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FIFTH-RANKED DUKE FALLS TO GEORGIA TECH ON THE ROAD Gani Lawal scored 21 points, including a crucial shot with just over a minute remaining, and No. 20 Georgia Tech bounced back from a dismal loss with a 71-67 upset of the fifth-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday to avoid an 0-2 start in conference play Page 1B
SANFORD — Local convenience stores are hoping for customer support in fighting credit card fees. As part of a nationwide effort by convenience store
the cardholder’s bank to the retailer’s bank and passed on to the retailer, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores, which includes more than 10,000 retailers.
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SENATE LEADER REID APOLOGIZES FOR 2008 CAMPAIGN REMARK Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid apologized on Saturday for saying Barack Obama should seek — and could win — the White House because Obama was a “light skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” Page 11A
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Daniel Lewis, 15, checks the pressure on the snow machine he built outside of his home in Sanford on Friday. Lexis hopes to one day make snow on a ski slope.
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CIA BOMBER TAPE CONFIRMS PAKISTAN TALIBAN INVOLVED In a video broadcast after his death, the Jordanian suicide bomber who killed seven CIA employees sits cross-legged on the floor next to the new chief of the Pakistani Taliban, confirming the group was behind the brazen attack in eastern Afghanistan Page 14A
STATE PRIEST ARRESTED FOR MOLESTATION A Catholic priest in North Carolina has been charged with molesting a boy in Brunswick County. Multiple media outlets report that the Rev. Edgar Sepulveda of Beulaville was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree sexual offense and sexual battery Page 9A
LIFESTYLES COMPANY USES PRESIDENT AS PITCHMAN IN BILLBOARD A larger-than-life President Barack Obama became a presidential pitchman Wednesday on a Times Square billboard that used his photo without permission Page 8B
Vol. 80, No. 8 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
SANFORD — It may not have snowed elsewhere in Sanford, but some of the white stuff can be found in Daniel Lewis’ front yard. Lewis, a 15-year-old sophomore at Lee County High School, built his own snow machine using
plywood, hoses and an air compressor. The teen, who’s a big fan of skiing, said he’s always had an interest in snow and found plans to make the machine on the Internet. On Friday afternoon, an inch or two of snow covered a portion of the front yard, which took Lewis four to five hours of running the
snow machine each night since Jan. 3. “I wanted somehow to make it snow,” he said. Lewis said he was “very disappointed” that it didn’t snow Thursday night as weather reports predicted it might. The rain that ended up coming through actu-
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“The chance to be able to play in snow in the South is a rarity, so they really enjoyed themselves.” — JENNIFER DECOCK — Neighbor of Daniel Lewis, whose snow machine has been a hit with her children
What happened in 2009?
Progam to help victims of bad checks
By BOB JOYCE Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce
n Lee County, our unemployment rate 12 months ago was 10.1 percent. Today, 13.6 percent of our workforce, which numbers just over 25,800, is looking for a job. Joyce During the past year, more people were out of work in Lee County than
HAPPENING TUESDAY n Rehearsals for Lee County Community Orchestra will resume from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Music Room at Lee County High School, located at 1708 Nash St. Call 7764628 for more information. New musicians are welcome. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
Chamber President at any time in the last 35 years. Since December of 2008, $36.7 million in unemployment benefits have been paid in Lee County … $45.5 in Harnett County. (Imagine where our citizens and merchants would be
without this benefit.) Construction and manufacturing jobs were the hardest hit areas of our local economy; however, our community remains a leader in North Carolina in the percentage of people in high-wage factory jobs. Retail sales declined during the year although detailed statistics are not yet available for the Christmas season. Most analysts believe that when final figures are in, we will see a modest one percent growth
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SANFORD — District Attorney Susan Doyle has announced a new program that helps victims in worthless check cases receive their money and offenders to pay their debts without facing criminal punishment. The program only recently
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Sanford: Alvis Goldston, 68; Frank Jackson Sr., 81; Darrell Keeter, 57; Goldree Hughes, 79; Warren Wicker, 61; Bobby J. McKendell, 67
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MONDAY n The Chatham County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. at the Central Office Board Room in Pittsboro. n The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 635 East St., in Pittsboro. n The Harnett County Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Lillington Education Building.
TUESDAY n The Chatham County Economic Development Corporation will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Central Carolina Community College, 764 West St., Pittsboro. n The Moore County Airport Authority will meet at 10 a.m. at the Airport Terminal Building, Highway 22, Pinehurst. n The Lee County Board of Education will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lee County Government Building. n The Lee County Democratic Party will hold its next monthly meeting at Tony’s Seafood. he meeting, which will be in combination with the Democratic Women, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Birthdays LOCAL: LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Wilma Barker, Savanna McKendal, Monai Asriel Greene, Ebony Nicole Davis, Savannah Brown, Ashley Kaitlyn Abel, Phyllis Burns Setzer, Doris Clapp Thomas, Kalah Davis, David Tudor, Terikue VanDunk, Kaley Carroll, Caleb Carpenter, Chad Patterson, Jasmine Gill, Ann J. Marks, Ce’Vaun Kinney, Jarvis McNeill, Barbara Bush, Raynell B. Hagans, John Thomas Clark, Frances Stutts, Jason Yow and Krista Michelle Thomas. And to those celebrating Monday, especially Connor Jackson Murphy, Briana Renee Johnson, Jonathan Guevara-Badillo, Tylor Austin Hall, Anthony McCormick, Solomon T. McAuley, Jerry Chesney, Shannon Chesney, Vernicia McKoy, Nathaniel McLean, Ashton Oldham, Parker Seth Oldham, James Ellis, Tim Thomas, Sarina Pearson, Ericka Dannielle Wright, Myra Waddell, Louise Harris, Jamale Lundy and Marie Perry. CELEBRITIES: Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey is 72. Singer Rod Stewart is 65. Singer Pat Benatar is 57. Race car driver and IndyCar team owner Bobby Rahal is 57. Singer Shawn Colvin is 54. Actor Evan Handler is 49. Rock singer Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) is 46. Actress Trini Alvarado is 43. Rapper Chris Smith (Kris Kross) is 31. Actress Sarah Shahi is 30.
The senior class of Deep River High School was to present three one-act plays. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Steve Cotten, Emma Kelly, Martha Johnson, Jimmy Poindexter, Clifford Stewart, Billy Kirby, Doris Womble, Jack Sineath, Fletcher Williams, director Annie Ruth Millikin, (second row) director Clyde Watson, Mike Johnson, Pat Johnson, Carolyn Harrington, Paulette Mitchell, Steve Hiller, Roger Cox, Sandra Clifton, Dotty Holder, Tommy Wicker, (back row) Linda Hedgpeth, Brenda Parrish, Martha Causey, Brenda Perkinson, Ruby LaSalvia, Phyllis Harrington, Linda Parrish, Janet Thomas and Frances Hall. This photograph appeared in the May 1, 1964, Herald.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING n United Way of Lee County is now accepting funding applications for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Applications are available at leecountyunitedway.org and must be submitted no later than Monday, February 1. All requests are evaluated by community volunteers, who make funding recommendations based on the United Way’s current priorities. For information, call 919.776.5823. n Signups are being held for Chatham Citizens College, which begins Feb. 4 and runs seven consecutive Thursdays from 6:30-9 p.m. Apply online at http://www.chathamcitizens.org and see Citizens College sidebar, or contact email@example.com or call Rita Spina at 919.932.3132.
