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How will the N.C. budget impact education? NW GUILFORD – The month of July thrust the state of North Carolina into the national spotlight following a New York Times editorial on “The decline of North Carolina,” the increased numbers of those attending “Moral Monday” protests in the state’s capital since April and a $20.6 billion two-year state budget that critics say will negatively impact our educational system. For the fifth time in six years N.C. teachers will receive no increase in

compensation; N.C. teacher salaries rank 46th in the nation. In lieu of a raise, teachers will receive five “bonus” vacation days which will expire on June 30, 2014. Among the budget’s other provisions, salary increases for teachers who earn advanced degrees will be eliminated after next year. Teachers earning the additional pay in 2013-14 will continue earning that pay in the future. Teacher tenure will be phased out as of 2018

and replaced with teaching contracts of one to four years. Statewide, the budget cuts $286 million this year and $246 million next year in funding for classroom teachers by increasing class sizes. The Northwest Observer recently surveyed town leaders, educators and community members on issues surrounding the two-year state budget that N.C. legislators approved on July 26. What follows are some of the responses

we received after asking this question: Educators in North Carolina have been in an uproar since legislators recently approved the two-year state budget, which keeps teacher pay the same for the 5th year out of 6 years, allows classroom sizes to increase, eliminates tenure (as of 2018), and eliminates pay increase for advanced degrees. Do you think these changes will negatively affect our state’s educational system?

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IN THIS ISSUE News in Brief .....................................3 Your Questions .................................4 Oak Ridge Town Council ................6 Around Town Photos ...................... 10 Community Calendar................... 11 Celebration .................................... 12

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The Britt and Chambers families were presented with two shadow-boxed jerseys at halftime of the J’s for Jaiden and Melissa charity basketball game on Aug. 2. The jerseys were stitched with the names and favorite numbers of Melissa and Jaiden Britt. More than $12,000 was raised at the event for Jaiden’s former school, Muirs Chapel Christian Playschool.

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OAK RIDGE – N.C. Department of Transportation officials have confirmed the permanent closure of the entrance to Stafford Mill Road from N.C. 68 as of Monday, Aug. 12. “This is part of a safety project to reduce accidents along N.C. 68 at this intersection. Roadway improvements have been made at N.C. 68 and Alcorn Road to accommodate traffic that once used the Stafford Mill Road/N.C. 68 intersection,” DOT officials say. Relating to the project, the timing of the stoplight at the intersection of N.C. 68 and Alcorn Road was changed last week, resulting in traffic

backups on the highway. DOT’s Darrell Ferguson acknowledges there were issues with the timing of the signal and said he spoke with the engineer in charge of this project on Aug. 7; DOT hoped to have the timing of the signal taken care of by the end of the day. “We will continue to monitor this intersection to make any other changes that need to be made,” Ferguson said. Crews will begin the road closure work at 9 a.m. on Aug. 12, weather permitting. Motorists who wish to access Stafford Mill Road thereafter will need to take Alcorn Road and then turn on Stafford Mill Road.

GCS Back-to-School directory online GUILFORD COUNTY – The guilford County Schools 2013 Back-to-School directory is now online at www.gcsnc. com. The directory includes information about what’s new for the upcoming school year, school calendars, the 2013-14 student handbook and backto-school videos, as well as volunteer

information and details about how you can help your local school. The school’s website site also includes open house schedules and bus stop information. The first day of school for students attending schools on traditional schedules is Monday, Aug. 26.

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e-mail your questions about topics relevant to the northwest area to Are there any plans to install a light at the intersection of Pleasant Ridge Road and Summerfield Road? When school is in session and during morning and evening rush hour, the intersection is backed up in all directions and very dangerous. Dawn McPherson, division traffic engineer with N.C. Department of Transportation, says there are no plans to install a signal at the intersection of Summerfield Road and Pleasant Ridge Road. However, anyone having safety concerns about this intersection can submit a request to the DOT to begin a safety investigation for the installation of a traffic signal. Requests are logged into the DOT database in the order they are received. “Once school is in session we start the investigation process for traffic signals. These investigations typically take six to eight weeks to complete and will begin in mid-September when school is in session and traffic patterns have been stabilized,” McPherson says. Can you give us an update on the flashing light that is to be installed at Summerfield Elementary School? The Department of Transportation has met with guilford County Schools to discuss the necessary software for the school flasher timings, says DOT’s Dawn McPherson. At least some of the materials needed to install the flasher have been ordered and McPherson says it should be operational

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There are no plans for a signal at the intersection of Summerfield and Pleasant Ridge Roads.

for the 2013-2014 school session. “We are still discussing with guilford County Schools the issue of testing a new type of software to ensure the flasher will only operate during school hours. We are

hoping to purchase the electronics and software before the fall so that Summerfield Elementary/guilford County Schools can maintain the timing for the school zone flasher,” McPherson says.

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During halftime, Pike made a special presentation to the Britt and Chambers families of two custommade shadow box jerseys, one with Melissa’s name and No. 16, her favorite number, and the other with Jaiden’s name and No. 6.




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The “J’s for Jaiden and Melissa Britt Charity Basketball game” was organized by Jared Pike of 107.5 KZL’s Jared & Katie in the Morning, a longtime friend of Jaiden’s father, Clay. The game featured former ACC basketball players from several North and South Carolina universities. Among those who attended the event were former Tar Heel standouts Kendall Marshall, of the Phoenix Suns, and Kinston native Reggie Bullock, of the Los Angeles Clippers. uNC’s PJ Hairston was also among the players who attended the event, and served as an honorary coach.

