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Six more candidates file before deadline Citizens will elect 7 town council candidates from a pool of 16

IN THIS ISSUE News in Brief ................................................................3 LCID Landfill Hearing Continued...............................4 Community Calendar................................................8 Business Notes • Bits & Pieces ...................................9 Stokesdale Town Council ........................................ 12 Letters/Opinions ...................................................... 14 Crime/Incident Report ............................................. 16 Grins & Gripes ........................................................... 17 Classifieds ................................................................. 18 Index of Advertisers .................................................23 NWO On The Go! ......................................................24

Feltis takes on Ironman for a cause Former NWHS band member sets sights on fi rst full Ironman Left to right: Summerfield Town Council candidates Rich Lipinski and John O’Day (Jane Wilson not pictured); Stokesdale Town Council candidates Vicki White-Lawrence and Eric Lowe; (Summerfield Town Council mayoral candidate Dwayne Crawford not pictured).

by PATTI STOKES and MIKE SHAW NW GUILFORD COUNTY – When the candidate filing deadline closed at noon on July 19, seventeen local citizens had filed for town council seats in Oak Ridge, Stokesdale and Summerfield, though one has since withdrawn his name. In Oak Ridge, Jim Kinneman, Danny yanusz and Mike Stone will vie for two open council seats (Kinneman and Stone were featured in our July

12-18 issue and yanusz was featured in our July 19-25 issue). The two council members elected in November will join council members Ray Combs, Spencer Sullivan and george McClellan, who each has two remaining years to serve in their four-year term. The mayor in Oak Ridge is elected every two years by fellow council members. Joining Tim Sessoms (featured in our July 12-18 issue) in the Summerfield mayoral race

is former councilman Dwayne Crawford, who filed for office just before the deadline on July 19. Crawford did not provide personal or professional information to include in this issue. Bill North also filed for Summerfield mayor on July 19, but dropped out of the race five days later, saying he had re-evaluated the time commitment needed to serve the community well in the mayor’s

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Jenn Feltis shows off her medal for finishing her first 1/2 Ironman.

by ANNETTE JOYCE Jenn Feltis is about to do something only a handful of people would even consider attempting. On Aug. 25, this spunky Northwest High School graduate will compete in her first Ironman in louisville, Ky.

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Group seeks feedback from fellow ‘concerned’ citizens STOKESDALE – A group calling itself the “Concerned Citizens, Town of Stokesdale,” says it represents several citizens in the town, many of whom are lifelong residents. “In talking on a regular basis with these residents, we all have been disheartened to watch how the town council continues to misrepresent our town and its people,” a group representative wrote in a letter sent to the Northwest Observer. “In the last election there were promises that the people would be

of transparency, making decisions without the vote of the people, and making decisions for the majority of citizens rather than a handful of them. However, the group says that these same candidates who were ultimately elected to represent the town have contradicted themselves, offering as examples the additional expenses of establishing a library, increasing Town Hall hours from 24 to 40 hours per

urging citizens to pay attention and hold their elected officials accountable, the group, which claims it is not aligned with any town council members or candidates, invites anyone who would like to share concerns or ideas to email concernedcitizenstokesdale@gmail. com.

Draft pedestrian plan to be presented OAK RIDGE – A hearing to gain public input on the town’s draft pedestrian plan is scheduled for Thursday, July 25,

during the Planning and Zoning Board meeting. The meeting, which begins

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better represented. The very platforms that were used to win seats on the council seem to be contradicting what is actually happening since new seats were taken. Each week we see that our council seems to be more interested in fighting amongst themselves on many issues that are petty and not in the best interest of the residents,” the anonymous writer continues. The letter cited several items of concern that candidates in the last election said they would address, including misuse of town funds, lack

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STOKESDALE – Several residents of Pearman Quarry Road attended the Stokesdale Town Council meeting July 16 to voice their opposition to a proposed minor land clearing and inert debris (lCID) landfill on 23.16 acres of land. Property owner Kenneth Van Derveer, an Oak Ridge resident, said he purchased the land about three years ago. The land, which includes what’s left of an old quarry, was an ideal place for Van Derveer to build a home since it was close to several of his family members living in Stokesdale, he said. On the property, though, is a hole that spans about 1.74 acres, along with a cliff and a drop-off with rocks at the bottom. Van Derveer expressed safety concerns for his two young children and other Stokesdale citizens who might venture onto his property. Because of those concerns, he said he promised his wife he would have the hole filled in before building a home. “I told her I would take care of it and put it back to its natural state,” he said.

This is not a farmer trying to fill up a gully. This is somebody wanting to open a commercial business in our community.” Mary Ann Williams

Williams went on to say she didn’t see a need for a third landfill. “This is not a farmer trying to fill up a gully,” Williams said. “This is somebody wanting to open a commercial business in our community.”

Hoffman, along with several other residents, expressed concerns about traffic safety due to large dump trucks driving the neighborhood roads in front of their homes. Some residents said the roads are narrow and have several blind spots which makes them potentially dangerous. More traffic, they said, would just enhance that problem.

But Van Derveer insisted he isn’t proposing the landfill to make money.

Warner Road resident Mary Ann Williams said she was told about 50 to 60 trucks dump daily in one of the local landfills. She estimated that 93,000 trucks pass by her residence each year.

“I was given the opportunity to clear cut the land for a substantial amount of money,” Van Derveer told the council. “This is not going to be my new business.” He said he researched the best way to fill the quarry and his minor lCID landfill proposal is the most economical way to accomplish his goal. “As far as making a nickel off it, you can’t put a price tag on one of my children,” Van Derveer said. “you can’t put a price tag on any life. Whatever

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To address the safety concerns, he proposes to fill the hole in by opening an lCID landfill; once it’s full, he plans to cover it and reseed the area so he can build a home on it.