TUESDAY n A Novel Approach Book Club will meet at noon at the Enrichment Center. n Rehearsals for Lee County Community Orchestra will resume from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Music Room at Lee County High School, located at 1708 Nash St. Call 7764628 for more information. New musicians are welcome. n The Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. n Lee County Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 202 Summit Drive. To schedule an appointment, contact the Lee County Red Cross Chapter at (919) 774-6857. n The Lee County Democratic Party will hold its next monthly meeting on t Tony’s
This day in history: On Jan. 10, 1860, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Mass., collapsed, trapping hundreds in the rubble; during rescue efforts, a fire broke out — up to 145 people, mostly female workers from Scotland and Ireland, perished. In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect. In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London. In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden. In 1967, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, took his seat. In 1978, the Soviet Union launched two cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule for a rendezvous with the Salyut 6 space laboratory. In 1980, former AFL-CIO president George Meany died in Washington, D.C., at 85.
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WEDNESDAY n Living with Vision Loss Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. n A Veterans Remembrance Group meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center in Sanford. Douglas Roe, an artist and former Air Force pilot, will share his experiences and will display his paintings of various planes. For more information, call 776-0501, Ext. 201. n The Lee County Library offers story time at 10 a.m. The program is designed for children up to 2 and lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Story times may include books, finger plays, puppets, movement, songs, flannel board stories, crafts and a movie depending on the theme and the age group. n The Central Carolina Paddlers canoe and kayak club will meet at 7 p.m. in the Wesley Fellowship Center at Jonesboro United Methodist Church, 407 W. Main Street, Sanford. Sheriffs Officer, Jonathan
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THURSDAY n The Arthritis Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. at the Enrichment Center. The guest speaker will be Dr. Knecht from Knecht Chiropractic. He will be sharing information about Fibromyalgia and how this debilitating disease effects your body and lifestyle. n The Grancare Luncheon, for grandparents ad other relatives raising grandchildren, will be held at noon at the Enrichment Center. Registration requested, call 7760501, ext. 230. n The Lee County Library offers story time at 11 a.m. The program is aimed at children ages 3and up, and lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Story times may include books, finger plays, puppets, movement, songs, flannel board stories, crafts and a movie depending on the theme and the age group.
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PITTSBORO â€” Wacky Lillington, a North Carolina-based filmmakers Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal have memorialized the moment they met and the school teacherâ€™s class in which it happened in their documentary â€œLooking for Ms. Locklear.â€? Deciding to take a humorous swipe at the new year, the ChathamArtsâ€™ Sustainable Cinema Series kicks off Jan. 29 with a special screening of the documentary. McLaughlin and Neal, who have won wide acclaim and massive audiences for their Web videos, music and comedy, will be on hand for a lively postfilm discussion. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Fearrington Village Barn on U.S. 15501 in Chatham County midway between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill. Special Event Admission is $10 at the door or online at: chathamarts.org. (919) 542-0394. The two filmmakers have been friends since meeting in Locklearâ€™s first-grade classroom in Buies Creek. During the summer of 2006 they decided to search for their beloved teacher, relying
solely on face-to-face contacts. No Internet, no telephone. â€œLooking for Ms. Locklearâ€? chronicles their journey, which led the lifelong buddies far from home and opened their eyes to Lumbee Indian culture in Pembroke. â€œLocklearâ€? won the 2008 Southern Lens Award from South Carolina Public Television and the Audience Award of the Secret City & Ace Film Festivals. McLaughlin and Neal have developed a cult international following through their collection of more than 200 Rhett & Link Web videos. Their music videos, local commercials and sketches have been seen more than 25 million times, and have been featured on CNN, BBC, Fox News, NPR and TV Guide. The two also have written close to 100 comedy songs and have independently released four albums. Their classics include: â€œThe Facebook Song,â€? â€œThe Unicorn Rapâ€? and â€œThe American Idol Theme Song.â€? Their â€œFast Food Folk Songâ€? video for Taco Bell was among the Top 20 music videos watched on You Tube.
Gov. Perdue disputes report on patrol leader
RALEIGH (MCT) â€” Gov. Bev Perdue on Thursday disputed reports in The News & Observer that said she found a long-ago extramarital affair by state Highway Patrol Commander Randy Glover irrelevant when it came to running the 1,800member force. Perdue posted on her blog that the newspaper â€œwent too far when Dan Kane wrote, regarding a past affair by Highway Patrol Col. Randy Glover, that I â€˜said the affair is irrelevant when it comes to Gloverâ€™s abilities to lead the Highway Patrol.â€™ This is not true, and Kaneâ€™s reporting on Col. Glover continues to be peppered with inaccuracies.â€? Perdue was responding to a report Thursday about the discipline of a trooper accused of an extramarital affair that police say triggered a confrontation in a Chatham County home. Trooper Anthony Scott was demoted and trans-
ferred. On Oct. 19, nearly four months after Perdue appointed Glover to lead the patrol, Glover acknowledged that he had been transferred to New Bern in 1987 after being caught in an extramarital affair. Three days later, in a telephone news conference, Perdue had this to say about the affair: â€œThis is a man who is lieutenant colonel of the Highway Patrol. He had an affair nearly 25 years ago. Heâ€™s married with two beautiful little daughters, and I really, really am disappointed in this kind of journalism. â€œAnd did I disclose it? I will have to be very honest with you. I never once in any interview for any position ask anyone about their sexual preference, their sexual orientation or their past marital history. I didnâ€™t figure it had a thing to do with the job they could do for the people of North Carolina.â€?
By RAY GRONBERG The Durham Herald-Sun
DURHAM â€” North Carolinaâ€™s Environmental Management Commission is scheduled to consider next week a request from Durham and other local governments to open a new round of applications for share of the water from Jordan Lake. The request from the so-called Jordan Lake Partnership has backing from officials in the N.C. Division of Water Resources, who say the group seems committed to â€œfinding a good regional approachâ€? to the use of the massive reservoir. If the EMC goes along, it would be the fourth time since 1988 that the state has opened up the window for allocation requests. In previous rounds itâ€™s divvied up rights to some 63 million gallons a day of Jordanâ€™s water. Another 37 million gallonsâ€™ worth of daily supply capacity remains available for distribution. Durham and the local governments itâ€™s working with are hoping to land a sizable piece of that. State regulators â€œare very excited weâ€™re working collaboratively,â€? Water Management Director
Don Greeley told the City Council on Thursday. â€œAny individual allocation requests members submit, the whole partnership would support. In past requests, we were competing with one another.â€? Durham already controls the rights to 10 million gallons a day of Jordanâ€™s water. It used them most recently at the height of the 2007 drought, obtaining the water via Caryâ€™s treatment plant when the cityâ€™s reservoirs at Lake Michie and Little River ran low. Greeley said work on new connections to Cary that would allow Durham to draw its full 10 million gallon daily allotment is well along. Upgrades to a pump station off Davis Drive are complete, new lines along N.C. 55 are due to be finished this month and a link along N.C. 54 should be finished in March. Come spring, contractors will also start work on closing a gap in the lines along Alston Avenue that will help both Durham and Cary by ensuring Caryâ€™s system doesnâ€™t have pressure problems when Durham is drawing its full allocation of Jordan water, Greeley said. The Jordan partnership,
This is notice that Lee County Schools will hold a pre-bid conference for lawn care services on Thursday, January 14, 2010, 1:30 P.M. at the Maintenance Department, 2000 Nash Street. Pre-bid conference attendance is required to be considered an eligible bidder. Bid packets may be picked up at the Lee County Schoolsâ€™ Maintenance Department, 2000 Nash Street at the prebid conference on January 14, 2010. Sealed bid opening will be held at the Lee County Schoolsâ€™ Maintenance Department, 2000 Nash Street on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 1:30 P.M.
said. Regulators intend to ask Durham and other communities that already have rights to Jordan water to explain why they should be allowed to keep them, even if theyâ€™re not planning on asking for more. The state did the same thing in the 2000-02 allocation debate. Cary and Apex jointly control the largest existing share of lake water, worth some 32 million gallons a day. Chatham County has the rights to 6 million gallons a day. Holly Springs, Morrisville, Orange County, OWASA and Wake County hold smaller allocations. Greeley acknowledged that expanding use of the lake will likely require building another water intake and other facilities to treat and move water. The cost of that remains uncertain, â€œother than that it will be expensive,â€? he said, adding that officials hope this spring to commission preliminary engineering studies to come up with some figures. They also hope to â€œtake advantage of some cost sharingâ€? through the Jordan partnership to split up the eventual construction bills, Greeley said.