More than $12,000 was raised for the Muirs Chapel Christian Playschool, where Jaiden attended school, which far exceeded the $5,000 goal set before the game. The event included a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction with autographed items from Chris Daughtry and Kevin Harvick, among others.


NW GUILFORD – Over 1,500 people poured into the Northwest High School gymnasium Aug. 2 to honor the lives of Jaiden Britt and Melissa Chambers Britt. Three-year-old Jaiden and his mother Melissa, who was pregnant, died in a boating accident on High Rock Lake over Memorial Day weekend.


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OAK RIDGE town council as reported by MIKE SHAW Mayor Ray Combs called the August town council meeting to order at 7 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem Roger Howerton asked council members and citizens to observe a moment of silence; it was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, which was led by two Boy Scouts from Troop 139. Mayor Combs announced the draft comprehensive pedestrian transportation plan had been initially placed on the meeting agenda, but the North Carolina Department of Transportation needed more time to review the plan; the council will have a public hearing for input on the draft plan as soon as DOT has thoroughly reviewed it. Minutes from the July 11 town council meeting were unanimously approved.

ANNouNCeMeNTs Mayor Combs acknowledged two Boy Scouts who were in attendance. The Scouts are members of Troop 139 and were both working on merit badges. Jim Kinneman announced the Oak Ridge Lions Club was looking for hole sponsors for their upcoming annual Tom Brown Memorial golf tournament on Sept. 7 at Dawn Acres golf Club. Interested parties can sponsor a hole for $150; players are also needed, and cost is $50 per player.


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Town Manager Bruce Oakley gave an update on a sidewalk segment along Linville between the State Employees’ Credit union and CrossFit Oak Ridge. Oakley said the town has come to an agreement on an easement with the swim club, whose property backs up to where the sidewalk segment will go; once the agreement is signed, he plans

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to seek bids for that project. The project will hopefully be completed by the time the new school year begins on Aug. 26.. Oakley recommended Vice Chairwoman Tracy Street be reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission and John Thomas to be approved as an alternate for the same commission.


Council voted unanimously to reappoint Street as vice chairwoman and approve Thomas as an alternate for the Parks and Recreation Commission. Oakley said town council would need to recommend Larry Stafford as the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) representative on the Planning and Zoning Board for the area south of N.C. 150. He explained the council would need to give a recommendation for Stafford to county commissioners and the commissioners would have to make that appointment because the ETJ area is outside the town limits of Oak Ridge.


Council unanimously voted to recommend Stafford to the county commissioners as the ETJ representative for the south side of N.C. 150 on the town’s Planning and Zoning Board.

fINANCe RePoRT In the absence of Finance Officer Sam Anders, Mayor Combs gave the monthly financial report. The town’s assets total $2.23 million. Combs said July is not a “big revenue” month and the town had several expenses, so it operated at a monthly deficit of $64,419.59. The town is only $1 million in debt to BB&T for park construction, Combs said, which puts it ahead of schedule for paying the debt off. Council voted unanimously to accept the finance report.

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Eagle Family Medicine at Oak Ridge Where patient care is a personal experience Eagle Family Medicine at Oak Ridge has been providing personalized medical care to northwest Guilford patients since 1998, making it the longest established medical practice in the community. Dr. Robert “Bo” Fried (pronounced “freed”) is the practice’s founding physician. Dr. Fried, who is very proud to be currently caring for four generations of the same family, is “committed to having a practice where excellence is the rule, not the exception.” Dr. Stephen Meyers has worked closely with Dr. Fried since he joined the practice in 2003. “The trust patients place in me is an honor – I hold it and their care with the highest respect,” Dr. Meyers says. Mark Hepler, P.A., grew up in Winston-Salem and met his wife at Appalachian University. Hepler earned his physician’s assistant degree at East Carolina University. Hepler knew early in his medical career that he wanted to focus on family medicine. “I picked family medicine for a reason – so I could see everybody from pediatrics to geriatrics,” he says. Confirming that Eagle Family Medicine’s dedication to providing excellent patient care

was aligned with his own, Hepler was happy to join the Oak Ridge practice in 2011 and accept the P.A.’s position. Hepler, 30, lives with his wife and three children in Summerfield. “We love it here,” says Hepler. “It’s quiet, there’s plenty of room, and we really like the rural setting.” Hepler enjoys getting to know his patients personally. “We sit down and talk and try to get things figured out,” he says. “I really like establishing a relationship with my patients and getting to know the whole family.” Tracy Thomas, FNP, received her family nurse practitioner’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 2011. Before joining Eagle Family Medicine’s team last year she worked as an RN in a hospital, where she remembers seeing “lots of sick people.” She appreciates the fact that her position with the family medicine practice in Oak Ridge enables her to focus more on health and wellness and “keeping people out of the hospital.” When working with her patients, she emphasizes the importance of exercise and a healthy diet. “I like to look at health from a long-term perspective,” says Thomas, who is a new mom to a 4-month-old baby boy. “I help my patients figure

