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The weather Thursday morning that sent drivers skidding across the county will also cut winter break short by a day for Rowan-Salisbury School System students. Students will make up the canceled day of classes on Jan. 3, returning a day earlier than planned. The weather outside Thursday was definitely frightful, and the same ice that coated roads and kept school buses off their normal routes made it a very busy day for emergency responders across Rowan County. With temperatures dropping again overnight, the National Weather Service and N.C. Department of Transportation warned drivers to watch out for black ice on county roads this morning.
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A year ago Sandra Menius found out she had colon cancer and has been taking chemotherapy at Carolina Oncology. She’s been a giver in the past to the Christmas Happiness fund, but this year, she wanted to make her donation in honor of the folks who see to her comfort while undergoing treatment. “They are such a great group of people,” Menius said. Menius, a Rowan native, contributed $50 to the fund. She said it’s hard enough dealing with cancer and chemotherapy without having to travel out of the county to oncology centers in WinstonSalem and Charlotte. “We have a wonderful place right here Salisbury. We are very fortunate to have such knowledgeable people in town,” she said. When she arrives for her treatments, the staff is very welcoming with a “smile and laughter,” Menius said, which helps her get through the treatments, “even when you are not feeling so well.” The staff goes beyond the call of duty and sometimes past work hours. “I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for me this past year, and as I continue with treatments this coming year,” she said. Giving to others is what Christmas is all about, she said. I wanted to do something for them (the children) and I knew they get a lot of food things and this would be a way to honor them (Carolina Oncology) and help the children,” Menius said. Deadline for Christmas Happiness contributions is Dec. 23. The Post’s business office will be closed Christmas Eve. Contributions to the Christmas Happiness Fund may be brought to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mailed to the Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639 Salisbury, NC, 28144. Make checks payable to the Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed. Yesterday’s total ..$48,899.35 Nu Wave Salon: Karen, Kim, Ashley, Sheliah, Darlene ........$80 In loving memory of Joyce Kneip on her Birthday-December 17th by Debbie Eller ................$25 In honor of Daryl, Phillip and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Choir by Pennie and Dick Martin ..$100 In honor of the extraordinary Customer Service Team at McKenzie Taxidermy Supply by L. Thomas and Kathy Powell ...........$100 In honor of Cathy Anthony, the best by Bobbie Jean and Rosa Lee Ross .........................$25 In loving memory of my husband Robert (Bob) Parks by Betty Parks .. .....................................$50 In memory of Wendy Atkinson by
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On Thursday, a FedEx truck that overturned on Interstate 85 at 4 a.m. began the day filled with wrecks and stranded motorists. Sgt. Rich Allred of the N.C. Highway Patrol said the accident blocked southbound traffic for hours ThursAt least three day morning fatalities across on the interthe state, 3A state, which responders described as a “sheet of ice.” The Salisbury Fire Department stayed busy along I-85 from 4 a.m. until 8 a.m., responding to at least 12 wrecks on the interstate, the department reported. Sleet and freezing rain early Thursday coated roads all over the county and made
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Highway Patrol Trooper K.G. Barringer watches as a truck from Royal’s Garage in KannapoLiz TennenT lis pulls Jennifer Bryant’s car up an embankment on n.C. 152. Troopers and two truck driv- Waterfowl scurry across the frozen lake at City Park. ers responded to dozens of wrecks Thursday morning as ice coated county roads.
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Rowan County’s legislative delegates support recommendations made this week by Gov. Beverly Perdue — they just don’t know what took her so long to agree with the Republicans. Perdue, a Democrat, addressed members of the North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday as they gathered for a legislative committee meeting. “Our fellow citizens — no matter how they voted in this election or what political affiliation they put beside their names — are looking to us in this room to position North Carolina for a successful and competitive future,” she said, according to a press release from
her office. Perdue outlined three calls to action. The first is to limit the length of time that the General Assembly can remain in session to 90 days in a long session and 45 days in a short session. The press release said this would “provide millions in cost savings for taxpayers.” The second action Perdue calls PERDUE for is the establishment of an independent redistricting commission to ensure fairness as legislative maps are drawn next year. The third asks for statutes that
regulate legislative accountability to be made consistent with her executive order “to better define public records, increase transparency for her office, and give taxpayers more access to government information.” N.C. Rep. Fred Steen said Thursday he agrees with much of what the governor has recommended and says he thinks the new Republican majority could work well with her. “Republicans have repeatedly asked for (an independent redistricting commission),” Steen said. “But now that we’re in the ninth inning, it’s going to be kind of hard to change the constitution so that we’ll be allowed to do that when we get
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Final passage of tax break deal close WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting with uncommon speed, Congress moved toward final passage Thursday night of sweeping, bipartisan legislation to avoid a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes for millions and renew jobless benefits for victims of the worst recession in 80 years. The measure also will cut Today’s forecast 47º/27º Sun returns
Social Security taxes for nearly every wage-earner and pump billions of dollars into the still-sluggish economy. The legislation was the result of a reach across party lines by President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress — stubborn adversaries during two years of political combat that ended when the GOP emerged the undis-
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The family of Richard “Richie” Carl Reeder Jr. will hold a memorial service for Richie’s friends, family and co-workers at their home Saturday to celebrate their 42-year-old son whose life ended Sunday morning during a fatal assault and robbery in Salisbury. “I know Rich would have liked to have had something here for his friends that he met down here and his co-workers,” Richie’s mother Rita McDufford said. “It’s just something I want to do for him.” The family asks friends and family to drop by Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at their Salisbury home, 1520 Glenwood Ave. Rita said Thursday that Reeder’s friends REEDER don’t really know how to take the news. “They’re all just so hurt,” she said. “They’ve called, they’ve been by. Everybody is just so hurt by the whole thing.” Richie worked at Magna Composites six to seven days a week, and Saturday was his first day off since the first of October. He spent the day with his parents, and the night with friends. He was found in a creek at the City Park off of Jackson Street around 9:30 Sunday morning.
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ocratic critics settled for a separate vote in their bid to toughen an estate tax provision they attacked as a giveaway to the very rich. They were defeated, 233-194, with one vote of “present.” “The president will be able to sign it as soon as he likes,” said Rep. Rob An-
LAWMAKERS FROM 1a Census data sometime in February.” Harry Warren, who will replace outgoing Democrat N.C. Rep. L o r e n e Coates, said he has supported using an independent commission for redistricting throughout WARREN his campaign. “We will be looking at the feasibility of using a nonpartisan entity to do redistricting,” he said Thursday. “I’m not sure we’ll have enough time to put that in place for this one, but I don’t think it’s out of line to let Republicans have one shot at redistricting in a century.” Steen and Warren both said the Republican majority’s goal is to have fair and legal districts, no matter who draws them. They also said they had no problem with shorter sessions, but once again, it may not happen right away. “I don’t think we can cut the session to 90 days with the challenges facing the Republican legislature,” Warren said. “It is one of the initiatives of Republican leadership to return the leg-
month.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, DMd., said the White House “could have gotten a better deal” in secretive talks. Policy differences aside, the legislation stood on the brink of enactment just 10 days after the president announced he had agreed on a framework with Republicans. The bill provides a twoyear extension of tax cuts enacted when George W. Bush was president, avoiding an increase at all income levels.