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As a community, we want a safer place for all of us. I respect that. I don’t want to see anybody get hurt, especially someone in my family.”

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concessions, whatever anyone wants to bring to the table, I’d be happy to listen. I’ve spent too much money to try to make it my residence to walk away from it.”

Prior to testimonies, Councilwoman Mickie Halbrook said she felt she didn’t have enough time to review the case and asked if it could be continued to the next meeting.

Richard Shope, Van Derveer’s attorney, said the plan meets the requirements of the town’s ordinance, the state’s ordinance and exceeds all distance requirements from other properties. Shope said the landfill will be a convenience for others as the economy continues to improve.

Councilman Randy Braswell agreed with Halbrook, but suggested taking all the evidence and testimonies during the meeting since many people came to share their opinions on the matter. Following testimonies from those for and against approving the special use site plan, and a lengthy discussion from town council, councilmembers voted unanimously to continue the case until the Aug. 20 council meeting.

The ordinance allows the landfill to be used for three years before Van Derveer would have to go through the same process again. Van Derveer believes the hole will be filled within three years. Shope said the plan calls for an inert landfill which would accept items such as tree stumps, limbs, mud and bricks. The town’s development ordinance allows for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily operation.


Braswell asked that both sides bring “factual information” to that meeting and give “factual testimony” in regard to public health or safety. He said the council knows the plan meets all the requirements, but he’s interested in how the plan would affect the public’s health and safety.

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ning. In 2007 she completed her first 5K and since then she has completed numerous runs including the Marine Marathon in Washington, D.C. this past October.

more than working and training for her upcoming event. She’s sacrificed a lot of fun activities and estimates that she works out 14-20 hours each week.

The Ironman competition is the granddaddy of triathlons – swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running a full (26.2 miles) marathon. And, Feltis must complete it within 17 hours to earn her Ironman title.

She got “tri-fever” after becoming friends with an Ironman alumni, whose stories inspired her to move into the world of triathlons. She did her first sprint in June 2011. The shortest triathlon, the sprint consists of a 300-meter swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. From that point on, she couldn’t be stopped. In 2012, she did an Olympic distance triathlon and this past June, she completed a 1/2 Ironman in Raleigh.

On Mondays she runs two miles from her office to the gym, where she does an hour body pump class, then runs back to her car to head home.

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While the 26-year-old looks like an elite athlete, she’ll quickly tell you that wasn’t always the case. A former member of both the Northwest and Virginia Tech marching bands, Feltis describes herself as a “band dork” during her academic years. “growing up I did swim on the swim team at Oak Ridge Swim Club but that’s about it,” she says. Feltis credits her husband Jason, 27, also a graduate of Northwest High School, with getting her interested in run-

“I did a lot better than I expected and I had a blast,” says Feltis, who had a time of 6:19:23. “I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time.” A research manager for Bellomy Research in Winston-Salem, Feltis has spent the last few months doing little

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She’s up early on Tuesdays and Fridays for a 6 a.m. spin class and an hour swim. Wednesdays are reserved for long runs, which are about 16 miles long. Thursdays are her rest days. Saturdays she usually participates in some sort of bike event. Most recently that was a 100-mile charity ride. On Sundays she does “bricks” – two workouts back-to-back. That’s usually a long bike ride followed by a run. With all that activity, the petite brunette burns up a lot of calories. In a recent week, she says she logged in over 12,000 workout calories. “I’m hungry all the time!” she admits. On the day of the event, Feltis will have plenty of snacks to keep her energy up. Along with nutrition bars and gels, she’ll be packing peanut butter sandwiches and lots of fried bacon that she’ll munch during the bike ride. For Feltis, conquering the Ironman is more than a physical and mental feat. It’s a way for her to honor the 32 people who were killed when a gunman went on

a rampage at Virginia Tech in 2007. She was a 19-year-old student at Virginia Tech at the time of the shooting. It was a difficult period and its significance to her became greater as time moved on. “I started thinking about all the things these people would never be able to do; things that I’ve done since then,” she says. Because of this connection, Feltis decided to raise money through the Ironman Foundation to benefit the Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, a group dedicated to facilitating the research and education needed to ensure a peaceful future. Feltis’ fundraising goal is $2,019. “That’s $10 for every mile of the half Ironman I completed in June and $10 for every mile of the full Ironman in louisville,” she explains. She’s already very close to that goal and is offering “silly incentives” for exceeding it. For instance, she’ll wear Virginia Tech tattoos and a “wacky” neon orange swimsuit. At the halfway point of the run, she’s pledged to do the Hokie Pokie. “And, if we go crazy, beat the goal and get to $5,000, I’ll dye my hair orange,” she says.

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 Charity game | A charity basketball game in honor of Melissa Britt and her son Jaiden, who were killed in a boating accident on High Rock lake, will be held on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at Northwest High School. See details on p. 10.

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Black named NCBA board chairman During the 177th annual meeting of the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA), Bank of Oak Ridge President and CEO Ron Black was named chairman of the board of directors. With more than 40 years of banking industry experience, Black has served as president and CEO of Bank of Oak Ridge (NASDAQ:BKOR) since the bank’s founding in April 2000. A life-long resident of North Carolina, Black was raised in Asheville; he received his B.S. degree in business administration from Western Carolina university in Cullowhee and his M.A. degree in business and economics from Appalachian

State university in Boone. In addition, he is a graduate of the North Carolina Bank Directors’ College. “It is an honor to serve as chairman Black of one of the most highly respected banking trade associations in this country,” said Black. “The NCBA has a rich history of doing outstanding work and making a significant difference in the lives of everyday people, as well as fighting for things that make our industry stronger.”