Above, left to right: Dr. Robert Fried, founder of Eagle Family Medicine at Oak Ridge; Darla White, practice administrator (White was the first employee hired by Dr. Fried in 1998); Tracy Thomas, FNP, who joined Eagle Family Medicine last year; Mark Hepler, P.A., who joined the practice in 2011. Not shown, Dr. Stephen Meyers, who joined the practice in 2003. out what they can do on a long-term basis to have the healthiest life.” Thomas, 29, enjoys seeing patients of all ages. “Getting to know whole families – that’s really fun,” she says. As the only female health provider at the practice, many of Thomas’ annual checkup patients are women. “Ladies like to see ladies,” she says with a smile. Aside from her patients, Thomas is grateful for the outstanding, positive work environment at Eagle FamFam ily Medicine. “This is a great place to work,” she says. “The office staff here is excellent.” Because Eagle Family Medicine’s

mission is to provide the best possible patient-centered medical services, the Oak Ridge-based practice is in the process of earning recognition as a Certified Patient-Centered Medical Home from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Darla White, the practice’s administrator, has been with Eagle Family Medicine since it opened in 1998. She emphasizes that providing the best care and getting to know patients go hand in hand. “We make coming here a personperson al experience,” says White. “There are no sign-in sheets – we know our patients by sight. Our doctors live in and are part of the community.” 

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CoMMuNITY uPDATes Planning and Zoning. Vice chairman Mike Stone said the board heard one site plan case, which was approved unanimously. He said the board also heard an “excellent presentation” and had “excellent feedback and conversation” about the draft comprehensive pedestrian transportation plan. Stone said the board talked about the town’s land use plan and the fact that it has not been updated in several years. He said the board needed a recommendation from the council on revisiting the plan and was looking for direction on that process. Mayor Combs said Oakley would have to look at the budget and then make a recommendation to the town council. Parks and Recreation. Chairman Bill Edwards thanked the council for their

reappointment of Street and their approval of Thomas as an alternate. He said Street had done a “great job” as vice chairwoman. Edwards added that Thomas would also do a great job and cited his military experience as a plus. Edwards announced that Movies in the Park will start Friday, Sept. 6, at Shelter 2 in the park. The free event will begin at 6 p.m. It is family-friendly and there will be popcorn, food and drinks for purchase. The movie “Wreck It Ralph” will begin playing at dark. On the following night, Sept. 7, Music in the Park will feature “The grassifieds,” a local Bluegrass band. The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and is free. Edwards said he hopes to have a grill to cook hot dogs and hamburgers. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Sunday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Edwards said there will be a community yard sale at the park within the next few months. No date has been scheduled. Mayor Combs jokingly told Edwards to “watch those signs” (referring to the town’s sign ordinance and limitations as to where yard sale signs can be placed). Historic Preservation. Kinneman said the Historic Preservation Commission approved a request from the fire department to make some modifications to the department’s historic marker. He said the committee has received three historic markers for the Old Mill of guilford, St. James AME Church and the Stafford-Benbow House and will work out a schedule to get the signs installed and dedicated. Kinneman said Ann Pitz, a member of the committee, is moving out of Oak Ridge and the committee will need to fill two spots because the alternate position is also open. He asked for volunteers to join the committee.

CouNCIl CoMMeNTs  Councilman George McClellan said there was “good news” because the legislature has adjourned and “we’re free for at least six more months.” He said he believes small towns “came out good” on the tax reform bill and thanked everyone who went to Raleigh to have their voices heard.  Councilman Spencer Sullivan expressed his appreciation for the town park and to the Parks and Recreation Commission for all the upcoming events they have scheduled.

CloseD sessIoN Council entered closed session at 7:18 p.m. After reconvening at 7:31 p.m., it was announced that the town manager’s compensation would be increased by four percent. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:32 p.m.

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Clay Britt (far right) was presented with framed jerseys in honor of his three-year-old son Jaiden and wife, Melissa, during the halftime show at the “J’s for Jaiden and Melissa Britt Charity Basketball Game” Aug. 2. Jaiden and Melissa Britt died during a boating accident on High Rock Lake on May 25. The charity basbas ketball game, which was played at Northwest High School, was organized by Clay’s longtime friend from Western High School, Jared Pike, of 107.5 KZL’s Jared and Katie in the Morning Show.

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Northwest High School Viking Band parent Helen Buck, along with several other band parents, sat in the shade during the Aug. 2 practice hand-making cherry blossoms which will be used during the band’s performances this year. The band’s theme for 2013 is “Geisha.”


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Dylan Heath carefully lines the fields at the Stokesdale Town Park in preparation for football with the Stokesdale Youth Football League on Aug. 1. Heath, along with two friends, learned a thing or two about geometry while lining the field Thursday afternoon.

Northwest High School senior Kara Profit, a Bi-Rite employee, was busy serving hot dogs Aug. 1. Several Stokesdale citizens visited the hot dog stand at Bi-Rite on the corner of U.S. 158 and Belews Creek Road.