islature back to a part-time position ... so it will be addressed in the long run.” Steen said the legislature will need plenty of time STEEN next year to work on North Carolina’s budget. “The state is in a very difficult situation right now economically, and the budget process is going to reflect that,” he said. Shifting the session earlier might be a good idea, Steen added, especially since county and municipal governments must adjust their own budgets according to the state’s. Both Steen and Warren
said transparency and open government are important, and they would support efforts to increase them. Warren also praised a plan announced by Perdue earlier this month to consolidate state agencies and cut 150 boards and commissions. He called her recommendations “very conservative.” In an email to the Post Thursday, N.C. Sen. A n d r e w Brock was less compli- BROCK mentary as he agreed with Perdue’s calls to action. “I am glad that the governor is looking at suggestions that the Republicans have
made for some time now,” Brock wrote. “She has not be insulated from these suggestions; in fact she heard many when she spent 24 years as an elected official herself.” He went on to ask why, if the governor felt so strongly about these recommendations, did she not make them while she was serving as a state representative, a state senator, lieutenant governor or governor until Republicans took control. “Some would say that many of the problems we face now were her doing,” Brock wrote. He said Republicans would show North Carolinians “a responsible government that is efficient, effective and encourages job growth in the private sector.” Contact reporter Karissa Minn at 704-797-4222.
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Winter blast leads to record day of energy production at Duke Energy Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas set an all-time record for winter power use Wednesday, and the utility says next month’s bills could increase significantly because of it. The utility generated 17,570 megawatts of electricity for the hour ending at 8 a.m. That’s around the same time Rowan County’s temperature set a new record low of 9 degrees. The previous winter peak of 17,282 was set
earlier this year on Jan. 11. The all-time peak for the utility was Aug. 8, 2007, when Duke generated 18,988 megawatts of electricity. Around 50 percent of a customer’s energy costs are attributed to heating and cooling the home. “During a similar cold snap last year, the average residential customer saw a 30 percent increase in his or her power bill. We could see a similar trend this season,” said Gianna Manes, Duke Energy’s chief customer officer. “We often forget that when the temperatures
drop, our heating systems work harder and longer to maintain the comfort level in our homes.” Duke encourages customers who may have trouble paying bills that come in higher than they expected to call early and discuss their options, including special assistance programs and possible payment arrangements. The company also encourages customers to conserve. Small changes in energy usage could make a big difference, it says.
WINTER FROM 1A driving dangerous in many places. While the Salisbury Police Department saw no more than 12 wrecks in Salisbury, the Highway Patrol responded to a total of 71 calls in Rowan between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m. State troopers typically respond to around five or six wrecks a day in Rowan County. This morning could be another adventure for drivers. After temperatures climbed above freezing Thursday, the National Weather Service says they will again fall to around 32 degrees, creating patches of black ice on the roadways. Meteorologist Neil Dixon said the black ice will make driving “pretty difficult” on any untreated roads. “All of the sidewalks, roads and bridges are all wet from the precips that have fallen” Thursday, Dixon said. He noted that northern Rowan was still getting rain Thursday night. Dixon said temperatures should rise above freezing after sunrise, but he urges folks to watch for slick spots in shaded areas. On Saturday another “weather maker” will be moving into Rowan, Dixon said. It will start when temperatures are below freezing, and precipitation will fall as a mix of rain and snow. Dixon said not to expect any significant accumulation Saturday. Some folks Thursday avoided back roads on their way to work, but still weren’t in the clear. Jennifer Bryant knew county roads were bad Thurs-
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Jennifer Bryant, left, and her 5-year-old daughter Kaitlyn watch as a tow-truck pulls Bryant’s Nissan up an embankment on N.C. 152 Thursday morning after Bryant hit a patch of ice. day morning, so she avoided the back roads she normally drives from Rowan to her job in Charlotte. As Bryant drove along N.C. 152 just west of Rockwell, though, she hit a patch of ice and lost control of her Nissan sedan. The car spun around and Bryant found herself skidding toward a steep embankment, a utility pole in her path. “All I could see was the pole in front of me, and I just prayed to God I didn’t hit it,” she said. She missed the pole and her car ended up sliding backward down the embankment. It came to rest at a 45-degree angle in a deep hole, its nose pointing toward the sky above Rockwell. Banged up but without major injury, Bryant climbed out the passenger side and got
help from a good Samaritan. “I’m just thankful God watched over me and I didn’t hit that pole,” she said. “Cars are replaceable. My life’s not.” Bryant’s husband Randy and 5-year-old daughter Kaitlyn returned to the wreck scene with her later, and Bryant said she was doubly thankful Rowan-Salisbury school officials canceled classes and Randy wasn’t on the roads taking Kaitlyn to kindergarten. The accident happened around 8:20 a.m., but with so many wrecks, the Highway Patrol and a towing company couldn’t get to Bryant’s car until around 11:30 a.m. Highway Patrol Trooper K.G. Barringer said he had investigated 10 wrecks by the time he got to Bryant’s, and he estimated troopers in Rowan
Other tow-truck owners were also busy. Gaskey at Robbie Franklin Service and Garage on U.S. 601 responded to several stranded drivers on the roads throughout the morning, he said. Phillip Leonard, owner of Leonard Motor and Towing on Railroad Street said the need for towing services was higher than usual. “A lot of them were stuck in ditches and some went off into the ditch in their driveway and some into curves,” he said. Leonard’s first call came in at 5:30 a.m. as roads in the county near the Ellis Cross Roads community and Old Mocksville Road lay under sheets of ice. “It was cold,” he said of the weather early Thursday morning. Allred said that when roads are in the condition they were Thursday, drivers who don’t have to be out should stay home. “Don’t drive unless you have to get out,” he said. “Just be prepared for the weather and stay in.” For information on roads in your area, call 511, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s toll-free travel information line.
had already responded to between 30 and 40, most with no injuries. “It’s not been isolated,” Barringer said. “It’s been out here, the interstate, the western end of the county, everywhere.” Dean Royal, of Royal’s Garage in Kannapolis, responded with his brother Robbie Royal to pull Bryant’s car up the embankment and tow Contact reporter Shelley it away. He said the towing Smith at 704-797-4246. Scott business was “up 100 percent” Jenkins and Shavonne Potts over Wednesday. contributed.
Roads turn deadly across the state RALEIGH (AP) — State troopers say three people died in separate traffic accidents in eastern North Carolina as snow, sleet and freezing rain left some local roads coated with an icy glaze. The Highway Patrol said one man was killed Thursday when a pickup truck and a car collided on a road near Fayetteville. Another fatal accident occurred in Robeson County. In Duplin County, the patrol said 65-year-old Michael Waller of Deep Run was killed when the pickup truck he was driving hit a patch of ice on N.C. 11 near Pink Hill and collided with another truck. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. Elsewhere, icy conditions in metro Atlanta and north Georgia also prompted road closures. Those who ventured out had to allow time to clear ice that coated nearly everything, from cars to walkways to the sides of buildings. In Florida, farmers were assessing how cold weather affected their crops.
