Paid Prog. Malcolm ËNBC News Inside Ed. ËEnt. Ton. The Sing-Off The winning group is revealed. Å ËThe Jay Leno Show (N) ËNews ËTonight Show ËLate Night ËLast Call Fam. Feud Ghost Whisperer Å Ghost Whisperer Å Criminal Minds Å Criminal Minds Å Criminal Minds Å Paid Prog. Paid Prog. Pastor Melissa Scott King Name Earl Name Earl One Tree Hill Å Gossip Girl Å Raymond Raymond King Hates Chris Family Guy Punk’d Comics Un. RENO 911! ËABC News Deal No Millionaire Dog for Christmas Find My Family (N) Castle Å Frasier ËNightline ËJimmy Kimmel Live Ë(:06) Extra South Park Simpsons Two Men Two Men Law Order: CI Law Order: CI The Office The Office Payne Payne Law & Order: SVU ’70s Show Lopez Come In A Word From Glory Manna-Fest Starks This Is Day Life Today Today Your Bible Gospel Just Sayin’ Gaither Gospel Hour TCT Today Healing 6:30 7 PM 7:30 8 PM 8:30 9 PM 9:30 10 PM 10:30 11 PM 11:30 12 AM 12:30 1 AM 1:30 Intervention Intervention “Laney” Intervention “John C.” Intervention “Rob” (N) Hoarders (N) Å Hoarders Å (12:01) Intervention (:01) Intervention “Rob” (5:30) ››› “Dave” (1993, Comedy) ›› “A Christmas Carol” (1984) George C. Scott. Å (:45) ›› “Christmas Eve” (1947) ››› “Holiday Inn” (1942) Bing Crosby. Weird, True Dogs 101 “Ugly Dogs” Dogs 101 Å Dogs 101 “Rare Breeds” Dogs 101 “Puppies” Dogs 101 Å Dogs 101 “Rare Breeds” Dogs 101 “Puppies” Frankie Frankie Frankie Monica ËThe Mo’Nique Show ËW. Williams Hip-Hop Awds ›› “ATL” (2006) Tip Harris, Lauren London. Å Launch Inside the Actors Studio Real Housewives Real Housewives OC Chef Academy Fugitive ››› “The Fugitive” (1993) Harrison Ford. ‘PG-13’ Å Makeover Extreme-Home Smarter Smarter CMT Music Smarter Smarter ›› “Police Academy” (1984) Steve Guttenberg. ›› “Police Academy” (1984) Mad Money Kudlow Report (Live) The Oprah Effect Biography on CNBC How I Made My Millions Mad Money The Oprah Effect Biography on CNBC Situation ËCNN Tonight (N) ËCampbell Brown (N) ËLarry King Live (N) ËAnderson Cooper 360 Å ËLarry King Live ËAnderson Cooper 360 Napoleon “Futurama: Bender’s Game” (2008, Comedy) Å “Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder” (2009) Daily Show ËColbert ››› “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) Simon Pegg. (5:00) House of Representatives ËTonight From Washington ËCapital News Today (5:00) U.S. Senate Coverage Commun. ËTonight From Washington ËCapital News Today Cash Cab Lost Gospels Å Who Was Jesus? Å Who Was Jesus? Å Who Was Jesus? Å Who Was Jesus? Å Who Was Jesus? Å Who Was Jesus? Å Suite Life Wizards Montana Phineas Montana Wizards So Raven Life Derek Cory Replace K. Possible ››› “The Polar Express” (2004) ‘G’ Å Kardashian E! News (N) Daily 10 Giuliana Kardashian Kendra: Baby Bank of Hollywood (N) ËChelsea E! News ËChelsea Bank of Hollywood Kendra ÊSports ÊMonday Night Countdown Å ÊNFL Football New York Giants at Washington Redskins. (Live) ÊSportsCenter (Live) Å ÊNFL PrimeTime (N) ÊCollege Basketball: Sonic All-College Classic ÊScoreboard ÊCollege Basketball: Sonic All-College Classic ÊWho’s Number 1? (N) ÊSportsNation Å ÊNFL Films ÊPoker Carol “Santa Baby” (2006) Jenny McCarthy. Å “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” (2009) Å The 700 Club Å My Wife My Wife Paid Prog. Total Gym Minute Challenge Good Eats Good Eats Unwrapped Diners Diners Good Eats Unwrapped Unwrapped Diners Diners (5:30) “The Devil Wears Prada” ’70s Show ’70s Show ’70s Show ›› “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006) Voices of Ray Romano. ›› “The Stepford Wives” (2004) Nicole Kidman. Bret Baier ËFOX Report The O’Reilly Factor (N) ËHannity (N) On the Record The O’Reilly Factor ËHannity On the Record ÊReloaded ÊNHL Hockey New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes. (Live) ÊPostgame ÊMy Words ÊFinal Score ÊJay Glazer ÊFinal Score ÊBest Damn 50 ÊFinal Score ÊFinal Score ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊGolf ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 ÊTop 10 (:00) “A Grandpa for Christmas” Å “All I Want for Christmas” (2007) Gail O’Grady. Golden Golden Golden Golden ›› “Finding John Christmas” (2003) Å Amazing House House Property Property House First Place House For Rent Intervention First Place House First Place House For Rent Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars (N) Å Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Deep Sea Salvage (N) Pawn Stars Pawn Stars (:01) Pawn Stars Å Anatomy Grey’s Anatomy Å Grey’s Anatomy Å “A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride” (2008) Å Will-Grace Will-Grace Frasier Medium Å Medium ËEd Show ËHardball Å ËCountdown-Olbermann ËMaddow Show ËCountdown-Olbermann ËMaddow Show ËHardball Å ËCountdown-Olbermann Real World Jersey Shore Å South Park South Park MTV Cribs MTV Cribs ›› “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (2005) Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. ›› “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (2005) Noah’s Ark Birth of Jesus Fight Science 42 Ways to Kill Hitler Hooked (N) Fight Science 42 Ways to Kill Hitler Hooked iCarly iCarly iCarly G. 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B8 – Thomasville Times – Saturday, December 19, 2009