Lawmen arrest 13 in Hoke neighborhood RAEFORD (MCT) â€” Willie McNatt awoke Wednesday morning to what sounded like cannon fire in her Harmony Heights neighborhood. At first, the 22-year resident of the mobile home community off Hobson Road thought she was hearing training exercises at nearby Fort Bragg. But McNatt soon learned that the noise wasnâ€™t a training maneuver, and it wasnâ€™t coming from Fort Bragg. It was right in her own neighborhood. More than 120 state, local and federal law enforcement officials seized drugs, weapons and money from at least 10 homes in the neighborhood in what is being considered one of the largest drug raids in Hoke Countyâ€™s history, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said. The raid ended in the arrest of 13 people who were working in connection with one another, Peterkin said.
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in addition to Durham, involves the governments of Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Hillsborough and Pittsboro, plus Durham County, Wake County, Orange County, Chatham County, and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority. Durham Deputy City Manager Ted Voorhees chairs the group. On Nov. 20, he filed the request to open the allocation process. The EMC is meeting next Thursday. Its Water Allocation Committee will first consider the request on Wednesday. The Jordan partnership has suggested that the state kick off the process by updating the watersupply plan now in place for the Cape Fear River basin. Once thatâ€™s done, local governments would use the data to shape their allocation requests. Division of Water Resources officials are anticipating that, partnership or no, an allocation debate will require a lot of time and effort. Given increasing growth pressures, â€œbalancing the needs of the region is going to be more difficultâ€? than it was in 1996 or 2000, the most recent times the EMC opened the process, they
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4A / Sunday, January 10, 2010 / The Sanford Herald OBITUARIES Alvis Goldston
SANFORD — Alvis Nathan Goldston, 68, of Sanford died Thursday (1/7/10) at the Durham VA Hospital in Durham. He was born July 21, 1941 to the late Staley and Allene Goldston in Chatham County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. The family will receive friends at 146 Roberts Chapel Road in Goldston. Visitation will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Roberts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Goldston, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the church cemetery. He is survived by his daughter, Tasha Goldston of Washington, D.C.; one son, Anthony Goldston of Maryland; three sisters, Mary Hayes (Theodore), Helena Hooker (William) and Delphine Womack (James), all of Goldston; two brothers, Billy Goldston of Goldston and Timothy Goldston (Mary) of Raleigh; one aunt; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Frank Jackson Sr.
SANFORD — Frank Roland Jackson Sr., 81, of Sanford died Friday (1/8/10) at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford. He was born Feb. 2, 1928 in Lee County to the late Luther Jackson and Carrie Lynn Wicker Jackson. He was a retired tobacco farmer. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 60 years, Virginia McGehee Jackson; a son, Stephen Ray Jackson; and a step-daughter, Carla Sue Westbrook. He is survived by his wife, Marcie Westbrook Jackson; five children, Doris Ann Day and husband Jerry Wayne of
Sanford, Frank Roland Jackson Jr. and wife Joyce Faye of Sanford, Kenneth Richard Jackson and wife Geraldine of Sanford, Lana Darlene Baker and husband Joseph Robert of Cameron and Belinda Faye Olive of Charlotte; three step-children, DeeRain Manning and wife Jane of Kinston, Timmy Westbrook of Kinston and Carlita Carillo and husband Danny of Sanford; 22 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and step-greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Holder, Rev. Randy Buchanan and Rev. Troy Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Lemon Springs Methodist Church Cemetery.
Harvey Beard Jr. LILLINGTON — Harvey James Beard Jr., 54, of Lillington died Friday (1/8/10) at the Laurels of Chatham in Pittsboro. He was born in Harnett County, the son of the late Harvey James Sr. and Gertrude Wilburn Beard. He farmed for many years and then worked as a mechanic. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis and a sister, Virginia. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday at O’Quinn-Peebles. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Westview Memorial Gardens in Lillington. The Rev. Carl Graham will officiate. Interment will be at Westview Memorial Gardens. He is survived by two sons, Harvey James Beard
BROADWAY — Mildred Delores Dunford Lewis was born January 2, 1942 in Beckley, West Virginia, formerly of Epperly Hill and Midway where she raised four children before moving to Broadway in 1985. Mildred passed away Jan. 8 following a long, brave battle with lung disease and cancer. Our most giving and loving, mother, sister, wife and friend slipped from our arms to enter forever peace. Mildred had the most vibrant personality and giving heart of any angel on earth. Without Mildred, our hearts are broken and our tears endless, but our memories and joys are immeasurable. Mildred’s quirky sense of humor, laughter and smile will never leave our memories. We will cherish every second spent with her and try to continue the Lewis dreams she had for all her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Mildred leaves behind on earth her husband Roy Lewis and three children Loren Lewis, Terena Lewis, Christina Lewis and a sister Debbie Dunford who she said was more like her daughter sometimes. Mildred had one brother Robert Dunford. Mildred is preceded in death by two of her children, Clifton Lewis and Brian Keith Lewis, her parents Sadie Lilly Dunford and Maynard Dunford. Mildred leaves behind 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One of Mildred’s greatest attributes was her life dedicated to caring for all of God’s creatures. Mildred never turned her back on anyone regardless of circumstances and without prejudice. Because of this Mildred was a godparent to many during her 68 years. A trait she proudly passed on to her family. Mildred was an avid supporter of no-kill pet shelters and fostered more animals than we can remember, every pet she fostered had a home even it was her own. Mildred’s final wishes were for her family to be together in her honor and to share in a celebration of her life in a private Christian setting. In lieu of flowers the family request you make donations in Mildred’s name to, Tails U Win Dog Rescue, 133 NE 37th St. Oak Island, NC 28465, email@example.com Online condolences may be sent to the Lewis family at: www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.
OLIVIA — James William Coble, 10, died Friday January 8, 2010 at home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Rogers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Curtis Norris and the Rev. John Sauls. Burial will follow at Lee Memory Gardens. James Coble was born August 31, 1999 in Lee County. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James “J.B.” and Erma Allen; paternal grandparents, Colene and William Morrison and Abbie Coble Jr.; one aunt Kathy Deaton; and one uncle, Mark Coble. Coble James Coble is survived by his parents Thomas “Tim” and Donna A. Coble; two sisters, Krystal Allen and Jessica and Ernest Daw; and brother Thomas Allen Coble Jr. “T.J.” all of Olivia; two nieces Kayla Allen and Debbie Daw; two nephews Hunter Daw and Christopher Daw; three aunts, Brenda Allen and Paul Weedon of Olivia, Maxine Neal of Olivia, and Marsha and Marvin Randall of Albemarle; and also by many cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina, 2880 Slater Road Suite 105 Morrisville, NC 27560 or to the Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy of North Carolina 2315 Myron Drive Raleigh, NC 27607. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to www. rogerspickard.com. Arrangements made by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.
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III and wife Tausha of Anderson Creek and son Jonathan Gene Beard of Anderson Creek; three grandchildren; sister, Myrtle Johnson of Bunnlevel; two brothers, Chester Beard and wife Connie of Lillington and William Beard of Southern Pines. Funeral arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-
The Family of Mrs. Helen Hoke Hill would like to express their thanks to all their neighbors, friends, and the Rev. Mamie L. Hooker for all their kindness during our time of loss. We would also like to send a special thanks to the Liberty Commons & Staff, Hospice & Leslie Cox.