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DISTRICT MAP AMENDMENT: LDOZ-09-2010 Petitioner(s): ..........................................City of Salisbury Owner(s): ..............................................Lerner / Rack Room Shoes Address: ................................................175 & Unnumbered Circle M Drive Tax Map - Parcel(s):..............................471-059, 471-108 Size / Scope: ..........................................Approximately 26.3 acres (2 parcels) Location: ................................................Located along the south margin of Circle M Drive and along the east margin of Cedar Springs Road just north of North Main Street (US-29) REQUEST: Request to amend the City of Salisbury Land Development District Map by establishing LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (LI) zoning on approx. 26.3 acres (2 parcels) at 175 Circle M Drive as part of recent annexation proceedings
PLANNING BOARD RECOMMENDATION: At their meeting of November 9, 2010 the Planning Board voted 11-0 to recommend APPROVAL of the proposed map amendment.
A copy of the above petition is available for public review at City Hall (217 South Main Street). Persons wishing a copy, or additional information, should call (704) 638-5244. If persons would like to respond in writing, they may do so by mailing a letter to Community Planning Services, P.O. Box 479, Salisbury, NC 28145 or by e-mail to email@example.com. Citizens interested in the proposal are invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. Changes may be made in the above proposal as a result of debate, objection, or discussion. This the 8th day of December 2010.
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A Ford Mustang was about a foot away from ending up in the creek at the intersection of East Council Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Thursday afternoon.
Car almost ends up in creek The driver of a Ford Mustang almost ended up in the water Thursday afternoon after he ran a stop sign, collided with another car, and was sent backward down a creek bank, resting only feet from the icy water. The wreck happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Council Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. According to Salisbury Police Officer Ryan Carlton, the driver of the Mustang, William Collins, 27, of Lower Palmer Road, Rockwell, was traveling down Council Street, failed to stop for the stop sign, and hit another vehicle. The impact sent the Mustang backward down a creek bank. Collins was able to walk away without injuries. The driver of the other vehicle involved, Dee Davis, 62, of Lafayette Circle, and passenger, Henry Bridges, 54, of the same address, were taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. Davis’ Ford Taurus station wagon was hit on the driver’s front side. Collins was cited for unsafe movement, displaying a fictitious tag and no insurance.
Henderson students arrested after robbery in school Three Henderson Independent High School students have been charged with felony robbery following an incident in the stairwell at the school, police say. Bobby Edward Wesley II, 17, is charged with felony common law robbery and given a $3,500 secured bond. Keith Douglas Davidson Jr., 18, was charged with felony common law robbery, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. WESLEY Davidson is in jail under a $26,000 secured bond. The third person charged Deadrian Cowan, 19, had not been arrested Thursday. Police said the three teens cornered Christopher Fleming, 16, in the stairwell of the school, went through his pockets and took his wallet. As Fleming tried to stop them, DAVIDSON they hit him in the face. A total of $10 was taken from Fleming, who was later found in the gym with minor injuries. He did not need medical attention, police said. The incident happened Dec. 8 but wasn’t reported until Dec. 14. The warrants were obtained Tuesday after police showed a district attorney surveillance video from the stairwell.
Police: 14-year-old holds kitchen knife to mother’s throat Denial of sweet tea prompted attack A 14-year-old who must have really had a hankering for sweet tea Wednesday night was arrested after police say he held a kitchen knife to his mother’s throat when she denied him tea. The Salisbury Police Department said officers responded to a Dan Street residence around 11 p.m. Although the boy was sitting on the couch in the living room when they arrived, the family told police the boy had to be physically restrained by his older brother, keeping him away from his mother. The boy refused to cooperate with the officers, and he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and taken to a youth correctional facility.
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The Rev. Bill Godair, center, and his wife Tina, left, of Cornerstone Church in Salisbury talk with Delorest Lattimore in the master bedroom of Lattimore’s newly remodeled house. Cornerstone Church members and other volunteers completely renovated the house in one week while Lattimore had no knowledge of it while on a trip to Texas.
Cornerstone Church remodels member’s home BY DENEESHA EDWARDS The Dispatch of Lexington
LEXINGTON — Delorest Lattimore never imagined coming home from a trip to Texas on Wednesday that she would be greeted by nearly 100 friends and neighbors who surprised her with a remodeled home. The early Christmas gift was an act of love conspired by members of Lattimore's church, Cornerstone Church in Salisbury. She was greeted with hugs, cheers and applause by church members, co-workers, neighbors and community members who offered their support. “Thank you to everybody,” Lattimore said in tears after she arrived in a limousine. “I could have never imaged this. Thank you Lord, it's beautiful.” Several members in the crowd held signs that read “Welcome home,” “Congratulations” and “Cornerstone Church loves you.” Bill Godair, the lead pastor of the church, shouted through a bullhorn to Lattimore, “We have done an extreme makeover. Merry Christmas,” right before the crowd yelled “move that bus.” Plans to fix the house started nearly a month ago when a church member stopped by the
Delorest Lattimore, center, is astonished at seeing her remodeled house Wednesday evening on Leonford Street while surrounded by Tina Godair, right, and other members of Cornerstone Church in Salisbury along with Lattimore’s neighbors. house to assist Lattimore with some electric work. After noticing how poor the condition of the home was in, church members
prayed that help would come to help Lattimore because she was a good woman. A couple of weeks later, Godair and church
members decided to act, feeling compelled by the spirit that they needed to do something to help. “I’ve known her for 14 years and never heard her complain,” Godair said. “I would have never dreamed she had this kind of situation at home. We realized it was a severe situation. If she knew we were trying to do anything, she would say no because that's the type of person she is. It has been a great blessing and an act of love.” Lattimore, a single mother of three children — LaKisha, Antonio and Tamika — had been living in the house on Leonford Street for more than 15 years. The house didn't have any central heat or air, water had piled underneath the house creating mold, some of the walls were without drywall and one of the bathrooms did not work. Before her mother arrived, Tamika said her mom is a very private and quiet person and would be blown away once she saw her new home. Tamika stays at the home with her mother and was overwhelmed with everything and was anxious and excited for her mom to return. “I've been in tears all week,” Tamika said. “She always told us we were very blessed. We're
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A vintage wedding dress inspired the holiday window display at Salisbury Square Antiques, which won top prize in the downtown storefront decoration contest. The window features the gown and other unique items for sale in the antiques shop, along with Christmas trees, wreaths and seasonal decor. The
color gold, used prominently throughout the large display, ties everything together. The bride never wore her dress. Before she could marry, the groom was killed in battle during World War II. The bride-to-be died a short time later. “She grieved herself to death,” said John Shuler, Salisbury Square An-
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Salisbury utility customers who pay their bill in person should use the new Customer Service Center at 1415 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new facility opened Monday. The transition from the former location at 132 N. Main St. has gone smoothly, said Karen Wilkinson, city director of public information. The new drive-up kiosk for bill payment has been a hit with customers, especially during inclement weather, said Wade Furches, city finance manager. “Customers are finding the drive-through service to be most convenient and a wonderful addition during these cold and blustery days,” Wilkinson said. Customers have been trying out the drivethrough all week, she said. The 26,658-square-foot Customer Service Center has more parking than the city’s downtown office building, as well as city bus service. Salisbury Transit stops at the intersection across the street from the new facility, which also houses Fibrant, the city’s new telecommunications utility. Residents can sign up for Fibrant at the center and pay that bill, as well as make other city service payments. The building includes a telecommunications and radio shop to serve the city and county, Access16 TV production studio, the city’s Information Technology and Training Department and more. For customer service assistance, call 704-6385300. Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.