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Summerfield UMC welcomes new pastor Summerfield united Methodist Church is excited to welcome its new pastor, Rev. David lee. lee is the son of a Methodist pastor and grandson of a Presbyterian pastor. As many people know, Methodist pastors move around quite a bit, so lee’s list of previous addresses is a long one. He has lived in Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Hubbard (Ohio), East lansing, Boston, Durham, Washington, D.C., Polkville and Charlotte. Now he’s a part of the Summerfield community, along with his dog, Duke. lee received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English literature from Boston university in 1998. He joined the Peace Corps in 1999 and was sent to Kyrgyzstan in central Asia, where he

taught English at a local university. He truly loved what he was doing there, but a bomb threat to his apartment sent him home and kept him grounded Lee in the united States. He received his calling to serve the lord shortly after that and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Duke university in 2004. lee brings an infectious energy and excitement to Summerfield uMC that he wants to share, not only with our congregation, but with the entire community.

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Charity basketball game set for Aug. 2 Deacons players include lD Williams, Ty Walker and David Weaver. Former N.C. State Wolfpack player Ishua Benjamin will also participate. Clay Britt, Melissa’s husband and Jaiden’s father, will team up with former teammates from his years at Western guilford High School.

Jared Pike from Jared and Katie in the Morning on 107.5 KZl is hosting the “J’s for Jaiden and Melissa Britt Charity Basketball game” on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at Northwest guilford High School. The game was organized to honor the lives of Melissa Chambers Britt and her son Jaiden, who were killed Memorial Day weekend when their pontoon boat was hit by a speed boat on High Rock lake. The game will raise money for Jaiden’s former pre-school – the Muirs Chapel Christian Playschool.

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and gI Joe 2 actor Augustus Cho have donated signed memorabilia to the silent auction. Cho will also play in the game and sign autographs. Halftime entertainment will include a slam dunk contest featuring Williams and graves and a three-point contest between TV news personalities. There will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and various other activities going on before and during the game. All proceeds will go to the Muirs Chapel Christian School.

Tickets/donations are $5 at the door. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The game will feature former ACC players including former uNC Tar Heels’ Will graves, Jackie Manuel, Wes Miller, JB Tanner, Scott Cherry and Charlotte Smith. Former Wake Forest Demon



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Students shine at national conference Two local seniors placed in the Top 10 NW GUILFORD – Two recently graduated Northwest guilford High School students placed eighth in the Entrepreneurship category at the Future Business leaders of America national conference held in Anaheim, Calif., from June 26 to July 1. Jake Boersema, Northwest’s FBlA club president, and Hannah Strickland, the club’s secretary, traveled to the conference to participate in a two-part competition.

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Keesha Sinclair, Northwest’s Business law and Entrepreneurship 1 teacher, said students participate in a 100-question test. If their scores place them in the top 15, they next participate in a role play where they are given a prompt and have 20 minutes to prepare a presentation for judges. An example prompt might involve opening a franchise, in which students

would be asked to provide advantages and disadvantages of opening the franchise along with a decision as to whether they would open it. Sinclair said Boersema has plans to move to Washington, D.C., to pursue leadership and hopes to one day enter the ministry. Strickland will attend uNCgreensboro this fall.

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Registration for the Bethany Soccer league is underway. The coed league has opened registration to boys and girls ages 3 to 18. Cost is $55 and the registration period ends the day of tryouts, Aug. 24. All players make the “cut” and play on a team. The season will begin on Sept. 14. The Bethany Soccer league has formed a new partnership with the Stokesdale Parks and Recreation Soccer league for the fall season. The partnership gives all kids the opportunity to play more teams and on better fields. All practices will be held at Bethany Elementary School and all games will be held at the Stokesdale Community Park. Visit registration.php to register online. Due to school starting later this year, the league cannot rely on printed registration forms. For more info, call Brad Suggs at 298-1604 or email


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STOKESDALE town council as reported by MIKE SHAW Mayor Randle Jones called the July meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Town Clerk Carolyn Joyner said council may want to address issues relating to the generator and Mayor Jones said these could be discussed later in the meeting during the town clerk’s report. After saying there were discussions about the water tank washout that were not reflected in previous meeting minutes which had been approved, Town Councilman Randy Braswell motioned to amend the approved minutes to include these issues. Council approved the meeting agenda, minutes from the April 5, May 2 and May 16 budget workshops, and minutes from the April 16 town council meeting.

CITIZEN COMMENTS There were no citizen comments.




Report from sheriff’s office. Deputy Scott Casey said there were 10 calls that generated reports since the previ-


ous meeting. He noted that a misdemeanor drug arrest was made in the town park after someone walking by a parked car smelled marijuana and reported it. Special Use Site Plan Case 13-06STCP-02385. To read the discussion surrounding a request to rezone property for an LCID landfill, see page 4.

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Council voted unanimously to continue the site plan case to the Aug. 20 meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS Separation of duties. Councilman Frank Bruno said he drew up the Internal Controls & Separation of Duties Policy based on Memorandum 568 from the NC Department of State Treasurer, which deals with separation of duties for small governments. Bruno said he and Councilman Bill Jones worked with auditors to make revisions to the document.

ing agenda for discussion. Mayor Jones suggested instead continuing the item to the September meeting because the special use site plan case had been continued to the Aug. 20 meeting. Purchase/work orders. Bruno said since the use of Purchase Orders/Work Orders relates to the Separation of Duties document, it should also be continued to the September meeting.