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 Food Drive | Northwest High School’s SHINE Club will collect canned and boxed food for the greensboro urban Ministry at Lowes Foods in the Oak Ridge Commons shopping center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11. SUNDAY, AUG. 11 H A S SL E - FR EE B U I L D I NG & R EM O D EL I NG

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 Homecoming/Revival | St. James AME Church, 6709 Sandylea Road, Oak Ridge, invites the community to its annual homecoming service on Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. Revival services are scheduled nightly on Aug. 12-14, beginning at 7 p.m. More info: Marcia Isley, (336) 684-0700

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 Blood Drive | Oak Ridge united Methodist Church, 2424 Oak Ridge Road, will host a blood drive on Aug. 12 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. There is an urgent need for O-neg, A-neg, and B-neg types, but all types are needed. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins will be accommodated as timely as possible. More info: 643-4690 or THURSDAY, AUG. 15

 9th Grade/Newcomers Orientation | Rising ninth grade students and high school newcomers are invited to an orientation at Northwest High School on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There will also be a meeting for parents on the same date at 9 a.m. in the school’s (new) gym.

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CELEBRATION HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Pauline Stafford, better known as “Miss Polly,” celebrated her 89th birthday on August 7th with her family. She taught the pre-school class at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church for 50 years, and always had Juicy Fruit gum in her purse for the children.

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Clarification: origin of NWHS soccer program After we published information in our Aug. 2-8 issue about Guilford County Schools accepting nominations to name

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Northwest High School’s soccer field after the late Bob Yow, longtime teacher and coach at Northwest, a reader asked

that we clarify some of the information in that write-up. The reader wrote that Coach Yow was very dedicated to the NWHS soccer program, and very deserving of being honored and having the soccer field named after him – but he actually wasn’t the founder of the high school’s soccer program, as was indicated in the write-up we published. “The first soccer team at Northwest High was during the 1984-1985 school year and was a girls’ team,” the reader explained. “Many girls were already playing travel soccer and through the efforts of a handful of Summerfield families that petitioned, begged and persuaded the principal to give them a shot, the team was formed. “All funding for uniforms, equipment and a coach from the uNC-greensboro men’s soccer team were provided solely by those families. The team had a very successful season, even while playing more established teams from Page, grimsley and Smith (although not allowed to play at Northwest on the pristine ‘football’ field – all games were played at the Oak Ridge Military Academy).” The coach of the first NWHS soccer team was Trudy Matthews, a teacher at the school, and Vinnie Campanelli (uNCg men’s soccer coach).

“The founder of the first soccer team at NWHS was a determined group of families who wanted to see their girls doing what they loved for their school. I know because I was a member of the first soccer team and a proud member of one of those families,” the reader concluded. Northwest High School’s athletic director, John Hughes, confirms that though Bob Yow was the first coach of the boys’ soccer program, Trudy Matthews was the school’s first soccer coach. “Coach Yow did indeed take over the girls’ soccer program once Trudy Matthews left NWHS and was an instrumental part of maintaining a standard of excellence for the NWHS soccer program along with several other people and coaches,” Hughes says. “There is no doubt that the support from the community and soccer families was a huge part of the beginning of the soccer program at Northwest,” Hughes continues. “Coach Yow was a longtime coach who worked tirelessly in building the new soccer field, but did it alongside several families and community members. Now and as in the past, Northwest is blessed to have such outstanding and involved people on our staff and in the community who are willing to go the extra mile to help the school.”

StokeRidge Select wins Summer Shootout The StokeRidge Select baseball team won the Summer Shootout held July 27-28. The team went undefeated in the 9/10U tournament.

Second Annual Football Classic Hosted by Northern Guilford High School. 7101 Spencer Dixon Road, Greensboro, NC 27455

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BReAKING AND eNTeRING Aug. 1 | Three unlocked vehicles on Oak Ridge Road in Summerfield were entered. The suspect stole $10 in coins. Aug. 2 | An unlocked vehicle on Oak Ridge Road in Summerfield was entered, but nothing was stolen. Aug. 3 | A resident of Larue Court in Summerfield reported two envelopes of money had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in his driveway. The vehicle was unable to be processed because of the lapsed time between when the incident allegedly occurred and when it was reported.

DAMAGe To PRoPeRTY July 30 | An unknown suspect broke a side mirror off a motor vehicle parked on Bame Road in Colfax, causing damage of about $250.

July 31 | A resident of Horse Farm Road in Summerfield reported a fire on his property. When police arrived, the resident showed officers a 2007 John Deere lawnmower that had caught on fire and burned. The officer was unable to determine the cause of the fire and contacted the fire inspector. The total loss is estimated at $2,000.

TRAffIC offeNse July 30 | During a traffic stop on u.S. 220 North in Summerfield, a driver was found to be operating a motor vehicle with multiple registration and equipment violations. The driver was cited for an expired, revoked and fictitious registration, an expired inspection and no insurance. Aug. 3 | A driver on N.C. 150 in northern greensboro was found to be driving with a revoked license.

MIsCellANeous July 29 | A resident of grenham Road in northern greensboro reported suspicious Internet activity. Aug. 1 | A resident of Deboe Road in Summerfield reported he was being harassed by electronic means as well as telephone. The victim reported the harassment toward him had been going on for several weeks, but several family members were now being targeted. Aug. 3 | A resident of Laurinda Drive in northwest greensboro reported finding a ladies’ purse while walking in the woods.