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Jean Mandel PITTSBORO — Jean Rosenthal Mandel of Pittsboro, formerly of Tuckahoe (Yonkers), N.Y., died Tuesday (1/5/10) at The Arbor at Galloway Ridge in Fearrington Village. She was the wife of the late Howard Mandel; long-time companion of Philip McIntosh; stepmother of Mark Mandel and Wendy Sue; grandmother of Roger Morehouse, Susannah Mandel and Jeremy Mandel. Jean worked in the advertising industry in New York for many years. Jean’s charitable interests involved children and animals. Contributions to UNICEF, your local children’s hospital, the World Wildlife Fund or your local Humane Society would be in keeping with her own charitable interests. Following cremation, entombment will be in the mausoleum of Ferncliff Cemetery in Harts-
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dale, N.Y. Arrangements are under the care of HallWynne Funeral Service & Cremation in Pittsboro. Online condolences may be sent to www.hallwynne.com, select “Obituaries.”
Darrell Keeter SANFORD — Darrell Wayne Keeter, 57, of Sanford died Saturday (1/9/10) at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. He was born in Halifax County on May 31, 1952, the son of the late Lockhart Keeter and Elsie Mae Mabrey. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ricky Keeter. He is survived by his wife Martha Champney Keeter of Sanford; one daughter, Crystal A. Keeter of Sanford; one son, Stephen McLemore of Sanford; two sisters, Brenda Machia and Kay Evilsizer both of Hampton, Va. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the home of Crystal Keeter, 3035 Edwards Road in Sanford. Arrangements made by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.
William Abbs LILLINGTON — William “Bill” A. Abbs, 80, of Lillington died Friday (1/8/10) at his home. He was born in New York, the son of the late William Allan and Helen Evans Abbs. He worked as a machine technician for International Paper
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SANFORD — Goldree Owens Hughes, 79, died Friday (1/8/10) at First Heath Moore Regional Hospital. She was a native of Alamance County and a daughter of the late William G. and Maggie L. Phillips Owens. She was preceded in death by her twin sister Orlee Owens and brothers William G. Owens Jr. and JC Owens. She was a lifelong member of Euphronia Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband, Fuller Hughes; three sisters, Mary Hargis of Florida, Maggie Lou Garner and Nancy Lee Coley both of Sanford; one brother J.S. Owens of Sanford; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Euphronia Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Hazel Fitch. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.rogerspickard.com. Arrangements made by RogersPickard Funeral Home.
ABERDEEN — Freddie Fisher, 82, of Aberdeen died Saturday (1/9/10) at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Family members will receive friends at the home located at 120 Providence Place in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Pugh & Smith Funeral Home in Carthage.
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Judge grants delay in Haddock’s slaying
Warren Wicker SANFORD — Warren Eugene Wicker, 61, of Sanford passed away after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his wife and sons, on Friday (1/8/10). He was preceded in death by his father, Preston Burl Wicker and his nephew Glen Isam Wicker. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Maudlin Wicker, sons, Preston Brian Wicker and Darren Berube, mother, Elva Juanita Rogers Wicker Ferguson, brother, John Burl Wicker, nephews, John Preston Wicker and wife Nancy, Jeffrey Burl Wicker and wife Glenda and niece, Tracy Diane Wicker and husband Ricky and good friends Ronnie and Pam Davis and Ben, Linda and Ashley Cole. The family will receive friends and family from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday at Miller-Boles Funeral Home. Services will be held at Miller-Boles Funeral Home Chapel at 1150 Fire Tower Road, Sanford at 2 p.m. Sunday. A graveside service will be held following the funeral at Moore Union Christian Church Cemetery, 4294 Buckhorn Road, Sanford. Online condolences may be made at www. millerboles.com. Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford is serving the family. — paid obituary
CARTHAGE (MCT) — A Superior Court judge in Moore County granted a defense lawyer’s request to delay the trial for one of five people accused of murdering 12-year-old Emily Haddock. Tony Buzzard, the lawyer for Michael Graham Currie, asked Judge John O. Craig III for a continuance based on several factors, including the results of DNA tests. The delay could set back the trial by up to three months. Another defendant,
Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, also was in court Thursday. Harrison and Currie face the death penalty if convicted of killing the girl in September 2007. Others charged are Van Roger Smith Jr., Perry Ross Schiro and Ryan Jermar White. The five defendants -- all of whom were teenagers at the time of the killing -- also are charged with breaking and entering. Investigators have said several men entered the girl’s home near Vass with
the intention of burglarizing it. Emily was home with strep throat. When the suspects found her, one of them shot her, deputies have said. Buzzard said he is waiting to receive information from the FBI regarding hair testing. He also asked for a continuance because of ongoing health issues with an investigator. During Thursday’s hearing, Buzzard asked prosecutors to provided statistical information required by the new Racial Justice Act. In August, the
legislature adopted the law that gives defendants in capital cases a chance to challenge their sentences on racial grounds. The trial was scheduled to begin this week and had been continued until Feb. 1. Harrison’s lawyer, Jonathan Silverman, wanted his client’s trial date to remain Feb. 1. He also said he wanted Harrison to be tried individually. The judge scheduled a Feb. 5 hearing for motions pertaining to evidence.
and is working on some mechanical projects. “Science is fun. Building things is more fun,” he said. “I like to draw, I like to build stuff.” To improve the operation in the future, Lewis hopes to get more nozzles for hoses, a bigger air compressor and just “more stuff,” he said. But his parents aren’t big fans of the electricity and water bills that will likely result from the machine. “Dad says you’re gonna have to get a well, because he’s not paying the water bill,” his 12-
year-old brother Gregory told him. His love of snow is tied to his love of skiing. He said his dream job involves making snow for a ski slope. “I’ve been skiiing fives times. It’s my favorite sport,” he said. “If I lived closer (to slopes), I would ski everyday.” The snow run is open to others, though there’s “no lift service,” Lewis joked. His neighbors, Samantha, 8, and Eliana Decock, 3, are fans of the home-made snow, said their mom Jennifer.
“The chance to be able to play in snow in the South is a rarity, so they really enjoyed themselves,” she said. Samantha said she and her sister used their sleds on the snow in the Lewis’ front yard. “I loved it, it was so much fun. We sledded the whole time,” she said. Jennifer called Lewis a “genius.” “I was just impressed that he took the initiative to do that,” she said. “I think it was a great idea. It seems like he’s put a lot of work into it.”
viduals who have written bad checks is that they have a chance to pay off their debt,” Griep said. According to Doyle, the program has been such a success in Johnston County that the Administrative Office of the Courts al-
lowed her to expand it into the other counties in her jurisdiction. In 2008 and 2009, the program was able to get almost $500,000 in restitution for victims while also generating revenue for the state in the form of a $60 program fee levied
against offenders. The upside for victims, many of whom own small businesses in the area, is that they aren’t required to come to multiple court dates to get a small amount of restitution.
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MEBANE — Funeral services were held Tuesday (1/5/10) at Johnson Chapel AME Church for Anthony Dillard Evans, 54, of Mebane, who died Saturday. The Rev. Larry McDonald officiated and the Rev. Allen Warren gave the eulogy. Precious Bigelow was the soloist. Cousins and friends were pallbearers. Interment is in White Cross Cemetery in Efland. Arrangements made by Knotts Funeral Home in Pittsboro.
PITTSBORO — Mable Alston Horton, 87, died Wednesday (1/6/10) at Chapel Hill Rehab in Chapel Hill. She was born June 9, 1922 to the late Willie and Minnie Scurlock Alston in Pittsboro. She leaves to cherish her memories: one daughter, Earnestine H. Reaves (David) of Pittsboro; one son, Robert Louis Horton (Shirley) of Brandon, Miss.; one sister, Daisy L. Mitchell of Durham; two granchildren; two great-grandchildren; one godchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church in Pittsboro.