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Council voted to continue both the Separations of Duties document and the use of Purchase Orders/ Work Orders to the September meeting. Fee schedule for vendors. Bruno said someone wanted to bring a vendor cart into the park, but the town had no provisions for this in the schedule of park fees; he suggested a $15 daily fee for vendors. After Mayor Jones asked if the council wanted to distinguish between for-profit and non-profit vendors, Bruno motioned to charge a $15 daily fee for for-profit vendors and no charge for non-profit vendors.

Bill Jones expressed concerns over allowing vendors to sell at the park while the concession stand was open and being used by the athletic leagues. Mayor Jones suggested developing a policy for vendors and coming back to it, and Bruno withdrew his motion. Town Attorney William Trevorrow said the item could be placed on the next meeting agenda, or whenever it’s ready.


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UPDATES Mayor Jones said he had given Spanish versions of the park rules and the calendar for the rest of July to Joyner. Councilman Randy Braswell asked if the town had received an application and certificate of liability from the Hispanic soccer league and Joyner said no. Braswell said in that case, there was unauthorized use of the park. He added there appears to be an organized league and he had the head coach’s phone number. He said there was a conflicting schedule between the league and the church that reserved the park’s fields on July 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Someone from the town needs to call the group and make sure they understand the town’s policy (about completing an application for using the fields and providing a certificate of insurance), Braswell said, noting that he couldn’t do so because he doesn’t speak Spanish. Mayor Jones said he had seen people playing soccer at the park, but was not sure it was an organized league. Joyner confirmed the coach had come to Town Hall and asked what they had to do to play on the park fields. She said she provided the application and explained organized groups needed a certificate of insurance. Mayor Jones suggested following up with the group in writing and asking them to provide the appropriate paperwork. Braswell said he felt that someone who speaks Spanish should give the group a call and Joyner said she believed the coach spoke and understood English. Councilwoman Mickie Halbrook said her grandson is fluent in Spanish and Braswell asked Halbrook to have her grandson get in touch with Joyner. Joyner said she was told that the soccer players were not part of an orga-

nized league, rather they play “pickup” soccer as a group and no fees are charged.

cost no more than $150. In a separate vote, council voted to fill both the generators up with fuel.



Finance Report. Joyner, who also serves as the town’s finance officer, said assets increased during June. The town reimbursed Stokesdale Parks and Recreation in the amount of $342 for turf repair on the soccer field and paid $3,183.25 for second quarter animal control. Councilmembers were paid stipends for the second quarter.

Offer to purchase bricks. Bill Jones said a citizen had asked multiple times to buy the bricks left over from the construction of Town Hall. Joyner said the bricks might be needed in the future as replacements, and no action was taken.

The town paid $659.50 and $1,578.50 for first and second quarter fire code/fire investigations, and $1,087 to the Piedmont Triad Regional Council for 2013-14 dues. A utility franchise tax distribution check in the amount of $64,695.89 was deposited into the savings account. Two CDs that matured and had earned interest in the amounts of $140.57 and $826.49 were renewed. Joyner said guilford County has informed the town that animal control fees will remain the same for the upcoming year as last year. The town also deposited $5,408.59 in payments from past-due water accounts collected from Attorney Brian Walker; two new water meters were installed during the month. Generators. Joyner said Clarke Power Services did the preventative maintenance on the generator at Town Hall and recommended the battery be replaced; the technician went to the fire department to do the same on the portable generator, but its battery was dead. She did not authorize replacement, pending a decision from council. Joyner said it would cost about $150 for the battery and labor for the portable generator, but was unsure about the generator at Town Hall.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS  Mayor Jones announced filing for mayor and town council seats for the Nov. 5 election would end at noon on July 19. He also announced the Planning Board would meet on Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

COUNCIL COMMENTS There were no council comments. With no further business, Mayor Jones adjourned the town council meeting at 9:45 p.m.

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Some questions to ponder In response to the letter in the Northwest Observer’s July 12-18 issue (“What is a cyclist to do?”) I would like to pass these opinions on for public thought.

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Who pays taxes to support the road systems that our cars and trucks use each day? We who drive a car on the road have to pay for gas, plus taxes on it, buy tags for our car, pay for inspection, have insurance on it, pay property tax on it and have a valid license, all

What do you pay to put your bike on the road, taking up car space? Cities have all provided special trails for you at no expense, so use them instead of the highway, where you put your life and the lives of others at great risk! Bikes were not meant for roads with 55- to 70-mph

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From the first council meeting I attended, it always impressed me that while Roger is a man of strong convictions, he kept an open mind about issues before the council. you could see that Roger gave each matter serious consideration up to the point when he would cast his vote. He wasn’t afraid to change his mind on an issue based on new information. you might not agree with his decision, but you knew he gave

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I wish Roger the best and again thank him for his tireless work to keep Oak Ridge a great place to live. — Jim Kinneman, OAK RIDgE

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Despite the rushed moments, we make new memories and treasure the old Mid-summer. A time of warm evenings and cooler meals. For many of us, it’s a time when we reflect on summers gone by with our own kids. Summers of gritty skin from baseball fields, corn on the cob, rashes and lightning bugs. Summers where evening really doesn’t end, but slides right into the next hot day. My kids are older now, with two away in college and one halfway through high school. For those of us with young adults spreading their wings away from home, these are difficult days. We can no longer capture moments of sweaty kids eating teeth-staining popsicles while we count it as a meal! We must make new memories. We have limited time together, with every minute rushed. Replacing the lazy pool days and pre-dinner naps are a quick in-and-out of the house for a long weekend with their friends. Mom and Dad are at the bottom of their social list. like many moms, I struggle with this new life I have with my “adult” children. I know I’m not at the center of their

universe and, although this is inevitable, there is pain in that realization. I must work harder to make their visits home meaningful. I do my best, preparing favorite meals and making their beds with freshly washed linens. This may not register now, but I pray that someday they will appreciate it, knowing the effort was from the heart. As quickly as the moment arrives when our sons rush through the door, smiling with dirty laundry in tow, they’re leaving again. The house feels empty; I feel sad, exhausted but content. In taking a moment to recap the whirlwind, I see that we’ve just made new memories! For families in this transitional phase, we exist in a strange tableau of simultaneously reminiscing and looking forward. We hope to know of a pause in our children’s busy schedule to squeeze in a quick visit with desperate hugs and loving words of encouragement. These are difficult days, but know that the effort is well worth it. — Jo-el Hudson, SuMMERFIElD