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Victims’ families sue in Carthage nursing home shootings
RALEIGH (AP) — Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against the man accused of murdering North Carolina school board member Kathy Taft. Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that Wake County authorities want Jason Keith Williford to be executed for the March attack in Raleigh that killed the education official from Greenville. The 62-year-old Taft was struck multiple times in the head and sexually assaulted. She died three days after being attacked in home of a friend, where she was recovering after plastic surgery. Messages left Thursday for Williford’s lawyer and for the Wake County district attorney were not immediately returned.
BAE Systems to spend $3 million, hire 176 in NC CHARLOTTE (AP) — Military contractor BAE Systems Inc. plans to spend $3 million on a new service center near Charlotte and will hire 176 workers. North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue announced the Arlington, Va.based company’s plans Thursday. The center will perform human resources and finance operations for the 52,000 employees of the U.S.based segment of London-based BAE Systems PLC. Company president Linda Hudson says having the operations in one location will save money. The company says the average salary of workers at the center will be more than $50,000 a year. The governor’s office says the project will be awarded a job development grant by the state that could be worth up to nearly $2 million if BAE Systems meets certain standards over nine years.
Elon, nonprofit to aid refugees in Triad GREENSBORO (AP) — Refugees who arrive in North Carolina’s Triad are about to get some more assistance thanks to Elon University’s law school. The News & Record of Greensboro reported Thursday that Elon law school students and a new nonprofit agency will aid refugees in the region starting next month. The Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic will offer services including helping people apply for political asylum, citizenship and employment. Several agencies already help immigrants in the Triad, which is where about one-third of the state’s refugees live. The new clinic could help take up the slack left when Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas ended its work over the past year.
Ex-NFL quarterback gives away turkeys in hometown
VANCEBORO (AP) — Two hundred residents in Vanceboro received free turkeys for Christmas, thanks to a hometown hero, former NFL quarterback Anthony Wright. The Sun Journal of New Bern reported Wright provided the turkeys at his mother’s Main Street’s Ice Elderly Pasquotank County Cream Cafe on Wednesday. Donna Wright says it’s the fourth couple found slain year her son has provided turkeys to ELIZABETH CITY (AP) — Police local residents. say an elderly couple has been slain in northeastern North Carolina and a man is in police custody after being spotted driving their missing truck. The bodies of 83-year-old Robert Alexander and 86-yearold Carolyn Alexander were found in a ditch Wednesday along a secluded dirt road near the Albemarle Sound in Pasquotank (PAS’-kwah-tank) County. Sherriff Randy Cartwright said Thursday that police were
Anthony Wright is now 34 and lives in Charlotte. He played football for the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants before retiring in 2008. He played at the University of South Carolina from 1995 to 1998.
Ceremony to honor domestic violence victims DURHAM (AP) — A ceremony in Durham is honoring the lives of dozens of people who lost their lives in North Carolina because of domestic and family violence this year. The City of Durham held its 10th annual memorial tree lighting ceremony on Thursday evening. The tree will bear the names of those violence victims from around the state. City Department of Human Relations director Yvonne Pena says the event is not just about remembering the lives lost but about making a renewed commitment to eliminating the senseless violence from the community. The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence says nearly 90 people have been killed in family and domestic violence in 2010.
Ex-Marine gets about 20 years for strangling wife JACKSONVILLE (AP) — A former Marine who admitted strangling his wife with a belt after believing she had been possessed by another person was sentenced Wednesday to more than 19 years in prison and will receive mental health treatment behind bars. Cody Richardson, 23, apologized in court and pleaded guilty to seconddegree murder in the 2009 slaying of his 21-year-old wife, Jessy LauerRichardson, said prosecutor Ernie Lee. The couple had grown up together in Wolfeboro, N.H., before military service took him to Iraq and brought them south. The prosecutor said the case was tragic for both families, who had known each other for many years. Richardson’s attorney said his client had returned from Iraq with mental health problems but refused to take medication. Even the victim’s mother sought help for Richardson. The prosecutor read a statement from Sara Lauer, who asked for leniency for her son-in-law, who had had initially been charged with first-degree murder. Lauer also said that with the right counseling, perhaps one day her sonin-law could be healed. “I believe very strongly that Cody is not well. I also believe very strongly that Cody needs help,” her statement said. “The man who married my daughter, Jessy, is a loving, kind, sensitive, intelligent human being who loved his wife unquestionably.” Defense attorney Allen Foster said the Marines diagnosed Richardson with post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression after he returned from Iraq but, like others, his
client refused to take medication he had been prescribed. Other serious mental illnesses were found by doctors who evaluated Richardson after the slaying, but doctors still considered him competent to enter a plea, Foster said after the sentencing. “It’s very tragic and it’s sad. They’re all sad,” Foster said of the families. “It’s a huge tragedy for a number of people.” Richardson was sentenced to between nearly 20 years and about 24 years in prison. In a rambling, five-page statement given to police after his arrest and made public Wednesday, Richardson claims to have been terror-struck in his belief his wife had been possessed by another person who spent days mocking him and speaking in gibberish. “I begged her to let me have a glimpse of my wife as I had known her,” he wrote. “I did not want to believe that the wife that I loved was never going to return.” He described killing his wife and then sitting bewildered and crying before bathing her body, brushing her hair and then lying next to her in bed as he contemplated suicide. Later, he did chores: taking out the trash, returning a movie rental and then eating at a restaurant where the two used to dine. Richardson was arrested after both he and a friend to whom he had confessed called police. Richardson was an anti-tank missile man assigned to Camp Lejeune’s 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. He joined the Marine Corps in August 2006 and was promoted to corporal in May 2008 after spending six months in Iraq. He was dismissed from the Marines days after his arrest in September 2009.
Cold water leaving sea turtles stunned BEAUFORT (AP) — An early blast of cold weather along the Atlantic seaboard has wildlife experts scrambling to save dozens of sea turtles stunned by the chilled water. More than 200 turtles rescued from Massachusetts to North Carolina have been getting treatment in several coastal states. And on Wednesday, a U.S. Coast Guard crew took about 40 rehabilitated turtles dozens of miles offshore — an eight-hour round trip — to release them in the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream. To handle all the reptiles, the Coast Guard needed to use one of its 110foot cutters. “It’s part of our mission to protect marine life,” said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Caleb Peacock. “Anytime we can lend a hand, then we definitely volunteer to do so.” Some of the sea turtles found coldstunned in recent days have died. Others have developed pneumonia and are still undergoing treatment. Kelly Thorvalson, who is leading the care for some of them as the sea turtle rescue program manager with the South Carolina Aquarium, said her facility is providing antibiotics, daily fluids
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Judge dismisses challenge to Voting Rights Act KINSTON (AP) — A lawsuit over an Eastern North Carolina town’s local elections that sought to overturn a major pillar of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was dismissed Thursday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. District Judge John Bates announced his decision in a brief order that didn’t elaborate on his reasoning, but he wrote that he will soon issue a lengthier ruling. The lawsuit, filed in April on behalf of five Kinston residents by the conservative Center for Individual Rights, challenged a Justice Department decision to strike down a 2008 referendum that would have established nonpartisan elections in the town. The measure was overwhemingly approved by town voters. The Justice Department contended that nonpartisan elections, which are common across North Carolina, would effectively deny black voters the chance to vote for candidates of their choice. The department argued that although blacks make up a majority of Kinston’s registered voters, they have been a minority of actual voters in three of the last four elections. Blacks are able to win elections because of a small but important segment of “crossover votes” from whites who vote straight-party Democrat tickets, the department contended. Stephen LaRoque, the lead plaintiff, said at the time the lawsuit was filed that unelected federal employees shouldn’t have the power to invalidate the results of a free election. Phone calls placed after hours to Terrence Pell, president of the center, were not immediately returned Thursday. The Voting Rights Act gives the Justice Department the authority to review and approve changes in election law or procedure by “jurisdictions” with a history of illegally impeding citizens’ voting rights. That part of the law, Section 5, is most extensively applied in the South, where the entire states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are covered, along with virtually all of Virginia and large sections of North Carolina.