CAMERON — Funeral services were held Saturday (1/9/10) at Johnsonville AME Zion Church in Sanford for Glenda M. Berryman, 51, of Cameron, who died Monday. The Rev. Yyonette
Rhodes officiated. Dr. Alice Hooker gave the eulogy. Linda Thompson was the soloist. Friends of the family were pallbearers. Arrangements were made by Knotts Funeral Home in Sanford.
Bobby McKendell SANFORD — Funeral services were held Thursday (12/31/09) at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for Bobby J. McKendell, 67, of Sanford, who died Sunday (12/27/09). The Rev. Dr. Thomas Smith officiated. Charlie Hawes was the eulogist. Soloists were Shawanda Gill, Rev. Joe Green and Rev. Charlie Hawes. Pallbearers were family and friends. Interment is in Womack Cemetery in Sanford.
James McFadyen CAMERON — Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church for James Lewis McFadyen, 80, of Cameron, who died Wednesday (1/6/10). Dr. Greg Poplin officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Organist was Treva McKenzie. Pianist was Janell Howington. Guitarist was Rick Harrison and the congregation sang. The Mt. Pleasant Christian Church choir sang and Lauren Thompson and Rick Harrison sang a duet. Pallbearers were J.D. Johnson, Kenny Mackey, Allen Thompson, Paul Simpson, Danny Marks and Charlie Marks. Arrangements were made by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
SANFORD PD n Christopher Jerrad Sutton, 33, was arrested Friday at 105 Carbonton Road on a charge of larceny by employee. n Donald Noble Stewart, 39, was arrested Friday at 302 Stone St. on a charge of communicating threats. n Jeffrey Eugene Atwater, 43, was arrested Friday at 1400 S. Horner Blvd. on charge of failure to appear. n Jeffrey Stuart Cashwell, 37, was arrested Friday at 3310 N.C. 87 South on a charge of larceny. n George Kevin Esparza, 20, was arrested Friday at 927 Wilkins Drive on a charge of simple nonaggravated assault. n Juan Carlos Esparza, 50, was arrested Friday at 927 Wilkins Drive on a charge of simple non-aggravated assault. n Timothy Santegus McKendall, 28, was arrested Friday at 404 Carthage St. on a charge of failure to appear and on a charge of breaking or entering building. n Ernest Torance Lawrence, 26, was arrested Friday at Horner Boule-
vard on a charge of permit operation of vehicle with no insurance. n Richard Dean Williams, 20, was arrested Friday at Jefferson Davis Highway/Center Church Road on a charge of driving while impaired. n Tony Hayden Gladden, 53, was arrested Saturday at 1498 Horner Blvd./Wicker Street on
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began operation in Lee and Harnett counties with Doyle’s hiring of Rosalind Griep, a program coordinator for the two counties. Doyle has been operating the program in Johnston County since 2007. “We just want to get word out to the merchants that this program is operating,” Doyle said. “Our main goal is to get money back to the victim.” Usually, victims in worthless check cases have to bring evidence of the bad check to a magistrate, who would then issue a warrant against the offender. Under the new program, they’ll bring the checks instead to the D.A.’s office, where Gripe would then begin the process of working with the offender to get the money back. If the offender doesn’t follow guidelines under the program, they can then be arrested and prosecuted. “The benefit for indi-
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SUNDAY THUMBS THUMBS UP: TEACHING WITH PAPERS Thumbs up to West Lee Middle School teacher Cynthia McFadden for being recognized by the N. C. Press Association for her use of newspapers to help students with reading and vocabulary skills. In being given the Dave Jones Award for the Advancement of Youth Readership, McFadden was rewarded for using newspapers as part of her English and language arts curriculum. “Newspapers are just wonderful for having conversation about things kids need to know about,” she told The Herald this week.
“Writing is everything. The newspaper is a tremendous stimulus.” Jones was the long-time general manager of The Raleigh News & Observer who also helped create “The Mini Page,” specialty syndicated newspaper for children found in about 500 newspapers across the country. Reading skills are critical for children, and newspapers are a great tool to combine reading comprehension, current events and many social lessons in the classroom. McFadden uses the Raleigh News & Observer in her classroom and pays for the subscriptions herself; dozens of other teachers use The Sanford Herald on a daily and weekly basis. The Herald provides more than
3,000 newspapers a week free of charge to teachers across the county as part of its NIE — Newspapers In Education — effort. To McFadden and all the teachers who are working so hard to promote literacy and reading skills, we give a big thumbs up.
THUMBS UP: LEADER OF THE BAND Lloyd Hoover, the former band director and teacher at W.B. Wicker High School in Sanford, is to be feted at a celebration on Jan. 16 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit Get Smart, the More at Four pre-kindergar-
ten program. Hoover deserves a thumbs up, not just for his long-standing career in education and the successes achieved by his bands, but for making a difference in the lives of his students. Gregory Davis, now an attorney in Winston-Salem, said of Hoover: “The impact he had on me as a young man helped make me the person I am today.” Rhonda Faye Crumpton of Sanford, who also was a student of Hoover, said: “Not only was Mr. Hoover an excellent band director who pushed us to strive for excellence, he sometimes used the whole band period to give us ‘talks’ about making wise choices in life.” Obviously, Lloyd Hoover has excelled as a band director and as a leader of young people.
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RE: Newspapers in the classroom What a great common sense idea. Getting kids involved in current events is difficult. Getting them to read can be difficult. However, shouldn’t we be saddened that this enlightened teacher is having to pay for the newpapers herself? When you count what money really good teachers put back into their classrooms, it amazes me that anyone of them can make a living. — zooteacher
RE: Business tax repealed I have a hard time figuring out what the big government spenders have against the big-box retailers. They employ a lot of people, they provide goods and services that the public wants, they pay hefty city and county property taxes, and they are usually hit up by civic groups for contributions and donations for fundraising events. Exactly what additional services are the big-box retailers supposed to be subsidizing for the residents of Sanford? Better yet, what additional services did the revenues from the short-lived business privilege tax provide to the residents of Sanford? — taxed enough The Chapel Hill-Carboro Chamber of Commerce, which helped fight the privilege tax instituted in Chapel Hill in 2000, called it “convoluted, archaic and unfair.” You can add bureaucratic and problematic to the list of descriptors, especially given the list of local non-payers and those who weren’t assessed and should have been. But despite all its dysfunction, the tax did generate the bulk of its revenues from Sanford’s most profitable “big box” retailers. The city was also able to trim its property tax rate in the interim. — news observer
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Today’s Prayer All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) PRAYER: Father, thank You for providing a way to have eternal life, if we believe. Amen.