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GRINS to...  Elizabeth’s Pizza in Oak Ridge for allowing my mom to pay for her food the next day, after she realized she had left her purse in someone else’s car.  Kenneth with Original Triad Door Co. in Kernersville for being prompt, courteous, efficient and knowledgeable. After inspection, he replaced springs, rollers,

etc., and did a great job at a very competitive cost. Another local business that provides great customer service.  ORE, gCS and all of the wonderful volunteers at The Summit Church for allowing us to meet weekly at the school to worship! What a great church that I am honored to call my new church home.  The two men at the Food Lion in Summerfield on Aug. 1 for helping me try to get my car started. I’m pregnant, and it was very hot out! I greatly appreciate your kindness.  Huntsville for putting on a great Pinto All Star Tournament.  Stokesdale Fire Department and EMS for getting to my house quickly and taking care of me. Keep up the great work.  To the nice lady at Food Lion on Battleground on Monday, Aug. 5, who paid for my mother’s grocery bill because she left her debit card at home.

 Concerned Citizens, Stokesdale for their well-constructed thoughts in laying out the challenges of our town.

GRIPES to...  Boat owners/operators who consume alcohol when operating any kind of boat. You endanger yourself, your passengers, and other boaters. This includes jet skis, too. Same gripe for not requiring life vests for everyone on board.  The (Oak Ridge) Pedestrian Transportation Plan Committee. Let’s hear from more than 122 of the 6,476 residents of Oak Ridge before the council votes. Not all of us want a path through our property or our taxes to increase.  The patrons of Double K Sports Bar in Stokesdale who don’t use the inside restrooms to relieve themselves.  Kenneth Van Derveer, for proposing another LCID landfill. The hole on your land has not been an issue for this community. You knew of the hole when

you bought it – if you didn’t like it you shouldn’t have purchased it.  The person in the CVS parking lot on Wednesday, July 31, who opened his car door and raked his fast food trash out into the parking lot. There are trash cans in Oak Ridge!  To the “mower” of a non-mowing neighbor. Have you talked to your neighbor lately? Maybe your neighbor is ill or down on his/her luck. Stop worrying about how your neighbor’s lawn looks and worry about how you look.  Paranoid people who worry about a field of corn being harmful. Can farmers and farm crops not use technology to advance just as everything else does? You probably eat something every day that has that type of corn in it.  Lowe’s (Home Improvement) in Kernersville. u.S. Army veteran showing a DD 214 discharge certificate and N.C. driver’s license to receive a discount. You say write to the VA for a photo I.D. proving service. No thanks. I’ll go to Home Depot instead.

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Our deepest gratitude Our family would like to thank each and every one of you who came out to support the charity basketball event on Aug. 2 that was held to celebrate and honor Jaiden and Melissa Britt. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such love and support. Jared Pike from 107.5 WKZL is a truly amazing person. This event was his idea and inspiration and he put his heart and soul into making this come together. When you see him, please let him know how much our community loves him. Words could never describe the energy in the gym that night. To those of you who took the time to travel long distances or take time away from your own families (players and volunteers), we are honored. We know your schedules are so busy, and please know how much we appreciate what you have done for us. Not only has this impacted our family

but it is evident the communities around us have also been greatly affected. It seems the love and support shown our family has also bonded the communities around us. god works in mysterious ways. To all of you who came out and donated money, time and items, please know that all of the money will be going to Jaiden’s playschool – Muirs Chapel Christian Playschool. Jaiden loved his little school, Melissa loved her son and was such a perfect mother! This will be a perfect place for the money to help support such a loving program for other children. As for our family, please continue to pray for each of us each day. Melissa was an amazing young lady whose influence will forever live in our hearts and the hearts of those who knew her. She will forever watch over us here on earth – and we know she is bringing love and joy to those in heaven who will watch

over her until we all reunite one day. And our little Jaiden – his smile and love for life will also live in our hearts as a constant reminder of the perfect child that he is. He is rejoicing with his baby sibling (little girl, according to us women) and teaching all the little children how to grow potatoes and drive tractors – and fix

them of course….. Remember life is precious – cherish your time with your loved ones and love one another! “And the greatest of them is LOVE,” 1 Corinthians 13:13 — The families of Melissa and Jaiden Britt

Renew ban on domestic horse slaughter I applaud Mr. Mann’s concern for the wild horses of New Mexico (Opinions, July 26-Aug. 1 issue), and I share this concern. In spite of the efforts to renew this ban, Congress has not done so. Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, New Mexico is now involved in a lawsuit against the uSDA for delaying the process of slaughtering these horses. The company is blaming the delay on the fact that the President opposes the slaughter. There are many activists who also do not agree with this slaughter. I would suggest you join them – with like-minded people, we may get this stopped. Robert Redford and former New Mexico gov. Bill Richardson are very active participants. Another avenue would be to contact your representative in Congress; though they did not continue the ban in 2011, many voices from constituents may help to change their minds. — J. Sykes, STOKESDALE

Editors’s Note: For those who are not aware of it, in June the Dept. of Agriculture gave Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, New Mexico, the green light to convert its cattle plant into a slaughterhouse for horses; the slaughtering operations were to begin Aug. 5. Another horse slaughterhouse was slated to begin operations in Sigourney, Iowa. This would have been the first time in seven years that horses were slaughtered in the United States instead of sending them to Canada and Mexico. However, according to an article published by USA Today, on Aug. 2 “U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo issued a restraining order in a lawsuit brought by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups in a case that has sparked an emotional national debate about how best to deal with the tens of thousands of wild, unwanted and abandoned horses across the country.”