BUSINESS

Build strengths and the team BY MARILYN TAYLOR TaylorMade

“A team is only as strong as its weakest link”. This old adage points to the fact that successful teams are built from strong individuals. Last week’s article offered the new adage “…the best leaders aren’t well-rounded but the best teams are” (Rath, Conchie, 2009). Taken together these quotes suggest that great teams result from the right combination of strong, talented people. If you have ever been a part of a low performing team (and we’re betting, unfortunately, that you have) you know how demoralizing it can be. Despite bright spots of individual talent or achievement, a team falls flat when it doesn’t look to its collective capability for the wins. Gallup’s research on leadership teams spans four decades and its findings are also a part of Strengths Based Leadership (Rath, Conchie, 2009). They offer some ‘telltale’ signs of high performing teams as follows: Conflict doesn’t destroy strong tams because strong teams focus on results. Contrary to the popular belief that conflict is harmful, the strongest teams often welcome healthy debate and benefit from it. They stay engaged through their differences and make it to the other side. The shared commitment to team results channels their energy and keeps them from personalizing disagreements. Strong teams prioritize what’s best for the organization and then move forward. Many things contribute to team conflict — including personality differences, competition for limited resources and different backgrounds. Despite all, the strongest teams put their differences and their egos aside in favor of what it best for the team. When conditions change the team recognizes it, gets on board and meets the challenge together. I saw this in action in a Central American mission trip a few years ago. A great deal of dreamwork and planning had gone into an engineering project that was to be completed during the week. Materials had been sent ahead and much set up work had been done. When a major glitch emerged that threatened the life of the project and productivity of the entire week, the leader quickly relinquished claim on all manpower and materials. He saw that a radical change in plans was needed and did not attempt to save ‘his’ pet project. Rather, he initiated a brainstorming session to determine the best way to utilize all resources and best benefit the indigenous people. 3. Members of strong teams are as committed to their personal lives as they are to their work. These two features may at first seem conflict-ridden and contradictory. Long working hours are often a required of high performing teams. But an important aspect seems to the dual focus on family and work. Team members strive

to give their families their best and that ‘best’ may look different for different people. But the intentionality is there. Because they prize well balanced lives, team members support one another toward that mutual goal. Strong teams embrace diversity. It’s all about what you can do – what you bring to the table. Characteristics such as appearance, gender, ethnicity, and the like fade into the background in favor of well developed natural strengths. The research was clear that the teams made of individuals who look at issues similarly, who tend to think alike and come from comparable backgrounds are not positioning themselves for success in today’s climate. Strong teams are a magnet for talent. Potential stars can spot the best teams and can’t wait to join. They thrive on the pressure to perform, the quest for excellence and the satisfaction of success. Often strong teams provide leadership throughout an organization

and wind up having an impact far beyond their numbers. To be a part of something bigger than one’s self can be a powerful pull that attracts both raw and seasoned talent. Individual strengths may be the beginning point, but building a team with talented people in the right spots can be the best play of all.

velopment, Inc. provides consulting services and has also provided coaching and team development in this region for 18+ years. Marilyn Taylor is the owner of Taylor Training and a certified coach/corporate trainer with the Boston Coaching Company. For more information, contact Marilyn at taylortrain@lexcominc.net or 249-3194.