Reader would prefer a ban on liberals over a ban on smoking in public To the Editor:
Cigarette taxes fund so many things I can’t even count them. Cigarette smokers die years before non-smokers, saving untold amounts of Social Security and Medicare. People in America don’t want freedom; they want Marxist tyranny. Freedom would let a bar owner decide for himself whether he wants a smoking establishment or not, and you could decide whether you want to go there or not. Freedom is not forbidding a legal behavior because you don’t like it. I don’t like mindless liberal lemmings with pea-sized brains and hateful minds, but it’s a free country. I would prefer liberals be banned from places where intelligent people might gather. You ever see a bulldozer or other heavy diesel equipment when it was starting up after sitting all night? Just one will put more black smoke into the air in five minutes than a hole majorsized town of smokers over a 10-year period. All that black smoke darkens the sky to where you can not see past it, and it is cram-packed full of carcinogens far greater then any amount of smokers could ever produce. DENNIE ANGEL Sanford
Free ‘ad space’ to a travelling ‘medicine show’ To the Editor:
RE: Treasure Hunters Roadshow What a load of garbage. My parents spent hours at this place only to be told things they had were worth nothing because of the economy. Basically this entire operation was a scam, and for The Herald to print otherwise is disgusting. It was not a hit with people, it was a disaster. Tell the truth here. — prettylady
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earning to shoot skeet in a closed television studio was funny enough. Missing the skeet and shooting his sidekick in the chest made it hilarious. It was moments like that which made Conan O’Brien a late-night television king in my eyes. He debuted in his “Late Night” 12:30 a.m. slot when I was in high school, and throughout my late teens and college years, Conan was must-see TV for me ... even when I had 8 a.m. exams that following morning. And it’s because of my generation — I believe we’re still known as Generation X — that after about 15 years of midnight bufoonery, Conan was given the coveted “Tonight Show” chair and desk when it was announced last year that Jay Leno would be stepping down (whether forcibly or on his own accord is still up for debate). Leno — whose safer brand of humor apparently appeals more to the 40-and-over crowd — later moved to 10 p.m. in a move Time Magazine called “the future of television.” Budget-strapped NBC was replacing its primetime dramas, which can cost a network up to $1 million an episode to produce, with Leno’s one-hour show, which cost a fraction of the price. It turns out, America loves its dramas, and Leno is so low in the ratings, the affiliates are complaining. Now NBC is mulling moving Leno back to “Tonight,” and the rumor mill is buzzing about FOX eyeing Conan if he’s bumped. And we thought the Leno-Letterman war in the 90s was riveting. Late-night television today isn’t the same late-night television my parents and my parents’ parents knew growing up. Thanks to cable, Letterman, Conan and Leno will never see the ratings Carson got, but despite all the options we now have on the tube, these shows will always be important in our culture. We like to laugh, and what better way to follow up the evening news (filled with stories of murder, fires, unemployment and scandal) than with a show making fun of all of those things? And of all the options currently out there (toss in Jimmy Kimmel on ABC), I prefer Conan. I’ll end up following him wherever he goes, and I’m just a bit sad his shot at “Tonight” was so short-lived.
SNOW KIDDING The above headline is blurted by somebody in the newsroom every time the forecast mentions even the possibility of snow. It’s a horrible pun of a headline, which makes it funny to us. But it kind of fits lately, as we’ve had snow in the forecast twice in the past month, and both times, we were left holding the bag. The area’s Yankee transplants are getting a good laugh from it, too. This week, school was delayed two hours because of the chance for snow, and when we awoke Friday to wet roads and above-freezing temperatures, we
I’m wondering, as I’m sure almost every business owner in Sanford is, how those of us already doing business in Lee County can get all the free publicity that The Herald gave to the “Treasure Hunters Roadshow” business. It’s a shame that something bad has to happen for an existing local business to make the front page, yet a fly-by-night operation from who-knowswhere gets several days of front page advertising just for showing up. The next time The Herald has space to fill, why not fill it with profiles of local tax-paying, community-serving businesses instead of some traveling “medicine show.” STEVE MALLOY Sanford
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Billy Liggett Sanford Herald Editor Contact Billy Liggett by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org just all felt a bit cheated. I’m not blaming the schools ... they did what they had to do. Buses down south aren’t prepared for winter weather like they are above the Mason-Dixon Line. And it’s disappointing because Southerners love snow. They love it because it only comes once or twice a year, and it rarely goes above six inches. It’s a novelty ... and it usually means a vacation day. Northerners hate it because it’s a way of life, and it’s a nuisance. Plus, it has to reach six or 10 feet before school and work lets out. I’m sure snow will be in the forecast again before winter’s out, and I’m sure we’ll get excited about it again. We just won’t get as excited.
ON THE TUBE I mentioned late-night TV earlier and failed to mention my recent involvement. Last Thursday, Jonathan Owens, Gordon Anderson and I sat in the “Live at Nine” seats on WBFT-TV, and we’ve been invited to do so again the first Thursday of each month. You can download this week’s show online at vimeo.com or by visiting our radio show’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/therant905. Let us know how we did and what you’d like to see us do in the future. THE BIG YELLOW DOG I want to thank the dozen-or-so of you who commented and offered to help after last week’s column on the large yellow dog I saw roaming East Sanford last week with a crippled, mangled back leg. An update: I’ve been told the owner has taken the dog to a local veterinarian for its vaccines, and I’ve learned the leg was broken back when the dog was a puppy, and it healed in a twisted position when it was very young. In other words, the dog is not currently in pain. There is the possibility for surgery (amputation), and the dog should lead a healthy life if the owner steps up and takes good care of it. I’m hoping for the best, and again, I’m thankful to everybody who showed their concern as well.
To the Editor:
On Dec. 31, my husband and I were traveling through Sanford to visit friends who had moved to your city a few years ago from Michigan. After our visit, our truck wasn’t running well, and we wanted to get it checked before driving on to Greensboro. We just missed the early closing time at the dealers and were sent to another shop. That business sent us to Sellers-Stewart Automotive on Dalrymple Street. We want to thank the people there for their kindness and willingness to look at our truck. We were there about three hours. They drove it twice and gave it a once-over. They were not able to pinpoint what was wrong with it, but the problem was resolved. They sent us on our way with a “Happy New Year” and didn’t charge us a penny. If you have ever had car trouble when you were traveling you know how grateful we are to Chris and Will and their employees. They are a good example to everyone. Thank you. JAN HUMPHREY Livonia, Mich.
Full-body scans at airport are an invasion of privacy To the Editor:
Many little kids, elderly people and other innocent Americans have to take off their shoes before they fly on a plane because of the “shoe-bomber.’’ Now, thanks to the “underwearbomber,’’ some people want passengers to undergo full-body scans. Under a full-body scan a person looks at a picture of the outline of your body under your clothes. “They’’ say that none of these pictures will be stored or shown to other people. By the way, these scans expose passengers to radiation. Whatever happened to the idea of innocent until proven guilty? And, shouldn’t a full-body scan of a child be considered child pornography? A full-body scan is an unreasonable search and invasion of privacy. Innocent Americans (especially children) shouldn’t be forcibly scanned, X-rayed, photographed or strip-searched. CHUCK MANN Greensboro
The Sanford Herald / Sunday, January 10, 2010 / 7A
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n 1981, Ronald Reagan’s ideologists pronounced his attack on the welfare state an expression of the “new federalism.” It wasn’t that they were against helping the poor and the needy, but that the federal government was the wrong branch of government to do it. Even the president talked about it. People, myself included, wrote papers. Later on, the new federalists acknowledged and even boasted that of course they weren’t for state welfare states, either. They were for smaller government, period, and less dependence and all the rest. But at the time, federalism was an easier pill to swallow. That certainly was true for those who opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s on grounds that the federal government lacked the power to regulate public accommodations, including hotels and restaurants, to prohibit private discrimination and to change the rules and procedures for voting. Each of those battles went to the Supreme Court, which upheld federal power. It was also true, ultimately, for the opponents of the New Deal who, when they lost the fights in Congress, took them to the Supreme Court and won — until the court backed down in the face of being packed and off we went to decades of upholding federal power. There was a bubble around Reagan’s time in the courts, as well, not so coincidentally, with the Rehnquist Court embracing its own version of federalism to impose limits on federal power. States as states were free of certain regulation, and limits were imposed on otherwise unlimited federal power in cases involving guns near schools and protests near abortion clinics. As always, there were debates as to whether the real moving forces in those cases were the hot button issues or the federal-state issues. So it was probably just a matter of time before opponents of health care reform, who are as good at counting to 60 as anyone and know that the Democrats will not be counting that high again anytime soon, were bound to start talking federalism as the next step in a debate that won’t end. I almost laughed when I heard the old quotes against HillaryCare dusted off. As someone once said, there you go again. Regulating health care is a lot easier, in commerce clause terms, than telling the owners of a hot-dog stand in a park in the middle of nowhere who they have to serve on account of the fact that the bottle of ketchup they’re using came in as interstate commerce. That was enough for the court. I don’t hear too many people arguing that the civil rights laws are unconstitutional. Now, you can’t keep telling me that health care is the biggest economic issue — 1/6 of our economy and all that — and then turn around and say there’s not enough of a connection to interstate commerce to require 20-year-olds to have insurance. Uninsured 20-year-olds have a much greater impact on interstate commerce than hot-dog stands. I can introduce you to some. They are forces of interstate commerce, and as every parent knows, they are not immortal. They get hurt. They get sick. They should have insurance. If that’s the worst thing the nanny state ever does to all of us, I’d say a gracious thanks. I would not for a minute say that it was unconstitutional, and neither, I believe, will the Supreme Court. As for one state getting a better deal than the other 49, that is a political question that is precisely the sort the courts don’t have to get into, meaning that it’s the breaks of democracy, not a case of the majority unfairly discriminating. When you get done counting to 60, you still have to count to five. I don’t see five votes to protect 20-year-olds from insurance. Too many parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles in the crowd. Not to mention decades of precedent and the Constitution itself.