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Good government needs civility, leadership I find it very objectionable to look thru my Northwest Observer and see an editorial in which a public servant, Frank Bruno (town council member), and a community volunteer, Susan Lukens (giles), who is associated with R.O.A.D.S., calling some of our residents liars indirectly and cowards directly. That doesn’t sound like a person who has Stokesdale residents in mind ever. As your future representative, I might have put an editorial in the paper (in response to stated concerns of a group labeling itself the Concerned Citizens, Stokesdale). As an example, I would state how much I appreciate the issues being brought to light by the Concerned Citizens and let them know that I could be contacted by email or phone, or they could schedule a sit-down with me and

work out the issues that are important to the citizens of Stokesdale rather than paint a pretty picture of what a few would like. If the Concerned Citizens wanted to continue this medium, I would be fine with that and they never have to give up their identity, if that makes them comfortable. You do whatever it takes to make those you work for comfortable and able to express themselves in a civil manner. Civility is at the heart of any good government which is working for the people and I plan to restore that to my town. Leadership is also at the heart of a good government of the people. — Michael L. Tatum The writer is a candidate for Stokesdale Mayor

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SWEAT-A-THON & SILENT AUCTION, Sat., Aug. 17, 8-11am, Gold Standard Fitness in Summerfield, to benefit a baby needing life-saving surgery thru Maandalizi Ministries in Kenya. Friendly and fun workouts, healthy snacks, and opportunities for great prizes will be available. The event is FREE with donations accepted. Please contact Cathy Gold for more info at 549-6460 or goldstandard@

TAG SALE, Sat., August 10, 7:30am, 8275 Belews Creek Rd., Belews Creek, NC 27009. Weller pottery, camp blankets, vintage dolls, old creels and fishing items, small furniture, craft supplies, lamps and lots of goodies, reasonably priced. No clothes, no pre-sales.

FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT, Fri., Aug. 9, Central Baptist Church, Oak Ridge. Enjoy the movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, snacks and soft drinks. See display ad on page 6 for more info.

YARD SALE, Saturday, August 10, 8am1pm, Lakeside Square Townhomes, 4224 Lake Brandt Road. Treasures galore!

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FREE SOUL & R&B CONCERT, Saturday, August 17, 7pm, Market Square, downtown Reidsville. See display ad on page 4 for details. 8th annual TOM BROWN MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY, Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:30am, Dawn Acres Golf Course, Stokesdale. See display ad on page 8 for info.



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COMMUNITY YARD SALE, Sat., Aug. 10, 7am, Golden Antiques, 4537 Hwy. 220, Summerfield, 27358. Lots of bargains!

GI-NORMOUS GARAGE SALE, Sat., August 10, 8am-12n, 2131 Beeson Road, Oak Ridge. Antiques (dining room set, coffee table & other furniture, linens, sm. items), collectibles (Lionel, GI Joe, Nascar, baseball cards, Coca-Cola & collectible bottles, Starting Line-up, Lunch Boxes, & more), Rose Petal play house w/kitchen, queen quilt set, rugs, lamps, stained glass, Christmas & other holiday decorations, dishes (12 pc. place setting). Household items galore. Search ginormous on Craigslist for pictures. Even the house is for sale!

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GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. 362-1150.

GUTTERS / WINDOWS / SIDING MAYS SIDING Storm damage, facia and siding repairs. 215-8776, VINYL SIDING REPAIRS, vinyl railings & siding, replacement windows, gutter cleaning and repair. Please call 215-8776 for your free estimate. 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.

LAWN CARE / LANDSCAPING HARDSCAPING, roofing, paint, brick work. Insured workers comp. 12 yrs. exp. Ask for Jose (336) 580-0538. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Complete lawn care & landscaping. NC lic. irrigation contractor. 20 years exp. Hardscaping, fertilization & weed control. 399-7764. 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. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maintenance. 655-6490. D & D LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION Complete landscaping services. Retaining walls & patios. Member BBB. NC licensed irrigation contractor. 312-2706.

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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,\ LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS 13-year anniversary special. We will beat your current written price by 15% – guaranteed! Call (336) 601-3796. TLC LAWN CARE Lawn mowing, fertilization and weed control. General cleanup. Affordable all-season lawn maintenance. (336) 681-0097. JACK’S LAWN CARE.

Weekly mowing

service and select lawn care needs. Call Jack for details, 668-0682. 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. BUZZ CUTS LAWN & LANDSCAPE INC. Annual service agrmnts. Buzz, 509-6464. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, 643-9332. ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call 382-9875. DELIMA LAWNCARE. Residential & commercial, free estimates. (336) 669-5210. A-LIST LAWN CARE. Affordable prices! Res/Com. Lic/Insured. Call us for your FREE quote at (336) 6097013 or email

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AQUA SYSTEMS. Quality irrigation systems. NC Licensed Contractor. We service all systems. Free est. 644-1174. BRAD’S BOBCAT. Landscaping, driveways, patios, sidewalks, concrete work. 362-3647. COLFAX LAWNCARE

• Pool openings • Repairs/Service • Professional liner replacement • Pressure washing & pool cleaning

Complete lawn care maintenance. Mow-

ing, trimming, plugging, seeding, fertilizing.

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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.

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Furniture Repair & Refinishing

offered exclusively at Mustard Seed Nurs-

Instead of replacing, we can repair and restore your classic furniture to a like-new condition.

ery, Inc. Free estimates. Call 644-8144.