Taylor Training & De-

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NOTICE OF DISCHARGE OF UNTREATED SEWAGE

Important Notice to North State Communications Customers Effective January 1, 2010, the amount of the Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC) appearing on your bill each month will increase as a result of an increase in the Federal Communications Commission’s universal service fund contribution factor. The new FUSC amount is calculated by multiplying the FUSC Surcharge Factor against the applicable interstate access service charges on your bill. The federal universal service fund program is designed to help keep local telephone service rates affordable for all customers, in all areas of the United States.

T h e C i t y o f Thomasville had a d i s c h a r g e o f approximately 96,000 gallons of untreated wastewater from a line near 1015 Trinity Street. The spill is known to have run between 2:10 pm on December 15th, 2009 and 10:30 am on December 16th, 2009. Thomasville staff were not made aware of the spill until 8 : 5 5 a m o n December 16th, 2009. Grease that had been discharged into the sewer system and blocked the line was the cause of the discharge. It is estimated that nearly all of the untreated wastewater entered North Hamby Creek. This notice was required by North Carolina General Statutes Article 21 Chapter 143.215.C. For more information contact Morgan Huffman at 336-4754220. December 19, 2009 It;s all in here today!! The Classifieds NORTH CAROLINA DAVIDSON COUNTY

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The publisher of High Point Enterprise, Thomasville Times, and Archdale-Trinity News is not liable for slight typographical errors or other minor mistakes that do not lessen the value of the advertisement. The publisherʼs liability for other errors is limited to the publication of the advertisement or the refund of money paid for the advertisement. Please check your advertisement on the first day of publication. The High Point Enterprise, Thomasville Times, or Archdale-Trinity News will not give credit after the first insertion. The High Point Enterprise, Thomasville Times, or Archdale-Trinity News will not be held libel for the omission of an advertisement. All claims for adjustments must be made within 7 business days of insertion of advertisement.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS THE UNDERSIGNED, having qualified as Executor of the Estate of LEONARD FORD DIXON, a.k.a. FORD DIXON, late of 7 Finch Avenue, Thomasville, Davidson C o u n t y , N o r t h Carolina, this is to notify all persons, f i r m s a n d corporations having claims against the Estate to present them to the below named attorney for the Estate of Leonard Ford Dixon, a.k.a. Ford Dixon, on or before March 19, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. ALL PERSONS, firms or c o r p o r a t i o n s indebted to said Estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned attorney.

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COMMUNITY F D CHALLENGE Neighbors Helping Neighbors Help Us Help Members Of Our Community

This the 19th day December, 2009.

Our Goal is 10,000 Items

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Thomas James Stilwell, Executor 605 Mallard Drive Sumter, SC 29150 WILLIAM B. MILLS, ATTORNEY LAW OFFICES OF MILLS AND HAUSER, L.L.P. 48 Salem Street Thomasville, NC 27360 (336) 475-8131

These businesses and groups have already accepted the challenge. Are you ready to help someone?

December 19 & 2009 January 2 & 9, 2010

Thomasville Times Thomasville/ArchdaleTrinity Pediatrics Thomasville Retired School Personnel Central Wesleyan Church City of Thomasville The High Point Enterprise Park Place Baptist Church, Friendship Class Britthaven of Davidson Rex Oil Company Low-Sodium Connections Thomasville City Schools Staff

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PT CUSTOMER SERVICE CLERK The High Point Enterprise is seeking an individual that enjoys interacting with the public. Candidate must have good verbal skills and be very organized. This position will be answering incoming calls as well as calling past and current subscribers to The High Point Enterprise. Hours of o p e r a t i o n a r e 6:00am to 5:00pm Monday - Friday also Saturday and Sunday 6:00am12:00pm and Holidays. Must be flexible in scheduling. Please apply in person at The High Point Enterprise Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm. No phone calls please. EOE. Make your classified ads work harder for you with features like Bolding, Ad Borders & eye-catching graphics

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F/T Property Manager needed. Multi-Family HUD experience a must, tax credit preferred, not required. Basic computer skills, and a good attitude a must. Fax resume with desired salary to 1-866-924-1611. EOE

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Position Open: WeekEnd On-Call Nurse A salaried nurse responsible for providing on-call coverage to HODC homecare patients from 8am Saturday until 8am Monday. Send resume to Hospice of Davidson County 200 Hospice Way Lexington, NC 27292, Fax to 474-2061 or apply online at www.hospiceofdavidson.org