I More untrue beliefs H ere’s a sample of last week’s news reporting: “A new decade is about to start ...”, “What better way to start a new year and decade ...”, and “ABC ‘World News’ Decade Look-Back.” One would think that the first decade of the third millennium came to an end midnight Dec. 31 and the new decade began a minute after midnight. The truth of the matter is that we must wait another year before the new decade begins at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2011. Just do the math: The end of 2001 was the first year of the decade; the end of 2002 completed the second year and so forth. The end of 2009 completes the ninth year and the end of 2010 completes the 10th year and the end of the decade. One minute after midnight Jan. 1, 2011 begins the second decade of the third millennium. Many reporters and talking heads will read this column and will still refer to 2010 as the new decade. My question: What is the most suitable characterization we can give them? I think it’s the same characterization we would make of a person who’s shown that an object is white and he insists upon calling it black — stupid. Then there’s the person who agrees that 2010 does not begin the next decade but prefers to say it’s the next decade anyway. For that person, reality is optional. Then there’s the person who steadfastly holds that 2010 begins the next decade because that’s what most people believe. He might be a politician. Politicians, businessmen and labor union spokesmen have whined about the decline in U.S. manufacturing. Before looking into what they say is the sad decline in U.S. manufacturing, let’s examine what has happened in agriculture. In 1790, farmers were 90 percent of the U.S. labor force. By 1900, only about 41 percent of our labor force was employed in agriculture. By 2008, less than 3 percent of Americans are employed in agriculture. What would you have Congress do in the face of this precipitous loss of agricultural jobs? One thing Congress could do is outlaw all of the technological advances and machinery that have made our farmers the world’s most productive. Our farmers are so productive that if needed, they could feed the entire world. Let’s look at manufacturing. According
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to Dr. Mark Perry’s Department of Labor employment data, in his article “Manufacturing’s Death Greatly Exaggerated” (http://blog.american.com/?p=8593), U.S. manufacturing employment peaked at 19.5 million jobs in 1979. Since 1979, the manufacturing workforce has shrunk by 40 percent and there’s every indication that manufacturing employment will continue to shrink. Before you buy into the call for Congress to do something about manufacturing job loss, there are some other facts to be considered. According to the Federal Reserve, the dollar value of U.S. manufacturing output in November was $2.72 trillion (in 2000 dollars). Today’s manufacturing worker is so productive that the value of his average output is $234,220. Output per worker is three times as high as it was in 1980 and twice as high as it was in 1990. For the year 2008, the Federal Reserve estimates that the value of U.S. manufacturing output was about $3.7 trillion (in 2008 dollars). If the U.S. manufacturing sector were a separate economy, with its own GDP, it would be tied with Germany as the world’s fourth richest economy. The GDPs are: U.S. ($14.2 trillion), Japan ($4.9 trillion), China ($4.3 trillion), U.S. manufacturing ($3.7 trillion), Germany ($3.7 trillion), France ($2.9 trillion) and the United Kingdom ($2.7 trillion). These facts put a lie to claims we hear about how we are a country that “doesn’t produce anything anymore,” and how we have “outsourced our production to China,” and there’s been a “demise of U.S. manufacturing.” U.S. manufacturing has gone through the same kind of labor-saving technological innovation as agriculture. Should we discard that innovation in the name of saving jobs?
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confess to feeling only slightly more rational than “Misery’s” Kathy Bates. I want to strap Ellen Goodman into a chair and make her keep writing columns. Goodman, whose prose has graced newspaper pages for more than four decades, allegedly wrote her last column on Jan. 1 — a proper end to a new beginning. I use “allegedly” in the hope that she was only kidding. No one who has labored under the cudgel of relentless deadlines begrudges Goodman her hard-earned respite. Retirement seems too old a word for one so young in spirit. Too end-of-road when so much lies ahead for a woman much burdened with talent and wisdom. Like many regular visitors to the nation’s op-ed pages, I’ve “known” Ellen Goodman most of my adult life. Hers was a friendly face on a page that primarily featured stern men during a time when women’s opinions were valued only insofar as they pertained to recipes and cleansers. On matters worldly, women were deemed not up to snuff. Or, on the flip side, human concerns related to home and family — traditionally “women’s issues” — were considered relatively unimportant, unworthy of the “thinking” pages of higher (read: masculine) brows. How things have changed, and not just a little bit because of the trailblazing work of one Ellen Goodman. Ellen’s moment in American journalism happened to correspond with the movement that liberated women. It was, and is, profoundly odd that what freed women from the tyranny of low expectations and limited opportunity was viewed by so many as a “women’s movement” rather than a human rights imperative that also relieved men from the burden of manliness. I say this with an involuntary smirk of irony, for I have found plenty to criticize in that so-called women’s movement — hence my book, “Save the Males” — and frequently have been at odds with Ellen. ... I am also a fan of manliness — at least of the Judeo-Christian variety — and harbor great suspicion toward men who declare themselves “feminists.” ... Suffice to say, I do not confuse myself with the Kathy Bates of “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Alas, life is not a matter of left and right, but of something in between, and this is where Ellen has spent most of her time. Instead of drawing lines in the sand, she crafted sand castles of wit and charm. Her gift was proffering poignancy without pique in a snarkfree zone. Even if one disagreed with her conclusions, Ellen offered reasoned arguments that often pierced the armor of our own defenses. She was a skillful wordsmith, yes, but more than that, she was a consummate columnist. It is not so hard to write a column for a few weeks or even a year. The trick is writing quality columns year after year. For decades, Ellen managed to draw readers in, take them for a spin through her thoughts, and leave them wishing the ride hadn’t ended so soon. That is called magic. As a fellow columnist, I am indebted to Ellen for clearing some of journalism’s underbrush and marking the trail with good humor. As a woman, I’m grateful to her for helping us recognize women’s issues as universal concerns. As a human being, I’m sorry to see her cursor go dim. Today, we accept the gifts of the women’s movement without much notice. We expect to see women in equal numbers to men in most endeavors, though I still would argue that the sexes are not always interchangeable. We also expect to see women on the op-ed pages, though there are still fewer than men. Here is how far we’ve come: Sixteen years ago when I first became syndicated, editors would bark at the noble salesperson, “We don’t need Parker; we got Goodman.” One woman was as good as another, in other words. We know that just ain’t so, but we didn’t always. For this, we can thank Ellen Goodman, too.