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CARTHAGE (AP) — The families of two of the eight people shot and killed at a North Carolina nursing home last year have sued, saying the home didn’t do enough to protect residents. Seven residents and a nurse were killed and two others were hurt at Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage on March 29, 2009. The lawsuit filed this week in Durham County Superior Court alleges that the suspect’s estranged wife told her supervisors that he might come for her that day, so they should have known he was likely to attack her there. It also accuses Pinelake and its owners, Peak Resources, of not providing basic protection to residents, such as locked front doors, a surveillance system, or someone working at the front desk. Attorneys for the nursing home said they had not fully reviewed the lawsuit and could not comment. A police officer shot and wounded the suspect, Robert Stewart, who faces eight counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against him if he is convicted in the trial scheduled to start July 11. Prosecutors say Stewart went to the nursing home looking for his estranged wife. She hid from him in a closet in the Alzheimer’s ward. The families are seeking more than $10,000, including medical and funeral expenses and damages for pain and suffering. Their lawyer, Mark McGrath, alleges that Stewart was “fully armed and ammoed up and was able to sashay through the door. No locked check points or anything.” “He had his way with the whole facility, which was pretty frightening,” McGrath told The Fayetteville Observer in Thursday’s papers. He is representing the families of victims Louise DeKler, 98, and John Goldston, 78.
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6A • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010
Family time at the heart of holidays
Salisbury Post “The truth shall make you free” GREGORY M. ANDERSON
ELIZABETH G. COOK Editor
Editorial Page Editor
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEATHS
How many The threat of WikiLeaks more victims? hat a tragedy. Two people are dead, and two children, 4 and 7, are left without their mother and father. For now, they are too young to fully grasp the awful finality of what happened. But eventually, they will agonize over the same question the adults around them are asking today. Why did this happen? Why couldn’t someone have seen it unfolding? Why did Statesville Police Officer Robert Przasnyski murder his estranged wife, Heather, Tuesday evening and then turn the gun on himself, as their two children waited inside their father’s home? Such whys occur far too often in our country and state, where domestic violence is a silent epidemic that courses through communities. According to recent statistics, Some resources North Carolina ranks fourth in • Family Crisis Council of the nation in Rowan County www.familycrisiscouncil.org; the number of 24-hour hotline: 704-636-4718 homicides • N.C. Coalition Against committed by Domestic Violence men against www.nccadv.org women. When 1-888-232-9124 (toll free) Heather Przas• National Domestic Violence nyski fell dead Hotline of gunshot www.ndvh.org wounds, she 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), became the 1-800-787-3224 TTY 70th domestic • National Coalition Against violence murDomestic Violence der victim in www.ncadv.org the state this year — matching the state’s total for 2009. In the majority of those cases — though certainly not all — women are the victims, and murder is the final act in a pattern of violence that occurs over months or years. Typically, death lies at the end of a trail of domestic disturbance calls and restraining orders. Breaking the cycle of domestic violence isn’t easy, but women who are battered physically or emotionally can find help through agencies such as the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County. The United Way-supported council operates a shelter and offers support services to help protect abuse victims and their children. It also operates a 24-hour hotline at 704-636-4718. Not all domestic homicides fit the pattern, however. Statesville police said they had no record of previous domestic violence pointing toward Tuesday’s deadly eruption. Robert Przasynski, who formerly worked in East Spencer, apparently left no note and few clues as to his motive. Acquaintances expressed shock and disbelief at his actions. It’s a given that the breakup of a marriage is stressful, depressing and frequently fraught with anger and hostility. Still, most people manage to walk away and get on with their lives. We’ll never know what was going on in Robert Przasynski’s troubled mind nor why he reached for a gun rather than reaching out for help. We’re just left with the whys, two orphaned children and a profoundly sad Christmas story.
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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. — Italo Calvino
y original idea in writing this article was to write about dysfunctional families during the holidays. I wanted to include some funny and not so funny stories, but the only problem was no one wanted to expose their dysfunction for all the world to see. As a result of not having enough material for the story, I started thinking how conflicts occur when people marry and join two distinct families together called in-laws. Many times issues are involved that never get resolved, but only are glossed over. When the grandchildren are born, it can get even more complicated. I guess I’m DICY among the lucky ones because I have MCCULLOUGH good memories of going to my in-laws for Christmas. My mother-in-law, Mary, loved the holiday and decorated with treasures from her past. She was born in Maine and the theme of the sea often found its way into her decorations. It wasn’t unusual to find seashells or lighthouses in the Christmas decor. When the first grandchild was about 5 years old, Mary decided to add a little humor to the holiday by dressing in a tacky Christmasthemed sweat shirt and Christmas balls for earrings. From then on, the tacky sweat shirt and earrings were expected as part of the Christmas fun. She never disappointed, and the grandchildren were always excited to see what Grandma was going to wear. We still have some of those fashion statements hidden away for safe keeping. Mary was a wonderful cook, and preparation for the meal began weeks in advance. The early preparation usually involved making the cakes and casseroles. I especially loved her sweet potato casserole with pecan and marshmallow topping. Even now, my mouth is watering. My father-in-law, Roger, cooked the turkey and always made celery sticks with cream cheese and olives. At the time, little did I realize the effort and preparation it took to get ready for this family occasion. The holidays weren’t perfect, by any means, but somehow we worked through any disagreements that may have arisen. In the years since my motherin-law and father-in-law have died, the grown children try to keep the memories alive through some of the same traditions, but it has become harder with the passing of time. It seemed for the first five or six years everything went along well, but now that the nieces and nephews have grown up, they make plans of their own that often conflict with the family getting together. Knowing the difficulties we have in planning a Christmas get-together — we all live within an hour of each other — I feel sorry for those families who have to travel long distances. Not only do they have to plan where and when, they also have to make plans of where to stay and for how long. It would be nice if all family gatherings were like those seen on “Happy Days” where everyone is smiling. Even if there is a disagreement, all is forgiven and forgotten within 30 minutes. Unfortunately, that is life on a TV sitcom. We live in the real world with real problems and relationships. In the real world, feelings are hurt and misunderstandings happen. It’s possible a family may never recover and waste precious holidays apart. Oftentimes, misunderstandings could be made right if the parties involved would just talk to each other. But many times that is the problem. There’s a lack of communication and no desire to go across to the other side. What started as a small disagreement just continues to grow into one big ugly mess. No matter how difficult or how much effort it takes, it’s important to preserve the family unit. You never know who may be missing at the table next year. At least for a day, this Christmas, forget the disagreements that may keep your family apart. Just like the first Christmas, give the gift of love to everyone that graces your home or table. You may find, in doing so, it may be your best Christmas ever. “Let us enter a spirited debate, “Let us agree from the outset to disagree, “But let us never break fellowship.” — Unknown • • • Dicy McCullough is a freelance writer and poet who lives in Rowan County. She can be reached at 704-278-4377.