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Dental Assistant Position for Busy Pediatric Office. Dental experience required. Fax to 885-5501 Dental Assistant II, FT Maternity fill position at busy HP Dental Practice Jan.-Feb. Fax resumes to 336841-6801 Front Office Position for Busy Pediatric Dental Office. Dental Experience Required. Fax to 885-5501

If your business, club, civic organization, or Sunday School class wants to help feed the less fortunate children & Seniors in our community this holiday season... 1. Commit to gather at least 10 non-perishable food items per person in your group by Thursday, December 31. 2. Donations will be evenly distributed to Fairgrove Family Resource Center, Cooperative Community Ministry, His Laboring Few Ministries and Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship in Thomasville. 3. Notify the Times that you will participate so that you can be included in the list of community participants. 4. Keep a rough count of the food items you collect, so that the community can be updated on a weekly basis. 5. When you finish your collection, deliver the items to Thomasville Parks & Recreation at 1 East Main Street. Call us at 888-3590 before you come so we can be prepared to take a photograph of your delivery. For large deliveries, call 475-4280 to schedule a drop-off time. 6. Know that you have helped someone at a difficult time in their life and that you have helped make a positive difference in our community.

It’s that easy!!! Please Notify Us If Your Organization Wishes To Participate.

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B10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thomasville Times â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday, December 19, 2009

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Caution urged as winter weather hits Triad TIMES STAFF REPORT

RALEIGH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gov. Bev Perdue Friday said state agencies are monitoring the weather and are ready to respond to potentially hazardous conditions that are predicted from a mix of snow and freezing rain forecast to hit North Carolina through this evening. She urged citizens across the state to prepare for the storm and exercise extreme caution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know many people may already be traveling for the holidays and we want everyone to be especially careful,â&#x20AC;? Perdue said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our mountains already are beginning to see some snow and this storm is expected to intensify throughout the day and into tomorrow. I urge people to monitor the weather closely and to stay off the roads as much as possible as conditions are forecast to worsen.â&#x20AC;? Weather forecasters predict snow to begin in the mountains and northwest Piedmont this afternoon, moving across the state and possibly mixing with sleet and freezing rain late tonight. Accumulations of a foot or more of snow are expected in the northern mountains. The Triad area could see four to eight inches of snow, while the Triangle area could see an inch or more. That, combined with possible sleet or freezing rain could be enough to cause tree limbs and power lines to fall. The N.C. Division of Emergency Management is coordinating with local emergency agencies, especially in the western and central parts of the state, to open shelters if

that becomes necessary. The N.C. Department of Transportation began spreading salt and brine on the roads last night and will have crews working throughout the storm. The N.C. State Highway Patrol has additional troopers to handle calls for service and crashes. Motorists should be aware that black ice on the roadways is possible when moisture covers the roadway and temperatures are near or below freezing. People are urged to contact emergency officials only for emergency situations. Please do not call 911 or the Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls. To check road conditions, please visit www.ncdot. org or call NCDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 511 Information Line. Gov. Perdue offered the following safety tips in the event of a power outage: â&#x20AC;˘ Do not use charcoal grills or generators indoors. â&#x20AC;˘ Turn off electrical appliances that were on when the power went off to avoid a power surge when the electricity is restored. â&#x20AC;˘ Use flashlights. Do not use candles; they greatly increase the chance of having a fire in your home. â&#x20AC;˘ Limit your activities to no more than two rooms and close off unneeded rooms. â&#x20AC;˘ Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors and cover windows at night. â&#x20AC;˘ Remember to eat and drink regularly. Food provides the body with energy to produce its own heat. â&#x20AC;˘ Keep the body replen-

Lomax named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Teenager of the Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TIMES STAFF REPORT

ished with fluids to prevent dehydration. â&#x20AC;˘ Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Layering clothes keeps you warmer than a single layer of heavy clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill. Citizens should observe conditions in their area and stay tuned to local radio and television for weather information. If you must travel, you should take the following precautions: â&#x20AC;˘ Reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide. â&#x20AC;˘ Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles. â&#x20AC;˘ Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge. â&#x20AC;˘ If you do begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car.

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Kelby Lomax, a senior at East Davidson High School, was named Teenager of the Year by Thomasville Optimist Club during its annual Youth Appreciation Week. Lomax is first in her class, and is a varsity

cheerleader, a partwo sports. The ticipant in track, a award is given for member of the Beta academic standClub, The Academy ing, particpaation of Finance and in sports and comchief junior marmunity service shal. She received and moral characthe Student Athlete ter. Lomax Award for the highShe is the daughest GPA for a stuter of Robbie and dent involved in at least Angie Lomax.

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