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rate except for big ticket items like furniture and appliances. New and used cars were a bright spot with sales increasing slightly during the last half of the 2009. While retail establishments are not hiring more workers, they are beginning to add hours for current employees. Our local banks remain very strong and lending has grown steadily in the second half of 2009, particularly in the small business sector. Residential lending still provides most of the positive news with first time buyers and moderate priced homes leading the comeback. Although prices have declined in some areas in the south, Lee County has not experienced a major pullback in home prices. Commercial real estate demand and leasing activity remains low in North Carolina and in Lee County. Vacancy rates are lower (better) in Lee County than in some of our major cities. In our agriculture sector, 2009 saw dramatic price increases in corn and soybeans. Most sources are projecting a leveling or slight decline in these commodity prices in 2010. In tourism, activity was mixed. Sources at the N.C. Department of Commerce project a decline in tourism revenue for 2009 of approximately 2 percent, a smaller decline than other states. Here in Lee County, local hotels have seen steady bookings during week nights due to business travelers. Overnight stays by weekend travelers, never a big factor in our economy, have been consistently small.
: What are economists saying about 2010?
: Most economists predict a slow upturn for 2010. Dr. Jan Hatzius, Chief Economist at Gold-
: So what does all that mean for Lee County businesses and workers?
most accurate and timely reports available, these industries will see moderate to strong growth in 2010: apparel, leather and allied products, petroleum products, computer and electronic products, electrical and transportation equipment, paper products, furniture and food and beverage products. Seven industries, according to ISM, will see some contraction in the first half of 2010: wood products, miscellaneous manufacturing, nonmetallic mineral products, plastics and rubber products, chemical products, printing and related support activities and fabricated metal products. Lee County is fortunate to have many employers in sectors that are projected to rebound in 2010.
man Sachs, says growth will be â€œsluggishâ€?. (He recently won an award for the consistently accurate predictions over the past four years.) His bottom line: the recession ended in June 2009 and the economy will post modest growth for the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010. Fear of inflation is unwarranted, he says, because overcapacity in housing, labor and industry must work its way through the economy. In fact, Hatzius says deflation is possible over the next 18 months. Thirdly, despite market fears, Hatzius and his colleagues says the Fed will not raise interest rates.
: Large industries, which have access to bond markets and commercial paper will have ready credit â€” good news for our large employers as they build back inventories, and hopefully, call back workers. For small business, the news is mixed. Tighter credit means limited investment in new products, new machinery or build new buildingsâ€Ś and very few new workers. But at least more of our large industries will again provide paychecks to more people. A small step forward is better than going backward. Unfortunately, because small employers provide about 64 percent of new jobs, our employment rate is not projected to improve much in 2010 until those small businesses start to grow again. Analysts are predicting a stronger demand for temporary workers.
:What sectors of the economy will rebound? Which ones will lag behind?
: According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), historically one of the
: Where (in what industries) will the jobs be available?
: Healthcare is the career path most often mentioned as the one with the most potential for the future. Twenty-eight percent of the US population or about 72 million people are considered baby boomers, many of whom will turn 65 in the next few years. That group will increasingly need health services so almost every health occupation is in demand â€” especially home health workers, physical therapists and pharmacists. Also in high demand are biologists and researchers as we continue to unravel the human genome. Computers and data processing will provide thousands of new jobs â€” software engineers, web design specialists, database managers and network managers are just a few of these occupations. Teaching, despite what you might think, is still a high demand profession, particularly math and science teachers. Sales is consistently a needed skill. Top notch sales people can name their price with almost any company. Criminal justice careers, firemen, and emergency planners are a few of the government jobs in high demand right now.
Business development specialists, especially those who can speak a foreign language, will be in very high demand in the coming decade. Interested in one of these careers paths? Research and instruction for every one I mentioned can begin right here in Lee County at Central Carolina Community College.
: What makes you hopeful about our economy in the future?
: For the fifth straight month, manufacturing has expanded in the United States. The stock market has improved. The ISM purchasing managers index rose to 55.9, its highest level since April 2006. News from China, released on Monday, showed their economy to be expanding faster than at any time in the past 18 months. Similar data shows the same to be the case in India, Korea and Taiwan. A review of analystsâ€™ predictions in the Wall Street Journal suggests we will see 2.5 million jobs created in 2010. While that is far below the 7 million jobs lost since 2007, it is a considerable improvement over 2009 conditions. Locally, weâ€™re beginning to see some effects of the growth at Ft. Bragg. Housing sales in western Harnett County, which is definitely part of our trade area, are outpacing sales in Lee County. Growth from the Raleigh area is beginning to trickle down US 1. Some large tracts of land have sold in the Deep River area in the past 12 months. We will soon have construction going on at Lee County High School and 421 By-pass. Those jobs and payroll will have a very positive effect on business in Lee County. Overall, 2010 should be a year of good, steady growth. o Bob Joyce is president of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce. He also writes â€œChamber Chat,â€? which appears Sundays in The Heraldâ€™s Business page.
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Former Howard U. President Cheek dies WASHINGTON (AP) â€” James E. Cheek, who served as Howard Universityâ€™s president for 20 years and oversaw major expansions at the school, has died. He was 77. University spokesman Ron Harris said Cheek died Friday at a hospital in Greensboro, N.C. Cheek died after a long illness, said Tanya Wiley, spokeswoman for Shaw University where Cheek earlier served as president. Cheek presided over the historically black Howard University from 1968 to 1989. During that time, he
was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationâ€™s highest civilian honor, in 1983. â€œDr. Cheekâ€™s vision and passion for the university and his view of Howard as a national treasure led to bold action, which eventually resulted in a dramatic boost in our budget with increased federal support,â€? current Howard University President Sidney Ribeau said in a statement. During Cheekâ€™s tenure, the universityâ€™s enrollment increased by 6,000 students, and its budget soared from $43 million to $417 million.
we want to be able to negotiate fees with our credit card companies,â€? she said. Both the Senate and House of Representatives have legislation focusing on the issue: H.R. 2695 and S. 1212 are both named the Credit Card Fair Fee Act and will allow for negotiation between merchants and credit cards companies about swipe fees. Both bills were introduced in June 2009 and sent to House and Senate judiciary committees. Fish doesnâ€™t believe asking for the ability to negotiate is a large request. â€œNothing else in retail today do you not negotiate your prices,â€? Fish said. Om Desai, manager of the Sanford Food Mart in Tramway, keeps a petition for customers to sign on a clipboard on the counter in his store; he has close to 200 signatures so far. He said he also plans to meet with Rep. David Price (D-4th District) to talk about the swipe fees. He said his goal is to educate consumers. â€œSociety doesnâ€™t understand,â€? he said. â€œFor us, itâ€™s an overhead expense. Every year it increases 2 to 3 percent. Weâ€™re trying our best to keep it low.â€? Desai said many convenience stores require a minimum purchase of $5 or so to keep from getting hit too hard with the fees. He said some customers are understanding of this, while others are frustrated by it. â€œAll we can do is ask customers to help but itâ€™s up them,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m just requesting everyone that comes in to sign.â€?
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The fees are set by Visa, Mastercard and other companies and frustrated retailers are asking Congress to help make these swipe fees negotiable. The NACS has been circulating petition booklets since Dec. 15 and will continue to until Jan. 15. Crystal Fish, manager of credit card development for Kangaroo Express, said Kangarooâ€™s goal is 1.8 million signatures. Currently, credit card companies take an aggregate sum amounting to about 2 percent of every $1 spent at a store through card purchases, Fish said. Kangaroo sees 15 million credit transactions per month among all of its stores, she pointed out, so the fees add up quickly. Swipe fees, which the NACS reports have tripled since 2001, are the third largest expense for Kangaroo stores, after labor and rent, Fish said. â€œItâ€™s a very large expense,â€? she said. â€œWe donâ€™t have a lot of control.â€? And its an expense that is eventually passed on to consumers, Fish said. Companies like Kangaroo must figure in the fees when setting prices. The ability to negotiate the fees would benefit customers, Fish said, because â€œany time as a business youâ€™re able to reduce operating expenses, itâ€™s a good thing for consumers.â€? Overall, Kangaroo hopes for awareness and negotiation, she said. â€œAt the end of the day,
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