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Secrets are crucial to war strategy
n Christmas night 1776, George Washington and his troops silently crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania east into New Jersey. They pounced on snoring Hessian mercenaries at their barracks in Trenton. Washington’s surprise attack vanquished the proBritish unit. This unexpected victory rejuvenated the American Revolution just when the cause looked lost. Were they DEROY alive back MURDOCK then, Army Private Bradley Manning (alleged purveyor of some 250,000 secret diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks) might have forwarded Washington’s covert plans to Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ founder. Assange would have galloped on horseback through Trenton’s snow-clogged streets yelling, “The Yankees are coming! The Yankees are coming!” — all to “inform the public.” Roused from their sleep, the Hessians might have crushed Washington and his men and, thus, the Revolution. If so, we now would drink warm beer at cricket matches. WikiLeakers and their increasingly vocal apologists are stunningly oblivious to military and diplomatic secrecy’s role in preserving freedom and national security. Informing the American people is a noble objective. Unfortunately, our enemies listen in. Germany was unaware
that Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt read Adolf Hitler’s military commands, thanks to captured Nazi Enigma coding machines. England kept this secret until 1974 — 29 years after Hitler committed suicide in Berlin. WikiLeaks about Jimmy Doolittle’s post-Pearl Harbor raid on Tokyo would have knocked American airplanes from Japanese skies. Likewise, “the public’s right to know” about D-Day would have told the Nazis that Eisenhower was en route and turned Normandy beach into an American Waterloo. WikiLeaks’ operators and supporters either recklessly disregard the implications of their revelations or actively subvert U.S. interests, while risking mayhem against Americans and our allies: • WikiLeaks disclosed that a major Mediterranean city has become an al-Qaeda hotbed. (To limit further damage, I have excluded its name.) Consequently, American diplomats there have redoubled their counter-terror efforts. WikiLeaks exposed this to America’s biggest enemy, placing a giant bull’s eye on the relevant U.S. outpost and jeopardizing the country that hosts it. • WikiLeaks posted diplomatic cables detailing critical infrastructure overseas, such as pipelines and vaccine factories. What a perfect target list for those who want to see “infidels” sick or dead. • WikiLeaks blabbed that China seems sanguine about Seoul controlling the entire Korean Peninsula. Next time Washington asks China to babysit Kim Jong Il, it will not help that leaked U.S. cables outed Beijing as less than thrilled with Pyongyang. This raises, not lowers, the odds that Kim will lob more explosives (conventional or atomic) at South Korea, possibly hitting
LETTERS Post should walk the academic talk I read with interest “Scientists of future need urging today” in the Dec. 12 Salisbury Post and agree that our collective future depends on higher academic achievement of our students. Thank you for pointing out the career opportunities for students who apply themselves academically and become college ready. I would like to suggest that you might consider “walking this talk” by increasing the Post’s press on academic achievement. Young people, and even parents, gravitate toward what they perceive as stardom, such as what they see in the daily sports section of your paper. There is nothing at all wrong with this section; sports sell papers and sports are important to the community. Some athletes will earn scholarships, and a few may go on to play professionally. But what about the academic stars? The weekly education section lists names of honor roll students and sometimes includes small (tiny, actually) pictures of individuals achieving academically. Why not showcase these individuals? Aren’t they negotiating as much of a hurdle as the track star who gets a half-page photo? — Frances Shuping Salisbury
American GIs and perhaps dragging America into another Korean War. Since it is painfully clear that America cannot keep secrets (an old problem that WikiLeaks has updated) foreign intelligence sources will tend to clam up. Why whisper to American officials when the result is like shouting into a bullhorn? Nonetheless, a group called WikiLeaksIsDemocracy.org argues that “WikiLeaks performs an invaluable service to the broad U.S. and global public with a commitment to the protection of human rights and the rule of law.” Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore offered $20,000 toward Assange’s bail. “He should be thanked and honored, not abused and jailed,” Moore declared Tuesday. Incredible. WikiLeaks will snuff innocent lives, if it has not done so already. The U.S. remains at war with Muslim fanatics who plot mass murder against Americans and our friends overseas. From Mogadishu to Tehran to Pyongyang, bad men wish America the worst. That’s why WikiLeaks is neither funny, nor cute, nor just a “newsy” offshoot of the logorrhea that fuels breathless “Tweets” about Kardashian leg waxings and such. Underscoring this point also serves justice. WikiLeaks’ chief source, Private Manning, should be courtmartialed for espionage and treason. If convicted, he should be placed against a wall and executed by firing squad. (If extradited here, Assange deserves the same sendoff.) Maybe that will convince Americans to stop flapping our gums about things that will get us killed. • • • Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service.
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Excuse yourself With the decline in temperatures, many people are coming down with colds and the flu. If it is expected that you cover your mouth when coughing, then to me what I am about to say only makes more sense. Why would anyone think it is OK to blow their nose in front of everyone? This is not something anyone wants to see or hear! I have seen shoppers do this, health professionals and even people sitting at tables in restaurants. This is something that needs/should be done in private. Next time you feel the urge, please excuse yourself to the restroom. Also, try and remember this when allergy season comes around. I would like to know if any of the other readers feel this way as well. Please respond. — Jamie Parker Salisbury
How do you save? With our poor economy forecast to last until 2015, I
think it would be an excellent idea for the Post to encourage its readers to send in their ideas for saving money. This would help some readers and perhaps prompt more Post purchases. For instance, I would suggest that everyone who has a yard should plant tomatoes. If a family has no garden, the tomato plants could be planted close to the house among flowers. Several tomato plants, if properly cared for, could serve a family with tomato sandwiches, soups, etc., for the entire summer and fall. Ask your readers! I would guess they would like to share their ideas. — Jerrell Fisher Granite Quarry
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The holiday window display at the Blue Vine.
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• Blue Christmas Award, The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. Owners Rose and Chris Jones conspired with friend Diana Moghrabi for their intheme holiday windows. This downtown nightspot and lunch café beckons patrons with bluesy, wine-themed windows. • Most Nostalgic Animated Display, Bernhardt Hardware, 111 N. Main St. The animated retro-style figures in Bernhardt’s storefront window offer appeal for all generations, but owner Paul Bernhardt and his employees obviously had children in mind with their vignette of a jive-Santa and his musical elves. Watch Santa’s gyrations long enough and you’ll see him pause to catch his breath. • Winter Wonderland, A Step in Time, 5 Easy St. The drift of “snowflakes” in the forecourt of A Step in Time draw people into a charming shop filled with timeless curiosities as well as practical housewares. While there, don’t neglect to greet Elisabeth, the adventurous giraffe, as well as gregarious proprietors Tom Wolpert and Joe Lancione. • Best Children’s Display, The Party Connection, 121 S. Main St. See the luminous and jovial snowmen in the window at night to truly appreciate them. Owner Melanie Shorter designed a clever way to use the business’s merchandise as props while providing a unique holiday setting for a child's photograph. • Best New Shop Window, Grayshores Trading Co., 119 S. Main St. Owner Wendy Beeker seamlessly carries the shop’s eclectic style into the front windows. An intentionally spartan arrangement of simple furniture and accessories is in perfect juxtaposition with a border of sparkling white lights. The commission gave special thanks to Textile Products in the 100 block of North Main Street for dressing windows in the company’s own storefront, as well as additional windows across Main Street. Members also thanked F&M Financial Center for maintaining the elegant public access along Easy Street, and to Summit Developers for the beautiful lighting of the street trees at 120 E. Council St.