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Profiling is not a dirty word The media, Obama and the race baiters tried to make Trayvon Martin’s death into a race issue. It was not. george Zimmerman is Hispanic, not white. Martin was taking a shortcut through a residential area he knew he had no business going through. When confronted, instead of going straight home, he hid in the bushes and attacked Zimmerman, who was heading back to his car after reporting Martin’s movements to the police. The media that covered this trial totally ignored the facts and even doctored the 911 tapes to create the impression and illusion that this was a

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July 16 | A resident of Meadow Run Drive in northern Greensboro reported an unknown suspect made several unwanted calls to his cell phone over a period of a month.

BURGLARY July 15 | Unknown suspects forcibly entered a barn behind a residence on Stafford Mill Road in Oak Ridge and stole several car audio parts, car parts and a welder. The total loss is estimated at $3,400. July 15 | A resident of Stafford Mill Road in Oak Ridge reported unknown suspects damaged his fence during the nighttime hours and stole a power tool. The damage is estimated at $500 and the property loss at $200.

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July 15 | A resident of Strawberry Road in Summerfield reported an unknown suspect opened up a Dish Network account under his name and failed to pay the balance of $350 on the account.

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Android phone and an iPhone. The total loss is estimated at $8,047. July 19 | A resident of Tanner Court in Summerfield reported an unknown suspect forced entry to the rear door of the residence and damaged it, then stole several pieces of jewelry. The total loss is estimated near $1,000.

DAMAGE TO PROPERTY July 15 | A resident of Polo Farms Drive in Summerfield reported an unknown suspect broke the rear door of his residence. The suspect caused damage of about $400 to the glass and wood structure of the door.

ASSAULT July 15 | Two residents of Spotswood Road in Summerfield reported they were victims of assault by each other.

DWI July 16 | During a traffic stop on Brookfield Drive in northwest Greensboro, a driver was charged with DWI.

THEFT OF PROPERTY July 19 | A woman at the Farmer’s Market on Sandy Ridge Road in Colfax reported that an unknown suspect stole her purse which contained credit cards, car keys and cash. The loss is estimated at $500.

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 Ted Southern, Mark Richardson and garfield Apple for donating space to good Samaritan Ministries for a food and clothing pantry.  Charles Barkley, for having the courage to be a leader regarding the george Zimmerman trial. you spoke objectively about a matter on which you will catch much heat. you, sir, are a true leader.  JP looney’s for providing a lastminute venue for the ORCA swim team banquet when rain closed the pool, and for being such a supportive friend to our community!  The Town of Stokesdale for providing a disc golf course at the Stokesdale Town Park. The course is great for beginners and pros alike, it’s open, long and lightly wooded, free to play and makes for a great workout.  The man who paid for my brother-inlaw and sister-in-law’s meal at Captain Tom’s in Kernersville because he was so touched by the loving care given to my sister-in-law, who’s in a wheelchair.  Ted Southern, Southern Hardware in Stokesdale, for having my new Stihl weed eater ready within 10 minutes of calling him after my commercial trim-

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 ZookaWare for fraudulently charging people’s credit cards for purchases they don’t make. It starts with $9.95 one month, then $39.95 each month until you report the fraud to your credit card company and cancel your credit card! Beware!  To those who do not communicate back to prospective employees. If you are in the position of hiring, please have the courtesy to confirm or deny with an email/phone call.

on the front cover of our June 28 - July 4 issue, posted the article on our Facebook page, and followed up with a Facebook posting a few days before the event as well as a website posting (at the top of the homepage) about the event. We’re sorry that we couldn’t be there to cover the event, but we have an editorial staff of two people and both of us were out of town for the July 4 weekend. We let the event organizers know in advance that we couldn’t be there on July 6, and invited them to send pictures and comments from the event. We didn’t receive any, nor did any readers who were there send any. We do the best we can, and though after working a full day in the office we often cover events in the evenings and weekends, we simply can’t be at all places at all times. We especially value the readers who appreciate all the times when we are at events and they are not, and who in turn help us cover events when they are there and we are not.

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 The Stokesdale mayoral candidate who litters our roadways with political signs in July. It is not legal to put up the signs until 45 days before the election. Not a good way to start a campaign.  The NWO for not publishing a followup on the first annual hotdog eating contest held July 6 at gray gables. It was quite the event and deserved at least a mention in your paper. We published an article about the event

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The Town of Oak Ridge is accepting applications for a part-time PARKS & RECREATION GROUNDSKEEPER. Up to 25 hrs/ wk., $9/hr. Very flexible schedule required including weekends. Clean NCDL and background check required. Apply at Oak Ridge Town Hall, M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm. Posted until filled.


THREE-DAY AUCTION, July 26, 27, and 28. Museum-quality antiques & collectibles and a lifetime collection of assorted chattel. Vintage home & acreage tracts sell FIRST! (Come buy a site just perfect for building your new home or buy this uniquely charming home and accompanying acreage tract, or come buy it all!) Real estate preview Friday, 7/26, 9am1pm, 2540 Union Cross Road (near Hwy. 109 intersection). Tax block 2656 Lot 004 +/-9.7acres, goes on the auction block Friday, July 26, 1pm, subject to prior sale.