Big or small, we grind them all. 382-3860.



CARLOS PAINTING. Res/comm., licensed & insured, free estimates. (336) 669-5210.

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

MISC. SERVICES & PRODUCTS JUNK REMOVAL – appliances, batteries, mowers, cars, etc. Call about free removal. (336) 423-3006. ON EAGLE’S WINGS residential home design/drafting. Call Patti, (336) 605-0519. SWIMMING POOL SERVICE & REPAIR. Early spring specials on pool openings, liner replacements and equipment. 20 yrs. exp. Randy Harrell, 362-9721. LOW-COST GARAGE DOORS. Repair & sales. 35 years exp. (336) 215-2800.


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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.


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




STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, 462-3683 or PAINTING INTERIOR & EXTERIOR, 32 years experience. Avg. size bedroom walls, $100. Sheetrock repair. Call Brad Rogers for your free estimate. (Local #) 314-3186.

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.

Roof Replacements / Repairs Siding & Windows Custom Decks / Porches General Home Repairs Remodeling / Painting

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est. Locally owned and operated. Lic/ins. 30 24-hr. emergency svc. OR, NC. 643-1119.



STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free yrs. exp. Bucket truck & chipper, total cleanup.


30 yrs exp • Workmanship guarantee • Insurance specialists

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JLB REMODELING INC. Licensed and insured. Free estimates. Remodeling, additions and home repairs. 681-2902, RENOVATION WORKS INC. New construction, remodeling, kitchen and bath, additions, decks & patios. Call (336) 427-7391 or

Reach 25,000 NW Guilford County residents each week right here BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens & baths, rotted wood, painting, siding, windows, spring exterior cleaning specials. Senior discounts, 35 years experience. 362-6343. 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.

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Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. Member BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., 621-6962.

Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Now accepting all major credit cards. Call 643-8191 or 580-3245.

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FREE PICKUP of appliances, batteries, junk mowers, air conditioners, grills, electrical items, metal items, etc. 689-4167. COMPUTER REPAIRS $99. Used computers, website design. Info at ITBASICS.COM - (336) 643-0068. Inside Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons.


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4 MICHELIN TIRES, P235 / 75R17, like new with Ford chrome wheels. Came off of a Ford 150 truck. $350. (336) 613-2067.

FOUND KITTEN on Hwy. 68 near Food Lion/Haw River Road on August 1. Smoky gray, friendly, current on vaccinations, free to good home only. 643-2723.

4 BR/4BA home at 8205 Brittains Field

LIFT CHAIR. Never been used, wine color. $350. Call 349-8843.


CEMENT MIXER. “Essick.” 2 bager. $1,500. Used 2 times. (336) 215-7332

PET SITTING. Caring and responsible. $14 per 30-minute visit. 601-2087.

WESTMINISTER GARDENS. Two lots, two deluxe Vantage vaults. Opening and closing plus recording fees. One 62 X 16 granite marker with vase, hole, and installation. Retail value $15,345. Sell price $10,500. 643-7304.

SPOIL-ME-ROTTEN ANIMAL CARE Motto: love, compassion, respect for your pets. Professional pet sitter for 18 years. Bonded/Insured. Member, Pet Sitters Intl. Provide food, exercise, play, meds/shots, much TLC. 1-3 trips/day. $15/trip (30 min). Call 643-5242. Oak Ridge/Summerfield.

BOWFLEX XTL with leg workout attachment and extra band of weights. Like new! $225. 708-0701. BOOK & RECORD SALE, Aug. 8-11 at Golden Antiques, 4537 Hwy. 220, Summerfield. Sponsored by The Vintage Vagabonds & MAYA. All items priced to move! ALL NEW MATTRESS SETS. Still in plastic, w/ warranty. Twin, $99; Full, $109; Queen, $129; King, $191. Can deliver, layaway available. Mattress Outlet. 992-0025.

 MISC. WANTED $$$ – WILL PAY CASH up to $200 for your junk or wrecked vehicle. 552-0328.

Road, in the heart of Oak Ridge. Large game room, LR , DR, kitchen, keeping room and bonus room. Newly refinished hardwood floors downstairs and on landing. Kitchen and baths remodeled with granite and quartz. Great Neighborhood! Asking $449,000. (336) 402-3450.

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 REAL ESTATE HOMES FOR RENT HOUSE FOR RENT in Stokesdale. 2BR, 1BA. 1,000 sq feet. All appliances and yard service included. Heat pump. $600/ month + 1 month deposit required. Call (336) 643-7823.

Nestled in an Exclusive Gated Enclave of 10+ acre estates sits this exquisite home & mini horse farm. Designed & built specifically for the site of highest quality & materials. Features a covered Terrace w/ fireplace, Garage w/studio above, plus 3-Stall Stable w/Tack Room & Wash Pit. Live your dream! Mins from Northern HS. $899,000

Gil Vaughan

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2BR, 1 BA HOUSE FOR RENT. 1 1/4 miles from Northern schools on Spencer Dixon

7821 Charles Place, Stokesdale

Rd. 643-3102.

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SHAVED LOPSA OPSA FOUND Sun., Aug. 4, Pleasant Ridge and Carlson Dairy. Old w/ cataracts. Call 337-6266 or 337-6267.