tiques co-owner who designed the window. While the sad story isn’t apparent to passersby at 111 S. Main St., the dress and other war- and wedding-related items give the window a nostalgic feel. Designed to look like two rooms, the window features mantles, furniture and rugs, with personal touches like photographs and lamps. “It’s homey, and it draws you to your roots,” Shuler said. The Salisbury Community Appearance Commission this week awarded Shuler and coowner Von Poston the Best Overall Holiday Display Award, calling the window “a feast for the eyes and senses, with their vivid arrangements of unique collectibles in nostalgic room-like settings.” Kim Edds, owner of Serendipity at Godley’s Garden Center, provided the trees, ornaments and other Christmas decor. Shuler designed a second shop window using vintage wisemen on loan from the artist Clyde. The figures once appeared in the store when it was home to Belk. Shuler included an unusual 1915 photograph of his grandparents, George and Lil Devereux, holding hands on the bridge over the south fork of the Yadkin River. The sixth annual storefront awards acknowledges the creative efforts of downtown retailers who decorate their windows and doors to celebrate the holiday season, according to the Community Appearance Commission. Four commission members served as the jury, viewing about 70 seasonal displays created by downtown businesses. They settled on eight awards to honor the most inspired efforts of the shopkeepers, including: • Merry Christmas Award, Queen’s, 221 S. Main St. The color and whimsy of Queen’s windows put the jury in the Christmas spirit. Credit the owner Jane Wise and her staff with the festive and enticing display of delightful gifts that may be found inside the doors. • Most Elegant Display, Caniche, 200 S. Main St. Missy Alcorn and Lesleigh Drye with the Caniche staff lend color and class to downtown shopping. Their window displays, front planters and crisp decorative lights around Contact reporter Emily each window create a vision Ford at 704-797-4264. of sparkle and expectation.
Woman accused of selling prescription drugs CHINA GROVE — A China Grove woman is in the Rowan County jail under a $300,000 secured bond after being arrested for allegedly doctor-shopping and selling various prescription HIOTT drugs, authorities say. Barbara Hoke Hiott, 46, of 1089 Amber Court, is charged
with 21 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and 21 counts of trafficking in opium. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said Hiott used several doctors to get the drugs and different pharmacies to fill the prescriptions. Hiott also used different variations of her name to avoid detection, a report says. Authorities say Hiott was selling the pills, and investigators found the pills, five marijuana plants and a handgun in her home.
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Lucille Plyler Christie
Cherry Pittman VanHoy Robert Lee Washington Deborah W. Adams
VALE — Lucille Plyler Christie, 85, of Vale, went to her Heavenly home Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. She was born Jan. 18, 1925, in Iredell County to the late Edward and Edna Freeze Plyler. Lucille resided at 8040 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, until 2000. Her last six years were spent at Cardinal Care Nursing Home and Rehab in Lincolnton. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She spent most of her adult years caring for family members in one way or another. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Will Christie; son-in-law Neal Caskey; and sisters Matie Hill and Doris Overcash. She is survived by her daughter, Willene Caskey of Vale; brother Clark Plyler of Austin, Texas; sisters Lorene Deal of Mooresville, Joyce Brown of Cleveland, Margie Hartsell of Cleveland, Wilma Tonye of Charlotte, Bonnie Coleman of Concord; grandchildren Christie Shuping and husband Todd, Neal Day, Jr., and Grace Caskey; and greatgranddaughter Ashley Day. Service and Visitation: A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel in Mooresville with Rev. Michael Swofford and Rev. Bill Draughn officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton, NC 28092; and/or Alzheimer's Association, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215; and/or Centenary United Methodist Church, 620 Centenary Church Road, Mount Ulla, NC 28125. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff and friends at Cardinal Care and to the staff of Lincoln County Hospice. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Christie family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.
SALISBURY — Mrs. Cherry Pittman VanHoy, 60, of Salisbury, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at her residence. Cherry was born Aug. 22, 1950, in Tarboro, the daughter of the late Roland Pittman and Irene Cherry Pittman. Cherry was a 1968 graduate of Denton High School and a graduate of Thomasville Business School. She was a member of Calvary Family Worship Center in Lexington and was the former church secretary. Cherry loved her family and all the people she worked with, a “Mother to all and Stranger to none.” Cherry had worked for Intex and Mike Rush Industries as a fabric sales person for furniture and she was an independent sales representative for Plastex. Survivors include daughters Angela VanHoy and Stephanie VanHoy of Salisbury; two grandchildren, Cameron and Cheyenne Raffaldt of Salisbury; sister Charlotte Pacillio of Salisbury; special aunt and uncle Pearl and Chester Butler of Pinetops; niece Vickie Adams of Gold Hill; nephews Andy Hill of San Diego, Calif., and Matt Hill of Gold Hill. Visitation: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 at Powles Funeral Home, Rockwell. Graveside Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20 at Rowan Memorial Park Cemetery, Salisbury, conducted by Rev. Bill O'Neal, pastor of Calvary Family Worship Center, Lexington. Memorials: May be made to Calvary Family Worship Center, 1136 Old Linwood Road, Lexington, NC 27292; or flowers may be sent to Powles Funeral Home. Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the VanHoy family. Online condolences may be made to www.powlesfuneralhome.com
Fannie Davis Marshall LEXINGTON — Mrs. Fannie Mae Davis Marshall, age 73, of East Fifth Avenue Extension, passed on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at the Hinkle Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. of Salisbury.
MAKEOVER FROM 4a blessed, God is good. I give him all the credit. The church has not only shown love, but put it in action. It blesses me that they would love and bless my mother.” When Lattimore traveled to Texas last week to see her son, who is in the Army, church members saw that as the opportunity to make life a little better for one of their members. Since last Wednesday more than 100 volunteers have come to the house to install central heating and air conditioning, paint rooms, repair some electrical wiring, fix windows, spray foam installation, complete plumbing and finish an additional room that was added a couple of years ago. They also renovated the front porch and added some landscaping. “We just wanted to make the house safe,” said Rev. Calvin Willis, one of the pastors at the church. “The house was not keeping any heat. We fixed all the holes in the foundation, took care of the roofing and placed gutters on the house to take care of all the major moisture problems.” Willis couldn't believe the outpouring of support from the congregation. “It's great. We love our church,” Willis said. “Delorest
SALISBURWY — Mr. Robert Lee Washington, 61, of Twin Oaks Road, passed Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at W.G. “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center. Mr. Washington was born June 3, 1949, in Rowan County to the late Isaiah and Maria Riley Washington. A graduate of Dunbar High School, Mr. Washington was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He was last employed at Wall Rope as a machinist. A member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, he served with the Trustee and Usher Ministry. He was also a member Van Cruisers. In addition to his parents, a sister, Barbara Bernice Utley, preceded him in death. Those who shall forever cherish his memory are sons Tony Hill (Candace) and Michael Lawson, both of Salisbury, Antoine Washington (Marva), Granite Quarry, Charles Lawson and Quincey Washington, both of Conyers, Ga.; daughters Tammy Gibson (Alfred), Renay Washington and Cindy Washington, both of Winston-Salem; brothers John Washington and Charles Washington, both of Baltimore, Md., Abraham Washington, Ulease Washington and Michael Washington (Lynn), all of Granite Quarry, and Maurice Washington, Salisbury; sisters Inez Davis and Maeola Smallwood, both of Baltimore, Md.; 14 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins. Visitation and Service: Visitation is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 11 a.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church with pastor Rev. Rickey Johnson officiating. Burial at church cemetery with military honors. At other times, the family will be at the home of brother Abraham Washington, 269 Twin Oak Road, Salisbury. John R. Philpott Services are entrusted to CLINTON, Mo. — John R. Hairston Funeral Home, Inc. Philpott, 86, of Clinton, died www.Hairstonfh.com
Dec. 15, 2010. Survivors include son John Philpott and wife Ruth and granddaughter Jolene Philpott, all of Salisbury, N.C. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Clinton United Methodist Church. Burial: Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation: One hour before service. Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, in charge.