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PRAISE TEAM DIRECTOR, part-time. Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church is seeking musical leadership for our 8:45am contemporary service, approx. 10 hours/week. Should have Praise Team leadership, faith commitment, and the ability to lead and teach volunteer musicians and singers. Email

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Employment ................................ 18 Preschools ................................... 18 Save the Date ............................. 18 Summer Camps .......................... 18 Yard Sales ............................. 18-19 Home Services ....................... 19-20 Misc. Services......................... 20-21 Misc for Sale ............................... 21 Misc Wanted .............................. 21 Pets/Animals & Services ............... 21 Real Estate .................................. 21


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more details, or see display ad on page 9. Spartan Baseball EXPOSURE CLINIC, July 29-31, 9am-3pm, Ages 13-18. Register online at

 YARD SALES YARD / ESTATE SALE, Thursday & Friday, July 25 & 26, 1pm both days, 8297 Stafford Mill Road, Oak Ridge. Lifetime of collections of antique furniture, hall tree from 1700s, 2 spinning wheels, wash stand, rocking chair, dining table w/ 6 chairs, deep freeze, much more! If you

Pegg, (336) 996-4414.




2004 SAAB CONVERTIBLE, 105K, excellent cond., $6,900. (336) 617-5251.

Certified teacher providing PRESCHOOL IN MY HOME for two and three-year olds. Full or half-day program. Call (336) 686-6390.

tiple homes. 1 mile north of Hwy. 150 on

HOLIDAY RAMBLER VACATIONER 2004, Workhorse chassis, 37’, 2 slides, 17,600K. $48,000. (336) 543-5706. 2012 AUDI Q5, white, loaded, low mileage, asking $39,900. (336) 644-7644.

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 AVAIL. FOR EMPLOYMENT TOO MUCH WORK TO HANDLE? I am an eager, reliable and honest landscaper ready to help you in any aspect, from lawn care to brickwork. I have and own my own personal, modern equipment. Can start immediately. (336) 464-5215.

 EMPLOYMENT DRIVERS: Home weekly. Pay up to $.40/ mi., 70% D & H/90% no-touch freight. BCBS/dental/vision/401k. Class A CDL w/ 6 months exp. (877) 704-3773.

 SAVE THE DATE FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT, Fri., July 26, Central Baptist Church, Oak Ridge. See the movie Oz, The Great and Powerful, enjoy snacks and soft drinks.

Invite the community to your event with a Save the Date classified! FEELING STRESSED? Join Ann McCarty, certified integrative health counselor, for a free talk on Tuesday, July 30, 6:30pm at Eagle Physicians of Oak Ridge. See display ad on page 15 for more info. POPS ON THE SQUARE, a free concert at Market Square in Reidsville, Friday, August 2, 7pm. See display ad on page 9 for more details.

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SALE, Saturday, July 27, 8am-1pm, mulNC 68 in Stokesdale. MOVING SALE, Sat., July 27, 7am-1pm, 441 Lemons Road, Stokesdale. Household, wall art, furniture, baby girl & young women’s clothing. Everything must go! FAMILY YARD SALE, Sat., July 27, 8am, 3101 Oak Ridge Road, Summerfield. Kids clothes and toys, furniture, DVDs, books, games and more. GARAGE SALE, Sat., July 27, 8am-12n, 1910 Ridge Oaks Ct., River Oaks sub. HUGE YARD SALE, Sat., July 27, 7am12n, Bunch Road to Percheron Trail. Kids clothes 5-10, electronics, toys, games, bikes, antiques, housewares & more. MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE, Saturday, July 27, 7am-12n, 11440 Hwy. 158, 27320 zip, between Church St. and Witty Rd.

 YARD SALES AN EXTRAORDINARY ESTATE TAG SALE, Sat., August 3, 8am-5pm; Sunday, August 4, 1-5pm, 123 W. Lewis St., downtown Greensboro – look for signs. Vintage high-end antiques, collectibles, glassware, pottery, tools, clothes, furniture, once-in-a-lifetime sale.




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FLOORING MONTERO’S HARDWOOD FLOORING Installation of hardwood, laminate & tile; hardwood sanding & finishing. Commercial & residential. Insured, 16 yr. exp. Free




com. Call (336) 215-8842 or 445-2002. CARPET REPAIRS & RESTRETCHING

HOUSE CLEANING, CALL REGINA. Excellent references. (336) 339-1959. CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. 609-0677. CHRISTIAN MOM needs work cleaning houses, running errands. Will clean to fit your budget. Pet taxi/pet sitting also avail. References. Call Laura Bennett, 231-1838. ANA’S HOUSECLEANING. Good references, free est., 25 years exp. 309-0747. CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING, gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. 399-3995. MARIA’S CLEANING SERVICE. Free estimates, guaranteed service. 740-1760. ROSA’S CLEANING SERVICE. 11 yrs. exp. Excellent references. (336) 508-5714.

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GREENERTIMES SMALL ENGINE Sales & service center. 9428 NC 65, Stokesdale. (336) 312-3844 mobile or (336) 548-9286 office. HOUSE & YARD HOME MAINTENANCE




GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maintenance. 655-6490.

GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. 362-1150. BRAD’S BOBCAT SVC. Grading, hauling, gravel/dirt, debris removal. 362-3647. ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt available. Zane Anthony, 362-4035.


ALL ABOUT THE HOUSE. Small jobs & large, water damage, light yard work, 40 years exp., sr. disc. 644-8710 or 708-0522.