Almstead Custom Home on .92 acre premium lot. Quiet cul-de-sac street. NW schools! N’hood pool/tennis. Screened porch backs to trees for privacy. Daylight basement for future rec room, plumbed for future bath also. All vaulted & 9-ft. ceilings. Exquisite home – a must-see!

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3001 Latta Drive, Summerfield Has it all and then some! Nice country 1.5 ac level lot with 2-car att & 2-car det garages, inground pool, finished bsmt, porch, deck, patio, sunroom, etc. NO HOA DUES! Park your boat or RV! Summerfield Elem/Northern Middle & High. Offered at $360,000. Priced to Sell!

WILL PAY CASH for riding lawn mower needing repair or free removal if unwanted. Also free pick-up of appliances, batteries, air conditioners, grills, metal items, computers, gas & electrical items. 689-4167.



OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, August 18, 2-4pm, 2131 Beeson Rd, Oak Ridge. This custom-built beauty sits on private 1.5-acre lot in the heart of Oak Ridge. 3 extra-large BR plus bonus rm. Master suite on main level. Full front porch and gazebo, plus stamped patio. $334,000.

Lovely custom-built home, 2,862 SF, 3BR/2.5BA. Fantastic private setting, main-level bedroom w/sitting room, updated kitchen w/granite counters & tile backsplash. Great room features 2-story ceiling & beautiful stone fireplace. Basement in-law apartment w/kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and separate outside entry. $299,000

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PRIVATE ACREAGE off Strawberry Road, 16 acres, perfect for private estate, wooded & cleared. $325,000. Ashley Fitzsimmons, Allen Tate Realtors, (336) 312-4543. VACATION PROPERTY N. MYRTLE BEACH CONDO, 2BR, 1BA, first floor, pool, one block off ocean. Owner rental. Avail. 8/17-8/31; 9/1-9/12. 643-4875.

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in this budget is something that several legislators I have spoken with say they regret. However, we must remember that state funds are limited, especially due to economic recovery, which makes it difficult to provide a pay raise to state employees at this time…This is simply a matter of understanding economic reality. We must remember that there are thousands of private sector employees who have gone an extended amount of time without a pay increase, and in some cases, have lost their job. In other words, the economic reality has not affected state employees alone; it has affected many of our citizens.”

...continued from p. 1 I believe our teachers are not fully “ respected, either professionally or financially, for the significant contribution they make to society…It is obvious to me that most of the legislators who pass judgment on our teachers have no clue what is involved in the day-to-day effort to educate our kids, and that is truly a shame. Teachers have become an easy target – a budgeting tool – instead of a central focus for enhancing our most valuable resource – our children.” -William Edwards, Oak Ridge resident

-Dena Barnes, town councilwoman Summerfield

First, it is important to remember that the overall education budget actually increased over the previous school year. No current teaching positions were cut, and no current teachers will take a pay cut. It is also important to remember that public education comprises 56 percent of the state budget. This is up 1 percent from last school year, when education was 55 percent of the state budget. With over half of the state budget dedicated to funding public education, it is hard to argue that North Carolina is not supporting our educational system… The starting salary of a teacher is lower than it should be. In fact, not being able to provide a pay raise for teachers

The state legislature has a very “ difficult job to do in balancing the state’s budget. Public education has increasingly come under scrutiny for better results and has been allocated less funding to do so, especially in salaries and benefits. Not only have teachers not seen raises the past few years, our health insurance premiums have gone up and our overall benefit package has suffered. unfortunately, this will deter many of the brightest and high achieving college grads from teaching in public schools in North Carolina. We are all fortunate… there are still a tremendous amount of teachers who work just as hard and

prove their dedication every day for the students and community.” -John Hughes, athletic director Northwest High School

I think that with the recent news of the changes in North Carolina has definitely changed the dynamics and the morale of the educators. As I have conversations with other educators across the state, I have noticed that the same excitement that was once there has decreased significantly. Some teachers are asking themselves the questions: Do I stay in this profession? Do I take my talent to another state? How can I keep the kids motivated if I don’t feel supported and I am struggling to do the same? These questions are all valid questions; however, as educators we have to continue to take pride in our work, stay positive and most importantly trust god.” -Keesha Sinclair, teacher Northwest High School

Although the 2013-14 budget does not include an increase for teacher’s salaries as a whole, I think I saw a provision which added $18 million for raises for the highest performing teachers. I do not recall nearly as many complaints about the education budget while the democrats controlled the executive and legislative branches, so I believe much

of the reaction is politically motivated. The highly political North Carolina Educators Association donated 98% of their campaign contributions to Democratic candidates in the 2010 election cycle. They also donated $1.8 million to [former] governor Beverly Perdue’s election in 2008. Is it any surprise that they would complain about the 201314 budget, even though it includes the largest expenditure for education in the state’s history? The salary freeze is not limited to teachers. It extends to all state and most local government employees and retirees. I have talked to many in private industry who have not had raises in many years. Has anyone heard that we are in a deep recession? …The idea that the leaders we recently elected and sent to Raleigh can get the system straightened out in two years is ridiculous. It deteriorated over a period of years and will take a while to correct. There is no magic bullet, but to continue to borrow money in our children’s name as the current federal government and the past state government did is not the answer.” -Bill Jones, town councilman Stokesdale

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