The Cabarrus County chapter of the American Red Cross is helping a Kannapolis family after their home caught fire Wednesday night. Only one person was home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. According to the Kannapolis Fire Department, the fire at 715 Chapel St., started around 9 p.m. in the chimney area in
the kitchen of the home, and firefighters from the Kannapolis Fire Department responded quickly, extinguishing the flames. Landis and Odell fire departments helped with Kannapolis’ district coverage during the fire. Cabarrus County EMS also helped with medical rehabilitation for the fire departments.
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Richard Carl Reeder, Jr.
SALISBURY — Richard “Richie” Carl Reeder, Jr., 42, of Salisbury, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (Born Dec. 31, 1967, a son of Rita Mullins McDufford, stepson of John McDufford of Salisbury.) Visitation: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at the residence, 1520 Glenwood Ave., Salisbury. Cremation Concepts of Salis very private, humbled, caring and never complained isbury is serving the family. about the situation.” Lattimore returned to new carpet, furniture, bedroom suites, refrigerator, lighting and decorations. From the beginning, Godair said his church has been on board. The day he first mentioned it to them they donated more than Mr. Virgil Adam Earnhardt $1,200 on the spot. Overall nearly $75,000 worth of work Visitation: 2-3:00 PM Friday and donated furniture and apService: 3:00 PM pliances was completed by volSt. Paul's Lutheran Church unteers. “It has been unbelievable,” Godair said. “This is the best Christmas they have possibly had. I think everybody did it because we all respect Delorest, but we’re the winners. This is the best Christmas I have experienced. I'm very proud of my church family. It's been pretty cool. It's not about us, it's about Delorest.” Lattimore is a human resources technician at Lexington Memorial Hospital. She was speechless as she walked through the home. “I just thank everybody for all of their hard work,” she said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Words can’t really describe, I just love my pastor to death and the congregation. It’s just a beautiful home.” Deneesha Edwards can be reached at 336-249-3981, ext. 213 or deneesha.edwards @the-dispatch.com.
Kannapolis house fire started in chimney
SPENCER — Mrs. Deborah Winston Adams, age 58, of Adams Street, passed Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born Feb. 23, 1952, in Harlem, N.Y., to the late Bowling and Gladys Viola Carr Winston. She was a graduate of Ridge High School, New York, N.Y., and attended Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Deborah was the founder and director of the Youth Enrichment Summer Program at Yadkin Grove Baptist Church. She served as Deaconess, member of the Praise Team, president of the Pastor's Aide and director of the Dance Ministry. Survivors are her husband, Levi Adams of the home; sons Ronald Crawford, Jr., Raleigh, and Stephen Blanton, Jr., Salisbury; daughter Ronesha Miller (Antione), WinstonSalem, and Clarissa Adams, Durham; brother Delano Winston, Salisbury; grandchildren Shakira Howard (Steven), Trence Miller, Michael Crawford, Arsharia Blanton, Cardai Crawford, Jalen Blanton, Aliyah Miller; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation and Service: Visitation will be 11 a.m. Saturday and funeral services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yadkin Grove Baptist Church with the pastor, Bishop Elect Paul Rhinehart, Sr., officiating. Burial will at Rowan Memorial Park. Services are entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.Hairstonfh.com
Mr. Joshua L. McDougald 2:00 PM Friday Stallings Memorial Baptist Ch. Visitation: 1-2:00 PM Friday At the Church ——
Mrs. Bertie Belk Heilig 11:00 AM Friday Grace Lutheran Church ——
Mr. Herbert L. Hawley 2:00 PM Saturday Summersett Mem. Chapel Visitation: 1-2 PM Saturday ——
Mr. Frederick W. Gregory 2:00 PM Sunday Lebanon Lutheran Church Visitation: 6-8 PM Saturday
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The holiday season is a merry and exciting time, but for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, family conflict or the loss of a job during a lagging economy, the usually joyous season can be a difficult and painful reminder. While experts say grief is normal, coping strategies can help people manage their feelings and enjoy the holiday season. Dr. Susan Wilkie, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) who specializes in grief and loss and is director of the MFT program at Pfeiffer University, said holidays can be the most feared and confusing time following loss. â€œThis is an entirely new lens from which one sees the world,â€? said Wilkie, â€œThe sense of tradition magnifies the loss of connection and roots.â€? Experts, like Wilkie, believe that often those who are dealing with loss sometimes feel forced to choose between the need to grieve versus being able to celebrate the spirit of the holidays. â€œThis time of year is usually a memorable time to get together with family and friends,â€? Wilkie explained. â€œBut for those who are mourning a loss or are feeling stressed as a result of family conflict or unemployment, the holidays can, instead, be a reminder of what they no longer have.â€? Wilkie provides several suggestions that can help people cope: 1. Redefine your holiday expectations. Accept social support from friends and/or family members, but stay in control of narrow or broader windows of time as needed. Withdraw when you desire. 2. Begin new traditions and let others go. 3. Take some time out for yourself. Whether you pamper yourself or simply slow your daily pace, lend some time to your own personal needs and do something to soothe your troubled heart. 4. Give yourself permission to express your emotions. If you feel an urge to cry, let the tears flow. Tears can be healing. Scientists have found that certain brain chemicals in our tears are natural pain relievers. Share the memories and the experience of your loss. Remember, there are no time limits on grief. 5. Eat a nutritious diet, and get some physical exercise and plenty of sleep. Also, avoid excessive alcohol consumption. 6. Find activities that make you laugh. Remember, it is OK to laugh during hard times. 7. Reinvest in others as a volunteer or commit to helping with special events to focus on others. Wilkie encourages those who yearn for support to seek the counsel of a professional therapist. The Pfeiffer Institute is adjacent to the Charlotte campus and offers counseling for the community. Services provided include counseling for individuals, couples and families who need confidential counseling or support. Help for a vast range of emotional, behavioral and personal challenges is available at a nominal fee of $25 per session or on a sliding scale for those in need. Pfeiffer students pay only $10. The Pfeiffer Institute, which is located at 4805 Park Road, Ste. 250 in Charlotte, is open on Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Institute at 704-945-7324 or contact www.pimft.com.
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