A-LIST LAWN CARE. Affordable prices! Res/Com. Lic/Insured. Call us for your FREE quote at (336) 6097013 or email BUZZ CUTS LAWN & LANDSCAPE INC. Annual service agrmnts. Buzz, 509-6464.

VINYL SIDING REPAIRS, vinyl railings & siding, replacement windows, gutter cleaning and repair. Please call 215-8776 for your free estimate.

AQUA SYSTEMS. Quality irrigation systems. NC Licensed Contractor. We service all systems. Free est. 644-1174.

A-1 COPPER ROOFING Copper & aluminum gutters, gutter cleaning & repair, affordable leaf protection, replacement windows, vinyl siding, railing & trim. Free est. Call Gary the Gutter Guy. (336) 345-6518.

ONE GUY & A MACHINE LAWN CARE and hardscaping. Maintenance, design, paver patios, block walls, hedges trimmed, beds re-edged, pine needles, mulch, pressure washing, chemical applications, aerating. Licensed/insured. Free est. 382-4767,

MAYS SIDING Storm damage, facia and siding repairs. 215-8776,

LAWN CARE / LANDSCAPING AREA STUMP DUMP. Yard waste, concrete, etc. Fill dirt available. 602-5820. COMPOST & GARDEN SOIL, Oak Ridge area. 50/50 landscape mix, compactible fill dirt, gravel, landscape boulders. 602-5820. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, 643-9332.

“Anything to improve your home and property.” Jeff Ziglar, 456-9992 or 643-9609.

BRAD’S BOBCAT. Landscaping, driveways, patios, sidewalks, concrete work. 362-3647.

ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call 382-9875. DELIMA LAWNCARE. Residential & commercial, free estimates. (336) 669-5210.

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ARBOR MASTERS TREE SERVICE Total tree removal, storm damage cleanup, shrub and tree pruning. Bobcat work and more. Free estimates. Licensed & insured. Call Joe at 643-9157. LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS 13-year anniversary special. We will beat your current written price by 15% – guaranteed! Call (336) 601-3796. STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Locally owned and operated. Lic/ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck & chipper, total cleanup. 24-hr. emergency svc. OR, NC. 643-1119. MIKE GAULDIN’S LANDSCAPE SERVICE offered exclusively at Mustard Seed Nursery, Inc. Free estimates. Call 644-8144.

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SWIMMING POOL SERVICE & REPAIR. Early spring specials on pool openings, liner replacements and equipment. 20 yrs. exp. Randy Harrell, 362-9721.



SUPERIOR WASH. Exterior cleaning: houses, decks, driveways. Mobile unit w/ hot water & 425 gallon storage tank. Lic. & ins. Free est. Call Mike Dixon, 601-7444.


TLC LAWN CARE Lawn mowing, fertilization and weed control. General cleanup. Affordable all-season lawn maintenance. (336) 681-0097. STUMP GRINDING - FREE ESTIMATES Big or small, we grind them all. 382-3860. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Complete lawn care & landscaping. NC lic. irrigation contractor. 20 years exp. Hardscaping, fertilization & weed control. 399-7764.

JUNK REMOVAL – appliances, batteries, mowers, cars, etc. Call about free removal. (336) 423-3006.

facebook/northwestobserver LOW-COST GARAGE DOORS. Repair & sales. 35 years exp. (336) 215-2800.

JACK’S LAWN CARE. Weekly mowing service and select lawn care needs. Call Jack for details, 668-0682.

D & D LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION Complete landscaping services. Retaining walls & patios. Member BBB. NC licensed irrigation contractor. 312-2706.

• Pool openings • Repairs/Service • Professional liner replacement • Pressure washing & pool cleaning (336 ) 207.9793 PAINTING & DRYWALL PAINTING INTERIOR & EXTERIOR, 32 years experience. Avg. size bedroom walls, $100. Sheetrock repair. Call Brad Rogers for your free estimate. (Local #) 314-3186.

MASONRY MASONRY CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone, concrete & repairs. Free estimates. (336) 988-1022,



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CARLOS PAINTING. Res/comm., licensed & insured, free estimates. (336) 669-5210. STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, 462-3683 or

PLUMBING JDB PLUMBING. Repair, remodel, well pump. Lic/Ins. Accepts all major credit cards. Office 656-0019, cell 382-6905. BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic/Ins. Call Mark for savings. 337-7924.

REMODELING / CONSTRUCTION KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 26 years experience. Specializing in room additions, garages, vinyl siding and windows, painting, ceramic tile, laminate, hardwood and linoleum floors, and remodeling of all kinds. No job too small. Free est. Call 644-1943 or cell 362-7469.


coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Now accepting all major credit cards. Call 643-8191 or 580-3245. A.L. CORMAN ROOFING INC. Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. Member BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., 621-6962.

 MISC. SERVICES For all your MARY KAY SKIN CARE and cosmetics needs, contact Cheri Lyons at (336) 337-8372, or visit my website, (25% discount off first order!!).

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC. Roof Replacements / Repairs Siding & Windows Custom Decks / Porches General Home Repairs Remodeling / Painting

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COLFAX LAWNCARE Complete lawn care maintenance. Mowing, trimming, plugging, seeding, fertilizing. Weed control, pine needles. Res/Comm. Fully insured. $25 gift card to Lowes Home Improvement for each referral. 362-5860. Serving the Triad for 24 years.

PRESSURE WASHING, gutter & window cleaning. Call Crystal Clear. Fully insured. 595-2873.

Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof

30 yrs exp • Workmanship guarantee • Insurance specialists

(336) 644-1580

FREE Estimates Insured & Dependable

JLB REMODELING INC. Licensed and insured. Free estimates. Remodeling, additions and home repairs. 681-2902,

13,000 copies – every week! BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens & baths, rotted wood, painting, siding, windows, spring exterior cleaning specials. Senior discounts, 35 years experience. 362-6343.

small group fitness  personal training  RealRyder® indoor cycle  TRX training 

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COMPUTER REPAIRS $99. Used computers, website design. Info at ITBASICS.COM - (336) 643-0068. Inside Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons.

T TNails Acrylic nails • Tip overlay • Pink & white Gel manicures • Liquid gels Nail designs • Spa pedicure • Waxing

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RENOVATION WORKS INC. New construction, remodeling, kitchen and bath, additions, decks & patios. Call (336) 427-7391 or

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4409 Stafford Glen Ct, Oak Ridge MOTIVATED SELLER–Be in by new school year! Beautiful 4BR/3.5BA/3-Car home in cul-de-sac neighborhood. Heavy moldings, 2-story great rm w/stone-faced FP, luxurious owners’ suite w/hers & his closets. Kitchen has granite, custom cabs & SS appls. Deck & Patio outside. NW Schools, Tankless H2O htr. REDUCED to $414,900.

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VINTAGE PYREX & FIRE KING SALE, July 24-28, Golden Antiques, 4537 Hwy. 220N, Summerfield.


SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE, July 2630, Golden Antiques, 4537 Hwy. 220, Summerfield. Great deals on college furniture - dressers, desks, much more!

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7624 Frogs Leap Way, Summerfield Custom-built on the Lake in Summerfield. Popular Frogs Leap neighborhood with 3,800+ SF. Circular Drive, Screened Porch & Patio, Brick Exterior, & Front Irrigation. Office, Keeping & Great Room. 2nd Fpl in Master. Northwest Middle & High. Offered at $479,900.

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Jane Wilson, Rich lipinski and John O’Day have joined candidates Cheri Pikett (featured in our July 12-18 issue), and Dianne laughin and Mike Adams (both featured in our July 19-25 issue) in the race for two open seats on the Summerfield Town Council. Wilson did not provide personal or professional information to include in this issue. Rich lipinski, 68, retired as vice president of VF Corporation. Through his work with VF Corporation, lipinski traveled extensively outside of the united States. lipinski has two daughters. laura, 24, is in her final year of law school in Boston and Molly, 21, is a rising senior at Appalachian State university studying environmental science. Both daughters attended Summerfield Elementary, Kernodle Middle and Northwest High schools. lipinski attended the united States Naval Academy and served in the u.S. Naval Reserve from 1963 to 1969. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in 1967, a doctorate degree from Dickinson School of law in 1970 and an MBA degree from the university of Pennsylvania graduate School of Finance and Commerce (Wharton) in 1972. In 1986, he earned a Master of laws degree in taxation from the university of San Diego School of law. As a councilman, lipinski said he would open better communication between the town and residents, increase volunteerism and make certain all residents are treated equally and fairly. He would also evaluate the town’s finances, especially the tax rate and the

$8 million in the savings account. John O’Day, 52, said he began paying attention to local politics and understanding the importance of it at a young age, thanks to his late father. O’Day is a consultant in the health care industry and has lived in Summerfield for a little more than two years with his wife Kelly and four-year old daughter. O’Day also has a son. He is president of the Polo Farms neighborhood homeowners association board, has volunteered for Founders’ Day, and was recently appointed to the town’s newly formed Trails and Open Space Committee. When O’Day lived in Pennsylvania he served four years as the director of the Susequehanna Appalachian Trail Club, and also served on the board of directors for Historic gettysburg-Adams County and the planning committee for the gettysburg yuletide Festival. “I see significant change on the horizon with u.S. 220 coming through,” O’Day said. “We moved here because of the way Summerfield is. If that changes, I’d like to be a part of that process. I know what attracts a lot of families. I don’t want that small town feeling to go away.” Vicki White-lawrence and Eric lowe have joined gary Albert in the race for one open seat on the Stokesdale Town Council. White-lawrence, 60, has two sons, a stepson and a stepdaughter. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom in 1995, White-lawrence served as the executive director of a non-profit organization that provided residential services for adults with developmental disabilities and as an agency coordinator for a regional food bank. Since her oldest son was in kindergarten, she has volunteered in the classroom, as a tutor, and has held numerous other positions with the PTA,

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PTSA and PTSO at Stokesdale Elementary, Northwest Middle and Northwest High. She has also been the president of those organizations at all three schools. White-lawrence wrote and reported for the Northwest Observer until 2011. She has experience as a member of Stokesdale’s Holiday Parade Committee, Stokesdale Parks and Recreation Board, an alternate member of the Planning Board and the Northern Region Odyssey of the Mind board of directors. “I have considered running in the past, but decided now is the time,” White-lawrence said. “I believe I have interest in and dedication to our town and can offer some diversity of thought on the council. I like to learn all I can and consider all sides of an issue as I make decisions.” Eric lowe, 52, is married and has four children, three grandchildren and one grandchild on the way. For more than 15 years, lowe has volunteered with youth basketball, football, baseball and soccer league teams in Stokesdale. “I’m a working man,” lowe, a lowe’s Home Improvement associate said. “I go to work every day and do the best that I can. I’m a common sense guy and I want to put my two cents in.” A proud graduate of South Stanly High School in Norwood, N.C., lowe has lived in Stokesdale since 1987. He ran for Stokesdale Town Council in 2011 and believes it’s time for new ideas. lowe said he is a proponent of property owners’ rights and would work to strengthen them. “If you own land and you’re taking care of it, you should be able to do what you want with it,” lowe said. “A lot of people feel restricted. It’s time for new ideas and to let somebody else have a shot at it.”

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